Friday, April 23, 2010

Game Stop Rip-Off

I went into Game Stop today to see about trading in some Wii games. I went in educated about how much I could get off of Ebay or Craigslist, and figured I would get a little below that. But I was BLOWN away by how little they offered!! They were giving 10% of what they were reselling the games for used! For example, Super Smash Brothers they were reselling for $39.99. They offered me $3. RIP OFF!

However the did have one good policy, if you buy a USED game, you can play it for a week, and if you are not satisfied you can return it for a full refund. Hello, why not just keep buying and returning games weekly?

Anyway, I ended up walking out with everything I took in and nothing more. At least all my money stayed in my pocket.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Life Skillz Training - Phase II

DD1 and 2 have a pretty good handle on the bathroom cleaning life skill. Last week, they cleaned the bathroom at a level 9 with no complaining and almost no help from me. (They got all the cleaners and rags. The only thing I did was hook up the rinsing hose to the shower head.) LOVE IT!!

It is now time for phase 2 - bedroom skillz. They will be completely in charge of cleaning their own room - dusting, vacuuming, changing sheets, baseboards, etc. Some of this they already do, but now we will make it official.
Also keep in mind that they are pretty good now about keeping their room picked up. This is something we have focused on since the housecleaner. There isn't a lot of whining now to pick up and for the most part they keep their room pretty neat. Now it's time to focus on the cleaning.
As with any life skill training, we are in the talking phase. I am TELLING them what they will be training on next. They are not yet required to actually do it. This is the time where they can talk about their concerns, and decide who will be in charge of what. (DD2 wants vacuuming, DD1 wants dusting, etc.)
How will they fit this into their schedules? One week will be bathroom duty, the next bedroom. It doesn't all have to be done on the same day, but it will need to be complete by the end of the week or they do it on Saturday.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dishwasher Beauty

Every morning before DDs 1 and 2 go to school they are in charge of emptying the dishwasher. One does the top, one the bottom, and DD3 is in charge of the silverware. If they fail to do this job before they go to school here is the consequence:

The dishes from the day can't be put in, so at night, they have to finish emptying the dishwasher and then they load ALL the dishes from the WHOLE DAY - including dinner.

I have to tell you that every morning, the dishwasher is empty - without me nagging. That is a beautiful thing.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Business For Sale

Today I am putting my business up for sale. It is growing to say the least, but so is my family. I can't do both and family is most important. If you or anyone you know may be interested please email me at