Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout

October's message is all about the family and how it correlates with God's plan for us.  Just a hint Sister Julie B. Beck said "Without the family, there is no plan; there is no reason for mortal life." It's a beautiful message and can be found here.
I created this handout with a few of my favorite quotes for the message.  You are welcome to use it too.  I like to copy and paste to a word document.  Then size it to fit 4 to a page and print on card stock.  You can also save to your computer and have it printed at your favorite place.  It is formatted to fit a 4x6 print.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Chicken Enchiladas

I've been on the hunt for  a recipe to make some easy but yummy enchiladas.  I combined a few different recipes and came up with one I love.

corn tortillas 14-16
1 can red enchilada sauce (14 ounce)
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 tbsp honey
cooked and shredded chicken (I use 2-3 chicken breasts depending on size)
grated cheese about 1 1/2 cups
1 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. in a small pot mix enchilada sauce, beef broth, and honey. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
3. pour a small layer of enchilada sauce mixture on the bottom of a  9x13 pan.
4. Heat your corn tortillas in the microwave until the are warm and pliable.  If they are cracking when you try to roll them heat a little longer.
5. Spoon a small amount of sauce on one side of your corn tortilla.  Add some chicken and cheese and roll up.
6.  Once all of your tortillas are filled pour remaining sauce over your enchiladas.  Sprinkle with cheese and cilantro.
7. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Visiting Teaching Printables

I think I say this every month but I absolutely loved this message.  (you can find it here.) Today I'm sharing a few different print options that you are welcome to use.  
My favorite way is to copy and paste in a word document and size to fit 4 on a page.  Then print on cardstock.  You can also save to your computer and upload to your favorite place to print photos.  They are sized to fit a 4x6 print.  

 (My home printer does not do well with this background it may be best to have it printed somewhere)

 This one has a little bit of everything.  

This one would be beautiful framed. I will be posting additional sizes for this one later this week.  

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back to School Ideas

I can't believe its already time to be thinking about school!  I know some of you have already started and others like me a couple of weeks left.  Either way its an exciting, busy, and a little bit of a stressful time.  I've rounded up some great ideas to help things run a little more smoothly and add a little fun.

 A Bowl full of Lemons has a great homework station.  I love that is is portable and can easily be but away.

JDaniel4's mom has these awesome routine charts (found here.)  I think these are perfect for my kids.

I love this adorable printable from Nest of Posies found here.

Marci Coombs has this adorable back to school gift (found here).  My girls would love this.
She also has the cutest back to school dinner tradition. We did this last year and plan to do it again.  You can find her current one here as well as links to previous years.

Positively Splendid shares this great print here.

The Silly Pearl's backpack tags are not only cute but a great way to teach responsibility.  I know my girls need this!  You can find the tutorial here.

Do you have any back to school traditions or ideas to make things run more smoothly?  I'd love to hear them!

P.S. You can find more idea on my back to school pinterest board.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Be the Good (printable)

I was reminded of this quote below and created a printable as a reminder for my family to "be the good" and notice the good around us. You are welcome to print one for your home as well.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 2016 Visiting Teaching Message

(You can copy and paste to a word document to print.  I like to do this and fit 4 on a page.  Or you can save to your computer and upload to your favorite place to print.  It is sized to fit a 4x6 print.)

You can find the full message here.  The story at the end really touched my heart and is something I will be sharing with the sisters I teach.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Guest Post Creating the Ultimately Organized Craft Room

I'm so excited to have Kaitlin Krull as a guest blogger today!  She is sharing some really great tips to help organize your craft room.  I recently went from an entire room down to a closet and table after my last baby so I'm really excited to use these ideas for my own supplies.  

All crafters know that finding space to store all your supplies and equipment can be tricky. Organization is essential for both successful crafting and maintaining a clean home. At Home Improvement Leads, we love a well organized room and think there are plenty of ways you can create a neat and tidy craft room of your own. Here are a few of our top tips to help you get started.

A place for everything
The first thing you should do when setting up your craft room is decide how you want your room to be set up. Designate a place for all your equipment and supplies, then label everything accordingly and make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be. This first step may feel tedious, but we promise that it will be worth it in the long run and give you more time for creating.

Plenty of workspace
While storage is essential for an organized craft room, workspace is just as important. Make sure your craft room has plenty of room for all of the various tasks you need to complete. A kitchen island or large butcher’s block works well as a multipurpose unit in larger craft rooms, while a long wall desk or craft table offers just as much workspace while keeping the center of your room free. Whichever option you choose, keep in mind that you need to fit in all your equipment, too!

Color coordination
If your craft involves scrapbooking, sewing, or knitting, color coordination is essential to a well organized craft room. This applies to everything: buttons, paper, stickers, ribbon, thread—you name it, you can (and should) color coordinate it. In addition to saving you time whenever you need to find a particularly hued item, it makes your supplies pop and gives you a satisfied feeling every time you open a drawer.

Professional paper organization
Scrapbookers, card makers, and anyone whose craft involves paper and/or tissue should take a page (pardon the pun) from professional stationery stores and invest in quality paper storage. While you can store paper and card any way you like, we recommend vertically stacked clear paper trays for color coordinated sheets of paper and shelves filled with magazine holders for extra reams of paper and crafting magazines. Complete this step and your craft room will feel like a professional at-home business in no time.

Small supply storage
A well organized craft room will require storage of all sizes and small storage is especially important. Buy or repurpose glass or plastic jars and tubs of varying sizes to store buttons, glitter, sequins, string, and anything else you can think of. Clear storage containers are particularly useful here because you can easily see and access each container without having to search through drawers and bins full of random supplies. Plus, glass storage jars are super trendy at the moment and will give your craft room a styled finish if you keep your storage containers on display.

Creative storage solutions
As far as other storage is concerned, there are plenty of ways to tidy away your craft supplies at the end of the day. Our favorite storage solutions involve creative thinking and utilizing the space you have in the best ways possible. Wall-mounted shelves and over-the-door storage compartments keep craft supplies of all shapes and sizes off the floor and also free up your workspaces. Corkboards, whiteboards, and magnetic noticeboards are also particularly useful for showcasing your favorite designs, inspirations, and to-do lists. If all else fails and you find yourself stuck for storage, a handful of wicker and rattan baskets will easily hold wrapping paper rolls, skeins of yarn, and just about anything else you have lying around.

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