Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Savior Is Born

More than 2,000 years ago, God sent Jesus Christ to be our Savior. Born to save us from our sins, born so we can be born again and return to live with God someday. Let us rejoice greatly this Christmas season, for unto all of us, ‪#‎ASaviorIsBorn‬.

Join me daily on Instagram as we begin this Christmas celebration!
Visit http://mor.mn/41b6f to learn more.
 
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Monday, September 7, 2015

Coming Soon, I hope. . .

I'm really struggling, you guys.
I'm trying to get better.
I had to double my medication.
I still feel numb.
I hope I'll be back soon.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

BRENiac Science: Sparks of Steel

What will happen when our Breniac touches steel wool with a battery?
 You only need some steel wool and a 9-volt battery for this project.
HINT:
We could find any plain steel wool so we bought some SOS pads and soaked them until the soap had dissolved. Let dry completely. Make sure you're getting steel wool, not stainless steel.
 Remember to tag #BRENiacScience when you try this so we can share in the fun!
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mother's Day Printable

Here's a sweet little print you can give to the amazing mothers in your life.
 
SMART   
LOVING  
STRONG  
CHOSEN   
SELFLESS
TRUE        
 
My mom is all of those things.
I love you, Mom!
 
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Friday, April 17, 2015

BRENiac Science: Buzzy Straws

Welcome back to BRENiac Science!
 
Today's project is
BUZZY STRAWS!
All you need for this project are some plain 'ole plastic straws and a pair of scissors.
 
Let's watch the fun! 
Remember to tag #BRENiacScience when you post your results on social media
so we can share in the fun!

See you next time on
Breniac Science!
 
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Happy Sunday: Armies of Heaven

Today I'm reminding myself of truth;
not just for me,
but for the people I love most.
 
Happy Sunday, sweeties.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

BRENiac Science: Light 'em Up!

Welcome back to BRENiac Science!
 
Today's experiment is called
LIGHT 'EM UP!
 All you need for this experiment is some matches, a candle and
something to hold the candle up (a piece of bread works perfectly!).

Let's see what happens! 
Tag #BRENiacScience when you post your results on social media so we can share in the fun!

See you next time on
Breniac Science!
  
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Plan Your Summer with POGO Pass

Have you heard of  POGO Pass?
Get ready for serious fun! Just look at all the amazing places you can go with POGO Pass:
AND THEY'RE HAVING A SALE
for Sugar Blossoms readers!!
 
You'll need to get one pass per person. They recommend buying passes for everyone ages 2 and older  (a few venues may charge for babies, but most do not)
 
The pass is good for 12 months from when you purchase it
 
Once you purchase the pass, you will receive an email right away that has your pass and it can be used immediately (you can print it off or just take a picture of it on your smart phone so  they can scan the barcode).
Suh-WEET!!
 
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Friday, April 3, 2015

BRENiac Science: Color Expolsion . . . . in a plate

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
Introducing my little dude, Brennan, and his
science experiments for kids!
 
I GIVE YOU:
 
We're so excited to bring you this video series!
We're hoping to post one every week for you and your kids.
 
Today's experiment is COLOR EXPLOSION
 . . . . in a plate. =)
Let's watch!
 
Tag #BRENiacScience when you post your results on social media so we can share in the fun!
 
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Monday, March 30, 2015

It's Great to be Eight!

"It's Great to be Eight" is a baptism preview for children turning 8
 
This passport-themed night will make it all the more memorable!
 
While listening to a talk about the importance passports when traveling, the Primary president in our ward (church group) came up with this idea to have a passport-themed night for the children turning 8 years old.
 
Since I am the Sunday school teacher for that age group, I was happy to help put it together.
I started by scouring Pinterest for ideas (check out my board here).
I also took a picture of each student to put on their "passport".
{This adorable darling's mom works with I Heart Naptime and
gave me permission to use the items I created for her daughter.}

I found a passport graphic online (no source) and just tweaked it for our purposes.
We had them printed double-sided at a UPS store.

I made these postcard invitations and had 4x6's printed at WalMart.com's one-hour photo.
You'll find a blank PDF version HERE that you can use to put your own info on the lines.
The fonts I used are Academy Engraved and Meddon. The font for the giant number 8 is called Cast Iron.

We used old-world d├ęcor: trunks, maps, globes, pillars, etc. to decorate the room.
I basically packed up my house and brought it to church!

We set up a table outside the main room for the programs and personalized passports.

I made 5 banners with my Silhouette Cameo.
Since a silhouette will cut any font, I use wingding fonts to create banners.
The "WELCOME" banner is made from KG A Little Swag font with Cast Iron letters.
I backed them with some world map paper I found at my local JoAnn store.

 The other banners are made with the KG Flavor And Frames Four font's lower case "e" since it's represented by a pennant. I put 2 pennants per 12x12 page, one pointing up and one pointing down.
I taped jute to the back to string them up.

We covered the chalkboards with navy material to hide the stuff behind it without taking it down.
I taped together the small side triangles that were left to make pennants for the banners to decorate the tables we used for refreshments.

I made a cupcake topper to match the postcard and program.
{Print a sheet of 2-inch cupcake toppers here.}

To bring the passport theme into play, we set up a small "Customs" table
where the children could get their passports stamped.
My bestie, Brit (also in the Primary presidency) has TONS of stamps from Close to My Heart.
We went through them and chose stamps that we thought represented the topic of the 5 speakers for the evening. After each speaker finished their talk, the children lined up at the stamp station for Brit to stamp their passport.

It was so fun to watch the children's faces as they learned
and then earned each stamp in their passport.
I hope this helps make your event
GREAT!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Happy Sunday: Be Still

When I went visiting teaching this month, I shared a message from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf about patience.
 
He said, “Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed.
"Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!”
 
It reminded me of a profound statement I heard in a movie once.
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Be still, and know that I am God.
 
Happy Sunday, sweeties.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Octopus Hideout at SEA*LIFE Aquarium

My boys and I loved every minute of our latest adventure at SEA*LIFE Aquarium!
We visited the new Octopus Hideout.

 Only 2 of my boys were able to come since my Middle Man had an appointment but
my Big Guy and my Little Dude had a blast!
 We were greeted by smiling faces and given scuba masks and passports for stamps.
^^^ I LOVE this new addition! ^^^
 
 The animals are amazing!
I love that my kids and I can experience seeing
(and sometimes touching!)
creatures we never even knew existed. 
 Everywhere we turned there was something beautiful or wondrous or new.
 I always find it so peaceful there.
 
The passports were so fun for my boys!
Numbered stamp stations are located throughout the aquarium like a treasure hunt.
The boys were rewarded for filling out their "passport" with a SEA*LIFE medal!
 
The highlight of our visit was the new Octopus Hideout.
Loki, the Giant Pacific Octopus, has a beautiful new home.
 I LOVE HER!!
She's graceful and mysterious and beautiful;
I would totally take her home!
 We watched her for a long time!
 
 She's always been one of my favorites.
 She was a little overwhelmed with the crowd and
changed colors form her brilliant red to near white and hid in a corner.
She's amazing!
 
 My boys always love going to the SEA*LIFE Aquarium!
 
 There's a little something for everyone, no matter the age.
 
Now it's your turn!
SEA*LIFE is offering Sugar Blossoms readers a discount on tickets.
https://www.visitsealife.com/arizona/springspecialoffer/
The Octopus Hideout is a traveling exhibit and
will be on display at SEA*LIFE Arizona through the rest of 2015.
 
 Say 'hi' to Loki for us!
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