"Dreams Do Come True" QVC Contest! Plus QVC CK Shows for Tuesday Sept. 23rd.
Next Tuesday September 23rd is the biggest scrapbooking fair of the year on QVC! I kick off the event at 12:01 a.m. (EST) with an incredible Today's Special Value. Before I tell you about about this wonderful day, I want to tell you about an amazing experience I had last night.
In the Bearnson home, every Monday night is Family Night. It's the one night of the week where we always spend the evening together. We take turns teaching lessons, making treats and planning games. Sometimes we go out to eat, then to a fun movie. It really doesn't matter what we do--the important thing is we do it together. Last year, one of Kade's football coaches planned an emergency strategy meeting on Monday night. Kade raised his hand in front of all the players and said, "Sorry Coach, I can't be there. Tonight is Family Night and family means everything to me." His coach's wife told me about this a few weeks later. So--as you can see, family night is a really big deal around here.
Last night right before dinner, Brecken announced that she'd prepared a special message for our family. (Love this photo of Brecken in a poppy field).
What followed truly was a dream come true for me. Her entire message was about the value of work and how it takes everyone in the family to make the house function. She said how work is our primary means of both growth and happiness and how a family will be strengthened by working together. Also how individual members will gain self-esteem by realizing they can make a worthwhile contribution to the family.
Now for the good part! (No I didn't pay her to say this!) She said, "I've been noticing lately that Mom seems to be doing a lot of the work around here and we all need to pitch in and help out more." (I gave a silent cheer inside.) Steve and I expect a lot out of our kids in the way of chores but lately the three men in our family have been very wrapped up with football--games, practices, manning the concession stand for the booster club, rewatching games, planning new plays, etc. (Steve is Collin's freshman coach.) This is six days a week (we take a break on Sunday).
We then discussed what life would be like if no one did any work around our home--what would our house look like. Brecken then had everyone list their favorite chore and their worst chore and how we could help each other with the worst chore. The answers are priceless:
Worst: Cleaning up dog poop
Favorite: Making bed
Worst: Putting vacuum cleaner away
Worst: Keeping room clean
Worst: Putting vacuum cleaner away
Favorite: Putting clean sheets on my kids beds
Favorite: Making bed
Worst: Putting dishwasher dishes away
How cute were these answers--scrapbook material for sure!
Now for the cool part--Brecken organized a system that she felt like will help things go smoother.
1. She assigned days of the week for laundry and will write reminder notes like this one if people forget. (The three older children do their own laundry.)
2. She and Steve worked out an allowance program for jobs that go beyond the call of duty.
3. At 8:00 p.m. each night, she set an alarm where everyone is warned to pick up their stuff. At 8:15 p.m. she gathers up the extra clutter and stores it in a basket in her closet. The person wanting the item back has to pay $1.00--this goes in a kitty for future family vacations.
4. She talked about having more fun when we do chores. Sunday night, Kade, Steve and I were at a meeting until 10:30 p.m. When we arrived home, the kitchen was clean, the floor had been swept, scriptures had been read and the three children had already had family prayer together. Brecken mentioned how cleaning the kitchen together was tons of fun because they sang songs and laughed the entire time.
5. One final quote that she shared was this:
"Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do you best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know." Charles Kingsley
Okay--so this was my dream come true this week--one of my children noticing how we can work better together as a family. And--it was so much more powerful coming from her than me! And--today our home has been a lot less cluttered!
So--here's the contest. Between now and Friday night (midnight), notice how a dream has come true in your life and leave me a message. Maybe your toddler or puppy just became potty trained. Maybe your husband surprised you with some roses after work. Maybe your teenager gave you a hug and told you he loved you on the way out the door to school. Or in my case, maybe your 11-year-old daughter sat your family down and told how the house could be run more efficiently!
Now for the contest (and thanks for reading this long entry!). I've been working with the kits I'll be selling on QVC next week and they are wonderful! Most of the items in my five hours of shows are BRAND NEW!
Okay--so I am going to give two of the Today's Special Value kit away, plus eight other various other kits. I will announce the winners on my blog on Saturday. The winners will be randomly drawn--except the first person who posts a comment will automatically be a winner.
Now for more information about the Today's Special Value
kit from SEI. This is the first ever traditional, hybrid and digital kit all in one. First of all you get a beautiful box and photo album filled with precut paper, preprinted diecuts, stickers, brads, ribbon and so to make an entire album. There's also a blueprint given for each page so this album can be put together in literally under an hour. There are two choices: Mirage
and Poppy. Here are some samples from my album:
After creating the hands on portion, you can include your own photos in the album. Or, you can use the premiere digital software, FotoFusion, that's included with the kit and make it a hybrid album--part traditional, part digital.
The software will format the photos, titles, captions and so on like this so they will fit in your album--no extra measuring or cropping.
Check out the text and fun images on some of the photos--all completely automatic. If you totally want to make it a digital kit, it's as easy as clicking a button. Seriously, I created two duplicate 8 x8 copies of the album thanks to the software. Now my dilemma of which child gets which page when I create a tactile album is gone--now all my children can instantly enjoy all their pages with their own album. Also included in the kit are two extra 8 x 8 albums for the extra pages you will print out.
If you take digital photos and have wanted to try your hand at creating hybrid or digital albums, this kit is for you. It's completely risk free to try a whole new way of scrapbooking.
The Creating Keepsakes hours on QVC on September 23rd are:
12:01 a.m (two-hour show) plus Today's Special Value kick of
10 a.m. (one-hour show)
1-3 p.m. (two hour show)
Okay, so leave a message on how a dream came true for you this week. I'll randomly choose 10 winners and post them on Saturday.
See you on the Q.