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FREE Printables for the 2018 LDS Primary Theme, “I am a child of God.”

FREE 2018 LDS Primary Printables

Hi friends,
It’s that time of year again, and I have some AWESOME printables to share with you for this year’s primary theme, “I am a child of God.”

I designed these printables with a colorful moon and stars theme. The inspiration came from my 5 year old son. This summer my hubby and I took our family on a late night venture to the mountains. My 5 year old was absolutely blown away by the moon and all of the stars. He kept saying how the moon and stars just made him feel so special, and that Heavenly Father had to have made them just for him. As I was trying to figure out what design to do for this year’s theme of I am a child of God, his words just kept coming back to me, and I knew that I needed to incorporate the moon and stars into the design.

I have some FREE printables available for you to use as needed in your primaries this year. First is this Main Theme Poster. It comes in 7 different sizes, with JPG and PDF files (PDF for printing at home or a printing center, JPG for printing at a photo center. Sizes include 3×5, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 16×20 and 20×30.

Click here for the PDF Main Theme Posters
Click here for the JPG Main Theme Posters

These Binder Covers are just what you need to help emphasize the theme this year! These Binder Covers come with all Presidency and class names with A and B options included. Need to combine classes? No problem! Just use the EDITABLE Binder Cover and edit the class name using Adobe Reader (or you can write it in).

Click here for Binder Covers
Click here for Editable Binder Covers
(Only class name is editable)
Click here for Binder Spine
Click here for Sharing Time Schedule

These cute bookmarks are PERFECT to give to the children as a birthday gift

FREE 2018 LDS Primary BookmarksClick here for Bookmarks

I also have LOADS of additional printables  to help you in Primary this year. These are available in the Sugardoodle Etsy shop.
Here is the BUNDLED PACKAGE! This package includes most of the printables that are available and is  the best value! Items in this package include a Bulletin Board Package, Birthday and Gift Package, Classroom Door Signs, Classroom Door Hangers, Monthly Theme Posters, and Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands and Cards.

LDS Primary 2018 Printables

Click here for more details on the BUNDLED PACKAGE

Here is a closer look at some of the items available!

How fun is this Bulletin Board Pack? SO many options for you to decorate your primary room!

Click here for more details on the Bulletin Board Package

Want more ideas for Birthday Gifts to help instill the theme this year? Then you will want this Birthday and Gift pack! Perfect to use with ANY gift for Birthdays, Thank you, or just because!
Click here for more details about the Birthday and Gift Pack

One of my favorite items are these Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands! When I was primary secretary, one thing that was SUPER time consuming was filling in the Weekly Theme for talks and such. So I decided to help make life easier for you by having the Weekly Theme already filled out for you! We also have Sharing Time Assignment Cards available as well.

Click here for more details about the Sharing Time Assignment Wristbands

I also have created TWO more designs to go along with the “I am a child of God” theme. I decided to stick with the nature theme. I designed another “Moon and Stars” theme, as well as a “Sun” inspired theme. Both of these designs can be found in the Sugardoodle Shop.

Click here for details on this Basics Package

Click here for details on this Bundled Pack

I hope you find these printables helpful for you to use in Primary this year!
Heart,
Melanie

Magic Sketch Giveaway


Years ago, I purchased a Boogie Board for my children.  It was an instant hit.  For those that don’t know what a Boogie Board is, it is essentially an erasable sketch board (a glorified etch-a-sketch).  My daughter would draw on the board, push the erase button and the fun started all over again.

Recently, I was introduced to the newest version of the Boogie Board called Magic Sketch.  Wow!  It’s a game changer.  The possibilities are endless.  One of the biggest differences between the version I have and the one I’m reviewing is transparency.  Their new board allows for stencils and templates to go behind the board so your child can trace alphabet letters, practice math facts, play tic-tac-toe, write their name, draw, etc.

They also provide several tools/stencils to create fun textures.  Here are a few sample stencils (top pic) and the 8 writing utensils/stamps included in a kit.  A complete kit includes:

  • MagicSketch
  • Protector Guard (blue board pictured above)
  • 1 Roller
  • 3 Stamps
  • 4 Styluses
  • 20 Learning Stencils
  • 20 Games Stencils
  • 20 Art Stencils

The Magic Sketch could be used for car/road trips, church/General Conference and would make a fun birthday or Christmas present.  Would you like one?  Magic Sketch will be giving away 7 boards to those that enter this giveaway by commenting on our Facebook post (see below).  The giveaway has been extended until October 6th, so enter now.  The winners will be announced on October 7th, on Facebook.

Magic Sketch wants to know…How do YOU keep your kids reverent in church? Comment below to win!

GIVEAWAY: 7 lucky…

Posted by SugarDoodle.net on Saturday, September 16, 2017

The New FREE Video Family History Service In Utah!

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Hey Wonderful SugarDoodlers!

My name’s Alex Balinski. Melanie’s been super nice to provide me this opportunity to tell you a little bit about a free family history service I recently started called Lifey.

Here’s a run down of everything you should know about Lifey.

What Is A “Lifey”?

So, to start off, let me define what a Lifey is. A Lifey is like a selfie about your life. It’s your life story in video format. It’s like a browsable, shareable video journal that you can embed anywhere online. I personally believe Lifeys are the best way to share your life story.

Currently there are two types of Lifeys we can create for you (they’re both free): Individual Lifeys and Family Lifeys.

Individual Lifey Example

Below is one of the dozens of free individual Lifeys we’ve created. You can see Clint’s Lifey is broken up into seven sections: Childhood, Aviation, Mission, UVU, Career, Family and Other. Under each section there are specific stories/insights that Clint decided to share from his life.

Individual Lifeys are easy to prepare for and to record. They usually take 1-3 hours to record, though we’ve had some individuals create Lifeys that are 4+ hours long. The beauty of creating a Lifey, is that it’s free (it’d normally cost hundreds to thousands of dollars to pay someone to create a similar video autobiography), it’s long form (1-7 hours long) and it’s browsable (viewers can jump to whichever story/topic interests them).

Family Lifey Example

Below is an example of a family Lifey. Family Lifeys only take about an hour to record (depending on how many people are in your family).

Instead of a one-time comprehensive Lifey about someone’s life, a family Lifey is more like an ongoing family video journal where once a year you can take your family on a date to the studio and each take 5-10 minutes in front of the camera to share highlights from the previous year.

How Lifey Got Started

The story of how Lifey started goes back to the summer of 2006. I was attending my first term at Brigham Young University and I felt strongly like I should look into Broadcast Journalism. I attended BYU for two years, served a two-year mission in Argentina, and then finished my Bachelor’s degree at BYU. While studying journalism I felt impressed to create the Prepare to Serve project where we video interview returned missionaries about their missions, etc.

Then about one year ago I felt inspired to shift my focus to working on Lifey.

Why Record A Lifey?

I believe there is huge value in opening up, and sharing our ideas with each other. I believe every person has experiences and insights that they can share, that can be helpful to others.

Hands down the most prized family history possession I have is my Mother’s Lifey. I’m so grateful that we took a few hours to record my Mom’s Lifey. For many years to come my Mother will still be able to influence, and teach my children values, principles and testimony from her life experiences, because we recorded her Lifey. While reading a journal is good, nothing quite beats hearing and seeing my Mother share her stories in her own words. When I watch my Mom’s Lifey, it feels like she’s having a heart-to-heart conversation with me.

More Info About Lifey

  • We currently offer free video life histories at our office in Provo, Utah (if you live outside of Utah, and would like me to consider traveling to your state to offer free Lifeys in your state for a few days, please email me at alexbalinski@gmail.com).
  • Our service is completely free (you can leave a donation if you’d like).
  • A Lifey typically takes 2-4 hours to record, though we’ve had some Lifeys last longer.
  • Lifeys are recorded in front of a green screen (which works great, as long as you don’t wear a green top).
  • Lifeys are self-directed. When you come in, I’ll welcome you to the studio and get the camera, microphone and lights all working, and then I’ll press record, shut the door, and let you share however much you’d like to share from your life.
  • We encourage people to let their Lifeys be public, so their stories and insights are easily accessible for family and friends.
  • Lifeys are recorded in 4K.
  • Lifeys can be organized into however many stories/topics as you’d like (we once had an older gentleman come in and share 99 different stories/insights from his life).
  • Lifeys can also be used to organize any other YouTube videos (home videos, etc.)

If You’re Interested…

If you’d like me to create a Lifey for you or a loved one, feel free to email me at alexbalinski@gmail.com. If you’d like to learn more about the Lifey project, you might enjoy watching the videos on the Lifey About page.

I hope you have a wonderful summer! The Gospel’s true!

Sincerely,

Alex Balinski

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How To Embed General Conference On Your Blog

lds-general-conference-embedAs always, General Conference this year was a treat!

I thoroughly enjoyed being able to learn from our wonderful brothers and sisters who help lead this church by inspiration. My wife recently challenged me to listen to one conference talk per day, as a way to learn from and apply general conference messages. I can’t say I’ve done perfectly with the challenge, but I can definitely attest to the blessings of studying General Conference.

Recently as I’ve been making tons of video players (about people, LDS missions, health conditions, etc.), I’ve been thinking- wouldn’t it be cool to create a video player to make it easier to share General Conference with others?

So I created an embeddable video player to do that.

Simply paste this code:

<iframe width=”670″ height=”834″ src=”http://lifey.org/embed/april2017generalconference.php” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

into a blog post (HTML text) on your website, and all of The Church’s official General Conference YouTube talks will appear on your site.

Anyway, I hope it’s helpful!

Happy listening and watching!

~Alex Balinski (founder of The Lifey Project and Prepare to Serve)

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* All the videos are from The Church’s LDS General Conference YouTube Channel.

* Browse all six sessions of General Conference by clicking on the side scroll buttons.

* Feel free to comment below your favorite talk from April 2017 General Conference!

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Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland

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Did you know that President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland will answer questions from youth around the world during a live Face to Face event?

WHEN: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am MST

WHERE: This event is broadcasted live from the Joseph Smith’s Farm in Palmyra, New York where a 14-year-old Joseph Smith, Jr. experienced the First Vision following a heartfelt prayer. A very fitting location given this year’s mutual theme, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” (James 1:5)

“Most youth of the Church across the world will never have the chance to visit Palmyra, New York, in person, but I hope that participating in this event will help some of them feel as if they are there,” said President Eyring. “I hope they will feel the spirit of this quiet, holy place and perhaps gain a stronger testimony of what took place here on a spring day in 1820.”

HOW (can I watch it)?: Here are a few options: LDS Youth Instagram livestream, LDS Youth Facebook page, YouTube, & LDS.org (on homepage).

BONUS: Ten minutes before the event, an exclusive world premier video of the First Vision will be shown called, “Ask of God.”  The video will be available to download and share following the event.

WHAT can I do to prepare?

1. Submit your questions to this link.  You are invited to consider what questions you would like to ask and share them on face2face.lds.org or on other social media channels using #LDSface2face.
2. Follow the LDS Youth Instagram page which will livestream the event (they will also have exclusive behind the scenes of the Church History Sites all week).
3. Read the
article, 5 Ways to Prepare for Face to Face.


All youth and their friends, leaders, and parents are invited to participate in this live, interactive question and answer session.

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#LIGHTtheWORLD featured bloggers

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This Christmas season, we have had the opportunity to participate in the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign.  There have been so many wonderful contributors that have shared their talents and ideas.  We have chosen to highlight three extremely creative bloggers who have featured some exceptional ideas showing us how we too can #LIGHTtheWORLD.

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Making Life Blissful“Finding the sunshine in the clouds of life with fun ideas, meaningful moments, and believing in miracles.”

Lisa shares simple ways to show kindness during the holiday season using Pink Cake Plate’s  “Dinner on your doorstep” printables.  They are the perfect companion to all of those holiday treats you give neighbors, friends and family. 

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SugarBee Crafts – “Mandy Beyeler is a Craft and DIY Blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY – she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the rural Kansas City Area, where they are self-building their own home. She has been blogging for 7 years and looks forward to sharing the love of creativity.”

Mandy chose to feature one of my favorite ideas from Polka Dot Poplars.  I especially love their print that says, “Brown paper packages tied up with strings, O’ You are one of His favorite things.”  A great tag for most any gift!  Check out Mandy’s post to see how she added to their ideas.

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LDS Parenting – “A place for LDS Parents to gather together and encourage and uplift each other as we rise to our callings as parents in these Latter Days. Articles, crafts, ideas, diy, recipes and so much more. Come join us and uplift and encourage!”

Jaelle details how to make “Christmas in a Box” from Brightly Street come to life.  She provides everything you’ll need to know and ideas on how you can use this as a gift idea.