Thursday, August 18, 2016

Back to School!!!

Back to School pop top treat cans!

It's time of year again!!! Summer's over and school is back! It's bittersweet. No more sleeping in, but mostly sweet because who are we kidding, it's tough entertaining these kids all summer. I'm glad to be back on a schedule, even if that means more work for me and no sleeping in for a while. So this year I have a freshman and a 5th grader. I only needed to make teacher gifts for the 5th grader. It was strange not making more so I made some extra for the office staff too! I got the idea from Our Best Bites here. I have made these several times before. Mothers Day, Halloween & Birthday parties. So very easy, inexpensive and fun!

 My friend Candice made them with these adorable papers!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Ordinances-YW Lesson (Patriotic)

July's theme for Young Women lessons focus on Ordinances and Covenants.  Our group will discuss Ordinances and why they are important in our lives.  I especially liked the thought that ordinances help us remember WHO WE ARE and remind us of our relationship with God.

Because I am teaching on the 4th of July weekend I went a little patriotic with our handouts.  We have a city "ordinance" in our neighborhood that bans ALL fireworks because of high fire danger.  I will remind the girls that the only fireworks we should see in our area are these "rockets red glaring!"

My idea for the bookmark came from this website

The rockets were created by using a "stick" rolo, ribbon, hole punch, glue dots, kisses and your favorite patriotic scrapbook paper.

Once the tag was created the Rolo Rocket went together pretty fast.


Have a great Sunday and a safe and happy July 4th weekend.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Primary "Drive-In" Activity

We had a really fun Primary Activity at church recently. One of our teachers had given me this idea and I pitched it to the counselor over this activity and she thought it sounded great too! Off we went...
To start off, I checked Pinterest for ideas to make cardboard cars and there were TONS of fun ideas. I let the primary families know about a month ahead of time and sent out an e-mail with some photos so they had PLENTY of time to help their kids make the cars at home. 
I was in charge of the concessions area. I have been in charge many times before, for the school plays. I used my candy machine that my handy husband made for me for Willy Wonka years ago. It's been stuffed behind one of my kids beds for years that I almost forgot about it! It takes a lot of candy to fill, but it is so fun. 
I printed a free "concessions" banner I found on-line added a few striped tablecloths and popcorn machine and we were in buisness! 
 My co-planner, Janay and her husband, Mel built this AMAZING Car Wash for the kids to drive their cars through. It was so fun! 

We have a projector, so we projected the movie up onto the wall. We piped the sound into the speakers so it was nice and loud. The kids sat through the whole thing! I think the fact that the sound was pretty loud helped because they felt they were in a theater. We also turned most of the lights off. 

It was a very succesful party that required some of pre-planning and set-up but was so easy during. We just sat with the kids, re-filled some candy and popcorn and enjoyed the movie!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

YW Scripture Ribbon/Awards Shadowbox

Do your young women use their scripture ribbons and organizer?  

In 2010 when it was first announced I thought the ribbons were a wonderful idea.  And the girls were excited about them.  A beautiful way to mark our scriptures.  We noticed over the years that excitement turned to "Oh, I've earned another scripture ribbon and am not sure what to do with it."  We found that even though we encouraged our girls to use their paper scriptures and ribbon markers, they (we) often chose to use our cell phones and specifically the LDS Scripture Library online. 

As I was helping my daughter prepare for her Young Women in Excellence display I came across all of the beautiful ribbons and thought they represented so much work.  I couldn't let them go unnoticed.  I decided much like the many awards, ribbons, medals the boys earn while in the Scouting program and often displayed at their Eagle Court of Honor, we could do the same by displaying Kate's many awards, medals and especially the 8 ribbons representing the completion of each Value Experience and Project. 

Kate's happy little face at the completion of several years of achieving her goals.
Her shadowbox is a great reminder of those years and also an encouragement to continue to move forward with new goals and new experiences.

This charm bracelet was created by our Personal Progress leader in hopes to encourage our young women to actively participate each month and then report when they had accomplished a goal in the Value they were working on.  Each charm represents a value experience or project that was completed.  The girls love them! 

The lockets and torch symbol have special significance and act as reminders throughout Kate's young women years.

I bought the shadowbox at Hobby Lobby 50% off.

The YW Value signs were purchased at Deseret Book.

We also created this for her YW display.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Produce Jars and Cherries-Happy 4th of July

Schools out.  Summer is in full swing.  Fruit is back in season and Independence Day celebrations are heating up.  And then I ran across these Farm Fresh Produce jars.  Perfect.

I visit a few ladies in my neighborhood every month.  These ladies have become close friends and I look forward to our visits.  I try and think of ways to let them know I think about them after our visits too.  I thought they might enjoy a little jar decorated for the 4th of July, filled with plump, juicy cherries.

I found these jars at TaiPan on clearance for $2.00.  I love the texture and look of the produce jars.  The metal flags were found at Hobby Lobby.  The cherries?  From our local grocer.

It feels like summer.  And that makes me happy.