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Kids, parents & spouse – you take care of a lot. Tools and suggestions to make managing it all much easier. Trackers and tips for planning holidays & vacations, 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; I am not looking for “a way out”.

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.

 

Mostly you will find TIME and PEACE of mind.

Family Matters with busy kids, aging parents and more.

Your Guide to Outsource Christmas

Outsource Christmas?!? It probably sounds ridiculous, but how many of your traditions are actually chores that you don’t enjoy anymore? Do you scramble around the month of December trying to get it all done before your family and friends descend? Meanwhile, at the office, nothing is slowing down despite everyone’s …

Best Christmas EVER! and a Christmas Planner

Don’t forget to read to the end and get a Christmas planner. Ask people their best Christmas and they will tell you about their childhood, or their children. I would like to tell you it was my daughter’s first Christmas, but she spent the week vomiting, so that is definitely …

Managing Your Household Checklists

Household checklists are they single best tool for keeping control of a busy home. Household management binders, folders, or something similar will save your sanity especially when life is changing fastest. If you are considering outsourcing any of your house work, they become even more critical Create Household Checklist Binders …

Organize Your Calendar And Maintain It

It is that time of year again. Summer is coming to a close and fall is almost upon us. It is time to get your schedule in order. And get on top of your time before chaos reigns. I love starting the fall with a clean slate. The student agendas …

Get Ready to Go Back to School

It is that time of year again, Back to School, and if you are like me, you are not going to deal with it until you have to. For a planner and a list maker that probably sounds surprising, but one of the advantages of being organized is that you can …

Put Off Back to School Shopping

I was grocery shopping recently and saw the back to school shopping displays and chuckled to myself. It is nice to be older and wiser. Back to School Shopping is a waste of money. My attitude about back to school goes against everything I usually say about planning ahead and avoiding the …

Keep Your Child Happy for 4,000 Miles – Great Activities

These travel activities kept my 5-year-old daughter happily busy for 4,000 of our 5,000 mile road trip. Last summer I spent 10 hours per day for 10 days on the road with my daughter. That’s 100 hours and 5,000 miles; yes I did say 5,000. We had to organize enough …

5000 Miles with a 5-Year-OId or Family Road Trip

What does this have to do with being a working mom? The odds of any working mom getting 3 weeks for a road trip are slim to none; I was lucky. But whether you are going for a long weekend or a couple of weeks, these tips will save you …

Simple Packing for Summer Day Camp

Packing for summer day camp sounds easy and mostly is, but there are a few tips and tricks that will save you some time. Get or make a packing list – and customize it First there are some standard items that every child will need for every camp – Summer …

Why Working Moms Love Summer Camp

This week I send my daughter to camp. It is not our first year, in fact it is our fourth, and I love it. It has its drawbacks, I know, but we have found so many more advantages that I can put up with the hassle. Summer camp has its …