Today the boys headed over to the fair grounds to check out a truck show. So, Aryn and I set out for a fun day together too. Technically, I had to meet up with some buyers who were picking up some furniture pieces from me, but we won’t let that cramp our style! After jammin out in the car to my 1990 album of Minnie~n~Me (now available on iTunes for all you 90’s girls to reminisce with almost tearful enjoyment), The first and inevitable stop, was Starbucks.
Here’s a trick of the mom trade: always carry a pocket knife. I may be borrowing from the Boy Scouts here, but this definitely came in handy today. Ever been stuck with no sippy cup when your kid needs a drink? Or gets one from the drive through? Those milk and juice jugs are not at all spill proof. Even regular water bottles can be a nightmare. In the car, it is a wet lap, wet car seat, and tear fest waiting to happen. Whether the tears are from getting wet or from when you take the water bottle and stop them from getting more wet, this will be determined by your child. Anyway, this option largely reduces the spill problem. Simply poke and twist a small hole in the cap of any plastic drink bottle with a pocket knife, thread a straw through to the bottom and BAM! kids cup.
It even helps if the straw is cramped a bit and slows the flow. The whole thing is more manageable for tiny hands and then, if the container gets knocked, dropped, or thrown the spill is minimal! Mom is happy and I’m sure the employees of the various Starbucks and Chick-fil-A’s that we’ve wrecked in the past appreciate it too.
So, go get yourself a pocket knife and don’t worry when people stare. Your ingenuity will be worth it. And the cracker crumbs in your car seats will survive another day without becoming spilled milk sludge.
Do you have a trick of the trade item you count on to make Mom life easier? Let’s hear all about it!
In the mean time, we’re off to hit up the thrift shops!