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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • You can use white glue (like Elmer's) to take out most splinters without resorting to tweezers. Spread a thin layer of glue on the splinter and the skin around it, wait for it to dry, and then peel it off -- the splinter gets pulled off with the glue.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 20th February 2009
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  • Homemade fruit smoothies. It is a fast, healthy breakfast and my son is addicted to them. Milk, plain non-fat all natural yogurt (Dannon makes it), and fruit (fresh berries, melons, whatever). I can get him to eat fruit he normally wouldn't if I blend it in. If you pair it with a slice of whole wheat toast with a smear of peanut butter, you have a perfectly well rounded breakfast for toddlers with hardly any prep time.

    by oceans mom on 25th February 2009
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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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  • 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
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  • It drives my family crazy when they can't find the right lids to go with the right plastic food-storage containers. I started storing them in a couple of clementine boxes -- you know, those cute wooden containers that the tiny oranges come in. Now, the lids are easy to see, take out, and put away.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 29th September 2009
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  • Always keep a business card in an easy-to-find place in your purse or laptop bag; slip another one into your coat or jacket pocket. If you accidentally leave these things behind while you're out and about -- or if someone takes yours by mistake -- it'll be easier for someone to return them to you!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 7th July 2008
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