Busy Moms: How Do You Get All.The.Things Done?

I haven’t worked outside the home in eight years.  However, my husband likes to remind me that with all of the responsibilities on my plate right now (homeschooling, having two kids with high-functioning autism who are enrolled in ABA 25 hours a week, driving 1.5 hours a day to the ABA center, and working part-time from home) I have the equivalent of a full-time job.

So, busy moms, please, please share your time saving tips.

I’ve been driving to the ABA center for a little less than two weeks, and I am already a little frustrated that so many things are starting to slide.

Frustrated but So Grateful!

But first, I want to acknowledge that I am so, so, so grateful that our insurance pays for ABA therapy.  Our kids really needed it, and I am so excited to see how ABA can help them grow and develop.  We’ve already seen improvements in the short time child one has been going (8 weeks) and child two (1.5 weeks), so I can’t wait to see what things look like after six or 12 months.

My husband and I knew that going to ABA would be a time sacrifice for our family, but we’re more than willing to take it on because we know that there is so much potential for improvement in our kids.  We also know that this isn’t a sprint but a long-distance race.  We’re likely looking at our kids receiving ABA therapy for several years.

What I Need Help From You With

I know, like a puzzle, that after I get used to this new lifestyle, we’ll find ways to make things work.  I just need strategies.  There are several areas that I’m struggling with:

Keeping the House Clean

Please realize that I am NOT a clean freak, but our house has received almost no attention in the last 10 days.  I’m able to keep up with laundry (sort of, I do a load every day).  My husband and I can mostly keep up with dishes, but everything else?  Yep, just a trashed house.

Keeping Up with The Blog

I really enjoy blogging, but it takes a back seat when I’m this busy.  I need to find a way to still have time to blog.

Grocery Shopping

When I do have time at home on the weekend, I don’t want to drive around town grocery shopping.  This week, I tried to avoid that by shopping while I’m waiting while the kids have ABA.  So far, that seems to help.  I’ll continue to refine this technique.

What I Am Keeping Up With

Having said that, there are some strategies I’m already employing:

Preparing Healthy Foods

Because we have food intolerances, I have to continue to cook.  No drive thru or store-bought freezer meals for us.  I’ve been using the slow cooker a lot.  However, I can’t do that forever because my kids and husband grow tired of slow cooker meals.  I should be able to use the slow cooker about twice a week without complaints from the family.

I think one thing I need to do is have a freezer cooking session every month or so.

I should also look into batch cooking for the week on the weekend.  My kids don’t want sandwiches in their lunches every day (which is actually good for me because gluten free bread is so expensive!), so I should make some things for their lunches ahead of time.

My Freelance Work

I’ve been able to spend a few hours at the library every weekend and squeeze in some work in the evening and the early morning, so I am able to keep up with my freelance work.

Homeschooling

It’s strange to not finish homeschooling until 5:30 at night, but we are able to get in the schooling we need to do by working at different hours than we’re used to.

I would love, love suggestions that you have for how you manage your busy mom life.  🙂  Also, if you have any favorite YouTubers who talk about this, I’d be happy for those suggestions, too!

Laughing Giraffe Organics Review

Our family is always looking for good quality snack food.  While I can find some locally in grocery stores, I also order online, but that can be tricky with the Arizona heat.  I recently found a new company that makes yummy snacks, Laughing Giraffe Organics.  Best of all, their delivery service includes an ice pack to keep the products cool.

About Laughing Giraffe Organics

Laughing Giraffe Organics was created and is owned by Phil and Kathy Gilmour, a retired couple who started the business out of their desire to find healthy food.  Two of their daughters have now joined them in the business with one serving as CEO and the other serving as Vice President of Sales.

All Laughing Giraffe Organics items are organic, non-GMO, gluten free and nutritionally dense.  They are prepared in a facility that is soy, wheat, dairy, and peanut free.  The facility does use walnuts, pecans, almonds, and other tree nuts.

They sell their snack foods on their website (buy $50 worth of products and receive free shipping, a t-shirt, and a bag), but they also sell them online at Amazon, Thrive Market, VitaCost, and Whole Foods.

In addition, they donate 5% of all sales from their website to different animal protection charities.

What We Sampled

The items that we received for review are all certified USDA Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and Non-GMO Project Verified.  They are also vegan and unsulfured.

The three items we received for review are:

  • Kick’n Pineapple
  • Kick’n Mango
  • Chocolate Snakaroons

The Kick’n Pineapple is comprised of organic dried pineapple, organic sweet potato syrup, organic sweet potato powder, organic coconut sugar, organic ground cinnamon, organic ground ginger, organic ground cloves, and himalayan pink salt.

I loved this one!  It did not just taste like dried pineapple; it had a depth of flavor.  It was sweet, but not overly sweet.  The sweet potatoes give it a unique sweetness, which I loved.  I also enjoyed the chewy texture.

The Kick’n Mango has organic dried mango, organic coconut oil, organic coconut sugar, organic lime juice powder, organic dried jalapeno.

This one was more savory and has a slightly sour taste because of the lime.  My husband, who loves spicy things, could definitely taste the jalapeno.

The Chocolate Snakaroons, which are also raw, have organic unsweetened coconut, organic agave syrup, organic cacao liquor, organic coconut syrup, organic vanilla extract (gluten-free), himalayan pink salt.

These chocolate delights have a coconut taste, but they’re not too sweet, there is just a hint of sweetness, My family found it to be the perfect snack because it’s not too sweet, but is good to give you energy.  PB & J Girl especially loved these and ate two or three every day.

In addition to Chocolate Snakaroons, there are many other flavors available:

  • Lemon Snakaroons,
  • Salted Caramel Snakaroons,
  • Vanilla Snakaroons,
  • Banana Snakaroons,
  • Goji Maca Snakaroons,
  • Aztec Chocolate Snakaroons, and
  • Coffee Bean Snakaroons

If you’re looking for a healthy snack to meet a variety of dietary needs, consider Laughing Giraffe Organics.  Since getting the items for review, I’ve since seen the products at Sprout’s and bought myself the Vanilla Snakaroons, which I really enjoyed.  Those were a pure coconut delight.  We can’t wait to try more.

NOTE: I received these items for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was given.

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