Family & Home

You do all things family & home. Home, meals, kids, parents & stuff – you take care of a lot. Tools and suggestions to make managing it all much easier. Trackers and tips for planning family schedules, household chores, childcare, elder care and everything else.

 

Not Your Typical Mommy Blog

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No, we are not your typical mommy blog. This site helps working moms cope. And working dads too; we don’t discriminate.

My husband and I have juggled our family with demanding jobs that give us little flexibility. We have both worked 50-70 hour weeks, not including the commute, while caring for a child, aging parents, each other, and our home, in that order. I am over 40 and I am very proud of my resume; I have earned it through blood, sweat and tears.

Simple & Practical

feature, working mom, sticky post, schoolbusI am not here to show you how to make beautiful 7-course dinners, nor will I show you how to flawlessly decorate your house on a shoestring budget. I will show you how to survive, hopefully with your sanity intact and your relationships still standing.

I will tell you how to find balance as a working mom. Yes, it does exist. It is that brief moment when you feel that you are enough. These moments are fleeting, but I will tell you how to have more of them.

Our child is not unusual, but she is very self-sufficient. I will not tell you how to parent (glass houses my friends), but I can help you engage your child in the household chores, to take the load off you. Access the lists and guides to get your kids helping with dinner, laundry and cleaning as soon as they are capable.

We have tips that help our aging parents keep up their independence while allowing us to help them in the little time available.

Time-Tested

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I have helped care for my family since I was twelve, as did my mother before me, and hers before her. This site is full of guides and templates to help you stay afloat, physically and mentally. They are based on practical, battle-scarred habits that have survived three generations of working moms in my family. We have thrived despite crazy-busy lives and you can too.

 

Maintaining a home is a lot of work. Get house maintenance checklists and calendars. Make the day-to-day of your home easier with meal planners and family dinner ideas, laundry shortcuts and decluttering checklists.

A wealth of knowledge

feature, working mom, sticky post, upside down homeI have been cooking and cleaning for my family since I was 12. The daughter of a career woman and a military man, we all had to help out. I cleaned houses and airplanes to support a gap year. I know how much work it is and how it feels to be on that end of the relationship.

Then I learned the other side. I have been paying others to do the cleaning and other services since I started my career. For 20 years I have been engaging companies and individuals for everything from cleaning and cooking to research and personal care.

I have amassed a wealth of templates, tools and guides that have helped me navigate over the years. Here, I will share them and my experience with you.

Necessity Demands Innovation

clutter organizationWhen I was a child, my doctor warned me that most housecleaning would be too hard on my hips and back. It took me 10 years of it to realize he was right and to make other arrangements A decade later, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis when my husband and I were painting the walls of our first house. I was warned not to spend too much time on my feet.

I had to learn another way. In the last 10 years, our family got bigger and so did the house. I wouldn’t have survived without learning how to engage others and use household help.

You will learn what I learned, to outsource your chores without feeling guilty. Find out how to have helpers in your home without being uncomfortable. Leverage instruction guides that will walk others through chores to be done on your behalf, so that you don’t have to organize them yourself.

Affordable Options

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Later, when I was bedridden, I engaged help with things others have never considered. My creativity and organization enabled us to leverage all sorts of resources in ways no one ever imagined. Learn how to do the same to gain more time for the better things in life, without breaking the bank.

We are not rich, nor poor. Like you, we are somewhere in between. We make a decent living, but it is never enough for everything we want, and, like all parents, we worry about having enough for the future. I have some suggestions that might help.

And when you’ve learned all of this, you will get the greatest gift.

Time and Peace of Mind