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2016 Scripture Reading Charts

It’s become a tradition of sorts started by Kirsten about 5 years ago to share these scripture reading charts with our readers. And we know you look forward to them because the emails have been coming in! If you are new to the chart, the goal is to read from the scriptures every day. The 2016 Scripture Reading Chart let’s you mark the days that you read. You’ll soon find that you don’t want a blank day on the calendar. The hearts are to track Family Home Evenings, and the months at the bottom are to track temple attendance. This year I created 1 with the primary theme for the year on it and another with this year’s mutual theme. Both are available in 8.5×11″ or 16×20″ so you can choose which will be best in your home.

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2016 Scripture Reading Chart with Primary Theme

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The “consistency is the key” quote at the bottom is taken from a conference talk by Elder David A. Bednar. In the talk he addresses regular family prayers and scripture study. He says that often it seems that it isn’t making a difference, but consistency of our intent and work was perhaps the greatest lesson. And that if you asked there sons they most likely won’t remember a defining moment, but they will remember that they had scripture study and family prayers.

We use the foil stars stickers to mark our days with.

Mutual Version

 

2016 Scripture Reading Chart with Mutual Theme

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This post is sponsored by 25 Days of Christ, but my opinions are my own.

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Every year after Halloween I start thinking about Christmas and usually come up with a pretty grand plan of how we will celebrate as a family. The plan usually includes us reading Christmas stories together in the morning before everyone heads to school and work, singing carols and drinking cocoa around the tree every night before bed, decorating gingerbread houses, ice skating, and most of all teaching my kids about the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate the birth of our Savior.

But in reality our December days are spent hurrying here and there and my well intentioned plans fall by the wayside and we settle for reading the nativity story from Luke on Christmas Eve, as I vow to do better next year.

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But not this year. This year I am ready. This year 25 Days of Christ has done all the work for me. 25 Days of Christ was created by a mom, who like me, wanted to teach her kids that Christmas is more than a list to Santa. So she put together an advent type countdown to Christmas that includes an ornament for each day as well as a booklet with corresponding short stories and scriptures that go along with each ornament to teach a story from the life of Jesus Christ every day. These 25 Days of Christ Ornaments are adorable!

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If you’re looking for a craft night project or a meaningful gift idea, you’ll want to check out their kits. They sell both the finished and unfinished kits.

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I love that the ornaments are tangible, so my children can hold and inspect them while we read and learn together.  I’m so glad that they have taken the time to put together the booklet with stories, scriptures, videos, and pictures so in the middle of my crazy December I can spend my time teaching my children and not scrambling to come up with something last minute. Or not doing anything at all (which is usually the case).

For more Christmas Ornament ideas check out:

DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments

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Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

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So I feel pretty lucky to have these amazing people in my life.  They each make my life so much better!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to raise my girls to have good morals and high self esteem when everything around us seems to want to tear and break people down.

Each Monday night our little family gets together and we have Family Home Evening.  Through Pinterest I found a blog, A year of FHE, and Emilie has a lesson titled “Our Family.”  I loved the lesson and found that it was just what I had been searching for as a way to get and keep our family on track.

As I was reading through the lesson, I found a list of Family goals and loved them.

1. Have family prayer every night and morning.
2. Teach children the gospel every week in family home evening.
3. Study the scriptures regularly as a family.
4. Do things together as a family, such as work projects, outings, and decision making.
5. Learn to be kind, patient, long-suffering, and charitable.
6. Attend Church meetings regularly.
7. Keep a family history, perform temple work together, and receive the sealing ordinances of the temple.
8. Follow the counsel of the Lord in D&C 88:119: “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”

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Now whatever religion you may be, the list above is a great guide to help keep your children centered and learning morals and values in the home.  Things that you want them to know.  If something doesn’t apply to you, skip over it or think up something else you want as a goal in your family.

So my challenge to you is to have a fun meeting with your family and make a list of Family Goals.  I created this fun printable to help you once you have them written up. The Frame and House picture are from Crystal Wilkerson Designs.

How to Set Family Goals

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You can just type in the file and print it out.  Hang it up so everyone in the family can remember what you are striving to do.

Our offer from almost 2 years ago still stands too.

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Ok….so this is the 3nd year I have posted this Scripture Reading Chart.  Some of you may remember the post we did recently where we talked about the fact that all 5 Crafting Chicks and many other creative bloggers are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons, the post can be found HERE.  If you read this post, you can see the importance for us to read from The Book of Mormon in the lives of members of our church.  So you can imagine that it’s also important for us to read this book with our families to draw nearer to Jesus Christ and God the Father.  Until 3 years ago, it was merely a dream to make this a daily habit with our family.  This has really really become easy and we’ve learned that “consistency is the key”.  This is dedicated to our friends that showed us this trick….and we are so grateful for their great idea.  It worked for us (I’m still surprised myself), and I hope it works for you too!

scripture low res 3 years ago at this time we embarked with a new year’s resolution that honestly I didn’t think we would be able to keep up….how’s that for a resolution!  This resolution was to read scriptures every day as a family….not a whole chapter, not even a whole ten verses, just at least one verse.  We just wanted to make family scripture study a habit, whether it was one verse or 20.  We had tried in the past to make this a habit with no real success or consistency.  BUT WE DID IT THIS YEAR AGAIN!  Last year we missed 2 days and so far this year we haven’t missed ANY.  That’s not to say that there wasn’t fighting and wrestling and rough housing and crying on some or all of those days; but that’s the beauty of it, that’s just how it is, for us at least…heavens…my kids are 8,7,6 and 4 and 3 of them are boys, that tells you enough right there. :)Let’s be honest, it’s like herding cats.  If we can do this, ANYONE can do this, trust me.

SECRETS TO OUR SUCCESS:  There are definitely secrets, but they are “EASY EASY” and completely no-fail as long as you can be consistent.

  1. BE ACCOUNTABLE:  This is the BEST SECRET of them all, I tell ya…use this one page CALENDAR CHART (printable below) that represents the whole year!!!!!!  Dave and I said so many times throughout the year that just the thought that we were going to have a gap on our reading chart was enough to muster up the umph to read each night, and how we didn’t anticipate that we would be motivated by that, but it worked.
  2. USE COLORED STICKERS & make it a game:  This was also a main key for us.  The child that was the most well-behaved got to choose the sticker for the chart that night.  This was a major motivator for our kids.
  3. CHOOSE THE SAME TIME EACH DAY TO READ:  For us, the time of day we chose wasn’t exactly at a specific specific time, but right before bed which was around the same time each night.  If you can choose the same time each day that works best for your family, you are really setting yourselves up for success.
  4. KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS LOW: Ok this is one of those times that low expectations are GREAT.  The kids are going to be rowdy, mean, ornery, and not want to do it at times…hang in there :) .  There should be a level of respect while reading, from my point of view, but it’s not going to be perfect.  Sometimes the best things are HARD, until it’s a habit.  Just tonight as we were reading, the younger two got into trouble because they were being too loud, it happens still, but at least we are reading.

WHY WE’VE MADE IT A PRIORITY?

Let’s be honest, we live in a world with shifting moral values.  We cannot look to Hollywood or the media to give us accurate truths and it seems to be rapidly declining.  -Jeffry R. Holland

ave a talk in October of 2009 speaking about the importance of scripture and it’s soooo powerful (HERE watch the video if you can). I believe that a loving Father in Heaven communicates to his children through prayer & scripture.  We not only believe in The Book of Mormon, but also the Bible and The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints has recently released some amazing Bible videos HERE that no matter what your religion, you will adore.  I want my kids to have open communication with their Savior.  I know without a doubt that learning to be more like God will help them more in their lives than learning to be like any other person they could model themselves after.  Since my job as a parent is to equip my children with the best tools possible for success, this is top priority.

(the thing that worked best for us is to print this out on a piece of white card stock and laminate)  My dear friend AMY SHUMWAY designed this one for our ward…I did our ward’s for that last 2 years and she was in charge this so she kindly lent me the file to share with all of YOU.

DOWNLOAD (8.5″x 11″): HERE

What has worked for you???  Let us know if you make this a habit too, we can’t wait to hear your feedback!

xoxo,
KIRSTEN

 

 

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Italian cream sodas have been deliciously popular over the past little while–and not only are they yummy to drink, they are really easy to make! I made them quite a bit this summer–at girls camp for our church, at our family trip to Lake Powell, and most recently we made them for our Back to School dinner.

Here’s what you need to make your own Italian Cream Sodas:

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I bought these bottles of flavored syrup at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City. They were only about $4.99 for nearly 26 ounces of syrup–which is one of the best prices I found. They have tons of different flavors; our favorites were raspberry, peach, strawberry, vanilla, orange and watermelon.

I made a cute little printable to set up at the table so people know how to make their own Italian sodas! These are fun to put in a colorful frame for everyone to see. :) I made both a simplified version and a more detailed version:

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To download these printables, click on the download button below. The file includes both jpeg images and PDF files in 8×10 size. You’ll need to unzip the files to be able to print them out.

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As you can see, the instructions are very simple. And honestly, you can add the syrup, cream and club soda in any order you want, but it’s best to start with the ice.

Fill your cup halfway full of ice.

Add one ounce of flavored syrup. (This is according to your taste. Sometimes I added up to 2 ounces of syrup depending on the flavoring.) It’s also yummy to mix flavors! For example, you could do part raspberry and part peach for a delicious combo. :)

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Fill the cup the rest of the way with club soda.

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Then you can add one ounce of half and half. This is optional but it gives it a nice creamy taste!

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Be sure to stir it all up together to blend all of the flavors before you take a sip! These drinks are so pretty to look at and they taste delightful! Our favorite flavor combinations were raspberry peach, strawberry peach, orange and cream, strawberry vanilla, watermelon strawberry, etc.!

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These were a bit hit with the young women at camp and of course with our family! Make some Italian cream sodas today! 😉

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Did you know that Aug. 6 is National Rootbeer Float Day?  I found out last year and thought it is the perfect day to deliver a fun treat to friends and family.  I ran to the store and got everyone a carton of ice cream and a 2 liter of rootbeer.  I didn’t have time to make a printable last year, but made sure I had one for this year to share! Rootbeer-float-essentials

I was talking to Nikkala and she took my printable design idea and she came up with this one for you.

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Add it to a single bottle of rootbeer and a small carton of ice cream for a single person.  Or for a family gift, give a larger carton of ice cream and 2 liter or a 4 pack of rootbeer.  Either way, you are delivering happiness!

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All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.

Enjoy!

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I’m so thrilled to announce the official launch day of my new iphone app called KID CHATTEROO downloadable HERE!!  Yes, I’m a Crafting Chick for life and now I get to add this to my list of fun things to be a part of.

This is what it’s all about:  CONNECTING WITH OUR KIDS!  Let’s be honest as parents we ALL are looking for fun and easy ways to feel that closeness with our kids so we can be better parents.  This new app does just that and my wish this whole time for the two years i’ve worked on this with my small Kid Chatteroo team is that this will be just one more tool in your bag of parenting tricks that helps to strengthen these important relationships, and laugh while doing it.  Please please help us spread the word.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

Create your “PEEPS” with the faces in your family * Pick your category to pull your fun questions from (no wrong answers) * Push on the avatar to record these cute little conversations * recordings are stored by child with a time/date stamp * Smile because you captured your KIDS and who they are today, to be enjoyed for years to come

Part of the KID CHATTEROO app description is this:  “Whether you are on a road trip, tucking your child in bed or chatting over the dinner table, Kid Chatteroo questions will spark all sorts of funny, imaginative, inquisitive, and playful conversations that are sure to leave you with that silly, warm, fuzzy feeling! Capture those little voice recordings with our easy-to-use recording feature, it’s like capturing time in a bottle. YEA!”  Check back later this week to see what some of our kids answered to some of the funny questions…SO CUTE!!!

(DOWNLOAD HERE)

If you like Kid Chatteroo and want to see more apps like this, please write a review & share it with your friends, that would mean THE WORLD to us!!!

With 750,000 apps on the app store, good apps only get noticed this way…THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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ARISE, ARISE, ARISE…”  If you have seen the youth video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the 2012 Youth Theme Song, you will recognize this graphic of a mountain below, with an arrow.  Each year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chooses a Youth theme.

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and the 2012 youth theme is…

2012:  ARISE AND SHINE FORTH…

 “Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” (D&C 115:5). 

(You can find a LOVELY printable by BROOKE HERE.)

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Since this was the youth theme for 2012, they created a VIDEO for the theme song with these graphics in it (below).

Also….drum roll please…with a QR code on the graphic that takes you right to the video link.  I love this video because it reminds us and our teens to “arise” and be their best selves that we can be.  With so much crap in the world today, it’s a much-needed reminder for all of us, right?!  The great thing about this printable, is that you can easily print them and hand them out if you would like.  I am a leader of the youth group in my area and we have handed these out secretly to the girls for the to find (like in the video), to remind them to “ARISE”.

I don’t know about you, but it seems that any reminders to look to GOD, is much-appreciated in my day to day routine.  Life is awesome, but it is tough and we have to kick and push and scramble our way through our trials to survive, so bring on the inspiration, I need it!

Here are a couple themes that have been chosen in the past…

2009:  BE THOU AN EXAMPLE OF THE BELIEVERS…

“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity’ (1 Timothy 4:12).

2010:  BE STRONG AND OF A GOOD COURAGE…

“Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9).

2011:  WE BELIEVE…

“”We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul – We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all
things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of  good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

The 13th ARTICLES OF FAITH

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!!!!  PS….if you like our posts, the biggest compliment that you could ever ever ever give us would be for you to share our posts or site with your friends, share links from Crafting Chicks on Facebook or Pinterest or whatever…WE LOVE and APPRECIATE THE LOVE & SUPPORT FROM OUR READERS!!!  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!

You can DOWNLOAD The Page of graphics & QR codes (shown above in yellow) HERE (size 8.5×11, 8 per page):

You can DOWNLOAD The QR code alone HERE.

You can WATCH the video from lds.org HERE.

You can jump up and click your heels HERE….oh wait, there’s no link for that ;0, yes I’m a nerd.

xo,

KIRSTEN


 

Fear not…the annual SUMMER CHART is back by Popular Demand!  We received some requests for the new 2012 Summer chart and I can’t wait to share it with our readers today!

For the past couple of years, I have been sharing my family’s SUMMER FUN CHARTS (2010 Summer Chart & 2011 Summer Chart).

I am not going to lie, we don’t finish all of the activities every year-we extend into fall, but it is a great way to stay motivated with family fun!  The kids won’t forget about the chart-believe me!  So be careful what you choose:)  For family home evening, we sit down as a family & brainstorm some fun ideas & activities to do together over the summer.  Remember that these summer activities can be easy and free, like a backyard swim party, a picnic at the park, ice cream or snow cones together, a trip to the library, a family movie night, or a backyard camp out.  I shared some of our Summer Fun Ideas last year.

I feel like this chart helps strengthen our family and reminds me to enjoy the summer with my kids:)

Here is a sample of the new and improved 2012 Summer Fun Chart!  I am loving yellow, blue and STRIPES!

DOWNLOAD the 2012 SUMMER FUN CHART

SO…what are some fun family activity ideas you will add to your chart this year?  Can’t wait to hear your ideas!:)

 

 

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My girls LOVE puzzles.  They will sit for a long time working on puzzles and that makes me happy cause they are busy doing something besides watching TV.

Since General Conference for the LDS Church is coming up this weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to make some church related puzzles for them to work on while we are listening. These are so quick, easy and fun to make, I just had to share.

For this project you will need some foam core board, spray adhesive, a rotary cutter/box cutter, and pictures.  For the picture of my girls,  I found one that had been a little beat up so I didn’t mind cutting it up. You could really do anything that has meaning to your kids.  I think that’s where the real fun comes in.

First off I bought my foam core at Staples.  It was a 30×40″ piece so I can still get at least two more puzzles out of it. I think it cost about $6, and my pictures were $1, so I made these puzzles for about $2 each.  Not too bad!

I used my spray adhesive to coat the foam and then did a coat on the pictures.  Then I placed the pictures on the board.  Easy peasy!

Now to cut the puzzle picture out.  I used my rotary cutter and ruler for this.  It seemed to work pretty good, but I did have to trim it up a bit with some scissors. Then the fun part…to cut the puzzle pieces.

I found with the rotary cutter, it was easiest to make a big long cut first and then cut off smaller pieces from that.

Now for the real test.  What did my girls think?

As you can tell, they LOVE them!

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