We all know there is never enough hours in the day to get everything done on our to-do lists. But over the years I have learned quite a few tips to help make the "super mom" tasks be a bit easier. And lets face it, we are ALL Super moms! We have such a wide range of tasks to accomplish from Educating our children, playing with them, feeding them, cooking, cleaning, doing our finances and of course doing the dreaded grocery shopping. Being a mom is tough! And somewhere in there you also have to find time to take care of yourself. We mommas live very busy lives and some days, going to the grocery store just seems impossible!
Tip #1: Shop Online for your baby essentials. It sounds simple enough, right? I learned about this when we had my youngest, she was really sick with G.I. problems when she was born and would be in horrible pain most hours of the day. So in the midst of Dr. appointments and running to get a new and/or different prescription we found out about the Joys of online shopping for Diapers. Since Hayden wasn't getting much sleep of course I wasn't getting much either; so going to the store and shopping was THE LAST thing I wanted to do. Thankfully there are many things nowadays that you can purchase from the comfort of your home. And with free shipping and coupons/deals its sometimes a much more budget friendly option.
Tip # 2: Weekly meal planning & Meal Prep. This was a hard thing for me to get in the habit of doing but after my awesome friend Gabby enlightened me on her cool 30 meals in a day routine, I was able to better manage my meal planning. Sitting down to plan your meals and doing the grocery list is what usually takes the longest. But it's totally worth it to not to stress over what you're making for dinner every single day of the week. I think we have done the 30 Meals in a day routine a few times and its especially great when you've just had a baby and you are beyond exhausted all hours of the day. But now we have really gotten into the habit of planning our meals on Sundays and crock-pot cooking some meats and grains(like beef, chicken, turkey, beans, and rice).Then once its all cooked we finish shredding the beef/chicken and storing away the food either in the freezer or refrigerator(Just depending on when we will be using it). Then during the week its really fast to put together as a casserole (Ie. Enchiladas,Hawaiian Haystacks, Stir fry, tacos, wraps, etc). Our Enchiladas recipe can be found here.
Tip #3: Workout as a family. Finding time to take care of ourselves is always so hard but yet so rewarding! Working out is such a great mood enhancer for me, I definitely feel the endorphins after a workout. And I definitely feel like I'm a better mom for my kids because of it. Over the years we have done a wide array of exercises together like P90x, Swimming, Tennis and Jogging. I find my kids love when I take them on a jogging trail (Them in a stroller of course) and then once mommas done with her workout they get to do races and go play in the park for 30-45 mins. And I really love that too because it lets my kids know the importance of being active and taking care of our bodies.
Tip # 4: Remove Distractions: One of the hardest things but biggest time saver for me has been to allow myself to disconnect from social media. It's so easy to get sucked into watching mindless tv shows or seeing what everyone is up to on FB & Instagram. But when you limit yourself to a couple times a day, you free up so much time. You'll be amazed how much more you'll get done without those constant distractions!
Tip#5: Speed Cleaning. Cleaning can take hours sometimes. But I've come up with a 5 minute clean up routine. Where I focus on 1 thing for 5 minutes(Laundry, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedroom, etc.) every 1-2 hours . And in between cleaning we are going to the park, pool, library, so it doesn't feel overwhelming. As well as, I have our girls help clean up their room after they are done playing with toys, or if we are leaving the home(Which is the equivalent of throwing their toys in bins). Because no one likes coming home to a messy home, right:)?
What tips would you add to the list?
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Have a wonderful day!!!