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Smarter Spring Cleaning Strategies

I know its hard to get Broxton to clean up these days. When he does, his definition of "clean" versus mine is a bit off, so I was looking for fun ways for us to work together and get into "SPRING CLEANING."  I was happy to have a guest post  to share with you a few ideas!

Smarter Spring Cleaning Strategies Start with Having the Kids Help
By: BusyKid CEO Gregg Murset

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to clean. From organizing closets to washing windows, dusting baseboards, cleaning inside, behind and under appliances, vacuuming air vents, and freshening up the yard, the list of chores that need to be done around the house is exhausting and endless. According to the Center For Parenting Education, children who regularly do chores are better able to deal with frustration; delay gratification; have higher self-esteem and are more responsible compared to children who don't help out with chores. Instead of parents trying to tackle all of the Spring Cleaning tasks themselves, or hiring an expensive service for help, getting the kids involved with age-appropriate tasks might be the best idea. 

Here is a how-to guide on tackling your Spring Cleaning tasks getting the kids motivated to lend a hand:

  • Plan It Out - Sit down as a family and discuss the projects, the deadlines and who is tackling what.

  • Team Up - Instead of having each person take on individual projects, team up to make the jobs go faster. Put on matching colored outfits and race to see who can finish their cleaning project the fastest, while delivering the best results.

  • Make It Fun - No one said chores had to be boring, make a game and trigger the competitive side of your kids. Since younger children cannot help as much with cleaning, put them in charge of quality control with a pair of white gloves and a magnifying glass!

  • Call in the Reserves – Ask friends from your neighborhood to do a cleaning swap. Take turns doing jobs at each other’s homes with your kids and set up an assembly line process. For example, if you are washing outside windows one person can scrub while another follows and rinses. Then go to the neighbor’s house and do the same. You’ll cut your job time half if not more!

  • Put Value On It - This is a great time to begin teaching your kids some valuable life lessons, including work ethic, responsibility, time management, and earning an allowance. If two kids want the same job, have them write down bids on scraps of paper and turn them in to you. The lowest bidder wins the job and the reward!

  • Share Your Time & Talents - Make sure to carve out a few hours to take on a community project as a family - clean your park, paint a neighbors fence, etc.  

  • Throw a Party at the End – Thank everyone for their hard work, and get yourself out of having to make dinner, by ordering take-out. Then pick up some ice cream for dessert and recyclable paper dishes and silverware so you don’t have to wash one more thing.

About BusyKid
BusyKid is the first online chore chart where children can earn, save, share, spend and invest real money wisely. Formerly known as My Job Chart, BusyKid is easy to use, revolutionary and allows kids to receive a real allowance from their parents each Friday. No more points or trying to convert imaginary money.

BusyKid is committed to helping children learn the important basic financial principles they don’t get anywhere else. Designed as a platform that is easy for parents to implement, BusyKid features pre-loaded chores based on children’s ages and making chore payment approvals is as simple as answering a text message. BusyKid is the only online chore/allowance platform that allows children to earn real allowance and use it immediately to buy gift cards, make a donation or invest in real stock. For more information, go to

Littles Lables Upscale Consignment

This past weekend we were invited to a blogger brunch to check out the store, Labels Littles.  It is an upscale consignment store that has brands "from Gap to Gucci."  That was what they said a few different times, so that tells you the brands you will be seeing in their store.
Located at 3208 Paces Ferry Place in Atlanta, Georgia, you arrive to find several different buildings that all have the same LABEL sign.  They not only have Labels Littles consignment, they also have men's and women's consignment as well.  

It was a great brunch talking with the owners and staff of this store.
They were awesome enough to even give us tips!
Want me to share one?
Always ask for a discount.  They will try their best to give you a lower price!!   Also, its best to shop at the end of the month. They are always trying to get new items in, so the end of the month is the best time for you as the shopper!  They carry all children sizes, so that means you can dress your newborn, your tween and your teen from there!  Oh, lets keep in mind they also carry maternity.

Labels Littles works with you, so when you are ready for them to cut you a check, you just call them up and tell them.  If you have money on your account, they will cut you one, no waiting for certain days like other consignment stores!  
Let me know if you go and check them out, they have a little of this and a little of that.  Perfect for those wanting designer clothes at more affordable prices! 


Throw Me Something, Mister! We went to #NewOrleans for #MardiGras

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we were recently in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I was a first timer and let me tell you, it was so much fun.
Let me clear up one thing now...  I had Savannah (1) and Broxton  (8) and it was totally okay.  Mardi Gras isn't just what you see on TV.  We walked through the Quarter (during the day) and it was fine too.  I think there are some things that are best left for the older crowd, but it was great for kids and mine weren't the only ones there, just so everyone knows.  

Broxton was so excited to see that sign!!!

Heads up... They have these carts ALL OVER the place before the parades.  I was surprised they didn't try pushing it more on the kids, but they were there... and it was hard to miss ALL OF THEM.  

We managed to get to see several parades.  It was neat, you wait and wait and wait...  then their cable truck comes through with a big pole.  I was told it was to make sure the floats are not too tall, but then I think now that it was for coverage of the parade.  I will never really know, but still... That is what kicks it all off.  Then, you have Kings and Queens, marching bands, floats, groups of people... It is so fun and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED that it is NOT commercialized.  

Savannah loved it and had a blast.  Needless to say, she was given lots of stuffed animals, lights and more.  She loved it all and wears the beads around the house like they are prized jewels!
(She was even thrown beads on Bourbon... and no, she didn't have to work for it!)

I wish I had better quality photos, but the bead throwers were serious about it and man they hurled them to the crowd.  I was paranoid they might hit my camera... Those beads hurt, man... I got slapped in the face with a few strands over the days!  This is just one of the many floats we got to see.

This streetcar float had a band singing and playing in it as they rode by!  

Of course we had to have a King Cake (or 2) while we are there!  No need to judge, they were just so tasty!  If you have been to New Orleans before, have you tried a King Cake?  If so, where do you recommend?

Cheese!!!!!!!!!!!   We were waiting for the next parade to start! 

This boy here.  He had so much fun. I loved seeing his excitement each day.  It was worth it all!  

No trip to New Orleans is complete for us, without stopping at Cafe du Monde for an order (or several) of beignets.  So good.  

I had heard of the Mardi Gras Indians, so it was nice to see them in the parades.  I always like seeing in person things I have read about!  

Savannah caught on quickly and would hold her hands up too!  She wanted to be just like her big brother!!! THROW ME SOMETHING, MISTER!  

Remember how I said there were floats and bands and what not??  This is Southern University Marching Band.  We were told they were the best in the nation.  I thought they were great, so what I was told was probably true. They put on a great show and we were lucky enough that they stopped right in front of where we were standing!  

If you have never been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, I suggest you try to go at least once in your life.  Talk about memories!    

TMNT - Super Shredder

Do boys ever out grow their love for the Ninja Turtles?  I am thinking no, since I see grown men wearing their TMNT shirts with pride!!!!   Broxton still watches the shows and now has his baby sister playing with his old toys, so I think we are safe to say we have plenty more years of the foursome in our house!   Just in time for school breaks, we have a new TMNT DVD headed out for purchase!  

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The Turtles are pushed to their limits in the new Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder DVD collection, featuring episodes from season four and five, available March 21. Using all of their skills, the Turtles' training is put to the test as they face their biggest enemy yet - the Super Shredder. With 11 thrilling episodes on two-discs, the Turtles prepare to battle Shredder, meet mysterious new enemies with superhuman speed, face an old enemy Don Vizioso and protect the world from Kavaxas in this new DVD collection. Join Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, along with April and Master Splinter, as they embark on epic adventures and more to protect their planet.
Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder will be available on DVD March 21, for the suggested retail price of $16.99.
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Super Shredder contains the following episodes:
  • The Super Shredder - For the first time, the Turtles encounter something they cannot defeat - the Super Shredder!
  • Darkest Plight - The Turtle team hunts for their Sensei, but soon realize they are being hunted as well.
  • The Power Inside Her - A concerned Donnie tests April to discover her psychic abilities are rapidly growing in power.
  • Tokka vs. the World - Raph's bonding with little Chompy is interrupted by the invasion of Tokka, who has come to Earth searching for him.
  • Tale of the Tiger Claw - A mysterious new enemy with superhuman speed is on the hunt for Tiger Claw, and will take out whoever stands in her way.
  • Requiem - Splinter must lead the Turtles and the Mighty Mutanimals on the hunt to defeat his old enemy.
  • Owari - The Turtles realize they must stop Shredder... and end this conflict once and for all.
  • Scroll of the Demodragon - The Turtles believe they have defeated their old enemies, but they soon discover a new evil is rising.
  • The Forgotten Swordsman - Karai searches for the Kuro Kabuto, claiming to be the rightful heir to the Foot Clan, when she encounters an old rival.
  • Heart of Evil - Donnie's grudge against Don Vizioso threatens the Turtles' mission.
  • End Times - The Turtles must defeat Kavaxas and prevent him from destroying the world. 
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