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11 Life-Saving Hacks For Every Busy Mom

A mother's time is precious! So don't waste a second of it, and gear up for your busy day with the real fruits, real nuts, and wholesome multigrains of Quaker® Real Medleys® Oatmeal+.

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1. Help them get their chores done faster!

All busy moms know: incentives work.
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All busy moms know: incentives work.

2. Pack individual outfits in sealable plastic bags when going on trips.

Whether you're preparing for a sleepover or a family trip, packing each outfit individually will keep you from forgetting anything. And they'll get dressed faster too!
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Whether you're preparing for a sleepover or a family trip, packing each outfit individually will keep you from forgetting anything. And they'll get dressed faster too!

3. The dollar store is your friend.

Kids get antsy during long waits. Buy cheap little toys from the dollar store and wrap them individually for kids to open at regular intervals! You’ll have the peace and quiet you need.
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Kids get antsy during long waits. Buy cheap little toys from the dollar store and wrap them individually for kids to open at regular intervals! You’ll have the peace and quiet you need.

4. Keep track of your kids in the parking lot.

Each child gets their own magnet on the side of the car that they have to keep their hands on at all times. You'll be reassured that your kids aren't running around a parking lot while you try to load up the car.
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Each child gets their own magnet on the side of the car that they have to keep their hands on at all times. You'll be reassured that your kids aren't running around a parking lot while you try to load up the car.

5. No more squabbling over food -- get playful with sprinkles!

Add sprinkles to a healthy smoothie so your kids drink it up with no fuss!
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Add sprinkles to a healthy smoothie so your kids drink it up with no fuss!

6. Use a shower caddy when eating in the car.

No more messes. No more fighting over food. Everyone gets their own caddy!
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No more messes. No more fighting over food. Everyone gets their own caddy!

7. Old shampoo bottles will help you fill water balloons faster!

We've all been there. Water balloons are the ultimate summertime suck. But not anymore!
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We've all been there. Water balloons are the ultimate summertime suck. But not anymore!

8. Teach them how to hold their pencil with a simple rubber band.

This neat trick will help stabilize your child's pencil, so they'll get the hang of it much quicker!
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This neat trick will help stabilize your child's pencil, so they'll get the hang of it much quicker!

9. Prepare your meals ahead of time with mason jar meals.

Chop up your ingredients on Sunday night and store each meal in a large mason jar. Your weeknight dinners will practically make themselves!
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Chop up your ingredients on Sunday night and store each meal in a large mason jar. Your weeknight dinners will practically make themselves!

10. Sort laundry faster with this neat labeling trick.

One dot for your first child. Two dots for the second one. You'll be tearing through that laundry!
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One dot for your first child. Two dots for the second one. You'll be tearing through that laundry!

11. Get them to bed quicker with Monster Spray!

A few quick sprays under the bed will get rid of those pesky monsters. Bedtime will go quicker and, let's face it, it'll be much more adorable!
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A few quick sprays under the bed will get rid of those pesky monsters. Bedtime will go quicker and, let's face it, it'll be much more adorable!

Being a mom is hard work, but Quaker® Real Medleys® Oatmeal+ is there to help fuel your morning and make it a little bit easier!