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Making 30 minutes Count: Cleaning and Parenting Time Hacks

We have been very busy with school and work, which means that some things are getting lost in the shuffle, or we have less time to do the things that we usually do. Cleaning, organizing, and one-on-one parent kid time have been getting lost in the shuffle. So we recently decided to make sure that we take a few extra minutes each day to do these things. All we really need is a few minutes. If you have limited time but want a few easy ways to make sure things get done try these simple hacks.

Bathroom cleaning: We have been so busy this has been low on the list. When I do not have time for a deep clean I make sure that I do little things. After the kids hop out of the shower and bath I use a sponge and a little spray bottle of Dawn Dish Soap and water and give the shower a quick spray after the kids hop out an then wipe it down. This slows down the growth of water build up and soap scum.

Toilet cleaning: I always keep Clorox wipes in the kids bathroom. A few quick swipes after everyone goes to bed cleans any outside mess. I also keep a little bit of toilet cleaner in the toilet brush holder. So that the brush is always immersed in a little cleaner, then I just give the bowl a quick scrub and voila, less mess!

One-on-one Kid Time: We try to make sure we get a little one-on-one time with each kid, which can be hard. We recently started making sure that when one is in the tub, the other is getting their story time. This means one parent can do some organizing a quick clean up while the oldest showers. The other parent can do story time with the younger kid. While the younger kid gets his bath (now the parents switch) and the older kid gets story time.

All of these small little hacks have been helping us utilize small amounts of time in big ways. Now we are able to get a lot of things done in a small window, usually about 30 minutes each evening. It may not seem like much, but it can help make a huge difference.

DIY Solar System Glow-in-the-Dark Kit

Space is the ultimate frontier, and my kids are constantly asking me questions about this amazing thing that they think must only float above the sky in the dark of night. We have talked a lot about the Solar System recently and we have started to learn a bit more about the world around us. My kids love to learn and they love to do hands-on activities that give them real-world experiences.

They have been very inquisitive recently about the way that the Solar System works and where it goes during the day. My husband and I have decided that it was time to help them gain a better understanding so we purchased are going to purchase a fun DIY kit that will let them build their own Solar System. We found a set that is easy for kids under 7 to complete and we jumped on it.

This kit from Amazon allows for the kids to paint their own planets (it even has glow-in-the-dark paint) and hang it in their room. We will use the kit to experiment with flashlights so that the kids can see how the planets move and why things are not visible in the daylight. Since the planets are styrofoam and can hang we can mimic the movement of the sun and the planets with the flashlight.

The kit is very simple and very fun. It is sure to wow any kid, or adult, that has a fascination with the planets and space. Check it out now at Amazon.

Back-to-School Lunches

Children everywhere are back to school this month. That means parents everywhere are back to making lunches and arguing over homework. We may not be able to help with the homework, but we can help you come up with some new ideas that will make lunch-packing a little less stressful.

PBJ Burrito: My son loves PBJ. He even does a little song and dance about it when he opens his lunch every day. I love giving him what he wants, but I hate to give him the same thing every day. This option makes his lunch a little different, but it still supplies his favorite ingredients.

Homemade Lunchable: My daughter loves lunchables, but I hate buying them. This option allows me to place items in her lunch that are a little healthier, but still caters to the types of food she likes.

Mac n Cheese: Since I am gluten-free we do not consume Mac n Cheese much at home. By making a box and packing it in thermoses for my kids they can still enjoy their favorite without it interfering too much in my meals. It also packs easily and tastes good whether it is warm or cold.