Mothers never cease to amaze me. Especially Wonder Woman Kate Gosselin of wee TV's Jon and Kate Plus 8 who finds inventive ways to buy more time. To see her latest fun and time saving activity, read more
Today is International Thank You Day. While thank you notes are the most common way for people to formally communicate thanks, busy moms sometimes have a hard time accomplishing the task — especially when they are writing for their entire brood.
So opt for an acceptable alternative and call the person to whom you are grateful. Kind words can make a person's day. And it's that personal touch that makes all the difference. Plus, friends and relatives will delight in the chance to chat with your child.
My daughter will be four next month and I'm embarrassed to say that she still doesn't have a baby book, though she does have a younger brother. Which means I'm now two books behind!
Aside from juggling work, kids and everything else — I don't have the patience at this point to sit down and scrapbook even though crafty friends and relatives started stunning books for both my children. I'd like to put the same care and effort into finishing the books once my kids are in college.
But in the meantime, I need to tackle this task and the stacks of darling photographs and CDs that are spilling out of the closet. Momento Press creates stunning flip and coffee table books for upwards of $30. Located in San Francisco, the business serves the entire United States.
All a busy mom has to do is scan her pictures or download the CDs and type the captions. Momento Press takes care of the rest and ships the finished work to your door. Since the company buys me time and rids me of guilt, I think it's well worth the average $100 price for a large decorative display piece.
If you're a last minute tree trimmer like me, then you have probably entered the race to finish things by Christmas. If you don't feel like digging the ornament boxes out of storage and need to occupy the kids, head to the kitchen and make some edible garlands. Pop some popcorn and grab a couple of bags of cranberries and start stringing! The kids will love sampling the treats and your tree will be decorated in no time. Got a real lil one that isn't interested in the task, hand them a box of wrapped candy canes to hook on the tree. Need instruction? To see how to make an edible garland read more
Holiday lines are long and once you've lugged your kids to the counter, the last thing you need is to fumble for your wallet.
Since I usually have my son on my hip and my daughter by my side, I traded my big, bulky wallet for a snap-closure coin purse. It's just the right size to fit the essentials — my ATM and credit cards, spare change, and cash. And, I can open it with one hand in a pinch.
I like to wing it whether I'm getting gifts at the mall or groceries at the store, but with the holiday hustle and bustle, it's a good time to take a tip from Santa. So I'm making my shopping lists and checking them twice because there's nothing worse than finally loading the kids in the car and realizing I forgot something.
Mommy Track'd, sells two tablets that make the task much easier. Created by Amy Keroes, the working mom who runs the website, The Balance Sheet has two "to do" columns – one for work and one for family. The Eat Sheet has a weekly menu planner and grocery list to ensure that once you buy the goods, you can get dinner on the table. The 6 x 9 inch pads are $10 and have 50 sheets.
While what happens to disappearing socks in the wash remains a mystery, here's a quick tip on what you can do with the spares. Take a sharpie marker and draw faces on them and pop them in your purse.
The next time your child fusses in a long line or waiting room, pull them out. Just the right size for lil hands, these impromptu puppets should provide adequate entertainment until the end of the line. And, if they get lost — there will always be another one in the next load of laundry.
Before you stuff your holiday bird, set aside some dressing and scoop it into muffin pans to bake. I saw this tip on Rachael Ray's Thanksgiving in 60 the other day and thought that aside from it being a great portioning tool, it may literally come in handy for the kids. If lil ones aren't accustomed to using silverware yet, this is a great finger food.
While they say it's the most important meal of the day, truth be told — there isn't always time to sit down and eat a wholesome breakfast. Here are some traveling snacks that your child can eat on the go.
- Horizon Organic Single-Serve Milk. Retailing for around $1.50 each, these 8 oz. individual milk boxes provide your child calcium, vitamin D, and 8 g. of protein. Since they are ultrapasteurized and packaged in aseptic containers, the milk can be stored at room temperature up to its expiration date.
- Stonyfield Farm's YoKids Sqeezers. These tubes of organic yogurt are 60 calories per serving, have 25 percent less sugar than other yogurt brands, and contain six active cultures that help promote good digestion. Available in cherry, berry, and strawberry flavors, boxes are $4 and contain 8 single servings.
- EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars. These low-fat, low-sodium 1-oz. bars are made from organic brown rice flower. A box of six costs $3 and 1 percent of all EnviroKidz sales are donated annually to endangered species, habitat conservation, and environmental education for kids.
A trip to the grocery store can turn into five or six trips from the car to the kitchen. If you've got small children in tow, the task becomes a timely undertaking so simplify it by asking the clerk to bag the perishables together. That way you can tend to your precious cargo first and leave the nonperishables in the car until later.