Friday Five: Save time and money – and get organized!

The “Friday Five” series shows five things that could help save you time or money – or help you get more organized.

brush1. The Wet Brush
My sister-in-law was visiting last week, and she has a lot of hair. It takes hours for a professional to dry it, and it is wavy so it tangles easily. Avery had crazy pool hair, so her Aunt Felice pulled out the brush that has changed my life forever. The Wet Brush has bristles that easily brush through tangles. Maybe they’re covered in some sort of magic potion? Who the heck knows, but it takes just seconds to brush Avery’s hair now (wet or dry). It only cost $8 on Amazon, but it’s so great I would pay $50 if that’s what it cost. I’m using it on my hair, too. If you have girls/women in your house, buy one now!

 

 

sunglasses2. Costco sunglasses (for men)
I wrote a few weeks ago about buying sunglasses at Nordstrom Rack, but they don’t have any men’s styles there. For men’s glasses, we’ve had great luck at Costco. They have great brands (Ray Ban, Maui Jim) for half the retail price. Their optical department will also custom make sunglasses for you, which is what Chase did for his last two pairs (have I mentioned he loses/breaks them a lot?). They  were $55 and ready in a couple days. Not too bad!

 

 

 

iPhone timer3. iPhone timer
I realize this is kind of random, but I use it almost as much as the Notes app on my iPhone. I find that my kids do better with transition if I warn them in advance before we change activities. For example, when it’s time to leave the pool. They never want to get out, but for some reason they are more willing when I set the timer, and they hear the alarm go off. It also makes cleaning more fun. I “time” them to see how fast they can pick up their toys. Chase uses it for exercise. It also works to remind me to take things out of the oven…most of the time, anyway.

 

 

kale salad4. Eat Smart kale salad (from Costco) with panko chicken
We’ve all heard how “kale” is a superfood, right? Our Costco now sells this amazing salad, which has six other super foods (cranberries, cabbage, etc.) and a creamy poppyseed dressing that hides the bitterness of the kale. I slice chicken breasts into strips, dip in a mix of sesame oil and light soy sauce, then roll them in panko bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes and put on top of this salad. It’s healthy and tastes like it came from a restaurant. Best of all it takes less than 30 minutes and costs maybe $10 (salad is $4.50 and is enough for two meals).

elfa5. Elfa Easy Hang Tracks
The Container Store is heaven to me, and one of their most popular items is the Elfa system. We have other shelving in the garage (for now), but I needed something to hang all our various bags. This was my solution. You can clip in different types of inserts, depending on your needs (you can even hang bikes on it!), but these little hooks work great for us. I can easily hang our (already-packed) beach bag, soccer/baseball bag (thanks Lululemon for the free bag) and our pool bag. It is strong and durable, and we put backpacks on there, too. Saves space in the house and makes it easy to just grab the bag you need and go!

 

 


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