Saturday, March 28, 2015

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3G2S Turned 7! Let's Celebrate with 'Gifts That Give!' from UNICEF Market! {$50 Gift Code Giveaway}

Gifts that give from UNICEF Market  |
Thank you to UNICEF Market for providing a gift code for us to shop and for providing an additional gift code for our giveaway prize.  All opinions expressed are my own.

This March, 3G2S turned 7!  Since I am now a part time blogger and have far less time to write, I have to make each post count.  That's why this blogoversary seems like the perfect opportunity to share the new sister site to, UNICEF Market, with 3G2S readers.

As you may have noticed over the years, I have a soft spot for triple garnet silver jewelry.  I love wearing it to represent my three January babies.  That's why I absolutely fell in love with the Garnet and Sterling Silver 'Waterfall' Necklace I found on UNICEF Market.  This necklace was handcrafted by an artisan named Carmen Granados from the Andes in Peru and displays three round garnets in a graceful, yet modern design.
UNICEF Market Garnets and Sterling Silver Waterfall Necklace from Peru  |

To make UNICEF Market jewelry even more special, each piece comes in a drawstring jewelry pouch and is accompanied by an artisan storycard, which allowed me to learn a little bit about the woman in Peru who created my necklace.  Every UNICEF Market purchase is packed with a postcard with a handwritten thank you.  In addition to all these special touches, you can feel good about giving artisan-made gifts because, not only are you supporting the artisan, but you are also helping UNICEF save and protect children in impoverished areas around the world.  Each product page gives you an example of how your purchase could benefit children.  For example, the purchase of this necklace may have provided 18 doses of measles vaccine to vulnerable children.
UNICEF Market Garnets and Sterling Silver Waterfall Necklace from The Andes  |

I have to admit, I love giving 'gifts that give' as much as I love receiving them.  While shopping for myself on UNICEF Market, I began looking for Mother's Day gift ideas for my mother, grandmother, and sister.  On the top of my list so far are the beautiful scarves and shawls, plus some of the ornate hand carved jewelry boxes.

Thinking of shopping UNICEF Market for your next gift purchase?  Each gift purchase comes with a free greeting card containing your gift message plus there is the option to upgrade to Premium Gift Boxes for jewelry purchases.  For each item, you can click on "Delivery Estimate" to find the cost of shipping (which is surprisingly affordable) and the approximate number of business days it will take the item to travel from its point of origin to your front door.
UNICEF Market Garnets and Sterling Silver Waterfall Necklace  |

Learn more about the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the UNICEF mission here.
UNICEF Market Thank You Card - Gifts That Give  |

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

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DIY 'Clean Up Your Act!' Punishment Jar Craft (Free Printables)

DIY Clean Up Your Act punishment jar tutorial with free printables |
Our children turned 8, 8, and 11 this January.  Like many children, they are always testing their limits. We find that the reward and punishment systems we use need to change as our children change.  It seems that every system we try is highly effective at the beginning and, as the novelty of the rewards and the punishments decreases, so does the effectiveness of the system.

One evening, my husband and I were discussing how we needed different punishments because our old system, which would charge a fine for doing certain no-no's, was losing its effectiveness.  Then we joked about how much better it would be if we had a big wheel that the children needed spin to see what their punishment would be for their most recent offense.  Since then, we decided to separate their system for earning allowances and their system for earning punishments.  We determined variety is the key to prevent the children from becoming accustomed to the punishments, thus making them less effective.

Since we couldn't construct a giant wheel, I decided a punishment jar would work just as well.  Now normally, we do not give chores as punishments because that is partially how our children earn their allowances.  That being said, there are some things, beyond normal everyday chores, that only get cleaned once or twice year.  Those kinds of things would make perfect punishments and they make our house cleaner.  Two birds, one stone . . .

Today's Project:  'Clean Up Your Act!' Punishment Jar


a jar with straight sides (approx. 5" tall)
printable 'Clean Up Your Act!' jar label
printable 'Clean Up Your Act!' craft stick labels
glue stick
thin permanent marker
DIY Clean Up Your Act punishment jar how-to with free printables |

Step 1.  Be sure your jar is clean and dry. (We reused a talenti gelato container we had just polished off.)

Step 2.  Print and cut out the label that best fits your jar.  Apply a thin layer of glue to the backside of the label, making sure to get all the edges.  Then position the label as desired, press down, and smooth out the label.
DIY Clean Up Your Act punishment jar how-to with free printable labels |

TO PRINT:  Be sure your printer is on and ready to print.  Click on the desired image to enlarge.  Right-click on image to select "print."  Then use your browser's back button to return to this page.

DIY Clean Up Your Act punishment jar craft free printable jar labels | DIY Clean Up Your Act punishment jar free printable craft stick labels |

Step 3.  Print out one sheet of craft stick labels for every 10 punishments you have.  Carefully cut where you see > or <.  When you're done, you should have 10 individual labels per sheet.

Step 4.  Fold the labels around your craft stick, doing your best to center them.  Then apply glue to secure them.
DIY Clean Up Your Act punishment jar craft free printable craft stick labels |

Step 5.  Using a thin permanent marker, write one punishment per craft stick inside the red frame.  Then put all the sticks into the jar.

How has this punishment jar worked out for us?  For the past 4 weeks, each time our children did something that warranted a punishment, they would close their eyes and pick a punishment out of this jar.  After the first few punishments, they soon realized that they probably should avoid racking up too many.  These punishments take time to complete, which takes time away from other more enjoyable things.  We've also made the rule that, if there are punishments pending, they would not have access to any electronics until the punishments have been completed.

I started out with about 17 punishments in the jar and soon realized that, with 3 children who would get in trouble multiple times a day sometimes, 17 was not enough.  If you have multiple children, then I recommend coming up with as many different punishments as you can, otherwise  they will start choosing the same ones over and over again.  How many times do you need your windows washed in one week, right?

Here are a few ideas for punishments to get you started.  Obviously, you would need to use your judgement based on the age and abilities of your children . . .

  • Donate 10 toys
  • Wash the windows on the first or second floor
  • Clean the shelves on the fridge door
  • Clean the fridge shelves and drawers
  • Clean the floor around and behind the toilets
  • Clean the baseboard heating covers
  • Clean the windowsills
  • Clean the floor under the litter box
  • Clean the microwave
  • Find 10 dust bunnies

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DIY Clean Up Your Act punishment jar how-to with free printable jar and craft stick labels |

As always, if you try out this idea, let us know how it goes and if you've thought of ways to improve on it!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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Pardon the Dust . . . 3G2S is Getting a Makeover!

Yes, we took a little vacation while I transitioned from working full time for myself as a blogger to working full time for someone else.  Since I have made this huge change in my life, I've decided to give 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires a new look.  I will be tackling the template first.  My goal is to simplify it.  Any secondary changes will come gradually to minimize the impact on our readers.

This blog will be turning 7 soon!  What you have to look forward to is fewer sponsored and brand-centric posts, and more crafts, easy recipes, free printables, etc . . .

Thanks for sticking with us all these years!!!  We would be just talking to ourselves without all our awesome readers!

P.S. I'm also working on a brand new blog.  More details to come next month!