Need a shortcut?

What parent would say no to some tips on cutting corners? Here’s some friendly advice on how we get through a busy day of parenthood:

“I want it all – and I would like it delivered” – Bette Midler

• Online grocery shopping really can shave hours off your day. Supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s offer time slots for you to choose at your convenience. And yes, the same offers in-store are also available online!
• Amazon Prime offers free next day delivery on everything from nappy cream to garden furniture – but they don’t stop there. There’s also the added bonus of thousands of free films and shows for both you and your children to enjoy.
• If you’re like me, clothes shopping can take a lot of time and effort, which is hard to come by when you have children. Nowadays, pretty much every clothes shop has an online option and an easy returns policy. This gives you the option to browse their range from the comfort of your sofa and no nasty changing-room lighting!

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

• Preparation is key to a stress free day. Make sure jobs such as making the packed lunches and laying out the kids’ (and your) outfits for the next day are done the night before. This will save time during the busy morning rush.
• Smoothies are a great on-the-go breakfast which can be prepared in the evening and kept fresh in the fridge until morning. Here’s a BBC Food recipe for a tried, tested and approved by us, breakfast smoothie.
• Slow cookers are great for anyone with a busy schedule. If you know you won’t have time to prepare dinner, chuck a bunch of ingredients in there in the morning and it will be ready and waiting for you when you get home. We love Jamie Olivier’s beef bourguignon recipe, but there are tonnes of recipe books to help you with ideas – including desserts too!

These are just a few of our day-to-day shortcuts, we’d love to hear your ideas!


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