TP: Not just for your Butt (Put it on your Christmas list)

Think back to Christmas. Remember all that time, money, energy, gas, and more time you spent locating gifts, wrapping gifts, and then carefully placing those said gifts under the tree? Now remember how late you stayed up and how early your rose just to watch your little ones tear open those wrapped gifts? Remember how much time you spent trying to get those darn things out of the packaging? Seriously!?! Why do they make it so difficult to remove toys from the packaging? So after wrestling with the packaging for a half hour you then moved to the next obsticle, batteries. Of course you never have the right batteries on hand, who does? Thus begins the search for other toys and/or remotes with the same size batteries. Then…finally, done!

So your little one plays with the toys for roughly ten minutes and then where does their attention move? That’s right that darn packaging! Whether it is the cardboard box, plastic do-hicks (what are they called?), bubble wrap, etc. No matter how hard Fisher-Price, Mattel, Melissa & Doug, etc. try they can’t trump a child’s imagination. One such example, toilet paper wedding dresses….

 

The girls wanted to play bride but did not have their dress-ups at Nana’s house thus, toilet paper wedding dresses evolved.

So for Christmas this year I propose the following items be on your child’s Christmas list:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Cardboard box
  • Wrapping paper/tissue paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • What would you add?

Never underestimate the power of a Child’s imagination!

Can you relate to the Christmas morning mayhem? So what type of up-recycling, trash, packaging, etc. do your kiddos enjoy playing with?

Are you Chicken?

As our children grow there always seems to be 3 items that my hubby and I are struggling to keep in our house.  No matter how hard I try I can never seem to have enough toilet paper, bananas, and eggs. Seriously, it is like a thief enters our home at night and takes nothing but those 3 items.  What is the deal?

So, when it comes to toilet paper I suppose I have a better understanding since we have 2 challenged butt wipers in our home. They are our kindergartener and preschooler.  Don’t get me wrong, the problem isn’t that they can’t wipe their own butts properly; it is that they haven’t quite figured out how much toilet paper is enough and that you do not require half a role in order to properly clean your behind. They are learning, I realize this, and one day they will be able to differentiate a BM that requires 15 squares from one that only requires 10 squares. And yes, on that day I think we might just hold a graduation ceremony, they will graduate to superior wipers! We will be so proud and our savings account can finally exist!

The second item that quickly disappears in our house is bananas.  Don’t get me wrong I am happy that our children reach for the bananas when they want a snack but my hubby and I have not enjoyed a banana since 2004, and yes that was a Before Children (BC) year.  It has gotten to the point that if we ever want to have a banana again I will have to call my hubby as soon as I get home from the grocery store and have him rush home from work, right then and there! His co-workers will probably think he is rushing home for an afternoon delight.  He’ll be like, no; I just want to enjoy a freakin banana for once! (Yes, that just played through in my mind too and I agree it didn’t sound good but I am seriously talking about bananas).

The last item that leaves our home faster than it came in is eggs.  I usually purchase at least 2 dozen a week. Although, now that I think about it I guess I do use them a lot…

  • I usually make eggs for breakfast at least once a week
  • I make eggs for dinner once a week (add some green peppers, red onions, a few mushrooms and it is a meal).
  • I boil at least 6 eggs on Monday and use them for salads throughout the week (if you add an egg and some garbanzo or kidney beans protein has now been added to the salad).
  • I also boil eggs for egg salad sandwiches/wraps.
  • Lastly, I use eggs to cook and bake with as well, when recipes call for them.

So I guess it makes sense why we are constantly running to the store to get those 3 items.  However as a mom I am always looking for ways to make the days, errands, etc. more efficient. And while I don’t mind cleaning cloth diaper for our 20-month (she is 20 months today, where does the time go?) and cleaning the cat’s litter box, and our Labrador’s little gifts before the children go out to play in the backyard, I do draw the line at adult or big kid crap.  So, toilet cloths to wipe the butt are definitely out of the question.  And since the weather here in the mid-west isn’t conducive for banana trees I guess I will have to mark our calendar for 2028 when our youngest leaves for college. I will be crying all the way to the grocery store to purchase a bunch of bananas. I will, peel, bite, sob, chew, swallow, bite, sob, chew, swallow all the way home….that will be the day!

So I can’t fix the constant restocking of TP and bananas but I think I might have come up with a solution to the egg dilemma.  We become backyard chicken enthusiasts!

I came across californiahatchery.com and they offer the option of purchasing a small minimum order quantity of just 3 chickens, making it easy for anyone to purchase poultry. Where competitors require a larger minimum order and since we do live within the city limits (I am still looking into this, not sure if we can officially have chickens but my fingers are crossed) I am pretty sure we cannot have a whole slew of chickens clucking (or whatever chickens do) away in the backyard. They assure that the chickens will be safely delivered via USPS (for those of you who might be interested they deliver anywhere in the United States).

I browsed their website and think I have located the chickens I want.

Black Copper Maran Chicken, they are generally quiet and docile; but they are quite active, taking well to free ranging in rough terrain and are also tough and disease-resistant. They were originally bred in the marshy areas of France and can cope with damper conditions. Marans lay around 150 dark brown eggs each year. Marans are a historically dual-purpose bird, prized not only for their dark eggs but for their table qualities as well (there you go; if they piss off the neighbors too much we can just eat them).

 

But there are other Chickens for Sale too!

They state that all chicken orders will hatch and ship between April – July 2012. They will notify you of your hatch and shipping date after you place your order.

So who’s with me? Or, are you chicken?