DIY nursing shawl

A lot has happened in my life in the last little while, you probably don’t want to hear about it, but in summary, we moved back to Utah, sold our home, and we’re over halfway through pregnancy with baby number three! Surprise! In prep for new baby I made a new nursing cover, I can’t find the one I used for little jaguar so I found the old tutorial and started over.

so, the original tutorial is here: http://www.thecoterieblog.com/2012/05/dyi-modern-nursing-shawl-sew-one-line.html

and I love the idea but it’s a really confusing tutorial, no offense meant I’ve made a few of those myself, but I was shocked to find that I had the same issues making it as I did the last time I made it. After all, it’s been two years and countless sewing projects later. Last time I made it I had zero expertise on a sewing machine. Seriously, this was like my first project, so I assumed my problems were just that, my problems, this time I wasn’t so sure. After a quick internet search I found I’m not alone in my confusion and I don’t need to fret because someone much smarter than me figured out what was going on and made a clear version of the original tut. Thank you!

follow these instructions for a pain free super easy project: http://www.mintdesignblog.com/2013/07/easy-diy-nursing-cover/

DIY nursing shawl

Here I am pretending to nurse, this is silly but I got all excited just holding something the way you do when you nurse a baby. Aw… I love babies!

 

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Congratulations! It’s a… pillow pet!

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Bathroom Selfie!

 

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 16

Preparation:

Now is the Time to Arise and Shine Forth Elaine S. Dalton Young Women General President

Believe, Obey, and EndurePresident Thomas S. Monson

Opening Song:

I love to see the temple

Snack: 

Orange slices

Attention Getter/Meat:

For this family home evening my family and I traveled to a temple open house where we got to show my daughter the temple and feel its beautiful spirit. Find out if there is an open house near you by visiting this site. Anyone can attend an open house, you don’t need a recommend or to be a member of the LDS church. If there are no open houses near your home you could go to a nearby temple and walk around the grounds or visit the LDS temple website where you can find pictures of temples, answers to frequently asked questions, and addresses given about temples.

Closing Song:

The Spirit of God – Hymn # 2

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 15

Preparation:

Was It Worth It? Elder David S. Evans of the Seventy

Sharing the Gospel Heart to Heart President Henry B Eyring First Counselor of the First Presidency (September 2012 Ensign)

Sharing the Gospel by Sharing You – 2012 Ensign

Opening Hymn:

We’ll Bring the World His Truth Children’s Hymn # 172

Snack:

popcorn

Attention Getter:

I’m having trouble imbedding the video so here’s the link just in case:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_5GWFpHwjM&list=PL4E784EC0770935C0&index=1&feature=plpp_video

The Meat:

Promote a discussion about sharing the gospel. What does it mean to “naturally and normally” share the gospel? How can we prepare ourselves to share the gospel? In Sharing the Gospel by Sharing You, it says that we shouldn’t be sharing the gospel because we feel it’s our duty. Why is that?

Elder Evans talks about writing of Christ by writing letters to those who are away. As a family write letters to someone you love who is away, whether they are attending school, on a mission, or in military service they will appreciate the letters.

Finally, if you need additional help the church as a list of simple ways to share the gospel at their website. This might help you direct conversation with little ones.

Closing Song:

I Hope They Call Me on a MissionChildren’s hymn # 169

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 14

Preparation:

The Power of DeliveranceElder L Tom Perry

Opening Hymn:

Book of Mormon StoriesChildren’s Hymn Book # 118

Snack:

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Attention Getter:

Watch this video about how we got the Book of Mormon at LDS.org.

Then serve the peanut butter cup cookies. Explain that the cookies are like the scriptures. We need both the Bible (the cookie) and the Book of Mormon (the peanut butter cup) in our lives. Explain that both books testify of Jesus Christ just like both the chocolate and the cookie taste good together.

The Meat:

Play a game of Book of Mormon Trivia. Ask these awesome questions gathered by the wonderful ladies at sugardoodle.net and whoever answers first or finds the answer first wins the point. Remember, this is an open book test :)

Closing Song:

As I search the Holy Scriptures – Hymn # 277

If you feel comfortable, I would encourage parents and even couples to bear testimony of the Book of Mormon. If you are not yet sure of its truthfullness I would encourage you to study and ask Heavenly Father, in the mean time bear testimony where you can – tell of a time when the Book of Mormon blessed your life or brought you peace.

I can tell you that I know the Book of Mormon is true and that it can bring us peace and show us the way to deliverance.

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 13

Preparation:

SacrificeElder Dalin H. Oaks of the quorum of the seventy

The story of Mary Goble, a teenage pioneer

Opening Hymn:

Come Come Ye Saints – Hymn # 30

Snack:

Raspberry Lemonade

Attention Getter:

For the attention Getter tell the story of Mary Goble. This young girl traveled west with her family, sacrificing everything for religious freedom and her Heavenly Father. Tell the story of how she lost her toes, but because of her faith in Brigham Young’s promise was able to keep her feet. Discuss how the sacrifices of the mormon pioneers still affect us today.

The Meat:

For this weeks activity, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss as a family how you can sacrifice through service. This could be small sacrifices you make throughout the week, or a planned family service project. Choose what works for your family at this time in your life.

Some ideas for a service project –

go to the temple, plan and prepare a meal for someone in need, spend an afternoon playing games with an elderly friend (or someone you know is lonely), go to a soup kitchen and help serve food, help a family in need get ready for school to start by purchasing notebooks and school supplies for them, mow a neighbors lawn, weed a neighbors garden (be careful to only weed weeds!), make cookies for someone new in the neighborhood, put on medical gloves and pick up trash in your neighborhood.

Good luck with your service!

Closing Song:

I Stand All Amazed Hymn # 193

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 12

Preparation:

In Tune with the Music of FaithQuentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

To Hold SacredElder Paul B. Pieper of the Seventy

1 Nephi 8-11, 12

Opening Song: 

The Iron Rod – Hymn # 274

Attention Getter: 

Tell the story of Lehi’s vision, or with older children or teenagers, ask them to tell you the story, explain and discuss the symbolism involved. If you are unfamiliar with the story re-read it in 1 Nephi chapters 8-11 and 12.

The Meat:

Ask who was faithful in Lehi’s vision. Who wasn’t faithful? Who had more respect for things that are sacred? Discuss how action and respect for things that are sacred can help us strengthen our faith. Discuss specific actions you can do to hold to the iron rod. Feel free to use the following printable as a visual aid/help. Once again, printables are free for noncommercial use.

Hold to the iron rod hand out

Closing Song:

Faith – Children’s Hymn Book # 96

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 11

Preparation: 

The Merciful Obtain MercyPresident Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Genesis 37,  45

Opening Song: 

Help Me Dear FatherChildren’s Hymn Book # 99

Attention Getter:

Tell the story of Joseph and his multi-colored coat. Tell about how his brothers sold him as a slave. Discuss as a family the bitter feelings you would feel if this happened to you. Then explain how Joseph rose to power in Egypt and met his brothers again when they came and asked him for food. Explain that Joseph forgave his brothers and even told them that Heavenly Father had sent him to Egypt to preserve their lives during the famine. Discuss how Joseph’s decision to forgive his brothers helped everyone.

The Meat:

Talk about how Jesus Christ asked us to forgive each other and talk about examples you’ve seen personally of people forgiving or not forgiving each other. Shift the discussion towards judgement and discuss how judging each other can be harmful. Feel free to use quotes from the talk that you feel fit into the discussion.

Watch the following video:

Closing song:

Choose the Right Way Children’s Hymn Book # 160

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

 

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 10

Preparation:

How to Obtain Revelation and Inspiration for Your Personal LifeElder Richard G. Scott

Opening Song:

Let the Holy Spirit Guide – Hymn # 143

Snack:

Sliced apples with peanut butter

Attention Getter:

Prepare a “secret message” before family home evening using homemade invisible ink. Write the words, Heavenly Father will guide me when I follow the commandments. Tell the family that even though you can’t see it at first, there is a message written on your paper. Show them how using heat will reveal the message.

The Meat:

Just like we could read the message when we knew how, we can receive messages from Heavenly Father when we know how. Discuss as a family the different types of revelation as well as different ways to receive inspiration. Draw from what you learned reading Elder Scott’s talk as you direct discussion. Some things that stood out to me: getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising all help us be more receptive to the Spirit. I didn’t think of that before :).

After you’ve had a short discussion, teach the family how to make invisible ink and have fun writing “secret” messages to each other.

Closing Song:

Search Ponder and Pray – Children’s Hymn Book # 109

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

 

 

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 9

Preparation:

Abide in the Lord’s Territory – Elder Ulisses Soares of the Seventy

Opening Song:

Nephi’s CourageChildren’s Hymn Book # 120

Snack: 

Smore’s Pie

Attention Getter:

Object lesson time :) This one came from my sweet hubby.

Fun LDS Object Lesson

Set up four cups and three knives as shown in the picture (your knives can’t be touching your cups and your cups should form an equilateral triangle

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Fun LDS Object Lesson

Your goal is to use the three knives and the fourth cup to help a toy reach an invisible flag that is one stacked cup above the center of the triangle. Rules: You can move the knives but you can’t move the three cups making the triangle.

 

Fun LDS Object Lesson

Remember, the elevated plane is as high as two stacked cups and in the middle of the triangle – let the fun begin.

 

Fun LDS Object Lesson

When everyone has given up figuring it out – show them how to do it – take the knives and interlock them together to create a platform

 

Fun LDS Object Lesson

Here’s what it looks like up close, you might have to fiddle a little but it isn’t hard to do.

 

Fun LDS Object Lesson

And ta-dah your ducky has reached his goal. The object lesson: The cups that make the triangle represent situations in life that we can’t change. The knives represent keeping the commandments, interlocking the knives represents the covenants we make with our Heavenly Father. By following Heavenly Father’s commandments and by making and keeping sacred covenants we can abide in His Territory.

The Meat:

Discuss as a family different ways to abide in the Lord’s territory. What are the covenants that we make with Heavenly Father? How can you know if you are abiding in the Lord’s territory or not? Read the following quote from the talk:

“The Light of Christ together with the companionship of the Holy Ghost must help us determine if our manner of living is placing us in the Lord’s territory or not. If our attitudes are good, they are inspired of God, for every good thing comes from God. However, if our attitudes are bad, we are being influenced by the enemy because he persuades men to do evil.”

Closing Song:

Lead Kindly LightHymn # 97

And end with a prayer! I hope this FHE goes as well for you as it did for us :) Remember it’s all just ideas, you can pick and choose what might be helpful for your family.

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

26 Weeks of FHE – Week 8

Preparation:

The Race of LifePresident Thomas S. Monson

Opening Song:

Choose the Right –  Hymn # 239

Treat:

Homemade icepops

Attention Getter:

I got this idea from one of my best friends at church yesterday and the kids loved it! I also think it would go really well with teenagers, even if they roll their eyes a little.

Ask a volunteer to come up in front of everyone and start handing them things. Start with maybe a hand held game and insist that it’s really important so they need to play it. Then, hand them some ear phones and tell them that they really need to listen to this important song, but they can’t stop playing the game – then hand them a book (make them hold it in the crook of their elbow) and tell them they have to read this book because it’s a really good book, finally call someone (really call one of the parents in the other room) and tell them to listen hard to the important message the person on the phone is telling them.

Take away all the stuff and ask them what the important message was. They probably won’t be able to tell you. Ask the parent to come back in the room and deliver the important message: Our Heavenly Father rejoices for those who keep his commandments

Talk about why the child didn’t hear the message and discuss how sometimes we are so busy we forget to stop and think about the important things in life.

The Meat:

Discuss what you as a family think are the important things in life. After the discussion make paper boats and decorate the boats with what you’ve decided as a family is important in life. Put the boats in the gutter and watch them go. Ask where the boats will go – downstream – why not up? Because they don’t have any rudders. Discuss what kind of rudders will help your family stay close to the things you decided were important (prayer, family time, church attendance)

Closing Song:

We Have Been Born Children’s Hymn Book # 172

End with a prayer

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)