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Health & Fitness
"A food journal helps me say no to snacks after considering how many calories they have... and I'm ten pounds lighter because of it."
 --Mom from Tullahoma, TN

"I ride my bike to our town's pool while my husband drives our two girls. I love the chance to get some exercise-and I don't mind missing out on my tired, cranky kids during the car ride home!"
 --Parenting staffer

"To stay hydrated, I always leave a full glass of water on my kitchen counter. Then, anytime I walk by it, I remember to take a few sips."
 --Mom from Stockton, CA

"I get a little exercise during the day by keeping hand weights under my desk and doing biceps curls while I'm on the phone. (A cordless headphone set helps!)"
 --Mom from Franklin, MA

"I buy a family-size package of ground beef, brown all of it, and freeze it in separate bags. Then I just defrost one to make spaghetti, chili, or skillet meals in no time."
 --Mom from Littleton, CO

"To get some exercise when it's cold out, I go for a long walk around the mall with my four-year-old daughter. It helps me stay in shape, plus I get my shopping done."
 --Mom from Jacksonville, FL

"When I can't sleep, I pick a category, such as names of flowers, and start going through the alphabet: aster, buttercup, carnation. I'm asleep in no time!"
 --Parenting staffer

"I hold my twenty-month-old son in my arms for added resistance while doing squats. He loves cuddling-and I get a tougher workout!"
 --Mom from Carlsbad, CA

"To eat healthfully, I have the same lunch as my two-year-old, only a larger portion. If she has a sandwich with whole-grain bread and carrots, so do I. Now I'm fifteen pounds lighter."
 --Mom from Phillipsburg, NJ

"I work from home. To avoid the temptations in my kitchen, I keep healthy snacks at my desk and prepare lunch the night before so I can just grab it from the fridge."
 --Mom from Pittsburgh

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Work & Family

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"I use a stylish beach bag as my work tote: It's lightweight, inexpensive, roomy, and I don't worry about getting it dirty. Plus, it reminds me of summer."
 --Mom from Clifton, NJ

"In order to stay awake to do work during my train commute, I bring a little bag of baby carrots. The act of munching on them keeps me from nodding off!"
 --Parenting staffer

"A foolproof hiding spot for the kids' holiday presents: my office. I get my shopping done at lunchtime, or I buy from catalogs and have the gifts sent to work."
 --Mom from Pasadena, CA

"It was hard sending my baby to daycare for the first time, and I was worried about missing out on any special moments he might have. So I put a disposable camera in the diaper bag for the provider to capture them on film."
 --Mom from Lincoln, NE

"As practice before my maternity leave ended, I left my baby with my mom for a few hours at a time for several days until, gradually, we spent a full day apart."
 --Mom from Palisades Park, NJ

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Relationships

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"I write letters to my kids, telling them about themselves-their first steps, how they're changing, the silly things they do. When they're adults. I'll give them their box of letters from Mom."
 --Mom from Amelia, OH

"To wind down and reconnect after a long day, at dinner my husband and I pretend we're at an elegant restaurant. We put on classical music and light candles. Our two-year-old loves it, too!"
 --Mom from Dallas

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Time for You

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"When I have some time to myself, I play with the animals at the local shelter. All they need is a little affection, and sometimes so do I!"
 --Mom from Dothan, AL

"After I take a shower, I use my blow-dryer to defog the mirror. It clears it up right away so I don't have to wait to start doing my hair or makeup."
 --Mom from Bethesda, MD

"When I can't sleep, I use a relaxation trick I learned in childbirth class: I tense up and then relax my muscles from my feet on up. I'm asleep before I get to my shoulders."
 --Mom from East Liverpool, OH

"To wind down and reconnect after a long day, at dinner my husband and I pretend we're at an elegant restaurant. We put on classical music and light candles. Our two-year-old loves it, too!"
 --Mom from Dallas

"On weekends, my husband and I take turns getting up with the kids. He sleeps in on Saturdays, and then I get Sundays off. If the kids wake me up, I lock myself in the bathroom for 'me' time."
 --Mom from Davidsville, PA

"Whenever I return something, I put the credit on a gift card. Then I use the card to splurge on me, and I don't have to feel guilty!"
 --Mom from Huachuca City, AZ

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Timesavers

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"I keep a stash of pretty blank cards in a drawer, so I don't have to race to the card shop when I realize a friend's birthday is coming up!"
 --Mom from Southold, NY

"I pick up my mail on my way out of the house, so while I'm waiting at the drive-through, I can toss what I don't need."
 --Mom from Orlando

"For little emergencies when I'm doing errands with my kids, I keep a container in the car with wet wipes, acetaminophen, and bandages."
 -- Mom from Arnold, MD

"I plan my doctor's visits for the first appointment of the day or the first one after my doctor returns from lunch. That way I'm not stuck in the waiting room for hours."
 --Mom from Homer, LA

"I hang a calendar in each of my boys' rooms so I can record funny or special things they do. Committing to one little square a day is less daunting than keeping up a journal!"
 --Mom from Indianapolis

"Instead of packing the diaper bag right before we head out the door, I restock it twice a week so it's always ready to grab and go."
 --Mom from Gaithersburg, MD

"To keep my home neat without dragging toys around, I keep a basket in each room for them. This way my toddler is close to me wherever I'm doing chores. Plus, I can pick up any mess quickly."
 --Mom from Charlotte, NC

"After work on Fridays, I want to finish a week's worth of chores and be with my kids. So I bought them toy vacuums and brooms, and we have 'cleanup time' for an hour."
 --Mom from New York City

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