Keeping your car clean and organized is quite challenging, especially if you have a messy little one riding in the back seat. But with these cleaning hacks, it’s not impossible.

1. Cup holders usually don’t have room for cups because of all the crumbs, loose change and junk. A good fix is to insert a cupcake liner. Cupcake liners are very affordable. Silicone liners can be washed and reused and regular liners can be tossed.

2. Keep a laundry basket in the trunk. While you are shopping, place all your groceries in the basket, which will eliminate spills and make it easier to take the groceries in the house. You can take multiple bags of groceries in the house at once while your car stays clean.

3. Keep a small trash can in the car, especially during long road trips. Line a cereal container with a grocery shopping bag, and toss when full or while at a rest stop. Put a few extra bags at the bottom of the cereal box so you’re always prepared to clean up a mess.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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