5 Tips for the Working Mom Looking for Work-Life Balance

It’s hard being a working mom. Millions of women, do it every day, but figuring out a way to balance work and home life, escapes most of us.

Between meeting deadlines for work, caring for their children, spouse and home – we certainly have a lot on our plates. So much so, that at times, it feels like we’re tying to keep all the plates spinning at the same time. It even seems like we’re working two, three or even four jobs at once!

Some days are better than others, when you may feel like you have everything smoothly, and other days you may feel like nothing is going right.

But with careful preparation and scheduling, working moms can make your days – and nights – run a bit more seamlessly.

Here are a few tips, to help you out:

  1. Try not to bring your work home with you. Keeping evenings and weekends somewhat “work-free,” will give you time to get those household tasks done and spend some time with your family, rather it’s watching a movie, playing a game, or going to the park or library.
  2. Prepare meals ahead of time. You can freeze them, and use them for meals during the work week.
  3. Pack lunches and lay out clothing, the night before. That will make your mornings a little more stress-free.
  4. Put essential items (car keys, purse, briefcase, book bags, etc.) in the same place, every evening. You’ll be able to locate them easier, during the morning frenzy.
  5. Be consistent with the bedtime schedule and routine. That way, your children know that it’s almost bedtime.

As working moms, we may never find the formula for a perfect work-life balance, but with a little practice and consistency, things should definitely become a little easier.

Have any tips to add? Let me know in the comments section!

Want to be more eco-friendly? The little things help!

Lately, I’ve really been interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. That said, it’s my thought that, while I can’t go out and do something complicated like install solar panels on my roof, there are a bunch of very simple things I can do.

Here are a few areas, in my life, that I can easily make a difference:

  • Make-up: Sephora has some awesome organic products. My favorite brand is LAVANILA.
  • Handbags: I recently found out about a wonderful eco-friendly company called REVEAL Accessories. They have handbags, wallets and various other accessories for women and men.
  • Electronic Gadgets: Instead of throwing away your pagers, cell phones, PDAs, iPods and digital cameras, recycle them. My favorite place, to do this, is Recycling for Charities. We worked with them, at my old job, and they’re just a fantastic organization.

I hope this post introduces you to some really cool eco-friendly companies & ideas. My goal is to, while learning myself, help others become more eco-friendly, one small step at a time.

What about you? Do you have any tips/”green” companies you absolutely love?

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Fall Fashion on a Budget

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Fall clothing for women (men and children, too!) isn’t cheap. However, It is possible to update your wardrobes, without spending a huge amount of money.

There are several tips and tricks I use to save money, while updating my family’s and my fall wardrobe.

Check out my post, over on the Family Dollar blog, to find out what they are.