Sh** I Can't Live Without

Being a single mother means limited time and resources to handle life properly sometimes. There are definitely days I sit back and think to myself, “How in the f*%& did I survive the last few years without these things?” But to be perfectly honest, I am a skeptic. There really isn’t a magical Harry Potter wand to make more hours in the day, turn back the evidence of time marching across my wrinkled face, make my butt firmer or make my kid not act like a wild animal…but there are a few things that I have been trying that I think make life-ing slightly less of a mess. Disclaimer: This page may contain affiliate links.

  1. Instapot Yeah, yeah. I know. You’re probably rolling your eyes and saying “I’ve heard it all over social media” but I am telling you, if you have kids, this thing is genius. My little will come home and do homework, play outside, run around like a crazy person and then scream “MOM! I’m starving” and I am elbows deep in bill paying or laundry or work. With this little pressure cooker thingy I can have dinner on the table for both of us in under 30 minutes. Most often times, its much less. Fresh, healthy and delicious food that we can both eat and isn’t processed? Sign me up.

  2. Air Fryer Okay, so I’ll admit that the only thing I made in the air fryer for weeks was French fires or chicken nuggets, but after some hardcore Pintresting I have some great recipes for things that my kiddo absolutely LOVES and actually EATS. (I know, right?! Imagine your kid eating a dinner you made that wasn’t bullsh*t.)

  3. Acorns This is an app for investing and saving without writing big checks. Acorns allows you to save for retirement by investing small amounts and spare change. YOU control the amount and YOU adjust how often to add to the portfolio. Just imagine setting yourself up for a future nest-egg right from your phone without the complicated jargon.

  4. Poshmark Whether you’re buying a cute new pair of shoes or selling those designer duds that no longer fit (thanks, mom-bod) this online market is a cool place to earn extra cash or just spend a little to treat ‘yo self.

  5. Beauty Addicts Mini Fridge I love a little fridge for my beauty products and masks that is a dedicated place for all of the things that make you feel good, without searching through the stacks of snacks that have piled up in the kitchen fridge.

  6. Beats by Dre Headphones that cancel the noise, bumps the beats, connects to your phone and looks good , too? Yes, please.

  7. Inventors Box from Target This thing has legit EVERYTHING that your kiddos need for tinkering. By everything I means…EVERYTHING!

  8. Velcro Rollers ‘Cause your girl here can’t manage to wash, style and look fabulous everyday, but with some velcro rollers I can manage to look a little better in half the time. Just remember to take them out before you get to your final destination. I have def gotten into an Uber with one still chillin’ in my hair.

  9. Lush Sleepy Lotion This stuff is almost guaranteed to get you or your little to sleep in about 15 minutes. It’s magic potion lotion.

  10. CBD Oil I have been taking CBD Oil for anxiety, moody blues, stress and all of those things that all moms feel for a little over 8 months and I have to say that it has really changed my life and perspective on CBD and health. I’m not a doctor, but I do think it helps. If I could pour this shit all over my whole life, I would. It doesn’t work that way, but it could help with some of your issues. No judgement, we all got ‘em.

  11. Pottery Barn Kids Easel This is the most well-made, sturdy, and easily assembled easels I’ve seen on the market. It really is well worth the money. One side is chalk board, one side is white board and it holds a ream of paper for painting. a MUST for little artists, practicing handwriting or leaving cute notes for the fam.

  12. Collagen Peptides If you want glowing skin, healthy hair and stronger nails you NEED to get this collagen in your life. The body naturally stops creating its own collagen after a certain age and supplementing helps plump and invigorate skin for that “I just got carded at the bar” look.

  13. Sunrise Alarm Clock I was really tired of dealing with a cranky kiddo at 6 in the morning so we have been experimenting with the sunrise alarm clock to gently wake us up instead of the blaring horn noises from the other alarms that would just startle the crap out of us each morning. This has been working like a charm. We both wake up less irritated that we have to be at school drop-off so early.

  14. Sephora Sheet Masks These are pack a lot of punch for the price. I keep mine in the fridge for a refreshing start to the day or a cool calm down before I put on any makeup.

  15. Food delivery services We just want to formally thank UberEats and DoorDash for making dinner much easier these days.

  16. Talkspace Single moms don’t often have a chance to vent to a therapist in an office setting so I have been in LOVE with this app that makes seeking mental health solutions easily accessible from home.

  17. Electric Pressure Washer Satisfy your OCD tendencies with this little baby that is easy to use and works like a charm.

  18. Sambazon Acai This scoopable açaí in a frozen pint is our breakfast savior. Little dude isn’t too into a full breakfast of the morning but this health alternative makes making an açaí bowl a breeze.

  19. Disney AP If you live in Orlando and have kids, its well worth the money to get a Disney Annual Pass. Weather you head to the park for a full day of fun or just open the evening walking around Disney Springs, you and your family will be making memories that last forever.