Before and After Dec 16-22

This is definitely one of my favorite products that Erin Condren offers.  I love seeing how each week evolves!!

This was last week on Sunday.  Each week starts off sparse compared to what it ends up like.  If feels like I’m painting a picture each week, and it is always different.  I love the variety that this provides!

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The week got filled up a bit, but it wasn’t overly busy.  Kids finished school for the year, and Christmas break officially began.  We didn’t seem to get much laundry done this week.  I do believe I did a few loads, but not on “my” laundry day!

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Here is next week.  Everything has been building to Christmas day.  I have NOTHING planned after Christmas!  I do rather hope we will stay home and just relax!!  Next week’s “after” photo of this OWaW will tell!

I used thin Sharpies to write “Christmas Morning and Christmas Eve” and draw the holly leaves and berries.  I LOVE being able to use Sharpies on this product.

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I just can’t stop talking about the  Sharpies.  I can’t believe how useful this little “cup” is that I got from Walmart.  It has a big magnet and attaches to the side of the fridge, but when I need my markers to fill in my OWaW, it pulls right off and sits on the table perfectly!

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This is becoming a fun routine and I look forward to Sunday night each week when I get to tear off a new page and start filling it in!

Before and After Dec 9-15

December 9-15…the first week!

Oh! What a Week began with much anticipation and excitement!  I color code, so each color refers to a specific individual in our family, and purple alerts ALL of us.  I use a cloud bubble to bring extra attention to an item.

On Sunday, the 8th, I filled out our week.

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I added things as the week  progressed.  On Thursday, there were 2 chores that my kids needed to do THAT DAY.  I also wanted my husband to help them, so I put a cloud bubble around their chore with orange, my husband’s color.  Since we are still in the training stages, I pointed out both that I had added something to their days, and that I wanted my husband to help them do the task.  It sort of worked.  I’m pretty sure he helped with the bed, but I know he didn’t help with the porch furniture.  But both chores got done, so that was the important thing!

On Sunday, the 15th, our week was finished!

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Things were added along the way.  I loved grabbing my Sharpies and writing new things on the schedule.  I love that this is only the beginning and this system will be fine tuned each week.

Right now, it is mostly for events and appointments that involve my family members, and any event or appointment that I have, that also impacts their day.  The chores listed are things that are not every day or every week chores. I notice them, quickly jot them down so I don’t forget about them, then point them out to the individual! I do plan to list the laundry days each week at the bottom.

I loved having it on my fridge. Next week is already up and I can’t wait to see what the week will bring!!

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Oh! What A Week…in Action

“What is going on this weekend?” my daughter asked as she rounded the corner into the office.

“Everything is on the fridge,” I answered, and she made an immediate about-face to go and look.

I could feel the smug, smile, smartly on my face.  This is going to work.  I nodded my head gently and put my focus back on my computer.

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Oh! What a Week sits proudly on our small fridge, in the middle of the heart of our home.  I can’t tell you how many countless times I looked at it this week, loving the colors, loving the space, loving the lines and columns.  It has plenty of space for me to write BIG, so everyone can read it while we sit at the breakfast table!

I asked each family member how many times they looked at it this week…Husband – 6 times; Son – 3 times; Daughter – 4 times; Son – 2 times.  I am happy that they all looked at it at least once!!

I couldn’t wait till Sunday to start filling out the next sheet!

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The weekly spread is so colorful and cheerful, I wanted to grab my Sharpies and just get it going!  I love that I get to use my Sharpies.  They are vibrant and cheerful, just like I want our life to be!  Each color has a purpose…Pink for me, orange for hubby, blue for son1, yellow for daughter, green for son2, purple for family!

As we all looked at it one night during supper, my daughter exclaimed “Oh! It’s color coded?  OHHHH, I GET IT!!”…yes my dear daughter, everything that pertains to you is written in YELLOW, the color you’ve had since you were a baby, your favorite color in the world, the color I’ve always used to mark things that applied to YOU!!  I’m so glad you”get it”.  Sometimes children puzzle me!

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The Sharpies do bleed through some, as I mentioned before, but not enough to mark on the following page, so it is not a problem at all.  I love that I get to use all my fun, bright colors!!  I know.  I already said that!

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I keep my Sharpies on the side of the fridge in this little cup.  It has a magnet and plenty of space for around 8 Sharpies, 6 highlighters, and a 4 color Bic pen.  These are my staple writing tools for the things I use on my fridge.

I suppose this would be considered my “command center”.  I hope it does command the attention of my family.  I hope they will learn to look at the “Oh! What a Week” every single day.  I hope they will learn to add things to it!

I think we made good progress this week, and I am all ready for next week!

Oh! What a Week!

This is the first week I will be using my new tool for the family! I’ve filled out all the basic appointments that involve each family member and color coded it with Sharpies. The Sharpie does bleed through the page but it doesn’t leave any marks on the next page. I’m excited I will be able to use my regular, fat, “80’s Glam” set of Sharpies! They had every color for our family, so I couldn’t pass it up in the store!

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There isn’t much happening just yet!

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I plan to post this on the fridge and encourage my family to add things as the week progresses.

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The colors are so vibrant and happy! They draw me in and beckon me to participate with them!

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I think I’m going to love having this splash of color and info on my fridge! I hope my family will LOOK at it!!~Kristy