Friday, August 31, 2012

Children's Payday Punch Card - New Release

I have been in major need of a chore card system that worked for both me and my kids for a long time now.  I have tried and tried new ideas, but they all seem to fizzle out. 

One day when I was at one of my favorite sandwich shops for lunch, as I was pulling out my customer loyalty card  (you know the kind:  1 sandwich = 1 punch . . .10 punches = 1 FREE sandwich)  I got the idea for my current chore system.   My kids and I have been testing it out for months and it works like a charm. 

One reason it works so well, is that it is a self managed system.  When I come upon a job the kids can do, I write the chore on their "Chore To Do" card.  I give them a little shout out that they have a new chore to complete.  After they are done with their chore, they give themselves a punch on their "Payday Punch Card."  I try to average 2 chores a day so they can be paid weekly.  Once the kids have complete 12 chores, they get paid.  They hand me their completed card, I give them their money and then they start all over again.  Currently my kids earn $1 a card, but I love that I can increase their pay without changing one thing about the system. 

Another great aspect of this system is your kids decide when they get paid.  My son has opted out of his chore card a few time, but he has learned the hard way that if he does, he does get paid as fast as his sister.

This kit includes 6 "Payday Punch Card" designs (3 boy and 3 girls) with a cordinatng "Chore To Do" card and a cordinating blank card.  I love to use the blank card to leave little "love notes" for my kids. 

Once you purchase your file, all you have to do it print, trim and laminate (just the chore/blank cards) and you are ready to go. 

Visit my shop {HERE} to get your Payday Punch Card System!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Another Back To School Printable

Don't forget about my A&W Root Beer printable, you can get HERE, if you need a quick and easy gift idea for your new teachers, neighbors, friends or family. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back To School Word Blocks - New Release

I don't know about you, but I am ready for school to start.  My kids are bored and it seems like we have run out of things to do at my house.  Since I live in Vegas, it is too hot to send my kids outside to play, go to the park or even take an evening bike ride - we would just melt.  So I always look forward to the new school year as it gets my kids active and doing something. 

To help get my kids ready and a bit more excited about the new school year, I decided to make some of my stackable word blocks.  They love them for all the other holidays, why not for a new school year?   Of course my daughter loved them.  The reading block is her favorite.  I am sure they will come in  handy for my annual back to school dinner.  They will look great as part of my tablescape.

They would also make a great gift to your new teacher this year.  What a fun display to have on their desk all year round. 

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an instruction sheet and complete supply list is included with this file.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken

My sister in law was the first to PIN this recipe and treated my family to it at a barbeque a month or so ago.  I have since made it for my family a handful of times and even made it for family I was visiting a few weeks ago.  It has quickly become my hubby's favorite chicken recipe.  His mouth waters for it once I tell him it is on the dinner menu and my daughter LOVES it because it is wrapped in bacon. She believes that anything is better with bacon and she is only 7. 

Be sure to give this recipe a try - I am sure you will not be disappointed. 

4 chicken breasts cut in thirds (12 pieces)
Bacon slices
salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder
chili powder
brown sugar

Cut each breast into 3 pieces, season all the chicken with the spices, then wrap a bacon slice around each piece, roll in brown sugar and place into a deep sided dish if grilling or a greased cookie sheet. 
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is nice and brown and crispy.  Or Grill on a medium high heat until chicken is cook through.  ENJOY!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Teacher's Post-It Note Stand - FREEBIE

 The new school year is rapidly approaching and my little girl is starting to feel a bit nervous about entering the 2nd grade. She got her teacher assignment in the mail yesterday and she doesn't know her new teacher nor do I so her anxiety just bumped up a notch or two. 

To help get her excited for school and her new teacher, I put together a little gift for her to take to Ms Thompson on the first day of school and now I am GIVING it to you as well.  This gift is so simple to make and only cost me $2.00 to put together.  All you need to do is download my file (see below link), cut out the image, frame it in an acyclic frame and add Post-It Notes to the outside of the frame.  As my daughter would say "Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!"  I bought the frame and Post-It Notes at Walmart for $1.00 each. 


I also created it in 4 different colors so you can coordinate sticky notes, mix and match for more color or maybe you could be lucky enough to put your school colors together. 

{Download HERE}

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