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:


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.



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



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


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.



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.