Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Putting my Pins to Use

 
This week I finally put my "pins" into action! I saw these ideas on Pinterest this weekend and on Monday, I put them to use! Above: pre-packaged, individual healthy snacks! I have a saying I always say to myself in my head "HELP YOUR FUTURE SELF! YOU'RE FUTURE SELF WILL THANK YOU!" (For example, when I pack the lunches the night before, then in the morning I am SO thankful I do not have to scramble and put lunches together)! These pre-cut, pre-packaged snacks work for both lunches and after school snacks and so far (the past 24 hours) the new system has worked flawlessly and I continue to thank my past self for doing this!!
 So, this will (hopefully) be my new Monday morning routine  I typically do my grocery shopping on Monday morning, but I will shop with re-stocking our snack pile in mind now. Then when I come home, I will chop and pre-package the snacks for the rest of the week. Above: the Monday morning organizing and packaging! Not pictured: I did the same system for non-fridge items (individual packaged crackers, pretzels, etc).
grapes, carrorts, apples, string cheese, hummus, hard boil eggs, edamame, cantaloupe. 
I made more than what is seen here, but put the extra behind the box in the fridge so I can easily re-stock.  
I am personally loving this because it helps me to stick with my diet with more ease. Today for lunch I had turkey wrapped in the 50 calorie string cheese, a hard boiled egg and hummus. It took me thirty seconds to prepare which was perfect because I only had about thirty seconds to eat it before I had to run the kids off to an activity! 
Another reason for putting this idea into reality is for Katie. We are trying to help her to become more independent  Our kitchen is not very accessible but we want to work with what we have. So I re-organized the fridge and cupboards to put the snacks on her level. Now, she can get a snack herself when she is hungry and not wait for someone to get her a snack. We did the same thing with water. We bought a Brita and put it on the bottom shelf and put cups in her reach, so she can now get water with more ease! 

Also, on Monday I cleaned out the bathroom drawer to make room for this idea I saw on Pinterest! Using a silverware organizer as a family toothbrush holder! 

Bam! Everyone has a set spot for their toothbrushes! 
This might help my husband remember which toothbrush is his... sometimes he forgets and uses mine on accident (are you gagging)! That may or may not have happened last week and even though I love to kiss him, I do not care to share the same tooth brush! So this pin obviously needed to take action sooner than later!

Thank you Pinterest!!!

42 comments:

  1. I have so been wanting to make a snack box like that too!

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  2. Wow, what great ideas you not only pinned but actually did! You Go Girl..looks great!

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  3. How do you keep the wet toothbrushes from getting the tray all gunky? I love this idea, but I see a mess involved.. thoughts?

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    1. So far, I have not had a problem with this. I just shake the toothbrushes off and then put them back in the drawer. I've had this system for three months now and the tray looks brand new still and no gunky stuff (that would gross me out)!

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    2. If you use the small square fruit or pudding cups in lunches, have them bring them home. Wash and cut a slice on one side just the size for the brush to fit with the bristles inside the container. Thus any mess will be caught by the container and you only have to remove the dirty containers as needed.

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    4. you can use vinegar either straight or in a 1:1 ratio mix with water. Vinegar is a great, easy, natural detoxifier and won't put unwanted chemicals on your toothbrushes. :D

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  4. Maybe you could use a paper towel and just change it out when needed for that toothbrush tray. Great Idea!

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    1. great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Awesome idea, Penelope!!

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    3. I think it's not sanitary. The brushes need to air dry. Just my opinion. I like the idea of using the cutlery tray for organizing other bathroom items.

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    4. Actually, it is not sanitary to have your toothbrushes out on the counter. They say "poop particles" travel through the air when you flush the toilet and cling to whatever is within 'so many" feet (I can't remember the exact amount). So I agree with keeping them in a drawer/linen closet. I saw that on some daytime tv show, they were doing germ testing... Did you know a kitchen sink has more germs than a toilet!? Gross.

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    5. I'm pretty sure there is still air inside the drawer. We've used a similar system for about 6 years. No gunk, no mess, no cooties. (and no poop on our toothbrushes!)

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  5. Awesome ideas...I was just thinking today that, instead of repinning things, that I should be going through my pins and putting them to use!!! I love the bathroom idea!!

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    1. Putting my pins to use, that's an idea I recently had too!

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  6. great ideal! you could also label each holder so he never forgets which is his again :)

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  7. Target has these plastic covers. They look like a food snack clip but oval with a little circle on one side to keep sanitized due to no air. Just clip it on and it has a hole cut out for the handle. An alternative is CVS has these little cloth pockets u can slip over them. Both items located in the dental section of both stores.
    Awesome ideal for tooth brushes and I have 2 other draws that you have sparked my mind that would work. One for my little girls hair acessories, makeup and brushes, hair brushes! Thanks for
    sharing!

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    1. The plastic covers are for travelling, not for long-term toothbrush storage. I left a toothbrush in one after a trip for a month or so and it became very gross. I keep toothbrush very clean and rinse well... still unseen germs get trapped between the bristles. Airflow does help kill these germs.

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  8. Im a new follower, love your blog! =)
    Love the toothbrush idea!

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  9. your children are adorable and your ideas are great. thank you for sharing your positive attitude and your great ideas!

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  10. Trying to lose some weight and I love the idea about individual snacks. I will admit this - if I have to fix it I will cheat and go get something that is easier to prepare. Preparing in advance - excellent idea.

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  11. Great idea! I will post it on my company blog and refer to your blog :).

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  12. Where did you find the individual packs of hummus?

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    1. Have bought them at Sam's Club

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  13. I love the idea of the toothbrushes, myself.

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  14. Just saw this on pinterest and love love the snack idea. I really need to do this soon.
    Maybe I need to do that with the toothbrushes, my husband also has a tendency to occasionally use mine. yuck! Actually, what I think is grosser is that we have these flossing sticks that stand up in our toothbrush holder and I know he uses mind sometimes :P

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  15. Just found this on Pinterest, and was going to comment on the fridge bin full of healthy snacks. We do something similar in the pantry, but hadn't thought about having one in the fridge. That would come in handy for when Hubs is making lunches for school. I had never thought of the plastic flatware divider for the bathroom. Love that idea too!

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  16. I bought zip top baggies and healthy snacks now if I could just get enough time in the kitchen to do it.

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  17. How many days does the fruit last cut up & bagged? Love the idea but just curious about the perishables? Thanks :)

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  18. Keep fruit in fruit bin designed to keep it fresh.five or six days on melon..10 days for grapes. Pineapple w cottagecheese-4 days. Also keep vegt in their bin( ready to go) celery, carrots, radishes. lettuce,spinach,etc. Keep us posted w helpful ideas to keep us on track w healthy eating. Much appreciated!

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  19. Love the toothbrush organizer. I just flipped it around so the toothpaste is near the front so we don't have to pull the drawer out so far. We see enough of the toothbrushes to know which is ours. Or guess you could do some sort of color coding for quick identification.

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  21. I love this snack box and the fact that you actually did it. are you still using this concept a year later? I plan to get my containers and grocery list together and put this into action to help my future self!

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  22. If the thought of putting wet toothbrushes in the drawer then closing it grosses you out, use a squirt bottle or a spray bottle of alcohol and give the brushes a little bit of alcohol before putting them in drawer. the water and alcohol will evaporate so they dry quickly, plus the alcohol disinfects each time. i do this every time i brush and i feel like i am using a brand new brush each time :)

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  23. Love it!!! You can get those little clips that go over the top of the toothbrushes and they keep them sanitary. The ones that have something inside them (look egg shaped) I have them but can't remember the name :)

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  24. I had some school age girls living with me and did this with their school snacks. It worked great, they could pick out what they wanted in the morning and I didn't have to take the time to bag them.

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  25. I want to know how you keep your prepackaged snacks fresh all week long...? If I do this, it stays edible for a day or two, tops! How do you keep it fresh?

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  26. Another blog/facebook/pin suggested putting a magnet on the back of a cup so you can stick it right on the fridge so little people have easy access. Also, a small magnetic basket or bin stuck to the side with small cups for small hands might work.

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  27. I see that delicious Sabra hummus. And nice way of organizing the toothbrush drawer!

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  28. Is that drawer part of your fridge or did you buy one? If that's the case, where did you purchase it from and what did it look like in its own? I love this idea!

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