If you’re reading this, you’re in the same boat as we are… certainly not sitting on your own personal island, sipping tropical drinks, and eating an endless buffet of Filet Mignon, lobster tail, crab, and just about every delicious food you can imagine, without having to choose just one. Nope, we didn’t win the Powerball Jackpot either, and I’ve decided to spend my time writing instead of making dinner. I guess we’ll figure out something when I get to it, but I can tell you, it definitely won’t be steak and seafood or a several course Italian meal. Instead I’ve been thinking of different budget-friendly, kid-friendly meals for all of those of us who didn’t win the Powerball Jackpot last night.
Kids should all get to experience the imaginative fun of playing in a big cardboard box (in my humble opinion). Don’t we all remember those times ourselves? My husband and I were just talking about this the other day. Playing in a cardboard box clubhouse inspires great creativity and it is often one of the most memorable playtime experiences kids get to enjoy. (If you ask me, houses made from cardboard boxes are also a big step away from too much screen time!) If you can get your hands on a sizable cardboard box, your kids are in for a treat. An even better one, I might add, if you can score some battery powered led lights. In this article I am going to tell you how to create a light up cardboard box clubhouse, also referred to as a “twinkle box.”
I tried for a long time to get my toddler to eat oatmeal – a healthy, nutritious, easy morning meal. She loved oatmeal cookies, but wanted nothing to do with cooked oatmeal or its unique, sticky texture. My daughter finally decided to give oatmeal a try at age three. She gave it a shot one day when I likened it to oatmeal cookies. I tend to eat my oatmeal on the hard side whereas my husband prefers a milkier oatmeal. Natalie seems to like hers somewhere in the middle. She now asks for oatmeal most mornings for breakfast and enjoys making it herself (mostly).