After the big mess with Lady Bug and her attempting to plant a garden in her bedroom on her carpet, I decided that I wanted to help her accomplish her goal of having flowers in her room in a much neater way. This afternoon I stopped off at Target and found some of the cutest little flower pots in the dollar section. I got a few pots with sunflowers and also a few daisies. They are only about 1.5″ to 2″ and I think they will look cute on her windowsill.
Whether or not these flowers will grow is really beyond me. I’m just hoping that it satisfies her desire for growing things in her room without making a huge mess.I also got a cute pink shelf liner that I plan to place underneath all of the little pots on the windowsill so soil doesn’t get everywhere. I’m sure she is going to love them, especially since I also grabbed a pack of pony stickers for her to use to decorate all of the pots.
Lady Bug is getting bigger and is always wanting to help out around the house. I’ve decided to designate a few things for her to do around the house that she will always be responsible for. Currently, she always asks to help set the table. I get the items she’ll need out of the cabinets and set them on the counter and she puts them in the appropriate places on the table. She also helps clear the table off when we are done eating.
Another chore that I’m working with her on is emptying the bathroom trash cans. The one in the kitchen is a little too big for her so we are starting with the smaller one. Right now they are the size of a grocery bag so she can handle them with ease. They need to be emptied every couple of days. In addition to the bathroom trash, she also wipes off the bathroom counters at the end of the night after we brush our teeth with a paper towel and then every other day with a disinfecting wipe. She is always supervised when using the wipes.
We are keeping track of the household chores she does with a sticker chart. She’s really excited about cleaning and helping around the house.
Last night I was watching a do-it-yourself show on the television. The guy on the show was showing you how to make a really neat padded storage ottoman. I love items that you can use to decorate with but also have a purpose like organizing. This ottoman was made with a plastic file crate, plywood, some batting and the fabric of your choice. It looked very easy to put together.
I would love to make a few of these to use in Lady Bug’s room. She can use the extra storage space for some of her board games. Because she is small they could double as seats. I bet she would want to fill them with her toys and call them her treasure boxes.
After getting Lady Bug a new furniture and bedding set for her room it just wouldn’t be complete without new paint. I spent the weekend with my neighbor painting and decorating Lady Bug’s room. We emptied the whole room out and put everything in my living room. I laid tarps down to prevent and messes on the carpet. My neighbor worked on taping off baseboards and outlets.
We chose a nice lavender to go along all of the bottom half of the walls. We then painted the top half a medium shade of princess pink. Because Lady Bug’s new theme is Princess Pony I got some wallpaper boarders with both characters. I cut them into sections and alternated them around the room along the paint seem in the middle of the walls. We painted all of the baseboards and window trim white to match the new furniture.
It took us most of the day to do the paint. We let it dry over night. Lady Bug slept in my room on Saturday because I didn’t want her to breathe in all of the fumes from the paint. On Sunday we applied the wallpaper boarders. Once that was set we brought back in the furniture and made the bed. Everything was perfect! Lady Bug had a HUGE smile on her face when she saw her completed room. It feels good to make my little girl happy.
Ladybug and I had a great Christmas. Now it’s time to clean up and organize all of the new toys she got for Christmas. I had planned on having her go through all of her toys before Christmas and choosing which toys she still played with and which toys she’d like to donate but we didn’t get the chance. So that’s what we did today, a toy purge to make room for new toys.
I helped Ladybug as we sifted through all of her toys and threw away broken toys and put toys that were perfectly fine but didn’t play with anymore in a big bag. We’ve been doing this every year. I don’t want her to be spoiled and I want her to understand that other people are not as fortunate as we are. She gladly donates her toys every year and before her birthday as well. Another great reason to do this is to avoid extra clutter. When something new comes into the house, something old must go out.
It took us a little over and hour and a half to go through everything and put all of her new toys away in their new places. We ended up tossing out a small bag of toys and had a nice big bag of toys to donate. Her room is nice and tidy again and every toy has a place to be. I fell great now that it’s done and am really going to work hard to make sure we do this before Christmas next year.