Top 5 Kitchen Tools

The kitchen is the most lived in room in our house! We spend many hours and memories gathered here. With our simple living lifestyle, it doesn’t make an exception when it comes to cooking tools.

There are five items that I use most often in our kitchen, every day. If I could only have these things, I’d be fine and my cooking would be effected very little.

  • Cast Iron Skillet: This is the only skillet I use. Low maintenance, durable and gives good flavor to food. It is usable for stovetop or oven use.
  • Silicon Spatula: This is my all time favorite spatula. It works so well with any cooking surface. Is perfect for getting underneath the food and is very manageable with it’s thin, flexible form.
  • Sharp Knife: One good sharp knife is really all you need to get the job done. Weather its chopping, slicing or peeling.
  • Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot: Basically cooks anything that I can’t do in my skillet. So versatile and easy to use!
  • Coffee Maker: Cause’ well, coffee. Ours is an all-in-one grinder coffee maker combo. Keep whole beans in the hopper, water in the tank and it takes care of the rest for you.

Kitchens often have much storage space, but just because it’s there doesn’t mean it all has to be utilized for appliances or tools!


Product Review: Shark Ion

This little gadget is one of those things that we held out on for WAY TOO LONG! It’s the Shark Ion Vacuum. A robot vacuum that has changed the way we live.

We always knew it would be convenient, but weren’t completely sold on the capability to keep up with us, and our small children messes. Boy, were we WRONG!!! We’ve had it for about six months & it never disappoints.


1. The convenience of being able to turn it on and walk out of the house, or do ANYTHING else. I always feel like I’m multitasking! The robot does its job, so I can do something else. I even use it multiple times a day… I KNOW I wouldn’t do that with any other vacuum. Oh, and it’s got WiFi, so you can start it from your phone when you aren’t even home. Or set timers do run at certain times if the day.

2. The battery life is phenomenal! It can run for over an hour before returning to its dock to charge. I don’t remember any time that I vacuumed for an HOUR straight.

3. The suction and transition between flooring types is an ease. It picks up things that our Shark upright wouldn’t even pick up. Then, transitioning from carpet to wood to tile is a non-issue.


1. The canister is smaller than a normal upright. The canister and roller brushes do have to be emptied on a very regular basis, such as, every few uses. I was SHOCKED at the amount it holds for the size of the container though!

2. It doesn’t have a mapping memory, so may not get every spot in the first round. I typically run it at least twice a day though. It’ll usually pickup whatever it missed on the next time around.

3. Kids sometimes think it’s a toy… but hey, so do I. Whatever gets them to do chores, I’m FOR IT!


We would DEFINITELY purchase this item again! We have been so impressed by the durability & capability of this little machine. I haven’t vacuumed in MONTHS, yet my floors are still clean! That’s a WIN.

Get yours HERE!

Recent Reads Review

1. ESV Bible

img_3303-1I’ve been slowly reading through the book of Ruth. My only method of this selection was prayer. So, I followed the lead of the Spirit. Ruth has had me focused on the topic of friendship; What true friendship looks like? How to be a Biblical friend? Friendship goals? I’ve been able to focus on how to be thankful for faithful friends as I read through Ruth

2. The Blessing of Humility


I actually bought is book for my husband for Christmas, along with a few others. However, as it sat on our dresser, I thought maybe I was the one that needed to pick it up, take a read. It was a beautiful picture of the Beatitudes as they are discussed throughout the Bible. Specifically, looking at how each of those are valuable & relevant to our daily lives. He encourages to read it slow, in an effort to take time to think on each specific topic. I was greatly humbled throughout each chapter.

3. The Air I Breathe

img_3304-1This is another one that I purchased on that Christmas book spree. It begins with the truth that all humans are created to worship. We are made to worship something; it’s the state of our hearts that determines what & how we worship. This book was helpful to show me when I look at God in a perspective of how Holy & Wonderful He is; how can I worship ANYTHING else more? It gave good, practical examples of how I’m improperly worshiping many other things & how to put God in the right perspective in my worship.