I’ve tried many ways of getting the kids to do chores over the years. We used an app called iAllowance a couple years ago, but the app was confusing (could be better now). At the start of summer I tried a ‘chores as punishment’ approach, which never took off. And it wasn’t because my kids are perfect little angels, I assure you. I just didn’t want chores to be a punishment.
A few weeks ago, I started writing chores that needed to be done on post-it notes, with a monetary value on them. Any of the kids could do them, and I’d pay them for it. Well, it turns out my kids are motivated by cash. It was a race the first day, to see who could make the most cash. I paid them $22 total. Way cheaper than a house cleaner!
But, it looked like this:
So today I got crafty. I went to Michaels and bought a black magnetic dry erase board, some magnetic frames, some adhesive magnets, polka dot paper and some washi tape. All in, it cost me $61, after using the 50% off coupon for the board, which was regularly $45.
I divided the sections with Washi Tape. Way easier than paint or gluing paper. I love washi tape!
I used pictures of each kid instead of putting their names, because I think it looks nicer.
All the chores are on the bottom. When something needs doing, I move it to the “Chores To Do” side. When someone completes it, they move it under their picture until I pay them.
The chore tags were made with Michael’s paper and my Stampin’ Up! Punches. I stuck adhesive magnets on the back of them.
Actually no, this guy did that. Excuse the brown socks. He dresses himself. I promise I know better.
I made extras so I can fill them in when I need something different done. I keep them handy in a jar beside my desk.
Doesn’t that look better?!?!
My outdoor fall sessions have wrapped up, always my busiest time of year. Thanks to everyone!
I’m finally getting around to Blogging this Wedding I did in August.
Thanks again to C & P for allowing me the privilege of photographing their very special day!
It’s that time again…my busy time! I absolutely love shooting in the fall. The leaves, the colour of the ‘sweet light’…nothing beats it.
Once again, I will be offering Mini Sessions.
There are only a few sessions available, and they get snapped up fast!
Here’s the info:
If you are interested, please email me with the date you want, and I’ll let you know what times are available. (The best light is about an hour before sunset…keep that in mind!)
Please note these sessions are for a maximum of 5 people. About 5 days after the shoot, you will receive about 15-20 images in an online gallery where you can choose your selections.
I’ve known Wes for about 20 years. In high school he had the best hair, could do standing back tucks and was pretty much the coolest guy ever.
Now he’s my Life Insurance and Investment guy and I’ve quite literally trusted him with my life savings.
The neatest thing is that he married my husband’s brother’s wife’s sister. My sister in law’s sister. So I think that makes him my Brother-in-law once removed, or something.
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of photographing both their Maternity pics, and the newborn pics of their sweet baby boy.
Late last week, I got to spend some time with this little guy. How lucky am I??
Shannon Hilton Photography & Divas and Dudes Kids Hair Salon are teaming up to make this the BEST Mother’s Day EVER. Seriously…EVER. If you haven’t been to Divas and Dudes yet…you need to check them out. They are the coolest, hippest place for your kids & tweens to get haircuts, highlights, manicures & pedicures. Plus they do Mom cuts & styles too and have the most unique trinkets, accessories & baby clothes in their retail area. My 3 kids love it there, and I get my hair done there now too. I’m so excited to team up with them for this amazing Mother’s Day Promo. This is a double Promo! Two different awesome things happening. Promo 1: You can WIN a free Photography session with Shannon Hilton Photography by entering to win at Divas and Dudes! Enter your name in the ballot box to win one of FIVE free sessions to use any time before October 1, 2014. Studio or outdoor! Promo 2: Buy a “Momma Love” Gift Certificate for $150. It includes a Mom & two kid’s haircuts from Divas and Dudes and a Photo Session with one Digital File from Shannon Hilton Photography. That’s a value of $356! And they NEVER expire! You can purchase them below, or at Divas & Dudes! (Or better yet…get your hubby to!)
My son Charlie and his cousin Jax: