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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
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! …..

Lucky the Leprechaun Neighborhood Packet

Here is another great fun idea for today.  Do you have anyone who is new to the neighborhood or even just someone you want to tell them how much you appreciate them?  This Lucky packet is perfect for just such an occasion.

Use the small Lucky pictures, put in a small name badge holder with a little gold dust in side it.  You can use the gold coins included in here, purchase some plastic gold coins, or use a real gold dollar. Sprinkle gold dust around the coin as you put it on the door step. Ring the doorbell, run and hide, and don’t get caught! To prevent fighting over LUCKY’s coin, you can add chocolates and extra new pennies for all the children in the house.

I have included a picture of what it can look like if you want to put it on their doorstep.  This is a perfect way to end such a lucky day for the whole family!  Thanks to Tricia who created this back in 2008.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

Lucky the Leprechaun Neighborhood Packet


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.

Lesson:

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  https://blogmyheartandhome.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/the-living-christ-week-61.pdf?p=1426)

Activity:

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:

Treat:

Fun Friday – Birthday Coupons

Yes, I think I am the coupon queen when it comes to holidays and birthdays.  I just LOVE giving them out for people to use.  So when I came up with the Father’s Day and Mother’s Day coupons, I thought, why not birthdays?  My children love their birthday wall of fame, but they love the coupons even more.  Every year they take those off first.  This year, I didn’t put them up and what happened?  The first thing they asked me was, where’s my coupons?  It made me laugh and feel good at the same time that they see it as a tradition.  So here they are, use them, and enjoy them.

Birthday Coupons

We created this artwork “JUST FOR YOU!”

For personal use in your OWN HOME ONLY and NOT

for RESALE . . . It’s got our copyright!

If you would like to share, please refer them to THIS blog!

Fun Friday – New Summer ideas!

Are you starting to hear the words “I’m bored”?  I would be hearing them if it wasn’t illegal at my house.  If you dare to say those two little words, you get a whole list of things you can do (and they aren’t always fun, just needed!).  However, I do understand as a mom that at this point we have had several days off and have experimented and tried just about everything.  So in order to beat summer boredom now that it is blazing hot outside, I have put together some Summer Fun Cards.  I have included my ideas as well as a blank one that you can write your own on.  My ideas are from the Salt Lake and Ogden areas.  I have included free ideas, places that cost money, as well as some fun things you can do at home.  Some of the ideas take a little preparation so you may want to be ready for that and some are just easy and fun like having a car wash!

You can separate them into “cost” and “no cost” so that you can decide what you want to do that day or “travel” and “no travel”.  You can set rules such as you can only pick once out of the jar and then you get to go do that activity or let them have a couple of chances to pick what they want (maybe 2 or 3).  You may want to only throw in what you are willing to do that day and let them pick from those items.  No matter how you choose to do it, it will give you some fun ideas and something to answer the “Mom, I’m bored what can we do?” question with!

Here you go, have fun!

Summer Fun Activities – Blank

Summer Fun Activities 1

Summer Fun Activities 2

Summer Fun Activities 3

I would love to hear about how this works or doesn’t work for you.  I would also love to hear about your outings and what you put on the blank ones.

I think it’s a lot of fun to share ideas.  Sometimes we need to think outside the box and in order to do that we need to connect with other moms!

Family Fun – Mother’s Day Ideas!!!!

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Did it sneak up on you like it did me?  In lieu of flowers for all our wonderful friends who visit our blog everyday, or at least every time we post, we are giving you some of our Mother’s Day ideas that you used to have to purchase from us.  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

The first one is our famous Mother’s Day Purse, which is a great idea to do, especially for those Mom’s who just LOVE purses.  I did this with my Mom last year and she loved seeing more and more goodies inside the purse, instead of just the purse.  There is a cute little note card to go along with the different items to put in the purse.

The second one is an idea I did for my grandmother, mother, mother-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, and aunts.  Yes, I WAS very ambitious in 2008.  They all loved it, so it was worth it.  I bought super various sizes of  clay pots, printed out my flowers, cut them out, and taped them on to shish kabob sticks.  In the center of each flower I put a round picture of each of the children, grandchildren, and great-grand children, depending on who I was giving it to.   (You’ll find the PDF file at the end of the post.)  We would love to see pictures of how your’s turned out.  Send it to us and we will add them to our blog.  myheartandhome@gmail.com

Look What’s Blooming

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!

Fun Friday – What Dinosaur Are You?

Alright, first off, I think I am a Grumposaurus right now.  I worked on this literally ALL day yesterday, just for you guys.  (My computer is so needing replacing.)  SIGH!!  Just know that I really wanted you all to have an awesome copy of this so that’s why I even attempted to make this on my computer.  The problem was, I had to scan in the documents then get rid of all the grey, make sure the lines were really black, etc etc.  Try and do that on a slow computer and still remain a Happyosaurus.  I digress.

This is a great idea to have in your home and you can post the mood of the family at that time.  We all want to strive to be a Happyosaurus, but it doesn’t always happen like we want.  I know that for sure, first hand.  It’s also a great idea to point out which family members are choosing to be awesome happy dinosaurs.  Watch carefully and you will soon see the negative dinosaurs go extinct in your family.

Watch for my additional FHE lesson on Monday to go along with this story.  Also included is the color pictures, I again, made just for you!!!  Enjoy the weekend, I know I will.  I might try and post additional info on this tradition but right now this is what you get today!

Please be sure to reference our blog if you want to share this idea.  These freebies we give you can take long hours and the best way to thank us for all those hours we put in is to link our posts.  There is a handy post linker at the bottom of each post you can use to share these ideas.