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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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  • Masking tape is my current lifesaver: The little kids will play with it for ages, and if they stick it to the wall or the floor it comes off easily!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 17th October 2008
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  • Make a quick-change kit (a couple of diapers, a few wipes, and a T-shirt or onesie in a plastic bag) and stash it in your diaper bag. When you need to change your child, just grab it and go!

    by Work It, Mom! Team on 17th October 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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  • 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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  • Dab a little teething gel (like Ambusol or Orajel or the generic equivalent) on a mosquito bite or bee sting to "take the itch away" -- the lidocaine in the gel numbs the skin the same way it numbs the gums.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 10th June 2008
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  • Create a reading "nook" in an empty room or secluded corner of the house. Use a screen or furniture to create a feeling of separation if needs be. All you need is a comfy old armchair and a reading lamp. Even a few minutes a day in your nook curled up with a book will recharge you. It's an easy and free way to build a tiny bit more "you time" into your day.

    by Diane on 13th November 2008
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  • My kids hate having their hair washed. My husband gets the job done by squirting a little bit of shampoo into about a cup of water... pour it (carefully!) onto their hair and it lathers up instantly, is easier to rinse than straight shampoo, and the hair wash is over practically before the kids know it.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 30th November 2008
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  • 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
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