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  • Pair dreaded chores with routine chores. Doing them one after the other becomes part of the routine, which prevents procrastination over the one you hate to do. Example: after giving the bathroom sink and floors a quick daily (or every other day) wipe down, I also go into the garage and scoop the kitty litter right afterward. It has become a habit and somehow I don't put it off the same way I used to. And I like knowing my kitties have nice clean litter every day!

    by Diane on 28th June 2008
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  • Moms of babies, if your little one is a light sleeper, keep a fan in his/her room. The louder the fan the better. The white noise created by the fan is soothing to the baby, and it covers up other noises around the house. Just make sure to turn your baby monitor on so that you can hear when baby wakes up.

    by mamajama on 26th June 2008
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  • Summer chores: A mom I know motivates her kids to help out around the house during the summer vacation by holding a Summer Chore daily lottery. Each morning the kids each take two or three slips of paper out of the ballot box. Each slip has a small chore written on it, like "wipe the bathroom floor." By making it fun, this clever mom gets stuff done!

    by Diane on 25th June 2008
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  • Don't go to bed until everything is picked up off the floor and put away. If you make this a habit there won't be so much to do. Also, it makes it much easier to be able to run the vacuum or sweep during the day. If your kids are old enough get them involved. Give each kid a room that they are in charge of and have them pick up everything in that room (even if it's not theirs).

    by mamajama on 24th June 2008
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  • Here is a cute summer hair lifesaver. Some mornings I am too tired and/or it's way too hot to blow hot air on my head for 20 minutes. So, I have an really easy way to get cute summer hair without much heat. After you wash your hair, let it naturally dry about half way. Then put some gel, mousse or something that holds a style through your hair. Then divide your hair into about 6 sections for long hair, less for shorter hair. These sections don't have to be evenly divided in any way, just grab six different bundles of hair! Twist the hair and then wrap each section into a little bun. You can pin it with either bobby pins, barrettes, clips, whatever you have and it doesn't have to look pretty because this itself is not the hairstyle. Now, leave your hair like this while you finish up at the house, run the kids to school, go to the gym, or whatever you generally do before work (you can even finish at the office!). Right before you are ready to leave, hit the dryer on it for a few seconds and then spray some hairspray. Take out your minibuns and shake it out. You will have a super cute curly/wavy do (depending on how long you leave the pincurls in). You can even leave these in overnight and just wake up and remove them. If your hair is overly curly, don't panic, just don't spray anymore hairspray and let it settle down. It will calm down in a few minutes. The first time you do this may take longer but once you do it one time, each step should only take about about 2 minutes.

    by oceans mom on 24th June 2008
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  • I don't think I'll ever live without diaper wipes again - great stain removers for that peanut butter hug I got on the way out the door, quick dust when monster-in-law is coming over, and works great to wipe down the kid car grime on the doorhandles and dash. I'm telling ya, they're the all-purpose cleaner of the century! But you do have to wonder about something that is gentle enough to use on a baby's behind, yet is caustic enough to clean coffee stains and grease off your work clothes...hmm...

    by mommapolitico.blogspot.com on 24th June 2008
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  • Stuck at a red light? Feeling your blood pressure rising? De-stress by training yourself to think of something positive you can associate with stop lights, then use that image to discharge tension. I take a deep breath, exhale, and think of how the green and red lights remind me of our Christmas tree when I was a kid. It's amazing how I don't notice how tense I am until I do this. It's also amazing how something most drivers dread -- stop lights -- can become a nice spot to take a short break. It's just a matter of changing your attitude.

    by Diane on 21st June 2008
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  • A diaper emergency kit in my purse and in the glove compartment -- save your bread bags and a pack of almost-empty wipes, pack two diapers and the wipes into the bread bag and twist tie the top. You can use the bread bag to politely dispose of a smelly diaper. Voila -- Diaper 911!

    by relaxnsmile on 17th June 2008
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  • I keep packages of instant oatmeal and a few tiny boxes of raisins in my desk at work. When I want to eat cookies, I mix up a cup of the oatmeal, sprinkle on the raisins, and have that instead. It's a close second to a cookie, but much better for you!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 16th June 2008
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