Friday, October 28, 2016

Relief Society Activity Invitations

My favorite part about being on the activities committee is putting together the handouts. Forget about the activities, I just want to look at something cute. :)


Here's a few of the handouts I created this year for our church's women's organization. Feel free to use any of our ideas and if you'd like any blank or customized files, check the bottom of the post for more information.


"Let's Break Bread" - this was a fun activity. We had demonstrations for all different kinds of bread and samples to try. Everyone left with good food and some new recipes to try out. 


"Sew, Let's Serve" - for this activity we partnered with a local lady who works all year to put together comfort kits for homeless and underprivileged children in our community.


"Simplify. Socialize. ^eat Salads. This was one of our social nights. Everyone loves a good salad, so we had sign ups to bring everyone's favorite. We ended up with pasta salad, green salad, fruit salad, pretzel salad, and had a blast eating and socializing together.


In partnership with our local friend again, we helped with a donation drive to contribute to the home offices for our local DCS (where foster children go when they have nowhere else to be) and continued helping with comfort kits for United Way.


We have a yearly dinner for the women in our ward and this year we focused on our family traditions. Each table had a centerpiece with different traditions from the women in our congregation and it was fun getting to see what other families traditions are.

If you'd like a blank or customized version of any of these invites, email me at stripesnsweets@gmail.com. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Monthly Memorization: September 2016

August was busy. July's quotes have been up for two months, so it's about time I changed them out for new inspiration!

Mother Teresa is one of my favorite people. She was truly "an example of the believers". I love this quote from her and want it to be one of my lifelong mottos.

The scripture for this month is Isaiah 54:8.




Happy memorizing!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August 2016 Visiting Teaching Message

The August Visiting Teaching Message is: "Nurturing Families Together". You can find the message here.

There were two talks that stood out to me and that is where I chose my quotes from.

The first was a talk by Elder Russell M. Nelson called "Salvation and Exaltation".

I loved that he called the home "God's laboratory of love and service." Sometimes I think we, and I especially, can focus too much on the external appearance of our Christ-centered lives. I worry too much about making sure my family appears perfect, instead of realizing that a "laboratory" is a continual experiment where we adjust and readjust our attempts at perfection. God's laboratory is a perfect place to teach love and service, and as we teach those two attributes, all the other attributes we desire our family to have will come as we bring the Spirit into our homes.




I also loved the quote below. Again, sometimes I can focus more on external activites like callings, friends, hobbies, and fail to succeed at the most basic and important responsibility I have - to be faithful to my husband and love my children. Everything else is extra, I have to keep reminding myself of that.


The other talk I loved from this message was by Sister Linda K. Burton called "We'll Ascend Together". It is a fabulous talk, especially when you're trying to strengthen your relationship with a spouse. There was a line there that stood out to me. She said: "how often do we intentionally 'speak kind words to each other'?"

I thought about that a lot as I read the message: not just in my family but with others around me - my neighbors, friends, ladies I visit. How often am I kind just for the sake of being kind? If you are like me, it may not happen often. So, I made it a point to write out a kind note for each one of the sisters I visit. I've included the little note template I used - you can insert into a word document and print 4 or 6 to a page.


I'm not sure why I was feeling black and white this month, but it is what it is.

Happy visiting!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Little Man Baby Shower Template

My little sister is pregnant and I'm overly excited. I have two of my own kids but ZERO nieces or nephews.

We are throwing her baby shower in a couple of weeks and she wanted a little man shower. I used this invitation as my inspiration and came up with one of my own. I wanted to make the template available so anyone who needs a quick and easy invite can use it. It is a 5x7 size and you can add text to it on Picmonkey.com.

Here is the file to download:


And here is an example of the invitation wording and format.


Happy partying!

Linking up with:
I Gotta Create! - Wildly Original
Fluster Buster - Creative Muster Party

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Monthly Memorization: July

If you missed last month's post about monthly memorization you can find it here.

One of our new family goals is to work on memorizing a verse of scripture and a uplifting quote every month. Even if our kids (1 & 3) don't memorize it, we want them to hear us repeating to them in the hopes that what they hear eventually becomes their inner voice.

This month's scripture can be found here and the quote (which is one of my personal favorites) can be found here.



Happy memorizing!

Linking up with:
Mom's Small Victories - Small Victories Sunday
I Should Be Mopping the Floor - Inspiration Mondays




Sunday, July 3, 2016

July 2016 Visiting Teaching - Our Potential for Parenthood

The July Visiting Teaching message is "Our Potential for Parenthood". You can find the message here.

I especially loved the section from Elder Andersen's talk in General Conference where he mentioned an article posted on desiringgod.com entitled "Motherhood Is A Calling". It is probably one of my favorite articles on motherhood from a fabulous Christian mother. In it she says:

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for."

It was a good reminder for me to appreciate the blessing it is to have my own children and that I need to use that blessing to work good in the world by dedicating myself to my children while I have the opportunity.

All prints are available for free for personal use only. You can find a blank version of the first printable here.


From Elder Dallin H. Oaks talk entitled "The Great Plan of Happiness".




And from the Bible: Psalms 127:3.



Happy Visiting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fourth of July Prints

Happy 4th of July. Here's a couple of free prints to add to your gallery walls, put up on your fridges, or pin just to feel a little festive.






Happy creating!

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