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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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  • To juggle work and family the Main thing I have is my organizer......and a Mini van..:-) ...Still its not fool proof but working on it for sure!!!! Quick stress reducer is giving myself a time out (when possible) or sitting in the rocking chair on my front porch just to catch my breath! Me time....still far in betweeen.....Will def take advice on this one.

    by Stacey on 10th May 2011
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  • Toenail polish was my lifesaver after my second daughter was born six months ago. As simple as it sounds, toenail polish made me feel like a normal person and realize that, after three months of no sleep and a Cesarean scar, my life WOULD get better. I would once again be able to stay up late and watch NCIS ;) www.themamalady.com

    by SusanPM on 9th March 2010
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  • Traveling for business? Take digital pictures of your packed luggage (open and closed), leave the images on your camera, leave a copy at home (or on your computer), and put the prints with your passport and tickets. If your bag is lost or any item is missing, you have picture-perfect evidence to show officials -- and may even get your stuff back.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 20th August 2008
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  • Traveling with kids who are still potty training? Line a plastic sandpail (like for playing at the beach) with a plastic grocery bag, and put a diaper at the bottom of the bag. The child sits on it like a potty, the diaper absorbs the mess, and you simply tie the bag shut and dispose of it in a trash can. No more last-minute, no-rest-stop-in-sight emergencies!

    by Work It, Mom! Team on 20th August 2009
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  • Two words: Lifetime Fitness.

    by Yvonne Roberts on 19th February 2009
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  • Use kitchen shears to cut pancakes and waffles into bite-size pieces for your kids. Much easier and faster -- and less messy! -- than using a knife!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 24th April 2009
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  • Wake up earlier. Keep one calendar with all of your appointments - work and family. Schedule "mom time" into the calendar and ask that your spouse cover for you during that time.

    by Expattobe on 28th January 2010
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  • We found a 5-piece ottoman set that open up into little storage bins at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They are amazing! We have them in the living room and can fit a million toys in them. They are like stylish, adult looking toy boxes that we can hide everything in and relax on!

    by oceans mom on 4th January 2010
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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
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