Make Mornings Stress-Free with These Products
Getting the family ready for work and school each morning can be quite demanding. Thankfully, with the right products, you can make the experience a lot less stressful for yourself and your loved ones.
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Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
Trust us—it's a lot easier to get out of bed when you know your coffee is already waiting for you. The Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker's delay brew timer lets you set up everything the night before. Your coffee will be ready as soon as you're up, and it shuts off automatically two hours after brewing, so no burnt coffee or worrying if you forgot to turn it off. This coffeemaker also stands out for its auto-pause feature that lets you steal a cup before the pot finishes brewing. ($35; walmart.com)ORDER THIS COFFEEMAKER!
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Automatic Lazy Wall Mount Toothpaste Dispenser + 5 Set Toothbrush Holder Wall Mount Stand
Give even young kids a bit more independence with a mounted toothbrush holder and automatic toothpaste dispenser. It attaches to your wall with double-sided adhesive, and the holder protects toothbrushes from dust and grime. It also ensures none of your children squeeze out half the tube in one morning. ($9; walmart.com)GET THIS TOOTHPASTE DISPENSER!
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Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Fragrance
You've probably heard by now that washing your hair every day isn't actually good for it. It's also a lot of work. For those extra-stressful mornings, put down the blow dryer and just grab a can of Batiste. One of the original dry shampoos, it removes oil to add body and texture and leaves a subtle scent with hints of powder, lavender, and musk. ($7; walmart.com)BUY THIS DRY SHAMPOO!
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32-Ounce Two-Compartment Meal-Prep Containers
Make meal-prepping lunches and snacks a Sunday family activity to let the kids help decide what they want, and at the same time streamline the week. These containers are leak-resistant and microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Just stick them in the fridge or freezer, label them with a marker or a piece of tape, and know that the time-consuming task of packing school lunches is already behind you. ($17; walmart.com)GET THESE MEAL-PREP CONTAINERS
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Hamilton Beach 25500 Egg Cooker
Think you're too busy to make a high-protein breakfast? In less than 10 minutes, the Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker can poach, hard-boil up to 10 eggs, and even make you an omelet. Just set it and walk away; a timer keeps them from overcooking and beeps loudly enough that you'll hear it from another room. Throw in some veggies and cheese, and you'll be energized for a busy day without turning on the stovetop or wasting time at the deli. ($16; walmart.com)BUY THIS EGG COOKER!
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Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Count Down Timer
Just because you're in a rush doesn't mean you should skimp on a full breakfast. With the help of a breakfast sandwich maker, you can get a meal loaded with protein in no time. It's totally customizable, so you can make a unique breakfast for everyone in your family. Try it out with egg whites, turkey sausage, and spinach for a healthy way to start the day. ($30; walmart.com)GET THIS BREAKFAST SANDWICH MAKER!
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Honey Can Do 8-Shelf PEVA Hanging Organizer
Getting yourself and your kids dressed is a Herculean task. Skip the morning frustration and use this metal-reinforced hanging organizer to plan each day's outfit the night or weekend before. You can label the shelves by day of the week and store everyday necessities in the eighth spot. ($12; walmart.com)BUY THIS HANGING ORGANIZER!
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24 Pockets Home Clear Over-Door Hanging Bag
This over-the-door organizer helps ensure that everyone starts off on the right foot—with matching shoes to boot. No need to bring out the hardware; the organizer's hooks slip easily over any door. The 24 pockets work great for scarves, mittens, and hats in the winter too. ($22; walmart.com)GET THIS OVER-THE-DOOR ORGANIZER!
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Epica High-Power Handheld Fabric Steamer
After the kids are dressed, it's on to your outfit. Your button-up is free of juice stains—but it's a scourge of stubborn wrinkles. Setting up an iron takes way too much work, so just grab this handheld garment steamer. Take it out from under the bathroom sink, turn it on while you brush your teeth, and the steamer will be ready when you are. It takes just one minute to heat up, and the built-in low-water auto shut-off keeps you from burning yourself or your clothes. ($140; walmart.com)BUY THIS CLOTHES STEAMER!
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Dorel Home Rectangular Storage Ottoman
Make it a routine for your kids to store their school stuff in the same spot when they walk in the door every day, then grab it again on their way out. That way, you can keep track of papers, and they'll never miss the bus while searching for their shin guards. This secret storage container also doubles as a bench and seamlessly integrates into your existing decor. ($89; walmart.com)GET THIS STORAGE OTTOMAN!
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Wemo Smart Light Switch
Forget to hit the garage light while running out of the house with one kid in your arms and another wrapped around your leg? Can't crawl out of bed when the sun refuses to shine? To solve your problems, Wemo light switches connect to a free app that lets you control and schedule when your lights dim and shine from a phone or tablet running Android 4.1 and higher or iOS 8 and higher. It also works well with Amazon Alexa and Nest thermostat. ($50; walmart.com)BUY THIS LIGHT SWITCH!
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Cade Smart Planner's Monthly Dry Erase Magnetic Calendar
You might put the cereal in the fridge and the milk in the cabinet, but at least this dry-erase fridge calendar will remind you what's on today's agenda. Keep track of your family's schedule by color-coding appointments, events, or reminders with the set of three markers. ($15; walmart.com)GET THIS MAGNETIC CALENDAR!
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Contigo West Loop AutoSeal 16-Ounce Vacuum-Insulated Travel Mug
Ready? Grab that joe to go. Your coffee won't leak or splash out of this Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug, even if you're sprinting out the door. The insulation keeps drinks hot up to seven hours or cold up to 18. So, just push the button to take a sip and drink at whatever pace you'd like. ($22; walmart.com)BUY THIS TRAVEL MUG!
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Schlage BE Series Camelot Keypad Deadbolt with Alarm and Z-Wave Technology
We have all been late to work because our keys decided to grow feet and wander off. With a smart door handle, there are no keys—so, no problems. The system is a bit pricey, but it's an investment that pays off every morning and eliminates the need to give duplicate keys to a dog walker or baby sitter. The Z-wave technology lets you know when your kids are home, safe and sound, as it sends text alerts when an alarm is triggered or a certain code is used. ($410; walmart.com)GET THIS SMART KEYPAD!