The Love Game

I saw this super cute idea on Pintrest…

game of love

But the thought of taking my mattress off and measuring and tracing all of those shapes and writing in everything made me tired.  Ha Ha.

And then I had a moment of brilliance (they happen from time to time)

And I thought…

aha!

I can just print them, cut them & iron them on!!  And my need for simplicity is fulfilled and all is right with the world.

{Pat, Pat, Pat}   {Yes, I’m patting myself on the back.}  {And using the cute brackets a lot}

So, because it’s Valentines Day and I love you all…you can download the template for my board game pieces.

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For the title at the top of the sheet I made this that you can download as well.

Then just cut out the words and iron on to the sheet…

 

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****in the download I’ve already mirrored the image for you***

{If you want to make your own…the fonts that I used were FIFTH GRADE CURSIVE and BUDMO}

So here are the steps to creating this for yourself at home…

Step 1:

You’ll need to purchase from the store:

1 fitted sheet the size of your bed (Walmart has them in individual sheets so you don’t have to buy a whole set)

2 packages of iron-on transfer paper

1 red sharpie marker if you are handwriting your game pieces (not needed if you are using photoshop)

Pink & Blue Felt (Just enough to cut a heart out to move around your board game)

Step 2:

Download and print the heart game pieces and the title sheet onto your iron on transfer paper.  (run a practice piece first so you know which way your paper feeds)

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Step 3: For Photoshop Users (If you are handwriting – skip to step 4)

Open up the downloaded image in photoshop

Place text boxes int he center of each heart and type out your game pieces

{Don’t forget to rotate the text box for the upside down heart}

Flatten the image (Layer > Flatten Image)

Flip the image Horizontally ( Image > Image Rotation > Flip Horizontal)

(This mirrors the image so when you transfer the image to the sheet it isn’t backwards)

Step 4:

Cut out the iron-on hearts {I stapled about 3 sheets at a time together to make this process go faster}

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Cut out the words to the title individually – so they can be put across the top of the sheet

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While you are cutting – I cut out felt hearts (one pink, one blue) to use as our game pieces

Step 5:

With the sheet on your bed, and a hot iron ready to go (you may need an extension cord)

Place a cookie sheet (or other hard surface that can take some heat) under the sheet on the spot you will be ironing

Place the image, printed side down onto the spot you want it to be

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Iron it into place according to your iron on transfer package directions.

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Repeat this step until your board game is set up.

Then go back and CAREFULLY peel away the backing.

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If your letter starts to come up, leave the backing on and re-iron.

BE SURE NOT TO TOUCH THE IRON TO PLACED TRANSFERS THAT THE BACKING HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM!!!

Step 6: For Hand Writing the Game Board

Once the hearts are ironed into place:

Using a SHARPIE (I suggest red) write in your game pieces

**I’m not going to give you too many suggestions as to what to put on your game pieces. {Sorry – my mom reads my blog – ha ha!!}

Some that I WILL suggest are:

Make sure to put in “move ahead” and “move back” spaces

Also add in “remove 1 item of clothing” or “replace 1 item of clothing” spaces (there IS an ultimate goal here, people)

Wrap up “Gifts” with instructions inside – so some of my pieces will say “choose a gift and follow the instructions inside”  I’d have about 5 of those.

(think Nightie, or massage oils, ugh, TMI)

OF COURSE!  You’re going to want to have “Draw a Kiss Me Card” spaces – probably 5 or 6 of those. You can get the Kiss Me Cards Deck HERE or the printable cards HERE

Step 7:

Make the bed as usual and your hubby will be pleasantly surprised when he climbs into bed that night!!

Have some dice ready by the side of the bed.  {May I suggest THESE fuzzy red dice?  Hillarious!!}

Although – if you use only 1 – the game will last longer…so I guess whatever you want – 1 or 2 ;0)

Step 8:

GAME ON!!

Don’t forget to have a playlist ready of your favorite Love Songs.  Here are some of my favorites!

Enjoy!!

No Tricks…Just Treats

This caramel popcorn recipe is the best I’ve ever had.  My adopted Mom in High School used to make it in bulk for the 3 ravenous teenagers that would show up at her door begging for it.  She was the best.  For part of my wedding gift…she gave me the recipe.  I love it.  I make it often. Too often.  That’s why I’m a little chubby ;0)  It is crunchy without breaking your teeth & it’s not sticky at all.  You can play cards while eating this stuff!!

Just air pop 1 1/2 – 2 cups un-popped popcorn{or if you’re like me – you can use 1 C. un-popped popcorn so there is more caramel on the popcorn}  

Place it in a large oven proof bowl to await the caramel topping. 

Here is the recipe for the caramel:

I know you’ll find it as delicious as I do!

And as a bonus treat…You can download the halloween poem too!

This poem is PERFECT for a Visiting Teaching message in October.

OR

if you’re not religious….another treat here is the link to these fun Halloween Freebies from Oscar & Emma.

You could use them instead of the poem.

They are not only giving you the printables, but tutorials on how to make some super cute stuff!!

I hope you enjoy all of these Halloween Treats!!

**Erin

Allowance Checkbooks

A few weeks ago I posted our Scratch off Job Cards and Caught Being Good Reward Cards.  So today I thought I would show you the rest of our discipline system with our kids.  This one we’ve been using for about 2 years and it has been WONDERFUL!

I’m one of those mothers that have tried EVERYTHING.  Allowance (I hated constantly getting cash in small bills), buttons(they lost them), tickets (they lost them), you name the system, I’ve probably tried it.

This system was introduced to me by my sons teacher.  The reason I immediately tried it out, is because he has Aspergers Syndrome and it’s hard to get him to follow through with things.  He loses interest quickly & revolts a lot. Things are easily overwhelming for him, and this seemed to work in the classroom – so of course – I implemented it at home.  It works very well for all of my kids!

So during the week – they use their checkbox cards.  They don’t get paid for these.  I think it’s good to have family jobs just because you’re part of the family.  However, every Saturday – we all work together to clean the whole house – they have 3 assigned rooms each.  They get paid $1.00 per room.  If they finish before the timer they earn a $2.00 bonus. (they get 30 mins per room – if they finish ahead of the timer – they have extra time on the next room, etc.)  So a total of $5.00 per week is possible at our house.  Plus – I’ll throw in the occasional – “if you do this for me – you can have $1.00 in your checkbook.”  Of which they get very excited.

We use regular ol’ check registers.  You can use the ones that come in your boxes of checks – or – I got these bigger ones at Staples.  I will eventually get them all a Ledger Book – because I think they are too fun.

My favorite part is that it teaches your kids how to manage their finances

For example: In a store when they are begging for something, I just say “Do you have enough money in your checkbook to buy it?” If the answer is no – then they take note of the price and they have a goal, if they do have enough – they can get it.  It stops the whining, gives them goals, and makes them manage their money responsibly.

We also use it to show them that if a mistake is made, they have to pay a consequence…literally.   If they are being naughty, they have to write us a check.

I made these ones for our kids:

If you want to use them, you can download the photoshop document (you can fill in your own info and change out the background paper) HERE or email me: purdueavenue@yahoo.com – I’d be happy to design some for you for a small fee.

I only use the check writing for punishments.  I like them to have to write it out and hand it over.  This reinforces them owning up to their mistake, because they have to write out what they did wrong.  I.E. “Didn’t do my homework” “Talked back to mom”   Also – if they don’t do a job – they have to pay me for doing it.

I suggest taking them to the store every once in a while to get them excited about working toward something.  They do MUCH better when they have a set goal they are working toward.

I hope these work for you as well as they do for my family!  Please ask any questions if the info wasn’t very clear :0)

Enjoy!!

**Erin

I have made amends…

So…after 1 whole day – it’s obvious…the scratch-off job cards just aren’t working for my family.  I have one child that just can’t seem to go a week without leaving something on his card blank.  It’s frustrating him, because he doesn’t get to scratch off his prize – it’s frustrating me – because he isn’t doing what’s expected of him.  Too much frustration!  I think we need to try this with baby steps.

Plus – I didn’t like that it wasn’t broken into morning and night routines.  They need to pray twice – brush teeth twice, etc.

So – we discussed it – and this is the solution:

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I laminated the checklist – so it can be reused everyday – and put it on a clipboard with a dry-erase marker.  If they complete their checklist they get a “caught being good” card – which will have a scratch-off sticker with a reward underneath.

This way – they get a fresh start everyday.  The week was just too much…and one bad day meant no reward for the good days.  I think this will be a much better system for our family!

But – I think I’m still going to use the other cards as a bonus reward for the kids that go above and beyond and have the perfect week!!  Maybe I’ll make those prizes a little more enticing…hmmm…

Plus – I can randomly give out the “caught being good” cards for outstanding behavior throughout the day.  YAY!  I can just envision it now…my children will behave – my house will be clean – we will close to God.  Yep.  It’s gonna happen!

You can download them HERE.

Enjoy!

**Erin

Wanna Scratch?

I don’t know about you…but I love to scratch these little stickers.  And not knowing what reward lies underneath makes it that much more fun.  So – I thought maybe it could motivate my kids to do their jobs :0)  And just because I like you guys so much – I’ve made the cards available for you to print.

Because I have 4 kids – I made 4 styles of cards.  2 girl, 2 boy.  I also added a file with the job lines blank – so you can fill in your own jobs in photoshop – or handwrite them in.  You can download them HERE

To print the cards:

I used 4×6 Blank Index Cards (which should be pretty cheap in the school supplies sales right now)

Set your printer settings to 4×6 paper size (most have this for photo printing)

Once you’ve printed your cards (I printed off 10 at a time so that I have them on hand, ready to go) you need to write the rewards in the gray circles…make sure to randomize them!!

Add your scratch off stickers.

I used THESE for the boys cards and THESE for the girls cards.

Place the sticker over the rewards – OR –  if you remember Mandi’s project study – you can also use  Sharpie Paint Pens

Once they’ve finished their week’s worth of jobs – they get to scratch off ONE sticker to reveal their prize.

To redeem their prize – they just turn in their card.  Easy Peasy.

Here are some of the rewards we wrote in:

Treasure Box (items that your kids LOVE, but don’t cost a fortune.  Small lego packs, squinkies, mini-figure packs, etc)

30 Minutes Technology Time (i-pad, xbox, wii, computer, whatever your kids choose or you have available)

$$Extra Buck$$ – They get an extra dollar added to their check book

Free Day – One day free of jobs.  This can be used retro-actively…like if they didn’t get their stuff completed one day.

Gimme 5 – Extra $5 in their checkbook (this will not be used very often – ha ha)

Ice Cream Date with Mom & Dad (this can be done in your kitchen after all kids go to bed – or taken out)

Extra Bedtime Story (for the little people)

Late Night (get to stay up late and play a board game or other activity with mom and dad)

What are some prizes your kids would love to have?  We’d love to hear & share the ideas around!

I think I might make some of these cards for my chores around the house!  Maybe it will motivate me!!  Ha Ha.

****UPDATE: I have made amends – click on the image to see them

Enjoy!

Erin

Our Take on SMASH Books…

 

First of all…I apologize for being absent for so long.  Life got crazy and something had to give.  Sadly, my blog and my laundry were the first to go.  But, all of the awards assemblies and end of school activities have come to a close and things should settle down a little bit.

With that said: I would like to share what I have recently discovered: SMASH Books.
(Apparantly I’m slow…they’ve been around for awhile, but I just discovered them.)  They come in different themes that will fit pretty much any personality.  I was in LOVE with the product!  Not so much the price tag. Ouch. They were $12.99 at Target…but they are on sale at amazon right now…click the images for pricing…

The accessories they sell with them are absolutely creative genius.

Little sticky tabs, journaling prompts, tape, all wonderful.  The best feature?  The pen.  They call it a SMASH Stick and it has a felt tip fine point pen at one end, and a glue stick at the other.  I tell you…I fell in love.  But again, the price tag.

I have 4 kids, so the price tag goes up quickly…and all of the pages aren’t exactly what I love.  So inspired by the smash books, and by Jodi’s last Photo Friday Post, I thought: “I could make that”.

(my husband cringes every time I utter those words.)

 

You’re invited to do the same. I’m going to print out the pages for my kids, let them do their thing, and scan them to go into our family year book. (much like the books Jodi made for her Teachers) They won’t be quite as fabulous and “SMASHY”.  They won’t be able to add all of the paraphernalia sticking out everywhere…but at least I’ll capture some of their fun personalities and keep them busy this summer.

I have 2 boys and 2 girls with very different personalities – so I tried to capture their personality in the font.  Buy the book, use my page, create your own…or let your kids draw the whole thing :0)  Either way, lets document these fun times.

The first page I’ve created, is just a simple “I AM” page.  I printed it and had my kids write things that described them.

For instance: my 5 year old wrote:

A Lego Tornado

A Little Bit Fat (He’s not)

Diabolical (I may have whispered that one in his ear)

While my 8 year old daughter wrote:

Fabulous at catching butterflies

An Artist

Great

They drew pictures on the pages, used different colored crayons, basically just made it their own.

So…here are the first pages for your downloading pleasure.  Click HERE if you want all of the images.

Or… individual pages can be accessed: just click on the image you want to download and it will take you to the box where you can print them or save them.  I left a white background so you can print it on whatever color cardstock you like, or add in your own digi paper. :0)

I used Splendid Fiins Ledger paper  for the background and the fonts I used are: 5th Grade Cursive, AL Modern Type, Clementine Sketch,  &  Agent Orange.

Enjoy!

**Erin

No More Easter Eggs

That’s what he told me when I asked him to pick some up. But I promised there would be no candy involved. He wasn’t convinced but he got them anyway. I think he’ll be happy with this little project…

A few short years ago, when I was in seminary, Brother Anderson filled a dozen Easter eggs with various items representing the atonement/resurrection. We opened them and discussed them one by one. I wanted one in the mission field. I’ve wanted one in my home. When I think about making one I blow it way out of proportion and the task overwhelms me. Fast forward to the epic chocolate failure and the ban on all things sugar…five days before Easter.  I decided it’s time. No matter what. A quick search uncovered many links to Resurrection Eggs [as this project is apparently called], but none that held exactly what I was looking for [dang! I knew that would happen].

Have I mentioned that I make things way too hard on myself? Sigh.

But, I’ve finally done it. Mission accomplished. etc.

Here’s what you need:

  1. A small container of perfumed ointment of some sort. I’m using this [only I sanded the label off].
  2. A piece of a palm frond. I kept it long and just rolled it. I’ll probably have to get a new one every year so it doesn’t become brittle and break.
  3. A piece of bread [unleavened if you’ve got it] and a sacrament cup [going to have to hold on to one at church on Sunday].
  4. A chunk of soap + piece of towel [optional – I’m using a piece of an old sock].
  5. A tiny bag or vial with olive oil. I chose olive oil because I want my kids to know that Gethsemane means olive press. I hope we can discuss the significance of this without it going over their heads. At least the older ones.
  6. 30 pieces of silver [though I’ve noticed that most people are using three dimes for simplicity]. I’m going with 30 dimes. I think my kids will initially think, “Wow! that’s a lot of silver!” But then we can talk about how little it really is.
  7. A feather. With three little hens running around my yard, you’d think I’d have this covered, but of course, I had to steal one from the super-duper husbands fly tying kit.
  8. A piece of a thorny branch + a swatch of purple fabric. I was happy to find a tiny little branch with loads of thorns, so I used my trusty glue gun wire to fashion a little crown.
  9. A thick nail + a wooden cross. I forgot to pick up the cross at Michael’s and I apologize for this pathetic excuse of a nail. Going to have to talk to the man when he gets home.
  10. A few broken looking rocks [no river rocks allowed]. I also painted the inside of the egg black, though you could use a black piece of paper or something… also, the reference to three days of darkness is from the Book of Mormon. If that’s not your thing just go ahead and cut the bottom off. I wanted to be able to discuss the signs in Jerusalem as well as the signs in the Americas.
  11. Spices [myrrh and aloe], a strip of white linen, and a flat, round stone. In a stroke of brilliance, I decided to check and see if the health food store had myrrh. They did! So cool.
  12. Empty.
  13. 12 plastic Easter eggs
  14. Printed copies of the scripture reference/quote strips available here. I’ve situated it so you can print both sides. Plain paper [not card] is best. It will roll better. Also, please pay attention to the cut lines. Number 5 spans the width of the entire sheet, so don’t go cutting down the center first [you’d think I would have remembered that…].
Just a couple of steps to the finish…

Honestly, the hardest part of this project was deciding which of my 22 options I was going to use [that’s right… twenty-two]. And then, after narrowing it down/combining things, choosing the words I felt conveyed best the feelings + discussion I wanted the words to evoke had me wringing my hands as well. Hopefully I’ve succeeded.

How to share this with your family:

Open the eggs one by one in sequence. As each egg is opened read the quote [and I also highly recommend reading the scriptures referenced if you think your kids can handle it] and discuss the significance of the event. This is such a wonderful opportunity to help kids understand more about the Savior and the Atonement. More than any other Easter activity I’ve ever done, preparing this project has brought an abundance of the Easter spirit to my heart. I hope it will do the same for you.

ps. All Bible references are from the King James Version.

pps. If you like flag/banner option shown as an example in the first photo, simply print the reference sheet [labled “back” and omit the quotes on the front], ignore the cut lines and create your own flag/banner shapes. The quotes do not fit in this option.