21 June 2014

Time-Saving Tips for the Busy Mom!

*Many thanks to Huggies for sponsoring this post and helping us Mom's save a little time!

You guys!! Today it's OFFICIALLY SUMMER!!! Can you even believe it!? I have so many fun things planned to do with my kids. Trips to go on, things to see, people to visit, and of course, some personal goals I've set!

Here's the problem, if you're a busy Mom like me, it's hard to fit everything in right? Especially when your little ones are running around wreaking havoc and causing you to lose even more time. I swear, every time I have plans to leave the house at 9am, something comes up that sets us back at least 10-15 minutes.

But I'm fairly confident that I've come up with five things to help save myself, and you, a little bit of time and stress!

1) Shop online & buy in bulk!
I am all about convenience. I can't tell you how many times I've realized I've run out of diapers and the thought of carting both kids to the store is just painful. And when we're on our way out of the house, I usually I just don't have the time to make a trip to the store. But I have a seriously amazing tip for you -- DIAPERS.COM!! I discovered this site when Bennett was a baby and it has been a lifesaver!! You can order your diapers from the convenience of your own, and they deliver them right to your door step, at lightening speed, I swear. Diapers.com also sells basically everything you'd ever need for your little's so stock up and have it dropped off at your house to reduce stress and extra trips to the store!

***Oh and the best part about this time-saving tip, is that there is also some money saving going on right now as well!! Right now, you can get $12 off a case of Huggies Little Movers or Huggies Sung 'N Dry Diapers for your first diaper order with them! Use code: WOWHUGGIES at checkout and get free shipping on any purchase over $49. Which is super easy to do when your stocking up on diapers and wipes! Go here to redeem your coupon! You're welcome. ;-)

2) Prepare the night before!
This has been huge for us! If I know I'm going to be taking my kids somewhere the next day, I have zip lock bags ready to go with snacks already in them. My "Mom-tote" is packed with diapers & wipes, a change of clothes for both kids, suncreen, and anything else we might need while we're out. So if we are caught in a hurry (which happens most of the time) I don't have to even think about packing a bag, it's ready to go.

Along with this, put your stroller in the car the night before (I've been known to leave it behind when I'm scurrying out to the car in a hurry), and pack any beach gear, toys.. etc you might need.

3) Always put important things in the same place.
Keys, wallet, camera... etc. When not in use, keep these items in the exact same place every single day. Who else has been known to run around like a chicken with their head cut off screaming "WHERE THE HECK ARE MY FREAKING KEYS!?" If you don't have a designated area, like a cabinet, drawer or shelf that you keep these things on... they WILL go missing at the most inconvenient times. It's inevitable.

Another tip along these lines? Keep them in a secure place out of the reach of your children. Those little sneaky snooks will snatch your keys right off the counter and you won't see them again for hours, or days at a time.

3) Double your recipes!
I'll admit that this is something I need to get a little better at but if you make a meal that your kids like, make twice as much!! Leftovers will be a lifesaver when you're trying to get them fed and ready to go.

4) Embrace Technology!
This is major. MA-JOR. I use my iPhone for everything. Without technology, I would be completely lost and waste at least 30% more time in my day.

We are so lucky to live in a time when we have basically everything we will ever need, right at our fingertips. I set reminders, events on my calendar, and I also use the Maps tool when I need directions. There are apps for banking, which is incredible. No more wasting 15 minutes standing in line at the bank to make a simple deposit or money transfer. I can do it from my phone while I'm out & about. Same thing with purchasing movie tickets, or for instance, placing a diaper order :) I use the diapers.com app constantly. Use technology.

5) Set realistic expectations. Ask for help.
Don't expect that you will always accomplish everything you have planned, and give yourself grace when you need to. Obviously, there are a lot of ways we can prepare and plan to help save us some time, so that we can better utilize it, but make sure to be realistic. And ask for help when you need it. Call a friend or family member if you find yourself in a bind and ask them to watch your kiddos if you need. Trying to do everything ourselves all of the time is draining and can completely overwhelm us. Reach out to those around you!

Hope this helps you save a little time this Summer!!

So tell me, what are your go to time-saving tips?! Please share them with me! :)


Logan Cantrell said...

GREAT tips! I definitely like to pack Hampton's diaper bag and lay out his clothes the night before we go somewhere. It definitely saves time in the mornings.

Shanna Madrazo said...

Definitely agree with all these terrific tips! Especially the last one! My mother in law just lives around the corner LOL! -- I might need to try doubling up on my little ones' favourite recipes, thanks!


Karen Bettencourt said...

I def do most of these! I have to pack ahead of time or I go crazy the next day even if its just I know we're going to the store the next day, no one wants to get there and realize that that child whose butt you JUST changed before leaving needs changed again and you didn't pack any diapers. I also use wipes for EVERYTHING. The diapers.com tip though, I've known about the site since before Tristan's birth but never really did it because I had no bank account and my ex never let me use his card. Now that I am working and have complete control of my money, I am looking into getting my diapers off there. Those big boxes have a lot more diapers in them than the store ones.

Abby Barstow said...

Very helpful! I'm waiting for my little one to be born (any time now!) and I already have a couple apps to test out to keep track of feedings, diaper changes, naps, etc. Any apps for new parents that you would recommend? I've downloaded Baby Nursing (from American Baby), Baby Feeding, and Sprout Baby so far, any other ones I should at least try out?

Kasi Zlochevski said...

These tips are great! I don't have any kids yet, but your tips are very helpful. Especially the ones about packing everything the night before :)

Jordan Wise said...

Love this post! So many truths!

Amber Nicole Blog said...

Man, yes! Prepping the night before is such a time saver!
Great tips, mandy :)

Ashley Z. said...

These are good tips!

Amby Felix said...

REALLY awesome tips! Thank you for sharing! It's difficult to ask for help most of the time, but I'm working on it!

Esther Ju*Lee said...

great tips! :) one of my girlfriends is huge on number 2. i'm not a mom yet, but i still do like to double up on recipes. we have a freezer baked ziti recipe that we make constantly bc it makes life so much easier when you don't have to prep everyday

Life with Amberly said...

Even though I'm not a mom, I definitely could use these tips :) I'm way too busy sometimes. thanks for sharing!!! :)

Taneja's Bride said...

Absolutely lovely! I definitely need to incorporate these items into my schedule! <3

Caity O'Shaughnessy said...

I just read another post on Mommy-tips. Like I said there, I'm not a mom yet, but these posts are great and stick with me - I know I'll use them in the future!

Rebekah Clarke said...

Fantastic tips - we are working hard on #3 here... I even set up a station for important 'need before we leave the house' things to go... and somehow my keys are never there!

Miranda Myrabev said...

Embrace the technology absolutely lol

celery and cupcakes said...

I've been doing the grocery shop online recently and it's such a time saver!

Julie S. said...

I meal plan from the Pinterest app on my phone-- lifesaver!

Betsy said...

these are great tips! i'm not a mom yet but i'll be saving these for the future!

Ashley Griffith said...

Love these :) I'm not a mom yet, but I think some of these tips (like doubling a recipe) are great for everyone! Leftovers make busy days so much easier!