Thursday, July 19, 2018

Back to School Dinner Idea {2016: Charity}.

As I've been planning and prepping for our annual Coombs Familiy Back to School dinner on Sunday night....I've been reflecting a lot on the themes that Joe and I have chosen in years past.  

I loved 2016 and our CHERRY-ty theme.

This was the year that our family volunteered once a week with the homeless community in our area and it changed our lives forever.

All of our CHERRY themed details HERE.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Welcome Tags: Tickled Pink + Sunshine Printables.

I've created some NEW TAGS for my Etsy shop and I'm super excited to share them with you!!!

Have you ever visited another ward and just felt super uncomfortable because no one talked to you? 

I have.

These tags are to help with that awkwardness!!!

Basically the idea is to fill up a basket with ALL THINGS PINK!  

Attach my TICKLED PINK tags to each item and then when someone NEW moves into your ward OR comes to visit...let them introduce themselves and then pick an item to take home!

Because who doesn't love getting spoiled with a treat? 
Especially at church!
All of the above items I found were from the $ store so you really don't need to spend much money at all.

I've also created some SUNSHINE tags with the same idea...

Each of these sets comes with Relief Society AND Young Womens tags included.

For more details:

Tickled Pink tags HERE
Sunshine tags HERE

Monday, July 16, 2018

This Weekend:

* Friday morning we headed to the movie theater to see...

Super cute.
We all loved it.
Adam Sandler is hilare.

* School shopping afterwards.

Can you believe our schools start ONE WEEK from today?
It's pretty glorious because then our kids get 2 week breaks in the fall, winter and spring...when it's actually nice weather here.

* Date night with Joe HERE.
{One of our local faves.}

I wish I had remembered to take a pic before we began eating. 😂 It's always SO good.
Lately we've been sharing the Country Fried Chicken - - it's HUGE + it's made with bacon gravy's super healthy.

* Dateline after.
{Don't all good date nights end with Dateline? No? Just us?}

Did anyone else watch it?
It was on the Jonestown Massacre and BOY was it crazy!

* Saturday morning we swung by my parents house...

...the kids wanted to put on a fashion show for them with their new school clothes.

The rest of my day was spent making oodles of cupcakes for my friends son's missionary party.

Pina Colada + Cookies n' Cream

I love being in my kitchen and baking but man... when I make a BIG batch of ANYTHING and then have to FROST it all...I'm wiped out afterwards.

London and I cooled off at our friend's pool when I was all done...

We got about 20 minutes of swimming in before the HABOOB hit.

It's a real thing. 
In AZ we don't get tornados or hurricanes....
we get monsoons and haboobs.

And they're CRAZY!

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
After missing 2 weeks because of vacation, it sure was nice to get back.

My bro and Adam swung by afterwards with their 2 pups.

I seriously love Cubby's little, stubby legs so dang much.

* We grilled BBQ chicken for dinner and finished the night by laughing way too hard at AFV.
{It really doesn't take much to make this family of ours laugh.}

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 
On tap for this week:

* Prepping for our annual Coombs Family Back to School Dinner.  I'll be sharing some of our previous ones from years past this week!

*Panther Day for my boys: this is when they get their JR High schedules and walk around to see where their classes are.  

Wait WHAT?!? 
Yup....BOTH my boys will be in JR High this year.
I can't even.

* London's Meet the Teacher for Elementary school.

Fun times ahead....ready or not!


Friday, July 13, 2018

RED Tags: Read Every Day

One of the MANY things that I love about my 'calling' at church is that we get to hear about all of the different FUN ideas that each ward Relief Society does.

There are SO many creative, inspired ideas and I feel like I grow so much as a person when we meet one on one with these presidencies.

This past spring someone told us about a RED party that their Relief Society was going to have.

Read Every Day

Basically, they were going to encourage each and every sister in their ward to READ the scriptures EVERY DAY.

Because we all know the benefits, right?
{I'd be lost without my daily scripture study!}

They were going to kick things off with a RED PARTY as one of their activity nights.  They were going to serve RED food, have everyone wear RED clothing.....ETC!

They would explain the concept and then set a certain amount of time to allow for the RED to happen and then meet back again together { x amount of weeks//months later } to share their testimonies of how this action helped to improve their lives.

I even think it would be fun to have a big jar full of RED candies - - and each week - - whoever has "RED" for the whole week gets to pick a candy out.  

This idea could be adapted for Young Women, the Primary, Sunday School.....ETC!

So fun, right?

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this idea which is why I decided to SHARE the concept with you guys AND create a handout that can be given out at the start {and/or used as a BOOKMARK for their daily scripture study!}

I've included 2 different quotes that can be used.

One encourages the reading of The Book of Mormon; the other encourages the general reading of the scriptures
 {think Bible}.

I do hope this inspires you.
All of the details on how to download these tags are

* * * I originally misspelled President Nelson's first name - - changes have been made and updated on the tags! 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July Friendship Tags.

Sorry in the delay for this month's tags.
Vacation threw me for a loop and I ceratainly didn't have my act together enough to get these done before we left.

I'm offering TWO different tags this month and they're both FREE to download and PRINT!

{These make GREAT little 'Ministering' tags too!}

You don't even have to make anything HOMEMADE if you don't want to!  Buy a package of Chips Ahoy and call it good!

Because who doesn't LOVE being surprised with a little random treat?? It's the perfect way to say 'I'm thinking about you' or 'Thank You!'...

You can download my cookie tags HERE.

June Friendship Tags HERE.
May Friendship Tags HERE.
April Friendship Tags HERE.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Sunshine Jello Salad.

Coming back from vacation stinks!
I feel like it always takes me a good few days to get back into the swing of things.  Who's with me?

As promised...I'm sharing this DELICIOUS recipe from our friend Claudine.  I've been dreaming of it ever since we had it up at the cabin.

It'll make the PERFECT side for all of your summer get together - promise!


Make 1 large package of cook and serve lemon pudding as directed on the box. Mix 1 small package of orange jello with 1 cup of boiling water and then stir it into the lemon pudding. Put in a smaller 9x13 pan and let sit until firm.

Topping is 1 small pacakge of instant lemon pudding made with 2 cups of milk and then mix it with 2 cups of Cool Whip. Garnish the top with mandarin oranges!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Southern Utah Day 7.

*Day 7 - our final day in Southern Utah.
{Insert sad music.}

 We headed down the mountain back to Cedar City with a quick stop at one of our favorite greasy joints...

English Chips + fry sauce = the way to my heart.

* Afterwards we headed here....

The new Cedar City temple!

Ever since they announced that this temple would be built - I've been bursting with excitement to go inside!!

{My roots are in Cedar City.  My parents were born and raised here. We grew up spending summers here.  I went to college here.  Got my first radio DJ job here.  
So much goodness here!}

We were able to bring our ancestor's names with us and do a session inside.  It was just as I had imagined.

Beautiful. Peaceful. Perfect.

I love that my Grandma Misel always goes to the temple with me even though she's no longer alive.  That's her vintage suitcase that I take with me each time I go. 

{Side note to those who don't know: When you go inside of the temple, you change into all white clothing.  My all white clothing stays inside this suitcase.}

* Dinner afterwards at my FAVORITE restaurant in Cedar.


Their salad bar + breadsticks are THE BEST!

* A little shopping afterwards at a couple of local boutiques...

How much do you LOVE this quote??

Other funny finds...

* Drove by my dad's childhood house to finish off the day...

So many great memories inside of this home.
It will always hold a special place in my heart.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Southern Utah Day 6.

* We spent most of Day 6 at one of the prettiest places on Earth.

Bryce Canyon National Park

If you have never been....PLEASE add this to your list of MUST SEE places to visit in your lifetime.  

We love it here SO MUCH!

I mean....there was a long log how could we not take the opportunity to take an awkward family pic?

Just missing my sister Stephanie in all this awkward-ness.

* We Yelped a restaurant for lunch afterwards and it did NOT disappoint!

Bryce Canyon Pines.
SO delish.
They served their soda in a jar, their open faced roast beef sandwiches were the bomb and their chocolate silk pie.....

{I'll seriously be dreaming about it until we come back again.}

I also got my fill of 'Weird Book Finds' at the restaurant....

The drive back to the cabin was gorgeous....

I'm pretty sure the inspiration for the Pixar movie Cars and the Disneyland ride Thunder Mountain Railroad came from Bryce Canyon.

* We had some of our favorite, long time, forever friends up to the cabin for dinner.

We LOVE getting together with the Spevaks.
I wish we lived closed enough to do it more!!

This orange//lemon Jello salad that Claudine brought up was AH-MAZING!!!! I need to get the recipe to share with all of you.  It's PERFECT for summertime!

* Their daughter, who London LOVES to play with ended up staying the night with us at the cabin and these two could not have been more giddy about it.

I love this sweet little friendship!