Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 Mutual Theme {with FREE Printable}

“Stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord” (D&C 87:8)
I LOVE the theme for 2013. My favorite part is "..and BE NOT MOVED"....I hope that the youth will be courageous enough to stand in those holy places and be not moved and allow this wonderful scripture to touch their hearts and head its words. To help the youth remember this beautiful scripture I created this subway art print to be downloaded and printed to anyone who might find it useful! And don't be shy, leave me a comment if you need a different size or want to say a kind word!

Please feel free to download this print for your own personal use. (Please do not copy these files and share as your own, let's all play fair!)

As of 1/31/13, any issues with broken links have been fixed!

Click HERE to download the 4x6
Click HERE to download the 5x7
Click HERE to download the 8x10
Click HERE to download the 8.5x11
Click HERE to download the 11x14

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My 2012 WORD of the year

"A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything"

Last year I started my new tradition of focusing my entire year on one little word. One word that I pick out each January – a word that I can focus on, mediate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life. I immediately took a liking this idea since I've always had a hard time setting (and sticking) to New Years Resolutions. So, instead, I pick a word or rather... a word seems to pick me.
The word I chose to focus on in 2011 on was SEEK. 
It was my first year trying this new tradition but it worked SO well for me I will NEVER make goals any other way from now on. I don't know if I've ever accomplished as many goals as I did in 2011! (Yea me!) Below is the list of goals I set for myself last year and how I did focusing on them.

In 2011 I want to...
Seek... new adventures of any and every kind. *Always*
Seek... a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father. *YW helped me reach that relationship*
Seek... opportunities for new friendships.
*I am more "open" then I've ever been.*
Seek... travel adventures and new cultures. *I got to visit Hogwarts!*
Seek... to make my Book Club a place of comfort and friendship.
*From the surprise notes I received from each of them in December, I think my book club is a great place of comfort, friendship and love.*
Seek... to excel in my Young Women's calling. *I LOVED my calling & left only after I begged to stay a little while longer!*
Seek... a closer bond with my family. *That goal never changes*
Seek... to become a mother. *Smile...can't wait for June!*
Seek... more "date time" with my Husband. *Best year yet*
Seek... to read at least 30 books. *I read 47 books*
Seek... to be less selfish and more giving. *Always a good goal to keep in mind*
Seek... to learn...and never stop. *I LOVE learning, its not a goal I ever seek to complete.*
Seek... to make my home complete. *I still need drapes in every room but it feels like HOME.*
Seek... a new job. *This one didn't happen but it didn't feel right when I prayed about it so I guess being a new mom in June will have to count.*
Seek.. to never stop seeking... *Never*

Moving on to 2012...
The idea of having to focus my year on ONE word is perfect for me because it doesn't have sharp corners, strict boundaries and definite outcomes, it can mean whatever I want it to mean. And when I was thinking about what word I would choose to center my life around for 2012 it came to me after a day of pondering suddenly and I knew right away it was perfect.

My word for 2012 is Nurture.

For me, especially with my first baby on the way, I have been thinking a lot about nurturing in all the many faucets it suggests. It’s such a soft, slow, kind, peaceful and gentle word and that quickly helped me come up with my 2012 goals.

The things I would like to focus on nurturing in 2012 are:

I want to nurture...our new baby, in all the ways a new mom can and more.
I want to relationship with my husband, especially after the baby comes.
I want to new passion for photography and hopefully, grow my talent.
I want to level of patience because I know I'm going to need it in the coming months.
I want to lovely book club that I will give as much love and attention I can give it.
I want to nurture...myself during this time of major transition in my life and feel as relaxed and ready as I can before everything changes in June. (Here's hoping!)
I want to love of visiting new Temples and try to go to as many as I can.
I want to new calling in Relief Society (enrichment) and show all the amazing women in my ward how much I care by the time and energy I put into each activity.
I want to cooking skills (what's left of them) and find time to make dinner when I can.
I want to love and passion for reading by trying to read a book a week (52 books.)
I want to love of the arts by attending: plays, musicals, symphonies, exhibits etc.
I want to soul by surrounding my life with people who help me love myself and want to be better than I was the year before.
I want to nurture...positive energy and see the good in everyone and every situation I can.
I want to creativity...and NOT just by what's hot on Pinterest at the moment!
I want to spirit and find time to write again.

There is something very special about this word for me. It represents slowing down, simplifying, and pinpointing what is really important to me in my life (not just the next 365 days). I am nervous and excited and so looking forward to what is to come and if you want to join along in choosing a word of the year for yourself I'd love to hear about it!

My other "tradition" that follows suit with picking a word each year is to pick a necklace that will help me to remember the meaning and purpose behind the word I choose.

This year, I purchased this beautiful handcrafted brass envelope necklace from HERE that includes my custom word inside it. Using a vintage typewriter, my word will be typed onto a piece of card stock alongside a heart cut out of vintage paper and both of them will be slipped inside this little envelope like a wish for me to open each time.

I think its the perfect way to keep all my goals close to my heart.
If you had to pick, what would your word of the year be?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meet the MEN of the Hunger Games

Get a sneak peek of the 'Entertainment Weekly' cover and article of the men of the Hunger Games!  This issue will be released tomorrow but I couldn't wait to share.    :)


So, what do you think, can theses boys pull of Gale and Peeta? Do they look like you imagined them?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

J.K. Rowling Announces Pottermore {and the reason I have rainbows all over my house}

A week ago I started hearing a lot of BUZZ about a new website created by J.K. Rowling called "Pottermore."  I didn't want to get too excited until I knew WHAT the website was going to be but I can officially cry rainbows of happiness! (read on to find out why).
  Here is what some of the 'buzz" was saying,

"Potter" author J.K. Rowling has created Pottermore, a secret new website teasing a special announcement from the writer hitting in just a little less than a week. The title certainly implies that we're on the cusp of seeing "more 'Potter,'" but Entertainment Weekly reveals that the announcement is "not a new book." But a new movie, perhaps? Stay with us and we'll keep you posted as we learn more!"

There was a countdown on the website that continued to fill up with owls the closer it got to the announcement.  The only bread crumb fans had was a short YouTube clip from J.K. herself telling us to "Follow the Owls."
Watch the short video below to see the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
If your a fan like me, you will want to cry rainbows of happiness too!

I'm crying rainbows as you read...

I found these images on the 'Pottermore official facebook page' so I think they are legit.

The Pottermore site opens soon and, conveniently enough, the highly anticipated website for all muggles and wizards will open for registration for the first million fans on July 31st, Harry Potter's birthday.

So for now, all we can do is follow J.K's advice and  FOLLOW THE OWLS...
I hate waiting.

Friday, May 27, 2011


I dont' know about you all but I've really been trying to keep up on the Hunger Games movie casting since I am very protective of this book series.  I am mostly pleased with who Lionsgate has chosen for the cast but I will say that the casting of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna is throwing me for a put it kindly.
Take a look through the pictures of the cast and let me know who you are excited about or who you wish they could recast!
"You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope."

"She has no idea. The effect she can have."
Jennifer Lawrence is a beautiful golden bombshell!  Here she is gracing the cover of a couple magazines and I have a feeling that we will see her on the cover of many more in the years to come.

WRITTEN BY:                                                                                                           DIRECTED BY:
SUZANNE COLLINS                                                                   GARY ROSS


GALE HAWTHORE                           KATNISS EVERDEEN                               PEETA MELLARK
 (played by Liam Hemsworth)                              (played by Jennifer Lawrence)                            (played by Josh Hutcherson)

"Remember, we're madly in love, so it's all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it."

HAYMITCH ABERNATHY                                               SENECA CRANE
 (played by Woody Harrelson)                                                                          (played by Wes Bentley)

PRIMROSE EVERDEEN                                                                    & KATNISS' MOM
(played by Willow Shields)                                                                 (played by Paula Malcomson)

"Her name's Prim. She's just twelve. And I love her more than anything." 

CAESAR FLICKERMAN                                              & EFFIE TRINKET
           (played by Stanley Tucci)                                                                      (played by Elizabeth Banks)

(being played by:)
{I WISH it were Hugh Dancy! (shown above)}                                  Instead, the casting crew picked...LENNY KRAVITZ

I added the center picture of Lenny because he DOES look like an eccentric fashionista stylist in that picture!

"It crosses my mind that Cinna's calm and normal demeanor masks a complete madman."
CLAUDIUS TEMPLESMITH                               AVOX GIRL
(played by Toby Jones)                                                                                                        (played by Amber Chaney)
(Played by Donald Sutherland)
He's PERFECT don't you think?

GLIMMER                                             MARVEL
 (played by Leven Rambin)                                                                                       (played by Jack Quaid)
CLOVE                                                       CATSO
(played by Isabelle Fuhrman)                                                                                  (Played by Alexander ludwig)

"FOXFACE"                                        TRIBUTE BOY
(played by Jacqueline Emerson)                                                   (played by Chris Mark)

THRESH                                                     RUE
 (played by Dayo Okeniya)                                                                          (played by Amandla Sternberg)
"Rue, who when you ask her what she loves most in the world, replies, of all things, “Music."

OCTAVIA                                                  PORTIA
(played by Brooke Bundy)                                                                                      (played by Latarsha Rose)
VENIA                                               FLAVIUS
(Played by Kimiko Gelman)                                                                              (Played by Nelson Ascencio)

Extras on set of the Hunger Games movie in North Carolina.They have the boys lined up in the first picture and the girls lined up in the second pic.
It looks like they are getting ready for the reaping!
"May the odd ever be in your favor!"
 Filming began on May 26th
Jennifer as Katniss in her blue reaping dress

"District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety."
Below are just a few photos of the beautiful landscape and scenery of North Carolina so you can get the image of what the arena and district 12 will look like in the movie.
According to local officials, the small town (its population is less than 2,000) is being transformed into the country of Panem for the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.
 "I keep wishing I could think of a show the capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than a piece in their games."

I can't wait to see this movie...who else is excited?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's FINALLY done!

I've been M.I.A in the blogging department as of late because I've been busy creating, revamping, photo-shopping and changing my mind again and again, while designing my Book Club's new look!
As a group, we voted and decided to rename our club, "DELICIOUS READS!"
When I originally set up my book club blog in 2008, I had to come up with the URL address to publish the blog so I didn't put much thought into the name I chose, "Book Klubbers," and told myself, "I'll change our address as soon as I get the blog set up..." That was three years ago.

So, I finally decided to asked my book club for help and soon after our renaming contest began!  After about 50 name submissions I whittled it down to my top favorite five choices and at our last book club we all voted.  Mandi's submission of "Delicious Reads" was the clear winner landing her a $25 gift certificate from me to Amazon as a "Thank You."

I think we all liked the name Delicious Reads because of how much we savor and pour over each book we read as if it were the most amazing chocolate cake!  I think it also has to do with the fact that we have seriously fabulous food EVERY MEETING which is half the reason everyone comes I'm sure! 
Each one of our meeting is its own "Book Party" where we dedicate the decor, menu, give-a-ways, games, and dress to the theme and feel of whatever book we are devouring at the moment.
And besides, reading really is delicious.

So, we have said our goodbyes to our old bookklubber name and embraced our new name and image of Delicious Reads!  If you are a follower of our blog or know of anyone who is then don't forget to save our new address which is  to your favorites!
Happy Reading!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A book worthy of your nightstand

This Easter I wanted to give everyone I care about a gift.

My gift to YOU this Easter is a book recommendation. Rarely do I recommend a book to everyone like this but when I do its because it's touched my heart and spoken to my spirit in a way that has changed my way of thinking about something from that point on.
This book by Lloyd C. Douglas "THE ROBE" has changed my testimony and relationship with the Lord forever. I felt strongly that I needed to share this book with someone, I'm not sure who, but I hope this book finds whoever is in need of it. I know that if you decide to read it, it will strengthen your testimony and change something inside of your heart as it did mine.

Here is a quick synopsis of the story:
"This story has a biblical foundation, and regards the tale a Roman soldier present at the crucifixion of Jesus. This particular soldier is the one who engaged in casting lots (a dice game) for the robe of Jesus and won. Lloyd Douglas gave this character a name (Marcellus Gallio)and an incredible fictional life story. Marcellus turns out to be a Roman Tribune, the senior Roman soldier present on scene at the execution site. He is the son of an important Roman senator, and even later finds favor with Emperor Tiberius and is commissioned to investigate, on behalf of the Emperor's curiosity, the new emerging religion of "Christianity".

This book also touched my mother deeply when she read it with us in my Book Club last year. Month's later when a good friend of hers birthday came along, she decided to gift this book to her with a personal note inside which said,

"...I was drawn to this story in a way that I almost hungered for the positive and often spiritual feelings I experienced while reading it. I felt an intimate connection to the Savior, in spite of his character only being revealed through the eyes and thoughts of others. When I read how His Spirit affected those he touched, I understood the longing these people felt to be in his presence. The positive energy and light that flows from Him to those who embrace His teachings, will in turn, help them to feel that power within themselves to change.

The story pulled me in and I felt as one reviewer said, “as though you're walking side by side with the characters, living with them and enduring their emotions, seeing the things that they see.”

Lastly, I want to point out the entirely unique story line of this book. The idea of picking up the pieces after Jesus is gone and being able to "watch' as we followed his disciples in their formation of a new church--lost, alone, all muddling their experiences together to create the picture of Jesus, all piecing together their puzzles without the help of written material like the's amazing and unlike anything you've ever read before.

In my humble opinion, this it is one of the BEST books ever written. It was first published in 1942 although it is truly a timeless piece of work and I believe it to be a classic that will stand the test of times. This book should be taught in schools and read by anyone who wishes to find a relationship with Christ and walk with his true disciples...the people he taught with whom his spirit resides.

 "This faith, is not like a deed to a house in which one may live with full rights of possession. It is more like a kit of tools with which a man may build himself a house. The tools will be worth just what he does with them. When he lays them down, they will have no value until he takes them up again."

— Lloyd C. Douglas (The Robe)