Stars or the Mud and Personal Progress

January 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

Shoot for the treetops and land in the mud, Shoot for the moon and land among the stars.

Dear friend,

As I explained in this little post, I am the secretary in my wards Young Women and in addition to making my life a bit more crazy I have found so much joy!  I also have created some fun printables and helps over the last 3 months that I want to share here with you so I begin with one I made for our Personal Progress Activity this Wednesday.

Our goal for this week is to assess where the girls are, since we are all new, and then plan our activities for the first Wednesday from the requirements that would benefit the most girls.

Let me back up and explain a little for those of you not familiar with the Young Womens program.  Young Womens is a program within my Church-the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints-that guides young women between the ages of 12-18.  Personal progress is an inspired set of requirements and projects that help the girls gain a testimony of Jesus Christ, understand their identity, learn how to be worthy to return to our Father in Heaven, prepare for the roles they will fill in their life {leader, wife, mother}, and prepare to go to the temple and make covenants there to bind their families throughout eternity.

The tasks require that the girls be industrious, provide service and think of others, learn new skills, plan for their future, be a leader, it requires introspection, and creating goals for their life.  But it is all personal and for each girl to be responsible for.

So, to help the girls organize their goals and continue moving forward in accomplishing their goals I have created a worksheet for each quarter that they will fill out during an activity and then hang in their room so they can check their progress.

As the girls fill out their worksheet our team of leaders will be pulling each girl aside individually to share with us her accomplishments in personal progress.

I hope you find this useful!

{Download the worksheet here}

I hope to be posting more of our fun shortly:)



Free Poster Print

October 20, 2011 § 3 Comments

Dear friends,

Walgreens has a special right now until the 22nd- a free poster 11X14 when you use this code: PSTR4LESS!

So in honor of the cool deal I am uploading my favorite picture I have taken of the temple just for you.

{Click to Download}

xo Ash


Pirate Party Free Printables!

October 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

Dear friend,

Last weekend my cousin Tiff threw a pirate party for her cutie little girl that was turning 4.  When McGilly was turning 1 I made all these printables for a pirate party but then decided to go simple since she wasn’t really even going to know what was going on-I finally got to see these printables in action and now I am sharing them with you!  Tomorrow I am going to post a party planner with games, food, crafts, and music to use at your party.  Take a look!


This is the invite, it can be given presented in lots of ways but the idea was to create an invite that was cheap to print and interactive.

  • My idea was to print this on 11X17 and fold it in 6th’s and put in a  5X5 black envelope {When you fold it that way and put it so the bottom middle panel shows it says, “You are invited” as soon as they pull it out.  Then deliver with a mini sized watercolor set or a set of crayons so that the invited child could color the invite.
  • My cousin Tiff rolled it up like a treasure map and wrapped it with an eyepatch.
  • Another fun idea would be to clean out pop bottles and roll up the invites and slide them in and then recap…did you know you can ship just about anything?  Take it to the postoffice, have it weighed, use a permanent marker to address them or slap on some labels and ship.

These are the thank you cards.  Tiff had her cutie sign the cards and she put them in the favor bags {her favor bags included: a pirate flag, a pirate telescope, candy from the pinata, a captains hook, a cardboard pirate hat, and all kinds of goodies gathered in the treasure hunt and pinata blow out.


Check back soon for a party guide with all kinds of ideas from this party and my pirate week I celebrated in my kindergarten class.  For now I hope you enjoy these pirate printables.  Download them below:

{Banner Alphabet}

{Happy Birthday Banner}

{Cake Topper}

{Cupcake Toppers}

{Pattern Paper}

{Invitation Back}

{Invitation Front}

{Pirate Icons}

{Thank You Card Girl}

{Thank You Card Boy}

{Thank You Inside}

Thanks for visiting,


Halloween is in the Air

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

 Dear friends,

I had to show you this cute face!  These were taken last Halloween, our first Halloween with McGilly.  We were the three little bears, the Three Bears Bop, was her favorite song at the time.  We went trunk or treating at our church and visited with family.  It was fun fun.  This year we are taking our inspiration from another one of her favorite songs, if you follow {this link} you will get a hint.  My other idea stems from my love of Harry Potter books and would require a Hermione, a Harry, and a Hedwig, guess who would be hedwig?  But I feel like I would rather her have some idea of what we are.  The only thing I can’t decide is what the Hubby will be-maybe I will design a front and a back of a t-shirt that is a sun and the rain or he could be the rain spout?  Hmmm, I going to have to think that through-who wants to be a rainspout for Halloween?

Well this post is also to share with you some free printables and activities for Halloween.  Also, watch out for a wonder hour post of cool science experiments coming your way because I think science experiments just seem to fit this month so well-who am I kidding I love science every month.

The first set is for the grown-ups:

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  • Candy Bar Wrapper by Twig & Thistle
  • Invitation by Twig & Thistle
  • Treat flags by Twig & Thistle
  • Pumpkin Kid {Pumpkin Carving Invite} by Black Apple
  • Spider Border by Ambrosia Girl
  • Spooky Jar Labels by Wash. Rinse. Repeat

Click here to be taken to the links on PINTERESTor to the design blog {just scroll down to Halloween}

The second set is for the kiddies:

 I think these are awesome!  Minieco and Ambrosia girl are two great minds that think alike.  What a more perfect activity for a rainy October day!

 Okay, this beats all.  Over the Moon has brought you this awesome preschool packet with the cutest illustrations ever!  I am tempted to print a few of the pages on cardstock, cut out the cute halloweeners and make a banner for my front room or McGilly’s room!  I was tempted to make this it’s own seperate post because I want you to make sure to go out and see it!  BONUS-I just found counting cards that go with it!

This is another one of my favorites. This is a treat box, you cut, fold, glue, and it’s the cutest treat box you’ll ever find!   This illustrator creates free printables for a website called We Love to Illustrate that I absolutely LOVE!  I think all the illustrators that share are fantastic but I am always drawn to Bee’s illustrations and this is from her.  Make sure to go out and see their new printables for October-can I just say again I love them!

These are some fun writing sheets for you or the kiddies-bonus they come in all different themes, thank you A Little Hut!

And there you go some wonderful printables from talented and generous artists {my favorite kind} to get your Halloweeniness, yes I said Halloweeniness, happenin’!

xo Ash

5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate: An Interactive Reader

October 7, 2011 § 2 Comments


Dear friend,

This is the pumpkin book I have been telling you about.  In Kindergarten the children loved this song during the month of October,

  • 5 litte pumpkins sitting on a gate. {Putting 5 fingers up with the bottom of your palm resting on your opposite forearm}
  • The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.” {Pointing to the wrist on your opposite arm like a watch}
  • The second one said, “There are witches in the air.” {Pointing into the air and ducking a little}
  • The third one said, “But we don’t care.” {Putting hands palms up to the sides of your shoulders}
  • The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!” {Using your arms to mimic running}
  • The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!” {Nodding your head to the rhythm}
  • Then whoosh went the wind. {Use arms to make sweeping motion across body}
  • And out went the light.  {We would turn off the light switch briefly}
  • And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. {Rolling arms one over the other}

McGilly loves this song, so it is my next interactive reader.  Compile this one just like the Itzy Bitzy book but put on the pumpkin instead of the spider.  This book is great for introducing ordinal numbers {1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc} and it is so fun for Halloween.  THIS FILE IS LARGE IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO DOWNLOAD-hint just click download and then hop in the shower or exercise and then come back to it.  I am working on trying to condense them.

{Pages A}

{Pages B}

{Pages C}

{Binding Cuff and Pumpkin}

In honor of the new reader I also wanted to share some of my favorite Halloween books with you.

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Halloween Books from my collection:

  • Halloweiner by Dav Pilkney
  • Dem Bones by Bob Barner
  • The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • One Halloween Night by Mark Teague
  • Just a Minute: a counting book by Yuyi Morales
  • The Halloween Kid by Rhodes Montijo
Books about Pumpkins from my collection:
  • Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
  • The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  • It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
And pirate books are a whole other genre…coming next week!
What books are you sharing this month?
xo Ash

Itzy Bitzy Spider: An Interactive Reader

October 5, 2011 § 4 Comments

  Dear friend,

I have a fun new printable to share with you!  Ever since we had this visit McGilly and I have been doing activities that have to do with her favorite song, Itzy Bitzy Spider.  Today I want to share with you a reader I made for her and tomorrow I will share an link gathering of the other fun ideas we have tried.

All you have to do is print the reader below-it prints two to a page.  Cut the pages in half and use this link to bind them or just print the binding cuff and staple.  Then attach a spider ring to the book with a piece of string and Ta Dah–a fun interactive book!

I just finished another reader today that is especially for Halloween-I can’t wait to share.  The only unexpected thing that McGilly and I had when reading it for the first time is the spider gives her the heebee geebies…hopefully she get used to it– but, she loves the song and the story.  I hope you like it too!

Here are the downloads-

{Reader pages}

{Binding cuff}

I hope you have a great day and enjoy!





A Halloween Collection

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

I got on a kick this evening after McGilly went to bed and I couldn’t stop.  I was playing in Adobe Illustrator-my secret addiction- and made some fun halloween printables for my kitchen.  I needed some cheap decorations and what’s cheaper than a couple hours of fun in illustrator + some cardstock, modge podge, and ribbon.   Without further ado…here they are for your printing pleasure.


In the banner download is a pennant banner with Trick or Treat and the pumpkin pennant above and a candy pennant to put on the ends.  Also, in the printables download there are placecards or food labels, a Halloween 5X7 card, candy jar labels, 4 sheets of pattern paper, cupcake picks or tags, To: and From: tags for Halloween goodies, and a trick or treat poster.

I wanted to wait until I could photograph the finish products to show you all I have planned for them but I was too excited to get them up.  I will share the pictures as I get everything put together and will you do the same?

I would love to see any of my printables in use it is so fun to see others awesome creativity.

You shouldn’t have a problem but if the font looks funny just follow this link and download District Thin and Lobster Two- both fonts are free.  The printable files are quite large so if you run into any problems downloading just let me know.



I hope these help you usher in the excitement of fall.  I do love fall.

with lots of printable love,


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