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  • Having friends to share kid stories with. Working out on my lunch break so I don't have to sacrifice home time to do so. The crock pot. Bagged salad. Remembering that I have my whole later-adult life to do other stuff, but my daughter is only going to be 2 for just this year.

    by Meg D. on 3rd February 2009
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  • I don't think I'll ever live without diaper wipes again - great stain removers for that peanut butter hug I got on the way out the door, quick dust when monster-in-law is coming over, and works great to wipe down the kid car grime on the doorhandles and dash. I'm telling ya, they're the all-purpose cleaner of the century! But you do have to wonder about something that is gentle enough to use on a baby's behind, yet is caustic enough to clean coffee stains and grease off your work clothes...hmm...

    by mommapolitico.blogspot.com on 24th June 2008
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  • A diaper emergency kit in my purse and in the glove compartment -- save your bread bags and a pack of almost-empty wipes, pack two diapers and the wipes into the bread bag and twist tie the top. You can use the bread bag to politely dispose of a smelly diaper. Voila -- Diaper 911!

    by relaxnsmile on 17th June 2008
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  • Recently, I've been portioning out chips and snacks into small zip-top baggies and piling them into a basket on the kitchen counter. It makes it easier for my kids to grab a snack for themselves, and it makes packing (all five) lunches much faster!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 30th June 2008
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  • Keep a clean blackboard eraser in your car's glove compartment, and use it to wipe down your steamed-up windshield.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 17th November 2008
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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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  • Take a phone picture of your kids to show others in case they get lost. I've read so many techniques that one can use if their child gets lost, like taking a Sharpie and writing your phone number on their arm, or putting a business card in their pocket, and even putting their allergy information in their backpacks. BUT, what if someone asks you "What do they look like? What are they wearing?" If your child is lost, I'm pretty sure it would be hard to give such details at that moment in time. Taking a close up facial shot, and a full body shot of your child(ren) before leaving home when you're going out into very crowded areas is a simple thing that you can do to insure that if your child does get lost, you can show passersby exactly what the child is wearing and what s/he looks like.

    by Tiffany M. on 28th June 2008
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  • each night before bed, no matter where my teens are I give them a last check in to make sure they know its almost that time (curfew) also to say I love them! And in the mornings I call to tell them good morning and keep up the good work of being in on time.

    by maliboo on 18th July 2008
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  • I seem to always have an endlesss to-do list so anything that will allow me to save time, reduce stress and the amount things I have to-do is important to me. Recently, I saw an ad for online grocery shopping. I peaked my interest because going to the grocery store is time consuming. Then, you have to deal with your screaming child and other people's screaming child. Also, let''s not forget the long lines to check out. I use online grocery shopping because they deliver and you can still use manufacturer and store coupons. I saved time and was less aggrevated because I ordered my groceries from the comfort of my home and the groceries were delivered to my door.

    by frugalone on 13th November 2009
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