Friday, January 31, 2014

52 Weeks of Printables: Week 5 - To Do List

This week is the last week of our Schedules printable theme for this month. Here is a To Do List to get you organized with tasks for today, tomorrow, this week, and this month! Just click on the image below:

Friday, January 24, 2014

52 Weeks of Printables: Week 4 - Birthdays & Anniversaries

We are continuing right along with our Schedules printable theme this month. Here is a way to organize birthdays and anniversaries!

Friday, January 17, 2014

52 Weeks of Printables: Week 3 - Daily Calendar

Our calendars are getting more and more detailed! If you need to schedule your day by the hour, here is the perfect Daily Calendar for you! Just click the image below!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Meal Planning for Baby & Printable

Our daughter has been eating solid foods for a few months now. In the beginning when she was only eating one solid food meal, it was easy to find something for her to eat. But now that she is eating three solid food meals, I found meal planning is the best solution to make sure I have food on hand to serve her. We use a combination of homemade baby food and prepackaged depending on if we will be home or not. I have heard of some people making some pretty crazy homemade baby food combinations, but I am not that creative!

Steps to Meal Plan for Baby:
1. Sit down with a blank calendar or even just a piece of paper to write down your plan. (or use the free printable at the end of the post!)
2. Think about how many meals your baby eats (this will depend mostly on age).
3.  Take inventory of what you have on hand, whether it be fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, or prepackaged from the store.
4. Fill in your calendar with the foods for each meal. You can be as detailed or vague as you want. For example, I do not write down the amounts, just the foods.
5. Prepare the meals for the week.

Example Meal Plan:

12 PMMultigrain CerealMultigrain CerealMultigrain CerealMultigrain CerealMultigrain CerealMultigrain CerealMultigrain Cereal
2:30 PMPeach Greek YogurtPeaches, PearsBananaAppleBlueberry Greek YogurtMangoPear
5:30 PMPeas, ChickenSweet Potato, TurkeyMixed Vegetables, PastaCarrots, BeefPeas, ChickenSweet Potato, BeefGreen Beans, Chicken

To prepare for the week, I start with measuring out her cereal for the entire week. It makes it so much easier to just grab a bowl than having to measure it out every day. I use these Take & Toss Toddler Bowls made by The First Years to divide up each day's cereal.

Next up, I prepare the fruits and vegetables. I steam the fruits and vegetables before pureeing them (with the exception of bananas). I have a stockpot with a steamer insert that I use. I fill the stockpot with 1-2 cups of water. While the water is boiling, I cut the vegetables up into smaller pieces so they will cook faster. Then I put them in the steamer part and cover with the lid. I let them boil for about 5 minutes and then make sure they are cooked all the way through.

After the vegetables are cooked, I put them in my Baby Bullet. You can just use a regular blender, or even a fork to mash it up. Depending on the fruit or vegetable you are making, you may need to add water. I found this to be especially true with the thicker vegetables like sweet potatoes. I just add the water that I boiled with.
Once the food is pureed, I put them in individual containers and put them in the fridge or freezer, depending on when the food will be consumed.

Some examples of good homemade baby foods: carrots, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, yellow squash, pears, apples, bananas, avocados, mango, and peaches.

 Here is a free printable to use for your Baby Meal Planning! Click on the image below:

Friday, January 10, 2014

52 Weeks of Printables: Week 2 - Weekly Calendar

Okay, you should have a 2014 monthly here is a weekly calendar that coordinates with it! Click the image below to grab your copy!

Friday, January 3, 2014

52 Weeks of Printables: Week 1 - 2014 Calendar

The printables theme for this month is Schedules. We'll start off with a colorful 2014 Calendar! It is portrait and fit perfectly into a Home Management Binder. Just click on the image below!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

52 Weeks of Free Printables Series

Happy New Year! I am so excited to announce a blog series that will last all of 2014! Come back every Friday to get a free printable to help you get organized this year! Here are the monthly themes:

January: Home Management - Schedules
February: Home Management - Contacts
March: Home Management - Finances
April: Home Management - Maintenance
May: Home Management - Miscellaneous
June: Vacation & Travel
July: Inventories
August: Back to School
September: Meal Planning
October: Couponing
November: Holiday Planning
December: Holiday Planning

I hope you are as excited as I am!