Photo credit: djwtwo / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA You love pizza, I love pizza, and most of our kids really love pizza. Some will eat nothing but pizza if given the choice, some will eat it hot, cold, and even after it’s been left out. With those things in mind, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of our favorite school lunch ideas with pizza as the theme. So here are five great pizza themed school lunches you can try out the next time your looking for something great in the kid’s lunch. Pizza Buns: I really like the idea on this one. Not only is it easy and tasty, but it can serve as a great after school snack for kids as well. Thanks to Simple As That for this great idea. Cupcake Mold Mini-Pizzas: Here’s another quick and easy recipe that is both delicious looking and …

 

We are really excited to share this, as we’ve teamed up with our friends at Disney for a great giveaway. The giveaway is worth approximately $350 and features a $200 Disney gift card, a Gruff plush doll, a NeverBeast figure playset, and ‘Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast’ Blu-Ray. That’s a lot of great stuff and entering is incredibly easy. It’s really easy to be entered into the contest, just add ‘Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast’ as a reward in ChoreMonster. Then, everyone gets an exclusive, collectible, and interactive Disney’s Gruff character. And of course, you’re entered for the big prize I already mentioned. ENTER NOW USING THIS LINK undefined on Disney Video

 

Today’s book review comes to us from ChoreMonster co-founder Paul Armstrong. The Book With No Pictures Best for reading levels from Preschool to 1,000,000th grade. Why We Picked This Book To Review: It’s nice to find a children’s book that even a parent can enjoy Our Review: It always amazes me that some of the best children’s books are written by people who have never had children; like Maurice Sendak, Dr Seuss, or Margaret Wise Brown to name a few. Perhaps not having kids leaves them open to more childlike notions and sensibilities, regardless, the tradition continues with “The Book With No Pictures” author BJ Novak. You might better know Novak as the character of “Ryan” from The Office, on which he also was a writer and producer. Certainly not the first person you’d guess would write a children’s book, let alone a great children’s book. “The Book With No …

 

February Chore Ideas

Joe February 19, 2015

Photo credit: cafemama / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA It’s still winter for most of our users, and there is still a need to keep things clean and organized around the house. But, as we’ve mentioned in the past, it can be tough to come up with new and interesting tasks for your kids sometimes. As we do every month, here are a few suggestions for chores that might need to be done around your house. Organize the Tupperware cabinet – If your family is like mine, you have lots of Tupperware plastic bowls lying around. They are great for leftovers, or to take something with you on-the-go. But with different shapes and sizes, they get unorganized really quickly. Add this chore to your kid’s list and get ready for some much needed organization. Switch up the regular chore – Do your kids have a regular daily chore that doesn’t have …

 

All kids are different when it comes to saving and spending. Some are ready to spend whatever they have built up as soon as they get an opportunity, while others would rather sit on their surplus until the moment is right. My children are all very different when it comes to saving or spending. Here is a quick glance at how each of them decide to use their ChoreMonster points. 8 year old: Mr. Save-A-Lot. Mr. Save-A-Lot gets a goal in his head, usually LEGO related, and waits until he has enough points to obtain it. Every now and then he will cash in a smaller reward, but typically it’s all about the bigger goal. 12 year old: The Impulse Spender. Our 12 year old son’s money, and ChoreMonster points are constantly burning a hole in his pocket. He knows what he wants and doesn’t think twice about going for …

 

Every month we try and give you some reward ideas to add to ChoreMonster for your kids. We hope these ideas spark some interest in your children and get them motivated to do their chores and beg to do more. Here are a handful of great items that might be of interest to you and your family for February. Big Hero Six – It’s here, one of the best animated movies of 2014, finally ready to watch at home. This one might be a no-brainer. Play-Doh Fun Factory – Play-Doh is a classic toy that we grew up on as kids, and your kids will love too, if they don’t already. Some toys are just timeless. Reverse Charades – Another classic game gets a bit of a twist added to it in Reverse Charades. Instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, a team acts …

 

We are big fans of plenty of the snarky Someecards that come across the web. Especially when those cards are created by users. And to be honest, they are even better when they have to do with parenting. If you follow us on Facebook, you know we love to post these, here are five of our favorites. This batch has to do with being a Mom, and we think they are pretty hilarious.

 

Photo credit: jessica wilson {jek in the box} / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND There is no shortage of creative parents out there. And so many of you are generous enough to share the recipes and fun snack ideas you have for your kids. With Valentine’s Day later this week, we thought it would be fun to run down a handful of great snack ideas with the holiday in mind. These are snacks you can make for the kids, with the kids, or even for a classful of kids if you’re tasked with a snack for the class party at school. Heart Rice Krispie Pops: These look as good as they taste, and are easy to whip up before the holiday. Get all the recipe steps and more over at Skip To My Lou. Candy Heart Pretzel Bites: You’re probably familiar with the popular treat combining pretzel’s with chocolate. Well this …

 

Photo credit: Bunches and Bits {Karina} / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND When you have kids who are in school, you know how important the annual Valentine’s Day party can be. The kids pick out a pack of cards, write down the names of their classmates and put them in the other kids Valentine’s Day boxes at school. And many schools ask the kids to make their boxes, which is another fun craft for your little ones. We looked around the web to some of the great parenting bloggers for some great craft ideas and wanted to share five our our favorites here today. Enjoy and good luck! 1. Recycled Crayons Valentines: What a great and creative way to make Valentine’s Day cards at home instead of spending on a box of cards that everyone has. Get the details on how to make these over at The Suburban Mom. 2. Disney …

 

Our family had been using ChoreMonster for about a month. We were still getting the hang of things and were trying our best to make it a habit because all of us hate chore charts. This was in the beta days though, before the parent app and the monster carnival. My eight year old loved it and was excited to not only use ChoreMonster, but also to log in and check out new monsters. My 15 year old didn’t care too much, but was participating because he understood that doing his work led to getting stuff he wanted. My 12 year old on the other hand, often the contrarian, wasn’t buying in. “ChoreMonster isn’t really working out Dad” he said in his most concerned voice. “What do you mean?” I said. “Well, it’s just not working, I don’t want to do it anymore.” “You do realize that your Mom and …