Sparkle & Shine!

Happy 4th of July!

Well not just yet… I’m a few days early.

However, I was excited about this craft that I wanted to make sure you had enough time to make your own.

So you can give them to family members, friends or neighbors on the 4th of July.

This should only take your 5-10 minutes to create.

Let’s get started!

What You Need:

Sparklers

Cardstock

X-ACTO Knife

Printer

Scissors

Print:

How To Make:

Choose one of the links above.

Once printed, cut out the tags.

Using an X-ACTO knife, cut two lines into the paper. One line above and another line, below the saying.

Next take your sparklers and weave them through the first slit at the top. Hiding the sparklers behind the letters.

Then slide the sparklers back through the second slit, so they appear on the front again.

Thoughts by L:

When I first started designing this handout, a scripture kept coming to me.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

Growing up I lived in a small town. I was sometimes viewed or labeled, “different” because of my values. When I was younger Matthew 5:16 was my favorite scripture!

People could tell there was something unusual about me and others of my faith. But they typically had a hard time deciphering “why” or “what” it was.

For those who are not a member of my faith… When members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, are baptized we promise to always have his spirit to be with us.

That light of Christ, is what sets us apart from others around us. As long as we are doing what is right, his spirit or light may remain with us. Which is what others notice. A little sparkle or glint of happiness. Even in hard times.

So for this month, I thought the sparklers would be a fun activity for little families to do with their small children.

Heck… I’m a grown adult and I still love a good sparklers!

But it was a special reminder for us, to let our light shine.

To use our light to bring others closer to God. That they too, might know Him!

So remember… be like a sparkler.

Shine Bright and Sparkle!

Outshine Bars

Do you love popsicles?

I usually prefer ice cream over popsicles.

Until now…

Outshine bars are a game changer.

These are amazing! 😍

My favorite flavor is Pineapple.

It almost tastes exactly like the sweet pineapple we had in Hawaii… YUM!

Outshine Bars

Let me explain why I love outshine bars so much…

They are made with real fruit.

No artificial colors or flavors.

No GMO ingredients

No high fructose corn syrup

Great source of Vitamin C

Gluten free

Fat free

And I haven’t even got to the best part!

They are only 70 calories!

You can purchase a box of 6 bars for $3 at target. You can find them at most local grocers. Costco even carries a variety pack.

They have every fruit flavor imaginable…

Peach, blueberry, strawberry, grape, raspberry, mango, lemon, lime, coconut, pomegranate, tangerine, and watermelon.

They even have fruit bars half dipped in chocolate!

They also have yogurt bars too!

So go ahead and treat yo’ self.

You deserve it, girl!

Red, White and Blue

You all know my obsession with Kirkland’s…

Well I love share all my favorite 4th of July finds!

Let Freedom Ring Pillow – $9.99

Land That I LOVE – $12.49

God Bless America – $74.99

Let Freedom Ring Star – $8.49

American as Apple Pie – $18.74

Home of the Brave – $8.49

American at Heart – $8.49

Vintage Firework Truck – $22.49

Stars and Stripes – $44.99

Let Freedom Ring Towels – $18.74

Uncle Sam – $34.99

Star and Stripes – $9.99

Stars

Wooden Fireworks – $7.99

Patriotic Mason Jars – $7.49

Happy Shopping Ya’ll!

We apHERSHEYate You!

Do you ap’HERSHEY’ate someone in your life?

If so, don’t you think it’s time you show them just how much you care?

Well I have the perfect gift, for you!

This small but sweet gift will be sure to bring a smile to any face.

What You Need:

Cardstock

Scissors

Hershey Bar

Glue or Tape

Print:

We apHersheyate

I apHersheyate

How to Make:

Start by printing one of the PDFs listed above. One says we, and the other says I.

Since this gift was from both, Dax and I we obviously used the PDF we. However, I included the other PDF, as well.

Once printed, using scissors cut out the image.

After you have cut out the image. Next you are going to gold the grey tap backwards like so.

Then you will glue the grey tab, to the top of the page where the glue stick is.

Your paper should look like the photo above. The top and bottom should have been glued together to make a continuous piece of paper.

Once your glue has dried, you are ready to slide your candy bar into the paper sleeve. *Note- You do not need to use a king size Hershey bar like mine. A regular sized bar will work just as well.

Thoughts by L

I love to show gratitude for others. I think it is very important to be thankful for those who do kind acts of service towards you. I made this thank you gift for a sweet lady at my church who taught my primary class.

One of my favorite mottos is:

“Gratitude is the gateway to joy.”

-Elaine S. Marshall

Summer Bucket List

Schools out for the SUMMER!

Have you run out of things to do already?

Are you looking for new ideas, to occupy your summer vacation?

Well so am I!

I love being spontaneous and trying something new.

While on the hunt for a creative bucket list, I came across this adorable blog, “College Life Made Easy”.

She created this adorable, fun and eventful Summer Bucket List.

You will enjoy activities like water balloon fights, watching the sun rise and cooking dinner with items you purchased at your local farmers market.

If you are looking for new ideas this summer, print yourself a copy.

Let the summer shenanigans begin!

😎☀️🏖💦

Stay COOL this Summer!

I have a great summer gift idea…

POPSICLES!

Who doesn’t love a cold popsicle, on a hot summer day? ☀️

Keep your friends or ministering sisters cool this summer.

What You Need:

Popsicles

Cardstock

Printer

Tape

Print: Just CHILL

How To Make:

Once you’ve got your popsicles, print the tag above.

Cut the paper into thirds like the image below.

Wrap each individual slip of paper around a handful of popsicles and tape.

Simple as that!

For a healthier option, purchase Otter Pops!

No artificial flavors or colors.

Thoughts by L:

Don’t over complicate things.

Gift giving can be as simple as a popsicle!

and remember…

Just CHILL this summer! 

Coconut Bites

Have I found a delicious snack for you!

Do you love girl scout cookies? 

You know the mouth watering Samoa cookies…

If so, you are going to LOVE these!

For those of you who don’t enjoy coconut, I am going to say this…

I am not a big fan of coconut.

I like coconut but I wouldn’t say I love it.

However, these are the exception!

Jennies Organic Coconut bites are amazingly delicious…

They are my go to treat now!

They are not super sweet but they also curb any sugar craving.

Made with all organic ingredients. Cranberries, goji berries, chia seeds, semi sweet chocolate and coconut.

Soft, yet chewy… each bite is individual wrapped.

 

fullsizeoutput_5490Perfect for sharing, lunches, or travel!

Only 95 calories per serving.

They are made in a peanut free facility, they have no GMO and are gluten free.

Next time you are at Costco, buy yourself a bag.

You are gonna want to try them…

TRUST ME!

If you don’t have a Costco, you can get them on Amazon…

Coconut Bites