Such an awesome idea - toys that are not picked up go in the ransom box and they have to pick a chore to complete to earn it back! A great lesson in personal responsibility. I don't know about calling it a Ransom Box though!
The Fun Cheap or Free Queen: How to survive a road trip with two babies by yourself.roadtrip tricks, tips, and creative ideas! (plus link within the site to more tips from a trip w/ slightly older kids)
7 Tips for Stress Free Potty Training. (Okay, I know plenty well that there is nothing stress free about this. But I envision having to apply a number of theories in our pursuit of potty training, so I might as well have this one handy.