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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

Valentine’s Day Bingo for Kindergarten – 2nd grade

Kisses and Hugs!!!!  

Isn’t that a great name for a Bingo game? I think so.  This is a great idea for your younger school age children to be able to play in their classroom.  Tricia made all the graphics and design on this one when she made her Be Mine Bingo game for older children.  I am in charge of my Kindergarten age child Valentine’s Day party and I really wanted to play the Bingo game but new it would be too hard if I used the Be Mine version.  So I made a 4×4 square size that would be perfect for those cutie pies.

Since I always print my stuff at Alphagraphics, Madison has introduced me to a FABULOUS product called Duraflex.  It has saved me time and money.  It reminds of me thin credit card paper.  I can print my stuff on this and I don’t have to laminate it afterwards.  Now who doesn’t want to save a step of preparation? I do!!!  I have started to print all my games on this and I am in heaven.  It doesn’t tear and you can get it wet without your ink being ruined.  Really, are you in heaven yet too?  The only time I am going to laminate that stuff, and you can, is if I want to write on it with dry erase markers or permanent markers.  Then I laminate it so I can have that effect, otherwise you will ruin it because the marker will not come off Duraflex, even with rubbing alcohol.

Believe me . .

I tested it for myself.

Learn from my mistake.

So, in case any of you would like to try it as well, I have included a PDF specifically for that purpose.  The sheets come in 12×18 size and that is what the file is formatted for.

We also have a post on creating a Heart Attack Door for your loved ones and many other fun ideas.  Check out our February category for more.

Enjoy! Have fun and don’t forget your thank you’s.  😉

Card #1 Large e-mail view

Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 8.5×11 PDF

Cards 13-16 Large e-mail view

Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 5×7 PDF

Duraflex Bingo Kisses Page 1 Large e-mail view

Duraflex Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 5×7 PDF

Duraflex Kisses and Hugs Cards 1-2 Large e-mail view

Duraflex Kisses & Hugs Bingo Game 8.5×11 PDF

(Coming soon)

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! …..

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

Memorial Day – Rememberance Hearts


Honor the life well spent of your loved one with this new tradition idea!

Six years ago, Carrie’s family experienced the loss of a loved one.  Out of that time in her life, she came up with the Remembrance Hearts.  I have loved them and used them ever since.  She wanted to leave something at the grave site that was personal and would show her love and respect for her grandpa.  Below is a picture of what she did.

Such a simple idea that speaks volumes to those we have loved and miss deeply in our lives.  You can use this heart separate on it’s own or put it into a planter or flowers that you are leaving at the grave site.

Remembrance Hearts PDF

Cut and paste a photo of your family, your loved one, or you in the white box.  With a black marker, write who you are giving this to under the words “We Love You”.  For example, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, etc.  Laminating the heart will help the planter last throughout the year.

Cut out the heart with scissors, or use scrapbook scissors to make a decorated edge.  Tape a bamboo skewer to the back with pointed edge down.  Stick in a pot of flowers or place directly on grave site.

Our heart is perfect for placing in flowers for a funeral or decorating the grave of your loved ones as well as on Memorial Day.  Each heart is 8×10 and has a special space reserved for a family picture or a picture of your loved one

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Two years ago, we published some really great ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  This year we want to do something a little different.

What, if any, celebration traditions do you do with your family, friends, classrooms, etc?

For everyone who leaves a comment on something they LOVE to do, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Mother’s Day Coupon book.  You can choose from the youth, teenager, spouse, or friend series.

Just think, you could be preparing WAAAAAAAYYYY in advance, if you won!

Here is a link to our past post on ideas: Lucky Leprechaun Strikes Again

On the left of this blog there is a link for March.  Click that and you will see all our past ideas and even some freebies in there too.

THANK YOU Jessica for your wonderful comment. You inspired me to create a small thing for everyone.  So, as following Jessica’s explanation, here is a Lucky the Leprechaun for you to use.  (This is the Lucky that Tricia originally created.)  There are two different sizes to choose from.  Print it out and laminate, then hide Lucky somewhere kooky in your house.  Whoever happens to find him gets to choose where he hides next.  I am sure your family will come up with some pretty weird places to hide him! 🙂

Find Lucky Game Pieces

FHE – The Living Christ Week 6

As promised, if you are following our schedule we will finish memorizing the week of Christmas!  How impressive will it be to sit around and recite The Living Christ on Christmas Eve???  I’m so excited we have made it this far.  I am working on a flip chart.  I think I am on to a way I can accomplish that! 🙂  Hopefully that will happen this week.  I am also working on my advent calendar to share.  This is such an exciting time of year.  There is so much to be taught and so much fun to be had doing it!!

As I was thinking about how I could fit everything in, I decided that will do our Living Christ lessons on Sunday.  That way we can still have fun Family Nights and activities all month but we won’t lose our focus.  I will try to post the three remaining lessons by Saturday evening so that you can do the same if you choose to.

This week’s lesson is a great kick off to the Christmas season.  The focus is on Joseph Smith’s testimony of the Savior.  The Living Christ Week 6

Opening Song:  This is My Beloved Son   CS p. 76

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  D&C 110: 3-4  Ask your family who this talking about.  Discuss what the scripture means and why it is important to read it this time of year.


1.  Of the Living Christ, the Prophet Joseph wrote – Talk about what it would have been like to actually have the Savior appear to you.  Talk about how that might strengthen your testimony and how it would have felt.

2.“His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying: -What does this tell us about the Savior?

3.  “I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father” (D&C 110:3–4).  – What does it mean to be the advocate with the Father?

Advocate with the Father (Elder Russell M. Nelson)

Jesus is our Advocate with the Father (see 1 Jn. 2:1D&C 29:5D&C 32:3D&C 45:3D&C 110:4). The word advocate comes from Latin roots meaning a “voice for” or “one who pleads for another.” Other related terms are used in scripture, such as mediator (see 1 Tim. 2:52 Ne. 2:28D&C 76:69). From the Book of Mormon we learn that this responsibility to mediate, or make intercession, was foreseen before His birth: “[Jesus] shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved” (2 Ne. 2:9).

This mission was clearly evident in the compassionate intercessory prayer of Jesus. In your mind, picture Him kneeling in fervent supplication. Listen to the beautiful language of His prayer. Sense His feeling for His weighty responsibility as mediator:

“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

“Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

“For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

“I pray for them” (John 17:6–9).

He is also known as the Mediator of the new testament, or new covenant (see Heb. 9:15Heb. 12:24). Comprehending Him as our Advocate, Intercessor, and Mediator with the Father gives us assurance of His unequaled understanding, justice, and mercy (see Alma 7:12).

4.  Of Him the Prophet also declared: “And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! – Share your testimony of the Savior.  Ask them what a testimony is and encourage them to think about their own testimony.  This month there will be a lot of discussion around the birth of the Savior and His life.  Encourage family members to think about their testimony and write it down.  (You may want to start a new tradition this year and have each child write their testimony to hang on the tree – refer to this post for more info


Review from the beginning and begin to memorize the new section.   If you choose to write testimonies you can do that here as well.

Closing Prayer:


Family Time – Earth Day

First I need to apologize for not posting a Family Home Evening idea yesterday.  I have to confess that I have been reading “The Hunger Games” and I had a hard time tearing myself away in my free time (really – free time? – okay so not free time, but down time like waiting in carpool line and at night before I go to bed).  I should warn you that it is a bit violent but I was glued to it nonetheless!  It was a little like my Twilight experience. 🙂   My husband also works at home on Mondays so getting computer time is quite a feat!  Anyway, I hope you will all forgive me.  I also hope that you planted a tree last night as a family.  If that is the case, I have just the thing for you.  I finished the scrapbook pages for Earth Day and they are attached below.  I  want to give credit to for the cute components of my scrapbook page.  They are fabulous! 🙂

Earth Day 2010 Scrapbook page

Earth Day 2010 Scrapbook page 2

The first page is for your first year and the second can be used in later years to keep the tradition going.  Plant a tree, and plant some hope!  Have a great week!

Family Fun – Earth Day tradition

Happy Earth Day!  I thought I should post today instead of tomorrow since it relates to Earth Day.  I hope you are enjoying this crazy weather we are having today if you live here in Utah.  It almost feels like the earth is making itself known on its special day!  🙂  I was out with my children this morning on Fieldwork for school planting trees, pulling weeds, and beautifying a local trail here in Ogden and we were doing it in the snow!  Now (of coarse after we are finished!) it is actually sunny and beautiful outside.  What a crazy day!

I was recently talking with my friend and she was on her way to purchase a tree for her new baby boy.  She said that they plant a tree for each child the year they are born so they can watch the tree grow as they grow.  What a great idea!  I love it!  Unfortunately I have had my 5 children and have yet to plant a tree.  However, I think this is something my children would really enjoy.  I think if you are just starting your family, this is an awesome tradition.  If not, it can be started with older children or even grandchildren.  Take advantage of Earth Day and plant a tree that they can take care of and nurture.  As the tree grows they will be reminded that trees are important and they will take pride in the fact that they planted it and took care of it.  There are so many things we can teach our children about taking care of our world.  Teaching them about the importance of trees and nature seems like a great place to start!

I am working on a scrapbook page for you so make sure that you take pictures of your beautiful kids and/or husbands while you are planting your trees!  I’ll let you know when we have it ready.  Making memories is so much fun and looking back brings so much joy!  You can choose to plant a tree every year (there are a lot of parks and places in your area that could use some trees or plants of some kind) or you can pick something new to do each year (i.e., pick up trash along the road or at the park, learn about recycling, pass off something in scouts that has to do with taking care of the earth, start your garden if you haven’t already or plant something special in honor of Earth Day, etc.).  The possibilities are endless and your children will appreciate learning how to be responsible for the world around them.  Have a happy Earth Day!

Family Fun – Easter & Conference!

I love it when Easter falls on General Conference Sunday.  It is kind of nice to stay at home with your family and listen to the prophet speak on Easter Sunday. 🙂  In light of those two events happening this weekend, I wanted to remind you of some fun tradition ideas that we have shared before as well as a new one. 

You can find a great conference packet link here at one of our favorite websites  Thanks for doing such an awesome job on your website!

I love the idea of  having a  “Conference Wall”.  I did this last October and it worked fabulously.  My kids loved it!  I just placed topics (one topic per sheet of paper) on the wall.  Then I used the 2009ApostleCards and had my kids place each apostle’s photo under the topic they spoke about.  This kept my children interested in what they were saying because they had to figure out what they were talking about! 🙂  I just chose basic topics like the Atonement, Church History, Repentance, Missionary Work, etc.  Sometimes they would change where they had put them half way through their talk because they covered a couple of different topics.  I loved that they were listening that close!  You can also read a little about each apostle before or after they speak from the Apostle Cards.  These have been such a great learning tool!  The photo is kind of small but it will give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

You can check out some previous posts from us here that have some more conference ideas and our great Nature Walk for Easter.  The Nature Walk would be a perfect activity in between sessions on Sunday.  If you can’t do the walk due to the weather, you can always gather the items and talk about them together instead.

I love Easter!  I’m looking forward to the food, the family time, listening to conference, and feeling the Spirit that comes with Easter.  Let’s all remember to take time to reflect on what the Savior did for us – his sacrifice as well as his resurrection.

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