Sunday, January 31, 2010

YW Lesson 4 Handout and Object Lesson: Obeying Commandments Helps us Fulfill Our Divine Roles

If you are giving YW lesson 4 Obeying Commandments Helps us Fulfill our Divine Roles, here is what I am giving out as a handout for the girls.

I am using the Orange Armor of God object lesson written by Melanie with a little twist. Instead of peeling the second orange and putting the slices in one by one, I am going to list the things that can destroy our armor with each piece I peel and then plop the whole orange in at once. That is how I remember seeing it.

I found the YW lesson 4 handout by Daisie Dance (on Sugardoodle) to go along with the object lesson and printed them 6 to a page in Word. I tied the handout to a Clementine to reinforce the orange object lesson and give them a little extra treat.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

DIY Valentine Wreaths: Vote now!

So I may be a little late with this, but I really want to make a Valentine's wreath for my door tomorrow. I found so many amazing options that I just couldn't decide. I need your help! For Feature Friday I am sharing some of my favorites! Please vote for which one you like the best and think I should make. Voting is on the right sidebar.

#1 Burlap Heart Wreath from Craftaholics Anonymous

#2 Fabric Scrap Wreath from Little Birdie Secrets via Living With Lindsay

#3 Feather Wreath from Every Crafty Endeavor

#4 Red Fabric Heart Wreath from Blog n Tell

#5 Cupcake Liner Valentine Wreath from Tatertots and Jello

#6 Twine Heart from Craftaholics Anonymous

#7 Felt Heart Wreath from the Idea Room

#8 Crepe Paper Wreath from Simple Sage Designs
You may like to know that my door is blue and looks like this.

Don't forget to vote on the right sidebar for your favorite! Also, if you have a valentines wreath leave the link in the comments so we can all see it! Who knows, maybe I will change my mind completely and choose yours!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-That's One Way to Use a Plug Cover

Does this mean he has a plugged up nose?

Linking up with 5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chicken Noodle Jar Soup

I had a few requests for the recipe for the Chicken Noodle Jar Soup from yesterday's get well care package post. Ask, and you shall receive. I think it is a nice gift idea for someone who is feeling a little under the weather.

Chicken Noodle Jar Soup

2 Tbs. Chicken Bouillon Granules
2 Tbs. Dried onion
2 tsps. Dried celery flaked
1 tsp. Black Pepper
4 Cups Egg noodles

Put all ingredients in a jar or bag and give with the following instructions.

Bring 10 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 can of chicken and contents of bag. Boil 12-15 minutes.

I got this recipe from my wonderful neighbor Marilyn who we lovingly refer to as our son's ward Grandma. We love them and are so happy to have Marilyn in nursery with the little guy on Sunday now!!

Oh, and mom is doing a bit better. She was able to come to a family birthday dinner which was great! Thanks for your concern!

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Show a Little Love: Get Well Soon Care Package

When I was in college my mom always brought me a Care Package for finals week. It was filled with snacks and things to relieve some of the crazy all night studying stress. I was so thankful to receive these packages and they really did help me know I was loved and thought about.

Well, recently my mom had a minor stroke. Luckily, she has next to none of the possibly terrible side effects, but is really tired and has been ordered to basically do nothing for a few weeks. This is hard enough for anyone, but my mom is a busy body and a clean freak too. Having a house in disarray would likely drive her completely batty.

I was not able to go up to visit right away because the stress of having crazy two year old son running around during her recovery was sure to send her straight back to the ER. So I had to wait until the weekend, but wanted to send my love right away. I knew a get well care package would be just the thing.

Here are the items and messages I came up with:

  • Corner book mark (idea from Little Birdie Secrets): Headache have you "cornered?" Slip this little marker on the corner of your page and she'll hold your place for ya!
  • Chicken noodle jar soup (put in a bag instead for mailing): just had instructions
  • Lindor hazlenut candy bar: I know all this rest is driving you "nuts" but be good to yourself and you'll feel better soon!
  • Cozy slipper socks: "Sock" it to this chilly weather! Slip these on and feel warm and cozy in no time.
  • Good & Plenty: Be "good" and get "plenty" of rest.
  • Card: Keep Going! You can "not" do it! (You know encouragement for those who are supposed to do nothing)

Mom and Dad both loved it! I don't think that getting something fun in the mail thing ever wears off! My mom told me she LOVES the socks, so I just gave her another pair last night.

Link up below with your ideas on how to Show a Little Love! I would love to see what you have been up to! Be sure to use the direct link and link back to this post. Feel free to use the button on the right sidebar!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Feature Friday-Cupkateer

First off, a bit of business. The winner of the door hanger from Needle in a Haystack is...
Ally! Congrats!

Now, I am really excited to be doing a swap for Feature Friday today!
I'll turn the time over to Ananda to share some fun crafts and ideas!
You'll get to see the little monster that made me fall in love with her!

Hi there. It's Ananda from Cupkateer.
I'm excited to be swapping with Michelle for the day!

I am mommy to a busy 18 mo old, Magoo, and wife to an amazing guy. I work part time for a non-profit agency aimed at helping and strengthening families, and craft full time at home. I am a self proclaimed "Cupkateer" (my made up word for someone who makes cupcakes and all things creative and crafty) Want to see some of my favorite projects?

Felt Garden. This project is not for the faint at heart. This took WEEKS of non stop sewing as soon as Magoo was in bed every night. But it turned out so cute and my lil' farmer loves playing with it and harvesting all the goods.

Stuffed Animal Child Harness. Got kids that love to run, especially in a public place? Here's a tutorial for an oh so cute child harness made from a stuffed animal you have lying around.

And some delicious Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

I want to say thank you to Michelle for letting me swap with her. It was fun showing you a few of my favorite things. I hope to see you around my blog. There's lots of other crafty goodness going on over there.


That garden is amazing! Too bad my sewing skills are slightly below par. ;) Great ideas Ananda! You are now entered in to the Hall of Fame as Tipster of the Week!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

If Only I Ate Like My Son

May09 042I'm up on Rocky Mountain Moms blog today. Here's a little teaser...

I have learned many things since having a child that have changed my life, but there is one thing that has not changed. My diet. I have forever had a sweet tooth and eat far more treats and processed insta-meals than I should. I have always known what I should eat, I was a Community Health major for heaven's sake (that didn't last long). It is just the the transition from knowing to doing that has been difficult.

So, what should come to me on that fateful day just over two years ago than a miniature sized health nut.
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Wordless Wednesday-Precarious Situation

Just hangin' out.

Linking up with 5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Little Tikes Wagon Review

We were so lucky this year that Santa brought son a Little Tikes Wagon! He knew it would be hard to fit in the car to come home from Grandma's so he brought it to our house a day early. He is so considerate!

Mom and Dad made good use of the wagon and filled it with presents needed for the 2 1/2 hour car ride to Grandma and Grandpa's.

It was obvious what the favorite thing was right from the beginning! Throw all the other presents out and let's get to business!

He found the wagon to be useful for a myriad of activities...
bunker for shooting the ball gun...

a place to rest and have a snack...

or a nice seat to relax and watch a Christmas special.

After Christmas break at Grandma and Papa's the wagon made a nice vehicle for delivering treats to a neighbor on Sunday.

It even assisted in a move, at which I could not be bothered to take pics at the risk of looking as if I wasn't carrying my weight. ha ha...get it. My sis was moving from one apartment to another and this was a fantastically quick way to get items to the stairs.

So after some good use, here is the final verdict on the Little Tikes Green Adventure Wagon.

  • Tons of creative uses
  • Perfect size for toddlers
  • Handle is a good length for both hubs and I
  • Really Heavy Duty Plastic that will not wear out even with a boy who is REALLY hard on things
  • Removable sides for boxes that are too big to fit
  • Comes with a huge box for hours of fun
  • No words on instructions-hard to understand and took longer than I thought to put together
  • Front wheels seem to get stuck in place sometimes-may be a result of the cryptic instructions

Overall, the wagon has brought us some good times so far. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo!

The Little Tikes wagon was provided for review by a CSN Store with selections of swing sets, lawn games and ride on toys.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Show a Little Love: High School Date

Most of you know about one of my New Years goals to go on a planned date out once a month. Well, we've upped the ante and decided that on those weeks that we do not go out, we will do a date in after the kiddo is asleep. We are taking turns planning it and it was my week last week. While driving to pick up the hubs from work, the cd player rotated to Monster Ballads and I was totally inspired. I know, inspired from the music of big hair bands. But I was!

I decided it would be so fun to plan a 90's date since that was during both of our high school years. While pondering what to do I came up with the date theme "What if we had met in high school." We always joke about it, so why not pretend for the night!

It started out with this gym bag full of basketball attire for the hubs. I took inspiration from our actual high school lives. There was a note inside that said, "While I was at drill team practice, I noticed you at basketball practice across the hall." We both got dressed in the appropriate attire, he in his basketball uniform (the actual jersey saved from high school) and me in my Rockette sweatshirt (I dug out from the depths of my closet) and yoga pants.

Once we were clothed in our high school duds he found a note in the pocket of his shorts that said, "You have to see her again. You go ask her if she is going to Kevan's party tonight." (Kevan was one of his best friend's in HS) I of course said I was. I instructed him that the family room was Kevan's house and I got my standard HS party food and met him there.

I sat down by him on the couch and we looked over the selection of movies/tv. On tv, so appropriately recorded by my Tivo, was Seinfeld, Friends, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Saved by the Bell. You could also have a selection of movies like Strange Brew, Princess Bride, So I Married an Axe Murderer, etc.

While watching tv and after the hilarious put your hand on the couch and stretch out your finger so they will hold your hand (initiated by the hubs, good role playing babe!), he found the note I had previously placed in the bag of chips. It read "I know this is cheesy, but will you go to Sadie Hawkins with me?" For those of you who don't know, Sadies is a girls choice dance where you wear matching shirts.

So in to the matching shirts we changed as the sound of 90's rock ballads filled the air. We danced in the kitchen and shared our funny tricks and memories from dance days gone by. On the "sound system" was a note that read "You are going to remember this night, head over to get your pictures taken." This is when the real fun started. These were the best of the HS dance date poses.

After our little photo shoot with the timer, there was a note that read, "This date has been great, do you dare go in for the kiss?" Ironically enough, he had already kissed me by this point. He snuck one in while we danced. But, that about sums it up. Hope you enjoyed this trip back in time! I know we did, we had some serious fun on this at home date!

So now it's your time to share! I want to hear any ideas you have for showing a little love! Could be fun date ideas, Valentine's ideas, service or appreciation ideas, it's up to you! The possibilities are endless. Link up the direct link (not your home page) below so we can all visit you. And don't forget to use the cute button or link button so others can come see the rest of the ideas.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Feature Friday-Livin' Life Patino Style

Our Feature Friday today is the adorable Nicole from
Livin' Life Patino Style.
Do they not have like the cutest family ever?!

Christmas 2008

Well, not only do they take a great picture, they dole out fantastic ideas! But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's start it off with the one minute interview.

1. What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?
My favorite craft tool would have to be mod podge, actually a toss up of that and glitter! Is glitter a! and mod podge holds the glitter fantastically and makes anything new and clean!

2. If you were a Disney character, who would you be and why?
If I were a Disney character I would love to be Cinderella.....She is my very favorite princess because she overcomes her problems with hope and faith and finds true love and happiness in the end without ever hurting those who hurt her!

3. What is your favorite accessory?
I would have to say SHOES! I love me a pair of fun funky shoes to dress up even the most casual outfit! If you know me I will even wear shoes with a slight heel with sweats..!! FUN!

Now for the real fun! You will not believe some of the wonderful things she comes up with!

Marshmallow Valentine Pops How fun for neighbors, teachers or friends!

Remember how I said you could decorate your love note mailbox. Well, Nicole gives the perfect example of an amped up Fancy Mailbox.
Young Women Birthday Idea Our girls would love this!

Life is a Bowl of Cherries Birthday Party
Talk about cute little birthday girl!I love the idea of a sub in the shape of their age!
Chef Birthday Party These invitations are so fun!
This was her very first apron. Her first! The monogram is even a pocket! Too cute!And how about the party favor!

How cute is this wall with their family name typography!
Now that I have had a healthy dose of girl,
I can go back to my house full of boys.

Great ideas Nicole! You are now entered in to the Hall of Fame as Tipster of the week!

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