The first mom tool is a carabiner on my keys. I didn't start using it until I had kids but it's good for anyone on the go. I hook them to the diaper bag, my purse strap, the stroller, my belt loop-- and a few times to my bra strap because it was the only loop-y thing available. Silly, but better than losing keys. Keys always seem to find the lowest, most ridiculous place to hide. Hooking them to something, even if you do forget where it was, makes them more visible, less likely to slide into the dark depths of a bag or stroller and harder for little hands that love keys to run away with them. The carabiner I use isn't even one of the fancy climbing ones, though I think maybe I should put one of those on my holiday list. Who knows when I'd need to Macgyver my way out of a five-story building? I could totally crochet a rope from duct tape in 30 seconds or less.
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The first case is durable and fantastic. But black. Which means it attracts shadowy depths and at a glance can be confused for some other device. I've envied a lot of cute cases with fun prints, but the card-carrying functionality couldn't be beat in my book. Definitely couldn't see buying the same case in a different color just for fun, although they've added a few color options since I first got mine. And a few weeks ago I spied this case... still wraps around all sides of the screen in front, but is a higher visibility pink.
And it does this:
The pink one is chunkier, but the function is worth it. I haven't had a tiny purse event to attend since I got it. If I could fit lipstick in there too this would BE my tiny purse.
The pink case is now backordered, but you can see more about it here. The first case is available here, and it's still on stand-by for me if there's an unexpected problem with the pink one. The options in this realm are only going to get awesomer, but it's already as awesome as I need it to be. No more searching for my ID! (Adrianna is probably going to pop in to tell me that "awesomer" isn't a word just like "funner" isn't. Buzzkiller.)
So... are there mom tools you've come to depend on and now wouldn't want to live without? In case you haven't noticed, I'm kind of a gadget girl.
Unrelatedly, thank you for your kind words yesterday. Today is a new day indeed.