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My kids suck at cleaning. Welcome Chore Cards…

Okay. So maybe not all kids suck at cleaning, but mine are certainly not the best.

Here’s the thing- I’m a maid. A full on maid that cooks and cleans and deals with the spaze-outs of where there stuff is because I put in the wrong spot, why I have no idea where the very special lost eraser from 10 years ago is, and why on earth would I not know where the stupid little shopkin bought last month is in their complete pile of crap. The laundry baskets are constantly full and the sweet little hearts of my children do not understand why their clothes are not always clean in the closet.

I’m done. Like DONE! Don’t even get me started on the ” I need money” every five seconds, but having to EARN the money is never an obvious thing that would enter the brain of my teen and tween. I know what your thinking. Why do I let this happen? Why don’t I just say no? What the hell is wrong with me- be an adult and take control! I hear you friends! I hear you loud and clear. This is why I have come up with my chore cards.

I know, another set of useless things that look super cute but last a week and done like dinner. In the trash, it was great waste of time…BUT NO!!!!! IT IS WORKING!!!! Now, keep in mind, this is a work in progress kind of thing. It isn’t consistent, and it isn’t perfectly done…but it is working for us at very slow pace. Maybe it will work better in your house. If so, maybe we swap kids for a week. So here they are.


So here is what you need:


coloured ink printer.

circle clips  to attach the cards together (however, you can easily just staple them or put a ribbon threw.)

hole punch.

I made up 3 sets. One set each for the girls since my oldest is 14 and my youngest is 9. I found the ability to do certain things are slightly different. They basically have the same chores, just a room is different due to the size. These chores are required to be done weekly to live in my house. I think its important for everyone to pitch in and help run the household. I had to do it as a kid to earn an allowance, but let’s be serious, my chores were WAY MORE intense them these kiddos. Also, they get special things  throughout the week so it’s a win win really. You will notice there are two sets of blue dots. One is for them to check off, the other is for me.  Here is inside:


I also made up a separate “to earn money” set. This is the golden set! I have only one set for them share so they have to share the chores. Some are much easier to do then others which is priced accordingly and obviously some my oldest will do instead of my younger one. I decided to make this one monthly so that it isn’t so overwhelming. Most of these chores I do on a regular basis, but it is nice if I’m busy to have them do it for extra money. Right now is my crazy busy season with the menswear shop for all the wedding orders and the girls help out with stuff a little more. Plus, they get money to go to the store and take off for a bit when I need to get extra orders out.


Now that we have all the logistics taken care of, here is the good news. You can change up all the text to suit you. Clearly your kids names are not the same as mine (but that would kinda cool if they were!) as well as the chores. Your household is different, chores are different and your needs are different.

Here are the printable forms. I have them in Word because that works best for me.

Chore cards (covers)

Chore cards

Chore cards (2)

make sure to click on “enable editing” at the top of the screen so you can change the text to what you want.

So that’s it! Good luck!

Until next week,

Dana xoxox



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And so we begin.

Here we are at the “official first post”! I love that! I mostly love that I can share all this crazy stuff with you guys, for example- My Office.

The place where I spend 6 hours,well lets be real… there are quite a few coffee breaks, laundry switching over and obviously getting distracted by whatever seems to happen like that perfect little ‘ping’ from iPad, neighbour watching, calling my Mom- well, you get it.

Regardless, this where I am SUPPOSE to be for 6 hours,  filled with a day of sewing, marketing, packing, and designing. Since we moved to Alberta from Ontario last August I have had to downsize my office in half. For real. Half! HOWEVER… I get a window. A really big window. I also like to call it the big square of distraction. Good God I have trouble focusing, maybe I should really be in the basement. So having said that, this space was definitely my first task when all the furniture got in place. Plus, I had a few orders to get done and what a better excuse to do a room right? Right. Here is the before…

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I know, super bad photo, but I was stressed! I had rummage through the boxes in the basement and garage to find everything…but here is what I brought with me. My work table and my ironing board/storage table… and obviously fabric and stuff. So now we need to go shopping. Ikea.

My husband travels a lot for work, and what sucked the most was the fact that we moved into our new place ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY and he gets right into the travelling thing straight away. It was awful. So the girls and I decided to plug the local Ikea into the gps and go get mommas office done.

First things first. ALWAYS know what your getting before you go. Ikea is bloody nightmare when you get lost in the whole “here is what you can do with all our stuff” floor. You know the one, upstairs where you get lost every five seconds trying to find one handle. Anyway, our plan was to be in and out. For real. And we did! Can you imagine! I was a complete freak running around and the kids trying to just figure out what the hell was happening…but we did it. Loaded up the shelves, the desk, filing cabinet and chair.

We get home. And the assembly begins. 4 hours. not to bad for Ikea right?! I must admit, I love assembling Ikea stuff, and  I have never had a missing part until last week. Whole other story there.

So here we are. This is what I did.

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Pretty good eh?! Everything fits just where I need it to.

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I know its not the best photo ever, but see my framed decal? My friend Nicola made that for me which was just the decal. here is her website if you are interested:  I added it on top of the glass of an old picture and painted the back of the glass. Here is an up close one of it.


Nicola also did a small little decal for me which I put in an old frame and lined it with some linen. Super cute. Here it is.


As far as my little things that I love the absolute most out of my new space is definitely adding my sewing thread board. This frame was a crazy gold painted thing, you know the one that everyone’s grandparents had…yup. From the grandparents house. It actually had a watercolor done by my mom in it so OF COURSE I saved it, just going to re-frame it into something nice. Well, I gave it a good coat of cream paint and my hubby helped me add little shelves in it to hold my threads and bobbins. Here it is.


Now, because I actually work in this room, I need bars to hold my ties, suspenders etc. as I get them ready to sew- here is where Ikea really works for me. I even have the little “s” hook things to hang my patterns and cutters, and the silver buckets to store all sorts of odds and ends I need on a regular basis.


As far as how long it took? Not to long, a couple of days  in total, it took about 1 day for me to install the shelves for the sewing machines and then the unpacking took a bit of time. But job well done I say.

Until next week friends,

Dana xoxo