Allowance for Kids

There are lots of opinions out there about how to handle allowance for kids. Some people feel that allowance should be tied to chores and others do not. I think there is absolute validity to both opinions. In our family we chose to focus on how to manage money, and allow chores to be an expected part of family life.

So I started focusing on setting up an allowance system for my boys.

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I realize that by the time my boys are on their own everything about banking will likely be digital. I mean, it’s practically that way now! But I want my boys to understand how to document money coming in and money going out.

So I created these registers for them to keep track of the added allowance each week, and then the things they spend their money on.

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To keep track of their money we needed some jars. A lot of people use mason jars but I was worried about my boys turning those mason jars into a pile of broken glass. ;) So I bought some plastic ball freezer jars instead.

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I used an exacto knife to cut a hole in the jar lids to make it easy to add money to the jars.

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Now our jars are almost ready for allowance…almost.

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I found clipart to represent each of the categories we are using for allowance. I printed the images onto Square1 vinyl.

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Just peel and stick!

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Because the jars have a little bit of curve to them some of the photos were too tall. I cut the corners a bit to fit.

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We are having the boys divide their allowance into 4 categories: Spend, Save, Donate, and Invest. Each week we give our boys 50 cents for every year they are old. The bulk of the money is divided between spend and save with a much smaller portion going into donate and invest.

We are teaching our boys that save is for short term goals, and invest is for something big such as a car or college.

For now it is working well. They boys can choose how they want to spend their money. And when they buy junk and it breaks in a week…it’s a lesson. Or when they spend all their money on the snack bar…it’s a lesson. But also, when they see the invest jar building up…it’s a lesson. And when they put their donations in the offering at church…it’s a lesson. I’m loving all these lessons they are learning!

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On the cover of their registers I left a large white space for the boys to add some decoration. Let their artistic sides out to play as well. :)

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Not Because I Have To…

You may have noticed that over the past few months blogging here at Scrap Inspired has been spotty at best. You may have wondered where I am, what’s going on and if everything is ok. I would wonder the same thing in your shoes

For awhile there I was good. I was awesome in fact. I loved everything it took to get 3 blog posts up every week, and post on social media 1-2 times a day, and keep up with the email list, and develop new classes, and stay on top of my other jobs as well as be a wife and mother. And…oh yeah…scrapbook. And then there came a day that I felt tired.

Do you ever feel that way? You want to create, you want to scrapbook, you want to blog, you really want to. But you don’t have the energy to make it all happen? I think I feel that way when to many things become a HAVE TO instead of a WANT TO. So over the last few months I decided to focus on the things I wanted to do.

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I wanted to enjoy the summer schedule and sleep late.

I wanted to take my kids to the pool and the amusement park.

I wanted to have picnics and playdates.

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I wanted to ride bikes.

I wanted to see movies.

I wanted to go to the theater.

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I wanted to go fishing.

I wanted to take a vacation with friends.

I wanted to read lots of books.

I wanted to go to lots of baseball games.

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I wanted to go to church camp.

I wanted to play board games.

I wanted to take care of my Mom after shoulder surgery.

I wanted to cook, clean, and do laundry (ok, I didn’t want to do those things but we don’t always get to do what we want).

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I wanted to visit my sister’s farm.

I wanted to play outside.

I wanted to sit in the driveway and chat with my neighbors.

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I wanted to have cook-outs.

I wanted to sing around the campfire.

I WANTED TO ENJOY LIFE!

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I know that one day soon I will be back to creating, and blogging, and emailing, and developing new classes. Not because I have to, but because I truly want to.

And when I do, I’ll have lots of stories to tell.

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Kids Crafts for a Rainy Day

Now that school is back in session sometimes my kids need something fun to do over the weekend. Today I’m sharing some fun kids crafts that your children can jump into this weekend!

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Let the Sunshine In!

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My boys love making these sun catchers. I’ve shared the tutorial before. I’ve always got extra tissue paper on hand to craft new sun catchers. A quick and easy project for any afternoon.

 

Get Your Bling On!

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Start with an empty bottle and fill it 2/3 of the way up with water.

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Add food coloring to your bottle.

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Then add something to float in your bottle. I chose to use glitter and sequins.

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Top off the rest of your bottle with oil. You can see that the water and oil do not mix.

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Shake up the bottle and watch your glitter and sequins float around!

 

Give Me a B!
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Monogram letters are everywhere! Even kids can get in on the fun by creating their very own yarn letter. Depending on the age of your child they may need assistance getting yarn in all the nooks and crannies of their letter. But it’s also ok if the cardboard shows through! Remember, this is all about having fun!

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Start by printing out your letter on typing paper. Try to choose a basic bold font. It will be much easier to cover with yarn.

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Cut around the letter and then tape it to some cardboard. Grab a pair of heavy duty scissors or an exacto knife and cut out your letter. (This step probably needs an adult, for safety’s sake)

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Now that your letter is cut out, grab some of your favorite yarn.

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You will need a ball of yarn small enough to fit through the openings in your letter. Don’t worry about having enough. If your small ball runs out you can just start with a new piece.

Begin by taping your yarn onto the back of the letter. And then just start wrapping!

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You will need to keep the yarn relatively tight to maintain an even look.

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As you go around curves and corners you will need your yarn to overlap a bit on the inside. That’s ok! Just keep wrapping.

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Wrap the yarn at an angle to cover as much cardboard as you can. Then with a separate piece of yarn you can wrap the middle of the B.

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Corners are also tricky. Lots and lots of overlap on the inside edge.

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The tall section of the B had one spot that was going to be nearly impossible to cover by wrapping. So I got a bit of glue, cut some strips of yarn…

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…and just started sticking them on. I knew that the edges would get covered by the yarn I was wrapping.

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It still required some angled wrapping, but in the end the whole letter was covered.

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And honestly, I love how it turned out! This baby will be on my mantle by the end of the day!

 

I Love It, I Love It, I Love It!
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There’s nothing I love more than pairing photos and words (this is a scrapbooking website after all!). Unless it’s pairing photos with my children’s words. Which is why I’m in love with the iLove album. It’s a chance for your kids to document their favorite things. And for you to have this little snapshot into their lives!

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Grab a cheap 4×6 photo album. Don’t worry about what the cover looks like, you won’t see it in the end.

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You can either use some 4×6 notecards in this album OR you can download the PDFs I used to make the Title Card and the Journaling Cards.

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Because the cover is slightly larger than 4×6 I backed my title card with some red paper. I also stamped some decoration on the card. You could doodle with markers, add heart stickers, or let your child do their own decorating!

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On the first page put a picture of your child right now with their age. This will help you remember this moment in time in the years to come.

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Then let your child decide what photos they want to include. You might even turn over your smart phone and let them take the pics!

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They could document their favorite team, toys, food, outfit, school subject, book…the list could go on and on! The beauty of a project like this is that you can add to it over time. It’s good for lots of rainy days! :)

What are your kids favorite crafts? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear all about it!

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