3 Top Tips That Make Life a Little Easier
There are three things that immediately come to mind when I think of the things that I find help make my life a little easier. As a working Mom of two, the best tips for me are the ones that take a bit of the stress and rush out of each week. They’re not groundbreaking, but often the best tips are the simplest.
Get a Slow Cooker, Crock Pot or Pressure Cooker!
From my discussions with other Moms we seem to be divided into two camps – those who love the slow cooker or crock pot and those who swear by the pressure cooker. I’m not sure if it really matters which you choose. It is just wonderful to have something in the cupboard that can cook a meal while you do other things. I am in the slow cooker camp, purely because I relish in the fact that dinner is cooking while I am at work or running errands. The delicious smells that waft through the house and hit me the minute I walk in the door give me the most satisfying feeling.
Take a peek at one of my favorite easy meals – My Chicken Cacciatore Slow Cooker Recipe
For me, my shopping list is an app on my phone. I recently ran into a friend at the store who was also shopping using an app on her phone. I said, “How did we cope before we had mobile phones?” She quickly pointed out that we simply used a pen and paper!
Whether you use a pen and paper or a fancy app, having a list prevents you from returning to the store five times in a week – and that’s a good enough reason for me! If you jot down the things that run out during the week and take a quick stock take of the cupboards, it can save plenty of money, time and stress!
Getting the kids involved in the cooking whether it’s baking cupcakes, cookies or helping you prepare dinner is a perfect way to spend time together. As they get older, the recipes can get more complex and the kids slowly advance their skills. Once they reach about 8 years old, and there is time to spare, it’s a great idea to leave them to their own devices and just hover nearby to light the oven or help with measuring.
This little tip can be very rewarding down the track. My son is now 12 years old and can cooks a meal for our family once a week. He needs to start at 4pm but he loves serving up a meal that he has prepared all by himself, his sister gets dishes duty and I get the night off!
What three top tips in your daily life help take the stress and rush out of your week?