People often ask me how I juggle the house, motherhood, blogging and general wifery all at the same time. It's not easy. The secret is to get a LOT of help. I thankfully have a ton of family nearby, and Oma and Opa take Some Boy whenever I need my hands free to get stuff (read: blog work) done. But sometimes the house maintenance things fall by the wayside. Stuff breaks, we don't have time to fix it. Story of a homeowner's life.

Sometimes it just makes more sense to hire a contractor for fixes, technical updates or downright tedious work. To be completely honest, I'm not averse to hiring out any sort of work if it fits in our budget. I sometimes even hire babysitters and housekeepers when I'm feeling overwhelmed. How very un-DIY of me!! I'm all about simplifying life. The ability to admit that I need help once in a while is something I've come to view as a strong character point, not an inadequacy. So there.

Using Friend Trusted to Get Stuff Done

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But, there's a sourcing issue. I'm skeptical of Craigslist. Getting my furniture at a steal is one thing. Finding someone to muck around in my own home is a whole different ballgame. An acquaintance suggested I try this Friend Trusted app for iPhone and Android that lets you quickly upload a project and get bids on it from certified, reliable contractors from your smart phone.

I checked out their cute little video and could totally relate to the overwhelmed mom, so I gave it a whirl. These people seemed to speak my language.

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I was hesitant to actually put pictures of my home projects into cyberspace for strangers to ogle at and bid on before I was totally sold on hiring someone for the job, so I ran through their “test job” section. They have a whole demo area devoted to newbies like me!

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That process made me feel comfortable enough to put our prospective project out into the real world (yeah, this was totally on a whim and I didn't even discuss it with Nate first…surprise Hun!). I honestly think part of me didn't expect real people to see this and respond.

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But then Friend Trusted's Customer Service reached out immediately to clarify the time frame of my project. Woah. There are actual human beings monitoring this app.

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I know I shouldn't have been all that surprised. It has excellent reviews in the iTunes store on iPhone (also available to Android users!), but I'm a skeptic at heart. And it all just sounded too easy.

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But THEN the quotes started rolling in. From real, legitimate people! These contractors had reviews from previous users, websites, photos of their work. Seriously legit. And I looked SO on top of it going to Nate and telling him I'd solved all his contracting needs at the push of a few buttons. Best wife of the year award goes to me.

Now I just need to find a similar app for dental work. Ugh.

Have you tried Friend Trusted? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, you should totally give it a shot!

This post is sponsored by Friend Trusted. All opinions, initial skepticism and final won-overed-ness are my own authentic thoughts and feelings.