This Bedtime Routine Printable will help your kids establish a successful independent bedtime routine! Available completed or blank, so you can customize it to fit your needs.
This Morning Routine Printable will help your kids establish a successful morning routine before school! Available completed or blank, so you can customize it to fit your needs.
An Easy DIY Menu Board that I made using my Cricut Maker and an Ikea Kludd Noticeboard. This menu board helps you plan your menu each week and helps let your family know what’s for dinner!
A simple cleaning checklist for kids that help make it easier than ever! Just print the simple printable Kids Cleaning Checklist Printables and provide them with the appropriate cleaning supplies and off they can go!
These Feather, Arrow and Polka Dot Free Printables are the perfect simple addition to any room! Just print, frame and hang!
Nathan has outgrown my Pre-K Chore Charts over the last year, so I decided to make him a new Summer Chore Chart to use this summer. If this system works for him, then I’ll adapt it into a long term Chore System later in the summer that can be used all the time! I also designed these fun Summer Fun Calendars to match this chore chart set!
I’ve heard it’s a first born thing, but Nathan really likes to be involved and doing what I’m doing. Sometimes too much! He is pretty much capable of getting ready for the day and doings most things by himself, but the problem is he doesn’t WANT to do it by himself. He wants everything to be a family activity! haha 🙂 He’ll be 5 in a few months and come this Fall he’ll be starting morning Kindergarten and Jeffrey will be in morning preschool a couple days a week. I need Nathan to be able to just get himself all ready and his room picked up in the morning by himself, cause I’m going to have a baby and a preschooler to be getting fed and ready in the morning too! So, that is what I am going to have him focus on this summer – morning independence!
I do plan on starting Jeffrey on the Pre-K Chore Charts this summer as well! He isn’t as naturally obedient as my Nathan was, but he is a lot more independent. I’m starting this whole “chore” idea on him later then I did with Nathan, but now that he is 3 I’m thinking we can expect some good results from him! Hopefully, we’ll have a great summer of helping my boys create good habits of helping around the house!
I created 6 design choices for you all! I am offering the file as JPG’s completed and blank. You can totally use the ones that I designed for Nathan or you can import the blank files into an editing program and customize it for your child. If you don’t have an editing program, then you can go to http://www.aviary.com/ and edit them there. It’s a really great and FREE site!
The font I have used for my chore titles is LDJ Eccentric. You can download it HERE for $3. I actually got it from Lettering Delights one day when they were offering it for a limited time Free! Be sure to read THIS post on how to Use and Install Fonts if you don’t have experience with downloading fonts off the web.
Now for the design choices and download links!
I hope these can help your kids keep good habits in the summer in between all their non-stop play and fun!
You may also be interested in looking at our: Mommy Chore Charts, Summer Reading Charts and Pre-K Chore Charts!
Looking for things to do with your kids this summer? Check out our: 60 days of Summer Fun w/ Printable Cards, Summer Fun Calendars or What We Do in the Summertime Jar!
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About a year ago, Lisa shared this post on making your own Laundry Detergent. Not long after that I started making the transition from store bought cleaners to Natural cleaners. I shared a post about it HERE. It is a big transition and I slowly have made the transition over the year.
As I shared in that post, I have been using Essential Oils for a long while now and I love to incorporate them into my recipes.
Natural cleaning is so empowering… however some of the time, can be a little more time consuming. But, IT IS WORTH IT! I promise!
I would love to hear your feedback or if any of you have any recipes that you love, please SHARE! I love trying new recipes for my cleaning products!
Citrus Dishwashing Blend:
(For hand-washing, not to use in the dishwasher)
16 oz (2 cups) liquid castile soap
6 tablespoons water
20 drops lime essential oil
10 drops wild orange essential oil
Fill a clean 16 oz squirt bottle with castile soap, add water and the essential oils. Shake the bottle before each use.
Dusting/Cleaning cloth for wood
1/3 tsp fractionated coconut oil
1/4 cup vinegar
4 drops lemon essential oil
Use a soft cloth and Mix ingredients. Dab soft cloth in and reuse.
All-purpose Citrus Wall Cleaner
1 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
6 drops lemon, or orange essential oil
Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. Lightly spray the affected area on the wall, and wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.
1 gallon of hot water
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
15 drops wild orange essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil
Combine ingredients in a large bucket. use a mop to clean the floor. Rinsing optional.
Simple Rug and Carpet Deodorizer
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornmeal
10 drops clary sage essential oil
5 drops cypress essential oil
Combine the dry ingredients in a plastic bowl. Add essential oils and mix well, breaking up clumps. Sprinkle the mixture on the carpet, and wait a few hours…if possible overnight. Then vacuum it up!
1/8 cup vinegar
1 cup water
10-15 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake and apply. Wipe clean.
Easy-Does-It Bowl Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup white vinegar
10 drops melaleuca essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl right before toilet wash, add to toilet bowl, brush, and you’re done!
On Guard Paste Cleaner
3/4 Cup Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons on guard cleaning concentrate
1 1/2 tablespoons distilled water
Mix ingredients together with a spatual just until they come together. Store in an airtight container.
A small dollop goes a long way in cleaning pots, pans, bathtubs, showers and kitchen sinks. it also work beautifully on stainless steel appliances.
Liquid Laundry Detergent
5 gallon bucket for mixing
1 Fels Naptha or castile soap Bar
1 cup Borax
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (Not Baking Soda)
Step 1: Grate your bar of the Fels Naptha or castile soap Bar
Step 2: Put grated soap in a pot with 4 cups of water and heat on low until the soap melts, don’t let it boil. Once all the soap is completely melted, add the washing soda and the borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
Step 3: fill 5 gallon bucket half way with hot tap water. Add soap mixture & stir it up. then fill the bucket with more hot tap water until it’s full (leave a little room at the top) Stir cover and let sit overnight.
Step 4: Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
Optional: You can add essential oil for fragrance if you want after detergent has cooled.
Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load
Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load
Dry Laundry Detergent
3 bars Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (found in the detergent aisle) grated
4 lbs. Borax (found in the detergent aisle)
4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the detergent aisle)
4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
You only have to use 1-2 Tbsp per load.
Dump baking soda in a bowl and add enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Spread it over the stain and then let it sit for several hours and then scrub the stain and remove.
Bathroom All Purpose Spray
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
30 drops essential oil (I like Cinnamon or Lemon)
1 teaspoon borax
Essential Oils suggestions to try: 15 drops of Lavender and Lemon / 10 drops of each Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wild Orange / 30 drops of Immune Building blend.
Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle, then shake thoroughly.
All Purpose Spray
2 cups water
15 Drops Immune Building Blend
15 Drops Lemon
Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle, then shake thoroughly.
Pam shared our summer reading chart yesterday. When we made them I envisioned using them a little differently for our family. I have a plan this summer to make sure my boys are getting their jobs done before they are playing. I took a blank form and wrote their names on the top and then everything that needs to be done BEFORE they can play. I have some baskets that I bought and put up for each of them in the hallway between their playroom and bedroom. You can download the blank charts in our Summer Reading Chart post!
I wanted a place that their school folder, Scout book, Faith in God book, and their journal would go so we would always know where they are.
Pam printed blank charts and laminated them for me. Then I used clips to clip them to the front of their baskets. Using a Sharpie I wrote their names and their chores along the left side. You can use a Sharpie on something that is laminated, you just have to use a Magic Eraser to get it off.
We have been trying a new way to help our kids stay in bed at night – please tell me our kids are not the only ones that WONT stay in bed when its bedtime! How many drinks and times do they need to go to the bathroom in an hour! On the very top of their charts the left side says “Stay in Bed.” The right side says “10 minutes of Club Penguin.” Each night they stay in bed I put a check in one of those boxes. Thursday is Club Penguin day around our house, so now I add up how many checks they have and for each check they get 10 minutes to play. Last week there was exactly ZERO minutes earned! Oh goodness – there were some rough nights around our house! This week they have been way better since they were so sad that they didn’t get to play last week.
The other things I have going down their morning chart are:
Clean room/Make bed
Each of them have something different for reading. For Caleb it is reading for 30 minutes. Davis has to practice sight words, and Beckham has to read a book with me. We will be using our chore chart to track their chores. Although we have gotten rid of the reward system. I go back and forth on this. On one hand I think its a great motivator. On the other hand my kids think they should get something for cleaning up their stuff and I’m not okay with that. We all live here and they have to learn how to clean up after themselves. Any thoughts on rewards for chores?
This chart is a great visual of what it takes to be ready to play each day. I think I’m going to make it a habit to put our Do not Knock sign up and when they get their chart done I will take it down.
You can print the blank charts off in our Summer Reading Charts Post.
I love LISTS! hehe 🙂 So, being that I didn’t ever get around to creating a Spring To-Do List, I knew I wanted to jump on getting our Summer To-Do List up! Nathan is not even quite 4 and when he saw me putting up the Summer To-Do List the other day, he got all excited and asked what activities I was putting on there! He was then able to add ideas of his own to the list too! It’s such a fun tradition for the family! Eighteen25 has some great Summer To-Do Printable choices here, but since I used their design last year, we decided to offer something a little different!
I put mine in the little hall leading out of the kitchen by our Weekly Schedule!
To get you started on your list here are a few Summer Fun Ideas:
- Splash Pad
- Water Balloon Fight
- Mini Golf
- Sand Art Project
- Amusement Park
- Water Park
- Camp in the backyard/sleep on the tramp
- Watch a movie outside
- Movie Marathon (perfect for bad weather or sick day)
- Neighborhood Games
- Lemonade Stand
- Craft Project
- Go through kids clothes and pack or giveaway the clothes that don’t fit anymore
- Make a bird feeder
- Neighborhood Bike Wash
- Go on a Hike
- Make a blanket tent
- Baking Day w/ Mom
- Make Homemade Playdough
- Breakfast Party w/ friends or cousins
- Sidewalk Paint
- Dinosaur Ice Hunt
- Build a Fort
- Play board games
- BBQ w/ friends
- Go to the Library
- Treasure Hunt
- Go on a Nature Walk
- Go on a Family Bike Ride
- Let the kids choose a fabric and make them pillowcases
- Family Vacation
- Go to a movie
I hope that list gets your brain going w/ ideas! Feel free to add to it throughout the summer. There are lots of other things will be doing several times in the summer, for example like going to the pool and splash pad. We will also be doing lots of Pre-K Packs, so I have chosen not to add that to my list.