Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Back Door Bulletin Board...

Good Afternoon, Blog-friends!

Today's post isn't about decorating or cooking or walking or field trips.  Today's post is about a happy little accident.  You might find it interesting -- or you might find it tacky.  Either way... here it is.

Like so  many families we know, we pull into the garage and enter our home through the back door.
Everywhere we go -- we enter and exit through this door.

Last year, I hung our family dry-erase board on the back door.  Now it's easy as pie to check for important events as we leave the house.

Oh... by the way... sorry for the fuzzy pictures... :)

Now, here's the happy accident part... I just learned realized that our back door is metal.  Know what that means?

It's Magnetic!

So that means the whole back door is one big memo board. Anything I need to keep up with - school calendars, chore calendars, summer reading programs, rewards charts, extra summer freebie tickets, etc.

Here's what it looks like now. It's a little hectic, but isn't life hectic?

The kiddos chore charts. Tip: If you print your child's chore charts on regular paper 

and insert them into a plastic binder page sleeve, it becomes dry-erase(able).

Summer Reading programs and Chuck E Cheese reward sheets.

It's a great place to store those summer fun freebie tickets, too.  
You can grab 'em as you're heading out the door.

And the whole thing looks like this.

It's been so helpful to have everything together right there on the back door.  

I'm really looking forward to the school year starting... I plan to purchase a couple of the wall file boxes. I'll magnet them to the door.  One for each child.  No more lost permission slips.  No more last-minute "last day to order" school photo orders...

Wow... maybe I need a bigger back door?!?

How do you keep your family organized?

Only By His Grace,


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Getting Back to Basics...

Yesterday the kiddos and I had a bit of an outing...or two.  There are two really great haunts within a couple of miles of our house.  The first is the Corporate Headquarters of Papa John's Pizza.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Papa John's: Better Ingredients.  Better Pizza.

When they built their corporate headquarters, they also installed a massive pond, walking trail and water fall, with benches and picnic tables scattered every so often.  Why?  For the good of their employees, of course.  Who wouldn't want to come to work here when you could have lunch or a walk in such a relaxing place?  Best part?  It's completely open to the public.  Plenty of parking.  Lot's of ducks!  And a great place to bring the kiddos when they're bored stiff.

Oh...and because I don't like to be wasteful, I save all our old bread, crackers, corn bread, muffins, pancakes, etc and every couple of weeks, we come and feed the ducks.  Can you say FREE entertainment?

Here's just a glimpse.

The second cool place near our house is Veteran's Park.  It's a playground, walking trail, and Veteran's Memorial all in one.  The kids love it because they can play, we can picnic, we can "hike" and there is really cool stuff to look at, too. 

There you have it, folks.  Two field trips to two gorgeous venues -- all in one day.  

Only By His Grace,