How to Get Your Kids to Do the Laundry

We have a very special, how should I put it, ceremony for our children when they turn 8 years old in our house.

They get their first laundry basket (Just for you! Yay! Look at the pretty white basket!) They are given several tutorials on the fine art of waiting-until-you’re-out-of-socks-and-then-stuffing-as-much-as-you-can-in-the-washer.

It’s a beautiful event and brings a tear to my eyes. I always hope God will call one of my offspring to a deep love for laundry. It would be a much-appreciated ministry in this house.

I originally thought this “bestowment” of a chore would mean less work for me (ah, selfish ambition). It doesn’t really, but my kids are wear less clothes, because they want less work. A win-win.

When I introduced my kids to our new washer and dryer, it was love at first load. “Look how big the tub is!” they cried. “I love the tune it plays when you open it!” My kids rejoiced because this wasn’t a gift just for mom, it was for the whole family. They were a bit disappointed that it didn’t come with a fold-it-sloppily-and-stuff-it-in-your-drawer feature, but we can’t have it all.

I still monitor my kids in their weekly washing experience, especially since they are still in the ketchup-sleeve, drink-spilling stage. Come to think of it, I may still be in that phase of life. I depend on my Maytag Bravos XL washer to help me stain-fight. I was in a hurry the other day and I forgot to remind my daughter to pre-treat the food stain. I was really impressed the barbecue sauce came out of my daughter’s top.

I realized after all these years of looking for help with laundry, I finally have caring assistants. They are sleek and excellent at what they do! Welcome to the family, Maytag Bravos washer and dryer! Make sure you check out these resources:

Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a #MayTagMoms Dependable Laundry Ambassador through mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.

This is Worship {Toby Mac Release Today}

We were cleaning and cooking and jamming.

Music blaring, Toby Mac’s music,  good for the soul and cardio.

It’s why he’s our favorite, from our 5 year old to the oldest 41 year old in the house (my hubby), his music makes us dance.

And dancing is good. Especially if you’re doing chores…

My little one was spinning around, hands in the air, and she stopped mid-turn and said, “Momma?”

With one hand on the broom, the other lifting the rug, “Uh, huh?” I answered.

“Is this how you worship?” she asked with her hands reaching, foot tapping, swaying.

I straightened to see her arms raised. My heart in my throat. “Yes. It is.”

“Good. Because I really like to worship God,” and then she started spinning again.

I could hardly choke out the words, “He likes it too, honey.”

As Toby’s “Me Without You” blared, at that exact moment, I wanted to bow down and worship. It’s just like a child to lead us, isn’t it? Watching her spin felt like a worship tutorial. The stress and “to do list” suddenly didn’t exist and I was at complete peace.

Worship looks different for all of us, but whether we dance, stand, bow, jump, spin, sing, we need to keep our eye on Him. It makes everything else okay.

I’m excited to share Eye On It, Toby Mac’s brand new album releasing today! It’s fabulous. It has a little bit of everything and you will love it! Check it out here.

And stay tuned this week for an super awesome giveaway!!

EMI Music sponsored this post, but all the opinions and dance moves are completely mine.

WFMW: Kiwi Crate

We are big arts and crafts people at our house. What can I say? We love white glue.

But our summer hasn’t been typical and it’s been hard to squeeze in crafts. That’s why when Kiwi Crate asked if we wanted to try out their craft box, we jumped at the chance. Well, that and because we hadn’t located our moving box labeled CRAFT STUFF.

My favorite two things about the Kiwi Crate: 1. Everything you need is included to make two really great projects for two kids. Can I get an amen from mothers everywhere? 2. Easy to follow directions that are easy to follow. I just watched, snapped some pictures and looked for boxes labeled “Dinner.”

Sisters making windsocks:

I also love that with double the supplies, my kids are still using the leftovers.

And what’s really cool: monthly crafts for kids is available at Kiwi Crate on a subscription basis. When you sign up, ($19.99 a month with free shipping, other options available too), you receive theme-related items to make 2-3 projects (crafts, science experiments, or imaginative play) every month, recommended ages 3-7, but even my big kids added their own twist to the crafts.


So, even if you’re not a “crafty mom,” you can do awesome crafts with your kids without ever having to leave the house for supplies! You can also choose the sibling add-on option for extra materials to be included.

Kiwi Craft is offering my readers a special coupon to receive 25% off your first month. Use code WeAre25

Make sure you check out their Facebook page too for great deals and ideas.

Disclaimer: Kiwi Craft sent me a project to review and compensated me for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Children featured in this post were not paid to have fun.

And Then the Guy With the Mullet Made My Day

When I got the call, I waited and anxiously peered out the blinds like Mrs. Kravitz.

And if you’re too young to remember Mrs. Kravitz, don’t tell me, m’kay? (as I pluck a stray gray hair)

I pulled out my camera and Mr.Mullet Delivery Guy laughed and said, “You’d be surprised how many moms take a picture of their new appliances.” Only a mom would understand another mother’s joy over a new Maytag Bravos XL washer and dryer.

But I didn’t laugh because stain-fighting is a serious matter. May God bless laundering mothers everywhere. Amen.

Our new laundry room has been bare with a growing laundry pile.

I shoved boxes created a nice pathway for the washer and dryer to be installed.

And then I finally met my two new girlfriends.

It was love at first wash and dry. I fired these babies up before the delivery truck was gone.

I love the purr of these machines. This high efficiency Maytag duo is amazing! The washer capacity is huge and more than enough for our dirty laundry piles. The dryer is so quiet. They also both sing a little ditty when you open the door and that just makes me happy.

Make sure you check out the Maytag PageMaytag Facebook, and Maytag Twitter

Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a #MayTagMoms Dependable Laundry Ambassador through mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.

Suddenly, I’m Longing to Do Laundry

You know those women who love washing and drying and folding their laundry into neat little piles and delivering it happily into drawers and closets throughout the house?

I am not one of them.

I don’t hate laundry, it’s just not stress-relieving for me to do it. Plus there’s my dryer issues. A few years ago, my 15 year old washer died. The dryer was still working, so we have we’ve been mismatched for awhile and lived to tell about it! A couple of months ago, it started shredding straps to tank tops and bras, which is pretty inconvenient and rude.

We proved we were rednecks and duct taped the broken plastic  to keep it going. I’m not proud:

But I’m not complaining, I got a whole new appreciation for “doing laundry” last summer in Kenya. We took one suitcase for our whole family for 3 weeks–I was all “we’re going to live like the people” and we hand-washed until my hands were red and chapped.

People, I am not always smart.

[Next week we're taking four for the family.]

Because I’m a quick learner.

This week (in between selling our home and trying to find a place to come home to after our trip to Kenya), I was chosen to be a Maytag Ambassador. I might have screamed a little when I found out I’m receiving a Bravos XL washer and dryer to review. My kids were all “did we find a place to live??”

“No, but momma’s getting new laundry machines!”

When my kids turn 8, they get a big fat laundry lesson, so I wasn’t the only one squealing!

I’m so excited to be a part of this program because if I know anything, it’s dirty laundry! I can’t wait to share my reviews with you over the next few months.

P.S. We found a house just in the nick of time!

Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a #MayTagMoms Dependable Laundry Ambassador through mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.