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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to Art+Food+Life for her AMAZING post on how to make strawberry lemonade! And independently of each others knowledge, both my mother and I clicked on her link last week and went out and got the stuff to make this. I ended up taking mine to a birthday party, where it was a HUGE hit, so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Art+Food+Life, for your inspiration. Here, maybe if you look at the picture, you'll see why my mother and I were lured in....
Isn't it lovely? For Art+Food+Life's recipe, go HERE. Thanks so much for your link last week, sister, and we'll look forward to hearing a lot more from you in the future!
MINE: Consequence chores...
It's a new word my kids are learning to hate, like jurisdictions, and kitchen quadrants. This is how it works...
I have come up with a list of 40+ chores, each requiring ten to thirty minutes to complete, one of which will be assigned for almost any infraction, such as....
Not finishing a chore during an allotted time
Coming home past curfew
....and the list could really go on and on.
When the kids saw my consequence chore list, they staggered at the fact that I could think of so many mundane things for them to do. As the 14-year-old boy was reading the list out loud in astonishment, the 11-year-old boy said, "Put it down, 14-year-old boy. You're just encouraging her."
So here's the list. Feel free to make one of your own. It's easy. As you're walking your home putting things away, just observe something dirty that's bothering you, such as a dirty light switch or a finger-printed door frame, then write it on the list. It's fun! Here, take a look...
1. Dust 2 ceiling fans with the ceiling fan duster
2. Vacuum under the sofa cushions of one sofa
3. Dust and clean 2 food storage shelves
4. Pull weeds for 10 minutes
5. Sweep my bedroom
6. Clean and sweep twins' room
7. Clean my toilet
8. Care for Baby Hippo for 20 minutes
9. Clean microwave, inside and out (For a microwave-cleaning tutorial, go HERE.)
10. Clean out van
11. Clean guest toilet in big bathroom
12. Pick up dog poo for 10 minutes
13. Dust hallway closet doors
14. Clean french doors
15. Clean windows on entryway door
16. Clean glass of cabinets in entryway
17. Pick up toys and trash in courtyard
18. Sweep courtyard patio
19. Clean playroom
20. Sweep and dust mop playroom floor
21. Clean silverware drawer, including crumbs
22. Windex all large silverware appliances
23. Iron one twin church outfit
24. Iron one 5-year-old boy church outfit
25. Iron one Baby Hippo church outfit
26. Clean range hood
27. Clean right stove top
28. Clean left stove top
29. Clean window over kitchen sink
30. Make cookies
31. Clean trashcan, inside and out
32. Match 15 pairs of little kid socks
33. Clean wall behind high chair
34. Clean wall next to baby table
35. Windex stainless steel canisters
36. Clean behind stainless steel canisters
37. Windex snow cone machine
38. Clean popcorn machine with Mr. Musculo
39. Clean doors for 10 minutes
40. Clean light switches for 10 minutes
41. Read the twins books for 20 minutes
Lastly, you may be wondering how I could possibly choose from such a comprehensive list of chores. The answer is random.org. I simply list my minimum and maximum chore numbers, then hit "Generate". Or, if something dirty is really bugging me, I simply assign that specific chore.
Now that summer's here, and my kids are home to mess up a lot, my house is so clean. :)
Thanks for listening.
YOURS: Okay, now let's see what homemaking tips, recipes and know-how you have to share with us! Can't wait, and thanks so much for your visits and links. Have a great Homemaker Monday!
P.S. My sister and I are finally getting skinnier!
See how we're doing it HERE! :)
See how we're doing it HERE! :)