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!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

May Subscription Box Round Up

I am loving all these new products for summer!  Even though I use less products during this time of year, I still use some and they have to be knock out winners to keep using.  I love finding new multi-tasking products so I can skip being inside getting ready and get outside with those I love.

Ipsy Glam Bag-Summer Story


Summer is coming and this cute ice cream bag is full of products to help you get through summer looking fabulously no matter what your plans are.

Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick-Creamy, moisturizing, and matte.  Those are words you don't usually see together, but this lipstick boast of just that.

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin-This champagne-hued highlighter is perfect for summer days and nights.  This also claims to be long wearing, creamy and lightweight.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara in Black-This mascara is good for your lashes and separates them like no other.  Super lengthening and volumizing!

Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric-No creasing or fallout?! Sign me up!  Gold and rose gold shades that pack a summery punch!


Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl-This super opaque and shiny blue is the typical perfect color for summer!  I love that it looks like gel polish without destroying your nails.


Learn more about Ipsy HERE!

Beauty Box 5-Summer Date Night


Make May Your Bae

Cougar Beauty 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick-This long lasting liquid lipstick will stay flawless all through those hot summer days and nights!

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Lip Conditioner-I love that this smells like coconut!  The tip BB5 gives is to moisturize before and after liquid lipstick.  Genius!

Jelly Pong Pong Bare Necessities Highlighting Pencil-This pencil can be used as a eye shadow base, highlighter, and concealer or even in your waterline or on the inner or outer corners of your eyes for a fresh pop of color. 

Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber-This scrubber is perfect to buff away all your winter dryness. Great for all skin types.

Nanacoco Jumbo Eye & Lip Pencil-It seems a little bizarre to me that something this dark could go on your eyes and lip but hey I'll try anything.  Can be used as shadow, liner or on top of lipstick for a metallic finish! 

*De la Cruz Arnica Salve-Bonus item to help repair any summer-skin woes!

Learn more about Beauty Box 5 HERE!

Sephora Play!-The Rising Stars


This box came with some awesome things you can do at Sephora that you might not have been aware of.  Like their special system of Color iQ makes it so you can match your makeup to your skin tone perfectly-every time!  Along with some beauty products that are on the rise.

NUDESTIX Magnetic Matte Lip Color in Greystone-This bold, deep color is long-wearing and can be used as a matte lip stain, lip color and lip liner.

TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil-This oil is a makeup remover and cleanser that gently washes away impurities while leaving skin soothed, nourished and moisturized.

belif Hungarian Water Essence-This product is meant to be used after toner but before moisturizer during both day and night routines.  It is a lightweight hydrating treatment that gives moisture and soothing benefits to your skin.

treStique Highlight and Perfect Multipurpose Stick in Maldives Luminescent-This silky-smooth gel highlighter is in a perfectly packed stick form to add a quick luminous champagne pink shimmer whenever or wherever you may be!

rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask-A salon-quality conditioning treatment made with great ingredients that help damaged or dull hair to bring back shine and vibrancy.

TOCCA Stella-Inspired by the dramatic beauty of Milan, Italy, this perfume has notes of blood orange, white freesia and more.  I'm a fan of this one!

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






MyMagazine Sharing Network-Free Tote Bag

This is a new site for me and so far it looks pretty great!  I received a free tote bag just for signing up and being one of their first 10,000 people.  Head on over to their site below to see if you can snag one for yourself.

If you'd like more information about mymagazine sharing network you can go HERE!

Overall I think the winner for this month is Ipsy!  I mean you can't go wrong with a full lipstick, eye product and nail polish!  I love it all! 

Which one was your favorite or what did you get in your bags and boxes this month!?

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Visiting Teaching Handout Ideas

Priesthood Power through Keeping Covenants

This months message is about finding the power of the priesthood through keeping our covenants. 


I love the quote from Elder  Neil L. Andersen that says, "'Live every hour' blessed by the strength of priesthood power,' whatever our circumstance."  We can always be striving to keep our covenants-any time of the day or night! 


So I thought of all things clock related!  There are the cutest little clocks sold at IKEA that would be perfect for a decoration. 


Or even a cute little kitchen timer from Walmart!


If the little handout is not your jam the calendar this month is pretty adorable too, if I do say so myself.  At the end of this post you can find the round clock tags, the tags that match the calendars and the calendars that fit perfectly into the IKEA frames or on the fridge. 


June would be a perfect month for a cute new summer magnet, but I didn't get around to that. Sorry! :/


I think my favorite is this Ding Dong handout!  Attach the cute little clock printable and you are set.  And you've got some extra Ding Dongs for yourself! :)


Any cute clock decoration or circle treat would work! 

What are you giving this month for Visiting Teaching?

Find all the FREE printable goodness down below:




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Friday, June 2, 2017

Donut Day and Special Announcement

In honor of National Donut Day I wanted to share a little secret we've been keeping...



If you know Dallin and I, you probably know how big of a deal donuts are to us.  One of our first dates Dallin drove from Sandy to Provo just so we could get free donuts and spend the drive together.  Lots of donut dates after, he proposed and we had donuts for dessert.  We even served the fanciest of donuts at our wedding.  So it just felt natural to share our exciting news with even more donuts! And to say that we love something more than donuts-it's got to be pretty amazing! :)



We told our families with boxes of donuts from Harmon's, the Dunford Bakery and letter donuts from the Provo Bakery!


We are thrilled to have little Baby Strong come in December! 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Family Fun Night!

This past weekend we got together with Brittany's family to have a Family Fun Night!  Full of fun, food and of course family!  I count down the days till I can get together with my family so when I was inspired by the Christian movie service Pure Flix to make my ideal family night, it was just the excuse I needed to throw something together.


We started the night with some mini pizzas!  I love the easy idea of using a French bread loaf and having personalized mini pizzas.  And these yellow peppers are seriously a game changer.


After pizza, the kids played a cute little game I use to play with my friends when I was younger.  We would pretend we were acting out a movie and the person that was the "Director" would be able to say rewind, fast forward, play, scene select and mute.  The people playing in the movie would have to act out whatever the Director said.  The kids thought this was hilarious!  Especially mute, and I think all of us adults liked that one the most too!




They also loved being the Director and having us adults act out the different movies they thought of.  It was pretty adorable to see.

Next up treats!


I made a DIY popcorn bowl station.  Everyone could grab a bowl of popcorn and add their favorite candies.  We chose everyone's favorite candies and perfect mix-ins.  I think the crowd favorites were Milk Duds and Junior Mints!



I mean who wouldn't want a bowl that looks like this! 
You can't watch a movie without a bowl of popcorn!



And for the main event we watched some good old VeggieTales! 



Even if we didn't decide on VeggieTales it was so cool to see so many clean and worry free movies and TV shows that are family friendly.  I love never having to worry about language or content, Pure Flix made it such a breeze-no matter what you choose from them it is always a good fit for everyone.

And it was so fun to see movies that I've seen or have always wanted to see!  When my sister and I saw one of our favorite movies Belle and the Beast we were pretty excited too! It's a modern day take on Beauty and the Beast and it is the perfect mix of romance, comedy and drama-all while being clean. 


We finished the night with some soda floats!  We love mixing it up other then always having the classic rootbeer float.  The crowd favorite was the orange soda float, it tastes so good!




If you are in a movie rut or want to try a movie service that's clean and appropriate for the whole family check out Pure Flix!  They are currently offering a free one-month trial, if you're interested you can find more information about that HERE!  Try it out and let me know which movies are a must watch so I can add them to my list!

So there's my idea of a perfect, stress-free family fun night!  What makes up your ideal family fun night?!  I'd love to know your ideas below.

Friday, May 12, 2017

January-April Highlights

I've been slacking on my monthly highlights so I thought I'd do a little catch up.  Life is too fun to not be documented and remembered. 

January

In January I made my first visiting teaching handout and calendar.  It has been so fun, and honestly frustrating sometimes, to come up with these every month. My family and I had a little happy dance over the fact that cute Sheena from Little LDS Ideas shared it on her Facebook page.  Her blog is jam packed with adorable and super useful ideas for any calling you might have!


Dallin and I have been on a mission to find the best chocolate chip cookie and I think we might be getting pretty close!



More Peanut Butter Balls are always in the works.  You can find the recipe HERE!


January I also started our new Instagram account for all our "Strong Finds"!  You can find it HERE if you're interested.  We share all our favorite eats, treats, and places we love to go!

February

February started with all new visiting teaching handouts and they were pretty adorable! 



Dallin made bread from scratch for the first time!  It was great!  I love how he's always up to try new things, and pose for my pictures! :)


We had a movie night with all the fun treats we could think of and watched Trolls!  I couldn't believe how good it actually was, I really enjoyed it!  These cupcakes looked great for about 5 minutes then they all looked like the cupcake on the top left. Droopy hair but still delicious!



These kids are seriously the cutest!  I loved how they were singing and quoting the movie the whole time.



For our special Valentine's Day meal we went to Tiburon in Sandy, it was so fancy and so delicious! Try the crab cakes they were divine!




We also tried our hand at homemade pizzas!  We are loving those delicious yellow peppers so we make sure to throw loads on there every time!



March

March brought some more new visiting teaching handouts and some other cute things to this little blog!




We celebrated Dallin's birthday with the day off, Pirate O's treats in the park and dinner at La Caille. 


And some escargot!




We loved the special touches they had and their birthday treat for Dallin!



Their grounds are breathtaking!  If you haven't been-GO!




We made some donuts for a blog post I had in the works and for some special visitors we had for the day!



We loved having Robyn, Andrew and Mindy see our new home. And playing their fun game that had us all laughing till our heads hurt!




This was the post I had in the works!  It turned out pretty adorable, if I do say so myself.



We've gotten pretty good at crème brulee.


We tried our hand at some meringue tarts, that turned out totally delicious!



And some new slider recipes Dallin found!  The top crust on this one is SO good!


April

With April came General Conference which we totally loved.  Luckily my parents bought some Waffle Love dough balls so we could enjoy them at home!



I made some Peanut Butter Blossoms, these things are addicting and so easy!  I'm hoping to share the recipe soon.



Dallin and I had a fun date night of Gourmandise for dinner and checking out the cherry blossoms up at the capitol.










Dallin always the adorable model!



And even more visiting teaching ideas!



We finally found time to go to Lucky 13 with my little brother.  That boy is busy I tell you, we've been trying to find a date that works for almost a year and a half.  Their celestial burger and fries are what dreams are made of people!




I also made some Coconut Nutella cupcakes for our new Sunday School class we get to teach!







And made one of my favorite handouts/personal progress motivators to date!  Can't get much cuter then this bunny garland!



We celebrated Easter by heading to church and finding our baskets in the afternoon.  Dallin got me good by hiding mine in the little compartment under the stove, it honestly took me hours to find.



Before Dallin headed out on a work trip we went to a Fine Chocolate Tasting Class at Caputo's.  It was so fun, but a tad bit long.




That same week, Dallin got home from his short work trip and we went to Heber Valley Railroad to ride their Chocolate Lovers train!  We had so much fun, just wish there was more chocolate!









These pictures don't do the views justice!  It was beautiful up there!








We ended April by chopping down our almost orchard like trees in our backyard which was quite the ordeal and some great lessons in our Sunday School Class.  You can find the Easter lesson HERE!



And another favorite handout with an adorable fishing pole for the Truth and Error lesson you can find HERE!



We've had a fun year so far and are looking forward to the even better Summer months ahead!