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Wow! My husband cooked me dinner last night. Working mamas, you need Green Chef in your life. Hey mamas, I get it. You are working hard, you are putting in time on your side hustle and building your empire and in the meantime, you have a family to feed, laundry to do and you haven’t had your hair colored or a massage in weeks (or months.) The time management struggle is real. What I love so much about services like Green Chef is they absolutely save you time in the kitchen so you can focus on what matters most. When you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen, you can focus on the meal and your family and actually enjoy yourself. While we certainly aren’t strangers to meal delivery subscription boxes, I was thrilled when Momsmeet asked me to review a Green Chef meal delivery. I have had my eye on Green Chef for a while and I can’t wait to share what I thought.
Hey guys…I’m back! I know its been forever since I have blogged and I miss you loves so much. I have so much to share but first, let me paint this picture for you and share one of my go-to resources for all you fabulous boss mamas. Picture this: It’s 3:30 in the afternoon, I have two hours, three at the most, to get to the post office. It would be rough under the best of circumstances, but I have this adorable little four-year-old who is dying for my attention, pulling at my belt. So…yea, that means its looking pretty impossible to complete this task for the day.
Welcome to my world! Full time entrepreneur and full time mom. It is an impossible problem to solve, and yet it happens all the time.
The truth is my little guy is amazing: he can play all afternoon with two Hotwheel cars. But he only does that if I don’t ask him to.
So what are my options? Turn on the TV. Ugh. Even with all the great educational shows nowadays, I feel slightly guilty placing him in front of TV. (Moreover my husband hates it.)
For me the better option are education learning games. Many of my friends worry about screen time for their little ones, but I chose the lesser of the two evils. Plus, I feel good about my decision to let both my kiddos do educational learning games.
We’ve used different apps over the years, so I know my son’s enthusiasm for Kidloland is real. I can almost hear him chanting for it as I write this. He literally is obsessed with my phone so he can go on the app. So when I hear him learning addition and subtraction and holiday songs, I can’t be mad because I know he is getting a huge dose of learning out of it.
Kidloland is an educational app for the iPhone and Android platforms. The suggested age is 6 and under. It has over 700 different nursery rhymes, games, activities, “phonics” and pre-reading instruction. I made a beeline to download the app for the phonics alone. That is a huge skill that is so valuable to learn. My little guy absolutely loves learning new words and it gives him an edge in pre-school. Love that!
What We like
It’s challenging without being frustrating. I never hear him having trouble with the app. Sometimes toddlers can get the swiping to work or sometimes apps can get “stuck,” which means I have to stop my work to reset the program. He can navigate and explore new activities or go back to his favorites. Currently he is in love with the dinosaur songs. Here are some other things we like, the awards and accolades Kidloland has won:
The Spring 2016 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award
Kid Safe Certified
Tillywig Award Winner 2015
Academics’ Choice Award™ Winner
He is four (almost five) now, but I could have easily seen him being engaged in the songs as a two-year old. At his age, he will do the lessons without me asking him to. He loves telling all about the names of insects and birds, stuff my husband and I had never gone over with him.
It is both familiar and new
They are a lot of nursery rhymes but there is plenty of new content. He learns the songs and sing them back to me. He loves singing about the months of the year, the planets, animals on a farm, dinosaurs, days of the week. When I ask him, where did you learn all of this stuff? I should already know the answer, kidloland. It feels pretty good to know that I can sneak in a few more minutes of work or a coffee meeting with a prospective when I need to as long as I have this app. Don’t get me wrong, its not a babysitter or anything, but in a pinch, it gets the job done. Working mamas sometimes have no choice. Tools and learning apps are a working mama’s best friend. It can’t all be videos and games all the time.
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Women ask me all the time, “how do you find the time to “_________________” insert random task here (do a side-hustle, get your hair done, read a book, cook a hot meal, have date night) with all the other things you have to do for your family? I decided to share some of my tips, tricks and favorites to help all you hardworking mamas out there. Now I am not saying I am some perfect mama who looks glowing and beautiful at carpool, works out everyday and while cooking a perfectly balanced pinterest-worthy meal in a spotless home. Pul-lease. Let’s get real. I am a real mama with the same amount of chaos and crazy as many of you, but I enjoy life and I have learned a few tips along this journey that have actually given me back some of my sanity.
1. Early Riser Wake up before your family gets up. I know this may be an unpopular tip but trust me, it works. Getting up 30-45 minutes earlier than your family will give you time in the morning to meditate, exercise, get clarity on your intentions for the day and crank out a few tasks before the day starts. Here are tips on how to wake up earlier and what to do:
• move your alarm across the room • do 20 minutes of stretching, walking or aerobic exercise • do not look at facebook or email, read a motivational book or blog post • plan your day or do a task that needs to be done
2. Plan out your week Grab a cheap planner from Target and sit down (or hide in the bathroom) on Sunday night and look at your schedule for the week. Is everything absolutely necessary? If its not a “hell yea!” so no. It’s ok, you don’t have to volunteer for every single thing at your kid’s school. 3. Time block Time blocking is great for doing tasks for your side hustle. Your blocks can be as small as 15 minutes. You can do anything in 15 minutes like • make 2 phone calls • write 2 thank you notes • check on 2 clients • brainstorm 2 blog posts • plan meals for the next 2 days • pack 2 lunches • spot clean a room Notice my theme of doing things in 2? You can do at least 2 tasks in 15 minutes. Break down your task, set an alert on your phone and give yourself a break if you skip a day (or 20). 4. Plan your meals Take an extra 20-30 minutes to plan meals for the week or even for the month and boom! Now you have a plan for meals. Personally, the what-to-cook-for dinner-dilemma is the most menacing and stressful tasks I have. Even if you don’t stick to it, I like having an idea of meals for the week. I try to cook seasonally and let what is fresh and available dictate most of my meals. Frankly, sometimes my meal planning means rotating the same five meals each week but there are no complaints from my family so it works for me. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be planned so you don’t have to think about it.
5. Buy back your time. Yet another, meaningful tip I learned from the lovely ladies I work with. While I adore being in a mentorship role to my team, sometimes I feel like I am drowning in tasks and to-dos. Until I learned to buy back my time. Yes! Duuuuuuh!!! Why didn’t I think of that? Your time is valuable and you can pay others to do tasks that free you up to do what you love like, spending time with your kids or hubby, working on your sidehustle, or taking time for yourself and self care. Here are a few ways to buy back your time: • Set a timer for 15 minutes in the morning and evening and have “family pick up time” to save time on huge housecleaning tasks. A little bit each day helps.
• Prep and cook most of your meals on Sunday evenings. Using a crockpot has been an enormous time saver for me. I make ahead freezer meals (pop over to my pinterest board for LOADS of recipes here , here and here) and pop one in the crockpot on hectic days. YUM!
• Hire a teenager or friend to watch your kids for a few hours (you can also swap with other mama friends), do administrative tasks in your office, prepare packages for shipping.
• Try not to go to the store. For anything. Shop online and buy in bulk to save money and time.
Try Instacart to bring me fresh groceries from Whole Foods & Costco. If they are in your area, you have to try this, order online and have your groceries to your house in an hour. Hello time saver….and sanity saver.
While you are in the mood of having things delivered, let me share, I am completely obsessed with Club W to have affordable, sustainable, personally selected wines delivered to my door.
I have become obsessed with the cleaning supplies and body care products from Honest Company, I order the Honest Bundles and keep my house fresh and sparkly clean. I have to feel good about what I am using and this makes it easier.
Spend a quick 15 minutes doing your own nails and save time going to the nail salon. I love being a Julep Maven and getting a new shipment of fun nail colors each month to try. I save time and have a gorgeous manicure every week. It’s relaxing and refreshing to do at my desk once a week before I start my day. Try your first box FREE with code SCORE (just pay $2.99 shipping).
Cheers to you hardworking mamas out there, I hope these tips help you keep your sanity and sense of peace. Your hardwork is much appreciated by your family. Take some time to be in the moment, hug and snuggle your little ones (or big ones if they will let you).