Family Chore Chart Center

Family Chore Chart Center

It’s summer!  In my house that can be said with chagrin or excitement, depending on the day.  Summer is great for spending time with your kids but I have realized that to keep a little sanity in our house there needs to be structure.  We have found that a schedule, including chores helps a lot.  I’m going to describe how our chore chart system works.  It is a system that works for us, it may not work for you and that is okay, feel free to adjust it or completely disregard it at your discretion.

I will describe the different parts of our system. It is quite detailed but could be simplified easily.

First off, my husband and I decided we didn’t want holes all over the wall so we built a ladder structure to hold our chore chart.  With the ladder we can hang things where we need to and not have to worry about anchoring each item into the wall.  We also don’t plan on having a chore chart forever.  At some point our kids are going to grow up and this way we can remove the charts and display something else or remove the ladder all to together and there are only four holes to patch.

My husband and I decided we didn’t want to pay our kids to do chores but that it was part of being a family, each child has chores they do every day and also optional jobs they can do to earn money.Although we didn’t want to pay them for chores, we did want them to have opportunities to earn money to learn how to budget and plan for things they want.  The solution for us was a work for hire section at the top of our chore chart board.

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There are jobs ranging in value from $1 to $20.  They can pick a job they want to  do or they can come up with their own and get approval.  They ask for permission to do one of the jobs and once completed they are given the predetermined amount of money.  I’ve found that having the money attached to the clip with the card makes it easier to pay them for their job.  If I have to look for my wallet and often don’t have the correct bill amount it is difficult to reinforce that the job was done well and they earned money for it.

job cards

The next part of our system is the chore charts.  We use clipboards and dry erase markers, they are handy to be able to carry around and mark off the jobs as they are completed.  I used clear clipboards with a dry erase marker but they are not holding up like I had hoped, the dry erase markers are scratching up the clipboards.  There is dry erase adhesive vinyl available that would work better on top of the clipboard, when I redo the clipboards, I will go that route.  The clipboard is also nice to be able to hang it on the wall and also the clip is used to hold their assignment card.

job chart

The assignment cards are double sided cards that tell them what their job is and what needs to be completed.  One side has pictures for the younger kids, the other side has words for the older kids.  This clips to the top of the clipboard and is rotated every week.

assignment cards

Besides the assignment card they also have personal chores they complete.  Such as, homework, cleaning their bedroom, cleaning up their stuff from every room in the house, and they have to observe something that needs to be done around the house and do it.  They can check off each item as they finish it.

closeup of check list

When they have completed all of their chores, they have report to my husband or myself for us to mark it off.  This allows us to be able to check their chores and make sure they are being completed correctly and completely.  They seem to do a better job when they know we will check to make sure it is “mom’s clean” not just clean enough.

Each week we rotate charts and I hand out tickets for the previous week for the days that have been signed off.  We do one ticket per day.  We keep the tickets in some cute little buckets from Target that I put their names on (I covered their names in the picture for privacy).  I love the buckets at Target, there are some many fun designs.

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About once a month we have a reward night.  Generally this is a time we spend together as a family.  In essence they have worked hard to do their chores and because of that we can do fun things.  Some of their favorite reward nights have been ice cream sundaes and a movie night with treats and popcorn.  It is also a good time to sneak in a little math practice.  They have an order form they fill out with what toppings they want, they count up the total and take it to the “ticket counter” with the correct amount of tickets.

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My favorite parts about this system are; that they are learning to be observant, they have to see something that needs to be done and do it.  I also like that they have to report back and take responsibility for their chores.  It is a chore chart but it helps teach life lessons at a young age.

A few words of caution.  This chart system does require some time from you to check their charts, change the assignment cards, and plan rewards.  It may be more than some have time for, it can definitely be simplified.  For us it works best if we can plan a date for the reward in advance.  This also helps us plan a specific activity to do as a family.  If there is one thing about summer, it is crazy busy.  This helps us spend a little more time together and have a clean house in the process.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

DIY Washi Tape Pencils

I’m instantly drawn to the washi tape every single time I walk down that aisle. No matter how hard I try, I can’t resist all those colorful little rolls of tape! Luckily, there are a ton of great ways to use washi tape. Since it’s almost time to head back to school, I want to show you how easy it is to add some color to boring #2 pencils. These DIY washi tape pencils are easy to make and sure to brighten any day at school.

You’ll need:

  • pencils
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • pencil sharpener

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Sharpen the pencil and then cut a piece of washi tape the same length as the pencil. Wrap the washi tape around the pencil. Since washi tape is super forgiving don’t worry if it ends up crooked or bumpy. Just peel the washi tape off and reapply it until it is nice and even.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Depending on the width of your washi tape some of the pencil might still be exposed. Cut another strip of washi tape and cover it up just like you did before.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Sharpen the pencil so the washi tape near the tip of the pencil is nice and even.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Now wasn’t that easy? I couldn’t resist picking up this sequined pencil pouch I found in the Dollar Spot. It’s the perfect place to hold these pretty washi tape pencils.

Back To School DIY: Washi Tape Pencils

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Weekly Coupon Preview 7/5 (one insert)

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This weekend we are expecting 1 P&G insert.  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • $5/3 Pantene products
  • $4/2 Covergirl lip products
  • $3/1 Vidal Sassoon salonist hair color
  • $3/2 Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner or styling products
  • $3/3 Tide or Downy products
  • $2/1 Pampers splashers swim pants
  • $2/1 Always radiant or infinity pads
  • $1.50/2 Crest toothpastes
  • $1/1 Gillette, Satin Care or Venus shave gel
  • $1/1 Febreze product

For a complete list of coupons coming this Sunday, make sure you check out Coupon Previews.  Please remember that the inserts will vary by region, so you may or may not get the exact same.

Easy 4th of July Centerpieces (From Target One Spot)

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Target’s Dollar Spot is the first stop I make when looking for cute, inexpensive holiday decor. You can bet I was thrilled to find these gems just in time for Independence Day decorating. The wooden stars came in a set of three for $3 and the flags were $1 for the package of three.

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

To make these 4th of July centerpieces you’ll need:

  • 3 wooden stars
  • 3 flags
  • drill

These couldn’t be simpler to put together. All you need to do is take your drill and make a hole for the flag to sit in. I used a 3/16″ drill bit which fit these flags perfectly. Drill at least 1/2″ into the star so the flag won’t topple over.

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

I like that the stars already come painted with a slightly distressed look, but don’t be afraid to put your own DIY spin on them. What kind of patriotic decor have you picked up from Target’s Dollar Spot lately?

Target Dollar Spot Fourth Of July Centerpieces

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Fill Your Summer with Superhero Adventures and Popsicles + $25 Gift Card Giveaway

SuperHeroes Popsicles

Moms and Popsicles are the heroes of summer!  Popsicles are a tasty treat that keep kids cool on a hot summer day and Moms help to keep the kids busy with lots of fun summer activities.

Target Popsicles

You can stop by Target to stock your freezer with Popsicle treats.  Pick up some fun themed Popsicle products like Marvel Avengers and Frozen.   Target has an in-store offer where you can pick up 2 boxes of Popsicle treats for $6.50.  This offer runs 6/1/15 – 7/4/15.   You can even use the leftover popsicle sticks for lots of fun activities.

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Come up with an idea on how to be the superhero of summer with your kids by bringing home Popsicles and creating an Anti-Boredom Kit. An example of this could be writing down activities on the leftover Popsicle sticks, then choosing an activity for the day. You can cut out pictures of superheroes and tape them onto the sticks. Or you can have a superhero themed party or play-date.

Make a bow and arrow out of a Popsicle stick

One of our favorite things to do with Popsicle sticks is to make a mini bow and arrow.  We did this at a party last year and it was a huge it with all the kids.    Follow the instructions below to see how you can turn the Popsicle sticks into a bow just like Hawkeye would use.

Bow and Arrow supplies

Bow & Arrow Supplies:

  • Popsicle Stick
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Pocket Knife
  • Q-tips
  • Paint or Markers (optional)

Cut notches in Popsicle stick

Use the pocket knife to cut out small notches in the popsicle sticks. Next, soak the Popsicle sticks for about an hour and 1/2 – two hours (warm water should speed up the process).   Dry it off and slowly bend the Popsicle stick so it curves just like a bow would.

We painted our Popsicle sticks in order cover up the joke on the stick.  By the way… Did you hear the joke about the banana peel?  Never mind, it slipped my mind.

Shoot your bow and arrow

To add the embroidery floss start at one end and wrap the string into the cut out notches and tie it in a knot on one side.    Bring the string over to the other side, wrap it around a few times and tie it off.  Make sure you tie the knot on the same side as you did the first one.   You want to make sure that there is not a lot of slack in the string.

To make your arrows, with scissors are nail clippers cut off one end of the Q-tips.  Load your arrow into your bow and shoot away!

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$25 Target Gift Card Giveaway:  You have 2 ways to enter, enter one or both.

Entry #1:   Leave a comment on this post telling me what fun summer activities you have planned.

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Decoupaged Wooden Letter

Decoupaged Wooden Letter with supplies from Target

If you’ve walked through Target’s arts and crafts aisle I’m sure the plain wooden letters caught your eye like they did mine. There are so many fun possibilities with them, but once I spotted the small bottles of Mod Podge in the Dollar Spot I knew I couldn’t resist a quick decoupage project.

You’ll need:

  • wooden letter
  • Mod Podge
  • scrapbook paper
  • foam brush
  • scissors
  • pencil or marker

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Flip your letter right side down on the back of the scrapbook paper. Gently trace around the letter and then cut the shape out.

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Use the foam brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the wooden letter. Place the letter cut from paper on top and smooth it down with your hand.

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Add another layer of Mod Podge to the top and edges of your letter which helps to seal it. I chose matte Mod Podge, but if you want it to have some shine you’ll want to go with the glossy Mod Podge.

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Let the Mod Podge dry completely and your letter is ready to display. Wouldn’t it be fun to combine a few letters together and place them on a bookshelf or even hang them on the wall?

Target DIY Decoupaged Wooden Letter

Analisa is a mom and avid DIYer. Along with her family, she will travel anywhere just to say she’s been. She writes about creating, parenthood, and her family’s adventures at Parental Perspective. She’d love to meet you so feel free to visit her on Instagram or Facebook and say hello!

Teacher Appreciation Gift

Teacher Gifts with Buckets from Target Dollar Spot

The school year is coming to a close that means it’s time for teacher appreciation gifts.  My kids get out of school this week.  Crazy!  I can’t believe it’s time for summer again.  Looking outside, my weather definitely didn’t get the memo…rainy and cold all week.  Not exactly fun weather for field trips to the zoo.  Although the weather may not be sunny, these fun little buckets are sure to bring a little sunshine to a favorite teacher.

This is a perfect gift for the end of the year the best time to buy supplies when they are on sale just before school starts. You may want to tuck this idea away for next year and stock up on extra supplies when you are buying them for the school year.

Supplies:
• Bucket (from the Dollar Spot)
• Foam block (the kind for flowers)
• Skewers
• School supplies
• Ribbon or tulle
• Wire (thin)
• Glue (hot glue or glue circles)
• Pre-shredded Filler
• Rocks

teacher supplies

To start, put a few rocks in the bottom of the bucket, this will add weight and help stabilize it.  Next cut the foam to size, use a serrated knife and trim down the foam so that it will fit snugly in the bucket.  Trim the top of the foam if it is sticking up above the bucket.  There will be some extra space in the bucket, cut small pieces of foam and fill in the gaps.  It doesn’t have to look pretty.

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Now take your pencil and add a line of glue or a few glue circles and attach the skewer. You are trying to have the skewer hidden as much as possible, so make sure it is below the eraser.

pencil

Next take a piece of ribbon or tulle, scrap pieces work great for this, and tie in around the pencil and the skewer. Continue the same process with the remainder of the supplies, leave a few pens and pencils without a skewer, they can be put directly into the foam.

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Try to create some height variations by cutting off some off the skewers shorter and some longer. Poke the supplies into the foam, some in the front and some in the back. You want the taller ones in the back and the heavier ones, like a glue stick close to the front, resting on the foam.

Instead of a card I thought it would be nice to include a clip and a sticky notepad. I wired the clip onto the skewer. The clips I used were too small for a full notepad, I broke mine in half. I had my girls write a nice note to their teachers. Put the notepad in the clip and stick the skewer in the foam.

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When all of the supplies are where they need to be you can glue the filler to the foam, hiding all of the foam. Some glue on the skewers is okay, but it is better not to get in on the supplies.

Make a nice big bow and glue it to a skewer then insert it into the bucket.

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You are ready to brighten a teacher’s day.

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This post was created by All Things Target DIY/Crafter Kamee.

Refreshing Raspberry Lemonade Slushie

Refreshing Raspberry Lemonade Slushie

With the weather warming up we love to cool down with a nice refreshing drink and this one is perfect. I love the flavor of lemons and berries combined. This is super easy too! Target will have all the ingredients you need for these, so add them to your next shopping list.

raspberry lemonade slushie ingredients

Raspberry Lemonade Slushie Ingredients:

  • 2 cup fresh Raspberries (Frozen – so add them to freezer when you get home)
  • 2 Lemons (juiced)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes

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Squeeze the juice out of 2 lemons.

mix-ingredients

Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and mix.

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Enjoy!