Friday, December 21, 2012

Missionary Package Idea

*New* Missionary Package Idea!

Okay, here's the newest package idea.
This is a fun one to put together and send off to your missionary,
and it's chock full of things that they need and want!

"Open Your Mouth
Share the Gospel!"

Fill a package with things your missionary needs to help them
"open their mouth" each day as they share their gospel message.

*Floss (stick flossers are great!)
*Whitening strips
*Moisturizing balm (for dry, cracked lips)
*Tongue scraper
*Listerine strips
*Breath spray
(Remember...missionaries don't chew gum!)
*Minty tums
(if they struggle with the food!)

Now that their pearly whites are in great shape...
give them some extra motivation
to open up and talk!

Elder Earl C. Tingey - April 1998 Conference

Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Celebrate Sinterklaas!

In our home, we celebrate the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas.  We love it!  We have the boys put out wooden shoes on the 1st Monday night in December (traditionally it's the night of December 5th but we keep it the 1st Monday as our FHE activity), filled with carrots, and magically the next morning the carrots have disappeared and Sinterklaas has delivered a wonderfully delicious assortment of treats, goodies, and a small gift!  It's a lot of fun and a great way to start out the Christmas season. 

If you want to start this tradition, here are some ideas for your celebration:

You'll need a chocolate letter initial for each person!

Droste are my favorite!  But really, any brand will do.

If you have them, wooden shoes are SO much fun to have for this.
If not, just use any pair.  Of course, the bigger the better to hold all the treats!

Fill shoes with treats from Sinterklaas!
The traditional treats are nuts, candy canes, fruit (tangerines) and
gold chocolate coins.
I know Sinterklaas has often brought other treats
to our home!  :)

Here's a great chocolate treat to include.

This is also a must!  Or you can use these...

...because the smaller ones are so cute and just as delicious!

If you want to know more about this fun tradition,
check out this link:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanksgiving Missionary Package Idea

*Thanksgiving Missionary Package Idea*

Help your missionary celebrate a true day of thanksgiving!

To eat...

Instant mashed potatoes
Gravy packet
Biscuit mix
Just-add-butter-and-egg pumpkin bar mix
*Check for easy to make/just add water mixes at the store

To do...

Send a box of stamped thank you cards
(if in the U.S.; if not, just send the cards!)

Most missionaries could use extra time, and having a set
of already-stamped thank you cards could really
help them during the holiday season!

And then to read & study...

Gratitude journal

Don't forget to send a card
telling them you are thankful for their service!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Missionary Halloween Ideas!

Here are some ideas for Halloween for your missionary!

Send this with your box of foot helpers

* Shoe polish wipes
* Gold Bond foot powder
* Gel shoe inserts
* Odor fresheners
* New socks
* Blister pads
* Good foot lotion
* Small foot roller for relaxing foot muscles


something good to eat!

Thanks to the Missionary Moms list for the idea below:

Gummy Body Parts Halloween List:

Here is the list that you send to your missionary.  It tells them to look at the wrapped package, guess what is in the package and then look up the scripture to see if they were correct.  Below are the items to collect and then individually wrap each item with the scripture reference taped on the top for your missionary.

From one of the missionary list moms:
"I have to tell you I was not successful in finding all the items. I was told that one could get a package of Gummy Body Parts at WalMart but as my luck would have it, my WalMart didn't carry them. I did however locate a package of Body Parts at Rite Aid today. They didn't have everything so I added some ideas I had on the bottom of the list that I am going to use. I did find some Halloween tissue paper at WalMart to use for wrapping. Hope you enjoy this.
 I heard that all the missionaries who got this loved it!  Have fun!"

Halloween Body Part Master:
Ears.........D&C 58:1
Mouth.......Psalms 8:2
Lips..........Psalms 140:3
Fingers......Dan 5:5
Eyes.........Jeremiah 39:7
Tongue......Proverbs 10:31
Feet..........Mosiah 15:15
Nose..........Genesis 27:27
Teeth........Psalms 58:6
Bug Juice....Exodus 8:21
Gummi Worms........2 Nephi 24:11
Anything with bats.....2 Nephi 12:20
Gummy Spiders..........Moses 2:25
Pumpkin Light............2 Nephi 10:14
Gummy Eyeballs.........Isaiah 52:8

Add Ins:
Heart........................1 Nephi 17:44
Pixi Sticks..................D&C 27:5
Bones.......................Ether 11:6
Popcorn Ball...............1 Nephi 16:10
Brain.........................D&C 130:19 

You can find MORE great ideas on my missionary Pinterest Board!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Grammar Hints and Tips!

Here's a list of great sites for teaching good grammar!

Click on the grammar girl (above) or check out these sites below:

A list of style, punctuation and grammar tips.

A great website helping with all aspects of good grammar.

Monday, October 8, 2012

*MORE* Missionary Package Ideas!

MORE Missionary Package Ideas!

Okay, here are MORE fun and cute missionary package ideas for you to use!
Print off the Conference talks and include them in your package.


SWEET is the Work!

Of course, this package works with any kind of SWEET treat for your missionary! 

* Candy
* Sweet tarts
* Powdered drink mix 
(in certain areas, water doesn't taste too great)
* Breath mints (remember, missionaries can't chew gum!)
* Homemade cookies
* Treat mixes (cookies, muffins, etc.)

The Worth of "Soles"

* Shoe polish wipes
* Gold Bond foot powder
* Gel shoe inserts
* Odor fresheners
* New socks
* Blister pads
* Good foot lotion
* Small foot roller for relaxing foot muscles

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day Seven ~ Preparing for General Conference

7.  A House of Glory

Glory can be defined as:

Very great praise, honor or distinction bestowed by common consent;
Something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration;
Adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving:
Resplendent beauty or magnificence;
A state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.

How do you picture a house of glory?

How can you turn your home into one of glory?

I think of the artwork,
music, landscape,
voice levels,
and a clean & organized space.

The temple is a great example of a house of glory.
I love being able to see temples in my own home!
Here are some links to help you get started:
(prints below from etsy)



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day Six ~ Preparing for General Conference

6.  A House of Learning

Questions to ask yourself as you prepare for conference:
What did I learn from the last conference?
What did I help others to learn?
What do I need to learn from this conference?
How can I help others to learn?

As we prepare ourselves and our families to listen,
we begin to prepare our minds and our hearts to receive spiritual
impressions that are for us to act upon.

Having these things nearby during conference
helps me to learn:

Journal or notebook
Good pens

Having my home prepared helps me to learn as well!

Here are some links that may be helpful:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day Five ~ Preparing for General Conference

5. Have faith!

Listening to conference messages is a surefire way to help you
with answers to questions in your own everyday life.
Here are some great examples of ways that you can prepare
with questions to be answered through the Prophet and Apostles.

Here's a cute handout that teaches us how we can receive answers
to our questions while we listen to General Conference!


*Meals planned for Saturday, Sunday and Monday
(make sure you have breakfasts and lunches for Monday morning!)

*Laundry caught up
(It feels soooo good to sit and watch Conference knowing
that your baskets of laundry are tackled and put away!)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Day Four ~ Preparing for General Conference

4.  House of Prayer and House of Fasting

Missionaries pray all day long.  From the moment they awaken, until they drop into bed, they are almost constantly praying either with others or alone.
This week, work on improving the quantity and quality of prayers.
Morning and evening prayers
Prayers over food
Prayers that open and close meetings
Family prayers
A constant prayer in your heart

Ask yourself -
Who needs your prayers?

Many had Fast Sunday yesterday. 
Think about any other days when you could fast. 
Who needs your fasting?

Here are some links to articles that may be of interest:

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day Three ~ Preparing for General Conference

3) Establish a house.

To establish means to found, institute, build, or bring into being
on a firm or stable basis; to install or settle in a position,
place, business, etc.; to show to be valid or true;
prove; to cause to be accepted or recognized;
to bring about permanently.

Today, think about how you will establish your house, your home, as one that is -
Settled into position

How will the messages you hear from the Prophet and Apostles help?
How can you firm up your commitment to watching?
How can you accept the counsel given during conference?

Here are some links to messages that may be helpful as you ponder this:

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
"Spiritually Strong Homes and Families"

"Recipe for a Happy Home"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day Two ~ Preparing for General Conference

2) Prepare Every Needful Thing.

Our next area to work on is in preparing every needful thing. 
To prepare means to put in proper condition or readiness. 
Yesterday we focused on preparing our home, our physical surroundings. 
Other things you may want to prepare include items for notetaking, paper, pencils, activities for young children, and any other material items
to improve your General Conference experience.

Preparing our homes is important.
Preparing ourselves is very important!

Here are some links to help us with General Conference preparations:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day One ~ Preparing for General Conference

The countdown to LDS General Conference has begun!  Starting today, I will be posting ideas for each of us to use in our homes and families in order to be prepared to hear the will of the Lord through our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  These ideas will be based around one of my favorite scriptures from the Doctrine and Covenants, section 88 verse 119:

"Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house,
even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning,
a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God."

1) Get organized

One of the biggest distractions when watching General Conference from the comfort of our home is an unorganized, unclean, and unprepared home.  If you start now, you'll be prepared with everything you need for that weekend.  Make a list of everything you think you may need to do to be prepared and then get working on it.  For instance, start planning your meals for that weekend and purchase necessary ingredients this week.

Start by organizing the area where you will be watching General Conference. 

* Clean out your couches and underneath them. 
* Wash any blankets or throws that you will be using.
* If there are piles of unorganized dvds, organize them and put them away. 
Same goes for magazines, catalogs and books.
* Clean off your remote controls.
* Are there windows in that area?  Wash and clean your windows and blinds.

Once that is done, just maintain it by clearing out clutter,
vacuuming and dusting until Conference weekend.

Links to cleaning and organizing help and motivation:

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I'm Loving This Yogurt!

This is the creamiest and most delicious yogurt!  I found Noosa and I can't, and won't, even eat any other yogurts.  It's the best!

It is honestly like eating dessert.  I highly recommend the mango, with raspberry coming in a close second!

These are available at SuperTarget.  Yay!

Monday, September 10, 2012

*MORE* Missionary Ideas!

Missionary packages are so much fun to put together!  They are, in my humble opinion, as much fun to put together for the Mom (or friend, family member, etc.) as they are for the missionary to open!  While I am the worst at taking photos of my projects as I do them, I'm good at sharing the places and photos that give me packaging inspiration.  Here are more missionary package ideas for your favorite missionary:

Birthday Photo Book

This is a fun thing to put together for your missionary's birthday!

First, get a small photo album that holds 4x6 prints.  Mine held 42 prints.

Second, make a sign that says "Happy Birthday Elder ___!" with your elder's name on it.  Take it everywhere with you for a few weeks before you need to send your package!  I took mine to family dinners, football games, church meetings, and out in the neighborhood.  Take a photo of family members, friends, pets, neighbors, favorite teachers, etc. each holding the sign. 
Print the photos.  I slid one into a page and then wrote on a 4x6 card some info about that person and what is going on in their life right now and any messages they wanted me to pass on to him. 
I slid that card into the pocket across from the photo.

Next, wrap it up and send it in your birthday box!

I filled the box with a cookie mix, cake mix, frosting, candles, birthday plates, birthday napkins, birthday cups, and a simple decoration - all from the dollar store.

We "Cereals-ly" Miss You!

All missionaries love their cereal!
Send boxes of cereal, along with plastic spoons and paper bowls, so that they can enjoy a late snack without having to do dishes.

Cute presentation!  I love the little boxes of cereal.
*Update:  This was a VERY popular package with the whole apartment!

Here's the Scoop...You're Great!

Take a dollar store ice cream scoop, boxes of waffle ice cream cones, lots of colored sprinkles, and add a big jar of chocolate sauce.
Pack it along with a note for your elder
"Just add ice cream!"

It will definitely brighten their day!

Here's a packaging idea for it:

Again, you can find a lot of these items at dollar stores! 

You can find lots more ideas on my missionary pinterest board!
Have fun!


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