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A New Chore Chart

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I know in the past I have posted a tutorial on a chore chart for your kids, but my girls are just getting older (time goes by WAY too fast!!!) And I needed a new chore chart. One that I could use to add extra chores to on a daily basis, or just have basic chores if the day is really busy. My oldest is in kindergarten and I wanted to have a place that she could mark off her school work and her assigned reading each day. I wanted one that was a little more interactive, so that my youngest who is 3 could understand which day’s chores we were working on. I wanted one that I could incorporate an incentive program into.

I was using my chalkboard chore chart (which was great) and just giving the girls a .50 a day for finishing all of their chores. But then I would take them to the store with their money to buy something and they wouldn’t understand how much money they had and what they could buy with it. They always wanted something that was out of their price range and they didn’t understand why. The fits that were happening in the store, oh man! Definitely time for a new system. I decided that instead of money as a reward I wanted to have a family store where they could earn points for chores done and then turn those points into me once a week to “shop” at the family store.

I searched the internet….I searched Pinterest…and I FOUND IT! I have been using this chore chart system in our home for 3 weeks now. (I wanted to make sure it was successful before I blogged about it to you.) It is successful! Yay!

You can find the tutorial and instructions HERE. It took me some time to print out everything, cut it out, laminate it, and then cut it out again. But well worth the effort don’t you think?

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The lady who made all these wonderful chore chart graphics did a great job, I did have to make a few of my own just to fit my family exactly.  I pretty much use the system the way she designed it to be used with just a few changes.

It works like this. Every day is a different color. The girls are responsible for doing the chores on their chart in that color each day. If they whine and cry at me about doing their chores, they still have to do the chore they just don’t get a ticket. When a chore is done, they remove the card and place in underneath to show it is completed. At the end of the day they trade me completed chore cards for tickets in the same color. At the end of the week they trade me for shopping privileges. The pink tickets don’t go with a particular day, I use those to reward special behaviors or extra help around the house that doesn’t have to do with a chore. I also take away tickets for bad behavior. 

 

When they have 20 tickets they get to shop in the “ticket box”. This is full of treats, toys and surprises. Mostly from the dollar store, or dollar bins at Target and Michael’s. They think this is awesome, and then I don’t have the money issue!

 

On top of earning tickets the girls can also earn stickers for their rewards card. They earn a sticker for each day that every single one of their chores is completed. After 9 stickers their card is full and they can shop from the “card box”. This box has even better stuff like bigger treats and more expensive toys like little lego sets or polly pocket/princess toys. Or a new toy for the pool, etc. I also added some laminated cards for a play date, ice cream date with Dad or Mom, video game time, etc.

They can also shop from this box with a “Bee-havior card” I give these cards out for VERY special behavior. Like a whole day of awesomeness, or something really big. These are not given out very often, it is kind of a big deal to get one! Smile

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So far, this system is working great! The girls think it is a blast to earn tickets and “buy” their own stuff with their tickets. We will see how long it lasts, hopefully a long time! I think this summer I am also going to put into place an independent behavior system. Like a green, yellow, red stoplight program. The girls will be home all day, everyday, and their behavior will need to be monitored (really I mean their ATTITUDES which get huge and scary and sassy!!!! Ahhh!!!)

 

Anyone every use a behavior system????? I would love to hear which one and how it worked for you!!!

 

HERE is my pinterest board for all the chore chart ideas I collected in case you want to check it out!

Chore Charts

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Getting kids to do chores is always a bit tricky. My 2 girls respond really well to reward programs so I made our family their very first chore charts. One for each cutie girl. They can check off the chores they have completed each day and at the end of the day if all chores were completed they get to pick a warm fuzzy to put in their jar. When their jars are full, then they get to pick a date with Mom or Dad anywhere they want to go. Well….anywhere within reason! Not to Disneyland, more like the movies, bowling or Chuck E. Cheese!

 

Fuzzies can go into the jar for chores that are all done, or for awesome obedient behavior. So, of course they can be taken out too. The have to remove a fuzzy if they are disobedient or naughty. This system works quite well for my little family. The girls love to get fuzzies and hate to lose them so it works great!

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The jars are just Mason jars with the girls’ names cut out using my Cricut in pink vinyl, and a little ribbon tied at the mouth for a fun touch.

 

The Chore charts are made from foam board that I received at an Elmers Craft and Tell Night hosted by my friend, Jamielyn over at I Heart Naptime, one of my favorite blogs!

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It was such a fun night and each of us walked away with a gift bag full of goodies. The board was a bi-fold board so I just cut it in half with an exacto knife.

 

Then I painted the front of the boards with magnetic paint, and then chalkboard paint ( Love that stuff!)

 

After the paint was all dry, I used paint markers (also from my Elmer’s craft night) to draw the lines to hold the days of the week, the chores needing to be done and the check marks. If you don’t have paint markers, you could totally use acrylic paint, or a metallic sharpie.

 

I used my love bug Cricut to cut out vinyl days of the week, and the girls names.

 

On my Computer I printed out the chores I wanted the girls to do each day. After printing them and cutting each one out, I ran them through my laminator and backed each one with a magnet so it would stick right to the board and be interchangeable!

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I wanted to be able to change the chores in the future, so magnets made that possible.

 

A little ribbon glued to the back for hanging and I absolutely love how they turned out and how functional they are for my family.

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It was super easy, just a bit of measuring. Now the girls can use chalk to check off the chores they complete each day!

An ALL Panties Kinda Girl!

If you remember 2 weeks ago my silly post about potty training my 2 year old! It has been a long 2 weeks, but it is now official! Drum roll please…..we are all potty trained in this house! NO MORE DIAPERS!

 

Okay, okay, I know I still have to buy Pull-Ups for night time, but seriously this is the first time in over 5 years that I have NOT had to buy diapers and wipes and change diapers all the whole day long!

 

Can I say it??? WAHOOO!!!

 

To celebrate my little one’s HUGE accomplishment I made her a cute jar to put her potty treats in. I have not had to clean up a mess on the floor for over a week now. I am still gonna reward her for using the toilet for a few more weeks at least. It is fun, and she likes it, and I just want her to use the potty, so if a little sugar gets the job done, than so be it!

 

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I purchased a candlestick and a glass jar with a lid from Goodwill. (Candlestick .99, Jar w/lid 1.99) I spray painted the candlestick and the lid HOT pink and then tied some ribbon around the jar. After printing out “potty treats” in vinyl and sticking on jar it was ALL DONE!

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Now it looks so cute sitting on the bathroom counter waiting for little girl to be a big girl and use the potty! Love it!

 

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Countdown to Easter

This is the project I guest posted at Mine For the Making last week. Just in case you missed it!


I don’t know about you but at my house right now we are ALL about EASTER!




My 2 girls LoVE Easter, (of course they do, egg hunts and candy, what else could they want?)



I have come up with a terra-cotta bunny pot. A cute place to keep treats and to count down the days ‘til Easter is here!
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Supplies:
Terra Cotta Pot
Foam Brush
Glue Gun
Acrylic Paint (I used pink)
Spray Paint (I used green)
Foam sheets (dark and light pink and white)
2 black pipe cleaners
fluff balls (white and pink, different sizes)
plastic googly eyes
dowel
cardstock and patterned paper
Black marker
vinyl wording (optional)



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Okay, so there you have it! Now anything I say beyond this point you probably won’t even read….but I just have to share! My girls really love doing crafts with me, so I bought them each their own small terra cotta pot and they made bunnies of their own.

Check it out! So cute! You could totally do this with your kiddos!

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What a cutie faced, “HOPPY” little bunny pot family! I know too “punny” I just couldn’t help myself!


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Potty Training Anyone?

I know, I know, potty training is always a dirty job! I have done it before, not my first time! But today was especially hilarious so I just HAVE to share! My little 2 year Taylor was insistent that today was pantie day, NO diapers!

I have been telling myself for awhile that it “was time” but I have kept putting it off. So…why not today! That girl peed everywhere, the carpet, the tile, the COUCH! She did pee in the toilet ONCE today. Yay! You take the wins where you can get ‘em folks!

This morning I wanted a clean house, but had NO desire to clean it myself. Then I started the potty training excitement and lo and behold….. I HAVE A CLEAN HOUSE. Apparently all you need to do to make yourself clean the house is slap some panties on your 2 1/2 year old. Then you will have a clean couch, mopped bathroom and kitchen floors, and shampooed carpets. Amazing huh?

Ok, so on to some pics, since they ARE the best part of any story!

She is so sweet, and looks so innocent.

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Okay, so NOT so innocent, but still sweet!

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Eating lunch, or……..

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Can you see THAT puddle???? What??

And then the best for last, her sister took care of her face with markers. What a nice sister! Later she told me she was making Taylor into a cat.

Notice when I found the cat mask on her face, I also found her with WET shorts!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Some days as a mom you just have to freakin’ LAUGH!!! So LAUGH it up girls!!

Awesome KID Ideas for General Conference!

If you have small children at home (like me) then General Conference can be a bit frustrating at times. You want to sit and listen to the talks in your home, but sometimes that is near impossible!

Is this sounding like you? If so, go check out Little LDS Ideas for some PHENOMENAL ideas and printouts to help keep your kiddos occupied and learning. I love that the internet and blog world are such an awesome resource for me and my crafting/cooking mania and for my family! THANKS to all the wonderful women out there who put all these ideas and packets together. I for one, really appreciate it!!!!

Little LDS Ideas

Milk Jug Recycle

My 5 year old daughter is always BEGGING to do a craft with me. I have a love/hate relationship with these requests. I LOVE spending time with her but it seems that I am always going a million directions and the last thing I seem to want to do is stop the million things that need doing and spend quality time with her!!!! I know, I know problem right?!? I have been putting her off for days, promising “we will craft tomorrow.” Yesterday when she asked again, I couldn’t bring myself to say no, so I stopped what I was doing and we got to crafting!
I have been saving milk jugs (cleaned and rinsed out ones of course) for a rainy day. So I googled milk jug kids crafts and came across this cute idea on Family Fun. You will love this site, LOTS of great kids ideas for just about anything.

Here is a picture of our finished craft. My daughter loves it, both my girls really like containers to put stuff in. They put things in, then take them out, then put them back in, then carry them around……hey whatever entertains them works for me!
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All you need is a milk jug, tissue paper in different colors, a glue stick, mod podge and a foam brush.

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Cut off the top section of the milk jug, and then cut the tissue into circles.

Then let your little one use the glue stick to glue the circles onto the jug.

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Take the mod podge and cover the jug coating all the circles. I did let my daughter do this part and she actually did just fine despite a little OCD anxiety on my part! Just look at that smile! This was a good day.

After the mod podge dries your child has a little scooper for small toys, or little nick nacks!

Drive a car….anywhere!

Making Christmas presents is one of my most favorite things. The fun of hunting for the right idea, and then creating the gift is so exciting. This year I made all my nephews these great car cozy’s.

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Don’t you just love the numbered parking spaces, so organized!

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I got the idea from Homemade by Jill, she has a super easy to follow tutorial here. If you haven’t ever visited her blog, GO CHECK IT OUT, I love it, so much great stuff.

Now I am not one of those mom’s that insist my 2 girls play with all things girl (not that I mind when they do, I LOVE girly things). My 2 year old really enjoys playing with cars, so I had to make her a car cozy too. But…of course it had to be pink, with a cute flower! I also added names to the front of each one so that it was easy to tell who each one belonged to.

These were such a big hit with kids and moms alike. Now the kiddos can drive their cars…anywhere; church, the doctor’s office, the car, wherever they want. So FUN!

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