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Organized Thursday: Display your collection

Hi friends,

I love a collection – I have a few: owls, vases and books.

A collection is a group of like items, but they must be limited and organized in order tone a true collection.

To organize your collection, gather all of the items together.  Once you have them all assembled where you can see them, like on your dining room table, get rid of the ones you don’t like as much, or were given to you and they’re not your favourite, or if you have doubles.

Once you have your whole collection together and have rid yourself of the unloved items, find a spot for your collection.  My books are on a high ledge shelf in my office, my vases are in the kitchen alcove and my owls are on the living room mantle.  Once you’ve chosen a spot, you have a limit to your collection’s space.  When it’s full, the collection is closed.

Happy Organizing and enjoy your collection!

Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Double chores for double money summer

Hi friends,

It’s summertime for real, and in this house, that means double chores for double money.

DOUBLE CHORES FOR DOUBLE MONEY – SUMMER 2015

For allowance on a regular month, the boys have regular chores and they are paid their usual amount.  For example, Max is 11, and his regular chores are: cleaning the bathroom once a week, cleaning the yard of dog poop once a week, swiffering the floor once a week, doing his laundry once a week, feeding the dog in the morning every day and letting him outside, and setting the dinner table daily.  Then, I pay him his age ($11) bi-weekly.

In the summer, I offer them a chance to earn double chores for double money.  So, then, Max has to agree to do the additional chores on the pic attached plus his regular chores, in exchange for being paid each week.  The catch is that he has to choose a goal to save for in advance and that the money he earns each week has to be saved until the end of the summer, when he can buy his goal item(s).

It’s a fun project, this is our fourth summer of double chores, and this year Max is saving for roller blades and Nick for a scooter.  The added lesson to this is that the boys really cherish and care for the items that they work so hard to save for.

Amy

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Sparkling Clean Tuesday: Freshen up your garburator

Hi friends,

Here’s a quick and day way to freshen up your garburator.

Throw in –

1 handful of ice cubes, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1 chopped lemon or lime.

Then, run the hot water while you turn on the garburator.  Let the water and the garburator run for at least two minutes until everything is flushed through.

Amy

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Foodie Monday: Crockpot summer chilli

Hi friends,

Here’s a chilli recipe that you can leave sit in your crockpot all day!

Crockpot Summer Chilli:

– 1 lb. ground beef

– 1 yellow onion, chopped

– 2 tsp. minced garlic

– 1 each red and green peppers, chopped

– 1 28 oz. can chopped tomatoes

– 1 can mushroom pieces & stems

– 1 can kidney beans (I use white sometimes)

– 1 can brown beans in tomato sauce

– 1 c. ketchup

– 1 tsp each: soya sauce, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, chipotle and chilli powder to taste.

Brown the beef in a pan with chopped onions, peppers and garlic.  Drain off fat and throw into crockpot.

Put everything else in the crockpot and stir.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped onions – whatever your favourite toppings are.  Leftovers are great over hotdogs or burgers.

Amy

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Financial Friday: Plan date nights in

Hi friends,

Date nights are so fun – and essential – to a good relationship.

However, they can be super expensive.  So, my challenge to you is to plan a few upcoming date nights in.  Plan a beautiful dinner, some awesome appetizers, a movie, a whole season of Netflix if you’re feeling ambitious, a Scrabble game, a fun project, or a dog walk.

Make it fun and cheap!  🙂
Amy

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Organized Camping Thursday: Snacks to toast over the campfire

Hi friends,

Here’s a foodie organization post for you for camping! It covers 3 bases in one post, lol.

Here are some foods that we have been recommended to try toasting over the campfire (similar to the way you toast marshmallows) and we’ve tried them out and these are the best!

1. Babybel cheese – toast on the end of your stick just until it starts to puff up, otherwise if left on too long, you’ll lose it in the fire.

2. Croissants – so fancy!  Toast until lightly brown.  No need to butter, the butter inside melts who toasting.  If you’re feeling sweet, add some jam once toasted.

3. Garlic bread rolls – slather up a dinner roll with garlic butter and toast over the fire until browned.

4. Bananas – the boys loved sliced bananas toasted over the campfire.

And there’s always the classic marshmallow – dipped in Nutella, peanut butter, or just plain old toasted.

If you have any other ideas, I’d love to hear them!
Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Sleepover plan

Hi friends,

One of the best parts of summer is the freedom to let your kids have a sleepover.

Discuss with them who they would like to invite for a sleepover, and plan a date.  Whether it’s with a friend, cousin, grandparent, your child will love to make a plan.

It will be so fun and planning in advance will take the last minute pressure off of you!
Amy

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