I am fortunate enough to have a best friend who's been in my life since I was five. Our mothers went to nursing school together, we attended the same small neighborhood church and went to the same school from Kindergarten through high school graduation, and were in each other's weddings. She knows me better than anyone else on the planet and vice versa. The kind of soul mates who can abbreviate an entire explanation using a single word or name from the past. But she lives 90 minutes away. So, every six months we meet in the middle for dinner to celebrate our respective birthdays. Just the two of us...no husbands, no kids, no interruptions...just two best friends laughing about the good times, crying about the tough ones, and swapping secrets. No matter how broke we are or how busy we get, we make this night happen twice a year. When I know I've got that on my calendar, I can get through just about anything!”
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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 2008174Vote!
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 2008165Vote!
The summer is supposed to be a time for kids to enjoy not having to be in school and to just enjoy being kids. However, with the heat that some of us are having, or the rain, or whatever the case may be, they don't always get to go outside and play. Here's something fun for them to do inside ...
We all know that it seems like the washing machine often eats our socks. My husband and I have plenty of socks that have lost their partners. Take some of your socks that you can't find the match for, and take some of your children's socks that you can't find a match for, and let them turn them into sock puppets! Purchase some washable markers and let your kids draw faces on the socks, give them clothing, etc. and put on a puppet show! After they're tired of the same ol' puppets, just wash the socks! Since the kids used washable markers, the marker will be washed out and they can draw some new puppet characters and make up new stories. This is a great way to keep the imagination at work.by Tiffany M. on 1st July 2008156Vote!
Join a Babysitting Coop! This gives a whole network of moms a resource of babysitting at no charge which enables us to have a night out with husband, friends, or simply alone to relax and recoop.by dhanyata on 21st July 2008151Vote!
If you're having problems with a child who wets the bed, making "bed lasagna" can help. Make up the bed with layers of waterproof crib sheets and regular fitted sheets, about three of each, with the regular blankets on top. That way, if there was an accident at night, all you have to do was pull off the wet sheet and pad and there is a dry set already on the bed, ready for sleeping.by Lylah M. Alphonse on 17th July 2008134Vote!
When at the park or at the mall where my kids could possible get seperated from me... I used to safety pin my business card to the back of their shirts. Just in case we were seperated, I could be contacted instantly. Also, my kids were taught to always ask a lady that looks like a "Mommy" for help... I thought it would increase the odds that my kids would be returned safely. Thank goodness we never had to test my theory.by LDR554 on 10th July 2008133Vote!