Two doctors contend that for new moms, your health and happiness matter as much as your baby’s
(via The Washington Post)
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I might be one of the few people who likes to fold laundry, especially if it’s warm from the dryer. But my kid’s folded, tiny shirts and pants end up stuffed into dresser drawers, and on mornings when my toddler is demanding fruit snacks, my dog relieves herself in the hallway, and I haven’t had any coffee, I despise trying to find a complete outfit in those drawers.
So here’s my solution: When I fold my kid’s laundry, I pre-sort outfits together. I often leave a few outfits on top of his dresser for easy selection.
This is great for people who hate mornings, but it’s also ideal for those times when you’re filling your diaper bag before a day-trip, frantically trying to replace a filthy outfit from some unholy kid-mess, or if you are skeptical of your husband’s fashion choices for children. I keep a tiny basket of paired socks on top of the dresser and grab them whenever we need.
Now, about folding the laundry, generally: You’re on your own. But I swear it’s better if you grab it while it’s warm, right after the dry cycle!
Blogger’s note: Leslie says this is common sense. Does everyone do this? Share your laundry shortcuts with us.
This is an ongoing series about people doing wonderful, interesting, unusual things with their lives. Leslie wondered how two crafty sisters could turn their handiwork into profit. So she packed up her baby, walked through downtown Keyport, New Jersey, and sat with them in their shop to find out.
I love crafting. There is something in my blood that needs to make things, from sewing felt alphabet letters to knitting a dozen hats for fun. From time to time, I fantasize about what it would be like to own a little shop and sell the cute stuff I make. But once I add in all the logistics of owning a small business, the idea falls to the wayside. (Not to mention the fact that hand-knit items are not exactly the best way to make a profit.)
Last year, I happened upon a new store in my town that gave me a glimpse into what life running a small business would be like. I was curious to see what kind of crafts the owners loved, what their backgrounds were, and where they’re headed….
When I read about a Bay Area coffee shop selling super-fancy coffee for $15 a CUP, I was like, “SAY WHAT?!” I love coffee, and my husband and I are willing to shell out a few bucks for a good cuppa. We even periodically get shipments from our favorite Chicago coffee shop (roasted in the neighborhood where we lived for many years, and where we made many friends). I’ll admit I’d pay ONCE for that $15 cup of coffee. Last weekend, while on a quick girls-only trip to New York City, I paid $5 for a pour-over (au lait) at Blue Bottle, but that’s the exception for me. Most mornings my husband makes a french press pot, and I have one mug with a little sugar and half-and-half.
But how much do “normal people” pay for coffee each week? Am I the exception, or the rule? As you might expect by now, I asked my friends.
So, are you a Gilmore Girl who rushes to a local cafe every morning and shells out a few bucks? Or do you drink the swill from the office pots? (Who cleans those things, anyway?) Or do you skip coffee altogether and drink water, tea, Red Bull or Diet Coke?
If I had to rattle off my favorite small pleasures in the world, tea and books would be at the top of the list. So when I heard about Muse Monthly, a subscription service that sends a new book with a themed tea pairing, I thought: “YES, PLEASE.”
I asked Christina Blok, the creator of this genius idea, to share the story of how it started and why she loves her side-hustle.
Christina grew up as an avid book reader, and she’s also a frequent tea drinker. “My mom has always been a tea person, and she instilled a love for tea in me and my siblings,” she said.
Last year, Christina was in a stressful job that was wearing her down, and every evening, she’d come home and crave a gigantic mug of tea and a book, to help her shut down and relax. That’s when the idea for Muse Monthly was born: What if you could get a great new book and a delicious tea on your door step every month? What if the tea was selected to create a cozy atmosphere that matched the theme of the book?
The Venn diagram of people who love books and people who love tea is practically a circle.
– Christina Blok
When we asked our friends about stress, a lot of them mentioned work, but we also heard a fair amount of anxiety about home life, parenting, and combos of money, love life, preschool and pregnancy. We reached out to an expert on mindfulness (who’s also taught preschool) to help frustrated parents and non-parents find ways to de-stress.
By Elizabeth Foley-Campos
As a veteran preschool teacher, I’ve witnessed parents going through good times and bad. It’s no easy task caring for a classroom of children, so if you’re one of those parents who’ve had a meltdown if front of your child’s caregiver know this: We totally understand you!
I’ve made the transition out of the classroom and into private practice to explore my personal interest in mindfulness. Simply stated, mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. …
Adulthood and parenting are stressful, and we don’t need studies to tell us that.
But ok, here are a few in case you need evidence to agree:
So we asked our friends, “What are you stressed about right now?” to see what they’d say. Here are their answers:
Anything stressful you need to get off your chest? The comments are open for your venting/complaints/commiseration.
Decisions is a series dedicated to the choices we make in our lives and the factors that led us to our given resolutions. We welcome guest posts to this series to hear about how you’ve tackled a life decision. Email your story ideas to email@example.com.
In today’s post, I’ll talk about why I chose stay home after the birth of my daughter even though I had a good job.
No commuting. No projects. No conference calls. No traveling to a different city every week for months. Just thinking about home. Taking care of my daughter, planning meals, organizing the house, gardening. It was so romantic and yet… so guilty-feeling.