Tuesday, January 17, 2017

HELLO HAPPY HABITS

Sometimes we just need a new start...on the basics.  The basics at our home seem to get lost in the business of daily life.  The kiddo's and sometimes parents alike need a good visual reminder of what we are accomplishing daily with regard to the simple habits that form a healthy bedrock of discipline for our lives to grow upon.


This habit tracker is such a fun and easy way to help in habit forming. It is a simple printable weekly tacking sheet that includes a few daily habits that help form kids health and happiness.  Each Sunday would be a good time to pull out a new form and have it close by to track your habits daily.  



Download the Hello Happy Habits printable HERE. 


HELLO HAPPY HABITS 

Have a beautiful day & check back often as our site 
continues to grow & add more content!

Love, Candy

Friday, December 9, 2016

POLICEMAN THANK YOU TREATS #LIGHTtheWORLD

SERVICE
Our next way of serving is this! 


We have decided to show our support to the men in blue this year is by sending a treat box basket up to our local police department.  The officers spend so much time serving our communities.  
This is just a small token of appreciation we can offer to add a little joy to their routine.  There really are so many ways we can make a difference in people's lives.  Can you imagine if we all took time to  add a little pep in someone else's step?!  Sky's the limit on the love and joy we can bring to others. 

So what we did is filled a basket with small packages of M&Ms with a darling little tag attached to each one.  We took it over to the our local police department for them to keep in an area where the officers can easily grab one to go. 
We put a sign on the basket that said "thank you for your service please take a treat before you go out on your route today and remember how thankful we are for your protection". 

You can download the printable HERE



Thank you all for visiting!
Love Candy

SOCK IT TO SERVICE #LIGHTtheWORLD


SERVICE DAY
 Another one of our 25 day in 25 ways service ideas is to purchase some warm and fuzzy socks to give to the elderly. We chose to give them to some residents in the care center in our town.  It is such an easy and simply service that anyone can provide.  How great would it be for an FHE sometime through the winter months to do this with even the smallest of kids.  Read instructions below.  You can also print out our darling Warmest Wishes Tag to attach to them.






There are lots of fun ways to give socks to others.  Have you seen the cute Cupcakes that you can make with socks?  check out our Pinterest Board for ideas we have pinned from other creative sources, but first- here are the easy instructions on how to make a sock tree! 

1.  Take tags off of socks and lay out one on top of another.  
2.  Stagger the top sock just about a 1/4 inch over from the other.  This helps to create a longer tree when you roll them.
3.  Start with the ankle side and slowly roll tightly.  You will want it to roll outward to create a long line.  Not rolling like a cinnamon roll.
4.  Once they are rolled, just take the toe side of the socks which should appear at the "bottom" of the tree and tightly tuck the toes into the rolled socks themselves.  
5.  We used a small toothpick to attach a red ribbon which we tied in a bow.  We then stuck the toothpick into the top of the socks to top the Christmas Tree Socks! So easy.
6.  To package, we used a cellophane baggie.  Added some dollar store white shreds and folded and stapled the top.  I don't have it pictured here, But the tag was attached to the side of the bag.   

Here is the cute tag you can print.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO? #LIGHTtheWORLD


Today we chose to write a small note to someone who has been a great influence for good in our life's.  We also chose to buy a small $3-$8 gift to go along with each note.  
Wrap the gift and give it to them anonymously.  Each person in our family gave 1 gift to 1 mentor, coach or teacher.  One of the gifts was as simple as a bag of Gummy Bears that my husband new his mentor liked.  Really, it's the words that count the most.  Right?  For someone to know that because of them, they made someone's life better.  How great is that?!  

Here are a few note card printables each containing a quote at the head that applies to being an example to others.  We really liked the quotes we found and thought they were a great fit for a letterhead for this simple service act.  You can download the printables by clicking on the download buttons below.  When they are downloaded, they are sharp and of good quality.  

The first quote reads,

"I've learned that it's not what I have in my life, 
but who I have in my life that counts."

The second quote reads,

"The role of a great leader is not to give greatness to human beings, 
but to help them extract the greatness they already have inside them."  


DOWNLOAD PRINT 1 HERE                       DOWNLOAD PRINT 2 HERE








Thursday, December 1, 2016

SERVICE STAR WAND #LIGHTtheWORLD

#LIGHTtheWORLD SERVICE DAY 1

SERVICE STAR WAND & POEM




A little over 10 years ago, I had a neighbor show up with a darling wooden star wand painted a beautiful Christmas Red.  Attached was a poem explaining the magic this little wand held.  To this day it remains one of the best neighbor gifts our family received.  We used and used our Service Star for years.  Even outside of the holidays, our kids and us as parents alike would pass the star around when we found it laying somewhere and brought a little extra light to our life.  Our wand broke a few years ago & I never did get around to replacing it.  So this is why I wanted to start our 25 days of service count down with the Service Star!

If you'd like to make one too, here is what we did this year.  We got small dowls from our local craft store.  They were about 12 inches in length.  I wanted to keep it simple and purchased thin wooden stars that were only .50 cents a piece.  We painted them with craft paint and sprinkled some glitter on the paint while it was still wet so it would stick.  It only took us 20 minutes to do.  Very easy project.  We then wrapped a ribbon around the top for added cuteness and printed out the poem tag, punched a whole in the top and slid it up the dowl.  It stayed secure on its own. 


 here is a picture of the one our family was given.  It is a red wooden star attached to a wooden dowl.  The red paint has gold sparkles in it too!  Or you could even make one out of material and stuff it. Then put a wooden dowl through it.  Or hey- even a fun felt star would work!  The posibilities are endless.  It's really about the idea of the star.  What it represents right?!  

service star wand
HERE is a little more about the Service Wand I wrote on my family blog back in 2008.  I also talk about how I used the concept of tue service star for a Sharing Time idea in Primary.

The fun thing about this Star Wand, is that is has been going around in our family for a few years now. When we moved, I had it put away, and sure enough once I unpacked it, somehow it started up again just by laying there in my room. We all do kind deeds for one another, but this has been a simple reminder for us, when we aren't necessarily thinking about it. When a parent hears from their child "Mom, aren't you going to do something nice? You've had the star for a few days." Sometimes it will be forgotten by a family member, and they will not pass it on, so it sits, or gets put in the toy box, and Mom or Dad sometimes get busy and put it on the shelf, or by the magazine rack. But it is only a matter of a few days or weeks once in a while, even a month will go by...and then, sure enough, it is "found" again by someone. And once again a kind act is gentle done, and the surprise of the Secret Deeds Star is alive.


PS. I Actually took this idea and used it for a Sharing Time. I punched out little red paper stars and attach them to a brown paper wand. I thought of it last minute, so next time I would have attached them to popcicle sticks. Anyway, each of the kids got one to take home and do a kind deed for a family member.
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 I have included a printable version of the poem for you below.  I will attach these to the star wands with a ribbon or twine before giving them out to a few families think will enjoy these!  So if you would like these tags to print just click below.  There are 2 different stlyes.







Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SIMPLE HOLIDAY SERVICE 25 DAYS in 25 WAYS

I'm SO excited to share my 25 days 25 ways service list this year. These are some of the daily service activities that my family will be doing this holiday season.

"Here is an advent of simple yet heartwarming opportunities to serve others this holiday season.  Remember it is not always having to do large projects that take days and weeks to prepare or collect items for.  Many times, we can and should be involved in those efforts when collaborating with others.  However, I am wanting to share ideas for each of us to take time daily to focus outside of ourselves, and turn our hearts to prayer while considering other people’s happiness!" 
- love Candy

I will have a list of tags, printables and instructions posted here throughout the month of December that will help you and yours carry out these wonderful ideas if you would like.




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

25 DAYS 25 WAYS

SERVICE WITH A SMILE!

When serving with a smile, it can brighten the darkest of days.

We share we give we focus on all the special ways-

When giving of our talents, our time and temporal means,

It brings light and hope to others, while making all hearts beam.

The love we give to others along our path of life

Opens heavens windows to the blessing of God’s light.

-Candy M. Allen

My mamma was ALL about service!  Not just service- but service WITH A SMILE!  She knew how to give of herself in the best of ways.  Everyone has different talents.  The best thing she did, was learn how to use her talents for good.  Service is something that we can do proactively using our talents to bring happiness and light to others, as well as providing service to those who need specific help due to things such as illness, disaster, and poverty.

I have learned that the key to incorporating service in our daily lives, is to have a prayerful heart.  To think as the Savior would think, and learn how to focus on spreading our light.  No matter the age we are, charity is an eternal principle we all can follow and learn to become.  Even the youngest of children can be taught to have a caring and serving heart.  Sometimes the smallest of deeds that seem to be “no big deal” to us to provide- can have the biggest impact on someone in need of love & light.

Here is an advent of simple yet heartwarming opportunities to serve others this holiday season.  Remember it is not always having to do large projects that take days and weeks to prepare or collect items for.  Many times, we can and should be involved in those efforts when collaborating with others.  However, I am wanting to share ideas for each of us to take time daily to focus outside of ourselves, and turn our hearts to prayer- while considering other people’s happiness!