Monday, September 13, 2021

I can be a "Light unto the World" Come Follow Me activity and website changes

I need to apologize for disappearing on you.  It was not my intention to just walk away for so long without saying anything but I could not find the right words.  I needed time to think and sit with this decision before I shared it with you. Honestly I'm not really sure what this blog will look like in regards to Come Follow Me activities.  I did know I needed to take a break and have come to realize stepping back is the best thing for me and my family.  

Here are a few things I do know: 
  • I will not be posting the same quantity of activities in a post but the quality will be same. 
  • They will remain free. 
  • There will be no promise of a schedule and I will not even guarantee I will be posting every week. However I will share any activities or ideas I am using for my family. This may come in one post or a couple throughout the week.  Basically I'm not committing to anything as I work to figure out the details haha. 
  • These posts will be shared by topic and not by reading for the week.  This will help in the future if you would like to search past topics for a current lesson.  I have been doing this for a few years so there are tons of ideas on pretty much every topic.  I'll be spending the next few months going back and labeling past posts with topics to make searching for ideas much easier. I will also be updating the Come Follow Me pages with the list of topics and not dates/reading schedule. New posts with then be automatically linked up by topic when it's ready.  I'll keep you updated on this project.

My only plan is to get back to why I started my blog in the first place. That is to help others as I share my and old. If you read my intro on the side of my page 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." I really feel pulled to share more of a variety of ideas as our family goes through life.  We've had a really busy year with some hard things (some we are still navigating through) and this is my way of allowing myself grace without deadlines and the freedom to create, giving my attention to my family, and being able to keep going with this blog that I love so much without it feeling like one more thing on my to-do list.  It's been a long road for me to reach this place of being able to walk away from what has been working and helping so many of you. Hopefully it will still be a place you find useful and will want to hang out.  I appreciate all of you so much and I'm so thankful everyday for your kind messages and that you take the time to stop by my little spot on the internet.  This has been an amazing and unexpected experience and I look forward to seeing where this takes me and my family. 

Make sure to follow me on Instagram (I will be more active there) and facebook for additional ideas and post updates. My goal is to start sending out weekly emails with post updates as well.

If you made it this far I have a surprise for you!  I created a fun activity based on this week's Come follow Me lesson that we will be doing tonight for Family Night. We are reading D&C 102-105 this week and I am focusing on the scripture D&C 103:9. We will be taking about what it means to be a "Light unto the World." The plan is to watch one of the "Light the World" videos (here or here). Ask how can we "light the world" this week? To help answer this question we are going to go on a hunt for our lightbulb ideas.  Have your family (or class) close their eyes as you hide the lightbulbs around the room.  Have everyone open their eyes and search for the lightbulbs.  When one is found share and discuss with the group.  I did not add words so the images can spark your own ideas.  When all of the pictures are found, spend a few minutes drawing or writing 5 things you will do to be a "light unto the world" this week.  Draw 1 idea on each lightbulb.  Display in your room so you can refer to it during the week. *Bonus idea: If it's dark enough turn out the lights during your hunt and use flashlights to find the lightbulb cards. Your kids will love it!

Download the free Printables Here

Additional ideas for being a light and a peacemaker here

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Thank you for all you do! I love that you are one of the few who remain free and I appreciate that so much! You have been a huge blessing to our family.

  2. Crystal, thank you for all of your FREE and darling help! Your graphics are the cutest and I appreciate all you have done! Take care of yourself and that darling family. "Topics" is a great idea. Thank you!!

  3. Thank you so very much for all you do! While you were away I did search past posts and mostly found what cute idea you had to teach my Sunbeams. It is very evident you have spent a lot of time and effort on your site and I couldn't agree more about refocusing and utilizing that time on your family!

  4. Thank you for being back! I have loved your ideas for several years - your posts are the best!

  5. Good to hear from you. Thanks for all you have done; you've helped my family a ton. BEST WISHES with your sweet family.

  6. P.s. I just looked at your family pic more closely and we have four girls and one boy too. :)
    Maybe our tough boys can be roomies some day. 😆

  7. I'm glad you're back too! I don't even know you but I have been thinking about you while you were gone and hoping things were okay. I'm glad you are okay and pray your family continues to have the strength to work through the "hard things." :)

  8. Welcome back! Thank you seems to not be enough to thank you for all the FREE wonderful content you share here. My little primary class and my grandchildren have all been blessed by it all. I will keep you in my prayers as you work to do the things you enjoy with your family and find balance that we all seek for. :D :D

  9. Thank you for all that you do. Ever since I was called to primary your free helps and ideas have always made it easier for me to teach little ones. May your family continue to be blessed as you put them first.

  10. Muchas gracias por darnos de tu tiempo y talento, un fuerte abrazo desde Perú.

  11. I've been worried and prayed all is well with you and your family

  12. Hi Crystal have missed you …. The best thing is to let us Know you are Not Posting for awhile.

    You sure bad us sad and scraped this site went down