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Let’s Get Organized ~ Summer Chores

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We have been on summer break for about 3 weeks now. I wanted to get the summer chores enforced and our new summer schedule going when we got back from Reno a couple weeks ago, but I had a hard time getting my act together and wanting to enforce chores. I’ve been working on finishing up all the “paperwork” to go along with our schedule and chores and I finally got it up on Friday. I’m still working out the kinks and I’m sure I’ll change things up as the summer goes along. It’s all about trial and error, right? 🙂

I am excited about this post, despite the fact that ! I am not that great about making my kids do chores. Those things that are so much easier for me to just do them and get them done quickly, you know them, right? I’m not one of those moms that has to have chores done PERFECTLY, but I am one of those moms that doesn’t want to stand around all day waiting for my kids to finish their chores.

SO, I went to the good old World Wide Web and did a Google search for Summer Chore Charts and Ideas. I found SO many good ideas and I wanted to do EVERY SINGLE one of them! BUT I had to choose just one, so my kids wouldn’t get too overwhelmed, and so that I wouldn’t either. There were two that really stood out to me and I kind of tweaked them to make them my own.

The first blog I went to was Organizing Made Fun. Becky is a GREAT blogger! She is one of the blogs that I LOVE to get daily emails from. I loved her idea of having the kids earn Media Minutes and I downloaded her 2 printables from her summer chore post. I know these will work great for my boys! they LOVE to just sit around and watch show after show after show. I’m not going to have ANY of that this summer!! I’m going to be on top of my job!!

The next blog I found was called Just Organize Yourself. I loved her summer chore post because it linked to a bunch of great ideas for chore charts. She goes into more detail on how she does her chores and lists in this post.

There were SO many more blogs that I found with great ideas! There were too many for me to read them all. A couple more I liked were Chicken Babies, Raising a Healthy Family and Homebody, she does a 3 part series called Summer Plan Mini Series:

*Rules and Consequences

*Kids Chores

*Fun Stuff

I also went on pinterest, of course!! I have already pinned a bunch of ideas and there was one that I’m definitely going to do, FINALLY! I’ve had it pinned ever since I opened my account I believe! LOL You can view my summer chore board HERE.

Chore Punch Cards ( I printed some off on my computer with cardstock and cut them out. Each kid starts the week out with one card and for every chore he does all the way AND the RIGHT way he’ll get a punch. Once the card is full he can cash it in for a prize. I have a prize box in my craft room that is overflowing. I’ve been saving up stuff for a while now.)

Chore Cards (I actually bought these cards a couple years ago. It was only $1.50 and she had them all written up and I didn’t have to do any work. I have never actually put them into use though so they are now going to come into play; although, I did tweak them to fit my needs. Each boy picks a chore card for the day and they also have to do one Kitchen job as well as all their morning and evening routine chores. The routine chores don’t count for the punch cards, though. Just the cleaning chores count. Depending on what Chore they are assigned on a certain day, they can earn more than 2 punches. I’m very optimistic that this will work!)

Are you ready to see all these things in ACTION??!! I have been hard at work in the last week getting everything organized and together and I am really proud of how it all turned out! It wasn’t anything fancy like some of the chore charts I admired on Just Organize Yourself, but it was easy and I didn’t feel overwhelmed by it. This week we will definitely be using all of these things I have talked about in this post, starting TODAY! I can’t wait! (Is it weird that I’m excited about getting my kids to do chores? I’m sure I will hate it after 10 seconds of instigating it! LOL)

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This is what the chore area has looked like since school got out, pretty bare.

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And this is what it looks like now!  What do you think? I laminated all the chore cards and then taped them onto the metal board with washi tape. I’ve been itching to use some of it and thought it was a pretty good idea to use it for this little project:) I got the idea for this on this blog and made it my own.

So, this is how I’ve thought it out, each kid has a pocket. They will always have an Evening and Morning checklist in their pocket so they can check everything off and get it initialed by Mom or Dad. At the beginning of each day I will have them randomly choose between 2 chores. I will assign who gets what kitchen chores. The Mom’s Choice chores will be done when needed. I’m not really sure if I’ll let those ones be a weekly thing or just when I feel like having them do it. That’s why they got a separate category.

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These are all the chore cards I have printed up.

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I have the media minute tickets in the blue holder that has the stickers and pencils, etc.

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I found this cute calender on a blog while I was browsing summer chore charts. I edited it to fit our schedule.

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These are the Chore Punch Cards I did up. I used a different color at the bottom for each boy, depending on what their favorite color is. I’m planning on throwing these out after they are filled up so I did not laminate them. If you want a free copy of these you can download them HERE.

We are hard at work keeping up with our new summer schedule and doing chores this morning. I will be back next week with a progress report 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great Monday!

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Guest Post by Susan from Organized 31 ~ Summer Outdoors Kit

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Hi, I’m Susan from Organized 31.  I’m excited to be here at Crafty Meggy to share my super easy Grab n’ Go Ready for the Summer Outdoors Kit.
I blogged last summer {here} about how happy I was when I found this cute puzzle box at the thrift shop. When I saw the puzzle box, I knew immediately what I wanted to repurpose it into.
With 3 children and lots of summer activities, I found that since we were always running 20 different  places every day I kept forgetting to bring sunscreen or bug spray.  I got tired of the “duh, I forgot it again”  moments.
To solve the problem and take good care of my family, I collected the items we need at a typical outdoor activity:

Baby Wipes                          Bug-off spray                    Sunscreen            Hand sanitizer

These items easily fit into my cute little puzzle tin.
In case you don’t have a cute little tin laying around, you could repurpose a pencil box (especially now with kids bringing used school supplies home at the end of the school year).
Or if your children are younger, you could repurpose a baby wipes box (do they even make this style any more?)
My handy Grab n’ Go Summer Outdoors Kit has found its happy home in the trunk of the car and now I never forget to bring these items with me in the craziness of herding a family of 5 out the door to the next activity.
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Let’s Get Organized ~ Summer Schedule & Plans

Well, we made it through another year of school and my 2 school age boys are now home FULL TIME! It’s officially SUMMER in our house! YAY!! Oh, wait, that means I have to be around them all day. And break up fights and tantrums and here the endless whining…. *SIGH*

I will say this: I LOVE my kids. Very. Much. BUT, that being said, my two older ones are getting to the age where they LOVE to bother each other or their little brother. They LOVE to fight, or so it seems. They LOVE to whine and complain and make messes… so, when people have been asking me if I’m excited for summer I say “NO!!!”

Am I a horrible mom for feeling that way? I feel bad that I don’t enjoy summer as much as I could, but when you spend most of your days yelling at your kids to STOP yelling (LOL I wonder why they yell haha) and fighting and bothering each other, it’s just not that enjoyable. Last year we went on a LOOONNNGGG vacation to CA and Vegas. It was AWESOME and I think it helped the summer pass fast! This year we have a few plans; my sis is getting married June 1st in Reno and we’re going! Wooo!, I’ve signed the boys up for a couple of different sports and camps, but for the most part we will be stuck at home. I am wracking my brain thinking of ways not to go crazy with all 3 wild and crazy boys of mine in the same house 24 hours a day for 3 months straight!! Here is what I came up with:

I have mapped out a daily schedule. I’m not really a stickler when it comes to schedules. I usually plan out my days, BUT they never seem to go how I plan. With the new summer schedule I wanted to basically give myself an idea of what I want to have accomplished in a certain time frame. I will more than likely be flexible, but we WILL get all chores done before they can play or do anything exciting.

Our daily schedule during the summer will go something like this:

6-9am ~ wake up, eat breakfast, get ready for the day, TV time (WHY on earth would I list 6am as a possible wake up hour?!! Well, I only have ONE out of THREE children that actually sleeps in!! *SIGH* SO there is a big possibility that I will still have the same hours of sleep as I do during the school year. BIG possibility!)

(I say TV time because I often will get up at 6 with the 2 boys that are early birds and let them watch TV until Jonas wakes up. I also let them watch TV on the iPad we have in the kitchen during breakfast.)

9-10am ~ Choretime. I am working on chore charts for all 3 boys and hopefully will come back soon with a post just about that!

10am-12pm ~ Activity/Outside Playtime!! This will be the time that we do all those fun activities I have planned for us this summer (I guess I better start thinking!!). The cheap theater in town does a movie pass during the summer so I always buy one. They play the movies on Thursday – Saturday at 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. I will mostly likely find a babysitter for Tinian when we do this activity. We will go play at the park and do picnics, ride bikes, play in the backyard. Oh, and swimming is high on the agenda! 🙂 Brynnan keeps asking me when they can start doing lessons!

If I don’t have anything planned they will have mandatory playtime outside. Maybe we’ll even do a mandatory picnic in the backyard every week 🙂 I am considering buying a trampoline again. I am also thinking of putting out a wading pool for them to easily have access to. Brynnan keeps asking if we have a pool. He remembers the one I bought for his birthday 2 years ago that we haven’t used since. It’s one of those blow up ones that I used to have to do by myself because we didn’t have anything to blow it up but a little air pump. Now we have a shop vac so it will hopefully be NICE and EASY to blow that sucker up!

12pm ~ Lunchtime! (12:30-ish) After lunch, before Tini goes down for his nap, I will read to the boys. Once I’ve put Tinian down for a nap the boys will read by themselves for 20 minutes. Then, they can have their Free time, see below.

1-3pm ~ Tinian ~ naptime, Jonas and Brynnan ~ Freetime. Free time could mean anything! They can play outside, go to a friends house, have a friend come over and play, art time at the table, or video game/computer game time (which they WILL have to earn each day by doing daily chores.)

3-5pm ~ MORE Outside Play!! 🙂 (During this time I will have them play in the backyard so I can get work done or have some alone time.)

5-6pm ~ TV time. (While Mark and I, wait, who am I kidding?, while Mark prepares dinner they can watch a little TV, if they want to. Tinian and Brynnan would probably play outside all day! 🙂 I haven’t decided if this is free or if they have to earn this TV time.)

6-7pm ~ Dinner and clean up. Jonas and Brynnan will take turns helping me clean up after dinner. I haven’t fully decided on how this will work yet. I’m thinking that they will switch off days, like, Jonas helps me wash the dishes M,W,F and Brynnan clears the table and washes it off on those days. Jonas will clear of the table and wash it on T, T, Sat and Brynnan do the dishes.

If there is time left before 7 we can do something as a family, play a board game or video game or whatever. Maybe just sit and watch TV together. I just want us to be together as a family.

7-8pm ~ Bedtime Prep. Our boys ALWAYS go to bed at 8! Even during the summer! Why? We have found that with a consistent sleeping schedule they are happier. Sometimes we stretch it past 8:00 and it’s not too bad, but if the boys go to bed any later than 9:00 they are usually REALLY crabby the next day! ALSO, this allows for Mark and I to have 2 hours of time alone before we go to bed.

I think that I want to start reading the scriptures with them before they go to bed, which is another reason why we would start getting them ready at 7:00. It allows us time to get everything done and not feel rushed.

So there you have it. Our tentative Summer Schedule. Today is the first day I will be implementing it so I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m kind of excited! I can’t wait to share with you what I came up with to make chores FUN!! 🙂

Come back on Wednesday to see what my amazing guest blogger, One Artsy Mama, has to show you!

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Last Day of School!! ~ Teacher Scrapbooks

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen a couple photos having to do with teacher scrapbooks I’ve been working on this week. I’m finally ready to show them off! 🙂

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I’ve been planning on making each teacher a scrapbook all year long. I Finally took pictures of the class last week and I printed them off on  Monday this week. I’ve been working on putting the pictures on cute paper and stamping names on the pages for the past 2 days!! I finally finished yesterday and I am here to show you the finished projects. I LOVE them!! They aren’t as FANCY as the scrapbooks I made last year. I did those ones on the computer so it was easier to make them look fancy. Paper scrapbooking is HARD compared to digital!! BUT, I was determined to do something different this year, since my 1st grader has the same teacher as my older boy had last year. I didn’t want her to get the same scrapbook with different picture. I’m a perfectionist like that. So, here you go:

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I bought some cute We R memory keepers 4×6 journal cards at Target and used them because they were already decorated cute. All I had to do was glue on the picture!

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Oh, I did use some of my new washi tape for this page because it was a little bland. Still easy peasy!

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I used a friends stamps to embellish the top page a little bit.

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And my cutie is on the bottom of the above picture 🙂

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We did a big class picture as well.

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And at the end of the whole scrapbook I put in a little extra journal card for them to write down their favorite things about the year if they want.

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So, that’s my first graders teacher scrapbook. I’m really emotional about not having a first grader anymore! I’ll miss the teacher! She has been a lot of fun to work with and get to know!

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Now moving onto my 2nd graders teacher scrapbook. He has a HUGE class!! 28 kids!! So her book took a little bit longer to complete than Brynnan’s!

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My cutie, Jonas, in the picture above.

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Aren’t these journal cards just THE cutest?!! I have some left over so I can’t wait to use them!! IF I ever get around to scrapbooking! lol

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I had FUN with the stamps my friend lent me! 🙂

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And that’s it! I’m going to put them into bags and write a nice Thank you note to them. My friend, Karlenn, has an Etsy shop where she sells her cards and she is SO amazing at it!! I LOVE her cards! I only buy them from her, never the store. NEVER again from the store!! 🙂 Yes, that’s how good she is! And they’re the same price as buying them at the store! So, go over and visit Kar’s Kards today!!

Anyway, sorry for the detour there. I had to give a shout out to my bestie! 🙂 I hope you’re having a great week! If your kids are still in school I hope all goes well with the last few weeks and if you want to do something like this for a teacher it’s really simple!! Just buy some journal cards like I did and slap in some pictures. If you don’t have a picture of each kid in the class you could scrapbook pictures from throughout the year if you went into the class to help out or something. I always have my phone with me to snap pictures every time I go in! Just in case! 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Friday! Thanks for stopping by!!

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Guest Post by Eva from Tales of the Scotts ~ Captain America T-Shirt

Today, I have a good blog friend guest posting with a FUN craft to do with your Super Heroes! 🙂 I hope you will go visit Eva at her blog and get to know her, she is GREAT! 🙂

Also, don’t forget that today at midnight is the deadline to enter my Birthday Bash Giveaway!!

Here’s Eva:



Hi everyone!  I’m Eva and I blog over at Tales of the Scotts.  I’m a stay-at-home momma to two little people that keep me on my toes.  Much to my patient husband’s chagrin, my dining room table is always full of  little “projects” I have going on. 

 

I’m really happy to be here on Crafty Meggy to help Megan celebrate her birthday and am excited to share with you one of my favorite crafting techniques that I know you’re going to love!




My son loves Superheroes right now.  It’s pretty cute actually.  Well, he owns several Spiderman and Superman and Batman tees but no Captain America.  He recently asked for one so I decided to make my own using one of my favorite techniques: freezer paper stenciling.




Step 1, grab a blank tee.  Step 2, create your stencil.  I created mine on my Silhouette Cameo but I’ve done this technique lots of times by creating my design in word and then using an x-acto knife to cut it out on the freezer paper.  Step 3 & 4, iron on your stencil.  This was actually pretty different for me.  I’ve never had a “layered” design before.  So, I ironed down the “base”, then added certain circles.  I wrote what color the circles should be directly on the paper so I wouldn’t mess anything up.  Hopefully this makes sense in the picture.  So in Step 4, I’ll be painting two red circles and the white star.




Step 5, start painting.  Step 6, after you’ve let it dry, remove the stencil.  Now, here’s where I entered new territory.  I knew that in order to get the other circles and the blue around the star, I was going to have to iron the paper directly on the painted design.  I wasn’t sure if it would work but it did!  Step 7, instead of waiting until it was dry to remove the paper, I decided to take it off immediately.  I didn’t want the paper to ruin the painting I’d already done.  Once it’s completely dry, put a washcloth over it and iron it (no steam) to set it.




All finished!  Now I have one happy little boy!  And the shirt will even double for a 4th of July shirt.  Score!




I told him to do a Captain America stance and this is what I got.  I barely had the shirt on him before he told me he wanted me to make him an Iron Man, Hulk and Thor t-shirt next.  Better get to work!



If you’ve never done freezer stenciling, do it this week!  It’s really fun.  You can see a more in depth tutorial from me here.


I hope to see all of you over at Tales of the Scotts!  Thanks again for having me Megan!  
 
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