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WFMW – Cheap bubble bath

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What mom hasn’t put Junior in the bathtub, turned her back for one second, and turned back around to find Junior squeezing the last drop of a full bottle of shampoo (or shower gel) into the bathwater?

Whenever I finish using a bottle of shampoo or liquid soap, I give it to Junior to play with in the bath…to squirt and fill and pour and bubble, rinse, repeat. It usually still makes enough bubbles to keep Junior quite happy. And placates him enough to enable him to keep his hands off the good stuff until the next empty bottle comes along.

It’s a simple, humble tip today. But it works for me.

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I have a simple Works-for-me-Wednesday tip today to keep you cool. Two words: talcum powder. If you have never doused your sweaty or your recently-bathed-in-cool-water-self with talcum powder, you have been missing one of life’s greatest pleasures. It makes you feel all dry and fresh, even if you’ve been sweatin’ like a pig for the better part of the day.

When you finish, you’ll raise your hand demurely to your forehead and say, “As God is my witness, as God is my witness [it’s] not going to lick me! I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be [sweaty] again.”

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She has probably forgotten by now (and hopefully doesn’t think I’m a stalker), but back when BooMama was having a crafty moment with Howard Alex, I mentioned I had the perfect solution for her new and ever-expanding gallery of kid art.

Since our refrigerator is covered with this marble track,

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all of our kid-art is hung clothesline-style in the playroom like this.

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I saw the idea at a friend’s house, and immediately knew I wanted to steal it try at my house. Please don’t judge the quality of the idea by the state of my playroom. That is another post entirely. The kid art clothesline is easy to change out and looks good in playrooms, kids’ rooms, even kitchens.

UPDATE: OK, it turns out that this is actually a Doesn’t-Work-for-Us-Wednesday tip. As I was lamenting the fact that I thought the pictures just didn’t look that good, my husband admitted that the clothesline kid art, in fact, does not look good. I should have known. See, I couldn’t even write “it works for me;” I should have known when he took down my best-looking clothesline over the couch and hung this there:

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I should have known that BooMama, who hosts the tour of homes, whose mother decorates the laundry room, who wore chiffon bows in graduate school, who had her kid paint on CANVAS will not be going for this idea. (I know, stalker. You don’t really need me to go fill out Jules’ blog crush meme, do you?).

I apologize for this complete debacle of a WFMW. I actually have admired this idea in others people’s homes. Maybe it will work for some of you out there, even though it apparently is no longer an option for us–and probably just not BooMama’s style.

For more Works for me Wednesday tips and ideas that actually do work, visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.

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Well, I owe BooMama a promised WFMW tip, but I’m going to follow the rules today and stick with the theme, people. She’s got (air quote) All That Southernness; she won’t complain.

My parenting advice is…you’ve heard it before…”Sleep when the baby sleeps.” Or, in Secrets of the Baby Whisperer terms…try to get your baby on this schedule: Eat, Activity, Sleep, You Time. Take that “you time” while the baby is sleeping. And keep on taking it while that baby is growing into a toddler, a preschooler, and beyond.

I know, I know…you have to…take a shower, blow dry your hair, play with your other children, do the dishes, get some work done, or [insert whatever other item nagging at you from your to do list] here.

But y’all have been writing about the burn-out, people. I know it is real. Savor and cherish nap time, and, as they grow, “quiet time” for some good ole mommy me time, lay on the bed, do-whatever-you-feel-like, make it through the rest of the day glory.

I learned this “the hard way” back in the day when I was trying to do it all. Now my goals for the day are smaller. At the top of the list…”preserve sanity.”

This has been harder of late as my youngest child is threatening to give up naps and has moved to a toddler bed, so he can no longer be corralled in the crib; we are now learning how to play quietly by ourselves in our room, even when we think we are not sleepy.

On the days when I spend more time teaching this then reveling in my lay-on-the-bed do whatever momma feels like glory, I have found that if I create a little classical oasis in the middle of the day, I feel ever so much more peaceful. Our local college radio station plays classical music starting at 12 noon each day. I turn it on while I’m fixing lunch or while we’re riding in the car if we’re out, and I find that it helps everyone change gears into relaxation mode. My kids love it. They call it horsey music since many of their favorite tunes have a 4/4 clippity-clop beat, and they often dance around happily expelling the last of their morning energy before *shhhhhhh* “quiet time.”

Oh, to live in a country where the siesta is the cultural norm. Take this little nugget and use it at your house for what it’s worth. Works for me.

And don’t forget what the Bible has to say about child rearing: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed. ~1 Cor. 15:51

(OK, I admit this one’s out of context, but I saw it on a baby card once and thought it was hilarious.)

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This activity keeps my kids occupied for hours, but I’m so frugal that I don’t do it very often.

Set your kids up at the kitchen table with bowls, wooden spoons, cups, etc. and let them pretend to cook up their own gourmet dishes using water and whatever other items in your pantry you need to get rid of (i.e., stale cereal, old spices, expired condiments, etc.)

This is a particularly timely activity if you are moving and need to clean out your cabinets as it lets you a) get rid of all the stuff you can’t move and b) keeps the kiddies occupied while you pack up the rest of your house.

Hope it works for you. Happy cooking, everyone!

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Rocks in My Dryer.

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Works for Me Wednesday

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Shannon, I’m taking you at your word…”IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE EARTH-SHATTERING. Just simple, affordable and designed to make the tiniest difference in your day.

I am so excited. I have been a closet WFMW fan since I learned of it. And now I finally have a blog to share! So, here’s hoping that y’all don’t read this and say, “My, if that wasn’t the lamest WFMW post I have ever read.” Here goes…

Now, I am always running out of shampoo before I run out of conditioner (sort of like how there are 8 hot dog buns in a pack but 10 hot dogs). So, my little tip is to use your conditioner as shaving cream. It works out to smooth, silky legs and much more balanced utilization of the shampoo and conditioner. Plus, no more spending money on shaving cream.

Simple, yes. But that’s what works for me.

Works for Me Wednesday is hosted by Rocks in My Dryer.

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