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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fairy Garden Party

Cute little party idea for this time of year.
I love the fairy references. 
Doesn't this chinese lantern look 10 times cuter with that little butterfly stuck on it!!? 
I like how they put some pom poms on the table - nice idea. 
Simplest little cupcakes, but they are SO adorable! 
Apples!  So cute!  Who knew!? 
The pokadot mushroom cake is killing me.  Adorable. 
Sweet and simple to-go bags.  I love the simplicity of this party.  It's so adorable!  Visit{Party Perfect} for more details.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Slime & Gak

Can't wait to use this someday with my two boys. 
How to make Slime. 
How to make Gak. 
Thank you, {Our Best Bites}!

Christs' Guidance vs Satan's Deceptions Lesson Handout

So, basically the lesson contrasted Satan's deceptive ways that lead to destruction with Christ's plain ways that lead to ultimate freedom and salvation.
So, going off of this scripture:
"And there are also secret acombinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the bdevil, for he is the founder of all these things; yea, the founder of murder, and cworks of darkness; yea, and he leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever." {2 Nephi 26:22}
I spoke about a rope, which when you break it down and pull it apart is made up of many strands of flax.  These little strands are so soft and almost comforting and very easy to break.  I told them, this is how Satan catches us, but as time goes on and on, if we continue following after him, he builds an builds on those single pieces of flax until he has us bound in huge chains of rope.
I contrasted this with the way Christ works and how as we follow after Him and partake in the gift of the atonement, we become more and more free.  Through Christ, we gain freedom.  And the amazing thing is that He gives this to us freely, which is good because there is no way we could ever pay Him back.  All He asks is that we follow Him and live righteously.
So, I gave them rope candy - twizzlers pull and peals to emphasize the significance of how a small piece of rope isn't very binding, but it becomes binding when combined with other small pieces.
To it I attached a tag that said: "Remember: While Satan's Ropes Will Bind Us, Christ Will Always Set Us Free."

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring, Spring, Spring!

I am really loving these pastel pinks right now. 
Perfect for this time of year when everything is new again.
Makes you just want to dance around hugging things. 
I love this time of year. 
Fresh and bright. 
I love how no matter how long winter is, 
Spring always follows.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Eggs Nest Cookies

I saw these and fell in love!!  Such a cute little Easter idea! 
Find all the details at {The Curvy Carrot}.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Delight in the Words of Isaiah Lesson Handout

Planning the lesson I read this statement by Elder Boyd K. Packer:
“The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is written in biblical language, the language of the prophets.
“For the most part, it is in easy-flowing New Testament language, with such words as spake for spoke, unto for to, with and it came to pass, with thus and thou and thine.
“You will not read many pages into it until you catch the cadence of that language and the narrative will be easy to understand. As a matter of fact, most teenagers readily understand the narrative of the Book of Mormon.
“Then, just as you settle in to move comfortably along, you will meet a barrier. The style of the language changes to Old Testament prophecy style. For, interspersed in the narrative, are chapters reciting the prophecies of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. They loom as a barrier, like a roadblock or a checkpoint beyond which the casual reader, one with idle curiosity, generally will not go.
“You, too, may be tempted to stop there, but do not do it! Do not stop reading! Move forward through those difficult-to-understand chapters of Old Testament prophecy, even if you understand very little of it. Move on, if all you do is skim and merely glean an impression here and there. Move on, if all you do is look at the words. …
“… The Lord had a purpose in preserving the prophecies of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, notwithstanding they become a barrier to the casual reader.
“Those who never move beyond the Isaiah chapters miss the personal treasures to be gathered along the way” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 76–77; or Ensign, May 1986, 61
So, I brought a "Treasure Box" that I actually already had as a decoration in my house and set it on the table where they could see during it the whole lesson. 
At the end of the lesson I read the last part of that quote from Boyd K. Packer:
"They loom as a barrier, like a roadblock or a checkpoint beyond which the casual reader, one with idle curiosity, generally will not go.
“You, too, may be tempted to stop there, but do not do it! Do not stop reading! Move forward through those difficult-to-understand chapters of Old Testament prophecy, even if you understand very little of it. Move on, if all you do is skim and merely glean an impression here and there. Move on, if all you do is look at the words. …
“… The Lord had a purpose in preserving the prophecies of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, notwithstanding they become a barrier to the casual reader.
“Those who never move beyond the Isaiah chapters miss the personal treasures to be gathered along the way”
At which point I told them I brought them treasures! 
I used Hershey's nuggets and stacked three on top of each other to look like bars of gold. Then I tied on the last bit of Elder Packer's quote that talks about the treasures we'll miss if we don't move through the Isaiah chapters.
Simple, but effective way to help the kids remember what the lesson was about.  And, they loved the treasures of course.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lucky Snack Idea

This would make a great after school snack on St. Patrick's Day.  Love this idea!!  So simple, yet so cute.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lucky Dinner

How easy is this!?  Nice idea from {The Girl Who Ate Everything} for a quick and easy St. Patrick's Day dinner.
Or here's a fun idea from {Lisa Storms}.  I love how cute she is with food!  She used a cookie cutter to cut shamrocks out of spinach tortillas.  This would make a yummy chicken taco salad.  Looks delicious.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. Patrick's Scavenger Hunt

So, we always hear about how Leprechauns are tricksters.  I love this idea of the little guys creating a scavenger hunt for the family.
Complete with printable clues. 
Such a fun idea for St. Patrick's Day!
Visit {The Crafting Chicks} for more info and all the printables.

Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Patricks Day Wreath

I love love LOVE this idea!  Here's what you need.

Step 1: Make a shamrock out of wire.

Step 2: Make some bundles using clippings from your bushes (boxwoods are best).

Step 3: Attach the bundles to the shamrock shape using wire.

I'm kind of in love with the way this looks!!  Such a cute St. Patrick's Day decoration!!!  Visit {Blue Sky Confections} for all the details.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Rainbow Party

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd share a cute Rainbow Party idea.

Love how simple this idea is, but how bright and fun it can be!! 
These pictures are from {The Pleated Poppy}
Great idea to hang tons of balloons from the ceiling.
 
I also love that rainbow spots table runner/strip of fabric.
This party was an art party, so I love the use of art supplies as a centerpiece! 
Isn't that cute!? 
What kid doesn't love making paper chains?  They could help you make the decorations on this one.  Love that idea. 
Straws.  Super cute. 
Love this food idea!  So healthy and so cute looking!  We don't need skittles to taste the rainbow. :) 

I also found this fun party at {Kara's Party Ideas} with some more great Rainbow Party ideas. 
Love those paper flowers!  Another great diy idea that kids can help make.  They're just paper folded like fans - probably two pieces taped together to make a circle, and then they cut the ends to make them pointy.  Love the way this looks!  Such a pop of bright color!! 
Chocolate covered cookies?  Just dye the chocolate and dip.  Super cute, and fun idea. 
Love these colorful drinks! 
A jar full of gumballs.
 
I love chocolate covered pretzels and the rainbow sprinkles on these make them a super cute addition to this fun party idea. 
Another take on that rainbow fruit idea.  Yummy fruit kababs.
I love this idea!  We might have to eat a lot of these things on St. Patrick's Day.  But, this would make a great party any time of year.
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