So I've had my hard moments and my humbling moments with our (ongoing) adventure feeding Tomas. I have to tell you though, feeding disorder or not, for everything I don't like or has been hard I have a new addiction to formula cans. At least, to the metal formula cans. (I don't find the plastic odd-shaped ones nearly as easy to reuse.)
Here are three (or so) ways that I have put them to good use (so far).
Ronald McDonald House poptab collections (we love RMH!). We made a can for ourselves, which we also bring with us when we go to family events, picnics, and more. It even photo bombed this picture with my mom and great aunt! When we were at my grandpa's funeral, Kylee actually brought the can and sat and patiently took the tabs off of every can in their recycling bin. Grandma and grandpa have their own collection can for their house and we have a few friends who are on a waiting list for more "community" collection centers.
We also made a family poor box. It's sitting on our piano and the kids can do chores to earn coins to put in or they can drop in a few of their own extra coins and dollars whenever they'd like. When they have a project they want to support they can use the money they've been setting aside just for that!
My school supplies have never been more organized. Seriously. Each child has their own can for their pencils, pens, etc. They are even coordinated with their notebooks with a color of washi tape for each of them. (You may notice the same color goes around "their" shelf so I easily know what can, notebook, etc belongs in which spot.) We have community cans for colored pencils anyone can use and I can't wait to have a few more so that I can have our community markers and pens looking as organized. I also thought maybe a can for bookmarks would be nice since we always seem to be looking for those? I'll add it to the list.
If you formula fed your child, do you have any fun or different ways that you have used the empty cans? I'd love to hear about them! Leave me a note here, or on social media and share your idea.