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November 29, 2018

Articles of Faith Large Candy Wrappers -- Free Printable

This past year our Primary has been working on memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith
There are many ways to do it, but here's how we organized everything.

When we introduced the idea to our primary children we gave them these Article of Faith cards from distribution.  They were really beautiful and great quality!
Image for Articles of Faith, Card from LDS US Store

We also gave the children these Article of Faith punch trackers to keep for their own record. We printed them as photos and had each child write their own name with Sharpie on the front.

As we passed out these two things we warned the children that these were not replaceable if they were lost (which inevitable, many were). 

Each month (for 13 months) we would sing one of the Article of Faith songs in order, for our opening song.  On the first Sunday of each month we would discuss the newest AoF and what it meant. We encouraged the children, with the help of their families, to work on memorizing these at home. Then we told them of the rewards for memorizing the 13 Articles of Faith.  Each number memorized would earn the child a small treat (dum-dum or mini candy) and a punch in their card.

Once all 13 Articles of Faith were memorized we gave each child a large Hershey's Candy Bar.  I made these wrappers to go over each candy.

Want to make your own?

Click HERE for your FREE printable 
Article of Faith Bar Wrapper

1. Print off Articles of Faith Bar Wrappers
2. scissors + glue
3. One large candy bar per child.

Print off and cut out the Articles of Faith Candy Bar Wrapper.

Fold each dotted line in, smooth down with a pen to get crisp edges.
Place candy bar inside.

Place a small amount of glue on the small edge of the bar wrapper.
Smooth down, all done!

Once we handed each child their bar, we took them to the hall and took their picture with their Article of Faith chocolate reward.  We had them printed with their name and date written on the front. 

Then we posted the photos to our 13 Articles of Faith board in our Primary room.

(I unblurred only my children's faces.)

This is just to give you an idea of what it looked like all together.  

We have a very large primary and more than half of the children were motivated to learn these Articles of Faith.  
We were so proud of them!

I love the simple, clear truths that these precious children can learn about their faith at such a young age.

For an Article of Faith paper tracker, go here.

Articles of Faith Tracker -- Free Printable

This past year our Primary has been working on learning the Articles of Faith. 
 I talk more about it in this post.

But I wanted to share the Tracker I made for the Primary leaders to follow.

 We printed out this Article of Faith Tracker. 
 Then I wrote in all the primary children's name in ABC order by last name. 
Lastly I tapped it to the inside of our cabinet in the Primary room.  

After church, each Sunday, we'd have Articles of Faith time and when the children passed of an article of faith, we would give that number a X. 

To print off your own Tracker go HERE.

November 9, 2018

Garden Party Dress

This beautiful girl had a birthday recently and turned 8!

I had decided months beforehand that I was going to design her a special empire waist, long white dress, with a knit lacy over-lay, using the Building Block Dress Book.  
I had the idea of what to do all mentally designed in my head.

Upon walking in to Jo-Anns, my eye first caught this darling sports cotton with red and blue flowers.  I cataloged it away as "something cute", but not what I envisioned and continued looking around for what I had planned.  Then I ran into all kinds of problems from fabric choice, to quality, to price.

Eventually I circled back to the cute (on sale!) flowered material and instantly changed my vision, remembering the garden party dress pattern I had at home.

This is the third time I've made this dress, seen HERE and HERE.


Wow, look how she's grown!

I love this simple pattern (only ONE button to stitch) that yields really beautiful results.

I added inseam pockets, a feature this girl loves!  I'm pretty sure every dress I make for her, in the future, must include pockets!

I also lengthened the dress by a full 10", so it would be floor length.  
Which made the dress seem so eloquent. 

Overall, this dress turned out beautiful and my dear was very thrilled when she saw it!

November 1, 2018

Halloween 2018!

Yay, Halloween has come and gone.  One of my favorite holidays since having children.

Let's take a look at what everyone was wearing!

Up First, a sweet, little, baby:

Each of my baby girls have worn this cute lamb costume, which my brother-in-law gave us for our oldest daughter. I Love it!

Up next, our Fireman!  This boy has been many things this year.  But last minute, due to the constant rain all day, we pulled out his rain boots and realized, "Hey, he's got a full costume that's warm and waterproof.  Let's do it!"

At two, he's still not totally sure what's going on.  If you ask him what he is for Halloween, he'll tell you, "I puppy."

I told the kids we're going real simple this year.  We're actually going to dig in the Halloween bucket this year and I'm not making anything!  

Well, this girl had her heart SET on being Princess Peach.  How could I say no?

So, with a teeny bit of sewing and $5 worth of purchased fabric, I turned her pink church dress into a Princess Peach costume.

For some reason she didn't want to be any of the costumes her sister has was (ex: a scary bat, a scary pirate, a scary skeleton, a peacock). 

And here's her sister now!  Introducing! 

This girl is half way through Harry Potter, book 2 and she is LOVING IT!  Hermione was an easy choice.  Even if I didn't tell everyone to pick an old costume, I'm sure she would have picked this.  She is really loving these magical books.

Once she put on her brother's old white shirt/tie/vest and my church skirt rolled up, she looked in the mirror and told me, "Hey, this looks really cool!  Can I wear this to school tomorrow?" 
 I think she'd love the preppy uniform look.

If you read my blog last year you remember we had a real fun Chewbacca costume, which I sewed.  This year, we took off the bag, added two ears and a bear tail and called it good!  Hello, 

I had to practically FORCE him to wear this bear nose.  He wasn't too keen on wearing face paint.  But I think it really helped pull off the look. 

One minute before this picture was taken he remembered the Black Panther claws he had and added them to his costume, which turned out pretty cool!

My oldest wasn't quite sure what he was going to be.  About a week before Halloween he decided he'd like to be Percy Jackson, which is basically just a kid that sometimes wears an orange camp half-blood shirt. 

I bought an orange shirt and asked my friend if she could print me out that cool detail on her circuit machine.  It turned out great!  And super easy for me.

And of course, "Cool Action Shots".

The night before Halloween we cut out our pumpkins. 

Two of our kids have had a "decorate a pumpkin as a book character" assignment.  With a little paper mache and paint, we've made some pretty cool characters over the years.


September 25, 2018

A Spooky 8th Birthday Party!

Don't be fooled, this is not a Halloween party.

This is...

 If you know my daughter you know she's interested in all kinds of different things.  As her birthday neared we began to discuss her birthday party themes.  Every couple of days her ideas changed.  At one point we had an "art party", then "a craft party", and maybe "an animal party".  Her ideas often changed, finally, I told her we needed to get serious and make a last and final plan.  As Halloween is getting a little closer, I think she was inspired to chose "A Spooky Things" party.

When I showed her this post by Dana Made it. I think that's what really sealed the deal.  
She wanted to make a cute rock ghost town. 

So, we got to work planning the rest of the party.

Once the 7 guests arrived, we began by playing Ball-ooooon ball.  By keeping the balloons up in the air.

I found these awesome balloons at Target that you could pull a string and they would glow on their own.  The kids loved them!  Afterwards they all wanted to take their balloon home.

Next we played "Feed the Monster". 

I made "Mr. Monster' out of three boxes.  The base and head are made from large diaper boxes.  I hot glued left over green Yoda fabric onto the monster for the head.  The glued lots of white felt for the teeth and eyes.  Lastly, I safety pinned black fabric I had on hand, for the clothes.

I got the idea for Mr. Monster from this site

We gathered up eight balls we had on hand and put them in a Halloween bucket.  Luckily, we just happened to have crazy balls like brains and eyeballs, which the kids threw into the monster's mouth.

Our last game was Pin the nose on the witch.  This was a $1 Target find.
A Classic game, can't beat it!  We play some variation of this game at every party I've ever thrown, but usually I draw something.

And lastly, we did two crafts.  This $7 set was perfect from Target.  

I passed out each child two foam characters and we shared the pieces to decorate. 

As you can remember, my daughter really wanted to make a Ghost Town for little rocks.  I brainstormed how to use our recycled boxed to spray paint, cut out, and help 9 little kids decorate....and my brain began to hurt.  I decided to see what Hobby Lobby had and I found this set of Haunted Houses...it was Perfect!

Haunted House Craft Kit

We spray painted some rocks found in the yard and let the kids have at it. 

After our games and crafts were done, it was dinner time.

Dinner was watermelon and pizza!

For dessert I made these fun monster cookies.
These sugar cookies are so simple and delicious 
and you can't beat this awesome, fun Glace icing.

We cut out egg shaped cookies and went around with different tinted glace icing all crazy like (you can't go wrong). 

Then we topped them off with some Wilton candy eyeballs.

Not surprisingly, this girl wanted creepy Strawberry Monster cupcakes.
They were pretty simple to make and very creepy to eat. 

What a fun party!  We sure love our spooky-loving girl!