Friday, August 26, 2011

Top Time Savers for Busy Families

We are pleased to have our guest poster Jessi today. Jessi is from PartSelect, the complete online resource for the do-it-yourself repair market and distributor of Refrigerator Parts. She brings some smart time savers to CEOmum. I love the pillow case trick. Which is your favorite?


If you’ve ever had one of those days where you’re late for everything and nothing goes as planned, well – we feel your pain. What’s worse, is that they always seem to happen when you have the busiest possible day ahead and not a second to breathe. Take heart – stuff like this doesn’t need to ruin your whole day. Read on for some great time saving tips that will help you handle life’s curveballs and even avoid them when you can.

Make Lists Your Friend

Lists are the busy Mom or Dad’s best friend. They help streamline tasks, categorize similar activities and can be a fun way to get the whole family involved. There are a few different ways you can use lists to your time-saving advantage.

Start categorizing your shopping lists. Do you need milk? File it under necessities. If you need light bulbs and batteries, they would be considered a household need.

Get the kids involved by creating a list of to-do’s just for them and stick it on the fridge. Make crossing things off a really positive experience by using stickers or allotting allowances based on completed tasks.

Create a family calendar and put it somewhere everyone has access to it. Include things that need to be done daily, weekly and monthly so that it’s clear what’s on the agenda. If you need to, write down who is responsible for what to ensure things get done properly.

Chalkboards or white boards can make lists really fun and super easy to update. They don’t cost very much so you can even keep one in each major room if you feel so inclined.

If and when you can, prioritize. Label what’s most important and what’s least important so that the necessary things get finished on time.

10 Second Tidy

Don’t wait until a problem arises or things are at their dirtiest before getting involved. Spend 5 minutes a day dealing with the little things that tend to add up over time.

Once a week set aside some time to clean bad food out of the fridge and wipe down the shelves
Designate a day of the week to each room of your house and spend 2 - 5 minutes tidying and/or dusting, windexing etc.

Rinse your dishes and put them right in the dishwasher instead of letting them pile up in the sink. A good rule of thumb is not to touch a dish twice, deal with it as soon as it’s dirty. There is an exception to this rule for stuck on dirt – don’t spend too much time trying to scrub it off, let it soak and come back to it later.

Create a lost and found! Instead of trying to track down the mate to a lonely sock or figure out whose missing a white t-shirt, pick a spot in your house for lost items and throw anything out of place in there.

If you’re looking for ideas, check out The House of Smiths for a great tutorial on how to create a laundry room wanted board.

Think Ahead

Trying to get out the door, plan for the day or whip up a meal when you’re tired or in a rush can be a big time struggle. Instead of putting yourself through the stress, plan ahead of time and keep your whole day running at a smooth pace.

If you have school aged children or typically bring lunch to work, think about lunches for the week early on and pack them the night before. Bentobox lunches are all the rage right now and a really cool take on the traditional meal.

Cook double portions of your favorite meals and freeze them. You can even try alternating weeks, cooking for one and eating precooked meals the next.

Pick one or two days a week to do your grocery shopping – Tuesday and Saturday work well for scattering it throughout the week.

If your morning will be busy, set out your clothing at night so it’s not something you have to think about when you wake up.


Some people can’t imagine living an unorganized life, others scoff at the thought of everything having a place. Whether you agree or not, knowing where things are can save a lot of time and frustration.

Avoid losing your keys in your home, even for a second by giving them a designated spot and putting them there all the time. Even if it’s just a tack on the wall, knowing where they are will give you peace of mind when you’re on the go.

Keep your linen closet crazy-free by using baskets to organize unsightly items. Sheets have a funny tendency of looking messy, no matter how they’re folded. Put each set inside of one of it’s pillow cases to keep things looking nice.

Use baskets in your fridge – it will free up space and make clean-up a lot easier.

Check out these before and after shots from blogger Apple’s With Honey.

There are lots of ways to save time during the day, these are just a few of our favs. Although some of them may seem like a lot of work at the start, once you’ve worked them into your daily routine they should take less than 10 minutes a day. We promise you’ll appreciate that extra effort the next time you wake up late and have the world’s busiest day ahead.

Monday, July 25, 2011

What Will They Think of Next

A 3d Printer! He used a wrench in this example. Can you begin to imagine other applications of this technology?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Freedom Rides

From Washington DC to New Orleans - not just any ordinary bus ride but a Freedom Ride to the Deep

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Visit NOW

Sorry for the command in my heading but for those visitors who are as passionate as I am about providing opportunities for our children to learn to read, is just fabulous.

Ok so what is Class Wish all about?

As its About US page says it's a nonprofit organization that allows for a positive change in children's lives by empowering those who care to provide them with the supplies they need to learn, grow and excel.

The notion of the wish is grounded in ClassWish encouraging parents and teachers to set out their educational needs for their school communities. This is the Wish List! Supporters then do what they can to assist these under-funded and school-supplies-poor schools. And it's tax deductible.

Students seeking a summer internship can work with Class Wish in NYC or virtually to promote the program.

ClassWishThey are seeking a wide range of skills namely: "graphic designers, videographers, writers, researchers, creative thinkers, analytical sorts, community organizers, social media stars, people with great communication skills, MBA students, and more."

Get involved by spreading the word, donating, searching for schools to find wish lists, bringing in other schools into the program.

So as I said before visit NOW!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Getting Personal

Have you ever been upbraided about getting too personal? Ever been told stick to the issues or avoid dealing with personalities? Well if you are in the midst of a heated discussion that's fine but when it comes to giving a birthday or graduation or some other gift, I love getting personal as you will note from my CEOmum store. The first gift I gave my husband was a pen with a wacky inscription. Only he and I understood the significance of that little message. :).

So when looking for gifts I like to look at promo items which I can jazz up with a little creativity. Have you ever seen those cute water bottles or have you ever travelled abroad and picked up a little something in the form of a travel mug which costs more than a little, but you buy anyway because it's Mexican or Costa Rican or simply foreign? Here's a secret, those promotional mugs could cost a lot less and say a lot more if your customized them yourself. And as much as I love foreign travel, I love to do so at a bargain.  So check them out for St. Patrick's Day or whatever occasion suits your mind.

Speaking of a bargain, have you heard of the latest software that is causing a buzz? It's Empowerkit. For those moms who having managed to leverage the work at home industry but who aren't that tech savvy, empowerkit software is an attractive option. It allows you to write content easily, integrate easily with social media, send out newletters and more. Oh and of course keeping with our getting personal theme. It is customizable. Sign up is free so check it out.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Study Abroad - Simply Beautiful

Can you imagine living in the tropics all of your life and taking this scene for granted?:

For some of us who grew up on a tropical island believe it or not this kind of scene is something we saw pretty much everyday.

Now imagine that person being the beneficiary of a scholarship to study abroad in more temperate climes. This is what they could see today when the Northeast United States was bathed in the glow of snow.

Both are beautiful and both should be experienced equally.

This reflects in pictures quite simply why living abroad is an experience that shouldn't be missed.

 Frenchman's Cove - AllPosters
Winter at Princeton - Sean Paul Ashley