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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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  • Often, when cooking something like soup or pancakes, I´ll just double or triple the recipe and then freeze the extra. I always have meals ready to go in my freezer this way and they are constantly being replenished . . . ideal for those hectic days when you realize there´s no time to actually cook!

    by Genesis on 28th June 2008
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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 is online shopping, especially Diapers!! Since we have 5 kids it is hard for me to go shopping. With just a few click, they send you a box of diaper. How cool is that! I will provide you the coupon code that I used for Diapers.com. You can get $10 OFF on the first of order!! Here is the coupon code MASO115 ENJOY $10 OFF !!

    by maso on 26th June 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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