Zion Visiting Teaching Service

ZION VISITING TEACHING SERVICE
‘ We Care Because You Don’t Have Time To’
 
* Visiting teaching getting you down?
* Can’t get that annoying Relief Society President off your back?
* Visiting teaching interfering with your valuable television and craft time?
WE CAN HELP!

At Zion ‘s Visiting Teaching Service, we’ll do your visiting teaching for you.

For a small monthly fee, we will send one of our representatives to the homes of your sisters.
* For $10.00 per sister, we will provide a visit.
* For $15.00 per sister, we will provide a spiritual message.
* For $20.00 per sister, we will remember birthdays and anniversaries.
$20 isn’t too much to pay for Peace of Mind.  So give us a call at:
1-800-462-2879 – That’s 1-800-IM-2-BUSY
 
Because of high volume an extra $15.00 will be added to all services required on the last day of the month.
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Check Out Our New Services!!!
Meetings: We will send a representative to the appropriate meeting to take notes for you and report back.
 
Ward Council Meeting $30
Ward Council Meeting w/ written report $50
Presidency Meetings $20
PEC $25
Sacrament Meeting $20
Sunday School $20
Priesthood $20
3-hour Sunday Block (best value) $50
 
PLEASE NOTE: Surcharge of 10% for stake meetings
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***Talks and Lessons***
 
Did a bishopric member call and assign you a talk? Tired of wasting Saturday night preparing a lesson? Well, free up your time and just read one of our professionally prepared talks and lessons. No need to spend countless hours poring through books, writing and praying. We’ll do it for you!
 
Basic Talk (any subject assigned) $20
Scripture Talk (basic + 5 scriptures) $30
Deluxe Talk (scripture + 1 poem + 2 G.A. quotes) $40
All talks are guaranteed to last 15 minutes. Add $1 for each additional minute
Basic Lesson (40 minutes) $25
Deluxe (Basic + visual aides) $35
Super Deluxe (Deluxe + Handouts) $45
Due to high expectations, centerpieces and floral arrangements, Relief Society lessons are slightly higher. Call for quote.
Due to lower expectations, priesthood lessons receive a 10% discount.
Call us at 1-822-752-2537. That’s 1-822-Slacker .
Introducing our Bundle Buys and Frequent Shopper Plan
Bundle any 3 services and receive a 20% discount. Receive one free Basic talk or lesson with any 10 purchases.
There you have it! We take all the work off of your shoulders and put ours to the wheel just for you.
 
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Introducing our new:
Casserole Service
 
If you just can’t possibly throw together food for various Ward occasions,
WE CAN!
 
Our basic services include:
a.. Funeral Potatoes
b.. Green Bean/Mushroom Soup with Crunchy Onions
c.. Green Jell-O with Carrots
d.. Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl
e.. CheezWiz/Tater Tot Surprise
 
For only $15 (plus deposit) each delivered to your house with Corningware marked with your name! They’ll never know you didn’t make ‘em!
Remember our number: 1-822-S-L-A-C-K-E-R

1+1+1=1

I HAVE TO SHARE THIS BLOG!!!  http://1plus1plus1equals1.blogspot.com/

To anyone who has little kids or teaches little kids, you have to check this out!  This amazing mom has the best homemade ideas for teaching children, well, anything!  So much stuff, so little time.  Talk about great ideas to keep your kids quiet during church, or stuff to go along with the little book you are reading at home, or stuff for home schooling if you go that route.   It’s so simple and yet so cool!  My 3 year old is going to love me!!!  There’s printables, beanbags,   arts and crafts, oh just go check out the site already!

There is an alphabetical list of activities at the very bottom of this page that go along with the projects from the 1+1+1=1 blog: http://lapbooksbycarisa.homestead.com/TotSchool.html

Good vs. Right

I just tripped upon a blog (yet again) that’s pretty neat.   I love this quote from “Mrs. Right’s Blog” that I think everyone in America should hear.  My hubby would be so proud of my blog find.

She wrote:

There are always “good” things to spend money on, if it is available. The problem occurs when money is just not available. It is very “good” for me to give money to a local charity, but if I have to then put groceries on a credit card to feed my family, I am being very foolish. It is very “good” for me to give my children piano or ballet lessons, but if I cannot pay my electric bill, I have made a foolish decision. The same should hold true for our tax dollars. It is very “good” to send aid to ailing countries, but if we are putting the aid the government “credit card”, then we are being very foolish.

Isn’t that well written?  I love it and it makes perfect sense to me.  How come everyone doesn’t understand this principle?  I also think everyone in America should watch the movie Akeelah and the Bee.  I love that movie and think there’s a powerful lesson to learn.  Hmm, what else I wish everyone in America would do???  Read Animal Farm, signal before changing lanes, stop littering, and get informed about the issues!  Whoah Nellie!  This is not going political.  I just wish people would look more into candidates and HOW these people plan to accomplish everything they promise.  That being said I have to go research the candidates who want to be my Mayor.  Hubby says it’s my turn to do the research since he overdid himself during the presidential election last year.  Oh, and anyone who votes straight party baffles me.  What’s the point in voting if you don’t even know a thing about the person except the party lines?   Those little letters next to the name don’t really tell you that much about the person.  So please, do a little online research people!  Do you want to come to a potluck and politics so we can help you come to a decision? Baby steps people.  Baby steps!

Some Unfinished Projects, Finally Finsihed!

So my mom was in town last week so I recruited her to help me finish some unfinished projects so I could check them off my list. 

We spray painted a little entry table black and converted it into a work station downstairs.  The laptop sits on it now and the idea is to work at this little desk and file receipts into the file bin.

Thanks Lees for a real picture that isn’t churchy or of our family.  Such a nice peice of art work.  It matches our front room AKA the home teaching room since it’s all formal and as far in as the home teachers get!

We found some curtains in the clearance aisle in WalMart which saved us having to sew a curtain to go under the baker’s rack to hide the food storage buckets.  The spring tension rod was purchased the day before at Big Lots just for this project.

I finally sewed around the edges of the little characters on my dish towels so they wouldn’t peel off in the washer.

And I got a pair of jeans patched up and back into wearable condition. 

Oh yeah, it’s March so my mom and I marched right in to Mike’s office and took everything out.  We rotated his desk and he really likes it.  Now to go through all the stuff and put it back in or trash it or file it or…..

Oh it’s good to have some outside help to give fresh ideas and be excited to help with projects.

Happy 1st Birthday Joshua

My baby boy is 1 year old!  Grandma and Grandpa N came down to help celebrate.  They bought lots of toys and Grandma made his cake- a great tradition that I don’t mind at all!  She did an M&M cake with cupcakes too!  This family loves M&Ms.

So the Queen of Harts gave us left over birthday cake from her Giggle Girl’s birthday and we gave it to Josh to get used to real finger food.  Yeah, he picked that skill up in no time.  Come his real birthday that kid could down a cupcake faster than anyone!  I think he ate 4 cupcakes that day.  And don’t try and take any cake away from this little Tyke, because he would scream and let you know that taking cake away from a birthday boy was not acceptable!

Josh got a new swing, some sippy cups, clothes, blocks, his own teddy bear, and lots of loves from the family.  Oh yeah, and Uncle B. brought over his gf/ unofficial fiance (since she doesn’t have a ring) for the whole family to meet.  Welcome to the family Heather!  Okay, back to the Birthday boy.  At one he:

bites your shoulder or pizza from your fingers with a pirranah like chomp

drinks from a sippy if you hold it

get into the bathroom drawers and kitchen cupboard to play

puts toys away when he’s done

has 2 bottom teeth and 2 top teeth coming in

weighs only 16 lbs and in the 4th percentile. Quite petite!

is a total mamma’s boy

climbed up 1 stair just once

loves to crawl into the bathroom

hugs stuffed animals

likes to eat sweets

trying hard to pull himself up into standing position, but can only get on his knees

enjoys his exersaucer

giggles like Chunk on Goonies

loves to sit in laundry baskets

still army crawling everywhere he goes

Just Randomness

I need to post, but that means unloading pics to the computer- that takes a while.  I’ll just write what I’ve been up to.

Joshy turned 1… yeah, pictures coming soon!

Go google Diva Cup- brilliant, but I don’t think I could handle that.

I’ve got some unfinished projects crossed off my list- pics coming soon too!

So someone once asked me a while back what I like and what my hobbies were.  I am not the same person I was in hs, that’s for sure.  No exercise, no clubs, no parties, no cultural anything going on.  I seriously couldn’t think of any thing to tell this person besides the “oh I am a mom” answer.  Then finally I came up with clipping coupons and bargain shopping.  And then I realized that I need to get more involved with something, anything, and RS doesn’t count in my book. 

Although RS does keep me busy.  I love spreadsheets and keeping track of data like names, addresses, and phone #s.  I also retract my statement about wanting to go to nursery next.  I don’t want to be out of the loop so I hope my next adventure allows me to stay in RS for third hour.  I haven’t heard a thing, but I’ll put in a great word for all you who think it could never be you.  The RS  president is such a great calling.  I think you’d do well at it =o)  Or maybe we’ll just continue to run the show for a few more months. 

My 3 year old asked me to stand up so he could put pillows around where I was sitting on the couch to make me a pillow bed.  I chose to keep typing away on my laptop and he then asked me why I wasn’t obeying!!

Some day my kiddo will be potty trained.  It really doesn’t bother me to keep changing his diaper. 

I did the coolest FHE tonight.  We toured the church bldg with some other families in the ward and some investigators.  Talk about so cool!  I think this idea will stick.

I had a free $10 coupon to Wags that expired today.  I bought diapers and a few other things.

Morning Moos is at Costco for a really good price right now.

I’m pretty sure I’m getting neighbors.  And they will be in my ward.  And they don’t have any kids.  But they are the grandparents to someone in my ward.  Hope that means they will be my pseudo grandparents as well =o)

I think my weakness is Reeses anything!  PB and chocolate is a perfect combo.

I used to watch Big Love.  Then it got too raunchy so we canceled cable so I couldn’t and wouldn’t be tempted.  So far so good.

My only sibling, my younger brother, is getting married in November.  It’s so, like, whatever, since  it’s not my own wedding.  Been there done that so we’ll just show up to yours bro and eat the food and smile for family pics.

I enjoy making to do lists. 

I don’t know the last show I watched on tv. We’ve really gotten used to not watching it and don’t even think to turn it on anymore.  It’s great!

I’m looking out for a good deal on lawn chairs.  Just those simple plastic white chairs to go in the backyard.  Keep an eye out for me.

I’m tired now and need to go to sleep since baby still gets up in the night multiple times.

Leave a Message and I’ll Call You Back

So the RS president was released today in church.  Not so bad except a new one wasn’t called!!  So normally the counselors are released too, but not this time!!  We’re running the show and got a reminder about oxen and yoke- no one is in the front, they all work together side by side.  We’ve divided up meetings, we’ll be tackling VT routes soon, and hopefully a new presidency will be called sooner rather than later.  Surprisingly I am not nervous like I used to be. 

So if I don’t answer the phone, know that I am screening phone calls  hoping it’s not the Bishop!  =o)  I do hope my next calling is in nursery so I guess I’ll have to answer the phone to get a new calling though!!

From WAGS to Riches

Remember that awesome Alby’s sale where you buy 10 items and a voucher for $10 off your next purchase pops out?  Well that’s similar to what’s going on at Walgreen’s and so I’m finally getting the courage to tackle shopping at Walgreens and really use their sales and coupons to my advantage.

Walgreen's Deals

Walgreen's Deals

Case and point- I bought all this stuff for $36.61.  There’s 6 packs of diapers there!!  Count them up, yes, 6 Pull Ups packs.  Any mom knows that is a great deal all by itself. 

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

The deal this week is buy $25 dollars (before coupons) of Huggies products and get a $10 voucher off your next purchase.  You can save the voucher for later or you can use it to buy your items in transaction #2.  You could by more diapers with the voucher, but another one will NOT pop out if you use a voucher.  At Walgreen’s you can not roll vouchers.

Make it work for you- go get $10 worth of items (after scanning coupons)that are super cheap or on sale and end up getting them free with your voucher.

If you have 2 of the same b1g1 free coupons then you get both items for free at Walgreens.  This is how I did really well.  Got Air fresheners, toothpaste, candy bars, toothbrushes, and some other things for free, because of these types of coupons.

and Over Here

and Over Here

Also, you can use a regular coupon and a Walgreens coupon for the same item.  I got  $8 free air fresheners, because I had a $4 off regular coupon and a $4 off Walgreens coupon that made my item free!

So you do have to plan things out.  I have everything rung up first.  I hand over manufacturer coupons, internet coupons, and then Walgreens coupons last.  If I have a voucher (also called a catalina) then I hand that over very last.

So 3 transactions today, spent $36.51, saved $125.57 (the value of all my coupons I handed over), and I got 30 something items.  I don’t need everything I purchased, but free is great and items go well in care packages or little gifts for people.

I’m totally going again, because I found more air freshener coupons and shampoo coupons I forgot to use so maybe I’ll see you there if this post inspired you to try shopping at Walgreens.

Anyone NOT going to use the $5 off and $3 off Huggies coupons from coupons.com?  I’ll come and get them since I already reached my limit on my computer =)

Look, There’s Utah!

The sun was shining in the house and made a shape on the floor in front of the stairs.  Mikey came to us and said, “Look, there’s Utah!”  and then proceeded to jump over it while exclaiming, “I’m jumping over Utah. I’m jumping over Utah!”

He was totally baffled that his Utah sunlight shape disappeared and resembled something closer to Colorado or Wyoming after an hour since the sun had moved.

A Year to Declutter

I’m learning to make goals more attainable by giving myself plenty of time to fulfill the requirements.  This year, I have divided the house in 12 zones/rooms/ sections whatever.  Each month I will work really hard on each area to clean it out and declutter and leave myself feeling great. 

So for January we worked in the boys’ room AKA the Cozy Cone as Mikey calls it.   What’s funny is I didn’t start until the last weekend of the month to clear out the clutter and clean really well.  We did rearrange furniture, go through clothes, donate toys, and all that’s left is to figure out where to hang a cute picture arrangement… Yeah, it’s March, but oh well!

February- not so impressive.  It was the master bedroom, bathroom, closet, and retreat (little extra room with no closet off of our masterbedroom).  I sort of started on the last weekend of the month again and managed to make a bigger mess than when I started.  Oh, and I successfully added quite afew new pieces of clothes to the closet without getting rid of any.  Eek.  I’m hoping to get caught up with this project, but still start into March’s part of the house.

March!  We will march right in to hubby’s home office, attack the overflowing pile of receipts that are laying on top of the file box, we shall move the furniture around and maybe, just maybe add my office/craft room in the mix.  I’m a little nervous about sharing a home office with my hubs.  Go from full room to 1/2 room??  I’m going to be optimistic though and I think I will take the plunge to move my stuff in.  Crafts and computer repair all in one room!  Cricut personal cutting system meet the OKI color printer.  And sewing machine, this is your new bunkmate- the server on the floor next to the automated phone system that shares floorspace with those 2 computer towers.  They can’t talk right now, because they need to be fixed.  Don’t you complain sewing machine.  I could put you in the garage with 10 broken computers and all their misc. parts!  What do you think?  I would be embarrassed to show before/ after pics, but maybe it’s what I need to stay motivated.