Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Primary Presidency Orientation Package

Hello! Welcome to my blog! This summer I was released as my ward's Relief Society president. I had been serving in that capacity for five years. I am on to a new calling and a new adventure - Stake Primary President! One of the things we wanted to have as a Stake Primary Presidency was an orientation package for new Primary Presidencies. Our Stake covers a very large area. My first visit to one of the wards in my stake was a 3 1/2 hour drive. We wanted something we could send through the internet just in case we are not able to get to visit in person right away. We will also have hard copies on hand - however, the online pdf has hyperlinks to important resources. The General Primary Presidency has a fantastic orientation package of their own, online and through the Gospel Library app, so I linked up to that (why re-invent the wheel right?), and added some basic training on how to access resources.  I am thinking of making a teacher orientation package too. I will find out if Primary Presidents feel it would be helpful. 
I am sharing this hoping it will help someone or inspire your own orientation package.
Find the pdf file HERE.

The first page has a blank bottom for you to put your presidency information. 
The picture of President Nelson in the package is from Susan Fitch. Check out her awesome website HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Happy Campers Marriage Survival Kit - Take Two

 Hello! Welcome to my blog! My sister got married last summer. What do you give someone who has everything? A creative gift of course! Since survival kits are my thing - my sister was definitely getting one. She already got a wedding day survival kit for her bridal shower. When giving marriage survival kits I try to think of what the couple is interested in. I also consider what season of the year we are in.  My brother in law was big time into camping and my sister, well, not so much. I thought a happy camper marriage survival kit was perfect! I had already made a Happy Camper marriage survival kit for an anniversary present (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT) but I wanted to update the graphics and also I purchased a few different things as well. I borrowed ideas from other survival kits I have made as well (CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL MY SURVIVAL KITS).
Here is a list of what ended up in this one:

I love shopping at Winners as I can find nice unique stuff there. I lucked out to find adventure/travel type merchandise like the water bottle and flashlight. I purchased a really nice blanket there as well.
I put it all in a bag that I found at Hobby Lobby when I went on a trip to the States.  

The tags can be found HERE. They are free to download for personal use. I like to put quotes with the tags so if you are into the quotes, cut them out and paste them to the back of the corresponding graphic. 

I hope this gives you some ideas for your next creative gift! If you make one I would love to hear if you came up with any different sayings.

Happy creating!!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Wedding Day Survival Kit - Wedding Shower Gift Idea

Welcome to my blog! My sister got married last year and I made her a wedding day survival kit. Survival kits are my thing. I love unique and creative gifts and if you have been to my blog before, you have seen a lot of survival kits. Check out my other wedding day survival kit HERE - it is boring but pretty.

My sister had a natural theme for her wedding so I wanted to  go with that theme. First thing I needed to do was find a bag I liked to fit some stuff and the kit took off from there. I found this bag in the cosmetic bag section at Winners.

Winners also had some cute supplies in their cosmetics and travel section. I found the lip balm, a travel sewing kit, and lotion there. 
Here is a list of the contents along with the saying I put with the items. I wanted some kind of snack - I chose a Clif bar because my brother-in-law's name is Cliff, so this was very handy. I had a different saying on the tag - for a personalized touch (You raised the bar when you found Cliff! Feed your adventure!)

My sister loved the gift and it came in handy at the wedding. The tags are free for personal use. For the tags go HERE.
Stay tuned for the wedding gift I made her - Happy Campers Marriage Survival Kit!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Mist Trail, John Muir Trail Loop - Yosemite

 Cross another one off the bucket list! We had a great trip to Yosemite! After reading a ton of articles about this park for a year on what we should do when we were in Yosemite - the Mist Trail was number one on our list.

I read lots of posts about this hike. 
When doing my investigating into this hike I wanted to know:

How much time do I need?
*answers are based on my experience and different circumstances could change the outcomes*
When I looked into this - I got the impression this hike would take 5-6 hours.

It took us four hours. That includes lots of stops for pictures, eating, rest, getting gear on and off, etc. My husband and I are not athletes and not the youngest chickens in the pen. On the other hand, we do a fair amount of hiking. There were definitely some people I seen that had a difficult time with this hike which seemed surprising as they looked like they were not in bad shape. There were also some who totally surprised me that they could get to where they were because of age or mobility issues.

Below is a recap of how our hike played out.

What time of day should I go?
We were at Yosemite on a Friday at the end of June. From my studies - a lot of people suggested to go early to beat the crowds. This was not an option for us as we stayed outside the park at Oakhurst. We left our hotel at 7 AM and got to the parking area at 8:30. We read we could park in the trailhead parking if we got there early enough. The trailhead parking was FULL, but there was plenty of parking available on the side of the road. I was not sure if this was allowed as no other cars at that time were parked on the side of the road- but there were no "NO PARKING" signs where we parked. There were markers indicating the side of the road - which we thought was an indication that as long as our vehicle was inside that line it would be be fine - and it was.

When we got to the bathrooms at Happy Isles (8:43 AM) there was a long line up for the women's bathroom, but it moved fairly fast.

Heading up the trail it was not terribly crowded, but we were not lonely either. 

Coming down the trail at the bottom of the mountain it was super crowded. 

I was happy with the time we were able to start the Mist Trail.
Temperature wise - it was perfect. The high for the day we went was 21 degrees celsius (69 degrees fahrenheit). 

What should I bring with me?

  • I took a backpack with water, a lunch, the park map, sunscreen, and a camera in a ziplock bag. We packed rain ponchos to put on when we got close to Vernal Falls. We wore good quality trail to rapid shoes. You need good grip going up the wet stones. There were also places that were totally immersed in water going up the steps on the Mist Trail. Depending on the time of year - your feet will get wet. Going down the John Muir trail there was a wet part that we had to step through water. There was a lot of water run off and a part of the trail was flooded. It wasn't too muddy though as there was a lot of rocks to avoid the mud. Some people brought a change of shoes. Our shoes were for water and the trail so we were fine. 
  • I seen some people with walking poles - I prefer not to have them as I like my hands free. When climbing it is suggested to use your arms to help you when you can to save leg strength. 

Watch the video for a recap of the hike

What did I learn?

  • PARKING - When we left our vehicle at 8:30 in the morning we were the only ones parked on the side of the road. When we got back to our vehicle the road parking was packed. Someone parked right behind us - not giving us any room if we had to back up. We did park so we were the first vehicle, but if someone tried to squeeze in front of us we would have been stuck. We noticed driving out that a lot of vehicles parked on the side of the road were a real tight fit and figured there were some that would have a hard time getting out. As we left the Arch Rock entrance we noticed tons of parking, but where we were at the end of where you can drive to it was packed.
  • PLANNING - I had planned when we got back to the valley from the hike, that we could explore the valley if we had the energy. We did not - we were done. Even though the hike was 1 hour shorter than I anticipated, we did not have the energy to do anything else on that day. With an hour and a half drive back to our hotel it made for a pretty long day. 
  • We had a great experience! I have hiked to falls before, but never close enough to get drenched by them. It is pretty cool hiking up not only one falls but two. It was great to go down the John Muir trail to experience different scenery. We came across some people going down the Mist Trail as we were going up - a mom and young girl. It looked challenging going down as not only do you have to navigate the steps, but the crowds too. What did you learn/love about this hike? 
    Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Mother's Day Gift Basket Idea - Thanks for Raisin' Me

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I love making unique gift baskets. Check out this one I made for Mother's Day 2018. It is a raisin theme. My daughter made me an adorable card a couple years ago with this saying and I loved it. I thought this would make a lovely idea for a gift basket! 
In the basket I put: 
1. chocolate covered raisins
2. raisin bread
3. homemade Jumbo Raisin cookies
4. lavender plant

I wrapped a box with birch bark wrapping paper, tied some purple tulle around it and printed out the tag I made. The tag below can be used for personal use only.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mom - You Are TeaRiffic! Mother's Day Gift Basket

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I am a couple years behind on putting my Mother's Day gifts on my blog, so my next few posts will be ideas for Mother's Day. In 2017 I used a tea theme for a gift basket. For this gift basket I used a wood box, a mug filled with wrapped chocolates, a potted plant, bags with tea and fancy sugar.

For heat transfer tips see my post HERE.

I made the sugar cubes by adding a little bit of water to regular sugar, and then I pressed the moist sugar into a clay mold. Of course you want your mold to be small. Let dry. I let mine sit over night. They turned out really cute!
 Here are some of the tags I made. You are free to use them for personal use.

I hope this gives you some ideas !
Stay tuned for the next Mother's day gift idea!