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    26 Products To Prop You Up When Life Gets Busy

    Sometimes your support system includes a robot vacuum and that's OK.

    1. A compact Dash rapid egg cooker that'll make your morning egg prep 1,000x easier. Get boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs in just a couple of minutes. And weighing in at just ONE POUND, it's perfect for small apartment kitchens, dorm rooms, or RV travel!

    a reviewer photo of the egg cooker in blue with six eggs inside
    a reviewer photo of the egg cooker making an omelette

    This cooker includes the base, clear lid, measuring cup, poaching tray, omelet bowl, boiling tray, and a handy little recipe book!

    Promising review: "Where has this gadget been all my life?! I love to cook but I always find boiling water for eggs to be annoying. It's very easy to use and the eggs come out perfect! You just pick how you want to make your eggs, fill the cup with water to the appropriate line, pierce the egg, cover it, and turn on. All in all, it's a great product and I’m happy with this purchase." —Death2Barbie

    In need of an egg cooker deep dive? Check out our Dash Egg Cooker review.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in eight colors).

    2. A slide-away storage bag if you're tired of feeling like every waking moment is spent picking up stray Lego blocks and other tiny (aka painful) toys. This drawstring compartment doubles as a play mat, and, when your kid is done, closes in on itself, whisking away toys quicker than you can say, "Put your toys away." 

    the bag lying on its side with the mat open and toys on it
    the mat rolled back into the storage bag

    Promising review: "I really like this for my kid's Duplo Lego bricks, but I think it could be used for a lot more than that. I want to get one for my kids train track. The fabric part is really large and would fit the track on it. I found the cleanup is extremely easy; all you do is lift up the fabric and it all goes in the bin. An added bonus, my 2-year-old can dump over the bin and it stays on the fabric part. I also would like to add that I like the fabric on the outside of the bin; it looks durable and good quality." —KFundy

    Get it from Amazon for $58.99 (available in four colors).

    3. A soft curling rod headband for bringing some "I woke up like this energy" to your styling routine. This set comes with everything you need to achieve flawless waves — no hot tools required. Simply wrap damp locks around the roller, fasten with the provided clip, and catch some Z's knowing that you're in for a fuss-free morning. 

    Reviewer with the headband woven into their hair
    Reviewer with curly hair

    Each set comes with a curling rod, two hair scrunchies, a claw hair clip, and two duckbill hair clips to set it in place. These are designed to work with all hair types, but work best if you roll them with damp hair! 

    Promising review: "Before purchasing, I’d seen a lot of reviews and tutorials on TikTok showing the results. My hair is thick, coarse, and naturally wavy, so I figured this might be a good alternative to rollers that are time-consuming to put in, difficult to sleep in, and ultimately not worth it. And MAN was I right to be hopeful. Wrap pieces of damp hair around it before bed, the tighter the wrap, the tighter the curl. Easy to sleep in since there’s nothing on the back of your head, and my curls are BOUNCY the next morning. My only complaint is that it doesn’t help give any top-volume, but nothing some teasing can’t fix. 10/10. I’ll never go back to a curling iron." —Mariah

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in six colors). 

    4. Or an all-in-one hot air brush so you can style, dry, and volumize hair in one easy step. This gadget combines the heat of a blowdryer with the shape and bristles of a round brush to make at-home blowouts a breeze.

    A hand holding the brush that has bristles all around it.
    a reviewer with curly hair
    the same reviewer with their hair blown out straight with the brush

    Promising review: "I have very thick, wavy hair. I can never blow out my hair because it's too hard to hold the round brush and hair dryer in the right spots. THIS!! It is everything all in one and the oval shape makes it so easy to use. It gets really hot. It is a little loud on high, but I've found if my hair is already a little dry then I can just use it on low. I used a blow-dry primer spray to accelerate the drying time and protect my hair. I'm in love! The flat iron always flattens my hair and makes it look dry. This straightens and retains the volume and gives it a soft, nondamaged look." —SAHM2011

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89

    5. A bleach-free Wet & Forget shower cleaner to make regular upkeep and soap scum prevention nearly effortless. Once a week, simply give the shower a spray, let it sit overnight, rinse, and — BOOM — you're done and didn't even break a sweat.

    on the left, a dirty shower labeled

    Promising review: "I have been having shower draining issues, so there was a buildup of soap scum in my shower. I have a very weak stomach and cleaning the shower makes me physically ill. I have tried several products that have claimed to be no scrub/wipe but this has been the only one that has worked. I sprayed it after my shower and left it to sit until the next night. Found that A LOT of the grime had disappeared. Now, was it perfect? No. But I think with consistent use it will get there. Highly recommend this product." —KZ

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98+ (available in two scents and two sizes).

    6. A set of daily medication tracking stickers because it turns out you have to actually take your meds consistently in order for them to work — who knew?! This all-in-one system sticks right on any pill bottle, ointment tube, or spray with perforated tabs that track whether or not you've taken your daily dose. 

    a reviewer holding a pill bottle with the tracking stickers applied
    the same pill bottle with two of the tracking tabs removed sitting next to packets of 10-day, hourly, and monthly pill tracking stickers
    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed

    TookTake is a woman-owned small businesses that started as a DIY solution to organizing the founder's many medications throughout her cancer treatment. It evolved into the sticker system you see today. 

    I have a pretty checkered past when it comes to consistently taking my daily vitamins and medicine. Lately, I've opted for an in-your-face series of phone alarms, but on more than one occasion have absent-mindedly snoozed said alarm only to be be left wondering an hour later if I actually took my pill. That's what I really like about these tracking stickers — the marked tabs give you that answer at a glance reducing the chance for missed or doubled doses. The only complaint is that the tabs can be a little tricky to remove as others reviewers mention, but if you have any semblance of a fingernail it shouldn't give you too much trouble. This is a cheap and discreet solution for forgetful humans who want to stay on top of better taking care of themselves. 

    Get a three-pack (12 labels) from Amazon for $14.97 (available in 10-day and hourly editions).

    7. A detangling kids' leave-in conditioner that'll tame frizz, hydrate curls, reduce breakage, and just generally decrease the amount of time spent fussing over your kid's hair — something you'll both be grateful for.

    Promising review: "I NEVER leave reviews, but I had to do it for this product. I have two girls with curly hair who would cry when it was time to brush their hair after a bath. We tried a few products, but this product beats them all. Shoot, I use this spray on my hair, too. I also spray my girls’ hair in the morning with this spray and rub my fingers through it. Beautiful curls for my girls because of this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    8.  A hybrid robot vacuum and mop if you want spotless floors without even having to lift a finger. It's safe for use on all floor types *and* utilizes smart navigation for an orderly and thorough cleaning.

    a reviewer photo of the vacuum on a charging dock
    a reviewer gif of the vacuum sucking up a pile of food on the floor

    Promising review: "We LOVE this! It works so much better than our four other Roombas. It always returns to its home base to charge. It rarely gets stuck on anything. It’s very convenient. Our robot mop is so finicky and never wants to start. This product is so nice! We add water about once a day." —Ali Bruder

    Get it from Amazon for $169.99.

    9. A hypoallergenic moisturizing body spray with oat and jojoba oil for when your busy schedule starts cutting into your essential (albeit time-consuming) head-to-toe moisturizing routine. Thanks to the easy, mess-free application, you can get on with your day quicker without making your dry skin suffer. 

    Promising review: "I’m big on skincare and wanted to add something to my products when I take a quick shower but don’t do a full lotion down. I mean...this smells great and is a thick oil as well. I will always purchase!" —Jacqueline

    Get it from Amazon for $10.45

    10. A versatile chop, slice, and dice unit so you can drastically *cut* down on food prep and cleanup time with interchangeable blades that can each be popped into the dishwasher.

    a reviewer photo of the chopper, attachable blades and a bin filled with chopped potatoes
    a reviewer using the chopper to dice an onion

    Promising review: "Makes life so much easier. I can't imagine chopping onions or bell peppers by hand anymore, and it does so much more. We used to have a Prepworks chopper which was a similar idea, but you had to press so hard to chop, and it broke after not too long. This one requires very little effort to cut through the food and it has a generous container." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99

    11. Plus, a TikTok-famous grape cutter to save loads of time on one of the most unexpected and time-consuming parenting chores — quartering grapes for child-safe snacking. 

    reviewer's gif showing the grape cutter in action
    reviewer's photo of the grape cutter

    Promising reviews: "Who buys a grape cutter? Well, a working mom with a toddler! This makes lunch prep so quick and easy!! I recommend to every mom I meet!! 🤗" —Danielle

    "A parent's best friend!! This makes my life so much easier, eases my mind sending grapes in my kid's lunch, and saves me so much time!!" —Kaitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A pack of spiral hair ties because you don't want hair flopping in your face while trying to get stuff done, but you also can't stand the perma-dent regular hair ties leave behind. It's time to say goodbye to your old elastics and all the knotted hair they've unceremoniously ripped from your head.  

    a reviewer holding a box filled with eight of the spiral hair ties
    a reviewer wearing the spiral hair tie in their hair
    a reviewer not wearing the hair tie with no visible crease in their hair

    Promising review: "Love these. I can put my wet hair up in the morning and wear this all day and take the invisibobble out of my hair and there is no evidence (hair dents, crimping, etc.) that my hair had been pulled up all day." —Twixstery

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $7.12+ (available in five color combos). 

    13. An auto shutoff outlet that will automatically turn off after 30 minutes. No more frantically trying to remember if you powered down your curling iron before leaving the house! We don't need that kind of stress today (or any day). 

    A photo of a black cord plugged into the time outlet with a small illuminated red light next to the words

    Promising review: "I have a very expensive flat iron that doesn't have the automatic shutoff option. I love the iron, but am frequently forgetting to turn it off. This little gadget is the perfect option. When I forget to turn the iron off, this gadget does it for me. No more wondering if I turned off the iron or not as I'm driving to work in the morning." —Polly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59.