Dividing The Work Load

As a Mom, I feel like I am tasked with the job of teaching my children responsibility while still allowing them to be children.  It is never my desire for them to feel like they are in the army, but it is my desire for them to realize how much more can be accomplished when we all pull our own weight.  I love my Mom to death, but I think that part of her aggravation when we were children came from her doing everything herself.  I realize how easy it is to fall into that pattern, especially if you are like me and you want things done a certain way.  But, now that my own daughters are getting older, I have decided that it is high time, we all have our own chores that we are responsible.  Confession Time:  For years, I have introduced chores and then pulled back from them.  But, I don’t think i am doing them any favors by allowing them an opt out clause, or myself for that matter.

I know that every child grows and develops at their own pace, but I look at my oldest daughter and I know that there are definitely things that she could be doing for herself that would make my day to day life that much easier.  And, so began my need for an Updated Chore Chart.  I don’t know … I may be the only Mommy who struggles with this, but on the off chance that you are just where I am,  grab your free Chore List Printable and make it your own.  In addition, it is a fun way to teach your younger kids about money.  Trust me, they will want to make sure that you are paying them what you owe them.

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Friday Favorites – Week 389 – Roasted Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

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Friday Favorites – Week 388 – 20 Neutral Fall Farmhouse Decor Ideas

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Friday Favorites – Week 387 – Mini Turkey Meatloaves

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The Solar Eclipse – A Teachable Moment

If there is anything that I have learned since becoming a parent, it is that every moment is teachable.  And believe it or not on this journey, I am sure that I have learned just as much if not more than they have.  Simply because children are inquisitive and they very rarely accept that you do not have the answers.  And, if in fact you don’t, they expect you to find out.  I am almost convinced that kids are the one that coined the “I’ll Wait” movement.  So in teaching them, I find myself fascinated by things that never even remotely peeked my interest before, such as the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse.  Fueled by the fact that both the School Board and the Internet are making a big deal about it, it has become an ongoing conversation in my home lately. I love watching how my children soak up knowledge and then are able to just spew it back out to you at a later time. may they always be like little sponges.

After discussing the Solar Eclipse with your little ones.  Here is a fun Solar Eclipse Word Search that you can do together or separately.  You can always make it fun, by giving the person who finds the most words a special treat or privilege. In addition to it being a teachable moment, you have now created a fun memory that they won’t soon forget.

Solar Eclipse 2017 : Word Search

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For More Fun Facts About the Solar Eclipse click here.

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Friday Favorites – Week 386 – Lightened Broccoli Salad

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Reclaiming My Time

Reclaiming My Time - August 2017 - stage-presents.com

Unless you somehow managed to stay plugged out while the rest of us are constantly plugged in, then you’ve probably been hearing this phrase a lot lately.  Recently, Representative Maxine Waters said this phrase repeatedly during a House Financial Services Committee hearing when confronted by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.  Of course, my reason for using this phrase is no where as important or noble.  The kids are back in school and I am slowly but surely, reclaiming my time. Seemed like the perfect time to do a Currently Post …
Currently - Reclaiming My Time
Thinking … About Working on More Items for  the Fall Collection in Our Etsy Store and creating a newsletter for subscribers

Enjoying… Peace and Quiet — the kids are at school

Feeling …. Blah .. lazy and not all that productive today

Wearing…  My favorite PJ’s, a messy bun, and my not soo cute specs..

Needing…  A manicure and pedicure

Wanting…  Apple to hurry up with the iPhone 8Splus

Listening… to Scars by My Brothers and I

Making..  Savory Sweet Potato Mash my latest obsession

Eating… Zucchini and Squash Everything..

Drinking…  My Decaf Coffee with Half and Half.. Torani Salted Caramel Sugar Free Syrup and Stevia.

I always enjoy reading everyone’s Currently Posts.  Want to join in?  I’d love to know what you are currently up to?  Share your links in the comment section below.

Friday Favorites – Week 385 – Low Carb Coffee Ice Cream

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Grab Your Free 2017 Back to School Binder Covers

GRAB YOUR FREE 2017 BACK TO SCHOOL BINDER COVERS 2017 Back to School Binder Covers

The 2017 – 2017 School Year has officially begun here in Atlanta!!  As a child, I always loved the back to school season, the smell of new clothes and new school supplies!!  I am sure that shocks no one, since I am still all about new clothes, new pens, notebooks, etc. etc.  Back in my day… we used to actually carry physical books and bought all different kinds of cool book covers and decorated them to our liking.  But, these days pretty much all of the books are available online.  So, my daughter and I simply dress up her three ring binders.  We love doing this every year, it’s kind of our thing.

This is the third year that we have shared our Binder Covers here on the blog.  To grab these simply right click on the links below.

Back to School Binder 1   

Back to School Binder 2

Back to School Binder 3

Back to School Binder 4

To grab some from the previous years click here and here.

Free Back to School Binder Cover Closeups

Friday Favorites – Week 384 – Chalkboard Milk Bottle Candles

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