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Working Moms and Stress Tips

November 29, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Stress Management No Comments →

For a working mom, their “work” day never really ends. They may go to work from 9-5 and come home, but they come home to more work. They have a family to feed and take care of and a house to keep in order. They never really have a chance to leave their work stress at the door when they come home to their family.

Since they’re constantly on the go, they find it hard to balance their work life with their family life. When the line between work and home can’t be seen, stress from one has free reign to the other. They start to realize that they don’t know if they’re coming or going anymore.

There are two types of working moms. Those that work outside of the home and those who work inside their home. Those that work outside the home tend to have more socializing opportunities, but they have less time for meeting the needs of their family.

The moms who work from their home tend to have more flexibility with their time, but they face long hours of isolation or having only children for company. They desire some adult conversation to keep them sane. Here are some tips to both types of working moms reduce stress, so they can get their life back:

Exercise- Exercise is not only good for your body, but also for your mind. It can be a good stress reliever. Try to work in some time into your work week for exercise. It helps to raise your heart rate which promotes good blood circulation and makes you feel good. It can also give you some alone time or time with a friend to chat about adult topics instead of things that interest children.

Recruit others for help-Utilize your friends and family to help you out. They can help you with babysitting, cleaning, organizing, painting or whatever you need. The extra hands can enable you to go out, get the house cleaned, or even just to take a much needed nap. The person, who said that it takes a village to raise a child, knew what they were talking about. Use others to your advantage. Get your children involved as well, in activities like cleaning to take some of the load off you.

Hire out for certain jobs. In some cases, your friends and family aren’t able to help you, so don’t be afraid to hire someone to help you out. It’s better to fork over a little money to a maid service or a babysitter than to drive yourself crazy with the added stress. The costs will be low, since you’ll use these services once in awhile versus all the time.

Establish work times-If you work outside of the home, then make sure your work doesn’t come with you to stay. If you’re off at 5, then stop your working gears and start your family gears until it’s time to go back to work. If you work at home, be sure to set your work times and stick to them. During work hours, your mind should be on work. Afterwards, your mind should be with your family.

Working part time- If the stress of working full time becomes too much for you to handle with the family life then consider cutting back to part time. Check your family’s budget and see if cuts can be made to allow you to cut your working hours. The stress of working too many hours while juggling home life isn’t worth your sanity if you can’t get extra help.

Working moms bring added income to the family, which is nice, but stress can make it seem not worth your time. Learning to reduce stress can help you keep your family life and work life in sync. A good balance of both in your life can make for a happier you.

Being a working mom can be extremely rewarding, but it’s challenging. Get the help you need with Real Life Guidance to Balancing Work and Family It’s your practical guide to tracking your time, setting priorities, learning to say no and achieving that balance you strive for.

Awesome Help For All Mom

November 27, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Parenting No Comments →

Parenting is a difficult. Struggling with children, adding in work, then placing on top all of the other little things that you do – bills, chores, and the rest of life – your life can use some help in balancing all the levels of you.

Real Life Guidance can help you work through how to balance your life and also can help you gain back some time for your family.

Real Life Guidance offers e-books from 18 to 46 pages filled with tips and suggestions on everything from balancing life to understanding your teen.

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Time Saving Tips for Busy Moms

November 25, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Organization 1 Comment →

It is no surprise that moms feel overwhelmed when they try to fit everything into their busy days. After all, few single people can manage to juggle work, home life, and fun successfully. On top of these responsibilities, moms add car pool duty, cupcake emergencies, and last minute science projects to their to do lists. So, how do moms manage to fit all of those tasks into their lives and still keep their sanity without resorting to cloning?

First, you may want to consider making a list of tasks that need to be completed. Then, take a hard look at that list for anything that could be simplified or eliminated. For example, do your children really need home baked cupcakes for the school party? The bakery up the street will be happy to box up 24 cupcakes and have them ready for you to pick up the next morning, saving you at least a half hour.

Next, look for tasks that really take a lot of your time, but could be done by someone else. If your children are too young to help walk the dog, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker to give your pooch his daily exercise. Errand services are also a great time saver. You can have your errand service shop for back to school supplies, pick up groceries, or get the dry cleaning. A maid service can come in once a week to do some heavy duty cleaning.

Another task that takes a lot of time is cooking. However, you can stop cooking a meal from scratch every evening and still feed your family without hitting speed dial for your favorite pizza with bulk cooking. Pick a weekend and cook enough food for an entire month of meals. Freeze the food in dinner size portions and simply reheat a dinner each evening.

Of course moms who work from home have a flexibility that other moms don’t have. If you become overwhelmed with all that you have to do, give yourself permission to take some time off to catch up. If you simply can’t take time off, you may want to find a mother’s helper to watch the children and do some basic household chores while you work.

Finally, if it seems you are always spending your evenings helping your children complete big assignments that are due the next day, give each of your children a homework notebook. If they neglect to write assignments down, ask their teachers to initial the assignment book, so you will know that all assignments are listed. This will eliminate all of those last minute posters, science fair projects, and reports that moms seem to end up helping with until midnight the night before they are due.

Real Life Guidance  can help you work through how to balance your life and also can help you gain back some time for your family.

A Discount For You

November 23, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Mommy Rambles No Comments →

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WHY Not? ;)

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Immediately after your purchase you will receive the link to download the inspiring 46 page eBook that is filled with essential action steps and worksheets and you will also receive the link to the 1hr. Balancing Your Life Audio and the transcripts of the audio.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Still Trying to Be SuperMom?

November 21, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Parenting No Comments →

A few days ago, I told you about Aurelia Williams’ helpful “Real Life Guidance to Getting out of the SuperMom Trap.” If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I really recommend you do:

http://www.reallifeguidance.com/super-mom-trap.html

It’s your practical guide to staying sane during the upcoming holidays and all year round. Certified Life Coach, Aurelia Williams shows you that it actually IS possible to say no guilt-free, become more organized so you can fit more into your day and even take some time just for you.

Again, here is the link: http://www.reallifeguidance.com/super-mom-trap.html

Think you don’t have time to look? Then you REALLY need to get yourself out of the SuperMom Trap. Take a few moments now for a lot more sanity later.

Tips to help cut your monthly bills in half

November 19, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family No Comments →

Who wouldnt want to learn some tips to use that would decrease their monthly bills. Have you seen the cost of gas lately.

Well here are just a few tips you can use to cut down your monthly bills:

Save on your monthly heating bill.  Did you know that just by setting your thermostat a couple of degrees lower in the winter can save you money?  Households that lower their thermostats by 1 degree Fahrenheit (1° F) during the winter season may see an average savings of $15 – $40 or more each month.

Save on your monthly water bill.  By making just a few changes in your daily habits, you can save on your monthly water bill.  By turning  off the water while you’re brushing your teeth you will save gallons of water per week, thus lowering your bill.  Also, when you are doing laundry, be sure wash full loads whenever possible or simply adjust your water level to accommodatethe size of your load.

By following either of these tips, you can make a significant dent on your monthly bills.

–> Grab more tips on how to save money here

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Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress for Work-At-Home Moms

November 17, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Working From Home No Comments →

Now is the time to make a plan of action and get organized with all that needs to happen before the holidays are upon us. Here are some practical tips for easing into the holidays from one WAHM to another:

Take control of your finances early, before your holiday shopping begins, and develop a realistic budget to follow. If you can avoid using credit cards and only pay cash for gifts, you will breathe easier in January when the credit card bill arrives. Paying cash helps you stay on budget and will prevent you from making any rash decisions or buying outlandish gifts.

Prior to driving to the mall, make a list of your gift ideas for each person so you won’t be left wandering aimlessly from store to store, hoping for some divine inspiration. With the outrageous cost of gasoline, bundle your shopping trips to stores that are near each other. Your time is worth money to your clients and should be viewed as valuable by you, too.

Take advantage of your lunch break to shop online. Ordering online is a godsend when you need to ship items out of state. Paying for the online company to ship a gift is far less costly and time consuming than packing it up yourself and waiting with half the town in line at the post office.

Be focused and use any breaks in your work schedule to your advantage. Write out a few holiday cards or wrap a few presents in between client calls. Both tasks become more manageable when broken down into smaller time frames.

When you sit down to write your gift list with a nice cup of tea, decide if you will buy gifts just for family members or if you will also include your children’s teachers, bus drivers, garbage haulers, postal workers, religious education teachers, sports coaches…you get the drift. The list could get very long and break your budget if you don’t plan well.

A great gift idea for these “extra” people in your life is something homemade. If you are a big holiday baker, simply buy a few pretty tins and bake a few extra batches of your favorite cookies or breads. For those of you who do not bake, look for some recipes for making “Gifts in a Jar”. You can buy large or small mason jars at craft stores and you simply layer the dry ingredients of your favorite cookie recipe, close the lid, tie with pretty ribbon, and you have a lovely gift. Don’t forget to attach a copy of the recipe to the jar!

Organizing your holiday card list early will eliminate many headaches and hand cramps later on. Pare down your list, order your cards early, order your stamps online or with your postal carrier, and put all the addresses on computer labels. You can easily find labels with holiday designs and you can add a fun font for a customized look. Many card companies also offer to have your cards stamped with your family or business name, thus saving even more time.

Can you delegate any of the holiday prep to your older children or spouse? Your computer wizard teenager might be willing to input your holiday card list so you can print out address labels. Maybe an older child would be willing to babysit for the day so you can shop for gifts in peace. If you are preparing a holiday dinner, ask other relatives or friends to bring a dish. Older elementary school kids can help read recipes and layer the items in your gift jars.

Rather than build up your holiday as a Martha Stewart-recreation, complete with handmade gift wrap, make your holiday plans realistic to suit the needs of your family and your schedule. Focus instead on the peace, love and joy in your life and take time to count your many blessings.

Visit Real Life Solutions for free resources to help you during the Holidays

Ask and you shall receive…

November 16, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children 4 Comments →

You NEVER have to ask a Granny twice for a picture of a grandchild :) .  

Funny, I have 3 children (ages 8, 17 and 21) and if you ask me for a picture of them.. I pause, search my purse, wallet and drawers and will only be able to pull up a quick picture of my 6month old Grandson…lol.  Shame on me!! 

 Today while Twittering with my Twitter-friends a longtime friend of mine (Nell) twittered to me and asked….

casualeveryday casualeveryday @AureliaW Any new pictures of your little Grandson?

Well – here you go Nell (and others).  

Here is Kevin Anthony Richberg III (aka Grandma’s Chocolate Chip)

ChocolateChip1-1.jpg picture by Aurelia

ChocolateChip-2.jpg picture by Aurelia

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Tips for a Stress Free Thanksgiving

November 15, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living No Comments →

Many moms are running around stress out trying to organize their Thanksgiving Dinner.  Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all that we are grateful for yet most moms spend the days before Thanksgiving burnt out and just wishing the day would be over.

There are plenty of small steps you can take to make Thanksgiving Stress Free.  From making lists to shopping early, to enlisting help.  

Click the link below to grab your free tips
http://reallifesolutions.net/family/stress_free_thanksgiving.htm

Keeping your Thanksgiving holiday stress free is sometimes hard, but following simple steps can make your Thanksgiving holiday the most enjoyable ever.

Avoid The Burned Out SuperMom Trap This Holiday Season

November 13, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Stress Management No Comments →

The holidays are creeping upon us…and fast. Just look at the calendar. You won’t believe how close it really is.

Although it’s a great family time of year, for most of us moms it means we have to go into overdrive trying to get everything done. You’ve done this before and you know just how overwhelming it can be.

If you need a little help:

- Learning how to say no WITHOUT the guilt

- Get organized, so can still get plenty done without losing your mind

- Getting just a little healthier for increased energy and reduced stress

…you have to pick up a copy of Aurelia William’s “Real Life Guidance to Getting out of the Supermom Trap”. I’ll show you just how to do all that and inspire you with stories of other moms who dug themselves out of the trap too.

I specialize in helping women find balance and satisfaction in their lives and my advice is always right on. Instead of going crazy this time around, grab her guide to start making changes before the holiday frenzy starts.

You can learn more about the guide and get yours at:
http://www.reallifeguidance.com/super-mom-trap.html

The guide and all the accompanying goodies (check them out at the link above) are available for instant download. No need to wait for snail mail to get out of that SuperMom Trap once and for all!