Guess Who?

by Marinka on November 3, 2010

My kids (and stepson!) have chores, which they alternate. And because I’m the type of parent who thinks that people who are about to be executed should bring their own bullet, I make the kids do the chore chart themselves every week. I think the technical term for that is lazy.

Here is a chore chart made by Young Ladrinka:

And here’s one by my daughter:

Huh.

Speaking of works of art, yesterday I was walking around Rockefeller Center and I saw this outside of Christie’s:

I know very, very little about art, but I knew that I loved this and had to cross the street to look at it. (And photograph it. For you. Because I can’t help giving.)
Can you tell what it is? I was able to tell immediately, but I am a very sophisticated New Yorker, after all. And have seen many balloon creations.

All your holiday shopping needs solved!

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Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend a breakfast at Good Housekeeping with Rosemary Ellis, the editor-in-chief. Apparently she wanted some housekeeping tips from me. Who could blame her? Well, actually, it was the launch of Good Housekeeping‘s first app, which provides over 5,000 products that have been awarded the Good Housekeeping Seal and its environmental companion The Green Good Housekeeping Seal. By the way, you’d be so proud of me. At no time during the breakfast did I make the seal bark and suggest that they use an actual seal. My favorite feature was Stain Buster: An A to Z encyclopedia for removing smudges, spots and spills from fabric, upholstery and carpet, and I’m a little embarrassed to tell you how long I was looking at the how to remove blood section. Hey, you never know!

Anyway, we’ll have more on this app over at The Mouthy Housewives soon, but for now, please check it out. For you, it’s free. And thank you, Good Housekeeping, for inviting me to breakfast. I’m also available for lunch and dinner. And mid-afternoon snacks. Good Housekeeping @Home is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

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Tiffany @ MomNom
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November 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

I love the chore charts! I need to get my son on making one. Great idea!

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CSY November 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

AWESOME Chore charts! I’m guessing that your daughter didn’t give herself as many chores and your son and step-son gave themselves? Chores are GOOD for kids! Especially when the adults are lazy…I mean, it gives them character!

P.S. that’s why I had kids – to do my cleaning for me – yes, it only took 5 YEARS – but still! FREE house cleaning, except they never do it as well as I do…LOL

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the mama bird diaries
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November 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

I love the chore charts. When did you start making your kids do that? At what age?

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Marinka November 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

We started when my son was 7. We should have started it way, way earlier. Like in utero.

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christy November 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

The seal bark comment made me laugh out loud. (I don’t use the initials for that term because it drives me crazy!) Seriously – you are one funny woman. I want to give my husband a chore chart. Kosher?

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annie November 3, 2010 at 11:10 am

Some of my meds make me see double so could you please confirm the price of the balloon flower was in the millions$$$$$?????? If so, I can totally make you a couple – I need some spending money. Is it ok if they’re made out of condoms? We have some left over from before I got fixed. I won’t charge extra.

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Marinka November 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I don’t mean to get too personal, but HOW BIG ARE THOSE CONDOMS?! Because this piece of art is huge. (And yes, it’s millions. This is why I have to run ads on my site.)

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Keyona
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November 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Guess what fun activity my brand new 7 yr old will be doing this week. I wonder how colorful hers will be.

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Marinka November 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Please don’t give her my address. Please.

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Jennifer
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November 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I love that you make the kids do their own chore chart. Why you’re not the mayor of New York is beyond me.

Oh, I ordered 2 of those balloon art thingies. The artist is thrilled that I call them that.

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joeinvegas November 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Wow, that is an awesome chart ( the second one, not the first one)

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Christy @ cat fur to make kitten britches November 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Wait – have you kidnapped my kids or something? Because those charts look exactly like the kind of work my son and daughter do, respectively. I strongly suspect our boys may have been twins separated at birth (they’re both 9, after all!).

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Rachael
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November 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Is it just me or does that artsy thing look like coffee beans with an apple in the middle? No, I haven’t had breakfast.

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Miss Britt
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November 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Why did you post the answer? You just robbed me of the satisfaction of coming to your comment section and winning. WHY??

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Lady Jennie November 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm

The balloon sculpture looks like a cervix. Didn’t anyone else notice that?

I am totally using the chore chart idea too. Except that none of them can write yet. One can’t even speak yet. But they won’t know what hit them.

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barbara sigelbaum
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November 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Rachael, I thought exactly the same thing. I’ve had breakfast and lunch.

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dusty earth mother November 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I also think it looks like a cervix. And like breakfast. Which kind of makes you wonder what I eat in the mornings, right?

Love those charts. MALE and FEMALE right there for you.

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alexandra
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November 4, 2010 at 1:13 am

Oh, that is exactly male vs female. I know, I love with 4 males.

My charts are always the way pretty ones.

YAY! for free food from GH.

Thank you, for feeding Marinka, GH.

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alexandra
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November 4, 2010 at 1:14 am

ooops, meant to say “I live with 4 males.” Though, I love with 4 males sounds more exciting than my life really is…

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Glamamom
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November 4, 2010 at 8:57 am

Love Koons and anyone who doesn’t take themselves or art too seriously.

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