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! 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

THANKFUL JOURNAL

THANKFUL JOURNALS:
LIVE IN THANKSGIVING DAILY





The first Activity I planned once I was called as an activity days leader was in the month of November.  I jumped on pinterest to see what I could quickly come up with to hold an activity before Thanksgiving.  We've all seen the darling posts about how to create a gratitude journal.  I had some 5X7 white lined pads of paper laying around.  The kind you can by at the local market or dollar store for sometimes 50 cents a piece.  I also had some scrapbook paper laying around that I was not using.  I grabbed those along with scissors and glue sticks to make the journals.

I also typed up a quick printable quote to put on the front of the journals.  This is what it looked like:
Please grab one this free printable for your lesson.  To download the printable version click HERE.





We also made pilgram hats for a fun treat.  They were SO SIMPLE to make.  We used a fudge stripe cookie for the rim of the hat. stripe side down.  Then we used a mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup for the top of the hat.  We had some frosting in small baggies were we poked a little hole in the corner so the girls could decorate the hat and seal the two pieces together.  YUMMY!



We cut some branches outside and had them ready for the girls with some dirt in a clear plastic cup.  We had some leaf shaped cutouts in different colors for the girls to tie ribbon or yarn around hang on a "THANKFUL TREE" which they took home for their family to write things they were thankful for on.  It was a good way to add an opportunity for them to even help with an FHE lesson if they chose to do it that way.  This turned out to be a great activity.  The girls loved it.  My daughter still has her little journal in a drawer by her bedside.  

HOPE YOU ENJOY!












Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BE YOU TIFUL ACTIVTY

BEAUTIFUL YOU ACTIVITY DAYS LESSON


A few years ago I had planned out a full year of Activities for my Activity Days group.  
I had one in mind that was simple and talked about how to love yourself and be thankful for who you are.
  
I have these darling printables below to go along with this activity.  I created 3 different styles of this saying so that the girls could choose what they like the best.  I would have a few copies of each on hand.  You can purchase the 3 different styles for only 99 cents a piece, then format them on your computer to copy as many of each of them as you would like.  This would actually be a darling printout to frame for a girls bedroom or even put a magnet on the backside for older girls in Young Women's to hang in their lockers at school! 


Anyways, back to the activity.  

It happened that a few weeks before I had this Activity, my Mother came to stay with me for a while.  She was getting sick and our family wasn't sure what was going on.  
Long story short, she was there for the activity.  
She unfortunately died just 2 months later from a very aggressive form of Brain Cancer.  

Looking back, I was so glad I took a few pictures and had her join us for this simple activity.  
When I think back at what she was able to say to the girls in a few fun and upbeat words, reminds me so much of how she felt about life and loving ourselves.  

She taught me how to have self esteem and more importantly, she taught me that my self worth comes only from knowing that my Heavenly Father and Mother love me.  This drawing below is so silly.  We didn't know it at the time, but she had very limited brain function on her frontal lobe, so this quite drawing and few sentences is one of the last things she wrote down before going downhill very quickly.





Here is what we did for this activity.


The girls arrived and came in to sit at the table.  We said a prayer and I handed a blank piece of paper to each of them.  I had dollar store water color pallets and brushes set out for them.  I also had cups with water and paper towels near by.  

I told them to paint a self portrait.  A simple self portrait.  They had a fun time doing them.  
As they painted, we talked about the importance of knowing how Lucky we are to have been born on this earth and to know the plan of salvation and that we were created to become goddesses in the hereafter.  We talked about how important it is for each of us to celebrate who we are and the unique characteristics we have.
I had them write a few things they liked about themselves on another piece of paper.  I was lucky to have my daughter in my Activity Days group for a few months.  This is her cute portrait below with what she said about herself.






There is a great General Conference talk by Elder Uchtdorf that goes well with this lesson of the worth of souls.  If you click on the link below it will take you to LDS.ORG where you can even have the girls watch part or all of the talk, or print a copy of the talk to read excerpts of it to the girls during your activity.

To read/print/watch the talk:

I also found this image online on google somewhere.  I thought it was beautiful.  
I love these words from Elder Uchtdorf! 





Here are some of the other girls below.  
I took a photo of each of them with their portrait, so they could remember this day.  Look at the sparkle in their eyes.  
They left this activity full of self worth and knowing they are loved by one another and by me.


   




 Thanks for stopping by!

Love,
Candy













Friday, April 22, 2016

BE A SMOOTHIE & SHAKE IT UP


BE A SMOOTHIE AND SHAKE IT UP
WORD OF WISDOM LESSON

sunshineandmelody.blogspot.com printable
WORD OF WISDOM HANDOUT

Free word of wisdom handout printable 
can be downloaded Here

CHOICES PRINTABLE
Download .99 cent printable version Here
Hey guys!  Isn't that printable so cute? I'll start by saying this lesson was one of my favorites!  The girls had a ball!  Can I add another sentence with an exclamation at the end?  Let me answer that...Of course I can!  

Alrighty now- moving on, here's what I came up with: 

As I thought about what it means to obey the Word of Wisdom in different ways, I thought it would be fun to focus on things the girls can be proactive with now and learn to incorporate as beneficial habits in their lives.  Two of those things were: 

A. Choosing Healthy Foods  
B. Staying Physically Active

When the girls arrived, I had them sit down with a paper and markers.  I asked them to: 

A. Draw some of their favorite healthy foods.
B.  Write what they know about the Word of Wisdom.


   
After all the girls arrived, we sat down at the table and went over the foods they had drawn and why they were healthy choices.  Then we had a few girls share the words they had written about the Word of Wisdom.  They really did a great job writing things down and taking it to heart.

* I have since added the link below for a great article from the LDS Magazine the Liahona, which would be a good thing to to read with the girls if you would like.

The Lord has given us a law of heath

After we talked for a few minutes, I told them about the two fun things we were going to do during the activity that relates to the Word of Wisdom and staying healthy.
First up was:

BE A SMOOTHIE.


be a smoothie and shake it up

This is where we gathered around the kitchen island and made a delicious healthy smoothie together.  We discussed why the ingredients were healthy and that eating is a necessity to keep our bodies alive, but that we can also enjoy great tasting food as well.  We talked about portion sizes and other stuff relating to healthy eating habits.  The girls helped to measure and pour the ingredients for the smoothie.  We made a Strawberry Banana Smoothie with milk, strawberry yogurt, strawberries, bananas, honey and apple juice.  Boy was it was YUMMY! 

I had cheap dollar store plastic straws on hand and found a stash of fun napkins to go along with them.  I am a huge believer in having something simple set up.  Something as simple as having the cups and the ingredients being displayed on the island rather than in a clump makes the girls more excited and brings an extra measure of joy!

While we were enjoying our tasty treat, we talked about the next part of our activity which was:

SHAKE IT UP!

This is the part where we talked about keeping our bodies physically fit and staying active.  We went into my family room and I turned on some music.  The girls split in to groups of 3 and I told them to each make up a small dance with a few fun moves.  The girls were all over it.  They took about 5 minutes making up and practicing a very simple 15 to 20 second dance.  Then we had each group show us what they made up.  I had some fun up beat music with good lyrics to play.  
After we did that.  We had a few minutes to jam out all together with our own moves in wild 9 year old Mormon fashion!

So needless to say... try this activity out.  
I'm sure it will be a hit with your group too!


ENJOY!
- Love Candy    



Thursday, April 7, 2016

PRETZELS AND PRAYER ACTIVITY


PRETZELS AND PRAYER ACTIVITY
THE LEGEND OF THE PRETZEL



I had such a fun time with the girls during this activity.  They LOVED it!  The best part about this activity is it is simple with a darling message about one of the most basic principles of the gospel. 

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I started the activity when the girls arrived by having a darling little pretzel maze for them to do.


Which you can download HERE.  Or there is another pretzel maze version  HERE.  Then I had them take a piece of paper and write what prayer means to them, or what attributes a prayer is made of. 


We then talked about what they had written.  When we were finished with our discussion, I read them the legend of the pretzel and told them we were going to dip pretzels in chocolate with sprinkles on top.  They were thrilled!  They loved it.  Each of them were able to dip about 15 pretzels in a good amount of time.  I had white and milk chocolate melted in pots.  I made sure to spray the plates with non stick cooking spray so the pretzels wouldn't stick.  They cooed very quickly too.  I had clear plastic cups for the girls to take their pretzels home in.




One of the things we did was fill a few extra cups full of pretzels to take to some people in the ward.  I always like to show an opportunity for service whenever possible.  No matter how small it may seem.  Thinking of others is never a wasted trait to teach.
We put a little baggie over the cups and tied them with some bakers twine.  We attached a copy.of the legend of the prayer and the girls signed the back of it for the person receiving it.


Another option if you have some older girls or want to do this lesson for Family Night or are a good baker is to make your own soft dough pretzels!  The soft pretzels can be sprinkled with butter and salt, cinnamon sugar or Parmesan cheese.  You can even go as far as to make a sweet powered sugar glaze to dip them in, or cheese sauce.  Soo yummy, right?!
Below is a darling printable tag which you can have the girls write a message on the back with their names to send to someone!






Note:  I adapted this lesson idea from dawnsactivitydays.blogspot.com. 




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HEART OF A MOTHER PRINTABLE


OK.  Here's one more fresh and lovely printable for Mother's Day.  I love this quote.  Isn't it the truth!  Mother's really are one of God's most beautiful creations.  He's loves us all so much more than we will ever know.  I am thankful and honored to be a Mother.

Go ahead and print yourself or someone you love one of these darling printables.  See my previous post below here for all the great suggestions of what to do with these darling Mother's Day prints.


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Have a Beautiful Day!
Candy

Sunday, April 3, 2016

MOTHERHOOD



Yes, I have Mother's Day already on my mind.  
What a wonderful time of year to celebrate Motherhood!  
Mother's make the world go 'round.  It's just the simple truth!  

I think this is a perfect little printable for any beautiful woman.  
It can be printed and made into a card, or framed.  
How about made into a tag to hang from a lovely floral basket or treat bag 
full of goodies for your friends, visiting teachers or sisters

 As for a great primary, activity days craft or even young women-  this would be so cute 
mod podged onto a little wooden block 
for the kids to give to their mom! 



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MOTHERHOOD PRINTABLE

LISTEN TO THE LORD

I'm super excited to hear more from our leaders during today's Sunday sessions of  General Conference.  Hope you also enjoy!