Friday, August 26, 2011

What Would Make My Life As A Busy Mom Easier?

Oh I’m so glad you asked. Pull up a chair, can I get you a cup of coffee? Martini? Wine? How long do you have?

There are a TON of products out there that are designed specifically to help busy moms out. Now I haven’t tried them all (that could change anytime, oh makers of fun things), and I’m sure some of them--if not a majority of them--rock.

But until I’m able to do so, I thought I would make a list of things that I thought of in my completely exhausted state over the last eight years that would help me, a busy mom of three boys out. Here they are:

1)  We’ve all heard of the Roomba®, and the Scooba®. They are lovely little robotic devices that help you clean your carpeted and hardwood floors. I don’t have one, but I’ve heard they are fabulous! But as a busy mom with three children and a dog, I was thinking (while walking with a shovel in my hands in the back yard) that someone needs to invent a Poopba. Something that will automatically go around your yard and pick up your dog’s piles so that you don’t have to do it. I mean, I wipe enough rear ends during the day, picking up more bathroom messes that are in the grass my kids play in is not something I like to do.

2)  I already discussed this next item here a bit. But when the wise wonderful people who made washing machines and dryers were in their creative thinking process of design, why oh WHY did they not also think of making a Folder? A machine that folds your laundry for you! It would be a complete time saver, and I guarantee that every household would have one.

3)  Okay this next thing might be a tad of a stretch, and probably comes from 8 years of doing this one activity non-stop…but would it be so hard to invite something that makes changing a diaper easier and cleaner? I don’t know what it would be (that’s what the creative inventors are for) but for some reason, my mind goes right to The Jetsons cartoon.

4)  Now this idea came to me in the wee small hours of the morning as I was walking through the house to get a drink of water. What in the world would make me think of anything besides getting my water and going back to bed? LEGOS! Those itty bitty little pain in my rear wonderful creative toys that bring so much joy to my boys’ lives and really help ignite their imaginations…that’s what. There should be a product out there specifically designed to corral Legos that end up on the floor into one area. A Lego magnet, oh what I wouldn’t give for a Lego magnet. Now before you even ask…yes I do have my children pick up their Legos in the evening. But some are so tiny that they go unnoticed by everyone in the house until they are stabbing you in the foot while walking in the middle of the night, in the dark. So a Lego magnet is a must!

5)   This last idea is something near and dear to my heart. Something that I’ve been dreaming about for a long time! It’s something that would put a smile on my face and a bounce in my step. It would have my eyes twinkling like a little girl on Christmas morning! What in the world could have that much power? Starbucks delivery!!! Enough said!

This is only a handful of the crazy wonderful, help-a-mommy-out ideas that I have had. Stay tuned for more sometime soon!

What invention or service would you like to see on the market that would help you out?


Tina @ Life Without Pink said...

LOL Yes I like your number #1! Growing up we always had 2 dogs and lets just say I HATED going in the back yard especially bare foot!

tracy@sellabitmum said...

Oh yes - A FOLDER and A HANGER. For now I have an 8 year old who actually does a pretty good job at those.

The Woven Moments said...


Ado said...

OMG, hilarious! Poopba! Folder! You should've been an inventor! Patent these!

The invention I would most like to see is some sort of electro-shock device, preferably in the form of a sun visor or perhaps in earrings, that would zap me just before I lose my shit and shout/nag/say something I shouldn't to my kids. Kind of like an invisible fence for dogs!

Another invention I might like to see is an automatic nasal hair clipper that would come after my husband in a rather aggressive, Potergeisty manner whenever his nose hair/toenails/whatever needs to be trimmed, and just somehow glom onto him and do it for him.
I would like that.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We need a Lego magnet at our house. These are great ideas.

Liz said...

Laundry Folder and Put Awayer. For sure!

Mary Frances S. said...

Amen to all of them!

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

I would love a laundry folder. That would be awesome.

Alison@Mama Wants This said...

Haha, awesome ideas!

I would a Toy-Picker-Upper to be invented!

Kate Fineske said...

Lego Magnent!!!! Genius! You seriously need to patent that one :) Oh, and Sarbucks delivery would be great too! Except I bet demand would be WAY higher then supply IMHO? What a fun post!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


Thanks for coming back for a visit!

YES, a Poopba would be a fantastic idea for families with pets wouldn't it?

My kids aren't allowed outside until I've walked the yard to check for land minds!

Come back again soon! Love having you here!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


My 8 year old does a decent job of hanging his clothes. But he's a boy, and he can't fold worth a darn.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

The Woven Moments,

Welcome! And thank you so much for stopping by!!

Yes a Poopba, these are the idea that run through a sleep deprived mothers head! LOL!!

Please come back and visit again soon!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


I'm so honored by your visit to my little space in the blogosphere. Thank you for coming and commenting! I truly appreciate it!

I think you're onto something with the electro-shock thing. I wish I had something that would sense when I was going to yell at the boys and stop me.

Oh and the man trimmer! Totally a great idea!! SO much better than me nagging my husband all the time. A "nasty-man-hair-remover is definitely an invention that should be on the market!

I hope you come and visit me again soon!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

JDaniel4's Mom,

Wouldn't that be the best? My feet would be SO thankful for such an invention. I swear I have permanent indentions on the bottoms of my feet.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


Definitely a Folder. I have my 8 year old training for the Put Awayer position but it would be nice to have an invention that would do it for us because then I wouldn't have to hear all the "But MOOOM, I don't want to put the clothes away." whines.

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Mary Frances S.

Thank you! I just wish companies would actually listen to me!! LOL!!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


I have dreams of a Laundry Folder almost every day. I imagine walking up to a machine much like my washer or dryer and opening the door to a stack of fresh neatly folded laundry. Ahhhhhh

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


Thank you!!

Oh and don't worry! You are a Toy-Picker-Upper. He's just a little too young yet to take the position! :o)

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


Wouldn't a Lego Magnet rock? *sigh* My feet would do a happy dance!!

The way I envision the Starbucks delivery is sort of like a mobile Barista that would come into the neighborhoods and just park for awhile. You know, kind of like the old school popsicle man. They could drive around playing their jazz music and everyone would run out, money in hand!

mamamash said...

At this point, I'd like someone to shave my legs for me while I sleep. Can that be arranged?

These are all great ideas!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


Oh man! Yeah, add that one to the list!! No more trying to shave while in a cramped shower. Ahhh...heaven!!

Julie S. said...

What I would GIVE for Starbucks delivery! Seriously! :)

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...


Right? And I bet it would be totally do-able! I sure hope they see this post and get right on it! :o)

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

A lego magnet would be SO awesome!!! Great list!

Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

Cam! Someone somewhere REALLY needs to make one of those!

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