Kids In The Kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I was a total sticker kid. Scratch-n-sniff, puffy, oily, prism…I had albums full of ’em!

Scratch n Sniff Stickers | The Lettered Cottage

I can still remember exactly what Scent-sational smelled like- LOL! And even though I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday next summer, I gotta say, the sticker aisle still captivates me. I spent a good 30 minutes scanning the one at Michaels a few weeks ago. I had a project in mind, and needed some stickers for Tommy and Shelley’s cutie pie kiddos.

Green Family Kids

That’s Samuel, Lizzie, and Ethan, and they were so much fun to have around while we redesigned their family’s kitchen last month!

One day while we were there working, we got on the subject of parenting and discipline (Kevin and I are parent-related question machines right now- LOL!), and Tommy and Shelley told me they’ve been trying out the “ticket” method. Basically, each child gets three slips of paper they call tickets, and the goal is for the kids to not give their parents a reason to take any of them away throughout the day. Three tickets = something fun!

I was inspired by the concept, and thought I’d try to help make it even more fun for the kids to want to hang on to their tickets. So I picked up some stickers, and few other  supplies at Michaels…

DIY Ticket Box | The Lettered Cottage

…and created three new tickets for each of them, complete with a handy dandy book box for them to live in.

Here’s a photo of the finished product:

DIY Ticket Box For Kids | The Lettered Cottage

I just glued the (gold spray-painted) wooden letters (one for each child’s first initial) to the back of the book box, and made little “walls” (to separate the tickets) out of black sheet foam. I put the ticket book box on the desk in their “new” kitchen

Desk Decor | The Lettered Cottage

…and if you’d like to see what the kids thought of their new sticker-y tickets (and their spiffy new kitchen!), just click the play button on the video below!

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The ice cream cone cup actually has a bit of a funny story behind it. A couple weeks before the big reveal, Ethan was hanging out with me and Kevin in one part of the house, while Tommy was helping Lizzie with her homework in another. Ethan kept saying that he wanted ice cream, and I thought I had heard Tommy tell him that he could have some before he went into the other room. I must have missed the part about ONE scoop after supper, because long story short, I filled Ethan’s cereal bowl with THREE scoops of ice cream an HOUR before supper because he assured me that was exactly how much his dad usually gave him.

You should’ve seen the look on Tommy’s face when he came around the corner and saw Ethan’s great big chocolate-y smile- LOL!

I got this text and video from Tommy later that night:


(click the play button below)

Oops. Told ya I had a lot to learn about parenting.

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  1. Kathy says


    Fun post (as usual). You’ll be 40 next summer? I thought you were maybe 26 – 27! Wow, when you’re 80 you’ll only look 51!)
    Still praying for you that the adoption is finalized soon.
    Love ya,

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