I get a lot of emails from exhausted young parents asking for tips to make life run a little smoother. Oh tired parents, I feel your pain. One little trick that we've just started using in our home is the preschooler snack drawer.

Make a dedicated preschooler snack drawer for quick and easy meals

Some Boy and Sidekick have been waking up at 5am lately. Seriously. I just. Can't. Even. I mentioned awhile back that I've gotten into the habit of handing over a glass of milk first thing in the morning to make sure they get their calcium and vitamin D needs each day, and to buy myself a few more moments of peace while I scrounge up some coffee and get breakfast figured out. The preschooler snack drawer makes that whole situation EVEN easier.

Make a dedicated preschooler snack drawer for quick and easy meals

We've been working with CA Milk, which got me thinking about clever ways to include milk in our boys' diet. I went ahead and cleared out a drawer in the refrigerator and explained to them that that their morning snacks will be waiting for them in the preschooler snack drawer. They can totally help themselves and give me a little time to finish feeding the baby.

Or I may spend a few more precious moments clinging to that awesome dream I was having, tightly gripping my pillow and imagining that it's a massage bed at a day spa. Whatever.

Make a dedicated preschooler snack drawer for quick and easy meals

Their preschooler snack drawer is filled with berries, muffins, cups full of cereal…

Make a dedicated preschooler snack drawer for quick and easy meals

…and sippy cups full of milk!

Make a dedicated preschooler snack drawer for quick and easy meals

Since I'm absolutely a night person (and decidedly NOT a morning person) I can take a little time in the evenings to restock their preschooler snack drawer. So when they come bounding in before the sun comes up, everything is ready to go.

We've also been working with the Netflix Stream Team, so sometimes when I'm REALLY prepared I even have Sesame Street cued up and ready to go.

Milk, anyone?