I looked at the BB&B site and sure enough they had this exact one!! Perfect! So I bundled my kids in the it's-only-November-not-February-yet weather and traipsed off to get me a spiralizer. There was huge display of plastic spiralizers immediately in the doorway so the boys were pretty ecstatic that they found one right away, but that wasn't the I had my heart set on....I therefore grit my teeth and ventured further into the store with an almost 3 and 5 year old. Of course I couldn't find it quickly...and of course they found the silicon spatulas and started sword fighting with them. I had to get out of there and I don't mess around anymore with the littles in tow...I just asked for help. Our helper elf found it in 0.435 seconds and we were on our way. Saving more than half the price later, I left with both my sanity and the spiralizer. Hashtag winning.
Now I had to use right away, so that meant spaghetti for dinner and some distraction while I learned how to use the thing. Thankfully we received a snowman scene with reusable stickers in a Scholastic book order, so they were content doing that for 15 minutes. Luckier still, this little contraption is SUPER EASY, quick, and amazing!! I will definitely be using it for all sorts of things. I can't wait to try my favorite cuke salad recipe with it!!
I discarded what was the innards/seeds of the zucchini and next time will peel some of the skin off of it. I then microwaved the strands for 1 minute -- no water added. That was too long, but still edible. I topped the zoodles with meat sauce and scarfed it down. I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of the final product. You'll just have to trust me. Very good with slightly soggy noodles, so I can only imagine how satisfying it's going to be when I prepare the zoodles properly.
As I got thinking about the boys working on their stickers, I realized that I do a lot of "centers" when I'm preparing meals that I need to get together fast and/or they're simply not into helping me. They've worked on their felt caterpillar "center," which is mainly making a mess and then sorting the googly eyes and then messing them up again. Whatever...it buys me 10-15 minutes of kitchen prep and/or clean up. I'm sure I'll be using this set-up when I have little holiday things to do here and there. I know from last year that these worked when I wanted to do work in two extra 10 minute exercise seshes to try and keep my sanity. Playdoh works wonders...especially if you're doing a squat challenge! ;)
The other day they wanted to play with their musical instruments and I finally said yes...only to realize that I could actually do something fun with them aside from look at them. I reached out to friends on Facebook and received some wonderful activities to do. I tried one of the suggestions and Duders was very happy to participate until Brub distracted him. We will definitely do the pattern repeat on the xylophone again when it's Brub's nap time.
All in all, it's all about having a plan of action while needing to do stuff. I realize the TV is always an option and I do use it, but we tend to have special TV time and aside from that we don't have it on at all. The constant wrestling that comes with having boys really gets to me sometimes because it usually leads to whining, which I detest. Having a bit of structured "centers" helps keep them occupied enough for me to get one task accomplished be it dishes, cooking, menu planning, or dropping some squats....and that's something for which I'm VERY THANKFUL!!