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What helps you juggle work and family? What's your favorite quick stress reducer? Have you found a way to squeeze in some 'me' time into your busy schedule? Share your tips!


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  • We keep tabs on activities, games, project due dates, etc., with a wall-size monthly calendar in the kitchen/dining room area of our small apartment. I got the idea from an article in Cottage Living magazine and then tweaked it a bit for my needs. The calendar has 35 8"x8" squares (1 for each day in a month, plus 4 blank squares for inspirational quotes.). I use thumb tacks to hang permission slips, meeting agendas and party invitations, etc. right on the calendar. I use 4'x6' Post-it notes or index cards to post notes such as "Parent conference - 3pm", "Game - 8am, field 2". Since it's large and in a central area, it's easy for us to see/update. Having the permission slip, etc right on the calendar means we don't lose paperwork or miss important deadlines. And since the calendar is covered with a pretty neutral-colored linen fabric, it's attractive as well as functional (I didn't want a giant eyesore in my kitchen.).

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
  • We use a food saver and plan our meals. The food saver is that thing that sucks the air out of the bags to keep your food fresh. It's great for fresh vegetables. So we chop our vegetables one night and save them in the saver. This keeps them fresh and then all we have to do to cook them is slice open a bag, which saves time and messes during the week. If I make spaghetti one night, I make enough for 2-3 weeks and save the extra for the following week in the food saver. Again, this way, all I have to do is pop open a bad and reheat the following week.

    by oceans mom on 12th June 2008
  • When at the park or at the mall where my kids could possible get seperated from me... I used to safety pin my business card to the back of their shirts. Just in case we were seperated, I could be contacted instantly. Also, my kids were taught to always ask a lady that looks like a "Mommy" for help... I thought it would increase the odds that my kids would be returned safely. Thank goodness we never had to test my theory.

    by LDR554 on 10th July 2008
  • When cooking spinach, don't bother with the hassle of taking it out of the pack, boiling water, and wilting it over a pan - just chuck the sealed bag in the microwave for 45 seconds on full blast.

    by Melinda Lamb on 6th June 2008
  • When I am completely overwhelmed I close my computer, make some tea and re-write my to-do list on a blank piece of paper.

    by Nataly on 6th June 2008
  • When in doubt, wear your sunglasses!

    by The Ipster on 20th August 2009
  • When my husband makes a smoothie in the morning, I have him double up and then pour the extra into popsicle makers. Later, when the kids want a snack, they think they're getting a popsicle treat, whereas I know it's actually healthy!

    by Jen Klein on 7th July 2011
  • When tired, sleep. Just sleep - turn off the phone, leave the dirty dishes, just sleep. I am now way past mommying (my daughters are 38 and 42 and new moms themselves) but this is what saved me when they were young. I was in a way fortunate in that I could not function with not enough sleep, so it was essential for me. Pretend it's essential for you too. Because lack of sleep is bad for your face and bad for your health.

    by CanadasCoach on 16th July 2013
  • Whenever I recieve mailorder items in a bag, I turn the bag inside out to return it. It is the correct size and it has my address on the inside. No more wrapping and trying to find packaging to return.

    by Joyce from Iowa on 23rd December 2009