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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 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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  • Honestly? I make use of the downtime in between tasks. I check email while the pasta water boils, I put makeup on in the car - ONLY at stoplights, and I put off answering texts or emails for when I'm waiting in line at the bank. But I also prioritize a little "moment of peace" time, if I only have a second. I just close my eyes and breathe till the toaster oven dings.

    by Meg D. on 9th October 2010
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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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  • 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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  • My newest lifesaver is planning out my dinner menus. People kept telling me it would save time and money, but I just wasn't sure I'd be in the mood to cook whatever it was. Am I glad I finally broke down and started doing this! I'm combining it with the once a month cooking I was already doing and am saving so much time and energy.

    by Katelyn Shes Connected on 5th January 2011
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  • Now that airlines charge so much extra for checking your luggage (as much as $120 per suitcase, roundtrip, on some carriers!) I find it easier and cheaper to ship some of my essentials to my destination, especially if I'm traveling around the holidays. It takes a bit of extra planning, but it's definitely worth it.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 19th March 2010
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  • My lifesaver is online shopping, especially Diapers!! Since we have 5 kids it is hard for me to go shopping. With just a few click, they send you a box of diaper. How cool is that! I will provide you the coupon code that I used for Diapers.com. You can get $10 OFF on the first of order!! Here is the coupon code MASO115 ENJOY $10 OFF !!

    by maso on 26th June 2010
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  • Thankfully, no one is looking over my shoulder at work, so one of my me time squeezes is periodically checking facebook & now this site...for my daily dose of there is a life out there aside from work and being a mom.

    by MamaLisa on 13th July 2010
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  • I see my son part-time so I prioritize, especially when he is around. He is older now, so I let him know ahead of time if he needs to make plans while I am working or at an important function. I spend quality time with him every other Sunday when I make a nice breakfast and/or dinner. He is quiet, but I make sure to engage him in conversation for at least twenty minutes to keep up with his life, and let him know how important he is to me. I de-stress with music I enjoy, seeing live bands play out, laughing with friends, dancing around the house, a hot bath once in a while, incense, candles, meditation, yoga, etc.

    by phoenixmama on 4th March 2011
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