I am a Stay at Home Mom and a Housewife. I love my family. My job is centered around them, and helping our family life run smoothly. I pride myself in making our house a home, and filling it with love. I love connecting with other moms and sharing ideas and encouragement in making each day better than the last. Please join me on my journey!
In preparation of the primary program,you may want to use this month to review songs that the children learned earlier in the year. Here is a list of all the songs the primary in our ward has been preparing. I included the sheet music with each of them, but I also recommend downloading the free LDS Music App so you can sing with the music instead of a Capella. For your convenience I included links so you can download the Apple App or the Android App.
We went to see Finding Dory for my son’s 4th Birthday, and decided to use it as a theme for his birthday dinner with our family. Since all the fuss was about him and his birthday, I tried to include him as much as possible in the preparations. He absolutely loved being included! I had to remind myself along the way that the main goal wasn’t to have perfect decorations, but to make sure he had fun, and that he felt special. He loved having a sense of authority, and he did an awesome job helping me out! I found many wonderful ideas on Pinterest. Checkout my Pinterest board here, and follow me on Pinterest for other fun ideas. We used these pins as inspiration for our Finding Dory Party. Here is how it all turned out!
Since I have an 11 month old that likes to eat everything in sight, I decided to place my coral reef streamer up and out of her reach. Also I used yellow because that was the color we had on hand, but I was really happy with how it turned out. I traced a fish cookie cutter on blue card stock to get these cute fish shapes.
Free Coloring Pages:
My son was super interested while I was searching Pinterest and making plans for the party, and when he saw these coloring pages, he really wanted to paint them! So I printed them out, set him up with paint, and got back to the Pinterest search. We loved how they turned out so we hung them up as part of the party decor. He was so proud to display them for everyone.
I had planned to use the above idea to make fish shaped watermelon pieces for the party. I showed the picture to my son to let him know what we were going to be doing, and he got stuck on the star shape idea. We went with it and made both fish and starfish. He loved making these with me, and he did a really great job! It ended up being really nice to have a smaller star shape to use up the smaller scraps of watermelon. I was surprised at how much scrap we still had even after using the small stars.
We made purple Seaweed because my son picked purple grapes, and it was his Birthday after all. Again, the most important thing was that he was having fun, not that the fruit was the perfect color. He loved having he authority to choose the color of grapes. People ought to feel like kings and queens on their birthdays, and I think he did!
I really loved this idea, but I decided to create dory’s eyes myself instead of using googly eyes. I printed them out on a word document and used a larger 1 1/2 hole punch to save time cutting. The fins and tails were quite time consuming to cut out. They were also very skinny making them hard to attach to the cup with the glue dots. In the end they were a big hit at the party so I was glad we did it. I also decided to just draw the mouths on with a permanent marker. This was mostly because I couldn’t find any black paper, but we made several different expressions, and they turned out pretty cute!
Here is a link to the Free Printable Download of these Dory Eyes
I ended up forgetting about this one until after the hot dogs were cooked so I cut some up afterwards real quick. The tentacles didn’t curl up as well since I didn’t cut them before they cooked, but they were still pretty cute.
Blank Food Labels:
At first I was going to design these with words already on them. I never got around to doing it, and in the end I was actually glad that they were blank. Once I had the food in front of me, it was nice to have blank ones so I could write in what I needed to.
We got my son some Finding Dory Stickers from the Dollar Store for his birthday, and I thought this would be a fun way to use them. He colored paper orange to be wrapped and taped around the napkins and utensils. Then he thoughtfully placed one sticker on each one. This project kept him busy for a while, and he was very proud to share these with his guests.
Bubbles… Bubbles… My Bubbles! (From Finding Nemo)
Fish & Chips:
Fish Out of Water Popcorn Balls:
I think he had a pretty great birthday over all. I am glad he was so willing to help out! I still cant believe my little guy is four! Happy Birthday Big Guy!
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Scroll down for the July visiting teaching handouts.
If you are looking for a handout for the September visiting teaching message you can check it out here.
Here is a link to the Visiting Teaching Message for July 2016: Our Potential for Parenthood. I had way too much fun with it, so I came up with a couple of different handouts. I think it is important to Pray and Ponder over your sisters, and what they might need to hear from you this month. It might be good to focus on different parts of the lesson for each sister you visit.
I first read this message about a week ago, and I have been pondering and praying over it ever since. This particular message has pulled at my heartstrings. It quotes Elder Neil L. Anderson’s talkChildren from the October 2011 General Conference. A few months after my Husband and I celebrated our 1st Anniversary, I remember listening to this talk live. It played a big role in our decision to have our first child. I love this talk. I highly recommend you read it. There are a lot of great stories and quotes in it. In his talk he said:
Many voices in the world today marginalize the importance of having children or suggest delaying or limiting children in a family. My daughters recently referred me to a blog written by a Christian mother (not of our faith) with five children. She commented: “[Growing] up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood. … Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get.” She then adds: “Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.”7
Isnt that a great quote? I just love it! Hence, this handout was born. Plus, aren’t Lemons just perfectly Summery?
The above quote that Elder Neil L. Anderson referred to in this talk is found in an article titled Motherhood is a Calling by Rachel Jankovic from the Blog DesiringGod.org. This is also a fantastic read.
Click Here for your Free Printable Download of this ‘Squeeze” Handout.
Ideas to Supplement this Handout:
Not sure what Lemon Essential Oil is good for? Click here to find out.
Want to obtain some for your sisters? Go here to purchase from my friend and neighbor.
God loves children. He loves all children. The Savior said, “Suffer [the] little children … to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”1
Children today find themselves in many different and complex family configurations.
For example, today, twice as many children in the United States are living with only one parent than were 50 years ago.2 And there are many families that are less unified in their love of God and willingness to keep His commandments.
In this increasing spiritual commotion, the restored gospel will continue to carry the standard, the ideal, the pattern of the Lord.
In the Visiting Teaching Message it says:
Though not all of us become parents in this life, we can nurture children of every age. We enjoy the blessings of being part of Heavenly Father’s family, and we experience the joys and challenges of being part of an earthly family. And for many, parenthood awaits them in the eternities ahead.
Some sisters haven’t been blessed with children yet. Some have lost children. Some have children far away at college, or on missions, and some may be estranged from their children. I believe that knowing and loving your sisters can help you magnify your calling as a visiting teacher. One of the best ways I have found to do this is to pray for them. You can ask Heavenly Father to help you see them like He does. Perhaps you will be prompted to refocus your lesson on the fact that we are Heavenly Father’s Children and He loves us very much.
Show picture 1-7, A Loving Family. Explain that some families have a mother and a father, and some families have only one parent. Some families have a grandparent or other person helping to take care of the children. Some families have many children, while other families have one child or no children. Help the children understand that every family is different and Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family.
I love that even the lesson for the 3-4 year old sunbeams emphasizes the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus have for every family no matter their circumstance. Isn’t it cool that the lessons in all 3 meetings seem to have related themes? Last week in Sacrament meeting one of the talks was based on Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talkfrom the April 2016 General Conference that I mentioned earlier in this post. I thought they correlated perfectly. I think there is some divine guidance there. In the July Visiting Teaching Message it says:
“It was essential that God’s spirit children have mortal birth and an opportunity to progress toward eternal life,” taught Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “In light of the ultimate purpose of the great plan of happiness, I believe that the ultimate treasures on earth and in heaven are our children and our posterity.”1
For your Free Printable Treasures Quote Handout click here.
We are Heavenly Father’s Children. We are His treasures!
Make some Hidden Treasure Cookies for your sisters and give them this recipe card.
For your Free Printable Download of the Hidden Treasure Cookies Recipe Card click Here.
I hope you find some ideas here that you can use. You can customize your handouts to meet your sisters needs. I have a testimony that Heavenly Father answers prayers. I know He can help you to see them like He does, like Children of God. We are children of the King of Kings. Now that really is a treasure.
Has your family tried using doTERRA essential oils? I am not a distributor, but I have enjoyed using several of their products in my own home. I have never had a bad experience with any of their oils, and I can personally recommend the ones that I have tried. If you are new to this whole essential oils thing, let me help you get started. Here is a list of the products we love and how we use them.
Diffuser- I highly recommend getting a diffuser so you can fully utilize the benefits of these essential oils. You can get one here. A diffuser is kind of like a humidifier, except you cannot add essential oils to a humidifier. Just add a few drops of your favorite oil to the diffuser and it goes out into the air. It makes your house smell so good!
Peppermint- When I was pregnant, I would diffuse Peppermint by my bedside as I slept at night. It helped a lot to ward off the morning sickness. I also like to diffuse it when we have a stuffy nose, and it helps to clear up the congestion.
On Guard-This proprietary blend is an immune system booster, and I love the way it smells. When it starts to cool off outside, I like to diffuse this in my home just for the wonderful aroma. Since sickness starts to spread when it gets cold outside, diffusing this in our home is an extra line of defense to help my family stay healthy. It is made up of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. I think I love diffusing it so much in Autumn because of the scrumptious orange and clove scent. Mmmm, makes me want to go pumpkin picking! Is it Autumn yet? Anybody else tired of the Summer heat?
Lemon- I started using this when I was pregnant and experiencing terrible heartburn at night. I just added a drop to my water and sipped throughout the day. I noticed that the heartburn was less bothersome on days when I did this. It made it easier for me to drink enough water while pregnant. For some reason, it was so hard for me to drink water without feeling sick, so this was a life saver! I enjoy the lemon taste, so I have continued to use it in my water even while I am not pregnant. It is so refreshing in an ice cold glass of water with a long straw. Don’t forget the straw! Somehow I tend to drink more water when I have a straw. It makes it exciting I guess.
Wild Orange- I love Wild Orange. I make my own bath salt using Epsom salt, baking soda, and Wild Orange Essential Oil. It is so revitalizing to soak in a bath with this beautiful aroma in it!
DigestZen- This Proprietary blend is made up of Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils. It is used to sooth an upset stomach and motion sickness. This also was great for my morning sickness. Ginger is known to help with nausea, and it did! I have also used this for my family when we have had the stomach flu.
Deep Blue Rub- About a month ago, I woke up with a terrible kink in my neck. After a few days without any improvement, I decided to visit a chiropractor. Along with his adjustments, he used this Deep Blue Rub on my shoulders and neck. It helped my muscles relax and aided in my recovery. It has a sort of tingling sensation that feels really good.
For more information on other doTERRA products and their uses visit their site here or contact my neighbor and good friend here. Sometimes the Essential Oil world can sound overwhelming, but hopefully this list will help you to focus on just a select few to start out with. You don’t have to buy their whole store overnight. Try to decide what your family would benefit from and slowly build your inventory. We have really enjoyed using doTERRA products in our home, and I hope you will too.
Incorporating Scriptures into Holiday Celebrations:
At Christmas time last year I decided to try and focus our holiday celebrations more on Christ. We did lots of fun scripture activities to help us remember the Reason for the Season. I loved it so much that I have been trying plan activities to do together for all the Holidays we celebrate throughout the year. These scripture activities do not replace all the other Holiday shenanigans and festivities, they simply enhance them. Here is the Independence Day Activity I put together.
How to Make Independence Day Straw Rockets:
This activity is super easy to make and lots of fun! I will provide you with a free printable which includes scriptures related to our great Country the United States of America. Each scripture will be made into a straw rocket to be launched and then read. I got the idea for the straw rockets from the awesome blog The Pleasantest Thing. Check it out! You can either spread the 7 scriptures out throughout the week, launching one a day leading up to the 4th of July, or you can do them all in one night for a Family Home Evening Lesson. This might even be a fun Sharing Time activity in Primary since there are 5 Sundays in July this year. (July 3rd is a Sunday.) Click the link below to download the Scriptures.
This activity is geared toward Toddlers, because that is the stage of life that my family is in right now, but it can be adapted for older children as well. I have included additional resources for Parents to make it easy to expand upon the daily scriptures for a more in depth lesson. Adapt the activity to suit your families needs. You can keep it simple with the single verses, or you can add depth by utilizing the resources for additional activities including, coloring pages, a song, additional readings, a video, and cute stories from the Friend Magazine. I really enjoyed researching these scriptures and additional resources! I feel so blessed to be a part of this great Country! God Bless America! Happy 4th of July!
Nahum 1:7-The Lord is a strong hold in the day of trouble. We can pray to Him in time of need. -Read The Answer, a short story about a boy who received an answer to a prayer when he was afraid.
3 Nephi 11:8-When Christ was on the earth he taught ” Other sheep I have that are not of this fold” as found in John 10:16. View a 3 minute video of Christ’s Sermon about His other sheep. After Christ was resurrected, He visited His other sheep in the Americas as found in 3 Nephi Chapter 11. This chapter is one of my very favorite chapters of scripture.
John 8:12- As we admire the pretty lights from the fireworks this year, remember that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World. Check out this Light of the World Coloring Page
Leviticus 25:10– Did you know this scripture is written on the Liberty bell? Read 10 Fascinating Facts about the Liberty Bell here.
Raised By Wolves Apparel:
If you are looking for cute patriotic apparel for your little ones, check out my friend’s shop Raised By Wolves Apparel! These shirts are perfect for the 4th of July. There are so many creative designs both patriotic and otherwise.
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Have you tried using these Crease-less Hair Ties yet? They are awesome, especially in the Las Vegas Summer Heat! Today we had a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit! Once you try these Crease-less Hair Ties, you will never wear an ordinary hair tie again. I wear one of these bad boys in my hair or on my wrist pretty much ALL OF THE TIME!
When I am busy mopping the kitchen floor, or building blanket forts with my son, my hair goes up into a quick “Mom Bun” to keep me from over heating. When I give the kids a bath, up it goes again so my long hair doesn’t get soaked. When I’m done I pull it out and my hair is as good as it was before. There are no ridiculous creases to deal with! I also put my hair up in a Crease-less Hair Tie every night before bed, and even after being in my hair for several hours, there is no crease! These things save you so much time straightening or curling out left over creases. You can purchase them online, or at the store, but in my researching, they are usually way over priced at $1+ per Hair Tie! They are super cute, but expensive, so I thought, “I bet I could make them for way less.” I decided to try it, and was excited to be able to make my own Hair Ties averaging at $0.25 a piece. Here is a simple tutorial on how to make them on your own too.
First lets start with the supplies you will need to make these Crease-less Hair Ties.