Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SAHM Hacks: Tips that Make the Job Easier!

This post is for my friend Christina who's juggling a 6 yr old, a newborn and grad school. Big round of applause for her, she's amazing! Life after having the babies isn't what we thought it would be like. I mean it's downright hectic between balancing your house chores, the kids, time with your man, and then your own personal development. I know my mom's generation would laugh saying "What personal development? Your priority is working and taking care of your home".  Fuck that. We're people too, we need to do things for ourselves and stay relevent. Our place is not just mom/provider for God sakes!

So I thought I'd post a few tips about what I do to lessen the load and make being a SAHM almost a  piece of cake!

  • I cheat on recipes...if I don't have it I don't use it..oh well. I substitute 1 ingredient for something else. Adding all kinds of stuff can make it seem like this is something new and innovative. Like I put really good thoughts into the meal preparation. Change is good right? lol
  • My husband thinks I spend more time in the kitchen than I really do: I get in there an hour before he get's home and put the entire full sink into the dishwasher and get dinner started. Ain't nobody got time to cook or wash dishes all day...
  • I keep the kids on a serious schedule they need to be in bed by 7:30pm-8:30pm, I don't care if you can't sleep at 7:30pm you're getting in bed and staying in there until you fall asleep, tonight mom needs to see her show, shave, and get laid. 
  • I have a "Fend for Yourself" night every so often, but absolutely not weekly {it's tempting to make it a weekly habit, lol}, where I'll have food for the kids, and we eat whatever we feel like/can find for dinner. Either leftovers, cereal, find something in the pantry. I reserve these days for days I can't be bothered to live up to the incredibly high standards of being wife/mom. 
  • Use Mccormick gourmet packets! It's quick,easy, and dynamic; use ingredients with packets interchangeably. After you follow instructions the 1st time you'll know what flavors it has. (Just because it says pork doesn't mean you HAVE to use to it with pork.) 

  • The luxury of crock pots, rice cookers, and BBQ grills. I stock up on pasta, sauce, rice, beans, onion/garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, fish and meat at all times so I can throw something together in my crockpot. If you don't use some of these fresh ingredients before it goes bad, throw it in the freezer! There's always a recipe I can pull up on www.allrecipes.com. I registered and keep recipes handy in the recipe box feature.
    Grilled Pork chops smothered in m Mushrooms and Onions w/ Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes & Salad (30 mins or less)
  • PUBLIX Rotissierre chicken! Omg...I love the lemon pepper/mojito flavored one. When I really don't wanna put forth the effort but want to have a good dinner, I ask my husband to pick up one of these on his way home with some romaine lettuce. It goes great with a salad, rice and beans, or steamed veggies.
  • Laundry: I abandon folding it if I am too busy. It's clean and sits in baskets in the laundry room. There are far more important things to do in life than folding laundry like my goddamn exercise. 
  • Get the kids involved! Every morning my oldest who's going to be 4 next week helps unpack the dishwasher, we're like an assembly line. The little one who's 17 months old even tries helping with the spoons and forks. I unpack the dishwasher in 5 mins, and they learn the value of helping with chores, which is tons of praise and the improved possibility of a sweet treat later on. They help clean up their mess too. Put away toys at the end of the day before dad gets home. Plates don't sit on the table at the end of a meal, they belong at the sink, when they take off dirty clothes for bath time you better believe they know that it goes in the hamper...This isn't slavery, it's basic life skills they need to learn. 
When all else fails...FB, shopping, and wine will do the trick to help you unwind!