21 Time & Stress Savers for Mommy

Found this and although I feel like a lot of us already do the stuff that applies to us, sometimes it can be nice to hear it again! 🙂

  • Pack your child’s lunches the night before and lay out the clothes they want to wear. Prepare yours as well if you work outside the home. Less stress and less to do in the morning!
  • Every time you get out of your car at the end of the day, throw out a few things or trash you don’t need. Reduces clutter. Clutter makes us nuts.
  • Kids have a school function? It’s ok not to bake for it every time. Offer to bring paper products or drinks for the class.
  • Create a chart for the kids. Use a dry erase board. Write down their weekly schedules for school or sporting events and chores.
  • Never let junk mail hit your desk or kitchen counter! Toss it before it all piles up and creates more clutter! (there’s that word again)
  • Take the time to talk to your kids. Tell them you love them and why they are special to you. Often.
  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on hand. Healthy snacks that are convenient are easy to grab on the run.
  • Notes. Don’t be afraid to write yourseld notes or “to do” lists as reminders of what needs to be done that day, or that week.
  • Try to get up 30 minutes before the kids. Get in a little quiet time to wake up and sip your coffee.
  • Need an invigorating pick-me-up? Make a quick and easy home body scrub: mix granulated sugar with shower scrub. Then follow up with peppermint or citrus lotion.
  • Keep a jar of loose change on the counter and drop spare coins in a few times a week. Let the kids use it for lunch money as needed.
  • On a Sunday afternoon, prepare snacks for school lunches ahead of time: portion bags of grapes, cheese cubes, crackers, raisons or other finger foods. Then each night as you prepare lunches, the bags are ready.
  • Sleep on a satin pillow case. Why? It’s easier on hair, less tangles and breakage and the satin is easier on skin, less wrinkles.
  • Make a point of showing your kids how to be charitable, especially around the holidays. Give back: adopt a family in need, donate toys or canned food or give to a local charity. Include your kids in the process.
  • Get your annual flu shot. Because do you really have time to be sick?
  • Keep your business cards available at all times. Car, purse, diaper bag. Because one never knows when opportunity will strike.
  • The sound of water has been known to relax people. Keep a small, tabletop  fountain in your home or office.
  • Lifesavers can really be lifesavers. Keep a roll in your purse. If you get a cell call in the car, hand them out to the kids. Studies show one lifesaver is equal to one cell phone call. (lifesavers work great in church as well, to quiet little ones!)
  • Do you brainstorm while driving? Us too! Carry a small, hand held tape recorder to record notes to yourself. It’s neater than scribbling notes while driving, and safer!
  • For quick makeup touch ups, carry 4 basics: mascara, powder, lipstick and Q tips for quick smudge repair.
  • Take one day a month, when the kids are at school and everything is under control at the office- and see a movie or get a mani/pedi. You’ll feel more relaxed after some alone time and your family will enjoy a happier you.Thanks Lux Magazine!


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