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.
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. If you have any ideas about what she can do please feel free to comment below.
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.
Today I found the cutest variety of area rugs for Lady Bug’s bedroom. There were not only rugs for little girls but also for little boys. They had an assortment of popular character rugs and adorable patterns and designs that would look lovely in and children’s room. With Lady Bug’s room being filled with princesses and ponies I went with one of the non character designs.
The rug I chose is a big circle about five feet in diameter. It is pink and purple and has stars and sparkles woven all through it. I think it will even fit her decor as she grows older unlike one of the character rugs. It’s nice to have a few pieces that you don’t have to change out every time you decorate a room again.
April Fools’ practical jokes to do at home are always loads of fun. Here are a two that you can do around your house.
1. Short sheet: For this prank you are basically making it difficult to get into bed. Here’s what you do. Sneak into the bedroom of the person you want to pull the prank on. Take off the comforter and pillows of the bed. Next, pull the top sheet off. Now, take the top sheet and tuck it into the head end of the bed instead of the foot. Then, fold the end back up towards the top of the bed so it looks like it would if the bed was made normally. Replace all of the pillows and the comforter. When the unsuspecting person tries to climb into bed the short sheet will prevent them from gliding in all of the way.
2. April showers: If your kitchen has a hand sprayer nozzle at the sink this is a really easy prank. All you need is a rubber band. Take the rubber band and fasten it around the handle. This will make it so the handle stays in spray mode. Make sure you point the sprayer facing out and direct it up. The next person to use the sink will get a nice shower and a face full of water.