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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • This summer snack satisfies the sweet tooth of any little one who is asking for a sugar hit -- but doesn't provoke the Candy Crazies. Puree a few skinned, fresh peaches with some lemon juice and a hint of sugar and pour thick juice into cookie cutter moulds on a flat pan. Place in freezer for two hours and voila - delicious peach popsicles.

    by Kristin Darguzas on 7th August 2008
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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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  • 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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  • 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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