Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Make Your Own Chore Charts

 So I've been wanting to make a chore chart for myself for a while, but it wasn't until my daughter had the idea of her own to have a chore list where she could earn "goodies" (Stickers, candy, tv time, sugary cereal) that I decided to finally do it. No one wants to crush an entrepreneurial spirit, so after looking at a few examples online I created my own.

Since my children vary in age, I decided that although some of the chores overlap, the assignments would not be one size fits all.

When designing your charts, make sure your tasks can be accomplished at any time. For example, Take Nap was a "chore" I had for my 3 year old, but that wasn't really a task she could just complete. She had lain for a few minutes hours before nap time and told me she was all done because she was all pumped to check it off.

We don't have a laminator, so I just used clear packing tape. You could also frame your chore chart. Whatever you choose it has to be something that you can check off and erase with dry/wet erase markers.

I used Microsoft Word and clicked the icon with the pencil of the four boxes at the top. When the tool box opened I clicked on the chart icon with the blue top on the far bottom left. From here you need to decide how may columns you need (8 for the 7 days of the week and 1 column for the chores) and rows (depends on the number of tasks you decide). Click OK and your chart should appear in your document. Put you mouse on the corner of the chart and you will get a arrow symbol that will allow you to stretch your chart larger. Then fill it out to your heart's desire. After print cover with tape. Don't forget to decorate!

We chose:

Make Bed
Clean Room
Take Out Trash
Clean Bathroom
Brush Teeth
Say Prayers
Clean Living Room

Other Tasks Might Be:

Learn Letters
Help With Dishes
Set Table
Sort Laundry

Friday, February 10, 2012

Teppan-Yaki Lunch Special at Edo Ya

Edo Ya is a local Teppan-Yaki restaurant located on Shaw and Marks on the northwest corner in Fresno. The best part about this place, besides fantastic food, is the lunch special! If you are looking to eat well, but on a budget, Edo Ya is the place to go. You don't get the same volcano chopping show you would in the evening, but for $9.95-$10.95 a plate, who needs stacked onion slices and some flames. This will probably be my Valentine's Day restaurant of choice this year. Click HERE to view the lunch menu.

Edo Ya Tokyo Cuisine
3050 West Shaw Ave #112
Fresno CA 93711

(559) 275-7535

Need a Babysitter? Try Drop in Daycare.

Drop-in Daycare is a way of getting a few hours to yourself without having to arrange a babysitter. You can simply show up and drop your kid/s off for an hourly rate and they get to play while you run errands, shop, or de-stress. Notice many are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.  
This time of year Valentine's Day is surely on your mind.

Kidspark offers drop-in daycare for children 2-12 years old for a rate of $7.50 an hour, $4.50 for a sibling, and $3.00 for any additional siblings. They have additional events and offers a preschool from 9:30-11:30 on weekdays.

They are open
M-Th from 8am to 10pm.
F 8am-Midnight
Sat 10am-Midnight
Sun 1pm-6pm

Located at:
8485 N. Fresno St.
In River Park at Fresno and Friant
Fresno, CA 93720
559-447-KIDS (5437)

According to their website: There is a $25.00 Family Registration Fee. Your registration stays active if you visit one time within 12 months of your registration date. Meals can be purchased or brought with you. Meals are provided Monday-Saturday. Lunch is at noon and dinner at 6pm. Sunday no meal service. Complimentary snacks of crackers with 100% apple juice are served at 10am, 3pm and 8pm. As a licensed childcare center (License #103808519,103808520), there are no limitations in the number of hours your children can stay and play! Visits are calculated to the minute after the first 30 minutes. Staff has CPR/First Aid, Early Childhood Education college units and background clearances.
KidsPark is closed the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas

KidsPark closes at 6pm on Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve and 4pm on Christmas Eve. KidsPark Fresno will be closing at 8pm on New Year's Eve.

As always I am not in any way compensated for my blog posts.


Pinterest is a digital "pin board" where you can take websites, or blog posts, pictures, or recipes, basically anything with a url and put them into categories to be shared with friends and family(or everyone). This is a way to visually organize your "bookmarks" so that they can be easily accessed and remembered. Crafts, hairstyles, recipes, quotes, and photos seem to be very popular, however its a varied as your heart desires. You can also connect it to your facebook, so you have one less login. You do need an invitation to join, but its free you usually won't have to wait long (a week or two). So if you've been wondering what it is all about, check out the best of Pinterest HERE, and say to yourself, how pinteresting!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Full o' Bull February 25th Event .38, Soda .38; $3.80 Sub

Full o' Bull is celebrating it's 38th Anniversary in Old Town Clovis with
38 cent sodas, 38 cent chips, and $3.80 subs (limit 2) from 10am-3pm or until 900 subs are sold! I love the hot pastrami, yumm...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

$4 for $25 towards Valentine's Day Dinner with Restaurant.com Ends Feb 9th

Spend $4 and get a voucher for $25 towards (Valentine's) dinner at your favorite participating restaurant with Restaurant.com. Use the code DATENIGHT at the check out. You need to be able to print your coupon and you can use it immediately. Click HERE to check out participating restaurants in your area. Remember that a minimum purchase is required to use the coupon. Most restaurants required a $35 purchase for the $25 off and charge 18% gratuity. So your lowest possible price would be $16.30. Not bad for two diners! Keep in mind these deals are per table as well, so if you are going out with friends they will be on your ticket as well. This deal ends February 9th.

Fresno "City Singers" Serenades for Valentine's Day!

Support the Fresno City College "City Singers" and hire them to sing for your loved one this Valentine's Day. Unique and traditional at the same time, these singers are surely never to be forgotten! Contact julie.dana@fresnocitycollege.edu for more information.

Read more here: http://calendar.fresnobee.com/fresno-ca/events/show/241662964-city-singer-singing-valentines#storylink=cpy

Thursday, February 2, 2012

6 Hungry Bear Personalized Valentine's Day Cookies $6.99

Living Social together with Hungry Bear Cookies is offering a half dozen personalized Valentine's Day cookies for $6.99 (a $14.34 value). Ends February 5th at 11:59pm. Five per order allowed. Click HERE.

Sees Candy $3 off $30 Coupon

Sees rarely provides coupons so I was excited when I saw this one. For Valentine's Day Sees Candy is offering an online coupon for $3 off a $30 purchase. Click HERE.  Ends February 6, 2012.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Milan Institute Deals Through February 29, 2012

A friend of mine is a student at the Milan Institute and she posted these deals on facebook. She needs 40 referrals by the time she graduates so please let the front desk person know KATRINA COOK sent you. :)

If you bring a friend (that has not been to Milan before) she will give you a 50% off Coupon!
Your discount services train the cosmetic professionals of tomorrow! (Don't worry their work is all supervised.)
Indulge in some decadent pampering this season at the Milan Institute Student Salon and Spa. Enjoy a well-deserved massage or beauty service for yourself. Or bring in that special someone for the holidays.

$4.99 Happy Hour Haircut Mon-Thurs 4-7pm
$14.99 Makeup Application & Hairstyle Mon-Thurs
$24.99 Calming Facial Wed-Fri
$24.99 50-Minute Hot Stone Massage Tues-Fri
50% Off All Rusk Products
30% Off All Bioelements Cleansers & Makeup Removers
Birthday Perks:
FREE Haircut or Basic Manicure*
50% Off Any Massage*
Senior Perks:
$5.00 Off Any Massage Mon-Wed+
20% Off All Salon Services Mon-Wed+
Military Perk: 20% Off All Salon Services Mon-Wed+

*Valid during birthday week only; must present photo ID for verification.
+Must present military ID or photo ID for verification.
Expires 2/29/12.
Can not be combined w/ any other discount.
All restrictions apply. Instructor supervised student salon and spa.
On Going Deals Include:
Children's haircuts $5. Adults $7 
Color Cut and Style $30
Spa Day Cut, Style, Deep Conditioner, Basic Facial, Basic Pedicure and Manicure $50
The Milan Institute is located at 731 W Shaw Ave Clovis CA 93612 (Willow is the cross street)
Call 323-2800 to make an appointment.
M-Th 10:30am-9:30pm
F 8:30am-9:30pm Sat 8:30am-6pm.