Every winter, my church hosts a Christmas tea for ladies.  It’s a great event, I’ve heard.  This year was my first, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but if this year’s was anything like years’ past, it’s definitely something I don’t want to miss in the future.  This year theme was on Joseph, the unsung hero of Christmas.  Small hand tool ornaments were given to each in attendance.  Some of the table decorators used tools to spruce up their designs.  (You will never, ever see or hear me use the word “tablescape” seriously.  I shudder whenever I hear it.)

With that theme in mind, our pastor’s wife asked some of us to demonstrate our favorite gadgets.  Oh, I have plenty.  I asked SuperDad what he thought I should use for my presentation and he didn’t hesitate with his response, “Your laptop.”  Har-dee-har.  Yes, I use it a lot, but come on!  (Ok, seriously, I have a bit of an addiction.  I even have a PINK laptop.  It’s pretty.)  So, with no help from him, I started thinking about it.  I had quite a few I could use, but one was already being used by another woman.  I looked at what other ladies had signed up for and decided something very Mommy-centric would be best.

No, this isn't me.

No, this isn't me.

So I used my Maya Wrap, which was a WONDERFUL gift from SisterFriend. I believe it was gifted to her by a friend, but she wasn’t able to use it. I had a wrap made for me when I had CityGirl, but she DESPISED being in it. Seriously. She’d see the thing and start crying. I had hopes (and prayers) that BittyGirl would take to it better. And thank the LORD, she did. It makes life so much easier, especially with two kids. No clunky, heavy infant carrier to fight with when it’s just the three of us. We went to Disney World on our Thanksgiving vacation and it made life a LOT easier there too.

Pampered Chef Mix 'N Chop

Pampered Chef Mix 'N Chop

But I have more gadgets I love. One of them is the Pampered Chef Mix ‘N Chop. I used it when I make spaghetti, to chop up the ground turkey (I use beef very rarely). When I make chili, I use it. When I make egg salad (which I did today), I use it. I find all sorts of reasons to use it and I always say it’s the best $10 I’ve ever spent. LOVE IT. If you have the chance, get yourself one. You won’t regret it.

I also love my Pampered Chef Food Chopper.  I hate using a knife (I have horrible knife skills) and I abhor chopping onions.  This saves me.  I also use it when I make my chicken salad with leftover rotisserie chicken.  (SuperDad and SuperTeen are quite the fans of this one.)  The best part of this gadget?  It’s GREAT for taking out your frustrations.  My family knows it’s been a rough day based on how finely chopped ingredients get.  🙂

What are YOUR favorite gadgets?

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