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Pin the Kiss on Cupid

I was sooooo excited to create this little game from Tricia’s way cute Cupid.  I think your children will love being able to put the Kiss on Cupid.  Play it the same way you would any game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  Have fun this week and enjoy your children. Extra Hugs and Kisses makes a world of difference, even if they act like they don’t want them. 😉

Pin the Kiss on Cupid Large e-mail view

Pin the Kiss on Cupid PDF file (12×18) size

Wedding Advice Printable

I had a friend approach me in my ward asking if I could help her create something for an upcoming wedding she has a part in.  Of course, I LOVE to create anything so I said yes.  Thought I would share the idea with you since it was sooooooooo cute.  Her friend/relative is having an old vintage library themed wedding and she wanted to have vintage library checkout cards available for people to write their advice on.  Here is what I came up with.  ENJOY!!!!

Vintage Library Card Wedding Advice

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

HO…HO…HO!

(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
S WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT!
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 . . .
NO ONE MUST EVER KNOW,
just where their CHRISTMAS JAR came from,
or the next place it may go.
So we hope this year you’ll FILL YOUR JAR,
AND SEND IT ON IT’S WAY . . .
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
BLESS
the lives of others in need.
It was truly a blessing for my family! …..

FHE Lesson – Teaching Families About Quiet Service

I have had some amazing experiences in the last month as I have had the opportunity to serve my husband’s Grandmother while she has gone through some really tough health issues.  The small and simple opportunities to serve have been so numerous that I have not been able to keep track of every one.  I have had so many testimony builders during this hard time for our family it has been amazing.  This last week my own Grandpa has come to a point in his life where he is now under hospice care. I have thought back on my life with him and how many times I have been able to serve him with small and simple things.  Just last week I was able to drive to Idaho Falls and sit with my Grandpa in the hospital for 2 hours and just listen to him talk.  How simple and yet how sweet my time with him was as we enjoyed each other’s company.  He has been a guiding influence throughout my whole life and the Priesthood holder in our home, as I come from a divorced family. My aunt told me the next day how much he couldn’t stop talking that I would drive 3 hours to just see him and visit with him.  It was such a simple thing to do and yet the blessings that came to the both of us and the treasures that were laid up in heaven were overflowing.  I encourage everyone to re-evaluate their lives as you study this lesson, to see where you can serve someone else by “small and simple things” and then watch how “great things come to pass” because of it.

Teaching Families About Quiet Service FHE PDF

Preparation:  Print out the “By small and simple things” Service Tokens for your family. Follow the instructions in the document to put it together before your FHE. Be sure there is enough for your whole family to use for the time frame you set as your goal in the lesson below.

Print out the Service Journal sticker front and place on small size notebook.  Sticker size is 3.5 x5.

Opening Song:  “Scatter Sunshine” Hymn 230 or “I Feel My Savior’s Love” CS 74

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  Alma 37:6-7. Read this and discuss with your family what it means to them.  Remember to point out that, the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple, no matter how much we try to make it complicated. We should strive to keep our lives similarly simple, unencumbered by extraneous influences, focused on those things that matter most.

Lesson:

Read through the Conference Talk included in this packet.  I have highlighted important points that would be good to discuss with your family.  The overall goal for this FHE is to help your family realize that by small and simple things, great things happen.  Too many times in our lives we try to focus on what BIG and GREAT thing we can do.  Oftentimes these are done so as to receive praise from the world around us instead of for the purpose of serving others.  This is the backwards way of how our Heavenly Father wants us to perform service in His name.  We skip over and forget the simple ways to serve in life that bring about a much greater influence and blessing to those around us. We forget, as the young merchant did in the Conference talk, that in order to fill our pouch with treasures laid up in heaven, we have to perform those small, and sometimes what would seem menial acts of service, throughout our whole life.

Each morning in prayer we should be asking Heavenly Father, “Where can I serve today? What can I do for the Lord?”  By listening and being in tune with the Holy Ghost, it will lead us to those small ways to serve that will have the greatest impact in the lives of others.

Bear your testimony about how service has made a difference in your life.

Activity:

Give each member of your family a small service journal.  In the front write the questions they should be asking Heavenly Father each morning in prayer.

  1. Where can I serve today?
  2. What can I do for the Lord?

This journal is to be used to write down the promptings of the Holy Ghost as they receive them during prayer and or during the day as the Spirit talks to us.

As each person performs an act of service, let them put a Service Token into a Service Jar that you have designated for the family.  Have them do this quietly and without fan fare.  Help them to understand that service is not about bragging to others of the things we did, but about quietly going about “our Father’s business.” In this, is the true act of service and charity shown to our Heavenly Father.  Set a goal with your family to reach a certain level in the jar and plan a Service party afterwards when the goal is met.  You could set it for a week or two weeks or even a whole month, to give the family time to really have the lesson sink into their hearts. During the Service Party let the family talk about ways in which THEY were served by OTHERS.  Remember to keep away from the bragging end and focus on the blessings the person who was served received because of someone else.

Closing Prayer:

Treat:

Valentine’s Heart Attack Countdown

This is an outline for daily devotionals that begin on February 1st and end on Valentines Day.  The idea is to teach from the scriptures about love each day. The scriptures are full of ways that we can share and learn about love. There is a single verse each day and the reading is quick but there are many lessons to be learned.  You can either print the hearts, if you feel enough energy to cut them out or you can print the cards if you just like straight cuts.  There are extra hearts and cards to use for other things if you want.

Tracey and I worked really long and hard on this and we hope you enjoy our time and effort.  If you read through the lesson plan you begin to realize how much time Tracey put behind searching the scriptures, coming up with questions, issuing the challenges your family has everyday.  Please be sure to thank her for her effort in creating such a wonderful lesson.  I did the easy part creating the cards and hearts for you with the scriptures and challenges on them.  We are soooooo excited for you to do this with your family.  We would LOVE to hear back from you on how it’s going and what a difference it has made for you and your family.

I was just talking to Tricia about what a FABULOUS job Tracey did and she gave me an AH HAH moment.  She said this would be a GREAT thing to give your people for Visiting Teaching!!!!  Then you could have it done EARLY in the month and plus it brings a great spirit into the home.  (singing AH HAH!!!)  Yes, thank you Tricia for pointing that out!  I am soooo printing multiple copies.

On February 14th you can use our Valentine’s Heart Attacks Love Notes to decorate their door.  Watch for the upcoming post where we will make these available.

December Give Away!

So after much pondering, I thought it might be fun to do another giveaway for today.  This time frame will be much shorter since, I have to have time to ship it off in the mail on Monday.  Here’s how you enter.  Just answer the question below and your name will be put into the drawing for a Nativity Memory Game, laminated, cut out and sent to you in time for you family to play it for Christmas.

Question:

What is your FAVORITE (only one) Christmas family tradition from when you were little that you still continue with your family today?

For me, as a little girl my mom would always let us open one present on Christmas Eve.  We got to choose which one and it was the highlight of the evening watching each person open their gift.  I guess that’s the other thing we do too, is watch others open their gifts. Starting with the youngest child, on Christmas morning, he opens one gift and states who it is from as we all get to see his excitement.  Then on to the next child, and then the next.  It makes the gifts more meaningful and helps the morning to be less frenzied and more drawn out.  Our children get to actually see the person’s reaction who they give the gift too and they LOVE IT!!!

The winner will be notified on here, on our facebook wall, and via email Sunday night.

GOOD LUCK!!!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!  To all those who shared your Christmas tradition with us, it was fantastic to read all of them.  There got to be so many that I couldn’t comment on each one after getting 44 comments overnight one time.  But I read each one as I approved each comment and LOVED them all!!!  There are many that I would like to do with my family this year or in the years to come.  It has been wonderful listening to all your memories and those who created new ones with your new families.

And now to the winner . . . . . . . . .

katiherc8

Congratulations you win a Nativity Memory Set delivered to your door by the friendly postman or postlady.  Email us your address and I will send that off on Monday.

Conversation Cards – Work

This could actually help some teenagers become more aware of what they really want to do in life.  Maybe even some adults too!   😉  This was the last one until I “work” on the other 4 or so that I have yet to finish.  I hope you have enjoyed them so far.

Anyone interested in smaller sizes?

Work

Conversation Cards – Travel

This is the one topic that I would love to say I am well “travel”ed in.  But alas, with 5 kids right now that’s just not possible.  Talking about will just have to do. 😉

Travel

Conversation Cards – The Paranormal

Spooky topic, maybe I should have put this on in October!

The Paranormal