So… I’m alive.  Its been a while, but my life has been nothing less than insane since October!  We went on vacation to see the in-laws, and as soon as I got back life was beyond busy.  Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, planning Young Women in Excellence, planning a ward Christmas party, and having sick kids almost constantly, it may be a miracle that we are all still alive!

Basically, crafting and unnecessary creativity has been put on the backburner!  But, as I have been getting ready for New Beginnings, I have made a few YW printables I thought I’d share on here.  press2apress3theme

Here are the links to the print-quality 8″x10″ PDFs:

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Press Forward Scripture

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Prophets are Wise

My lesson for YW tomorrow is on the prophets and why we should follow them. I have posted my basic lesson plan, but today I made a handout for the girls. It was a quote by President Monson that I really liked, and I felt like it summed up the responsibility of a prophet: to remind us who we are and tell us what God expects of us.

remember who you are I sustain the prophet of the church through not only raising my hand, but through my thoughts and actions as well. I believe he is called of God to lead this church and to help us on this journey called life. I’m grateful for President Monson and all he does for us and teaches us. I’ve included a link for a 8×10 AND for 3.5x5s that can be cut and handed out. I found some simple frames at walmart (2 for $1.88) that I put mine in, but they are cute just printed, too.

Link to 8×10
Link to 3.5×5


Okay, so this is not my normal post, but I was recently called to serve the Young Women in my ward, and I have made a Jeopardy game for the prophets lesson I am giving in two weeks. So, I thought I’d share it if anyone is looking for an idea to teach about prophets to their girls. (Also, I think my handout is going to be different quotes from Monson that they will get to choose from and I’m going to put them on wood or frame them in cheap frames. Once I get those done I’ll put the links on here too!)

Here is the link to the powerpoint

Here is the game notes and the rest of the lesson:

OT200- Lehi. Why was it important for Lehi’s family to listen to him and leave Jerusalem?
OT400- Moses. Following the prophet led them out of slavery, saved their lives.
OT600- Abinadai. Think of everything that happened because Alma listened to this prophet… church was established, Alma was the next prophet, his son Alma the Younger had his experiences… basically last half of the Book of Mormon!
OT800-Samuel the Lamanite – did they listen? Some did, and they were able to prepare and have faith.
OT1000- Elijah- what happened to this woman for listening to the prophet? Her food never ran out again.
SITB200-prophets. they are experienced and know what is to come, they can help us if we listen to them
SITB400-the church. Brigham Young talked about staying in the boat and how it was the only way to not fall astray
SITB600-when life is easy. Brigham Young said that sometimes when life is easy we want to relax a little bit, maybe get out of the boat for a swim, but we will drift off to sea and become lost if we do that.
SITB800-trials. when we experience trials in life, it can shake our testimony, it makes life hard. If we give up and get out of the boat we will surely drown. It is better to stay in the boat and grab stronger hold of it to stay safe.
SITB1000-scriptures. reading scriptures and prophets of old will help give us added strength & safety through life
V200- prophets. The scriptures teach us that whether by the voice of the Lord or His servants, it is the same.
V400- President. He is the head of our church, religiously and organizationally.
V600-sustaining. We have to do more than just raise our hands, right? Our actions should also sustain the prophet’s teachings.
V1000- seer. Joseph Smith was a seer, he could see our day. Any other seers in the scriptures? Isaiah, Nephi, etc
PM200- Joseph Smith, Jr.
PM400- Thomas S. Monson
PM600- Brigham Young
PM800- Gordon B. Hinckley
PM1000- Lorenzo Snow
POP200- PROPHET. Elder Holland
POP400-PROPHET. President Uchtdorf
POP600- PRINCESS. Gasteau in Ratatouille
POP800- PROPHET. President Monson
POP1000-PRINCESS. Grandmother Willow in Pocahontas
The interesting thing about Jeopardy is that unlike any other game show, the contestants ASK the QUESTIONS, and the host GIVES the ANSWERS.
In the church, should we ask questions? YES! If Joseph Smith hadn’t asked questions, we wouldn’t even have a church! The Lord has provided us with prophets and leaders to answer these questions for us, whether they are prophets of the scriptures or modern day prophets.
Does anyone have an example of a time when listening to the prophet’s council helped them?
When I was in high school, I was wondering if it was okay if my ears were pierced. I was thinking about how it could be seen as defiling our bodies, just like we aren’t supposed to get tattoos. After a few months of wondering about this, President Hinckley spoke to the youth about how one pair of earrings in your ears was okay. I really felt like he was answering me and my question personally. I was grateful for that example and it taught me that any questions, no matter how big or small they are, I can turn to the Lord’s prophets with.
I know that is a simple example, but the prophets and other leaders really will answer any questions we have. And just like the gameshow, if we ask the right questions and find the right answers, we will gain a reward. A testimony, faith, hope, joy, strength…
I want to clarify, though, something that I’ve been thinking about lately. The world has twisted this idea. They argue about women not holding the priesthood or gay marriage or whatever they want to complain about, and they say that we claim that we are a church of asking questions, but when they ask they get put down. There is a difference between asking questions and questioning authority. For example, if a cop pulls you over, you are allowed to ask him a question, ask him why you were pulled over, but if you question his authority and yell at him and say he is stupid and not doing his job correctly… what’s going to happen? Nothing good, I promise you that! The Lord has never given us the authority to question the prophet. He has always said that the prophet says what Heavenly Father and Jesus want him to say, and nothing more. Questioning the prophet is questioning God. But to ask questions, to have a desire to understand more… that is also said in the scriptures time and time again. Ask, and you shall receive. If any man asks God… if these things are true… he will know the truth of all things.
We have been blessed with prophets and apostles. When our world is in jeopardy, when we face hard things and when our faith is put to the test every day, they are there for us to help us understand what we should do.

Happy Mother’s Day!

My friend Brooke asked me to make this quote into a sign for her so she can give it to her mom for Mother’s Day. I love when people ask me to do things because if I’m not making something for myself, I really don’t force myself to sit down and just create. So, thanks, Brooke, for the opportunity! Hopefully one of these works for you, but if you want something changed (colors, font, size, whatever…) just let me know! As always, the colors are brigher on here than they are going to be on the printable (check out the link to see what they actually look like!), and there are links at the bottom to the printable quality 8″x10″ JPEGS (I think I usually do PDFs, huh?!) so let me know if something isn’t working and I’ll take care of it! Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!handprint1 handprint2 handprint3 handprint4 handprint5

Link to #1

Link to #2

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Dino Dinner Time!

Well, I’ve not been creating as much as I’d like to lately, but I did create a much needed FHE (family home evening) lesson for my kids yesterday. They have been having a hard time with table manners, and I get tired of telling them over and over and over every night to “chew with their mouth closed, sit on their seat the right way, don’t get up to play with toys in the middle of dinner, stop complaining… we can’t have macaroni and cheese EVERY night!” The list goes on and on. So, I saw a “good manners dinosuar” thing on pinterest, and I thought it would be a good way to address this issue with my kids. However, the good manners she used were not the good manners I wanted to focus on myself. So, here’s what I did…

We read the story “How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. (Thank you local library for having it on hand!)

Then, we talked about our different dinosaurs. Note that these were the issues we have been having… you can make up your own dinosaurs to fit what your family needs.


PROMPT-osaurus (brontosaurus… yes, I realize they no longer exist. Scientists have destroyed my childhood by taking away my favorite dinosaur and my favorite planet. Its like I’ve been living a lie my whole life. I say, bring them back just for nostalgia’s sake!) The PROMPT-osaurus is always on time for his dinner. He does not say “just a second mom! I have to finish this game” or “Hold on, I’m not done playing with my toys.” He just comes when he is told.

CHAIR-odactyl (pterodactyl) The CHAIR-odactyl sits forward in his chair with his feet in front of him. He does not lean back in his seat or turn sideways or backwards.


TRY-ceratops (triceratops) The TRY-ceratops tries every new thing once, even if he doesn’t want to! He just might find a new food that he likes!

STAY-gosaurus (stegosaurus) The STAY-gosaurus does not get up from the table without asking. He does not go play with toys before dinner is done, he does not get up to get some milk in the middle of dinner. He stays at the table the whole time, unless he has permission to leave for the restroom, etc.


Tyra-NO-SHOW-US (tyrannosaurus) The Tyra-NO-SHOW-US keeps his mouth closed while he is chewing. He does not show us the food that is being chewed up in his mouth.

HAPPY-cephalosaurus (pachycephalosaurus) The HAPPY-cephalosaurus is always pleasant at dinner. He does not complain that he doesn’t like the food, and he does not fight with his siblings when they get too close to him. He is pleasant and kind all dinner long.

On pinterest there was another table manners lesson where a lady had a pig at the table and if you had a bad manner the pig was passed to you. I don’t remember the consequence for ending up with the pig, but I felt like this was a little too negative for my style, so what I did was got four little plastic dinosaurs from the dollar store and each of us will have a dino by our plate at the start of the meal. If we do not follow the example of our good table manner dinosaurs, then we will have to give up our dinosaur. At the end of the meal, whoever has a dinosaur left will get to color a spot on our dinosaur picture. *I also laminated my example dinos and will have them in the middle of the table so we can see/remember what we’re supposed to be doing.


Now, we eat out quite a bit, so the bribe here is that we are not allowed to eat out until all the dinosaur spots are filled. This is important to Shey because her birthday is in a few weeks and she really doesn’t want to miss her Birthday Dinner because of bad manners, so hopefully it will be enough motivation for us to keep on track! Once again, you could personalize the reward system however would fit best for your style.

So, below are printables of the dinosaurs (with and without names on them, in case you want to make up your own), AND studio files so you can open them in your silhouette studio and cut them out quick and easy! Also, the chart to fill in (with 40 spots) because I really am all about bribery with my kids! Let me know if you try this, or if you have more ideas on how to keep your kids better behaved through dinner!


(dino chart=rewards tracker, dinos.pdf=without names, dinosB.pdf=with names, dino1.studio (and 2 and 3)=silhouette print/cut files)

caught up

I’ll tell you what… I don’t know how the mommy bloggers do it!  I barely keep up with normal life let alone trying to keep up a blog at the same time!  But, my lovely friend Naomi asked me to make this printable for her this week, so guess what?  That is what y’all are getting!  We are very impatiently waiting for the arrival of Violet Mae, and I am happy to be able to post SOMETHING on here before she comes and takes over my life.  It is always fun to have something creative to do, too, so thank you, Naomi, for asking me to do this! (And, as always, the colors are probably looking way brighter than what they should print as! Naomi, I promise they are the same as the one you sent me… I even eye droppered them so they would be exactly the same color!)chris robin for Naomi

Here’s the link to the printable PDF 8×10.

Let me know if you need another size!

Happy Shower!

So, next week I’m hosting a baby shower for my baby sister.  It’s kind of weird that she is having a baby.  But mostly awesome.  I’m very excited for her and Dan to welcome a little one into their home.  I think they’ll be great parents, and it’s always fun to see people make the transformation from no kids to their lives being over as they know it.  Don’t get me wrong, having kids is the most amazing, rewarding thing that I have ever done.  It is also the hardest, most tiring, most overwhelming thing I’ve ever done.  I’m sure all mothers relate.

Anyway, I made some prizes for the games.  I am not anti-party games like some people are.  But my theory is that part of the reason people are anti-part games is because the prizes are usually things that we don’t really want/need anyway… lotion, candle, dollar store pedicure kit where the nail clippers snap in half on your first use… you get the picture.  So, I tried to make some prizes that would be worth the effort of these ladies to participate.   I don’t know if they’ll like them or not, but I tried.


I printed my printables, mod-podged them (only on the back side, I didn’t cover the front as I didn’t want the glossy mod-podge look) onto blocks I bought at Wood Connection (for $2.30 including the little knob on top) painted and tied a knot on top.  Good to go. For under $10 I had four gifts that are hopefully a little better than hand sanitizer or a candy bar! (*Although, I have to admit that I’ve seen pinterest ideas of nail polishes as the prizes, and I would TRY for a nail polish, believe you me!)

You could do this, or simply print and frame.  These are only 5×7 sizes because that is what I made, but let me know if you need a different size!





*Note from the photograph that these are once again not quite as bright in the printable as wordpress is making them on the screen.  At least my screen, I’m assuming yours, too.

Print 5x7s from these links:

Read me a story

Let everything you do

Give Thanks

I am brave