Let me clarify this post right up front - this is not a deep post! Just something fun I was thinking about recently. Very simply, what things MUST you have to avoid meltdowns, breakdowns, or to just be happy?
Here are my top 10 things!
1) Ketchup - Ketchup has become a food group in our house. My kids dip everything from cheese to fries to pancakes in ketchup (don't judge the pancakes - it is so much easier to clean up ketchup than it is syrup!). I now make sure I always have one extra bottle on hand since my kids will eat ketchup with a spoon, as a vegetable :-) The only good thing is my kids also like BBQ sauce and A1 but Ketchup is the first choice.
2) Hershey's Syrup - Yep. Josh loves Chocolate Milk. (Cocate Ilk). It is not a good day when I run out of Hershey's Syrup. Normally, he gets a glass for breakfast and a glass before bed. The good thing is that with the Syrup, I control the amount of chocolate - recently, there were only drips left in the bottle, he saw me putting it in the milk and that was enough for him :-) So yes, I can still fool him with "barely" chocolate milk!!
3) Tassimo Caramel Cappuccino - This is my drink of choice right now. It is a sad day when I run out, which I do periodically. No, I don't throw a fit but I do end up drinking an extra Pepsi :-)
4) Pepsi - I hate when we run out of Pepsi. I try to limit myself to one can a day, if that, but it is my go to drink when I've been working hard on something like cleaning :-) or when I just really need a break.
5) Pizza - Whether it be the stuff to make homemade pizza or some frozen ones - they are a life saver for lunch and a quick dinner. My kids love pizza and often ask for it - it is so nice to have it on hand to be able to make what they want. This isnt' a deal breaker, though, just something nice to have on hand.
6) Mac and Cheese - Enough Said. Easy Peasy Meal!
7) Something Sweet - Don't care what; Frozen Yogurt, Mini Candy Bars, Cookies - just something to meet the need of that sweet tooth that hits at some point during the day. Trust me, if I don't have something on hand, we end up snacking like crazy trying to "feed" the need and it isn't met so we snack on something else!!
8) Pop Tarts - The kids eat one pastry for breakfast and Nate usually has at least one other one for a snack throughout the day. If I don't have them and have to substitute cereal, I usually have two boys who lay down on the floor and tell me they don't want cereal until they get hungry enough to grab a snack cup :-) I have learned that they do like Meijer brand poptarts (Darryl does not!) and they are less messy because they are dryer. Plus they are cheaper so it is a win-win!
9) Bananas - These are a deal breaker but when my almost three year old wants a banana, nothing else will do and we have a meltdown. Periodically Apples and "Fuit" (i.e. Strawberries) will replace bananas but he always goes back to those yellow fruits!!
10) Fruit Snacks - It is another one of those foods that if it is out of site it is out of mind but when it comes into their mind there is nothing that replaces that thought! I try to keep a box on hand just to keep everyone happy.
Now, don't get me wrong, I don't cave to my kids cravings - if we don't have it, we don't have it and that's life but, why fight battles you don't have to fight, right?
Do you have a list of things you can't live without?