Getting through the week can be rough. Here are some daily hacks to help us moms get by in Acadiana.
Most moms have at least one day of the week that entail toting around tots to extracurricular activities. Monday is that day for me. We wake up at 6:00am, and I know we won’t be home until 8:00pm. That makes for an especially long day and no one likes to be hangry, so the hack I’ll share with you is derived from the Girl Scouts themselves “Always be Prepared.” I don’t meal prep except for Mondays, and by meal prep I mean I always make sure that in the trunk goes my coffee, my lunch, and two on-the-go dinners (along with the dance bag – please do NOT forget the dance bag). This doesn’t have to be hard; it just has to be mobile. Make a pit stop over the weekend to Clean Juice and Good Eats Kitchen and pick up a few delish meals and juices and call it a day.
Treat Yo-self Tuesday. Because Mondays are typically rough. Let Tuesday be you-day. Try to make an extra effort to spend a little “me time.” Whether it’s 10 extra minutes alone in the bathroom to use that special bath bomb you’ve been saving or heading through New Orleans Original Daiquiri’s for a 2 for 1 Tuesday special, I’m not judging. Hack your way through Tuesday for YOU!
Leave. Home. Early. This will be THE day of the week in the greater Lafayette area that everyone is on the road. Wednesdays are by far the days that I experience the heaviest traffic and hear about the most accidents on the radio, never mind all the construction hurdles to boot. Do yourself a favor and set your alarm 10-15 minutes earlier on Wednesdays, and I’ll let you thank me later.
Mark the calendar and make the list. The weekend is coming up and everything always seems to happen at once. Take a few minutes every Thursday to revisit your monthly calendar and make sure you haven’t double booked the birthday party with a trip to Moncus Park or Art Walk. Have a list going of items you need for that school project and any special grocery items needed for the weekend. (see Friday / Saturday)
If you are in the downtown Lafayette area around 12-1 pm, hit up Bach Lunch for some end of the week yummies and good for the soul music. See the Spring schedule here. When the day is done, pick up the kids, head home, and relax. You’ve had a long week of work, dance classes, traffic, etc. and there’s no need to over do it. Stay in on Friday nights and recharge. If you are anything like me, you can’t hang like you used to. I like to keep Fridays low key with a board game night with friends or watching a family movie on the couch with my hubby and our girls. Friday’s hack = rest for the weekend, you’ll need it momma!
Schedule your Wal-Mart Pickup or Shipt delivery. I can’t tell you how much of a time saver these services are! If you haven’t tried either, now is the time. For Wal-Mart pickup, I simply add items to my cart Friday night and schedule a pickup for Saturday during nap time. You don’t even have to get out of the car. More of a last minute lady? Shipt will deliver your Target or Rouses goodies to your door in a matter of hours! *Open mouth emoji face* <- but really … how amazing! Not having to wander the aisles on Saturdays will free up more time to do the fun weekend activities you have planned, and not grabbing those random items in the checkout lane that your children beg you for will free up your pocket book too.
Start early and don’t stress about timelines. Lafayette has many churches with services at almost every morning hour.
Pack the toys. You know you will get to church, find the perfect pew, kneel to pray and all hell will break loose (pun intended). Pack a small bag of appropriate quiet church toys and books. My favorites are:
- Mini magna doodle pad I found in the dollar Target section
- With the little attached stylus, it replaces the need for crayons or markers which would reek havoc on sacred ground.
- Large wooden bead rosary
- Helps young children begin developing the association with the rosary and prayer, and the multicolored beads are great for color recognition practice.
- “God Made Me” picture book
- I purchased my copy from Acadian Religious.
Also note that there will be few locally owned establishments opened on Sundays. There are a handful of really great brunch options, but Sunday’s may be the day you opt to cook that big family meal at home.