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    31 Helpful Things To Have Around When Life Gets Busy And Hectic

    Because life is always hectic and busy!

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    1. A convenient tray you 1,000% need if you practically live in your car. It hooks onto your steering wheel so you can eat or get some work done while you're out and about. T-ball practice just got soooo much better.


    Please, do not try to use this while driving. It will not work.

    Promising review: "As an outside sales rep, I sometimes feel like I live in my car. This dual-purpose tray is a must-have if you need a well-positioned mobile desk or a less awkward way to eat (and avoid wearing) your lunch. It's nice that both sides are functional...a food tray complete with cup holder on one side, and a smooth, flat writing surface on the other. You won't have to worry about getting grease or food residue on your paperwork! It also works well with small laptops or your iPad. It's made of high-impact plastic, so it won't melt or warp if you leave it sitting in your hot car; it's virtually indestructible. I can't imagine how I lived without one of these for so many years!" —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    2. A pre-planned grocery list to prevent you from aimlessly wandering the aisles, not knowing what to buy and then ultimately stressing out. You don't need *more* stress, no you do not.


    Can you tell I hate going to the grocery store and planning out my dinners?!

    Promising review: "I love these things. In a household with kids who might use the last of something and forget to tell anyone, or multiple adult roommates who might do the same, this thing is invaluable. There have been so many times where I'm part way into doing something only to realize we have no milk, or no eggs, or some other thing. Something I could have replaced IF ONLY I had known we were out of it. This list is great. It's magnetic so it goes right on the fridge, it has a LOT of options, plus plenty of spaces to add on things that you may need that aren't on the list. You can tear it off and take it shopping with you." —A. F. Gleason

    Get it from Amazon for $9.40.

    3. And! A meal plan notepad with a perforated shopping list that'll help you line up everything you need for a week's worth of food. No more aimlessly wandering grocery store aisles with no game plan!


    You can separate the two lists or keep them attached! It even has two magnets on the back so you can easily hang it on the fridge.

    Promising review: "I’ve been starting to get into meal prepping and this planner really helps! I like being able to look up recipes on my phone and then write down whatever ingredients I still need on the grocery list section of this planner. The fact that it's magnetic is cool, because you can hang it on the fridge. I love how the grocery list section can be ripped off so you can take it to the store, but the daily meal plans remain on the fridge so you can stay organized. This is a very simple idea, but it’s cute and helps keep me organized and motivated to plan out my meals." —Samantha M.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    4. While we're on the theme of friendly reminders, a dishwasher magnet for keeping track of whether or not the dishes are clean. Please don't come home after a long day and eat off of a dirty plate.

    Promising review: "This helps us keep track of clean and dirty dishes. Before, when we didn’t have this product, we would spend so much time trying to figure out if the dishes were clean or not. Now we don’t have to waste time deciding weather the dishes are clean or not. The shutter slides easily but it doesn’t move on its own. The magnets are strong enough to hold it to your dishwasher and it even came with adhesive if you don’t have a metal dishwasher." —KAHL

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    5. A set of colorful bento boxes so it's super easy to meal prep, pack your lunch, and finally save some dang money...which are three things we could all use more of in our weeks — especially hectic ones.


    Promising review: "This is perfect for a daily lunch keeper for working people. It doesn't leak (even after a few runs through the dishwasher) and I love the fact that it is dishwasher safe. That makes my life just a bit easier (being a very busy working mother of two young children). It's well worth the investment." —Katie

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.87.

    6. A silicone freezer tray for freezing perfectly portioned leftovers until you're ready to 'em again. Soup, pasta, and your favorite meals are just a microwave zap away. /

    Some customers even used it to prep smoothies for the entire week by freezing and then adding a bit of warm water to thaw! It comes with a lid to help maintain freshness and keep out odors. It's made of food-safe silicone that's BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the best invention since sliced bread! How many times have you thrown out soup that you forgot about in your fridge??? Well, say goodbye to spoiled soup! Finally, a way to store measured quantities of broth, but I love to use mine for soup and...wait for it...SMOOTHIES! These cubes are the best for freezing measured quantities of smoothies, simply throw one in the Vitamix, and boom! You have a fresh, already icy cold smoothie for breakfast or a snack! For anyone with limited freezer space which, let's face it, is most of us, this is a real gem. I was a bit worried about how easily the cubes would slide out, but no problems at all! The best part is how easy the cubes store in a gallon sized ziplock bag so you can reuse the cubes. AND they are dishwasher safe??? Souper Cubes, why did you take so long to come into my life!??! I can't wait until the holiday season so I can gift these as stocking stuffers — to anyone I know, you now know your gift." —jane s. catalano

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    7. A pack of biodegradable wet wipes to hold you over 'til you can get home and shower. Now, go enjoy that midday workout *and* after-work happy hour!


    These are also a great addition to any hiking, camping, outdoors trip where there is limited-to-no access to bathrooms.

    Promising review: "I work for a university and they offer lunchtime exercise classes for staff. I get really sweaty sometimes, and unfortunately there are no changing rooms or showers because they are not held in gyms. Once I wipe myself down with these and change my clothes, I feel fresh enough to get through the rest of my workday." —Chrissy

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. A green-tea setting spray that'll lock in your makeup *AND* leave your skin looking extra radiant and shine-free, because who wants to deal with fading and constant touchups on jam-packed days? I sure don't! /

    Promising review: "I have oily skin so I really need help haha, but I also have super sensitive skin. I wanted something that was gentle and contained good ingredients, and I think I found it. I will definitely be ordering again. With this product my makeup easily lasts 12 hours and I feel like it helps it to look smoother as well." —Melanie P.

    Many reviewers mention it works well when sprayed before and after makeup application!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.25.

    9. Caffeinated mints that'll work double time to give you fresh, minty breath and a boost of energy that doesn't come with the crash or jitters.

    Each mint contains 40 mg of caffeine (for reference: a cup of coffee has about 90 mg) so you can take them as you need, without having to worry about the jitters. If you feel like you need a bit more energy, just pop another in!

    Promising review: "I was a bit skeptical at first, knowing that most caffeine boost/coffee replacement products tend to be ineffective. 40mg of caffeine per mint sounded unbelievable. To my surprise, these mints did EXACTLY what they were supposed to. I use to work at Starbucks and am a huge coffee drinker, so I never really feel the caffeine energy boost anymore. However, with only ONE mint I immediately felt like I had energy again. Not only that, but they did not give me a headache or any kind of stomach cramp as some sugar-free/caffeine products can give. The spearmint flavor is VERY strong. It's like a super Altoid, but it's manageable for sure. I have yet to try the winter, but am confident it's just as good! These mints will get the job done. Much better then a 5-Hour Energy, etc." —Mariah

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in five flavors).

    10. A book filled with challenging logic puzzles to keep your brain sharp, even during incredibly stressful weeks that drag on, and on, and on... Consider this your break from reality.


    Promising review: "I love logic puzzles, and this is the best book I've found for them. There are between eight and 16 clues for each. The puzzles are entirely self-contained, requiring no 'background knowledge' to complete, only logic. Most of the puzzles have *no* superfluous clues. As an adult who loves logic puzzles, they still take me at least 30 min to finish one. Extra points for more gender and ethnic diversity than most puzzles. The book also references instruction slides on the Puzzle Barons website, which are very well-made, and the website also features fill-in answer grids that provide you with your next logical step and an explanation why." —Laura B

    Get it from Amazon for $11.86.

    11. A rapid microwave steamer for a quick and delicious dinner that doesn't involve a complicated recipe, a ton of steps, and ingredients you completely forgot to pick up at the store.


    The trays are stackable, freezer-safe, and top-rack dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "OMG! I love these! I've used them for soups, reheating pasta and chili, making scrambled and poached eggs, ramen noodles, and canned veggies. Many uses for them straight from the fridge or freezer right into the microwave. They're great for travel to the office for lunch without spilling in your tote bag, purse, or briefcase, picnics, or a day out. The locking lid prevents that explosion in the microwave you often get from microwaveable food that come in containers. Your food will become piping hot while the bowl remains touchable and easy to manage.. Best microwave cookers I've found so far and I have tried many since I got my first microwave when they first came out. Great, great, great! Did I say these are great?" —AshGray

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six styles and in purple).

    12. A box packed with 40 pretty cards ideal for a variety of occasions so you always have a quick backup when you forget a birthday...or dare I say your anniversary.


    This cute set comes with get well, sympathy, birthday, anniversary, new baby, congratulations, wedding, friendship, and encouragement cards — plus five styles of envelopes.

    Promising review: "Call me old school, but I enjoy giving people cards for different occasions. I wanted something that I could have on hand so I wouldn't have to rush to the store each time I needed a card. This product is AMAZING! The cards are the same size you'd buy at a store (5x7) and the quality is superb! The cards are made of a thick card stock and the design and colors are beautiful. There is a nice mix of different cards for different occasions. As well, the envelopes are also made out of sturdy/quality paper. I am SO impressed with this product and will be buying ordering from them again!" —Mika Karikari

    Get it from Amazon for $25.96.

    13. A life-changing antiperspirant that can reduce sweat for up to seven days. Pit stains??? In THIS heat? Oh, haven't heard of them. /

    Like any product you apply onto your body, you should do a test on a small part of your skin before full application. Keep in mind that because this is a strong antiperspirant, it should not be used immediately after shaving/bathing.

    Promising review: "I have sweated since I was in the 5th grade and it has been the worst thing of my life. I can’t wear any shirts or long sleeves or even jackets that are too tight on my armpit because I would sweat through EVERY layer. Even when it was FREEZING cold outside I would sweat through all layers of clothing. It’s embarrassing especially being an athlete my whole life. It’s been TWO days and this is the result already. This is after working six hours as a vet assistant, so I’m constantly on my feet and holding animals and in hot rooms and NOTHING. Not even in my car that doesn’t have A/C. I’m not one to write product reviews but 10 years of sweating and now it’s gone definitely deserved a review. This product is a —Genevieve

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    14. A clever package opener featuring a built-in screw driver that'll easily open that one product encased in ten layers of rigid plastic and 25 ties...and 18 screws.


    Promising review: "Everyone needs these!! Better than scissors to open boxes or even cases of water. Must-have for opening those hard rigid plastic packaging that is on everything now, like battery packages. The angle lets you get in and cut better. Must-have tool for any household. I would highly recommend. Great value." —Wahoo Patty

    Get it from Amazon for $12.65.

    15. A hot air brush for the days when ya just don't have the time to go to the salon and then drop money on a blowout. This will give you gorgeous, effortless waves and volume for days. Tl;dr: Busy mornings have nothing on you with this on your side.,

    Promising review: "THIS PRODUCT IS TRULY EVERYTHING!!! It is light-weight making it very easy to hold, the heat temperature on high is perfect — it's perfect to style hair without causing heat damage), the bristles are soft so hair slides through and there's no breakage at all. The feature that I LOVE is that it has a cool setting to let curls cool down before releasing them (no need to use hot rollers). CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS HAIR TOOL. How I use it: I use the high setting on the roots all the way down to the ends, I rolled up the ends and leave it there for about 20 seconds (high setting) and then I put the cool setting on for about 10 seconds, then I start unrolling the brush and gently remove it to reveal bouncy & natural looking curls. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!" —FashionChic

    Get it from Amazon for $32.32+ (available in two sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeed Shopping writer's full review on this John Frieda hot air brush!

    16. Dry-erase sticky notes with an adhesive back so you can leave little reminders, appointments, to-dos, and whatever else you're regularly forgetting.


    A lot of people have added these to boxes in their garage or storage areas to indicate what's in each box.

    Promising review: "I love that they are reusable. I work in an office and we use post-it notes for everything. I noticed we were ordering them a lot and spending a lot of money. I decided to try these mcSquares to see if we could save money. I have been using them for about a week and I love them. They stick to almost every surface and work just like a post it." —Dawn Dahlke

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A laundry board that makes it incredibly easy to fold all of your clothes with precision, ensuring that everything looks tidy in your drawers and closet. It's like you took it all to the laundromat. 😍,

    This board is super easy to use! Just lay the board flat (with a tee, towel, pants, whatever, on top) and simply flip the left side, then the right, and that's it! You're done! Plus, this works perfectly for not just clothes, but also linens and towels.

    Promising review: "My first reaction was 'Why did I buy this?' Then I gave this a try with a couple shirts I had just washed and next thing you know, I simply had to do my entire drawer! Everything folds so neatly and easily with this thing. I still couldn't believe it, so I ended up organizing our bedsheets and towels. I am amazed at how much of a game changer this is. Must try! Am in love on how beautiful it left my clothes." —Jesus Antonio Vedia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

    18. An ultra-caffeinated coffee that'll give you a GIANT, COLOSSAL boost of energy on sluggish mornings.


    I'd just like to casually mention that this coffee has over 15k reviews, and a 4.6-star rating. People REALLY love this coffee, so much so, that some of the reviews left are the best (and funniest) I've seen on Amazon.

    Promising review: "I'm sold. I bought this to keep me alert and focused at work. By my second cup I no longer needed a keyboard or mouse, as I was able to control my computer directly by thought. By the third cup I could hear colors and smell sounds. After my fourth cup, I decided to burn off some of the excess energy with a quick jog, and ended up finishing the Kessel Run in 11 parsecs flat! Seriously... Buy this stuff!" —Erick W.

    Get a one-pound bag from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three sizes).

    19. Heat-resistant toaster bags for reheating sandwiches, fries, and other should-be crispy foods the RIGHT way — aka, not in the microwave where they tragically turn soggy. You can also make a quick grilled cheese with these things, you're welcome.

    Promising review: "Didn't even know this existed and don't think I could live without them. Best grilled cheese sandwiches without butter or any other extra fat. Bagels come out like just baked. No idea how it toasts toast, but it does.

    And no more cleaning of the toaster. They wash in seconds, and dry perfectly. I don't hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend." —MKS

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $8.49.

    20. A powerful mouthwash to quickly and efficiently get rid of morning breath. Whether or not you have time to brush your teeth is your business, I am just here to show you a great product that can help bad breath!

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this TheraBreath oral rinse!

    Promising review: "Ridiculous claims. And for whatever works. Yes, it does everything it says it will do. Pour a small portion in a measured cup provided with your purchase, swish in your mouth a bit, gargle as well, and in the morning you can kiss your honey with a clean mouth. NO ODOR, NO SMELLY MORNING BREATH. THIS STUFF WORKS! I urge you to consider getting the toothpaste as well. Cleans and whitens better than anything out there and I have tried them all." —John E. Litton

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.32 (available in icy mint and mild mint).

    21. A manual scalp massager brush that can not only help you relax on hectic days, but reduce flakiness and oily build-up from regular use of hair products. Dandruff has no room in your house!

    Promising review: "If you have stubborn dandruff, TRY THIS before you give up! I have seborrheic dermatitis, which causes a greasy build up of dandruff on my scalp. When I use this product to rub the shampoo through my hair while in the shower, it cleanses my scalp and removes the build up. My dandruff has significantly decreased and is almost gone. I have tried a variety of other products to get rid of my dandruff, including high-powered dandruff shampoo. None had worked before this. Side note: I have found this product works best on shorter hair, anything longer than shoulder length makes it a bit harder to pull through your hair. Overall I am incredibly pleased with this product." —Marilyn

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

    22. A seat gap filler that'll finally keep you from losing things to the bottomless pit between the seat and the console. You don't need that on hectic mornings!


    Promising review: "I've used these for a couple of years now, and can't count the number of times I've been grateful for them! I used to drop things between my seat and the console all the time, or not be sure where I dropped them and have to look like crazy to find them. Now I know they're not in that dark, hard-to-reach space, and they're much easier to find. I can tuck my umbrella and coupon envelope there and know they won't get spilled on. When I do spill on the Drop Stops, it wipes right up with a damp cloth or wipe. They don't show at all and always look clean." —B. Gifford

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A car vent dip clip so you can dip 👏 those 👏 fries 👏 without fumbling with the barbecue sauce and spilling it all over your car. May your commutes home be somewhat tolerable now. /

    Promising review: "Very useful! I love that the cup is removable so if you have one of those giant Chick-fil-A ketchup cups, it can sit within the holder without the added cup, but a smaller sauce like from Wendy’s can sit inside the additional cup so it won’t fall through." —catherine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in black).

    24. A wine glass (or beer can!) holder you literally suction cup straight to the bathtub wall to make after-work bath beverages an Official Thing. Now, *this* is how you unwind after a long day!


    Promising review: "It works perfectly and its nice to have a safe place to set my glass of wine while relaxing in the tub. The hold with the suction cup is great and I haven't lost a glass of wine yet." —Heather Roper

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six colors).

    25. A cloud-shaped magnetic key holder to make certain your days are free from the stressful, frantic, and all-too-common car key search. / Amazon Customer /

    It has an adhesive backing that'll stick to your walls and doors. If you're a renter or are worried about the stickiness, you can always add Command Strips to the back — get some for $2.99.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    26. A handy gadget that'll keep track of whether or not the doggo has been fed. Hey, the day can get crazy and we could all use extra friendly reminders.

    Promising review: "Awesome product! There are four of us that were working together to feed the dogs. It simplified everything because I no longer have to text to see if anyone has fed them every morning. Now I just see if it's green and if not, I feed them and indicate it. We all love it so much!" —Toni Deegan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    27. A felt purse organizer to make it extra easy to transport your belongings from one purse to another so your wallet, glasses, hair tie collection, hand sanitizer, and other essentials never get left behind.


    Promising review: "Perfect for my needs! THIS organizer allows you to put lots of things in their own pocket so that you can quickly retrieve it without wasting time digging around. Other items (perhaps, taller items) can be put in the main section that is the length of the organizer. I purchased one and am now purchasing two more as gifts for people who I know also own tall tote bags like mine. If you have a tall tote, you can't go wrong buying this product. I highly recommend it." —A. E.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three sizes and seven colors).

    28. Blackberry sleep gummies packed with melatonin and chamomile to help get you off to dreamland, all without any chemical sleep aids — and all that sounds ~berry~ good to me.

    Promising review: "I've tried other sleep products like the sleep drinks and other gummies but I keep coming back for these! They've worked the best out of any of the others I've tried! I fall asleep fast and stay asleep for the whole night. I also wake up feeling great! No hangover feeling at all!" —Jaime Arnold

    Get a 70-count from Amazon for $17.99.

    29. A double-sided eyeliner stamp you'll L-O-V-E on rushed mornings, because it can create perfectly symmetrical wings in a matter of minutes. Minimal effort, big results.

    Amazon /

    Promising review: "Let me start by saying this isn't my first cat eye rodeo. I've tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out... but to my surprise, I put the left cat eye on first and it was perfect. I thought this was a fluke and did the right eye...again, it came out clean and perfect! I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean crisp line. I can now do a cat eye EVERY day and look/feel like a badass. Everyone can think I spend hours doing my makeup in the morning." —LadyMeow

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three sizes).

    Also, check out our picks for the best liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    30. Chewable tablets for frequent travelers or your next trip. They're made with natural ingredients (like chamomile!) to help you beat jet lag before it even hits. Just pop one in before take-off and throughout the trip and kiss lethargy buh-bye.


    Promising review: "I've traveled a lot for my job over the years, and always suffered horrible jet lag on trips from the west to the east coast. I recently had six weeks of travel from west to east, and was very concerned about being just exhausted and foggy for the first couple of days. I took the No Jet Lag as instructed, and was amazed at how easy it was for me to get going the next day. I actually missed a couple of doses on the flight (you should take them about every couple of hours), but still had great results. I honestly didn't think I would get such great results." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.93.

    31. A migraine stick made with therapeutic essential oils that can relieve migraine pain and give you some dang peace when a stressful day strikes. / Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeeder Shopping writer Katy swears this stuff helps alleviate her discomfort:

    "The stick provides a pleasant, cool, tingling feeling, almost like VapoRub. It lessens the intensity of the pain, and, if my headache is dull or just starting, it can make it go away almost entirely. If nothing else, it at least extends how long I can go without taking ibuprofen and delays the splitting headache I sometimes feel coming after a long day. I've taken so much less Advil since I started using this! Plus, you can reapply as often as you need." —Katy Herman

    Read more about this migraine stick in her full review.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

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