WFMW: Free Printables

I bought a color printer on clearance for $26 bucks that included ink cartridges the other day.


In the past, if I’ve needed color copies, I would run down to Office Max. Which means, I don’t have color copies very often. Because nobody has time for that.

You might say that my color printing  has recently peaked. But seriously, you can do cute things with paper and color ink.


The “burlap” alphabet letters I added to my mantle.

Here are some of my favorites for free printables-

It works for me!

WFMW: A {Sweet} Deal

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Check out The Vintage Pearl’s newest pieces that will make your {heart} beat wildly!

Order thru Friday (Jan 31st) and get 15% off any item with code watf15

Perfect to give or keep.

What works for you?

WFMW: How to Play Chore Roulette With Your Family

Oh, it’s a fun game, for sure.

At least for Mom.


We started something right about the turn of the new year and it has been very successful. I like to call it Chore Roulette because I’m wild and crazy like that.

We have a daily chore chart and my kids are in charge of their own laundry every weekend. But every other Saturday or so we do a deep(isn) cleaning where we actually break out the mop and vacuum cleaner, scrub a toilet and change the sheets. And I’m always looking for ways to teach my kids about hard work and less entitlement. And this is doing the trick.

How to play:

Divide up chores that need to be done in your house. I pick the ten most needed each week–from mopping and vacuuming, to organizing to the dreaded toilets. There are 5 people in our family, so each player draws 2 chores. If the chores need a lot of supervision (like changing all the bedsheets and it’s not something our 7 year old can do, we rig the game. Because we can).

Rules: You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. My daughter got mopping and literally did a cartwheel she was so happy. I have no idea why and my son got to clean toilets two weeks in a row. Bummer. May the odds be ever in your favor.

If you complain, you get a bonus round which is an additional chore. We set the timer for 1.5 hours and we all divide and conquer.

We turn up Toby Mac or the Frozen soundtrack (I’m sorry, honey) and we clean.

It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning!

WFMW: How I Became a Knitter {Loom Knitting}

My 14 year old spent most of the Christmas break knitting and reading.

She said when she’s 70 years old she’s going to stay up all night and party.

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She got a knitting loom for Christmas from extended family. It probably would have stayed in the box (because I’m absolutely no help), but we had three cold days at my inlaw’s farm and a cousin who knew how to loom knit and was willing to teach the steps over and over (thanks, Erika!)

I tried knitting once. It turns out I have a lot of tension because I had a very tight, very stressed yarn square. As I watched my daughter knit a gorgeous scarf, I knew I had to try again. I love how the loom helps regulate the tension of the yarn and I actually find it relaxing and fun.

My first scarf:

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We started with a simple scarf loom like this Boye Rectangle Loom Set. It’s less than $15 to get started with the yarn and tools and even my 7 year old has learned how to loom knit. There are several other types of looms that can make dozens of items-from hats to socks, blankets, etc.

And now we are out of control (little sister thanking big sister for her new scarf she knit on the way home):

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I’m not a visual learner, so I’m not about to attempt to explain HOW you do this. But these resources helped me when I got stuck once I got back home: Fantastic tutorial here and I also bought I Taught Myself To Loom Knit Book.

Happy knitting. It actually works for me!


WFMW: 5 Things You Don’t Have to Do in the New Year


I don’t know about you, but I always feel pressure in the New Year to BE BETTER and to DO MORE. I need to get more organized, get healthier and do it all by spending less. I walked into a store today to look for a coat for my teenage daughter (hoodies aren’t cutting it in our 30-40 degree weather lately) and the entire front half of the store was workout clothes. Talk about pressure.

Everyone’s talking resolutions and I’m definitely not against setting goals. But I think we can do more by actually doing less.

Here are five things we don’t have to do in the new year:

            1. Make resolutions: Since only 8% of people actually complete their resolutions, instead of making unrealistic resolutions, look for small tangible goals you can accomplish. Don’t look to one giant success at the end of the year, look for daily victories.
            2. Announce extreme goals: There’s a tendency to Go Big or Go Home. But the best place to start is small. If you need to lose 25 pounds, start with one and then another. When we vow to complete extreme goals, statistics show that we usually give up because we get discouraged.
            3. Compare ourselves/lives to others: When I start looking over at the neighbor’s greener grass, I begin to feel pressure to have a more perfect life or at least a greener yard. The best way around this is to worry about our own yard.
            4. Forget what the past has taught us: The past has taught me that my goal to have a flat stomach is probably not going to happen. While we can’t change the past, we can learn from our mistakes and successes and let them guide us in the future.
            5. Lose site of why we do what we do: We can’t forget our purpose. Our choices should be moving us closer to our goals. Don’t do things just because everyone else is. Lead your life instead of letting life lead you.

Doing less works for me!