Friday, November 30, 2012

It's Coming...

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MONDAY is the big day!
My 1,000,000 hit CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY begins.

I've got some GREAT things in store! 
You should be VERY excited!!!

If you own a shop, are a store owner, etsy seller....etc.....you STILL have time to get in on the action.
FREE advertising in return.

Click HERE for all of the details!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday hoobie what-ey?!

{Ten points if you can name that movie. It's a Coombs family fave!}

The holiday season is in full swing around here and hosting Christmas themed shin-digs is one of my very favorite things about it!

We've got a handful of different parties that we're planning for the month of December.
I love it!
I love entertaining in our home {in case you hadn't already gathered that from my blog.}

Here are some fun ideas that I've found through Pinterest while collecting ideas.

Cut brownies into triangles, decorate like a Christmas tree, then use a peppermint stick as a tree trunk.
The Fab Web
How cute would these Christmas Tree Brownies be for your child's school class?

Free Christmas props
Oh Happy Day
Loving these FREE printable Holiday Props for pictures.
{Recipe Clubers....you've been warned!}

Simple Christmas decorations
Pinterest

Love the simplicity of these centerpieces.

Reindeer water bottles and popcorn bags - cute for a preschool snack day!
Couture Parties

Another cute idea for a kids' party or classroom shin-dig.

Merry Kissmas & a Chappy New Year! Cute & Simple friend Christmas gift.
Two Cute Blondies
Every party needs a take-away favor, right?
LOVE these chapsticks that read: "Merry KISSMAS and a CHAPPY New Year".
So clever!

reindeer cupcakes
Cupcakes Take the Cake

Who knew that a Nilla Wafer with pretzels could make SUCH a cute reindeer?
{Another cute idea for classroom treats.}
See what I did last year HERE.

My brain is just about ready to explode with ideas these days.
Tis the Season!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Chocolate Chips? Yes Please!

Do you ever have those weeks where you just can't seem to get someone off your mind?
I have them more often than not.

As Young Womens President...I constantly think about my girls.
ALL. THE. TIME.
There have be a few lately that I have felt the need to connect with....
to make sure that THEY know that I LOVE them.

This morning while running my daily errands, I happened to stop by Deseret Book .
 I came across this little gem:


{Yes....anything with a chocolate chip on it grabs my attention.  Do you blame me?}

It's a short little 18 page paperback book.
It compares US to the CHOCOLATE CHIPS of life.

"The Chocolate Chip became famous for its ability to stand firm against the heat of the oven. Be the Chocolate Chip helps to bring to life the qualities that help us as followers of Christ and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stand strong and firm in a world of ever-increasing heat. Jen and Amy outline four steps that we can follow each and every day to stay firm and strong, and to be the chocolate chips in the cookies of life."

I immediately thought of a couple of young women who I thought could benefit from this 'sweet' little message and so I snagged up a few copies. 

I had high hopes to go home and whip up a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies to go along with it.
But.....
time lately has been getting the best of me so I did the next best thing.

I stopped by Paradise Bakery and bought up a bunch of their ever so yummy treats.


{They seriously have the BEST cookies}.

I needed a cute way to present it all.
I am in love with craft paper bags these days.
I'm also in love with bakers twine.
Just can't get enough.



I packaged up 2 of the tasties per bag and tied them shut.
{If you plan to do this...make sure and cover your cookies first with parchment or tissue paper. Otherwise....the yummy buttery grease from the cookies will seep through the bag.  And that just doesn't look pretty}.

I hand wrote a note to each girl and added my favorite picture of the Savior.
{Handwritten notes = always the best!}


I've come to discover that you can make almost ANYTHING look cute in either a basket or a bag decorated with cherries....BOTH purchased in the $ bins at Target last year.


I plan to purchase more of these little books before the year is over.

I've come to realize that when you get a prompting to stop by someone's house to say hi or drop off treats or tell someone that you love them, etc......it's usually for a REASON.  

Often times...we don't know that exact REASON but I've learned that it's ALWAYS best to act on those promptings. No matter just how busy life may seem.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend.

Who else finds it hard to believe that Thanksgiving has already come and gone?
We press forward now to Christmas.
Christmas!
My how time flies.

Our Thanksgiving weekend went down like this:

Wednesday I helped organize both Grant and Carson's classroom feasts at school.


I made the turkey treats on the left.
A crafty mom in Grant's class made the adorable 'pie' cupcakes on the right.


Helping out in the kids' classrooms is one of my greatest joys.
It's so fun to see the interaction that goes on in there.

Thursday we spent the afternoon and evening at my mom and dad's house.
Our entire Lamoreaux family was present 
{minus my cute nephew Ryan who is serving an LDS mission}. 

Everything was perfect from the food to the decor.


Next year we are giving the kids table the boot outside. 
They were TOO noisy! {Smile}.

Aren't those turkey leg place settings darling?  
My 11 year old niece made them for all of the children.

My mom had the adult table all decked out in brilliance...


Yes...we even get our very own salt and pepper shakers at each place setting.
She's prepared like that.
{Do you think she'd notice if I stole them?} 

Sadly, it was a day of fevers, a bit of barfing and a few other things for little Londy Lou...


She was definitely not her normal sassy, spunky, diva-esque self.

At 7 PM that night my sister and I headed out to Wal-mart to do our annual
Black Friday shopping.

Yes...it was crazy...crowded....and filled with all sorts o' nasty, outraged shoppers.

But as always...it was worth it.
There were deals to be had.
And we conquered.

In home and in bed by 10:00? Yes! Please!

The rest of the weekend included:

Putting out our Christmas decor...only to be halted promptly by....your very own...catching the flu bug.
BLEH!
Barfing {amongst other things} at it's worst.
What a weekend to get sick!

You KNOW i'm really sick when.....

* I can't even stand to walk through Target {gasp!}
* The thought of drinking soda sounds disgusting {double gasp!}
and....
* We cancel our date night with fun friends to go and see the movie Lincoln.
{Sigh.  There's always next weekend, right?}

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Fingers crossed I'm back to my normal healthy self by tomorrow.
I've got LOTS to accomplish this week:

* Ordering Christmas cards
{The pics turned out! Hoor-ah! Can't wait to share them with you.}

* Starting work on our 'neighbor and friend' gifts.
See past gifts HERE, HERE and HERE.

* I'm in charge of our ward Christmas breakfast on Saturday.
Planning for a mere 250 people...no biggie, right?
Yikes! Good thing I have so much help!

* Wrapping 25 Christmas books for our yearly tradition.

* Helping Buddy... our Elf on a Shelf make his grand debut.

Guess I better get all of the rest I need today!

Good thing I LOVE the holiday season so very much!
I do indeed!!!




Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1,000,000.



I have some very big news!
My little 'ole blog is about to reach 1,000,000 hits!!!

1,000,000 hits!
What the?!?

I know that to 'big time' bloggers...this might seem minimal.
But to me???
I am honored, blessed, excited and more.

I started my ramblings here just a year and a half ago. 
Sometimes I find it funny to think that others find me interesting.
{Or maybe it's that you think I'm a tad odd? Smile.}

I have the sweetest readers.
Your comments and kind thoughts always make my day.
I am blessed indeed.

To celebrate....I want to have some sort of a BIG GIVEAWAY.

{But remember how I'm lame when it comes to finding advertisers for this blog?
Ok...lame AND a little bit clueless.}

So here's where YOU come in.

Do you own a shop? Sell stuff on etsy? Make cute accessories? Etc, etc, etc???
Are you willing to DONATE to this GIVEAWAY of mine?
In return...well...you'll get FREE advertising.

I'll do a BLOG POST with DIRECT LINKS to YOU and your product!

Tempting? I sure hope so.
Cause I'd be rather embarrassed to not have anyone offer anything.

Let me know what you think.
Email me:
joemarcicoombs@mac.com

Can't wait to see what we come up with!!!

xoxo
Marci

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread.


As promised...here is my SUPER YUMMY recipe for Pumpkin Bread.
It's SUPER moist {I really hate that word} and SUPER flavorful!
Make some up for Thanksgiving...it'll be a hit!
Enjoy!!!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
{thank you Molly for the recipe!!!}

Beat 5 eggs

Add:

1 1/3 cup oil
1 -16 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
2 - 3 oz. pkg instant vanilla pudding

Mix until creamy and stir in chocolate chips!

Bake at 350 for one hour....makes 2 bread loaf pans
or 5 smaller loaf pans 
or 24 muffins.

If making muffins...they will only cook for 12-15 minutes.
If making smaller loaves...they'll cook for about 40 minutes....but keep an eye on them.

Monday, November 19, 2012

This Weekend:

* We had our family pictures taken.
It's always the most dreaded day of the year for Joe  us.
You never know what kind of a mood my 3 yahoos will be in.
Proud to report...it was our easiest shoot yet.
Quick and painless.
Now...we just wait to see if any actually turned out.
{Smile}.

Did you know my sister is a photographer?
She is.  And you can check out some of her work HERE.

* We were in the Mesa area so we dropped off the kiddos at Joe's parents house and went on a date.
Dinner HERE.
They may just be my new go-to place for green corn tamales.
YUM-mMmY!
{Is anyone else excited that it's officially TAMALE season here in AZ?}

* Slept in Saturday morning {bliss!} and then went out for donuts as a family to our very favorite donut joint.


Be still my beating heart.
Bosa donuts are THE BEST donuts in all of AZ.
{And you MUST go to their shop in Chandler.  It is WAY better than the one in Mesa. I promise}.

*Visited my dad in the hospital.
{Even though Carson thinks hospitals are creepy}.
Dad is home now and doing much better!
We are blessed.

* Stopped by the mall that afternoon.
BIG mistake.
I officially refuse to go to ANY shopping mall on ANY Saturday from here clear through Christmas.
It. Was. A. Zoo!!!!
I HATE shopping when it's packed.
{Unless of course it's Black Friday.  That is my exception!}

* Bike ride at sunset with my Cars-a-roo.
The weather here in Chandler is gorge-wah right now.
{That's fancy term for gorgeous in my book!}


So refreshing. So fun.

*Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner.
{It's one of few meals where my kids will eat seconds and thirds}.

* Churchey Church.

* Relaxation in our jammies.

* Made pumpkin bread....sharing this recipe tomorrow!
It's delish!!


Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Courage To Try handout.


Today I taught my sweet Laurels...

We started out the lesson talking about Walt Disney.
{Remember...I'm sorta obsessed with Disneyland?}

I found a whole bunch of facts out about him and the rocky start that he got to his career.
{There were LOTS.  Things weren't so easy for him the first few go arounds}.
The one thing that prevailed was his COURAGE and BRAVERY
And NOW look at the empire he has created! 

We also talked about Esther and Gideon from the Old Testament and the huge amount of courage that THEY both needed to accomplish something BIG.

At the end of my lesson I talked about the Pixar movie Brave.
Merida {the main character} was a modern day movie hero of sorts and we talked about what she needed to do with her courage to save her kingdom.

Since BEARS were a common thing within the movie....
{think...her mom...and triplet brothers...}
I attached my handout to a tub of Teddy Grahams.


You can download this handout HERE.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gratitude Dinner.


My mom has been Relief Society President ever since I can remember.
8 times if you're counting to be exact.
{Sometimes ward...sometimes stake.}

I keep telling her that she needs to do something drastic so that they'll quit calling her.
{Ha!}
My mom is pretty amazing. 

This past week I helped her throw a Relief Society Gratitude themed dinner for 60 people in her home.
I should mention that the night before...as we were preparing...my dad got very ill and had to be rushed into the hospital.  He had a blocked bowel and some pretty intense stomach pains, but those details are for a different time. {He is home now and doing well!} 

One thing my mother has taught me is that you go with the punches.
And that we did.
{I should also mention that my mom rarely complains and rarely has 'wo is me' moments. 
I really need to take a page outta her book}.

The actual night went off without a hitch and I couldn't have been more pleased with everything.

We decorated the tables with burlap and mason jars covered in lace.
Some were filled with popcorn kernels and candles.
Others were filled with artificial leaves.


They served a ham dinner complete with cheesy potatoes, salads, rolls and an assortment of desserts.

The main speaker of the evening was my mom's good friend and neighbor.
She spoke about keeping a gratitude journal and the importance thereof.
It was inspiring and touching.

For favors, my mom's presidency made up a gratitude journal for everyone to take home.
{They mod podged composition notebooks and added a few details.}


The weather was perfect that evening...as some sat inside and others sat outside on the patio.

My mom and I had so much fun with this activity.
{So what if we were so tired the next day we couldn't get outta bed??}

We both share the same sense of OCD when it comes to decorating and party planning.

GRATEFUL for such a wonderful example in my life.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Random Wednesday.

* Does it bother anyone else when the Target employees wear shirts in an off shade color of red?
Like say....a pinkish red?  Or an orange-ish red?
Instead of a true vibrant red?  
It's like they're going against everything Target believes in, no?

* Have you ever been to an amusement park, state fair, or Disneyland, when it is intensely hot outside, and seen other 'couples' showing extreme PDA? I'm all for passion but come on people.  It's sticky and gross outside....how can you be up for sweaty PDA?  It always baffles me.  Usually because I get stuck in line behind these very exact types of people.What are they trying to prove in that heat? 

* I consider the laundry to be a 'frenemy' of mine.
Yup.  
Part FRIEND but mostly ENEMY.

I LOVE having fresh smelling clean clothes.
But I HATE doing the actual laundry.

And is it just OUR household....or does every other household ALWAYS have dirty clothes in their hampers?  It never fails...just as I finish like my 8th load of laundry for the week....someone finds the need to put their smelly socks or dirty underwear in the hamper.  I feel like putting a sign on my hamper for the rest of the family that reads:
  PLEASE....do your mom a favor and just wear your dirty underwear inside out for the day so that mom can feel the satisfaction of having an EMPTY hamper for MORE than 8 hours.   

Would that be so bad?

* Speaking of FRENEMIES...
I have such a love/hate relationship with Hobby Lobby.

LOVE everything inside of that store.
But HATE that they always only have like ONE cashier on duty.  At all times.
And what's up with them not having a bar code system?  Why do they always have to type everything in?  I strongly believe that this is the main reason they always have such LONG lines.
Does it stop my from shopping there? Of course not.

* Do you ever chew your kids out   speak loudly to your children, only to discover that your windows are open and the entire street can hear you telling your kids to brush the yellow off of their teeth or they don't get dessert? Just...hypothetically speaking.

Sure glad we're friends with our next door neighbors.  Would hate for them to think badly of me..{smile!}

* Do you ever send someone a text message and then get bugged that they haven't responded...only to discover that you haven't hit 'send' on the actual outgoing message? Or is that just me? And does anyone else ALWAYS get their i's and u's mixed up on the iphone keypad? So. Annoying.

* I'm all for hosting parties. And I'm all for pets.
 But the other day I saw an ad advertising a Holiday Party for your pets.
Ummmmm....???? What?
Are they going to drink egg nog and play pin the nose on Rudolph?

* The new Twilight movie comes out this weekend.
I am definitely NOT a twi-hard.
In fact, I laughed my way through the first book.
{I should also mention..that is the only book I could stand to read. And the only reason I read the entire first book was because everyone kept RAVING about it.  I kept TRYING to get to the GOOD parts...only to find that...there were NONE!} 

But that's besides the point.  Although I've NEVER seen a Twilight movie...I do find it somewhat disturbing that they cast Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Bella and Edward.

They look like they both need to take a shower.  And brush their teeth.  ALL the time.
Am I right?

* Loving THIS song. 

* Speaking of music...did you see when Bruno Mars hosted SNL this season?
It was hands down one of my very favorite episodes. 
He had Justin Timberlake like quality.
Hands down the funniest skit was THIS.

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Day 6: I am thankful for Someburros and the fact that they serve breakfast burritos ALL day long. 

And not just for breakfast.

Monday, November 12, 2012

This Weekend:

...was just what the Dr. order.  Lots of R&R this weekend.
We soaked it in.

* Friday I spent the day with my cute friend Jamie getting pedi's {purple of course!}, going to lunch and shopping at Home Goods.

Have you tried Paradise Bakery's Chicken Stew? It is the bomb-diggity.
And have you checked out Home Goods' holiday deocr?  Oh my!

* Carson lost another tooth.


I may be biased BUT...I'm pretty sure he has the cutest toothless grin out there.

* Date night Friday night with fun friends HERE.
Their minestrone soup? Ah-MAzInG!
{And yes...I'm in a soup mood these days! We finally have cooler temps so it feels ok to indulge!}

*Saturday morning championship games.





We've got a little break until it all starts up again in January.

*Saturday afternoon naps.
London has been pretty sick.
Croupy cough + fever + sore throat.
Ick.

*No church on Sunday because of sick kids.
{Grant got the cough too...it was just a matter of time}.

We stayed in the entire day and it was rather nice.
Truly...a day of rest today.

We made cookies and watched Elf.
{2 of my very favorite ways to kick off the holiday season!}

Cleaned out a closet. And a cupboard. And napped some more.

*We capped the long weekend off by having breakfast at
The Hangar Cafe on Monday morning.


It was a HIT! Right in the middle of the Chandler airport...you can watch planes take off and land.
The food is EXTRA yummy!
We will definitely be back for more!



Soup and Dessert...don't mind if I do!

My friend makes THE MOST DELICIOUS soup ever.
It's the Chicken Tortilla copy cat recipe from Cafe Rio.
I could eat it for breakfast, lunch AND dinner it's so good.

I also have a yummy dessert recipe to share for this holiday season.
I don't LOVE pumpkin pie.
But I do LOVE variations of pumpkin pie.  Cakes, puddings, etc.

Don't let the name fool you....it's called Pumpkin Dump Cake and it's TDF.
{To. Die. For.}
I'd much rather have this on Thanksgiving than pie.
But that's just me.

Enjoy!!!

Recipe found on Favorite Family Recipes

Cafe Rio Chicken Tortialla Soup
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • a dash (or two) cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 5 c. chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • vegetable oil (to taste)
  • pico de gallo (see recipe HERE)
  • 2-3 avocados, diced
  • 2 c. pepper jack cheese
  • tortilla strips 
  • cilantro (for garnish)
  • lime wedges (for garnish)
Instructions
  • In a small skillet, saute onion in 1 Tbsp. oil until onions become slightly soft. Stir in cumin, cayenne, and chili powder and saute an additional minute or two.
  • Transfer seasoned onions to a small crock pot (or medium-sized saucepan). Add chicken broth, cliantro, lime juice, pepper and pinto beans to onions and simmer on low-heat for at least 2-3 hours.
  • In the meantime (when you are close to serving), combine taco seasoning and paprika. Brush chicken with oil and rub with taco seasoning/paprika mixture. Grill chicken over medium-heat until cooked through (try to turn only once during the grilling process). Remove from grill and shred.
  • In individual bowls layer chicken, about 1/3 c. pico de gallo, 1/3 c. diced avocado, and 1/3 c. pepper jack cheese. Ladle about 1 cup of chicken broth directly over the layers. Top with tortilla strips and garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.


Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
4 eggs
1 - 29 oz. can pure pumpkin
2 - 12 oz. cans evaporated milk
1/2 cup softened butter
1 pkg. yellow cake mix

Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl.  Beat eggs lightly in a large bowl.  Stir pumpkin into eggs.  Add sugar to mixture.  Gradually stir in evaporated milk.  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.  Cut butter into cake mix and pour on top and swirl into pumpkin mixture.  Bake at 325 fro 70 minutes.  {NOTE: my cake always takes more like 85 minutes to bake so just keep eyeballing it}.

Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thanksgiving Ideas.

Well now that I have THIS event over with...I am in full holiday mode and I LOVE it.
Thanksgiving is one of my very favorites.
{I know I say that just about EVERY holiday!}
But it is.

I love the food.  The weather.  Watching the Macy's Parade. Spending the day with family. 
 My list could go on.

I'm helping my mom plan a Relief Society dinner for 65 at her house next week. 
The theme is....Being Grateful.
We've got some cute ideas up our sleeves.

Here's some cute THANKSGIVING ideas via my Pinterest board that I 've come across while surfing the web for inspiration on all things... 
TURKEYS, PILGRIMS and BLESSINGS.


Detail-Oriented Diva
How cute would these bottles of soap be to make up for the hostess of your turkey dinner?
The FREE printable label is found HERE.

My Heart's Desire
LOVING this centerpiece with hurricane vases and popcorn kernels. It makes things look so cozy!

thanksgiving_bookturkey
Fiskars
I have no words for this Book Page Turkey Place Card.
It is brilliant. And stunning.
{Ok so there's TWO!}

Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfaits 2 Sweet Treat: Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfaits
The Family Kitchen
I LOVE individual servings of ANYTHING.
I also love gingersnaps and pumpkin.
Put all three of those things together and you have these yummy Pumpkin Gingersnap Parfaits.
 I ALSO love the idea that you could make these up the night before!

thanksgiving place card ideas
One Charming Party
LOVE the idea of using old family pictures on the dinner table.
Also LOVE how they've placed them in candlesticks.

Tippytoes-lollipopturkey
Tippy Toes and Tantrums

Thinking these turkey Tootsie Pops would be so fun to make up for the kids' classmates.

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Day 5: I am thankful that the elections are over.

Now...I just keep my fingers crossed that people pipe down about it on facebook and remember this quote:

Photo

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Create Your Own Sunshine - Young Women in Excellence


Last night we held our annual Young Women in Excellence program.
Our theme was:

Create Your Own Sunshine

The evening went off without a hitch.
Everything was perfect.
AND...we kept the actual program to under an hour. {Bonus! That's MY kind of meeting!}

Here's a peek at some of the details:


I find that the church gym is rather drab looking, no?
I thought that by creating some backdrops...it might help...lighten things up a tad.


As for the display of projects...we decorated those tables with burlap and mason jars covered in white lace with white flowers...some artificial, some real. All of my Young Women brought such inspiring projects that they had worked on during the past year.  I was so proud of them!



Our dessert table backdrop was created from......a chalkboard! That's right.  You know those rolling chalkboard/bulletin boards that the church has?  We covered it up in polka dot wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby, added a strand of lights, and wa-lah! It definitely spruced things up for us!!

As for the food...we did a dessert table which consisted of:
Cupcake recipe  HERE.


Cake Pops. Lemon Bars. Butter Bars.
Butter Bars not pictured but recipe can be found HERE.
{Warning: they are incredibly addicting and quite possibly the best things I have ever tasted.}


Water Bottles Full of Sunshine.
Banner, water bottle labels, place cards and name cards all purchased as a printable package HERE.
{I especially LOVE this printable pack from etsy because it allowed me to edit everything on my own with no extra charge.}

As for take home favors for the girls:


We purchased 99 cent frames from Ikea {SCORE!} and made copies of THIS free printable at Costco.
{Thank you Kiki & Company for working with me on this!}

We've also started a tradition of giving each of the girls who have received their Young Womanhood medallion for that year, a framed picture of the temple that they want to get married in.


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For those of you planning a similar evening, here is some of what our program entailed:

Opening Song - Teach Me to Walk in the Light

I gave an introduction to the evening and explained why I felt inspired to choose the theme of 
CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE.

In a nutshell...my main point was to tell the girls to stop surrounding yourselves with bits of darkness..whether it be friends making fun of your standards, teachers, immodesty, etc.  and MAKE your own Sunshine. You don't HAVE to be in the dark.  You have the power to SHINE! Don't wait for other people or other things to bring you happiness today..encourage yourself to MAKE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE.  Light is always stronger than darkness!

I also shared a few personal experiences, Matthew Chapter 5, and a few bits and pieces from THIS talk by Elaine Dalton.

All of our Beehives play some type of strings instrument and so we had them play a special musical number with different hymns about Light. It was a medley and it was incredible.

We had three of our girls who had received their medallions speak 2-3 minutes on 
How completing my Personal Progress helped SHINE LIGHT into my life.

We showed 3 short clips online from Elder Bednar talking about Light.
You can access those HERE.
{If you've never seen them...watch them.  
They are inspiring.}

We had a member of our bishopric speak about darkness and light.

And in lieu of a closing song, we showed THIS video presentation.
It's set to the hymn "Lead Kindly Light" and includes a montage of different pictures of the Savior.

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Phew! Glad it's over. {Smile!}
Sure feel blessed to get to be able to do what I do each week! 

MY Young Women sure help ME to...
 Create MY OWN Sunshine!
xoxo