New Year Same Jiobits - Post Christmas Routines Return

Christmas break is filled with family, food and adventures. “Time flies when you’re having fun” couldn’t be more true for the those 2 weeks that break up the rest of the school year. Unlike summer there isn’t enough time to get tired of the kids always being home. You bake cookies, listen to Christmas music, open gifts and snuggle up by the fire. Sweaters and socks are a cozy addition to my everyday wear. I’m lucky being a stay home mom this time of year.

Family Beach Day Packing List

Going to the beach without children is easy peasy. A towel, sunscreen and a book are all one really needs. If you get fancy some snacks and drinks but really you could just walk to that restaurant down the beach and have a Pina Colada. Once little ones come into the picture your needs have changed and the relaxing beach day becomes an action packed beach day. Here is an easy packing list for a family beach day: 

We Were Boo'd and Loved It!

Happy Halloween! Well, almost. We returned home the other day to find an adorable little gift package on our step. It turns out our friend had Boo’d us. We loved the idea so we followed the directions and continued on the boo-ing. Started by blog.darice.com it is such a simple idea. You put together a little gift basket for 2 of your friends or neighbors, include the instruction sheet and watch the Halloween joy spread. Part of the fun is dropping the basket and running. Here are the little baskets we left for our friends. We bought everything at Walmart to keep it affordable. Happy Boo-ing!

Chore Chart - Using a Commission Allowance System

When we decided to start giving our two oldest children the opportunity to earn money we set up a 2 part system. They have "citizens of the household duties" and they also have jobs where they can earn money.  More detail on that are available in my first post, "Financial Freedom Toddler Style." As part of that process I needed to have a clear way for the kids to see and track their progress. I looked all over the internet for a "chore chart" that would allow me to have both the "citizens of the household" duties and the money earning jobs clearly communicated to them but everything fell short. So, I decided to make my own. 

Financial Freedom Toddler Style

After reading up on how exactly I wanted to structure the allowance system I decided to do the 2-part system recommended by many financial experts. Each child will have general "citizens of the household" tasks plus additional jobs where they can earn money. Dave Ramsey is all the rage right now and honestly, when it comes to allowance (he calls it commission), I like his concept. We will also refer to it as commission for the future. 

Keenz 7S Stroller/ Wagon Review

The Keenz stroller (kind of a wagon) is a unique option for transporting little ones around the mall, zoo, neighborhood, ball field, beach... really you name it. I needed another stroller like I needed a hole in the head (it's a saying... don't take it too seriously.) Any-who, I had a real sh** day the end of last week. I was nursing Lowell, who had spent the better part of the day crying, perusing Facebook when all of the sudden...

DockATot Grand Review

After weeks of debate we went for it and purchased a DockATot Grand. The price tag was our biggest hold-up but our 2 yr old's constant sleep disruptions were becoming quite a disturbance. With a new baby in our 200 sq feet Airstream and a 4 yr old, besides the 2 year old we needed everyone to be getting as much sleep as possible.

Is it Monday?

Is it Monday? Yesterday, was one of those days that you wake up and wish you could start over. It was a Tuesday, not a Monday but boy did it go like a Monday. We have had our fair share of issues with the Airstream lately. If you don't know we have been living in our 30 foot Flying Cloud bunk for 1.5yrs now.