These are a few of my favorite things…
These are the things that have made my home better, my family life easier and just bring me joy!
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Meal Plan Boxes
We’ve tried them all, and this is the most affordable box with options we all enjoy.
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Remodelaholic Home Favorites
FAVORITES FOR ORGANIZING
Smart Home Tech Picks
When our washer and dryer died, we went shopping for a new set and decided ided that we would go back to top load. It’s not as pretty when it comes to a counter top above the machines, but otherwise, I feel like top-load washes better and you avoid that washer rot stench that happens with front loaders.
One feature that we decided was super important was wifi enabled, and I am telling you, this is the best feature since sliced bread. I am not kidding, getting notifications when your load finishes gives you 95% more efficiency: no forgetting a load and having to rewash, no wasting time when you have a marathon washing day. It is SO worth it!
Our smart Wifi lighting options are such nice additions to our home. They work with light switches, but can also be changed or managed from the phone app.
My favorite is our under cabinet kit that we installed on top of our cabinets and have set on a schedule. It gives the perfect amount of light at night to avoid needing to turn on a light.
Our last house had NO central lighting and the rooms were dark. (Thanks, builders of past decades!) We had lamps and sconces but going around the room and turning on each light one by one was so frustrating.
Ultimately I found a remote control plugin system and it saved our lives. We 3M’d it to the wall next to the light switch and we just turned all our lights on or off from one central location. Now that we have moved from that house I STILL use these all over the place for additional lighting options in rooms. For fans, anything really… its great.
Our basement flooded last year on the weekend of New Years. In the middle of winter, our water heater had just failed — a fairly common problem, but we found out that the concrete work was not done well and the water flowed away from the drain instead of to the drain as intended. It ended up being fine, but if we had known sooner (hence the wifi flood warning), we could have saved a lot of extra stress and annoyance.
CRAFTING TOOLS FOR MAKERS
As you’ve probably seen — we are Foodieaholics as well as Remodelaholics! Here are some of our favorite foodie kitchen gadgets, recipe books, and meal planning helps.
This is a super expensive investment, but I love our home freeze dryer!
You will need a separate vented room for this (it is SO LOUD) but it is by far one of my favorite purchases of all time. I tend to be a bit of a prepper so I like making our own food storage. I also love that you can make candy for your kids to sell – helps offset the initial cost! Overall a great machine.
Quick & Healthy Cookbooks
Meal Planning Hacks for Busy Remodelaholics
The question I dread most in the world is what is for dinner. However, I do love to cook (mostly desserts) — just not when I am knee deep in projects or work here on the blog.
So, I have to tell you I LOVE meal kits. With tweens in the house it is a great way for them to be included in the cooking. And the planning is almost non-existent. We have literally tried pretty much ALL the meal kits that are available. For the most part I have liked them all for different reasons.
The ease of meal planning kits is great, but the biggest benefit to me has been learning new techniques, recipes and oddly enough sauces. Sauces, dips or glazes — you guys, this was not part of my vocabulary before but it certainly is now!
Here’s the dish on our favorite meal planning kits + helps:
- CLOTHING SUBSCRIPTION BOXES: I used to love shopping for clothes. Then I had kids, and shopping has lost its luster. It’s just too hard. So for me a clothing subscription has been really nice. I like StitchFix and Dia & Co, which specialized in plus-size fashion.
- SODA ALTERNATIVE: Spindrift Sparkling Water in lemon and pineapple flavors.
- AUDIOBOOKS: Speaking of a vibe, I love Audible audiobooks!
- I like pina coladas
- Getting caught in the rain
Some of my favs
Fav Cook Books
- Pioneer Woman – Super Easy
- Instant Loss: On a budget
- Instant Loss: Eat Real, Loose Weight
- Instant Loss Cookbook