Who am I really?

Step parenting 101

Who am I?

When I started this blog I called it Creative Clack because I wanted to write posts about creative solutions to problems as I’m quite a creative person. I still do want to write those kind of posts but I’m starting to realise there are other aspects of my life that I focus on more heavily at times than being creative.

Do I want my blog to really represent all of me or do I want to have several blogs that are aimed at niche audiences, is creative clack the right name for my blog? I have this same internal struggle with my life in general so I suppose it is only fitting that my blog should reflect this too.

At work I am constantly being creative, working in Marketing I spend my days designing emails or website banners, writing copy for our website or magazine articles and telling other people how best to portray the company we all work for. But how do I portray who I am? How do I figure out who I am? At home I am also creative coming up with clever storage solutions for the every day tat that enters our house or deciding on the decoration for a room I’m redoing, however at home I am much more about being the ‘stepmum’ than the ‘creative one’.

The parts of me that I’m going to be focusing on are:

  • plus size clothing for those of us who don’t want to look like we’re in the 1950s
  • step parenting
  • creative solutions for the home
  • party planning

My blog from now on will reflect all the parts of me and I hope that you enjoy all the insights into my brain living with my stepson and two big boys (grown ups)!


Chore Chart

At 8 years old Master Clack is starting to move into the world of wanting pocket money and wanting to do jobs to earn it, who am I to stop him! So I researched some chore charts on Pinterest and there are some great ideas such as magnet boards, marble systems and much more that just seemed a touch too complicated for what I was looking for.

I already had an A3 document holder stuck onto the fridge which I was displaying a calendar in, however, still noone apart from me was looking at the calendar so it wasn’t really working. I found a chore chart I was happy with, one with blank spaces for me to specify chores and I printed a blank, no date one out to use. Combined with some Spiderman artwork, it makes the perfect addition to the fridge.

Chore Chart

Chore Chart

Once inside the document holder, using a whiteboard, non-permanent pen I can tick once he’s completed the chore and write the current date at the top. I just had to pay him out after 5 weeks and he had earnt £27! He had decided to save up his money for a firestick so we kept a note of the weekly amounts until we knew he’d got enough. If he had completed every job he had the potential to earn £50 in the same amount of time, but I know from experience if I keep harping on about something and ramming it down his throat, he will rebel and do the opposite. #typicalman #startingmanhoodyoung

So I kept it light and casual with the ethos if you do the job, tick the box, you earn the money. Up to you how much you want to earn. He goes through spates of wanting to tick every box within a day and I’m happy enough that he’s learning about saving up his pocket money and the extra help is great!

Chore Chart Working

Work, work, work, work