Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Standards and Sharks

How can I help others understand my standards?

This last Sunday I gave a lesson on standards to our Youth Sunday School class.  I love that standards and commandments are a great topic for everyone, no matter what their age we always need to keep high standards and the commandments. 

We talked about why we keep the standards and commandments the Lord asks of us.  And I encouraged the youth to see them as blessings, and instructions for a happy life instead of a burden.  We also did an activity where they chose a standard in For the Strength of Youth, and in pairs they told us about that specific standard and the blessings we will receive if we keep it, or any personal experience they have had with that standard/commandment.

I love the story Elder Keetch shared in his General Conference talk, "Blessed and Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God."  Read it!  It seriously is one of my favorites!  He tells a story about how sometimes we can't see the danger that lies ahead of us, but Heavenly Father does and that's why we have commandments and standards to protect us and make us happy.  Some may see them as barriers and others see them as blessings of protection, safety and peace.  With keeping these standards and commandments we can become the people He designed us to become and show our love to Heavenly Father!  And there's sharks in the story so that's awesome in itself!

I found the cutest shark gummies at Winco and decided to make some shark candy kebabs for a little-very sugary-treat!  You can find shark gummies online HERE or HERE!  I grabbed tons of gummy candies at Winco and Smith's, but if you want to find them online I'll link them next.  I used colored gummy fish, sour rope, orange slices, peach rings, and gummy worms.  I made a different mix of candies on each skewer and made sure to keep a lot of shark gummies throughout the mix!  Then I put them in my favorite clear bags and tied them off with the cutest little shark tags.

Standards and commandments definitely keep us from the sharks of life!

You can find the free printable for the tags right here>>>>Shark Tags!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

September Visiting Teaching Handout Ideas

Of One Heart

Before I get into all the adorable details for this months visiting teaching message I wanted to thank you all for your support on the giveaway I had this week!  Everyone that entered and checked out those amazing Etsy Shops are such sweethearts!  Thank you for your support and a huge congrats to Sarah Osborne on being the lucky winner! Seriously I'm jealous! haha

This months Visiting Teaching message is all about becoming one with one another.  This means that by showing love, compassion and accepting others we become closer to each other and we are able to please our Father in heaven by doing what he has had planned for us all along.  We grow closer to each other when we share each others burdens and show kindness no matter what they may be going through.  

This month I was inspired by the book, The Crayon Box that Talked By Shane DeRolf.  I love the simplicity of this book and that no matter how young or old, everyone can relate to this book and learn something from it.  It's a book about a box of crayons that don't get along with each other.  A little girl hears their conversation and buys the box and goes home to color the prettiest picture.  Only after they all work together, they see how needed and important each one of them really is.  

I love this part of the book, "We are like a box of crayons.  Each one of us unique.  But when we get together...The picture is complete."

So with Back to School in full swing the theme just fit!  I think it would be such a fun gift to give the sisters you visit teach-the book with this little tag or calendar, but if you wanted other options I have loads more too! 

Like these adorable little crayon decorations that are in the clearance Dollar Bins at Target.  I got mine for 50 cents, but I've heard they've dropped even lower.  

Or if you've been giving the calendar every month like my cute Grandma, you could give these little pencil clips just attach a magnet to the back.  Or just give them the printout so they can put it in their IKEA frame.

I feel like everyone always love art supplies, and giving crayons with this message is a no brainer!  

All of these items were less then $4 and the lowest was only about 20 cents.  I love the option of the crayon Twistables.  Super cute and easy to use!

Pair your choice of crayons or colored pencils with this super cute little coloring book all about how we can become 'Of One Heart."  Find all these adorable free printables below with links for the items if I can find them!

Or if you'd like you can put an adult coloring book with it. 
 I found these coloring books at Dollar Tree.

Not feeling the actual crayons?  They have the cutest new nail polish that would go perfectly with this theme! The perfect collaboration with Sally Hansen and Crayola!  Give them their favorite color so they'll love it even more!

If you're feeling a little crafty I have the cutest idea for you!  I found more crayons at Dollar Tree and grab a container while you're there.  They had glass ones too if you'd prefer that.  

Then just hot glue the crayons around the side of your container and you have the cutest little gift to give!  

I seriously think it's the cutest thing.  If you use a glass container you could put fresh flowers in, but I opted for cardboard and fake flowers! 

So many adorable options!  What is your favorite!?  I love to hear how people use these handouts, so let me know down below!  

Find all the FREE printables right here:

Here is where I found everything:

All crayons, colored pencils and markers-Target or Dollar Tree

Adult Coloring book-Dollar Tree (Online Option HERE)

Crayola/Sally Hansen Nail Polish-Target (Online Option HERE)

Ceramic crayons-Target Dollar Bins *Clearance*

Past Visiting Teaching Handouts and Ideas:


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Treasure Your Family

How can I explain the importance of marriage and family/family history to others?

This past Sunday I taught our Youth Sunday School class.  I wanted to do a review of sorts for the topic of the month of August.  I loved talking to the youth about their families and what they are looking for in their own future families!  Eternal marriages lead to eternal families so I wanted them to make sure to recognize that!  So we talked about how they can prepare now for the marriage and family they want later.  Which is perfect because they are all 15 turning 16 so dating is in full swing.

We talked about families, our siblings and parents, and how we can make our families stronger now.  We also talked about family history and the temple.  I loved talking about the Spirit of Elijah with the class!

I'm not the best example of doing my own family history, but I love my ancestors and I'm so grateful for what they did for me.  And I'm hoping to get better at family history! It's our job to make sure we do something for them! :)

We talked about how we can research family history and do their work, and also what we could set aside now to do work that will last-not just on earth but in heaven too!

For the handout I could not get this quote from Elder Andersen out of my head, "Families are the treasure of heaven."  So treasure theme it was!  I filled little treasure boxes I found a template for on Pinterest with gold candy, jewels and gold coins.  To make the coins even cuter I topped them with little sayings or quotes to remind them how important their family from the past, now and later in life really are!  I also made a little worksheet for them to write how they can treasure their own families.

I found the gold coins at Winco and the jewels in a big bag at Hobby Lobby, I found a few options online if you wanted to check them out below!

Here are the FREE printables for this lesson: 

Family Coins

How Can I Treasure My Family Worksheet

Online options:

Treasure chests How cute are these?! You could fill them with a few coins and leave them open or fill with any small candies!

Plastic Gold Coins

If you love Disney as much as I do, be sure to check out my last post.  I'm hosting a giveaway with some amazing Etsy shops!  Go HERE to read all the details on how to enter and to see all the fun things the winner will receive!

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Giveaway *CLOSED*

*Giveaway Closed!  Congrats to the winner Sarah Osborne!  
Check back for more giveaways coming up very soon!*

I am so excited to finally share the giveaway I've been planning for a few months now.  I've collaborated with a few Etsy shops and my favorite violinist to bring you a fun Beauty and the Beast themed giveaway!

The winner will receive all of these products to make up the most magical, Beauty and the Beast filled day or night!  This giveaway is packed with all the things that make that memorable tale what it is, lots of reading, roses and princesses!  To make this giveaway even sweeter one of the sweet Etsy sellers arranged a coupon code for all of you for the duration of this giveaway!  Cute Molly of Avonlea Treasures is offering 20% off your entire purchase on her Etsy shop, simply enter taleasoldastime at checkout and stock up on all of her adorable prints!

Go ahead and browse through each of their incredible shops, each of these sellers have incredibly beautiful and worthwhile gift ideas for yourself or others.

Here's what the winner will receive:

Belle Watercolor print from LaDecorColor Watercolor.-I'm already trying to find a way to incorporate their work in baby girl's nursery. Find them at their LaDecorColor Watercolor Etsy shop and their other Etsy shop LaDecorEU where they put their incredible designs on mugs, mouse pads and pillows!  Any of their products would be such a fun gift!

The Enchanted Rose Soy Candle from Firefly Candle Company.-Jennifer was inspired to create this candle from the iconic rose in Beauty and the Beast.  She has loads of other movie and book inspired, all natural soy wax candles that are sure to transport you to your favorite scene.  She also threw in a few samples of her candle Be Our Guest which smells absolutely heavenly!  Be sure to check out her Etsy Shop, Amazon store and her other social media accounts:  Instagram and Facebook Page.  I already have a list of her candles on my to buy soon list!

Belle Bookmark from Avonlea Treasures.-Molly has such a talent for creating beautiful bookmarks and illustrated quotes.  Her talent is something I could only dream of having!  I could hang any of her quotes on my wall in a heart beat!  Stay up to date with all of her beautiful and unique artwork found at her Etsy Shop and on her Instagram.  Remember to use the coupon code taleasoldastime to get 20% off your entire purchase for the duration of this giveaway in her Etsy shop!

Beauty and the Beast Bath Bomb from Heidi Handmade Designs.-Heidi makes the prettiest bath bombs, each are made to order and loaded with great ingredients.  I'm a huge fan of bath bombs so this definitely caught my attention, not to mention her bath bombs are way cheaper than LUSH.  So if you order from her you can get even more! ;) She also sales adorable custom glassware.  Check out her fun products on her Etsy shop and on Instagram.

Wish Upon a Star CD from Jenny Oaks Baker.-I use to work at Seagull Book for many years and there are a few artists that hold a special place in my heart.  Jenny is one of them.  She is an incredible violinist!  I haven't heard a song from her that I didn't like.  This CD is obviously one of my favorites because it is packed with her talent and lots of Disney magic.  I wanted so badly to include it in this giveaway and was thrilled when she said she'd give a signed CD! Even though this CD is my favorite of hers she has tons of other beautiful work and CD's, be sure to check her out at her following accounts:  website, YouTube channel, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You can also find this CD on Amazon HERE!

Just for fun I wanted to throw in a few gifts from me! Beauty and the Beast Animation DVD and the Live Action Beauty and the Beast DVD are a must when it comes to a Beauty and the Beast Giveaway!  The release of the live action movie was the kick start of this giveaway after all.  The original was always one of my favorites growing up.  And because Belle is such a book lover-like myself-I thought I'd give a new book too.  Lost In A Book by Jennifer Donnelly is all about Belle in the Beast's library and the adventure she goes on when she gets lost in a book.

I'm already so jealous of the winner!  Each of these contributors were so generous and lovely to work with.  Spread the love and take a look at their amazing accounts, shops, and products-trust me you wont be disappointed! 

Here's how to enter:

Comment below with a book recommendation, a product you found from one of these shops that you can't wait to try, or your favorite Disney princess.  Obviously mine is Belle!  In your comment make sure to include your email address so I can notify you if you're the lucky winner!

For more entries head to my Instagram account.

Giveaway ends September 1, 2017 at 8 PM MST.

Good Luck!!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Sabbath Day Sundaes

Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day

A few years ago I was one of the Relief Society instructors in my singles ward.  I honestly loved that calling!  I was able to connect with the women in my ward in a way that let me get to know them, and especially their testimonies too!  I've been keeping all my lesson outlines incase if one day I become a RS instructor again, but thought I might as well put them all up on my little old blog! 

Like I said this was a few years ago so even though this specific lesson from a previous Teachings of the Presidents of the Church manual might not exactly line up with your lesson now, I still hope it can be a source of inspiration and maybe spark an idea for you while your planning your own.  For reference I was teaching out of Teachings of Presidents of the Church:  George Albert Smith.  So let's get into it, I hope you find Relief Society as fun as I do!  And expect a few more Relief Society Lesson ideas and helps.

We live in perilous times prophesied by the Apostle Paul.  Those who try to walk the straight and narrow path see inviting detours on every hand.  We can be distracted, degraded, downhearted, or depressed.  How can we have the Spirit of the Lord to guide our choices and keep us on the path?  In modern revelation the Lord gave the answer in this commandment: 'And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day. -Elder Dallin H. Oaks

The Sabbath is designed to direct our thought away from the world and to focus on the Lord instead.  In the beginning, God consecrated the seventh day to represent God's day of rest after He created the world.  After Christ's resurrection, the first day of the week was honored as the Sabbath to commemorate His resurrection and symbolize that it is the Savior who truly gives us rest.

God's commandment that we keep the Sabbath day holy is not a burden but a blessing.

Just think about how the world would change if everyone kept the Sabbath a day of worship.  There's no way of knowing the beneficial change that might come if that happened.  The world would have us think Sunday as Sunday Funday, as if it could be the one day we could completely go against the commandments of God. 

Now is the time to ask ourselves:  Is the Sabbath a holy day or a holiday?  Shall I worship the Lord or worship pleasures and recreation?-Charles Didier

In our class we discussed how society in general would benefit if more people honored the Sabbath day.  We also talked about some appropriate ways to help our families and others see Sabbath-day observance as a blessing rather than a burden.  We need to be prepared to teach our own families to keep this day sacred and special when the time comes.

Sometimes I wonder what activities are appropriate for the Sabbath day and I ask a few questions to see if it will make it a holy day or a holiday.  On the board I made a bigger version of this Sabbath Sundae with questions we could ask ourselves if we are wondering about activities. 

1.  Will it draw me closer to God?
2.  Does it show respect for the Savior?
3.  Does it show love for the Savior?
4.  Will it inspire me?
5.  Will it direct my thought to the Lord?

Once I went over these I gave each person a worksheet so they could make their own perfect Sabbath Sundae with activities they would enjoy doing, but they had to go through these questions before writing it down.  I shared some of the things on my own list and a few ideas from a list I found online of 110 things to do on the Sabbath.  I also had a few items on display to  help them think of things like a little temple to represent a visit to the temple grounds, crochet, read church magazines, make or play church file folder games.  I then asked the class to share what they put on their own Sundaes.

Attending church is an important part of keeping the Sabbath day holy.

We learn and gain so much when we come together as a ward and share our thoughts, feelings and testimonies.  We especially go to partake of the sacrament and say spoken and unspoken prayers.

It is a sacred privilege to partake of the sacrament on the Sabbath day. 

We have to recognize how important the sacrament really is and what a privilege it is by learning about it.  On the back of their Sabbath Sundae worksheet I put a summary of a talk by John Bytheway where he talked about some of the symbolism of the sacrament.  Hopefully before the next sacrament meeting they can read all of these and make the ordinance of the sacrament a more meaningful part of their lives. We then discussed how we can make the sacrament a more meaningful part of our lives.

With so very much at stake, this ordinance commemorating our escape from the angel of darkness should be taken more seriously than it sometimes is. It should be a powerful, reverent reflective moment.  It should encourage spiritual feelings and impressions.  As such it should not be rushed.  It is not something to "get over" so that the real purpose of a sacrament meeting can be pursued.  This is the real purpose of the meeting.  And everything that is said or sung or prayed in those services should be consistent with the grandeur of this sacred ordinance.-Elder Holland

Worthily partaking of the Sacrament renews our spiritual strength.

It's so important to worthily partake of the sacrament.  We discussed how worthily partaking of the sacrament increases our spiritual strength.  The Sabbath day is an opportunity to show the Lord that we put Him first in our lives. 

"How can we have the Spirit of the Lord to guide our choices so that we will remain 'unspotted from the world' and on the safe path through mortality?  We need to qualify for the cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  We do this by keeping His commandment to come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and in that wonderful meeting partake of the emblems of the sacrament and make the covenants that qualify us for the precious promise that we will always have His spirit to be with us."-Elder Oaks

I ended the lesson by giving them each a mini Sabbath Sundae complete with a little cherry on top!  These are super easy to make too!  I got some cute decorated mini muffin liners at Gygi's here in Utah (find a similar version online HERE) and some little ice cream spoons (online option HERE).  I had my dad drill a hole into all the spoons and tied a little quote to the spoon.  It was so fun to see all of these on little cupcake stands waiting for the girls to grab them!  I filled them with a small handful of assorted Sweet's taffy, used a little bit of plastic wrap to help mold them into a ball and then cut a toothpick and put one end in a cherry sour for the cherry on top and the other end in the middle of the taffy.  It was seriously one of my favorite handouts! 

You can find the FREE printable for the Here's the Scoop! tags, and all the Sabbath Sundae worksheets HERE!

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Loaded Nachos

I wanted to do a quick post today to share some great new products I tried thanks to My Sharing Network! They sent me a free sample of Tostitos Splash of Lime Salsa and their Simply Organic Tostitios Scoops!  

We love nachos and knew we had to make some loaded nachos to go with these new, free finds!  

So here's what we did!  Layer chips with lots of fresh cheddar cheese.  Add refried beans, rotisserie chicken, jalapeƱos, diced avocados, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa.  Layer the ingredients to make the nachos last even longer and broil them in the oven for a few minutes.  Seriously this is one of my favorite snacks and can be even a quick meal!  Thanks for the free sample My Sharing Network!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Youth Sunday School Lesson: Keeping a Record

How will keeping a personal journal bless me and my family?

I love journals, even if I'm not the greatest at keeping one myself, I love the idea of them and reflecting on and remembering your life and the little events that its made up of for years to come.  And this lesson made me love journal keeping even more!

We talked about how we can Make the Most of our memories and write them down!  I shared a story about looking back at my own personal journals and journals my ancestors left my family and I have learned so much from past experiences both my own and theirs.  It has made me grow closer to those family members I didn't know in this life, but now feel like I know personally.  Moses 6:45-46 was the perfect addition to this topic.

I found the cutest journals at Walmart for just 50 cents!  I attached a little paper to cover the front with washi tape incase if they already had a journal they could remove it and use it for the new school year.  The quote will hopefully remind them of this lesson and help them think of how the Lord has blessed their life each day.

I also gave a pen to each person so they would have no excuses to start writing!  It's a perfect time to stock up and find good deals on all these things while back to school sales are in full swing.  I found the pens also at Walmart, but you can really find great sales anywhere.

We read Alma 37:8-9 and Moses 6:5 and shared lots of quotes I found while studying for this lesson.  I'll post the quote page printable below if you're interested.  We also discussed President Eyring's talk O Remember, Remember and watched this short video.

I love that when we keep a journal we can reflect, recognize and then remember the hand of God in our own lives.

I also gave each person a little bag of some M&M cookies.  If I had a little bit more time I would have made them from scratch, but I needed a quick treat so store bought worked just fine!  My sweet mom let me use some things from her party and handout stock pile, but you can find almost the same brown bags from Amazon HERE (crazy affordable and you get a bunch too) and the mini white clothes pins from Amazon HERE!

Even though at first I struggled with finding new material for this lesson I think it turned out just splendidly, and I hope it does for your class too!  Let's make your lesson easy and print out the free printables below!

Make the Most of your memories! Journal Tag

Make the Most of your memories! Treat Tag

Quote Page

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