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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 was in a car accident a while ago, and I used my cell phone to snap pictures of the scene, including close-ups of the damage, both cars' license plates, and the position of the vehicles in the road. It was a lifesaver when it came to filing the claim with my insurance company, as the other driver got his friends to move his vehicle out of the area and remove some of the damaged parts of his car within aabout 30 minutes, leaving only the pictures on my camera as proof that he was at fault!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 1st May 2009
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  • 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 2008
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  • I made a 2009 resolution to keep my kitchen island free of clutter. I am not a neat freak by design, so this was a huge challenge. However, 11 months later, I'm happy to report that having this one space free of clutter 99% of the time has helped reduced stress levels. Now onto the next clutter free space for 2010!

    by mother's den on 10th November 2009
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  • I don't think I'll ever live without diaper wipes again - great stain removers for that peanut butter hug I got on the way out the door, quick dust when monster-in-law is coming over, and works great to wipe down the kid car grime on the doorhandles and dash. I'm telling ya, they're the all-purpose cleaner of the century! But you do have to wonder about something that is gentle enough to use on a baby's behind, yet is caustic enough to clean coffee stains and grease off your work clothes...hmm...

    by mommapolitico.blogspot.com on 24th June 2008
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  • My son wouldnt pee or poop in the potty. One day I got him to sit down and he wanted to get right up until he saw a magazine that his dad had left on the floor. I showed him the pics - it was a nature magazine - and guess what? He pooped! The next day I did the same thing and he peed! So, I would suggest showing them pics while on the potty for those starting out because it may distract from the fact that they are sitting on a potty.

    by oceans mom on 26th August 2009
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  • I've taken multitasking to a new level and built a Treadmill Desk!! Take a used or new treadmill with straight arms (important), velcro down a small shelf, add your laptop (and in my case, an extended keyboard) - and start walking! I can easily walk and type at about 1 MPH. It's very slow - but after a morning at work, I'm totally guilt free if I don't find time to work out. A work-at-home luxury that I hope will inspire some of you -- walk on!

    by VolunteerMom on 19th January 2009
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  • Keep a container of wipes in your bathroom, and wipe down the sink and counters after your brush your teeth at night. It makes deep-cleaning the bathroom much easier, too!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
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  • 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 2008
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  • Medela's Quick Clean Micro Steam bags are great for sanitizing breast pump parts at work, but you can also use them at home to zap the bottles, pacifiers, and teethers.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
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