Monthly Archives: February 2016

Awesomely-cheap printable Valentines from MeckMom

I really hate store-bought valentines. They’re overpriced and never come in the right quantities. Plus, they’re ridiculously-generic and lame. If I’m going to spend my night helping my kids create cards for their ’28 closest friends’, I want it to be something they’re excited to pass out at school…something that will make them stand out. At the same time, as a mom of six, I need something cheap and mass-producible. In other words, I skip the stores and make my own.

Every year I add a few new budget-friendly valentines to my shop. This year I have a Princess-lover and several Star Wars fans in the house. My goal was to be able to buy one type of candy in bulk that would work for all of them. The end result…the cutest Laffy Taffy Rope valentines you’ve ever seen. Ok, maybe they’re the only Laffy Taffy Rope valentines you’ve ever seen…but still. Aren’t these adorable?

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Creating them is super-simple. Just grab your favorite instant download from my MeckMom.com shop and then print as many copies as you need on white cardstock. From there, you simply fold on the dotted lines, cut on the solid lines and then attach them to the candy with hot glue. You can whip out dozens of cool valentines in no time.

Want to see for yourself? Watch this quick video tutorial on YouTube.

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There are several others in my shop as well. All of my best-sellers from previous years are available for instant download for only $3.95. Here’s a quick pin-able list of some of my favorites for my fellow Pinterest lovers…

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Every valentine in my shop is on sale for only $3.95 through this weekend. So click here to visit the Valentine section of my new shop and stock up. Happy Valentines Day everyone!

MeckMom Headshot This guest post was submitted by Maria Eckersley. Maria is a stay-at-home mom of six by day and a sleep-deprived graphic designer by night. You can find more of her ideas and printables on her new site MeckMom.com or in her Etsy shop .

Marriage is Ordained of God: A Free Printable for Your February Visiting Teaching

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There were so many beautiful quotes and scriptures regarding marriage and family in this month’s Visiting Teaching message; perfect for this month of love.  I love the 1995 document, The Family:  A Proclamation to the World, that was referenced in the lesson.  It was read from the pulpit only two short weeks after my first child was born, so it had great meaning to me as a new mother at the time, and that meaning has only deepened over the past two decades.  After I read this month’s message, I drew a simple triangle to represent the following analogy given by Elder Bednar.

“The Lord Jesus Christ is the focal point in a covenant marriage relationship. … [Imagine that] the Savior is positioned at the apex of [a] triangle, with a woman at the base of one corner and a man at the base of the other corner. Now consider what happens in the relationship between the man and the woman as they individually and steadily ‘come unto Christ’ and strive to be ‘perfected in Him’ (Moroni 10:32). Because of and through the Redeemer, the man and the woman come closer together.”

I began to visualize what Elder Bednar was describing, and suddenly this triangle turned into the safe roof of a home, which serves as a constant protection for the family from the storms of everyday life, but only if we allow Christ to remain at the apex of the rooftop’s triangle.  Marriage and family are both part of Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness for us.  As we teach our sisters this important message, the spirit can only bear witness of it’s truthfulness, and they will become stronger believers and defenders of the family proclamation.

Warm Hugs,

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Click below for the free JPEG printables:

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Full Page Print

Click here for PDF of cookie tags

Click here for PDF of full page print

For cookie tags:  After printing out; roughly hand cut around the house shape leaving a 1/4″ border of white.  Tie onto a baker’s box of boy and girl gingerbread cookies or a plate of heart shaped sugar cookies.

 

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This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her at aimeeferre.com.

25 Things I Love FREE DOWNLOAD

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We are counting down to the day of love and made this sweet download  that you can make for everyone on your list. Simply print out,  cardstock or a whole sheet of sticker paper works well. Write in the blank circles, the reasons why you love your special someone, cut out all of the circles inside the line, or punch out with a 3/4″ circle punch (easiest). Glue onto bottom of kiss and fill your jar up. A pint jar will hold a little over 50+ kisses (The bag contains more, but who can complain about chocolate leftovers?) Fill your jar and place the cut out label between the lid and the ring, adding a doily of you wish… the perfect treat activity for everyone in the family, grandparents, friends, neighbors, church groups, teachers and co-workers. Share the love!

Happy Weekend! Brenda

Take Your Family to Rootstech Family Discovery Day – It’s FREE!

Have you noticed how busy our temples have become? Don’t you just love it when you see   youth from your ward or your children’s friends there?

My  eighteen year old son likes to go bright and early Saturday morning. He often returns home to say that he ran into several of his friends there. Seeing his peers serving in the temple increases his desire to serve there.  I’ve seen his service do this same thing to some of his peers. There is power, synergism and increased joy when we do things together.

If you children have not caught onto how fun Family History & Temple Work can be, consider taking them to Family Discovery Day at Rootstech — February 6th. {You will need to register online but it’s FREE!}

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This year Rootstech is doing a fun “Armed with Power” Treasure Quest. Imagine your children along with 1,000 other children finding excitement and joy as they hunt for different activities around the event center that perk their interests into their own family history.

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Hope to see you {and your children} there.  Be sure to stop by the Sugardoodle booth for your children to play “Find-A-Grave.”  It’s part of the treasure quest and is a fun computer hunt where the youth have the find the graves of 8 famous people. How fast can they find them?

xo, April

Valentine’s Minute to Win It

If there is a game our family enjoys, it is minute to win it.  We’ve played many versions of this game and loved them all.

Stacy Julian has come up with a FUN Valentine-style version of the game.  This would be a great activity for Family Home Evening or as part of a class activity at school (any room mom’s out there?)

What You Need (for each child or family member):

1. One print out
2. 16 Valentine M&Ms
3. One Red Vine
4. One mini box of Nerds candy
5. One Hershey Chocolate Kiss

For instructions and the download, hop on over to Stacy’s blog a grab your copy. ENJOY!!!

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Free ‘Press Forward’ iPhone Wallpaper & Printable

I have three phone-obsessed teenagers so I’m always on the lookout for ways to use their tech to reinforce gospel messages. When I started designing pieces for my 2016 Press Forward line I knew it needed to include some cool phone wallpapers to please my tech-loving kids. After all, what better way to remind them to use their tech wisely than to have this beautiful scripture light up their lock screen every time they grab their phones?

MeckMom Press Forward iPhone Mockup Pic 1-01This phone wallpaper version was the perfect choice for my 14 year-old son (who can’t seem to hold on to a lesson handout for more than 12 seconds). However, my beehive and laurel-age daughter’s still love paper handouts so I made a printed version for them to hang in their rooms as well.

MM Press Forward iPhone Printed Pic 750x750-01You can find both the iPhone screen saver and the 5×7 print below. Mom Tip: the 5×7 print also works well as a computer screen-saver and iPad lock screen so you should grab both files while you’re here. Might as well plaster all their devices with scriptures, right? 😉

Feel free to save them to your phones, print them at Costco or simply text them to all the device-addicted teenagers in your life. Enjoy!

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Link to FREE 5×7 Press Forward Printable

MeckMom Headshot 550x420-01This guest post was submitted by Maria Eckersley. Maria is a stay-at-home mom of six by day and a sleep-deprived graphic designer by night. You can find more of her ideas and printables on her new site MeckMom.com.