KIDS | Clipboards for Chores and Reading + Book Recs From the Girls!

Hello! Today I am sharing my girls’ clipboard system that we use for their chores and reading. We aren’t on any kind of schedule since it is summer break, but I do like the girls to have set chores to do every day and also read every day. We also aren’t planning on returning to school in August, so we will be able to do these in addition to their distance learning.Hopefully these ideas can help you too!

I have these pink clipboards for them, and I hung them up in their playroom with some command hooks.

Chore Charts

Allie is 9 years old, so her chores are a little bit harder than Ashley’s, who is 6. These can give you some ideas for chores for your kids if they are about the same age.

Allie’s (9) :

  • Get dressed
  • Brush teeth
  • Wash face
  • Brush hair
  • Make bed
  • Clean up room
  • Feed Mollie
  • Help with unloading dishwasher
  • Help with laundry
  • Dust
  • Reading

Ashley’s (6) :

  • Get dressed
  • Brush teeth
  • Brush hair
  • Make bed
  • Clean up room
  • Let Mollie out
  • Give Mollie a treat
  • Empty hampers
  • Empty trash cans
  • Set table
  • Reading

The girls use a dry erase marker to check off their chores each day. They are given a weekly allowance for their chores, so they always do them.

Also attached to the clipboard are their Reading Logs. They are enrolled in the local library’s summer reading program, so they were given these maps to track their reading.

These maps would be so easy to create on your own, and a fun project to do with your kids! We plan on making our own after these are finished. Every time they read for twenty minutes, they get to color in a dot. The yellow dots are for reading, and the white dots can be for coding, helping in the kitchen, or playing outside. It is fun for them to get to the different spaces and they really enjoy this.

Here are the girls top recommendations for books. They both love to read, and have tons of books.

Allie’s favorite books are The Babysitter’s Club and the Candy Fairies series.

We have the entire Babysitter’s Club Little Sister (she’s already read all of those) and the Babysitter’s Club series saved from my childhood! She is currently reading the Babysitter’s Club books and loves them. She also loves the Candy Fairies series and has most of those.

For Ashley, she loves the Unicorn and Yeti series, and also the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series. These books have pictures, but are chapter books. She loves unicorns so I think that’s why she picked these.

I hope these ideas will help you if you want to implement a chore system or a reading incentive for your kids!

MORE ideas for kids this summer HERE!

Thanks for reading!xx

Easter | Traditions + Basket Ideas

Hello! This Sunday is already Easter, and even though we won’t be able to go visit with our families like we normally do, we are still planning a fun Easter celebration.

When the girls get up in the morning, they open up their baskets, and I usually make a fun breakfast for them, like cinnamon rolls with pastel colored icing, or waffles with sprinkles inside.

This Easter, since we have time, I will be making my Baked Donuts. Instead of using nutmeg and cinnamon, and dipping them into cinnamon sugar like I did here, I will be making a pastel colored glaze out of powdered sugar and milk to go over the top of them. Here’s the recipe.

We always do an Easter egg hunt for them, putting little chocolates, stickers, erasers, stamps, coins, dollar bills…just anything we can fit into the little plastic eggs. We hide them in the front and back yards, and they love to run around and find them. We have about 75 eggs.

I also do a “mystery egg” for each of them, where I give little clues like a word jumble or a riddle. This is like a scavenger hunt that leads to toy or fun surprise.

Here are the clues I have for this year! Feel free to use them for your kids! I cannot take credit for them, I found them online.

I will cut each of these out and hide them. I tape the first clue to their basket. Keep in mind that the last clue is where you will hide the surprise.

At the end of the mystery egg hunt, I have a big surprise for them. I got them each one of these LOL dolls that they have REALLY been wanting. They’re going to flip when they see these.

We are also planning to barbecue and dye these little plastic eggs I found (since it’s hard to find REAL eggs to dye).

Now onto the baskets! I always go overboard, but my little princesses deserve it. They are my sweet girls!

Here’s what I got them this year.

I got them each these books that teach you how to draw things. Both girls love to draw, so they will love these. Ashley will get the Cute Stuff one and Allie will get the Animal one.

Next, I got them each a chapter book. Phoebe and Her Unicorn for Ashley, Candy Fairies for Allie.

Next, just some little notepads. They love to put these in their bags or take them into the car so that they have something to do.

Next, a new toothbrush. The girls love to get a new one, so I thought they would like these since they are OBSESSED with LOL dolls. These have timers too so they help with brushing long enough.

Next, a chocolate bunny for each of them.

And some more little candies.

So, that is pretty much it for what we will be doing for Easter this year!

What traditions do you do with your family?

thanks for reading, and Happy Easter!

xx

A Day In My Life | Homeschooling, Cookies, Chili, and Chalk

Hi everyone! Today I am doing a day in the life blog. I thought it would be fun to show you what we do everyday! I previously did a Homeschool Routine and Schedule post, but since then, our routine has changed! The school has been sending assignments, and they also have to video chat with their teacher every morning.

So, a little bit about my family – I have two girls, Allie, 8, and Ashley, 5. My husband is still going to work these days, so it’s just me and the girls everyday.

Let’s get on with our day!

7:30 Wake up and COFFEE!

This particular day I was up before the girls, so I had a bit of quiet time while I enjoyed my coffee. I use the Starbucks Blonde Roast and their Caramel Macchiato creamer.

8:00 The girls woke up around 8, so I made them cinnamon toast, and they had some berries and yogurt to go with it.

While they were eating, I made my bed, cleaned up a little bit, and threw a load of laundry in the washer.

I make my bed, and all of the beds, every morning. I like to keep a clean and tidy house.

After breakfast, the girls brushed their teeth, got dressed, and brushed their hair.

9:00

At 9:00, Ashley has to get on Google Meet with her Kindergarten class for their morning meeting to go over the assignments.

While she was doing that, I gave our dog Mollie a bath. She is a 10 year old maltese. She lives inside the house, so a bath every week is a must! I also brush her.

She doesn’t like it, though.

After I bathed and brushed her, it was back to her chair to look out the window at the cows!

9:30

By this time, Ashley was done with her morning meeting with her class. Now it is Allie’s turn for her meeting at 9:30 with her third grade class.

While she was on her chat, I took a quick shower and got ready for the day.

10:00

I planned on making chili for dinner that night, so I had to get that going in the crockpot. Here is the recipe if you want to make it!

At 10:00, the girls start doing their assignments for the day. They both have Reading/Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, and GT assignments.

We turned our table in the dining room into a school table, since the one in the playroom wasn’t big enough. Who uses a formal dining room anyway?

12:00

School usually takes a few hours, so we have lunch right after they’re done.

My girls LOVE avocado toast, so we had that.

I spread some avocado on toasted bread, and topped it with a little garlic salt and some turkey. They also had some cherry tomatoes and carrots to go with it.

I also had avocado toast and veggies, but I like mine with the Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. So good.

1:00

It was such a pretty day outside, so the girls rode their scooters, jumped on the trampoline, and we did a little activity using painters tape and sidewalk chalk.

These came out really cool and kept them busy for awhile!

2:30

We came back inside around 2:30 and wanted to make some frosted sugar cookies, so we made them into Easter shapes and decorated them. Delish. I posted the recipe for these last week, so check it out here if you want to make them!

3:30

They usually have an afternoon snack at this time, so I made them a smoothie and they had some goldfish crackers to go with it.

I used frozen bananas, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and milk to make the smoothie. They love it.

For me, an iced coffee. I’m dragging at this point!

Recipe for my Starbucks Vanilla Latte here!

4:00

This is free time for the girls. They usually play board games, barbies, LOL dolls, or color during this time.

I usually use this time for chores, so I folded the laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, and cleaned the toilets and bathrooms. If I don’t have any chores to do, I will work on my blog, read, or play with the girls.

5:30

I start making dinner at this time, so since the crockpot was making the chili, all I had to do was make some cornbread to go with it!

The girls love to help me make dinner and set the table.

6:15

Dinner is ready! Can’t wait to eat it!

After dinner we usually have family movie or game night, and the girls love to have a “sleepover” in their playroom.

So that is it for our day! It isn’t extremely eventful because we can’t go anywhere, but we try to keep busy.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoyed this day in the life blog!

thanks for reading!

xx

How To Keep Kids Busy | Our Homeschool and Daily Schedule

Hello! It is a crazy time in the world right now, and the kids are out of school! So far in my area of Texas, the schools are canceled this week, but to be honest, I don’t see them going back to school for awhile.

I have a 5 year old in Kinder, and an 8 year old in 3rd grade. They love to “play school” together, so I thought right now was the perfect time to try homeschooling.

At this time, we aren’t leaving the house, and if you have kids, you’ll know that it is really hard to entertain them ALL day at home without leaving. Unlike summer break, where we can usually leave for awhile, we can’t right now. We need routine and a schedule if we are going to be here all day.

My girls have been staying up pretty late, so they’ve been waking up around 8. The longer they sleep, the better!

I decided to start homeschool at 10 am, because, what is the rush? We have all day. I’m not doing it because I’m afraid they will get behind, I’m doing it because we’re gonna get bored.

Before school, they:

  • Make their beds
  • Clean up their rooms
  • Brush their teeth
  • Get dressed
  • Brush their hair
  • Eat breakfast

At 10 am school starts. I’ve made time blocks for the different subjects/activities for us to do.

  • 10:00 Reading

The girls take turns reading a small book or a chapter or two from a chapter book. After each one reads, I ask them reading comprehension questions about what they read. Setting, main characters, main idea, problem, solution, favorite part of the reading, etc. I will switch this up daily and ask different questions, and sometimes I will read to them and then ask questions.

  • 10:30 Writing

I give them 30 minutes for free writing. They each have a journal, and I either give them a topic to write about or they can pick. If they have time after writing, I let them illustrate what they wrote about on the back of the page.

  • 11:00 Math

I make them up worksheets to do for the math time block. Allie is working on multiplication/fractions, and Ashley is working on adding/subtracting/word problems. We grade the worksheets together when they are finished. Also, my 8 year old likes to use our dry erase board to give Ashley some math problems, so we do that too.

  • 11:30 Workbooks

I have workbooks for them to do that are full of all kinds of worksheets and activities. I get one grade level up from the grade they are in so that they are challenging. The girls love doing these.

  • 12:00 Lunch

I prepare lunch while they are doing their workbooks and then it’s time to eat!

  • 12:30 Art Time

The girls love art, so we have devoted a whole hour to art. watercolor painting, drawing, coloring books, origami, crafts, etc. I choose one activity per day.

Today was painting.

  • 1:30 Science/ Social Studies

I prepare a science experiment or a lesson on a certain topic and then we do a quiz on the topic afterwards where I ask them questions about what we learned. You can find tons of ideas online. Today we learned about honeybees and butterflies and had quizzes on those. Brainpop is a great resource.

  • 2:00 Recess

They love to play outside at this time!

  • 2:30 Snacktime and Movie

They usually like to watch a movie in the afternoon. It takes up a while and allows them to rest. After the movie it’s pretty much a free for all till dinner. This time is usually spent outside.

  • 5:30-6:30 Dinner

We usually have dinner during this time, depending on when I start cooking!

  • 7:00 Bath/PJ’s

We will do showers/baths and they’ll put on their pajamas.

I’m not too strict about bedtime, seeing as we do not have to get up early. I let them play and have a sleepover or do whatever they want. They usually go to sleep around 9 pm.

So that is it for our schedule! Without a schedule, we get bored, and it’s hard to come up with things to do. When the girls are on a schedule, it helps with arguing about what to do, and also keeps them busy.

What are some activities and things you like to do with your kids?

Thanks for reading! xx

DIY Personalized Beaded Bracelets

Hello! I absolutely love personalized jewelry. Anything with a monogram or a name I just have to have!!! Recently, I have spotted a trend of beaded bracelets that you can have personalized with a name. I have seen these on Etsy, Baublebar, even really expensive ones on NET-A-PORTER.

Photo from Baublebar

Photo from Etsy

Photo from NetAPorter

These range from $10- $85!

I thought, I can totally make these myself. AND, my girls will love to help me!

All you need are some beads and some string. We found ours from Michaels and Amazon.

Multicolor letter beads here

Black and white letter beads here

Metallic beads here

These were all fairly inexpensive, and they come with a ton- you can make bracelets for everyone!

The girls and I had so much fun making them, and I love how cute they are.

Do you like personalized jewelry?

Thanks for reading 🙂

xx

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