Best of "Mommy" Tips
There are a myriad of articles across the internet offering advice and tips for busy moms. The following list is a compilation of the top ten best tips that have proved most useful to me and my fellow moms. Enjoy!
Put first things first.
As moms, we can get overwhelmed by the amount of responsibilities we carry. Sometimes cleaning house, doing laundry, cooking and just keeping our kids clean can get in the way of what's most important: spending quality time with our kids while we can. Our kids are only in our daily lives for so long; the rest of our responsibilities will always be there. Nothing should be more important than giving them the time, love and attention they need. If we can keep that perspective in mind, we will never regret it. And if the following tips help free up time to spend with kids, they are worth trying out!
Keep an emergency "Mommy" kit in your vehicle.
The unexpected seems to happen frequently in the life of a mom. Lots of times, we are caught unprepared while we are away from home. Keeping an emergency kit in my car has come in so handy so many times it is worth adding to this list. Diapers, pull-ups, wipes, snacks, drinks and a change of clothes, as well as some cheap new dollar toys are lifesavers in drastic situations.
Put a toybox in your living room for some quick clean-up.
There are so many options these days for toyboxes that they don't even have to look like one anymore. Keeping a toybox in your living room allows for the quick gather and dump when neccesary. Whether a friend is stopping by shortly or you are just too tired to organize but don't want to go to bed with a messy floor, the toybox is a great tool for saving organization for later.
Keep "heat-up" meals on hand at all times.
So many moms these days put pressure on themselves to cook an impressive, delicious, healthy supper every night filled with various options of delightful dishes. While this is a noble task to accomplish, we need to face that sometimes, we just can't do it. And if doing it means we are going to be cranky with our husbands and kids and good for nothing else after, maybe we should consider our "heat-up" friends. There are so many options now out there that even health-concious moms can keep a can of something on hand, or cook over the weekend and have leftovers to heat up. This saves stress and energy when we feel we can't cook.
Viva and scarves: a mom's two best friends.
When a child enters your life, many times beauty falls lower down on the totem pole of priorities. Sometimes, it is just plain impossible to have the time we need to shower, blow dry and style our hair, put our makeup on and have clean, trendy outfits ready to wear. Two easy ways to keep ourselves looking stylish and pretty are using scarves as headbands, and Viva paper towels as oil absorbents. If your hair is too crazy to mess with or you just don't have time, tie a scarf around like a headband and pull it back in a bun. This creates a trendy look and you can choose whatever style of scarf you want! And keep a stash of Viva paper towels handy. They work very well as oil and sweat absorbing sheets while you are out during the day. Plus, they are much cheaper than purchasing name brand oil absorbing sheets.
Take your showers at night.
If you have always been a morning shower person, it may be time to switch now that you are a mom. It is hard to take a shower when your four-year old won't sit still for five minutes. You can either blow dry your hair afterwards, or just braid it and sleep with it wet. Then all you have to do is style it with a straightner or curling iron in the morning. This tip has added benefits as well. Not only will the warm water relax your muscles and get you ready for bed, you will feel clean and pretty again - possibly more in the mood for hubby when you two finally make it to bed together.
Make your own homemade febreeze.
Febreeze can be used for so many smelly things: furniture, laundry, kids shoes, the car, etc. But the namebrand can be expensive. It's really easy to make your own version at home. Just get a spray bottle and put 1/8 cup of laundry detergent and 2 tbsp of baking soda in the bottom. Then fill it up with water and shake!
Start buying in bulk and stocking a pantry.
If you are a weekly grocery shopper, you can save time and money by switching to once a month shopping and buying in bulk. You will have supplies on hand and it is usually cheaper to buy in bulk. As a mom, it is such a pain to load up the kids to go get one item you've run out of. It is much better to have a supply you can always pull from in your pantry.
Start using a crockpot if you haven't already.
It is so wonderful to not have to worry about cooking, yet still have a hot, nutrious meal waiting for supper time. Crockpots provide that luxury with not much effort. Alot of recipes are out there and they are usually simple with fabulous results. If as a mom you have not explored the joys of crockpot cooking, now is the time!
Throw the toys in the dishwasher for cleaning/sanitizing.
This is such a great idea for saving some money and elbow grease. Just load your dishwasher with your childs toys for an easy way to clean and sanitize them! Not only will your arms and hands be happy, but so will your wallet when you're not using all those Clorox wipes!
Your life changes in so many ways when you become a mom. There are lots of great ideas out there to help make your life more manageable. These top ten tips can help you save time, stress and money. But the most important one is to remember to keep the right perspective: spend time with your kids while they are still living with you. All the rest will fall into place!