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

How Getting Buttoned Up Can Help You Lose Weight

Year after year in city after city, weight loss tops the charts for New Year’s resolutions. But by the third or fourth month into the year, the majority of us have fallen off the weight loss wagon. Why? For the time stretched (and who isn’t these days!) sticking to a healthy regimen can be hard work. When unexpected events and stresses put pressure on our already time-compressed schedules, diet and exercise often are the first to be compromised. But with a few organizational tricks you can avoid these pitfalls and get a swimsuit shape even during the winter season.


Happy Holidays -- In October?

Organizational experts are forever chastising us mere mortals for failing to do our holiday shopping in July, when the bargains are plenty and time is on our side. But given the hurly burly existence most of us live, it’s simply not a reasonable expectation. It’s also arguably a lot less fun; holiday shopping in the depths of summer somehow seems to miss the point of the holiday. more

Show Me Your Inbox and I'll Show You Mine

What’s your Inbox number? Are you a 25, perhaps you are a 125, or maybe you are even over 300.  You know what I am talking about. It’s all those e-mails you are saving, because “someday” you might need them. Well, if you really did need something in those e-mails, could you easily find it? Or do you even remember why you saved it in the first place?


Label Me Organized

What do legos, puzzle pieces, small sweaters, batteries, recipes, household bills, lunch boxes, sippy cups, kids' shoes, outgrown baby clothes, seldom used but still useful kitchen utensils, markers, unanswered pieces of snail mail, unread magazines, greeting cards worth saving, kids' art and pre-digital photos all have in common?


TO DO it Right

by Teresa Riccobuono of San Francisco Bay Area's Simply Organized.

Have you ever taken the time to wonder why your to do list seems to grow? Why is it you can't seem to ever accomplish all the things you would like? Have you ever put an entry on your to do list that says, ”Spend one hour today determining why my to do list continues to be incomplete at the end of each day“? more

Daily Irritants

If you think that the ticket to true happiness is to have more money, a better job or a different mate, you could be overlooking a few simple things that could lead you to greater happiness as soon as tomorrow.

It is not the lack of the above mentioned items that puts happiness at arms reach. It is the small irritations that we encounter everyday.

A good friend of mine turned me on to the idea of paying attention to the small, almost daily irritants that diminish my sense of happiness and well being. In other words, the things that drive me crazy! more

A Picture Perfect Pantry

For a lot of families the kitchen pantry is one of the most highly trafficked spots in the house. And for those in charge of feeding the hungry masses, each time you use it you may think to yourself that you ‘should’ make cleaning it out a priority and that you ‘should’ get rid of the food that is past its prime. But the funny thing about ‘should’ is that it rarely translates into much action – it just hangs there like a big guilt cloud over your head.


Get A Wife

All working mothers need a wife -- even the New York Times says so. In her article "What a Working Woman Needs:  A Wife,"  writer Lisa Belkin defines wife as “the person who keeps the family functioning, who holds the mental lists of who needs new shoes and where the extra laundry detergent is stored, and the timing of the middle school dance . . .


Feng Shui For The Working Mom

Feng Shui is about creating harmonious environments that support you and your family to create the life you desire and deserve. Feng Shui is less about furniture placement than it is about your energy or “chi.”   We don't know that much about  "chi" so for this piece we consulted a true Feng Shui guru, Terumi Leinow.  She has been practicing the art of Feng Shui and Space Clearing for over 21 years. 


I Love I Love I Love My Calendar Girl

Budget Meeting: Friday 2:00 p.m.

Tyler’s Dentist Appointment: Friday 2:00 p.m.

Emma’s First Class Play: Friday 2:00 p.m.

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