Saturday, January 12, 2013

I love pretty things!

I love pretty things.  I love flowers.  I love to decorate.  I love having nice things around my home.  Since my mom is one of the most talented people I know, I asked her to help me make a flower bouquet for my bedroom.  I have decorated my room in blues, browns and ivories.  So, with those colors in mind, we headed to Hobby Lobby.


We found some blue ones…


and some brown ones…


and some ivory ones.


I love how they compliment each other.  My mom is truly a creative person.  Thanks Mom for helping me create this beautiful bouquet.


Friday, January 11, 2013

just a reminder…believe


Isn’t this so true?!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Edible Campfire


I love my calling.  I love serving with incredible friends.  I love laughing and giggling.  When I am with my sweet leader friends, I do plenty of laughing and giggling.   Tonight, we had our camp meeting.  One of my counselors shared information on how to make fires.  We were instructed step by step on how to create a fire.



1. What are the fire regulations in your area?

(find out and discuss with the girls before building any fire)

2. Collect all of your firebuilding supplies before you begin.

(distribute baggie of supplies)

3. Cover or tie back hair, while building or working around fires.

(Girls must supply their own bandana or hair elastic)

4. Open a napkin full and place the three piles for a proper wood pile in order on half of the napkin so that the other half can be folded over the wood pile to keep the wood dry till ready to use. A good camper never has to search for wood after the fire is lit.

a. Tinder is smaller than your pinkie finger. Longer but no thicker than a match. Fine twigs, bundles from tops of bushes and weeds, pieces of pine, thin pieces of bark, dried leaves and grass.

(coco-nut or sunflower seeds)

b. Kindling is larger than your pinkie and no larger than your thumb. Six to twelve inches in length. Should snap when broken.

(potato stix or small pretzel sticks)

c. Fuel is larger than your thumb.

(cheezies, cheese puffs, tootsie rolls, fat pretzels or bread sticks)

5. Get bucket of water and shovel and rake (optional) to keep close to fire for safety. Before you ever start a fire make sure you have the fire fighting equipment on hand.

(cup of water, spoon and fork. You can also use a cup of granola for Sand if you want)

6. Clear the ground in a 6-foot radius. The edge of your plate is the boundry of the safety area. Mark the safety area by outlining the edge of the plate with your finger. This is the zone where no one moves faster than a slow walk. Inside the zone no one should ever be running or playing while a fire is being built or burning. Clear away the grass, twigs and pine needles, from a good-sized area until only dirt remains. This is the base of the fire. Place your cookie in the center of the plate.

(represented by scraping spoon on 6 in plate to make it safe to build a fire. A big round cookie represents dirt. Use as much detail as you feel you need. Discuss safe places to build fires)

7. Create a fire ring to contain fire. Place a ring of rocks around the edge of the dirt area. This will help keep the fire from drifting into nearby grasses.

(tiny marshmallows, Jelly beans, M&M’s, peanuts, corn pops, cereal, raisins, cheerios or large chocolate chips)

8. Now you are ready to lay your fire.

Make an “A” or “V” frame of logs, open end facing the wind.

(break a large pretzel rod into 2 or 3 pieces)

9. Lay tinder in teepee or lean to fashion in the corner of the A or V, remember tinder is smaller than your pinkie finger.


10. Add a fire starter to the base of the tinder (Optional if you have enough tinder and kindling). Burns quickly to get fire started.

(hershey kisses, gum drops or small pieces of twizzlers)

11. Light the fire. Of course we are using waterproof matches

(3 inch pieces of rope licorice or full length twizzlers)

Add sparks!

(red hots)

12. When a small fire is started add kindling on top of tinder leaving room for air to flow. Remember kindling is larger than your pinkie and no larger than your thumb.

(potato stix or small pretzel sticks)

13. Watch as the flames build.

(candy corn)

14. Next add fuel on top of kindling. Fuel is larger than your thumb.

(cheezies, cheese puffs, tootsie rolls, or fat pretzel rods)

15. Extinguish fire; let the fire die down.

(eat fire, drink water)

16. Review the method of extinguishing fires:

With dirt

a. let the fire die down

b. separate the burning pieces but keep them within the fire ring

c. pour dirt over coals to smother keep stirring till extinguished

d. continue till you can’t feel heat when you hold hand over coals

With water

a. wet the area around the fire

b. sprinkle water on the fire, do not pour water as you may get burned by steam and immediate hot water

c. spread out coals with a stick

d. sprinkle again and turn over smoldering sticks or coals, sprinkle again

e. continue till only soaking wet ashes remain

f. continue till you can’t feel heat when you hold hand over coals

If you have removed sod to make a fire cover the area with dirt, replace the sod, make it look as if no one has been there.

17. Leave no trace!

(put plate, spoon, cup in trash)


Then…of course there was some of us that chose to eat our fires before building them.  Maybe it will be a good idea not to put us in charge of the fires at camp!!

Lots of smiles!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Tonight, we met at Mom’s home and created our winter craft.  SNOW.  For some reason tonight, we had so many issues.  Paint spilling. Modge Podge sticking to everything except for where it was supposed.  Silver glitter sprinkled everywhere. A delightful 5-year-old excited to help her aunt. Paint brushes flying through the air landing in places they were supposed to land. It was a crazy night.  But…we had lots of fun and plenty of laughter. 


This is what the unfinished project looked like.  My dad cut these out for us.  Isn’t he amazing and talented?


After painting, modge podging, glittering and adding plenty of adorable embellishments…the finished project.  Simply adorable…if I would say so myself. 

Now…to place it in its home for the month of January.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I love these cards!!

Tonight, I taught my monthly card class.  I was so excited about tonight’s class.  In fact, every time I looked at my cute little creations, I would just smile.  I wanted to do something a tad bit different.  I decided that we would make mini cards and a cute card holder.  Aw…I love creating things and sharing them with my awesome friends. 


Isn’t this mini card holder simply adorable?  I think it is.  It was so easy to make. Oh, my goodness, I just fell in love with it. 

Then, I added 4 miniature cards.  I had so much fun creating these cards.  They just bring a smile to my face every time I look at them. Love them!!

Aw…I love making cards!!


Thursday, January 3, 2013


I came upon this quote and it made me smile.  I need to remember that ‘striving can be more important than arriving’. 



Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Notepad2I cannot believe that today is the beginning of a new year. It seems like last year passed by so quickly. In fact, it was like a whirlwind. I am excited for a new year. I am excited for change. I love new beginnings and start overs. As I look on this New Year, I am excited for the many things that I will be experiencing. I am hopeful that there will be many wonderful things that will bring me joy and happiness.

I have been thinking a lot of about my goals. As I look ponder the many goals that I set last year, my heart ached. I don’t think that I really accomplished any of them completely.  On the same note, as I started thinking about the things that I want to accomplish this year, I became excited for what this year will bring.  As I was contemplating the many things that I want to accomplish, I grabbed my journal and started a list of things that I want…

I want to grow more spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

I want this year to be the best year that I have had so far in the many years that I have lived.

I want to grow closer to our Heavenly Father.

I want to become the best person that I can be.

I want to live up to my full potential.

I want to become a better friend to my family and friends.

I want people to feel like they are a better person when they leave my presence.

I want to become more physically fit.

I want to get out of debt so that money is not bondage.

I want to laugh more.

I want my heart to be touched in ways that bring me closer to the Spirit.

I want to feel good about myself.

I want to be more organized with items, time and stuff.

I want to smile more.

I want my faith to be unwavering.

I want to be a true follower of Christ.

I want to be a good example to others.

I want to become more knowledgeable in the gospel.

I want to become more knowledgeable in lots of things.

I want to love running. I want to run to relieve stress.

I want to be kinder in word, thought and action.

I want to attend the temple more often.

I want to trust people.

So, as I thought a lot about my wants (desires), I revised my previous goals, added some and kept some. I am excited about what 2013 will bring for me. I know that I am going to make it the best year that I have had thus far.

What are your plans for 2013?

Happy New Year!