Quality Time with Your Significant Other

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photo credit to www.rockinmarriage.com

Time is a commodity we never seem to have enough of.  Taking care of your children, holding down a job, and juggling chores and social obligations are enough to keep you so busy that you forget to spend alone time with your significant other.  While taking time out for your partner can sometimes feel like just one more thing you need to do, it is important to realize the value of this time in nurturing your relationship and keeping it strong.  The relaxing and fun moments you have with your partner are critical to surviving the occasional bumps in the road you experience as a couple.  Below are some suggestions for ways to take time out for your significant other.

  • Create an Intimate Night in– With some planning, you can create a night in as enjoyable as one you could have out on the town.  Once you have put the kids to bed early, change into your best outfit and open a bottle of wine.  Then, make your partner’s favorite meal (or order in) and dine by candlelight to set a romantic mood.  Afterward, you can watch a movie both of you have been wanting to see while cuddling on the couch.
  • Work Out Together– Working out always seems to go more quickly when you have someone with you, and what better person than your partner?  Many gyms offer childcare services, which will give you both time to play racquetball, run on the treadmill, or lift weights.  As a bonus, breaking a sweat together just may put your mind on bedroom activities for later on in the day.
  • Take a Vacation– There is no better way to spend quality time with someone than when you are away from the rush of your everyday lives.  Family vacations that offer some options for child care, such as cruises and ski resorts, are highly recommended for some additional alone time.

 

Source: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/relationships/quality-time-00100000076983/page4.html

Spring Cleaning

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photo credit to cachevalleyfamilymagazine.com

Traditionally, the season of spring marks a time of renewal, making it excellent for taking care of those pesky household chores left dormant in the winter.  If you have found yourself procrastinating on getting your spring cleaning done, now is a great time to move forward with it.  Don’t let your spring cleaning carry over to the summer!  The following tips will help you get started.

The first thing you should do is stock up on cleaning supplies. This will prevent you from having to stop in the middle of cleaning to run to the store for an item, only to lose your momentum when you return.  Good items to have on hand are rubber gloves, a large bucket, a scrub brush, microfiber cleaning cloths, paper towels, a mop, a vacuum cleaner, a broom with dustpan, and cleaning products.  If you are interested in creating your own cleaners out of all-natural ingredients, click here for recipes for an all-purpose cleaner, a window cleaner, a floor cleaner, and a mold and mildew cleaner you can create right in your kitchen.

Your next step is to create a plan.  This means actually writing down what needs to be done in each room of the house.  For example, “Kitchen: Mop floor, wash drapes, dust ceiling fan, clean windows, and clean out the cabinet under the sink.”  Once you have a task list, recruit other members of your household for some help with the chores.  Providing others in your house with incentives definitely helps.  For example, you could offer to treat everyone to a movie when the chores are done, or a gift card for their favorite store.  Finally, think about ways you can make cleaning fun for everyone.  This could be as simple as playing some upbeat music or creating a contest to see who can complete their chores the fastest.

Time Management for the Busy Mom

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photo credit to sheknows.com

As a mom on the go, you may feel like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done.  Are you so tired from housework, running your kids to various practices, and social obligations that you aren’t taking any time out to take care of yourself? If that is the case, read on for some tips for saving time in your day.

  • Put down your phone.  Between social media pages and online games, a quick glance at your phone can easily turn into an hour frittered away.  One way to minimize phone distraction is to turn off all of the alerts in your applications.  This way, your phone won’t buzz every time one of your friends posts a Tweet.  You can also consider using a tool such as HootSuite, which will consolidate all of your social media postings in one place for quick, easy catch-up.  Finally, set aside a specific, limited, designated time each day to spend on social media or gaming.
  • Consider efficiency.  Are you being as efficient as possible when running errands?  If you find yourself running to the grocery store several times each week, the answer is likely no.  Try planning your meals for the entire week out in advance, making a grocery list, and shopping for everything at once.  Not only will you save time on trips to the store, but you will no longer have to think about what to make for dinner each day during the week.  Another alternative for saving time is ordering groceries online.  Many supermarkets are now delivering food right to your doorstep and/or doing the shopping for you so you can just pay, put the groceries in your car, and go.
  • Examine your organization.  If you often find yourself searching for missing items, you are wasting valuable time in your day.  Think about things that are frequently misplaced, such as keys, eyeglasses, or shoes, and set up designated spots to place them in daily, so you will always know where they are.