Feature Friday-Sugardoodle

The Feature Friday for today is Melanie from SuGarDooDle. I was introduced to Sugardoodle when I was called to YW Presidency and it has truly been a lifesaver for me! If you are LDS and have not been introduced to this site you are going to die! There is so much amazing stuff on this site that you will have to see it to believe it! Melanie collects fabulous ideas on everything from Clip Art to Sharing Time Ideas to Boredom Busters for the kids. If you are familiar with Sugardoodle, DO NOT TURN BACK!! While doing this feature I found pages that I had not even seen before in my 1.5 year relationship with this gem of a site. Maybe you will find something new too!

Now, for a little about Melanie the mastermind behind it all…She started teaching piano lessons when she was 14 years old and loves music. She also LOVES to go on walks! Melanie’s least favorite thing to do is mate socks. She needs my trick! Does anyone out there like to mate socks?! Melanie is a sweetheart and has truly been a pleasure to work with. She is a teacher by day and I cannot believe she can keep up with this site while working!

Here we go with some highlights and keep in mind this is only the tip of the iceberg!!

VT gift ideas -
I am always trying to think of a cute little something to bring along each month. Well, no more thinking thanks to this page!I heart these Photo clips.
What a fun little gift for a birthday or an I’m thinking of you (on the 30th of the month ;) ).

FHE Index - Yep, Monday comes around every week and there you are scrambling to get dinner on the table and a lesson/activity/treat ready. How about just hop on the internet and hit print. Yay!
Gospel Themed Lesson Plans (Melanie does these with her children during the summer break) -
Becky, you are going to freak when you see these!
These wonderful little kits contain all you need to teach your children on a spiritual and secular level. They combine messages in the funniest and cutest ways! How about Jonah/Oceanography or The Creation/Solar System. Love it!

Video Clips
-Can’t wait to check these out!

Youth Activity Ideas – Wait, you mean I don’t have to come up with these on my own when my Beehives stare at me with blank faces? Sweet.

Craft Ideas

Wait, did you say Soccer Jersey Quilt? Do you mean I can make something out of all those old Jerseys that my hubby won’t let me throw away? Am I dreaming?

Thanks for the super compilation of ideas Melanie! You are now entered in to the Hall of Fame as Tipper of the Week!

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My First Award

I don’t even know what to say. I haven’t prepared anything. I truly am honored and excited to receive my first award. Woot! Is it because I use the work lovely so much? I guess not since nearly always use it in a sarcastic manner. Anywho, thanks to Gwen over at A House Full of Boys and a Mom (That’s how I feel sometimes, too!) for this LOVELY award! I actually did let out a little squeal when I saw it. My husband looked at me like I was completely loony.

Of course, to spread the bloggy cheer… I get to bestow this fun gift upon 10 other unsuspecting bloggers.

1. Our Incredible Happy Family

2. Fassio Forum

3. Simply My Life Photography

4. Sneaky Momma Blog Design

5. Stilettos and Diapers

6. Homemaking Fun

7. 4 Crazy Kings

8. The Polka Dot Chair

9. A Feathered Nest

10. Life At Eventually Cottage

Alright, so here’s the catch {isn’t there always?}. In order to accept this award, you must place the award on your blog along with the name of the person who has granted the award and pass the “love” to 10 other blogs {preferably recently discovered ones}! Leave them a comment on their blog to let them know they have been chosen and watch the Award Love spread!

One a totally unrelated note…it’s been just over a week since the 21 Day Journaling Challenge, how are you doing? I have not missed a day so far! Woo hoo!

21 Day Challenge

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Decorate Your Flip Flops/Seaside Cupcakes

Summer is on the horizon! It is time to put away your boots and break out your flip flops! I am a big flip flop fan and have them in every color. So, why not add a little flair to your flip flop wardrobe and decorate them. Personalize your flip flops into something great that only you have! This is a great activity to do with girls of all ages. You get to be creative and it is really easy! As long as you can tie a knot you can make most of the flops shown here!

We did this for a Young Women activity and had about 20 girls making them all at once. We bought flip flops for $1 at Michael’s and brought all sorts of things to decorate with including: water balloons, fabric, ribbon, beads, buttons, silk flowers, glitter glue, hot glue, river rocks, etc.

These were made by hot gluing ribbon wrapped around the straps and then hot gluing flowers on in the middle.

It was so fun to see what everyone came up with! I think the water balloons and the fabric were definitely the most popular. All you do is tie them on with a knot (be sure the knots are all on the outside and do not touch your foot) and then scoot them close together on the strap.
For the fabric flops, cut the fabric in strips about 1 inch by 6 inches. You want them long enough that you can tie them around and in a knot, but then you can vary depending on how fluffy you want them. Test a strip to make sure you have the length you want before cutting them all! Then just keep tying them on in knots until you get the look you want.

One of our YW got creative with the supplies. It was fun to see what everyone came up with.

To give the activity a message we gave a thought at the end with quote from Elder Holland on Appropriate Sunday Dress and how we should not look like we are on the way to the beach. Then, we read the footprints poem and gave them a bookmark with the poem on it.

We decorated with a Hawaiian luau theme. Please keep in mind that I found out I would need to do refreshments like 4 hours before the activity. (The other leader was going out of town and could not find anyone home to drop them off with.) I forgot to take pics of most of it, but here are a few.

I froze silk flowers in circle tupperwares full of water to have some fancy floating ice. There were limes in the bowl too, but they sunk.
Did you know that cucumber water is fantastic too! I kid you not! Put a few slices of fresh cucumber in a pitcher of water and try it. It is amazingly refreshing! I had it at a Bridal Fair at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

I tied a belt with shells on it around the punch bowl for a little extra flair.

This was a totally off the wall idea because I needed to figure out a treat that I could make with what I had at my house. They are supposed to be little bears lying on the beach. Thankfully most of the YW got it right off.

Items needed for Bears on the Beach Cupcakes:

  • Cupcake liners (I used the foil ones)
  • Chocolate cake mix and ingredients to make it
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Blue food coloring
  • Sticks of gum (I had Extra Bubblegum)
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Graham Crackers

Prepare the cupcakes as directed on the cake box and let them cool. Mix a few drops (I used like 10 because I wanted it pretty bright) of food coloring with the frosting and frost the cupcakes. Crush some graham crackers in a Ziploc to use as sand. I put it on a small plate and dipped the top of the cupcake in it. Unwrap the gum and cut each stick in half. Secure a piece of gum to each cupcake by putting a little drop of frosting on the back. Place a dab of frosting on the back of the bear and place it on the gum “towel.”

Ta da! If only they were as relaxing as a real trip to the beach!

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Free Organizing Workshop

Hey all!

I just signed up for a free organizing workshop online being put on by Simplify 101 and I wanted to let you in on it! It begins May 26th, so check it out if you are interested. I have never done one of these before, so I’m not sure what I am in for, but it sounds great!

Here is the workshop description:
“Whether the state of clutter in your home has you overwhelmed to the point of not knowing where to start, or you’re ready to turbo-charge your organizing efforts—this workshop is for you! “Help! I don’t know where to begin!” will show you how to begin the process of getting organized—for free!”

Maybe I’ll see you there!

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