Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kid-Free Me Time

One week down, two more to go.

My kids are spending three weeks with their dad which means I am Kid-Free for 3 weeks...

The day I took the kids to the airport, afterwards a friend of mine asked "are congratulations or condolences in order?" which was very fitting. On the one hand I miss my kids like crazy, yet it is nice getting a break from being mom all the time. Being able to run errands by myself, go out if I want without needing a sitter, I only have myself to take care of. I don't get breaks very often so I am trying to make the most of it and focus on the positive rather than how much I miss them both.

I will certainly have a lot less laundry to do for these three weeks!!!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Fun, Scavenger Hunt #1

I love it when things work out the way I hope!

I put together an indoor scavenger hunt for my kiddos, who are now 13 & 9. I have been trying to find new ways to entertain them this summer without electronics and without "needing" to go somewhere. The older they get the harder it seems to be... However the scavenger hunt was a TOTAL SUCCESS!! They worked together taking turns, used their imaginations and had fun!!!

For #46, they took a picture of me!!

I compiled several scavenger hunt lists I found online to make one long one! I had my kids take pictures of everything they found as well as write down what they found or where they found it. I have a list of 100 items and I decided to divide it in half instead of doing it all in one day. Not that it took my kids very long to get through the list, I wanted to get more than one day of entertainment out of it. We also might do an alphabet scavenger hunt!

Here is my list if you would like to use it yourself! I included some fun "rules" at the bottom! Ill post the second list after we do it.

Indoor Picture Scavenger Hunt (list 1)

1. Something shiny
2. Something new
3. Something GREEN
4. Something you can eat
5. Something you wear on your feet

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Letters & Lies: My Book Update!!!

It seem a little silly how much I love holding this in my hands! It is not even a real book yet, but it is a work in progress and just having something to hold, something tangible, makes it seem more real! It makes the dream seem like more of a reality!!! 

I printed the first rough draft so I could easily re-read it and make notes and such for editing. 

I once hoped to have it completed by now, but life has gotten in the way a bit and writing a book can be a slow process. Hopefully it wont take too much longer. 

In my previous post about my book "Letters & Lies" I mentioned my book will be available on Amazon. I plan to self-publish at first, but also hope to find a publisher for hard copies as well. 

Feel free to give the Letters & Lies Facebook page some love!  facebook.com/lettersandlies 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Single Mom Dating?

I have been single for over a year now. I do not need a man in my life, nor am I wanting a relationship exactly, but I am ready to date. Have fun, be ME, once in a while, not just MOM. The problem is, I don't know how?

I never really did the "dating thing" I was trying to when I met the EX. I will know better this time if some guy tries to sweep me off my feet. I have kids now to think about. They are a huge factor in me dating. It will be a long time before I even consider introducing my kids to a man I am dating and it would obviously have to be a relationship I see going somewhere before the guy would get the privilege of meeting my children.

My main question is, how do I meet men to date? In the very far past, guys I had relationships with I met at bars, school, mutual friends... None of those are options for me anymore.

I do not go to bars anymore, my school is online, and the friends option doesn't work, everyone is already married. I've considered the online dating and dating apps but I don't want to pay the membership fees for the good sights and the free ones seem to be people just looking to "hook-up".

Any thoughts? I think I need some single friends to hang out with... Other single moms...

Friday, April 08, 2016

Kids Household Chores, Allowance and Instant Gratification

The instant gratification part was my sisters idea so I cant take full credit. 

I have had a chore chart for my kids for quite some time. Recently my daughter requested a raise in the amount of money she earns per chore, to which I agreed and added this new intensive with instant gratification.

I must confess I have been very bad about paying out allowance in the past. There was a constant tally of IOU's on sticky notes. I rarely have cash on hand so at the end of the week I wouldn't have the cash to pay the kids for doing chores... So I would add it up and write it down at least... Well, my sister gave me the idea of having the money kept on the fridge so as soon as the chore was done my daughter, or son, could get paid immediately! 

I decided to still keep the star chart so I could keep track throughout the week of who was doing what chores and when. The same set of chores are listed on the chart and above where the money is! If you can't tell from the picture the three smaller magnets are holding coins, 2 quarters each and everything else is $1. The chores list I made in Excel and printed it on a magnetic sheet! My daughter is the orange stars, she typically does more chores than my son who is green. As you can see, she did several chores yesterday!! I have plenty of cash on hand for now and I decided to get 20 ones at a time and keep it in a jar in my house so I do not spend it elsewhere!! 

My kids also have chores they do not get paid for, which are cleaning up their own dishes after meals, putting away their own laundry and of course cleaning their own rooms. 

With summer approaching I will have some more outside chores they can do, like picking up sticks in the backyard! Too bad neither one of them are big enough to use the lawn mower yet... That will remain my chore... 

What type of chores do your kids do? Do you pay allowance for chores or just because?