are you guys on instagram?  its my favorite.  no joke.  its such a happy place for me – all the people i love, all the people i’d love to be friends with, all the people who inspire me.  i share sneak peeks of my projects, ask for opinions, and give glimpses into my real everyday life.  i’d love for you to join me!  i’m thepleatedpoppy on insta-g.

every friday i link my weekly phone pics up with my friend, jeannett.  i love having a record here on my blog that feels like a weekly diary for my family and i.


sean travels pretty often for work, but is rarely gone for more than 2 nights.  last week he was gone for over a week, and then before he got home i left for a few days for a trip down south with behr paint.  we were like ships in the night, missing each other.  but after parenting solo (with my parents’ help), as much as i wanted to see him, spending a little more time all to myself seemed like a really good idea!  i had a 4 hour drive home (alone!) and made a stop by ikea and anthropologie.  and it was wonderful!  also, i think i was allergic to color that day – all black and white.


our old chore charts were getting a bit outdated, so i made new ones for the kids.  this picture is so lily.  she was so excited when i made these new charts!  she is type-A all the way!


after visiting the behr paint headquarters and learning about their new 1-coat Marquee paint, i was kind of sold on it!  i tested it out on the back of our shelves surrounding our fireplace and was so happy with the results!  i’ll give all the details soon in another post.


and then of course i had to redecorate the shelves after taking them all apart.  and then i hit a wall.  a decorating wall.  i got this one set of shelves done right and nothing else went well after that.  i have been madly rearranging all of my house and i feel like its all backfiring on me.  grrr its frustrating!  i’m taking a break to rethink it all and just live in the disaster.


the boy’s hair was getting out. of. control.  i love his hair all shaggy, but the kids have been swimming a few days a week and its wreaked havoc on his hair, making it stiff and nappy.  this new cut keeps the length on top, but is so nice and clean around his cute kissable neck!


and a little throwback for you from the 4th grade me.  you’re welcome ;)


chore charts


i am a stickler for chores.  i feel pretty strongly about my kids doing chores for a few reasons: 1) we really want our kids to have a strong work ethic, 2) i want our kids to leave for college knowing full well how to take care of themselves, and 3) i don’t want to do all the work myself!

we have been using a set of chore charts i made for the last couple years, but i realized that while silas’ chores were appropriate for him when he was 4, now that he’s 7 he should definitely have more responsibilities.  and because silas was going to take more responsibilities, it lessened the load on the girls a little bit.  so that lead me to needing to make new charts.


ok, here’s where you can all laugh at me.  if i knew how to use my computer beyond making a word document, this could look so much better.  but no.  i made this simple chore chart and then hand drew the circles!


i know it looks like a lot of chores, but let me explain it to you a bit.  where ever theres an X, they don’t do that chore on that day.  take emptying the dishwasher, for example.  each child doesn’t empty the dishwasher every day, but every 3 days.  also, there are a lot of chores to do on saturday.  basically i’m using that as a catch up day – if it needs to be done, i’ll choose one of them to do it.  if it doesn’t need to be done, then they can skip it.  also, since there is only 1 circle for brushing teeth and it needs to be done twice a day, they just mark off half of it each time they brush.


the chore charts are on a cork board covered in fabric, that was then attached with some small nails to the cabinetry on the side of our fridge.  the charts are in clear plastic page protectors and the kids write on them with dry erase markers.  the chalkboard underneath the cork board is also magnetic.  i found this gold pen holder in the locker decor section at target – it doesn’t hold up really well, so i may end up permanently attaching it to the wall.


here’s a break down of the chores my kids do:

laundry (start to finish), empty dishwasher, make bed, open windows (window coverings), clean room, brush teeth (2x), clean playroom, vacuum carpets, vacuum wood floors (swiffer), dust, empty trash cans, clean backyard (basically pick up toys, bikes, etc.), water (house) plants, clean bathroom sinks, clean potty.

we try to get most of our chores done in the morning before school, but its not always possible.  and some days we skip chores altogether if we need to.  i try to keep this as a regular daily thing, but i also do my best to show grace when the kids need it.  its definitely not  perfect method, but its working for my family.  and if my kids had to go to college today, they could all do their own laundry!