Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

DIY Babysitter Binder for Nights Out and Romantic Getaways

Once you have kids it gets harder to have nights out with your husband. There are practices, parties, and more in addition to the day to day responsibilities. It’s not that you don’t want to spend time away with your spouse but at the end of the day you are exhausted. When you finally get a night out you are pre-occupied with how the kids are. You worry about everything going smoothly for them and the sitter. We’ve already covered how to get the conversation going with these Marriage Conversation Cards. Now we’re tackling your piece of mind with this DIY babysitter binder.

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Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Materials

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 1

First print out your binder cover and an important kids information printable for each of your children.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 2

Next, place the binder cover in the front of your empty binder.

Step 3

Then punch holes in your remaining printables.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 4

After your printables are punched, add them to your binder.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 5

Next, add your 2-pocket folder to the binder.

Tip:

  • Use this for storing pizza money, surprise coloring sheets, or other items that will change or be replaced.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Step 6

Lastly, fill out the information in the printables.

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

Additional Information to Include

There is additional information to include in your DIY babysitter binder when planning a getaway with your husband. Whether you are hiring a sitter or leaving your kids in the care of family, it is always nice to provide important information. You can grab a free copy of the entire 12-page babysitter binder on our VIP page for subscribers. You can also fill out your own blank paper with these additional ideas:

 

  • Emergency Information
  • Closest Hospital Information
  • Contact Information for Nearby Family or Friends
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Flight Numbers and Other Travel Information
  • Hotel Phone and Room Number
  • Doctor’s Phone Number and Address
  • Meal Plan (Freezer Meals can be a huge help in these situations)
  • WIFI Password
  • Pizza/Eating Out Money

 

Make stress-free nights out with your husband possible with this DIY babysitter binder! You can enjoy your time together without worrying about your kids.

With this DIY babysitter binder it is easier to make stress-free nights out with your husband possible. You can relax and enjoy your precious time together without worrying about your kiddos. Throw in an extra date night idea and spend an evening in planning a romantic getaway. Even if you can’t do it for a few months, it is still a fun way to spend an evening together. Don’t forget that you can snag the 12-page babysitter binder printable for free when you subscribe to the newsletter. Until your next night out, check out these Lego Date Night Ideas you can enjoy at home! When is the last time you got away with your husband? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

5 Reasons You Should Experience a Stamping Convention

This Saturday is the annual Stampaway Convention in Cincinnati. We have gone to this for the past 3 years and never regret it. In fact, it is one of my favorite mommy days of the year. Even if you aren’t close enough to visit this specific stamping convention you should find one in your area to attend. The inspiration alone is well worth the price of admission but these events offer so much more than that. If you enjoy any kind of paper crafting or stamping then here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention.

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Gets Creative Juices Flowing

Crafter’s block can be even more frustrating than writer’s block. You want to create, or maybe even have to create, but the ideas simply aren’t coming. A stamping convention is the perfect place to get those creative juices flowing again. Everywhere you turn there are new designs, ideas, and examples of creative work. There is no way that you will still be blocked after a day at the convention.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Find Unique Items

There are so many unique items at a stamping convention that you won’t find in the craft store (like the stamp used in this project). These aren’t limited to stamps, either. You can find ribbon, stencils, tools, and more that are unique to the vendors selling them. I have found templates for boxes, specialty rub-ons, and glow-in-the-dark shrink paper for unbelievable prices. You never know what cool stuff you’re going to find from year to year.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Learn New Techniques

Did you know that you can cut soda cans with your Sizzix? I didn’t until I watched a woman do it at the convention 2 years ago. She also showed you how to color your cutouts so that the ink sticks to the aluminum. There are always fantastic demonstrations to see and they free to watch. Learn how to make realistic 3-D paper flowers or new gorgeous inking techniques from vendors. Some even offer make-and-takes for a small fee. (A make-and-take is when the vendor provides the materials and guides you through making a specific craft. You then take home the items that you have made.)

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Take the Inspiration with You

There is so much to take in that you couldn’t possibly remember all of it. Thankfully, most vendors don’t mind you taking pictures of the displays. If you buy a product to make a specific idea you see, you can take a photo for later.

Note:

  • Always ask a vendor before taking a photograph of anything. While most do not mind, some expressly forbid it.

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Meet the People Behind the Designs

One of the coolest reasons you should experience a stamping convention is to meet the people behind the designs you love. It makes the designs more meaningful and it is fun to hear the stories behind them. A lot of vendors create their own unique stamps and each line has its own style. One of my personal favorites was getting to watch a demonstration by Tim Holtz. Watching the way that he layers inks and designs was mesmerizing. Unfortunately we didn’t get our picture with him because the wait for photos was simply too long. It was still incredibly cool.

Some of My Favorite Project Ideas from Last Year

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

You know that I love all things deer!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Does it get any better than these amazing Halloween cards?

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

This awesome wall art proves that stamps are for more than cards and scrapbooks!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

What about this gorgeous Christmas card? Can’t you just imagine a beautiful piece of stained glass?

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

These glittery ghosts are too cute to spook!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Hee hee! Talk Nerdy to Me!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Surprise the man in your life with these creative tool cards!

 

Calling all paper crafters and stamping fanatics! Here are 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention this year!

Are you excited to check out a stamping convention? Before you go I want to leave you with a few tips for attending. First, wear comfortable shoes. These conventions can be quite large which translates into a lot of time on your feet. You also want to bring a tote bag. Not all of the vendors have bags for your purchases. Lastly, I like to bring a small notebook and pen to jot ideas and techniques on throughout the day. Which of these 5 reasons you should experience a stamping convention are you most excited about? Did any of them surprise you? Let me know in the comments!

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“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Create Your Future: How to Embrace a Habit of Reading

Welcome to August and another awesome Create Your Future post. This month and next month we are slowing things down. We are focusing on self-care for busy moms. One of the statements we hear over and over again is, “I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? I have always challenged that statement because it simply isn’t true. The truth is that you aren’t making reading a priority. You may know that I carry a book with me everywhere and fit in reading when I can. Today, I’m going to show you how to embrace a habit of reading and let you in on why it is my habit goal this month.

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“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

How to Fit in Reading

There are many times that you can fit in reading that you might currently be overlooking. To utilize them, I recommend downloading a free reading app to your phone or carrying a book in your purse like I do.

Kids’ Practices – I love watching my kids have fun playing but I do not need to watch the same football drill 1,000 times. This is a perfect time to enjoy reading a book.

Waiting – Any time that you are at the doctor’s office, Starbucks, or the like and you have a long wait, pull out your book and read.

Facebook – Speaking of Starbucks, a lot of people pull up Facebook while they wait for their coffee. Any time that you are free to play on Facebook is time that you are free to read. Try to start small and replace one time of day that you would normally surf Facebook feeds with reading.

Kids Playing – I am a huge fan of spending time with the kids. Laughing, playing, and creating with them on a regular basis is important. It is also important to let them play independently. Take them in the backyard on a sunny day and let them play while you read on the deck.

 

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“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Why Reading is My August Goal

As I said above, I love reading and do so frequently. If that is the case then why do I need to form a reading habit? This is actually a lead-in to next month’s habit of a set bedtime. My plan is to read, in bed, 30 minutes prior to sleeping. Reading before bed will help train my body that reading in bed is a trigger for sleep. More importantly, like many work-at-home moms, I am exhausted at the end of the day. I want to form a new way of decompressing after the kiddos are in bed that doesn’t involve Netflix.

 

“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Tips to Keep From Reading All Night

Have your ever been so enthralled in a book that you end up staying up until it is finished or sleep takes hold unbidden? This has happened to me more time than I care to admit. That is why I got out of the habit of reading before bed. So how can you stick to that reading time-frame and still get sleep? Here are 3 tips to help you:

  1. Alarm – Set a very quiet alarm on your phone that will play soft music or soothing sounds. You want it just loud enough to get your attention without startling you.
  2. Sticky Note – Determine where you will stop before reading and mark it with a sticky note. It won’t fall out while you read and you can see how quickly you are approaching it (making it easier to accurately mark in the future).
  3. Light Timer – This one is great because it forces you to stop reading however you won’t have the opportunity to get to a good stopping point (like the end of a chapter). Put your bedside lamp on a timer so that it automatically turns off when it is time to sleep.

 

“I love reading, I just don’t have time to read.” Sound familiar? Find out how to embrace a habit of reading with these awesome tips and tricks!

Now you know how to embrace a habit of reading in your life. Feel free to share these tips with any friend that claims not to have time to read. Think of how many amazing stories you can experience when you are reading every day! You can always reach out to me if you ever need recommendations. I am currently reading “In the Woods” by Tana French and it is fabulous. What book are you currently reading? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

Save Money with these DIY Beauty Recipes + Merry Monday Link Party 164

One of the quickest and easiest ways for busy moms to relax and invest in me time is with beauty products. That relaxation is even more needed during the upcoming hectic back to school season. Unfortunately those beauty products that make us feel so pampered can cost big bucks. Add to that the guilt of spending that kind of money on yourself and you probably aren’t investing in them as frequently as you should. Now you can have the best of both worlds when you save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

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Homemade Natural Rose Petal Blush Recipe (Lina at Sew Historically)

This is absolutely incredible! Get a light and pretty pink tint for your cheeks easily with this DIY blush. The bonus is that you will know exactly what is in your makeup when you make it yourself which is awesome!

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub (Erin at Suburban Simplicity)

Make your body feel and smell fantastic with this easy (and pretty) pink lemonade sugar scrub. It will go great with the lip scrub below!

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

DIY Raspberry Lemonade Sugar Lip Scrub (Jennifer at Busy Being Jennifer)

Get baby soft lips and enjoy a yummy smelling scrub with this awesome lip scrub!

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

Homemade Face Wash for Sensitive Skin (Jennie at Little Girl Designs)

This face wash is for sensitive skin but will work awesome on multiple skin types plus it’s easy to make. Win!

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

Blueberry Lemon Sugar Scrub (A Cultivated Nest)

Lemon adds a refreshing citrus take to this awesome sugar scrub. You’ll smell amazing all day!

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

Vanilla Homemade Lip Balm (Savanah at Midwest Modern Momma)

Can you ever really have enough lip balm? My wonderful kiddos are in the “slather it all over my lips… and face, and cheeks” phase so I am going through it faster than usual. This would be an awesome alternative to buying $4 tubes at the store!

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

Blueberry Sugar Body Scrub (Jenny at The Jenny Evolution)

The color of this body scrub is gorgeous! Add that to the fact that you use dried blueberries and I’m in Heaven.

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

Honey Oatmeal Homemade Face Mask (A Cultivated Nest)

Face masks are one of my favorites! Nothing makes you feel more refreshed than chilling out in the tub with a glass of wine and a face mask on. This one is easy to make and cleansing for those stressed-out momma pores.

 

Busy mommas need to relax and invest in me time. Now you can get your relaxation in and save money with these DIY beauty recipes.

All of these DIY beauty products help you relax and save money easily. I’m super stoked about the raspberry lip scrub because I bet it smells amazing! Which one will you try first? Let me know in the comments after you link up at the Merry Monday Link Party below. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. See you down there!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Make Time for Fun with Family Snack Time Conversation Cards

Our family has been having an absolute blast this summer. Every week is filled with summer parties, visits to family, and awesome adventures. The school year is approaching quickly and it is the time of year when busy families, like ours, get even busier. Once school starts so do clubs, sports, homework, and more. You know that family dinners are important but unfortunately busy schedules can make nightly ones all but impossible. This year we are planning ahead for the busy school year with these Family Snack Time Conversation Cards. Snacks, like our favorite Goldfish® crackers, are easy to enjoy with zero prep time. That means more time for fun at home or on the go. Bring Goldfish® crackers and your Family Snack Time Conversation Cards to practices and club meeting to find for smile worthy family moments anywhere.

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Materials

 

Step 1

First, print out your Family Snack Time Conversation Cards on heavy cardstock.

 

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Step 2

Next, cut out all of your cards and set them off to the side.

 

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Step 3

Remove any stickers or packaging from your plastic container.

 

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Step 4

Label the lid of your plastic container with your letter stickers.

Some Ideas for the Label:

  • Smith Family Snack Fun
  • Snack Time Conversation Cards
  • Family Snack Time

 

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Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Step 5

Next, add decorative sticks and embellishments to your container to add your family’s personal style.

Step 6 (Optional)

Seal your container with acrylic sealant and allow to the sealant to dry completely.

 

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Step 7

Load your cards into your container and you are ready to go!

 

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Make a Travel Kit

We made 2 sets of Family Snack Time Conversation Cards. One set will stay at home for quick, after school family time. The second set is placed in a family fun travel kit so we can enjoy meaningful time together on the go. To make your own travel kit, fill a drawstring bag with the following:

  • 1 Set of Family Snack Time Conversation Cards (and Container)
  • Goldfish Snacks Multi-Packs
  • Napkins or Wipes for Clean Up
  • Plastic Bags for Collecting Any Trash
  • A Small Ball for Outdoor Fun
  • Sealed Containers of Bubbles for Entertaining Little Ones
  • 2-3 Books for Indoor Fun

 

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Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

Family dinners are important but busy schedules can make nightly ones difficult. Family Snack Time Conversation Cards make family time on the go easy! #ad

With a travel kit you will be set to fit in some family time fun whenever and wherever you can. It is a great way to make your family a priority no matter how busy life gets. Goldfish® crackers and Family Snack Time Conversation Cards are your family’s go-to tools for keeping the summer fun going. Don’t let the back to school season end all of that awesome bonding! Now it will be easier than ever to continue strengthening the bond with your children and create memories that will last a lifetime. What is even better is that Goldfish® crackers are always baked with real cheese and no artificial flavors or preservatives so they are a snack you can feel good about serving your kids (or snacking on yourself). Don’t forget to check out Goldfish® crackers on Pinterest for even more back to school and snack ideas! You will be ready to dominate this school year as a family.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

DIY Kids Behavior System

Summer break can be a blast. It can also be a head-ache with all of the kids home and schedules thrown out of whack. That is why the first craft in our summer series is this DIY kids behavior system. Nearly all of the materials come in the Michael’s Creative Play Kit which you can read about on Bust Summer Boredom with Weekly Crafts. If you already got your kit then you are ready to get on to the tutorial. Let’s get ready to rock your summer parenting!

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Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Materials

  • Craft Stick People
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
  • Colored Pencils
  • Clear Tape
  • Empty Drink Container (I used a Crystal Light container)

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 1

Tear a small stack of construction paper into fourths.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 2

Next, give each child a craft stick person, a fourth of paper stack, glue stick, and scissors.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 3

Allow kids to decorate or dress their craft stick people.

Note:

  • My 8 year old carefully traced his craft stick outline to make a shirt and pants for his. Then he drew the face and shoes with colored pencils. The 4 year old wanted to cover every part of hers with different pieces of paper. The 3 year old cried the whole time because he couldn’t have googly eyes. Hopefully, that illustrates the diversity of this process. Lol!

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 4

While the kids are decorating their stick people, clean your drink container.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 5

Next, cut a rectangular opening in the top.

Tips:

  • Use a very sharp box cutter to do this.
  • I recommend scoring where you want to make your cuts first. I didn’t which is why I ended up with a jagged cut-out.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 6

Cut a strip of red construction paper that is roughly as wide as a third of your drink container’s length.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 7

Next, use the red construction paper as a guide to cut out strips of green and yellow construction paper.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 8

Take your lid off of your container and cover the right third of your container with the red construction paper strip. Secure it with tape.

Tip:

  • Start in an area so that your overlap doesn’t fall over the opening on top.

Step 9

Cut through the paper covering your opening and fold down on the inside.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 10

Next, attach your green strip to the left side with tape.

Step 11

Repeat step 9 with the green paper.

 

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Step 12

Lastly, wrap your yellow paper around the center of your container and secure with tape.

Tip:

  • I secured the end of all of my strips to the container with tape before wrapping them. You don’t have to do that with the red and green but you need to do that for the yellow strip.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 13

Cut through the yellow paper over the opening and secure folded inside with tape.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 14

Carefully reattach your lid to your container.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 15

Next, wrap a yellow pipe cleaner around the seam of the red and yellow paper strips and twist to secure.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 16

Then create a loop by twisting the ends of the excess together.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 17

Repeat steps 14 and 15 on the green and yellow seam.

 

Summer break can be a blast but it can also be a head-ache. This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer.

Step 18

Use the loops to hang your behavior system on the wall and add your kids’ craft stick people.

Tip:

  • You may want to label the stick people to help you keep them straight until you learn whose is whose.

 

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How to Use the DIY Kids Behavior System

The behavior system works as a visual indicator for kids. If their thick people are in the green then their behavior is good. If they get a warning for bad behavior the sticks go to yellow. Red means that they lost out on any reward for the day.

Rewards

Daily rewards should be something small but still incentive for good behavior. You can use candy, such as Skittles or M&M’s, or extra game/TV time. Stickers or temporary tattoos also work very well for younger kids.

 

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This DIY kids behavior system is perfect for encouraging great behavior during the summer. We have added in the addition that you can earn your way back to green from yellow with exceptional behavior. However, once you hit red, you have lost the chance of a reward for the day. Another option is a bigger reward for ending the day on green and a smaller reward for ending on yellow. Choose the method that works best for your family. If you haven’t snagged your Creative Play Kit, check it out here!

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This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Make Fitness a Habit with a DIY Daily Workout Sticks System

This month’s Create Your Future post is later than normal, as you may have noticed. The editorial calendar for this month is crazy packed, as noted by the fact that it is only the 8th and already this will be the 6th post brought to you. Crazy, I know, and it’s not slowing down any time soon. However, this one is worth the wait. Welcome to the first Create Your Future post with a tutorial! I can’t believe that we have been doing this for nearly a year and there hasn’t been the need for you to make something before now. Since you know how much I absolutely adore DIY (it’s kind of my thing) it is surprising. No more, though, because this month we are focusing on how to develop a fitness habit and this DIY daily workout sticks system is just the tool for the job!

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This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Materials

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 1

Outline the end of a popsicle stick in the color of your choosing as pictured. I chose green for mine (as you will see in the photos).

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 2

Mark the edge of the stick at the bottom of your outline.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 3

Using the mark you made as a guide, outline the back side of your stick in the same way.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 4

Lastly, fill in the edges of the outlined area.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 5

Repeat steps 1 through 3 with the remaining 9 popsicle sticks.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 6

Next, write down an exercise (in the same color as your outline) and the number of reps to do on each stick. If you need some ideas, here are a few to get you started:

  • Crunches
  • Push-ups
  • Squats
  • Plank
  • Sit-Ups
  • V-sits
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Run the Stairs
  • Wall Sits
  • Lift Up Your Kiddos (one-handed like a curl or two-handed over your head)
  • Bicep Curls
  • Chair Dips
  • Lunges
  • Kettlebell Swing
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Side Plank
  • Step-Ups
  • Opposite Arm and Leg Raises
  • Walking Lunges

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 7

Now, write an “M” inside the outlines on each popsicle stick.

 

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Step 8

Next, on the opposite end of the popsicle sticks repeat steps 1 through 3 in a second color. For this side, I chose pink.

Tip:

  • Use the previous outlines as a guide to measure as pictured above.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 9

Next draw an “E” in the outlined areas, again using the same color you outlined with.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 10

Lastly, write exercises and reps on the blank side of your popsicle sticks.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

Step 11

Put your daily workout sticks in a container “M” side up.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

How to Use Your Daily Workout Sticks System

Each morning start with your daily workout sticks “M” side up. Choose 3 and perform them as your morning workout. After you have finished put all of the sticks back in the container flipped to the “E” side. Then, in the afternoon or evening, choose 3 more for your second workout. Once you have finished, return them to the container and turn all of your sticks back to the “M” side for the next morning.

 

This DIY daily workout sticks system will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant and they grow with you!

That’s all there is to the daily workout sticks system. These handy tools will help you develop a daily fitness routine without the workout getting stagnant. As you become more accustomed to working out you can increase the intensity by drawing more sticks for each workout. You can also do so by increasing the number of repetitions that you do of each exercise. This easy DIY truly grows with you as your strength and stamina increase. If you are looking for more ways to stay active check out 10 Ways to Fit in Fitness and, of course, don’t forget to grab your free habit tracker!

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Create Your Future: Developing Your Writing Habit

Are you tired of writer’s block? Imagine sitting down to your computer and the ideas start flowing out of your fingers. That is what happens when you start developing your writing habit. You train your brain and your body when to be creative. That is what habit we are developing this month. Don’t forget to grab your free habit tracker on Developing New Habits before getting started.

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Step 1

Determine how long you want to spend writing each day. This will depend on what you are writing and why. I plan on writing for 2 hours a day but writing is my job. If you are trying to finally write that novel while working full-time then you might only plan 30 minutes. Choose a time-frame that fits with your current lifestyle.

 

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Step 2

Choose the time of day you want to write. This needs to be a time that you are free everyday so that you can remain consistent. Don’t choose a time that occasionally conflicts with practices or church. That time-frame is during the kids’ afternoon nap for me but you could try getting up earlier in the morning or writing during your lunch hour.

Step 3

Next, choose your method. For example, I hand write all of my posts before typing them. If you can be inspired with a keyboard and computer screen that is your method. You could even go retro with a typewriter if that inspires you. Whichever method you choose, stick with it. Changing your method repeatedly can affect the success of forming your new habit.

 

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Step 4

Decide on a trigger. Some people sit down to write after pouring a morning coffee. Other jump right in after waking up. Choose something that will trigger your daily writing. This is especially important for creative habits. After a while the ideas will come more easily during your daily creative time.

Step 5

Write. This may sound like a no-brainer but I’m saying not to worry about what you write. When creating your writing habit it is simply important to write. If you are stuck at first, pick a word or topic and start writing everything that comes to mind. Write about why tacos are so awesome or what your perfect day looks like. It will get easier to work on the projects you want as the month goes on.

 

Finally beat writer's block once and for all with these tips for developing your writing habit! Sit down and the ideas will flow out of your fingers!

These steps will help you with developing your writing habit. You can steal my writing habit strategy if you want the exact one. While my kids eat breakfast, I clean. After breakfast and getting the oldest on the bus I start outlining while the little ones play. The outlines are getting out general ideas and points. They can also be easily walked away from if the kiddos need me. After lunch it is nap time and putting the kids down is my trigger to write. The outlines give me a road map for my writing during nap time. That is my exact strategy for forming my writing habit. Before you go, I’d love to know what your favorite writing medium is. Do you go straight to the keyboard or are you a pen and paper chick?

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Part of creating your future is forming new habits. These steps will help you turn activities and behaviors that are important to you into habits!

Create Your Future: Forming New Habits

This month’s goals post is going to be a little different. Okay, a lot different. Part of creating your future is forming new habits. The activities that are important to you are easier to dominate when they become second nature. Believe it or not, there are specific steps you can take to turn activities and behaviors into habits. That is what we’re going to be doing for the next 6 months of create your future posts. Don’t worry. I’m sharing freebies to help you accomplish it all.

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Choose Your Habits

Right now we’re going to focus on the next 6 months. That means your first step is to choose sex activities or behaviors that you want to become habits. These can be anything from getting a shower first thing in the morning to working out each day. Choose the activities that you want to be a part of who you are. To give you some inspiration, here are the six habits I will be forming:

  1. Crafting
  2. Writing
  3. Fitness
  4. Cleaning
  5. 11:30 Bedtime
  6. Reading

Assign Months

The next step is to assign each habit to a month. There are 2 different points to consider when deciding this:

  1. If your habits build on each other you will need to create them in the order that they build. For example, I want to read for 30 minutes each day but I also want that to become my body’s cue for bedtime. That means I will need to develop the reading habit first.
  2. Think about your schedule. Would it be easier to get more active in the summer when your kids are home or is that the time to start a new writing routine? It is likely easier to start working out. Save the writing habit for when the kids are in school.

Now that you’ve thought about these things, assign each habit the month you will create it in. Here are how I have assigned mine (and also the order I will be sharing tips and tricks with you):

  • April: Cleaning
  • May: Writing
  • June: Fitness
  • July: Crafting
  • August: Reading
  • September: 11:30 Bedtime

 

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Define Your Habits

You need to take the time to define your habits. For example, “cleaning” is too broad of a habit. Instead, list the specific cleaning tasks you are going to complete each day. You also want to define the time of day you will do the tasks. Here are some defining questions to ask:

  1. What are the specific tasks?
  2. When will you perform these tasks?
  3. Will you set a time for the task or will it be defined in a different way (word count, page count, task completion…)?
  4. What physical clues will you give your body to trigger your habit? For example, will sitting down with your morning coffee be your trigger to start writing? Will you start a load of dishes after clearing the dinner table each night?

Tips for Success

Simply having a plan isn’t enough to turn an activity into a habit. Here are a few pointers to be successful in forming your new habits:

  • Focus on one habit at a time.
  • To turn the activity into a habit, do it for at least 20 minutes each time.
  • Don’t skip any days while forming your habit. This includes weekends and holidays.
  • If you do miss a day, start your 30+ days over again.

 

Part of creating your future is forming new habits. These steps will help you turn activities and behaviors that are important to you into habits!

Part of creating your future is forming new habits. These steps will help you turn activities and behaviors that are important to you into habits!

Forming new habits also helps with your time management. By integrating the activities into your everyday life you become more efficient and will end up ahead in many areas of your life. To make this whole process easier, print out your free Monthly Habit Tracker so you can ensure that you are remembering your new habits each day! I will also be providing tips for the specific habits listed above each month so check back for those. You can also get weekly updates and inspiration each week in your inbox when you sign up below!

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Invest in Your Community with Cincinnati Bell


Your community directly impacts your life. Community shapes us. Great communities lead to great people. This is why when people come together and care about their community it makes it better for everyone. I know how blessed I am in my community because it is an amazing place to live. That is why it means so much when companies invest in your community like Cincinnati Bell is investing in Cincinnati. They are going above and beyond to make our community amazing. Find out how you can invest in your community with Cincinnati Bell and make your life easier with Fioptics.

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Meet Cincinnati Bell Fioptics

Fioptics is more than just fiber technology (find out more about that below). The speeds accommodated by Fioptics makes everything you do online lightning fast. These amazing speeds extend to your television experience, too. With MyTV you can get 60 HD channels standard then choose your custom channel packages to add to it. Cincinnati Bell is the only company offering television on your terms in the Cincinnati area!

 

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MyTV

MyTV lets you pay for custom television the way that you want it. Combined with Fioptics you can customize your channels, stream videos, and always have a lightning fast connection. No more getting frustrated about buffering or lag because there isn’t any. You also get access to OnDemand which lets you stream the movies and shows you want, when you want them!

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What is Fiber Technology?

Fiber technology means that lots of small wires, or fibers, are contained within the cables. This lets insane amounts of information and data travel across the lines at one time quickly. Fiber technology is what makes it so fast!

 

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How Cincinnati Bell is Giving Back

Cincinnati Home Campaign

Cincinnati Bell knows that community is important, too. They know that investing in our home makes it stronger. One way they are investing in our community is the Cincinnati Home Campaign. They have created these awesome t-shirts featuring the iconic Roebling Bridge. The shirts are $20 each with the proceeds going to four local organizations:

  • CancerFree KIDS: Mission is to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children.
  • The Dragonfly Foundation: Supports kids, young adults, and their families as they endure cancer and bone marrow transplants.
  • USO of Central and Southern Ohio: Supports local military service members around the world and their families.
  • Spca Cincinnati: Animal shelter and Humane Society dedicated to improve the welfare of animals by fostering the Humane Care and Treatment of all animals.

They are even giving back to our community by investing in local businesses for the Cincinnati Home Campaign. The company printing the t-shirts is located right in downtown Covington and is locally owned and operated. This campaign is proving that it pays to invest in your community through and through.

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Fioptics at Home

When we bought our house I was ecstatic. There was literally only one thing that I was bummed about and that was that I couldn’t have my Fioptics internet because it wasn’t available in our neighborhood. We had used it the entire time we were in our apartment and loved it! So when I found out that is was now available to us I couldn’t say “Yes!” fast enough. Lightning fast connections and ability to stream everything we want easily is a no-brainer.

This time it’s even better because now we have the awesome television package, too. You can choose from tons of packages from sports to kids. You also get access to OnDemand shows and movies. Some of these are free and some you can rent for your next family movie night. Cincinnati Bell handled all of the installation so all there is for you to do is turn on your new box and pick a show! It’s perfect for busy moms.

 

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With all of the time you free up with Cincinnati Bell you’ll have time to invest in your community. Volunteer at your child’s school. Help keep the amazing family programs at the library going. You can run more 5K’s to raise money for your community. The possibilities are endless. Check out Cincinnati Bell so that you can start investing back in your amazing community today.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.