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Using Time Wisely to Spend More Time with Family

August 22, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a guest post, throughout this article you might find affiliate links. If you click on the links I will make a few cents. 

As a full-time working mama and also with a freelance resume business (MKS Resume Services), I try to take advantage of pockets of time that I have away from my family so when I am home I can be fully present. Below are my tips that work for me and my family:

Master your To-Do list: Every day I layout my todo list on a (very high-tech) yellow sticky note and work through each item, feeling satisfied as I cross each item off and keeps me focused on one day at a time. I keep paper lists at home for the house to organize running groceries, pharmacy, and errands.

Getting Organized:  My personal business meetings and my work appointments are combined on my phone’s calendar so I can keep track of the dual roles all of us mamas have! We also put our family plans in our shared calendars so we are never double booked.

It takes a Village- a 2017 Village: At home, I try to outsource almost everything! I order groceries online and have them delivered, Amazon – Prime Pantry helps us eliminate running errands and allows me to spend more quality time together on the weekends when no one is at work or at daycare (Thank God for Amazon Prime and their speedy shipping). I subscribe to stitch fix so I don’t even have to surf the web online to buy clothes, I send the family dry cleaning out via delivery also, they pick it up and drop it off at my front porch- no time for ironing in this house!  I also find that doing a light cleaning on Wednesdays after work helps the cleaning workload by the time the weekend comes. My next step is to hire a cleaning person to help us out.

Take your commute to the next level: I use my 45-minute commute each way on the train to respond to work emails, schedule meetings and promote on my resume business from my phone and laptop. That way when I get to the office, I can begin on projects right away.

Working it 9-5: I bring my lunch from home everyday, so I don’t have to waste time out of the office searching for food and work straight through my lunch so I can leave work on time to be home for bedtime.  I try to avoid 4:30 meetings the best I can so I don’t get stuck in the office after hours.

After-hours: Like all mamas, I wait for after the youngest one’s bedtime for catching up on work, my business and binge-watching Netflix. Maybe even have a conversation with my husband?

Working on my fitness: I try (keyword try) to run in the mornings with my dog before the family is up for the day. I also leave light hand weights in my bathroom to do a quick 10-minute full-body workout while the shower heats up before and after work. Multitasking to the fullest!

I am no means an expert, nor have I been doing this parenting thing for very long- my daughter is 14 months old, but I am always searching for quick tips so hopefully someone can get one idea that might help their busy family.

For mamas reentering the workforce or looking to make a career change, I can help. MKS Resume Services offers customized cover letters, resumes, and interview prep. Check us out: www.mksresumeservices.com

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3 Ways to Spend Quality Time Together Outdoors

August 9, 2017 By · No Comments

 


Enjoy those summer days with your kids, whether they are in school or about to go back to school. Those summer days can quickly come to an end as they get busy with their own lives, get ready to graduate and/or eventually move away. You want to capture and freeze those times when you get it. I know you are probably thinking you have all the time in the world. I know, I was you at one point. Make the most out of them.

I’m the mom to five, so trust me when I say I am going through all these phases all at once. I just had my oldest join the military, move away and comes to visit whenever he can. I also have a Senior in high school, she gets to come home after lunch so we use that time wisely. I also have two others in school and one at home. This means my time can be all over the place, but it also means I can make sure each one gets that valuable time they need with me.

This week we picked one day to go to the park. You’ll see in the photos that we had a good time. Continue to read to find out 3 ways you can spend quality time outdoors with your family.

  1.  Go for a Walk– Every day I either walk with one of the kids to the mail box or to the store. The store is across the street and we normally need something anyways. This gives me time to talk with them and learn how things are going. It also tells my child that they are important and I want to hear about their life. Now that school is back in session that is so important to make sure they know you care.
  2. Picnic at the Park– My Senior and I knew we wanted to take Nicoli (he’s 4) to the park one afternoon, so we made a date. I prepared a quick lunch, nothing heavy since we knew he’d want to play hard. Make sure to bring things that are on-the-go and light if you are walking. So in our lunch was sandwiches, applesauce, grapes, water (mom) and both of them got Danimals on the go snacks. Nicoli is currently obsessed after seeing them on tv he thinks Bongo is going to jump out of them.

    While preparing for the park you also want to make sure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather. If it looks like it will rain make sure to bring a light jacket just in case. If it looks hot you don’t want them in a sweater.  Always make sure to touch the playground equipment before allowing them to go on them. Just because they are plastic does NOT mean they won’t heat up (they will). Finally, keep them hydrated, even if the sun is behind clouds it can be hotter than you anticipate.

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3 Tips for Finding a Second Car

July 30, 2017 By · No Comments

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Kids are all back in school and husband is working his job during the day. What does that mean for me and my little one? Simple, we are stuck home. Last year this wasn’t an issue at all, we had a second vehicle which meant when we got bored we went and did something. Being stuck home during the end of summer heat means we are literally not leaving the house. It’s time to start looking for a second vehicle. Thankfully we’ve been down this road before and we know what to do.

Tip 1:  Know What You Want

Think about what it is you want or need. Sure everyone wants that dream car but that isn’t always ideal for that second vehicle you are needing? For me, no matter what it must have 5 seats, 4 for the kids and one for myself. For say my husband who would just need one to get to work he could have a 2 seat pick up truck. Technically, I could get a normal family car. If I would like something a little bigger so the whole family can go I do have to get a mini van or something along those lines if I don’t want to do the drive two cars to one location.

Checklist: 

  • What will it be used for? (hauling items, commute back and forth to work, chauffeuring children from one activity to another, grocery shopping, long road trips, camping, etc)
  • How much do you have to spend on one? (Willing to pay monthly payments? Or do you want a vehicle that you bought right off the bat?)
  • How much are you willing to put into a used vehicle to fix it up? (Oil leaks, new tires, breaks, etc)
  • How are you willing to drive to purchase a vehicle? (This will help in your search range)
  • What type of gas mileage are you looking at? (economy, van/suburban)
  • Will this be used for traveling long distances? (If you plan on traveling you might not want a car that has 100,000 miles on it)
  • What features do you want it to have?

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Leap Movie in Theaters August 25th

July 20, 2017 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post allowing you to know a fun, family movie is coming to theaters soon.

Have you seen the previews for Leap! the movie coming out on August 25th?  Below this you will find a brand NEW trailer from The Weinstein Company’s  LEAP!, featuring Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song from the soundtrack, “Cut To The Feeling.”

Have you ever had a passion for doing something? Ever think you weren’t good enough but still wanted it badly? This will be a movie of inspiration, desire and an amazing belief in oneself.
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School Lunch Ideas Without the Sandwich

July 20, 2017 By · No Comments

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Beyond The Sandwich – Mix It Up With Different Lunch Foods

School Lunches

 

When you think about packed school lunches, PB&J or ham and cheese sandwiches come to mind. While sandwiches certainly make for a nice school lunch, they are not your only option. Many times this because the boring lunch your child hates to see in their lunchbox. Mix it up by fixing something different for your kids this school year.

Make It A Wrap

A quick and easy alternative to a sandwich is a wrap. Grab some tortillas and fix your child’s favorite sandwich as a wrap. Wraps are also great for adding lots of lettuce and extra veggies. My younger daughter likes baked chicken cut up and tossed inside. I can’t say that I blame her I like them too. Hummus and cucumbers make a delicious vegetarian lunch option.

When you’re done adding your toppings, roll it up like a burrito and if desired, cut it in half. The wrap is good as is, or you can pack a small serving of salad dressing to dip. Ranch is always a favorite around here. Just make sure you pack it in a small, airtight container so your child doesn’t end up with ranch all over her lunch box (ask me how I know).

Who Doesn’t Love Snack Food And Lunchables?

I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love Lunchables. But have you looked at the price of those found at the grocery store lately? Plus I’m not the biggest fan of the food options. Why not make your own version instead with fresh ingredients and food you know your child will eat. Start with some sandwich meat and cheese cut into bite-sized pieces, after all, isn’t that what they are. Add some fresh raw veggies like sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots. Throw in some fresh or dried fruit and you have a delicious, healthy, homemade version.

Of course, you can turn any of your child’s favorite snack foods including popcorn, trail mix, crackers, cheese, fruits and veggies and the likes into lunch. Grab a container with lots of little dividers (bento boxes are perfect) and fill them up with kid-friendly favorites.

Healthy Salads For Lunch

Salads are another great lunch option, particularly for older children. Get a container with a tight fitting lid and add all your child’s favorite salad ingredients minus the dressing in there.

Start with a bed of lettuce greens, add raw veggies, croutons, bacon bits, nuts and seeds and the likes. Top it with a source of protein like cheese, hard-boiled egg, ham or turkey, or even some grilled chicken.

Pack dressing in a separate container along with a fork and napkin and lunch is done. You can assemble the salad the night before and store it in the fridge. The key is to make sure all your ingredients are very dry. If you’re washing your lettuce, use a salad spinner, or dry it on some paper towels before starting to pack it. Cutting everything into small bite-sized pieces will ensure that the lunch time salad is easy to eat.

 

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