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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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  • stop writting the same grocery list over and over and over... make a grocery list that goes in the same order as your grocery store.. then just highlight the items you want to pick up. You can even post it on the refigerator so when someone uses the last of something they just highlight it. Imagine being able to just grab your grocery list off the fridge and heading out the door.. It's a great feeling. Give it a try. Takes a little time to get it made up and saves you tons of time from there on.

    by Coach Erin on 22nd September 2009
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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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  • Always keep a business card in an easy-to-find place in your purse or laptop bag; slip another one into your coat or jacket pocket. If you accidentally leave these things behind while you're out and about -- or if someone takes yours by mistake -- it'll be easier for someone to return them to you!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 7th July 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cut down on dirty dishes. My mom bought me some red plastic meal baskets, like the ones used at 50's diners such as Hudson's Grill. I keep a stack of them in a drawer in my kitchen and the kids and I use them for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Line them with a cloth/paper napkin and you're set. I use them to serve sandwiches and chips, cheese and crackers, popcorn, toast, bagels and lox (I'll add lettuce to the bottom of the basket), wedges of fruit and cheese and more. When the meal or snack is over, simply toss out the napkin (or put it in the laundry to wash) and you're done. Sometimes we rinse the baskets when we finish, but it's usually not necessary. These baskets have brought unexpected blessing to my little home. The baskets are fun, easy to use and have saved my son and I countless hours of washing and drying stacks of dishes. Yea

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
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  • Just say no. If you're not sure about the question, whether it's a commitment, a new activity, a request for help, an expense... if you have that little nagging feeling of uncertainty, just say no. Wait. You can always change your mind and say yes later, but once you've committed it's hard to undo. I've been saved many a mistake by saying no, stepping back, and considering.

    by SisterWisdom.com on 9th June 2009
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