How to Handle Sassy Kids

My kids are six and nine and they are all around good kids, however…lately it seems like they are sassier than normal.  Taking away video games or their Kindle Fire’s does not work.  That used to be their “currency”; the thing that really mattered if I took it away.  Until now.  I don’t know what changed, but all of a sudden, they just don’t care anymore.

Until now.

You see…Sunday was like any other day.  We got up, got ready for Zachary’s football game, and their sassiness started to come out in full force.  I warned them to stop and be respectful.  Well, they didn’t heed my warning.  So guess what…they were told they were doing a chore.  Since we were literally walking out the door, they were told that as soon as we got home from the game, they both had a chore to do.  Zachary actually looked at me and said “a chore?  Why don’t you just take the Xbox away?”.  Exactly.  Taking the Xbox away was not a big deal, but a chore was.

So what chore did that have to do?  They had to clean EVERY baseboard on my first floor.  I walked around, sprayed the cleaner and they cleaned.  This is a chore that I do not like doing at all.

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From now on, both kids know that they will be given a warning. If they don’t do what they are asked, they will be told that they will be given a chore. Some of the chores may be:

  • Clean the toilets
  • Clean the bathroom sinks
  • Clean the bathtub or shower
  • Mop the bathroom floor on your hands and knees
  • Mop the kitchen floor on your hands and knees
  • Scoop the litter box

As you can see…they are not fun chores at all.  Zachary hates having to clean the toilet.  He is one that gets grossed out very easily.  Maybe if they have to do things they don’t like to do, they would be more apt to listen to warnings or better yet…learn from their mistakes and act better towards me, each other and our house.

When your kids are sassy, what do you do for discipline?

How to Responsibly Use Credit Cards

Learn how to effectively use credit cards in a responsible and frugal manner with this PR collaboration post full of amazing tips!

Get your Credit Card Debt in Order

If you find yourself in debt, it can feel like a difficult situation to get out of – particularly if you have to contend with multiple repayments and additional charges from interest rates.  Situations like this can feel pretty overwhelming, but it’s best not to panic as taking a step back and trying some of the following might make things a little more manageable and leave you in a position to use a credit card more comfortably in the future.

Be Honest about your Debts

It can seem scary finding out the true extent of your debts if you owe to various lenders, but avoiding the issue is only likely to make things worse.  Go through your statements and bills to work out the overall total and start to formulate a sensible way of paying it back in a workable time frame.

Make a Balance Transfer

If you have a number of credit card debts it might be worth making a balance transfer.  These can help you make repayments at a more manageable rate, without being hit with additional interest.  There are various deals available with 0 percent interest rate offers for periods of between a month and 18 months, so compare credit cards before settling on one.  Remember though, these cards typically have a high rate of interest after the 0 percent period, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Don’t Add to your Debts

While it can feel challenging to completely stop using credit cards, this might be the best course of action until you get your finances back in order.  Instead, only use your debit card and try to formulate a budget for essentials – such as food, bills and household expenses – and stick to it.

Use any Savings to Cover Debts

If you’ve managed to put some money aside for a special occasion, then it can be a little frustrating to consider using this to cover your debts.  However, in the long term, this is probably the best course of action as once you are back in the black you can begin to start putting  money aside again.

Be Better Prepared in the Future

There’s no time like the present to start handling your finances more effectively.  Once your debts are in order, why not try planning your budget to manage in-comings and outgoings and – hopefully – avoid further issues in the future?

Do you have any tips to add to the list above?

How to Decorate Flip Flops

This past Saturday, we took Bella to Old Navy because they were having a sale on their flip flops…$1 a pair!  Bella is like me, she loves flip flops.  Of course, she couldn’t pick just one pair (could you?).  Check out what she got:

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As we were standing in line, I asked Bella if she would like to decorate her flip flops to make them less boring.  Of course she said yes!  There are a number of things we could do with the flip flops, but being summer and the potential for them to get dirty or wet from the sprinkler is pretty high.  So I decided to use water balloons.  Below are the DIY step by step directions on how to decorate your flip flops with water balloons!

How to Decorate Your Flip Flops

  1. Pick up a pair of inexpensive flip flops.  You can check your local dollar stores, Old Navy or use a pair you already have!
  2. Decide the color(s) of water balloons you would like to use and in what patter you would like to use them.
  3. Take one water balloon and place it on either side of the center that goes between your toes and tie a knot.
  4. Continue tying knots with water balloons until you have completed your pattern.

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Total Cost

  • Flip Flops, $1
  • 1/2 package of Blue Water Balloons, $0.50
  • 1/2 package of Purple Water Balloons, $0.50

Grand total of $2.00 spent on this pair of flip flops!

You can put as many water balloons on as you would like.  Aren’t they cute?!?  Originally we thought about using fabric, but with it being summer and Bella liking to run around all over the place…they would be disgustingly filthy in no time!  So balloons were definitely the way to go!  Tomorrow we will be adding balloons to the flip flops with the white strap.  Bella is thinking all pink for that one.

If you decide to give this a try (and please do…it literally took me 30 minutes…that’s it!), let me know what you decide to do!  Shoot…send me a picture!

 

 

DIY Food Storage Ideas

I often dream about my “Really Real House”…the house where I have everything I want.  The one thing my “Really Real House” has to have is a walk-in pantry.  I’m not a food hoarder, but I do use coupons and stock up on the items that we use  most.  So food storage is a must. Now that I am making most things from scratch (check out my awesome bread recipe), keeping things like flour, sugar, etc on hand is important!

Since I can’t have my “Really Real House” right now, I do have one thing I really like in my house and that is my basement pantry shelving.  It is the ultimate food storage solution for people that don’t have a walk-in-pantry! I could explain it, but it’s probably best to show you a picture of what I’m talking about.

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DIY Food Storage

Food storage shelving like this is very easy to make.  Simply measure your space, decide how much space you would like between each shelf and hang using an L bracket thingy (yes…that is the technical term!).  If my husband wasn’t snoring next to me, I’d ask him the exact term.  But for now, we’ll go with L bracket thingy!

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Yes I realize I am very anal and all of my cans are facing outward, but I like to be able to look at my pantry shelving and read the label as soon as I open the door!  As you can see…I am not a weird food hoarder!  And yes, the Sodastream Soda Maker food storage is very awesome and is something we use A LOT of in our house!

SodaStream Fountain Jet Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black and SilverSodaStream Fountain Jet Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black and Silver

Now that school is starting (THANK GOODNESS!) I am going to head on over to Home Depot and pick up a super bright color (like pink) and paint that basement stairwell a brighter color!  But Shhhh!  Don’t tell my husband!


DIY Bathroom Remodeling

We moved into our house 13 years ago.  13 years ago my husband was taking a shower in the kids bathroom (we had grand plans of remodeling the master bath) when all of a sudden the soap dish fell off the wall to reveal a rotted mess on the other side.  So needless to say, our master bathroom got put on hold.  The kids bathroom has been completed for a few years now!  With all the traveling my husband does with his job, it makes these DIY bathroom remodeling projects take a little longer than most.  Now that the kids bathroom is finished, we can finally focus on our bathroom and begin planning it out.  Of course I went to Pinterest to get my inspiration!

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DIY Bathroom Remodeling

Heat Sensitive Tiles

You read that right…heat sensitive tiles! I have yet to find anything like that in the store, but think about it. How awesome would it be to take a shower and have the tiles around you changing color, kind of like the Northern Lights (or those hyper color t-shirtsbathroom remodeling)?!? A much cheaper option is this color changing shower head. I’m ordering mine today!

 

Parit LED Shower Water 7 Colors Changing Bathroom Colorful Romantic Head Glow LightParit LED Shower Water 7 Colors Changing Bathroom Colorful Romantic Head Glow Light

Think about how relaxing your shower will be!

Spice Rack Shelves

Do you have a lot of hair products and lotions in your bathroom? My husband is convinced I’m addicted to hair products, and I kind of am. I always want to try new stuff. We don’t have a lot of cabinet space in our bathroom, so attaching spice racks on the wall to hold the products is genius! The spice racks width are perfect for holding the various bottles and tubes!

 

DecoBros 2 Pack Wall Mount Single Tier Mesh Spice Rack, BronzeDecoBros 2 Pack Wall Mount Single Tier Mesh Spice Rack, BronzeIkea 400.701.85 Bekvam Spice Rack, Birch, Set of 4Ikea 400.701.85 Bekvam Spice Rack, Birch, Set of 4DecoBros 3 Tier Wall Mounted Spice Rack, BronzeDecoBros 3 Tier Wall Mounted Spice Rack, Bronze

 2nd Floor Laundry

This is my favorite thing I found and probably the most doable bathroom remodeling idea I’ve found!  Currently our laundry room is in the basement (which I hate) so one of the things I want to do in our bathroom is make a laundry area.  Our bathroom is rather large and a lot of the space is wasted space, so what better way to take up the space, and keep me out of the basement, than to move the laundry room into the bathroom?!?  And how cool would it be to have access to the closet like that??? As I was searching Pinterest, I found this great way to store the dirty clothes in the closet, but access them in the bathroom/laundry room area! If you like this idea as much as I do, be sure to pick up this 5-pack of knobs from Amazon. They are on sale and a really good price!

5Pack Goldenwarm Black Square Bar Cabinet Pull Drawer Handle Stainless Steel Modern Hardware for Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets Cupboard, Center to Center 6-1/4in(160mm)5Pack Goldenwarm Black Square Bar Cabinet Pull Drawer Handle Stainless Steel Modern Hardware for Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets Cupboard, Center to Center 6-1/4in(160mm)

Have you remodeled your bathroom recently? What are some of the things you did in there? Did you go with really large, oversized tiles, or smaller tiles? I’d love to hear some of your bathroom remodeling tips! Check out our most recently DIY project with our wood wall in our family room.