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13 Mom Cheats That We Are Not At All Embarrassed About

05/01/2014 10:07 am ET | Updated Jun 09, 2015

The cooking, cleaning and general hullabaloo that comes with parenthood is intense, and our hats go off to all the people who make that possible -- both moms and dads.

But when it comes to making difficult things just slightly easier, moms have that crafty je ne sais quoi that can't be paralleled. No matter if you have one kid or nineteen, being a mom is tough stuff, and finding tricks to making it slightly smoother can make all the difference. Below are 13 mom life hacks that you should never be embarrassed about, brought to you in partnership with Stouffer's.

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  • Shove pre-bought cupcakes into ice cream cones to serve at birthday parties. No one will be mad about it.
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  • Never underestimate the power of the humble scissor. From chicken to bread, kitchen shears can be much easier and more time effective than knives.
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  • Bathe your baby in a big laundry basket (the plastic kind with slots). That way, the little one won’t hit her head AND she can’t squirm away!
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  • WARNING. This one is kind of gross: Many moms swear by putting ground coffee on vomit. This will dehydrate the mess, making it easy to sweep up. Not to mention it will smell significantly better.
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  • Use chalk to get out grease stains. Just rub a little on the stain and throw the clothes into the laundry pile.
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  • Use store-bought rotisserie chicken for any recipes that call for pre-baked chicken.
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  • Get family-sized bottles of kid-friendly shampoo, soap and conditioner. No need for tons of fancy bottles in the shower!
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  • Instead of individually cleaning small toys, just throw them in a mesh laundry bag and toss them in the machine.
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  • Put the tools in the garage to good use. Attach a sponge to the end of a cordless drill and use it to scrub the tub or tile in the kitchen!
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  • If your child wears footless onesies to bed put them on backwards, with the zipper at the back instead of the front, for easy nighttime diaper changes!
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  • Make a one-pot brunch. Use the waffle iron for eggs, hashbrowns AND waffles.
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  • Feeding a gaggle? Make french toast in a crock pot or in a casserole dish.
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  • Wear latex gloves in the kitchen so you don’t need to wash your hands every time you switch between tasks.

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