Stephanie Howley often blogs about balancing career and family on her Westchester-based blog, Get It Done Mommy. Here, she shares tips a working Westchester mom can’t live without. Her first bit of advice: “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it,” she writes. And now, introducing Stephanie Howley.
I work in the city full-time, live in lower Westchester and am raising three little boys ages 6, 3 and 21 months. The everyday stress of trying to meet the demands of my job while giving my family the love and attention they deserve is a constant struggle for me, as it is for many working moms.
Through trial and error I have found some things that have really made an impact in allowing me to balance both worlds successfully. Here are just a few fun tips I have found along the way to help me keep my sanity:
Commit Yourself to Your Crockpot
Nearly all of us have a crockpot, but how often do you use it? As a working mom, your crockpot is your best bet for getting a healthy, delish dinner on the table. I’ve tested out numerous recipes on my website, but I swear by the Slow Cooker Revolution cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen. Two of my favorite kid-approved slow cooker recipes include: Garden Vegetable Sauce and Basic Oatmeal.
Keep an Emergency Gift Stash
I work in a fairly large office and in my role I interact with almost everyone. Someone is always having a life milestone (babies, weddings, etc.), which require a little token. One of my favorite Westchester secrets is the Milano Series Sample Sale. Milano Series is a design and manufacturing firm and once a year they host their annual sale where they sell wholesale-priced tote bags, gorgeous frames, travel accessories and more. I stock up and have an emergency gift shelf ready with co-worker presents, hostess gifts, teacher gifts and
whatever else gets thrown at me! One less thing to worry about! The sale this year will be held November 6th from 12-6PM, November 7th from 10-6PM and November 11th from 10-6PM. Visit Milano Series for location and contact information.
Order Everything Else Off Amazon Prime
Sometimes we need to get out, and I love me some Target every now and again. But sometimes you just need one little thing; that birthday gift for your kid’s classmate, wipes for baby, laundry detergent, crayons, canned pumpkin for Saturday pancakes, pantyhose. Really anything that you need, but just don’t have the time (or interest!) to run out and get. What’s the answer? I welcome you to Amazon Prime.
Prime is an annual membership program for $79 a year that offers customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on 15 million items including books, home and garden products, electronics, video games, clothing, and much more. They offer a free 30-Day Free Trial. The best part is I have found the prices are often times more competitive than in stores. You’re welcome.
Get Help With a Play Date
Another Westchester specific tip I love is KidzArt of Hudson Valley. They provide art education programs for all ages. What’s extra cool about KidzArt? I love when I find something that comes to me (Starbucks, please pick up your cue!). Kidzart can send their instructors to your home to host parties (for kids and adults), but how about doing something extra special at your next group play date? Let them do the work, the kids will have a fun and you can mix and mingle to get to know the other parents.
What’s your tip?