Teach Youth Gratitude with a Service Scavenger Hunt

I had the best time serving with the young women from my church a few weeks ago. We were looking for a way to serve others in our neighborhood (and have a little fun at the same time), so we hosted a service scavenger hunt. It was a complete success! Not only did the girls … Read More

Speed Friendshipping Game for Teens

I saw the weirdest thing the other day . . . a bunch of teenagers sitting together, all looking at their phones and texting away or playing games. No one was talking to anyone else. They were together, but in different worlds. With so much access to technology, face-to-face communication skills for teens are seriously … Read More

Smarties Back to School Printables for a Fun First Day!

While many of you are planning how to spend your last few weeks of summer, we desert dwellers are gearing up for back to school! We’re already worrying about clothes, school supplies, class schedules, and whether or not our kids will find friends at school. I can’t believe summer is over! To start the first day … Read More

Lessons from Mary Poppins! {Positive Attitude Printables}

A couple of weeks ago, I spent four days in the mountains at Girls’ Camp with 35 beautiful young women. Since our camp skit was based on Mary Poppins, I used a quote from the movie as inspiration for my devotional about the power of a positive attitude. I’m sharing the Mary Poppins quote, printable, … Read More

Faith-Building Christmas Gifts for Kids

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts that are more than a toy to be enjoyed and then discarded after a few weeks, I’m right there with you. I’m so tired of spending money on junk — things that are played with a few times and then added to the ever growing pile of forgotten toys. … Read More

My mom turned 70, so we gave her a heart attack!

My mom turned 70 in May. (She doesn’t look a day over 50.) Since 70 is kind of a milestone birthday, our family wanted to do something special. But, let’s face it. When a person arrives at age 70, material gifts seem much less important. So, how do you find gifts for the person who has … Read More

Defend the Family by Teaching Children about the Divine Roles of Mother and Father

The traditional family is under attack. Having children outside of marriage used to be taboo, but now it is commonplace and widely accepted. Staying home to care for home and children used to be an admirable career path for women, but now that career is under valued. Dignified, understanding and loving fathers used to be the television … Read More

LDS General Conference Quotes — Free Printables!

What did you do this weekend?  I had a great time with my family watching the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also called the LDS or Mormon church).  Today I’m sharing two of my favorite General Conference quotes as free printables!  (The download link is at the end of … Read More

Meaningful Easter Activities for All Ages

There was a time when I thought community Easter Egg hunts were the best thing about Easter for little kids.  What could be better than an entire field of colored eggs–ripe for the picking?  Well, my opinion changed right after they rang the bell to start the first hunt. The smiling, excited children quickly transformed … Read More