Cue Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music: When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad! Roused by Jen P.’s blog, “What is your WORST purchase EVER?”, we let it fly and boy did it feel good. I’m wondering if we put a dent in local front load washing machine sales?
Product lovers and haters alike are moved to tell the world about their experience. A product can become a sen-freakin-sation because those that heart the product become self-appointed “marketing ambassadors”. I have a love affair with certain items that, if this bank gig doesn’t work out, inspire me to open a mall kiosk and chase people down to buy them. Just like Oprah, here are a few of my favorite things…
1) Bumkins bibs
I have used the same 2 Bumkins bibs for both kids. I scrub off the food gunk with a scrub brush and dish soap and rinse off. It dries in no time and they never get that mildew smell. I’ve tried them all and these have stood the test of time.
2) Aveeno lotion (fragrance free, green label)
Lotion? Seems trivial, doesn’t it? Team Bowman uses one lotion so we don’t buy kid lotion, mom lotion and dad lotion. And bonus: they have it at Costco, which supports my “money diet” goal of staying out of Target.
4) iPlay non-disposable swim diapers
Bye bye disposable swim diapers! I’m sorry I ever met you!
5) Dyson Animal Vacuum Cleaner
I’ve had mine for 9 years and I would attempt to save it if our house was on fire.
6) Waring Pro Immersion Blender
I haven’t used a real blender in forever. Whipping up homemade salad dressings, marinara sauce, soups and smoothies are soooo easy breezy!
7) LL Bean XL Boat and Tote Bag
When you travel with kids and babies, you need so much crap…lovies/pack&play sheet/monitor/diapers/a gazillion clothes/all sorts of gear that don’t fit nicely in a zip-up duffle. These Boat and Tote gems have made packing for road trips much easier because you can really stuff them. When we are not road trippin’, we use one as our summer swimming pool bag and swim lessons bag.
8) Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon
Our ‘hood has sidewalks so we’ve been wearing them out in our Wagon for the past 4 years.
9) Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket (micro fleece and with feet!)
The Halo Sleepsack has been a staple for my babies. With my 2-year-old-not-a-tiny-dancer-32-lb-son, I discovered the one with feet. He outgrew the regular sleep sack fairly quickly and never liked his feet being all zipped in. He loves it!
10) The First Years Newborn-to-Toddler Reclining Feeding Seat
I have used this for the past 5 years with both children. Anything with dual functions wins in my book. This is our regular AND travel high chair. It can be used without the tray so you can pull it up to the table as a booster seat. I had another one similar to this but when it was time to pull it up to the table without the tray, the arm rests would not fit under the table.
It’s time to turn that frown upside down and bring on the love, Smarties! What items, big or small, kid-stuff or other, make you a raving fan?