Benny’s Baptism Announcement

I love putting together cute baptism invites.  I’ve been able to watch Benny grow for the past five years.  He’s got the best smile, and I wanted something that really captured him.  Love the way the red and blue from his tie was able to work with the rest of the card.
 Is it dorky that I always come close to crying when I do these baptism announcements?
Cause I do.

LDS Baptism Invite

It’s pretty unbelievable to me that my little girl and her friends are getting baptised in this next year. Ella is the first of this year, and I always love taking her pictures.. look how cute she is! This was an opening card, giving us four pages to fill.. so I knew I needed some cute paper. I found plenty to love on

This is the first page..

And when you open, you see this. Most of the fonts I use I get from There is always plenty to choose from, and I feel like it’s so simple to download. You can click on the picture to see it without my side bar shtuff covering it.

And on the back of the card was this little tidbit..
So here’s an idea of the card all as one..

Love my little Ella bo bella! And I can’t believe my own little Benny Boo has her baptism on the way.. yikes I’m old.

Our Grateful Tree

I am always a sucker for a tree branch craft, so imagine how much I love a Thanksgiving grateful tree. For FHE this last Monday, I tried to get the kids to really think about the things that we are grateful for. It took some work for them to be serious, but they really loved writing and drawing (or telling me what to write) and then placing them on the tree.

For this tree, I just snapped off a piece from my tree in the back yard and spray painted it white. Instead of cut out leaves, I just did circles.. because I already had them.

One of my favorite parts of the activity was asking the kids to name something Dad is grateful for. It was pretty funny to hear what they see as Dad’s favorite things.. the gym, football, beef? Bentley said beef.. she’s on this weird beef kick.. She wrote “I love beef” on my foot the other night…

Some of my favorites from the tree:







definitely lemonade and definitely toast-bauer



LDS Advent Calendar Gift Idea

So, just got the cutest gift from my awesome neighbor and I thought I would share.. I have heard of this before, but never been on top of Christmas enough to start it from the beginning. I thought the description of this cute calendar would be best just straight up taken from
President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, “Christmas means ‘giving.’ The Father gave His Son and the Son gave His life. Without giving there is no true Christmas, and without sacrifice there is no true worship” (BYU Speeches, 14 Dec. 1960, 3).

This advent calendar has no doors to open every day, no angels to glue on. But you can bring it to life and grow closer to the Savior by giving of yourself and learning to sacrifice this Christmas. The words of the prophets and the scriptures you will read each day highlight various parts of the birth, ministry, and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ. The suggested activities will help you draw closer to the Savior as you try to have a “true Christmas” as President Hinckley has suggested. Feel free to alter the activities to suit your individual circumstances.

With it, she gave me a little tree that includes an ornament per day. I know this will encourage my kids to love doing it, too. If you don’t have a copy, the link is here.