Monday, March 18, 2013

Come Follow Me (March Lesson) Handout: What is the Resurrection?

I read President Monson's talk, He is Risen that the lesson guide suggested.  I LOVED his story about Jason that he relates at the end of his talk.  I decided to play off of the word "NEVER" that Jason so boldly professed in his hospital bed.  I thought it was very powerful.  I wrote this little saying to go with Jason's words and to sum up my lesson on the resurrection   I also showed the Bible video: For God So Loved the World (John 3:16), during my lesson.  It turned out really wonderful! I am so grateful for the atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ! What a wonderful blessing promised to each of us!  

I used chocolate gold coins, and butterscotch discs to represent "riches".  I then wrapped them in tulle, added a ribbon and stapled it to the quote.
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Fabric Covered Flip Flop Tutorial

For our 2013 year theme, "Stand Ye in Holy Places", we decided to give the upcoming Beehives, a pair of flip flops during our New Beginnings night.  I wanted to think outside the box and come up with something a little different than the rag-tied flip flops that I have seen before.  I simply wrapped the fabric around these flip flops from Walmart ($.98) and Voila!  Cute colorful flip flops.  I thought I'd share the tutorial below. 
We wanted to do these in the Value Colors.  You can see I only have 7 colors because the white flip flop counts as Faith. *Note: Each strip will do one pair of shoes.  So, you can make a at least 40 pairs of shoes (depending on the width of the fabric) out of 1/4 yard of fabric!

You can leave the shoe plain as seen above in Step 4 and be done, or if you'd like to add an embellishment between the toes as I have done, than you can do so. Note: I just used hot glue and it seems to do a pretty good job, however, for more durability, you may want to use a stronger fabric glue.   

I added our theme on the sole of the shoe for an added touch.  I wrote these on here with a fine tip permanent marker.

Here's the end result!  I chose to add little roses between the toe (made out of felt), but you could embellish it with whatever you'd like.  The possible variations of this project are endless!

Here's how we packaged these for the girls.  The girls were THRILLED to have these shoes!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mutual Activity: Missionary Pillowcases

We LOVE our Missionaries and are thankful for their service!
For Mutual, we decided we would send the missionaries from our ward, as well as the full-time missionaries serving in our Stake, a little "Thank You" for all they do, and also to let them know we support and love them.  Some of the YW have brothers on missions, so it was especially meaningful to them.  I made this sign and printed it onto transfer paper and ironed it onto the pillowcases. We then had the girls write their favorite scriptural reference and their name on it as well as the Elder's favorite scriptural reference (just for filler, we wrote some extra scriptures as well and let the girls doodle a bit).  All of the missionary mothers were more than happy to send it to them in their packages anyways, so it saved us on shipping.  We asked the mom's ahead of time so they could prepare.  

For the Full-time missionaries in our Stake, we had a group of girls baking cookies while they weren't signing and at the end of the night, we folded the pillow cases, tied it in a ribbon, and took it to the missionaries with a plate full of hot cookies.  

Remember, as you write on these, you'll need to put a book or piece of cardboard between the case so the markers don't bleed through.  We just used Sharpie markers, but know that they bleed, so it would have been helpful to use fabric markers instead.

Click on the link to print out the "Return With Honor" Iron on Transfer. Note: it is backwards so that when you iron it on it will be the right way,

Friday, March 8, 2013

"PLUG INTO GENERAL CONFERENCE"-Gift idea for Young Women

As you ALL know, Young Women LOVE their phones, iPads, iTouches, MP3 players, etc... I stumbled across "dust plugs" on ebay one day and knew that I had to buy them.  I didn't know how I would use them for young women's per say, but I knew the girls would OBSESS over these.  I purchased a package of 21 on ebay* for $3.75 (note: you will have to bid on them, so the price could vary).  They are universal and should fit in any headphone jack that you have. They have glittered bows, roses, daisies, reg you can get a pretty great variety. 

I bought a package for me, and every time I pull my phone out at YW (and everywhere for that matter) I have someone comment on how amazing and cute it is with the common phrase "Oh, I want that!"

General Conference is coming up, so I thought since this is literally called a plug, I would play on words. And hopefully, each time they saw their plug they would remember the words of the Prophets and listen to the whispering of the Holy Ghost.
I printed on white card stock and made it look like an iPod with the poem in the middle and the cute plug on the upper hand corner.
  Here's the poem I came up with:

“Plug” Into General Conference 
In times of troubles and of tears
We don’t need to worry
We don’t need to fear.

A prophet’s voice will guide and direct
We need to listen
We need to connect.

“Block” out the interference that comes our way,
We will feel the Spirit
We won’t delay.

For the joy we find will not be bought,
It comes by listening and in thought.

You may download a pdf version of my handout here: Plug into General Conference (4 per page):

* to find these on ebay, search for "bow dust plugs", or "flower dust plugs"...  You will find them that way.  They are usually sold in a 19 or 21 piece set and shipping is free.  It can take 3-4 weeks to get (they come from China), so you want to plan ahead.  Also, every time I have ordered one, I have always been given on extra plug as a free gift!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gospel Busy Book Idea for Children-Compiled by The Friend Magazine

I recently went to a busy bag exchange and it got my wheels turning.  My girls LOVED all the activities, but I felt like I wanted something GOSPEL related that I could just Grab-and-Go for church.
My girls LOVE all the activities in the Friend.  However, up to this point, every activity in our Friend magazine's have been scribbled on.  I wanted a way to preserve the fun activities and be able to reuse them.  I really didn't want to spend $$$ on laminating them, so I found that just by inserting them into a page protector gave me the same result.
I bought 5 tab dividers I inserted within the Book and came up with 5 different sections of activities.  If you log onto, you can find past issues of The Friend and can print out many of the activities. You can also cut the pages out of your magazines, which I what I did for most of it.

Dry Erase Markers work really well on Sheet Protectors.  For the eraser, I just used pinking shears to cut a decorative edge on felt.
 Here's the 5 Sections:

My girls LOVE Seek n' Find games!  These come out of the "Fun Stuf" section of the Friend, which can mostly be printed out online.
2013 Friend magazines are highlighting one Prophet each month on the back page.  I just simply cut out each one  and will collect them throughout the year.
This is perfect for my 6 year old daughter who has learned how to read. This is even great to read to little ones to reinforce gospel teachings. I also have some of the stories of Jesus, which The Friend highlights.
I am thrilled by this!!!  I went to Deseret Industries one night and found some LDS and BIBLE children's activity books in the book aisle for $1 each.  So the activities from above came from those books as well. My girls LOVE mazes and connect the dots and what's better than religious ones!!!
Right: I printed most of the coloring pages from online, but I have also just copied them out of The Friend and placed them in the pocket on the tab page.  On the Left: I made this printable activity myself and will attach it here.  I put it in the "ACTIVITY" section and it's on the Word of Wisdom.
Top: This little binder pocket was from Walmart for $.50 and holds the supplies you'll need for the book. Bottom: Sometimes kids just want to doodle so I added extra paper and stickers for fun.
This has been a HUGE success for me.  My kids ask me for these activities every week and it helps with reverence during Church.  I think it's a great way to preserve your favorite moments from The Friend.  Not to mention, when they get tired of an activity, you can  constantly rotate it.

I purchased this cute bag from Walmart.  My goal with this project is to have it "grab-and-go".  It is important for me, seeing as I have 9am church and it is hard to get there on time!  Also, keeping this as a "Sunday Only Activity" helps keep it fresh and exciting for my girls to look forward to each week. I also have used some of the file folder games from the Finch Family Books (sold online and Deseret Book), which are also in my bag.  I will later post on some of them on here.

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