5 things that made my life as a mummy much easier

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This morning I left the house in a hurry and forgot my hair clip: it was windy and I had to walk all the way with my hair in my eyes, unable to move it away because I was pushing the pram with one hand and holding Colbie’s leash with the other. I was reminded how much easier some things makes my life since I’m a mummy. So today I’ll share my TOP 5 list with you!

Hair clip

Hair clip

I couldn’t live without this! I’m not a very girly woman, but before Oliver arrived, I liked wearing my hair down, I’d curl it sometimes, straighten it other times. I had even started trying different hairstyles that my friend Marisa would patiently teach me (I’m a mess!). But after Oliver, my default hairstyle is hair away from face, neck, back, shoulders on wherever it can get sweaty, pulled or eaten. So hair clip it is!

This long clip is by far my favourite kind of hair clips, elegant and practical at the same time: you can wear your hair up in a bun (1), in a half bun (2), in a side bun (3) or go for a messy style (4)! As you can see, I always look slightly different using just one tool that requires no hair skill at all! I love it!

Back Seat Mirror

Britax Summer cover + Britax mirror

I already told you about this in the post about our super duper DUALFIX car seat, but putting the mirror on the back seat really made my life easier on the road. I love having the mirror there to see if Oliver is fine, if he’s falling asleep, if he’s crying for a serious reason or simply for him to be able to see me, too.

Bluetooth headset


Every day I go for a long walk and as Oliver is still not the best interlocutor, that’s a perfect time to catch up with family, make some business calls or say hi to that friend I never have time to walk. I had always used earbuds, but lately between the pram and my dog on the leash, the cable was always getting in the way: this headset is the best solution ever!

And of course my hubby researched a bit to get me the best one at a reasonable price. It’s the Explorer 50 by Plantronics: it’s bluetooth, can be worn in either ear, it’s extremely easy to set up with my iPhone, interacts with Siri so I don’t even have to take out my phone to make a call, it stays perfectly on my ear, and the audio quality is great on both ends.

Update: I now use Apple AirPods and I’m much happier, the integration with iPhone and Apple Watch is priceless!

Food tower

Food tower

This is a great mummy hack invented by my friend Joanna. Since we started Baby-led Weaning we always need to have some snack available for the kids: cut fruit and vegetables, homemade cookies, halved olives or sliced ham. That’d be a lot of containers!

This “food tower” (that’s how we call it) solved the problem: it’s a common milk tower (for mums who use formula milk on the go or for the nursery) and you can buy it in any pharmacy… we just adapted it to be used for snacks instead of formula milk. And it’s great!

Corn/Rice cakes

corn cakes with olive pate

That’s right! Corn or rice cakes that you can buy at the supermarket have saved my behind a few times: when queuing at the bank with a cranky Oliver, eating at a restaurant with a fussy Oliver, or even just at the play ground with a hungry Oliver. They are easy to find and carry, relatively healthy (healthier than cookies and crisps), and incredibly versatile: you can have them with Philadelphia, hummus, olive paté, guacamole… When I buy them, I usually just make sure they are gluten-free, salt-free, and with olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Et voila!

I hope you enjoyed the post at least as much as I enjoyed writing it. What are your life-saving things in your mummy life?

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My name is Carlotta, I’m 33 years old, I’m Italian, married to a Finnish guy, and together we raise Oliver (4) and Emily (2) Montessori and multilingual. We’re selling everything to travel the world.

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  1. Le gallette di riso hanno salvato anche noi più di una volta e le portiamo sempre dietro nei viaggi! Grazie per l’idea sul contenitore del latte artificiale che anche io avevo comprato e (per fortuna) mai utilizzato….il mio è meno capiente ( quello della Avent) ma diviso in 3 e quindi adattabile all’uso! Auricolare sono pigra…ne ho uno vecchio che dovevo risistemare ed è sempre stato lì sulla scrivania..mi devo attrezzare! Capelli corti quindi niente fermaglio…..lo specchietto ce l’ho anche se il mio seggiolino è fronte guida! Un abbraccio grazie per condividere il tuo tempo con le tue lettrici, sempre!

    • Ciao Giulia, grazie a te per trovare il tempo di scrivermi! Sono sicura che potrai adattare il contenitore della Avent… è una trovata geniale secondo me! Un abbraccio e spero di leggerti ancora 🌸

  2. Solo un pensiero: se l’uva e’ tagliata a meta’ per la sicurezza di Oliver, deve essere tagliata nell’altro senso. Se la tagli dal lato corto, potrebbe comunque ostruirgli la trachea!

    • Concordo sul taglio dell’uva, dei pomodorini, olive, ecc. Anzi, sarebbe meglio in 4 parti.
      Ho seguito un corso di disostruzione delle vie aeree e c’è l’hanno raccomandato più volte per prevenire il rischio di soffocamento.
      Grazie per i post interessanti che pubblichi!

      • Grazie anche a te per il tuo commento Samuela 🙂 È vero, bisogna fare moltissima attenzione in ogni momento. mi è già capitato un pio di volte che per delle patatine di verdure un po’ più croccanti Oliver mi è diventato rosso aragosta e grazie al corso di primo ausilio ho saputo gestire la situazione e aiutarlo immediatamente. Lo consiglierei a tutti!

    • Ahah V. grazie, ma in questo caso l’uva è tagliata per cercare di rallentare il mio piccolo mangiatore folle… anche io ho fatto un corso di distruzione delle vie aeree e mi hanno detto la stessa cosa che scrivi tu. Ma Oliver ha mille denti e mastica tutto molto bene, quindi da un po’ e con attenzione ho smesso di tagliare a metà uva e olive, anche se tengo sempre tre occhi aperti 😉

  3. Me encanta y lo utilizo a 4 de los 5 👍🏻😘

    • Gracias Nandi! A que sí que estas cosas simplifican mucho la vida? Gracias por dejarme tu comentario 😘

  4. Le gallette di riso sono super.. le mangio continuamente e non avevo mai pensato di proporle alla piccola come “riempitivo” in coda al supermercato.. un super “salvagente”!!!! Grazie!!

  5. alessandra - July 17, 2017

    Tortitas de maíz: davvero una salvezza!!!!!! 😀

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