Changes Are Constent

Changing interests and focuses in our lives make life more interesting and FUN. With that in mind I have added a couple more blogs: Preschool Learning Adventure and Mama's Reading Nook both are linked to Primarily A Mama blog. This will stay as my main page, but the others you can access through the tabs above. I will make excerpt posts here for each post written on the other blogs and link them so you can just click and go. I hope this will help keep things better organized and clean looking for myself and all of you.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Offices of the Priesthood

This month in the Come Follow Me, the monthly topic is  Priesthood and Priesthood Keys.

Seeing how I teach in the 12-13 year old class.  I have had to make some adjustments in how I go about teaching them.  Before the year started I thought about giving each youth in my class a notebook that they could write, draw thoughts, scriptures, notes from lessons.  I didn't do it and know half way through I am finally getting around to giving them out.  Being new to using the Come Follow Me program, I wanted time to get used to it and the way it is set up.  Well, a couple of youth were having issues in the class and as months went by it got worse and worse.

Back to the present.  So each youth has their notebook and when I told the students what this months theme was Priesthood and Priesthood Keys
I had one girl raise her hand and asked me to talk about the offices, rankings... of the Priesthood.  She "knows what the Priesthood is but how they rank she is not sure about"

I hate using Priesthood Ranks, since one office is no higher or better than another. They all work together in bringing about the Kingdom of God.

I made these Interactive Notebooks for them to glue into their notebooks.
Offices of the Aaronic Priesthood
We will use Topical Guide, Doctrine and Covenants 107, Handbook 2, Bishopric and other Priesthood holders in the ward, to find and fill out the information. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Wow! It has been forever since I last posted something.   I am working with Boy Scouts now, but so far haven't been functioning since we combine with another troop and they have male leaders.

This summer I am determined to do something useful with my boys.  We are going to start with First Aid sections.

Since I also have a daughter and this information is just as important for her as it is for the boys, she will be included in this activity. 

poison ivy
We are going to be doing research on poisonous plants.  There are the common ones, poison ivy, oak, and sumac.... but in my own research of plants native to my state, AZ, we have our fair share of poisonous native plants also.  Some were complete shockers to me.  I am sure each of you will have this same issue too.

Not only will my scouts research the common plants, but also I want them to research native plants that we will come into contact on a regular basis.

After they are done we will put them in there Scout Binders I have for them to keep.  We keep advancement records, project write ups, and anything they printed off for scouts.

This project will fulfill Tenderfoot 4b

Here are the booklets I made for my boys, if you would also like a copy for your own children.  I saved these in google docs, so they do look different than the pictures shown. Since google doc has different fonts they my computer has. Personally, if I hadn't already printed them off, I would use the one off google docs.   These pages were made in Landscape paper positioning.

There are two versions of the Cover one is solid and the other one is outlines so the boys or girls can add color: 

pages (copy back to back)

Do me a favor, I made and shared these out of the personal hope that someone out there can use this. Please don't claim that they are yours and send others a link to this blog if you would like to share.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Practical Valintine's Gift

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.  Or Happy Arizona Statehood Day
So this idea is not my own.  Wish I had the crafty mind to come up with this idea, but all credit goes to my sister.
Both of us are practical gift type of people, so this struck me as genius.
I was walking down the toilet paper aisle the other day and kept seeing words like "soft" "strong" "long lasting" and I thought, huh just likey friends! Light Bulb!! Perfect gift. Practical, useful and won't be junk in the house for years to come. 

The message I wrote with it was:
Your friendship is like toilet paper; soft, strong, long lasting, and there to help with the crap. Thanks for being my toilet paper. Happy Valentine's Day. Love....

If this doesn't make you smile.... sorry.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

About a month ago I was released for the Primary.  I was sad to leave the children, but honestly, I am glad that calling is over.  I have a great love the primary. You Teachers Are the BEST!!

Today I was given a new calling... 12-13 year old Sunday School Teacher.  Today was my first official day, but I have been subbing in the class for a couple weeks.  Let this be a lesson to you, you sub for a class, you maybe called into that position.   Our youth have the opportunity to teach in Primary on the 5th Sundays.  When I was a leader there my councilors and I were having issues with them, and had wanted to have a lesson with them on how to teach the children.  Those that deal with children know that teaching them is different than teaching youth or even adults.  So, one of my former councilor (who also has been called as a Youth Sunday School Teacher) and myself were very excited about the lessons and the opportunity to use Sunday School: Come Follow Me.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: The Scissor Skills Sourcebook PLUS Giveaway

I want to Say a HUGE Thank You to Josiana Caron Santha, an occupational therapist from Quebec, Canada. She is also the author and founder of MadyMax Publications. To learn more about Josiana Caron Sanatha, visit her site here.
She gave me the colored PDF e-book English version to try with my children,in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. For my French speaking fans there is a French version.  
Do you have a child that is ready for cutting with scissors? This a a wonderful book/workbook to be using either in classrooms or in a home school setting. The first part of the book deals with parts of the scissors, how to hold them properly, body positioning, along with activities and exercises to strengthen your child/ren gross and fine motor skills. 

Josiana Caron Santha has gracefully offered to give one of my readers a PDF e-book, colored version of her Scissor Skills Sourcebook. 

Congratulations: Deborah I will be emailing you soon with information.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

 Now that summer is here we start to drink more water and juice, especially, lemonade. We always need ice to keep our drinks cold. I personally love silicone for the fact that is easy to use, clean up and very versatile.
I received a set of coasters and an ice mold maker at a discount for exchange for my honest unbiased review from #wisepalace.

I have to say that's one of my favorite products I've received. It's even easier for my kids to use on their own and they love to make the ice balls.  The coaster set has 6 coasters and can be used on either side.  I can also use the coasters at pot holders or trivet.  The coated holder can also be doubled as a bottle holder or what ever else you can think of.  The ice ball maker makes four 2 inch ice balls.  Place the two mold pieces together and press them together firmly.  Fill the mold with water or juice or what ever else you can think of, freeze and enjoy your cool drink.  You can but yours set on amazon here at their product tink.  they are $13.95 for the time being, prices can change.
(I recieve  NO compilation if you click the link and buy a set. )

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Product Review: Tantino® Classic Aviator Sunglasses

This post does have product links.

If you are going outside Sunglasses are a must. I grew up in the Top Gun era, come on you remember how cool those pilots were... for Father's Day we gave dad a pair of #tantinosunglasses Tantino® Classic Aviator Sunglasses.

I received this product at a deep discount for my honest and unbiased review.

Here it the sunglasses on me. Cool huh... Ok don't be to truthful. I love the mirrored lens. and the full coverage around the eyes. They are flimsy feeling, I do like my sunglasses a bit more sturdy feeling. They are light weight on the face and that is a plus.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits For Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People You Lead

Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits For Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People  You LeadRare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits For Increasing Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People You Lead by Marcus Warner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book from Moody Publishers, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

This is another book that I read with a pencil in hand for marking and taking notes.
Marcus Warner and Jim Wilder co wrote this book and both give excellent advice and insight on how our brain/emotions work and how how to be the best leader we can be.

Review: Becoming an Woman of Excellence

I want to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Honestly, I never heard of this book or author until just recently.  Seeing how this is the 30th Anniversary edition it has been around for quite awhile. 
This book wasn't exactly what I was imagining, ended up being better. I am really glad I received it. The Cynthia Heald uses the bible story of Ruth and Boaz as her basis for the whole idea for this book. especially the scripture Ruth 3:11.  In the KJV it reads : "And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman."  
In the bible version she uses (which I am not sure which one it is) is says: " All my people in in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.

I know in the church and as a culture there is loads of pressure put on women to be PERFECT, and this is such an abstract idea, each view is so different.  I think, I know I put more pressure on myself than other people do. Here is an easy to read, self-paced, personal in-depth look at our self and becoming the very best Daughter of God we can become, most of the lessons that are talked about we already practice in our everyday life anyway, just be more conscious about our actions toward our relationship to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Wallet

Disclaimer: I received my new wallet at a deep discount for exchange of my honest and unbiased review.

There are sponsored links.

About 10, might have been even more, but I can't remember when I got it. years ago I but this wallet. I loved the look the compactness, and the plenty of space for all my cards. Alas, as it goes my poor wallet has become worn out and since I down-graded the size of my purse, the wallet was getting too thick.

Card pocket galore... both sides of middle flap.

Seriously, I am a mom, not a pack mule. I like small purses now... Being able to tell my children that they need to keep track of their own things is a great feeling for me. Even my toddler and preschoolers care their own diapers, wipes, change of clothes in a small backpack on their own back. IT is so nice and others have even come need on how they like that idea.

OK sorry on my soap box.... back to my new wallet.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

REVIEW: Angel Baby Organic Toddler Pillow

This post had affliate links.

We all know how important sleep is to our bodies, minds, and spiritual strength. My question is what do you do with the child who has a hard time sleeping through the night, and taking a nap during the day is completely non-existent since he was 1 1/2. Very tired mama, and a very crancky child ALL DAY LONG... Is what happens.
 I had the opportunity to try


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

You are Loved

Today I made some "You are Loved" hearts for my children.  I have a child that is having a hard time socially and never feels like they are loved like their other siblings.  As his mom, this is hard for me to watch him suffer like this.  I wanted to make something for him that expresses not only my love but his Heavenly Fathers Love and his Saviors Love for him as a person. 
One thing I am trying to instill in my primary children this year, is that no matter what happens in the world, community, school, friends, family their is always someone that they can turn to for support and love.  No matter what they feel Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will always be there for them. 

I received some 6x12 permanent vinyl from Angel Craft, for a deep discount, in exchange for my honest review.
Here are the hearts I made for my children to remind them that no matter what "You Are Loved"
 Now I am sorry that the hearts are smaller than they should be, I had them hanging up in my entry way in another craft I made years ago.

If you would like to watch my you tube review here is the link to that also


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