“Time saving tips to calm the chaos of family life”
Here are some of the mum hacks that I have found helpful regarding the kitchen, travelling, and the house in general etc:
Kitchen Hacks & top tips:
• The right high chair – get yourself a plastic high chair with a tray. It is so much easier to clean.
• Get yourself a good mop – I would reccomend getting a steam mop personally.
• Swap pasta or whole meal pasta – it’s much healthier for you & chances are, the children won’t even notice the change.
• Meal plan – I cannot stress this enough. Planning meals saves so much time & money.
• Freeze baby food in ice cube blocks.
• Use tin foil when grilling – this is something I need to do seen as all of my trays are black and need alot of scrubbing when finished with.
• Make your own pizzas – get the children involved & use up any vegetables that need eating up.
• Wash up as you go – there’s nothing worse than having to wash up a mountain of dirty pots & pans after a lovely meal, wash up as you go and all you’ll need to do afterwards is wash up the plates & cutlery that you’ve used.
• One pot cooking – invest in a slow cooker, they are incredible and save so much time & effort.
• Swap sandwiches for wraps – this way you don’t have to butter lots of slices of bread and you can just fill a wrap with the chosen filling.
• Add at least one vegetable to every meal – I do this & my daughter eats so well now.
• Home delivery – if you’re anything like me, you will hate the stress of shopping with children amongst 100 other trolley warriors.. choose home delivery, it saves on fuel, time & effort.
Playtime hacks & top tips:
• Toy Storage – buying a toy storage unit was one of the best things we ever did, it fits into my living room well & my daughter can access all of her toys.
• Wash the toys – toys like lego, plastic blocks, small action figures (anything like that) put them in a mesh bag & wash them on a cooler cycle in the washing machine.
• Birthday gifts – ask relatives to buy your children clothes, theatre tickets, anything other than toys – so that they don’t have too much.
• Sell old toys – use sites like Facebook, EBay, shpock etc & sell your old toys in order to buy new ones.
• Don’t get all of the toys out at once, maybe let them play with 3 at a time and then once they’re finished put them back before getting more out.
• Keep messy toys out of reach – you do not want to wake up one morning to find that your children have redecorated with your living room with craft paint or felt tip pens.
• Get a wipeable floor mat – you don’t want to be scrubbing paint out of your carpets.
• Swap felt tips for crayons
• Swap Lego for megabloks
• Make tidy up time into a game
•Tidy away all of the toys before dinner time every day – this way your children can have their dinner, bath and bed without you having to worry about having to pick up all of the toys.
Holiday / travel hacks & top tips:
• Pack a laundry bag – you don’t want to mix dirty and clean clothes and this way you can just empty the bag into the washing machine when you get home.
• Pack outfits – so you know what your children are going to wear, rather than trying to find something that matches when you arrive.
• Take spare clothes everywhere – you never know when you are going to need them.
• Fit a sunshade in the back windows of your car to protect your children from the sun.
• Always make sure you have change in the car for parking.
• Plan ahead and maybe stop at a park on the way to your holiday destination.
• Pack water bottles – they’re easy to open, fit in the cup holders & if they spill they won’t leave a sticky mess as it’s just water.
• Take quick & easy snacks – carrot sticks, celery sticks, any kind of fruit.
• Take a pair of kitchen tongs in the car with you – this will help you retrieve any dropped toy that you just can’t reach.
• Make sure you have an umbrella in the car
• First aid kit – this is always useful. Hopefully you won’t ever need it but nothing proves to a screaming child with a minor scrape that you are taking him seriously, more than a plaster.
• Keep a pack of wet wipes in the car
• A little swing top rubbish bin – it doesn’t take long for your car to become a pig-sty on wheels if the only place to put rubbish is in the ashtray.
Housework hacks & top tips:
• Laminate flooring – it is so easy to clean.
• Designate a play area – we have a toy storage unit in the middle of our living room.
• Put a small bin in every room
• Cover your sofa with blankets
• Tidy up as you go
• The less things you own – the less to tidy.
• Pegs for coats & a box or rack for shoes – don’t let them dump them on the floor as soon as they take them off.
• Door mat – this stops people walking mud through the house after you’ve just mopped your floors.
• Get a big basket for teddies, you never realise how many you have and they can’t all be played with at the same time.
• Laundry basket – so you can stop the washing piling up in the corner of the bedroom.
• Write a to do list – this helps me so much, I literally write lists for everything.
This book is amazing, and is written by Tanitha Carey – this lovely lady is an award winning journalist and author, who writes for a variety of publications including the daily telegraph, the guardian, and the daily mail. She has written eight books and regularly appears on TV and radio to help address the most pressing issues for today’s modern parents. She lives with her husband and two daughters in London.
This book is absoloutely jammed packed with “mum hacks” listed in all different categories, whether that be saving yourself time in the kitchen, tidying away toys, morning mayhem, easier ways to encourage good behaviour, travelling hacks, housework hacks, or even just looking after yourself. Whatever age your children are, this book is for you.
You can buy this book here.
Thanks for reading,
*disclaimer – I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own, as always.
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