As a full-time working mom, I’m always looking for ways to save on time and money. I’d rather be enjoying life with mi loco familia than washing dishes or slaving away over the stove. Sure, I know those things come with the territory but I’ve found some things that make this working mom’s life easier.
The Crockpot is this Working Mom’s Best Friend
If you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve likely seen the numerous crockpot recipes. With just a little preparation, the crockpot has become my saving grace. Fridays are my grocery shopping day (it’s when my local grocery store puts meat on sale). After I get home from the store, I divide larger packages into servings of four, then pop them in the freezer. On Sundays, I take about two hours chopping up veggies. (I even hand tear my lettuce for my lunch during the week. Hand tearing is better than cutting, it doesn’t make the edges go brown like cutting does.) When they are all copped, I start putting them in bags together with whatever other ingredient will go into the crockpot recipe, then pop those in the freezer as well. The night before a crockpot meal, I’ll pull the ingredients out of the freezer and put them in the refrigerator to defrost. In the morning, I just pour the ingredients into the crockpot, turn it on, and go on with my day.
A Menu Planner Helps this Working Mom Keep her ‘ish Together
I made a handy menu planner a couple of months ago and use it to plan my dinner for the week. I typically base my menu around the meat I was able to buy on Friday. Do I always stick to the menu? No, I’d say most of the time I or The Boof end up making something else on Saturdays. Since we don’t work on Saturday, we have more time to put into cooking. The whole family enjoys pitching in to make dinner. Loca #1 typically sticks to stirring, while Loca #2 will put things into bowls (no liquids yet). Aside from Saturdays, the menu planner has helped me keep my ‘ish together.
If you’re interested in making a menu planner similar to mine, all you need is a 8×11 canvas, paint, clothes pins, flashcards, glue, a sharpie, construction paper, and any discarded box. I used a tabasco sauce box and covered it with paper. It took me less than three hours to make it and most of that time was waiting for the paint to dry.
As a former scrapbook enthusiast, I had a hard time letting go of the fact that there wasn’t enough time in the day to scrapbook all of mis loquitas photos. When Loca #1 was born, I was able to keep up for the first six months. I haven’t scrapbooked since. Sure, I miss it but it’s too time consuming. After feeling guilty for not being documenting everything, I found something that still makes me feel like Supermom – Shutterfly! Now, I just create smaller scrapbooks with the help of Shutterfly. If you’re leery about trying them out, what would you do if I said you could for FREE? Until 9/16, Shutterfly is offering a free 8×8 photo book. Just pay shipping. I love these offers. The shipping works out to be less than the price I would spend on developing pictures and buying supplies to scrapbook. What a deal?!
Without these three things, I don’t know what I would do. They make my daily life as a working mom so much smoother.