Hey MWC Mommas,
I'm so excited to have this amazing lady as our guest blogger today! Tess is an incredible momma and member of the MWC fam. She is a life coach for moms and blogger at Tess Talk. I would totally recommend checking her out. You'll love her as much as I do! Let's get into these hacks momma!
1. Sick Kids
Write out the days needed for the duration of the medicine and AM/Noon/PM (depending on dosing). Then draw my lines so I can put an “X” once I’ve given that dose. Such a huge help when medication has to go to daycare or if both parents are giving it, it is easier to keep track of.
2. Meal Plan
You have probably tried doing it more than once but for one reason or another, stopped. Maybe it was too time-consuming or things happened and you weren’t able to stick to it. I don’t know how many times I did a week or two of meal planning, spent hours looking up recipes on Pinterest, stick to it for a couple of days but find myself ordering pizza by Friday night. I finally got fed up and committed to real-life meal planning. I even do it a month at a time now! Make it as easy as possible. Start by filling in your family's favorite meals. Then add the ones that are easy. Then I go through my cookbooks or ones I've saved online and add those in. Save those meal plans and make notes on which ones were good and worth making again. The next month you can refer to it and makes monthly meal planning even easier.
3. Freezer Meals
When you make a certain kind of meal, like a casserole or crockpot meal, make double and freeze it. I do this almost every time I make Tater Tot Hotdish, Pasta Bake, and Cheeseburger Casserole to name a few. I take out double the meat, use one tinfoil 9×13 pan and one glass 9×13 pan. I make them both up, cook one and put one in the freezer with the instructions written on the top. This works out especially well if we are having a babysitter for the kids over supper time or I know I will have a busy day. I can pull it out in the morning to thaw, throw it in the oven in the evening and still have a good supper even if it has been a crazy day.
4. Create a Charging Station
Do you ever find yourself searching for your charging cable when your phone is just about to die? What if you had a central location for all of your charging cables so you never had to search for it again? Guess what, it is easy peasy! I set up a spot on the little counter next to my fridge and put in a receptacle that has several outlets and a couple of USB charging ports. It houses all of our phone cables and tablet cables. I know we don’t have older kids that can steal those cables yet but for right now, this system works and I have a feeling if my kids start stealing my cables there are going to be some serious consequences (ha!).
5. Give Yourself Grace
My last, but most definitely not my least valuable mom hack is to give yourself grace. What we do as a mom is hard enough. Then we have to chime in on our own performance and we are usually our own worst critic. We beat ourselves up about big things (when Willa was 3 and went outside in January while I was showering) and little things (when Colvin tipped out of his highchair) and we tend to not forgive ourselves either. No one is perfect, no one can be perfect. We will have bad days and we will have absolutely amazing days, and we will have lots of days in between. You aren’t alone either. No matter how perfect some other mom’s life seems to be, she struggles too. We are all in this together and I am here to help and support you, and let you know my life is not perfect either.
Special thanks to Tess for all of these amazing tips! To check out her blog