Monday, August 30, 2010

Ripe for the pick’n



Hi everyone!! So happy I could finally have a little time stop in and say something. I have been so busy with school (both the kids and I started) I have not done any crafting at all. (boo)I know, I really do feel the insanity that comes along with not having time for my creative outlet. It feels like I am either doing homework or helping the kids with theirs. In addition the expense of college books really can add up. I am very savvy at getting good deals on my books but it’s ridiculous. I am reading so much these days, I finally broke down and bought an Ott Lite. Never thought I’d care so much about a good lamp, or that I’d be spending so much one either! lol


So enough of my venting, I want to show you what the kids & did one day while they were on vacay.. We went to a u-pick it farm. The kids loved it. We picked raspberries, strawberries, carrots, and peppers. We had a blast, there was even a little petting zoo and a fun farm show where the farmers talked about the animals and their needs. The kids also got to feed some of the animals. They had a great time but also said how exhausted they were from working all day in the fields. LOL Have a great day and hope to see you around soon.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

This is a must make for moms

Of kids who have really long summer vacations, and love to fill their days with good ol fashion sibling squabbles! Seems like my kids have hit the prime age for bickering and fighting. My daughter is 11, my son is 6. They are at it non-stop these days.  One day while at grandma’s house, they really went at it. So she witnessed the situation first hand. She saw the frustration on my face and made a suggestion.

She said the only thing that really motivates kids these days is money. (That’s no lie, my kids do a pretty good job at collecting/saving/spending it.) She said I should take away money each time they fight. Determine the amount of money by the severity of the fight. So I tried it, starting with a quarter & for the really bad squabs a buck. I would have never believed it but since then some days have been down right pleasant from sun up to down.  Three cheers for grandma, after all these years she still knows how to set the youngin’s straight. I thought the coin collected from this should have a proper holding place. So here it is folks, our very first “Bickering Jar”

 The lil guy represents Joshua pitching a fit.


And this cute lil grump below is my Tyla 


I wanted to add a variety of kids with attitudes, so I added these two to the bunch. 

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And here is a top view. That’s right folks, If you bicker or holler it’ll cost you some green. (or silver)


I still have to figure out what we should do with the money inside. There is about $8.00 but slowly and most recently very slowly growing. My son suggested in his own words if we “get caught being good” can we earn it back? Just not sure exactly if that will work. I thought maybe if they are really good I could use the money to treat them to something nice or maybe split it 50/50  give it back to them at the end of each quarter. But would that be defeating the purpose, treating them with money I took away for being naughty? A good friend humorously suggested I use the money to hire a babysitter, and treat myself to a spa day. I’m sure I’d be waiting a long time for that to happen. If you have any idea’s on what should be done with the loot let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Thanks for stopping by~Angela

Materials Used: recycled cookie tin, Score-tape, SU DSP, Laser printer, Digi images are Mo Manning’s at, colored with copics. Ink is mixed printer ink along with SU. And a thick coat of mod podge to keep preserve it and keep it in tack.