Young Women – Ways to celebrate birthdays

I have only been in Young Women’s now for 1 week and I love it already!!!!  There is so much girl stuff I get to do and create and have fun with.  WOW!!!! Plus girls camp!!!!! I am in heaven.

Our Presidency wanted to do something a little bit different for birthdays so we decided on a yard sign.  So far, the reception by the girls has been fun.  We even included the leaders in it to.  When it’s their birthday, their leader puts up this sign in their yard, very early in the morning.  We use a black permanent marker to write their name below the Happy Birthday wish. (This sign has been laminated so that we can erase the marker using rubbing alcohol.)  It’s so fun to recognize, with such a simple small thing, each girl as their birthdays come around.

We made sure each group had their own sign.  The counselor and advisor designated between themselves who would be responsible for putting it up each time.  I even snuck in a leaders birthday, yesterday, and she loved it.  I just called one of the other Presidency to go put it in her yard.

Remember, the point is to have fun and recognize each girl individual ON their birthday, in a simple and fun way.

(I used Katie Castillo’s Just So Scrappy – Happy Days Digital Scrapbook Elements along with background papers that I can’t quite place yet.  The pictures I got somewhere off the web.)


(I printed these as a 12×18 size, but the file is an 11×17 PDF.)

Happy Birthday Yard Sign 11×17 Size PDF

Christmas Bingo Pre-School Version!!!

. . . BiNgO . . .

Is One Of Our FaVoRiTe Holiday Traditions!

Our family has enjoyed these creations for a couple of years now.

Below are links to our posts from the past on this game,

and then below that is a new version that Tricia

and I created together for your cute

little pre-schoolers and those a little bit older than

pre-school age.

The Silent Night Bingo is perfect for

Family Home Evening and Family Parties.

The Jingo Bingo is perfect for School Parties.

Don’t forget to yell, JINGO instead of Bingo

when you win or it doesn’t count!

You will also be seeing a preschool version

of each!

Follow the…STAR


(This one is more like Tic Tac Toe, but the little one’s won’t know!)

It’s perfect for short attention spans!

Ho Ho Ho PDF

Ho Ho Ho Calling Cards

You have to say, “HO…HO…HO”…when you

get 3 in a row!

You have to yell the title of each game for it to count!

Christmas Jars!!!!

After reading the book,
“Christmas Jars”
I decided
that I wanted to take the opportunity with
my family to give as the Savior did.
I wanted my boys to have a selfless Christmas.
What an amazing year it turned out to be!
We read the book as a family
and then started filling jars for our neighbors.
Each jar contained 1 roll of pennies….
that was it!
We added a poem to the jar so that
the neighbor’s wouldn’t be left to wonder
what the purpose of a gift of 100 pennies meant.
Here’s the Poem:
A jar of pennies JUST FOR YOU . . .
we really went all out!
But the real meaning of this gift I
A pocket full of change, can be
a heavy thing to pack . . .
So just place it in this little jar,
and remember – NOT TO TAKE IT BACK!
When filled, this jar can CHANGE THE HEART of
someone who is in need.
The story is told in “Christmas Jars”
a book you’ll definitely want to read.
Jars are given in SECRET . . .
just where their CHRISTMAS JAR came from,
or the next place it may go.
So we hope this year you’ll FILL YOUR JAR,
To follow the Savior’s example,
and make Christmas HIS HOLIDAY!
May the TRUE meaning of Christmas be with
you throughout the year!
Tricia O. Smith
Here’s the PDF:
Green Gift Tag:
Here’s the PDF:
Gift Tag:
Here’s the PDF:
Gift Tag
Here’s the PDF for the Gift Tags:
I tied a ribbon to the neck of the jar
and added the gift tag.
This was one of my
favorite neighborhood gifts to give
because I knew it had the potential to
the lives of others in need.
It was truly a blessing for my family! …..

The Nativity Play!!!

Christmas Eve

is my FAVORITE part of Christmas!

I get so ExCiTeD I can hardly stand it.

I love Traditions and Christmas Eve seems to

have some of the best ones.

Our Christmas Eve Traditions consist of:

Games and Prizes

Amazing Food

A Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus

The Christmas Eve P.J. Parade

 and then the


The Nativity Play

followed by our

Secret Santa Delivery

and an

All Night Hallmark Movie Marathon

Slumber Party with the boys!


I created a new Nativity Set for this one,

and I have to say, IT’S MY FAVORITE!

So here it is, page by page:

We have the kids in the family dress up

and read their parts.

For FHE I made a second set.

This one is one that can be held with little hands

and moved around.

Here they are…

Here’s the PDF:

The Nativity Story Packet PDF

The pieces can be Mod Podged to wood or chipboard.

This would be a fun gift for Visiting Teaching

and Home Teaching.

You could cut and laminate the pieces.

Attach a magnent on the back and use it with a magnetic board,

you could print on magnetic paper. You could

attach them to tongue depressors, or

you could just give them a copy of the story.

Lots of possibilities!

Nativity Story Cards

The Silent Night Memory Game

is a great way to talk to your “littles” about

the TRUE MEANING of Christmas.

I was able to use mine for a Primary Sharing Time.

When they got the match…

I had the child read the Story Card
that goes with that picture.

Here’s what they look like:

Each of the Memory Game Cards

will have a front and a back.

The back side of all of the cards will have

this picture:

The other side will have two of each of the other pictures
shown below.

This is what the Story Cards look like:

I keep these and when a match is made,

I hand it to the one who got the match to read.


Cards can be printed with a front and back side

and laminated,

or they can be printed and attached to

chipboard using Mod Podge and
a sponge brush to attach them.

You can use a wet erase marker to write

numbers on the stars of the back pieces
when the game is played in Primary.
When you’re done…just wipe them off
and start with a fresh set of numbers
every time you play.

Here’s the Memory Game Post:
Nativity Memory Game Blog Post

Nativity Story Cards PDF:

Nativity Story Cards Packet PDF

Nativity Story Card Mary Addition PDF

Planning my Meals – The Digital Way

Can I just say that I LOVE how digital some things are getting.  Let’s take planning your menus.  My friend just recently introduced me to this website about a year ago. I didn’t take her seriously until 2 months ago when I tried it free for 30 days.  I was HOOKED!!!  Plan to Eat is a terrific company that makes it so easy to plan and shop for my meals.  I can even plan up to many months at a time if I am feeling really ambitious and organized!!!  I love how I can add my own recipes and then drag them to my calendar and it in turn creates a shopping list for me.  I can add to and edit that shopping list based on what is in my pantry. I can access that list from my phone when I am at the store.  HEAVEN!  (Sighing here.)

Shopping and meal plan have never been easier, and I still can use my Menu Item Cards as well.  I can also add recipes I find on the internet with the click of a button. SWEET!!!!!!  I can also just copy and paste, or I can add them line by line.  They even have a blog where they share their own recipes with everyone as well. Click to add it to your own recipe book.

Guess what else you can do???? Add people to your friends and click and save THEIR recipes to your own recipe book!!!! Yes, so serious here. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES???? I am in such a happy land right. My best purchase of Black Friday for sure and I didn’t even have to leave the comfort of my own home! (Have I used enough exclamation points yet?)

I am sooooooo excited for this that I just HAD to share with you.  PLUSSSSSSS, the bonus part????  They are having a BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SPECIAL.  I had been waiting to officially subscribe until I could justify the cost and BAM they go and create this fabulous deal that  I couldn’t resist.  Seriously, you have to at LEAST take a peak at the easiness of this program, and they aren’t even paying me to advertise for them!  (Wait……….how DO people get paid to do that anyway?) There is a link at the bottom of this post if you are interested in seeing what they have to offer for you. ENJOY!!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

We are all enlisted – At least we all SHOULD be. Are you?

I know many people are supper excited about the new vampire movie out. I was too until I saw some previews that made me realize that is one movie I WILL NOT see.

Kids-in-mind gives you an great example as to why and what content it has in it. I have included a link below. The movie has a rating of a 6 in Sexuality/Nudity and an 8 in Violance/Gore.  My husband once said to me, “Wow, it sure sounds a lot worse when you read it in words.”  (That was when I was reading the content on a movie that was rated at a 4 in Sexuality/Nudity.)

I think the reality of it is that we have become so desensitized to it visually, that we do not think anything of it now.  It’s become the norm to expect such things in movies, and it’s “just what we have to put up with now if we want to go see a movie.”  Each person needs to make their own decision, but I am reminded of Elder Jeffery R. Holland’s conference talk, from this past conference that I read, to all the Young Men, “We are at war, and the morality of this world is under attack.”

I ask, why should it be any different for Young Women as well??? Why should we teach them, through movies, that certain behavior is OK to view because it’s just a movie? Why should we teach them that just because they read a book, it is OK to see the movie without having a discerning eye towards things that are against morality?

Elder M. Russell Ballard reminds us that:

We can live in the world, brothers and sisters, without letting the world into us. We have the gospel message that can carry men and women buoyantly through the “mist of darkness” (1 Ne. 8:23) to the source of all light. We can raise children who have been taught to discern and to make personal righteous decisions.

I think it is too easy to forget that we ARE at war.  As Elder Holland said:

“Number one, Satan, or Lucifer, or the father of lies—call him what you will—is real, the very personification of evil. His motives are in every case malicious, and he convulses at the appearance of redeeming light, at the very thought of truth. Number two, he is eternally opposed to the love of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the work of peace and salvation. He will fight against these whenever and wherever he can. He knows he will be defeated and cast out in the end, but he is determined to take down with him as many others as he possibly can.”

I have included links to 2 talks that going along with this subject so well.  Read, study, and pray how it can be applied to your family and your life, then share these with your family this coming Monday for FHE.  Watch for my added FREEBIE to this post on Sunday to help you with your FHE lesson.

We Are All Enlisted – Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

The Effects of Television

The Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn Part 1

I have included a few freebies that you can choose to use or not, it’s up to you.  I thought it might be nice to have them in a photo frame somewhere on display for the week, but please use them according to what your family might need.

Ship Poem

Ship Poem 5×7 Size

Ship Poem 4×6 Size

Ballard and Ship 4×6 Size

Ballard and Ship 5×7 Size

Ballard Quote

Ballard Quote 5×7 Size

Ballard Quote 4×6 Size

Step 9a – Responsibility Charts, Rules, & Consequences

This is a perfect follow up to the post I did at the beginning of the week.  Step 9 is all about team work!  Together Everyone Accomplishes More!!  This is especially apparent in the summer because all of your little ones are home spending more time together. 🙂

There are a ton of ways to get your family involved with helping around the house.  Remember it is important to change things up now and then.  Doing the same thing day in and day out will get monotonous for your children and you may have trouble motivating them.  If you feel like you are struggling, make a change and see if it works.  There are all kinds of charts out there.  We are attaching a couple for you to try.

Hopefully the attached video will be helpful as well.  If you don’t make organizing and cleaning a family responsibility you will end up feeling like the martyr and that is never much fun!!  Make sure you hold a family meeting to get everyone on board.  Good luck!


Summer Time Chart.pdf

Summer Responsibilities – Blank.pdf

Step 9b – Extra Money Job List

First of all, did you know that there really is such a thing as a money tree?  Really, I googled it, just to see.  Now if it only grew money that would be awesome!!!!!  Here is what a full grown one looks like.

Alas, stepping back into reality, lets talk about jobs for your children.

Jobs for children are valuable because they teach responsibility and money management, but they can also be a lot of fun. After all, what kids don’t want to earn some extra money to buy their favorite toy or video game?

Children are never too young to learn the value of money and the responsibility that comes along with it. Usually around the age of five, kids start understanding what money is and how it is used. There are several jobs that can teach these lessons as well, helping them earn a few extra bucks along the way.

The following is a small list of ideas you can use for your Extra Money Job List.  Post it on the fridge or some other central location where it is always visible to everyone.  Have the kids print their name on the line next to the job when they have accomplished it.  You can sign your initials when you have approved the completion of the job.  Remember, DO NOT write down a job you are unwilling to inspect.  Nothing can be more frustrating to a child when their parent(s) are unwilling to follow through with what they said.  You can actually loose trust and dependability in their eyes and in turn become known as a liar in their young minds.

  • Play with the children for a few hours so Mom/Dad can clean or get other work done
  • Help with light household chores including laundry, dishes or vacuuming
  • Prepare easy meals
  • Help sort through or rotate toys and books
  • Wash Cars
  • Weeding
  • Cleaning old leaves from plants
  • Raking, sweeping or bagging up the trimmings for trash collection
  • Sweeping outside porches or patios
  • Be a clown for a small child’s birthday party
  • Mop the floor
  • Clean out the garage
  • Wash the windows
  • Spot wash the walls
  • Wash the baseboards
  • Clean up the toys outside
  • Oil the wood
  • Clean and vacuum out the vehicles
  • Help a younger child organize their toys
  • Clean out the window tracks
  • Wash the blinds
  • Wash the window screens
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Wash, fold and put away a load of YOUR laundry.
  • Clean out the pantry
  • Clean up the dog poop around the yard

 There is no set rate a child should be paid to do some work. Compensation should always be discussed with the parents and should reflect the type of job that was performed. This would also be a good time to teach your child about the value of money and starting a savings account.

Whatever you decide, make sure you have a family council if you are going to start implementing extra money job lists.  Have all the expectations spelled out clearly and have everyone sign the rules stating they have been informed of and are in agreement to the requirements needed to be accomplished if they wish to earn extra money.

The sheet I have included can be used as an extra incentive for your family.  It’s a great way to get those really “fun” jobs accomplished that no one wants to do.  Assign what amount each job pays and watch how fast your kids work if they need any extra money!  Regular family responsibilities must be completed before kids can do extra money jobs.

Extra Money Job List

Halloween Fun – Where’s My Mummy?

Has anyone read Carolyn Crimi’s book “Where’s My Mummy?”  Cutest story ever!!!!!

After seeing this, a Halloween game idea popped into my head.  Using Tricia’s original Scavenger hunt characters and adding my creations of the the owl and the Little Mummy and Mommy Mummy, I came up with this new Halloween game idea.

(There are 23 individual cards in this game, however, you can make additional copies if you are using for a classroom setting.)

I can’t wait to print it and play it with my children!!!!  If you can get a copy of the book and read it to your children before you play the game, it brings it all together.  However, it’s not a requirement.  Let me know how it went with your family, classroom, or friends.  I would LOVE to know if they enjoyed playing it.

Where’s My Mummy Game Instructions

Little Mummy wanted to play one more game of Hide and Seek before he went to bed. While he counted, his Mummy hid. However, she hid so well Little Mummy couldn’t find her. He needs your help in this fun game of Hide and Seek.

Use one less card then there are players in the game.  Be sure the “Mummy” card is one of them.

Shuffle the cards and deal one card out to each person except for one.  The one without the card will hide the “Mummy” card for the person who is it.  The one who is dealt the “Mummy” card is considered Little Mummy. Be sure to take turns on who doesn’t get a card dealt to them.

Little Mummy must leave the room leaving his “Mummy” card behind for the person who doesn’t have a card to hide.  Everyone hides their card someplace in the room.  Little Mummy comes back into the room and starts to look for his “Mummy“.  Using the hot and cold method, everyone can call out to Little Mummy if he is hot or cold in finding his Mummy. The players who hid their card must try to trick Little Mummy into finding their card instead of finding his “Mummy”.  If they succeed in making Little Mummy find it, they get a treat from the candy bowl. Once their card is found they can try and lead Little Mummy to his “Mummy” before the he locates anymore of the other players cards.

The trick of the game for Little Mummy is trying to decide who is telling the truth and who is playing a trick on him! Once Little Mummy finds his “Mummy“, he gets a treat and the game starts over again.  This is a great game for a party, classroom party, or family Halloween fun!

Where’s My Mummy Game.pdf