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The past few years I’ve realized I’ve started a few unintentional routines. But then I realized those routines actually make my life easier and more efficient! And I’m all about that easy life with two kids, one on the way, and running two businesses from home!
A few of these might be like “duh Liz, I’ve been doing that for years” ideas, but hopefully a few of them will be new to you and help you out!
Fill up your tank
Ever running late and realize you’re low on gas? It’s the worst, right?!? I always fill up my tank at Phillips 66 on Mondays after school drop off. I don’t always have an empty tank, but this way I’m starting my week off with a full tank no matter what!
I’ve talked about Phillips 66 Mobile Pay at the Pump before and I probably won’t ever stop because I love it so much! Download the My Phillips 66 app and you can easily pay at the pump and in-store to help limit contact with surfaces. And you can save can save 10 cents per gallon* when you use the Phillips 66 app for Mobile Pay!
*Legal disclaimer: 10 cents off per gallon (up to 30 gallons) per fill-up at participating Phillips 66 locations through 3/31/2021.
Use your assistant to set reminders
Do you ever remember things at the most awkward times, like when you’re driving? I use my phone assistant to set reminders all the time! You can even set them for specific times or when you arrive at certain places!
I like to create a meal plan for the week. This way I don’t have to think about what to cook every day and it makes grocery shopping easier! But I also always allow for flexibility and have a few pizzas ready in the freezer in case something comes up at the last minute.
Make a massive amount of snacks
Prep lunchboxes and snacks
Every night I get out lunchboxes for the next day so I can quickly make lunches in the morning. I know lots of people make them the night before, but right now the morning works best for me. I also prep school snacks ahead of time! Jude gets two snacks every day and they have to be individually packaged. I make an entire weeks worth of snacks each weekend so he can grab two for his backpack every day!
Create a sanitizer station in the car
We have a little basket in the car filled with hand sanitizer and extra face masks for all of us! This way if we have to quickly run in somewhere we are prepared!
Be ready for a picnic at a moments notice
Add a picnic blanket to your car for impromptu picnics! This is great when you are out running errands and decide to pick up lunch for everyone.
I messaged a few of my favorite moms for some more ideas and here is some of the genius they shared with me!
When cooking meals double the recipe and then immediately freeze half to pull out on a busy weeknight.
When returning online orders do package pick up with the post office to save a trip!
Use grocery pick up for two reasons, less time and then you don’t accidentally find three extra boxes of cookies in your cart.
Make a big pot of soup on Sunday and then you have lunch all week!
Make a batch of oatmeal at the beginning of the week for easy breakfasts on school mornings.
Subscribe for automatic shipments of your favorite things so you never run out or accidentally forget it at the store.
Set reminders on Alexa to remind of you recurring events like trash day or to return your library books.
Toss a lemon and a cup of ice in your garbage disposal to freshen up your kitchen.
Spray shoes with weather protector so they are easier to clean and last longer.
Make a calendar for the kids so they know what’s going on for the week. Add things like tests, practices, and anything fun!
Add recurring events to your phone calendar with alerts so you don’t forget.
Create a “backpack checklist” to encourage independence in the morning before school.
Keep a sticky note with the correct medicine dosages on the inside of your medicine cabinet. No one wants to try to read a box at 2 am when someone doesn’t feel good!
Add smart plugs or lamps to your kids rooms that turn on in the morning automatically so they know when to wake up. Or use an Alexa!
Create visual chore charts for your kids. Rotate them each week to mix things up and make it interesting!