Gratitude Challenge Day 5

Before I get into today’s Gratitude writing prompts I want to take a moment to thank all of our veterans for their service. I am so grateful for your strength and willingness to fight for our country and my freedom.
If you aren’t a veteran but know one, please take the time to thank them today. It’s such a small thing but it could really mean a lot to them.

If you missed yesterday’s post you can find it here.
If you are interested in starting the challenge you can check out all of the previous posts here.

Question 2 was designed to make you think about this past year & all the good things you’ve done and encountered. I hope that it made you smile (: .

If you’re interested in finding some fun books to read or just want to see what I’ve been reading, my Goodreads account is linked along the right side of our home page. I always keep it up to date, so you’ll see plenty of books added often!

You can find all of my answers to today’s question on my Instagram story as well as my Facebook story.
I would love to see your answers too so feel free to tag us and to use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE.

Gratitude Challenge Day 5

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. My favorite memory from this year
  3. A book I recently read & loved
  4. My pets & their names

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Gratitude Challenge Day 4

Happy Saturday! 

If you missed the previous days of the challenge you can find them here.

If you only missed yesterday’s post you can find that one here.

When I worked on my answers for today’s gratitude prompts I had to put a lot of thought into number 2. Nearly every holiday, birthday & “just because” gifts I’ve received has held some sort of special meaning to me. Of course the word “gift” doesn’t have to mean something big and grand…to me it has always been more about the giver and the thought behind the gift that counts the most.

If you want to check out my answers you can find them on our Instagram story as well as our Facebook story. And if you’d like to share your answers on social media I’d love to see them! Use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE and you can tag us if you’d like!

If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself (that’s okay too!) you can print this page or just write your answers to the prompts down in a journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 4

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. A gift that means a lot to me
  3. Something that I’m grateful to have today that I didn’t have a year ago
  4. A guilty pleasure that brings me joy

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Gratitude Challenge Day 3

We are 3 days in! Woo!

If you’re new to the challenge you can check out the other posts here.

If you missed just yesterday’s post you can find that one here.

So for today’s prompts I personally struggled with number 3. I’m not very good at giving myself a pat on the back or acknowledge my own accomplishments. I think it’s really good though to recognize the good things that we have done. There is nothing wrong with stepping back and saying “hey, I did a good job”.

Today’s prompts are below; if you’d like to see my answers you can find them on our Instagram story and/or our Facebook story. You can post them on your story too! Tag us and use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE so I can follow along!

If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, that’s okay too! You can print this page and fill it out or you can write the prompts out in your journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 3

  1. Something that brought joy to me today
  2. Something that makes me smile daily
  3. An accomplishment I’m really proud of
  4. Something I love about where I live

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Gratitude Challenge Day 2

Welcome Back! 

If you haven’t had a chance to start the challenge you can find Day 1 here.

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I hope that yesterday’s prompts made you happy and got you excited for future prompts! I personally had a little trouble with prompt #4 today. For me, a song that brings me joy really depends upon my mood at that specific moment. But when I was filling out today’s prompts I was thinking of my grandfather, as I often do this time of year (or, if I’m being honest..any day haha)
I’d love to hear how you did with today’s prompts! I always have mine posted on our Instagram story as well as our Facebook story. You’re more than welcome to do the same; you can tag us on social media and use the hashtag #CCGRATITUDE.

If you’d rather not share your answers you can also print this page & fill it out or write the prompts down in a journal!

Gratitude Challenge Day 2

  1. Something that brought me joy today
  2. Favorite drink
  3. My favorite scent
  4. A song that makes my day better

Gratitude Challenge Day 1

2018 Gratitude Challenge Day 1

These writing prompts are designed to do a few things that will hopefully lead you to feel more happy and positive. This time of year is often difficult for people suffering from seasonal depression or just holiday stresses; my hope is to help lighten you mood with a few happy thoughts each day.

This won’t take long, all you have to do is take 5 minutes out of your day to answer 4 questions. I’m posting my own answers on our Instagram and Facebook pages in the story; you’re welcome to do the same!

If you’d rather keep your gratitude thoughts to yourself you can print this page or write the prompts down in your journal.

Gratitude Challenge Day 1

  1. Something that brought me joy today

  2. My favorite day of the week

  3. A celebrity that inspires me (and why)

  4. My favorite book from childhood

Gratitude Challenge

With Thanksgiving less than 20 days away and Christmas not far behind it’s easy for all of us to get so involved with the planning, decorating, shopping, prepping, and cooking to forget the importance of self-care.

I decided it would be a great idea for all of us to take a few moments out of our holiday chaos to breathe, and reflect on a few things that make us happy. So, starting today I’m going to post a list of 4 gratitude prompts each day for the rest of November (that’s 20 days; easy peasy!)

Every day you can find a blog post here as well as similar posts in our story in Instagram. I would love to have you join me in the challenge! You can screenshot my posts on Instagram and repost them using the hashtag #CCGratitude (and tag us too if you want!) or you can print them off each blog post and fill them in for yourself!

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Planning for Summer Break with Kids

As I am writing this the kids are on their way home from a half day at school which means summer vacation has officially begun! Even though this won’t be posted for a few days I’m already feeling the pressure haha.

The summer last year was completely new for our family. Homeslice and Monster were no longer in daycare meaning that they were home all day, every day, all summer. My father and myself changed jobs so I was now working from home and he was doing a variety of handy work for local farms as well as working night shift on occasion.

I really thought that the summer was going to go smoothly, I really thought that I could take it a day at a time, I really thought it would be rainbows and butterflies. I was really wrong. The kids didn’t seem to know what to do with themselves without the set-in-stone schedule provided by their daycare. They were completed bored any time there was more than 10 minutes of down time. I hadn’t planned anything ahead of time and it left a lot of things being rushed and half-done on my end. I was completely stressed which was certainly more my fault than the kids fault but we all suffered because of the lack of planning.

I decided that this summer needed to be different. I decided that I needed to have a better system set in place so that I don’t go crazy…really so that we all don’t go crazy.

I started out by sitting down and coming up with the main things that each kid is interested in and the main things that they need to work on. Luckily for me, they all share basically the same interests and have the same areas that need a little extra work; just on various levels. All three of them are incredibly interested in hands-on activities so I have made sure to come up with a wide variety of activities that will be hands-on and educational.

The areas I have focused most on are their chore charts, education, and a simple plan of themed weeks.

Before I get into these areas I also wanted to share with you another thing that I’ve worked on. Our little’s really enjoy their cartoons (especially Homeslice..if the TV is on he’s glued to it) but sometimes they get Cartoon-Tunnel-Vision in the mornings and instead of finishing their morning chores they zoom out to the tv. So to combat this habit we created a simple list of screen time rules.

Camp Welgo Screen Time Rules

Before they can plop (quite literally) in front of the tv they must have finished each item on the list. I keep this posted on the fridge so all I have to say is “Did you do everything on your screen time rules list?” rather than running through a string of the same questions. This is also a great way to teach them responsibility while making our mornings go much, much smoother. I had this personalized to say Camp Welgo which wasn’t an additional cost. If you’d like to get one of these for your family it can be found here.

Chore Charts

So, for starters each child has their own chore chart with their own list of chores. However, in anticipation of the start of summer I made some changes to them allowing the kids to have a little more responsibility.
These are the chore charts that we use. I printed them and then put them in a simple picture frame from the dollar store. This allows the kids to use a dry-erase marker to mark off each chore as they do it and in this way I am able to set up a rewards system for them. They obtain a certain number of points each time a chore is completed, then at the end of the week I add up the points and they earn the rewards that coincide with the number of points earned.

I decided to get a little more creative with the chore chart/rewards system process for this summer. This is an example of the rewards I have come up with for this summer. There’s no guarantee that they will stick but I’m pretty proud haha

65-74 Points: Cartoons in the morning
75-79 Points: Prize out of the prize box
80-84 Points: Tablet or video games
85-90 Points: Pick an individual prize
91-95  Points: HOLY COW! Awesome job! You get a SURPRISE! If all 3 of you got this many points you can work together to pick out a GROUP PRIZE

So I’ll explain the theory behind my madness here, the kids love to watch tv and it’s often difficult to pull them away once they’ve started but they also really enjoy the morning cartoons (like Tom & Jerry) so if they do well on this area (which is pretty easy considering they can skim by on their chores and usually still earn these points) they can watch some cartoons in the morning but within a designated time frame.

The prize box is a little shoe box tote I purchased at the dollar tree. This contains a variety of items that the kids enjoy such as stickers, various crafts, silly putty, gum, and grab and go craft packets. Inside the same tote I have rewards tickets split into the “Individual Prize” group and the “Group Prize” group (how many times can I say group in one sentence?) that they can pick from when they earn those rewards.
The individual prizes include things such as one-on-one time with mom, stay up later one night, 1/2 hour of extra TV time..etc. and then the Group section has things like go mini golfing, go out for dinner, go to the movies, etc.

Learning

I want to be sure that I am encouraging the kids to broaden their minds and their abilities this summer and to be prepared when they go back to school. We will be doing the summer reading program at our local library and I will be working with them on various other subjects.
Homeslice and Monster’s teachers gave them some worksheets that they can work on throughout the upcoming summer months and I have my own curriculum with Murry. I also buy these books pertaining to their upcoming grade levels and work with them throughout the summer.
I also have saved a variety of worksheets and craft ideas on Pinterest that I can print whenever we’re ready to work on them.

This is an example of one of the worksheets the kids will be working on during the first week. One of the overall goals of this summer is to build each child’s confidence level and to help them be an encourager as well as a positive thinker.

All About Me Worksheet JPG

If you’d like to get this worksheet to do with your child you can find it here.

Schedule

I haven’t come up with a set-in-stone schedule for the kids because let’s face it- it just isn’t going to work out. Our family has so much going on on any given day or at any given time that a set schedule just doesn’t work for us. Because of this I have come up with a weekly theme schedule and then at the beginning of each week I’ll map out a more specific plan. This is what the themed schedule looks like:

Week 1: Welcome to Camp Welgo
Getting to know the Camp Welgo rules, guidelines, and themes. Learning about the new chores and rewards. Take a week “off”

Week 2: Kindness Week
Make kindness rocks, hide kindness rocks, do something kind for a stranger, write thank you notes for loved ones. The kids have a 3-Day camp this week too.

Week 3: Camping Week
Fire safety, learning to set up tents, lunches over the fire pit, DIY walking sticks, how to make a teepee/shelter, leaf/plant/poison identifications, nature hikes, camping out.

Week 4: Color Week
Make tie-dye t-shirts, playing tag with paint balloons, melted crayon art, paint balloon darts, face painting, sidewalk art with chalk, finger painting, DIY thank you cards for people the kids know.

Weeks 5/6: Handy/Science Week
Can robots, washer jewelry, homemade birdhouses, diy solar oven, ice cream in a bag, food coloring with flowers & veggies, regrow veggie experiment, hydroponic gardening, clay art, volcanoes, mento/soda experiment.

Week 7: Spy Week
Scavenger hunts, search and find clues, fingerprinting, mystery dinner, mystery movie night, seek and find

I have been saving a bunch of ideas on my Pinterest account so if you’d like to see some of the ideas that I have saved you can check out my board here.

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