Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Faulk Family Task List

Yup, that's just a dang fancy phrase for "chore chart."

I decided this needed to happen.  I am so tired at the end of the day from working a full time teaching job plus three part-time theatre jobs that the LAST thing I want to do is clean.  So, I end up letting everything pile up until I literally dread coming home.  This results in a totally massive, totally random meltdown that usually ends with me scrubbing the whole apartment clean for hours.  I'm then in a MUCH better mood for a couple weeks until the cycle repeats itself.

This had to stop.

So, I created the Faulk Family Task List.  It lists the basic chores that need to be done around the house.  Some need to be done just once a week while others need to be done every day.  That's why I LOVE this cute chore chart template I found through Microsoft Office Online.  You can download the template HERE.  After I personalized it for what worked for our family, it looked like this:

I love how this template has a place for you to write the chores and who is doing them, and you can change it all by day.  We've put this into practice for the past two days and so far it's working great!

My husband was a little reluctant at first.  His first thoughts were more like nightmares from his youth involving "endless" chore lists and an angry mother; however, after realizing that it would help me de-stress a bit, he was much more willing.  I'll let you know if we keep up with it!

How do you get chores done?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pinterest Challenge!

So, one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, does a Pinterest Challenge where they urge people to stop pinning and start actually doing what they've been pinning!  I hopped on board with my own Pinterest Challenge and actually completed a DIY project!  

I started with my Pinterest inspiration image:


I'm sure you've seen similar "state art" images floating around the web.  I thought they were cute and decided to make my own version of one for my parents as a Christmas gift.  I wanted to include the four places we have lived as a family: Michigan, Tennessee, Mexico, and Dubai.  Hopefully this will give you an easy, step-by-step tutorial of how to do one for yourself!

Step 1: Search google for geographically correct state/country outline images.  Once I got these I printed them out and made sure they were about the same size on the paper (I didn't care if the sizes were geographically correct in comparison to each other)

Step 2: Copy these images onto cardstock in REFLECTION mode, meaning copy them backwards (this avoids seeing the lines after you imperfectly cut them out).  Many copiers have this setting.  I used the copiers at FedEx Office:

Step 3: Cut them out.  This was easily the worst part of the project.  For the record, Michigan is NOT an easy state to cut out!  This is how I felt while doing it:

After cutting them out (my hands/fingers were SORE), they looked like this:

Step 4: Cut out the background of the frame.  I used simple posterboard for this (yay for inexpensive projects!):

Step 5: Place the states/countries on the background.  Be careful when spacing them because you don't want the frame to cover them and you want to leave room for the lettering at the bottom:

Step 6: Place heart stickers on the specific cities you lived.  This can obviously be done before Step 5:

Step 7: Glue them down.  Obviously make sure that's where you REALLY want them!
Step 8: Add lettering at the bottom if you want.  I used 3D foam sticky letters from Michaels.  It gave the lettering a nice pop and made the letters not look flat and boring:

I just eyeballed the lettering at the bottom.  I didn't want it to look TOO perfect (umm...check):

Anyway, that's the final product!  I think it turned out really cute and my parents loved it.  All of the supplies including the frame and copying came out to less than $40.  If you can find a super inexpensive frame it would be even cheaper.  Hope this was helpful!

So We Went to Dubai...

I know, I know.  I STINK at blogging.  I love the finished product, but let's be real.  Putting pictures into blogger has to be the most horrific computer experience I've ever had!  It takes forever!  So, let's all just be thankful that I blog even as infrequently as I do.

So...we went to Dubai over Christmas break!  My mom, dad, and sister live there for my dad's work and let me tell you it was FABULOUS.  I have never wanted to live somewhere so badly in my life!  It has all the comforts of the U.S. while not having to BE in the U.S.!  Also, most people speak English and all the signs are in English.  Talk about convenient!  The following are just a few of my favorite pictures from the trip.  To see the full album, go HERE.

I love how these pictures did not upload even remotely in the order that I clicked on them.  Delightful.  So, here are the pics in a completely random order!  Wahoo!

My sisters and I looking rediculous sexy at a belly dancing show...

Daniel and I in our full middle eastern garb
 The whole fam in front of the Burj al Arab--the most expensive hotel in the world

Family swim time!

Daniel and I in front of the Burj al Arab.  I've wanted to go here since I was young.  Random, right?

Right before our desert dafari

From the desert to...skiing?  This is us at Ski Dubai--the world's largest indoor ski resort

Doing our tricycle thang at my parents' beach club

Gotta ride a camel of course...

The whole fam...Middle East style

The Burj Khalifa--the world's tallest building.  We went up to the top and it was amazing!
 My dad got to present an award at the Medan horse racing track--the world's most expensive horse racing track

We went on a nice drive one day onto the Palm (man-made islands in the shape of a palm tree, see HERE ) to get a good view of the Dubai Marina

We made a stop to see Atlantis Dubai

Christmas Eve in Dubai...gotta have the PJs!

Awesome Christmas gifts

Our view from the top of the Burj Khalifa

My parents' house...

As you can see, we had a SMASHING time.  I can't wait to get back there!!