As a full time physician and mom, life can get a little complicated. Fun, but complicated. But there are some quick (and clever) mom hacks I have been collecting these last 16 months which have been helpful in keeping me sane, organized, and they keep the kiddo happy. It’s a win-win!
*I LOVE buying cute, pretty things. Take these awesome little polka dot storage boxes. I put them in the car, one in the front seat, and one in the back. I realized the front seat box for me is super important. I keep a pacifier, toys, books that I can easily slip back to her for when she inevitably starts crying. The one in the back has diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and a blanket. I scored these at TJ Maxx – if you know me, you know I love a good deal! These little storage boxes are cute at Amazon!
* Packing cubes are a LIFESAVER. They are so pretty and functional. At first I thought that they weren’t worth the money. But after just committing to trying them out from Amazon, I realized they are worth it. In one order, you get a few different sizes of packing cubes which is helpful for separating your child’s things. Its also more environmentally conscious as you’re not using plastic bags.
Check out these flamingo print ones too!
*Excite your kiddos by a trip to the Dollar Store or Target Dollar Area before leaving on the trip. They will be super excited to have new toys and it will keep them busy during their travels. Consider buying another toy for each child and surprise them with it when the whining starts.
*Pack A LOT of food. I love going to Trader Joe’s and stocking up on snacks like air dried broccoli and okra. My daughter also loves the veggie sticks and plantain chips.
*A first aid kit is incredibly important. Make sure you have an easily accessible kit and it should include:
- Topical steroid cream
* Prep ahead of time. When you have some down time (um, whats that?) then chop your veggies! Sometimes cooking seems like such a chore because of all the chopping/cutting and preparing. Its so much easier to just turn on your stove and dump (I mean pour) them into the pan.
* Tweak frozen meals. When I was sick and taking care of Divs, it was tough. I made a coconut curry from scratch and was kind of excited to have Divs try it. It was going to be both her dinner and lunch the next day. Well sure enough, she didn’t like it. I mean she’s so cute, you can’t be mad, but if I said I wasn’t annoyed, then I’d be lying. So, a good friend dragged me to Trader Joe’s and I bought some pre-made meals like frozen pasta and polenta. I added in some fresh veggies (that were already chopped!) and she loved it! It was so helpful to have the main meal made, and adding in fresh vegetables just makes it so much better. Win-win!
* Let your kid have fun! Give him/her a bowl of a small amount of water and watch them play like its the greatest thing in the world. Its adorable, makes for a super cute video to share with the family, and can kind of help you clean up!
*Take a breather. In a few years, your child is going to blame you for ruining their life (being a bit dramatic but you know where I’m going with this!) so try to thoroughly enjoy this time. And trust me, I know it can be hard to remember this when you are sleep deprived or just emotionally tired. But its all worth it, messy faces and cute hugs!
Another tip: don’t give yogurt unless you are looking for a major cleanup!
Do you have any tips? Share below!