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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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 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 2008114Vote!
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 2008107Vote!
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 200894Vote!
Recently, I've been portioning out chips and snacks into small zip-top baggies and piling them into a basket on the kitchen counter. It makes it easier for my kids to grab a snack for themselves, and it makes packing (all five) lunches much faster!by Lylah M. Alphonse on 30th June 2008200Vote!
I have three children and always stress about one thing or another. A very wise woman once told me to buy only one kind of white socks so that I never have to worry about matching them up after washing. I just throw them all in the bottom drawer and the little ones can get them out themselves. It' a beautiful thing!by Almond on 29th June 2008143Vote!
Often, when cooking something like soup or pancakes, I´ll just double or triple the recipe and then freeze the extra. I always have meals ready to go in my freezer this way and they are constantly being replenished . . . ideal for those hectic days when you realize there´s no time to actually cook!by Genesis on 28th June 2008146Vote!
Anyone who has tried to get a splinter out of a child's finger knows how hard it is. Tweezers are the hardest tool to use on a child that won't be still. How about trying to remove a splinter like this ....
This works especially well with splinters that are sticking out of the skin, but it can also be used on those under the skin as well. Get a piece of translucent tape (Scotch tape, etc), place it over the splinter, and pull the tape up. Simple and easy. You can also use duct tape, but make sure to stick it to your jeans or shirt first so that it isn't so sticky.
Another way to remove splinters without the use of tweezers is to take some Elmer's glue and place it on and around the area where the splinter is. Let it dry, and then have your child pull it off. The splinter comes out with the glue. Kids especially love this because the glue looks like they're peeling off their skin.by Tiffany M. on 28th June 2008524Vote!
Take a phone picture of your kids to show others in case they get lost. I've read so many techniques that one can use if their child gets lost, like taking a Sharpie and writing your phone number on their arm, or putting a business card in their pocket, and even putting their allergy information in their backpacks. BUT, what if someone asks you "What do they look like? What are they wearing?" If your child is lost, I'm pretty sure it would be hard to give such details at that moment in time. Taking a close up facial shot, and a full body shot of your child(ren) before leaving home when you're going out into very crowded areas is a simple thing that you can do to insure that if your child does get lost, you can show passersby exactly what the child is wearing and what s/he looks like.by Tiffany M. on 28th June 2008157Vote!