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A Fast Order of Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Free Father’s Day printables for kids to color

Fathers Day Printable Coupons-01Don’t forget dear Dad this weekend.  It’s his one weekend he gets to shine and be noticed!  I did some heavy research and found out a few things your dad and/or husband told me they/he wanted.  I’m sharing a free printable with some of these great coupons that came from my excellent sleuthing.  Have the kids color or paint them, then cut them out and slip them in his wallet or scriptures to surprise him this Sunday morning.  Or maybe send him on a treasure hunt to collect them!  He might prefer to just sit on the couch and have the kids run around to collect them.  Whichever way, they will be a great gift that he is sure to redeem in the near future!   Find all the downloads available HERE!

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Image taken from pagingsupermom.com and her post with a line-up of great last minute Father’s Day gifts and family night’s that focus on dear dad.

 

 

I also found several great ideas from the Paging Supermom website.  I love the game and the cookie prize award!  These would go great paired with the above handmade coupons.  And the best part?  The kids can be a part of the creating!  Wrap you arms around Dad’s neck and give him a book of coupons, a prize cookie and a great big kiss!

Hugs,

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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 blog at www.aimeeferre.com.

Be Not Afraid, Only Believe

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A new client I connected with this past year wanted this scripture found in Mark 5:36 hand-lettered to display her 2016 family motto.  I don’t very often have time to work on these types of custom projects, but it was right in between the Christmas holidays and I had a daughter out on a mission at the time of this request.  I decided this would greatly benefit her and those families she was teachings as well.

It’s seems like our world is getting exponentially uncertain.  And we hear rumblings of so many things that well up fear in our hearts.  I know we have reason to be concerned and should have righteous causes in our lives that help us take action against those things seeking to destroy the good all around us.  But I also believe there are many reasons to feel confident, full of joy and abundantly happy during our present day.

I love President Hinckley and the legacy he left behind.  Who doesn’t really?  His voice didn’t cause me to feel fear stricken.  He only kindled the fire of hope in every message from the pulpit.  Fear can be paralyzing for our actions at times.  Maya Angelou once said, “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.  Invite one to stay.”  Well I invite love and faith to stay, and my belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ will dissipate all fear.

“Be not afraid, only believe” signed prints are available HERE.  This listing is received as a physical 8-1/2X11″ print that will be mailed to you. It can also be custom ordered in larger sizes up to a 16X20″.

Hugs,

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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 blog at www.aimeeferre.com.

Relief Society Handout {Ch. 10 The Scriptures: The Most Profitable of All Study}

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We’ve heard you and we here at SugarDoodle want to try something new for those Relief Society instructors requesting help.  I’m a visual learner, and do well with a take home that reminds me of the concepts learned during instruction.  And for me, even as an adult, this method of learning is still quite effective.  It’s much of why I became a doodler by trade.  This week, I’m excited to offer a handout that may help you simplify your lesson preparation, and stay clear from, as President Uchtdorf refers to as, a foolish sacrifice.  Remember his talk found HERE and the example of spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade pot holders for each member of the class?   Let us spend those hours for you, so you can spend time in the scriptures and other gospel study during your prep time.

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Teachings of the Presidents of the Church:  Howard W. Hunter is our study manual this year.  I started with an upcoming lesson for June found in Chapter 10, The Scriptures:  The Most Profitable of All Study.  I shared a post a few weeks back about prayer and hard work found HERE.  The scriptures to me are right there at the top of the same list of habits to learn. Scriptures are pretty much the answer to 99% of the questions asked in our church meetings and it’s definitely one of the most basic ways we can stay happy in this life.  I absolutely loved this lesson using quotes from President Howard W. Hunter.  His ideas on scripture study are spot on.  I created a little cheat sheet for your class to refer to during or after your lesson, you decide whether you give it to them before class starts or at the end of class.  I created this first handout in black and white.  It’s a one pager, easy to copy or print off with a minimal cost.  You can color it or they can color it, doodle on it, make more notes, it’s up to them.  You might find sisters using their scripture markers or pulling out the diaper bag crayons to doodle and take notes from their own conclusions on their personal cheat sheet.  The printable can be found in the Sugardoodle Shop HERE.  You might even want to share this resource with the priesthood instructors.  The next thing you may find is they just might add a lace cloth to the table.  Study on!

Hugs,

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AimeeFerre profileThis 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 blog at www.aimeeferre.com.

 

The Relief Society Declaration: Just Be Good and Do Good

 

Etsy RS DeclarationI loved the time I spent serving in the Young Women’s organization.  During the YW opening exercises, we would recite the Young Women’s Theme before breaking off into our individual classes.  There is power in those words, and to recite it as a unified group of Young Women and leaders, would often times bring me to tears.  It always reminded me of my present purpose in life and my future potential that the Lord not only hopes for me, but expects of me, and all of his daughters worldwide.

I have since been called to serve in the Relief Society organization.  It’s been a few years since I have been present in these adult women meetings, and I have to admit, it’s been an equally inspiring experience.  I’ve been wanting to hand-letter the Relief Society Declaration for several months.  After all, it’s the basically the Relief Society Theme.  I feel so many expectations of me in the world today.  In talking to women of the church, we often times share in our feelings that we must have a a glamorous career AND be a full time mom with perfectly dressed children that take music lessons and play at least 3 sports, in addition to accepting and magnifying a couple church callings.  And then there is the pressure I feel to make a perfect meal everynight that includes something to the effect of sautéed kale with herbed quinoa and marinated grilled chicken breast on an ivory platter with a flax linen napkin draped on the side as the sun is setting in the kitchen window?  Who knows why that has become a standard in my head, I don’t do it. Like ever. We eat very simple around here.  And my husband generally is the cook.  But there is still the hope that I may someday get the dinner routine thing down where I rotate my food storage and have meals planned for the month, using the same produce for multiple meals so nothing rots in the fridge.  I try to run every morning, and I use the term “run” very loosely.  It’s more like an out of breath jog.  Um, well, a light jog.  Okay so my daughter says it’s more like a brisk walk.  Let’s just say I don’t tag Lululemon in my IG photos.  But often times there is guilt in that department as well.  We can’t be everything to everyone.  We can’t do everything all the time.  But we can do small things with great love, to quote Mother Teresa.  We can go to the temple, read our scriptures, pray often, and then whatever time is left, just do good and be good.  Use the Relief Society Declaration as your framework for your days.  We understand that we all have different talents to share as we serve.  We all have something we do well, and we serve even better when we use those talents.  But don’t let someone else’s little perfect square pictures on your smart phone (AKA someone else’s strongest talent and strength) be your standard of measurement for you.  Keep in mind for the rest of this post, events and hand-lettering are my greatest strengths.  I wish I was a fast runner, a healthy cook, more organized and prioritized more of my time for noble volunteer work.  But I’m going to focus on my strengths, so you do that too!

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Tiered birthday cake by Annie Larrabee of @annie_bee_cakery

For our RS Birthday Celebration this year, we focused on the RS Motto and Declaration.  It was a “going back to the roots of Relief Society” kind of evening.  We entitled it “Glorious Women and Their Stories.”   The Relief Society Declaration was the framework for the entire evening.  We chose women who represented the 9 different points of the Declaration, and had them share their personal stories.  During my remarks, I shared the talk by Sister Patricia Holland entitled One Thing is Needful:  Becoming Women of Greater Faith in Christ  .  One of the best reads of all time, for all women, everywhere, of all faiths.  It reminds us to have a strong faith in our Savior and then beyond that, just be the best we can be using the talents we have been given.  We must work on letting go of the impossible expectations.  Love you Sister Holland, and the honesty you share in your messages.

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On the tables to represent the “Glorious Women and their Stories” we had clusters of the old Reader’s Digest books, potted flowers to create a little garden and Willow Tree figurines of women.

 

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You can find the Relief Society Declaration on the official church’s website HERE or a hand-painted signed print as pictured above available in my Etsy shop HERE or the 8.5 X 11 digital file is available HERE.  Also available in the shop are downloads in 11X14 sizes, 4 up per 8.5 X 11 page, and a 16X20″ poster size.

As Sisters in Zion group hugs,

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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 blog at www.aimeeferre.com

Get on Your Knees and Pray, Then Get on Your Feet and Work!

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Get on Your Knees and Pray, Then Get on Your Feet and Work by Gordon B. Hinckley, art by Aimee Ferre available HERE

My oldest daughter, Chloé, just returned from serving an 18 month mission in Arizona a few weeks ago.  I’ve been thinking about the day she left to serve, (3 months after graduating from high school). She was the first to leave our home, and if that didn’t completely rip open my heart, then the day my second daughter, Elsa, left for BYU a year later, definitely finished the job.

The weeks working up to the day Elsa left were filled with an anxiety that only a mother could conjure up over her children leaving the nest. My mind churned through the years. The nap time hustles, Joy School (pre-school co-op) teaching days, elementary school (remember that initial thought that 7 whole hours of your children enrolled in all day school would mean you would have 7 extra hours in a day? Uh huh, you might get in a workout or a 15 minute shower, but probably not both). And those 7 hours are now filled with two part time PTA jobs, one where you count Box Tops from cereal containers and beg businesses to sponsor playground equipment, and the other part is being the room mom that plans Halloween costume awards and managing 28 sugar infused kids after a few rounds of Conversation Heart Bingo on Valentines Day. Junior high was definitely the “hold your breath, I hope my kid survive” era. And by high school, I quit holding my breath and tried breathing through it all. Namaste. But I never really planned out or thought about the day they would actually leave the nest. I thought I would be ready. I really thought I’d feel on top of the world and ready to pursue my own professional dreams at the sound of the start gun. But the reality of this mom job is that after each daughter left, each took emotional pieces from my heart, packed them in their suitcase and just left me with an aching void, numb of all the passion that I long waited to put my heart into at the “let freedom ring” moment. I felt this little pain in my chest, and began to notice that when the feeling would come on, it was always after I asked myself, ‘Did I do this “mom” thing right?’

I sat in their empty room (but not empty enough) shortly after Elsa moved down to BYU, and imagined that any minute they would walk through our front door with loud bursts of infectious laughs and friends trailing behind looking for food. I began asking questions in my head.  Did I teach them right?  Or did I totally screw them up for Dr. Phil to fix after they’d realized that eating at McDonald’s wasn’t really against our religion (yes, evidently I said that at some point in their childhood and they’ve never forgotten it)? I’m pretty sure Chloé still cooks frozen burritos in the microwave until the tortilla turns Jawbreaker hard.  Will she sustain her life longterm with the small repertoire of no-fail Pinterest meals she can prepare? Did I put enough fear in Elsa to not hike or walk home alone at night, to always wear a helmet and buckle up, and definitely only use the crosswalk after looking both ways? Do they know what one stray red sock could do to a washer full of brand new white shirts and underwear? Have I impressed upon them enough that a shower after basketball and mountain biking isn’t optional? ( I raised tomboys)  Oh dear, I almost fear the answer to that question the very most. But on a more serious note, I began to wonder if I shared my spiritual convictions enough so that when they have questions about their own spirituality, they know where to turn for answers.  With the weaknesses and failings in my life, I suddenly felt so inadequate and guilt ridden that I didn’t teach them properly. 

After all my fears began to take over my hopes, the thought came to me that Matt and I did two things right. And it might be all we did right.  But it just might be all that they really needed us to do right.

We prayed.

We worked. 

If these were the only two things we taught our girls, and if only through our actions, I felt comfort in believing that these life habits would be the most effective lessons they could have learned from us. Each letter my missionary wrote the family always began and ended with “the work”. She often wrote, “The work is so hard, but so worth it.” The first phone call my college student daughter made after moving to Provo last fall was to tell me how exhausted she was after the first day of school because she had to “work so hard”. So with this on my mind, when I came across these words from President Gordon B. Hinckley shortly after Elsa left for BYU, I felt an emulsion of peace and comfort working in my heart, and a relief to that little ache at the top of my chest that we did in fact teach them to pray and work. I then went down to my basement, cleared off a section of my work table, put my pen to the paper, and began to hand-letter the words, “Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work.”  It’s always a good formula. I hope knee-patched, worn-out overalls are what my kids inherit from their mother and father.

Hugs,

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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 blog at www.aimeeferre.com

 

A Scripture in Bright Lights

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I mean really, who doesn’t love Heidi Swapp and all her products that make our family and friend gatherings, journals and special creations just that much more beautiful and personal?  And she’s got this new light box (found HERE) with letters and icons to create special messages that light up important text.  The picture above is from a recent blog post  from Heidi found HERE.

But my point in sharing.  You know how there are things you just want your kids or your grandkids to know?  I want them to learn certain messages, and I try teach them those messages, but sometimes you just can’t preach.  “Choose the Right” has been sung in Primary for many years, I remember those words well.  I remember my mom saying to my older sister as she walked out the door to leave with a friend for her family camping trip , “Remember who you are and what you stand for!”  I saw Heidi’s light box the other day and thought how great it would be to display a simple scripture reference.  Just the reference.  If they don’t already know what it says, I’m pretty sure the curiosity will tug at their scriptures and their hearts.  They’ll just have to go look it up because the urge to know, just won’t stop.  And then to find out it says something like, “I make weak things become strong.”  Ether 12:27 or  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27.  How perfect is that?

Thank you Heidi for letting me share a bit of you today!

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AimeeFerre profileThis 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 blog at www.aimeeferre.com