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Friday, August 15, 2014

Life Moves Pretty Fast so Stop and Dare to Share

It's another week and time to party again!   

I feel like I say this every week, but can you believe how fast time is going?

We have had so much rain and so many storms this week that I've loved looking at your projects this week. They have given me so many great ideas and fun stories to enjoy while we've been cooped up inside.   I especially loved all the back to school and first day projects, advice, and printables.  My kids start this week, so I'll definitely be using some of those great hints.

I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week.


Now it's time to PARTY!  So Dare to Share your favorite links!

Young Women Weekly Activity Idea: End of Summer Pool Party

If you haven't heard by now, I've been put in charge of the youngest of the girls in my church group.  We have a small group of girls that have a wide range of interests and personalities.  So coming up with fun ideas that they will want to come to weeknight church is really my goal and struggle.

Since school is about to start next week, we decided to close summer with a splash and go swimming for our activity this week.

End-of-summer-Pool-Party-Invitation-by Kandy Kreations

I've been trying to keep the girls updated and excited with what we are doing each week, so I've started sending out "invites" with all the information they will need for each week's activity.

This week, I made some summer beach ball invites. 

I used a bowl to cut out circles in white, red, green, and blue.  Then, I cut the colored card stock into "pizza slices."  I glued the slices onto the white card stock and then used a 3/4 inch hole punch to hide where the slices all met in the middle.


My girls are very much like my kids at home, and are always concerned about food.  So I decided to try a new cookie recipe from my Pinterest Cookie recipe board.  I went with the Root Beer Float cookies from Chocolate Chocolate and More.

They were really easy to make, but I ended up having to increase the baking time from eight to twelve minutes so they weren't a complete dough ball inside.  I'm not sure if that's because of the altitude where I live or something else.  So just be aware if you make them too.

I do suggest doubling the frosting recipe too.  I barely had enough to frost the cookies that turned out okay.  If I had not under cooked the first batch and burned the last batch, I wouldn't have had enough.  And that was with barely putting any filling in the cookies, and I like a lot of filling.

The cookies themselves were pretty good.  The girls loved them.  I felt like I needed a tall glass of anything to drink them down with.  They made me very thirsty.  I don't think these will make it in to my permanent cookie rotation, but they were fun for the end of school summer celebration.

I felt like I should make at least a "token" try and making our activity something more than just partying and fun.  So I found this exercise handout from Little Miss Suzy Q.  It was nice that they were already designed and ready to print and add to the dollar store jump ropes I found.  (Unfortunatly, I did forget these at home, so I didn't end up giving them to the girls.  Sigh.)

The girls ended up having a ball.  They all spent a lot of time playing together, which was something I was thrilled with since they all have such different personalities and don't mix all the time.  It ended up being a great night and a great way to say goodbye to the end of summer.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back To School Notebook Covers

With the kids going back to school next week, we've been spending a lot of time thinking about notebooks, pens, pencils, and budgets lately.

We are having a bit of a hard time going back and forth between the "cool" notebooks with all the characters and designs, and the cost of such simple, but expensive, additions to the supplies.  Why does adding a spiral or saying to a notebook cause it to almost double in price?  I don't get it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mission Bound Shop

This blog is interrupted today to share with you the most amazing store of work and faith.

I recently read about Austyn, a young man who was baptised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  You can read about his story here.    He's so excited to share his new found faith that he is anxious to go on a two year mission to share the gospel with others who are looking for the hope, love, and answers that he has found.

Monday, August 11, 2014

How to make a Galilee Bible School Photo Booth

This weekend the youth in our church had a Youth Conference with all the kids in the surrounding area.  The theme of the conference was Return to Galilee

The conference was designed to take the youth to a "wedding feast" in Galilee at about the time of Christ's death.  We set up a series of shops for the kids to enjoy the town square before the feast.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dare to Share Weekly Linky Party

Here it is another week has gone by.

I still haven't done a whole lot of crafting.  I haven't gotten my printer back up yet, but my computer is finally getting all my favorite programs re-downloaded.  So I feel like I've been doing a lot of online projects this week.

How to Host a Party: How to Pick a Time, Date, and Venue

Picking the time and date of your party may seem like a simple part of the party process, but it can actually be a little more complicated and needs to have a little thought put into it.


Do you want to serve a meal at your party, like having pizza or sandwiches? If so,consider having your party at noon during most kids’ lunch times or during the early evening overlapping dinner time. If you throw your party during these times and don’t offer real (i.e., not only desserts) you could wind up with some grumpy kids or heroes on a sugar high that might make it hard to bring them down to the games of the party.