Monday, July 7, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite (Online) Things Lately

I've been loving this blog lately! I've posted before about my ongoing mental block to homekeeping. I started browsing previous posts at the beginning of A Slob Comes Clean and I totally get where she is coming from. I know what needs to be done, I just always think tasks will take much longer than they actually do, so I never start them. I try to pick up the house and do some cleaning on Thursdays and Fridays, but by Monday it's always crazy again.

Confessions of a Homeschooler

I was looking online for some summer learning activities to do with Georgia and Confessions of a Homeschooler kept coming up in searches. The blog overwhelmed me with so many categories, so I've just stuck to the letter of the week activities (search the blog for "letter a" or whatever letter you want). So far, Georgia has loved the activities involving largest to smallest, tracing, and patterns.

I might be the last blogger on earth to know about Plum Paper day planners since I don't read too many blogs nowdays. But I'm so glad I discovered them! I used to love Erin Condren, but I just can't justify spending that much on a planner. Plum Paper has the preppier style designs I love with monograms! and a pretty layout. I was really happy about getting to choose between several layouts. I chose the menu planner with hourly slots version.

What are your latest online finds?

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chore Charts for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Can you believe Georgia is THREE now?!?! I have to pinch myself every day to realize she's no longer my teeny-tiny baby. And she reminds me of it multiple times a day, too, by saying "When I was a little baby, I was born in your tummy." She's growing up so fast!

As we got into our summer routine, I really wanted to add some structure to our day and a sense of household responsibilities. I know, she's already only three but I don't think it's ever too early. Our days were turning into play, play, play and Georgia watching TV while I scurried around trying to pick up after our projects, which really left me no time for actual housework. (We don't have a housekeeper anymore.)

I googled "free printable Frozen chore chart" and tons of options came up. I printed one out, laminated it, and wrote four little chores. She absolutely loves checkmarking her "jobs" at the end of the day, and it gives her a huge sense of accomplishment and self esteem.

Her chores right now are: feed puppies, pick up books, pick up toys and put dirty clothes away.

At the end of the week we will go to the Dollar Store to pick out a prize.

Another thing she has absolutely loved is helping me with my chores. Score!! I wrote a few things she can help with on index cards. She loves choosing a card then running off to help me complete it. Here are some that we do together:

  • Empty trashcans - she brings the little bag from her trash downstairs before we take out the trash
  • Put away laundry - she can do most of her own (some drawers I like to keep neat), as well as some of mine and David's
  • Clean mirrors/windows - she does the lower parts while I reach up high
  • Put away silverware - I take the tray out and she sorts into the correct compartment; she also puts away things like spatulas, whisks, and tupperware
  • Laundry - she puts laundry into the washer & turns it on, moves to dryer & turns it on, then carries all of the clean laundry to the couch to be folded
She gets a huge sense of accomplishment whenever she completes a task, and it's building her self-esteem, too. She loves telling David all about the jobs she finished when he comes home in the evening.

What chores do your preschoolers like to do?

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Clothes for Sale! Mine + Georgia's

I'm selling quite a few of my clothes as well as Georgia's on my Instagram (@chasitymunn). All you need to do is comment and I'll send you a Paypal invoice. It's that easy!

My clothes are smaller sizes, and I have a stash of jewelry (mostly Stella & Dot) that I no longer wear. All of the baby girl clothes range in size from newborn to 3t.

I promise I'll get back to blogging eventually!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catwalk on City Walk Ticket Giveaway!

Sugar Land Town Square is hosting the annual Catwalk on City Walk fashion event to benefit Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Pretty in Pink Cancer Fund (whew, hope I got that right!).

The event coordinators have graciously given me two VIP tickets to give away to two lucky readers! I'd love to see you there while we see what's in store for fall fashion.  To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post. I'll contact the winners tomorrow. The VIP tickets get you into the reception plus a pretty sweet swag bag.

I'm excited for this year's show. I got invited last year, but five minutes into the reception David called to tell me Georgia had gotten sick twice and was running a fever, so I missed the show. I did make it out with my swag bag though! I enjoyed discounts and free food all over Sugar Land throughout the year with the coupons.

Join us this Thursday from 7-9 for snacks, drinks and a cupcake & champagne toast! You can purchase tickets on the Sugar Land Town Square website.

Photo courtesy of Terry Halsey.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

An App Just For Moms - You'll Want This!

I've been waiting for a really long time to share this service with you guys and it's finally going live!

It's an app that allows you to quickly import your family's medical records just by taking a photo of them. You can then fax or email the records from your phone, tablet or computer. This is awesome for me! I've had to get copy after copy of Georgia's immunization records for school, drop-in daycare and Sunday School. Now I'll love sending in the updated records with a click on my phone. You can store medical, dental, vision, insurance, prescription, and other records info for all of your family members. Particularly useful since I always tend to have my insurance cards in the wallet I'm not carrying at doctor appointments. I'm all about one less paper to keep up with! 

You can sign up for the pre-release of ChartSpan here - the first 500 will get an early sneak peek of it! Try it out and let me know what you think.

I am on the Advisory Board for ChartSpan. This post is not compensated, I'm just sharing something I think all moms will find useful.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Help My Blogging Mo-Jo

I'm yet again in one of those ruts where I either don't feel like blogging or I'm just too darn lazy to do it. I really love blogging but I find that when I'm bored or struggling for content, the best thing for me to do is just step away from it for awhile. I'm ready to hop back in, but with more than my monthly beauty box subscription contents.

I love how Kelly just gives photos and updates on everyday life, but I feel that would get old for me. And I don't have time to upload all of those photos every day!

Comment and let me know what sorts of posts you'd like to see, and consider it an "ask me anything" post, too (I won't answer offensive questions). I love how Kelly just gives photos and updates on everyday life, but I feel that would get old for me. And I don't have time to upload all of those photos every day!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pesto Turkey Pasta

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I adapted this recipe from one I found online calling for white wine and asparagus, because I didn't have those ingredients on hand. It turned out great and I will keep this version of the recipe on hand. I had the sausage sliced and browned by the time the pasta and peas were cooked. It truly only took 15 minutes from start to finish.

8 oz penne (half a box)
2 cups frozen green peas
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 oz fully cooked Italian chicken sausage
1/2 cup prepared pesto
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Slice the sausage and brown it in the oil.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta and add the peas during the last couple minutes of cooking. Reserve one cup of the pasta water.

Toss all ingredients and the reserved pasta water together and serve.