I’m going to be straight with you, I’m not one of those avid consumers of products. When our children were born, I got by with mostly second-hand baby gear and clothes.
I really don’t think of buying products often, because I’m a bit of a minimalist at heart and I easily conform to what we have.
Having said that, we have bought some durable and useful items over the years and which I share with you today because I believe they’re worth it either due to the affordable prices and function or simply the awesome quality (the dyson hoover is top notch).
So here goes:
1. Ikea Pello Rocking Chair
I’ve had this rocking chair for over seven years and I used it to breastfeed all my babies, as well as lull them to sleep at night.
Now that they’re all past that stage I use it as part of my reading corner in the living-room.
Besides being super comfortable, it’s also pretty versatile as you can use it in the nursery when your kids are young and then use it for extra seating in your living room later on. You can also change the cover easily at any time.
2. Dyson V8 hoover
I bought this hoover last year (on Black Friday no less!) and I absolutely love it.
I bought it because I’m an avid cleaner, and I was frustrated with all my other hoovers. Not only that but we’d just got a cat, so I couldn’t stand the thought of having pet hair everywhere.
Now this particular hoover is awesome because it’s lightweight as well as cordless, which means it’s easy to take around the house ( I live in a three-story home).
It has two settings: a regular one, which is great for daily vacuuming and a super suction one, which is perfect for deep cleaning, and getting rid of pet hair!
The other thing I like about the Dyson V8 is that the dust box is easy to empty and clean, and the filters are also easy to remove and clean. (You can find good YouTube tutorials on how to clean them really well).
It has four different attachments – direct drive brush, soft rotating brush head, combination dusting tool, crevice tool – perfect for family homes where dust, dirt, and hair get everywhere and somewhere!
3. Echo dot
We bought the Echo dot in December 2019 and it’s been an amazing purchase. Not only have we used it to stream Amazon Music, and Spotify, we’ve also been able to listen to audiobooks from Audible.
My children also particularly like the ask Alexa questions function and the games (like the Gruffallo move, Akinator, true or false?).
Basically, the echo dot is a great purchase if you’d like some extra children activity options without screens.
Apart from that, you can also ask Alexa or whatever you want to call her (we call her Echo) to read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more.
4. Ikea Lack Table
We originally got one of these before we had kids, but actually this is a super kid-friendly piece of furniture. The lack table is great for arts and crafts, Lego building and snacks. Pair it with a couple of kid-sized chairs or stools, and you’re good to go!
We’ve had ours for well over 6 years and although it now shows signs of wear and tear (to be expected with little humans!) it has served us well, and we continue to use it for children’s arts and crafts, toys and snacks.
5. Ikea MAMMUT stool
Ok, so we’ve had these stools for about four years now, and they’re an excellent purchase. Besides being affordable (at just 20 pounds) they’re also durable (I had a couple of mine out in the garden for a few weeks, and they still look great).
These stools are great for pairing with a kid-sized table, and even my seven-year-old likes to sit on them to do her crafts and Lego.
That’s it for today, but if you have a friend who could benefit from any of these or you found them useful please share this post.
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