Who Needs Me Today

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Oct 2017 General Conference
Bonnie L. Oscarson
Pray for help in recognizing those in your ward families who need love and encouragement. Instead of attending church with the question of “What am I going to get out of this meeting?” ask, “Who needs me today? What do I have to contribute?”

Here is a link to the complete talk - CLICK HERE.

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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.


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


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.


Love Everyday

My new saying, focus, motto.

Love ______ Everyday.  You fill in the blank.

Some words I have filled it in with are:
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
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.


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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YW Value Colored Family Proclamation

We have a NEW blog on our new website! This post can be found HERE.

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.


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.


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). **

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:



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 about working on the Sabbath.  CLICK HERE to read it.


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.   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!!


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.

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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


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.

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