Thursday, April 17, 2014

S.T.A.R.S Girls camp Kick-off party

We had our annual Girls Camp Kick Off  for YW. 
This is the night we introduce the theme, have parents fill out paperwork, give them an outline of certification nights, make their camp journals, discuss camp rules, and introduce the YCL's. It is a fun but very productive evening. 
We have Stake camp every year. This year the stake has chosen S.T.A.R.S
Shining Together As Righteous Sisters.
Each ward is given a Color/Value. We are GOLD isn't that perfect for a Stars theme?!
I was asked to decorate (my favorite part)

I wanted to make things that we could also pack up to decorate up at camp. 
I bought a 5 pack of these thin Canvas boards at Michaels (they were $14.99 but I used a 50% coupon) I taped off stripes and painted with black acrylic paint. I then modpodged Gold Glitter stars. Then put a layer of mod podge over it all so it will clean up nice. On the thicker Stripe I painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint. That way if at Camp we want to write different things each day we can. (Or if I want to use them for a bday party or something I can). You can't really see in the picture but I also drilled 2 holes in the top so we can hang these on a rope up at camp.
 I used one of my ruffle tents I sell for a little "camping" decoration. I didn't get a picture but I also had cute Metal lanterns with light up candles in them. I cut out about 1 billion stars and strung them on twine. I laminated them at a local copy store so that they would survive and still look nice for camp. And also just in case it rains at camp. I found these cardboard letters (they are probably at least 3/4'' thick) at Hobby Lobby for a buck! I then just \modpodged gold glitter on them.

We kept the food pretty simple but it was YUMMY. We had  Peanut Butter S'more bars. We found the Recipe at

I also am currently obsessed with these tissue paper tassel garlands. They are cheap, easy and look so dang cute! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Conference treat

I really like to give my YW something over conference weekend to let them know that we are thinking about them! This year we are making Carmel popcorn and sticking a little PEEPS marshmallow bunny in too.  you could just attach this handout to a package of PEEPS.  I loved this quote from Sister Oscarson at the General Women's Broadcast. 

Here are a few of my previous conference "treats"
I attached this to hot fresh cinnamon rolls.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Beginnings 2014

(thanks to my brothers, dad, and husband for setting up the HUGE tent it was like 20 feet tall)

We had a wonderful New Beginnings this year. We went with an "Army" theme and it turned out so cute. 
The Laurels helped with our "New Recruits" (beehives entering YW in 2014). They spotlighted each girl and gave them a cute little gift. (see Below)
The Miamaids did the CUTEST skit. It was a little Army Cadence about Personal Progress. It was cute they made the whole thing up themselves. it was darling. They came marching in and ran through the tires then stood in a straight line. 

1 miamaid dressed like a drill sargeant and yelled out and the others would repeat. 
I now know and we've been told 
setting goals never gets old
I now know and it's been said (others repeat)
Personal progress is good for the head (others repeat) 
I now know and we've been told
get your medallion its worth more than gold. 

The Miamaids each memorized one of the value statements. 
They then took a step forward and repeated in an army strong voice their value
I am a daughter of Heavenly Father, who loves me. I have FAITH (the others would repeat FAITH in unison) in His eternal plan which centers on Jesus Christ, my Savior. 

Then the repeated the I now know cadence and marched off. 

And the Beehives made the Cutest cupcakes. They were even Camouflage and they piped on the frosting to look like grass (See Below) 

 It was a fun CHEAP event to decorate for. Just some cardboard boxes covered in paper, some ruffle fabric i had, some banners made of Paper sacks, and some Tires my mom borrowed from a local tire store!
 Our "target" for the year is to COME UNTO CHRIST. We have made 4 goals for our YW to help them.. We also talked about how each of the 8 YW values bring us closer to our Heavenly Father.
 We gave each girl a dog tag. It has the word STRENGTH and Phillipians 4:13 on it. We talked about how we all need to become stronger Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually.

We also gave each girl a folder with important papers. It had a page of important dates, a list of lessons, S.I.T (Spiritual intelligence Training: Sunday Lesson Schedule, P.L.AY (Prepare, Learn, Active Youth: Activity schedule for the year, A target of our Ward Goals, and Roster)

 We had a yummy dinner served from the "Mess Hall" it was pulled pork Sandwiches, Chips, Carrots, and Water. My mom had these old school lunch trays that were the perfect touch! (I forgot to take a picture of the food of course).

 Here are the Adorable cupcakes the Beehives made. They were even Camouflage on the inside. I LOVED them!

 Here is what we gave our new recruits. We had all the YW sign each one so that the new girls would know we are all in the same troop and are so excited for them to join us!
Here is our Program from the night 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Come Follow Me {February: Adversity}

Here are a couple handouts that can be used for February's Come Follow Me Lesson on Adversity. 
We talked about how Diamonds are made. Without Pressure/trials the rock wouldn't be a beautiful diamond. Heavenly Father sees us all as Diamonds!
I gave each girl a Ring Pop to go with their handout!

 This is a handout I made a while ago for the old lesson manuals but thought it fit this lesson well!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Beginnings {BOOT CAMP}

This year for our New Beginnings we are having a Boot Camp theme. Here are the invites for the event. Here are the rest of the details of our night.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Glitter Temple

Last spring I gave my YW a challenge to do a digital fast. You can see the details

I was so excited, I had about 15 YW that followed through with the challenge!!
I forgot to post this earlier but Here is the little gift I gave those that finished

I bought a 10-pack of 8x10 canvas' from Michaels Craft store. It was $19.99  but I bought them when they were 50% off. Then just lightly traced a temple and modpodged glitter onto the canvas.

Come UNtO Christ

I introduced our YW to the 2014 theme on Sunday.
“Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” 

I saw a cute UNO birthday handout a while ago on Sugar Doodle (See HERE)

It was the inspiration for my lesson. 
I broke the Scripture down into a few different parts to go along with the UNO cards. 

Come Unto Christ
DRAW 2-  I asked the YW what that meant, and had them give ideas on how to do that. Their answers were great!!

Be perfect in Him
WILD CARD- "Jesus Christ is the perfect example of all eight Young Women values. As you work on Personal Progress, your efforts will help you become more like Him". (Rachel Nielsen)

Deny yourself all Ungodliness
SKIP- Skip sin. "While boulders surely block our way, loose gravel slows discipleship, too. Even a small stone can become a stumbling block". (Neal A Maxwell)


Draw 4- these are 4 goals I have given to my YW to accomplish this year. 

1- Memorize The Living Christ- In my previous post i have explained how we plan on doing that!
2- a 90-day Book of Mormon Challenge- We will all start and stop on the same day!
3- a 5K we can do Hard things. I think this will help with Unity.
4- Attending the temple (1+ as a YW group, 1+ individual classes, 2+ on their own)

So for their B-days this year we are giving them a Mini Pack of UNO cards and a UNO Card. It will be in a cute little cellophane bag with this handout! I was going to use regular UNO cards but had no idea they were like $6 each so we went with the Mini ones I found on Amazon for about $1.25 each. I think this could also be a really cute conference treat!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Memorize: The Living Christ printable part 2

Here is a 2nd set up printables for memorizing The Living Christ

memorizing, The Living Christ printables

Here is a set of printables to help memorize the Living Christ 

challenge 1: memorize the living christ

I will be introducing the theme for the year on Sunday. I have 4 goals I am challenging to my YW for the year. The first one, is to memorize The Living Christ. I will be giving the girls each this frame. It is so cute, double sided, and cheap. They are at IKEA for 99 cents! On one side it will have the 2014 YW theme. On the other side it will have the section of the Living Christ that we will be memorizing for that month. I am giving the girls 6 months (which should be plenty of time) to memorize it! I think it will be a great testimony building opportunity for the girls!
This picture shows both sides of the gift
Here is a 2014 free printable
Here is my printable for January for memorizing the Living Christ
I have made 2 different sets of cards for this. Both are pretty basic but I think will be helpful.

One is bright and colorful found

and the other set is a little more subtle

I saw these frames as a Christmas gift on Marci Coombs Blog. and knew it would be perfect!( another idea: My SIL is giving them to her YW for their B-days).