Home Journal: Dear Babysitter

Hello, All! Today I’ll share my “Dear Babysitter” sheet. I got a lot of these ideas from Tip Junkie’s Executive Home Maker Binder but this idea is one I have played with since Halie started babysitting. Since I’ll have other teens in my home babysitting over the summer while Halie visits her dad, I thought a clean cut sheet woudl be better. Halie loves it, go figure!!

Here’s a screen shot of mine until I can get you a picture:

I created a pink and a darker neutral with fill in the blank options, including a space to put your 9-1-1 address for emergencies. If you are interested in printing your own click to
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This is one that will be laminated so that I can put in a visible place while the babysitter is there… still working on a cute display option! These also work well in a page protector. Dry erase still wipes right off!

So far on our Home Journal we have covered:
Weekly To-Do List
Dear Babysitter

Stay tuned for:
Important Numbers
Perpetual Cleaning Schedule (Editable in MS Office)
15 Minute Quick Cleans
Printable Chore Charts (Editable in MS Office) 
…and more!

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Home Journal: Things To-Do

First up I’ll start with my “Things to do this week” list. This is one I’ll laminate and hang where everyone can see it. Dry erase markers work great on page protectors or laminate, so it makes this reuseable!

OK so in a page protector propped by the glow of the laptop screen isn’t a GREAT pic…
but you get the idea LOL!

When you download the PDF it comes with my attached “Use Ideas” page. to show you how I use it. When printing, if you don’t want the “uses” page printed  just be sure to set it print page 1 only.

If  you’re the kind who needs a more goal oriented to-do page try my “week at a glance” PDF. with spots for dailies, notes, goals, projects, and more.

I kinda like them both, so I may do one to hang and one for my HJ….
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Option 1 (with honey-do’s)
Option 2 (with goals & tasks)

So far on our Home Journal we have covered:
Weekly To-Do List
Stay tuned for:Dear Babysitter
Important Numbers
Perpetual Cleaning Schedule (Editable in MS Office)
15 Minute Quick Cleans
Printable Chore Charts (Editable in MS Office)
…and more!

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2 Tips for Tuesday

Today’s tips will be ways to entice children to eat new foods:

  1. Don’t assume they won’t eat something– The might like it and not know it. Just explain that it is something new and they need to TRY it. And if they don’t like it, wait a while and give it a try again.
  2. Include them– Even the smallest children can help in the kitchen.. washing fruits ^ veggies, carrying boxes of pasta or canned/frozen foods to the counter. Find something age appropriate they can do. they will be proud and have a sense of accomplishment and WANT to try their meal!

2 Tips for Tuesday

I want to start throwing in some quick tips on Tuesdays. Just a way to get ideas in fast because sometimes I don’t have time to do more than type up the recipe.. and sometimes even that is late 🙂

Today’s 2 Tips

  • Never boil sauces, soups, etc that have a dairy base. This is cheese, cream, milk, cream cheese, etc. Doing this causes the milk solids to separate from the liquids. It will not ruin the taste of the food, nor will it ruin the recipe, but isn’t appealing to look at and occasionally makes the texture a little off.

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment!! If you don’t like something – if you are allergic to something – if you’re just OUT of something… change it!!

If you don’t like Dijon, for instance, use the same amount of ranch dressing, sour cream, regular mustard or just plain water.

Out of mayonaise? Use ranch dressing or sour cream.

Don’t be afraid to make a recipe your own!! I rarely ever make a recipe the way it is called for!

Baking can be a science, so you can exchange peanut butter chips for chocolate, pecans for walnuts, etc, but be prepared to try again and again to get the recipe right if you change the main ingredients (flour, sugar, levening agents). Don’t let this scare you off though. It can be fun to experiment and make your own recipes. This is especially rewarding if you have a special diet (gulten or salt free for instance).