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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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  • 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
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  • 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
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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
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  • 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
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  • Throw an old T-shirt on over your business clothes so that you can do the morning kid routine without worrying about spills or stains

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
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  • 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
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  • Instead of making it into the office for early morning meetings, I dial in during my commute (hands free of course!) It has made my days much easier to start as I'm not trying to cram in getting the kids ready, off to school and Steve McQueening through traffic to make it into the conference room. It gives me a back at lease an hour.

    by Michele on 11th June 2008
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  • 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
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