1/31/12

February Visiting Teaching Gifts are READY!

So if you're new to our store and blog, each month we make a Visiting Teaching Gift that goes along with the message in the Ensign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We started this 10+ years ago, because we had customers coming in every month asking, "I have to go visit teach - what can I take to give?"  We would stop whatever we were doing and help each customer come up with something to give.  After this continuously happened for a few months, we decided we should pre-make some for these certain guests of ours.  And that is how our monthly Visiting Teaching Gifts all started.  I really want to say that we (as far as we know) were the first store to do this sort of thing.  Since then, there are many that sell something monthly... but we are a little partial to ours!

Anyways, as time has gone on, the idea has grown and our store has grown - and we are making lots and lots of VT gifts each month!  It is awesome to see so many sisters go out of their way to buy and give a cute little gift that goes along with the message from the General Relief Society. Just as a reminder, the following message is printed at the top of the monthly message in the Ensign:  "Study this material and, as appropriate, discuss it with the sisters you visit. Use the questions to help you strengthen your sisters and to make Relief Society an active part of your own life."  We hope you use our gift to supplement your own visit and lesson as much as possible... but we also know that there have been numerous sisters contacted and blessed by our very own VT gifts left at their doorsteps when a visit could not happen.

One day, I will give you some details as to what the process is each month to get the VT gifts out to each of you!!  We love it!

This month's gift is a chocolate brown box filled with the following:  strawberry & creme salt water taffy (that is so delish!), chocolate kisses, tissue paper, the message from the Ensign printed on creme with pink and brown accents.  The box is wrapped with pink polka dotted paper, then topped with twisted twine, some fluff (aka tulle), a primitive heart, and a tag that reads, "You are the Heart of the Home."



After reading the message, that is what we felt really stood out:  That each sister truly is the heart of the home.  The following quote is from the message:

"You are the bearers of the children. You are they who nurture them and establish within them the habits of their lives. No other work reaches so close to divinity as does the nurturing of the sons and daughters of God.”


Another idea we thought would be great is to give the sisters you visit a copy of  "The Family:  A Proclamation to the World."  It is always a good reminder of how our families should be organized and what we should be doing.  A copy of that message can be found here.



To purchase the February Visiting Teaching Gift, visit us in our store in Lehi, Utah:  or online here.

Make sure and check out our Home Teaching Gifts, too!  A can of Pringles is covered with a darling wrap, reminding your families to "Pray Always:  So you "CAN" be blessed, gain a testimony, testify to others, develop a relationship with your Heavenly Father, and get answers."  The full message from President Henry B. Eyring, "Exhort Them to Pray" is also printed on the wrap.










1/20/12

40% off BABY gifts!!

We are trying to clear out some "winter" baby items... Look how cute these things are and they look even cuter at 40% off!!

Newborn-18 month old Mary Jane Socks (sale price $2.40 a pair)

 Baby and Toddler Boy Beanies (sale price $8.39)

Soft-soled Baby Boots in Brown/Pink and Black Zebra (sale price 14.40)


Newborn & Toddler Flower Cuff Bracelets (Sale price 7.19)

So there you go!  Come in and grab something cute for your next baby shower or to spice up your own little one!

1/18/12

Cute Valentine Decor

I know, this isn't a "party tip" post or anything, but I couldn't help myself with wanting to share.  Check out how easy some of these little projects are for some fun-n-festive Valentine's Day Decor:

Photos of your Kids 


A no-sew Burlap Banner:


Both ideas from Landee See, Landee Do's blog.  Adorable!  Make sure and click on the links and read thru how easy they really are!!

Oh yeah, and check out our Facebook page for a SCARF SPECIAL going on this week!

1/11/12

Updated Website

Just wanted to let you know we've added some fun new gifts to our website under the Valentine's category... Click over to see some pics, order something fun, or just get an idea or two!





1/2/12

January 2012 Visiting & Home Teaching Gifts






Visiting Teaching Gifts are $3.75 and include a darling double sided card (with the full message on the back) and a package of Mentos gum - wrapped up with darling polka dot sating ribbon.  Order online or pick up in store. 



Home Teaching Gifts include a full box of Honey Buns, the full message, and a cute tag on the front that reads, "Living the a-BUN-dant life"  Price is $4.99 - order online or pick up in store. 

12/31/11

Lacy Ruffle Leggings

I don't normally post every new product we get in, but I can't help it today...
Just look at these!  I can't stand it.  I want one of every color for my little Anna, and one for each of my nieces, and maybe a couple extra for upcoming baby showers...

They are available for a limited time only in our store in Lehi, (not on our website - sorry).  You can also call or email the store to have yours shipped today!

12/28/11

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY ANYONE?

If you're like me, I'm going to be "stuck" at home with the kiddos for New Years Eve - and to make it FUN, we need some ideas, right?!  Here are a few that we've gathered for you:

BURST the BALLOONS - Have the kids POP a balloon and inside is an activity for them to do...

Similar to above... have a COUNTDOWN by the HOUR.  Choose approximately 6 activities to do, and wrap them up with the TIME of the day to open the package and do that activity!  Read below for lots of fun activities to do:

Here are a few ideas for different activities that can be done throughout the night. Each activity you choose will be wrapped up in a container or just with ribbon and have a clock set for the time that it will be opened.
1. Baking – any recipe will do! Cookies, brownies – something to decorate afterwards makes this activity a “craft” and a treat! Cut your cookies out in all different shapes to make look like confetti – frost in all different colors, add sprinkles, and deliver to a neighbor!
2. Pedicures – (obviously for a group of gals) Have someone come and do glitter toes for everyone, or get your own supplies and give yourself a new do! Soak the feet in coordinating colored buckets, have individual supplies for each guest, and break out all the nail polish.
3. Movie watching – open up your bag and have 3 different movies to watch. Each movie is labeled (#1, #2, #3) Take a vote on which movie to watch or randomly draw a number. Don’t forget the microwave popcorn!
4. Flashlight Limbo- Grab 2 flashlights shining towards each other to make the limbo line, turn off the lights, and limbo away! Don’t forget the music!
5. Silly Snapshots – Grab a camera (or more, if possible). Gather some fun props – sunglasses, hats, high heels, purses, scarves – even non-clothing items such as a broom, margarita glasses, pots and pans, etc. Give everybody the assignment of using the props to take some silly photos. Inside, outside, upside down… the more creative and silly the better! After all snapping is done, look at your pics on the TV as a slideshow. This is really fun; even for adults! Don’t forget to print out the pics or get everyone’s emails to send afterwards.
6. Classic Board or Card Games: gather up all your favorites, wrap up with a ribbon and have fun! Set a designated time to start and stop if you want to get all the other activities in.
7. Crafts Galore: Necklace or bracelet making (with food items or real beads), scrapbooking, etc. Have all the supplies ready to go beforehand.
8. Snow Painting: You will need spray bottles filled with water. Add food coloring to make your “paint.”  Send guests outside (bundled up, of course) to paint the snow! You could give a prize for the most unique painting.
9. Scavenger Hunt: Hide New Years supplies (horn, hat, mardi gras beads, etc.) either in the house or around the neighborhood. Split into teams and give each team a list of what they need to find. First team back with all the items wins! Another option is to not hide the items beforehand, and have the teams actually knock on doors to find the items.
10. Bubble Wrap Stomp: As part of the grand finale, purchase a big roll of LARGE bubbled bubble wrap (it pops easier). Roll it out on a hard floor or sidewalk and let the kids jump like crazy at midnight! It sounds like firecrackers are going off!
11. Stuff the Balloons: This can be done before your party, or used as a craft during the party. Either buy or make your own confetti (making your own can be fun for kids!) and using a funnel, fill your balloons with a small handful of confetti. Blow them up, attach string, and hang upside down from the ceiling. Just before midnight, each guest is given a pin to POP the balloons! A great way to end the night in a “magical and festive” way. Don’t forget the camera because the confetti falling creates a great scene.
12. Snow Sculpting: Split guests into groups of 2. Each team will have a big mixing bowl… Send them outside to fill up their bowls with snow. Then everyone comes back in and makes a “sculpture” out of their snow before it melts! You can give each team random supplies: knives, spoons, food coloring, etc. to help with their sculpting.
13. Play the CANDY GAME: (You will need at least one candybar for each guest – but more is better; as well as a variety of candy – some big, some small – hard to find candy is great, too. All the candy is set on a table or the floor in the middle of the circle. Also a pair of dice and a brown paper sack for each guest). Have guests sit in a circle. First player rolls the dice onto a small plate or tray. If the guest rolls a 1 OR a 6 on either die, he/she gets to choose a candy out of the middle and put it in your brown bag. (Choose 2 candies if you roll a 1 AND a 6) . Do this until all the candy from the middle is gone. Then set the timer – 5, 7, 10 minutes depending upon how long you want the game to last. Again, you roll the dice and if you get a 1 or a 6, you get to “steal” a candy away from another player. This is where you have to REMEMBER who took WHAT and ask for the candy by name. If you guess right – they have to give you the candy. If you guess WRONG, you have to give them something from your bag. It’s fun to see who “fights” over what candy!
14. New Years Resolution Game: At the first of the party, give everyone a 4x6 piece of paper and have them write down their top 3 New Years goals. Gather them up and put in a hat or other container. After a couple hours, have each guest “draw” a card from the hat. Take turns reading the goals and guessing which goals go to what person! You can keep track of points: 1 point for each right guess.