Tuesday Tips and Tricks #3 Sock Duty

I have a two and half year old little boy. He loves to be into anything I am doing. I mean anything. If I am in the kitchen cooking dinner, he wants to be in there with me tinkering with something in the kitchen. If I’m in the bathroom, he’s sitting on my stool digging through the drawers of my vanity.

He has a really fun play room filled with toys and yet he’d rather be with me wherever I’m at. Look at this thing! Wouldn’t you rather be playing in here than cleaning house? He just doesn’t know what he’s missing out on.

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m feeling the love, but sometimes I need to get things done that won’t turn around and get destroyed a minute later by my adventurous toddler.

{Cue the laundry pile I’m working on folding}

mountain of laundry

I know you’ve all been there. As quickly as you’re getting the clothes folded, your toddler is unfolding them just as fast. It can get pretty challenging to get a load of clothes knocked out. Like. Ever.

Last time I did a load, my son was wanting to help. So I put him on sock duty.

Sock duty?” you say. “What exactly is sock duty?”

I am so glad you asked. This is what I do. I match a pair of socks in the living room and I send my son off to put them away.  He runs off to his appointed task and I have about 1 minute 42 seconds before he returns shouting, “I did it mommy! I put the socks away!”

I congratulate him and send him off with another pair. “Put these in mommy’s drawer,” I will say. And again, he bounds off with socks in hand to accomplish his task.

At this rate I am able to accomplish my folding a little faster than with my toddler underfoot.  And! None of the clothes were dismantled in the process!

Now. I know what your thinking. My child doesn’t know where my socks go. My child wouldn’t put them in the right drawer. Neither does my little boy most of the time. But from where I’m standing, I would rather reorganize the socks than re-fold the same load of laundry 10.2 billion times {slightly exaggerated}.

putting socks away

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you. I’d love to hear how you get things done with little ones underfoot.

Life is Beautiful!

Patty

Tuesday Tips and Tricks #2 Cutting Raw Chicken

I like chicken.

I HATE raw chicken,

I despise handling raw chicken. My husband usually separates it for me and if I can get away with not having to cut the chicken before I prepare a meal I try. But sometimes it’s unavoidable. The recipe calls for cubed chicken not whole tenders.

And then my hands have to touch the chicken. Yuck. Not fun. Sure, I could use gloves but they make things awkward and can get pretty expensive. So the last time I had to cut chicken, the light bulb came on.

What if…

What if I grabbed a knife AND a fork and cut the chicken like I could cut a prepared steak? The fork keeps the meat in place and the knife can work its magic and I don’t have to touch the meat at all!

cutting chicken without touching it!

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As I write this, I’m thinking this is so simple. Such a no brainer but I’ve been cooking regularly since we got married over 5 years ago and NEVER thought to do this and I haven’t seen anyone else do it when observing others cutting chicken.

Hope this helps you out. It has revolutionized my life. Well, that may be a bit dramatic but it has definitely helped me in the kitchen.

What about you? What tricks do you use to help keep your hands free from the less than savory parts of cooking? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Tuesday Tips and Tricks #1 Why Give Tips and Tackle Toddler Bed Head

There’s a saying: “Necessity is the mother of all inventions”. I see this played out often when someone creates a product, publishes a book or a YouTube video goes viral. I often think to myself, “Now why didn’t I think of that!?” Most creations come about because of a need or someone taking what they believed to be common sense knowledge and putting it out there for others to see and ultimately benefit from their idea.

I have ideas all the time. I call them my theories. For example, I had a theory that about saving money using grocery reciepts. You know how they always say, “You saved $23.02 today!” What if you actually put back that money you ‘saved’  into an account that you didn’t touch? Over time, you could do something pretty awesome with that money! I’ll write about this one day but my husband  and I actually did this our first year of marriage and it paid for our vacation to Islands of Adventure in Florida.

So without further ado, here is my first of hopefully many simple tricks that I’ve learned to make my life easier and they just might make yours a little more manageable as well.

I have a two year old with thick blonde hair. Most days he wakes up and his hair looks alright. And often I can convince him to run a comb through it when it gets a bit crazy. But some days…

Bed Head
Bed Head

Now if you have a toddler, you know that some days your kid just isn’t on the same page as you. “Comb my hair? No way. I’m too busy having fun.”

But you’re about to head out the door and people will see this hot mess. What do you do? The toddler tears start and the comb is not getting anywhere near it. So do you:

  • put your child in a head lock,
  • give up and let him go wild
  • OR…Try a baby wipe.

When my temperamental child is not digging a brush, I grab a baby wipe and run it through his hair. It calms the ‘do’ down and no tears.

So. Give it a try. Let me know how it works for you. I’d love to hear your feedback and your tips for tackling the crazy hair.