April 2012 General Conference Activity and Packets!

{Update: Click HERE to view/download the newest, latest and greatest Conference Packet. Enjoy!}

I know I’ve been a big slacker in not posting lately, but I feel I have a valid excuse: I’M PREPARING TO GIVE BIRTH HERE, PEOPLE! 😀 Actually, I guess my excuse would be a lot more valid if I had already given birth and was trying to take care of a newborn. But if you really knew me, you’d know that the pre-birth preparations are every bit as crazy as post-birth life. So anyway, posts are obviously going to be rather sparse from my end for the next little while (and by ‘little while’ I mean however long it takes for me to reach the non-comatose state of parenthood again). 🙂

However, I have not forgotten that we’ve got General Conference coming up right around the corner (March 31st and April 1st) and I had another fun idea I wanted to share that takes right after the Fall Conference Tree activity I did for last October’s Conference. This one is basically the same thing, except instead of a fall tree, we’re going to grow a ‘Conference Spring Garden’ with lots of beautiful springtime flowers. 🙂 The basic concept is that you’ll set up a ‘garden area’ on one of your walls, and then you use the Conference flower tops (provided in the download below) to take notes about the topics of the talks in General Conference. Color the flowers, tape them up in your garden, and then apply the talks in your family life as you pick the flowers from the garden. (It’s explained in detail in the download.) I can’t wait to see my wall plastered with a paper flower garden. 🙂

So anyway, here are the downloads for that (one for Nursery/Sunbeam age and one for Primary age children), along with my Spring Conference Packets from last year. They all apply pretty much the same (except that the cover page says ‘2011’… but with the computer issues I’ve been having lately, I’m not feeling motivated to spend 3 hours to make a change for just that. :)) I hope you enjoy the activity, the packets, and most importantly that you enjoy General Conference!!

THE ‘CONFERENCE SPRING GARDEN’ ACTIVITY DOWNLOAD:

My General Conference Packets to Download:

And here are some Conference Helps from Other Sites that I love:

  • Packets and Ideas from Sugardoodle: Click HERE
  • Primary Age Packet from Jenny Phillips: Click HERE
  • Primary Age Packet from Deseret Book: Click HERE
  • A BIG LONG Collection of Ideas from 2 Kids and Tired Activity Ideas: Click HERE
  • A Collection of Conference Ideas from Prepared, Not Scared: Click HERE
  • Activities for Children from LDS.org: Click HERE
  • And another Collection of Ideas from LDS.About.Com: Click HERE

And in case I don’t check in again soon, I hope you enjoy a wonderful Conference, a Happy Easter, and a lovely Spring!! 😀

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Spiritual Prep: Book of Mormon Reading Goal

{File Update: If you downloaded this chart prior to May 24th, 2012 you are likely missing a space for Helaman chapter 14. This has been corrected and a new version is available for download. Sorry for any inconvenience!}

So, one of our family’s goals for this year is to read the Book of Mormon (one of the books of scripture in the LDS church). It was a challenge given to us by our Stake Presidency and we hope to fulfill it. It takes us a bit longer than most to get through the book though (since our girls’ attention span is quite low when it comes to sitting still for reading that doesn’t involve princesses :)), so I’ve created this chart to help track our progress. {My chart was actually inspired by THIS one, but seeing as I don’t have a bunch of extra cash to drop on that sort of thing, I just made my own. :)}

Anyway, I of course wanted to share it with all of you in hopes it can be of use to some of you with your goals as well (click on the file name below to download it… it’s in PDF form). You can use stickers to mark off each chapter completed, or let your little ones color in each circle… whatever floats your boat. And hopefully this will help keep our kiddos motivated to sit still a little longer. 🙂 Enjoy!

Download Here: Book of Mormon Reading Chart

General Conference Activities and Packets

{Update: Click HERE to view/download the newest, latest and greatest Conference Packet. Enjoy!}

Is it really already that time again? General Conference is upon us (October 1-2)! If you are not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this may not mean much to you. But for members of the LDS church, this is a wonderful time of the year when we get to be renewed, uplifted, and reminded of the things our Heavenly Father wants His children to hear and know as we listen to His prophets and apostles. This is not just for members of the LDS faith, but for everyone! So if you have a desire to listen and learn more about our faith, you can click HERE, or better yet, ask one of your Mormon friends if you can watch it with them!

Well, as always, my brain gets turning around Conference time to try and figure out ways I can enjoy the Conference sessions with my two little tots around. They’re getting a little bigger now (4 and 2 years old), but are still a far cry from being able to sit quietly through General Conference without some major advance planning on my part… and even then, I’m still crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to catch at least half of what is being said. 🙂
This year, a few months back, I was laying in bed early one morning, and my brain literally took over my thinking and just started spilling this idea out for a Conference activity (which I can only attribute it as being a gift given directly to me because there is no way my mind just came up with it on its own). I quickly ran to the computer to write it all down, and have since worked out the details and added all the creative fun flairs to it that I like so much to do. 😀
So for this conference, I have not come up with a new packet (although I will give links to my past ones and other sites as well that can easily be used for this Conference as well), but instead have come up with a fun Conference Family Activity. I call it The Happy Fall Tree.

The detailed instructions are included in the download (see below), but the basic idea of The Happy Fall Tree is this: You create a tree trunk on one of your walls or a door in your home and you print out a set of Conference Talk leaves (in the download) for each participant. You listen to Conference and fill in the leaves regarding what each talk was about. Color, cut, and then as you discuss the Conference talks as a family, you tape the leaves to your tree trunk to create your Happy Fall Tree. Then, over the next weeks/months, you apply the topics of the talks in your home/family and as you do, you get to take the leaves down… just like it’s Fall and the leaves are falling. 🙂 You can limit family members to only being able to take down their own leaves, or make it a free for all… however you think would work better for your family. Little children will obviously need a lot more help than older children, but the hope is that, regardless of age, as your family works through the leaves, each family member will be able to gain a greater appreciation for the words of the prophets and a stronger testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Not to mention a greater feeling of peace in the home. 🙂 {Update: To sneak a peek at my family’s version of the Happy Fall Tree, you can click HERE}
I hope you enjoy the activity, and more importantly that you enjoy Conference as well! 🙂

Download The Happy Fall Tree:

 

And here are some links to some other fun General Conference Packets and Activities:

My {Previous} General Conference Packets:

 

{The above packets are from April 2011. The only things that would be out of date for this conference would be the packet cover, and then the crossword puzzles are for ‘Easter’. To update, just print out a new packet cover below (click on the picture and then print), and you can also substitute the new crossword puzzles below for the old ones.}


Conference Word Search-Senior Primary
Conference Word Search- Junior Primary

{One late update:} I came across THIS idea for a General Conference Journal page for adults to take notes (hey… adults like things to be fun too!) 🙂 and just LOVED it. The only thing was, I definitely do not take a whole page of notes for each speaker, and I didn’t want to be wasting a bunch of paper by printing out tons and tons of pages. So, of course, I made my own. 🙂 I loved the style of the original one, so I did my best to imitate it, but I just scaled it down a bit. Enjoy!

Download General Conference Journal Page (for Young Adults/Adults)

Stuff From Other Sites…

  • New Conference Packets from Sugardoodle: Click HERE
  • All General Conference Helps from Sugardoodle: Click HERE
  • Primary Age Conference Packet from JennyPhillips: Click HERE
  • Conference Packet from Deseret Book: Click HERE
  • A Collection of Conference Activities and Game Ideas: Click HERE
  • Conference Hints and Helps from Prepared Not Scared: Click HERE
  • Or for a full list of links to Conference activities, packets, and games I’ve previously found, click HERE

I hope your Conference experience is an enjoyable and memorable one! {And ladies, don’t forget that THIS Saturday (Sept. 24th) is the General Relief Society Broadcast as well!}

Spiritual Prep: More FHE In A Jar!

Here are three more lessons to add to your FHE In A Jar. Again, these are for nursery/pre-school age children and are kept very short, sweet, and to the point to accommodate their attention spans (or lack thereof). 🙂  Just click on each of the three links below and either save them to your computer or print them out. Add them to your FHE jar (and add the activities to your images folder) and you’re ready for more Family Night Fun! Hope you enjoy!

  1. FHE in a Jar- lessons
  2. Sabbath Day Matching Game
  3. I Can Work- Coloring Page

{For instructions, information, as well as more lessons for FHE In A Jar, click HERE for the original posting.}

And in case you want some refresher tips for having a successful Family Night with small children, here are some suggestions:

  • Have a picture of Jesus Christ easily accessible so you can grab it for Family Night and the children can look at Him as you talk about the things He teaches.
  • Follow a routine each week so that your children can become familiar with the family night process.
  • Use a gathering activity for the lesson. In our home, we sing the following song (to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”) when it’s time for the lesson: “If you’re ready for the lesson come sit down (clap, clap), If you’re ready for the lesson come sit down (clap, clap), If you’re ready for the lesson it will surely be a blessin’, If you’re ready for the lesson come sit down (clap, clap).” (And we all gather in a circle on the floor while we sing.)
  • Involve the children as much as possible. Try to have a lot of interaction, ask a lot of questions, and have them repeat important parts.
  • Share your testimony with your children each week to help them feel the Spirit.
  • Keep it short and sweet. Small children have small attention spans and it will only frustrate you and them if you try to give a big, elaborate lesson.

Good luck and best wishes!

Important Papers Project: Addresses & Contacts

Happy Friday all! Well with the holidays fast approaching, it seems like the perfect time to jump into Section 2 of our Important Papers Project… Addresses & Contact Lists.

This section is pretty self-explanatory. It’s just a bunch of contact lists for family, friends, associates, neighbors, etc that are all kept in one place. In addition, I’m including mailing lists in this section. So for Christmas, you can just pull out your Christmas Card mailing list and check off each person as you send them your card to make sure you don’t forget anyone.
If you are not LDS, then you won’t want to worry about the Relief Society List, but whatever church you belong to, make sure you get important numbers for there as well.

Here are some template forms I made that you can use for making your lists (print as many as you need for each list), along with the section header. Have Fun! 😀

Family Contact List
Friends & Associates Contact List
Christmas Card Mailing List
Generic Mailing List
Neighborhood/HOA Contact List

Emergency Preparedness: First-Aid Kit Contents

Alright. Do we all have our first aid kit containers? Good! Well next we need to fill them.
There are SO many options to choose from when stocking a first aid kit. You can just stand in a medicine aisle at the store to realize the plethora of options available. So, what to choose? Is it all important? Yes and no. Obviously everything has a time and a place. Here’s my suggestion. When you first start to fill your kit, start basic and then work your way up to an ultimate first-aid kit. You don’t have to have the whole ‘medicine aisle’ in your kit right at the start, but it doesn’t hurt to add more and more as you have the money and first-aid know-how.

So to help with this process, I’m going to list contents for  first-aid kits in three categories: Basic, Intermediate, and Ultimate. If you’re just getting started with your first-aid, start with the basic kit and then add from there. (You can download a printable checklist version below.)

Note: For some items I will list the generic name for items and then list an example brand name because sometimes I have no idea what the generic name means, but a brand name clears that confusion up for me. But I am not promoting any specific brands… only trying to help clarify. So here we go…

Basic First Aid Kit Contents:

  • adhesive bandages in assorted sizes (Band-aids)
  • alcohol wipes/towlettes
  • gauze pads (2×2 and 4×4)
  • medical adhesive tape
  • butterfly bandages
  • antibiotic cream (Neosporin… and I like the kind with pain relief as well)
  • aspirin (Bayer) (NEVER give aspirin to a child)
  • ibuprofin (Motrin or Advil)
  • acetominophen (Tylenol)
  • tweezers (for removing splinters and the like)
  • instant ice packs
  • disposable latex or vinyl gloves (always use when working on an open wound)
  • pad of paper and a pen

Intermediate First Aid Kit Contents includes all of the above, plus:

  • anti-diarrhea medication (Pepto Bismol)
  • anti-itch/steroid cream (for poison ivy, bug bites, rashes, etc.)
  • anti-histamine (allergy relief/ medicine for allergic reactions) (Benedryl)
  • antacid (Tums)
  • aloe vera gel
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant
  • lip ointment (Carmex, Blistex, or another good lip balm)
  • eye drops (Visine)
  • eye wash/saline solution
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  • larger adhesive bandages
  • elastic bandages for strains and sprains (Ace)
  • tongue depressor
  • finger splint
  • wrapping gauze (for wrapping around larger wounds)
  • adhesive tape (like athletic tape) (for securing gauze as well as stabilizing an injury with a splint)
  • self-adhering wrapping gauze
  • moleskin
  • safety pins
  • rubber bands
  • nail clippers
  • small scissors (for cutting adhesive tape or clothing)
  • safety scissors (with rounded tip) for cutting items off of injured person
  • thermometer
  • snake bite poison extractor
  • resealable bags, various sizes (to put dirty/bloody items in, or items you don’t want to lose, i.e. a knocked out tooth, etc.) (i.e. Ziploc)
  • permanent marker
  • basic first aid instruction book

Ultimate First Aid Kit Contents include all of the above, plus:

  • rubbing alcohol
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • antiseptic wound wash (Band-aid Hurt Free or Betadine)
  • decongestant pills and/or spray
  • cold & flu medications
  • smelling salts
  • syrup of Ipecac
  • activated charcoal (for poisoning emergencies–use only if instructed by your poison control center)
  • mouth-to-mouth/CPR shield
  • breathing/dust mask
  • eye goggles
  • cotton balls
  • cotton swabs (Q-tips)
  • turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing out wounds
  • triangular bandages/arm sling
  • splint materials (like SAM splint)
  • eye pad/patch
  • instant hot packs
  • burn cream/treatments (for more serious burns)
  • blood clotting spray
  • forceps
  • scalpels
  • hemostats
  • sterile sutures, in several sizes
  • dental tools
  • dental floss
  • save-a-tooth storage device
  • clean string
  • small flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • space blanket
  • matches
  • hard candy (to provide sugar for diabetics)
  • in depth first aid/surgical guide

Download Printable Version
Alrightythen! Did this list just give anyone a heart attack? I hope you know CPR! 😀 Okay, well just remember… one step at a time. Start Basic. Then gradually build up to the Intermediate level. And then move on to your Ultimate First Aid Kit. It’s not as bad as you think. You probably have a lot of this stuff already lying around your house. Just gather it together so you’ve got a kit ready for any emergency.

Some other points to remember and good ideas to consider:

  • Check your kit every 6 months to 1 year to change out any expired medications and restock any items that have been used and not yet been replaced.
  • If you have children or people with special needs/medical conditions, add any extra items that are appropriate to your situation.
  • Make sure everything is properly labeled.
  • Keep an inventory of everything that is in your kit and keep it inside your kit so you can take a quick glance at your list and know if you do or do not have a certain item.
  • You may want to have a medical consent form and a medical history form for each member of your family and keep it with your kit.
  • It’s also a good idea to keep a list of emergency phone numbers with your kit, including: family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers, and the regional poison control center
  • Recommended locations to keep a first aid kit: Home (Ultimate); Car (Intermediate); Boat (Intermediate); 72-Hour Kit Grab Bags (at least Basic); Purse (Basic)
  • And finally, if you have any old cell phones, do not throw them away. Instead, charge the phone up, turn it off, and stick it in your first aid kit. Even if your phone is no longer connected to a service plan, it can still dial 9-1-1 and reach the local authorities! This would be especially helpful in a car kit or boat… someplace where you may not have ready access to a landline.

Please remember, having a fully stocked first aid kit does not make you an expert in first aid. You should not perform first aid on someone if you do not know what you are doing. Not only could you make the problem worse, but you could be sued for performing any aid above the level you are certified (sad, but true). That being said, let’s not have ignorance as an excuse. Let’s learn some first aid! We’ll start tackling basic first aid techniques in the upcoming months. If there is anything specific you would like to learn, just let me know. However, if you REALLY want to be proficient at it (not to mention certified), I would recommend taking a first aid class. Until then, healthy wishes to you all!

Emergency Preparedness: 72-Hour Kits Finale

Alright… just one last push for 72-Hour Kits. Here’s a complete checklist for you to download (see link at the end) that includes all the recommended contents from the post two weeks ago. Use it as is to help in putting together your own kits, or use it as a guide in making your own. Either way, I recommend putting a checklist in every kit so that you know what is included in each one (without having to go digging through the entire kit to see if you do or do not have a certain item). And remember that you don’t have to include everything that’s on the list. Just make sure you’ve got the essentials and then choose what is best and appropriate for you and your family.


Again, remember to check and rotate your perishable items (food, batteries, medicines…) every 6 months (mark it on your calendar, or tie it in to semi-annual events… like General Conference! :)). I recommend putting the expiration dates of perishable products next to their spot on the checklist so that it’s easy to see which ones will be expiring before the next update. Then you can just quickly replace those items and not have to worry about checking your whole kit. Print out a new checklist each time you update and add the new expiration dates. Always keep your kits up to date so that they will be ready to just grab and go any time you need them!

Download your checklist and save it to your computer here: 72 Hour Kit Checklist