This is the storage unit, vault or repository for the surprises I create or find to give out each month with your Visiting Teaching. Some of these ideas or handouts are too large to keep on either blog, so this is the place I keep them stored. If you have happened upon this blog, make sure that you go to my other two blogs for more wonderful stuff! Go to and go to and

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blank Gift Tags and One printed for Frozen Mixed Berry jam

The gift tag template was found at:

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Front Page of Booklet Back Page of Booklet

Helpful Online Genealogical Resources
 All of the resources listed in this document can also be found at: A blog, short for Web log, is basically a very easy-to-use Web site. No need to worry too much about creativity or code. Instead a blog is basically an online journal -- you just open it up and start to write -- which makes it a great medium for documenting your family history search and sharing it with the world.

A genealogy or family history blog can be used for many reasons -- to tell family stories, to document your research steps, to share your findings, to collaborate with family members or to display photos. Some genealogists have even created a blog to share daily entries from an ancestor's diary, or to post family recipes.
• Blogging: The act of writing a post for a blog
• Blogger: A person who writes content for a blog
• Blogosphere: The online community of blogs and bloggers
The earliest blogs started in the late 1990s as online diaries. As the Internet has become more social, blogs have gained in popularity. Today, there are over 100 million blogs with more entering the blogosphere everyday. Blogs have become more than online diaries. In fact, blogging has become an important part of the online and offline worlds with popular bloggers impacting the worlds of politics, business and society with their words. Anyone can start a blog thanks to the simple (and often free) tools readily available online.

What To Include on your Family History Blog
Every family is different and every family history is different. That's why you should include some information about your family and it's history on your site. If you have pictures of your family and/or your ancestors, include these too. Tell a little bit about each family member so people coming to your site will know more than just their names. If you have created a family tree, add this to your site. Then tell what kinds of information you are looking for, if any. Are you looking for more information about your family's history? Other people who are related to your ancestors? Or, maybe you want to create a family directory. Either way, you need to tell people what your site is and what you need to make it better.

1. FAMILY HISTORY BLOGGING: Blog your family history (become a Geneablogger) If you haven't created your own family history blog, now is the time. It's free and easy! There is even have a companion video series for you that will show you how - literally - at the Genealogy Gems TV Channel at YouTube. There are 3 videos currently in the series with the 4th soon to come.
• Video Part 1 Creating a Family History Blog -
• Video Part 2 “Tuning up your blog” 11:49 minutes • Video Part 3 Continuing to set up your Family History Blog 17:56 minuets
• Video Part 4: Should be out this week.

2. BLOGGER.COM: Since the above Video Series are incomplete, if you want to learn more of how to maneuver around your blog, go to the tutorial at You can:
• Take a quick tour
• Watch a video tutorial
• Discover more features
When you create a blog, you can share your thoughts, photos and more with anyone you wish all around the world. It is easy to use and to post text, photos, and videos from the web or your mobile phone. You can personalize your blog with themes, gadgets, premade backgrounds & headers, and much, much more. go to

3. KATIE’S BLOGGING 101 GUIDE This is a quick tutorial on how to create a blog. You can go to the following link on one of my blogs, and print it off for yourself. This also lists some of my all time favorite blogs on subjects that interest me. Go to:

4. USING YOUR IPOD..GENEALOGY PODCASTS & GENEAOLGY TOOLSIf you go to the following link, you can learn how to turn your Ipod into a Genealogy and Family History Tool.
• Genealogy Podcasts:

Genealogy Online by Patricia Crowe
•• An Itiots Guide to Online Genealogy
• Turning Memories into Memoirs – Dennis Ledouix ( a handbook for writing life stories)
• They Came in Ships ( a guide to fining your Imigrant ancestors arrival record)
• Unlocking Secrets of Old Photographs – Karen Frisck Ripley

7. RADIO BROADCASTING - Genealogy topics

(writing a personal Family History)

(how to use the internet for Family History research) ( a bunch of family history sites on the web)
(101 best genealogy websites for 2009)

10. BUILD A FAMILY TREE & HISTORY (Interactive & printable)
Build your own family tree and history and be able to email it to those you want to share it with when you are done. Go to
• Printable Family Trees
• Printable family Trees
• Great site!!!

11. FORMS & RECORD SHEETS (printable & downloadable)
• Oral History Record• Family Traditions form• Time Capsules
• Free downloadable & Printable forms needed to organize family history

• Kids turn centeral Genealogy
• Kids Family tree printables & projects
• Cyndis List provides a comprehensive list of sites for children

• Family Hairstyles
• Get Original Genealogy and Family History Records with FamilySearch New Record Search Pilot site
• Searching on Google Scholar
• What is Genealogy Research?
• The Genealogy Guy
• Part 1 of Online Genealogy Information Gathering Method• Part 2 of Online Genealogy Information Gathering Method
• Part 3 of Online Genealogy Information Gathering method
15. FAMILY HISTORY BLOGSPOT - The following are blogs that are Katie’s or someone elses in her family. These are just samples of what people have done to create blogs for family history purposes, online family scrapbooking pages
• It All Started with Adelbert & Della Smith blog
• Paul & Marcelene Gauger Family history blog

HOW TO PUBLISH YOUR BLOG INTO A BOOKType in the search engine box “How to make your blog into a book” The following and more will come up on the page. Go into each and see the differences between the options each site offers, and then choose one and make your book. One thing to consider is the cost and each site has different costs to print your blog.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cute Free printables for you & your sisters!

Sometimes I find the darlingest (if that is a word) things while surfing on the internet. Of course my surfing is because I am looking for ideas to pass on to you. I found a very cute site that has so many great ideas for little cute things to do for so many reasons.... like you know little thoughtful gift giving ideas for your visiting teaching sisters. I thought I would share some of them with you. Be sure to copy and paste the links into the search bar, as they are not active when I post here. Have fun ! I will add to the list as time permits. XOXO Katie

1. Printable Little Match book note pad. I would add a mini pen to go with it. and

2. Templates for printing and folding cute little things like milk cartons, cones, boxes, cards, matchbook notepad, folding fan, etc. Very cute and cleaver!

3. Free Printable Grocery Shopping list, Honey Do's, cute birthday cards, recipe cards and other cute lists and printable things.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cute and simple gift ideas to take with you Visiting Teaching

CANNING THEMED: (You will need to cut and paste these bolded links to your address bar as when posting they do not activate automatically.)
Since it is canning season, I thought I would share with you some fun ideas that I found while searching for canning recipes. Go to the following link: for using Canning Jars:

SEEDS THEMED: This is the time of year that you can start collecting the seeds from your flowers or vegetable garden. When plants go to seek, simply snip them off and lay them on a paper plate or paper towel to dry. It may take a week or two, but once they are completely dry, you can store them. Xpedex carries a whole lot of sizes of plastic zip lock bags from very tiny to large size. You will want some tiny ones. Then all you need to do is to print what kind of seeds they are on a colored piece of cardstock or paper and make your own header. Cut it to the size you need and staple it on to the top of the zipped bag of seeds. Instant gift giving, even when your garden is all dried up.

I found at a template to make your own seed packets. Copy it off and cut it out. Seal sides together with a glue stick and insert seeds then seal the top. Very cute & Cleaver!

Another site to get this template for making your own flower or garden seed packet is this:


• Luke 8:11 “Now this parable is this: The seed is the Word of God.”

• Seed Quotes:

• “No one expects a seed to produce a harvest the same day that seed is planted. Sometimes the Word of God seems to spring up and bear fruit immediately. Yet, if we knew the details, we would understand that the fruit of the Word grew in that person’s life over time.”

• “A seed is persistent; it never gives up, but works day and night. Even when you are sleeping, the seed you have planted is working to grow and express itself in a fruitful harvest. We need to be patient and allow the seed to accomplish what it was sent to do”.

Here is another site that has a whole bunch of predrawn templates for different kinds of seeds, to just print off on your computer• Go to this site and then scroll down to find the template that you are looking for, then print from this site. The template used as a photo on this site won't work properly.

“A seed will stop growing without nourishment. Planting a seed is not enough to assure a harvest. A seed must be protected and taken care of until harvest time. A seed which is dug up, or not watered will not produce. The more the seeds planted, the larger the harvest will be. 2 Cor. 9:6 He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully”.

Talks using “Seeds” found though

• James E. Faust, “Of Seeds and Soils,” Ensign, Nov 1999, 46

• Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Seeds of Renewal,” Ensign, May 1989, 7

• “In the Morning Sow Thy Seed,” Ensign, Jun 2009, 40–43

• David B. Haight, “Planting Gospel Seeds of Spirituality,” Ensign, Jan 1973, 74

"Faith is like a little seed, if planted it will grow" is a quote from a cute primary song. If you go to Sugar doodle, you can also find another template that is all drawn up with a tree on the outside of it with this quotes.

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