Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Creating a Christ Centered Christmas.



At our Stake Womens Conference a few weeks ago, I was asked to put together some type of a handout to give to the sisters to help inspire them to create a CHRIST CENTERED Christmas with their families this season.


I just love this quote from President Monson - I had to include it.


These handouts are meant to be printed front and back and there are 2 on each page.


These are a nice little something to deliver to your friends {or Visiting Teachers, or Relief Society sisters...} with a plate of cookies in the next week or so. 

You can download this FREE handout HERE.

Each year I strive for our family to focus on the REAL meaning of Christmas.  Some years are better than others. I've made it a goal to try and accomplish more than half of these on my list. 

Wish me luck!

More inspiration HERE.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

This {Thanksgiving} Weekend:

* Thanksgiving this year was spent with my side of the family at my parents house.


Their bestest friends in the world came into town and celebrated the holiday with us.  


Everything was so wonderful and relaxing.

The food was scrumptious {my sister made a squash souffle that was to die for! and topped it with Rice Krispies!} but my favorite part was going around the tables and talking about what we were most thankful for.

Per Lamoreaux Thanksgiving tra-dish...we headed onto the movies after our early dinner to see...

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Sadly, this was not one of my favorites.
'The Rock' was funny and the graphics were amazing but....
it was rather slow. I even fell asleep for the last half of it which NEVER happens. 

My kids on the other hand LOVED it.

We headed back to my parents house afterwards for pie and the annual drawing of names for the cousins Christmas gift exchange.

We headed home with full bellies and even fuller hearts.
So thankful for my fabulous family. 

* Friday morning {because apparently we weren't full enough from all the food we ate the day before} we headed out for donuts.


I spent pretty much the ENTIRE rest of the day working in my craft room on my Etsy orders.


We grabbed a quick bite to eat as a family at one of our favorite local joints and then it was back to my craft room for the rest of the evening.

* Saturday was spent doing much of the same.
Joe had to work, the kids played outside {the weather here is dreamy} and I added the finishing touches to our Christmas decor.




 I just love traditional colors for Christmas, don't you?

* Date night Saturday night HERE.



I know what you're thinking....'you guys sure eat a lot of mexican food, huh?' 😜

It's true.
It's pretty much our fave.

We shopped around afterwards and then hit up DQ for dessert.


You guys!
Their Oreo Candy Cane blizzard is where it's at!!!!

Oh my gosh! 
It's my new favorite treat for sure!

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
Joe spoke in Sacrament meeting and did such a great job.
Public speaking is just so natural for him and it made my heart swell to hear him share his testimony of our Savior.

We ended the evening by letting the kids decorate their own Christmas trees. 


They each have their own in their bedrooms and every year we give them an ornament to add to their collection.  The ornament always has a special meaning from the past year and it's SO fun to pull them out each year and reminisce.

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Can you even believe that it's officially December this week?!?

On tap:

* School projects

* Grandkids decorating Grandparents Lamoreaux's Christmas tree {annual tra-dish}

* Basketball game

* London and I are attending the Nutcracker - - one of our very favorite events of the whole season!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gratitude.

Every week for the past 6 months our family has participated in doing service with the homeless community.  It's become a regular part of our week and has blessed our lives immensly.

Our eyes have been opened and our children are {slowly} learning compassion for those less fortunate than us. 

Tonight we had the opportunity of making and serving them dinner.  My whole family {parents, siblings, nieces and nephews} helped prepare the food and then we were all able to sit down and visit with our friends from all different backgrounds. 




I have such a special place in my heart for these people.
They have become my friends and our family prays nightly for them.


I look forward to hearing their stories each week and LOVE watching {most of} them change their lives.


{I mainly just love this pic because Joe is mid-slurp 😂}


Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving - - I wanted to somehow incorporate GRATITUDE into our dinner tonight.

I put a plea out to my friends on Facebook asking for small gift card donations to places that they could grab a quick lunch or buy a few necessities from.  

My friends far exceeded my expecations and we were able to give EACH homeless person tonight a $10 or more gift card.

I placed them all in envelopes and then hung them from my 'GRATITUDE TREE'. 

While they ate dinner, I called each one up and had them tell the group ONE thing that they were thankful for.  Then, they were able to pick an envelope off of the tree to keep. 

To hear what they were thankful for - - warmed my heart.

It really put things into perspective.

One man's gratitude even brought my sweet Carson to tears. 

As I put my feet up tonight in my warm and beautiful home - - I am reminded of what's REALLY important in life. 


Happy Thanksgiving dear blog readers.
xoxo

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Printables.


I always like to give our teacher's a little something before Thanksgiving break to show them just how grateful we are for them.  This year for London's sweet teacher I whipped up a PUMPKIN themed tag.


You can attach this tag to ANYTHING pumpkin flavored!


Obviously - - I had a hard time choosing.
Trader Joe's just does it right this time of year.

Download my FREE Pumpkin tag HERE.

For the boys' teachers...I'll pair up my tag from last year with some sort of sweet treat.


Download a copy of my FREE Grateful tag HERE.


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Sunday, November 20, 2016

This Weekend:

* Friday morning started out with errands.
Costco was PACKED!!! 
{I really, really dislike being there when it's SO packed. No free sample in the world could make me enjoy it.}

I only had 5 items in my cart...


...and waited in line for about 20 minutes. 
It isn't even officially the holidays yet!

* Finished up my Visiting Teaching that afternoon...


And then date night that night.


We ate HERE and oh my goodness.....their tower of onion rings is where it's at! SO delish.

* Saturday morning was spent working on Etsy orders.


I'm up to my eyeballs with work but so SO grateful.
Crafting and creating things is VERY therapuetic to me.

* Grant's basketball game was Saturday afternoon.


Tough loss but Grandpa Lamoreaux was there to cheer him on and that made him OH SO happy!

* We ordered pizza Saturday night and I got straight back to work in my craft room.

Except....


.....this little one did not want to leave my side so...
thank goodness for school tomorrow so I can actually get stuff done. 😂

* Sunday morning we made these for breakfast...


These pancakes are one of my very favorite items at Trader Joe's. {They're only seasonal so stock up now}.

* Churchey-church.


LOVED this quote from President Monson on the front cover of our program.  

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Happy Thanksgiving Week!
Can you even believe it?!?!

Sharing a FREE fun printable tomorrow for your kiddos to give to their teachers on Wednesday. 


Thursday, November 17, 2016

NEW THIS YEAR! 12 Days of Christmas Tags for Teachers.



Hands down, my most popular blog posts AND Etsy sellers are my 12 Days of Christmas tags for teachers.

I started this little tra-dish back when Grant was in Kindergarten and we've been having SO much fun with it, we've done it every year since. 


I received LOTS and LOTS of requests to offer them as printables and so last year - - I made that happen HERE

Holy Moly! 
The response was incredible!!!
My heart was happy that SO many school teachers were being spoiled by their students.

And guess what???

If you're like me and don't like to 're-do' the same stuff...
I've come up with a WHOLE NEW BATCH of tags and treat ideas for THIS YEAR!!!



You can view and purchase my NEW 2016 
12 Days of Christmas tags HERE.

And yes - - I can customize any of these tags to your liking for a small additional fee. 

See last year's tags HERE.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2fer Tuesday {on Wednesday}.

2 Thoughts I Can Definitely Relate To:



2 Soundtrack Songs I Can't Get Enough
 of Right Now:


I saw the movie 'Peanuts' over a year ago - - how am I just now discovering this song? Love it!

Listen HERE.

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THIS version of "True Colors" from the 'Trolls' soundtrack.
Holy Moly - - Anna Kendrick + JT = some dreamy melodies.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New in My Etsy Shop: Thanksgiving Leadership & Personal Progress Tags.

Just in time to pass out this Sunday!!!

I've whipped up some NEW tags to motivate your Young Women to work on their Personal Progress this month! 


All you need is a box {or bag} of Reeses Pieces to go with these.


There are 5 tags on a page and YOU can print them out however many times you need!

Purchase HERE.

Also - - wanna show the people you teach at church a little extra LOVE this Thanskgiving season??


These tags are perfect for: Your young women, primary children, Relief Society sisters, Sunday school students, nursery kiddos, presidencies, ETC!


There's a variety of ways that you can use this tag:

Attach it to almost ANY sized bag and fill it with treats.
Punch a hole in the corner and tie it onto a candy bar.
Use some bakers twine and tie it up with some cookies.

The list goes on....

File comes with 2 - 4"x5" tags and 2 - 3"x4" tags

YOU CAN PRINT THESE TAGS OUT HOWEVER MANY TIMES YOU'D LIKE! Upon purchase you'll be emailed the digital file.

Purchase HERE.

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Who else finds it hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a little more than a week away!?! Holy Moly. Where does the time go?