Monthly Archives: August 2013

Making chalkboard clipboards

chorechartsMaking chalkboard clipboards are very easy and they are usable over and over again. They are great for “in the car” activities, traveling, and chore charts for the wall. Our family uses them for all 3. We are making new ones today for the missing one and for our 2 new boys as well.

We have been using the same clipboards for 3 years – Here is the original post:


You will need the following:

  • wooden clipboards (These are sold at walmart or kmart or target for less than $2 each),
  • bottle of spray paint (chalkboard) – I found this at our local Ace Hardware
  • blue painter’s tape
  • Foam stamps and paint
  • matching ribbon


Blue tape the “Metal Hinge” and spray paint the entire front of the board. After 24 hours, remove the tape carefully. Stamp your child’s name on the board and tie matching ribbon at different lengths on the hinge.





Recipes – Homemade Croutons

This recipe is one of many in my mixes cookbook out on Amazon right now. This book is available for both Kindle and in Print – I am just a print girl when it comes to cookbooks.


This morning we made another batch of croutons from day old bread that was given to us.  Today we had more than 10 slices so we adjusted the recipe to fit. You can also substitute herbs of your choice.



  • 10 slices of bread (sour dough is a favorite in our house)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano,
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt


Directions for mix:

Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Cube bread into desired size and toss into a bowl. Sprinkle the seasonings on top of the bread pieces.  Drizzle olive oil over the cubes and then toss gently.  After the bread is coated, layer on a cookie sheet. Do not allow the bread to overlap. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes. Allow to cool. Place in an airtight container.

Homework time

After school can be CRAZY, especially in a house with 7 children. We have 3 homeschooled and 4 in public school this year. They boys get off of the bus at about 3:30 and as soon as they get home grab a snack box snack and homework. We have discovered if we don’t get on homework right away, then they are too tired to complete anything later.

El has taken it upon herself to always sit with the boys and help them with their school work. She normally has her own lessons done by lunch-time.


Afterschool Organization

Over the last year, we have had our ups and our downs with everything. Their therapist and I have been trying to work through the food hoarding and stealing and we think that we have found what is working.

With my trusty Cricut Machine and vinyl that I picked up from

I added names to the sides of plastic shoe boxes. These are the SNACK BOXES!!! Each child gets 15 snacks added to it on Sunday night. They can choose to eat them all in one day, or keep them for all week. The very first day, Breckin at 8 snacks, but soon came to realize that he only had 7 for the rest of the week.  The girls are pretty smart. They will eat some of their snacks and then put back what they don’t eat for later.

Now, the first thing that the boys do when they get home from school is ask if they can have a snack… and they know what box is theirs!

We have been experimenting with this for 3 weeks and we have seen no other food hoarding or stealing for that time. YEAH!!!