Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY chore chart

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I think it's important to teach our children cleanliness and the value of a dollar. Although I'm a stay at home mom I think there's no reason I should pick up my son's toy trucks 80 times a day when he's perfectly capable of doing that himself. I'm a firm believer that a clean home is a happy home.. or at least in the case of my family anyway. My kids are 3 and 5 and I decided it was time for a chore chart that they could easily see and use by themselves.

I searched on Google and Pinterest (follow us!) looking for some cool chore chart ideas. I found a lot of them but I didn't want to make anything too difficult, expensive and time consuming. I combined a lot of ideas and came up with one simple, cheap, and effective chore chart!

The items you will need are:
1 1/2 inch disc circles
magnetic tape
card stock or paper
mod podge (bought or homemade)
paint brush
scissors
printer


Decide the chores you'd like for your kids and assign prices/prizes for each chore completed. I decided to add in things that my kids need to work on like reading, writing, and team work.


You may use mine if you'd like, just print out and cut within the inside of the circle and it'll be a perfect fit to your disc circles. If you don't want those chores or prices you could easily white it out in paint or paintmonkey.com and fill in your own. I used font Quicksand on picmonkey if interested on keeping the same font.

From here it's pretty easy work. Print, cut out and mod podge to the circles. Once they are dry do a top coat of mod podge and stick some magnetic tape on the back and voila! *To make homemade "mod podge" mix equal parts glue and water. I've used it to make our photo canvas pictures with no issues. I also used it to attach the mod podge label to that jar over a year and a half ago and it's still holding strong!*




To keep things easy my kids are allowed to pick no more than 2 jobs a day. It keeps them from getting overwhelmed and insures that they do their job accurately and not in a hurry just to earn extra money. 

This project costed me a whole $2.97 before I used my coupon. The disc are $1.97 at my Michael's and the magnetic tape was .97. They typically have a 40% coupon that you can print online so that makes it even cheaper!



I'd love to know if your kiddos have a chore chart and what made you decide to do so!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Elf on the Shelf days 3-7

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I decided instead of doing a daily post on what Pickles is up to, I'd do a weekly post instead. =)




Day 3: 
Ya know, just chillin' in a lunchbox enjoying a cone of marshmallows... because who doesn't love marshmallows?!



Day 4: Riding the family's 2012 ornament. Forget planes and sleds when you can ride a blue glittery bird!



Day 5: Just checking to make sure the stockings are nice and sturdy and ready for some goodies.



Day 6: Hanging out on the light to have a birds eye view.



Day 7: Enjoying a cup of hot cocoa. Pickles needs his chocolate fix!









Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Elf on the Shelf Day 2

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Yesterday we had a bit of whining that was reported to the big guy so when the kids went to bed they were hoping Pickles wouldn't bring back sad news.

The kids woke up this morning, ran downstairs and found Pickle perched atop our statue elephants on the book case along with a note.


At exactly 7:05 the phone started ringing.. and guess who it was from?!


SANTA!
=)

If you go here to this website:
http://acallfromsanta.packagefromsanta.com/SCHEDULE.ASPX#.ULYh6azBGxU
you have exactly 2 hours left to schedule a free phone call, so hurry and do it! They give you the number it'll be calling from so I added it to my phone under "Santa", added a picture and a chiming ringtone and that was it.

For the record I've never seen either of my children smile so hard before. It was totally worth it!





*Sorry in advance for the not so great pictures, I'm taking these photos at around 11:30 pm so it's nothing but "ambient lighting" round here. haha*

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Elf on the Shelf Day 1

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I'm sure by now all of you are familiar with the elf on the shelf right? If not you can go to Elf on the Shelf and get the scoop but if you don't want to be bothered with clicking the link it's basically a magical elf sent by Santa to spy on your kids. =)  Sometimes the elves can get bored and be a little naughty. Do a quick Pinterest or Google search and you'll see what I'm talking about. 

Now with that said, I've never once lied to my children and told them that Santa was real. In fact, I've told them the complete opposite. One being I never wanted to be bothered and two being I don't really like some strange man taking credit for my awesome gifts... hahaha. Every Christmas we've reminded them that Santa was not real but now that A has reached the ripe old age of 5, she knows better than we do and has declared Santa absolutely real.

So naturally, what would any really awesomely good parent do? Milk every single minute of it of course. haha

If they're going to believe in Santa then hot dog we're going to go all out for it! Let's be honest now for a moment. The elf and the book are $30 and I'm not ever inclined to buy a small stuffy for that price unless it makes my breakfast in the morning. A quick trip to Michael's and Hobby Lobby geared with coupons and I was back home with $5 worth of supplies and got to working on our lil ol elf. 

I put him in a box with a note to the kids stating all the rules along with 2 grow an elf things from Michael's and 2 Santa suckers. Last night he was dropped off while the kids were changing for bed. Someone rang the door and I told A that it was her cousin so she could answer the door. When she opened the door all the kids saw was the box. 

http://instagram.com/p/SgyLdfspyU/

They named him Pickle, so fitting right?

Last night when the kids went to bed Pickles was able to report that the kids put their things away and went to bed without arguing with each other. SUCCESS!!

Apparently Pickles got a little bored last night because he decided to play A's DS... unfortunately he got so into it he played it until the batteries died and didn't even bother to plug it back up! 



Stay tuned for more "Elf Takes" to see what Pickles is up to on his nightly adventures! 

Quick school style

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Some weeks I style A's hair before school and other weeks I'll style it on Sundays. This past week was busy and I didn't have time to style it for the week nor did I feel like doing it every morning. On Monday after we washed her hair, I quickly detangled it, split it into 4 sections and then braided each in 2 braids. This style last all week and looked great. For an added bonus, I was able to turn this style into pig tails with a braid out for the short Thanksgiving school week!






Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Perry Made

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If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I LOVE to craft. If you've ever been shopping with me you've probably seen me pondering something and wondering if I could make it myself. Wouldn't it just be easier to buy it? Well, yes, of course it would but that'd take the fun out of it! Because of my love of creating I've decided to open a shop up selling my hand made goodies, so I'd like to invite you all to come visit me over at Perry Made. I'm adding new items constantly so be sure to check back often.

In the spirit of the season I'm offering a few sweet deals!

-All dress purchases come with a free matching bow.
-Buy 2 bows get 1 free (under $5)
-Buy 6+ items and receive 25% off using code BF25OFF (valid on Nov 23- Nov 26)

Perry Made


Friday, November 9, 2012

Changes

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In the next few days and weeks the blog will be receiving a name change, don't fret though because we're just upgrading to do bigger and better things!


Until then.. happy creating!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Zig zags and triangle parts

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This is a style that originally started out as something else but half way through I had another idea and decided to abandon the first style I was attempting. All of the years of styling A's hair and I've never done triangle parts... yea, I know right! Something as simple as triangle parts was daunting to me because I hate funky parts. (not that triangle parts are funky, it's MY parting that LOOKS funky, lol) I used my newly beloved Blended Beauty of course... seriously, this stuff is gold. Anywho, I did it anyway and I love the outcome of this simple style. I


This was right before we headed out the door to vote, she was soooo excited. =) Also, notice those 2 missing lil teeth on the bottom?! I can't stand that cuteness y'all.




Next week I'll finish that style that I had originally planned. =)


Friday, November 2, 2012

a review: Blended Beauty

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I've heard of Blended Beauty since I first started blogging almost 2 years ago but I'm always skeptic to jump on a band wagon when it comes to hair products. I will be the first to admit that I'm sad that this is one bandwagon that I didn't jump on! I was sent their Happy Nappy Styles and their Curly Cake Shake and in the past few weeks of use I have seen A's hair come to life in a state that I hadn't seen before. 

You know how it seems as if we're always on the hunt for that 1 perfect product that does our hair wonders? I've finally found it!

The Curly Cake Shake is a detangler that their website states is perfect for all hair textures. I do believe that because between my son, daughter and I we have 3 different textures and it's worked amazing each and every time. Shake before use, spray hair generously and work in small sections. It can also be used to revive curls. For us that important because a lot of products we've used leaves a white residue when not applying it to wet hair; the curly cake shake did not.

The Happy Nappy Styles is a leave in conditioner butter that's great for kinky curls, locs, and highly textured hair. Apply and style with your fingers to reduce the frizzies. THIS STUFF IS THE BUSINESS! I decided to test this stuff out on a style that rarely last for more than a day for us... the style lasted an entire week until wash day and even then it still looked good. Her hair stayed shiny and even with a little reapplication her hair was never greasy. I want to dedicate my entire linen closet to this stuff.. my love is that serious y'all. 


So.. on to the style.

Week 1 was finger curls in a pony tail. I decided I'd play it safe with a pony tail that way if the product failed me, I could easily bun it. I'm happy to report that the only thing I did to refresh was smooth her edges back with the happy nappy styles and applied a bit on the ends of her looser textured sections. I wrapped with a durag each night and we were good to go. 


(only 1 shot for the week, my camera battery was dead and I couldn't find it. Sorry!)

Week 2 I started to feel pretty bold. So what did I do? Finger curls with no pony! I cornrowed the front so it'd be out of her face and finger curled the rest. I washed her hair, detangled with the curly cake shake and then finger curled with the happy nappy styles. This lasted for more than a week, it lasted for a week and a half y'all! 



I think she's feelin herself... what y'all think? lol

It's rare that I let her wear her hair down because she's so active it gets messy quickly. She has successfully wore her hair down even without finger curling and her hair looks great all day.

These pictures are less than great but you can kind of tell how great her hair was on Halloween. It was completely dry and every single curl was defined.



So if you can't tell, I REALLY, really, really love these 2 products. The only 1 con that I have is my bottle of curly cake shake seems to leak out on the side where the lock button is. It's so minor that it doesn't bother me, I just wipe it off and rub it in A's hair and everything is fine. Out of 5 stars I still give it 5 stars. If you're in the market for some new hair products I highly recommend Blended Beauty. They even have a hair typing "quiz" to make sure you select the best products for your mane. Trust me, their's is easy, no abcs and 123s to learn; it's simple terms to describe your curls. They have tons of products to choose from so no curl will be left out!

If you decide to give them a try, please stop on by and let us know how much you love their products (because I'm sure you will!!)!

Halloween

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Hey y'all! I know it's 2 days past Halloween but I still wanted to share the kid's costumes. If you are followers on our Instagram and Facebook I'm sure you've seen that they were Alice and the mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Let me tell ya, I just couldn't get enough of their cuteness in their costumes. =)







We hope y'all had a fun and safe Halloween!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Style change up

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Last week I posted A's latest style which was inspired by CH/VC. It's still holding strong and looking fabulous even with a little bit of fuzz in the front. It still looked perfectly fine as it was but since I received a letter from teacher stating someone in her class had lice; I figured I'd take down the pigtail braids and grease her scalp a bit and put them back up. I split the braids on each side horizontally down the middle and braided the back section up and the front section back and then gathered them back in a ponytail. I also braided the front hanging braid back into one of the pigtails. I then braided the braids into 2 braids in each ponytail and undid them this morning for a braid braid out. Say that 3 times fast. lol




As you can see, there is some fuzz at the very front. It's okay because it honestly looks a lot less noticeable in person. The front part of her hair is the most fragile so I never braid it tightly and it's bound to pop out here and there. Embrace that fuzz y'all! =D

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Inspired style: CHVC

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This past weekend I saw that Rory from CH/VC had posted their take on traditional french braids and was in love. A already had her hair parted for french braids because it's what she had wore to school on Friday. I've done a similar style like this before but never with bangs so I decided to give it a go. The outcome is great AND protective. Lately, no matter if her hair is down, up, or in braids, she's been getting small bumps around her temples as if the hair is pulled too tight although it's not. I'm a little baffled by that. This weekend we switched our hair products so maybe that'll help with it.

Speaking of hair products; do any of you use Giovanni's leave in? I've always heard a lot of great stuff about it and I'm finally sold. On it's on it wouldn't do anything for her hair because her hair soaks up moisture but when I added it to the LOC method, it does wonders. I wash her hair, put a bit of castor oil on and then the leave in. Her hair has been so shiny and soft!







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