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You may have read about our family Reward System (if not, read about it here).
It lets us focus on
the positive and reward our kids for doing things beyond what we expect. When they “fill up their cotton balls” in their Reward Jars, they are allowed to pick what they want to do for their reward.

Reward System for Kids

Last week, our kids all filled up their reward jars at the same time (this has never happened before). It was great! We let them pick what they wanted to do as a reward and they picked to have a family sleepover.

Well, if you know me, you know that I was a teacher. This was about to become a family READING party sleepover! I used the EVEREADYPartyToolkit.pdf to plan our sleepover party.

We had snacks, read some books from Scholastic and we had EVEREADY® flashlights inside of our fort.

We grabbed a bunch of books to read…

A little boy reading a Thomas the Tank book on the couch.

Here is what we did to prep for the party:

We had a lot of fun foods! Check out just a few…

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(we ate these while we read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie):
Chocolate Spice Cookie


3 oz. unsweetened chocolate

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 C. butter, softened

2/3 C. plus 1/2 C. granulated sugar

1 egg, at room temperature

1 1/2 tsp Colman’s Original Prepared Mustard


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt the chocolate in a small heavy saucepan over low heat and set aside. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, and set aside. In electric mixer, cream together butter and 2/3 cup sugar. Add the melted chocolate and the egg and beat well. Dissolve the Colman’s Mustard in the heavy cream and add to the chocolate mixture. On the lowest speed, fold in the sifted flour mixture. Divide the dough in half. Place each half on a sheet of waxed paper and form into a 10-inch strip. Using the waxed paper to help, lift and roll each strip into a 10-inch cylinder. Wrap each cylinder in the waxed paper, twisting the ends to secure. Chill for two hours. Slice in ¾ inch rounds. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Makes 1 Dozen

We even had Book Worms.

They were in little plastic bags for the kids and they could take one into the fort with them:
A close up of gummy worms with text above them.

The kids snuggled up while we read to them…

A baby sitting on a bed with her brother.

We had a blast!

Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark! EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights are reliable and affordable and can be purchased at Dollar General or Target.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of EVEREADY®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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