Top 5: Free Printables from Wild Olive

I have been a fan of Mollie J. from Wild Olive for quite some years now. I have purchased a few of her printable planners from her etsy shop in the past. I also LOVE many of her printables available for download on her blog. Here are my top 5 favorite free printables from Wild Olive. Click the images to view the post in which you can download the goodies from.

5 A Day (Fruit + Veggie Checklist)

Want to keep up with the fruit + veggie intake you have on a daily basis? Print these cute babies out, laminate + check off daily. Wipe clean + repeat!

8 A Day (Water Checklist)

Like the 5 a Day above, this is for your water intake. To save on printing, laminate, check off daily, wipe clean at the end of the day + start all over!

Wind In The Willows Friend Portraits

This is a lovely idea for a children’s room, play room or maybe even a school room for those that are homeschooling. Print these critters out, use scrapbook paper for the background & frame. Have the kidlets help create these for their own rooms!

Bar-B-Cute! Cupcake Decor

Since it’s been heating up outdoors, many are probably grilling out more often. These are a great way to decorate those cupcakes and other treats for the occasion.

Grocery Staples Checklist

Create a grocery staples checklist to print out + keep inventory on what you have stocked up (or what you need to pick up on your next trip out)!

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The ongoing “food fight”

For those that don’t know, my 6 year old son, Elijah, was diagnosed with Autism (specifically Asperger’s) and Sensory Integration Disorder. He dislikes a lot of textures, smells, taste and slimey-ness of a lot of foods (as well as the feel of clothing, noises around him, people touching him and so on). He went to food therapy for a few months and did fairly well opening up to playing/touching the foods at that time. Since then we’ve been working with him at home but Elijah didn’t really like the idea of trying to eat the new foods. It’s always been a fight trying to get him to eat the same meal for dinner that everyone else in the household has. I usually end up making a separate meal for him about 5 nights a week just so we don’t have the same “fight” every night.

Now, out of the blue, he has been very open to trying new foods without a fight! I have started with things that I know he likes.

For example, we found out he likes Potato and Noodle Stroganoff last week. He has always liked potatoes. And he likes hamburger. So I made potato strognoff, told him and showed him as I cooked it what everything was. He sat down by himself (I took my daughter in the other room with me) to give him privacy. He came to me a few moments later with an empty bowl and asked for more!

A few days later, I made the same thing but with noodles this time. And I told him what was in it. He did the same; ate two bowls! And today, he ate Fettucine Alfredo for the first time and loved it. Said he wants the broccoli next time!

And he is liking a lot of the foods that I make on a regular basis now. So maybe we will finally have the chance for everyone to have the same meal for dinner the majority of the time rather than having the “food fight” rule over our dinners.

PS: He does NOT normally sit alone to eat his meals. I did this a few times with him to give him the space and comfort level he needed to try these new foods out. I personally think if he’s in his own “bubble” he is more open to trying new things whether it be food or anything else.

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