Tuesday

Homemade Maple Bacon

I love maple for breakfast - maple bacon, maple sausage, maple on pancakes, maple on french toast, maple on waffles, maple on my eggs.  It's my favorite. And I love making my own maple bacon! It's so easy and so sugary coated delicious!

Are you ready for EASY?

You can make as much or as little as you like.  I recommend not cooking more than a few pieces at a time.  And I like to cut my pieces of bacon in half before cooking.

Maple Bacon:
1. Place bacon in pan.
2. Drizzle on some maple syrup.
3. Let bacon cook, turning over a time or two.
4. Eat. (Shown in a breakfast burrito).

Before cooking anything else in the pan (like eggs for a breakfast burrito), be sure to wipe out the sugary coated chunks of grease left from cooking the bacon.

Enjoy!

**This recipe is in my Hot Mama's Cookbook, which will be available sometime in the future.





















Saturday

The Roles of Men and Women


I have had this on my mind a lot lately.  The roles of men and women.

*Before we dive into this, you need to know that I do not think women need to stay home baking all day, cleaning house all day, having 15 children and homeschooling them all, or having a perfectly presented meal ready for her husband when he returns home from work.  This is not the 60s. The roles of men and women go way beyond this preconceived notion.**

In today's society, power struggles, "equal rights", gender equality, and the list goes on... has a lot of people confused about the roles that men and women play in this world. Why are we trying to change the way this world runs? Men and women each play a very distinct and important role in this world, both of which are very different. Why are we trying to disrupt the human race and how it functions? It's been functioning just fine for thousands of years.  Why, in today's society, do we think we need to change that? When women know who they truly are, the world is a better place. Women - be proud of who you are and what you represent. Be proud of your natural role in the world and embrace it to the core. I wish all women knew that at the end, when it comes down to it your greatest achievements in this life will be your family and your relationship with God. You have more power and influence than you know, especially in your home and family, by embracing womanhood!

Just a thought to apply to your life: fair does not always mean equal. One simple, easy to understand example: Is it unfair that the boys bathroom usually has less stalls than a women's bathroom?  You never see men picketing a store for more bathroom stalls. This is the case because, by NATURE, men don't need as many stalls as women. We all know why this is. This may be a lame example, but you see my point. Fair does not always mean equal.

Have you noticed the destruction of society, in general, the past 10 years? So many confused individuals & identities. Have you noticed that it's mainly the destruction of the family unit, gender roles, and gender in general? Why do you think this is happening? Satan is real. Satan does not have a body.  Satan was not allowed to come to earth to obtain a body and partake of all the blessings that come from having a body - two of which are marriage and family. Do you realize that roughly 45%-50% of marriages end in divorce? Why do you think this is?  What has changed? I am not going to go into this topic - that's a whole other post in and of itself. But if you look deeply into divorces, you would find that many gender roles were forgotten, abused or misused.

Why the harsh gender identity issues? Why do women think they can't allow a guy to help them? Why do women think they need to march to announce to every one that they are women? And I must add, that the women at these marches are not women I want representing me, or any woman I know.  They are so crude in their language.  So unwomanly, so harsh, so "tough". 

So you may be asking - then why aren't you marching to prove your point?  Because I do not have to prove anything to anyone. I have no need to force my opinions on a city, or on my government leaders. I do not have to show I am a woman by disruptive, crude, slandering behaviors. My power of being a woman does not come from being vocal and outright crude.  My power of being a woman comes from inner strength, meekness, kindness, cleanliness in speech and appearance, compassion, decency, high moral standards, soft spoken language, being proper in my etiquette, etc. This is what womanhood is about. 

Recently in a church youth group, there was a discussion about an activity to have the young men (ages 12-18) teach the young women (ages 12-18) a skill, and in turn, the young women would teach the young men a skill.  The discussion was to have the young men teach the young women basic car repair.  And the young women would teach the young men a cooking skill. Well, before it even got off the ground, so many women asked why the girls couldn't teach this to themselves?  Why did they need the young men to do it?  Seriously? Have we lost all basic human man and woman roles that  women can't even accept help from a guy, helping him fulfill his natural role of a man??

I love my husband because he is physically strong, he has facial hair, he treats women with respect, he's dependable, he's passionate, he's smart, he's religious, he's faithful to me, he's honest, he is my best friend. These naturally manly qualities is what attracted me to him - and still does.  They don't lessen who I am or what I can do.  They strengthen me. Naturally he can do things that I can't.  He's naturally stronger than me.  He is naturally faster than me.  He does things for our family that I can't - or simply do not want or feel comfortable doing - like change the oil in the car, climb up on the roof to hang the Christmas lights, figures out why the lawn mower won't start.  He fixes the toilet when it won't flush right. He installs a new faucet. He steps up and works and provides for our family.

Why is this a bad thing? I embrace the different roles of myself and my husband.

Have you noticed that it is mainly women who make an uproar about gender equality?  Why women, why? Remember fair does not always mean equal.

Can you imagine if men were marching around Washington DC? What would be their purpose?  What would their "attire" look like?

By nature, women are more compassionate.  Men are more tough.  This isn't a bad thing.  We as women give birth to our children.  We nurture them.  This is a natural emotion in women, men have it too, but it is so much stronger in women. Men are naturally strong, so naturally they do the harder, physical work.  THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS.

Why do women think they need to be equals with men ON EVERYTHING? I'm sorry to burst your bubble ladies, but this will never happen, because God made us different than men on purpose.  He needed compassionate individuals on earth. Women are naturally the nurturers. We should be focusing on nurturing others, teaching our children, creating a home that is safe and inviting, and loving our husbands.

I absolutely love a talk that was given by Julie B Beck back in October 2007.  It's entitled Mothers Who Know.   How powerful would it be if we made a few changes - and changed the word Mothers to Women.

My bullet points would be to all women:
Women who know: Bear and tenderly care for children, and their husbands
Women who know: Honor promises and womanhood
Women who know: Nurture their marriage
Women who know: Are leaders of righteous womanhood traits
Women who know: Are, by example, teachers of meekness, humbleness, and compassion
Women who know: Do less for themselves and more for others
Women who know: Stand up for womanhood and the tenderness it needs to be

The roles of men and women are unique and awesome! Stand firm against social pressure and embrace your role as women.  And allow men the same privilege in their roles.






















Tuesday

Love Everyday


My new saying, focus, motto.
LOVE EVERYDAY

Love ______ Everyday.  You fill in the blank.

Some words I have filled it in with are:
Yourself
Your selfie
Your body
Your spouse
Scripture reading
Your calling
Your job
Your world
Your children
Your siblings
Your friends
Your sleep
Your exercise
Being outdoors
Eating
Your routine

This LOVE EVERYDAY is a human thing.  Love your spouse. Love your children. Love your job. Love your life.

I believe love is the universal secret to happiness.

To me LOVE = HAPPINESS.

I love what Ralph Waldo Emerson said: "For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness."

So - LOVE.  LOVE EVERYDAY. It is what will bring you happiness.

You can follow LOVE EVERYDAY on Instagram @carlandvickie

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Saturday

YW Value Colored Family Proclamation


Here is a fun activity!  Value color the Family Proclamation.  This activity can help personalize the Proclamation, help it to be better understood, and help understand the values better. This can also be used as part of a Sunday lesson on families.

**Another option for this - is to highlight the copy of the Proclamation that is in their Personal Progress books (pg 101).  If you do decide to do this one, I would recommend erasable colored pencils and to instruct your YW to LIGHTLY highlight the words - so it is still pretty in their books.

This activity is PERFECT for Girls Camp because of the minimal mess and supplies needed - and it's pretty darn cheap.  Especially great for a rainy day activity.

In Personal Progress - the following Value Experiences involve The Family Proclamation - which you could incorporate into this activity:
~Faith #2 (pg 14)
~Divine Nature #1 & #2 (pg 22)
~Divine Nature Value Project bullet #3 (pg 26)
~Integrity #7 (pg 64)
~Virtue #1 (pg 70)

Included in the file is a copy of the value colored proclamation shown above, and a black & white copy.
The value colored one can be used as a guide to color your own, or you can simply print it out and display it.
The black & white one can be printed out so you can value color it yourself.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Feel free to find other phrases that pertain to any value.  If you'd like to share what you highlighted for the values (if different than ours), comment below to share with others.**

**In the one already colored, the virtue phrases are highlighted in a lighter orange than the C&A phrase.









NEW Activity Forms


The Church has recently updated their activity forms and permission slips. Be sure you're filling out the most up-to-date forms and filling out everything you need for activities.

You can get the newest forms HERE.







Wednesday

Personal Progress Tracking Sheet


With this sheet you can track up to ten (10) young women.  This is nice because you can glance at the sheet and see where someone is at.  And it is FREE. To download, CLICK HERE.











Sunday

We're MOVING!!

** UPDATED JULY 3, 2017: WE'RE UP AND RUNNING!!  Orders are being shipped out as usual.
Oh, Happy Day!!


 ** UPDATED MAY 18, 2017: Our shipping department is now CLOSED until mid-June.  We do not have an exact date when we will be up and running again.  You can email us if you have questions about timing (we may be slow to respond during this time).  LatterDaySunshine@yahoo.com **


Orders can still be placed on our website, but they WILL NOT SHIP until we are all set up in Hawaii. 







We're relocating our family for a few years.  My husband accepted an amazing job offer in Hawaii. This means we get to soak up the sun daily.  I am taking my business with me - so I need to pack it up. Moving to Hawaii is no easy task.  Nor is it quick.

Our shipping department will need to close for a few weeks so I can get everything packed up, loaded on a barge, and on its way to Hawaii. You can still place orders on our website during this closing time, but they will not ship until at least after June 12 (we do not know an exact date of when we will be up and running again in Hawaii - so please be patient as we make this transition).


I know this may cause grief for some of you.  I am so sorry!  But I hope this transition is as painless as possible.

If you need items from us for an event during our closing time (like girls camp or youth conference), PLEASE ORDER THOSE ITEMS NOW! Any orders received BEFORE May 18, will ship before we start packing up.

While we are in Hawaii we need to streamline what we sell. Due to space and shipping costs for us, we will be discontinuing several of our products - many of which we have sold for years, but can no longer, logistically, ship them from Hawaii (like our socks, drawstring backpacks, etc).  If we have current stock of these products, they are now on CLEARANCE on our website.  You can visit our clearance page HERE.

If you have any questions, we will have access to email during this entire time.
Please email us: LatterDaySunshine@yahoo.com

Aloha!






Monday

Working on the Sabbath


Working on Sunday.  I grew up being taught that you don't work on Sunday.  It was something that I really didn't have an issue with.  I was a teenager.  Of course I wasn't working on Sunday.

Now that I am an adult, I find my husband's job and even my own occasionally, pulling us out to work on a Sunday.  For my husband, he doesn't have a choice.  His career choice demands he occasionally work on Sundays.  Mine on the other hand - I find myself sitting down at my computer to work on a new design, or answer some emails when I have some free time on Sundays. I find it relaxing.

It's been 20 years since I was a teenager.  Times have changed. Occupations have changed.  Hours of operations for many businesses have changed.  This change requires many people to work on Sunday.  The Holy Sabbath. But how do we accept this new time that often requires us to work on Sunday?

A few months ago we had a family member needing some help.  It was on a Sunday. We were sitting in Sacrament meeting when we got the text asking us if we could help.  My husband and I didn't hesitate.  We told our kids what was needed, and they could stay at church, or come with us.  They all chose to come with us to help.  After we were finished helping, we were discussing it.  It was such a great feeling to know that sometimes instead of being at church learning how to be Christlike, we need to go and be Christlike.  This was a huge, kind-of-but-not-so-much, an eye opening experience.  We related this to how some people have to work on Sunday.

This experience and discussion has really blessed our family, and helped us understand that sometimes when we do get pulled away from the home on Sunday to work, or to do whatever is needed, it's okay.  You will still be blessed, and you can still learn about the Savior, even if you aren't sitting in a pew.

There is a wonderful article on LDS.org about working on the Sabbath.  CLICK HERE to read it.


























Tuesday

Capes for Kids

**This is an ongoing project for me, so although this post will eventually "be an old post", I am still accepting capes all the time.**




I love to see people helping children in 3rd world countries.  I know this brings sunshine to many, many people.  I've helped with the Days for Girls organization that helps young women with their menstrual cycles in these 3rd world countries.

I get a little sad, however, thinking about all the children here in America who could use those services.  I have found one that I think will be a very good fit for me.  The project of capes does not require any sewing (the pattern they have in Family Fun Magazine - CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN on page 2) - I don't sew, so this is a GREAT one for me!!

It is from an organization called Enchanted Makeovers.  The project is called Capes for Kids.

I would like to ask my readers to help me make this happen!  I ship these capes off when I have at least 20 capes to send to this organization to distribute.  Will you help me?

How to help:
1.  Go to the link to make a cape (the Family Fun pattern)
2.  Email me when the cape(s) are complete.  LDSsunshine939@yahoo.com   I will email back to you my address to ship them to (postage paid by you) or you can drop them off at my house.
3.  You can (but not required) enclose any kind of cash donation with your capes.  100% of this donation will be used for this Capes for Kids project - 100%!!
4.  When I receive at least 20 capes - I will ship them to Enchanted Makeovers.
5.  They will distribute them where they are needed most.

If you have any questions, please post a comment on the post and I will reply to it.  This way, if others have the same questions as you - they won't need to ask again.

Let's work together to bring sunshine to the lives of these kids in shelters.

Thank you so much for your service and donations!!




Monday

2017 mutual theme items on sale!!


On sale!!
Our 2017 mutual theme prints and other items have been put on sale! Prices slashed.
Mutual theme prints: only $.45/each!!
Mutual theme SOCKS: only $1.75/pair
Leader calendar: only $3.95/each
Lip balm tubs: only $1.50/each
All items are limited supply - so order now for summer events!! 

**We will most likely be sold out of many of these items come summer.  So if you want them for girls camp, youth conference, even Young Women in Excellence in the fall - order now!! **
Spread the word. Let others know.


Visit our website today!  CLICK HERE






Thursday

LDS Charms



Order your LDS charms HERE.

We have a liahona, temple, CTR, faith, camp, Book of Mormon, tent, arrows, animals, musical instruments, and so many more charms!  And our prices are hard to beat!!   Visit our website today to see our great variety of charms, and LDS charms.  CLICK HERE














Monday

Camp Songs


We have collected some recordings of CAMP SONGS.  These are mainly from SHAN - thank you for sharing with us - with a few from other misc sources.  We do not have lyrics typed up for these songs. To find the lyrics - search them on the internet, write them down as you listen, or search “camp songs” on YouTube, you may find several sources.

To play/listen to these songs on a mobile device, you may need to download an app that will play MP3.

You can listen and download the songs HERE.







Wednesday

String Art - Nativity


I love string art.  It seems to be becoming more and more popular.  I like the simplicity of it.  And most people of any age can do it.  My friend posted this picture of the Nativity that her son did - with string art.  Isn't it beautiful!?  I do not have a pattern for this particular design, but you could create one yourself (as with most string art designs).

This is a great activity idea for FHE, Relief Society Super Saturday, YW activities, YM activity, activity day girls, and more.

What will you make with string art?







Sunday

*NEW* Facebook Group for YW Leaders


LDS Sunshine will be starting a few Facebook groups for organizations.  We've started with a YW Leader group.  Once we get the hang of it, we will start a Primary group, a RS group, and possibly more. 

If you are a YW leader and would like to ask questions, get activity ideas from others, share what you did for your last activity, etc... please join our new group!  Remember - it's new, so don't be afraid if there are only 2 members.  More will come!

Join our YW Leader group HERE.





Saturday

Birthday set for the 2017 mutual theme


We have a great little birthday set for you - for the 2017 mutual theme!  It includes a mini-notebook, a gel pen, and a pocketcard. Birthday gifts made easy!!!

And what's even better???  It's only $1.95/each set!

The gel pen color is sent at random.  The inside of the mini-notebook is lined:


Order your SETS on our website HERE.







Tuesday

Thanksgiving Countdown Chart


How cute is this!?  I have the Halloween one and it is adorable - my kids love getting a piece of candy each day as the holiday nears.

This festively colored autumn Thanksgiving countdown advent pocket calendar is sure to be a favorite family tradition.  Tuck a note of gratitude (or small treat) into each pocket all month long.  In today's busy world we can all use a little quiet reflection.

You can get your Thanksgiving countdown chart HERE.

So cute and fun!!









LDS Gel Pens


LDS Gel Pens. What more do we need to say?!  A set for everybody!

Perfect for:
Scripture marking
Coloring
Letter writing
Journaling
Doodling
And so much more!!

Sets available:
YW Values set
Missionary set
Noah's ark set
CTR princess set
2017 mutual theme glitter set
2017 mutual theme neon set
CTR stripling warrior set

You can order these on our website HERE.









Monday

Transfer picture to wood


This would be a fun activity for any age group.  I even think this would be fun for FHE.
The picture is printed on a b&w laser printer on plain paper.  

How to transfer a picture to wood.  LEARN HOW HERE.







Halloween Soap Dispenser

I needed to make a Halloween soap dispenser since I didn't already have one. I didn't have much time to make it so I didn't paint it (like our other holiday soap dispensers).  I found some purple soap (it was their "Halloween Collection" of soap) and used orange vinyl.

Here's what you will need:
1.  Vinyl decals.  I used the 2.5" size, in orange. You can order those HERE.
2.  Soap dispenser.


How to make:
1. Remove front soap label from bottle.  If adhesive stays, use GooGone to rub it off, then clean with warm soapy water. Dry well.
2. Apply vinyl to bottle.
3. Done!

These make great quick activity ideas, or easy for younger little ones to make. 

Happy Halloween!











Friday

Holiday Soap Dispensers

These holiday soap dispensers are perfect for the holidays!  They make fun, unique gifts for neighbors, leaders you serve with, visiting teachers, friends, family members, etc...  

These also make a perfect craft for your craft group since they are quite easy.
So easy, so adorable.  And you can do so many different designs with this concept.

Don't limit yourself to just use the designs shown.  Any decal we have that is small enough would work on these bottles. 

What you'll need:

1. VINYL DECAL. You can order the Christmas design on our website HERE.  You can order the love design on our website HERE. I used the 3-inch LOVE and the 4-inch Christmas.
2.  SOAP DISPENSER - You will need a liquid soap dispenser.  I like to buy ones that have fun shapes (the ones I used were Dial - the Christmas one is a foam soap dispenser).  You may want to buy these FIRST, so you can measure and see which size decal would work best for the size of bottle you have.
3.  Spray paint PRIMER for plastic items
4.  Spray paint in desired color.  I used red for the LOVE one, and white on the Christmas one.



How to make:
1. Remove labels from bottle on front and back. If the label leaves adhesive on the bottle, use WD40 or GooGone to remove it, then wash outside of bottle with warm soapy water to remove the greasy feel.  Dry off well.
2. Cover the dispenser part with masking tape to protect it while painting. Or you can remove it - I left mine on so I wouldn't spill the soap.
3. Spray the bottle with a spray paint PRIMER made for plastic items.  2 LIGHT coats is *WAY* better than one heavy coat!!  Let dry about 10-20 minutes (until it is not sticky to the touch).
4. Lightly spray with desired spray paint color. Remember - LIGHT coats are best.  Be sure to hold spray can about 10-12 inches away from soap bottle when spraying and keep the can moving from side to side.  Be sure to cover soap bottle completely with paint.
5. Allow first LIGHT coat to dry 10-20 minutes. 
6. Lightly spray again being sure to cover bottle completely.  This will probably be the last coat of paint you will need.  Let dry.
7. When paint is completely dry - at least 30 minutes in a warm room - apply vinyl lettering to bottle.
8. That's it.  Enjoy!















Stand ye in holy places wood block


This is a simple craft - with a big message.

How to make your temple wood block:
1. You will need the vinyl sticker from our website - CLICK HERE to order. It is a 5"x5" b&w vinyl sticker.
2.  You will need the wood block.  Cut these from a 2"x6" piece of wood from your local hardware store.  Cut the pieces the same length as the height of the board (these boards are actually about 1.5"x5.5" - so make sure your final cut block is about 5.5"x5.5").
3. Paint - I used black.
4. Mod podge

Sand wood block, rounding the edges slightly.
Paint wood.  Let dry.
Place sticker, smooth out any bubbles.
Apply a light coat of mod podge over entire front of block.  Let dry.
Finished!

These make great crafts for Relief Society Super Saturdays, YW or Activity Day activity, or even a craft at girls camp.













Wednesday

Tissue Box Cover


This is such an easy craft! The hardest part (once you have all the supplies) is deciding which pictures to use, and what color of vinyl will coordinate the best. Seriously! You'll love how easy this is to make.

You will need:
1. Paper mache tissue box cover - 5"x5". I bought mine at a local craft store. They are also available online here, and here. Or just search "paper mache tissue box cover" and you may find other websites that sell them.
2. Paint and sponge paint brush (since you are painting "paper" the sponge brushes work best). 
3. Four - 4"x4" pictures. These are cut from 4"x6" pictures. It will look best if you order the MATTE or LUSTER finish on your photos. Not glossy!
4. Adhesive spray - you can buy this at most office stores, and even some craft stores (this is used to attach pictures onto box).  You can use glue sticks or mod podge to glue your pictures onto the box, but with adhesive spray you are less likely to get any rippling effect like you do with glue.
5. Mod podge.  To seal vinyl and pictures on box. 
6. The Family Picture Block vinyl words from our website HERE. I used light brown vinyl lettering.
How to make:
1. Paint paper mache tissue box cover. I used black paint. You will want to paint it twice. Let it dry completely in between coats of paint.

2. Once paint is dry, spray back of photos (one at a time) with the adhesive spray, and place your photos on your box where you want them. Be careful, once you stick the pictures onto the box, they will not move, so place carefully.
3. Once all four pictures are glued onto box, apply the vinyl words. You will over lap the pictures with the vinyl lettering - this is okay - and actually looks best.


4.  Apply a light coat of mod podge to entire box.  This will seal in the vinyl and pictures so they don't come off.  This also protects the pictures from fingerprints. 

5. You're done. See how easy that was?
These make great gifts for in-laws, grandparents, teachers desks, bishop's, and others.



Family Picture Block

We love our family words made from vinyl.
We also love family picture blocks - so we combined the two.
Here is how to make a family picture block:

1. Order the vinyl lettering from our website HERE.
2. You will need wood blocks. We used 3.5" wood blocks, cut from a 4x4 beam from the hardware store. 
3. Paint your blocks.
4. Let paint dry.
5. When paint is dry, lightly sand blocks again, sanding more around the edges, so it gives it a roughed up look.
6. Apply pictures (3-inch square pictures) and vinyl lettering to your blocks. If you want the lettering to overlap a picture, apply picture first, then vinyl.  HINT: Apply pictures to your block using spray adhesive.  This can be bought at most craft stores, and even Wal*Mart - the brand isn't important.  They all seem to work fine.
7. Apply a THIN layer of mod podge over vinyl lettering and pictures (If you plan on stacking your blocks, DO NOT mod podge the tops/bottoms of the blocks or else they will stick to each other). Let dry.
8. All done!


We love making picture tissue box covers, too.  For instructions on how to make these, CLICK HERE. 







Friday

Glass Etching A Pan


I love having my name on the bottom or the side of my glass pans.  I'm able to take them to events and everyone knows who the pan needs to go home with.  These decals work on the bottom or side of most glass pans.  The 1.25"x5" decal works well on glass pie pans, too.
These make great wedding or Christmas gifts, activity idea for youth (so they have a pan to take with them to college), or just to have at your house.  If you like to offer a FREE craft project at a group craft day - like Relief Society - this is a good one for that since the cost if relatively low, when they provide their own glass pan.

Here's how to make one.

You will need:
1. A glass pan - 8x8 or 9x13.  I never use PYREX pans for etching, because for some reason, not all their glass pans etch, so I always use Anchor Hocking pans.

2. Glass etching cream. Here is the kind I use.  I have a big bottle (22-oz), but if you only plan to etch one or two pans, a small bottle is great.  You can buy this at some craft stores.  If I can't find it locally, I buy it online.  Search around for the best value.

3. Vinyl decal of your name from LDS Sunshine. CLICK HERE to order.

4. A small paint brush

5. Additional masking tape


Here's how to etch your pan:
1.  Buy the vinyl decal from LDS Sunshine.  It will come to you INVERTED - ready for glass etching.

2.  Apply the decal to your pan where you want it.

3.  Tape around the decal to protect the remaining glass from the etching cream

4.  Apply the cream to the decal.  Make sure you get every little corner.  Looking thru the cream from the back side up against a light, you can see any spots you missed. 

5.  Let cream sit for 10 minutes on pan.

6.  Rinse cream off with warm water (etching is hard to see when glass is wet.  Dry off pan and you will see the etching).

7.  Remove vinyl from pan.

8.  Done.  Now wasn't that easy?

**If you are not sure if your glass pan will etch or not, try a small dab (as shown in picture) of etching cream on a corner of the bottom of the pan, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it off.  If it is etched, you're good to go (see the small patch of etched glass in picture on the right?).  If it doesn't etch, get a different brand of glass pan.  None on my PYREX pans will etch.  *The glass etching cream starts to work the moment it is on the glass, so if you leave it on for just a few minutes, and it still isn't etching, longer won't help.  Get a different pan.













Thursday

Halloween sign - Witch, cat and brew


At our house we are all about fun Halloween decor.  We do not like the scary stuff.  This design was perfect for us.  My daughter loves the purple sparkly glitter effect.

Here is how to make it:
1. You'll need a piece of wood slightly larger than the vinyl decal you order.  
2. Order the vinyl decal from our website HEREShown in brushed silver.
3. Paint or stain the wood. I only stained my mdf wood with ebony (black) stain. I wanted to try it without paint and I like how it looks. Allow to dry (stain will take longer to dry.  If using stain, you could apply the vinyl to the unstained wood, then stain it, then quickly wipe the stain off the vinyl).
4. Apply vinyl decal. **On my sign, the way it looks is by default. I thought I messed up on mine so I tried to sand off the vinyl decal - well, it didn't sand off, it just roughed up the vinyl a little bit - so I decided to just go with that and it turned out great!** I will have to remember that "technique" for future projects.  (I do not advocate sanding vinyl decals, but this one time - it worked!)
5. To get the glitter effect, I sprayed the board with a clear/matte finishing spray.  Working quickly - sprinkle glitter lightly all over board (before spray dries). The glitter will stick to the spray and hold it in place.  You could spray a coat on top of the glitter, as well, if you wanted.
6. Wrap wire thru holes and curl with needle-nosed pliers. 



 






Halloween Sign - Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins


Here is another great Halloween design!  I love how it turned out!

Here is how to make it:

1. You will need the vinyl decal, available here. You'll need a piece of wood to fit the size of vinyl you order.  I used the 2.5"x22.5" size.  My board is about 3.5"x23.5".  
2. Paint the wood orange. Allow to dry. Sand edges to make it look "roughed up" (you'll also need to sand the edges so the stain can turn the edges black).
3. Apply vinyl. Be sure to measure from the same letter on both sides (measure the p's or the k's, for example).
4. Quickly rub stain all over wood and vinyl. Then rub with a clean paper towel to wipe off access stain and to lighten the stain on the wood. I used ebony colored stain (black), so it looks more Halloween-y.
5. Hang for Halloween.




Monday

We've been boo-ed!


This would be a fun activity to start with your Activity Day girls or the young women or young men!  For an activity - simply take a plate a goodies to a few houses, with this fun sign w/instructions.  Then watch it progress through the ward/neighborhood.

If you've never seen it before - you basically get a plate of goodies anonymously left at your door (or you are the one who starts it by leaving a plate of goodies on a neighbor's porch).  You hang up this sign letting others know you've already received one.  You then take a plate of goodies to another neighbor (along with a sign for them).  Then it continues until all the houses in your neighborhood have been "boo-ed".

You can get this cute BOO sign HERE.







Homemade Febreze

I received a travel size Febreze in my Christmas stocking last year.  It sat on my dresser for months until I figured out I wanted it in my car! I love freshening up the car after I take a car load of kids somewhere, or in the middle of a road trip.  Or when I'm asked to drive last minute - I can quickly freshen up the car.  

When it ran out I wondered if I could just refill it?  I searched for homemade recipes online.  After tweeking them a little, I created the perfect recipe to use!

Here is my recipe (for a travel size bottle):
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 - 1 1/2 tsp fabric softener (more for more scent)
Mix together in a cup.  Pour into travel size spray bottle.  Shake slightly before each use.

Here is my recipe (for a mid-full size spray bottle):
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp baking soda
1-2 Tbsp fabric softener (more for more scent)
Mix together in the spray bottle.  Shake slightly before each use.

You can use any fabric softener you desire.  I like how each time I make this - it can be a different smell. Lightly spray on any cloth item - rug, seats, furniture, clothing, etc...


















Personal Progress Achievement Charm Bracelet


I wanted something to give to my girls as they worked on Personal Progress.  Something that would encourage them, but also something they would treasure for years beyond young women.  A charm bracelet was perfect!  I also wanted something that was affordable.  I think I've achieved my goals!

What each charm represents and stands for:
FAITH - faith charm, self explanatory
DIVINE NATURE - crown, w/princess.  Because they are all daughters of God, and are princesses.
INDIVIDUAL WORTH - snow flake.  Each snowflake is different, as are we.
KNOWLEDGE - owl.  Owls have long been a symbol of knowledge and education (you even have a choice to have a silver owl like the rest of the charms, or a green one).
CHOICE & ACCOUNTABILITY - CTR.  You have to choose for yourself, and hopefully you will choose correctly.
GOOD WORKS - heart.  We serve others because we love them.  We show love by serving others.
INTEGRITY - torch.  The torch represents the YW torch to stand for truth and righteousness. Integrity is doing what's right even if no one is watching - standing up for our values in all circumstances.
VIRTUE - Book of Mormon.  The value project for virtue is to read the Book of Mormon.


You can order this on our website HERE.












Friday

Church Launches Suicide Prevention Website



For those needing this resource - you are not alone.  We've had a family member commit suicide.  I have a friend who committed suicide.  The reasons are many, but the pain is the same. 

News release about the Church's Suicide Prevention website is HERE.

The actual website is HERE.



















 

Tuesday

2017 mutual theme lip balm tins


Our lip balm tins are back for 2017!!  These make great birthday presents, or for a handout anytime.  Lip balm is essential at camp.  These are just perfect for anytime!

Order on our website HERE.






Full scripture on back!


 Our 2017 mutual theme pocketcard and bookmark both have the full scripture on the back! 

Order yours today on the LDS Sunshine website.  CLICK HERE.










Saturday

Cousins Day


This past summer my kids really wanted to have a day with the cousins that are close to us.  So they planned a cousins day.  They planned the activities, the food/snacks, location, etc.  We even made shirts for all of us to be matchy-matchy (you'll notice one older child and her buddy have red shirts, while the rest of us have orange.  Her buddy loves Spider Man so she made his/hers special).  And of course we brought our dog along just for fun.  Each older child/adult had a little buddy to keep track of, so we gave everyone matching wristbands with their buddy, so they always knew who they had to keep tabs on.


Here is what we did:
1. Gathered, handed out shirts (this was a fun surprise for the cousins).
2. Painted rocks (we were in the mountains).
3. Snack - pudding and Jello cups
4. Water balloon toss, water gun fight
5. Lunch-sandwiches, chips, fruits, veggies, cookies, Capri-sun, Koolaid twistups
6. Hike, nature scavenger hunt
7. Snack - otter pops
8. Shooting ping pong balls off of golf tees with water gun
9. Frisbee, free time, Rice Krispie treats
10. Home.

It was such a fun day.  When they were being picked up we heard more than one say to their mom "best day ever!". We hope to continue this tradition every year or two.















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