Janice here again!!!

I know I am supposed to have handed over the tackling duties, but what can I say — once a tackler, always a tackler. I see the world through “tackling” eyes.

And so I couldn’t bear to not share this fun tackle with you…

(“Another FUN tackle?” you say, “What is with her and FUN tackles??? We are supposed to be getting our housework done!” LOL Well, ’tis the season for fun, and so I have FUN for you!)

Along with the holidays, comes giving gifts to teachers. In Jackson’s short life, I have already bought countless Starbucks gift cards.

But this year, I had an idea! What about getting Jackson to give back and “serve” his teacher?

Jackson is blessed this year with a fabulous teacher. He adores her and would love to give her something special.

So, I suggested to Jackson that we go in and clean his teacher’s classroom for a special Christmas gift.

It just so happened that around the same time I was chatting with a PR firm representing Clorox. They wanted to work with us to help promote their Clean Up the Classroom campaign.

I offered to post about Jackson cleaning up his classroom and ta da — we have a FANTASTIC and FUN giveaway with Clorox.

So, make sure you jump over to my giveaway post and enter to win one of five $100 Visa Gift Cards. YES – we have $100 gift cards for five of our lucky readers. Don’t miss out!

Therefore, today’s tackle is Jackson and two of his friends cleaning their classroom.

We wiped and scrubbed down all the surfaces we could find. (Jackson’s classmate’s mom also helped out with our job. Six-year-olds can use some extra help!)

Jackson and his buddies had lots of fun and conquered lots of grime and germs.

To read the full post about this fun gift idea for your child’s teacher, as well as to see a video of Jackson sharing his gift giving idea, click over to our Clorox Clean up your Classroom post and enter to win one of five $100 Visa Gift Cards.

What are you tackling this week? Link up and show off!

Join Us For Tackle It Tuesday

We’re making housework blog-able!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want. Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done. (It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.


Happy tackling ladies…



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1 Michelle December 16, 2008 at 2:29 am

LOL Janice. Great job Jackson and friends. I bet your teacher was thrilled :)

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2 Maddy December 16, 2008 at 2:38 am

That’s very interesting. Last year my daughter was in a different class with a teacher who had Purell and wipes for cleaning up and keeping ‘things’ germ free. Anecdotally I think it was very effective.

But I always have a soft spot for the wisdom of teachers.

Sadly my tackle is a wee bit teenier that mass germ destruction!

Best wishes

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3 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls December 16, 2008 at 3:32 am

Oh what a wonderful way to give back – I bet his teacher was thrilled! :)

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4 AmyG December 16, 2008 at 8:12 am

Great idea! And a great tackle!

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5 jobebybrandy December 16, 2008 at 9:45 am

We live in Okinawa Japan and its very interesting because here it is the children who clean the school, keep up the grounds, and take turns serving the lunches. I think it is great to give children an ownership of their enviornment!!!!!!

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6 Forgetfulone December 16, 2008 at 9:48 am

Since I’m a teacher, I know she must have appreciated that a whole lot more than a coffee mug or a candle. Great idea!

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7 Rita December 16, 2008 at 9:57 am

Somehow it’s always more fun when everyone helps!

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8 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins December 16, 2008 at 10:04 am

What an awesome teacher gift! I’m sure the coffee she bought herself tasted better in that clean classroom!

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9 Kimberly/Mom in the City December 16, 2008 at 10:23 am

Great tackle! (My husband is a teacher, so I really appreciate this one.)

My tackle this week is getting the kids to take a picture for our holiday card – DRAMA!

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10 susieshomemade December 16, 2008 at 10:30 am

What a great tackle! Fabulous idea!!

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11 Lisa December 16, 2008 at 10:32 am

Cute picture of the kids smiling under the desks! Great idea and tackle!

This week the boys and I tackled some treat bags for the Christmas program, which we tackled on Sunday night.

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12 Amy December 16, 2008 at 10:36 am

As a former teacher, can I just say… “What a fabulous idea!” Great job!

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13 Wilma December 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Cleaning is an awesome gift to give. That will be on my list next year for sure!!!!

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14 Donetta December 16, 2008 at 12:38 pm

What a wonderful Idea!

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15 Jill Scott December 17, 2008 at 1:04 am

Thank you for hosting this. I’m always excited when I have a tackle I can post.

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16 Amydeanne December 17, 2008 at 10:17 am

I was tackling my kitchen yesterday! I ran 3 loads of dishes and didn’t get further than that!

what a fun tackle for your son.. well.. at least i think it was! lol

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