Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday SayingZ | Be Awesome

{ This week's quote }
Don't forget
to be
AWESOME!

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Each Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a quote/saying with you! 
I am a collector of quotes/sayings/scrapbook titles, etc. and I love to hear new ones! So, each week, I will share a quote/saying with you that I hope will inspire you and make your day a little better! I also create pieces of wordart with these quotes each week and offering them to you as a freebie!!!  Feel free to use them in your scrapbook layouts or just print them out for great wall decor!

If you have any great quotes/sayings - feel free to send them in to me at dedesmith32@gmail.com - I would love to use them!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Family History TuesdayZ | Favorite Sports Team

Journaling Prompt: 
Do you have a favorite Pro Sports Team?
Why are they your favorite?


My Personal Journaling:
In high school, I played basketball and volleyball and I loved it. I didn't watch much Pro sports then, but if I did it was Utah Jazz Basketball. Joey is a football fan and so when I married him - football became the sport we watched and I have to admit now that I love it. We have had 2 teams that we have cheered for, mostly because of their quarterback, Peyton Manning.  So we were Indianapolis Colts fans and then when Peyton went to play for the Denver Broncos, we followed him. It's been a difficult year for the Broncos and we are anxious to hear what's going to happen.  If Peyton retires this year, we might just have to become Colts fans again!  :)




NEW for 2015! Journal CardZ
A very popular trend right now is Pocket Scrapbooking. Part of pocket scrapbooking is journaling cards. So to help you scrap my weekly Journal Prompts, I am offering up 4x6 and 3x4 cards for your use every week! These cards are great to use digitally or you can even print them out! I have also included squared and rounded corners too, so I really hope you will use these in your scrapbooking and journaling!

** For this particular set - I thought it could be fun if you could add your favorite team's logo or mascot or colors in the half circle!  :)

Journal CardZ - Favorite Pro Sports Team by DesignZ by DeDe (DeDe Smith)
Journal CardZ - Favorite Pro Sports Team
4x6 and 3x4 Cards - Squared & Rounded Corners


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I'd love to hear what you think of this new product!  
Look for more Journal CardZ to come to my store too! 
Do you pocket scrapbook?


Each Tuesday, I am going to be offering prompts or ideas. If you don't write in your journal regularly - I am going to encourage you to write just ONCE A WEEK and answer the question/idea that I give on Tuesdays. These ideas hopefully will spark a memory and you will be able to capture that in what you write/record so that it can be left for your children/grandchildren/family/friends. Give as much detail as you can when answering.

Will you do this for me? Will you do this for your families? You can write it down in a journal, you can type it up on a computer or journaling software, you can take a recorder and talk, you can videotape your answers, you can even scrap a page with the journaling. It doesn't matter how you do this - it's just important that you do it. The memories, the dates, the information is the only real thing we can leave to our families when we are gone.

New for 2015! Journal CardZ. A very popular trend right now is Pocket Scrapbooking. Part of pocket scrapbooking is journaling cards. So to help you scrap my weekly Journal Prompts, I am offering up 4x6 and 3x4 cards for your use every week! These cards are great to use digitally or you can even print them out!

If I come up with other family history ideas - I will be sure to share it here too - and if you want to share with me your ideas - that would be wonderful and I'd be glad to share them here too. Just comment here or email me at dedesmith32@gmail.com.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Magic | Start Your Week Right



I'm on a quest this year to find my true self and really just be the awesomest ME that I can be. I find myself judging myself to others standards or wondering what other people think about me and I want to stop doing that. I really think that by doing that, I add to my stress and depression and I am ready to get out of that.  I am ready to start just being me. So I have been starting to do some praying and thinking and reading to help me on this journey.

Mondays are always hard for me. I never seem to start it in a good way. It always feels like I have too much to do and I never live up to what I want to accomplish. I've decided that I need to do a few things on the weekend to help my brain reset and be prepared to start a new week.  So today I offer up an inspirational list to help us reset and start anew!

1. Breathe, Relax, and Focus
Whether you are religious or not, taking some time to uplift your soul is important. So whether it is attending a church service or just meditating,  I feel like it is important to take some time to relax and breathe and focus on how you feel and how you want to change for the better. Unplugging for a little bit of time can really help. Reading or listening to something uplifting can really help relieve you of the stress of the previous week and help you be prepared to take on the next week. For me it is important to pray to my Heavenly Father and ask for help to start the week off right.

2. Be Thankful
It is so easy to worry about what we don't have or what we aren't accomplishing.  I know I do this way too much.  But I know it really helps me to take some time and list the things that I do have and the things that I am accomplishing and the things that are around me that are so amazing. Counting your blessings is a great way to realize how many things that we do have in our lives and helps us keep the focus on the positive.

3. Clear Your Mind
I think one of the hardest things for me is getting rid of all the negative thoughts and the huge list of to-dos that is always there inside my head. But actually letting all of that fester in my mind, gets me no-where and actually distracts me from accomplishing anything. So take some time to clear your mind.  Get all of that to-do list out on paper and make some priorities. Have some conversations with your loved ones and get a plan in place for the upcoming week.  Even just talking about what is going on that week and getting things on the calendar (not the one in your head - but actually a physical calendar) - will help to clear your mind. Also remember to not overload your calendar. There are things that can wait - you don't have to do everything right now (Yep, I'm so guilty of this one).

4. Take One Day at a Time
It is so easy to look at all the to-dos and go a little crazy. I am so guilty of this too, but I am ready to change. It is important to write all the to-dos down and make the priorities, but once that is all out - it will really help you to focus on one day at a time.  Take that one day and do your best to accomplish that list only - no thinking of everything else that you need to do. Prioritize and just do what you need to do on that day only.

5. Schedule Time for "Nothing"
Yep, you heard me. I think it is important to have some time for yourself and time for "nothing."  I am an overplanner and I like to schedule things and if its not on the list then it will not happen because I also have a bad memory. So I kind of have to "schedule" everything.  So make sure to have some time for "nothing."  That could mean some time for just you (bubble bath, reading, crafting, etc.) or maybe something that you have wanted to do but never get it done (spend some quality time with your kids, go somewhere you have never been, trying something new, calling on a friend/family, do something fun, etc.)   So whether its a little time every day, or maybe a big chunk of time on a weekend - schedule it and make sure it happens. Don't let yourself get so uninspired and tired that you waste your weekend. Have fun and it will make your life so much more meaningful - I promise. 

6. Be Positive
No matter how hard, boring, annoying or time consuming a task may be - stay positive. If you have to, FORCE yourself to think on the bright side. Go back to that Be Thankful list!

7. Do Something Early
If you find yourself with a little extra time during the week, go back to that prioritized list and find something that you weren't going to do and DO IT!  Accomplishing something extra from your list will add a spring to your step and make you feel good about yourself. Plus it decreases that never ending someday/maybe list!

8. Take Care of Yourself
There's nothing so discouraging as feeling yucky. So get sleep, eat right, and do a little exercise.  Don't get mad at yourself if you eat that fry or go to bed too late, but do put some thought into taking care of you. Do one thing this week that you can be proud of in regards to your health!


What are some of the things you do to start your week off right?




Each Monday (that doesn't have a new release), I am going to be offering a little Magic to start your week. It might be a fun idea, some inspiration, a tutorial, or just sharing some thoughts - Whatever I feel like! So come back and share your thoughts too!



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jolly Holiday Surprise Adventure | The Surprise - Part 1

THE SURPRISE - Part 1
December 6, 2014

** I have been so excited about this trip that of course I had been packed for weeks. But the night before the trip, we attended my niece's birthday party and then came home and had the kids go to bed early!  And then final preparations were made by Joey and I, including getting the bags in the car and the "treasures" hidden and such.  We were so excited that I don't think we really got any sleep!  Let the Adventure begin...

We woke the kids up at 6:00 am with a "Merry Christmas!" They were so confused but we told them to go get in the shower and get dressed. They were not too enthused about getting up so early on a Saturday morning.  They got ready and sleepily arrived in the living room to this:





That actually woke them up pretty good! Presents under the tree!  But we had them eat some breakfast, before we got started. 

Every year it has been our December tradition to have a daily activity. For years we have used an advent calendar that I created out of a over-the-door shoe organizer. (It has 24 slots, perfect for our daily activities to go in the pockets).  But this year, I got a great Black Friday deal at Deseret Book and purchased a new Shadowbox Advent Calendar that I have been eyeing for a couple of years:


So we had the kids sit down on the couch and we pulled out the note that was in the "6" Box. Our note said: "Grimoires of Grand Adventure" (Joey had been giving the kids some vocabulary words in the previous week, so they would understand some of our messages.)


We then instructed the kids to take the gifts out from under the tree and untie the bow. We made sure that they wouldn't uncover the brown paper over the cover of the storybooks. I decided that I wanted to film each time we read a part of the books, so I filmed while Joey read to the kids and they followed along. Joey and I were both pretty emotional as we were actually starting off on this grand adventure that we had been planning for so long.  The second page of the book instructed the kids to go on a treasure hunt.

Our video of the reading of this first part of our Storybook go here:




JJ and Beth excitingly took their books (which had pictures of where the treasures were) and headed out.





The kids gathered wrapped gifts, gold coins, and slips of paper with messages on them. They were having a great time collecting everything and when they got to the end of the hunt, they piled all of their treasures into the living room. Joey and I happily watched them as they opened the gifts of games, coloring books, activity books, crayons, treats, and more. 




We then had them take the slips of paper to the table and try and put them in the right order.  After a little while (and some help), they were able to do it:


Then we read the final page of Part 1 in the Storybook.  (Unfortunately, I somehow failed to film this page, so I am just including the image of that page here):


After reading the page, it took a bit of prompting to help the kids figure out what they needed to do.  In the treasure hunt, one of the wrapped gifts included a special decoder that Joey had one of his friends make.  (Joey had 4 made so we all have one so we can send each other coded messages and stuff. It's so awesome!) To figure out how to use the decoder the kids had to use the message on the slips of paper above.  The answer was 13.  So they had to set their decoder to the number 13 and then they could decipher the message on the left side of the page. 


Once they found the cipher they went right to work decoding the message!





And the message turned out to be:
Take the things you found and get in the car.


So we helped the kids get all their stuff into their backpacks and we put on our coats....

The Adventure Continues in another post. :)

The Smith Family's Jolly Holiday Adventure
I'm so excited to share my family's magical Christmas adventure of 2014 with you!
To see all the postings in this series go HERE.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Would You Rather? - LDS Version | Printable Card Game

Would You Rather - LDS Version by DeDe Smith
WOULD YOU RATHER - LDS VERSION
by DeDe Smith

So as one of the counselors in my ward's Primary presidency, I have been really busy, designing and organizing things for our new year in Primary. I have really enjoyed creating and its been a long time since I have felt that and it has really been great.  As a presidency we are so excited for this year's theme and we have just felt really inspired!

One of the things we recently held was our annual Primary Pancake Breakfast. The teachers and leaders and kids all came in their pjs and we had a great breakfast, followed by games and things to get to know their new teachers in a fun environment. One of the things, I came up with to put on the tables was a WOULD YOU RATHER - LDS VERSION Card Game.

I am so excited about it and I'm happy to finally share it with you!


Have you ever played Would You Rather? Now, there's an LDS Version, full of fun gospel and scripture prompts!

It's perfect for Family Home Evenings, Primary and Ward Parties, groups, and families! It's a fun way to discuss the gospel and scripture stories!


THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO PLAY!
Would you rather play....

(1) by just reading the questions and having fun conversations with your answers


OR

(2) taking turns reading the cards and predicting what the other players will choose to earn a card. To win, be the first person to earn a card from all 6 categories!


You can now purchase these 
Printable Cards in TWO Ways:



I'd love to hear what you think!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Freebie | 2015 Primary Theme Posters

2015 Primary Theme
I Know My Savior Lives

So if you are LDS and happen to be in a Primary Presidency, 
I have a freebie for you today. 

I AM a part of my ward's Primary Presidency (specifically the second counselor), and as per usual, I am behind in my duties!  This next Sunday will be the first of the year and of course we will be introducing this year's theme - I KNOW MY SAVIOR LIVES.  If you are in the Primary, you know that each month we have monthly themes that go along with the yearly theme, plus monthly scriptures. Many wards, including my own, like to display posters with the month's theme on it! 

This year, I designed our own posters and I'd like to share them with you today! I know that it is down to the last minute, but if you are like me and are looking for something you can download and get printed last minute, I have it for you!  

These are 16x20 posters and the link includes the high quality jpg files. 

 I really hope you can use them! Would love to hear what you think!











Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday!!!



I have a Cyber Monday deal for you! 
Who wants 50% off?

That's right from 12:00am - 11:49pm EST on Monday, December 1st you get 50% off all my products in my store (excluding bundles)! Discount will automatically be applied to your cart!

and get all the products on your wishlist!