Survival

How are we supposed to "have it all" when most of the time we can't even find it.  If there is one thing that binds all modern mothers together it is our certainty that we in fact can't have it all -- at least not all at the same time.  In our Survival Guide, you will find tips and tricks from our esteemed editors on how to stay sane, get organized, take shortcuts, stay connected to those you love and even treat yourself from time to time.  

Sarah Welch is one of the founders of Buttoned Up, a company dedicated to helping busy women get organized sanely across the spectrum of their busy lives. She is also the co-author of Everything (Almost) In Its Place: Control Chaos, Conquer Clutter and Get Organized the Buttoned Up Way


Practical Fitness Tips for Working Moms.

Losing weight, as well as and maintaining a healthy weight, is all about calories in and calories out. Not everyone has time to or even enjoys hitting the gym. That’s where everyday life comes in handy. You know that slightly out of breath feeling when you’re scrubbing a tough stain on the floor or running to catch a plane? That feeling means you’re exercising your body hard enough to enjoy real health benefits. Making small adjustments in regular daily activities can give your metabolism a boost, slim your waistline and help you live longer.

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends.

Remember when we told you that chocolate is good for you?

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Where For Art Thou TiVO?

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention, but often the best innovations are inspired not by need but by greed and self-indulgence. TiVO, for example, is hardly a necessity but boy is it a media hedonist’s best friend. more

Mr. Sandman, Bring Me A Dream.

As Newsweek recently noted, "an estimated 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems."  Certainly many of those millions are working parents.

The cumulative effect of sleeplessness over a long period can negatively affect health. As a result, we must give sleep the same degree of priority as eating well and exercising.  Yeah, right.  Tell that to your 5 month old baby who is still nursing twice a night or your 3 year old who wakes up at least every other night with nightmares or your 4 year old that wets the bed twice a week.  All that and a 9 am meeting you have to lead.  We know. more

Time Keeps On Ticking, Ticking, Ticking . . .

Time is marching all over your face but you have no time to deal with it. Plain old everyday stress and family/work related tensions have begun to show. Fifty may be the new thirty, but try telling that to your skin, which started its steady slope downward when you were still playing spin the bottle. Hundreds of magazines splash photos of airbrushed models and movie stars at us, aimed at getting us to believe we can look just like them. We know it’s all smoke and mirrors. But let’s face it: when we look good, we feel good; and when we feel good, we perform well. more

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates?

Forest Gump’s mom pronounced life to be like a box of chocolates – “you never know what you’re gonna get.”  Actually, if you’re a working mother, you do know what you are going to get: stress, guilt and extremely limited self-indulgence. more

Overwhelmed by the Mail?

Do you have a sense of dread when you open your mailbox? Not just because of bills, but also because of everything else that’s in there with the bills. Mail is like a weed, if you don’t keep it in check, it will spread out and eventually take over any and all empty tables, countertops, and chairs you’ve got.

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The Virtues of To Do Lists.

It’s funny how scribbling a few things down on a sticky note will make you feel more organized. It’s as if just making a simple list is that first little step to getting things in order. But then look at that, you’re so disorganized, you lose your list.

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No Guilt Photo Organization.

So many photos, so little time. We all feel guilty that we’re behind the eight ball when it comes to dealing with family photos. Click here for some advice about what you can do to organize years and years of photos when you don't have hours and hours of time to devote.

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It's Actually Kinda Easy Being Green.

Who ever said “it’s not easy being green?” More than ever before, we are presented with opportunities to make eco-friendly changes in our lifestyles, and for good reason! Not only will these smart decisions help make the earth a better place, they are also sure to benefit ourselves, our families, and our wallets– so it’s really a win all situation! So if you want to start doing your part, but need a few thoughts starters, let us help you go green with these tips and ideas.

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