Thursday, January 29, 2009

FHE in a Jar

Last night for our mutual activity, we put together FHE in a Jar kits.  I must admit, they turned out pretty dang cute.  I got the original document of strips from  But when I opened the word document, the formatting came up really bad, so I copied and pasted it into an Excel spread sheet and fixed the formatting to make it nice and uniform.  Each strip contains a song, scripture(s), and a question to discuss.  So easy!  This would also be good for scripture study/journalling.  I thought to make it a complete FHE there should be treats!  So, I got on and searched for "easy treats" and "easy desserts."  So, you have 7 pages of FHE lesson strips, and 5 pages of easy recipe strips.  I printed the lesson strips on white paper, and the treat strips on colored paper so you could tell the two apart and pick one of each.  I also made some cute tags to put on the outside.  In Jenny Smith's document, the first page is a tag and instructions.  Just so you know.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Manual 1 - Lesson 4: The Holy Ghost

I got to teach last week!  My advisor was speaking in church and didn't want to have to worry about preparing a lesson also, so she asked if I would mind teaching.  Hooray!  The lesson was on the Holy Ghost.  I really liked the lesson suggestion to have the girls write down the chalkboard discussion and take the paper home to put by their beds.  That way, when they say their prayers in the morning and at night, they will be reminded of the things they need to do to be WORTHY of the companionship of the Holy Ghost and also of the ways that the Holy Ghost can BLESS their lives.  I personally felt the Spirit telling me that if the girls would pay attention to the ways the Holy Ghost can bless their lives their lives and if they would look for those blessings at the end of everyday, that they would see those blessing and miracles and that it would be a great experience for them.  I hope they do it!  I need to do it also!

So, here are those handouts that I made.  If the design in the background is too light when you print it, let me know.  I print using a color laser printer and I have noticed that it prints significantly darker than it looks on my screen or when printed by an ink jet printer (photo or otherwise).  Again, there are two files - the original done on Adobe Illustrator and a .pdf file that can viewed using Adobe Acrobat.

Babysitting Workshop Mutual Activity

For our combined YW activity last week we did a babysitting workshop.  My advisor put this together and did a great job!  We gave mini classes on some of the basic stuff - like how and when to change a diaper, how to soothe and swaddle a baby, and what to do in emergency or stressful situations.  We put together little first aid kits with hand santizer (in fun colors and scents - you can get them at Target), bandaids (with cartoon characters on them), and alcohol wipes.  We had a baby changing race (the picture is of two of our leaders getting in on the action).  And we put together file folder games to put into babysitting kits.  I think it went pretty well.  (Even though none of our Laurels showed up - turkeys!)

Christmas Party

This year, for our Christmas party we did a white elephant gift exchange, made ornaments, ate yuumy Caramel Marshmallow Corn (recipe at bottom), and gave the girls their Christmas presents.

The ornaments were Christmas trees made out of little teeny tiny spools.   My advisor was the one who put that together.  She did a great job.  I'm sure you could Google it and find a tutorial, but as I was late and didn't get to make one, I am little or no help.

As for our gifts to the girls this year, I am quite proud of us.  I think they turned out so super cute.  We gave the girls treasure boxes to put all of their handouts and things that they get in YW's in.  We got pretty photo boxes at the craft store for 50% off!  We were just going to get plain brown boxes and paint them or do something to dress them up, but this way was cheaper.  We did make pretty little ribbon flowers for the outside by the girl's names.  And on the inside, we put a plain piece of paper and a tiny little binder clip glued to the inside of the lid so that it could be propped up at the end of the box and whatever handout was their favorite could be displayed.  We had  a lot of fun as a presidency one morning putting all these together.  We also included some yummy peppermint hot chocolate.  The hot chocolate is sort of a tradition for YW Christmas presents.

Caramel Marshmallow Corn
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 sticks butter
4 cups mini marshmallows

Combine ingredients in a large microwave safe bowl.  Heat in microwave for 45 seconds - 1 minute.  Take out and stir.  Continue heating and stirring in 30 second intervals until most of the sugar is dissolved.  

Add 2 bags of microwave popcorn and stir till coated.

* Note:  I have tried it with less butter (like 1 - 1 1/2 sticks) and only brown sugar (one cup - unpacked) and it was still really good.  I also think adding nuts makes it super yummy.  My favorite is cashews!

Friday, January 16, 2009


Obviously, I have not been very good about posting regularly.  I do have a lot of stuff that I am going to post very soon, but know that I am working on getting more contributors so that you all can get more ideas and stuff.  And feel free to email me with anything that you would like to contribute.