Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Super Easy Dry Erase Kids Chore Chart Printable

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Kids and chores.  Sometimes they just don't mix.  Especially with my kids.  It's always a battle for us.  I find that I have to come up with different charts and things like to get them excited about doing chores.  Lately we have been doing an allowance for chores and it felt like every week I was paying the kids but still doing a lot of cleaning and really didn't have a very clean house.  I decided that we really needed some real structure, so I made up this super easy and simple chore chart.  

I made up the printable and then I wrote out what the chores are.  All of my kids are going to have the same chores.  Basically I'm not going to be cleaning up any of the kids' stuff anymore, the 4 of them are in charge of it.  
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After I wrote down all the chore, I laminated them so we can use a dry erase marker to mark off the chores.
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I have 6 circles for each chore (one for each day Monday-Saturday).  Every night before we do our nightly reading and go to bed, I let each kid have the clip board and their chart.  We walk through the house and check off what is done.  If something isn't done, I have them do it.  They love being able to check off their own charts!

  If the whole chart is filled up for the week, I will give them their full allowance.  If it's just partially filled then I will just give them partial allowance.  So far it's been working really well.  The kids like to check out their chores each evening.  Plus it's nice to go to bed with a cleaner house!  
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How do you get your kids to do chores?  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DIY Dining Table with Burned Wood Finish using a BernzOmatic Blow Torch

Disclosure: I was given product for this post, all opinions, ideas, and content are 100% my own.  This post contains affiliate links. 

Three years ago we bought the perfect dining table for our family.  I loved everything about it and it worked perfectly for us for three years, then we moved into our new house.  It worked but it made our dining room really cramped, so it just wasn't working.  I have been wanting to do make a new dining table for a while now but finally got around to it.  I absolutely love how it turned it out and it was easier than I thought it would be.  I decided that I wanted the table to have some character, so instead of staining it I lightly burned the surface of the wood using a BernzOmatic blow torch and I love how it turned out!

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

16 Unique and Fun Decorating Ideas {MMM #266 Block Party}

16 Unique and Fun Decorating Ideas

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Tiffany here hosting from Making the World Cuter today! We are in remodeling and decorating mode constantly at my casa so I thought I would round up some of your unique and fun decorating ideas that you shared last week. If you would like to check out some of what I've been working on around my house, be sure to check out these posts:
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Reasons Why T-Mobile Simply Prepaid™ is the Perfect Phone for Your Kids #ChangingPrepaid

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Ever since I have been married, we have not had a land line phone.  It seems like they are getting more and more less common.   My husband and I just have cell phones and it has been great for us until now.  One day my oldest son was at scouts.  One of my friends took him and she usually picks him up and then he goes and plays at his friend's house.  Well this one day we had some miscommunication,  I didn't know that I was supposed to pick up my son and was off running errands.  He was dropped off at my house by himself.  He's old enough to be home by himself but he had no way to get ahold of me.  That day made me realize that we needed another cell phone for our kids to use.

The times are changing and because of that companies are changing their wireless.  T-Mobile felt like it was time to change prepaid so they introduced  T-Mobile Simple Prepaid™
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I headed to Walmart to pick out a phone and a prepaid plan.  They had a large selection of phones, they had phone at different price levels.  I ended up picking up the Samsung Galaxy Avant because it is a brand and phone that I trust.  Plus I know that there are some fun apps that my kids will enjoy.  What's nice about Simply Prepaid™ is that the SIM card comes with the phone, so you don't have to buy it in addition to the phone.  Plus it's nice because you get to pick your plan and pay as you go.
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I went with the $40 one.  For just $40 a month you can get 4G LTE data with unlimited talk and text.  It's nice that you get to pick your plan.  Starting at $40, you can get unlimited talk, text and data with the choice of a high-speed data amount (maxing at 8Mbps) plus you get this on T-Mobile's Nationwide 4G LTE Network.  And you don't have a contract, overages, or credit check.  How nice is that?!  Whenever I thought about a prepaid phone, I thought about those awful flip phones or ones that have extremely low data speed.  This is not the case with Simply Prepaid™.
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I love the idea of a pay as you go phone. I like that there are different options and plans.  When we aren't going to use our phone as much (like in the school year) I can get a cheaper plan.  But when it comes to be summer and my kids are out and about with their friends, I will want them to use the phone more, so I can get a bigger plan that gives them more usage if I need it.  I love the flexibility of it.
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Here's a fun video showing how Simply Prepaid™ can help you stay connected. 

Have you tried a pay as you go phone yet?  If you've been looking for one, make sure to check out Simply Prepaid™!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kids Bedwetting Solutions with GoodNites* and Dryness Chart Printable

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I think one of the hardest things about parenting is potty training.  I seriously dread it and put it off for as long as I can.  I would love to send them away to Grandma's house for a week and then they magically be potty trained, seriously how awesome would that be?  Or even just pay someone to do it, I would gladly do that.  Potty training is hard enough, but when you have a kid that has been potty trained for 4 years and then all the sudden starts having accidents again, in the day and in the night it really can throw you off guard.  That is what happened to us.  And it's not fun.  It's embarrassing for the kid but also hard for the parents.  I came up with a few ideas to help make the situation better and easier on all of us because when it comes to using the bathroom, it's a very delicate matter.  
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GoodNites* has a newer product called  GoodNites* TRU-FIT*.  It is real underwear that you can put in a super absorbent liner in that helps with night time bed wetting.  I picked up the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear Starter Kit from Fred Meyer to help with my son's situation.  I chose the TRU-FIT* because of the fact that they are real underwear and that if someone sees it, they don't have to know that it has a liner in it.  It makes it easier for it to be a little secret between us and my son.
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The GoodNites* TRU-FIT Underwear Starter Kit comes with two pairs of underwear and 5 disposable inserts that you put into the pocket.  When they have them on, they look like normal underwear.  Then when the child has an accident in the night, they can just go into the bathroom and remove the insert.  It's actually pretty cool I think and I think that it will make the bedwetting problem easier for the kids.  Studies have shown that 1 in 6 children between the ages 4-12 have problems with bedwetting.  Kids with bedwetting problems struggle with wanting to participate in fun activities like sleep overs.  There isn't a way to train your child out of bedwetting, so that why these products are so nice to have because it really helps with the situation.  If you want more information about bedwetting, check out GoodNites* website and Facebook page.  They even have a YouTube channel to help with it too.  
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I use the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear for my son at night, but I actually use them in the day too.  My son is very shy and he likes to hold his pee and by the time he needs to go, he can't hold it any longer.  He is a very shy boy and has a hard time asking the teacher if he can go to the bathroom because he's afraid that he will get in trouble or he thinks that he's not allow to go during class time.  So we talked to his teachers about it but I also made them a dryness chart to help me out.  First off the chart reminds him to really try to remember to ask to go and not hold it.  But also it rewards him for going and staying dry.  You can get the printable here.  
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My favorite thing about the GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear is that you can't tell that they aren't regular underwear.  Kids can be so mean and if they saw something that looked like a diaper, I guarantee that they would make fun of them.  Even worse is when they have an accident.  It just makes me so sad.  These help because if he has an accident, people don't have to know.  He can just go into the bathroom and throw away the liner.  
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 Bedwetting is a struggle for kids and parents.  How have you made the situation easier for your family?  I would love to hear it! 

To make potty training and bedwetting easier, I have a giveaway to share with you! Would you like to win a $100 Kroger gift card or a Potty Training prize pack?  Enter to win it in the giveaway below.  There will be 7 winners, woohoo!
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Motivate me Monday #265 {Block Party}

Hello everyone!!  I hope that you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and enjoying your three day weekend!  Thanks for being here and I can't wait to see what you've been up to!!
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

7 Tips to Make Blogging Less Stressful for Bloggers

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and TurboTax, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #TurboTaxACA

It is tax season!  I guarantee that this is something that has been on everyone's minds lately.  Taxes can be very stressed for people, especially us bloggers because blogging is so new and there isn't much help out there.  For me, taxes aren't stressful at all because I do a few things through out the whole year so by the time January comes around I just have to do a few things and I'm ready to do my taxes.  I thought that I would share some tips on how to make taxes less stressful.
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1) Use TurboTax to comply with ACA requirements.
Did you know that there is a new requirement this year involving health insurance?  If you do not have health insurance then you will have to pay a tax penalty.  Take the stress away of not having health insurance with TurboTax. 
All you have to do is put in your information in and then TurboTax will help guide you through the process and show you discounts that you could be eligible for.  You have be covered by health insurance by February 15th in order to not be penalized for 2015 taxes so make sure you don't miss the deadline.
2) Don't procrastinate doing your taxes.
When you procrastinate, your stress level goes up and if you're like me, then your can't think straight and the pressure is crazy and you make a ton of mistakes.  So if you get them done early you can just be done and enjoy the tax refund, if you get anything.  Plus if you are filing a 1040A/EZ, TurboTax lets you file for free if you do it before February 16th, so that makes doing it earlier even better!  Who doesn't love saving some extra money? 
3) Keep track of all your expenses and earnings. 
You can do this anyway you want, spreadsheet or a program or old school like me, with a notebook.  I have a notebook that is my blogging notebook.  I write down all of my expenses and earnings the day that they happen. When I write down my expenses or earnings, I write down the description of what it was, it makes it much easier when I go back and look at it to see where the money came from.  Plus you have to separate your expenses, so when you write down the amount of what you spend along with what it was it makes it much easier to group the expenses together.   I also doodle in the notebooks my ideas for blog posts :).
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4) Summarize your earnings monthly.
Every month I go through my notebook and determine how much I made (or spent) that month.  This way I have an idea of how much I'm making every month and I have an idea of how much I've made in the year.  Plus it's a lot easier to add 12 numbers at the end of the year instead of hundreds of numbers. 
5) Have a separate bank account. When you have a business, you need to have a business account.  It's an easier way to keep track of your money.  I put all the money that I make in that account and all of my business purchases are from that account.  It's a great way to see how much is going in and how much is going out.   Whenever I want to use that money for something that is not blog related, whether it be for a fun new outfit for me or going out to eat with friends or even groceries, I will transfer the money over to our family account rather than using my debit card.  That way when it's tax time and I can go back to look at my expenses I can see all the different transactions and when I see a debit card purchase I know it's an expense for my blog and not just something that I wanted to buy with my money.

6) Separate your purchases at the store. Yes I am that annoying person at the store that has 2-3 transactions.  I multitask when I go to the store, I don't just go and get one thing, I get several things like groceries or toiletries along with my craft supplies.  So when I am out shopping for blog related stuff I do separate transactions.  That way I can use my debit card for my business account and then our family card for the other stuff.  Then I save my receipts.  That way when I go through the expenses I know that everything is an expense. For example,  I don't have to go through my receipts and try to figure out or remember whether or not that candy I bought was for my sweet tooth or for a sponsored post.

7) Use TurboTax to help you determine your deductions and credits.
Like any business, us bloggers have deductions and credits that we can take for our business.  But since blogging has a lot of business and personal expenses, it's hard to determine what you can take.  So by using TurboTax and going through their questions, you could easily figure out what you can and cannot deduct. 
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If you do these things then tax season shouldn't be stressful for you!  Just make sure you check out TurboTax if you haven't filed your taxes yet to help ease the stress!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Easy Minnie and Mickey Mouse Uncrustables® Sandwiches- Share Your Disney Adventure Contest

Disclosure: I was chosen and compensated for this post through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I love products that make my life easier as a parent.  I love food that is both easy and convenient but also have nutritional value to them.  That's why I love Smuckers'® Uncrustables®, they are just so great.  I can't tell you how many times I have gotten them for car trips and vacations, for after school snacks or to just have them on hand when I need to feed my kids but don't have to time (or energy) to do it.  We always have a box in our freezer because they are perfect for so many things.

Smucker's® Uncrustables® has teamed up with Disney to bring us an awesome contest called Share Your Disney Adventure.  How would you like to win a 5 day, 4 night Disney parks adventure for four?!  I know I would love it!  It's really simple to enter, you just have to go to their website and upload a picture of you and your family sharing your Disney side.  It can be a photo of you being wild world wanderers, true Disney believers, tireless adventurers or fun-loving kids at heart.  The contest only goes until February 16, 2015, so hurry and upload your photo.  One grand prize winner will get the amazing Disney trip, where you can enjoy all that Disney has to offer and Uncrustables® to enjoy on your trip.  Also, all photos that are submitted will have a chance to be featured on the homepage of Share Your Disney Adventure.  For more information and to get all the details about the contest, check out their website.

(Photos from the Share Your Disney Adventure website)

Smucker's® Uncrustables® has teamed up with Disney and have some created some super fun and healthy Disney inspired food art so you can get inspired to have fun with your kids and their food.  Aren't they so much fun?!

(Photos from the Share Your Disney Adventure website)

After checking out the fun food art that they made with the Uncrustables®, I was inspired to make lunch a little more fun for my kids.  So I created fun Mickey and Minnie Mouse sandwiches for my kids.  They loved it and they were so easy to make!
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For each sandwich, I used two sandwiches and some fresh fruit- strawberries and bananas.
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I cut one of the sandwiches in half, cut around the edge and turn those into the ears.  I then made a cute bow out of strawberries to make the Minnie Mouse.
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For the the Mickey, I created his red pants out of the strawberries, making the bananas his buttons on his pants.  Fun, huh?
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If you have an awesome Disney photo, make sure you go and enter it into the contest!  One person is going to win and I would love it if it were one of my readers! So go enter today.   

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Easy Homemade Minecraft Valentines- Enderman Candy Bars with Free Printable

My boys love Minecraft and they of course wanted to have homemade Minecraft valentines to hand out to their classes.  One of my sons really likes the Enderman of Minecraft.  So he wanted a valentine with that instead of the usually creeper or Steve.  So I thought that it would be fun (and easy) to turn a candy bar into an Enderman.  I love how they turned out with the printable that I made.  Best of all, my son loves them! 
This is what I used-
The printable I create, black paper, purple glitter paper and glow in the dark vinyl.  
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I cut the back paper into pieces that we 2 3/4" x 3 "using my paper trimmer.
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I then wrapped some fun sized candy bars with the paper.  I taped and glued the paper onto the candy bar.
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Then I cut out some rectangles out of the glow in the dark vinyl and purple paper and glued them onto the candy bar.
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I then cut out the printable that I made.  
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And finally I glued on the candy bar onto the printable.  And that's it!  I love how they turned out.
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I especially love that the eyes glow in the dark, the kids are going to think that they are so awesome!!  
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I've made other Minecraft valentines.  Here are a few more ideas:
Minecraft Creeper DIY Valentine and Party Favor