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Promote Your Business Online

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A super video with great tips for Promoting Your Business (Tastefully) Online. You'll want to bookmark this for sure!

Free Weekly Meal Planner Printable

The ladies at Executive Homemaker have created this CUTE and FREE weekly meal planner printable - perfect for busy moms in business.

Head on over to download your copy today - print lots of copies and put in a 3-ring binder to start your week with at least ONE thing organized and ready to go. (That would be a BIG deal for me!)

Tell Laurie you stopped by, and sign up for their free newsletter too at Executive Homemaker.

Have a great weekend!

Free Tutorial - Frayed Rosettes by SisBoom

The gals at You Can Make This! have partnered with SisBoom to create this free Frayed Flower Rosettes tutorial for you!

Use to embellish pins, hair bows, head bands, coats, dresses, purses and more!

Simply sign-in to your www.youcanmakethis.com account (a must-have for any crafty mommy) and download the free pdf file.

Have fun and send me links or photos of the rosettes you make! :)

Maybe Mommy Needs a Magnet Chart

I wrote the other day about the chaos, then about the magnets for TV program...now I'm thinking I need my own magnet board!

(These are my daughters' reward/magnet chore charts in our kitchen. Their backpacks hang on those flower hooks after school. My youngest painted the stop-light at preschool so I tacked it up there too!)

So my girls are doing chores around the house and earning magnets for each chore. Four chores = One 1/2 hour TV show. Yesterday they folded laundry AND put it away in their drawers just so they could watch one show. (I'm easy - I gave one magnet for folding, one for putting away = 4 magnets pooled together for one show!)

The TV magnets go in the white section of the magnet board. Above are their everyday chores (a little lacking in magnets right now) like setting the table, making your bed, feeding the dog, loading the dishwasher, staying in your bed all night, etc. :)

So I am thinking I want my own magnet chart.

Like when I finish a big sewing order, can I get one magnet as a reward too?

I already know how I will "spend" my magnets. I'm thinking kid-free trips to Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods just to sip a Starbucks and walk the aisles in total silence. Ahhhhh.....

Do you give yourself "magnets"?

Perhaps as working moms and moms who work from home, we need to give ourselves our own magnets. We do TONS of tasks and chores each day. This could be good modeling for your kids too. They will say, "Look how many magnets MOM has on her chart!"

Also a very good way for our husbands to see all that we do in one day.

What do you think? How would you spend your magnets? TV time? Manicure? Go create your own magnet chart today! :)

Magnets and TV

This happened to me once. With the titanium or rodium or whatever-ium really really really strong tiny "Rare Earth" magnets that we use for crafts and things. My daughter put one on the television and the screen colors went crazy. My husband was like, "Oh yeah! Hello, new flat screen television!" Lucky for me and my fireplace that he wants to hang the imaginary new T.V. over, the screen went back to normal.

Anyway! Back to magnets and television and MY KIDS.

Remember how I one of the items on my "Mommy Brain" post was to restart the chore chart and something about too much T.V.-watching?

Well, today we implemented the "Magnets for Shows" program using our Melissa & Doug chore chart (from my mom). The bottom half is a white dry erase board. Now it is the "help around the house magnet collector". When they do one chore, they get one magnet. Four magnets = one 1/2 hour television show.

It worked great! First day, right? It takes a lot of patience and being "present" on my part. Which I think was a big part of the original problem. They would get home from school and I would still be packing boxes like a mad woman before my mailman arrived at 4:00 p.m. I was not present. I hated doing this to them and worked my hardest to be done by 2:00 p.m. every day (insert working mommy guilt here).

Today after school we went over the chart and they got to work! Before 3:30 p.m., we had their backpacks hung, shoes away, bookshelf organized, beds made, winter clothes out of drawers, recycling IN the bin (instead of on the counter) and THREE empty laundry baskets because the clothes were actually in their drawers. Whoa! (We even called Daddy to share the good news.)

I will take a photo of the chore charts in the morning. Each girl has her own (thanks, Mom!). We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning. I think I may allow one Saturday-morning freebie show. It is Saturday, after all! :)

Thanks for your comments and e-mails. It feels so great to hear from you - moms going through the same things as me. Aren't we just blessed? Yes, I have a rather large waiting list, but I don't want my kids to have to be on that waiting list. Family first!

There are three special girls who need our prayers - will you pray with me? Lord, we lift up:

Mommy Brain - A Peek Inside

So I just spent the last 30 minutes trying to find a "starter" for today's post.

My final try sent me to Etsy and I typed "mom chaos" into the search box...and voila!

A beautiful hand-stamped "Find Joy in the Chaos" necklace by Tag You're It Jewelry!

So what is my chaos, you ask?

Nothing major - just the small things that fill my mommy brain to the BRIM.

Honestly though, I think my mommy brain is OVERFLOWING. The faucet is ON and I need to stop the flow of thoughts, tasks, frustrations and chaos somehow. I hope that writing it down will help slow the flow to a drip! :)

A peek inside my mommy brain OR deep thoughts, really deep (valid today only - subject to change at ANY moment):

  • Hubby just left for another week-long business trip. He was home for 3 days. Gotta try to keep the house clean this time while he's away. Ha!
  • Business is good, really good. Lots of orders, lots of boxes, lots of packing, lots of lots.
  • Girls are pushing my buttons. Need to start over with rules and chores.
  • Living room floor is covered with Zu-Zu town, shoes, yesterday's school socks (ew!) and wool carpet fuzz (the worst).
  • Kitchen - need to empty dishwasher and fill again.
  • Is today garbage day?
  • Why is my daughter up watching "Imagination Movers" at 5:40 a.m.?
  • Will I ever get new drapes made for the living room?
  • Why are my Mother's Day flowers already dead?
  • Will I get a shower today?
  • Need to finish personalized totes for Leah and Anjali from the Isaiah 43:1 blog.
  • Lock self in sewing room to finish orders from April!
  • Waiting on e-mail from realtor for warehouse space.
  • Hoping my sister will come live with us this summer to help!
  • Important: Get an Alabama driver's license.
  • Drink another cup of coffee.

Okay, brain is not overflowing anymore - does this happen to you?

Thanks for listening!