Friday, January 29, 2010


When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us (Helen Keller)
Say Thanks!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Little Valentine for little ones!

Valentines day is here, and your little ones need something to drop off with their friends... preferably something cute and little and filled with candy. Here is the idea!

You can find little packs of matchboxes at the grocery store.. They usually come in packs of 10 and shouldn't run you more than $1.50 or so. (Dump the matches out and save them for your next blackout.) Cut a piece of paper 2" high (or the height of your matchbox) and about 4" long (enough to wrap all the way around), and used a bit of tape to secure it on the back. 

Fill with candy (regular m and ms and candy corn will fit nicely), tuck in a little note, wrap with string if desired, and add a name tag or first initial. Then off to school!

Disposable plates in an recycling way!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Young Women Crafts!

January 2010
Personal Progress Goal Binder
by Serene Heiner

...when Primary Songs can help!

Boy Sings Primary Songs until Rescued in Haiti
by Jennifer Samuels

Five-year-old Gancci Saintelus jumped up and down with excitement when his mother, Soline, three-year-old sister, Angie, and one-year-old brother, Gansly, walked into his hospital room at the Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, January 21st.  During the reunion, Soline cried and held her son, while Angie asked where her brother’s arm was. The family was separated seven days ago when Gancci and his dad, Olgan, left their devastated country of Haiti behind to save Gancci’s life.The Saintelus family reunion was heartwarming and their story is quite miraculous. 
When the earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, Olgan was working at the Holiday Inn and Soline was at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Centrale chapel meeting with the bishop about a new church calling.  Both parents were unharmed and went to check on their three children at home who where staying with a caretaker.  They found their three-story apartment complex had collapsed.

“We thought our children had died,” remembered Olgan.  “I kept praying to Heavenly Father to help us find our children.”

It took ten hours to dig their children out of the rubble.  Their oldest son, Gancci, was singing primary songs that could be heard by rescue workers trying to dig him out.  The Saintelus children and caretaker were the only survivors found in the collapsed building.

Gancci had the most serious injuries and needed medical attention right away.  Olgan left his wife and two children at the church building and went searching for help for his son.

“I went to the hospital but they told me to wait outside,” Olgan recalled. “Many people were waiting to be helped.”

Olgan decided to take his son to his workplace at the Holiday Inn.  He pleaded with people he met in the hallways of the hotel to help him.

“I kept praying for someone to help my son,” Olgan said.

After another twelve hours passed by, he met Mark Eisaman, a former EMT from South Florida who had come on his own to Haiti to help.  Eisaman enlisted the help from a British search and rescue team and got Olgan and Gancci on a flight to Miami.

In Miami, Gancci’s right arm had to be amputated, but his life was saved.  Eisaman stayed by Olgan’s side and once Gancci started to recover, Eisaman made it his mission to go back and get the rest of the Saintelus family out of Haiti.  He said he didn’t want the family to be separated after this disaster.

“I went in there [Haiti] and got the family out,” said Eisaman, who didn’t want to disclose details about the trip.

The Saintelus family reunion was joyful despite all they had been through.  They are worried about their extended family and friends in Haiti but believe their faith will help them endure.  Church members of their new ward and stake in Miami have come by to welcome them and have brought in clothes, food, toys, diapers and other needed supplies to the family who are staying temporarily in a facility close to the hospital. 

“I’m so grateful to my church,” said Olgan with tears in his eyes. 

Olgan and Soline have been LDS members for over 10 years now.  They both have served missions in Haiti and are temple workers.  Although they can’t predict what the future will bring, they are happy that their family is together alive and safe.

President Monson Announces New Temple in Payson, Utah

SALT LAKE CITY 25 January 2010 A new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to be built in Payson, Utah, it was announced today by Church President Thomas S. Monson.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Line Upon Line

"Revelation need not all come at once. It may be incremental. 'Saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more' (2 Nephi 28:30). Patience and perseverance are part of our eternal progression." (Russell M. Nelson, "Ask, Seek, Knock," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 83)
Topics: Faith, Revelation, Prayer

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Brazil 2014, Brazil 2016

"Why study Portuguese?Today more than ever before, language skills and cultural knowledge are essential for success and satisfaction in a wide range of careers. Brazil.... will host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. 

"Nowadays the overwhelming majority of Brazilians speak Portuguese as their mother tongue, with the exception of small communities of descendants of European and Japanese immigrants - mostly in the South and Southeast - and Amerindian villages, who make up for an extremely minor part of the population. However, even in those cases, the populations use Portuguese frequently as a means of communication with other people and to understand TV and radio programs, for example". (Marisa Edwards, 2010)


Girls Camp - Printables

Printable stationary for Girls Camp, created by Lori here.

Keep It or Toss It?

Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide - Save Money, Eat Better, Help The Environment 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pros and Cons: All about Heels

I love high heel shoes.But when, what kind is better for me, for you?

Heels are capable of wonderful feats, like making you three inches taller and slimming your legs and allowing too-long pants to fit perfectly. Here’s a more specific breakdown of different types of heels and their pros and cons:
Kitten Heel
Pros: Cute and dainty
Cons: Can make legs look distinctly un-dainty by comparison

Wedge Heel
Pros: Funky, fashionable, and usually more comfortable than regular heels

Cons: Can be weighty and cumbersome

Low Heel (1 inch or lower)
Pros: Comfortable and reasonable
Cons: Can look, hmm—how do I put this?—comfortable and reasonable

Mid-Height Heel (1 1/2–2 1/2 inches)
Pros: Comfortable and flattering
Cons: Many mid-height shoe styles are sort of boring

High Heel (3 inches or higher)
Pros: Glamorous and fashion forward
Cons: Can be painful

Stiletto Heel
Pros: Sexy, can be used as a weapon if necessary
Cons: A pencil-width heel supporting your entire body mass is not going to be

Super–High Heel (5 inches or higher)
Pros: Umm . . . they make you five inches taller?
Cons: Chances of tripping and breaking your ankle: 95 percent

Test Your Heart Smarts

Think you know everything you need to know about your heart? Take this short quiz below to see how many you get right.
1. A woman’s risk of dying from heart disease is:
a) 1 in 3
b) 1 in 5
c) 1 in 25
2. Heart attack signs may include nausea and back pain
3. To lower triglyceride levels, cut back on:
a) alcohol
b) pasta and bread
c) both a & b
d) none of the above
1. a) One in three women will die of heart disease, making it the number one cause of death in women.
2. True. While chest pain is still the most common sign, many women experience other heart attack symptoms, including nausea and
back pain.
3. c) Limiting alcohol and refined carbs like white bread and regular pasta are great ways to lower triglycerides, a type of blood fat linked to heart disease.

Valentine Holders

Sooo cute! This bear holds all your valentines for safe keeping.

This foam kit assembles to make a super cute valentine holder. All pieces precut, all you need is glue and a paint pen. Generous size measures 10" tall, 8" wide and 2" deep. Holds tons of Valentines! 

You need:
  • Foam, Glue Gun, Tacky Glue
Hot glue 4 pieces together to make box. Use tacky glue to attach precut pieces from kit. You can write your name on the front with a permanent marker.

Young Women - Personal Progress - Materials Listing

I Know My Savior Lives

Primary staff for download, shared with other blogs and sites

Some Wife's Tips (...since 1955)

A little Stamp

Look how cute it is!
from my Brazilian friend Aline.
Thank you, sweetheart.

How to help provide relief for Haiti's earthquake victims

People may help victims of the earthquake in Haiti by:
  • Donating items to Deseret Industries.
  • Making humanitarian aid kits.
  • Volunteering labor hours at bishops storehouses, welfare farms, canneries or other Welfare Services projects.
  • Donating to the Humanitarian Aid Fund. Members may donate to the fund:
    • Through a local ward or branch and marking the category "Humanitarian Aid" on the donation slip.
    • By mailing donations to Humanitarian Services, 50 East North Temple Street, Floor 7, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-6890
    • Online through LDS Philanthropies (click on the "Donate Online" icon in the upper left-hand corner).