Time Saving Tips for Busy Families

As a mother of 3 and always feeling like I am never a head of the game, I have dug up some tips and advice from the experts on how to stay sane.  Fascinating enough some of the tips were things I had already been doing, so I was a step ahead of myself after all.  Never knowing what could happen or what lies around the corner is a worry of mine, Luck favors the prepared…  Ever since the first little guy came across I have loaded the diaper bag full of things that I “MIGHT” need, and also stashed extras in every vehicle.  I also thought I was just a hoarder keeping extra candles and gift cards lying around, but to come find out this is a tip to being prepared….Well without ado let get to these tips, because we don’t have time to waste. 😛

Baby Blogger mentions that you should keep extras in your busy rooms of what you use frequently, this way you will stop wasting time running between rooms.  For example scissors, reading glasses, baby wipes…..  Also I found interesting to keep cardboard boxes labeled “trash,” “donate,” or “consign” in the garage or storage closet. Then routinely you are ridding your house of unused items and clutter.

To save time on chores she recommends skipping the ironing and using the dryer for 15 min. to reduce wrinkles.  While we are on laundry she also recommends just washing everything all together in cold water, that way you skip sorting.  Store sets of sheets and pillowcases inside unfolded pillowcases to make bed changes fast and easy and minimize clutter in your linen closet.{I do this one and love it}

Keep disinfecting wipes in the bathroom for quick cleanups around toilets, sinks, and mirrors. You could even do a speedy wipe-down while you bathe the kids. One final tip she had that I found useful was to do 30 min of cleaning after supper and the whole family is to take part in the festivities…{I like that bring on the help.}

Kori Ellis is another blogger I got great tips from and she hit the nail on the head with number one. We tend to go-go go from the time we roll out of bed to the time we roll back in. To have a few peaceful moments to our selves we should get out of be 15-20 minutes before the kids do. Now I am not saying to cut your sleep as parents we need a healthy amount of sleep, so don’t go crazy here thinking you can be superman or something… Another great tip of hers was figuring out your time wasters, I think she got this from Chalene Johnson or maybe vice versa… We all have things we do that waste time. Do you spend 10 minutes looking for your keys every morning? Start putting them on a hook on the door. Do you waste an hour surfing the web every night before bed? Limit screen time in your house (for your kids and yourself). By figuring out your time wasters and finding solutions, you’ll save time and maybe some sanity. Need a tip for getting on the road in the morning without a screaming match or 3 extra trips into the house. Well try laying the kids clothes out at night after they go to bed, put your things by the door to grab on the way out, have all homework and school stuff put away and ready, you can even have lunches ready and made the night before. By doing a little extra the night before, you can cut down on the chaos in the morning, when people are tired and more irritable.

Tip for shopping lists from Maureen Nuccitelli. She suggests, hanging small dry-erase boards with markers inside the linen closet and pantry. As you run low on toothpaste or peaches, mark it down on the respective board. When you’re ready to go shopping, check the dry erase boards, make your list and wipe them clean.

Lori Radun mentions that you need to identify your non-negotiables boundaries to protect that time. Then you must set strong boundaries around those times and keep it holy. {For me that would be every night from 6-8 is family time (No computers, i phones, or kindles, and Sunday is mainly Family Day}

Now some of the things I had mentioned above that I do already. I always have extras in a bag that goes with us on trips and just to take a trip up town, I leave it in the car. I have diapers stuffed into the glove compartment and remember those fanny packs, well I have them stuffed with germx, baby wipes, bandaids, a paper clip, knife, a lighter, flashlight and anything I think that may come in handy. I also have books, toys and snacks with us wherever we may be going. You never know when you may get stranded and tempers flare and you need a distraction, or the kids may just get dirty and you need clean clothes, but I will tell you those extras have saved me many of times.
I also like to have gifts at my home, I have a cabinet where I store items that I can use as a present if needed. Candles, books, toys, towels, utility knives, flashlights, lotions, etc…. all these items I keep around just in case I forget to buy a present or the kids come home and inform me tomorrow is the teachers birthday, for any certain reason I may need a thank you gift. In my file cabinet I have a stack of cards as well ranging from wedding, showers, thank you, sympathy, birthday cards, for those emergency cases. That way you don’t have to make a mad dash up town and try to find that card and gift when you are supposed to be headed to their house. Luck favors the prepared RIGHT! ! !

As for my work I try to schedule things, for instance when I do dishes I am trying to get Clayton to realize that is his ART time. He can color, paint, use shaving cream, the intent being he is having fun while I get some work done. Another scheduled time we have is when mommy goes to do her workout, that is when Clay gets to play his video games. Therefore he is happy to finally get to play and I am thrilled to get my sweat on.

One final tip that I have for any parent is to take time to themselves. As caregivers we tend to take care of others not considering our needs. What happens then is emotions and negativity build up and eventually you get broken down due to not taking care of yourself. So I advise you to make time for yourself daily, whether it be a bath, or 10 minutes in a book, for me it is getting in my workout and checking in on my challenge groups. Something about having a great workout, sweating, pushing myself to do better, that is just refreshing to me and energizes me to continue through the crazy day. Whatever your revitalizing activity is Please set time out to do it, nonnegotiable, you need this time to yourself. Life is crazy enough without throwing in worn out, stressed to the max parents into the mix.

I hope you have found these tips helpful and come back for more. Have a GREAT week.

Life’s Importances

As a teenager, or young adult, the ideas of what was important in life were definitely distorted.  At that age we tend to think life will last forever, and what we do right then and there will not harm or really affect us.  In high school I used to be a normal teenage girl, good grades, active in sports and other school activities, and we drank almost every weekend.  I was self-absorbed, appeared to have high self-esteem but really it was just all an act.   Inside I had no self-esteem, I starved myself just so I could appear to be thin and beautiful.  Not the best way to go about being Healthy.  I ran a minimum of 3 miles a day to burn off all those calories I had eaten that day (baked potato, salad, maybe some pretzels), honestly all my calories from then came from alcohol but as a kid I didn’t count those, you just pee them out…..Naive…..So yes I did lots of damage to my self as a young adult, and this continued on through College.

My eating did get better but I still drank too much and worked out excessively, you know heaven for bid I gain any weight.  To move out of this unhealthy stage you would have to advance to when I got pregnant with my first child.  Yes I was married and we were happy and ready to start a family, so the drinking stopped, and I really began to notice what true health, responsibility and Family meant.  I had taken so many things during my life for granted.  My wonderfully inspiring and heroic Mother, my father who did everything he could do possible for his family, my brother who always was there for me, even my sweet dog who was with me day and night.  Now I had a husband who loved me and I loved him and we were bringing into this world another person….Fear and Excitement ran through me.  I only hoped I could be half the mother I had growing up, but no matter what I was determined to be the best mother and being I could be for  this little guy.

So my Health Journey began, after he was born I tried counting calories but that wasn’t working for me, I tried something new Pilates, but honestly that wasn’t for me either.  I loved to run, but with a little one with me at all times, and my husband working the evening shift, I didn’t have a chance to make it out and run.  So I struggled with being a first time mom, gaining a ton of weight, and for the first time in my life wishing I could go back to the size of the girl I used to think was fat.  3 years past and with me struggling the whole way with motherhood,  weight, trying to find workout that would help me, and developing a possible gluten allergy, I joined a gym to try to get back to feeling like me.

Once again we decided to have another child and I got pregnant with a beautiful baby girl.  At the beginning I was worried I would lose her b/c of some stress I was under and I had quit the gym due to fear of harming her in anyway.  Later with this pregnancy I developed gestational diabetes and had to watch everything I ate and drank, plus went to using the elliptical with DR permission.  I still managed to gain a ton of weight, not ever losing everything from the first pregnancy, but it didn’t matter b/c I had two beautiful children.  Once things got settled down around month 6 (she cried and never slept until then), then I wanted to focus on trying to get healthy.  So I went back to counting calories, and really not getting anywhere.

However God had other plans and when she was a little over a year old, I found out I was expecting again.  This time we would have another little boy, but during this pregnancy I ate pretty well and was able to run almost to the very end.  We were blessed with 3 wonderful, talented, beautiful children, and I would not have changed a thing.  My body changed plenty, my mind and soul changed throughout too, and as hard it was I would do it all again the exact same way just to end up where I am today.

About a year ago I found Beachbody.  I saw these infomercials about Insanity, and well after a couple of times of watching I couldn’t resist.  I started the program and had good results.  I also joined an online accountability group with some friends who were also trying to be healthy happy mothers, and had luck with that as well.  After checking into Beachbody and knowing what results I had with them, and knowing the struggles I had been through to get my body back to some what normal, I decided it was time for me to join them and help out many others who were struggling with life, family, confidence, and happiness.

My point for all of this is that in the beginning I thought I was doing what was important by worrying about my image, and not the journey.   However it is the journey that is the most important of all, each step taken has gotten me to where I am today.  So I am grateful for that Naive young girl who did a lot wrong, and college girl who continued on that path, and for the mother and father who never gave up on me and turned me into the wonderful, loving parent I am today.  I am thrilled to have found my calling as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and life coach.  Through all challenge comes change.  I challenge you not to be scared of change but embrace it, strive for it.  Be the best you, YOU can be…