Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME

 Disclosure: I was invited to attend opening night of Circus XTreme. All opinions are my own.

We went to  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME
over the weekend and it was so much fun!
Last time we went to the circus, it was my kids' first time, but this time my 17-year-old
sister was visiting and it was her time at the circus and she was amazed!

There was something for everyone. My mom loved the elephants,
my sister and Isabella loved the tigers (so did I!) and my dad and I thought
that the high wire performers were amazing. I was biting my nails the entire time.

Grace was enthralled with the elephants and tigers and her snow cone :)
It really was a show for all ages and there is something everyone can enjoy.
I can't wait for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to come back!

Don't miss Circus XTREME! It's only at the Honda Center for a few more days!

Friday, July 24 – Sunday, August 2
Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show.

TICKETS: Prices range from $20, $25, $30, $42 (VIP), $70–$80 (Front Row)
Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.
Note: Tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees. Prices vary between weekday & weekend performances.  All Anaheim shows include both the Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chore Chart: Screen Time Management Tickets

It's summer time, school is out, and our summer routine is in full swing.
I was naive about summer, at first. I thought we could be home all day with one another,
pick up after ourselves, watch a little TV and read a lot.
Enter our our summer routine and the Job Chart!

It really has been a lifesaver and made our summer days flow along and give
us purpose, keep the house in order, and give the kids a chance to earn some money.
I still have the belief that we help around the house because we are part of a family
and family members help one another and we're all responsible for our home.
However, I think that money management is an important life skill,
so getting paid for work, and managing that money is one way to teach that.

Another thing that we struggle with during summer is screen time.
Isabella would seriously watch Netflix all day long if she could and JT would
be glued to Minecraft or the XBox if I allowed it.
Since I didn't want zombie children by the end of the summer, even though
technology zombie children are quiet and I get a lot of things done,
it's just not good for them.

So, to avoid zombie children, I create Screen Time tickets. Each ticket is worth 30 minutes
and they get 3 tickets per day, for a total of 18 tickets for a week.
We use our tickets Monday through Saturday. On Sunday we don't do our job charts,
so its a little more free and go with the flow that day due to church and naps.
They keep their Screen Time tickets in envelopes we made together.

I hand the tickets out on Monday morning and each Monday they get punches
on their money punch cards for any tickets that they didn't use during the previous week.
They can use a maximum of three cards per day, for a total of an hour and half of screen time.
Once all of their jobs are done for the day, then they have the option to use a ticket.
They can also lose tickets for poor behavior. It wasn't an issue last summer,
but this summer I've had to take away a few cards.
You better believe their behavior changes really quickly, because Screen Time tickets
are a precious commodity.

So, now you have a picture of how our whole summer home management system works.
I've been really happy with how it works for our family. I tweak it a little bit during
the school year to work around the school day, homework, lessons and practice.
If you'd like them, you can print your screen time tickets here.


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