Saturday, January 18, 2020

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 11-15 (January 20-26)

This week for Come Follow Me we are covering Nephi's Vision.  There are sooooo many topics to pick from and it was hard to narrow it down.  Hopefully you will find something that works for your primary class or family.  All of the FREE printables will be in one download at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by this week :)

We are going to use some of the ideas I shared last week to talk about the tree of life and iron rod.  You can find that post here.

During Nephi's vision he see many events in the Savior's life.  Use this cute spinner to help the kids remember some of the things Nephi saw. 
*UPDATE: I just added posters with scripture references for those that may not have real pictures or you want them to match the spinner.  Either way this will help you know what the pictures on the spinner represent and where to find the scripture for it :)

We are also going to talk about the tree and that it represents the love of God.  He loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus Christ to earth.  Jesus showed us how to live through his example and he died for us so that we can return to Heavenly Father one day.   One this coloring page one side shows something Heavenly Father did to show love for us (sent Jesus) and in the blank spot they can draw a picture of a way that can show love to others.

This next activity goes with one of the ideas in the primary manual (about half way down the page with the video clip). You may want to read their description of the activity for better instructions :)  you are going to cut out the Book of Mormon, Bible, and word strip. This works great on a chalk board or if you don't have one a piece of paper is great too!  Place the Bible in the center of the page.  Have every person draw a different line from the Bible to any spot around the edge of the page.  You should end up with several lines going many different directions.  This illustrates that the Bible alone can be interpreted in many ways . Now erase the lines or flip over your paper.  place the bible one one side of the page and the book of mormon on the other.  Now draw a straight line that goes from one book to the other.  With these two witnesses this shows there is only one way to interpret the gospel.  Add your word strip above.

Next we are going to talk about "plain and precious truths" that were restored with the Book of Mormon. ( 1 Nephi 13:26–29, 35–36, 40) There are 2 pages are journal pages to write or draw some of the things you discuss.

You can use these cards as a match game to help your discussion. print two  for a match game or print one set and hide them around the room.

I also included a quote from President Nelson.

As always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please don't hesitate to ask :)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Weekend roundup: 19 Amazing Finds!

It's time for another weekend round up!  I love looking through the amazing things other people create.  Here are some of my favorite finds this week.

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First is this candy wreath!  This is so perfect for my hard to shop for teenager.  This would be so fun for a birthday or Valentines day.  Find the tutorial here

My favorite and go to clipart person just shared 2 new Free coloring pages.  You can find the Come Follow Me one here and Valentine's one  here

These Valentines are so cute and original.  A fun alternative to candy.  find them here

I can't remember if I've already shared these?  With my love for all things Harry Potter there is a good chance I did haha.  Well I stumbled upon them again this week and they are too cute not to include.  You can find them here

Anyone else loving gnomes this year?  My kindergartner made the cutest little one at school this year and now I can't get enough of them.  These ones are super cute.  (find the here)

Gorgeous cut file found here.  I need to pull out my silhouette and make this!

Any other teachers?  This shirt is so cute!  Find it here
How cute is this little outfit for Valentine's Day?  find it here

I love this decor!  found here

I love this laundry room.  The decor is perfect and the little shelf between the washer and dryer is so smart.  found here

This post has so many amazing painted furniture ideas.  I just loved the whole setup in this pictures. And that sign!!!  found here

I thought this was so pretty.  What a beautiful way to display your wedding song.  found here

I mentioned last week one of my goals this year is to learn how to knit.  This pillow is pretty cute.  found here

This looks like a great sewing project and how cute would it be for dance shoes!  found here

This post has tons of ideas to use those cute carts from Ikea and Michaels.  I thought this snack station was so fun for a movie night.  found here

I think i must have been hungry this week because I found so many recipes I want to try.  Here are some of my favorites.
M7M cookies found here.  Mine never turn out so I'm excited to try these.

I love chocolate chip cookie.  These look amazing.  found here

If you love freezer meals and have an instant pot this is for you!  I am going to try some of these.  found here

This last one has 4 alternatives to traditional pizza.  My kids would seriously eat pizza every day for lunch and dinner (lets be honest probably breakfast too!)  I can't wait to try some of these and add a little variety to our pizza nights.  found here

That's all for this week.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)  I'd love to see some of your favorite finds.  Share them in the comments or over on my new facebook group page :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Staycation Printables

Following a busy winter break traveling to meet family, you may find yourself so exhausted you need a vacation from your vacation! However, for most of us, taking time away every time you want it isn’t always possible. Thankfully, you can still have the rejuvenating experience of vacation without needing to go very far...maybe you don't even leave home. Next time you’re craving a trip, try taking a staycation instead. Plan a weekend in your city exploring sites and stops that you’ve never seen before. Or, spend a weekend in with a few at-home spa days and movies in the living room. You don’t have to spend a ton to unwind and reconnect with your family. 

This is a busy time of year for our family and its impossible to get away with my husbands job.  A staycation is the perfect compromise for our family for our winter and spring break fun.  Have you ever tried a staycation? I love some ideas!!!

Mint created a set of really cute printables to make planning and enjoying your staycation as easy as possible. Create a trip itinerary with their planning template and keep your budget in check with their budget tracker. I perfsonally love their printables that turn your home into a hotel with interactive menus to experience the luxury of room service. I know my kids will loved this!. You don’t have to go to a new city to treat yourself and your family to foods you don’t normally eat! Are there some restaurants close by that you've been dying to try?

No matter what’s available in your area or what you plan for your staycation, the best part of your time is sure to be bonding with your family. A purposeful stay in town is a great way to carve out time together. Check out all the printables to get the most out of your rejuvenating staycation.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 8-10 (January 13-19)

This week for Come Follow Me we are covering 1 Nephi 8-10.  I decided to focus on Chapter 8-Lehi's Dream.  There are tons of Free printables that you can find at the end of this post.  These are great for families and primary classes!

First i want to share a great link I found in the Friend.  Its a simplified version of the story.  This is really great for little ones.  (Find it Here)

Another option is to watch some of the great video linked in the Individual  and Family manual.

The First idea I had was to have your family draw the different parts of the story as you read it.  You can use the page below or your own paper.  Another fun idea would be to pull out the colored paper, glue, and scissors and create a picture with your craft supplies.  Painting it would be a lot of fun too!

In the primary manual one of the ideas is  to teach about the tree representing God's love for us it by showing pictures of some of the things he gave us.  I created this cute coloring page to go along with this idea.  I made one with some different images representing some of the things he has given us and another blank one so they can draw their own.  

This week's lesson doesn't go over the interpretation of Lehi's dream (that's is in next weeks chapters.). However, I did create this little match game in case you wanted to teach it all at once.  Or save this one for next week :)  The images are the same so even the little ones can play.  As you find a match read the two words to help your family learn the meaning.  Print the two pages on cardstock (if you don't have cardstock its a good idea to glue the cards to colored paper or something so you can't see through it.)  *The wording came from The Friend.

I included the scripture sequencing cards again.  Cut out only the page with the pictures.  Use them to retell the story.  If follow right along with chapter 8.  I did not have room to include Laman and Lemuel so I was going to mention they did not come with card #3.  If you need more details for these let me know.  I did inlcude a black and white option.  I know there are several of you that love to use those ones :)

These last few ideas go with the New Era article by President Boyd K. Packer that was mentioned in the manual.  You can find the article here.  I would encourage you to read this it is so good!  I am printing a copy for my older two girls for their personal study this week.  Here's is a quote I included from this that you can display or talk about.

In the article he gives several things that will help us hold on tight to the iron rod.  I thought it would be cute to create your own iron rod for you family to hold on to this week.  I plan to use yarn and tie it from one end of my house to the other (in a straight line). Then I am going to tape these cute posters on the wall following our path (spaced apart).  The we are all going to hold on the the "rod" and walk.  As we get to each sign we will stop and talk about ways that action will help us keep our grip strong.  Once we are done we are going to eat some sort of fruit treat or pretzels.  I haven't decided yet :)

 Another idea is to hide this little circles around the house for your kids to find.  Gather them up and glue to the board.  This makes for a really cute display. OR use velcro or something similar so they can do it over and over again.
For this weeks journaling page we are going to take some of those ideas and draw or write one or two ways that we can hold to the rod.  Use the empty space on the page for your writing or drawing.  There are two style.  One is just the iron rod and tree and the other has a kid that they can color to look like them.  There are 4 different kid options.

 That's all for this week.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  As always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know :)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Weekend roundup: 18 Amazing Finds!

Once upon a time when I had more time to blog I would share some of my favorite finds from that week.  The hope was to inspire you and myself to do some of those things from our ever growing pinterest boards. Then life happened and I stopped.  One of my goals for the year is to spend more time on my blog and more time creating.  Over the last couple of weeks I have been making some big changes trying to become a better me.  One of the things I realized I'm missing is taking the time to create. Believe it or not this was once a craft blog and I hope to get back to adding much more of that this year.   In my hello post it says "Here you'll find crafts and tutorials, kids crafts & activities, thrifty decorating, family life, and whatever else comes our way in our "cozy red cottage" and that really sums up where I what I want to get back too...a little bit of everything! I am really excited to see where this will take me and hope you continue to follow along :)  With that being said most of these roundup will be completely random and without a theme...that's kind of how I roll with thing haha.  Also I do have a facebook group called "pinterest tried" that has also been forgotten.  That is another one of my goals is to hang out over there and create a special group that encourages and inspires ourselves and others to create.  I would love for you to join me and share some of your favorite things that inspire you OR some of the things you tried or created! 

Okay lets get started with some of my favorite finds this week!
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The first is the cutest crochet pattern from one of my very favorite shops, Nella's Cottage.  If you crochet check her out.  Her appliques and patters are amazing.  This is one of her new ones and all proceeds are being donated to help with the wildfires in Australia.  I can't wait to make something with it!  You can find it  here

Next is a free pattern and from one of my favorite blogs!  This adorable flamingo is on my to make list.  You can find it here.

In my search for clip art this week I came across this amazing Book of Mormon reading chart. YOu can find it Here

This is a fun one that I found years ago and stumbled upon once again.  I'm so happy I did and just added it to my cart.  You can find it here

With the Christmas decor coming down I'm ready for  all the Valentine decor.  These are the cutest signs ever!!!  Found here

Wouldn't these be perfect for Valentines?  They look so good.  Find the recipe here

Texas sheet cake is my all time favorite dessert so when I saw there was a cookie form it quickly made it to the must make list!  Find it Here

These are brownie cookies and another one that sounds heavenly.  You can find them here

One of my goals for the year is to learn how to knit.  Do you any of you knit?  I'm hoping to learn how so I can make these for next winter.  You can find the pattern here
Now a few things for the kids.  I have 5 kids (most love projects) and teach preschool so I'm always on the hunt for a great craft.  I loved directed drawings and this one is so adorable!  Found here

Pocket of Preschool makes the greatest sensory bottles and these winter ones are so pretty.  Find the tutorial here

I thought this was such a cute idea.  Its also great for using up scraps and working on those fine motor skills.  Find it here

My little guy is working on counting and these number mats are so cool!  You can find them here

This playhouse caught my attention isn't it the cutest thing?!?  But you have to see the whole room it I love everything about it.  Like seriously my dream playroom! Find it here
I think I'm in the mood to update my whole house and this room is gorgeous!!!  Click Here to view.

I really want to update my master bath and I love the floors, wall, mirrors, lights, okay everything!  I found this on Pinterest but couldn't find the original source.  If you know it let me know.

Again really loving the shiplap wall and everything about this beautiful bathroom!  Found here

And  this is so cute for the bathroom.  I love that  it is diy and there is a tutorial!  I'm ready to pull out the tools (another one of my goals this year).  Find it here

I love that there are so many talented people that share their creativity and skills.  It really inspires me.  I'd love to know what is inspiring you this week either in the comments or over my facebook group page.