I'm one of those people who never takes anything anyone says at face value but absolutely swears by expiration dates. Ew the milk expired today?! Eat my cereal dry. The bread smells fine but it says it's not BEST BY today anymore. Go get a sandwich at the deli. My blind adherence to those labels is idiotic but I know how to get better now: follow the rough estimate of this infographic that shows the shelf life of food in the pantry, fridge and freezer.
Ball Drop I saw this on Pinterest and when we put together a playroom for boy for Christmas, my husband helped me make this ball drop using pvc pipe. I put different colored tape around the top of each to match the colors of the ball pit balls we have, so that we can eventually use this to work on identifying colors too!