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Last week, I was chatting with some friends  about the things that make our days run more smoothly and I decided that it would be nice if I put together a little roundup of the best tools & tips for making our house cleaning, our mornings better & our cooking easier.   Thanks to Shark & Ninja for sending me the products for this post!


1. The Ninja® Intelli-Sense™ System with Auto-Spiralizer™ features a smart and powerful base that transforms into four high-performance appliances. Intelli-Sense Technology delivers optimal results every time—all at the tap of a touchscreen.

A Ninja Blender with it\'s attachments beside it.

2. The Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™ is four appliances built into one: a slow cooker; a stove top for searing and sautéing; a steamer; and an oven for baking. Auto-iQ allows consumers to choose from more than 80 pre-programmed recipes – just add ingredients, select a recipe from the included cookbook, and let Auto-iQ handle the rest.
A Ninja Crockpot with it\'s cookbook beside it.

3. The Ninja Chef™ Blender is the ultimate culinary companion, featuring precise manual controls as well as smart, chef-designed pre-set programs. Ninja Chef can even blend hot ingredients for soups and other hot dishes.   I love to make smoothies with it, but we also love to make hummus, dip & more.

 A woman pouring dip from a Ninja blender into a bowl with cut vegetables.

4. Ninja® Precision Processor™ with Auto-Spiralizer™ powers through tough ingredients with its unique stacked blade design. Its dough blade makes up to one pound of dough, while its auto-spiralizer easily transforms ordinary fruits and vegetables into fun noodle styles. Its stainless steel chopping blade mixes, chops, purees and more.
 Ninja products with food in bowls around them.

5. Ninja® Coffee Brewer with Auto-iQ® One-Touch Intelligence and Thermal Flavor Extraction® Technology unlocks your coffee’s full flavor potential.
Ninja coffee maker with iced coffee being prepared.




1. If you find that your onions are getting brown while you are sautéing them, just toss in an ice cube.  It will cool the pan faster, evaporate quickly & allow you to continue cooking.

A close up of seared onions.

2. If you want to make meatloaf, but don’t have time to cook it for an hour or more, just divide the meat and put it into a muffin tin.  Bake at 450 for 15 minutes & your meatloaf will be ready. 
A close up of a cup cake pan.
3. Make ice cubes out of your coffee so when you make your iced coffee (or if your coffee is just a bit too hot), you can have ice cubes that won’t water down your coffee.

A close up of two glasses of iced coffee as someone is pouring cream into one.

4. Do you want to make banana bread, but your banana aren’t ripe enough?   Place the bananas (NOT peeled) onto a parchment-lined plate.  Put it into the microwave for a few minutes to ripen them quickly.  You’ll know they are ready when the peels blacken. 
A bunch of bananas sitting on top of a wooden table.


1. Shark ION ROBOT™ 750 Connected Robotic Vacuum combines the ease of a robot with the performance of a Shark, making it a convenient solution for automatic everyday upkeep. Wi-Fi connectivity and an optional easy-to-use mobile app with voice control through the Shark® skill for Amazon Alexa allow consumers to program and monitor the robot from anywhere as it cleans, docks and recharges, automatically. To download the app, search “SharkClean” in the App Store.
A photo of a Shark Ion Robot and a cell phone with the app open.

2- I want to add the Shark ION ROBOT™ 750 Connected Robotic Vacuum again here, because I like to have one on each floor of our house.

3- The Shark® IONFlex™ 2X DuoClean™ Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum is a free-standing cord-free that can live anywhere, so you get hassle-free runtime with the advanced cleaning power of DuoClean™ technology.

A Shark vacuuming under a crib.

4- Shark® APEX™ DuoClean™ Powered Lift-Away® brings DuoClean to our top of the line uprights, delivering Shark’s ultimate multi-floor, pet and allergen cleaning experience. Available in a full-size or compact upright.
A picture of a Shark vacuum.

5- The Shark® Steam Mop effortlessly cleans sealed hard floors with the power of steam, cutting through grease and grime while keeping floors clear of unwanted film and residue.
A photo of a Shark floor cleaner.



  1. Wash Toys in Laundry Bag
    Everyone knows toys can get pretty grimy. Throw them into a mesh bag and into the washer and they’ll come out all clean.
    A laundry room with a cabinet and shelving above it.

2. Use Pillowcases on Fans
If you want to give your fans a quick clean without the mess, cover them with pillowcases and wipe.

A person using a flannel shirt to clean ceiling fan blades.
3. Wipe baseboards with a dryer sheet:
A person cleaning baseboards.

4. Use a tennis ball inside of the house.

A three tennis balls with text below it.I hope that was helpful!

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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