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Time Saving Tips Pt. 1

Everyone wants to save time doing the required stuff so they can spend time doing the fun stuff, whether you’re a mom, dad, living the single life, or whatever.  When you’re “adulting” there are some things that are required which aren’t always glamorous but if we can make those things take less time then we have more time for the fun stuff.

  1. Outfit planning – I read in a blog a few years ago about planning out outfits for the whole week and that revolutionized my mornings.  It’s amazing to not have to think about clothes for the week.  I have taken this a step further and added accessories to the outfit in little baggies which allowed me to go through my jewelry and make sure I’m actually wearing it instead of it sitting in my jewelry box.  I also set up the Munchkin’s outfits when clean laundry in an over the door shoe organizer so when I am trying to get her ready, just pick an outfit out of the pocket and you’re ready to go.
     

  2. Batch cooking – I’m fairly new to trying to do this, started as an experiment a few weeks ago to make an attempt at weeknight dinners early.  There is still some tweaking that needs to be done but I cook a bunch of meat, rice/quinoa and veggies one day and then after that it’s been about a 15 minute meal prep on any given night.  I just use a little olive oil, salt and pepper so when I go to cook the actual dinner I can add any other flavor I want.
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  3. Showering with the Munchkin – I am able to kill two birds with one stone.  I found these awesome Crayola ® Fingerpaint Soap in the Dollar Spot at Target and it has made my life so much easier.  She sits at one end of the shower and plays with the “paint” while I take my shower and then transition over to her bath.  I should make the disclaimer that I take short showers (generally under 10 minutes) and I approach showers with a very utilitarian mindset so if you take long showers or want to savor your shower this is definitely not for you.  It saves me the getting soaked when my bathtub soaked Munchkin tries to give me a hug or splash me and having to shower once she’s asleep because currently her crib backs up to the same wall the shower is on so I’m pretty sure she’d sleep through it but not interested in taking any chances right now and once she’s asleep I can spend the next couple hours getting stuff done but also relaxing.  Once I’ve reached a point where I should be going to bed it allows me to get to bed in a timely fashion.
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Now that my summer is winding down and I’ll be heading back to full time work I know that I’ll appreciate saving time because I’ll want to spend more quality time with my family and more quality time on myself which will hopefully also include some regular exercise.

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Birthday Parties – A Celebration Amid the Messiness

This weekend was the big birthday party that I’ve been working on “planning.”  I use the term loosely since I didn’t do a whole lot but it was an adventure to say the least.  The Munchkin turned 1 last month and the Mr. turns 40 next week so we combined the parties and had an affair.  She had a pink sparkle cape and he had a “vintage dude” shirt.  We invited family and friends; had food, music, and just a really good time.  

I attempted to keep it low key because the Munchkin wouldn’t remember and the whole point of living with Babci is to save money so spending a ton of money on a party is counterintuitive to that goal.  I also am not a fan of huge, elaborate parties for children because anything you want to do for your kids that means you have shoulder that burden so why make yourself crazy?

I ended up ordering some food from a local grocery store as well as some chips, snacks and drinks just so the people are fed, plugged my cell phone into some speakers for some music, had a few things for the kids to do and otherwise it was just a time to have some fun!

Luckily the BFF and another friend became the “caterers” and took over the majority of work in the kitchen at the beginning of the party (after I arrived a little late and with tipped over cupcakes and the Mr. attempted to get the place up and running) so I actually got to enjoy myself and socialize.

However, if you were expecting a pinterest perfect party, this was not it!  In no particular order the pinterest “fails” of the party:

  1. Not enough centerpieces (and they were just cheap paper ones from oriental trading)
  2. Cake was only a sheet cake from the grocery store
  3. There was no actual theme to the party – the favors were dinosaur duckies and temporary tattoos, the Munchkin was wearing a pink cape, and there was a “vintage dude” banner
  4. The invitation was digital
  5. There were no special treats
  6. I was wearing jeans and sneakers
  7. The Munchkin was wearing a “superhero loading” onesie
  8. We didn’t really hang any decorations
  9. We didn’t have organized games or activities to keep the kiddos or adults entertained
  10. We didn’t have the attendees write cute letters to the Munchkin (although I kinda wish we had LOL)
  11. Pictures were hung in no particular order
  12. We didn’t decorate the high chair
  13. I did nothing crafty other than use shutterfly to make a photobook
  14. When we all started singing the Munchkin got upset
  15. It was not “magical” in any sense of the word, nor did I attempt to make it so – this was a willful negligence on my part

There was nothing magical about it; the cupcakes got a little damaged on the car ride from the store to the party, and we ordered way too much food (I’ve got lunch for days) it was still a great time because it was made special by the people who shared it with us and the fact that I wasn’t a crazy momma who couldn’t enjoy herself.  My family is truly blessed by the others who are part of our lives both actually related and not.  While most of my friends don’t have kids they are really good at treating my Munchkin like their own and are wonderful people.  My cousins have kids around the Munchkin’s age so it’s nice to get together with them and while I asked for no gifts the Munchkin and the Mr. were recipients of kindness and generosity from the people in our lives.
While I may be a messy mom and definitely not a pinterest mom I’m a happy mom with a network of friends and family who can’t be replaced.