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WFMW: I need help in the kitchen!

I have a few questions that I really, really hope some of you can help me with!

Kitchen Question Number 1: I would really like to get a toaster oven. I know nothing about toaster ovens, I just know I want one. What should I be looking for? Do you have one that you love?  What is your favorite thing to make in one?

Kitchen Question Number 2: What is the easiest way you’ve found to organize coupons?  I already use the electronic ones, but would like to use the ones I’m clipping from the newspapers too.  I just don’t know what to do with them once I’ve cut them out, other than to put them into useless piles.

Kitchen Question Number 3:  We entertain a lot in the summer.  Usually it’s an impromptu gathering for cocktails on the patio. Cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, and salsa and chips are the usual fare, and they’re getting a little old. Do you have a favorite summer snack you like to serve to guests?

Please share with me what Works For You, and afterwards hop on over to We Are THAT Family to offer your wisdom to dilemmas others are having. Thanks so much for your help!

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WFMW: Mini Flylady Control Journal

 

 

I’ve been following  Flylady’s system for almost 9 years now. It’s been great! Most of her ideas work really well around here. One that didn’t, though, was making a control journal out of a binder. It took up too much space if I left  it out on my counter or table. It looked like clutter. And using a binder was an invitation to me to toss rogue papers into it. More clutter. 

Enter my cute little control journal! I picked up a checkbook sized photo album and inserted notecards into the slots. Using Flylady’s control journal as a guideline, I was able to make a control journal the was just right for me. Check it out! 

 

A mini control journal works for me! Check out what’s working for others at We Are THAT Family!

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WFMW: Light It Up!

Don’t you love it when you go to light a candle in the bottom of a hurricane lamp and find the grill lighter is out of fuel? Yeah, me neither. In desperation, I discovered a great way to over come this problem: a spaghetti noodle. Simply light the end of an uncooked spaghetti noodle, and viola! let there be light.

That’s what works for me! Find out what’s working for others at Rocks In My Dryer.

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Toddler Crafts: ABCs

“A, B, C/as easy as 1, 2, 3″…except to a toddler who’s just learning her ABCs. We’ve been encouraging our future scholar that there’s more to books than the pictures, and it hasn’t always been easy.

We started making “letter wands” last month. Just one a week, and it seems to be a big hit with our little darling.  Letter wands are simply letters I cut out of fun foam, decorated by our toddler, and attached to a drinking straw with packing tape. Oh, sure. There’s a bit of “whacking the cat” with the wand, but she’s also using them in learning activities as well.

Letter Treasure Hunt: My daughter and I take her letter wand of the week to search for matching letters in books, magazines, and other items around the house.

Trace the Letter: Decorating the letter with different textures (one letter may have been decorated with markers, another with feathers, a third with fabric, etc.) encourages her to trace the shape of the letter with her fingers. Just be ready that your toddler may be more interested in “undecorating” the letter.

Singing the ABCs: As we sing the song, we encourage her to raise the appropriate letter wand.

So far, so good! It seems to be working for us. Check out We Are THAT Family  Rocks In My Dryer to see what’s working for other’s today.

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WFMW: Indoor Sandbox

It’s cold in my neck of the woods. Not only is it cold, but it’s dreary. We refer to the sun as “that strange glowing orb” when it bothers to show its self.

We’ve resorted to bringing the outdoors inside for our little tot. One thing she really misses this winter is playing in the sand.  I picked up a trick at her play group the other day that will satisfy her need for grit.

Pour an inch or two of white cornmeal in a plastic tub. Add in plastic spoons, empty plastic spice jars, small funnels, whatever else you have on hand. Place the whole thing on a sheet* that’s spread over a linoleum or tile floor, and viola! fun for your little sand bug. You can store the cornmeal in a Ziploc Baggie when play time is over. If the tub you’re using has a lid, so much the better! Just store the whole thing as is.

*The sheet isn’t just for easy clean up. Spilled cornmeal, like spilled flour, can cause the floor to become slippery.

That’s what works for us when we’re stuck in the house! Hop on over to We Are THAT Family for more tips and tricks from others.

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WFMW-Grocery Bag Holder

I love keeping a supply of plastic grocery bags on hand. They come in handy, don’t they? What I don’t love is devoting an entire drawer to them. My kitchen has limited storage space, so it’s really not an option. Enter the empty paper towel tube!

Yep, I stuff the grocery bags in a paper towel tube. Actually, I use an empty cling wrap tube–they’re sturdier. It doesn’t take up much space, and I can fit enough plastic bags in there to last me a few weeks.

And when I’m out and about? I use the paper towel tube’s little cousin, the empty toilet paper roll. I shove a few grocery bags in there, and toss it into my glove box or diaper bag.

That’s what works for me to keep my grocery bags in line! Hop on over to We Are THAT Family to see what’s working for other’s today.

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WFMW: Organizing Computer discs…

Once upon a time I had discs, dvds, cds, and the like in a nice, neat pile on our entertainment center. I think at one point there was about 80 of them. After watching my teen daughter flip through her little zippered cd case, I got my brilliant idea. I could some of those for the case-less cds, the box-less dvds, and the computer discs that I can never find when I want them.

For less than five dollars, I picked up enough of these cases at the dollar store to organize all the rogue cds, dvds and computer discs. Works for me!

Hop on over to We Are THAT Family for tips and tricks from around the web.

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