Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Quick Tip: Straws and Little Ones

I spent the last few days with a very dear friend, and she thought I should share this with you!  I guess I've done it for so long, I didn't consider it unusual!

I used to call these little tricks and hints "Saturday Scoop", but I haven't done one for a LONG time -- so I'll just call this a "Quick Tip"!!

Often, when you eat at a fast food or other restaurant, the cups will be smaller -- but the straw is regular-sized!  This led to quite a few spills with my girls, because they would pick up the whole cup and tilt it almost horizontal to reach the straw.

To alleviate this problem, I started carrying a small pair of scissors in my purse to cut the straw!  I make it very short, so there is no need to tip the cup!

Our spill rate at restaurants has definitely decreased!



Blogger Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

Ugh.... we always have the same problem! I'll need to invest in a small pair of scissors I guess! I hate that problem!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

April 5, 2011 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I love this! I've done it for almost 12 years!;) I just bought a pair of small (Kindergarten) safety scissors and have them with me at all times! I learned early on (when my 1st child was a couple of weeks old) that having scissors handy is a lifesaver!:) They are handy to cut those plastic ties off sunglasses and shoes and I've even used them to cut the tip off of Baby Orajel!:) Keep up the great work!

April 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep a few bendy straws in my purse or in the glove compartment of the car!

April 5, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Jenae said...

Great idea!

April 5, 2011 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Joie said...

I do the same thing. In the rare instance I don't have my scissors, I use the knife on the table to saw it off. Just put the jagged edge of the straw INTO the cup!

April 5, 2011 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I have one of those plastic toothbrush cases from the travel toiletries section and I keep bendy straws in it. Contained, clean, and always available. The scissors idea is a good one too!

April 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Yep! Been doing this for 6 years! The lady at the coffee hut even knows to stip the top couple inches off my boys' smoothie straws...because I asked so many times time borrow the scissors she uses to prop open the sliding window! LOL

April 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I keep a small Swiss Army pocket knife on my keychain, and it has a small pair of scissors on it that we use for this very purpose!

April 7, 2011 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Genius. The boys are old enough so I forgot about that frustrating stage however this will come in handy for Miss Sassy Pants who will soon be at "that" age.

April 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

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