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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. 😉

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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! …..

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 8

My family just returned from a trip to Disneyland.  I LOVE Disneyland!  It’s such a magical place.  In fact, I think I love it more than my kids! 🙂  Anyway, sorry about last week.  I meant to have it all prepared but I think I am way overbooked this December!

However, this is it!!  The final week.  This lesson is a little longer than the others (just a few lines!) so that we can finish up this week.  Hopefully you will have it all memorized for Christmas Eve.  I have really enjoyed putting these lessons together.  We have really been able to focus on the Savior during these weeks leading up to Christmas.  We have shared stories, thoughts, and testimonies.  I hope you have done the same.

Here is your outline this week: The Living Christ Week 8

Opening Song:  “He Sent His Son” CS p. 34

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  Luke 2:4-7  Talk about what these verses mean.  Discuss the meaning of Christmas.  You may even want to share the complete Christmas story here of the Savior’s birth.  Explain that while memorizing The Living Christ we have been talking about the life the Savior.  It began in a stable in Bethlehem.  We have talked about His life, His miracles and His example as we have studied The Living Christ.  Our testimonies have been strengthened and we have been able to learn more about our Savior.


Go over the first part of the Living Christ and begin memorizing the last lines.

1.  We testify that He will someday return to earth.  “And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together” (Isa. 40:5).   (GAK 238)  –  Jesus was born, he lived and he died for us.  He will come back someday and everyone will know that He is our Savior.  Not everyone is lucky enough to know about Jesus Christ or to accept Him in their lives.  When He returns to the earth we will all know who He is and He will know each one of us individually.

2.  He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him.  (GAK 120) –  Everyone will worship Him when He returns.  The picture is of Enoch and his people being taken up to Heaven.  It shows how they may have worshipped Him when they saw Him coming.  This gives us an idea of what it will be like when He comes again.

3.  Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts. (GAK 615) – This life is a time for us to try to follow His example.  By serving others and thinking of others first we show that we are trying to be like Him.

4.  We bear testimony, as His duly ordained Apostles—that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God. (GAK 608) – Our apostles today bear witness that He is the Living Christ.  During the time of our Savior’s life they did the same.  They were witnesses during His life and after His death.  We have been given prophets and apostles in our day that are special witnesses of our Savior.  This is why “The Living Christ” is so important and the reason we are working to memorize it.

5.  He is the great King Immanuel, who stands today on the right hand of His Father. (GAK 403) – Jesus Christ will rule as King when he returns.  He stands on the right hand of His Father which is our Heavenly Father.  This means that He does what His Father asks of Him.  If we follow His example we are doing what Heavenly Father wants us to do.

6.  He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. (GAK 315) – Jesus Christ brings hope to the world.  He died for all so that we can all be resurrected again and live with our Heavenly Father.

7.  His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. (GAK 502) – If we follow Him by being baptized and confirmed, then receive our endowment in the temple and then the sealing ordinance when we are married in the temple, we can become like Him.  We can find true happiness by keeping the commandments and following His path by preparing to go the temple.

8.  God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son. (GAK 240) – Christmas is a time to be thankful for our Savior.  We should be thinking of Him and His gift to us.  His life was given for us.  He was born, lived and died for us.  His was a gift of sacrifice and love.  Let’s remember Him this Christmas season as we celebrate His birth.


Make a birthday cake for the Savior and sing to Him.  Share with your children that the reason we give gifts is to remind us of the gift our Savior gave to us.  It is His birthday.  If you haven’t done the white stocking yet, you can do that now.  Get a stocking that is for the Savior.  Write down your gift to Him this year and put it into the stocking.  These could be things such as service you will complete this year, how you will help your testimony to grow, or kind things you can do for your family.

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 – 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.

What’s on the menu? – Easter Story Cookies

This post is more about a tradition idea than it is about menu planning but I couldn’t resist sharing this idea with you!  As I was thinking about  a recipe that I could post, I thought about the Easter Story Cookie recipe.  I found it in a book called “A Christ-Centered Easter” by Janet and Joe Hales.  I love this book!  I have used it for the past few years as we have tried to really focus on the reason we celebrate Easter – the resurrection of our Savior.   This book also has recipes to have a passover dinner and other recipes that are related to Easter.  (We used these recipes to create a fun quarterly primary activity – we are so excited to teach the children about the last week of the Savior’s life and to let them taste the food eaten in the passover).  There are activities, stories, play ideas and so much more in this book that focus on the Savior and this special time of year.  

Easter Story Cookies are fun to make and they also teach your children about the resurrection through symbolism.  You can use this for a Family Home Evening before Easter or it is a great activity for the Saturday night before Easter.  When you wake up on Easter morning you can check the oven and talk about how those who loved the Savior would have felt when they discovered that his body was gone.  The cookies are hollow in the center which also represents the empty tomb.  This activity is more than a recipe.  It can set the spirit of Easter Sunday for you right from the beginning of the day.  I’m looking forward to trying it with my kids this year.

St. Patrick's Day Game . . . Don't Eat Lucky!

Need a fun and easy game for St. Patrick’s Day?

“Don’t Eat Lucky” can be played in school groups or as a family!


You will need:

1 Bag of Candy and the Printed Game Cards

Instructions to play the game are included in the packet.

 Don’t Eat Lucky Game Packet

Have FUN and ENJOY spending TIME with YOUR FAMILY!

Go "Green" and Try Our Asparagus Chicken!

  Are you looking for a new recipe to try on St. Patrick’s Day?  This chicken dish is perfect.  To make it totally “green”,  add green food coloring to the cream sauce.  You can also add food coloring to your boiling pasta or rice to turn it green.  Enjoy!

3-4 chicken breasts

1/4 c. oil

4 Tbsp. butter, melted

1/4 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

2 c. chicken broth

1/2 c.  heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce

1 bunch fresh asparagus, cooked

1/2 c. parmesan cheese, grated

Brown chicken in oil.  In a saucepan, add flour and salt to butter.  Stir in chicken broth and cook until thick.  Remove from heat;  add cream and Tabasco.  Place cooked asparagus in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Arrange chicken on top of asparagus.  Pour sauce over all.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Serve with rice or angel hair pasta.

Snuggle Time!


One of my favorite activities that everyone loves in the family is “snuggle time” before bed.   I remember as a child and even as a teenager, my mom coming into my bedroom at night and sitting on the side of my bed to just talk about whatever was on my mind.  I loved and cherished this one-on-one time with my mom. 

Now that I am a mom, I marvel at how she had the energy and patience at the end of the long day, to make time to talk to each one of us.  I wish I could say that I’m doing just as good of a  job as my mom.  But, I’m trying.  As a mother of 4, I find it really hard to spend time with each one of my children every night.  So, we have a set schedule.  I’ve assigned each child two nights a week that is just for them to be snuggled. (My two youngest share one of the days, if you are trying to figure out the math!)  I set aside time each night to chat about their day, read books, or have their back tickled.  My kids love knowing it’s their special time with mom and it let’s me know that they really look forward to being with me.  Of course, I never forget to give them hugs, kisses and tell them how much I love them!