Monday “Mom Tip”

I know the rest of the world is thinking about Halloween, but since we don’t celebrate it, we skip to Thanksgiving & Christmas.  And this year the Christmas bug has come early.  It’s more like a Christmas bulldozer!  So for those who are in the same boat, I think you’re gonna love this week’s Mom Tip.  It’s a little different, but awesome nonetheless.  Here it is:  Host a Swap Party!  This year some girlfriends of mine & I have come up with a great 92119622d6684218c853edf254bb6727idea:  a Christmas decoration swap party!  We’ll book a room at a local Deep Roots (they have conference rooms you can reserve with wi-fi, a huge table & a laptop that displays to a big screen HD tv!) unload all of our unused, gently used or tired of looking at decorations from years past and swap them with other households.  Not only that, but we can pull up Pinterest and get some ideas on what to do with our new treasures.  Maybe we’ll even find ways to give new life to the old ones!  Check out my Pinterest boards here.  Don’t be alarmed, it’s under my business name.  Didn’t know I’m also The Jewelry Lady?  Yeah, I’m full of surprises!  I hope you enjoyed this week’s tip.  Come back next week for more!

XO,

Tonya

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Monday “Mom Tip”

I’m a Math teacher.  Yeah, I know some of you just cringed, but I’m a good one, I promise!  I sprinkle definitions & formulas & equations with magical common sense dust and make them all make sense.  Ok enough about all that (the math reference will make sense in a sec), on to the tip!  The other day I was cleaning up after dinner and went to the cabinet.  Once again I found myself facing “The Dilemma”.  Where the heck was the top to my container?  Yeah, I know they’ve come up with containers that’ll only match their lids or collapse or whatever, but I’m not ditching my sets for some newfangled product.  I like what I’ve got.  So the tip (and the logic behind the math reference) is this:

Sharpie + containers = sanity!

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Yep!  I took black permanent markers and labeled my containers!  I labeled them so the top and the corresponding bottom have the same number.  The only bad part is that you have to match them up to get it right.  I labeled my tops and bottoms numerically (you can use letters if you prefer).  So now, when I go hunting for a set, I’ll just look for lid #1 and container #1.  Pretty cool, huh?

Have you found some neat way to sort, store or organize your containers?  Please share!  And thanks for reading this Monday’s “Mom Tip”!

Take care!

Tonya

PS- here’s my Pinterest board with more organization & storage ideas.  Enjoy!

Photo credit:  http://www.organizewithsandy.com/tag/messy-cabinets/

Monday “Mom Tip”

Let them help!

mom daughter mixing bowl eggsI used to be one of those moms who would do everything & not allow the children to help.  I think it was my need for the perfectly clean house.  I quickly got over that when it became a tidal wave of never-ending chores!  So what did I do?  I let him help!  Yeah, he was only 2, but he could fold wash cloths like nobody’s business!!  So from there I got creative and worked out a chore list.  He could hand me laundry to put in the washer, help me pull clothes out of the dryer & unload groceries into the bottom fridge shelf & lower shelves of cabinets.  And for you who believe in cleaning baseboards, put a knee sock on that little hand and watch them wipe them down like the wind!  Concerned about cleaners?  Don’t be!  Vinegar & water can clean a ton of your house without harmful fumes or chemicals.

Try it out.  You’ll be spending time with your child, teaching them pride in a job well done, instilling family values of taking care of your home and each other & teaching valuable life skills.  (Not to mention you’ll tire them out for a good nap and decrease your chore load!)

Until next time!

Tonya

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Monday “Mom Tip”

happyGot little ones?  Respect their height situation!  They can’t reach everything we can & we don’t always want them reaching what they can reach.  Try reorganizing your kitchen storage areas.  Set aside a lower cabinet just for them.  Put their favorite cups, plates, bowls, utensils, dry snacks, napkins and roll of paper towels in their reach.  If that’s not an option, consider a small bookshelf at the end of the counter.

Cleaning out the lowest shelf in the fridge (or on the door) will help them reachkitchen items for themselves. If they’re not strong enough to open the fridge, try a mini cooler or insulated bag with kid friendly ice packs strategically placed within their reach.    It’ll cut down on the “Mom rat race” of retrieving items they need but can’t reach & also keep little feet out of your fridge.  Yup, that’s how they keep reaching the juice.  You’re not crazy.  Well, maybe a little.  You’ve got kids, right? 😉

Until next time!

Tonya

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