Friday, September 12, 2014

Printable: My Family Tree

I was asked to be a guest on Sugar Doodle as part of their new web design launch and I've had this family tree in my mind. I wanted a simple activity for Family Home Evening, Activity Days, Scouts, etc...something that would be simple for the kids to create!

My daughter displays this in her room and I'm so glad she can see her family tree as a reminder of the wonderful heritage she comes from.

I made a pink version and a blue version to pick from!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Visiting Teaching Message: September 2014

September 2014 Visiting Teaching Message - free download - Comforter

I love this month's visiting teaching message.  Jesus Christ comforts us and brings us peace and to me those are the gifts I desire most in this busy world.

I chose a chalkboard theme this month because we have school on the mind in our household!

September 2014 Visiting Teaching Message - free download - Comforter

Download your high resolution image at this link...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Relief Society Activity: This Little Piggy...

Recently my Relief Society Sisters had a super fun week night activity called "This Little Piggy."  
Everything was based on that little poem we say when tickle our babies toes:

This little piggy goes to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
This little piggy went "wee-wee-wee" all the way home.

We set up five stations in the auditorium and labeled each one with a line from the Piggy Poem.  I have included some free printables with this post to make it easier to duplicate/adapt this activity for your Relief Society or Young Womens organization. The printables can easily be printed up to 11x14 size.  

-Determine the needs of your sisters and what information they could best use at each station.
-Considering the talents and strengths of sisters who could teach the needed information. 
-Call sisters in the ward to teach at each longer than 7-10 minutes. Help the teaching sisters develop a handout containing the information they will share.
-Download and Print the signs for each station:

Here is a summary of what my Relief Society did:

For this station we asked one of the sisters who is a great bargain shopper to talk about finding good deals.  She spoke about couponing, digital apps, thrifting and a budget friendly vacations.  She also had a handout with all the information she talked about so the sisters had something to take home for reference. 

For this station we asked a sister who is proficient at keeping her home organized to share some tips and tricks with us.  She spoke about organizing toys, junk drawers, etc.  She also talked about simplifying and donating to those in need.  Again, the sisters left this station with a handout of everything that was talked about.  
You could also have this station be about Family Home Evening or create a quick & easy craft for the home.

This station was our dinner.  We ate roast and had a great dinner and conversation.  If you didn't want to do dinner, you could always have this station be a focus on recipes or cooking with food storage or something really useful like that.

For this station, we had a quilt set up in the corner which the sisters could help us tie for a charitable donation.  It was a great time to sit and chat for a minute until the other stations got done. 
Some other great ideas for this particular station would be to have a missionary writing area with pen, paper and envelopes, sewing NICU blankets for the hospital, doing any other humanitarian project.

This wasn't really a station. We gave each sister a gift to say "Thank you for coming." They all went home with little treat/dessert.  

We had such a fun night of learning and visiting with each other.  As always, we gave a small thank token to all the teachers who prepared in advance for this night to be a success.

I would love to hear how you modify this activity to fit the needs of the sisters in your ward/branch.  Please leave a comment telling us how it went and what you did differently.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scripture Study Calculator - for all standard works!

I came upon a fabulous resource that I want to share with you! has what is called a "Scripture Study Calculator".

You can type in the time frame you would like to read the Book of Mormon, Bible, Pearl of Great Price and/or The Doctrine and Covenants. It automatically calculates how many pages you need to read to reach your goal!

Hop on over and try it out...

Scripture Study Calculator

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Free Printable: Sacred Names of Jesus Christ

I have a confession! I don't look at the speaker in Sacrament while they are talking; I draw or doodle!  This past Sunday there was a beautiful talk by a boy leaving for his mission this week.  He spoke about the restored gospel and Jesus Christ so beautifully.  While he spoke I doodled all the names of the Savior that came to mind...well, not all of the names, but the ones I thought of during the hour of sacrament meeting. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Family Home Evening: Disney Movies

Some great Family Home Evening lessons, ideas inspired by Disney movies!

I gave a Family Home Evening lesson on Angry Birds last year and my kids still remember the lessons they've learned from it. This taught me that children can learn powerful lessons from movies, games, etc. when we find the good and use it as a teaching tool. 

Here are some fun examples using Disney movies that I wanted to share with you today!