I am trying not to order too much knowing that there are people who have to go to work in order to fulfill the orders, and possibly be in harm’s way. But then, I want to order in order to help those who need the paycheck, and especially the small companies. We are living through history, so there’s no clear direction on what’s the right thing to do.
Subscriptions were a part of my life before the virus chaos and panic, and are even more important now. I am sharing the ones I’ve been using and recommend that may make your life easier and/or brighter! These, in my mind, are the best subscription services for Moms or women.
Best subscription services for Moms and Women!
Fresh Fish Delivery
My identical twins love to cook and love fish. So Santa ordered a subscription service to Vital Choice. Vital Choice offers fresh, wild, line-caught fish sent fresh monthly. You can also buy individual pieces or meals. We have both the subscription to the Wild Fish box and the Salmon. Thanks, Santa! You were so smart to think ahead!
Right now Vital Choice is sold out of many of the individual things, but see what’s going on with their subscription. Health matters in these times. Their fish is excellent.
You may roll your eyes at this, but fresh flowers help me in times of stress. In college, I would buy myself flowers when I’d go through breakups or plant an herb garden when the stress of school was too much (how cute is it to think college was so stressful compared to real-life?!)
I buy flowers in times of happiness, too, of course. But there’s something about flowers that just brighten your day when it’s not so bright.
The Bouqs Co is a company I just discovered that sends fresh stems from local growers. I signed up for the weekly service, but you can also choose delivery for monthly, bi-weekly, or just a one-time order.
Personally, I like buying stems only because I find the act of floral arranging calming. Plus, it cost less money.
Household Item Subscriptions
Never before has it been more crucial to get the everyday items to your house without the face-to-face interaction. Here is my list of items I’m ordering from Amazon on a subscription service. Some of the items I have come monthly, and some bi-monthly.
The nice thing is you also save anywhere between 5-15% when you use the Amazon Subscription services. Sign up for Prime for free delivery.
Photo books from Chatbooks are my favorite photo books to order. Why? They are ridiculously easy to make! Without a doubt, this one is the top of the best subscription services for Moms – you will not regret setting this up!
All you do is connect your Instagram, and it auto prints your books directly from it. The printed books (hard or soft cover, in various sizes) will include the date, location and the caption you wrote on Instagram in the book (you can remove these if you want!)
I set up an auto subscription to send me a book every 50 photos I post to Instagram. Order once – get your books in the mail automatically!
Tip: use your Instagram as a journal for funny things the kids say, or taking pictures of their artwork. This way you can remember the in-between moments & make saving paperwork less cluttered!
My kids keep these books on their nightstand to read. It’s so cute.
Also! Chatbooks make great Mother’s Day or Grandparents Gift!
Automate life to make it easier!
Week one of this crazy quarantine time is down. By now you’ve probably cleaned out your closet, eaten all the ice cream in the freezer (tell me I’m not the only one?!) and have vacuumed and straightened til you’re blue in the face.
Now, what do you do with your time? I’m sharing the Ultimate House Clean-Up Checklist to help you keep the organization going! I originally created this list for me, but I thought I’d share it with you all.
I function bests with lists, so here are all the items I’m doing to stay sane and use this time the best I can!
Looking for something to watch? Sharing some of my family’s recommendations.
Note: I have a strange obsession with documentaries and true crime. What does that say about me? Plenty, I’m sure, but I don’t care to dig too deep on that! As I remember more and more shows I will update this, so bookmark the page and check back!
- Into the Woods
- Greatest Showman
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Mighty Ducks
- Captain America
- Captain Marvel
- Wonder Woman
- Teen Titans Go
- Princess Bride
- A League of Their Own
- Parent Trap
- Apollo 13
- The Martian
- March of the Penguins
- Hidden Figures
- Catch Me If You Can
- Formula One
- Better Call Saul
- Hunters on Amazon
My Kids Favorites
My boys are 9 and daughter is 12.
- Teen Titans Go
- Greenhouse Academy
- Liv & Maddie
- No Good Nick
- High School Musical the Musical the Series
- Frozen 2
- OJ: Made in America
- People vs OJ Simpson
- The Staircase
- The Keepers
- Long Shot
- Amanda Knox
- Confessions with a killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
- Wild Wild Country
- Evil Genius
TV Series to Binge
- A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Clone Wars
- Imagineering on Disney +
- Leah Remini: Scientology
- Mr. Robot
- Silicon Valley
- Love is Blind
- The Sinner
- Schitt’s Creek
- Dead to Me
- The Crown
- Big Little Lies
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
- Sour Grapes
- Taylor Swift Documentary Miss Americana
- Gaga: Five Foot Two
- Nobody Speak
- Diana in Her Own Words
- Confirmation – Anita Hill
- Team Foxcatcher
- Inside Bills Mind: Decoding Bill Gates
- Going Clear: Scientology
- Robin Williams: Come Inside my Head
- Elvis Pressley The Searcher
- Anita Hill
- Taylor Swift Documentary Miss Americana
- The Inventor
- Leaving Neverland
- I Love You, Now Die
- The Pharmacist
- Mike Wallace is Here
My Favorite of All Time
- The West Wing
- An American President
- All the Presidents Men
- Jerry Maguire
- The Mirror has Two Faces
- A Few Good Men
- Pelican Brief
- Thomas Crown Affair
- That Thing you Do!
- Vanilla Sky
- Truman Show
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Somethings Gotta Give
New & Noteworthy for Adults
- Peanut Butter Falcon
- Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- The Two Popes
- Bohemian Rhapsody
In Case of Emergency Break Me Glass Laugh
Dana Carvey: Straight, White Male, 60 stand up comedy special.
So what’s on your list? Due share! And remember to bookmark this to refer back to!
These are odd times for sure. Our family watched Evan Almighty last night, which is a great and uplifting movie if you haven’t watched it!
There was a scene I particularly loved. The wife was struggling with the family situation and God (Morgan Freeman!) talks to her and says:
If they prayed for courage, does God give them courage, or does He give them the opportunity to be courageous?
If someone prayed for their family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings? Or does he give them opportunities to love each other?
If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient?– Evan Almighty movie
So in this time of solitude (perhaps a better word than isolation or quarantine?) maybe you’ve prayed for time to catch up house organizing, or time to play with your kids, or time to organize. Well, here is your opportunity to do those things!
Opportunitiy – a great word to think of rather than sacrifice.
5 Productive Things To Do in Quarantine
I’m sharing a few things you could do without leaving your house. Order your supplies and check things off the list you never get around to.
Create a Photo Wall
I use and love Framebridge. It’s so easy to create a beautiful and affordable photo wall! Upload your photos, pick a frame and hit send. They will arrive within a week with all the tools you need to hang it. Done and done!
Tip: when choosing photos, look for the ones that make you smile. I don’t care for a photo wall of perfect professional photos (unless those make you smile, then go for it!) I love those weird in-between moments. But pick a photo and move along. You can always reprint later and use the frame. The point is to check it off the list. Sometimes good enough is better than nothing!
My favorite frames
My phonebooks are among my most prized possessions. There is something about being able to hold your memories that feels more tangible than a cell phone full of images.
Our kids also love to read and look at them. So many warm and fuzzies from photobooks. And wow will you feel like you weigh 100 pounds less when you get them in your hand!
Shutterfly has a great deal that ends tonight with 50% off. Plus you can upload your photos and have them make it for free! Offer ends tonight. Again, close your eyes, upload the first 50 photos that make you smile and move on. You’ll be so happy you did, I promise you! My photobooks are ridiculously special to me!
Organize your Cabinets
Whew, you know you need this! Order some supplies and have them come to you. These pieces are especially good to order because they are usually sold out in stores. This is one of my favorite things to do in quarantine. I get my kids involved and I end each day feeling accomplished and ready for the next!
Tip: while you wait for the supplies to arrive, grab a trash can and go to town. Empty, purge, dust the shelves, put things in the right room, etc so when they arrive you are ready to go!
My favorite organization tools
Set up Subscription Delivery
If you never considered doing this before, you probably have now with the grocery store shelves empty! I set up a subscription service a few weeks ago for the “always have to buy” items. Takes things off the list, plus you save money (up to 15%!) when you subscribe to a few things!
Refresh your Sheets for Spring
The weather is changing. And maybe you’re not sleeping so hot with the stress? Here are some great buys to refresh your bedding for the season.
Sky Sheets – very well priced and excellent quality!
Annie Selke quit – love this. Your bed looks made in a second, there’s some loft to it if you snuggle, but it’s not too hot.
Annie Selke quilt – love this. There’s some loft to it if you snuggle, but it’s not too hot.
Cooling pillow – a new discovery! The gel keeps your head nice and cool at night. It’s definitely very plump. I’m a side sleeper and used to use flatter pillows. This has really helped my neck pain and I love how it feels!