The Reward Jug

So a friend just shared this idea to Facebook from Holly Bailey Hudson (see her original post HERE) and this is what she says about how the reward jug works for her.


David Hudson and I wanted to do something original to really motivate the kids for good grades. They love games and surprises, so I made a Mystery Report Card Reward Jug…… for each A they receive on their Report cards, they choose a stick, and a 4.0 gets an extra draw! Prizes written on the sticks range from 50 cents to $2.00, get out of chores free card, one small DQ blizzard, choice of dinner one night, as well as a few “Prizes” such as puzzles or candy that we bought. They LOVED it!!!! We will be doing this for every report card, for years to come!

I think she has a FANTASTIC idea !! but i’m thinking to change it to a good deed jug or maybe a weekly jug for good behaviour at school, at home or some other type of reward system. I’m unsure how I will change it yet! I wanted a reward system for the kids for a long time but charts don’t inspire my boys and I tend to forget about doing it *busy mum* but THIS idea seems perfect! it’s such an instantly gratifying way to encourage children to do their chores or be kind to each other.

                        Pick a stick – ANY STICK !! how exciting hahaha

Thank you Holly!

How would you use this system with your children? please INSPIRE ME !!

My parents NEVER did any type of rewards system for us kids whenever we worked hard at school or did chores around the house. it was simply an expected thing to do, I know I would of worked harder at school or done more chores around the house if I knew that they were grateful for my efforts.

I’m definitely going to give this a go =D

   Some reward ideas, oh gosh imagine the ideas you can excite them with =D




Visit to Perth Zoo

I love our zoo, It’s such a wonderful place to visit and we try to make sure we visit at least twice a year.

This school holidays we packed up a picnic lunch and took the children there for the day. It’s especially wonderful this year because Ali is 3 now and understands what he is looking at so much more than last year when he was 2. To little kids the zoo is a magical place where all of the animals on cartoons, tv shows and in their favourite books are right there and life sized.

His eyes were bright and wide with amazement for the entire day.

I thought I would share some photo’s for you to enjoy. My old camera doesn’t take the best photo’s though unfortunately but some look very nice.

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Spring is HERE!

Although at the moment it doesn’t really feel like Spring yet. It’s raining constantly and the Winter chill is still in the air. I’ve been musing about what I love most about Spring.

For me –

Spring means welcoming the warmer weather
Picking flowers on the way to school with the kids
Playing on the trampoline all day and SOMETIMES with the hose turned on us
Hayfever, which is almost worth it for the flowers in bloom
Picnics and BBQ’s
Lazy days at the beach swimming, eating out, coffees while kids play and friendly get togethers with friends as a group
Watching my young ones under the sprinkler and breathing in their joy
The smell of dirt and sunshine on the kids hair after a day outside in the garden
Salads and bbq meats
Lazy afternoon naps – Sometimes you wake refreshed and sometimes half dead haha
Baby birds in the trees
Floating dresses and shaved legs 😉

There’s just so much to love about Spring. It’s my FAVOURITE of the seasons.

Thought i’d share.

What do you love most about Spring? 🙂

ps: please enjoy the photo of a bee in my lavender bush


Childhood Reflections

I was talking with a friend online the other day and we were talking about times we had the best time of our lives but got our butts heavily whooped on by Mum and Dad.

One of my funniest memory of such a time was one Christmas night when I was about 4, my brother was 5 and we wanted to make Mum and Dad Christmas dinner as a surprise when they woke up.

My brother and I woke up before the sun this Christmas morning and he suggested we make Christmas dinner for Mum so she can rest for the day. I STILL remember this day as if it was yesterday LOL

WELL…… we raided the fridge and the cupboards and used EVERY SINGLE ITEM to make this amazing Christmas dinner for Mum. There was no single item unused, from the sauce in the fridge to the salt in the cupboard, we used the entire house of food. Needless to say our parents were FURIOUS hehehe

Image borrowed from @kidsaretheworst 
How we thought we looked cooking
How i’m sure Mum and Dad saw the carnage

I can still feel the sting in my tail LOL hey our hearts were in the right place 😛

Have you done anything as naughty as this for your parents?



WOW !!! Do you like to enter competitions? I LOVE competitions =D I rarely win though but when I do win something it’s the best day ever hahahaha

I’ll have to make a tart and try to take a half decent photo of my creation for this amazing competition. CAN YOU IMAGINE WINNING ONE OF THESE PRIZE PACKS?! My little heart skips a beat just thinking about it hahahaha I love Sunbeam products and already have many of their products in my home so I KNOW you’ll be in heaven if you win this prize.

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My little heart is going clippety clop lol
My little heart is going clippety clop lol

By sharing this competition with you I know I am limiting my own chances to win because there are sooooo many awesomely talented home bakers out there but I can’t help myself and YOU MUST tell me if you won PLEASE! I will live vicariously through you and join in on your excitement.

Good luck to one and all. And to me too, especially for my photography hehehehe iPhone 4s is not fun to take photo’s with LOL