Pocket money

For a long time I Have been struggling to come up with how to teach my kids ( almost 6yrs and almost 3yrs) how money works and the concept of saving. They knew you have to have money to buy something and you cant just eat something in the shop without paying. Then my eldest started Primary school. And to instill their values at school ( Service, Persistance, Achievement, Responsibility & Knowledge) they have a value ticket system where each time they achieve one of the values they get a ticket which gets cashed in every second week for a reward. And so started my bright spark as I saw how eager my eldest was in getting her value tickets.

I started our chore ticket system. Our system is based on working for every Rand, no free hand outs. You have a daily chore ticket which has basic chores which amounts to R10 a week for my almost 6yr old and R5 for my almost 3 yr old.

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Then over the weekend they can make extra money if they help me out without me asking. Like sweeping, dusting, help do laundry etc

This whole week they were so excited to do chores and yesterday ( Sunday) they could cash in their tickets.chorechore2

After the Reward for each ticket was given they had to learn that every time they get money they have to save a portion. We set it to 10% of their earnings.

Lets hope the enthusiasm for doing their chores to earn pocket money lasts.

Exercise with Kids {Toddler Dice}

I honestly cant fit a workout at the gym into my day. its just not realist for us. Therefore I started searching for exercises to do with the girls. Its better than nothing right? Well i came across this blog and thought this was a brilliant and i was definately going to try it.

I tried alot of different options to make the box but what ultimately worked for me was a baby toy blocks. they are light and bouncy.I sprayed them with Rust-oleum Chalkboard Spray. the chalkboard means i can change the instructions as we wish.1I choose to make 3 blocks. 2 to give directions and one to give me the number of repetitions. 2Then I took it for a test drive. Each girl got a chance to roll the Dye.3 6Then time to read what we need to do.4 7

Then hop to it.5We had an absolute blast trying to do some of the instructions, e.g jumping side ways, trying to march and skip at the same time, Kick backwards, fast marching. We loved every min of it and actually work up a bit of a sweat.

Can definately squeeze in 20mins of this into our day.

Travel countdown

My daughters dont really have a sense of time yet therefore i always before a trip or a big day i do a count down calender for them. This will be the first roadtrip my eldest will actually remember now that she is 4.5yrs as the last time we did a roadtrip she was 2yrs old. Well my 1.5yr old is oblivious to it all she is just enjoying the actiities that goes with the count down calender.

I planned an activity for every day got colour-in images for each and printed it. so each day they will colour an activity.8

  • 4 More sleeps to go: Nail painting
  • 3 More sleeps to go: Movie day
  • 2 More sleeps to go: TMNT Day
  • 1 More sleeps to go : Packing
  • No more sleeps to go: Roadtrip!!!!

4 More sleeps to go: Nail painting

We haven’t done nail painting in ages. I decided it was time we did it again. we sat in the garden and i got all types of nail polish and nail art. And eventhough it was not peel off nail polish i let my girls go wild painting their nails. 0

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I did our toes all red and my girlies loved their sparkly red toes.

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3 More sleeps to Go: Movie day

We have a couple of movies the girls has not seen. I set up the lounge like a cinema. popped some popcorn and we were good to go.

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2 More sleeps to go: TMNT Day

My eldest is obsessed with Teenage mutant Ninja Turtles. So who says girls cant be turtles. And as pizza is my divas favourite thing to eat and ofcourse its the turtles favourite too. What better way than to make a turtle theme pizza lunch.1

2431 more sleep to go: Packing Day

Today was packing day as its the day before our roadtrip. i did most of the packing but the girles could decide on their favourite shoes and dresses that must go in. Suprisingly i went quite quick an we had the rest of the day free.1 2as we had the rest of the day to our leisure i got out the face painting crayons so my girls could get a bit creative.

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7Our selfie with my phone. Not the best of quality picture but cherish it. My girls drew a flower on my face.

selfieNo more sleeps to go: ROADTRIP!!!!!!!

Its the day my girls been patiently waiting for. Let the fun begin

For the birds

Spring is here and the birds are here in full swing. we even have a birdie every day come peak into the house a couple of times a day. This sparked my excitement to make something for the birds this weekend. we did 2 projects.

  1. Bird seed holder

This was a  really nice little project as my diva loved it.

what you need

  • a base (I used a blank coaster from a previous project)
  • Ice-cream sticks
  • craft glue ( the kind that dries clear is preferable)
  • 4 pieces of Twine/string

How to:

Start by gluing the sticks to make a square on top of base. IMG_3482 IMG_3486

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I tied a piece of twine at each corner as this proved to be more stabilizing when it  is hung. I then breaded the twine to make it look neat.IMG_3538  then we had to hang it.IMG_3565

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  1. Gelatin bird seed shapes

I was actually contemplating if I should really posts this as this was such a huge flop. but learnt a few things as I got it kinda right at try number 3.

what you need

  • Bird seeds
  • gelatin
  • water
  • cookie cutters ( smallish simple shapes works best
  • string

How to

I wont bore you with all my trail and error so will just write what worked. Mix the gelatin as directed on your packed. Add your bird seedIMG_3472 let it stand for a while in the fridge till it start to set. I found scooping it on the shapes with lots of gelatin helps bind it. Scoop half way and add twine or string in the middle and the fill up the rest of the cookie cutter.  Also the bigger shapes didn’t hold well at all when it was hung. as it slipped of the twine so stick to small simple shapes. let it set for a few hours. I did mine early the morning so we could hang it by 4pm.

Once it is set gently take it out of the cookie cutter and let it stand out to dry abit as the bottom side of the shape would be a bit wet.

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(side note the butterfly was too big and heavy and didn’t even last 1 minute on the tree and tore in half where the string was 😦  )

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Now to see if the birdies will enjoy our hard work.

Big sister T-shirt

I am planning a big sister gift bag for my diva. want to get her a few things to make her still feel special on the day of baby’s birth and at the same time a little something to make her feel equiped for her little baby sister. I dont have the whole bag planned as yet. so just adding things to my list as we go. First item on the agenda a Big sister t-shirt that she can wear in hospital. Collages109I made 2 a long sleeve and short sleeve. So it will depend on the weather as baby is due in May which is the start of winter here.

  • What you will need:IMG_7362Inexpensive plain t-shirt
  • Fabric paint of your choice
  • Clipboard or and hard board you can clip the t-shirt on
  • dressmakers pencil
  • Thin paint brush

How to make itIMG_7372Clip the t-sirt to the clipboard so you can be able to write on the t-shirt. Then mark roughly where you want to write or draw your design with the dressmakers pencil/chalk. (this was indeed harder than i thought). then use the fabric paint and thin paint brush and paint over the penciled design. and let dry. Once dry iron the t-shirt on the reverse side to make it permanent.

While i was doing this i got out an old t-shirt for my diva to do the same on.IMG_7377But skipping all the other steps i just let her have free rain on what she wanted to paint on her t-shirt.March 20135and this is the end resultIMG_7431think i need to buy more plain inexpensive t’s and let her do her own magic to them.

My divas

I had a chance this holiday to spend some special time with all my divas. My sisters diva, Diva A, my little diva, Diva M and a family friends diva, Diva N ( i use to babysit her when she was around 2 and now she has blossomed into a beautiful teenager). the family went to the Addo Elephant National Park for New Years day and I couldnt resist having a little photoshoot with my beautiful divas.Collages16 Collages17 Collages18 divas IMG_1930 IMG_1962