Boy’s Chore Chart

Everyone knows that boy’s are not the most neatest people in the world— so with me having 3 plus my husband– it’s a must that my boy’s help out around the house.

Here’s how I keep them in order– I made this simple little chore chart using Word ( old school– no need to pull out the high tech programs) :)

This is for my 6 year old– simple and to the point. Their charts  are attached to a clip board and hung next to their landing station. Each day they go through each task and check off once completed. After I do my mama inspection– I then add their beans to their reward jars ( 6 beans for each chore completed)

So how do you do it? Do your little ones have chores– if so– how do you keep track of it?

Plan Plan Plan! ( How I spend my Sunday evenings)

If I didn’t plan my week–my whole life would fall apart so every Sunday I spend about two hours sitting in front of RHOA and Desperate Housewives and plan out my blog post ( just started that), weekly menu, make my To Do list and clip/organize my coupons/binder.

 

planning my coupon trip-- browsing The Krazy Coupon Lady site-

yes– that’s my little M’s sleeping foot :)

clipping and sorting my 20+ inserts from the past weeks

I really shouldn’t let them build up but I do

after clipped and sorted-- then I add to my coupon binder

I love this thing– I take it every time I go to a store– people use to stare but now I see everyone with them

go to The Krazy Coupon Lady for details on how to coupon and how to get your binder set up! ( love  her site)

Then I match whats on KCL and my sales papers and make my store list notice I have an envelope for each store?– it’s easier that way ( but I still take my binder just in case I find another deal)

 After I make my coupon list– I usually start on my weekly menu plan– I go through all my pins of recipes from Pinterest, through my favorite cook books and match ups with whatever sale is going on in the sale papers and make my menu
sorry for all the ugly pics but It was at night and I didn’t feel like editing anything

THEN after planning my menu– I go planning my post for the week

Weekly blog planner

and THEN after finishing that up– go into planning my little K’s school lessons for the next week—- sorry no pics– maybe I’ll do a post sometime next week on our homeschooling schedule :)

So there you have it– our week is planned and ready to go — it took about 3 hours but it’s well worth it considering that we have a crazy busy weekly schedule– but honestly…….. nothing prepares you for everyday life experiences so even though I do all this planning– most of the time– It doesn’t go  as planned :)

 

What do you do to get ready for your week? Please share :)

Busy Body Boys {Organizing extra time}

In attempt to get the boys extra time a little more organized– I decided to try to make some kind of  busy bags, boxes or containers.

Here are some great ideas that I’m thinking of:

 

 

 

 

 

I really think that this will help for those days when there are no extracurricular activities planned for the evening and the kids need something to do while I cook dinner or even great for unplanned weekends.

I’m thinking that I will TRY the second idea– I love clear bids and labels so I think I can make this work!

 

Mommie I want a snack! {Healthy snack options for kids}

Little K: Mommie can I have a snack?
Mommie: Sure grab it out the snack cabinet.
Middle D: Mom, can I Have a snack?
Mommie: Go ahead D, look in your snack basket.
Big T: Hey mom, I’m getting a snack ok?
Mommie: Ok, T– go ahead.

Am I crazy or do your kids ask for a snack every 5 minutes? I swear 1/2 of our grocery budget goes to their snacks. About three or four months ago– I started my new snack routine which is filling their snack basket with a variety of snacks
and then having fresh fruit, veggies, pudding and juice– already prepackaged and ready in the fridge


This was a great idea but my kids are going through their snacks so fast– I’m starting to run out of snack ideas. I try to keep our household as healthy as I can but my kids are now getting bored with my snack options. So of course I did what any mom would do……  and hit up Pinterest.

Here are some of my favorite:

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Now I just need to put together my shopping list together and hit the store. I know the kiddos will love all the new snacks, problem solved (well kind of) Now I need to find a way to stop them from growing :)

PM’s 2011 ReWind & some goals for 2012

Bye Bye 2011 and HELLO 2012!— While I’m blessed that I made it through this past year– I’m so happy to start fresh and try some new things this year. This past year has been a huge learning experience for me in many different ways– some of them being my new homeschooling journey with my youngest son Little K. When I 1st moved to Louisiana– I knew that it would be different for my family but one of the biggest things that caught me off guard, was the public school system. They suck!  So I decided to move my two older boys to a different school district  and started to home school my youngest. It’s been a struggle but it’s also one of the best things that I’ve done this past year and I can’t wait till this year to have all three of them homeschooling. 2011 was full of learning experiences, private crying sessions, laughter, and self- reflection. PM has a been a big part of that and I’m so appreciative of all the relationships that I have made through blogging and I can’t wait to continue to build even more relationships.

Any Who –some of my goals for this coming here are:

Blogging more– I will still continue to write about diys, organizing, and parenting but I’m also would like to share more of my party planning tips, fitness and fashion post as well. Stay tuned

Be more proactive and productive: I’m such a slacker but I’m planning to put a stop to that ASAP!

Try new hobbies and projects: I have over 800 pins on Pinterest, two huge binders full of craft inspirations and a zillion projects saved to my computers that I’ve been dying to try. Stay tuned to ( I’m trying that! Tuesdays)

Organize the W household: I’m really good at starting new routines but then I fall off and there goes the entire family

Get more healthy– yea I know it’s cliche for the new year

Build a stronger spiritual bond with the man above: This is my biggest goal– gotta get it together– I feel like I’ve lost a little connection in the past year, that’s not good– I need that and plan to reconnect fully :)

Spend more alone time with kids individually— four kids are a lot but I’ve seen mothers with 6 or 7 kids do it so I can too

Spend more “alone” time with my hubby–if you know what I mean ;)– jk– kind of.

Go to visit family and friends back home more often– I miss them dearly

So what are some of your goals for 2012– please share– you know I want to be know :)

Happy New Years Peeps!

My new addiction: {Chalkboard paint}

Some people are addicted to cigerates and some are addicted to alcohale but I’m addicted to chalkboard paint! Yes, mamas can have addiction too. Well… hold on…wait!  let me rephrase that, I’m “addicted” to the USE of chalkboard paint.

I love it! If you don’t remember some of my other projects using CBP— let me give you a quick recap of two projects.

See what I’m talking about? Addicted right?

Well just to add to my addiction– I found ANOTHER simple project to do with my CBP.

As some of you know I’m all about list and having a place for everything so I decided to make my older boys this:

A chalboard peg board memo board! Super neat, right? I think so :)

To make I used an old: bullentin board ( really old)

Taped off the edges with painters tape and used

Chalkboard spray paint ( purchased from Hobby Lobby) and painted the entire center of the peg board— let dry and then repeated with a second and third coat.

Let dry over night and then covered the inside with painters tape and painted the trim white using white spray paint.

Time: 30 minutes ( not counting the over night drying)

Cost: ~ 8.00 for 2 cans of Chalkboard paint ( already had white paint)

Purpose: A place for the boys to write out spelling/vocabulary list for week— post (with push pins) any fundraiser, or notes from school or to jot down there sports schedules throughout the year.

The great thing about this board is that it’s seen as soon as the boys come in through the back door from school– so easy access.

Next project: Chalkboard wall  in the boys room

Inspiration:

Photo source: houzz.com

Organizing School papers

School is about to start & while I love the thought of all the wonderful projects, painting, awards & achievements my boys will be bringing home. I am not looking forward to the increase of paper lying around in the house. So taking a note from the lovely Jen of I Heart Organizing and decided to do this:

Sort through all the boy’s papers– I had a huge box filled with pass years

Added files for each of the  boys: file box from Target on clearance for 4.86

Now there’s a place where I can unload, go through and decide what to keep from the year as soon as the walk through the door! Super easy right?

How do you organize your kid’s school memories?

Back to school Prep {Snacks}

School is coming to a start so that means your little bambinos will be ripping and running through the house headed to school, off to football practice, dance and all the other fun and exciting extra curricular activities you enrolled them into. So let’s try to make our lives easier and be prepared for the chaos!

I don’t know about you but my boy’s favorite question is: ” Can I have a snack?” Snack, snack, snack— I swear my youngest son thinks that he is supposed to have at least 6 snacks a day. So to prepare myself for the madness that is about to happen, I decided to rethink the way I organize snacks.

Instead of just piling all the different boxes of snacks in our cabinet:

Picture not taken– It was a HOT mess

I decided to do this:

Individual pre-packed containers for each kid

Limit to 2 snacks per day–14 prepacked snacks ready to grab and go!

I used basket for organizing our refrigerator snacks– fruit, juice and yogurt/pudding

Everything sits nicely in our fridge and is easily accessible to the boys.

Since school is starting in Aug. I decided to go head with our new plan immediately~

So how about you, how do you organize your snacks? Please share, I’m nosey like that :)

Other great ideas:

photo: orgjunkie.com

photo: Mamaolie.blogspot.com

Also linked post up to Delightful Order– so please go check out all the other wonderful inspiration and ideas!

Day 10 { House & Car First Aid Kits}

Having 4 young kids in the household— there’s always someone with a bo bo running around. So having a fully stocked First Aid kits is a must. I’ve tried purchasing the already packed kind but they never last long because they only give you enough supplies for maybe a small family and that’s not what I have at all! So when Target had a great clearance/mark down on all their First Aid supplies, I combined some coupons that I was saving and cleared the shelves of supplies and made my own kits from scratch.

Some of the supplies

Put everything in two separate containers( Dollar Store for 1.00)

And label— that’s it! The cost of this was less than 12.00 for  both fully stocked kits!

One for the house and one for the car

Define procrastination?

Ok so here I am again writing a  post about procrastination, my deadly friend :) I’ve tried and for some reason I’m starting to think that I’m not a procrastinator but maybe border line lazy? I hate to say that but I just can’t kick this long list of To Do’s out-of-the-way and the list is getting longer by the day. A long LONG time ago before I had kids( that would be high school because I started early :)) I prided myself in being overly organized and creative but suddenly that is faded day by day. Maybe, now that I think about it, maybe that wasn’t really me but something that I forced myself into being due to my environment. I’m not going to go into my childhood but let’s say, it wasn’t that “organized and functional”. Maybe now I’m the real me Lazy and just a plain old housewife? Shit I don’t know… I’m 30 and still doing the same thing and not getting any results… well the results that I want anyways. I remember my cousin saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting the different results….. well you guys, I’m insane! lol— jk. Ok ok enough of the pity party back to my challenge. I promise I’m back on track–

It really can’t be this hard, or is it?

Goals:

  1. Finish 21 day challenge
  2. work out everyday
  3. Start eating right and drinking water
  4. Put more effort into this blog and other business ventures

Stay tuned ladies!

lol — after reading this again—I sound really upset :)