I thought I would start off by talking about things that get me through my day. The name I chose, A Semi-Convenient Life, is based partly on the fact that while I’m a DIYer, growing many of my own vegetables and fruits and go out of my way to make things by hand, there are also times where the convenience of life is just much more practical. So I’ll start off with a list of a few of my favorite things. Some of these seem like no-brainers and some of them might come as surprises or things you never thought to try. But either way, I’m hoping my list will make somebody’s life a little more semi-convenient. I include links to where you can purchase the things that I see can’t seem to do without. Please note most of these can be found on Amazon (go figure) and go through my Affiliate account (of which I get a small commission at no cost to you.)
10 Things That Get me Through my Day
The iPhone 6s
This is probably the tool that almost everyone who reads this blog has. But let’s not forget about the little device in our pocket. All things considered, I don’t know how many of us get through the day without them. I know for a fact I would not be able to do my job without my iPhone. This may come as a surprise to many of you but for most hospitals, beepers are a thing of the past. Secure pages can now be sent using various apps. And let’s not forget being able to have access to the entire human consciousness in the palm of your hand. Okay, that might be a little too esoteric for most people in thinking about the Internet. But hey, there’s more to the web then just cat gifs.
Diet Mountain Dew
If everyone has a vice, I suppose mine would be soda. I grew up on the stuff. I will openly admit that I’m terrible about drinking water. It’s something I hope to fix in the future. For now, this zero calorie beverage with its delicious caffeine and fizz gets me through the day.
My Bullet Journal, A Leuchtterm 1917
I must admit I have tried my hand at the Pinterest trend of bullet journaling. I had a similar system set up in college that I’ve tried to keep going. However, I find myself going back to the original bullet journaling, where things are simple and less loaded with doodles and trackers. Call me in minimalist, call me a busy person, or call me sleep deprived mom, but I just don’t have time right now for all the pretty colors and designs you see out there.
Pilot MR Retro Pop Collection Fountain Pen
That said, it doesn’t mean I’m not willing to invest in a great pen. (Or even try my hand at calligraphy.) I stumbled onto the Pilot MR fountain pen through the blog Little Coffee Fox and I must say writing with this pen feels like a luxury. You can load various ink cartridges in it or use the insert that it comes with and go old school with a bottle of ink. Admittedly, I tend to just stick with the black ink cartridges.
Diet Mountain Dew is not my only source of caffeine though. Most mornings wouldn’t be complete without a cup of coffee and a tablespoon of sugar-free French Vanilla Creamer. I got my Keurig back in 2013 (a wonderful Christmas gift from my boyfriend and future husband), so I doubt they make my model anymore. However, it is very similar to this one. Simple, press one button for coffee, and only two settings to worry about.
This may not be a device many people know about. I stumbled onto it through one of the sales emails from Buy Buy Baby. In short, the Snoozypod is this flat little device that you slip underneath the crib mattress that makes it vibrate gently, lulling your baby to sleep. Great for babies who enjoy the sensation and are lulled to sleep by it. It also features some various sounds and a nightlight, but I largely just use it for the vibration. (It also comes with Bluetooth if you can believe it.)
You’re probably thinking “really? She has a pacifier on this list?” Yes I do. You cannot understand how wonderful a pacifier attached to a cute, little animal can be until you’ve spent hours searching for the missing pacifier or holding the pacifer in place because your baby is not coordinated enough yet to manage it themselves. Seriously, this is one of the greatest inventions and sliced bread.
I also happen to be ridiculously slow (read: a turtle moving through peanut butter) runner. It’s unfortunately gotten a little worse since being pregnant and delivering my daughter, but I am determined to restore my running routine. And one of the requirements for me is music. My primary source these days: Spotify. Portable music has really undergone a revolution in the past 20 years. I remember when I first went running with a third-generation iPod and how amazed I was that such a tiny device could hold thousands of songs. Of course, now I run with my iPhone which not only tracks where I’m going and how fast I’m going, but can stream music directly from the cloud. I’ve tried multiple streaming music services and there really is no comparison. Spotify Premium is more than worth the price. If you can, get the family plan. Up to five individuals under the same “address” for only $5 more.
I also happen to live in a state where it can be 60 degrees on Sunday and have 4 inches of snow on the ground by Tuesday. Needless to say a treadmill becomes a necessity in order to maintain a routine. Mine isn’t particularly fancy, and it also happens to be one of the most inexpensive models on Amazon, but it gets the job done. I’m not really sure I’ll ever need a fancier model. All I really need to know is how fast I’m going, how far gone and how long I’ve been going. I’d be more inclined to invest in a Peloton at some point. (It’s on my wish list.)
AfterShockz Trekz Titanium Headphones
What’s good music without a way to play it? These days everything is becoming wireless, including headphones. But finding a pair that works while bouncing up and down during my run has and difficult. What’s worse, I have a pair of ears that just don’t seem to work with these oh so popular earbuds. Thankfully, I’m not the only one. Enter the Aftershockz. These headphones use conductive technology to transmit sound through your cheekbones. Nothing goes in your ears. This is an added level of safety because the ear canal remains open, allowing you to hear your surroundings whether its hearing an oncoming car or a fussy baby. Even my husband ended up buying himself a set after seeing how much I love mine (and struggling to work out in the gym with a wireless earbud pair). They also come in a variety of colors. I got the blue ones.