Getting Organized

At the beginning of last year, my husband and I got on the Marie Kondo train and haven’t stopped organizing ever since! Like, literally, I always have things to organize, or am throwing things out that don’t “spark joy.” It makes me feel happy to see things have a permanent place. I was never a messy person growing up, but I was also never super neat and organized either. Now, I love having organization and want to teach our girls to be organized because right now, they’re absolutely NOT! 😒

So, at the beginning of this year, I began delegating tasks to them. With the craziness that has been 2020, we would just tell them constantly, “pick up the toys, throw your trash away, do this, do that.” It started getting irritating and frustrating having to repeat ourselves. Well, I have finally decided to create a chore chart, with daily and weekly tasks for them to get done. Surprisingly, they are super eager to get them done!

We are not fans of giving them an allowance for doing said chores, only because we want them to understand that we all contribute to the tasks of the house without an incentive. We decided to only give them money when they do something extra, like clearing out trash from the car.

Below, I have attached a pdf link for you to download for free, if you’d like. You can print it and make it your own. I put them in a clear page protector, so we can change out the weekly chores, date and for them to check off so that they can feel that sense of accomplishment. I also have left one more daily chore line blank to adjust weekly, which will also serve as their one extra chore to make money from.

Since their daily chores are the same, I’ve delegated alternate days for them to complete the same tasks.

Here is the pdf for you to download and print or gather inspiration from!

Hidden veggie pancakes

When I first started giving Ava food, I would make her veggies, and she loved them. The only ones that she gave me the hardest time with, were carrots, but eventually she’d eat them right up! Around the 10 month mark, however, she started rejecting her veggies! It made me so sad. Now that she’s 13 months, the struggle has been real haha I’ve tried so many tricks, I feel like I’ve tried them all. One day she loves mashed potatoes, the next she’ll only eat a few bites. Anyway, pancakes are her favorite and she’ll eat them every time! So, without further ado, here’s a recipe I found on Pinterest: http://www.mamasaywhat.com/carrot-zucchini-pancakes/

I was a bit hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure I wanted to give my daughter something I didn’t really want to eat, but then I thought, why not? I did do somethings a little different, I didn’t have zucchini, so I used yellow squash and instead of 2 eggs, I only used one. I tried this recipe last week, and didn’t want to share it until I knew it worked, the first time, Ava didn’t want them (it’s like she knew that there was carrot and squash)! I tried again, and she loved them!! So here is my slightly altered version that I DID try and they are YUMMY!

  • 1 carrot, peeled & finely grated
  • 1 small yellow squash or if you have zucchini then by all means use that if you want, finely grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (I prefer whole milk, but 1% or 2% will work)
  • 2 cups Bisquick Heart Smart pancake mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Cook them as you would normal pancakes and serve how you like. I use coconut butter on mine and Ava eats hers plain since they are slightly sweet with the sugar I like to add. Hope you and/or your picky eater enjoy!