Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Awesome Sticker Chart Method

With four children, it is crazy at my house. I spend my whole day making it a home and they come home from school and wreck it in five minutes. Then I spend the next hour or two after them to clean it up. On any given day one or two of the children are just uncooperative. It's a pain in my behind and annoying. In addition to the mess, there is homework. Let's just say I am out of teeth and nails when it comes to homework.

So what does a fed up mommy do? I made a plan to fix this situation. I bought a simple sticker chart from the dollar store, complete with stickers and a booklet of charts. I call this the awesome sticker chart. For every good deed and good choice, the children get an awesome sticker. When the sticker chart is filled up, the reward is $5 to spend or save. I can tell this is better than any method I have tried in the past and most likely going to work.

As a mommy with ADD, it is very difficult for me to be consistent. Every time I have tried an allowance/ sticker chart in an organized manor, it has failed. I am sporadic, therefore my rewards must be sporadic. I notice something awesome, the children get an awesome sticker, right away. It is very random and not sequenced like a chore chart.

I do believe it is important for children to carry some of the responsibility of the household, otherwise known as chores. I just cannot stick to any kind of schedule or plan for them. The boys' chores consist of them picking up after themselves. They are not expected to do the dishes, only to take their dirty dish to the sink. They are not required to wash their laundry, just responsible to put it in the hamper. 

So for each awesome thing they do, they get an awesome sticker. When I told the boys about this method, I warned them that they have to remind me about the sticker right away or I might forget. I told them do not to wait, we need to do the sticker right away. This way we do not forget. Every good deed must be recorded. 

The awesome sticker chart! One mom's way of rewarding good behavior and good deeds, when mom has ADD. 

What ways do you motivate your children to stay on task? Please share in the comments!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Apps For Buying & Selling

A great way of saving money for my family is to buy used items we need, such as clothes, toys, outside toys, and household items. I love to buy second hand items. It saves them from being thrown into the dump where they will wither away and it saves money for my family. It's environmentally practical to buy second hand items, some to repurpose. My favorite method of buying already loved items is Facebook groups. I found so many local swip swap and buy, sell, trade groups. I also love to sell our gently used items to local families that can use it. Selling is a different story though. I cannot seem to sell anything on the Facebook groups. I have tried out two different apps for buying and selling already loved items. Here is my consensus.

My friend told me about this OfferUp app. So I checked it out. With its simple platform and its ease of use, it's a great little app. It's for local buying and selling, which I love. No shipping! The idea of OfferUp is that you message the seller an offer. If they have the item listed for $10, you can ask them if they'll take $8. And mostly they accept it. I posted several items and made a sale the first day!
It has a simple search bar to filter the listings to help find exactly what you're looking for. When scrolling through the listings, there is only a picture, a very small picture, with no price. When you click on the picture you can then view the listing in its entirety.

Though, I love the simplicity of this app, I do not like that you can only post one picture, to which some people list the same item with different pictures, hogging up the feed.  

I also tried another new app, 5Miles. It's a similar selling app for local people. 5Miles is set up more like eBay to where you can list items for local pickup only or a add shipping service. With 5Miles, you can post lots of photos of your item, along with a longer, more in depth description. It's also better when scrolling through the listings as the price and location are beneath each picture. Where I enjoy the platform of this app more than OfferUp, I have yet to make a sale. 

So there you have it. One mommy's view on buying and selling on the iPhone. Do you buy or sell used items? What have you found to be useful when doing so?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Moms Make The World Go 'Round

Moms come in all shapes and sizes. Many different colors and different beliefs. Moms everywhere have the hardest job of all time. We are the CEO of our home. We multitask and get stuff done. We make the crucial decisions that need to be made. 

We cover all aspects of running a home. The budget, meal plan, and schedule all hang over our heads. As well as the cleaning, laundry, and meeting everyone's needs in the home. Time management, managing 

Before becoming a mother, we start out as managers. We manage time, money, and food. We manage cleaning, shopping, and date nights. Once we step over that threshold into motherhood with a little persons life in our hands, we become the CEO. It takes your job to the next level when a little person is placed in your arms.  

As the CEO of your home where you mange the budget, schedule, and meals, you also mange people. The people in your home rely on you, seek guidance from you and depend on you to help them succeed. It is no easy task. Oh imagine the rewards. There is no retirement fund or pension. Only the outcome of which your child will become. That's why it is the most important job you will ever hold as a woman and the most rewarding. When your child is in their 20's, you can look at him and appreciate the adult he has become. You did it! You will forever be mom, CEO, and your work is never done.

Then a new CEO steps in and manages the home of your grandchildren. And no matter what kind of mother you were, it is certain that she will be a different kind of mother. That is the beauty of it all, no one is like anyone else. We all have our own way of managing our home and family.

Here's to all moms, grandmother's and mothers to be everywhere. We celebrate all of you this Mother's Day weekend! 

What are your plans this weekend? Any special traditions? Please share in the comments!

Celebrate Earth Month With Green Kids Crafts

Green Kid Crafts' award-winning Discovery Boxes pack a lot of fun and learning into convenient packages.  Developed by teachers, crafty moms and STEM experts (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to support key developmental skills for kids ages 3-10, each Discovery Box celebrates creativity with craft projects and activates thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation as we guide children through fun science experiments. Each box contains 4-6 Creativity and STEM Science Kits, extension activities, and free online extras. 

You can now get up to 3 months of Discovery Boxes for free from Green Kid Crafts! Act fast to snag up to $65 off! Right now if you sign up for a 6 month subscription and use the coupon ONEFREE, you will get 1 FREE month. That means you will pay $15.50/month! 

When you sign up for a 12 month subscription and use the coupon THREEFREE, you will get 3 FREE months. That means you will pay $15.00/month! This is a great time for current subscribers to renew for a year and for new subscribers to sign up! 

Are you ready to sign up? Hurry offers expire May 20, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Introducing Big Foot Tribe Studios

You've met the tribe, you've watched our children grow, and now we've added our shop. Introducing Big Foot Tribe Studios on Etsy.

Crafting is one of my favorite things in the world to do, right next to writing. I enjoy the process and most of all enjoy the finished product. I love watching my kids play with or use something that I made. It adds a certain level of respect to the item and to myself. 

In addition to making things for my family, I love making gifts for friends and extended family. I made this adorable Dora drawstring backpack for my niece. She absolutely loved it! 

I made this little drawstring backpack for my toddler. She loves it and we carry everywhere we go. It holds her diapers, a travel wipes case and one outfit. It has replaced my diaper bag. Yay! Mommy gets to carry a purse again. And she loves to wear it. 

You see I have such a deep appreciation for the arts. I don't ask "where did you buy that?" Instead I ask "how did you make that?" And people mostly respond with the store they bought it at. That's a different response than what I can give. I love saying "I made that." 

I grew up with around the arts. My father is a craftsman, mostly of wood. Music was all around me. Every family function included my dads band. My uncle the singer and guitar, my dad the drums, and their friends on the base, keyboard, and back up vocals. I went into chorus in middle school and participated in competition all throughout high school. In college when it was time to take an appreciation class I chose both art appreciation and music appreciation. I loved learning about the different eras of art. To this day I do not cook, clean or craft without music. My poor children. 

Now as a mother, I want to give my children things, some of which are costly. I have found a way to give them more, as I make it myself. Upon making my own bags and nap time mat covers, I have come to really enjoy the process of sewing. 

As a stay at home mom, I cook, clean, and sew. And the time has come to sell my handcrafted items to other moms. Introducing Big Foot Tribe Studios, where crafting is natural. I welcome you to stop by my shop and take a look around. To my fellow Etsy shop owners, should you follow me I will certainly follow you back. Just leave me a convo or leave a link in the comments below. Let's spread the awesome!  

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