Earn Your Keep, Kid!

Alas, it’s the age-old story.

Mom longs for baby. Baby comes along. Mom buys him cute onesies from Gymboree, a Pottery Barn sheet set for the crib, and the sweetest, squishiest stuffed animals to surround him with big, fluffy love.

Mattie's 1st Nursery

Things are good.

And then The Boy grows. Mom still buys him necessities {and secretly thanks the Good Lord that he still has little-to-no desire to weigh in on fashion choices} and enjoys making select purchases at birthday and Christmas-time, yet despite having all that he needs and more, the phrase “Mom, could you get me…?” is about as common in these parts as “What’s for dinner?” 

For a while, Mom replies, “Just put it on your list!” and giggles to herself that this imaginary list— it were real—would wrap around her home several times.

Until the requests come far too frequently. And she can’t take it


Momma’s puttin’ her foot down, son. Time to learn the value of a dollar and earn your keep {or at least your toys}.

This first official full week of summer, we’re implementing Project Allowance. I want The Boy to know that as a contributing member of this family, he can EARN all those little wants he has swirling around in his head. He has the power. Besides, saying “Save your money!” sounds so much nicer than the outright “No!” I was handing him each time. 

So here are the rules we’ll be following for Project Allowance:


And in case he needed a reminder of those transgressions that would cost him a nickel, I printed up the rules he’s heard me say time and again these past six years, framed them, and placed them in a central part of our kitchen for easy viewing. {If you’d like a blank copy of this for your own rules, click here.}



We’re in Day 3, and so far, so good. He enjoys pouring his nickels into “the bank” {a small mason jar} at the end of the day and I enjoy

not making his bed.

Life is good.

Notes To The Sitter

So two weeks ago our fridge kicked.

And last week—on our anniversary—we picked up our new one, complete with on-the-door water dispenser. Yes, I know: that technology came out circa 1987, right? Yet it’s all new to me.

You can see why I’m over-the-moon about this appliance.

And because my new fridge looks oh-so-pretty, I’m vowing to keep it as craziness-free as possible. Gone are the magnets. Gone is the dry-erase “notes to self” board that I could never fully erase. And The Boy’s art work has found a whole new spot of the utmost honor in the toy room.

The only piece of real estate I’m handing out on that fridge is to the sitter cheat-sheet, but even that needed an overhaul, so I redesigned one. I’m big on aesthetics, okay? A list on boring ol’ lined paper just wouldn’t do.

Here’s what it looks like, for the most part {phone numbers are blocked so my neighbors and I don’t end up like 867.5309/Jenny. That poor girl. Constant ringing.}:

IMG_5319 with Masks

I know lots of “Notes to Babysitter” sheets are far more detailed than this, but my sitter, the rockin’ Jeannie of Love Like Crazy, is waaay more high-functioning than I, so all I feel the need to leave her are things that would help her in a true emergency.

Happy to share, my peeps, if you’d like a copy to post on your own fridge.

Important Numbers with Categories

If you’d like one like the above, with categories, click here.

Important Numbers Template

Want it blank? Click here.

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“Reach High” with A Big Daisy

A few weeks back, I shared a link to a printable I’d created for The Boy’s room.

I wanted something profound and fun, and I found it in an

Imagination Movers


A few folks emailed me for a slightly more feminine version of the Reach High print, and I’m happy to share it with you today! To download, just click right here.

Hope you like it, my peeps! It sure was fun to create.



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