Thursday, December 8, 2016

5 Ways Your Planner Can Help You Tackle The Holiday Season



The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. However, between celebrating with loved ones, attending work events, contributing to school activities, and spending time with those closest to you, it can be difficult to keep track of what is supposed to get done when and where you’re expected to be at what time. 
Thankfully, there is a way you can make this year’s holiday festivities more enjoyable and less stressful than ever. With these five tips, you can learn how to best use a planner during these busy times. 

1. First Things First  

First and foremost, it’s important to have a big enough planner so the November and December months have enough space to fit in all of your plans for the holidays. Simply start by adding every event you have planned to the corresponding date on the calendar. By writing these important dates down first, you’ll be able to quickly and easily determine when you can host your own holiday party or cookie exchange, and you can schedule other events around what you already have planned. 

2. Dominate Holiday Decor 

A staple on any mom calendar is decorations. Use your planner to make a Holiday Decor Inventory checklist of everything you’ll need to make the inside and outside of your home look great this season. Be sure to include things like ornaments that go on the tree, decorations for the table, lights for the house, any holiday collections, and so on.

3. Properly Plan A Party 

Planners are incredibly handy when it comes to party planning. Whether you’re brainstorming a party for your fellow friends or coming up with kids party ideas, you can use your planner to devise a grocery shopping list, a decoration list, and a party guest list where you include the names, addresses, phone numbers, and RSVPs from invited guests. Using a planner for party planning purposes is especially helpful in ensuring you’re not leaving anyone off the list or forgetting any critical part components.  

4. Track Your Gifts 

Similar to party planning, when it comes to tracking holiday gifts nothing is more helpful than a planner. Make a list of everyone you want or need to get a gift for. Keep track of which gifts you’ve purchased, which ones you’ve sent, and those which you still need to buy. By having it all on paper, you can rest assured you’re not forgetting anyone on your gifts list. 

5. Mastering Your Holiday Meal 

One of the best parts of the holiday season is the delicious, flavorful fare that accompanies these happy times. Whether you’re preparing a meal for a New Year’s party or a Christmas party, by using your planner you’ll be able to successfully navigate grocery shopping, prepare meals and dishes ahead of time, and plan out exactly what you want to cook for your family and guests. 
By using your planner, you can master your plans for the holidays and enjoy this festive, heartwarming time of year. As a busy teacher or mom-on-the-go, check out our wide variety of planners to find the style that best fits your holiday needs. 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 6

I love this scripture.  It is full of promise and love.  He just wants us to love Him and serve Him and He has promised us blessings we can't even fathom or imagine right now in our mortal life.  That makes me excited and happy to think about.  
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#LIGHTtheWORLD Day 6

Thursday, December 1, 2016

25 Ways over 25 Days

"I used to love Christmas time but I'm starting to hate it! It's just so stressful trying to buy gifts for everyone and feeling guilt because I can't afford to get everything my kids want. I feel like I've completely lost the Christmas spirit and I don't know how to get it back."
 During a recent shopping trip, I overheard this conversation from this cute, young mom who was trying to keep her little toddler from knocking over displays, while she attempted to shush her fussy baby. I don't know who she was talking to on the phone,  but I know she was sincere in her frustrations. A familiarity came over me as I recalled having little ones in the store who tested my patience and pushed my buttons. She noticed me and realized that I had heard her declaration of Scrooginess and that I had seen her snap at her little one. I tried to give her a reassuring smile, but I knew that she was embarrassed as she pushed her cart away from me. 
As I thought about what she had said, I was embarrassed to admit to myself that my own thoughts about Christmas felt familiar to hers. It is so very easy to get caught up in all of the trappings and the pressures of the holiday season. It's human nature to rationalize and say, "I don't have time for service." Like a mold that slowly and silently grows underneath the surface, out of sight..our giving hearts become a little darker, a little more selfish, without us even realizing it. And then one year, the day before Thanksgiving, you find yourself dreading the day after Thanksgiving because you know it's coming. The stress of getting all the Christmas decorations out and dealing with lights that don't work and kids who's lists have become shorter but oh so much more expensive. Knowing that with all the Kindergarten parties and the church activities, work deadlines and the shopping, and baking and decorating...when are you going to have time to remember the reason for the season?? When am I going to have time to take my kids to the Homeless shelter? How can I buy gloves and coats and boots for the clothing drive when I don't have extra money to spare? How am I going to volunteer at the Hospital when I have to volunteer at the Church? How am I going to do everything I need to do to become like Jesus? And you find yourself saying, "I hate Christmas!" How did that happen?
And then you see a video like this and realize that that's not what it's about. You don't have to do all of those things. It is the simple, sincere gestures of service and love that bring us closer to the Savior and teach us how to be more like Him. 


                                       

As I watched this video a feeling of peace and joy came over me and I instantly knew that I was going to make this Christmas special for my family in a way that had nothing to do with things. My favorite part of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is when the Grinch looks down on the Who's as they joyfully sing, hand in hand, despite not having any of their gifts. He cannot understand their joy as he questions,
"How could it be so? It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!"
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!
"Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

I love the idea of it being through small and simple acts of service and giving, that we are encouraged to be like the Savior.
This initiative is for everyone! No matter what your beliefs are. It is a daily opportunity to love and to serve the people around us in the ways that the Savior did.

'In an increasingly dark world, we can be a bright light to those around us and a shining example of Christlike love.
"Opportunities to shine surround us each day. As we follow the example of the Savior, ours will be the opportunity to be a light in the lives of others, whether they be our own family members and friends, our co-workers, mere acquaintances, or total strangers."  Thomas S. Monson
This holiday season, follow the Savior's example and look for ways to be a light to those around you. As you do so, the light you share will reflect back and brighten your own.'

Go to mormon.org/Christmas to get ideas of simple, very doable acts of service.
Each day we will be sharing some of the things we did to #LightTheWorld. Please comment and share with us how you shared your light.
May we focus less on the things that we can't do, and more on the things that we can.
And may your Christmas season be filled with love and light. (and good planning) :)

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My name is Mindy.  I love baseball, movies and useless trivia.  I have 5 kids that I love and serve.  My husband is top notch.  I love serving in all the ways I can.  




Monday, August 22, 2016

Carry on, carry on, carry on!!!

Sometimes life can throw us for a loop.  Sometimes we get hurt.  Sometimes people hurt us and say unkind and untrue things about us.  Sometimes we get physically sick and we get mentally tired and depressed.  Some have chronic pain and some have emotional pain. Sometimes addictions get the better of us and we feel hopeless and scared that we'll never change.  Sometimes our faith can be tested to its limit, we feel alone, misunderstood and weak.

We know that part of the purpose in this life is to gain experience and knowledge and we know that "all these things shall give us experience and shall work for our good" 

But, it can be hard...very hard to go through life.  How do we endure, how do we press forward even when we feel lost or like we can't bear anymore?  

The Savior admonished us to cast our burdens on Him.  He said:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 
He promised that if we're thirsty, He will give us drink to the point that we will never thirst  He promised:  I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. And that He'll strengthen and uphold us especially during hard times. 

Those are some pretty great promises for very little requirement on our part.  We just need to believe Him, trust Him and do what He has asked us in regards to God's commandments and His gospel. 

This seems easy enough but during times of trial or hardship, discomfort and grief,  it's very hard to keep a good perspective and very easy to let our hearts get hardened and bitter.  We can't let this happen.  This is why we need the Savior to help us to teach us and guide us out of this pitfall.  We need to remain willing and allow humility and submissiveness to take place.  It's such a challenge but it is so rewarding.  The Savior went through the deepest most agonizing feelings of betrayal, loneliness, heartache, hunger, being misunderstood, mocked and bullied.  He went through painful dark feelings of the mind and heart. More bitter than we know and unimaginable pain and suffering for most of us to comprehend.  He was victorious in every way at overcoming all of it and because He did it, He knows the solution for each and everyone of us to overcoming our troubles, heartaches, broken minds and hearts and the Holy Spirit, whose whole mission is to testify and promote the cause of Christ will tell us all things which we should do as we study His life and His words.



And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness.  I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

In this scripture verse  we could  substitute the word weakness for trial and come up with an entire different take on it.  Because our trials can sometimes be our weakness-for a time we may be in a weakened state, and He says,  if we just stay humble through it all, He will help turn our weaknesses into strengths, or that trial or heavy burden into a source of strength and growth.  In other words, we will become stronger than we would have been without the weakness or trial. 

I've been going through a particularly difficult time and struggle these last 9 months.  One that has challenged me a great deal and through it all I have felt my dependable, loving, patient Savior and friend by my side in every instance.  I have looked to Him and understand that He knows all and understands the depths and intents of my heart and no matter what anyone else thinks or says-His opinion is my comfort and strength. Yesterday was particularly a hard day and as I was going through this tough moment that I felt was very unfair and not right, there was a picture on the wall of the Savior and I kept looking at it and remembering, that He knows all and that is enough.   And it is.  His teachings get me through the day and staying joyful, positive and trying my darnedest to be teachable and humble is really the only thing I need to worry about and focus on as I seek for His guidance through it all.  I will never forsake, I will never let another's actions, judgments or dishonest words keep me from from the light and truth the gospel and attending church has to offer me.  I will never stop sharing my testimony and the light that I feel and desire to share with others.


He offers us calm, refuge, peace, love, understanding, enlightenment, forgiveness, energy, excitement, hope, learning, growing, insights, courage, endurance, commitment, encouragement, motivation, creativity, imagination, joy, optimism and so much more.  His love and the peace that He offers is the only that can satisfy.

He really just wants us to wake up and try.  Get up and do.  Press forward in Faith.  If we can't get out of bed some days, He still wants us to pour our hearts out to our Father continually and ask for help.  If we just can't find a way to forgive someone or move on from an offense that has occurred,  He will show us the way.  If we can't seem to stop certain behaviors or addictions, He will walk us through it.  If we have been hurt, or wronged, He will give us comfort through the spirit like nobody else can offer.  He is the way, the truth and the light.  His love is perfect and perfect love casteth out ALL fear.  

             We can do it--but not on our own! 

I love Him.  I want to be like Him.  I know He lives and is concerned and anxious for us.  He waits on us and never turns us away.  If He wouldn't turn away our worst enemy then why should we? We don't need to be their best friend, but we also don't need to hate or hold on to anger for anyone or anything.  There's just not room for it.   There is nothing that any of us are going through that He doesn't understand or that He hasn't already gone through.  Nothing.

Today's final giveaway that will last this whole week is an effort to encourage us this back to school season to remember Him.  Believing in Him and following Him is our ultimate tool for success in the home, with our children and all that we do.  His words strengthen homes and families, strengthens marriages, heals broken hearts, comforts the weary and makes us feel joy and hope!


For entry in to this weeks giveaway, all you have to do is watch this video , next, share it or any other video OR picture you love of Jesus Christ in some form of social media with the hashtag #JesusChristlives  You get entered twice if you share your thoughts and feelings about our Savior.  Use hashtag #ilovemysavior


Winner will be chosen this Saturday, August, 27

Here's the prize


A little bit of everything.  A planner, notebooks, stapler, scissors, cute storage bag, pencils, pens, glue, clips, stamps, ink, a years worth of stickers, thank you cards, cute paper, washi tape, sticky notes, candle, peppermint oil, and the carry all bag that is so cute and functional.  












Sunday, August 21, 2016

Love is spoken here

Today I'm giving away this sign. 


 All you have to do is comment 
and fill in the blank of the following sentence:
       I will make my home more ...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Stick to your plans



Our Heavenly Father is a great example to us of someone who has made goals and kept them.  He has made big plans and has followed through on ALL of them and will continue to do so until everything He has promised will be fulfilled.

We know that God's work and glory is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man"  This is His purpose and goal.  He came up with a plan to help us obtain all that He has and He taught it to us and gave us the opportunity to gain a body and tons of experience,  and His plan is AWESOME.

Part of His plan included our Savior, Jesus Christ who has also been an amazing example of someone who has done what He said He was going to do and will continue to accomplish His goals which are the same as our loving Father in Heaven.

Many prophets and leaders before us have also given us great examples of setting goals and accomplishing great things.

SO, we have these great examples and I want to be just like them, but what about the reality that I can't even get out of bed sometimes at an appropriate hour of the morning to get some simple scripture reading done before the kids wake up?  How come I can't seem to stick to a diet plan long enough to see real and lasting results?  Why do I sometimes forget that I made a plan and goal to not yell at my kids?  You know, the whole, I want to "change the world...instead, I sleep" thing.   I sometimes have feelings of despair  because of my inability to achieve perfection and for sure there have been times in my life where it felt like
"my life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes and dreams"  

But as most of my bosom friends know that
"To despair is to turn your back on God"


I think the devil likes us to despair and lose hope of accomplishing our righteous goals.  He wants us to wallow & dwell in our failures in hopes that we will abandon our attempts at improvement and progression.  He HATES it when we have feelings of hope and excitement for living life to our fullest potentials.  In other words, he hates goals and he loves to ruin our good plans, especially temple attendance, serving others, making our homes more peaceful, etc.

I remember on my mission, having to make goals with my companions and really trying our hardest to accomplish those goals, whether it was how many people we would talk to or invite to come to church, or how many people we would invite to be baptized.  It was something that I struggled with because I sometimes felt, it was in vain, even when we had great faith.  BUT, looking back now, I realize how valuable that goal setting and planning was because it gave us great purpose and focus.  Maybe we didn't  always accomplish everything we set out to do as missionaries, but we sure tried and that gave us power and strength, and a unity of mind and spirit. Looking back at the companionships that I set the most goals and made the most plans with, those were the most successful times of my mission.

What's my point?  I think we should look at goal making and planning with more of a, sorry to sound cliche, but a journey and not a destination.  Kind of like - checkpoints, landmarks, scenery, taking pictures, stopping to smell the roses and really noticeing how far we've come in our journey and how much closer we are to our destination because of the goals we've implemented in our life.  Enjoy the process and the development more. 

Ask yourself:   Where is this goal taking me?  What benefit will this plan bring to my life and to the lives of others?  Are my goals and plans in line with my divine nature and individual worth?  Am I on the right track or do I need to change course a little bit?  Are my plans in line with God's plan for me?  What is God's plan for me?  Do I need to set smaller, baby step goals?  Which goal can I set that will lead me to my next goal?  Is my family happy?  Is my marriage working?  If not, what goals can be made individually or together that will help get us to where we want to be? Are we being true to ourselves and each other?  Am I putting the essentials first?  How can I help my children set and keep their goals? These questions and so many others are productive questions to ask ourselves and have a little inventory with ourself from time to time.

Goal setting, goal keeping, and even goal breaking isn't about creating feelings of guilt -   though guilt can be a motivator for change, it's not necessarily a great place to linger longer. Sometimes, it's meant for a short quick visit and then a kiss goodbye.

Setting goals and making plans is about creating passion, drive, aspirations, hope, effort, recognizing weakness and then turning it over to God for help. It's about trying.  It's about recognizing our strengths and how much we can accomplish with the help of our Savior and His atoning sacrifice.  It's about being deliberate.  Writing things down and remembering.  Goal setting is not setting ourselves up for failure, it's about setting ourselves up for a greater purpose and focus. Sometimes, failing can be part of that purpose to give us experience and learning.  God wants us to make goals and He wants to help us achieve them.

Because I mess up on my diet plan for a couple of days or even months, doesn't make me a failure and doesn't mean I should just give up on my goals, it's about adjusting my mindset and realizing,
it's about progression, not perfection.  I can simply move on quickly, adjust anything I might need to adjust and stick to my goals and plans.

I'm sure grateful Jesus stuck to the plan!  
We can too.








Today's giveaway is about sticking to your plans and so I'm giving away a lot of things that stick.
Stickers from Farmwifebre that are made specifically for MMP planners.  Glue sticks, re-positional glue, cute glue gun, lots of washi tape, sticky notes, cute scrap paper, cute fridge magnets, motivational stickers and a cute storage box to store it all in.  Wahoo!








To enter today's giveaway is easy.  If you have already purchased an 2016-2017 academic planner or a yearly 2017 planner you are automatically entered into this giveaway.  For anyone that purchases the planner today, they will also automatically be entered into today's giveaway as well.  





Thursday, August 18, 2016

Be a good sport

IDay 9: Be a good sport

This talk by Elder Jeffrey R Holland is the theme of today's giveaway. 


Keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.  

Elder Holland goes on to say:

Please remember tomorrow, and all the days after that, that the Lord blesses those who want to improve, who accept the need for commandments and try to keep them, who cherish Christlike virtues and strive to the best of their ability to acquire them. If you stumble in that pursuit, so does everyone; the Savior is there to help you keep going. If you fall, summon His strength. Call out like Alma, “O Jesus, … have mercy on me.” He will help you get back up. He will help you repent, repair, fix whatever you have to fix, and keep going. Soon enough you will have the success you seek.

“As you desire of me so it shall be done unto you,” the Lord has declared.


“… Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good--yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously. …
      “… [Then] whatsoever you desire of me [in] righteousness, … you shall receive.”

I love that doctrine! It says again and again that we are going to be blessed for our desire to do good, even as we actually strive to be so. And it reminds us that to qualify for those blessings, we must make certain we do not deny them to others: we are to deal justly, never unjustly, never unfairly; we are to walk humbly, never arrogantly, never pridefully; we are to judge righteously, never self-righteously, never unrighteously.

Today's giveaway is all about cheering our children on in all of their activities.  It's about remembering why we do the things we do.  It's about remembering that heaven is cheering us on each and everyday to be a good sport and try and try again even when we fail and fall short...we keep striving.  











To get an entry in today's giveaway you must post a photo of your favorite page of your #mormonmomplanner your #momonthegoplanner or #simpleplanner on Instagram or your own Facebook page and tag @mormonmomplanner in your photo. Please tell us why it's your favorite page and how you use it.  Use the hashtag #mmpgoodsport and #mormonmomplanner






Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Always be Thankful


I absolutely love it when my kids are grateful.  I smile when I hear them say thank you and when I can tell they really do appreciate when someone does something for them or gives them something.  It's rare that this happens like I would like, but it got me thinking about my own level of gratitude.  Do I really take the time to thank those around me on a regular basis for the good things they do.  Do I take the time to thank my Creator?  Do I acknowledge His hand in my life on a daily basis?  Do I take the time to appreciate my heritage, my testimony, my experiences, my trials, my family, my friends ?  

I think it's important that no matter what we're going through in life, that we have a spirit of gratitude and express it regularly.  

I read one of my favorite talks by President Monson again to review for this giveaway and there are so many wonderful quotes in it , like this one:



and this one:

The noblest of virtues!   I LOVE THAT!  

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 I know that I'm so much happier when I'm grateful and feeling optimistic.  I also feel like it's contagious and I love being around happy, grateful people.


Today's giveaway has a focus of being more thankful.  









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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Have Faith



I love my Savior Jesus Christ.  He is my true and loyal friend and hero.  He never disappoints.  He loves me and He loves all of us.  I want to be like Him, I crave it and I fall so short, but I know He is always there for me and hopes and yearns for my success as He does all of ours.  He wants us to love each other and to show the world who He is through our actions.  He's so patient and loving.  He waits on us and never turns us away.  

I want today to be all about Him and to challenge each of us to Have a little bit more faith in Him and in His words.  His words are true, they are eternal and will always lead us to a path of happiness, if we just trust Him.

I love what Elder Oaks has to say about Faith in Jesus Christ










What it all comes down to is our Faith in Jesus Christ.  He is the way, the truth and the life!

Today, we are focusing on having faith, especially as mothers, we need to have faith and believe in Jesus Christ and in good things to come.  

Like the 2030 stripling warriors that fought so valiantly, they knew that their mothers knew and that's what carried their faith and determination to have courage and be strong in battle.  We need to know that Jesus is our Savior and that He lives and we need to show our children that we believe in Jesus Christ and help them develop their own faith in Him.

Today's giveaway is all about faith and inspiration.  I'm giving away some awesome goodies that will help inspire, motivate, encourage more faith and determination to live life and trust and have hope in Christ.


Awesome micron pens, tons of stickers from paper source, sticky notes from Hobby Lobby, note pad from Heidi Swapp, adorable notebooks from Caroline Gardner, a cute frame and quote, an adorable mug from michael's, a cute polka dot box to store it all in.

Here's what you have to do to enter today's giveaway:


That's it!  Share your hearts out and help lift another.

Happy Sabbath!














Friday, August 12, 2016

Keep on going






Today's giveaway is focused on moving forward and being a mom on the go.  Not in the sense we typically think about such as schedules and appointments but in a way that inspires progress and becoming and reaching our potentials.  We can always be improving and going in a forward direction.  

Today we are giving away 3 mom on the go planners - these are our non-denominational planners and still have the great focus of God and family.  



For entrance in this giveaway, simply post your favorite scripture or quote here on this blog on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #momskeepongoing #momonthegoplanner