Our Home Assistant

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This post was sponsored by Amazon.

A good way to sum up my life right now is busier than ever but happier than ever. My husband Justin and I are have grown (and are still growing!) in more ways than one in the past two years.

We’ve added another baby to the family, our daughter Emily, and both of us have been able to continue to grow our businesses. It’s so deeply rewarding to be able to work on something that we both created from nothing, and I’m thankful to be able to model that to my kids!

We balance working from home, running the household, and raising our children without the assistance of a nanny or childcare right now. We’ve been through seasons where we needed childcare, and that has been a wonderful experience, but at this time we’re able to juggle a lot in our day to day lives.

With all of that, though, I’m always up for looking at ways to simplify, streamline, or outsource what I can. Since we’ve added the Amazon Echo Show to our kitchen, we’ve both found ways to to use it that help make our day to day go a little bit smoother!

If you aren’t familiar, the Amazon Echo Show is video screen device with Alexa enabled to assist you in your life. We thought the kitchen would be a great place to put the device because that is where most of our time is spent! The Echo Show has over 50,000 skills to help, entertain, and inform!

Our morning routine consists of a long to do list that Justin and I tackle together. I’m usually the first one downstairs with the baby to get my morning cup of coffee, and Justin will come down a bit later after he’s finished at the gym and ready for the day. Then it’s a tag-team effort to get breakfast made, entertain the kids, make school lunches and snacks, talk about what the day holds, think through meals for the day, etc.

Justin and I both use the Amazon Echo Show while we are getting the morning routine going. Between asking for the weather that day, listening to a morning briefing, or adding to the grocery list, it’s so simple to use. Both of our hands are often full with other tasks we are accomplishing so to be able to speak to Alexa and ask her to perform a task makes it simple and efficient.

I’m surprised how much I find myself relying on the Amazon Echo Show. Not only does it provide really helpful assistance during the day, but it also has a ton of fun extra features that we’ve enjoyed exploring like trivia games, storytelling, and knock knock jokes. There is also a running thread of up to date news or other interesting articles to stay in the loop of what is happening in the world!

You can find the Echo Show available on Amazon.

3 Gift Ideas that Aren’t Physical Objects

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Sometimes gifts that aren’t things you can necessarily wrap are the best gifts! Plus, these are good last minute options as well!

  1. A subscription to Shipt. I cannot tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this service. I’ve been using it for a few months and the convenience is a game-changer for me. I signed up during a whirlwind moment of listing out everything I could outsource in the middle of my busy season and I’m so happy that I did. All the shoppers I’ve had are wonderful and they are very careful to make sure they get exact items you request. If the store doesn’t have it, they text you to see what you would like instead. Overall, super easy to use and very much worth it in my mind. This would also make a fantastic gift for a new mom!
  2. A meal delivery service subscription. I’ve used a few different services throughout the years and each one has it’s high points. Blue Apron has the most unique food items, Hello Fresh has a mix of different and familiar common meal option, and Home Chef has the greatest variety (and they just added a customization option to their plans!). So, depending on what you are into, there is a meal delivery service for you! These are not only fun, but they get you out of a food rut. They are typically quick and simple, and there’s so little prep time that you start cooking right away.
  3. A gift certificate to a spa service. This is always welcomed in my my book! Whether it’s a massage or a pedicure, it’s one of those things that feels luxurious that is sometimes hard to prioritize for yourself!

If you are giving a gift that is a gift card, or something that you print out a subscription confirmation of, putting it in a cute pouch is a nice way to make it feel like a bit more of a gift!

Do you have any ideas for non-physical gifts that you give friends or family?

Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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I hosted a small brunch with a few friends earlier this month as an intentional way to make sure we got some time together before the holiday rush!

I was searching pinterest for some recipes and came across this lemon blueberry breakfast cake. It looked amazing and had a ton of great reviews to I tried it!

It was delicious. The lemon zest gave it a really nice lightness and the cake was super moist. Click below for the recipe! I haven’t made anything else from that website but this breakfast cake was a great success!

I found the cute little Christmas dishes at Target when I was Black Friday shopping with my sister. They are from the Opal House collection but reminded us both of a Kate Spade or Rifle Paper Co design so much!

Click below to get the recipe!

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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