Friday, September 13, 2013

Super Hero Chore Chart & Reward System

I recently started working a little harder to make sure my boys are learning about responsibility. I wanted to have them track their chores and come up with a reward system other than the standard allowance. I saw several ideas regarding a "Chore Store" and I really liked the idea but I wanted to have something cute that I could theme all together with the chore charts. My kids love super heroes so I decided to use that as a theme. 

I created a chore board where I could keep track of everything. Both of my boys chore charts are on the board along with a pocket for extra chores (Super Jobs) and hooks to hang bags for their tickets. I decided to give my kids tickets as rewards instead of money because I felt it would be easier for me and the learning  concept is the same for them. 

They have their standard daily chores that they each complete and earn one ticket per day for these. Then I have the extra chores (Super Jobs) in a pocket that they can choose to complete if they want. There are extra chores like dust, mop, wipe down the baseboards, etc... each chore is printed with the reward associated with it and laminated and kept in a pouch on the board. You wouldn't believe how often my kids are asking to do extra chores!

One of my sons is only 3 so his "chores" are really more about him taking responsibility for himself and his daily routine. Getting himself dressed, brushing his teeth, making his bed, etc... I designed his chore chart to be very simple for him. I created pictures of some of his favorite super heroes demonstrating what he should be working on and then there are just flaps to close as he completes the chore "BAM" he's done! 

 On Friday nights I open the chore store "Super Store" and the boys are able to shop and trade in their tickets for various prizes. I shop at thrift stores, garage sales, ebay, Dollar Tree, etc... to find all kinds of stuff for a good deal. I like that I am able to offer a big variety and I'm not roped in to a set dollar amount like I would be if I had agreed to an allowance. I can buy items at my own leisure and decide the value of them. I have all sorts of items from puzzles, art supplies, craft stuff, books, games, and toys of all types. I also include coupons I create for things like Ice Cream Sundae night, Trip to the Movies, Stay Up an Extra 30 Minutes, etc... I have things for higher amounts to encourage saving and things that would be fun for both boys which would encourage them to work together to earn the tickets to get it.

Chores are a "Super" time in our house now!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Before I had baby number 3 I decided to make some quiet time activities for my toddler. My idea was that I could pull these items out when I needed to feed the baby so he would be occupied, quiet, and hopefully distracted long enough for me to get through a feeding. He really enjoys playing with the things I created. Today I'm going to share with you 2 projects that I made using magnets.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

DIY: Spongebob Party

When my son turned 5 he was crazy about Spongebob so we decided to throw a themed party. I think I was more excited than he was, I love to make my own decorations for parties! I was able to throw together this super cute party for very little money, you won't believe what I used...

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Revamp your Grocery List: Part 2

A while ago I posted about the way I make my grocery list. Feel free to read the whole post here. To sum it up: I create a weekly menu at the top of my list, then the list of ingredients I will need to accomplish the menu, then next to each item I write the price of the item (my best assumption of the price if I don't know the exact amount, rounding up/down as necessary). I have been doing my shopping like this for years and I have to say that 99% of the time I know how much I'm going to spend on my groceries within $10.00. I'm never surprised at check out, which is nice when you want to stick to a budget. Also, due to rounding up/down on the prices, I always have some wiggle room so even if I break down and grab a pack of Oreos that weren't on my list I still don't go over my estimated amount. I recommend giving it a try, what have you got to lose?

To make it easier, I created a free grocery list printable with space for your menu at the top and an organized list of your items with a column for your price estimates. All I ask is that if you use it and enjoy this new method of shopping you share it with your friends!

Grocery List Printable

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Do you know everything about your sweetie?

I posted the other day about the family conversation starters that we use at our family meal times. It got me thinking... why not have some separate questions just for couples? My husband and I have been together for 9 years, it's natural that we could use some interesting topics to discuss!

Here is another free printable - Fun Conversation Starters for Couples

Conversation Starters for Couples

Make it cute with these labels

Wondering what you would do with them? Here are some ideas:
  1. Plan a date night (technology free) and take turns going through the questions together.
  2. Decorate an old Altoid tin, put your questions inside, and throw it in your purse. Use them when you are in the car together.
  3. Put them in a cute jar or box on your nightstand, answer one question together each night before you go to bed.