One thing I’ve discovered since having children is that I have no idea what I’m doing. Some days, it seems like I am just barely swimming with my head above water, suffocating in coffee and unwashed laundry. Other days, my kids eat vegetables, ask smart sounding science related questions, and I think I’m fantastic. The good news is, no one really knows what they are doing when it comes to motherhood. But we all have our strengths, things we are truly experts on, so the key is to reach out to your trusted fellow mothers and ask them their secret.
With this in mind, I asked some of my favorite mommy bloggers, entrepreneurs and friends for their favorite life hacks. Read on for their suggestions:
I always keep a few small snacks in the middle console of my car (crackers work well as they won’t melt or go bad) just in case we’re caught somewhere and one of the kids launches into an “I’m staaarving” drama (you know the one). In addition, I always make sure I have a $20 note in there – it has come in handy many times when I’ve run out of cash, and for those days where we’ve forgotten our backpack at home, I can hand over the extra snack, and the money (to buy lunch) and not have to rush home to retrieve it. This happens more often than I’d like to admit! – Aly Biggar of What Mom’s Love
To minimize the morning madness on school days, my monkeys write down their lunch and snack orders the night before on a clipboard. I’m a stickler when it comes to healthy eating; only real, whole foods like organic fruit, veggies, meat, seeds, nut butters, and whole grains make it into their lunch boxes. I want them to be part of the process because they are more apt to actually eat their lunch! In the morning, they help me with little things like washing fruit, toasting bread, or filling water bottles. The magic of the whole operation lies in that little clipboard though. It really keeps us on track. Check out the dollar aisle at Target for fun mini clipboards and save yourself some time and sanity in the morning! – Christine of Under The Monkey Bars
Tip 3: Plan ahead
Planning ahead is key. I lay out all my kids outfits for the entire week on Sunday night, including socks and underwear. Also, I do the bulk of my grocery shopping online. When I run out of items during the week, I add them to my virtual cart, order the items on Friday, and drive to the grocery store on Saturday where someone loads up all my items, without my having to get out of the car. – Lauren of Slack Tide Quilt Shop
As a part-time working mom of a toddler, the days can get a little frenzied. Style has always been a big part of my identity, but I don’t have the time I used to have to put into getting my “look” together. Being comfortable, able to move, and cute are my three priorities, so I have stocked my closet with some basic go-to’s that I can pull together without having to think. For the fall, my mom uniform includes a few pairs of great fitting skinny jeans, some soft, cute statement tees, a couple pretty baseball caps, a denim jacket, and some keds and converse sneakers. I’ll usually put on some moisturizer and a swipe of mascara, spritz on some dry shampoo, and head out the door. I feel as if style is so much less about what we wear, and so much more about how we wear it. No matter how “in” an item is, if I don’t feel comfortable in it, it’s a no go. And there’s something to be said for striving to achieve that perfect “casual cute” look. – Hannah, check out her blog here and don’t forget her Instagram, simply_hannah.joy, to see more of her style tips!
I must admit I’m a total nerd, and always on the lookout for a new app or device to make my life easier. The Cozi Family Organizer is a great way to keep all the doctor appointments, birthday parties in one place, not to mention the grocery lists and meal planning capabilities. Speaking of meal planning, I was turned on to Pepperplate a few years ago. The app is free, and allows you to upload all your favorite recipes from the web. Create a weekly meal plan and shopping list each week within a few minutes. You can download the app onto multiple phones, which is useful if you want someone else in the family to stop off and do the grocery shopping (think no more long-winded texts with ten plus items). I also use apps to entertain my kids on long plane rides, our favorites include Timmy Tickle, Peek a Boo Barn and iWriteWords.
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