Monday, May 22, 2017

Chocolate + Birthdays + Relief Society!




I'm such a slacker when it comes to Relief Society Printables - it's time to change that!! Starting now - LOTS of RS cuteness coming your way... and these chocolate bar wrappers for birthdays are first! 

What better combo than chocolate and birthdays (+ it's cute and bars are cheap)!!


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Friday, May 19, 2017

PRINTABLE PLANNERS: July 2017 to June 2018!



Time for an update!!

One of THE MOST POPULAR printables in my shop is my Personal Planner! It has an intuitive and functional layout, it's perfect for busy women who manage A LOT - and it's cute!! Over the years, I've added more and more covers to appeal to different styles - this set has seven to choose from! I love this planner... it's seriously 158 pages of awesomeness.


 The meat of the planner is the Monthly and Weekly Pages. The Monthly Calendar Spread is two full pages - gives you LOTS of space for recording all of your comings and goings, with a few extra spaces for jotting down quick notes and reminders. 

Probably THE most well like feature of my Planner is the 2 page Weekly Spread. Across the top is space for daily planning - appointments, schedules, to do's, dinner, etc. Then - across the bottom are a series of spaces for recording things you need to do during the week - but that aren't necessarily assigned to a specific day. Maybe one space is for work and another is for managing your calling church. Maybe you are planning a birthday party one week and a painting project the next. Use the spaces for shopping lists or even a de-clutter project! These boxes and lists are un-titled and flexible. Use them each week for different things - or for the same, it's up to you! Great news is - as your life flexes and changes - so can your planner!


Of course, there are lots of other coordinating pages as well. Pages for planning ahead, for tracking projects and ideas, notes, and contacts. I love the Business Card Page - just tape the cards in as you collect them throughout the year - doctor, plumber, car repair, etc.


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I print mine at home, laminate my cover and bind with my Zutter Binding Machine. It's always VERY SATISFYING to get a fresh one made, I can't wait until July 1st!! Or... save your files to a memory drive and take them to a local copy shop for printing and binding. 


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Girls Camp Pillow Treat Tags + Camp Award!



Lisa is on a roll with her new "gift tag" series - I'm LOVING her set for Girls Camp!! For as long as I can remember, it's tradition for the leaders to leave a little uplifting treat/message on the girls' pillows each night. Lisa made it SUPER easy with tags and coordinating gift ideas ready to go... and you can get each item for less than a buck at either a grocery store or the Dollar Store!  As a bonus, she also included a Camp Award Certificate... another fun camp tradition!

And... fabulously... her set coordinates with my Girls Camp Journal!!



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Saturday, May 6, 2017

May Visiting Teaching Quote {free printable}


There is no "official" VT message this month in the Ensign (since it's the Conference Edition) - so, we are encouraged to pick any message from General Conference to share. I choose to do this quote because I felt it really wrapped up the entire essence of conference... <3 span=""> No matter the topic, message or story shared, it's all for one purpose, to RIVET us to the Savior. 


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Relief Society Lesson Printables + Handout {GBH #9}




Relief Society Lesson Printables for Gordon B. Hinckley Lesson #9 are ready!!

I love this series - Lisa does such a great job, I love the color schemes she picks too!  This lesson is a real gem - all about the gift of testimony.  Best part of this kit is a testimony sheet - encourage the sisters to write/record their testimony... then either put it inside a Book of Mormon and pass it along - or write it and tuck it away in an journal or scripture to be found later. Either way, it's a treasure to share our testimonies!  As always - she has included a quote, section headings, word strips for discussion and her famous scripture reference nuggets too!

PS... Our kits DO NOT include a Lesson Plan. We don't want to interfere with the spirit of planning your lesson... so you focus on that and we'll provide great visual aids, quotes and handouts to help you polish your delivery!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

PRINTABLE Girls Camp Journal




THIS is something that has been requested for YEARS and I love that I finally worked on it - I'm so happy with how it turned out! This DARLING journal is half sized (8.5x5.5) and would make a great gift for your girls on the first day of camp. It can be used for journaling activities, recording thoughts/feelings, their testimony or even jotting down notes for certifications.  Functional for camp... but in the end, a super fun keepsake they can look back on. I wished I had a camp journal to reflect on... that's one of the places my testimony always grew!


I gave you a few options for the inside... there are 4 different color pages + plain white lined. Use a combo of both or just white. I put a few colored in the front of mine, then the majority of pages inside are the plain, white lined. I recommend printing the front/back cover on photo paper, then laminate (use your printer's best quality print setting for really nice color). Then, for the inside pages, just use regular white copy paper and setting your ink to normal is fine.  To bind - either grab your own machine if you have a lot to make, (this is the one I have - *ad Zutter on Amazon) or have spiral bound at your local copy shop.  I put about 30 interior pages in mine and used a 1/2" O'Wire.


PS... This listing also includes an alternate cover - "My Camping Journal" with no year!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Printable Tags!



My sister Lisa is AWESOME and on top of things!! Most schools will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation sometime in May - so if you'd like to send in a little gift, pick one tag - or make a gift basket with all of them!  For each tag, she has 2 or 3 suggestions for matching gift items - most of which are under $1... thoughtful and inexpensive, my favorite kind of gift!!


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Friday, April 28, 2017

An Easy 6 Step Approach to Food Storage + free printable!




This is a bit off of my normal topic... but I've felt for a long time I should open up about some experiences that have impacted my life and was recently invited to share.  First, nothing is more important to me than my faith and my family. Nothing. A close second to those things is my business - this blog and the printables you buy from my shop support my family. Through a series of unfortunate events (that I'll touch on below), I became the primary bread winner for our family - thus the reason my business (and all of you) are such an important part of my life! The very next thing on my list of importance... is self-reliance and food storage. Becoming the provider for my family + having been through some pretty tough stuff that rocked my world, has driven me to become as self reliant as possible. I hope as I share some of the things I learned (and figured out along the way) it will inspire you as well!!


First... as many of you know, my hubby has been a trooper the last several years. He's fought cancer twice and after trying every treatment available plus a stem cell transplant - the residual damage left him unable to return to work. This is one (of many) hospital stays, a 5-day chemo run to be exact, where he was actually up for a quick skype with the kids. It was a time period that brought me to my knees in a way I'd never been before. I fought feelings of desperation, sadness, sorrow, worry, fear, anxiety - yet wrapped with gratitude - for years. Today he's cancer free and spends most of his time taking care of his health, spending time with the kids and being careful not to over do it. 


As if battling cancer wasn't enough... living on the East Coast added unique weather experiences to an already chaotic life. Whether it was a blizzard or Nor'Easter knocking out power - or a hurricane, it was a painful experience to add no water, no heat and no power to chemo days. Hurricane Sandy hit us particularly hard. We lost power and water for 2 weeks and it WAS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE!! Not only were my two main access roads inaccessible, every power poll for miles was snapped in half! For two weeks, no stores or restaurants were open, very few gas stations were functional - and the ones that were had lines for a mile, only took cash - and hungry, cold people making dumb decisions with guns lead to gas rations and the calling out of the National Guard to restore order. For real. It was terrifying.

Once we learned the power companies had RUN OUT of replacement polls and transformers and were waiting for shipments to come in from California, I knew we were in trouble. At the time my food storage was pretty limited, we'd moved 5 times in 10 years and it didn't seem practical to carry around tons of food. It just wasn't a huge priority. I did have a well stocked pantry with some boxes of extra stuff in the basement - which held us over and we did better than most. Not having to go out and be in dangerous lines for gas or water was a real blessing.

  On Day 14, a crew from Chattanooga TN arrived, our power was restored and the neighborhood cheered. The biggest lesson, however, occurred AFTER the power came back on. By then, my pantry looked scary and I was anxious to restock - I found that it wasn't actually that easy.  It took nearly 8 weeks for the grocery stores in my area to be fully stocked. As small weekly shipments started arriving... if you weren't THERE, you didn't get the good stuff. You didn't get milk. You didn't get eggs. I couldn't get cheese or yogurt for weeks! Batteries took months to restock and when I couldn't find candles for months - I began to realize how vulnerable our supply chain and infrastructure are.  So vulnerable! As a transitioning bread winner - a newfound responsibility took hold that I needed to figure out a practical approach to food storage and just get it done. It was my responsibility to feed my family - good weather or bad.  It's been a near 5 year quest since and is something I'm incredibly passionate about. 


This past week, I went to Logan, Utah where a Home Storage Center is located. It's basically a food warehouse run by the LDS Church, it's open to the public and is there for us to purchase basic bulk food items that have been canned and preserved for long term storage. There are DARLING couple missionaries that run them (this is Brother and Sister Hansen) and when you come in - they'll answer your questions, help you with your order, show you samples and even help you load your car! 


There are 101 locations just like this all over the country... click here to see if there is one near you. Or, if one isn't nearby, you can order food online for a flat rate delivery fee of $3 - seriously - you can buy a whole pallet worth and delivery is $3. When we lived in New Jersey, I used this option often as I built my storage - now that we are back in the West, I can drop into the Logan Location anytime to pick up what I need. What I can't stress enough, is you DO NOT need to be a member of our church to make a purchase at a Home Storage Center or online... it's open to the public!

But what should you get, how do you start, how much do you need? I was SO OVERWHELMED when I first decided to tackle this head on... and after weeks of study and prayer, this is the chart my mind saw and it has become an essential guide for me as I've tackled this project.  Take a look first... then I'll explain it below.


NOTE: Prior to jumping into this chart, I would advise making sure your pantry is well stocked with the foods your family regularly eats first. This is the food you use and cook with most often and is what your family is MOST accustomed to. I typically refer to this as my "Pantry Storage" - it's easy and naturally rotated as you cook and do regular grocery shopping each week.  If you couldn't replenish it... you would want your "Pantry Storage" to last for several weeks at least. In an emergency, you would consume this food first while you began the transition to your actual "Food Storage" as I describe below.

WHAT IS THE "FOOD STORAGE BY LAYERS" CHART?

My chart basically outlines a priority system - knowing what to get first is important, knowing what to save for last is equally important. Each Layer that you add, the more recipes you can make! Layer 1 includes the things I determined where the most important.  They were life sustaining, easy to prepare (only adding water) and if I never made it to another layer, we could live on it. Boring and bland as it may be, it would keep us alive, (chances are I'd still have some items in my regular "Pantry Storage" to add to make this layer more nutritious and filling).  Many food storage plans are built around wheat - that didn't make sense to me... with wheat, you have to have several other ingredients and a mill to use it. Bread making is an art - and if you don't do it regularly... during a stressful time (like an earthquake, illness or job loss) you AREN'T going to want to add a bread making learning curve to the situation. Trust me on that one.

Layer 2 isn't much, but it compliments Layer 1 by adding protein and calories; a reasonable second step that made sense to me. Layer 3 is my wheat layer - and by the time you get there, you'll have collected all the ingredients you need to make bread. Adding a roll or toast to Layers 1 and 2 will be a treat!  As you look at the chart - look how each layer compliments the layer before. As you build your storage layer by layer, you are adding both calories and variety as you go. This chart gives you a basic road map of what to buy and tells you what types of food and meals you'll be able to prepare as you increase the variety of your individual items. Cool, huh!!  You can get a lot of what's in Layers 1-4 at the Home Storage Center - remember, this is run by a church and is not for profit... you are basically buying this food at cost + the cost to can/preserve it. No other food storage company, unless they are running a HUGE sale with lost leaders, can come close to this pricing. So, start there.

Here's the individual part... do you want to start with a year supply of Layer 1 or a 3 month supply of Layers 1-3? You can plug your budget into it as well... if you have $100 a month to spend, work on Layer 1 until it's done, then move on to Layer 2.  Then, if life happens, and you've got Layer 1 done - at least you have SOMETHING to eat. You can swap out items as needed for allergies and the palette at your house - the key thing is to know where to start and how each layer impacts the layers before it. Don't buy expensive cheese before you buy beans, don't buy a bunch of wheat if you aren't going to have salt, oil, yeast and and baking powder too. This helps keep things in order - and if you notice... each Layer only has 5 items (plus water). FIVE. Tackling 5 items at a time is so doable!! I love how this chart dials it down, simplifies it and lets you see what you can do with what you have!

When you are ready to branch out from what the Home Storage Center has... explore brands like Augason Farms, Emergency Essentials, Mountain House, Thrive, etc. I love Augason Farms, I feel like it's the next best thing to the church's offering and is comparable in quality (just don't buy it direct, it's much cheaper on Walmart.com or at Sam's Club). Other brands to check out include Wise, Thrive, Emergency Essentials - their variety and some of their mixes and pre-made meal options will astound you. I didn't go too deep on these, but did get some... after 2 weeks of spaghetti and rice, adding in a pre-made meal is a nice break and a real mood lifter for your palette. Trust me. I know.

Please PIN then download my chart HERE (freebie)

Another free printable you need to download is the "All is Safely Gathered In" Pamphlet. It explains a basic approach to becoming self reliant. I love the advice to build and rotate a 3 month supply of foods your family eats most - I refer to this as my pantry foods. Then, as time and money allow, they recommend building a simpler, long term storage that doesn't require stressful, regular rotation. This is what you would tap into once your 3 month pantry items were gone and the need was there to use this food to serve basic needs. There are several free resources and articles here

Now.. I want you to get excited about this... so it's time for a giveaway!!


To help with quantity calculations, recipes and organization tips - you can link over to my friend Julie at Food Storage Made Easy and Misty from Simple Family Preparedness (two of my most favorite food storage and preparedness blogs)!! I've met both of them in person and they are AWESOME!! They both have articles, printables (some free, some for purchase) to help you as you move forward with food storage. I reached out to both of them and they graciously agreed to do a giveaway on this post with some of their best products!

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5/1 UPDATE: Congrats to my winners!! Cherise Carillo wins Julie's Food Storage Made Easy Book, Korine Miller wins the Shelf Stable Pantry Book, and Stacey Tew & Stephanie Norton both won Misty's Shelf Stable Pantry Ebook!

Good luck in your food storage endeavors - I hope and pray this post has reached and inspired you! Please feel free to share this post and my chart with friends and family!

My bottom line... the main reasons I decided to do this post:

1. Natural disasters really DO happen.
2. Personal disasters happen too. To anyone, even me and you!
3. The LDS Church has made it inexpensive and easy to get started.
4. My chart can help give you a framework and easy guide to tackle it.
5. Take it a layer at a time... line upon line, right?
6. There are bloggers and resources out there to help you every step of the way!


My final tip... get talking and do it with a friend!! You'll motivate each other, swap recipes, ideas and keep each other on track. Plus, it makes for a fun lunch date when you go together!

Please PIN then download my chart HERE (freebie)

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