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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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  • 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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  • keeping a bunch of tall kitchen bags in the actual garbage can so when I take on out, it's easy to put a new one on.

    by jamvir on 27th January 2010
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  • Here is a cute summer hair lifesaver. Some mornings I am too tired and/or it's way too hot to blow hot air on my head for 20 minutes. So, I have an really easy way to get cute summer hair without much heat. After you wash your hair, let it naturally dry about half way. Then put some gel, mousse or something that holds a style through your hair. Then divide your hair into about 6 sections for long hair, less for shorter hair. These sections don't have to be evenly divided in any way, just grab six different bundles of hair! Twist the hair and then wrap each section into a little bun. You can pin it with either bobby pins, barrettes, clips, whatever you have and it doesn't have to look pretty because this itself is not the hairstyle. Now, leave your hair like this while you finish up at the house, run the kids to school, go to the gym, or whatever you generally do before work (you can even finish at the office!). Right before you are ready to leave, hit the dryer on it for a few seconds and then spray some hairspray. Take out your minibuns and shake it out. You will have a super cute curly/wavy do (depending on how long you leave the pincurls in). You can even leave these in overnight and just wake up and remove them. If your hair is overly curly, don't panic, just don't spray anymore hairspray and let it settle down. It will calm down in a few minutes. The first time you do this may take longer but once you do it one time, each step should only take about about 2 minutes.

    by oceans mom on 24th June 2008
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  • When I am completely overwhelmed I close my computer, make some tea and re-write my to-do list on a blank piece of paper.

    by Nataly on 6th 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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  • Don't laugh - maybe you have figured this out already - when heating jarred spaghetti sauce - did you know you could heat it right in the JAR?! No need to mess up another container before putting it in the microwave. 1.5 minutes for a large jar of sauce and pour it right on the pasta. Fast and less mess to clean up! It's all about the little things for me =)

    by VolunteerMom on 15th December 2008
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  • I clean my bathroom while the boys are in the tub....I am stuck sitting there anyway, may as well keep busy!

    by Angela on 6th June 2008
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  • This summer snack satisfies the sweet tooth of any little one who is asking for a sugar hit -- but doesn't provoke the Candy Crazies. Puree a few skinned, fresh peaches with some lemon juice and a hint of sugar and pour thick juice into cookie cutter moulds on a flat pan. Place in freezer for two hours and voila - delicious peach popsicles.

    by Kristin Darguzas on 7th August 2008
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