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Toys, Toys, and more Toys!

Posted by dawnlefler on July 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you have little ones, you may be able to relate....

How on EARTH do two little girls have so many toys??  Oh, wait; it's probably in part my fault!  I think I am over compensating for what I didn't have when I was a kid!  Not that I didn't have toys.  I had plenty of toys and games and puzzles, but there was always something that someone else had that I didn't have and I wanted it!  So, I guess that's how it starts!  Well, with so many toys comes the "Mommy, I can't find the_____ that goes with the _____!"  (fill in the blanks with whatever toys you like, I've heard them all!)  I respond with "Well, if you put your toys away where they belong you would know just where everything is."  (duh, right?) 

After several attempts to find Mr. Potato Head's glasses, the baby doll's bottle with orange juice (not the one with milk, oh heaven's no!), the baby triceratops (no, the other baby one, not that one)... you get the idea... I decided that I had enough!  So I am throwing out every single toy and now they must use their imaginations if they want to play!  OK, maybe not because now I am envisioning my kitchen cupboards constantly being emptied and running out of printer paper real fast!! That is not the solution I am looking for! 

Here's what we I did...  I bought a toy bin organizer and a few additional bins in different sizes.  

With my computer and printer I made labels for the bins with the words and the pictures for what is to be stored inside.  I adhered stuck the labels to the bins with clear packaging tape.  PERFECT!  Everything has a home!  And the girls have no problem knowing what goes where.

Now, when it comes to cleaning up after play dates or when more than just my kids are making the mess, I run into quite a bit of whining and complaining... "BUUUUUUT Mommy!  I didn't make the mess all by myself!"  To avoid a meltdown (by me), I have a giant rope bucket that I just have them put all the toys in and then we can sort them together.  It sure is a lot better than me ending up running all over the house picking things up and putting them away and I don't hear "Mommy!  I can't find....." nearly as often! 

Pickey Eaters

Posted by dawnlefler on July 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you have a little one who refuses to eat anything but pizza? If you really want your cherub to eat other things, don't give up. Keep trying to give 'em a little of what you are eating first, before even making something else. If your angel knows that there is a grilled cheese sitting right there, of course the peanut's not going to eat grilled chicken and broccoli! Eventually the bebe might just try it... Ranch or Ketchup always helps too! lol!

Here's another idea... if your munchkin will eat pizza, try making your own and let 'em help. You can get the ready made crust, or you can make your own (see my Pizza Crust recipe in the Miscellaneous section). You can get a low sodium sauce (if you want) or I've even used fat free ranch dressing as a pizza sauce when I make it with chicken. You can try different veggies... Chopped broccoli, peas, whatever tickles your fancy! I always buy the frozen bags that way I can take out just what I need. Try cutting up grilled chicken or using ground turkey. They also make a turkey pepperoni, but that is a little more expensive and less healthy. The key is having the tot help to make it. Show 'em all the ingredients and taste them while you are putting it together, show  how different things taste and feel and do not worry about a mess. If you are having fun cooking together and getting to taste different things as you go, your little one will probably be more interested in tasting the finished product too!