I've been trying to organize my girl's room forEVER! The cute patterned organizational boxes I've seen are so pricey though. I happened to have a few shoe boxes laying around so I turned them into suh-weeeet boxes for the girl's barbies, dress up jewelry and pony collection.
All you will need is cool patterned duct tape, a shoe box, diaper box or any other cardboard box you have on hand and a pair of scissors.
Cutting a slit in the tape before you press it down will help it lay flat.
The finished top! (Contrasting colors work amazingly!)
I think its very important to instill a good work ethic in our kids when they are young. My littles (2) and (4) help out around the house and they have since they could walk. I've found several good little chores for thier age.
1. Unload dishes. My toddler unloads the silverware, its a good matching game for her and promotes eye-hand coordination. My preschooler takes all the dishes out and puts them in the cabinets or on the counter if she can't reach.
2. Wash dishes. Fill the sink up with soap and water, kids will have fun playing in the bubbles.
3. Dust. Put socks on the thier hands and let them go at it.
4. Organize shoes. We have shoe rack by our door and I have the girls match the shoes up and put them neatly on the rack.
5. Set the table. Simple enough.
6. Clear table.
7. Water plants outside. Boys love to water plants with squirt guns!
7. Clean baseboards with wet rag.
8. Clean spots off the floor.
9. Fold laundry. My girls fold thier clothes and washcloths, because they are smaller and easier to handle.
10. Sort laundry. You can turn this into a color matching game.
11. If you have kid sized cleaning tools like a broom or mop, use them!
12. Fill an empty spray bottle with vinager and water. Kids can spray cabinets, walls, doors, floors and then wipe them down. The vinager deodorizes and is safe for almost every surface. It's also nontoxic and won't hurt thier skin.
Don't forget to praise your kiddos and make a big deal over what a great job they are doing!
I have to rave about this smoothie recipe I got from marathon mom (see link). My 4 year old is very picky when it comes to veges and refuses to eat most of them. This recipe is great because you sneak the spinach in there and they never know! Today I replaced my lunch with this smoothie and the girls had some of it for "dessert". Super Smoothie Recipe
To help me power through this busy week, I made this recipe I found on pinterest for Energy Balls. It's pretty healthy and packed with protein. They taste pretty good too! I doubled the original recipe (teenagers and Marines eat a lot!) and spread mine out into bars instead of balls.
Wow! Its been a busy, busy week and its not even over yet! Doctor appointments, orthopedic appointment, MRI's, work, school and everyday life with two little ones and a teenager. My two year old is in that stage where she thinks everything is hers to play with. She is into everything! Fingernail polish, sharpies, the fridge...you name it she's gotten into it. Needless to say there is never ending amounts of cleaning to be done. And I've gone through more Mr. Clean Magic Erasers than I can count. It's such a big help when Mr. B does activites with the girls. I came home from work last night to my fridge looking like this
So cute! The girls were so excited to show me thier creations this morning.
Ok I have to admit, I've been slightly obsessed with lace lately. Its a hot trend right now showing up on the runways and and in top designers work. I just think lace is so classy and elegant. Pair my love of lace with my love of stilettos, and lace heels just make me feel all warm and fuzzy. I went looking for a pair to buy and came across several I liked.
Black lace heels from one of my favorite designers Christian Louboutin. These go for around $800.
Dolce & Gabbana heels for $595.
Jimmy Choo heels for $900.
Obviously not in my price range haha! Undaunted, I knew I could find an affordable pair. So I went looking on ebay and found a pair by Pleaser. Guess how much I paid? $9!!! Score!! (of course I did snipe them at the last minute hehe!)
Black lace heels are very versatile. They are dressy enough for black tie events, and casual enough to wear with jeans.
So I used to buy Hamburger Helper quite often. It was a quick, easy meal the hubs could make while I was working or at my night class. The past few years we have been trying to eat more healthy, and stay away from preservatives and additives. Have you ever read the ingredient list on a box of Hamburger Helper? Wow! Its packed with sodium, preservatives and additives. Yuck! Taking inspiration from several similar recipes, I came up with my own healthy version of Hamburger Helper. It is easy to put together and refridgerate, so all Mr. Browning has to do is pop it in the oven.
1 box of elbow macaroni
1lb. ground beef
Half an onion
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1/2 tbsp salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
1. Brown the ground beef. Chop the onion and add to the beef. (My onions are a bit big, our onion hater was over at his girlfriend's so I was rather liberal with them.) Drain.
2. Boil macaroni. Don't overcook, make sure they are a little firm. I also like to add a splash of olive oil to my boiling noodles to keep them from sticking. Drain.
3. Add tomato sauce, water and spices to beef mixture. Let simmer for 10 minutes or so.
4. Add macaroni to to beef mixture. You may want to use only 3/4 of the noodles, a whole box makes quite a lot! Stir together and then pour into cassarole dish.
5. Grate cheese over the top and cover with foil.
6. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Take foil off and cook another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!
Serenity got a gardening kit from her Grandma Bede for her birthday last year. We planted the seeds on her birthday this year. We are now getting at least one grape tomato a day. There is usually some arguing amongst the girls as to who gets the tomato that day. Haley will eat hers right away, while Serenity prefers to name her tomato and talk to it for a while. Of course Haley usually manages to gobble it down when Serenity is not looking lol!
The day we first planted the seeds.
After sitting in tiny pots on our window sill we transferred them to larger pots on our porch. We put two seedlings in each pot.