Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Chore Chart

Ah chores!  I love it that my oldest who is nine can do many chores now.  It has taken a big load off my husband and I in the evening.  We are less stressed and have more time to do other things.  Chores for kids are awesome.  Plus, we are teaching him how to be responsible, save money and keep organized!  Wow!  Did I mention chores are awesome?

I have tried a couple of different systems for keeping track of chores and have failed big time.  I am hoping this latest idea will work and keep him going to get the chores done and the money in his pocket or money bank!

I typed up and printed out the chart. I placed it on the clip board and tied a marker on it with some ribbon I had here.

I put up a Command hook at the end of our top cabinet in the kitchen.  This way he can see it and reach it!
I then hot glued some ribbon onto the back of the clipboard so I could hang it up.

Finished!  Pretty easy right?  I can always tweek the layout if need be and add or take away chores.  My son seems to really like this system of keeping track.  Maybe it is the prospect of earning $5.00 a week. 

As you can see the chores are pretty simple for a kid his age.  We started letting him clean the kitchen just a couple of months ago and he likes to do it.  Most times.  He only has to do the kitchen on Wednesdays for now.  Everything else he does Monday - Friday.  He gets a $1.00 for things marked with an * and .50c for things marked with this ^ symbol. 

I almost forgot to mention, this did not cost a dime.  I had everything I needed here at home.  Reduce and Reuse!  Woo-Hoo!

Parties I linked up with:
Mess For Less
Hating Martha

Monday, April 9, 2012

Busy Weekend

Wow!  What a busy weekend!  We drove down to Brenham on Saturday afternoon to celebrate my Grandma's 83rd birthday!  We had barbque and it was yummy.  Grandma made homemade rice salad, like potato salad but with rice.  It was delish!  My mom made banana walnut cupcakes from scratch and mmmmmm!  Yeah, they were good.  She also made some chocolate ones and added cherry filling which makes a box recipe super yum!  She used cream cheese frosting and then the kids helped her put on green coconut and peep bunnies.  They had fun!

On Sunday we drove out to the The Falls Resort in New Ulm and had a brunch.  Then the kids had an Easter egg hunt and later we made a visit to the park before heading back to Pflugerville.

Sorry about all the pictures, but they were all so fun and cute!

I have not done my Easy Menu Monday in awhile and I am afraid it will be next Monday before I get back to it.  I am working on a chore chart for my son and a family meal plan.  I will post both of these when I am done.  This new computer has alot more bells and whistles than my old one.  I am learning how to use it slowly! 

Hope your Monday is awesome!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Wreath

Hello everyone!  I have not been here for a week and I have missed it so much!  Our computer went kaboom and so today we bought a new one!  Yipee!  So happy to be back and hope everyone has been great! 

I do not have a big post today but I wanted to make sure I got on to see what everyone was up to.  I did manage to make a spring wreath for our front door.  I did not take any pictures while I was putting it together but here is an after picture.

For my first wreath, I think it turned out nicely.

I bought all my items from Hobby Lobby:

Straw wreath
stick pins

I took the plastic covering off the wreath to wrap the yarn around it.  I am not sure if this was a good idea or not because it made a huge mess, but that's what I did. 
While wrapping the yarn around it, I would place a small stick pin in every so often.  I used pins with yellow heads.  It took awhile to wrap this little thing, but after about 3 to 4 hours I had it done.  I went back and did a second wrapping but didn't take as much care to the placement of the yarn.  I was tired!
I cut the two flowers and just stuck them in the wreath.  Then I took the ribbon, cut how much I wanted and tied it to my wreath hanger.  If I want to change out the ribbon, I just untie it from the hanger.  Pretty easy.

Well, that is all for today!  Again, I am really happy to be back!  Woo-hoo!

Parties I linked up with:

Six Sister's Stuff
Crafty Texas Girls-Cowgirl Up
Southern Lovely
One Artsy Mama
Shaken Together