Member Lifesavers

Submit a Lifesaver!

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!

Sort…

Showing 19-27 of 218 Lifesavers

  • Buy greeting cards in bulk! Make one main trip per year and buy a birthday card for each family member & close friend, plus a couple new baby, sympathy, get well cards. Add 3 or 4 thank you cards. Last but not least, get a few blank cards, too. Store them in a special file folder or storage container near your address book.

    by Diane on 23rd September 2008
    209
    Vote!
  • Clean up games: put laundry basket in hallway and play who can put away clothes faster, mommy or child?

    by Mich on 15th January 2010
    315
    Vote!
  • cleaning while listening to music. give anything to live a clutter-free life.

    by Shannon on 19th March 2009
    278
    Vote!
  • Combine fitness and family time: instead of trying to squeeze in a trip to the gym after the kids go to bed and before I collapse, we spend our evenings outside doing something active. We walk in the park, play ball, play tag, whatever... It's family time for Dad & kids, it's relaxing (no mess in the house), it gets the kids ready for bed, and it gets us burning calories. Plus our kids are learning that it's more fun to be active & playing than to be sitting in front of the tv.

    by SisterWisdom.com on 9th June 2009
    359
    Vote!
  • Cooking extra and freezing!!!! It's healthier and cheaper than eating take-out when we're too busy to cook.

    by Anne on 2nd March 2009
    301
    Vote!
  • Create a reading "nook" in an empty room or secluded corner of the house. Use a screen or furniture to create a feeling of separation if needs be. All you need is a comfy old armchair and a reading lamp. Even a few minutes a day in your nook curled up with a book will recharge you. It's an easy and free way to build a tiny bit more "you time" into your day.

    by Diane on 13th November 2008
    255
    Vote!
  • Cut down on dirty dishes. My mom bought me some red plastic meal baskets, like the ones used at 50's diners such as Hudson's Grill. I keep a stack of them in a drawer in my kitchen and the kids and I use them for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Line them with a cloth/paper napkin and you're set. I use them to serve sandwiches and chips, cheese and crackers, popcorn, toast, bagels and lox (I'll add lettuce to the bottom of the basket), wedges of fruit and cheese and more. When the meal or snack is over, simply toss out the napkin (or put it in the laundry to wash) and you're done. Sometimes we rinse the baskets when we finish, but it's usually not necessary. These baskets have brought unexpected blessing to my little home. The baskets are fun, easy to use and have saved my son and I countless hours of washing and drying stacks of dishes. Yea

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
    247
    Vote!
  • Dab a little teething gel (like Ambusol or Orajel or the generic equivalent) on a mosquito bite or bee sting to "take the itch away" -- the lidocaine in the gel numbs the skin the same way it numbs the gums.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 10th June 2008
    184
    Vote!
  • Dear all, I would like to share a little lifesaver with you. My daugther Sonia wakes up very early and usualy comes to wake me up is the morning. So I started to leave in the evening on the kitchen some sandviches and drinks. Also I learned her how to turn on the audiosystem and have bought her children CDs. So now she is not coming on 8 am, she can entertains herself when I get get some Saturdaysleep!

    by Annaznam on 19th March 2011
    480
    Vote!

Work Life Balance Stories

Check out our best tips for balancing work and home life.

Quick & Easy recipes

Browse our favorite quick and easy recipes, perfect for busy moms.

Ask & Answer Questions

What working moms are talking about on our question board!