5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores

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My 9 year old is very active in after school sports, student council and playing with his friends; sometimes a chore list is last thing on his mind. Not that I don’t blame him, I have a full time job and 2 other children so I can honestly say that even my chores are skipped on occasion. These 5 tips are great and I will surely be putting them in motion. Giving reward points for completing chores is also a great idea, reminds me of a vacation destination loyalty program.

5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores 5 Tips for Parents to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores

By: Gregg Murset, CEO of MyJobChart.com

  1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology … Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to deliver results when it comes to chores? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see jobs that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow and positive notes from mom and dad.
  2. Let Kids Work To Support A Special Charity They Select … Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing their chores, part of the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.
  3. Parents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation … Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.
  4. Connect Chores with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time … Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.
  5. Allow Overtime … Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could do beyond regular chores, if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.


About MyJobChart.com

MyJobChart.com, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free, easy to use, online and mobile job chart and reward system designed to teach, organize and motivate kids to earn, save, share and spend responsibly. Bringing together the latest technology and basic personal finance principles to help parents teach their children responsibility, accountability and how to manage money wisely. MyJobChart.com can also be used through its Apple and Android mobile apps, allowing parents and kids the opportunity to save, share and spend from anywhere. For more information, visit www.myjobchart.com

Gregg’s bio:

As the Chief Executive Officer of My Job Chart, Murset has committed the last four years to building the largest online community and fastest growing website teaching kids about work ethic and making smart money decisions.

MJC was born from real life experience. Murset is a father of six children (ages 6 to 16) and needed a way to teach them about earning, saving and spending money. With no system available for a family with a large range in ages, Murset came up with the idea to combine modern technology with the traditional allowance system to teach responsibility, accountability and the fundamentals of financial literacy.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

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This fall, enjoy a taste of the Hamptons with the below recipe from South Fork & Spoon food concierge service. South Fork & Spoon and ANGO farm-to-fork catering have teamed up to create an incredible, vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe using healthy & delicious ingredients like Grapeseed oil, wild rice, kale and more!

And if you’re out East in the Hamptons, South Fork & Spoon has partnered with ANGO to make this Thanksgiving as seamless as ever – providing a meal that’s local, organic, and delivered right to your front door (in casserole dishes, never aluminum!). South Fork & Spoon will set the table, place flowers around the home, select the wine & alcohol, and drop off an incredible farm-to–fork menu created by Ango. Lexi Stolz, founder of South Fork & Spoon,  takes all of the stress and planning out of Thanksgiving, so families and friends can enjoy each other without any distractions.

You can read more about the amazing Thanksgiving delivery options here: http://www.southforkandspoon.com/#!the-aristocrat/c1h05

Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe from South Fork & Spoon + Ango 

Yields:  8 servings

Ingredients Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe

4 Acorn Squash, ideally 1-2 lbs each, halved lengthwise and seeds removed

5 teaspoons or more to taste, Salt

2 teaspoons, Ground Black Pepper

2 cups wild rice

3 oz Grapeseed oil

1 teaspoons fresh ground pepper

1 Tablespoons minced garlic

2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)

4 cups cleaned and rough chopped kale

2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 Tablespoons chiffonade ( cut like ribbons) mint leaves


  • Medium sized pot
  • Fine meshed strainer
  • Baking sheet
  • Pepper mill
  • Sauté pan
  • Spatula
  • Large Bowl


1)     Pre heat the oven to 475

2)      In fine meshed strainer, place rice and run under cold water until clean.

3)     In medium sized pot, add rice + 2 t of salt + 4 cups of cold water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil on high heat.  Once boiling, reduce heat until rice is simmering.  Simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water and is cooked.  (Note: rice can be cooked up to two days in advance)

4)     On baking sheet, place squash flesh side up and rub with 1 oz  grapeseed oil + 2 t of salt + fresh ground pepper.   Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tender.  Use a fork to test for tenderness.

5)     In a separate sauté pan heat 1 oz grapeseed oil on medium-high heat.  Add shiitake mushrooms + garlic + 1Ž2 t of salt and sauté until mushrooms are cooked but not browned.  Remove from heat and place in large bowl.

6)     In the same sauté pan used for the mushrooms, heat 1 oz of grapeseed oil on medium-high heat. Add kale + 1Ž2 t of salt and cook quickly using tongs or a spatula.  Keep the kale moving so it doesn’t brown.  Once wilted, remove and place in bowl with shiitake mushrooms.

7)     In bowl, add cooked wild rice + sesame seeds and mix together.

8)     Taste rice mixture and season accordingly

9)     Fill the cooked squash halves with the rice mixture. Garnish with mint

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Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Ball

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Halloween is almost here and you know what that means…spooky fun, costumes, family, friends, and lots of treats! In celebration of the upcoming holiday, Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg of Spork Foods have created a delicious Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Ball recipe that is easy to make and perfect for Halloween!

The recipe is nutritious, gluten free, vegan, and something you will want to make all year long.


Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls Pistachio Chewy Bite Popcorn Balls



5 cups popped popcorn

1/4 cup non-hydrogenated buttery spread (Earth Balance)

2 cups vegan marshmallows (Dandie’s brand)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 bag Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites, 6 pieces, roughly chopped



In a 4-6 quart heavy pot, add buttery spread, marshmallows, cinnamon and sea salt. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off heat and add vanilla extract and Pistachio Chewy Bites. Stir well, mixing until uniform.


Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to portion out the mixture into 10 balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet.


Enjoy when cooled.


(C) Spork Foods, 2014

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Disney Parks Mom Panel 2015 Hopeful

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M-I-C, See you real soon. K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you. M-O-U-S-E

Do you recognize this song? I sing it every time I return HOME to Walt Disney World in Florida. I have been lucky enough to be able to visit Disney World just about every year since I was 12. Without giving my age away; I have had a Disney obsession for almost 20 years.

I am a planner at heart so I frequent Disney’s website a lot. I MEAN EVERY DAY A LOT. I like to see what’s happening at the parks, the resorts and catch up on the blog posts. I receive daily emails from all sorts of Disney related subscriptions and follow just about every thing Disney related on Social Media sites. That being said I was super excited to read about the Disney Parks Mom Panel. Not sure what this is? Well let me give you the 4.1.1.

Disney Parks Mom Panel is a question and answer forum where online moms, dads and grandparents offer advice, respond to questions and provide tips about Walt Disney Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, team sports at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and runDisney events. This panel is made up of independent contractors and are not technically employed by the Disney Company.

While I was searching the questions that have already been answered by this amazing panel of Disney Fans (just like me); I also noticed that the search for the 2015 Disney Parks Mom Panel was about to open. Since I am a planner, I marked it on my calendar and so began the wait!

After doing some research it appears there will be 4 Rounds in which qualifiers will be asked to perform certain tasks or challenges to advance to the next round. When the day finally arrived, I made sure I was ready. I submitted my Round 1 application and sprinkled my self with “Pixie Dust” (figuratively of course).

Social Media has played an outstanding role in keeping the anxiety of the Round 2 notification at bay. I have made some new friends and learned a little a few things about Disney that I may not have know before. Finally, the day myself and many others had been waiting for had arrived. My Twitter feed was already blowing up with news of other Disney Parks Mom Panel hopefuls had made it to Round 2. As I went to log into my email account, I found the email I was waiting for…

Disney Parks Mom Panel 2015 hopefulI had made it to Round 2. A little in shock, I yelled and gave high fives to my husband and then my kids. I instantly went on Twitter to join the celebration.

So thankful to have been chosen to move on and can not wait to see what is in store for all the Disney Parks Mom Panel hopefuls. I’ll keep my awesome readers updated as the next round is set to open Tuesday October 21st, 2014.

Wish me luck and Pixie Dust!

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Holiday Gift and Decor Shops One Kings Lane

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Elph Band and Target Gift Card Giveaway

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As a mother of three with a full time job; the Elph Band gives me a little piece of mind during the day when I can not be with my children. Not only does it provide health information for care providers to gain instant access in the event of emergencies, but it also provides information on how to contact me.

Elph Band and Target Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event!
Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween.

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media
Sponsored by: ELPH Band

The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you’re traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site.


The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions directly on the band. It’s easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child’s name or phone number where people can see it when it isn’t needed.

What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home

If your child get’s separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code to get in touch with you to reunite your child with you! It’s that simple!

Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up for them to get in touch with you.


To set up your ELPH band you will register it on a computer, or by scanning the QR code yourself and setting it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered. Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active, and to verify the information has been entered correctly.

ELPH Bands are available in 3 sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink.

Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band.

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Now for the Giveaway!
TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, as well as a $125 Target Gift Card.
Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited.
Must be 18+.
Only one entrant per household, per address.
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.


Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Mom Powered Media, please email Darci@MomPoweredMedia.com

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November Birthstone Quick Facts

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November is just around the corner, and those born this month have two birthstones they can claim: topaz and citrine. Many consumers know topaz simply as an inexpensive blue gem, but might be surprised to learn its blue color is rarely natural – it’s almost always colorless topaz that’s been treated to give it this blue color.

They may also be surprised to learn that topaz comes in many more colors, including pinks and purples that rival the finest fancy sapphires. In fact, topaz has an exceptionally wide color range that, besides brown, includes various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink and purple.

A few quick facts from GIA (Gemological Institute of America) about November birthstone topaz:

  • Most authorities agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios, the old Greek name for a small island in the Red Sea, now called Zabargad. The island never produced topaz, but it was once a source of peridot, which was confused with topaz before the development of modern mineralogy. Some scholars trace the origin back to Sanskrit and the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire.”
  • The ancient Greeks believed topaz gave them strength. Renaissance Europeans believed topaz could break magic spells and dispel anger. For centuries, many people in India have believed topaz worn above the heart assured long life, beauty and intelligence.
  • Faceted topaz takes such a high polish it’s slightly slippery to the touch.
  • Topaz is pleochroic, meaning it displays different colors in different crystal directions.
  • Topaz comes in some of the gem world’s largest crystals: the largest are pounds, not carats.

Citrine, the other November birthstone, is rare in nature. In the days before modern gemology, its tawny color was often confused with topaz. Today, its attractive color, plus the durability and affordability it shares with most other quartzes, makes it the top-selling yellow-to-orange gem. In the contemporary market, citrine’s most popular shade is an earthy, deep, brownish or reddish orange.


November Birthstone Quick Facts

Photographed from GIA’s collection of the Dr. Edward J. Gübelin Collection. Left to right: 9.21 carat colorless octagon topaz from Nigeria; 15.01 carat light blue octagon topaz from Brazil; 18.41 carat rose red octagon topaz from Pakistan and 12.54 carat orange red baguette topaz from Ouro Preto, Brazil. Photo by Robert Weldon/GIA; ©GIA


The 4Cs: Clarity, Color, Cut and Carat Weight


Red is one of the most sought-after topaz colors and represents less than one-half of one percent of facet-grade material found. Medium reddish orange to orange-red topaz, which the trade calls imperial topaz, is highly prized and very rare.

Some say that pink topaz, often called rose topaz, resembles a pink diamond or a bright pink sapphire. Pink topaz has certain advantages over these two gems. It’s much less expensive than pink diamond, and it’s often available in larger sizes than either diamond or sapphire.

Dealers often use the trade term “sherry topaz” for yellowish brown or brownish yellow to orange topaz. Golden or yellow topaz lacks the prized red overtones of imperial topaz. It’s also much more abundant and therefore less valuable. Although brown topaz is also less valuable, it has been used in striking pieces of jewelry and ornamental art.

In nature, topaz is most commonly colorless, and naturally strong blue gems are extremely rare. In the marketplace, however, strong blue shades are plentiful because colorless topaz is treated with a combination of radiation and heat.

A fashioned topaz that displays a combination of two colors is called bicolor topaz. The most valued topaz colors are orangy red to red. Blue gems are widely available.


Fashioned topaz gems are often free of visible inclusions or flaws. This is especially true of blue, colorless and yellow topaz. Other more rare colors like imperial and pink may show inclusions more often and still be valuable due to the color’s rarity.


Because topaz crystals are usually elongated or columnar, they’re often cut as long oval or pear shapes to improve yield. If the rough is strongly colored, the cutter often chooses the emerald cut because that cutting style maximizes color and retains the most weight.

Carat Weight

Topaz can often form as large crystals that can yield sizeable cut gems.

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