Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Watch Your Words!

Young Women September-Commandments
How do the things I say affect me and those around me?

I have a new calling and I am so excited about it!  I'm a Mia Maids Advisor!  This has been one of my dream callings ever since I looked up to my own leaders when I was a teen and in Young Women's.  

The first lesson I gave was all about words!  Words we read.  Words we hear.  Words we write.  Words we speak, and words we think.  I hung papers on the board of each of these statements.  I asked the girls what each one means and what are some things we do of each.  For example words we read could include books, emails, magazines, and words we hear are music, tv, movies and so on.  I wanted to focus on words we speak and think because I think they really effect all of the others!

We read Ephesians 4:29-32 and discussed how that related to the 5 phrases on the board.  I told the girls to keep these phrases in mind throughout the lesson and think about their own words and what they could change. 

Our language can either uplift and encourage or hurt and offend.  Our words have a powerful effect on others.  The things we say can be offensive to God and others if we use profanity, gossip, crude language, or insults.  How we speak can also affect our ability to receive guidance from the Holy Ghost.

We watched the video Bullying-Stop It.  It honestly almost had me in tears.  How often are we to say or do something without thinking, that could hurt someone else.  

I then shared a story that was shared in General Conference a couple of sessions ago.  It went as follows-Recently, as three-year-old Alyssa watched a movie with her siblings, she remarked with a puzzled expression, “Mom, that chicken is weird!”  Her mother looked at the screen and responded with a  smile, “Honey, that is a peacock.”  Like that unknowing three-year-old, we sometimes look at others with an incomplete or inaccurate understanding.  We may focus on the differences and perceived flaws in those around us whereas our Heavenly Father sees His children, created in His eternal image, with magnificent and glorious potential.

I shared an example of a youth in our ward bullying another youth and another youth stepped in and told them to stop it and that they were bullying.  I was so proud of that youth that stood up for the person that was being bullied and how they put the bully in their place.  I shared this experience because I wanted to bring to their attention that this is happening, it could even be happening to their friends or by their friends.  

Elder Holland said, “It goes without saying that negative speaking so often flows from negative thinking, including negative thinking about ourselves.  We see our own faults, we speak-or at least think-critically of ourselves, and before long that is how we see everyone and everything.  No sunshine, no roses, no promise of hope or happiness.  Before long we and everybody around us are miserable… Our words like our deeds should be filled with faith, hope and charity.”

This is a topic that everyone needs to hear.  No matter their age, position in life, trials, or circumstances.  Words have so much power!  They can either build up or tear down.  We can all remember a time when someones words have brought us sadness, we can also probably remember a time when someones words have made us feel hope or happiness.  We must choose to have words full of positivity and love.  

One of my favorite quotes is from Plato, "Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."  It's true!  We each have our own problems and trials.  Its so easy to be nice and kind, let's do that instead!  

President Thomas S. Monson said, “In a hundred small ways, all of you wear the mantle of charity.  …Rather than being judgement or critical of one another, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow traveler in this journey through life. May we recognize that each one is doing her or his best to deal with the challenges which come her or his way, and may we strive to do our best to help out.”

I challenged the girls to find some ways that they can fill their words with faith, hope and charity in all the words they use in their life-whether they are words they think, hear write, read or speak! 

For the handout I adapted this adorable handout idea from Little LDS Ideas, to include the last sentence that reads 'I'll be sure every word is full of faith, hope and charity each day.' To better go along with our lesson.  It's a lovely poem to remind the girls that as they put on their chapstick they can remember to watch their words and the things they say.  I included the very best Lip Smackers to each poem and for good measure I also gave a little treat-Watermelon Sour Patch candies, you could use Sour Patch Kids but I loved how the watermelon went with my color scheme for this lesson.  Attached with another little warning 'Words can be sour or they can be sweet.  Make sure your words are soft and sweet, in case you have to eat them!'

If you'd like the printables for both handouts shown find them HERE!

If you'd like the posters I made to hang on the board you can find them HERE!

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Painted with Love Date Night In Box

This months Date Night In Box hit a little too close to home.  haha!  We have been deep into painting our front room which consists of our family room and kitchen so it's quite a big project.  So once we received this box in the mail I actually laughed.  More painting?! I thought for sure we'd be masters once we got around to date night.  

Included in this box were all the essential paint night supplies and a few fun extras.  This box included:  a candle, two canvases, acrylic paints, brush set, paper plate, cloth napkin, small cup, 2 suckers, and glue.  My box was missing the small cup but we had a few on hand, but the 2 suckers were completely destroyed during transit.  

I've always wanted to go to a little paint shop and have a paint night with Dallin, but I loved being in the comfort of our own home even more!  It was perfect timing to have some alone time and destress.  Even with Olivia crashing the date-as usual!

While Dallin was getting Olivia ready for bed I set out all of our supplies.  I'm still so amazed with Date Night In Box and their attention to detail.  It makes it so easy to have a date night in so easy any time you have an hour or so at home.  

Enter Olivia.  She would not nap so she stayed around for our whole date night.  She was so funny, she'd laugh and it was like she was laughing at my painting.  

There were two different options on how to go about painting, one including glue and the other was following a tutorial from Painting Parties.  We decided to follow the tutorial and it was so fun!  It felt like we were in one of those little paint shops learning from an instructor.  

Dallin was so good at this.  His laid back, relaxed demeanor really showed through with how amazing his painting turned out and how patient he was with it.  I loved seeing this side to Dallin that I haven't seen before.  

Even though I felt like I totally messed up with a lot of my painting, 
it still turned out pretty great.  That's the great thing about art.  
You are never wrong with how you did it, it's just a different take on it! 

Dallin loved the crystal sucker included in the box too!  I'm all for treats-day or night!

So heres our final product.  Which one do you like more!? 

Included in the Date Night In Box was the Date Night Pamphlet full of other ideas for date night.  It includes an optional menu for your date, activities, games and even show recommendations that go along with the theme of the box.  We finished our date night by taking the Colors of Love Quiz in the back of the pamphlet.  It was so interesting to see what it meant by the different colors that we chose. And how different we were from one another.  

I'm loving these Date Night In Boxes and I'm hoping you are too!  If you'd like to find out more about them you can go HERE!

I did receive this box for free for reviewing purposes, 
I'm grateful and excited to share products I love with you!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing says Fall is here like pumpkin everything!  
Call me #basic but fall baking + pumpkin desserts = what fall is all about.  

Recently I made my favorite and easiest pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Only 3 ingredients and easier than any other cookie recipe out there! 

This time I changed it up a little and added a white chocolate drizzle, just for good measure!

You guys I'm telling you it's just 3 ingredients!  I used a bag of chocolate chips from Costco so I only added about 2 cups to the batter otherwise you could use a full regular sized package of chocolate chips.  If you'd like the full recipe you can see my original post HERE!

My sister teaches preschool and last year she made them with her preschool class.  The kids had so much fun and I bet they enjoyed eating the finished product too!

Just like that your cookies are done!  Let me know if you try them and if they are as big as a crowd favorite as they are in my house.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

With everything becoming fall before my eyes I thought it was the perfect time to share another baby shower my in-laws threw for me last November.  It was the cutest Little Pumpkin theme!  I can't wait to share all the details!

They had lots of pumpkin themed food including my mother in law's amazing pumpkin roll, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and candy pumpkins.  They also served warm soup and rolls.

This shower was seriously so well decorated, and after thinking about-super easy to replicate!  Just bring all your cute pumpkin/fall decorations and tell your family or friends to do the same.  I loved the adorable details every where you looked.

My cute sister-in-law made these signs and hung them around the room.  She used white and gold dot wrapping paper to amp up the background and got her signs she designed printed at Staples, they are the engineering prints.  Love this tip, and can't wait to use for more parties ahead.

With the Little Pumpkin theme the colors were gold and pink.  Some of my absolute favorite! I loved the plastic gold plates and bowls.  

My other sister-in-law saw a picture of this leaf/stick garland and made her own for another backdrop for the gift table.

One of my favorite touches was the black and white baby pictures of me around the room.  Not to be vain or anything. haha I just thought it was a cute way to pull in the mom to be and think about what little baby strong would look like.  

My sister in law is a magician when it comes to vinyl and made this adorable pumpkin sign.  She later gave it to me too!

Pumpkins!  What a perfect seasonal decoration that can easily double for a party!  I found some other adorable pumpkin decorations HERE, HERE, and HERE!

I loved these cute little tags for me and my mom!

We played this game called "All about Baby RuthAnne".  It had questions all about me!  The person with the most correct got a prize.

We ate and mingled,

and opened presents, (we are so lucky to have such incredible family and friends)

and had so much fun!  I had to share the cute invitation.  
My sister in law is so good with graphic design!  

I hope you are loving these flashback posts as much as I am!

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