Motherhood Tips & Tricks – Managing Time

motherhood tips and tricksAll moms share the same problem: lack of enough time to do everything, let alone do them well. So, you’re either tripping over toys or having some other difficulty because you rarely have time to get things organized. Your spouse is also counting on you, exerting more pressure on you to rush through all duties, from doing laundry to scrubbing bathtubs to shopping for groceries.

Stay Organized With These Ideas

  • Keep things you use often in an obvious spot – don’t waste time looking for things like baby wipes, scissors, your phone, and other things you use often. Things like recipes, parenting information, and favorite articles from printouts or magazines should be organized in a binder where you can find them easily.
  • Keep your bills in a box – keep your files together and pay them online if possible. This will keep you from having to buy envelopes and stamps. You could even sign up to receive your bills electronically.
  • Keep things you don’t need in labeled boxes – to keep things from getting too disorganized, it is important that you routinely get rid of clutter and unused items. When you notice clothes, beddings, damaged toys, or other things that are unlikely to be used again, put them in boxes or storage bins labeled “donate”, “trash”, or “consign” and put them in your garage.
  • Stay on schedule – limit your personal email/computer time and stick to it, so you don’t compromise on other things. Also choose a single day to run all your errands, and schedule any doctor appointments in the mornings to avoid long waits.

Make Use of Time-Saving Apps

  • Volunteer Spot – this is a free web-based coordination tool designed for busy moms, teachers, or anyone else who needs to coordinate other people for activities. The system has automatic reminders so all scheduled people for activities don’t miss the event.
  • Ruckus Reader – this iPad learning program is a library of mobile applications offering narrated video books, digital storybooks, and a bunch of literary activities for kids. The app provides the parent or guardian with weekly feedback on the child’s reading experience and progress based on in-app reading skills, like word recognition and phonics, fluency, alphabet knowledge, story comprehension, print awareness, and sequencing.
  • Manila – a free web household account and bill organizer available on PC and mobile. It is designed to help you manage accounts, such as utility bills, credit cards, subscriptions, travel reward programs, and daily deals, among others.

There are many other ideas and apps you can use to make parenting easier, but most of them point to organizing yourself, identifying what needs to be done, and setting time frames. Start by creating a list of things that need to be done every day, every week, and every month, and then prioritize.

Bump Watch: A Roundup of Celebrity Pregnancies (2015)

celebrity bump watch pregnancyPaparazzi are everywhere, and celebrities are tempted to either conceal private things or falsely advertise them. Fans across the nation are always eager to know the inside story on their favorite famous person. From film stars to pop sensations, here are some celebrities who have announced that they’re expecting babies.

Bump Watch – Celebrity Pregnancies Expected in 2015

1. Expectant Mother Bristol Palin

The 24 year old daughter of Sarah Palin recently shared a photo of her baby bump at six months via Instagram. This will be her second child, coming six years after the birth of her son, Tripp. Even though her wedding to Dakota Meyer was called off at the last minute, Briston Palin expressed her confidence in raising two kids, claiming that she has a steady job, a home, and has already managed to raise a beautiful son all on her own.

2. Expectant Mother Kim Kardashian

The 34 year old reality star stepped out with her sisters and mother for a family dinner in Los Angeles, Calif, sporting a high-waisted skirt and crop top, accessorized with a beautiful sheer robe and sky-high heels. Kim and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their son in December, so make a family of four – plus their 2-year old daughter, North. The reality family stars were celebrating the upcoming release of their apps.

3. Expectant Mother Candice Accola

The 28 year old “Vampire Diaries’ star and her 35 year old husband, “The Fray” guitarist Joe King are expecting their first child together – she has two stepdaughters, Elise and Ava. The couple wed in October 2014 in New Orleans.

4. Expectant Mother Crystal Williams

Crystal, the fiancée to 35 year old R&B singer Ne-Yo announced via Twitter that they were expecting their first child. The Couple is engaged and hopes to get married next year. Ne-Yo has already fathered two children from his previous engagement to Shaw Monyetta, son Mason Evan 31/2 years, and daughter Madilyn Grace, 41/2 years.

5. New Mother Sandra Cho Durand – Wife to Kevin Durand

The 41 year old “Strain” star and his wife recently welcomed their first child – daughter Amelie Moon Durand. The two wed in October 2010, and received lots of congratulatory messages and well wishes from other celebrities and fans via social networks.

6. New Mother Lucy Liu

She recently shared a snapshot with Rockwell, her baby boy, via Instagram. The 46 year old “Charlie’s Angels” star and “Ally McBeal” alum brought into the world her “new little man” via gestational carrier. Both are happy and healthy.

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