I lovingly refer to my life as The Circus.
Because it is.
It all started with one phone call from my mom at 7:45 AM one Tuesday morning.
My mom: Hey! Good morning! (Takes a nice long pause to leisurely sip her morning coffee – presumably while still in her pj’s and robe). How are you today?
Me: Mom. STOP KICKING YOUR BROTHER. Mom, we’re running late for… I SAID PLEASE STOP PULLING YOUR BROTHER’S HAIR… We’re running late for school. COME ON GUYS; PLEASE GET IN YOUR SEATS. Can I call you after I get The Circus to school? Ok. Thanks. Bye. Click.
Sometimes, when things get really out of control, I start singing the classic circus theme – duh duh duh duh duh duh duh, duh duh daaaaaa. It usually stops the kids dead in their tracks – or at least quiets them long enough for me to change the subject. As far as everyday life, you should see the looks I get as my kids pile out of my minivan one by one… all four of them. One day, the three oldest were standing by while I grabbed the baby from his car seat and a passerby actually asked me if there were more kids coming out of the car after. I laughed. And then when I say I have four kids – but not just four kids, four boys, I hear some variation of these nine questions and comments:
- Are you done?
- Please tell me you’re done.
- You are one away from a basketball team!
- Are you going to try for that girl?
- Oh, bless you.
- You must be tired.
- But you look so young to have four kids.
- That’s a lot of high energy, huh?
- How do you do it?
Sometimes I answer, sometimes I just laugh and nod and give the ‘you have no idea’ stare. That one usually scares them out of asking any further questions. It all just depends on my mood that day. But when I do answer, this is what I typically say in response to the above comments and questions:
- Yes, we are done.
- Oh yes, we are really done.
- Yep, but if you count my husband, we do have a team!
- I like being the Queen.
- Thank you. I think…
- Thank you again. I’ll take that as a compliment.
- (Give the ‘you have no idea’ stare)
- But as far as how I do it?
Sometimes I don’t even know. I just do. But my biggest suggestion on how to efficiently manage kids, a house and life can be answered with three words, The Honest Company.
Why? Because we have monthly bundles delivered right to our front door and I save money on all the items we already need. For less than $20 a week, we have diapers and wipes delivered, which saves me a trip to the store with four kids (the ultimate sanity saver). For the baby, I get the Diaper and Wipes Bundle which includes a full month’s supply of diapers and wipes, but I typically order a few extra packs of wipes because I love them as much as I love coffee and use them for everything. Plus, they are the only wipes that don’t give my little sensitive Quinn a rash. When Quinn was a tiny baby, if there was ever a time I worried about running out of diapers, I simply logged into my Honest account online and changed the delivery to an earlier date (but I can honestly say that we have never run out of diapers). Same goes for now that he’s older. If I need to change the diaper size, add items to our order or if we have more diapers than we need, I can adjust, add additional items and/or push the delivery date in a matter of seconds. It’s so easy. And trust me, I need anything and everything that’s easy to be in my life.
But the real reason why we love The Honest Company products the most? Oh, where do I begin? A big reason is that I’m not running around to multiple stores to find all of the eco-friendly products that we use on a daily basis.
But why Honest?
Because of their mission to make everything better, their goal to create a safer environment for children, their families and the planet, their involvement in giving back to communities, their products that not only look good, but are also amazing, their customer service and, of course, The Collective. The Collective is a genius collaboration between Honest and like-minded companies to create wholesome products to make life easier, safer and cleaner. Quinn’s current favorites are the Wooden Toys by Manny and Simon. The natural, non-toxic, handcrafted, made in the USA wooden toys encourage curiosity, development and imagination and are loved by our whole family. All of our children are naturally drawn to them and my husband and I appreciate their simple and modern design.
Our family has been using Honest products for the past 11 months and I now have our orders down to a science. I highly recommend the bundle because it automatically saves you 35% on the products you already need. This is what I receive each month as part of our Diapers and Wipes Bundle:
- 6 packs of diapers
- 4 packs of wipes
I add on these items for the baby, as I need them, to keep them fully stocked at his changing station at all times:
For the rest of the family and the house, the Essentials Bundle is a lifesaver for less than $40 for five products delivered to my door. Besides owning and using all of the household cleaners, soaps, laundry pods and the candle (that one’s for the rare occasion that I get to take a bath) these are my absolute favorite picks for our home:
Yes, my life is a circus, but I wouldn’t trade my circus for the world. They definitely keep things entertaining and fun. After all, that’s what a circus is all about, right? A little bit of danger, a lot of excitement, a ton of energy and a massive amount of smiles. But at the end of the day, I’m so thankful for The Honest Company for providing us with safe, affordable and amazing products – and ones I don’t have to go out and buy with four kids in tow.
To celebrate the #SocialCircus, Honest is giving new customers $10 off a minimum purchase of $40 using the code Circus10off40. Limited to first-time orders and one per customer.
Expires April 14, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST.
And don’t forget to enter to win the #SocialCircus baby gear and essentials prize valued at over $3,500! Contest ends April, 14th!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Honest Company as part of the Social Circus campaign, but all opinions are my own. We buy and use their products on a monthly basis.