Monday, January 5, 2015

Mommy Needs A Helping Hand

Hey everyone! I'm back and ready with a new post for a new year! I am determined this year to stick to what I start and to stick to the new year's resolutions I have made. One thing I am determined to stick to this year is a chore chart for my kids. Yes, I know, another chore chart! However, I couldn't seem to stick to any of the other chore charts I had created before. They were TOO organized and TOO by the book and TOO tailored to me. Meaning, they never worked because they weren't tailored to my children's wants, needs and their own organized ways. For the past month my children have literally been begging for a way to earn money. My children are ages 9, 6, and 3, and while I don't think they need money at this age, I respect their desire to want to earn it not be given it. So I spent the last month wracking my brain for a way that I could help them earn money by doing chores. Then, this morning while browsing through the news feed in my Facebook, I came across this:

This is from The Friend magazine (and if you click on the picture, it should take you to the original Facebook post I saw this one.) Anyways, I know this post is about service to others, but it totally sparked something in my brain and I knew exactly what I wanted to do! So I came up with this:

My husband and I both agreed that my children didn't need to be paid very much, these are very simple tasks that, let's face it, mommy does for free! I didn't want to break the bank paying my kids for their chores, but I also wanted to allow them to learn how to work and earn money at the same time. So I typed this page up and added my children's names to it. I made a blank one here for you, just copy and paste to your own word or paint program, add kids name if you are using paint and then print!

I then found this handprint outline online, copied and pasted it to my word program and made multiple copies on several different colors of cardstock. I then came up with chores that my children could do around the house and set a price on each handprint. For example: "Take out the downstairs bathroom trash - 10 cents" or "Help set the kitchen table at dinner time - 10 cents". I then cut out each handprint and used magnetic tape, cut the magnetic tape into squares and applied them to the back of each handprint so they could "stick" to the fridge. Whenever the kids want, (once again, I am tailoring the chores to the children), the kids can pick a chore, do it, and I will give them a ticket. On that ticket I will write basically an IOU for them to put in a plastic baggy that I will place under the arrows on the sign that I created for the fridge under each of their names. 

Once they have completed certain chores, I will place the completed chore above the handy helper sign. This is so the children can't take out the trash everyday or other chores that don't need to be done daily. The other chores will stay below the sign that can be done daily. Then, at the end of each week, we will count up the IOU's and I will pay my children what they earned and replace all the hands under the handy helper sign again. Making them wait till the end of each week will teach them patience, I think, and along with earning money, I will have a chance to teach my children tithing, savings, and waiting to spend your money on something you really want or need instead of spending it just because you have it. I'm really excited about this and I can't wait until FHE tonight (our first ever, one of my goals for the new year) to explain it to them! I hope they will be as excited about this as me! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

You Can Fly!

A few weeks ago I felt this insane urge to help someone very close to me, someone who needed some encouragement, someone who needed to start thinking more positively. So I started collecting quotes. They are very popular right now on facebook and I see them constantly through my news feed daily. There were so many I wanted to share with this person that I just started collecting them. My poor friends probably saw 10-20 quotes a day that I shared through my own news feed. I originally was planning on just doing 365 quotes, but I kept finding such sound advice and kept getting inspired too add new ones that it eventually became 500! Thanks to the help of my RobbyGurl's Creations facebook fans, I was able to get the amazing title to this daily positive thought calendar:

I love this title in every way! Thinking positive and trying to be a more happy person is literally lifting yourself up! So this title is perfect! Now, lets teach you how I put it together, this is actually a method I learned in my graphic arts class back in high school, so it's really very easy to do. 

So first, purchase your 500 quotes by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below, it's only $5.00!!!

Next, once I have personally emailed you your 500 quotes within 12-24 hours, print them out onto your choice of colored paper. You can do all white or all of one color too, but I chose to do 6 different colors. 25 pages of each color. (There are 4 quotes to a page).

After printing, using a paper cutter, cut out each quote. I tried to stay as close to the points on each side of each individual quote.

Once you have cut out each individual quotes, place them in a neat pile, "dropping" them neatly against a hard surface to make sure that the tops of every quote are aligned with each other. Then place your pile between two piece of boards. If you have clamps that will clamp over 500 pages, then I recommend using those, my dad had a couple, but even opening them up as big as I could make them, still wasn't big enough to hold mine. So I just placed heavy-ish items on top of the board on my pile. After you have done that, lightly brush 6-10 layers of Elmer's Glue or Mod Podge along the tops of the quotes, like so...

Don't go to heavy on the glue, otherwise you could wrinkle the papers, which is why I suggest 6-10 light layers. They dry fast, and if your still impatient, grab a blow dryer! :)

And you're done! Now you can just peel off a paper each day to help you think more positive, get advice, or just be happy! Enjoy! Oh, and look below, I have samples of what the files look like.

Here are some sample pages of what the files look like that you will be purchasing. This is only 10 of the 125 pages worth of quotes you will be receiving:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sight Word City

Wow! It's been a while since I've done a blog post, and to be perfectly honest, it's been amazing!!! A couple of months ago, I decided it was time to remove stress from my life, and that started with learning the word "no". I had to learn to say no when someone asked if I could do something for them. I had to learn to stop filling up the little amount of free time that I had with other things instead of filling it up with time with my children. My patience and energy were wearing thin with my constantly filled schedule, so things had to go. One of those things being my Menu Boards. For most of you, you know that over the past 2 1/2 years I have been building Menu Boards for people all over the country, and even a few outside the country! While it has been an amazing experience and I've enjoyed helping families organize the meal time portion of their lives, I had to cut back, so I'm just selling the files now, and if you are new to this blog, click on the "Everything Menu Board" tab at the top of my blog and you will learn everything you need to know about the Menu Board. How to purchase the files, a tutorial on how to create your own, and even access to free recipes! 

Now, onto the main reason for this blog post. Almost a month ago, my son took his end of the year kindergarten testing. While he excelled in the math portion and letter recognition, my son had a considerably difficult time with reading...mainly his sight words. The words "held back" were tossed around and it scared the crap out of me! First, I blamed the teacher. Most of my son's homework throughout the year was math homework, she sent home take-home books, but often times didn't change out the books for a week or more. My older daughter's kindergarten teacher was amazing, as a mother, I didn't have to do anything to further her education other than make sure she did her homework, and by the end of kindergarten she could read on her own and knew all of her sight words. I've since learned that I need to stop comparing my kids, obviously my daughter is more right brained (like me) and my son is more left brained (like his father). I also learned that it is not his teacher's fault that he can't read, it's mine. I wasn't near as faithful with reading with my son as I was with my daughter. When my daughter brought home take home books, I would sit down with her and read it to her, and then I would have her read it. Taking time to help and teach her to sound it out. 

My life since my daughter was in kindergarten has become considerably busier. I wasn't setting aside time to read WITH my son, rather I was just reading TO him. While I'm sure he enjoyed the time with me listening to books, as did I, he wasn't learning how to read. He wasn't learning the words that I was reading to him. So to help correct my error in teaching my son, to build my son's confidence, and to not hear the words "held back" come out of my son's first grade teacher's mouth, I created "Sight Word City."

After enlisting help on my facebook from friends on how to teach my strong-willed son, a friend suggest a visual aid to help my son see the progress he is making. Well my son is really into super heroes right now. So rather than create an apple tree with sight word apples, I wanted to do something that would appeal to my son to help gain his excitement to learn. So this is what I came up with:

Sorry about the poor picture quality, I took the pictures with my phone since I'm currently unable to find my camera, lol.

The idea behind this city, is to light it on fire! (Not literally, lol, although I'm sure my son would think that pretty cool too, lol)

Once I lit the city on fire, I created the citizens of Sight Word City, and made Sight Word City People for my son, Super Alex, to save! 

I had so much fun doing this, and spent so much time on it, that I couldn't imagine NOT sharing it with all of you! We are starting the process of saving the people of Sight Word City today, and this is what I will be doing:

Each day we will choose 4 sight words to work on. I chose the names of the 144 people of Sight Word City by using 2 sets of flash cards given to me by my son's kindergarten teachers. I'm pretty sure you can purchase any sets of sight word flash cards and they will all be the same. The brand of flashcards that we received were A+ brand, we got both 1 & 2 sets of cards. I tried to find them online to purchase, but was only able to find set 2, if you want the link to those, go here

The four words we choose each day are based off a sight word learning packet that I bought from the Teachers pay Teachers website, there are so many amazing activities offered on that website and I HIGHLY recommend it! Here is the link to the activity packet I chose, but you can choose any other on this incredible website!  

So once we have picked our worksheet for the day with our four sight words on it, we will find those four sight words in our flashcards and display them on our Sight Word City board (by the way, I used a trifold post board that I bought at Wal*Mart for a couple of bucks) and then, after the words are on display, I will have my son work on his sight word worksheet for the day, along with a couple of other worksheets that his kindergarten teacher sent home for summer review, and then we will end with reading an easy reader book from the library. I'm still trying to come up with fun ways to really focus on those 4 sight words each day to help him really memorize and recognize the words. I want my son to be excited to tell his dad when he walks in the door from work, the 4 sight words he learned that day, and I want him to be able to remember those 4 sight words even after he learns 4 more the next day. 

As he learns the sight words, he gets to save the people of sight word city by moving the people (whom are named by the sight word he learned) and placing them in the safety of the grass fields behind the city. There is also a reward system attached to this as an added motivation for my son to learn. He LOVES to earn money, so I found these punch cards. I printed them off on to colorful card stock, and explained to my son that every time he fills the 24 punch card, he will receive $1.00. He can earn a punch by doing a worksheet, learning a sight word, reading 1 page out of his book, or for doing an activity on his account (I also highly recommend this website, my son has loved learning on it, and right now they are offering a 30-day FREE trial!)

I hope he enjoys this. I hope I enjoy this! Actually, I just hope that I have the patience to teach my own son, he and I tend to butt heads, so we will see how this goes, I might end up having to beg my patient husband to teach our son! LOL.

Oh, and you might want the links to everything else I got to create this city, huh?

Here is the link to the little super hero boy, but you can always "google images" for superhero boy/girl coloring pages to find one that you like. 

Here is the link to city the buildings.

Here is the link to the flames I put on the buildings.

Here is the link to the stick figure people that I turned into the people of Sight Word City. I took each individual person and copy and pasted them into a word program on my computer and sized each one down to about an inch in height so I could fit them in the windows of the buildings in the city. 

As for the sight words that I created and taped onto each individual stick figure person, I simply created a 10  column x 14 row table in my word program, used Times New Roman font size 14, and typed in each individual word, printed and cut them out, then taped them to the people. 

I hope you enjoy this and I hope you can create your own using the links and info that I provided for you! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DIY Drawer Knobs...Superhero Version!

So, last week I did a simple tutorial on DIY Drawer Knobs, in that tutorial, I showed you how to make your own drawer knobs using butterfly stickers....since our son is getting a superhero bedroom, I only thought it fitting to show you how I did his superhero drawer knobs. :)

First off, you will need to prime and paint them just as I showed you in the other tutorial. From there, you will need the following items:

Mod Podge
Foam Paint Brush
Paper Plate
and a Quarter

So the first thing you need to do is trace out your stickers. I bought my in the party supply section at the store. Walmart had Avenger's and Target had Justice League. From there, I placed a quarter over the faces of the super heroes and traced around the quarter with a pen.

Then cut out enough quarter sized circle stickers for the amount of drawer knobs you need.

From there, peel back the sticker backing, it will be difficult since you cut them out, but having fingernails is a wonderful tool in this situation. Place the sticker on the center of the knob and press down. Use your fingernail CAREFULLY to flatten out any creases, if your knob is super curved, you can bet there will be a few. I had a wrinkle in almost everyone of the drawer knobs, but thankfully my 6 year old son isn't going to care, and you would have to be eye level and within a couple of feet to see the wrinkles anyways, so I don't care if there are any. :)

Next, using your foam brush, brush a layer of mod podge over the sticker and entire face of the knob, then allow to dry. I followed with a second coat of mod pdoge, just to be safe.

And you're done! I love them! I can't wait to see what they look like on my son's dresser, those pictures are soon to come when I've finally completed my kids bedrooms. LOL.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DIY Drawer Knobs

Hey everyone! Wow, I've been gone for a while haven't I? I'm sorry, things have been crazy. We moved last August, and it was the first move for our family. The last time my husband and I had to move anything was in and out of our apartment nearly 10 years ago! So its been pretty crazy moving 5 people and 10 years worth of stuff out of our first home and into our new home. Not to mention with the kids change in schools and a whole new routine, its been hard to get back into a blog routine. I'm going to try to get better, I promise. Starting with this blog post, DIY drawer knobs!

As those of you know who follow RobbyGurl's Creations on Facebook, my husband and I are currently decorating our children's bedrooms. We moved into a house big enough that they each got their own bedroom. Not too mention, my two oldest ones are getting so big and accumulating so many clothes that a small 4 drawer dresser for each of them wasn't going to cut it. So I've been doing A LOT of yard sale-ing the past couple of months looking for dressers, desks, and beds that I could give make overs to for my kids. I've found some incredible steals and I'm loving how their rooms are turning out. I've still got some furniture to finish painting and some final touches to make, but once they are 100% complete, I will share our bedroom creations with you! Now, onto the tutorial.

First, you will needs the following items:

Wooden Drawer Knobs (I got mine off of ebay, they were completely unfinished, including no drilled hole, but thanks to my dad who taught me how to be handy, and my husband who helps me use tools, I wasn't afraid to purchase them without holes, I don't see a problem in the foreseeable future in drilling the holes ourselves.)

White Spray Primer (I got mine at Jones Paint & Glass)

Your choice of small stickers, make sure they are smaller than the face of your knob, or you're going to have wrinkles. For my daughter's, we chose butterflies, for my son's we are going to Superhero's, although we haven't found stickers for him yet, I may need to go to a scrapbook store for this one. :)

Finally, you will need some gloss mod podge, a foam brush and a paper plate.

Now, the first thing you need to do is spray all of the unfinished knobs with the white primer, if you don't want your knobs to be white in the end, then you will need to choose your color of paint. Either way you MUST prime first, otherwise your paint will eventually just peel off. Sorry I didn't take a picture of this step, I was in project mode when I painted these knobs and totally spaced taking the picture. I needed to do 2 coats on both front and back, and I waited 30 minutes between coats, and then let them dry over night.

Next, simply place your desired sticker strategically on your knob, for some of mine, that meant placing them in the middle, for others, I had to place them off to the side so I could fit a little flower sticker on with the butterfly too.

Next, brush a layer of mod podge over the sticker and the entire face of the knob.

Then leave to dry! When they have dried, check to see if any of the stickers edges lifted (some of mine did), just simply put another layer of mod podge over them and leave to dry. I would give them a day or so of drying before putting them on your choice of furniture, this will ensure that you don't accidentally leave your finger print in the not-completely-dried mod podge. Enjoy! I can't wait to show you what their dressers look like with these knobs on them!