Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Beginnings 2013.

Last night was our annual New Beginnings program with the young women in our church, ages 12-18 and their mothers.  The girls that are TURNING 12 this year, were invited as well as we like to introduce the program to them and give them a taste of what they have to look forward to.

Our theme was based around the 2013 mutual theme:
Stand Ye in Holy Places.....
but we added a SHOE twist to it, to go along with the word STAND.

The idea for our dinner and program were taken from a Jenny Phillips idea HERE.

It was SO much fun to plan and the night was amazing.
Such great people I am surrounded with I tell you.

Here are some details from the evening:

We used high heeled shoes as a centerpiece on our front table...

We had a program and set of utensils at each place setting
 since we served dinner. 

For centerpieces on the tables where everyone sat,  we used gift bags from Hobby Lobby along with black and white polka dot tissue paper.

Aren't those bags just perfect for this event??

The water bottle labels, programs and party circles {on the utensil pockets} were designed on etsy through THIS seller. 
{The seller was fabulous to work with, might I add}.

I felt like the graphics added the perfect touch!

We assigned each of our Laurels to a new incoming Beehive.

They were incharge of going over to their houses, interviewing them and finding out a little bit about themselves.  Each Laurel presented their new Beehive one by one that evening, and then presented them with value colored flip flops made my cute Beehive advisor.

She wrapped them up in a cellophane bag and attached this tag...

Didn't they turn out cute??
The flip flops were found at Wal-mart for 99 cents.

As for the food...

It was YUMMY.

Each of our leaders were incharge of making something and then WE served the mothers and daughters.  I'll be posting ALL of the recipes for these yummy dishes soon.
{They were a hit!}

The program itself was so spiritual and there was such a warm feeling within the room.

We went straight from the Jenny Phillips script however...
we omitted the 'Temple Spires' video
and where it says to have 3 testimonies at the end...we only had one.

Following the 'program' part, I had one of my Laurels speak for 2-3 minutes on how completing her Personal Progress has helped her to STAND in HOLY PLACES.  
Her talk was so powerful.  
I LOVE hearing the testimonies of my young women.

Our Bishop closed the evening with some thoughts on the theme and finding the right shoes in life.
Again, so powerful.
The spirit was so strong.

{These are pics from the part of the program that involves a Young Woman coming to the front of the room and trying on different pairs of shoes to walk around in.} 

We covered the tables in hot pink wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby HANDS DOWN has the very best wrapping paper around.
{I might be slightly obsessed.}  

We also covered the chalkboad in the Relief Society room with even more wrapping paper.
{See first picture}.

As far as favors for the girls went...

it was something that I honestly spent A LOT of time thinking about.
I even PRAYED about it.
I wanted something to remind the girls about the evening...something that they would remember FOREVER.

I searched the internet high and low for ideas and then it finally hit me...

'Marci....make SURE the girls are setting their sights on the TEMPLE. 
ALL of the time.'

And then it came to me...

To go along with the SHOE theme,
we gave them...

Temple Slippers.

We asked each of the girls' moms ahead of time for their shoe size.  
For the younger girls...I bought a size or two UP since their feet will most likely grow.

I told them to keep the slippers tucked in their closets...
somewhere where they could see them on a regular basis and REMIND THEM of what they have to look forward to in life.  

{I also attached THIS poem to go along with it.}

One of my very most favorite parts of the evening.....

...was having my cute MOM there with me!

I figured since it was a MOTHER DAUGHTER was a MUST.
So grateful for my mom who always supports me in everything I do.

Because of she and my dad....I was always guided in the direction of life to

And for that...I will be forever grateful.


You can see our INVITATIONS for this fun event HERE.

Monday, January 28, 2013

This Weekend:

* We celebrated Joe's 35th birthday.
{35?!?! We are getting OLD!}

*Had breakfast at one of our new favorite joints.
Hangar Cafe at the Chandler Airport.

Such fun surroundings and quite possibly the best french toast I've ever had.

*Dinner date night at another one of our favorite joint's HERE.
They give a free dinner on your birthday and we just couldn't pass it up.

We always split a bowl of their minestrone soup and their grilled chicken pasta.
It tastes DIVINE!

*Saturday sports were rained out.
Poured down rain the entire day which was a nice little change.

*Attended Grant's girlfriend friend's baptism.

*Birthday party at the baptism-ee's house afterwards.

* Roast in the crockpot for dinner on Saturday night.


* Yummy Sunday dinner at Joe's parents house with the entire Coombs clan.
We celebrated Joe and Jay's birthdays together {did you know Joe is an identical twin?}...
 and also my father-in-law Scott's birthday.

So blessed to have such great in-laws!

* Ended the weekend with yet another late night visit to the hospital ER.
Not for me.
My dad.
He's back in.
{Big huge frowney face}.

He has an infection from his surgery a week ago. They thought at first that it could be a blood clot and we are so grateful that the test results came up negative for that.

Poor guy.  He's miserable and in lots of pain.

Please keep him in your prayers?


Sunday, January 27, 2013

A yummy find.

I've been up to my eyeballs planning for THIS big church event.
Can't wait to share ALL of the details after it's over on Tuesday night.

For now...I'm RAVING about these rolls.....

They are hands down our NEW FAVORITE!

I'm usually a Rhoades rolls type of girl but my mom served these up a couple weeks back and we are hooked.  They are AMAZING.

{And no...I'm not getting paid for RAVING about these.  Wish I even knew HOW to go about getting paid to rave about something.  Haha!}

They're in the freezer section of your local grocery store and they only take 10 minutes to heat up.
You don't even have to wait for them time to rise.
Just brush the tops with butter before you stick them in the oven.
They are HEAVENLY!!!  
I promise.

P.S. You know the tip that keeps floating around, that if you put a wooden spoon across a pot of boiling WON'T boil over?  Well it's true.  Tried.  And true.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentine favorites from the past.

I've been scrollin around on my blog lately, looking through past Valentine projects and activities.
Prepping for this year's DAY o' LOVE.

Thought I'd share some of my favorite things from Valentine's past.

Clay Pot Candy Jars

Carson's 2012 Valentine's.

Grant's preschool Valentine's from 2009.

Grant's 2012 Valentine's.

Past Teacher Valentine's.

Easy Jelly Bean Valentine's.

Pink heart shaped sugar cookies are a MUST in Februrary.

Simple candybar wrapper made with wrapping paper and a heart punch.

2012 Valentine Wreath.

To see ALL of our Valentine excitement from years past, you can click HERE to scroll through my heart day archives.

Monday, January 21, 2013

This Weekend:

* We visited my dad in the hospital.
He had surgery on Thursday to remove some scar tissue that had been blocking his bowels.
What should have been a 30 minute surgery, lasted 4 hours. was pretty bad.

First thing Friday morning, he called up and said that he needed to see his Londy-Lou.
{She has a way of cheering people up!}
We headed over and I definitey think she did the trick.

He is thankfully home now after being in there for 6 days.
 He is doing MUCH better.

Definitely not the best pic of my dad.
Joe is so good to my parents.

* Date night Friday night HERE.
It's one of my all time favorite restaurants.

I was, however, heartbroken when I discovered that they had taken my very favorite item off of the menu!!!  I've been ordering their CHICKEN AND BISCUITS with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots for probably close to 15 years now.  How could they do that to me??  I'm thinking of writing the CEO.  It's just not right.

* I received this sweet letter from Grant

Be still my beating heart!

 * Saturday football games and soccer games.
Carson won the GAME DAY MEDAL and he was pleased as punch!

* More intense Pinewood Derby prepping...

The car is FINISHED thanks to Uncle William's mentoring.
Grant is SO excited.  March 2nd can't get here soon enough.

*Speaking of things that can't get here soon enough....

London's 4th Birthday party.
It's still......30-ish days away and she wants to have it NOW.
{Can you blame her? It's a PRINCESS party!}
We've setteled with just buying paper plates for now.

* Church Elders Quorom Party Saturday night.
Such FUN people in our ward.
Thank you Buchanan's for was a blast!
They made up a big batch of THIS for dinner and it was heavenly!!!

* Churchey-Church on Sunday.

* Fun friends over for dinner on Sunday night.
I made THIS.
It's always a hit and ALWAYS makes up A TON.

* MLK day was spent re-doing Joe's office for his birthday.
{It's on Friday}.

It was a SURPRISE and I pulled it off!
{Which is somewhat shocking because we are the WORST secret keepers with one another.  We tell each other EVERYTHING}.

Joe works from home and his office needed some definite SPRUCING UP!

Needless to say...I am pooped.
Here's to a week long of celebrations!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

STANDing in Holy Places.

Our theme for New Beginnings this year is based off of the 2013 mutual theme:

Since it talks about STANDING...we are going with a SHOE based theme.

Can't wait to share ALL of our details.  Program is NEXT Tuesday night.
I'll be sure to take lots of pics.

For now...take a peek at the invitations I handed out at church today.

The mini plastic heels were ordered off of eBay.
I designed the tag, added some washi tape and filled the shoes with pink M&Ms for a pop of color.

Glad to have them handed out.
Now...onto more planning and prepping!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lollipop Tree....TAKE 2!

Remember THIS post?
I was so proud of it.

Wanna hear a sad story?
I took it to church last week and within seconds of standing up to tell my girls about it....the table got bumped and the lollipop part went crashing to the ground and split into about 10 different pieces. 
There were green foam crumbs everywhere.


Apparently the top part was just too heavy for the vase.  I needed something sturdier.

Enter....foam cone.

So now I present to you...
my NEW and IMPROVED Personal Progress LOLLIPOP tree......

MUCH much sturdier.
{I used close to probably 400 lollipops...just to give you an idea of how many you would need}.

By darn, my girls BETTER TO GET TO WORK now!

You can now download a copy of my 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Leadership Treat idea.

I held a Young Womens Board meeting this week at my house with all of my fabulous leaders.
{I am blessed with SUCH GOOD leaders to work with!}

I hadn't made cinnamon rolls in a long time 
and this was the perfect excuse to whip some up.

{You should know that I am deathly afriad of yeast.  EXCEPT for this recipe of cinnamon rolls}.

This recipe is from my sister and it is the BOMB-diggity.
I went over to her house a couple of years ago to watch her make it...step by hopes that I wouldn't fail when I made them myself.  So here are the step by step instructions...enjoy!!!

Clone of a Cinnabon

Heat oven to 200 degrees while you're making the dough.


1 cup WARM milk
2 1/2 tsp. yeast {I use the Rapid Rise kind}
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup melted butter
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix milk and 1 Tbs of the sugar {take this out of the 1/2 cup} until dissolved adn then add yeast.
Let it 'proof' for a few minutes so you know the yeast is working {it will start to bubble a bit}.  

In your mixing bowl {I use my kitchen Aid and it is PERFECT for this recipe}...add the rest of the sugar, and the wet ingredients.  Then mix in the yeast mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix and knead until it becomes a soft ball.

Turn OFF the oven.  Cover the dough with a damp towel over the bowl and put in warmed oven for 1 hour. It will double in size.  Turn out the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Cover and let rest 10 minutes.

While you are letting the dough 'rest'...mix together your filling:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 Tbs. cinnamon

Stir completely in a small bowl so that there are no lumps.

Roll dough in to a large rectangle and smear with 1/3 cup SOFTENED butter. 
Sprinkle evenly with the sugar/cinnamon mixture.

Roll up the dough {tightly} and cut into about 1-1 1/2 inch sized rolls.
{I usually get about 14 GOOD sized rolls and 4 little-er rolls on the ends}.

Place rolls in lightly greased 9x13 pan.  Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Bake rolls in oven until golden brown...about 12-15 minutes.

While baking...make the icing.
{I could eat this with a spoon!}

1 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/2 cup butter softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix together the cream cheese and butter.  Add the powdered sugar and thn vanill and salt and beat until creamy.

Spread the frosting over warm {not hot} rolls before serving.

They're a HIT.  I promise.  
I might've had 2 the night that I made them.
{In my was a BIG one and a LITTLE-er one!}

NOTE:  from start to finish these take about 2-3 hours to make.
Most of that time though is spent with the dough rising.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Birthday Socks.

I have stewed and pondered over what we could give our 
Young Women this year for their birthdays

Lucky for us...our FIRST birthday isn't until it gave me some time to think!

I saw THIS cute poem and THIS cute pin and I finally decided to just put the two together!

I'm hoping you can tell...they're supposed to look like cupcakes!

This one is my favorite....

They are super simple to do!

{I scored and found my fuzzy socks at Joann's.  They were in the Christmas clearnce section and ended up being like $1.10 a set. Not bad, huh?}

You literally just roll up the socks...pull the center out a tad...add a Tootsie Pop and a cupcake wrapper and you're done!  

Of course then though, you need to make sure and wrap it up cute and add the tag...

You can download my version of the tag HERE for FREE!
{I shortened it a little from the original one I found on Sugardoodle.}

Monday, January 14, 2013

This weekend:

*I went to breakfast with one of my dearest friends.
London opted for the soup.  At 9 AM. 
Man, their Diet Coke is good!

*Date night Friday night with Joe.
Dinner HERE.  
Did you know that if you signup for their email list they send you a free coupon for free chips and queso?  And you can print it as may times as you want?  Score!
Their chips and queso is the bomb-diggity.

*Soccer and Football games on Saturday afternoon.
I literally froze my hiney off watching Grant play.
I don't know how you cold states do it.
I grew up in Virginia and went to college in Idaho and Utah and I'm AMAZED that I didn't freeze to death.
It's been 50 degrees here and colder than snot!

*Grant had a sewing lesson with Grandma Lamoreaux.

Don't you LOVE my mom's antique sewing machine?

He's been dying to learn how!
I took him out and let him pick out some fabric {ASU football of course} and my mom helped him sew a pillow case.  It's his new prized possesion.
So cute watching him with my mom. 
He's a natural.

*Pizza night on Saturday night.
I'm the ONLY fan of Pizza Hut in our family so sadly...Papa Johns won.


*Made THIS in the crockpot for dinner.
It was a new recipe try for me and it did not disappoint.
{My favorite bbq sauces are KC masterpiece and Famous Dave's}.

* Made homemade cinnamon rolls

I'll share what I'm doing with them tomorrow.
Along with the recipe.
They. Are. Amazing!

* Laughed our tails off AGAIN at yet another Honey Boo Boo special.
Man, I look at butter in a whole different light now.