Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Covenant Keepers

How can I deepen my understanding of covenants?

I love that this month is all about Ordinances and Covenants, it's so important for the youth to understand and grow their knowledge of the covenants they have and will make with the Lord. 

When we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

To start I began the lesson by asking what is a covenant and we read the definition in True to the Faith.  We then discussed some covenants we make and read the different scriptures in the outline to go along with them. We also created a graph on the board with three different sections:  covenants, we promise, and His promises.  We then went in to detail about each of these things for specific covenants.

At baptism we covenant to serve the Lord and keep His commandments.  When we partake of the sacrament, we renew that covenant and declare our willingness to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ.  Thereby we are adopted as His sons and daughters and are known as brothers and sisters.  He is the father of our new life.  Ultimately, in the holy temple, we may become joint heirs to the blessings of an eternal family, as once promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their posterity.  Thus celestial marriage is the covenant of exaltation.  -Russell M. Nelson

We also talked about missionaries and how they help others understand and encourage them to keep their covenants.  I mentioned that even though we aren't full time missionaries right now we can be member missionaries and help ourselves and others learn and keep covenants.

Make, keep, deepen understanding and honor covenants made.

When we realize that we are children of the covenant, we know who we are and what God expects of us.  His law is written in our hearts.  He is our God and we are His people.  Committed children of the covenant remain steadfast, even in the midst of adversity...The greatest compliment that can be earned here in this life is to be known as a covenant keeper.  The rewards for a covenant keeper will be realized both here and hereafter.  Scripture declares that "ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.  For behold, they are blessed in all things, ...and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven and dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. -Russell M. Nelson

Doesn't that sound amazing?!  So I wanted to make a little reminder for them to take home and remember this lesson and to deepen their understanding of covenants. 
I hope they always strive to be covenant keepers! 

This Covenant Keeper Kit Kat can be attached to a large Kit Kat or even staple a mini Kit Kat to it like I did for my class.  Perfect for any lesson about covenants or even a little baptism gift. 

Find the FREE printable HERE!

Monday, July 10, 2017

June Subscription Box Round Up

Summer is the perfect time to switch out products
to keep your skin and makeup looking summer ready!

Sephora Play-Your Summer Starters

Beat the heat with these perfect summer products.  Packed with warm weather must-haves.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer-A super lightweight face primer that minimizes pores and gives the skin a smoothed out-perfect looking finish.

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer-This smells totally amazing and it's totally hydrating and glowing for your skin too!  This primer leaves a slight shimmer while perfecting your skin for makeup.

OUAI Rose Gold Hair and Body Oil-This is a miracle product for dry, uncomfortable hair and skin.  An oil that is made of 3 different kinds of oils to pack a hydrating punch.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in K-Dub-This lipstick is seriously long lasting.  I swatched it on my hand and it was seriously there for a whole day! This makes it great for any summer outing you have coming your way.

IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel-Add this to your locks before blow-drying and it will give you the shine and style you've been looking for.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium-With notes of coffee, orange blossom and vanilla it is the perfect pick me up-scent for summer.  I've been wearing this ever since I got it and I'm seriously obsessed!  It's smells so amazing!

If you'd like to learn more about Sephora Play! you can go HERE!

Ipsy Glam Bag-Volume Up

This month Ipsy is challenging you to fearlessly express yourself.  With a cute bag that helps remind you to always speak your mind, it will be hard to forget to express yourself!

Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner-This eyeliner stays put all day long, self sharpening and is super pigmented!  There's not much more you need in an eyeliner.

Margaret Dabbs London Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily-This polish is the perfect jewel-toned color for summer!  It can be applied with just one coat too if you're in a rush, because it's so opaque.

BioRepublic Skincare Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask and Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask-These masks are seen as the Rolls Royce of sheet masks and they are completely ecofriendly!

VASANTI COSMETICS Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom-This gloss leaves your lips super hydrated and soft and boasts of a color that looks good on anyone!

theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush-This blush is super long lasting and is the perfect rosy blush shade.

Find more about Ipsy HERE!

Beauty Box 5-Adventure Awaits

This box is all about catching that adventure bug while you can and the products that will help you do just that!

Jessie's Girl Liquid Eyeliner-This pop of color eyeliner is sure to make your eyes stand out.  This brush is unique because it is calligraphy-style to help with precision! 

Prestige Cosmetics My Biggest Lashes Mascara-This mascara claims to add drama and high volume to your lashes without clumping.

Did Hair Jeweled Hair Tie Set-These bands are perfect to throw hair up quickly and doesn't cause any creases!

Laritzy Lip Pencil-This super pigmented liner is perfect to add definition and color to your lips.

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette-This little set is perfect for traveling and any summer plans.  These shades claim to be highly pigmented, buildable and can work from day to night!

Find out more about Beauty Box 5 HERE!

Walmart Beauty Box-Radiate Your Beauty

All about finding that radiance and maximizing it!

Schwarzkopf Got 2b Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Gel-Not sure if this is just for guys so I might pass this on to Dallin.  Either way he loves the got 2b brand and uses their hair gel every day!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes-I have heard so much about the Simple brand so I'm excited to try these wipes and see what all the fuss is about.

Pantene Pro-V Dream Care Shampoo and Conditioner-This combo seriously smells delicious!  It made the whole box smell amazing, I'm excited to see what it does to my locks!

Ecotools Mask Remover Sponges-These sponges can be used to remove and exfoliate skin after using a face mask or every day with some water and a little bit of cleanser.  I love the idea of these!

imPRESS Press-On Manicure Set-I have honestly never tried press-on nails so I'm a little weary and excited to try these.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel-I've heard so much about this brush cleanser so I'm looking forward to trying it out, even if it is a foil packet.

Find out more about the Walmart Beauty Boxes HERE!

I think this months winner goes to Ipsy or Sephora!  I love that in both I got unique products that I'll actually use and keep in my collection.  What box should I try next!?

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Visiting Teaching Handout Ideas

That They May Be One

I love the message for this month!  All about recognizing and accepting the Lord's will for us and then listening and obeying.  When I first read this message I continuously thought of the Mormon Pioneers.  In Utah we celebrate their lives and example on the 24th of July, because that was the day they entered the valley so many years ago.  I can think of countless examples of each saint choosing to accept the will of the Lord no matter how hard it would be on them, or what was in store for them.  

So no matter if you live in Utah or not I think July is a perfect month to celebrate these amazing pioneers.  I think as Latter Day Saints we all share a bond with these early saints.

His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.
-The Living Christ

Call me crazy, but whenever I think of pioneer treats I think of taffy; and the taffy at Chocolate Covered Wagon is perfectly old fashioned and delicious.  They have so many flavors like cinnamon, pina colada, banana, blue raspberry and vanilla walnut-just to name a few!

Grab a bag of this fun mix of taffy and fill these adorable pails with them add a little bandana liner and you are good to go.  Or if you're still on the calendar train, pop this little printable (found below) in your IKEA frame with some fresh new ribbon.  An adorable old fashioned magnet would be super cute if you're doing the magnets or any fourth of July magnet would work perfectly too!

Or wrap them all up in one big bandana for a treat for the whole family!  

I also wanted to share some pioneer stories with my visiting teaching sisters so they could have specific examples.  Add this to your handout and let them read these short stories throughout the month.  

As we endeavor day by day and week by week to follow the path of Christ, our spirits asserts its preeminence, the battle within subsides, and temptations cease to trouble.
Elder Christofferson

I hope these printables help you and your sisters realize how important His will is for each of us, and makes visiting teaching a little easier! :)

FREE printables:

Helpful Links and Where I Found Things:

Mini Tin Pails found on Amazon (Prime and available in multiple colors) HERE 

Bandanas found at Dollar Tree (2 for a dollar)

Pioneer stories found HERE 

Find more Visiting Teaching Handout ideas from previous months below:


This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are as always my own! :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Women and Priesthood Holders

How do women and priesthood holders work together to build the kingdom of God?

I feel like I usually hear lessons based strongly on men in the priesthood or remembering women and the priesthood.  I love that this lesson was all about them working together to build the kingdom of God. 

There is strength and great capacity in the women of this Church.  There is leadership and direction, a certain spirit of independence, and yet great satisfaction in being a part of this, the Lord's kingdom, and of working hand in hand with the priesthood to move it forward.  -Gordon B. Hinckley

We talked about how we see men and women working together in wards, stakes and especially families.  And discussed how each of us has something to contribute, different strengths, talents and gifts.  We also talked about how we can apply this in our lives now whether it be church, callings, classes, and at school.

I then wanted to focus on families and the role husband and wife/father and mother play in God's Eternal plan.  We read paragraphs 6 and 7 in The Family- A Proclamation, and talked about the specific things that stood out to them, and what they can do now to have the kind of family relationships described. 

I love writing and sending cards, especially thank you notes!  We had a homecoming yesterday where the missionary said that showing appreciation was a spiritual gift, it shows your gratitude for the person you are giving thanks to.  People need to hear how thankful we are for them.  Especially our family members!  And parents are at the very top of that list.  The last part of the class I had the youth write notes to their mom or dad or both and tell them how much they love and appreciate all they do for them. I love finding cards in the dollar bins at Target-they were perfect to use for this activity. 

I loved seeing the youth take their time to think and really appreciate their parents and all they do to work together to make their families lives better! 

To remind the youth that women and priesthood holders work together to BUILD the kingdom of God, I gave them a little pail of lego candies.  I loved seeing the reaction of the young men when they saw these.  They loved building and eating them!  I found the little pails at Dollar Tree and the lego candy at Winco.  

If I didn't have the little white pails already I would have used these cute buckets!

If you'd like the FREE printable tags you can find them HERE!

This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are as always my own! :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Following Counsel from Priesthood Leaders

Why is it important to follow the counsel given by priesthood leaders?

Recently I gave this lesson to our cute youth Sunday School kids.  I'm not joking it was one of the easiest lessons to pull together thanks to a couple really easy helps.

We read D&C 1:38 and D&C 21:4-5 to learn more about how the Lord speaks through His servants.  We then discussed specific counsel the youth have received from a bishop, stake president or priesthood leader; and the blessings they have received from following their counsel. 

We then broke up into two groups and read "Two Lines of Communication" by Dallin H. Oaks. One group read about the personal line and the other read about the priesthood line.  I had the youth write on the board what stuck out to them while studying about each line.  We then read section three together and discussed how it's important to be aware of both of these lines of communication so we can be better connected to our Heavenly Father.

So of course I had to give something to help them remember how priesthood power blesses their lives, and I found the perfect printout at Older and Wisor HERE!  I've used this print out several times and each time I think it's just the cutest.  Find the free printable on her blog!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bedtime Beauty Routine

For as long as I can remember I have loved getting ready for bed and well, really sleeping!   Just ask my family and my cute husband.  If I don't get a good nights sleep I'm a total bear in the morning!  I've found that I can do a few things the night before to help me be the nice person I hope to be and get that great sleep I need.  I find it so refreshing to calm down after a busy day with a few nightly rituals that help me de-stress, relax and get ready for some beauty sleep. So when I was inspired by Leesa a company that their mission is to help people get a great sleep, to share my own bedtime beauty routine I couldn't pass up the opportunity! 

I've linked to all of the products I use under each picture for easy access if you're interested!

To start I always brush my teeth and floss so I can move on to the fun stuff quickly.  I then wipe off all of my makeup with a face wipe, my favorite kind at the moment can be found at Costco.  After I've got all my makeup off I double cleanse to help my skin get super clean.  I start with the gentle Cetaphil cleanser and follow that up with the Ole Henricksen one shown above.

Next comes my favorite part!  I love face masks so I have quite a collection.  I love to see what my skin is in need of that day and choose accordingly.  As you can probably tell my favorites are probably the Origins Clear Improvements or Origins Out of Trouble because they are so purifying and make my skin feel so clean.  

Call me crazy, but after I take my first mask off I apply a sheet mask.  I love to prep my skin to feel hydrated for the night ahead.  I'm totally loving these masks by Tonymoly right now, and I mean $10 for a pack of 11 sheet masks!? That just can't be beat!

While my skin is soaking in all those great ingredients from the sheet mask I usually hop into the bath tub.  When I am really pampering myself I usually drop a LUSH bath bomb in, but on normal nights I usually just put a couple of pumps of my normal body wash in the bath.  It gives the bath a clean, fresh scent and adds some bubbles! 

Once I get out of the bath I tend to do either of these next steps.  If I had a sheet mask I usually press the remaining product from the sheet mask packets on my face and neck then let it soak into the skin for the rest of the night and move on to the next step, but if I didn't have a sheet mask that night I follow up with these products to prep my skin for bed.  

Pregnancy acne is a real thing people and boy am I struggling!  I have been trying out this Tea Tree Oil and it seems to work sometimes but if you have any tips or tricks send them my way!! 

I am such a total fan of eye cream these days!  As you can probably tell loads of these are sample sizes-thank you beauty boxes, I love to get to try new products all the time!

For the last step I put my hair in a low, loose side braid because I don't even want to deal with the mess of tangles if I left my hair free in the night, and to keep it out of my face.  I then apply some lip balm, hand cream, and occasionally foot cream. This is best when my skin is dry and chapped.  By this time I'm usually feeling super relaxed and ready for some amazing sleep!  

I'd love to hear a favorite step of your own bed time beauty routine!

If you'd like to learn more about Leesa and how they like to help people get great sleep head on over to their site HERE!

This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are as always my own! :)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Reverence and Revelation

How does reverence help me receive revelation?

Last year I gave the same lesson (find it HERE) and thought for a second I could use the same lesson plan and handouts, but that would have been way too easy!  I wanted to update and make some new ones with a new theme.

So this time around I wanted to focus on how God communicates to us individually. We focused on how it's a still small voice, not loud and overbearing.  We also discussed the difference between sacred things and things of the world.

I wanted the youth to know that we get to choose if we are being reverent and we can invite revelation in our lives by doing so.  We choose if we are inviting or pushing away the Spirit and revelation.  So of course I had to pair this handout with some gum!  I found these perfectly small packs at Dollar Tree.  If you want to use the printable I made you can find it down below and it fits them perfectly!

The worldly constantly competes with the sacred for our attention and priorities. 
Elder Paul B. Pieper

Scriptures we read:

Talks I used:

Find the free printable HERE!