September Birthstone – Sapphire

Where it can be found Sapphire is found in only a few locations in the world. The three most famous regions for blue sapphire are Kashmir, Burma and Sri Lanka. Sapphire has also been mined in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and India.   Facts Sapphire is the birthstone for September. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 5th or Read More…

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Pick a Song Activity – Primary Music Time

I have a couple of bigger, more complicated activities I like to do throughout the year but for the most part, I love simplicity. Partially for my own sanity in preparing a lesson because I have 3 kids and run my own business from home and time is limited (as I am sure it is for most!)

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August Birthstone – Peridot

Where it can be found Gem quality peridot comes from Arizona, Burma, Norway, islands in the Red Sea, Hawaii and is sometimes found in meteorites.   Facts According to the National Association of Jewelers, peridot has been the official birthstone of August along with Sardonyx since 1912. There is no synthetic or manmade version of peridot, but imitations do exist.  These are usually made Read More…

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Celebrating Pioneer Day – Making Butter

One of my favorite things to do with my primary kids to celebrate pioneer day is make butter with them. We have done it for years and is something many still talk about. The idea is super simple, make butter while you sing. You can sing pioneer songs and a lesson that goes with the pioneer theme but I’ve had Read More…

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The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

I have taught kids The Wise Man and the Foolish Man song for years, it is simple with actions and kids love it. This time around, I want to do something a little different and talk a little bit about the song and talk more about what it means and how we can apply it in our lives. Also, we are Read More…

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July Birthstone – Ruby

Where it can be found The most recently found ruby deposit is in Myanmar. Rubies have historically been mined in Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Namibia, Colombia, Japan, Scotland, Brazil and in Pakistan.   Facts The word ruby comes from the Latin “rubens” which means red. Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They Read More…

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So you Just Got Called to be Primary Music Leader

First off congratulations! My mom, who was a primary leader for most of her life always says, it’s the best job in the church.   For some, it might not seem that way, especially if you might not be musically inclined. But you get to reach these kids in a way no one else can, through music.   Music is Read More…

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June Birthstones – Pearl and Moonstone

  Both the pearl and moonstone are considered Junes birthstone and they are used interchangeably. Which do you prefer? Moonstones Where they can be found: Junes birthstone, the moonstone, is named because of its uncanny resemblance to the iridescent sheen of the moon. It was considered by ancient civilizations to be a sacred stone, bestowing the wearer with great spiritual Read More…

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May Birthstone – Emerald

Where is can be found Most emerald deposits are currently mined in Colombia, Brazil, and Zambia. They are mined throughout the world (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Australia, United States) but these are the three major sources.   Facts Emerald is always green. The deeper the color, the more valuable the stone. Emerald always has some inclusions. If there are none, it’s more Read More…

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April Birthstone – Diamond

  Where it can be found Diamonds are present in about 35 countries. South Africa, Russia and Botswana are the main producers of gem diamond while Australia produces most of the industrial diamond. They are also found in India, Brazil, China, Canada and the United States.   Facts  Diamonds are the most expensive stones in the world – I looked Read More…

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March Birthstone – Aquamarine

  Where it can be found The majority of aquamarine is found in Brazil. Other important deposits are in Angola, Kenya, central Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Ural Mountains in Russia, Tanzania, Colorado/USA, and Zambia.   Facts Aquamarine is the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage. Aquamarine is associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces and the Read More…

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Subtle Ways to Wear Green this Saint Patricks Day

While I love being festive I’m not an over the top dresser. As a busy work at home mom, I like to keep things pretty simple, casual and functional. I like to be more subtle when it comes to dressing for the holidays.   So here are subtle ways to wear green and have a subtle Saint Patricks Day! Jewelry Read More…

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Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Galentine’s Day? Oh it’s only the best day of the year. February 13th is a day for ladies celebrating ladies.   So why should you celebrate Galentines day this year? It’s a day to say I love you. Sometimes we don’t take the time we should tell the women in our lives how much we love them, how much they’ve impacted Read More…

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