Thursday, May 2, 2013
In the meantime, I've started a new blog to follow along with my pregnancy. I have two beautiful children ages 5 and 8 already, but I didn't keep anything after my son was born. We decided that was it and we were done. Now, I'm starting all over. We've had some interesting things happen already, some good and some bad. I decided to start up the new blog as a way to let other people know they may not be alone in some areas. Seems that there are some "grey" areas that a lot of people don't talk about, or know to ask about. I'm hoping my experience helps someone else and to learn a few things in the process. I don't care if you have 8 kids or 18 kids, each pregnancy is different and I think you learn something new. If you'd like to follow along with my story, please stop by: http://brandnewmomagain.blogspot.com/ I'd love to hear your input.
In the meantime, please just keep me and my family in your prayers. This week has been extremely difficult for us.
Until next time...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I hope by this weekend to get the business back up and at it, as well as get back to blogging. I have lots if posts and drafts all set, but to top it off my laptop keeps locking up when I try to blog. This little tid bit comes from the trusty cell.
Hope you all are doing well and I'll be back at it soon.
Until next time...
Amy ~ The Dixie Diva
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Planning an Organized Home
It's a short, six part series that I want to share with you on how I started to get our home organized and in a better routine than we have had in the past. The more routine, the less whining "why do we have to??". It becomes a part of every day life for every one in the house.
The first thing I worked on were chore charts: one for the kids and one for the parents. While I have a pretty good routine for my own household chores, having it in writing and staring me down keeps me from falling off track so much. I searched online for different printable and customizable charts, and ended up finding some pre-loaded with my ancient laptop under Microsoft Works. If you have Microsoft Excel or Word, you can do the same thing. I attempted to copy our chart to this blog but it doesn't pull it all in. Essentially this is what I have in an Excel format:
Chores Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Laundry (25 cent)
Dishes (25 cent)
Pick up Living Room (10 cent)
Trash Out (25 cent)
Cans & Bottles Out (10 cent)
Boxes Out (10 cent)
Feed Animals (10 cent)
There are boxes under each one for every day of the week. I use colored ink pens and write a "C" or a "J" (my kids' names) for who does what each day. I also have a list under the "Paid Chores" labeled "Every Day Chores". Every day chores that are a must but they do not get an allowance for are cleaning their rooms, putting away dirty clothes, doing homework, reading, etc.
When a chore is completed I put little stickers in the box. I have one set of stickers for each child so it's easy to keep up with who did what. The chore chart stays on a clipboard and hangs on the wall in the kitchen. Every day they come home from school to see what is on their list for that day. They have actually become excited to see what they have to do, since they now earn money for it (albeit very minimal). They both have "wants" all the time (what kid doesn't??) and I have refused to keep buying "junk" toys every time we go out. They now have a list of things they would like to buy, know how much it costs, and are learning to figure out how long it will take them to buy it based on their chore allowance.
Oh, and there is one other section I have added to the chore chart. Deductions. Oh yes, I am deducting for whining, back talk, fighting, yelling, lying, and asking WHY. All I have to do is threaten to take away from their allowance and it curves the behavior. Most of the time.
Friday, January 18, 2013
I started out the new year with great intentions. I have a new blog journal with tons of subjects, a file full of photos on the pc, and a series on getting organized planned.
So what happened?
That thing called life.
My huband's grandfather had what they believe was a stroke on the 4th. On the 8th they called in the family....which was also my husband's birthday. His Paw Paw didn't pass that day though, but did on the 10th. Saturday the 12th was the receiving of friends and a beautiful military funeral. Paw Paw was a wonerful man that we all loved and is missed so much already.
Late Sunday night, about 11:30, my 7 year old wakes us up. Stomach flu. Worst I think I have ever seen. Then she goes back to school on Wednesday and I take her 4 year old brother the doctor. Strep infection. At 5am Thursday, the stomach flu gets him.
Now I'm not feeling so well. We can't seem to catch a break.
Hopefully next week I can get back in the grove of things. I have a series planned for getting organized and details and the how to's of planning a Willy Wonka birthday party.
Until then, please keep my family in your prayers.
Amy~The Dixie Diva
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We had a great one, despite half my family being sick. So ready to start a fresh new year with everyone healthy!
Okay, anyone make New Years resolutions? I have been compiling several bucket lists but no resolutions. Just things I would like to accomplish wih myself, family, home and my craft business.
I wanted to start the new year out with a brief post to let you know what I am going to be working on over the next few weeks. My daughter's birthday is 5 weeks away and I am planning a Willy Wonka party for her. Last year she had a great sleepover that I blogged about and I was able to do so fairly cheap. I hope to do the same this year and will be blogging as I go.
That's it for now! I am trying out my new tablet for this post and its not the best. There is no spell corrrect or I haven't figured it out...and this touch screen is not cooperating with my fast typing!!
What are your crafty plans for the upcoming year?
Unitl next time...
Amy-The Dixie Diva
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Starlight or Peppermints
Preheat oven to 350.
This year I decided to try a more conventional (money saving) tactic, and bought Graham Crackers to use. My daughter used a gift card she received and spent out for a Barbie house to decorate. Let me just say that it was not as big as expected, and you can hardly ever make them they way they show. But she still had a blast.
For my 4 year old, I tried to make him a train. Here's how it went:
Thursday, December 20, 2012
- Buy the Elf on the Shelf & Book, find unique places for it all season. DONE!
- Have all shopping done by December 1st. NOT BY THE 1ST BUT BY THE 14TH
- Make/Sell 10 Christmas outfits FINISHING #10 RIGHT NOW!
- Go to McAdenville to see the Christmas lights. DONE!
- Finally WALK through McAdenville instead of just drive thru it. BOO-TOO COLD
- Make a gingerbread house with the kids. THIS COMING WEEKEND
- Read 1 Christmas book with the kids every night. PARENT OF THE YEAR-NOT!
- Watch as many Christmas shows and movies as possible. TV STAYS ON ABC FAMILY!!
- Have Christmas Photos made early. HAHA-ON THE 18TH!
- Get Christmas cards mailed by 2nd week December. ON THE 19TH
- Go see Christmas House in Kings Mountain more than once. ONCE SO FAR, BUT WE GOT TO WALK AROUND IT THIS TIME!
- Find new places to see Christmas lights. NOT YET
- Have a Christmas get-together. DONE & 1 MORE!
- Add 1 thing to outdoor decorations. WINDOW LIGHTS
- Finish painting bedroom. YES BUT IT WAS A DISASTER
- Get fish tank to bedroom before setting up Christmas decorations. YES YES YES!
- Have shopping list ready by Black Friday. YES
- Do all Black Friday shopping online. NOT THAT LUCKY THIS YEAR
- Bake with the kids to make gifts for the neighbors. THAT'S THE PLAN FOR THIS WEEKEND
- Donate coats to a women/men's shelter. NO BUT WE DID DONATE A BICYCLE TO A CHILD WHO LOST EVERYTHING IN A HOUSE FIRE
- Have at least 6 dresses made to try and sell at consignment shop. NO-JUST HAIR BOWS & NECKLACES
- Have a booth at a craft fair. YES AND SUCCESS!
- Put away sewing machine by December 8th. THE 16TH
- Make something for my son to wear this year. NOT LOOKING GOOD.
How about your Bucket List, how is it coming? I am working on a New Years Bucket List that I will post after Christmas. No resolutions, just a "list". Are you making resolutions or a Bucket List for the upcoming year?
Until next time...
Amy~The Dixie Diva