Works-For-Me Wednesday: Candy Jar

This edition of WFMW is multi-purposed. Let me say that I am all about healthy eating, but there are certain occasions that call for candy. Celebration, gluttony, and PMS survival are the top three reasons for keeping those calorie-laden items around in my opinion. But now that it's January, and I have a few pounds to drop, let me tell you why we'll keep the candy jar in our house...bribery!

Liam gets 2 Skittles when he wakes up with dry underwear. He also gets an additional Skittle if he stays in his bed all night without finding his way to my bedroom. Three Skittles have brought much better sleep to my husband and me, because we don't fret over Liam wetting the bed, nor do we awaken at 5 am with his dark shadow in our doorway. Liam knows that we'll come to get him at the appropriate time, and if he's dry, he begins the day with a treat.

Now for the second purpose of this WFMW post...I realize that many of us have sworn off sweets for the new year in hopes to drop those extra pounds that creeped up on us during the holidays. In honor of New Year's resolutions, here is a quick tip for staying out of the candy jar.




Yes, it is merely a Post-it Note that says, "No, No, Mommy!" I realize that some of you might need a padlock for your candy jars, but if you're like me, you just need a friendly little reminder that the holidays are over, and it's time to watch those "waisted" calories. If you need a padlock, then go buy one at Wal Mart. But heaven forbid, do not throw the candy away. Use it for bribery!

And another thing.... Notice that my candy jar has a lid. Candy dishes are way too tempting for me. There must be a lid that requires me to slow down for two seconds to ask myself, "Do I really want to do this?"

For more helpful tips, go see Shannon's place.

7 comments:

Jane said...

A dry nights sleep for a few skittles! That's terrific!

Martha said...

Great idea! Our two year old has been waking at night, I may have to buy some skittles! (and a pad of post its!)

Lisa said...

Great idea, since I have been hearing the "Candy, candy, candy" refrain ever since Christmas. It might be time to consolidate into a jar and include the post-it note or better yet, the calorie count of those treats!! :)

Larae said...

Great tips =) I definitely need a jar with a lid too, haha. Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!

Proverbs31 said...

Wait - you're telling me after all this time of trying to keep my six and three year from crawling in bed with us in the middle of the night that all I needed was SKITTLES?!? I'm off to the store!!

Thanks :D I'm SOOO trying this tomorrow! :D

Sarakastic said...

The lid is such a great idea!

Mom2fur said...

I love that message! I can remember using Skittles to help my oldest son learn to read. I made a memory game--two cards for each word. Each time he found a match he got one Skittle, and when he could actually read the word--two more Skittles! Now he is a 24-year-old who just graduated college and is already in a $60,000/year job as a computer programmer. Maybe we owe his success to Skittles!