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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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  • Make a quick-change kit (a couple of diapers, a few wipes, and a T-shirt or onesie in a plastic bag) and stash it in your diaper bag. When you need to change your child, just grab it and go!

    by Work It, Mom! Team on 17th October 2008
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  • I am trying to make a better effort to get my "me time" in. I usually let this go first when I am too busy to think, but then the my stress level increases dramatically! I have been turning weekend naptime into mommy funtime! Sking is my sport and getting outside for some fresh air does the trick. I got out three times Christmas weeknd and I am on top of the world this week feeling like I can tackle anything! I can be a better mom, wife, and friend when I get to do what I love.

    by Jenny B on 28th December 2010
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  • The toy room! I was having such a meltdown every time I would sit down to read or watch TV and the toys were everywhere. Finally, we made the front room (kind of out of sight to all else) just the playroom and reinforced that it was where all the toys must stay. Now out in the sitting room, I can read and watch TV and never have to face that mess with such dread again.

    by Erin on 30th April 2010
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  • I used to run home, change and get right into the family business of dinner and cleaning. Now I go to my bedroom change and workout. I feel much more relaxed when I emerge from my bedroom

    by mama2boyz on 26th April 2010
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  • I keep packages of instant oatmeal and a few tiny boxes of raisins in my desk at work. When I want to eat cookies, I mix up a cup of the oatmeal, sprinkle on the raisins, and have that instead. It's a close second to a cookie, but much better for you!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 16th June 2008
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  • I added some children's book titles to my e-Reader. When I am running errands and the kids get bored, I can whip it out to keep them entertained. I love that they are reading and learning to love some of my childhood favorites along the way.

    by Katelyn Shes Connected on 21st December 2010
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  • At the end of the day, almost everyday, I relax in a tub full of bubbles with an aromatherapy candle and listen to Delilah! It so nice to hear I am not alone with all of my problems. This is the only thing that has gotten me through some very rough times after losing my job. I can clear my mind or straighten out my thoughts and just "be". I just found a new company recently that makes awesome aromatherapy candles www.theearthselements.com and I truely have to say that they are the best chaning my mood!

    by Always Sleepy on 11th November 2010
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  • I set designed a schedule for all that I have to do in a day and actually put myself on it! So everything has a time slot and I try my very best to stay with in those guidelines. Some days it works great others not so much but it is worth a try!

    by Veg Mom on 15th December 2010
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  • my lifesaver has been HANDS-FREE BREAST PUMPING. I use the BustiBand (www.bustiband.com). I've used a breast-pump with all 3 of my kids and hated the fact that I couldn't do much else but sit on the couch and hold the silly things on. I started using the BustiBand and now I can put on my make-up, do my hair, read a book, get on the computer, make phone calls, I've even chopped veggies once (while pumping!). If you pump, be sure to use some sort of "hands-free" product. It will really make your life easier!!

    by petdocmom on 6th December 2010
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