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


The Working Mom's Dream: A Personal Assistant.

Like all working moms, I have more to do than I can possibly get done in a day. One of my friends recently suggested I look into hiring a personal assistant to help me get more things done at home. Honestly, it sounds like a dream someone to pick up my dry cleaning and do the shopping or make sure birthday cards are ready to sign and send? more

How to Find the Time for Time Off.

Every year, the personal days I plan to use to do at least one thing for myself seem to slip away as a day here or there taking care of minor emergencies as they come along. For example, I used the last three to do things like take the kids to the dentist and my mother to the doctor. more

Expert Tips: Preparing for Baby.

Another day at work. You’re sitting at your computer finishing a report but instead of checking your facts online, you’re perusing your favorite baby sites. The work that should have taken five minutes has been put on hold. There’s a stroller sale on one site, a diaper debate on another and suddenly everyone in the conference room is wondering why you’re late, again. What pregnant, working woman hasn’t lived some variation of this same story? more

Working Out Is No Longer Working Out.

This weekend, while standing in checkout line at the supermarket, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my failure (so far) to stick to my healthy New Year’s resolution to get back in some semblance of shape. Even my favorite guilty pleasure, US WEEKLY, featured Trista of Bachelorette fame beaming from the cover with a perfect, size 2 beach body – complete with ripped abs – a mere 5 months after her baby’s birth. more

Resolution Realism.

OK, I don't want to sound like a cliche here, but how the heck can I keep myself on track with my New Year's Resolutions? Every year, I say, "this is the year I'm going to stick to my goals." And every year they fall to the wayside sometime around mid-January. Any advice for some additional motivation? more

Incoming Holiday Card Overload.

I love getting holiday cards in the mail, but I'm always lost as to what to do with them when I'm done. With space at a minimum, displaying them is a daunting task, and I can't just throw them away. Any thoughts?

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Holiday Card Crisis.

It's mid-December already, and I'm getting holiday cards from friends and family but I haven't even thought about our card yet! Should I just forget it and start planning for next year's card?

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Wrangling Holiday Photos.

As this years holidays approach, I just realized that I have a camera full of this summers vacation snapshots and a few from last winter. Clearly, I could use a better system for staying on top of my digital photos. Any ideas?

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Holiday Toy Overload.

As I waded through what seemed like a six-inch-deep pool of toys strewn across my living room today, it hit me that I need to do something to corral them more effectively before even more toys enter the mix these holidays. Do you have any effective (and easy to implement) suggestions for a time-pressed, working mom?

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Work/Life Math Isn't Adding Up.

Help. I'm constantly in the doghouse with friends and family because I get lost in the vortex and struggle to stay in touch reliably. What's the most effective way to stay in touch given a plate that is so full? more

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