Efficiency makes my heart flutter

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This post was sponsored by Amazon, all opinions are my own.

I was talking to my future brother in law a few weeks ago about something and this exact sentence came out of my mouth:

“The efficiency that runs through my heart was dying a little bit.”

I can’t remember what it was about, but as soon as I actually heard those words come out of my mouth I knew I was revealing a truly strong part of my personality. I’ve always valued being on time, or usually 10 minutes early, to appointments or meetings or even casual playdates. I think part of that is my personality, and part of that is working in a very time constrained industry for about 10 years before I switched to writing the blog full time. I did hair in a private studio where I was the stylist, receptionist, assistant, cleaner, product supplier, scheduler, etc. It was only me and I ran the show. I loved it that way.

And I carefully planned out my day to work like a well oiled machine, and late clients would throw that machine off from time to time.

My life has only gotten busier and less prone to a schedule with kids, but I still value efficiency! I’ll admit there are times that I have to stop myself from multi-tasking and it takes a real pep talk! So, the more I’m typing this out the more I’m sounding like I’m obsessed with structure and planning and timeliness but the truth is that other than being on time, those other qualities do not come naturally to me!

So I need to set up specific systems that can help my day/life run smoothly so I can focus on the things I want to focus on.

Let me introduce you to the hub of our home:

The kitchen. I live here. It’s the most used room in our home and whenever the boys cannot find me, they come looking for me here. And Luke has been on a major “I need a snaaaacckkkk mamaaaaaa” kick for about a year or so, so he lives here too.

And the second hub is right outside our garage door:

This is where all the things that we need on a regular basis are stored. It’s easy to pop right out into the garage and grab something, and I love that it isn’t all piled in a dark hall closet.

My newest addition to this area are my Amazon Dash buttons. Have you heard of theses? Not only are they cool, they save so much time and make life a bit more efficient, which we all know speaks directly to my heart. Amazon Dash buttons are the fastest and easiest way to order your essentials. All you do is purchase the button, which pays for itself via a credit after the first use, link it to your amazon account, and place it in a convenient location. When you see you are running low on one of your household essentials, you can simply click the button and your products are ordered.


You’ll get a notification from Amazon that an order was placed, so you don’t have to worry about any random orders going through without you noticing, and you’ll be restocking your necessities in no time.

I strategically placed mine where the kids cannot easily reach them because I can only imagine how many times they would click those buttons, but I can also pop them off the wall and let them press a button as a way to help me. They both love being given a task to do to help, especially David. And he thinks it’s pretty cool to press the Bounty button and then watch for the delivery man just a few days later arrive with a big box of paper towels.

Right now, Amazon is running a promo for $0.99 Dash buttons! You can’t beat that price! And take it from me, these buttons took at least 4 things off my mental checklist of household things to keep track of, and there are so many more to choose from too.

You can find a full list of the Dash buttons here and make sure you enter promo code “DASHMOMS” in at checkout to get them at the low price. The promotion runs from 6/19-6/26/2017.

I’ve been scrolling through all the Dash buttons to find more to stick in various parts of my home and I’d love to hear which ones you are looking at for your home too. Let me know in the comments!


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Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says · 06.22.17

The Dash buttons sound so convenient – and efficient! Love that the little buttons have the brand names printed too, makes it so much easier to tell which is which visually.

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Kate says · 06.22.17

It really does!

Katlyn Huff says · 06.22.17

I have never heard of these but we are a family who survives off Prime! I’m so excited, that is TOO neat! Great post, thanks so much for sharing!

Kate says · 06.22.17

They really are pretty cool, aren’t they?

Kait says · 06.22.17

Gosh your boys are cute!

Jennifer S says · 06.22.17

I have seen the buttons before, but putting them on the wall in the same place where you can easily see and store all of your extras is genius. I am guessing you used 3M strips to put them up there? Those strips are another genius invention that make my life SO much easier…

Kristen says · 06.22.17

This is a great idea! I need to look into these! I couldnt help but notice all the lint rollers……. thats the sign of a true cat lover 🙂

Catherine J says · 06.22.17

I never heard about those Dash Buttons and I want them now… but they don’t ship to Canada ! Fingers crossed they will soon !!

Heidi says · 06.22.17

I can’t get the code to work. It says it can’t be applied to the purchase

Jill says · 06.22.17

Same here! The code doesn’t work. I also tried DASHMOM and that doesn’t work either.

Kirsten Griffin says · 06.22.17

Same here! 😕

Lauren says · 06.22.17

Promo code does not work!!! So disappointed, this sounds awesome!

Madalena says · 06.22.17

Following! I tried the code and it doesn’t work. 🙁 Can we get a new code, Kate? Thank you! 😉

Kate says · 06.22.17

Followed up with Amazon about this, will let you know when the code has been updated!

Anna says · 06.27.17

Will there be a new code?

Nadine says · 06.22.17

Love the idea of dash buttons! However, packs of goldfish really shouldn’t be kept in an open basket in the garage. It is an invitation for bugs or mice. If you must keep food like that in the garage, put it in a sealable plastic container. Or better yet, just keep food in the house.

Jamie says · 06.22.17

The code worked for me! I purchased Tide, Bounty, Cascade and Milk Bones 🙂

Paige says · 06.22.17

I love how organized your space is! I need this in my life!


Candy L. says · 06.22.17

I got the code to work, but it only took them down to $2.59 ea.

Cherish Reale says · 06.22.17

Love your organized kitchen and your dash buttons. We could not live without the Gatorade button with two boys playing lots of baseball. Usually it’s delivered within 24 hours or less right to the front door.

AA says · 06.22.17

This is amazing! I had no idea this existed!

Caroline says · 06.23.17

Well since we ran out of kids toothpaste last night… a Toms of Maine button! 😂

Ginger says · 07.01.17

Have you seen the new Dash Wand with Alexa? It’s a game changer. Amazon is running a special for Prime members right now – Purchase a Dash Wand for $20, and once you register it to your account, they add a $20 credit to your account, so it’s essentially free.