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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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  • The toy room! I was having such a meltdown every time I would sit down to read or watch TV and the toys were everywhere. Finally, we made the front room (kind of out of sight to all else) just the playroom and reinforced that it was where all the toys must stay. Now out in the sitting room, I can read and watch TV and never have to face that mess with such dread again.

    by Erin on 30th April 2010
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  • Find the floor in your bedroom, organise it, if the last thing you see before sleep and the first thing you see when you wake is tidy and peaceful you sleep better and begin the day with less chaos. And surprisingly the peace and organisation in your room will spread out into the rest of the house slowly.

    by Kaybeejaenq on 1st March 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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  • I remember more than a few times calling my mom and being so upset because I couldn't get my daughter to clean her room...it was like she was sitting on my last nerve.. My mother said 'Pick your battles'. I was driving and wanted to throw the phone out the window! That's it? That's the 'talk me down from the ledge' response from my mom? Then she continued, "Is this really the issue you want to get so upset about?" In the 'big picture', a messy room is a 2 on a scale of 1-10. I hear her voice all the time 'Pick your battles'...and it calms me down. I always ask myself is it worth getting so bent out of shape about? or probably not. Moms...pick your battles! Melissa :)

    by melissak on 31st May 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • My big lifesaver is having a glass of red wine with dinner or right after. Having a drink that no one else in my house likes, let alone can have! reminds me that there are somethings that are just for me!

    by JessicaXs on 21st November 2010
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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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