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As a mama, it’s safe to say that you’re going to be a busy woman. There truly is so much to do. From the moment you wake up in the morning until your head hits the pillow at night, you’re on the go. There are people to feed, drop-offs to make, rooms to clean, laundry to fold, homework to supervise, and bedtime stories to read – and you know that’s only really a fraction of what you have to get done in a day, especially if you’re a working mama! When you stop and think about all you do in one day, it can even make you freak out a little. So, mama, you need a break. While you can’t exactly quit being a mom, you can make life a little easier by automating things. If this sounds like something you need in your life, let’s take a look at how you can streamline your busy lifestyle.

Waking Times

First of all, we’re going to ease you in with something simple – and something you probably wish you were doing anyway. Sticking with a set bed and waking time is always a great idea, for anybody! Every age can benefit from this. If you can make sure that you (and your kids) wake up at the same time each day, and go to bed at the same time each night, it will start to happen like clockwork. And this could even save you time rushing, and ensure you and your kids get adequate rest.

Evening Meals

You know that cooking can be hard. Not only may you be faced with picky eaters, but when you’re trying to get work done, keep the house in order, and entertain your children, mealtimes can be chaotic and inconsistent. So, to solve that, you need meal deliveries in your life. Whether you preorder fresh, healthy meals, or you get the dinner kits to whip them up yourself, you’ll agree that it saves you time and energy because you don’t need to think about what’s for dinner.

Appointments

As a responsible mama, you definitely want to keep your family healthy at all times. And to do this, you will need to stay on top of appointments. In reality, these can be hard to keep track of. So, you’re going to want to make sure you have things like the kids’ dentist, eye checks, and wellness visits routinely booked. It’s a good idea to book in advance and mark them on your calendar.

Laundry

If you think laundry is never ending, then you’re not alone. Because it really doesn’t seem to end. Stop stressing yourself, and exhausting your energy, and send the laundry out instead! Sounds crazy?! It isn’t. By automating this process, you’ll get so much more time back to spend on other things. Yasss!

 Hire a Cleaning Company

Finally, the weekend is here! Do you really want to spend the bulk of your weekend tending to your home? I know I don’t. It might be wise to hire a cleaning company, even if for just once per month, to help you keep the home in order. Your time is valuable, as is the time you spend with the kids. If this is something you can afford, you should definitely consider it. I mean who likes cleaning bathrooms anyway?

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When looking towards the next stage of your life, whether it be having a child (or more children), buying a home, or looking to change careers, you will need to ensure that most things are in order before making such a change.

We are all burdened with responsibilities like debt, payments, or commitments of some kind, be them big or small. Making a significant change in your life is not as easy as merely just doing it. There needs to be an element of planning and preparation if you are looking to undertake a drastic change.

Check your finances. This is an obvious one, but something that a lot of people who get all wrapped up in excitement might forget. There’s nothing worse than looking forward to something new, only to find yourself without the money to afford anything.

Before taking the next big step in life, it is vital to ensure that you remove, or at the very least, minimize, any outstanding debts you owe to put you in the best financial position possible. Those struggling with many debts can research the top debt consolidation loans available to ease any bloated payment requirements.

Discuss with your family. When considering a significant lifestyle change, it is advised not to do anything without first discussing with your family. Talk about your plans, get their opinions, and keep them informed. This transparency will aid in saving any drama or potential arguments and give you and your family a forum to talk it out.

While you may believe these changes are best for your family, you are bound to be met with some resistance. This will typically come in the form of your kids being upset that they have to leave their friends (if it is a move) or even jealousy of having to compete for affection with another child – although they will have to get over it, eventually. Furthermore, your partner may be reluctant to adhere to these changes if you spring it on them out of the blue. Again, transparency is vital.

Take a look into the future. Perhaps you spent so long imagining your perfect future that you forgot to think about the future rationally. While it is all well and good to have such plans for the future, understanding what this future could lead to should still be a high priority.

What it all depends on is the type of change you are looking at. Moving to a new city, or new country altogether, might seem glamorous, but ending up in a completely unfamiliar place can be wrought with stress, homesickness, and eventually regret. This can affect your relationships with your children and your partner and may leave you wishing you’d never made such a change in the first place. What is vital then, is to research, research, research and carry out test-runs which will help give an idea of what is right for you.

Taking new steps in life is both exciting and scary at the same time. Being aware of the risks associated is just as essential as knowing the benefits. It might seem like an excellent idea at the time, but be wary of rushing into something without first looking at the effect it will have on not just your life, but everyone around you, too.

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This morning was a rush, as every morning is. I rush out the door just to sit in my car and idle in traffic. It is finally warm here in Michigan and by warm I am talking 75° this morning. I have been yearning for the warmth since January. I curse at the weather every day because I get so irritated with having to bundle up. I want to throw on my sandals and head out the door. I want to feel the warmth of the sun on my body and the wind in my hair as I drive. You know, the “feels” of life. The nature, the simplicity. I miss that. So often I am in a daze with my kids and having the sun shine down gives me hope that I can make it through the tantrums and demands of everyday life.

On my ride into work, I chat with my husband about various topics and today (and for the past month or so), it has been about how I feel – like a robot – always on the go, never really allowing for downtime. Just going through the motions of day-to-day living. I am the hamster on the wheel that keeps running but doesn’t see myself getting anywhere. And I get sad. I feel sorry for myself. I know all about the power of positivity and try to enjoy my cup half full versus half empty, but lately, it’s been hard. 

And it makes perfect sense why. My family and I haven’t had a real vacation in a year. And when you take a vacation with young children, there isn’t much relaxation going on. I really, really could use a weekend trip to a tropical island sans kids, but oh, the mom guilt wouldn’t allow for that. Nor would my finances. So I continue to strive on and remind myself that everyone does it. I am just burnt out. And which I am. 

Just as I was getting on the elevator this morning on my way up to my office, a co-worker asked about my kids. And my response, “Good, you know, they’re kids.” He knew what I meant. I ain’t one to sugar coat how kids can be. You probably know that about me if you read my blog or if you know me personally. There is no reason to hide the truth. Kids are WORK. And some parents work at it harder or have circumstances that don’t allow for much rest or weekend getaways. 

And the response from my coworker (who’s also a parent) was one of understanding, “Feel like a hamster on a wheel yet?”

Boy, do I ever, I thought.

Least I’m not alone. 

 

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