Month: March 2014

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Tip 3: Get your zzzzz’s

Sleep. Oh glorious sleep. Something that can improve all areas of our life, but something we also put last on the priority list. You’ve heard it for years–how it’s imperative to get your eight hours. I am no better, and often skip counting my sheep. That’s why I’m hoping we can help each other on this… I will share some things that have worked for me on this post and I will try your suggestions if you leave a comment!

 

Set a deadline

It’s easy to neglect sleep when your to-do list is never ending. Being a student, working a 9-5, spending time with your family, managing housework and homework–there’s never enough hours in the day. That’s why I suggest scheduling sleep just like any other deadline. My biggest reoccurring theme you will see throughout my posts is it takes around 30 days for a new habit to form. If you can make it 30 days, it will become second nature. Schedule the hours you have in the evening with your bedtime being the deadline. If you know you only have 30 minutes allotted to finish the dishes and switch the laundry, it will make your evening run smoother. Try your hardest for 30 days to stick to your schedule and get the daily stuff done when it needs to be done and get to bed on time.

 

Set a bedtime

Personally, I find that my attitude suffers the worst when I’m sleep deprived. It becomes a slippery slope. If you wake up tired, are irritable and cranky, then your whole day is an uphill battle. So to hold yourself accountable for your bedtime, remind yourself that it will produce a more productive day tomorrow. Remind yourself that your family will appreciate your better spirits. Remind yourself that it will ease your tension and stress. Remind yourself that it’s important.

 

Set a routine

Besides deadlines, I also find that I benefit from a bedtime routine just like my daughter does! It tells our bodies that it’s almost time to get sleepy. Whether it’s a warm bath, reading a chapter of your assigned reading, or just having a cup of tea, do just one thing at the same time each evening that will trigger your mind that it’s time for bed. This will also allow you to not fight your own deadline. I challenge you to do it for 30 days.

What sleep schedule works for you? Let me know below!  <3, M

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Tip 2: You need to eat

Food is a necessary evil. Ya it’s delicious (unless you’re dieting) but it takes prep and time, just like everything else. From home to work to class to gymnastics, I got one word for ya: SNACKS. I always keep my desk stocked with healthy filling snacks like almonds, dried fruit, popcorn, and a jar of peanut butter. I stash fresh fruit and veggies in the work fridge and bring them to class with me. Avoid the drive-thru! It is not your friend. And above all, don’t starve yourself!

 

Only go shopping once a week

Trust me, I know how hard it is to conceptualize, shop, and prep for dinner 5 nights a week, snacks for class, breakfasts on-the-go, etc. My advice? Pick a day. Pick one day a week to do all your shopping and organize your weekly meals. For me, it’s Monday night. Not as crowded as Sunday. I make a list and have 6 highlight what we get as we go through the store. This keeps her entertained. Also helps her with her reading! (; When we get home, I cut up all the fruits and veggies and put them in Tupperware and/or plastic baggies so that throughout the week I can just grab them and go.

 

Try some freezer-friendly crockpot recipes

I love meals that allow me to put the raw ingredients in a freezer bag, pop it in the freezer, and throw it in the crockpot in the morning. When you get home after your busy day, dinner’s ready! Here’s a few of my favorites from Kojodesigns: http://kojo-designs.com/2013/02/more-freezer-crockpot-recipes-2/

 

Mason jars are your friend

I love mason jars. I make oatmeal and fruit mixes in small mason jars for easy grab-and-go breakfasts. They’re convenient, cheap, easy, and nutritious! Check them out here from The Yummy Life: http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

I also layer salad ingredients in the large mason jars for easy lunches. It’s my favorite way to stay healthy on the go. You put the dressing and veggies in the jar first and lettuce on top. Then, when you’re ready to eat just shake the jar and pour into a bowl! Mason jar salads have really helped me avoid the fast food line. Here are my favorite recipes thanks to Philadelphia Magazine: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2014/02/12/instagramable-lunch-ever-14-healthy-mason-jar-salad-recipes/

It is possible to have a busy life and eat healthy!

 

container of healthy snacks

travel snacks!

 

How do you plan your meals? Let me know below! <3, M

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Tip 1: Organization

To the untrained eye, I would not seem organized. But I know that my “clutter” is actually organized chaos. I am by no means the authority on organization, but to be a juggler of many hats, you gotta prep. 6 is in kindergarten and gymnastics. Momma has class three nights a week and a full-time job. And you’d be amazed how just a lil night-before prep will save your sanity.

 

Night before prep

lunches packed? Check. Clothes laid out? Sometimes. Both backpacks ready to go? Check. Lay out the clothes and leotards and books and shoes the night before, and save yourself from searching for the “pretty pink leotard that has the frills and sparkles!!!” when the bus leaves in 10 minutes.

 

Another note on organization: LISTS

ohhhhhh how I love me some lists!!!! Just embrace the fact now that you won’t remember. Nope, you won’t remember that PTO money is due Friday and the class party Thursday and the work lunch pitch-in and oh crap, that exam is tomorrow!! Lists are your friend. I love the reminder iPhone app that lets me keep multiple lists and search for keywords. It also lets you set reminder alarms. When you’re a working student momma, this is a must!

 

pic of iPhone reminder lists

iPhone reminder lists

 

How do you stay organized? Let me know below! <3, M