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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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  • Realize it's okay to say no! Sounds simple, but it's easy to overcommit.

    by piepie on 17th July 2008
  • I spent $300 on a little freezer so I could cook our favorite casseroles ahead of time and freeze them! I also am now able to buy more meat and poultry when I find it on sale.

    by JenX on 7th July 2008
  • I got ruthless with email. I love email, but it was sucking up too much precious time. I check my inbox first thing -- often standing up so I don't get too comfortable! -- and review everything as quickly as possible. That way, when I sit down later to start work, I actually do *work*!

    by Diane on 10th June 2008
  • Medela's Quick Clean Micro Steam bags are great for sanitizing breast pump parts at work, but you can also use them at home to zap the bottles, pacifiers, and teethers.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
  • In addition to my weekly meal schedule (on a wipe off board that hangs on my fridge), I also have a leftovers board on the fridge. Whenever we have something left over, we put it in the fridge, then we write what it is and the date we had it on the wipe board. When we need something for lunch, we can look at the board and see what's in there that is still good (less than 4 days old at our house). It cuts down on the disagreeing about when we had something and it's easier to read a list than attempt to look at containers and figure out the contents. And it's a reminder that there are leftovers in there which get them eaten which means we're wasting less food!

    by Jenni on 10th July 2008
  • Keep a balloon in your purse at all times. (Deflated, of course!) It is guaranteed to keep your kiddo happy when you're stuck in line at the post office, window shopping, or trying to chat with a friend you just bumped into.

    by Diane on 11th June 2008
  • Routine is my lifesaver. When school starts, my eldest goes back to college, my (disabled) teen starts high school, and I go back into the classroom, too. We depend on routine to keep us sane and get everything done. Morning routine: creakfast (together), then teen on the bus, then straight to school for me. This extra morning time built into my routine is another lifesaver; it allows me to leave right after school.

    by Daisy on 7th July 2008
  • Not Martha's Xmas cookies - but happy holiday memories. Just made a HUGE batch of xmas cookies with Pillsbury's pre-rolled cookie dough. It was AWESOME! No mess & my kids got to cut out a bunch of cookies. Once cooked, I had them frost and sprinkle in a lined shoe box. Hey, I'm no Martha - but at least my kids will have memories of decorating Xmas cookies!

    by VolunteerMom on 5th December 2008