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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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  • Thanksgiving lifesaver! Prep ingredients in advance, package them in smaller portions, and stash them in the fridge. No cutting onions at the last minute!

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 24th November 2009
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  • Stuck at a red light? Feeling your blood pressure rising? De-stress by training yourself to think of something positive you can associate with stop lights, then use that image to discharge tension. I take a deep breath, exhale, and think of how the green and red lights remind me of our Christmas tree when I was a kid. It's amazing how I don't notice how tense I am until I do this. It's also amazing how something most drivers dread -- stop lights -- can become a nice spot to take a short break. It's just a matter of changing your attitude.

    by Diane on 21st 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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  • Okay, so, I hate cleaning the bathroom but with a potty training kid it has to be done frequently. Now I keep a spray bottle of pepperminty cleaner and a box of baby wipes under the sink; when I'm bathing the kids, I grab a wipe and spray down the sink and counter, wipe, and throw away. I repeat with the toilet area. It takes 2 minutes, I'm in the bathroom anyway, the peppermint makes it smell good, and the wipes are cheaper than "special" cleaning wipes. Win!

    by SisterWisdom.com on 27th June 2009
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  • Just say no. If you're not sure about the question, whether it's a commitment, a new activity, a request for help, an expense... if you have that little nagging feeling of uncertainty, just say no. Wait. You can always change your mind and say yes later, but once you've committed it's hard to undo. I've been saved many a mistake by saying no, stepping back, and considering.

    by SisterWisdom.com on 9th June 2009
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  • I spent $300 on a little freezer so I could cook our favorite casseroles ahead of time and freeze them! I also am now able to buy more meat and poultry when I find it on sale.

    by JenX on 7th July 2008
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  • Stretch as soon as you wake up. It gets the blood flowing, clears your head, and makes it easier to start functioning first thing in the morning.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 6th June 2008
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