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Moms- You are hard workers!
I know how much time, effort, patience, energy, money, and ingenuity are required to be a mom. It’s exhausting!
That’s why I keep my eyes open for any small tricks of the trade the simplify my life.
Here’s some of my favorite hacks for mamas like me!
Comment Below- What “Mom Hacks” save you time, energy, or money??
1. OFF Spray for Monsters Under the Bed
You know how you can buy “Off” to keep mosquitoes away? Well, some clever parent decided to make their own “Monster Spray” to help a child calm down in the night.
So smart huh??
All you need is a spray bottle, some essential oils for scent, and water.
Explain to the child that the monsters don’t like the smell of the spray, just like mosquitoes don’t like Off. Then spray a little of the “Monster Spray” under the child’s bed to keep monsters away all night long.
2. Save the Socks
Do you lose your socks in the laundry all the time? Seriously, where do they go? I have to know… my brain is going to explode because I can’t figure it out.
Until I get that one sorted out, I have started to put all my socks into one mesh garment bag in the washer. It zips closed to keep all my socks together while they are cleaned.
Then when the laundry is all done, every sock has a match (can you imagine that???) and I don’t have to sort through the clothes to find all the socks. It’s amazing!
3. Label Clothing with Initials
I used to think that labeling clothing was only for “lost and found” purposes. If my daughter left her jacket at school, we could easily identify it from the massive pile of jackets that her classmates have lost throughout the year.
But I recently learned another great use.
Labeling laundry (all laundry) by putting each child’s initials on the tag or inside makes folding laundry SOOO much easier!
I can turn on my favorite show, sit on the couch, and fold away without any concentration on the task. I feel like I’m having some veg-time but really I’m getting work done. t’s so wonderful!
4. Grocery Pick Up from Walmart
If you haven’t tried this, you’ve got to check it out!
I love the grocery pick up from Walmart. Obviously, it’s super easy! All I have to do is order some items online, pay online, and drive up to the pick up window.
But there are other perks too! I don’t have to buckle and unbuckle the kids, the kids don’t get upset when they see things in the store that they can’t have, I don’t spend unnecessary money picking up items that weren’t on my list, and my favorite of all…. drum roll… Walmart occasionally upgrades my purchases if they were out of the item that I originally wanted! Cool huh?
5. Amazon Dash Button
Amazon Dash Buttons are fantastic! All you need is Wifi and you’re ready to go.
Your Amazon Dash Button will help you order those daily necessities as soon as you notice that you need more.
You know how you’re always thinking to yourself, “Oh, toilet paper, don’t forget to buy toilet paper the next time I go to Walmart….” and then you forget?
No more of that!
Just order it instantly and easily using your Amazon Dash Button!
Even better- there are Amazon Dash Buttons available in all your favorite brands!
Click the images below to purchase your Amazon Dash Buttons today!
-Dixie Paper Products
-All Laundry Detergent
-Iams Pet Food
6. Packed Lunches in 5 Seconds
Need a quick and easy way to assemble school lunches? Try this!
Dedicate a section of your fridge just for packed school lunches. On Sunday night, make 5 sandwiches per child, 5 Ziploc bags of veggies per child, 5 juice boxes per child, 5 other sides per child (fruit, chips, fruit snacks, dessert, etc.). Now, you have enough fixin’s to throw together a full lunch for every child every school day for an entire week! Grab n’ go!
Or even better- let the kids grab whatever they want to eat that day! Done!
7. Double Layered Waterproof Mattress Pad and Sheet
This might be my favorite mom trick of all time. When you make up a baby or a toddler’s bed, layer one mattress pad, then one sheet, then another mattress pad, and another sheet.
The magic here is that if your child has a blowout diaper, if they wet the bed, or if they get sick in the middle of the night, you can easily pull off the top layer of mattress pad and sheet. Throw those in the wash. Meanwhile, the child’s bed is ready to go so you can get them settled back in for the night without any hassle!
8. Disinfecting Toys
Toys get messy fast. They need to be cleaned… but how??
Try putting toys into a mesh garment bag to keep them contained then put them through the washing machine! Air dry, and you’re done! No extra scrubbing required!
9. Decrease the Fast Food Mess While Traveling
Occasionally while traveling, fast food can be a necessary evil.
But it’s such a mess in the car! How’s a 5 year old supposed to hold a hamburger, apple slices, fries, and a drink?
The solution- ask the restaurant for one disposable beverage tray per child. Then assemble each child’s food in the beverage tray! There’s enough slots to hold it all for them.
10. Duct Tape Diapers
Did your toddler go through a phase of taking off her own diapers? Mine did. It’s no fun.
Sometimes the diapers were clean, which was annoying because then I was guaranteed to have pee on the floor soon. Sometimes the diapers were dirty, which was just disgusting.
Needless to say, it had to stop. Duct tape fixed that right up! I basically duct taped a belt around my child’s diaper so that she couldn’t remove it herself. Easy peasy!
11. Personalized Bins
My home gets cluttered so fast. Not dirty, jut cluttered- full of random things that my kids throw everywhere instead of putting them away.
The usual offenders include shoes, backpacks, pencils, folders, lunchboxes, coats… all the “home from school” stuff.
I love the idea of having a bin for each child to put all of their school stuff in. Nothing gets lost, it’s all ready for them to leave the next day, and it’s all out of your living space. Perfect!
12. Veggie Squeezes
Baby food pouches or applesauce pouches are wonderfully healthy and kids love them!
They are quick, easy, transportable, not messy, and tasty! Perfect!
And they provide even more of those healthy fruits and veggies that you’re always trying to convince your kids to try.
13. Mark Left and Right on Shoes
I love when toddlers get to the independent stage. You know, the stage when they want to do everything themselves.
That stage is so fun because your little one is learning tons of amazing life skills, and you get a little break from some of the things you usually have to do for the child.
Shoes pose a unique challenge because it’s difficult for kids to tell which shoe goes on which foot. But my kids usually forget to double check with me until after the shoes are on their feet and tied tight. That means I have to make time for the child to put the shoes on, wait for them to ask, switch the shoes, and then we’re finally ready to leave the house.
No thank you. Instead, I marked all of the shoes with “L” and “R” inside the shoe so that she could tell which foot that shoe belongs on! Done!
14. Wifi Vs Chores
It can be tough to motivate kids to help with chores. They know they are supposed to do their chores, but they complain, and argue, and fight you the whole way.
It’s not easy as the parent to stick to your guns when it comes to chores. It’s sometimes just easier to do the chores yourself.
If your child needs a little extra push to help out around the house, try changing the wifi password every morning. He can have the new password after he finishes up his chores! This stops the arguing, gives him new motivation, and allows you to spend your time doing better things other than nagging your kids to do their chores!
If you don’t need the wifi, you could also just unplug your router and keep it hidden until chores are done.
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15. Puppy Potty Pads
You know how you use those pads to house train a puppy? Why not use those pads to house train a child??
Yep, that’s right. Puppy pads can save your couches, beds, and other furniture while you potty train your kids.
16. String of Cheerios
Cheerios are a favorite snack in my house, especially to my babies and toddlers. But they are so messy! I’m always vacuuming up Cheerios that are crushed in my carpet.
Instead of handing toddler a bowl of Cheerios or hand feeding Cheerios to my baby, I’ve started stringing Cheerios on a piece of dental floss. My little ones (especially teething babies) can chew the snack as they want without me having to keep a close eye on them.
Side note- I do not put the string of Cheerios around the child’s neck for safety reasons.
17. Pencil Case of Kids’ Stuff in Your Purse
Do you keep all sorts of items in your purse for your kids?
My purse has snacks, crayons, small notepads, bows for their hair, baby socks, a pacifier… Tons of random items that are just for the kids.
And what’s worse- because there is so much stuff floating around in there, I can never find what I need when I need it. I’d have to empty the entire purse to get to it! It’s also difficult to switch purses if I want to because I’d have to move over all the kids’ stuff as well as my own stuff.
Here’s how to solve the problem. Fill a pencil box with all the kid stuff. Now, it’s all in one place, your purse is less cluttered, and it’s easy to locate items you need.
18. Rolled Up Towel Under Baby’s Head in the Bathtub
Babies are difficult to bathe.
Here’s my favorite method to make sure my baby’s head and face stay above the water line.
Fold one hand towel and place it under my baby’s head to raise her up above the water. Then, roll a second hand towel and place it under her neck. This helps her stay balanced and comfortable in the bathtub. The rolled towel also keeps her from rolling from side to side so that I can wash her without worry.
19. Grounded Until….
Do you ever use the “grounded” method to punish your kids for misbehaving?
It does work for a lot of kids, but the tough part is that grounding kids can be a punishment for mom as well as for the kid.
So here’s a great mom hack that can save you!
Instead of grounding your child for a certain amount of time (one week, three days, etc.) try grounding your child until he earns a certain amount of “points.” You determine what positive behaviors earn points and how many points that behavior is worth.
Or, try grounding your child until they complete a to do list. You can include things like making restitution to whoever they hurt when they acted out, helping around the house, completing school work, read a book, or doing acts of service for others.
20. Freezer Meals
Freezer meals are the best! You spend one day cooking in bulk, then you don’t have to cook for a week or two, depending on how much freezer space you have!
Or just make one big recipe and freeze half of it. You had to cook dinner tonight anyways, so why not make a bigger batch so that you can have some for later?? This will save you from throwing away leftovers and you’ve got dinner ready for a difficult day!
You can save a ton of money and waste less!
Try freezing enchiladas, pasta bakes, lasagna, homemade pizza, or try customized freezer meals.
21. Contact Information Close By
Find clever ways to keep your phone number on your child at all times. Just in case your child gets lost, kind strangers will be able to help him get back to you again if they can contact you.
Here are some good ideas: make a bracelet with your phone number for your child, write your number on your child’s backpack/shoes/coat, use a backpack tag with your phone number, put your number on a key chain, etc.
22. Keep a “Sick Container” with All Your Flu Season Needs
Kids get sick at the most inopportune moments. Often in the middle of the night.
I used to get caught in the middle of the night digging around in my cupboards for medicine, a bowl for the little one to throw up in, cleaning supplies to clean puke, a thermometer, Gatorade, or chicken noodle soup to help a sick little child.
Now, I keep all those things in a “sick container”. Really, it’s just a 5 gallon bucket, but it has everything I need at a moment’s notice. I can get my little one all fixed up and back to bed without even having to turn my brain on. Back to sleep for everyone!
24. Walmart Bag for Trash in the Van
Does your vehicle fill up with all kinds of trash like mine does? I don’t even know where it all comes from.
Fast food while traveling is the worst, but even during our everyday drives to school and the grocery store trash just seems to fill up.
Plastic Walmart bags are easy to loop around arm rests. Now, you’ve got a built in “trash bag”. As soon as the bag is full, simply remove it, tie it up, and throw it out. Replace the bag with a new Walmart bag.
And you can feel good about reusing those plastic bags instead of throwing them out.
24. Keep Outfits Together in a Ziploc Bag
When I travel, I end up with piles of children’s clothes thrown all over the place as I search through our things to find the cute outfits I’d planned.
Instead of ruffling through everything, put all the items you need for one cute outfit together in a gallon Ziploc bag. That means shirt, pants, underwear, jewelry, bows, socks, the whole nine yards! All in one convenient place!
All you have to do is pick one bag full of items and you’re all set to dress your child.
25. New and Improved Ice Pack for “Owies”
My kids always seem to need ice packs. We’re always getting bumps and bruises. But ice packs fix them up right away and they’re off to play again!
The problem is that ice packs break, leak, and cause messes. And they’re hard and uncomfortable.
Rather than using traditional ice packs, I’ve switched to frozen marshmallows. They’re soft, clean, and they still fix the “ouchies.” My kids also love to eat one marshmallow after. Then I refreeze the rest and we’re all ready for next time!
Comment Below- What “Mom Hacks” save you time, energy, or money??
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