Trying to make the best of the 24 hours we got …

There are days when I need 36 rather than 24 hours per day. With work, house and kids, sometimes time just flies by.

I accept it… some times I procrastinate, but I am also a person that like to have a structure, that being said I was thinking I would share some ideas that work for me and help me save time, specially on my chaotic mornings.

1. Plan the kiddos wardrobe – At night before they go to sleep I make them think and pick the clothes they will wear the next day and put them on top of a dresser. As soon as they wake up in the morning they know where to go and they get ready (happy face)

2. Make a lunch ideas list – Breakfast burritos, Mac & Cheese, Ham or Egg and Cheese sandwiches, Pasta primavera are some of my “go-to” lunches. Along with fruit (usually bananas, apples, watermelon and blueberries) and oatmeal cookies. Chocolate pudding, cucumbers, cheese cubes, corn, and tortilla chips are some other snacks that my girls enjoy.

3. Stretches – REMIND yourself to stretch. Take some weight of your back, if possible lie down for 5 minutes and close your eyes.

4. Post its and reminders – Whatever works for you, make notes (I love post its!)

5. And overall remember: you are human, you can not do it all, if you need help, ask for it.

Take one day at the time… after all, we know some way or another we will make it work.

What are your ideas to make your day easier? Can you give some feedback? I would love to hear from you!

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What are the plans for the weekend?

I have to admit: before moving to Canada, Winter Olympics for me, was just a second to non-important issue, only a filler on the news.

Fast-forward the years and now, married to a Canadian guy and raising 3 girls, I have been “forced” to learn (curling? is that a sport?) and I actually see myself enjoying winter Olympics. So, our plans for the weekend are to watch and cheer for the Canadian team. My girls get a kick of it. We turn on the TV, eat popcorn and chocolate, watch the sport and answer the million questions they have. The thing is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money, you don’t necessarily have to drive and go to a special place. Sometimes staying home, junk food and TV are the best way to enjoy your weekend. Enjoy your family and go from there.

I will leave you this link with tips on an effort to live frugally. I hope you find it helpful, as much as I did.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/100-things-to-do-during-a-money-free-weekend/

Consideration…

Earlier on the week I read somewhere that love, trust and consideration are the key to a happy marriage.

Guess what? I couldn’t agree more.

This past week was “one-of-those-weeks”, you know, one of those that we all have at one point.
Things go wrong at work, the kids go wild at home and your patience starts to wear off.

Saturday comes, which is the day I do laundry and house chores. And well, I have to say that I can not complain about my husband, he is so helpful and does a lot around the house and with the kids.

But today, today I just wanted a break, I wanted to be alone, but I didn’t say anything. However somehow, my husband just got the girls ready and took them to visit their Nonno and get some pizza for dinner. Guess what? I had 4 hours to myself. Got laundry done, got some work done, got the kitchen cleaned, took a nap, watched the winter Olympics and even had a chat with my Mom over the phone. I got rest, a moment of silent, yes, still some house work but, I got it done on my own, on my own time and pace.
That, my friends is consideration, I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful partner, a true team player. Someone who knows how I feel and knows what I need, even when I don’t say anything. And with next week being Valentine’s week this post never felt so right.
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Winter, winter

Almost in mid-February, with a forecast of 15 cms of snow expected to fall in the next few hours.

I got up and planned to stay in my pj’s …just to find out the schools are up and running.

As I got ready to tackle the day, my kids were getting their snow suits ready, laughing and anxiously waiting for breakfast. They were so thrilled to start their day. This got me thinking.

As adults, we kind of lose that spark, the way kids see life. They don’t see the hassle of driving on this conditions, the hassle of a snow fall. They just see the opportunity to have fun!
I was reminded then, that we must not loose that sparkle, we have to find the fun in every single thing, despite the situation, the weather, the time. Life is now…let’s be like kids again!

(I have a meeting at 10:00 AM and I go to get some make-up on! Happy snow day!)

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My first blog post of 2014…

This adventure, my Consulting business started in March 2013, since then I have been trying to find the “magic” balance between work and life…

No, I don’t want to start another article or debate about the whole work/life balance mess, I am actually fatigued by the whole issue. I don’t understand why or how women have set up unrealistic expectations about themselves: We have become a generation desperate to be perfect wives, mothers, and professionals—Tiger Moms who prepare organic quinoa each evening after waltzing home from the IPO in our Manolo Blahnik heels. A woman cannot work a 60-hour-per-week job and be the same kind of parent she would have been without the 60-hour-per-week job. No man can do this; no human can do this. Yet women are repeatedly berating themselves for failing at this kind of balancing act.
Let’s liberate ourselves, do what works for you, for your family and let’s give our selves a break and reminders, lots of reminders: we don’t have to do it all, and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Life is messy, embrace it. Do what you love as best as you can, surround yourself with good friends, ask for help when needed, be determined and always, always follow your passion! Cheers to a successful 2014!
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