WFMW – TV Shows for Picky Eaters

I have a couple of really picky eaters. And I don’t mean won’t-eat-veggies-unless-they-are-hidden-in-sauce picky. Reallllly picky.

We do make them try new things, but it has been an uphill battle until recently. So how does watching TV play into all this? Let me backtrack.

We have a rule during the school year that only educational shows may be watched during school time. 

We have an hour-long lunch break, so they can watch something after lunch. I deemed cooking/food shows as educational, and they are fun for the whole family!

Back to the picky eaters – I noticed that the more shows we watched, the more interested they were in trying new food combinations.

My picky eaters still have a limited menu, but they now both like salad and even hunt for the spinach in it. A year ago I would not have believed you if you had told me that they would willingly eat a salad!

Here are some of our favorite shows:

So if you are sitting there thinking, “There is no way my kid will ever eat a salad”, don’t give up hope . . . just turn on the TV!  HaHa

{Be sure to screen any new shows before allowing your child to watch. There are some unsavory ones out there.}

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WFMW – RePurposing Old Binders

I hate to throw anything away if it can be re-purposed into something useful!

I recently cleaned out all of our old school stuff and found some binders that were cute, but had tears along the spine.

We decided to cut both of the covers off and use them as writing boards (kind of like a clipboard, but with a pocket instead of a clip).

That left us with the rings on the spine, which is way too useful-looking to throw away. 😉

I think it could be hung on the wall with a 3M command strip. You could hang necklaces on the rings, or any type of cards on an index ring (chore cards, flash cards. etc.).

Re-using cute stuff works for me!

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WFMW – Theme Night Menu Plan

The traditional weekly menu plan is not my friend. I’ve tried to make the relationship work, but I just don’t like to be told what I am going to eat and when I am going to eat it.

I need some sort of organization though, or I get in a food rut. Last week was one of those ruts, so I called a family meeting and we brainstormed some meal ideas.

You are all familiar with the Day of the Week menu themes: Mexican Monday, Italian Tuesday, etc. My hubby decided to use that idea to plan a master menu with the results of our brainstorming session.

All I have to do is look at the list and choose a meal for the day that matches the ingredients I have on hand. Organized chaos – that’s how I roll! 😀

Here is the list we made, in case you need some fresh ideas:

~Mexican Monday~

  • Burritos
  • Nachos
  • Quesadillas
  • Tacos
  • Enchiladas
  • Taquitos
  • Fajitas
  • Carne Asada
  • Taco Salad
  • Carnitas
  • Salsa Verde Beef

~Italian Tuesday~

  • Spaghetti
  • Lasagna
  • Baked Ziti
  • Pesto Pasta
  • Skilletini
  • Spinach Alfredo Lasagna
  • Ravioli
  • Tortellini
  • Chicken Parmesan

~Whatever Wednesday~

  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Meatloaf
  • Fried Pork Chops
  • Chicken Spaghetti
  • Breakfast
  • Sub Sandwiches
  • Fish
  • Beef Stew
  • Fried Chicken
  • Stuffed Bell Peppers

~Grillin’ Thursday~

  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Sausage
  • Pork Chops
  • Steak

~Fun Friday~ (we watch a movie & eat junk food)

  • Pizza
  • Stromboli
  • Calzones
  • Sausage Balls
  • Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
  • Smokies
  • Rotel Cheese Dip w/sausage
  • Corn Dogs
  • Popcorn
  • Fried Pickles
  • Frito Pie

What meals would you add to my list?

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WFMW – Summer Science Box

I got this idea from Thrifty Decorating and it was a hit!!

I printed the experiments onto cardstock, along with the box rules, and put them on a ring. The cards stay inside a storage baggie when in use. The tools are in a smaller tub, which sits inside of a large a tub that holds all of the experiment ingredients.

Leave me a comment if you would like me to email you my experiment card file.

Box Contents:

  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • dish soap
  • coffee filters
  • baggies
  • straws
  • string
  • clear plastic punch cups
  • plastic spoons
  • bag of misc junk
  • magnets
  • tongs
  • funnels
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • droppers

Box Rules:

  • Put newspaper or plastic tablecloth on the table.
  • Keep instruction cards in the baggie at all times.
  • Read all directions before starting
  • Wash & dry items completely when finished.
  • Put tools in the correct tubs.
  • Do not use items in tubs for anything but experiments.
  • Any arguing will get you banned from the box for 2 days.

Experiments I used:

I plan on adding more experiments as the summer goes on.

Happy Experimenting!!

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WFMW – Swagbucks + Groupon

I was poking around the Swagbucks site this morning, trying to find a quick way to earn some Amazon gift cards, when I made an exciting discovery:

You can earn Swagbucks when making a purchase on Groupon or Eversave. And I’m not talking just a couple of Swagbucks – it’s anywhere from 115 to 400!!

~WordPress.com does not approve of me linking to Swagbucks for some reason LOL. You can copy & paste either of these links to get there, or just Google it!

  • http://www.swagbucks.com
  • http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/Amystuff

Here’s how to find the deals:

  • Sign up for Swagbucks if you haven’t already (30 points for new sign-ups)
  • Go to Special Offers in the left-hand column
  • Click on Local Deals under the TrialPay tab

~You can get a $3 credit on your first purchase with Eversave and earn $10 credit there and on Groupon when you refer a friend.~

Do you have any tips for using these sites?

{Not familiar with these sites? Swagbucks lets you earn points through their search engine that can be redeemed for prizes and gift cards. Groupon and Eversave offer daily deals from local businesses. I have used all three of these with great success!}

Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great tips!

(This post contains my referral links for Swagbucks, Groupon and Eversave.)

WFMW – T.H.I.N.K. before you Speak

Are your words . . .

T – True?

H – Helpful?

I – Inspiring?

N – Necessary?

K – Kind?

T.H.I.N.K. before you speak!

                        

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WFMW – Easter Baskets for a Large Family

Our Easter celebrations have very little to do with the Easter Bunny these days, but my kids still enjoy getting a basket full of goodies.

I realized several years ago, when we only had 4 littles, that I could not keep up with the expense & sheer quantity of little junky trinkets that went along with filling traditional baskets.

I decided to switch to one family basket instead. I think our first one was in a wicker laundry basket.

The beauty of this is that I can fill the basket with larger items for the entire group. I usually try to stick with things that can be played with outside. This year I snagged this deal for only $2!!

Each child gets a chocolate cross, then I add a few other candies and maybe a book & craft from our local Christian bookstore.

I can fill a large basket for under $25 and my kiddos love it. That is less than $5 per child, which wouldn’t go very far in an individual basket.

My favorite thing about changing to one basket is that it emphasizes something very important to our family –> that we share with each other and enjoy life together!

May your Easter be filled with the power of the Resurrection!!

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wfmw – low carb pasta

My husband went Low Carb several years ago and I had to make some big adjustments to our menu. We enjoyed all of the healthy changes except one … PASTA.

All of the low carb pastas we tried were terrible! They looked and tasted like cardboard and the texture was all wrong.

I ended up just cooking it for him while the rest of us ate regular pasta.

One day I came across an ad in a magazine for Dreamfields Pasta. They were making some crazy claim that we wouldn’t be able to tell that their pasta was low carb.

I was skeptical, but bought a box the next time I went to the store.

THEY WERE RIGHT!

It tastes the same and we have been eating it weekly ever since.

You can see how it all works HERE

I buy mine at Kroger, Albertsons and Super Target. You can find a list of stores HERE or order online.

It does cost a little more (around $2 a box), but I use coupons from the paper and from the Dreamfields newsletter.

I am giving away a set of FIVE $1 COUPONS!!

Leave a comment to enter the giveaway. If I get more than 20 comments, I will give away a second set of FIVE $1 COUPONS!

I will choose the winner(s) on Tuesday, April 12th.

{ Since this sounds like a commercial… :-)I am not affiliated with Dreamfields and was not asked to write this post. Just sharing a product that REALLY works for me! I received the coupons as a member of the Dreamfields Taste & Tell Team. }

While you are here, enter my Yoplait Yogurt Fitness Prize Pack! (ends Friday)

See tons of great tips at We Are That Family.

WFMW- 40 Bags in 40 Days

 

I love this idea of 40 Bags in 40 Days from Clover Lane.

During the 40 days of Lent, get rid of all the STUFF that clutters my life.

Little by little … one area a day.

I keep saying that it all needs to go. I want to simplify and concentrate on what matters.

But I just never get around to it.

So what is going to be different this time?

I am committing this project to God.

Something not to be taken lightly.

Giving it up because He gave it all for me.

Do you want to join in?

Here’s A Round Tuit to get you started  : )

This post is part of Works For Me Wednesday.

Choosing Gratitude

Little did I know when I recently started two different book studies that they would go hand in hand! Why am I always amazed that God works that way?

I’ve always considered myself a cup-half-full, bright side of life gal. I had no idea that I have SO much to learn about gratitude.

Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abounding as the grace that has flowed into your life? Undeniable guilt, plus undeserved grace, should equal unbridled gratitude

{Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss}

OUCH!!!

It is easy to be generically thankful for all that God has given us, but does that translate over into our everyday lives? Are our words and actions a blessing or a hindrance?

These two books have made me realize that I have GOT TO slow down and take the time to recognize all of the blessings in my life.

And take the time to acknowledge those blessings and say Thank You.

I need to take my eyes off myself and start looking outward. My life is full of Joy and I need to let that overflow into the lives of others.

I would LOVE your help in brainstorming some ways to show Gratitude and Joy!

Here are a few to get us started:

~ Participate in Ann’s 1000 Gifts List every Monday by posting on your blog, or use her printable Gratitude Calendar.

~ Nancy shares some great resources on her site:

~ Email a blogger who encourages you regularly and let her know what an impact her words have had.

~ Drop a Thinking of You note in the mail every few days. Allow God to show you just the right person to send it to that day.

~ Deliver a little treat to the neighbors. Attach a note with an encouraging scripture on it.

~ Pay careful attention to the words coming out of your mouth. Try to not complain – even about the weather.

~ Be generous with your praise. It’s not like you are going to run out!

Please leave a comment with your ideas and let’s get busy showing Gratitude!