Chore Lists for Tweens and Teens Over the Summer

Summer is almost here!! Here in Michigan we have the rest of this week and all of next week and then it’s no more school until September! I can’t tell you how excited I am to not have to set my alarm or to make school lunches. The kids are also excited to be out of school. With no school, they can play outside more, watch more TV and play video games. One thing I will be starting this summer, that I have been meaning to do all year, but haven’t, are chore lists. I think the chore list will help things run a little more smoothly and give them a little responsibility while they’re at it!

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Chore Lists for Tweens and Teens

The one thing I really hate, as a mother, is when I have to nag the kids to do something. I don’t want to do that. They don’t want to listen to it. But what they do want, is for me to take them to the park program every single day, let them watch TV and play video games whenever they want. Quite frankly, that is what I would like too. I like them running around outside all day long and I don’t mind the TV and video game time when they are indoors…but, when I do start minding all that is when I have to ask them repeatedly to do something.

How Will Chore Lists Help?

By setting up chore lists with a things daily that I expect them to do, they will know that if they complete their tasks each morning, then they will have the rest of the day to do the things that they want. Not only that, but they will learn to be more responsible and to prioritize their time. For instance, the park program starts at 10 am, Monday through Friday. They will know that if they want to go to the park program at 10 am, then they will need to eat, brush their teeth, and complete their daily chores. If the chores aren’t completed, they don’t go. They will have a chance to go to the 2 pm park program instead.

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I picked up this magnetic pad to put their chore lists on. It is currently marked down super cheap right now, so I would pick it up if you like this idea! My idea is to put their initial next to a couple chores each day. That way they know which one has to complete the chore.

Types of Chores

My kids are 10 and almost 13 (next week!!). A few of the chores I am thinking about are:

  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Put clothes away
  • Sweep the floor
  • Wipe the counters
  • Wipe the kitchen table

I’m not looking to give them massive jobs that will take hours. Just little jobs that help with the day to day running of our household. Since I will be driving them all over the city for the park program, lacrosse practices, etc., giving them these little jobs will help me, as much as it will help them!


15 Summer Chicken Recipes

My kids have about two weeks of school left and they are beyond excited. Me…I’m excited to not have to make lunches for the next two and a half months or having to set my alarm for 6 am. Another thing I am looking forward to are all the BBQ’s we will be having. There is nothing better than a good BBQ with family and friends! I’ve scoured the internet to put together the top 15 summer chicken recipes. You will want to check these recipes out! All of them can be made on a grill, or in the house in the oven or stove. Your choice!

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Pro Tip…you will want to get a good grilling brush and replace it each summer. I do not recommend getting a cheap one at the Dollar store. I’ve read too many horror stories of people getting bristles stuck in their throat and having a lot of problems from that.

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The first chicken recipe you should check out is the number 1 chicken recipe on this site. With this recipe, I’ve only actually made it in the oven, but I don’t see why you couldn’t make it on the grill! If you decide to make it in the oven, I highly recommend this baking mat.

Baked Chicken to Die For!

If you are looking for a summer chicken recipe that, not only sounds delicious, but is a little different than what you usually make, then you need to try these recipes:

Salted Coffee Chicken Wings

Sweet and Savory Apricot Chicken

Chicken Thighs in Turmeric Greek Yogurt Marinade

Sour Cream and Onion Crusted Chicken

Lemon-Thyme Chicken Breasts

BBQ Beer Can Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Glazed Chicken

Nothing screams summer BBQ than chicken on a stick! These summer chicken recipes on a stick are perfect for your next BBQ!

Ranch Rosemary Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Bites

The next set of summer chicken recipes are my favorite and ones I would recommend to anyone. Seriously, you need to check these out and add them to your summer BBQ menu! You won’t be disappointed!

Catalina Crunch Chicken Fingers 

Grilled Chicken Feta Burger

Spicy Chicken Thighs

Grilled Stuffed Chicken Italiano

What is your favorite Summer Chicken recipe?


Amazon Prints Make Photo Printing Easy

If you follow my Instagram page (and you should), then you would know that I absolutely love to share pictures. Besides sharing pictures on social media, I like to print photos. One thing I really want is to be able to put together a HUGE box of printed pictures for my kids to cherish. Thankfully Amazon knows this and they have launched an epic photo printing service that you will want to take advantage of. With Amazon Prints, Prime members can upload images to their Prime Photos account, print the pictures or product of their choice, and receive FREE delivery!

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About Amazon Prints

Amazon was a genius when they started Amazon Prints. They know that, despite living in the digital age, people still love printing photos. With pricing starting as low as $0.09, it makes printing your cherished memories so much easier. Besides photo printing, Amazon Prints offers a wide variety of photo products, such as:

  • Photo Books
  • Calendars
  • Photo Canvases

and more! Being a Prime member also offers free delivery, as well as, free unlimited photo storage! I have thousands upon thousands of photos! Knowing I can store them here for free makes me very happy! If you are not a Prime member, don’t fret! You can still get 5 GB of FREE storage! Check out Amazon Prints here and see how easy it is to get started.

What photo product will you be making first? I used to make calendars for the grandparents EVERY single Christmas. That is something I need to start doing that again. Something I would love to do is take old, funny pictures of my kids and have then recreate them now, much older. It would be really funny!

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I have the above photo box and it is amazing for storing photos. While I am a scrapbooker and like to use the photos that I print, I am also keeping a photo box, like the one above, for each of my kids. I want them to be able to have the scrapbooks I make, as well as the printed pictures. This box keeps the pictures same and holds 600 pictures! It’s on sale right now (for cheaper than I paid, go figure)…hurry up before it goes up to full price!


How to Fix Chlorine Damaged Hair

A few weeks ago, we were in Lansing, Michigan for my son’s lacrosse tournament. After the games on Saturday, the kids all went swimming. They were having a blast playing in the pool, running outside and playing basketball, and hopping in and out of the hot tub. Thankfully they didn’t have any adults in the actual pool or hot tub to bother with all their cannon balls (yes…they did cannon balls in the hot tub too) and splashing! What I didn’t expect to happen, was have my daughters hair completely destroyed by the chlorine. Not after one time in the pool. Here’s how we fixed her chlorine damaged hair.

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To see her hair so damaged after one trip to the pool was very confusing to me. She has spent all summer in the pool before and never had any damage at all. This one trip completely destroyed her hair. Imagine someone that tries bleaching their hair at home and they leave it on too long. Her hair was FRIED. I could barely get a Wet Brushchlorine damaged through it. And when I say  barely, I actually mean, at all. It was horrible. This hotel pool had WAY too much chlorine in it. Of course, I completely forgot to have her get her hair wet with fresh water first, but I really don’t know that it would have helped much.

How to Fix Chlorine Damaged Hair

I knew that I needed to strip the chlorine out of her hair. A friend told me to use baking soda or the blue Dawn dish soap, but I didn’t have it. While I was out shopping, I was next door to a beauty supply store so I walked in and asked a few questions. She quickly recommended a clarifying treatment that will strip residue from products, chlorine and other things from the hair. I also picked up a deep conditioning mask that she said works wonders.

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I picked up those three things and that evening, Bella and I got to work on her hair. We followed the directions on the clarifying treatment and once we shampooed it out, her hair was already starting to feel better. After two deep conditioning treatments (one week apart), I can happily report that her hair is back to normal and is no longer chlorine damaged!  The only thing we need to do is get a trim, but we were going to get that done soon anyway!

You can put a plastic bag or shower cap over the conditioning treatment, but it’s not necessary. We did use a shower cap, but only because I had one on hand that my husband brought home from a hotel he stayed at. I picked up these shower capschlorine damaged. They are on a super sale right now! Get them while the sale lasts!

Since I worked so hard to get her hair back to normal, I want to make sure it stays that way. These are our daily hair products that we both use and I highly recommend.

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What are your favorite and must have hair products?

The Shack Movie Review

If you haven’t seen The Shack yet, you need to stop what you are doing and watch it. I’m not even kidding. The book (found here on Amazonthe shack) is one of my favorite books. I literally could not put it down. It was beautifully written and left you really thinking. When I heard the book was being made into a movie, I knew I had to see it.

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About The Shack

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle) & Destin Cretton (The Glass Castle), and directed by Stuart Hazeldine (Exam), The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine
  • “Touched  by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette
  • “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette
  • “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette
  • “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette
  • “Premier Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed the movie. Even though I knew what was going to happen, since I read the book, the movie was beautifully executed and drew me in immediately. I personally believe that Octavia Spencer was the PERFECT person to play Papa.

The Shack is available for purchase right now! So don’t wait, pick up your copy today!

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