Friday, November 28, 2008

Sweet gift boxes

My friend Kim makes the cutest little gift boxes and I just had to share! She only charges $1 for them, so hurry and order now. They are a 4 inch square and super cute!




Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More fun aprons

I thought I'd share another option in fun aprons. Hey, get them here and you can skip the stores! Christmas shopping at its best!

$10.00 each

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sweet sisters

Aren't they cute!



(Sidenote: Aubrey said, "They are so cute! Are you going to put that picture on your credit card?"

Easy to make bingo cards

Room mothers take note: In a rush to make BINGO cards for 26 kids, I found a great resource!
http://www.dltk-kids.com/

They offer every theme you could imagine and you can customize your bingo card very easily. It was very easy to mix the pictures so I didn't have 26 identical cards.

They have other things too, but I was on a hunt for bingo so I didn't explore too much. There is some help for holiday activities!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Some post game SMACK!

Top 5 post game smack: (Thanks, Sam)
1. Problem at the elementary schools, kids are not allowed to leave class to go to the bathroom, all the HALL passes have been intercepted
2. Max Hall had some problems in church yesterday. He tried to pass the sacrament, but it kept getting intercepted.
3. Due to popular demand in Utah, McDonalds’s decided to rename their Apple Turnover…the Max Hall
4. There is no Y in QUEST.
5. Utah ’s defense is still open…..

And some jokes from Hill...
How do the Cougars act like a possum? They play dead at home and get killed on the road
>How many Cougar freshmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? Zero... that's a sophomore course
>What do a Ute and a Cougar have in common? They both applied to the U.
>Four fans of different teams went hiking. There was a BYU fan, Utah fan, WSU fan, and a USU fan. As they climbed the mountain, they argued who was the most loyal to their school. When they reached the summit, the WSU fan proved his loyalty yelling, "This is for the Wildcats!" throwing himself from the mountain. The USU fan not wanting to be outdone, yelled, "This is for the Aggies!" and plunged to his death. The UofU fan then shouted, "This is for everyone else!" and pushed the Cougar fan over the edge.
>How do you get a Brigham Young University grad off of your front porch? Pay him for the pizza.
>What do you get when you breed a groundhog and the BYU Cougars? Six more weeks of bad football.
>Whats the difference between the Cougars and cheerios? one of them belongs in a bowl.

I really have no ill-will towards the Y. Just a little fun...right?

Grocery Smarts

We had a great Enrichment Night last week. A lady came and taught us about grocerysmarts.com. It is an amazing website that helps you maximize your coupons, save tons of money, and build up your food storage. It is free to use and there are no gimmicky things to do or join. They just keep track of coupons and match them up to the best sales. All the work is done for you. It will even print out a customized shopping list for you!

I am going to have her do a class for my family and friends in January. Let me know if you are interested. I am going to start this week and keep track of my savings, so I can tell you how well it works!

Simplifying Christmas

I found a great article on helping your family find ways to simplify the Christmas season. It is from the Family Home Evening Resource Book and is meant to be one or two FHE lessons. With the attention span of our little ones I think I have enough info here to do FHE until Christmas!

The thing that really caught my eye was a paragraph at the beginning under the FOR THE PARENTS heading.
"If Christmas could just happen without so much bother.” “I can’t wait to see what I get.” “By the time Christmas arrives I am so exhausted I hardly feel anything but relief.” Many of us—adults and children—go through the whole holiday season with thoughts like these foremost in our minds. How many times have you had such feelings or thoughts yourself? But Christmas is actually one of the most sacred of holidays, and enjoying its true spirit, which is the Spirit of Christ, can bring us closer to the Savior. "

I find myself with that "Can't we just get it over with" feeling at times. I LOVE Christmas, so I don't want to feel that way. I want to savor the spirit of the season and be the kind of person that radiates the love of Christ, not the bitterness of a grinch!

Anyway, I thought you might like a peek at the article. And, hey, there's at least a few FHE ideas for you!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tender soul

My sweet little Aubrey has a tender soul underneath the wild-woman exterior!

We were listening to John Denver's Rocky Mountain Christmas and the song "Christmas for Cowboys" came on. She was talking a mile a minute, so to quiet her a bit I told her to listen to this song because it was very pretty.

She got very quiet and at the end of the song she told me very sincerely, "Mom, that song was so beautiful I think I'm going to cry."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Maintain not gain

My friend told me about a program that SL county is sponsoring to encourage people to at least maintain their weight over the holidays. She said there are prizes and other incentives that are really fun.
The hyperlink isn't working, so here's the website:http://www.slvhealth.org/wah/index.html.

Let me know if you are interested in doing it together!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We wish you a merry Christmas

Here's an early Christmas greeting from the girls!

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/RW6WEBHCNhTapiWJpvOV

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Candy Cane Village Boutique

Ready for Christmas shopping? Come check out the Candy Cane Village boutique this weekend at the Spring City Hall 150 E Center, Spring City, UT.

It is open Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5.

There are many great vendors and yummy treats to eat.

Let me know if you need more info.

Stay on track during the holidays.

This is for me more than anyone else, so but I thought I'd share part of an article from weightwatchers.com that I found helpful and well-timed!

With all the added stress, dietary temptations and even the comforts of home, sticking to a diet while visiting your family requires a renewed sense of willpower. Here are some tips to get you through, from Joanne V. Lichten, PhD, RD and author of How to Stay Healthy & Fit on the Road (Nutrifit Publishing, 2001).
1) Before you leave home...Write down your on-the-road goals, such as eating seven servings of fruit and veggies a day or eating small meals every four hours. Reread them each morning for inspiration.
2) Bring some healthy snacks.You don't want to get to your cousin Phil's only to find out that your favorite reduced-fat, whole-grain cracker isn't sold within a 100-mile radius of his house.
3) Offer to do the shopping.Or cook some of the meals. Not only can you introduce your family to your favorite low-fat recipes, but you'll be an appreciated house guest as well.
4) Eat only when you're sitting down. It's tempting to nibble while cooking with a big group in the kitchen, or to grab a handful of M&M's or peanuts out of Grandma's candy dish, but both are surefire diet destroyers.
5) Know how to graciously refuse extra food.Prepared to handle those second helpings or decadent desserts well in advance. Instead of saying you're on a diet, try, "Your barbecued chicken was so satisfying, I just don't have any room left for your lemon meringue pie."
6) Plan ahead. If you can't resist the potato salad, take a small portion, but then forgo the pat of butter on your corn on the cob.
7) Ask for second helpings to go.You'll make Mom happy and have dinner for another day.
8) Have a positive self-affirmation prepared.When a well-meaning relative starts in on you about when you're going to settle down and have kids or finally find a "real" job, remind yourself of your past accomplishments. Be proud of your hard work towards a healthier lifestyle.
9) Move away from the food. Should you get so stressed out that you start to reach for a chocolate chip cookie, even though you're not hungry, go for a walk—a long one. Or grab your nieces and nephews and play a rousing game of tag or hide-and-seek.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fancy Schmancy Girlie Aprons

For your girlie girl who likes to help in the kitchen:



This is one of my new products available on my craft blog. There are a few colors available immediately or you can always request a custom order.
As Christmas approaches, keep me in mind for unique, hand-crafted gifts!

Por Fin!

That's Spanish for FINALLY! I hit the 25 pound mark today at WW! Look out 50, here I come!

Monday, November 3, 2008

What does it matter?

My vote doesn't matter, right? WRONG! Take a look:

•One vote made Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England in 1645.
•One vote caused Charles I to be executed in 1649.
•One vote elected Thomas Jefferson president in 1800.
•One vote made Texas part of the U.S. in 1845.
•One vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment in 1868.
•One vote changed France from a monarchy to a Republic in 1875.
•An average of only one vote per precinct passed women’s suffrage in California in 1911.
•Less than one vote per precinct, in one state, elected Woodrow Wilson President in 1912.

Make sure you go vote tomorrow if you haven't already done so! I voted early and am returning to the polls tomorrow to vote for my community council members, since I couldn't vote early for them.

I won't tell you who to vote for (unless you ask). I just want each person to use this blessing of liberty to choose your leaders. If you don't vote, you can't complain about bad leadership!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Have I mentioned I love ksl.com?

I have had a very successful ksl.com weekend! I put a bunch of random things on ksl.com's classifieds yesterday morning and have since made $80! Who knew my odds and ends would be so popular! I am only slightly embarrassed to admit that some of the items I bought at yard sales and sold them for a profit! Hehehe!

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