September 16, 2014

The Perfect Chore/ Responsibilty Chart for Young Children

disclosure:  this review does contain affiliate links.  I was not provided any products for this review.  This was purchased by me and I wanted to share it with my readers.  All opinions are my own. 

I have been on the lookout for a good chore chart for a long time. 
Don't get me wrong, there are some beautiful one's on Pinterest, but little Miss Terrible DIYer isn't about to attempt them.  I must admit I would rather just buy one, pull it out of the box and stick it on the wall.  

With that being said I did need to find the right one.  The girls are 3.5 and 5 now so I am not going to be having them mop the floors and put the dishes in the dishwasher....although I secretly wish I could.
My search for the perfect chore chart took a while, and then I found it.  It is perfect and exactly what I need.  I can put both age appropriate chores and behavioral accountability on the exact same chart.  The items also have pictures, which is exactly what I needed since the girls can not read yet.

The Chore/Behavioral Chart that I went with is the 

This chart has made such a difference in our home.  My older daughter was having a difficult time getting up and dressed in the morning and this chart alone has changed her outlook in the morning.  Bath time has always been a challenge but since the chart has been incorporated I see a big change there as well with both girls.

I also choose to get the school and behavioral supplemental pack.

What I like About this Chart and Why it works for My Family:

  • I love that it has pictures
  • I love that it can grow with them and I can change up the chores and responsibilities
  • It Was easy to set up
  • Easy to see and easy for children to work with
  • Children know exactly what they are working toward
  • Doesn't take up too much room
  • It is colorful 
  • Has a magnetic backing 

This is what is included with this chart:
  • There are 20 different, colorful chores and behaviors to choose from in your chart!
  • It comes with 45 reusable plastic stars that kids love to earn!

Chores/Behavior Included:

  • Get dressed
  • Go potty
  • Brush your teeth
  • No whining
  • Get along with others
  • Good manners at the table
  • Make bed
  • Set the table
  • Help with dishes
  • Go to bed and stay in bed
  • 3 blank labels
  • Good manners while Mommy is on the phone
  • Say please and thank you
  • No mean words
  • No yelling
  • Eat your veggies
  • No harming others
  • Feed pets
  • Share your toys
  • Water the plants
  • Clean your mess

 Then you can buy supplemental packs that include other chores and responsibilities

Chores Supplemental Pack includes:
  • Put Clothes Away
  • Empty Dishwasher
  • Sweep Floor
  • Pull the Weeds
  • Check the Mail
  • Mop the Floor
  • Clean Toilet
  • Help with Laundry
  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Mow the Yard
  • Rake the Leaves
  • Walk the Dog
  • Help Wash Car
  • Take Out Trash
Kenson Kids also has other reward charts and a Potty Training System. They are a great company with many great products to help make life maybe a little bit easier for us parents, and to help our children learn the importance of accountability at an age appropriate level.

I just really think that their charts are functional and easy to follow for children, which is half the battle when you are trying to incorporate a behavioral system into your home.

Have you found any good chore/responsibility systems that you have liked?


September 15, 2014


Last week on Friday I went to the Opthamologist for the first time in a fairly long time.  I'm only 34 and I don't really, well at least I didn't have any major optical problems.  Just some moderate astigmatism and nearsightedness.  However, I had recently noticed I was having some trouble at night and thought I might need my glasses adjusted.

So I went in and well I basically couldn't believe what happened next.

The assistant was doing my glaucoma check (where they check the pressures of your eyes and then use a slit lamp to check the angles).  My pressures were within normal limits....thankfully!

but when she got to the other check, my angle wasn't good.

I was diagnosed with Narrow Angle Glaucoma.  It is extremely serious (rarer than the other kind) but it can make you blind in an instant.

I have absolutely NONE of the risk factors for it, except I guess that I am a woman.  It usually happens to women over 60, with nearsightedness.  Certain eye shapes make it more common, as well.
It was kind of a shock to us all, even the assistant.  She said well your just one of those people that don't follow the rules and that is why we check everyone and don't just go by risk factors.

I had to have laser eye surgery immediately to save my vision.  I go back next week for the other eye.

So my PSA for you is to make sure you get your eyes checked when you are supposed to.  Don't put it off just because you don't really have any eye problems or risk factors for anything.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and it literally can blindside you, like it did me.

Remember I did not know, and I did not have any of the risk factors.  Be Aware.

Glaucoma is the Thief of sight.

Glaucoma Infographic in English


September 12, 2014

Today Is Going To Be A Good Day

Sometimes we get stuck in the monotony of life and we go about our routines with our heads down just going through the paces.  As parents many of the hours of our days are either filled with work and taking care of our kids or sleeping, when we get it.

Then something small happens and simple, but it makes you realize that life can be amazing.  This was one of those things.

These are cell phone pictures so not the best quality, but this rainbow was amazing.  It showed every single color, it was full and vibrant.

It wasn't just the rainbow that made me realize the magic of life today, but my daughter's face as we traveled through the middle of the rainbow to get to her school.  The smile and excitement of a simple weather event causing these beautiful colors.  The moments before of begging her to finish her breakfast and get dressed so we weren't late faded away.  Instead I saw the pure happiness of a five year old looking at an amazing rainbow.  These are the moments friends.

It is going to be a good day.


September 8, 2014

Planners and Fevers

Hello Monday!  Linking up with my favorite Lisa Leonard for Hello Monday.

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  Ours was a lazy one since some of us are a little under the weather, and I have been cleaning and organizing.

Well without further ado, here are my hellos!

Hello Erin Condren Life Planner.  
She is beautiful!  I LOVE using a paper planner and this planner just is perfect.  I have learned so much through the EC Facebook Groups and I am having so much fun while organizing my life too!

Hello First Cold and Fever of the school year.  
Yup, it usually happens like this and I am hoping it quickly goes leaves the house, but my older daughter has a slight fever and cough and I kind of feel like a truck hit me and my sinuses are so congested.  Lovely description, sorry about that.

Hello beautiful manicure.
I love getting my nails done.  It is like the finishing touch.  I still feel put together even when I throw sweats on, and put my hair up to drop my kids off at school, if my nails are done.

I hope everyone has a great week!


September 6, 2014

My Erin Condren Life Planner 2014 Unboxing

yes I did block out my real last name :)
Wooohooo she is here.  After three and a half weeks of waiting for her to arrive, I finally received my FIRST Erin Condren Life Planner.  If you don't know about the Erin Condren Life Planner, you have to visit the website and check it out!  There are tons of YouTube videos about Life Planners, Facebook Groups, Pinterest Boards.  It's a total world of  Erin Condren.

What I love about this planner is that I can personalize it in so many different ways, and I absolutely love how it is laid out.  Two of my favorite new parts to the planner this year is that you now have the ability to change your cover!! You can buy as many covers as you want and snap on a new one whenever you feel a change is in order.  I also love the addition of coil clips, so that I can put things into my planner.

Having a learning disability organization is one of the first things that you are taught in order to help compensate for your learning needs.  I was the one always with a planner and color coded notebooks.  It helped me tremendously, so when I found out about the amazing Erin Condren I was totally siked to check out what this was all about.  I have now been using it for a few days and it is wonderful!!

For cover choice I got the e-sea cover in Navy, you can also get this particular cover in a seafoam, which is very pretty too.

Alright so here is my video.  I am a total newbie at this, I apologize.  There were a lot of ums.  I used to say okay a ton, and now that has turned into um.  It annoyed me, so I apologize in advance!  Also, yes my picture that has been hanging on the wall for TEN YEARS decided this was the perfect time to fall off the wall!

In a month or so I will share another video on how I use my planner, and I hope to do an awesome giveaway!

Anyway enjoy and be sure to click to get $10 off your first order at Erin

Yes this is a referral link and I will get credits to Erin Condren, but its a win, win because you get a bonus too!

disclosure:  Erin Condren is not affiliated with this blog in anyway.  These items were purchased by me and the opinions in this post and video are all my own.  This post does contain my referral link to Erin Condren and I will get credits if someone so choses to use it.

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