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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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  • Honestly? I make use of the downtime in between tasks. I check email while the pasta water boils, I put makeup on in the car - ONLY at stoplights, and I put off answering texts or emails for when I'm waiting in line at the bank. But I also prioritize a little "moment of peace" time, if I only have a second. I just close my eyes and breathe till the toaster oven dings.

    by Meg D. on 9th October 2010
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  • I am trying to make a better effort to get my "me time" in. I usually let this go first when I am too busy to think, but then the my stress level increases dramatically! I have been turning weekend naptime into mommy funtime! Sking is my sport and getting outside for some fresh air does the trick. I got out three times Christmas weeknd and I am on top of the world this week feeling like I can tackle anything! I can be a better mom, wife, and friend when I get to do what I love.

    by Jenny B on 28th December 2010
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  • Bringing my own lunch to work each day has been my lifesaver -- though, early on, I was sure it would just make things more stressful for me. (Another lunch to pack in the morning! No way!) But it's easy to throw leftovers, cut-up veggies and some low-cal dressing, tea bags (way better than the coffee at my office), and a small treat in a bag while I'm packing lunches and snacks for my kids. And I don't feel an urge to hit the junk-food-filled snack machines -- or even the chips-and-candy aisle at the supermarket -- at all, any more.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 17th September 2010
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  • I started using the disposable plastic food containers to store small toys (action figures, dinosaurs, etc). Not only does it keep all of the little stuff together but a pack of them is only about $2.50. These then get placed in the toy box and we have an organized toy box!

    by oceans mom on 20th September 2010
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  • I added some children's book titles to my e-Reader. When I am running errands and the kids get bored, I can whip it out to keep them entertained. I love that they are reading and learning to love some of my childhood favorites along the way.

    by Katelyn Shes Connected on 21st December 2010
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  • my lifesaver has been HANDS-FREE BREAST PUMPING. I use the BustiBand (www.bustiband.com). I've used a breast-pump with all 3 of my kids and hated the fact that I couldn't do much else but sit on the couch and hold the silly things on. I started using the BustiBand and now I can put on my make-up, do my hair, read a book, get on the computer, make phone calls, I've even chopped veggies once (while pumping!). If you pump, be sure to use some sort of "hands-free" product. It will really make your life easier!!

    by petdocmom on 6th December 2010
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  • SLEEP! I really try and make sure that with all that I have going on - I get enough sleep, even if it means goign down when the kids go down!

    by Jennifer on 25th August 2010
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  • A good stress reducer for me is blogging. Writing about whatever is bothering me helps me process what's really going on vs. how I feel about it. It helps me keep a cool head about things that might otherwise make me explode. I just have to remember to make posts about my family "private" so I don't end up accidentally making my life more stressful!

    by Amy @ Go Ask Your Dad on 27th October 2010
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  • Being able to work from home has been a lifesaver for me. I'm a full-time employee and fortunately my boss is quite flexible and understanding when I need to modify my schedule to be home with the kids. My laptop and corporate VPN (Virtual Private Network) keeps me connected. It took time, a great attitude, and delivering quality work to get to this point.

    by Samantha on 17th August 2010
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