Monday Listicles

They say there is a little kid in us all.

Must be true, because it seemed very easy for us all to list ten things that are great about childhood. I was all giddy reading about how great our kids have it and reminiscing about good old carefree days. Thank you all for joining the Listicles, I am excited to read more from you this week.

In case you missed it, Terri chose the topic for us this time around and it is a breeze. Just list ten things/people/services that make your lives easier. Terri promised us a photo of her rice cooker. Warning: anyone listing cleaning services that come once a week to tidy up your house should do so at their own risk. The good life blog will not offer any sympathy or emotional support when jealousy occurs.

Next is Miss Marina Star’s turn to choose what we should write about. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find her among this week’s listicles and see what topic she would like us to write on. Quick directions: follow the star, click and you will find Marina, a funny mom of two, a pretty wife of one and a woman that saves lives at night. Also a great writer. Practically a superhero.

But first, a list of things that make our lives a breeze.

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!


10 things/people/services that make my life easier

1. My dog

I go most days without my son doing anything the first time he is asked. That is when I look at my dog and say sit. And he does.

2. My Apples

Thanks to Steve Jobs I have my private orchard. That makes having five a day very easy. Talk about healthy.

3. Amazon

Because everything I ever buy is just a click and an overnight delivery away.


It entertained me as a child, it entertains my child, it entertains me as an adult. LOVE LEGO!

5. My espresso machine

I refuse to ever live without one again. Thank you Mia for letting Santa know I must own one!

6. Our toothbrushes

My son got his Sonic Toothbrush when he turned 4 and we now brush our teeth together. Two minutes twice a day is fun in my house.

7. Tools of my trade

I used to try on my shoes to cheer me up. Now I unpack my camera bag and try on my lenses.

8. My son’s preschool

3 times a week my boy goes to the super fun place so I can ride and do my own thing. It means so much to us both.

9. Vizon

He is an Arabian show horse. But look:

Thank you Danielle for training Vizon and Nola for teaching my son.

10. You lot

My Listicles crowd makes me look forward to Mondays!

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  1. jacqui March 25, 2012 at 19:04 #

    Twitter: chicktuition
    Great list, Stasha! And love Little J on the horse! I can’t believe he can ride already…I guess that’s what happens when you’re the mom!
    jacqui recently posted..Being Wrong…

  2. Delilah March 25, 2012 at 19:17 #

    Twitter: iamnotthemaid
    That picture of him on a horse is adorable. I love the expression on his face! Priceless. Have a great Monday Stasha!
    Delilah recently posted..Parenting Failures Make My Life Easier

    • Stasha March 26, 2012 at 19:13 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you, love your lists, make my evening. Always make me laugh!!

  3. Ado March 25, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Your horse is beautiful! And an orchard! What a place you live in – beautiful.
    Ado recently posted..What Next?

  4. Lenore March 25, 2012 at 19:21 #

    Twitter: Lenore_Diane
    This is lovely. The Apple bit cracked me up. And the pictures you included are, as always, lovely. Great list, Stasha!
    Lenore recently posted..Project 366: Day 85

  5. [email protected] March 25, 2012 at 19:49 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    You do have the good life :)
    [email protected] recently posted..Self-Sabotage

  6. Miss Marina Star March 25, 2012 at 19:52 #

    Twitter: MissMarinaStar
    I always wanted my son to enjoy Legos as much as yours does…now I just live vicariously through your IG photos!
    Miss Marina Star recently posted..A Little Help From My Friends

  7. Greta March 25, 2012 at 19:55 #

    Twitter: gfunkified
    You crack me up, Stasha. Love the Apples and LOVE your dog. It’s nice to be listened to sometimes, isn’t it?
    Greta recently posted..Project 365, Week 12

    • Stasha March 25, 2012 at 21:27 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Isn’t it just? It takes a dog to be an obedient male :)

  8. Runnermom-jen March 25, 2012 at 20:03 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Love this list, Stasha! And Little J’s face in that first picture cracks me up! He looks mad!
    It is a good life :)
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Scavenger Hunt Sunday

    • Stasha March 25, 2012 at 21:28 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      He is grumpy and refusing. As per usual. But you see Big M? Sitting…

  9. Anna March 25, 2012 at 20:21 #

    Twitter: mommy_padawan
    You thought of some really good ones for this list! Amazon is wonderful, isn’t it? I enjoy the legos too and an espresso machine would be heavenly! Beautiful pictures too :)
    Anna recently posted..Monday Listicle – Living the Good (Easy) Life

    • Stasha March 25, 2012 at 21:29 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you. Put that espresso machine on your list right now!! You will never have to pay for another vanilla latte again. Will tweet you a link to mine.

  10. Lisa March 25, 2012 at 21:31 #

    Twitter: lisaschwartz05
    I love “My apples”. I love mine too. Now that we have an ipad, wow we have a real orchard too. Happy Monday.
    Lisa recently posted..10 Things I Love About Birthdays

    • Stasha March 25, 2012 at 21:52 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Did you get the new one? Is it amazing? I send mine for repair and I have been lost for the past 24 hours. Because the other 4 apples are just no the same 😉

  11. Ally March 25, 2012 at 21:33 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    He looks good up there on that horse! Got a giggle out of the Apples :)
    I need more counter space so my espresso maker could stay out all the time…
    Ally recently posted..Making Life Easier – Monday Listicles

    • Stasha March 25, 2012 at 21:55 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You need to prioritize! How often do you really use your kitchen sink?!

  12. Bridget March 25, 2012 at 22:26 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    You make my life better too friend:)
    Bridget recently posted..Monday Listicles

  13. Recovering Supermom March 25, 2012 at 23:21 #

    Love that picture of your boy on your horse! So cool!
    And the Listicles always makes me look forward to Mondays, too, so thank you for always hosting us!
    Recovering Supermom recently posted..Twelve Things That Make Life Easier

  14. Mark March 26, 2012 at 01:59 #

    Twitter: Rsimplelives
    From shoes to lenses. Love it!

  15. ava March 26, 2012 at 02:27 #

    Twitter: ava812
    I am just so glad I meet you too. And yep like your number 10, the whole lot!
    ava recently posted..The Good Life. :)

  16. The Sisterhood March 26, 2012 at 04:22 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    Your list made me feel warm and grateful. And isn’t it nice to be listened to every once in a while? I swear, my CAT listens to me better than the humans in my household. :0) Ellen
    The Sisterhood recently posted..Don’t Have All of Your Friends in One Basket

  17. Jen {at} take2mommy March 26, 2012 at 05:32 #

    Love both those pics! I’d love to give that big dog of yours a bear hug.
    That whole thing about boys not doing what you ask the first time? I wish I could say it gets better. Maybe for you it will, but my boys are 6 and 7 and everything goes in one ear and out the other :(
    Jen {at} take2mommy recently posted..10 Things That Make a Mom’s Life Easier

    • Stasha March 26, 2012 at 19:24 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      My husband is … and he still never listens. He says it is selective hearing and he selects not to hear.

  18. My Inner Chick March 26, 2012 at 05:57 #

    Twitter: krrobi
    Oh, I love the photos…especially your little boy with that gorgeous black bear!!

    My Inner Chick recently posted..651 Days

  19. Jackie March 26, 2012 at 06:00 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    Amen to Preschool!!
    I love that Little J rides. He looks so perfect on there already!
    Jackie recently posted..Easy

  20. paul March 26, 2012 at 06:08 #

    Where to start? Love Steve Jobs as the new Johnny Appleseed. Your pics of the dog and especially Vizon and little J almost make me want to move back to the country. 10, right back at ya.
    paul recently posted..Making Life Easier

    • Stasha March 26, 2012 at 19:21 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Do you ride when you go back to visit?

      • paul March 27, 2012 at 16:36 #

        When I can. Mom is now a Parelli follower so I’m not trained the way the horses are. She’s going to give me some lessons this summer.
        paul recently posted..Why is it so hard to be good?

  21. Theresa Sonoda March 26, 2012 at 07:41 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    I LOVE Amazon! If it weren’t for Amazon, I wouldn’t be able to afford my school books. The prices at the University book store are ridiculous and I can get the same books for less than half and sometimes even better.
    And Legos? Both my boys were raised on them. Now my grandsons.
    Great list!
    Have a super Monday, Stasha!
    Theresa Sonoda recently posted..Sara’s Sleep Part 9

  22. Just Jennifer March 26, 2012 at 07:44 #

    Twitter: JenAnnHall
    Your apples. That’s cute. It’s interesting that you would say a horse makes your life easier, cuz they’re a lot of work. But I guess when you’re a horse lover, the work doesn’t matter. :-)
    Just Jennifer recently posted..Family Photo Fun

  23. Gina March 26, 2012 at 08:05 #

    I totally hear you on the trying on of lenses :)
    Gina recently posted..Project 366 Rewind- Week 12- Spring to Life

  24. [email protected] Rasler March 26, 2012 at 08:08 #

    Twitter: teamrasler
    Excellent list. I just bought the boys their first set of Legos (we had Mega Blocks before and they weren’t that into them) and I’m so excited about them that I’m not sure I can wait until Easter before I break them out!
    [email protected] Rasler recently posted..The wish

  25. Susi March 26, 2012 at 09:25 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    I love Legos, too. So does my son. Only thing I don’t like is stepping on them when trying to maneuver around in his room. His floor is usually covered in them!!!! Love that Little J rides… we have a lot of horse farms around here but as much as I admire horses I like to keep a safe distance… my girls on the other hand love, love , love them!!!!
    Susi recently posted..Making My Life Easier

  26. Sperk* (Kimberly S.) March 26, 2012 at 09:49 #

    Twitter: sperk01
    You make Monday’s easier…thank you!
    Sperk* (Kimberly S.) recently posted..Ten Make it Easier

  27. Jessica March 26, 2012 at 13:35 #

    Twitter: Mytimeasmom
    I have the Apple orchard. Now I need the espresso machine. Maybe I should put that on my Santa list.
    Jessica recently posted..My Life Changed, For Logistical Reasons

    • Stasha March 26, 2012 at 13:45 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      I need you to start home delivery of martinis please. It would be one subscription I will commit to 100%

  28. Shannon from mynewfa March 26, 2012 at 13:55 #

    Twitter: Newfavoriteday
    Love this list Stasha! Your Apple comment cracks me up. I have an orchard myself and am quite healthy! Hope all your products are doing ok.

    Love your dog and that you have a horse and that you and your mini brush your teeth together for 2 minutes a day. I am definitely going to try that when my minis are older and for now am considering the dog since Q has started wanting to do exactly the opposite of what I want him too…:)
    Shannon from mynewfa recently posted..Humility, Advocacy and “The Greatest Love.”

    • Stasha March 26, 2012 at 19:17 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you for asking Shannon. I send iPad of yesterday. Apple was very helpful, hoping they will replace it. Otherwise I found a great site that fix them for third of a price. You helped me lots when it cracked. Takes and apple lover to understand how devastating cracked mac is :)

  29. Sharon March 26, 2012 at 15:34 #

    Twitter: SharonPfeiffer
    A fun toothbrush and a good coffee maker. Sounds like our house!
    Sharon recently posted..Monday Listicles

  30. Audrey March 26, 2012 at 18:01 #

    Thanks for making Monday’s awesome :) And dogs are the only obedient males out there!
    Audrey recently posted..I hate being pregnant

  31. Jamie March 26, 2012 at 18:28 #

    Twitter: southmainmuse
    What a beautiful horse…and what a showman your son is! How cool. And we love Legos around here too.
    Jamie recently posted..The Perks of Living in 2012.

  32. Iza Trapani March 26, 2012 at 19:12 #

    I love your list and the pictures of Little J with Big M and riding are wonderful!

  33. [email protected] March 26, 2012 at 20:04 #

    Ditto to your number 10! Have to say you’ve had a significant impact on my blogging morale…thank you Stasha!
    [email protected] recently posted..My Favorite Pinterest Pin Ever!

    • Stasha March 26, 2012 at 20:38 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You are my midnight buddy. I really heart you Christine.

  34. Katie E March 27, 2012 at 02:50 #

    Twitter: euregirlsandboy
    Great list, Stasha! I should have put our dogs on mine – they definitely help out a lot.
    Katie E recently posted..The Wonderful Smell of Gasoline

  35. Anna March 27, 2012 at 04:00 #

    Hm, dogs. They make life harder (to plan) and so much easier at the same time. Gotta to love dogs. Your’s seems just perfect!
    Anna recently posted..Cosmetic Dentistry – and why you hear more about it nowadaysshow more

  36. Amanda March 27, 2012 at 06:38 #

    Wow, your son is so small, but can ride a horse! That’s great! I guess that he won’t leave it
    Amanda recently posted..Photography WordPress Themes

    • Stasha March 27, 2012 at 10:01 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you so much Amanda. Love the second photography theme you have posted. Really nice!!

  37. Deirdre March 27, 2012 at 09:33 #

    Twitter: ladiesholiday
    What a beautiful dog!! And we love legos too…fun for the whole family!
    Deirdre recently posted..Eco-Bunny

  38. Natalie March 27, 2012 at 09:47 #

    Twitter: corp2domestic
    He looks so confident on that horse! My MIL rides horses and I’m sure she’ll jump at the chance to teach my son. Great list!
    Natalie recently posted..A Challenging and Fun Age-Is That Even Possible?

  39. Diane N - Philzendia March 27, 2012 at 18:29 #

    Twitter: philzendia
    Great list! While I never really played with Lego’s as a child, My 5 year old is really starting to get into them. Keeps him busy which makes me happy!
    Diane N – Philzendia recently posted..Ten Things That Make My Life Easier

  40. Melissa March 28, 2012 at 11:32 #

    I liked your list) Probably I will try to do the same for myself)
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