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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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  • Keep a clean blackboard eraser in your car's glove compartment, and use it to wipe down your steamed-up windshield.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 17th November 2008
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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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  • I seem to always have an endlesss to-do list so anything that will allow me to save time, reduce stress and the amount things I have to-do is important to me. Recently, I saw an ad for online grocery shopping. I peaked my interest because going to the grocery store is time consuming. Then, you have to deal with your screaming child and other people's screaming child. Also, let''s not forget the long lines to check out. I use online grocery shopping because they deliver and you can still use manufacturer and store coupons. I saved time and was less aggrevated because I ordered my groceries from the comfort of my home and the groceries were delivered to my door.

    by frugalone on 13th November 2009
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  • 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
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  • Snuggli has been a lifesaver for me. It helped calm my extrememly colicky baby & I've lost about 10 lbs. Ofcourse my daughter is too big to wear all day but I still pack it in the stroller of wear her for short walks around the block or to the store.

    by Christie on 15th June 2008
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  • Having friends to share kid stories with. Working out on my lunch break so I don't have to sacrifice home time to do so. The crock pot. Bagged salad. Remembering that I have my whole later-adult life to do other stuff, but my daughter is only going to be 2 for just this year.

    by Meg D. on 3rd February 2009
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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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  • We keep tabs on activities, games, project due dates, etc., with a wall-size monthly calendar in the kitchen/dining room area of our small apartment. I got the idea from an article in Cottage Living magazine and then tweaked it a bit for my needs. The calendar has 35 8"x8" squares (1 for each day in a month, plus 4 blank squares for inspirational quotes.). I use thumb tacks to hang permission slips, meeting agendas and party invitations, etc. right on the calendar. I use 4'x6' Post-it notes or index cards to post notes such as "Parent conference - 3pm", "Game - 8am, field 2". Since it's large and in a central area, it's easy for us to see/update. Having the permission slip, etc right on the calendar means we don't lose paperwork or miss important deadlines. And since the calendar is covered with a pretty neutral-colored linen fabric, it's attractive as well as functional (I didn't want a giant eyesore in my kitchen.).

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
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