Monday, February 11, 2013

Busy Mama

Hello my long lost friends...
  I just realized I have not blogged since September!!!!  Eeeekkkk!!  So Sorry!  I have been so busy with being a mom of 5 that I have had to push this blog to the side for a little while. I am sorry for the unanswered  emails.  Many of you have asked for the Valentine printables. At this time they are not available- sorry, but I will have some other fun things available soon.

Happy Love Week! I am off to celebrate Hallie's birthday!
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Monday, September 24, 2012

I am what I am... A Mormon

   I have been thinking about this post for a while now, well since Brynlie was born actually.  You see, right after she was born, I was somewhat nervous as to how on earth I was going to be able to take care of these 5 kids, especially with school just getting out and all the kids home for the summer.

    I belong to one of the best groups of women in the entire world- The Relief Society!  When I came home from the hospital, dinner was brought to our family every night for the first week.  Then, more friends from our church congregation or ward as we call it, called to ask when they could bring dinner over or help watch the kids.

  I was overwhelmed with their kindness, charity and Christ- like love towards my family.  In those first weeks of being home with Brynlie there was an outpouring amount of love from Jesus Christ that we felt through these women who were instruments in His hands.  There were many who brought over homemade blankets, adorable little outfits, meals and served my little family in so many ways.  Not one of them were paid or bribed to come and help me, they just followed the example of   "What Would Jesus Do?"  One of my sweet friends even brought over her daughters to clean my entire house including scrubbing the bathrooms and mopping the floors so I could rest!  She was a pure example of teaching our children how to serve others and be more  like Christ.

  I was so touched by the goodness of these women, and as I thought about it, I realized that the title of this organization I belong to, The Relief Society, truly does bring relief to those in need.  Each Sunday I am able to go to church and listen to their stories and their testimonies of Jesus Christ and in turn be "relieved" and strengthened of my own trials.   These are women that I can talk with, laugh with, cry with, and learn from. They are all over the world and are my sisters.

  To me the Relief Society Organization is more than service.   In this time, with a new baby at home, I felt completely uplifted by those who may not be my direct sisters with the same parents, but are my sisters through Christ.

  The Relief Society organization is a free program for the women of  the world, even if you are not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  With the new presidential candidate, who is Mormon, there has been a lot of coverage as to what Mormon's really are. Some of it has been positive and some negative. The other day I was reading another blog and was so touched that there are Mormon women bloggers out there, sisters of mine, that are making a stand as to who we really are- Daughter's of God- doing our best to bring good to the world and the lives of those around us.

  One of my favorite stories in The Book of Mormon is about a group of 2000 young men who were stripling warriors. They were not afraid to fight and defend their families. They were not afraid to die because they had been taught about God by their mothers and they knew they need not fear death.  Today, I am grateful to stand with mothers like those in the scriptures who teach their children about the Savior Jesus Christ and together we stand as sisters in His gospel.

  This weekend, on Saturday night, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints holds their annual meeting for the Relief Society Organization.  I love being Mormon because of the strength I feel from so many other women, especially at these annual meetings and church on Sunday.

 If you are interested you can find the broadcast on on Saturday night.
Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Get Ready To Organize!

Last week I went to Wal-Mart and saw the rows and rows of back to school supplies.

Yes, my heart skipped a beat. 

I LOVE back to school supplies! I could spend hours
and money wandering the school isles at any store.  

I love the fresh boxes of sharpened pencils, the bright colors of the Crayola markers, 
and of course the yellow and green box of beautiful sharp crayons.

Then, I realized something.  I need to be more organized this year.
I always feel I can be more organized with my kids when my house
is in order, so I created these "Get Organized" sheets. 
You can find them as a pdf. printable in my shop here.

This one is for the kids.
I wanted to create something for them, and other kids that would help them
establish routine.  This list for kids can be printed as a 5 x 7 and then laminated
for every day use, or sent somewhere like Vista Print and printed as a pad of daily lists.

Then I made these 8.5 x 11 so I can be more organized at home, especially with meals!
and this one
You can find them HERE and print them as many
times as you would like for personal use.

Ah, I feel much better. Now, if I could just figure out a way
to keep my closet organized.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Feature Friday!

  Today, I am so excited to introduce you to Bonnie from Simply This and That.  I first found her blog on Pinterest and it is now one of my favorites.  She is so sweet and has a blog full of great ideas.   Here's a little
more about her and check out her blog here.

Hi, I'm Bonnie from Simply this and that. My blog name pretty much says it all. It's a little of everything I enjoy doing. I'm a mother to 5 wonderful kids who keep me pretty busy but in my spare time I enjoy blogging as a way to  share with others simple fun crafts, yummy recipes and various projects around the home. I hope you'll come on over and and say hi.

I LOVE these cute onesies here.  So fun & easy too!

And don't these look so yummy!

Thanks for sharing your talents Bonnie!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Important Family Dates

I have seen a lot of different ways to display family dates
and finally got a minute to create my own.  I LOVE how it turned out.
I created it in Photoshop Elements, but you could create it in 
any digital scrapbook program as well.

First start with a blank 8 x 10 canvas or page.
For the blue stripes, I used some digital scrapbook paper I had
and erased the parts I didn't want and then copied it and moved it to the bottom.

I then drew a yellow line, but you could also use digital ribbon or any 
other elements you like.

For the fonts I  used Pea Hannah Vanilla (size 40) from Kevin and Amanda
for the Yellow and for the Grey, I used Champagne & Limousine (size 44.62)
(my new favorite font)

Then, I merged it all together and saved it as a jpeg so I can print it at
Costco.  I am so excited about it!  I can't wait to display it in my kitchen.

Have fun creating your own Important Family Dates
& follow along on the side.  Thanks!

Sharing at these parties:

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mama's Wisdom for Monday

I decided I want to get to know my readers better, plus, I am sure I have
a lot to learn from each of you, so here is something new for Monday's.

For the moment my friend and reader, please act as though your name is Reader "Reada"
 and it is your wonderful job to write answers for this advice column every Monday.
(In other words, I need we all need a little help) :)

         Dear Reada,
               I have a 7 year old boy, whom I absolutely adore!  He is full of fun and laughter and always makes me smile.  However, recently we signed him up for tennis lessons.  He enjoyed them so much that we decided to take him and his sister to play one night as a family.  As we began playing he was excited to show us everything he had been learning.  I began playing with him, and that sweet little boy turned into a cocky and arrogant little tennis player.  He began saying things like, "Come on Mom! Give me your best shot!"  Then, when my husband played a game with him he said, "Dad, that wasn't a very good shot!  You need to hit it like this!"  How can we help him to play well in any sport, and, have good sportsmanship so others will want to be around him?
                                                             Tennis Mom

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Swimming Suits

The other night my sweet sister in law, Janelle,  brought over the
best enchiladas  for dinner & to meet her new niece.

(It just happened to be the same day my van wasn't working, so 
dinner was even more appreciated!)

While dinner was cooking, she gave me a white bag with blue ribbon handles and 
a blue owl on the side. The words on the bag read "Baby Gap."

I remember when Meg Ryan says in "You've Got Mail" something like "walking by a Baby
Gap is depressing".  Of course I can see why, when Brian and I were trying to get pregnant
it was very depressing to see pregnant women and anything that had to do with 
babies- especially cute little baby clothes.

However, now, a gift from the Baby Gap is exciting.  
I usually don't shop at Gap unless I find something on sale.  Yes my friends, I am a bargain shopper.

I was so excited to pull out the orange and pink checkered tissue paper and see the 
adorable gift Janelle had found. She always has great taste in clothes & fashion which made the
gift for Brynlie even more exciting.

This is what I found for Brynlie.
Is that not the cutest swimming suit ever!  I LOVE it!
Janelle even got the toddler size so Brynlie can wear it next summer.

I guess I should start planning a beach vacation now- we have to have the ocean
in the background for her one year old pictures right?  :) 
I just wish I had a matching one!  Of course I think the baby will look
much better in it!

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