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Jul 31, 2012
Back to Basics Products to Simplify Your Life
Feeling stressed and frazzled, mom and dad? Put the brakes on the insanity with these everyday family items designed to make things easier.
Now here's a holiday we could all probably use: Simplify Your Life Week. Held each year during the first week of August, the point is getting back to your priorities and cutting down on the "unnecessaries." And, while the concept of getting stuff to make life easier might seem a bit counterintuitive, there are some seriously handy, unique products out there to help parents – and kids – get through the mundane and on to the memory making. From the kitchen tools to school supplies, check out these bargains that make life a bit easier.
Tired of layering up on greasy skin products? This lotion has it all. Not only does it repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats and biting midges, but it also protects against harmful UV rays with an SPF 30 sun block. The disappearing color creates fun for kids, and the vitamin E and aloe make it a sound choice for parents. This product is available from Avon normally for $14, but it's currently on sale for $4.99.
Charging electronic devices is much less of a hassle with this station. The Shift3 Executive allows you to charge cell phones, digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players, wireless headsets, gaming devices and more – all without having to worry about a power surge from using so much electricity. It includes five non-slip foam trays for secure charging of all your devices in one place. You can find this tech-savvy organizer at Overstock for $23.49.
Help the whole family keep track of time spent in the shower with this easy-to-use shower timer, which includes a suction cup on the back for cinchy installation. Each half-rotation of the timer equals five minutes to help you stray away from wasting water, time and money when it comes to bathing. The timer is available at from Kikkerland for the low price of $5.50.
This unique multi-purpose stick makes carrying around and applying make-up on the go much easier. The creamy formula can be used for eyes, cheeks lips and body – all in one. The Multiple can be applied with fingers, because the skin's warmth allows for perfect blending. This nifty time and space saver is available from NARS for $39.
This nutritional scale is ideal for weight loss, portion control, diabetics, athletes and even just everyday cooking. It boasts a built-in computer that calculates the nutritional value of over 900 foods and displays them on screen. You can find this scale at a number of different places online, but Amazon offers both new and used ones starting at $54.64 (for new).
Feel like you're always looking for your keys? You won't have to once you install this light switch plate that has its own hooks. Keys, membership cards, lanyards and more can all be hung easily and in sight with this helpful storage tool. The switch hook fits any standard, single switch made in the U.S. and is available from Vat19 for only $5.99.
The best school backpacks are the ones that give you carrying options. Too much weight on your back and shoulders? Switch to rolling it. Uneven or wet ground? Go ahead and sling it across your back. With multiple compartments for optimal organization, this school tool has tons of room to store heavy books or laptops – or both! You can find this versatile backpack in five different colors for $71.99 from eBags.
Don't just cover up unpleasant pet odors: Break them down with Nature's Miracle. Save time and money with this three-in-one odor remover that works on almost everything – airborne, fabric and surface odors – to get rid of any unwanted smells from your furry friends. It's safe to use around kids and critters alike. This product is available for just $7.49 from PetSmart.