Sunday, August 28, 2011

Busy Mom's Ideal Chore Chart

Before we get into today's fun-tute on making a chore chart,
I wanted to give you a heads up as to what's on the horizon the next few weeks :)

THIS Saturday J&M Eye Candy will be hosting at their place
a FREE give-away contest for a cool AVON bundle of goodies!

Be sure to head on over to J&M Eye Candy this Saturday for your chance to win!


Also, for 2 weeks in September J&M Eye Candy will be having this amazing "Party Extravaganza".
And I get to guest post for one of those days!!  Yipee!
I'll be doing a guest post on September 10th. 
It will be all about the Star Wars party that my ole hubby and I did for our son.
Be sure to head over on the 10th and check it out!


And now, on with the show!

I don't know about you, but chore charts have been a big pain in my patootie.

I absolutely LOVE the idea of online chore charts ...
but then I have to stop what I am doing to log my son on.  Hate that!

Then my husband found these cool free printables online and he printed me a ton ...
but then I had to write the chores each time on the chart, and that's if I even
remembered to pull the old one down and put the new one up.  Too much for my busy life :)

Then I saw this tutorial by Kristine at J&M Eye Candy.
BAM!  Light bulbs went on and I was like

The idea was born, and our task of creating a
perpetual, reusable chore chart took of!

First thing I did was to use my Silhouette SD software
to lay out my chore chart similar to the way I wanted it to end up.

Once I had it looking like I wanted, I then approached ...
what for me is the hardest part of crafting/scrapbooking ...
choosing the paper!  I have the hardest time picking out papers & colors.

But, I perservered and found my selection. 
Then, using my pesonal trimmer I cut all the paper that needed
to be cut into rectangles and squares.  I based my measurements 
on what the Silhouette SD images showed.

Once I had all the rectangles cut and laid out,
I then used the Silhouette SD to cut out my letters ...

... and then I laid the letters in the general area they needed to be.

Next up, letting the Silhouette SD cut out the stars ...

... and a hole punch to cut out the dots.

Once I had all the pieces-parts cut & punched out,
I inked all the edges to give it more "pop".
Then I glued everything down onto an 8.5"x11" piece of cardstock

Almost done!  I thought the stars looked a little dead
so I decided to gently trace the stars with a blue ink pen
... let's just say I'm not very good at inking stars :)

One last thing ... the actual chart.  I used Microsoft Excel to create the chart,
printed it out, trimmed it up, and glued that sucker down!

I then put the whole thing in a Dollar Store frame,
gathered a dry erase pen that I had laying around
and bing-bang-boom it's ready to go for my son's chores :)

Now I won't have to worry about it except for once a week
when I have to count up his "x's" and dole out the mulah.

Easy Peasy ... and a nice cheatin' way out for mama :)

Be sure to check out the "Linky Parties" page to see where I'm hooking up this week!

Friday, August 26, 2011

We Got The Treats!

Ooohh, looky looky at what AVON has:

We Got the Treats Pete

He sways and sings "We Got the Treats" to the music of "We Got the Beat".
Isn't he just the most adorable thing. 

I'm thinking not just for decorating the home,
but he would be great as a reward system in the home.

Kids help set the table?  Pete has their treat in his little bag!
Kids make it a whole day and not fight?  They can go see Pete for their treat!
Kids bring home a good grade on their spelling test?  Get a treat from Pete!

And not just for the home, what about you teachers out there?
Maybe Pete could find a home in your classroom too!

Pete's only $19.99 for a limited time ... but that price won't last long!
So ... if you like him ... get him now!

Head on over to my online store and check it out!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I'm a Winner!

Yay!  One of my favorite blogs to follow is delicateCONSTRUCTION

There are lots of cool tips and ideas going on over there every day!
It's a site that I stalk daily.  I mean it!  Daily people!
Well, she had her this contest you see ... a contest where she was giving away

What?!  For Real?!  Cha-ching! 
So I entered ... AND I WON!
Yabba dabba doo baby!!

If you like to scrapbook, then you should head over to the My Memories website
and read about this program.  You'll be in scrapbook heaven ... I promise you!

AND, if decide you want one of these amazing software programs
for yourself, then you have two options!

First, you can head over to delicateCONSTRUCTION's site and she'll have a discount code
for you where you can get $10 off AND $10 in free merchandise.  How cool is that??!!

or, if you want to try your chances at winning one,
then head over to Mine for the Making blog for another change to win!

I'm telling you, you'll be doing the happy dance with me once you discover this program.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Locust and Wild Honey Breakfast

... as in what John the Baptist ate. 
Ok, so John the Baptist ate the real deal
and this is actually yummy to the tummy, but you get the idea :)

The original post for these came from this site
while I was working on a family lesson we were doing. 
However, I needed it to be more breakfasty for my family
so I tweaked the original a bit.  Hope they don't mind :)

Items You Will Need:
1 Can of Crescent Rolls
24 Pretzel Sticks
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Butter or Margerine
A Little Bit of Honey, A Little Bit of Sugar, and Lots of Raisins
Waxed Paper (to keep your counters clean!)
Aluminum Foil (to keep your pan clean!)
Cooking Spray (to keep your bugs from sticking!)

So you will NOT need the M&M Cookie Jar that is pictured.
But you WILL need the jar of honey that is not pictured.
Hey, it was early and I was not quite awake yet :)

What You Need to Do:

Melt the butter in the microwave.  Stir in the Cinnamon.
Cover your baking sheet with aluminum foil & then with cooking spray.
Open the crescent rolls and ideally lay them out as one giant rectangle.

However, if yours are like mine, they won't make it to the rectangle
and will just fall apart as you peel it open. 
In that case just lay out the triangles like pizza slices
and grumble about how early it is and do you really love your
family enough to be doing this anyways :)

Once the rolls are all laid out, and hopefully in a rectangle,
then use a pastry brush to spread the butter/cinnamon mixture all over them. 
Then throw some raisins on there as well.
And sprinkle some sugar on top of them too.

Don't they look like pizza slices?  I promise they aren't. 
I would NEVER feed my family pizza for breakfast.
Ok, so maybe never is a strong word.
Leftover pizza has been known many times to grace my breakfast table. 
There, I said it ... now let's move on :)

Now, roll them up as you would any crescent roll.
Then add raisins for the eyes and broken pretzel sticks for the legs.
Aren't they looking all kind of buggish :)

Now, take the honey that I forgot to put in the first picture
and drizzle it on top of each little bug.
Bake them in the oven according to the directions on the crescent rolls.

When you are done you will have
Locust and Wild Honey Bugs to eat!



Wanna see where I am gonna party this week?
Be sure to check out my "link parties" page above!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Take the 2011 Challenge!


I'm jumping on the bandwagon!  Wanna join me??

Last week I read a post by my new bloggy world friend, Samantha, from the cool blog At Home with Mrs. H.  I was thrilled and excited to read what she wrote.  I was hooting and hollering with joy ... and then I realized ... wow, Samantha has ESP ... and if it's not ESP then she must have video recorders in my home!  I mean, how else could she know about all the junk precious stuff that is overtaking every room in my home.  I'm drowning I tell ya ... drowing in a sea of ... who knows what!

So, after I read all about the challenge I told my hubby about it and asked him to join me.  His response?  "Sure, we can do this, let's start with your 2011 pairs of shoes!"  DOH!  Truth time, I wasn't really thinking of getting rid of MY stuff  :)  I was leaning more toward the hubby's "collectables" as he calls them.  I mean, how many Nascar things can one man have??  Hmmm, I may need to rethink this challenge ...

Too late.  The hubby is all excited about it now.  Darn it all.  I"m stuck.  So, I am we are rising to her challenge!  It begins this next weekend.  We will get rid of 2011 things from our home before the end of the year ... and yes, maybe even a few pairs of my shoes.  Hmpf.

Stay tuned for the first round ... post coming soon ...