DIY Chore Chart For Kids | Easy To Make | Kids Love | Responsibility And Rewards Family System 2018

DIY Chore Chart that you can create for only a few dollars. In this tutorial, I show you how to create a customizable chore chart to make running your home a lot easier for both you and your children. I have included links to the printable files that I created in this video that you may download for free if you want to use the same chores that I did. You may print them like this, or customize them in Cricut Maker to fit your chores. Enjoy!

CAR FAM Vlog 4 | Awkward Conversations | Candy Paradise

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Hey Y’all. We are going to start a family vlog channel. We are going to call it the CAR family vlog. Why?

Well, the initials in our name made that an easy choice; Cash, Ava, and Raphaela. We would love to have you along for the ride!

 

Blackhawk Helicopter Crash in Florida: We Wait

Good Morning Everyone,

I woke up today, like any other day, and checked my phone before reaching for my water bottle. It was every military wife’s worst nightmare. There was a CNN Update and it read ’11 Missing after Blackhawk Helicopter Crashes in Florida’. I couldn’t even breathe for a minute. My throat felt tight and I felt the tears welling up inside of me. Anyone who reads that kind of a thing will feel deeply saddened, but for military members and their families around the world this kind of news is devastating.

I want to remain hopeful, as the news is only reporting that they have found debris. They say that the 11 are presumed dead, but nothing is confirmed. My thoughts switch immediately to the families of these service members. What are they going through right now? They sit, and they wait, because that’s all that they can do. They are powerless and broken at the same time. The thoughts that race through your mind are is it my Marine?, is it my Soldier?, if it’s not, do I know their wife, their children?

They wait for a knock on the door that they know will likely come. They know what they will see and it will be like some terrible nightmare, but it will happen in their homes. Those uniformed men and women will come. These brave people have to deliver that kind of news with honor and dignity, and they have to be very strong while they are delivering the worst news imaginable.

They will say those words that no one wants to hear. They will tell you that today your life is changed forever. They will be the people whose words confirm your deepest fears. They will be the fingers that walk up and put their thumb and index finger over the flame of hope that still burned inside of you when you heard about this crash. They will put out your hope. They will confirm that your loved one was among the missing, and is now confirmed dead. They will confirm your terrible thought, you are now a widow.

You will have to deliver this news to your children, and you will have to be strong until family arrives to help you because you likely do not live near your family. You live at your spouse’s duty station, and that is almost always no where near home. The families of these service members will receive this news. The moms and dads, sisters and brothers, and friends will all hear this devastating news today. That brave service member who everyone assumed was safe, because they were in the states, is gone. No one is prepared and so it hits you on an entirely different level.

The words will come, then the tears, denial, grief, the funeral, and then life will just go on for everyone else. Your story will not be in the headlines anymore, but your life will still go on. Your broken, gaping hole in your life will just have to keep moving forward. You will have to be a single parent, a widow, and people will talk about your ‘deceased spouse’ whenever you leave the room. That is your new life.

You may be wondering why I am writing such a post. The answer is simple. I am a military wife, and today all military wives are heartbroken. We wait together. In these moments, we make no distinction between branches of service. We all feel the same thing today, sadness. We are reminded today that we have to stand together, or we will fall apart. We are all asking ourselves what we can do to help, because those ‘sisters’ of ours are going through the worst day of their lives. We are reminded that tomorrow that knock could be on our front doors.

I have sent my husband on many deployments; Iraq and Afghanistan repeatedly. He flies Cobra Helicopters for the Marine Corps, so this crash hits me on a very personal level. We all feel this false sense of security when they are stateside that they are safe, and today is a reminder that this is a lie that we tell ourselves so that we can sleep at night. What else do you do? How else could you kiss your service member goodbye in the morning to go to work and know that you may not see them again? Service members, police officers, firefighters and probably others that I am overlooking right now, we all share that common thread.

Let us stand together today as military wives, husbands, family members, and patriots and support these families. No amount of money can ever put their dad in their living rooms on Christmas ever again. No amount of money can walk their daughter down the isle on her wedding day, or teach a son to grow up to become a good man like his daddy was. Lastly, no amount of money can hold those wives tonight as they realize that their spouse will never lie next to them again, never. They are gone.

I asked myself what I would want if it were my door that was getting knocked on today, and I would want a memory. It wouldn’t be about money, or help, because those things will come as a natural progression of this event. I would want a memory. I would want something that I could watch with my children, play at holidays, and share with my grandchildren about the man that was lost, the person we buried, my husband. That is what I would want.

The reason this occurred to me was as a result of the recent movie ‘American Sniper’, which is of course a heartbreaking account of one family’s loss. The reason this movie was so moving to me was not just how it documented the life of Chris Kyle, but how it offered his children a look at their father. They will have something to show who he was, how he was loved, and how he was mourned.

The next time you see a service member, be sure that you are mindful that they, and their families make sacrifices every day to prepare to defend the freedom that you enjoy. Our families are prepared, though perhaps not ready, to pay the ultimate price as patriots and supporters of this wonderful country that we live in.

With a very heavy heart and the utmost respect,

Raphaela Laurean

Preparation and Planning are Not Optional!

Plan, Prepare, Organize, Execute

Plan your work and work your plan!

I accept already that some people will look at this picture and think-crazy! For some, this level of planning, preparation, organization, and daily execution may seem over the top. At my house, it’s just plain normal. As a business person, I am a huge fan of this concept ‘If it has to be done more than once or twice, automate it’.

Of course, you can not really ‘automate’ your home, but you can establish a nightly routine that takes the chaos and frazzle out of your days-ok. let’s be serious, maybe just reduces it. When you are raising kids, working out, married, running a business, and spending two hours a day in the gym training, you MUST be prepared, or you simply will not be able to maintain that kind of momentum.

If I had to get up every morning and pick out the kids outfits, my gym outfit, my outfit for the day, plan my meal, etc, I would probably have a lot more difficulty getting out of bed in the morning. I just personally find it a lot easier to do these things in the evening, the night before, when the pressure is off, and I am alert……aka….not picking eye buggers out of the corners of my eyes, and trying to figure out the fastest way to the coffee pot.

Here is what we do to stay on track; 

-While the kids are eating dinner, I make a game out of it. I present them with three shirts and ask which they would like to wear tomorrow. They always have fun with this, because they ask me, “Mommy, is that the shirt that you thought I would choose?” When they go to bed, I put the shirt together with the pants, panties/diapers, socks and shoes, and lay it all out for the morning.

-While the kids are watching their one nightly video, I unpack/repack my gym bag for the next day. I lay out my gym outfit for the next day, and I hang up the clothing that I am going to wear the next day, along with packing the jewelry, shoes, panties, bras, etc. that complete my outfit.

-I pack back up all of my computer bags and camera cases, purse, and anything else that will need to go with me to the office the next day and I stage it all with the other items.

-I grab a cup, any vitamins, my water, and I place that all right there, so I never forget it in the morning scramble.

-Last but not least, I set my gloves, hat, and car keys with all of the rest of my morning stuff.

OCD? Doubt it. Success has a lot to do with consistency. Consistency has a lot to do with planning. Once you recognize that, it would honestly make very little sense to try to do it the other way-get everything together in the morning.

I do not have a lot of time with my babies, so being able to have a nice leisurely morning with them, and minimize the mad dash that mornings bring, adds to the happiness and harmony of my home. That’s our Lifestlye Lane minute. Hope it helps you and your family smile more and stress less.

Gratefully,

Raphaela