Spring Forward When You Fall Back

 Posted by on November 3, 2012  1 Response »
Nov 032012

I am excited about turning back the clocks tonight…and not because I get an extra hour of sleep. I am going to go about my business as usual. Going to bed at my normal time, and on Monday morning, I’ll be able to get up an hour earlier without feeling like it’s an hour earlier. What the gift of an extra hour will bring! A longer quiet time, time to do a few little chores, a shower 🙂

I started the school year off getting up and at it and slowly slid until I had lost about an hour. Being 7 months pregnant might have something to do with that. I have missed having that extra time in the morning before the day slams into me. I used the time change last year to get back in the groove and it was wonderful.

So how about you? Could you use an extra hour in the morning? What would you do with it?

PS ~ the kids will also be up earlier, so they might get to stay up a little later Saturday and Sunday to balance that out 😉

Pinterest Makeover

 Posted by on September 1, 2011  7 Responses »
Sep 012011

Pinterest is the ultimate visual bookmarking tool and I have had lots of fun using it for organizing all kinds of ideas and inspirations. While I have loved! the recipes on Pinterest ,  I would have a hard time narrowing them down to a few, so I decided to spotlight recent finds I pinned for what we have dubbed the Learning Lab (aka the schoolroom). You don’t have to be a homeschooler to appreciate these tips. They would be great for kids rooms, play rooms and more.

Our Learning Lab is on the lower level

(loving all the alliteration 🙂 ) and I would

be thrilled to reach it via these

storybook stairs.

Goodbye carpet, hello classics!

Incidentally, this was my very first pin.

Love it!

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Jan 132011

This summer, after I had made and laminated chore charts for everyone, I came across a link to this online job chart on Heart of Wisdom.  I clicked on it, hoping and praying that this is what I was looking for.  It was!

Here’s a blurb from the site:

MY JOB CHART was created for the conscientious parent as a tool to help teach their children to work.

In an increasingly urban lifestyle teaching kids to work has become a real challenge to many parents. A simple job chart is useful to help parents manage the chores around the house. An online job chart helps parents manage household jobs easily and efficiently. It also adheres to the technologically advanced mindset of many of today’s children.

Using an innovative job chart that is based on technology, positive feedback, and mutually determined rewards, myjobchart.com helps parents help their children be responsible and develop a good work ethic.

Here’s what I love about it ~ Continue reading »

On the job training

 Posted by on January 12, 2011  6 Responses »
Jan 122011

Seems like the start of the New Year always has us re-evaluating stuff ~ finances, fitness, spiritual concerns, household maintenance, etc.  I’m no different, although the bulk of my household maintenance planning is done during the summer when I am planning the school year.  They just seem to go hand in hand.  January is usually a great time for a check-up, though – what’s working, what’s not.  Much like Kendra and her new laundry plan – if it’s not working then fix it!

A friend of mine asked a question on facebook the other day about age appropriate chores and whether to pay for them or not. The responses were plentiful and varied!  I was excited because I had already started working on this post to share something that has been working for us the last several months. Continue reading »