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Friday

Come, Follow Me Notebook


We finally have a Come, Follow Me notebook!!

I wanted my young women to have something dedicated to Sunday lessons.  Somewhere to take notes from lessons, and such, then to take home to continue their gospel studies during the week.  Somewhere to WRITE DOWN the challenge given to them each week, so they can take it home, review it, and work on it.  Then be able to report back the next Sunday.  But I shy away from having a notebook specifically for Come, Follow Me - with questions, prompts, etc...  Each lesson is so different and personalized, from one to the next, and in each ward, that I wanted something that would fit for every YW group, no matter where you are.  And to me, that is a blank notebook.  And I wanted to keep it somewhat simply so it is gender neutral, so young men could also use it.

* I have heard of some YW leaders keeping the notebooks each week, to hand out each Sunday - let your girls decide what they want to do. *

The notebook comes with a plastic pouch attached to the outside of it to hold items such as a pen, handouts, etc...

The Come, Follow Me notebook is blank inside with 80 lined pages.  It DOES NOT INCLUDE a pen.  But pairs perfectly with our 2016 mutual theme pen, as shown.


Order one for each of your YW today!  Quantity discounts are available.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

To order our 2016 mutual theme Press Forward pen, CLICK HERE.







Wednesday

Need Opinions! 2016 Notebooks.

Notebook UPDATE:
We decided to go a different route with the notebooks.  After getting some feedback we decided to:

1.  Do a black notebook, with a white Christus.  (We chose black to keep it more gender neutral so YM could use is, too)
2.  NOT INCLUDE a pen.

We do, however, have a Mutual Theme pen that pairs perfectly with the notebook.
Order the PEN HERE.

You can see our Come, Follow Me notebook post HERE.


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I want YOUR feedback.  I am so tempted to make these cute notebooks.  I want my girls to have something dedicated to Sunday lessons.  Somewhere to take notes from lessons, and such, then to take home to continue their gospel studies during the week.  Somewhere to WRITE DOWN the challenge given to them each week, so they can take it home, review it, and work on it.  Then be able to report back the next Sunday.  But I shy away from having a notebook specifically for Come, Follow Me - with questions, prompts, etc...  Each lesson is so different and personalized, from one to the next in each ward, that I want something that would fit for every YW group, no matter where you are.  And to me, that is a blank notebook.

I love these notebooks - they come with a pen, and a little pouch to hold it and other little handouts, gum, stickers, etc...  The notebook has durable plastic covers, a pouch (see below), a pen, and lined paper inside.  It is roughly 5"x7" - small enough to put in scripture bags.  The pouch is on the outside of notebook so it can close properly (genius!).






Friday

2016 YW Leader Calendar *NOW IN STOCK*

Our 2016 YW Leader Planning Calendar is now in stock and ready to ship!! Take a look at the calendar page and the planning page for each month (above picture).  Don't forget about the 4 activity ideas we include with each month!!  New this year: one activity per month is "from our history".  These are fun and interesting goals that young women had to perform from years past.  All the way back to the early 1900s.  These are fun to read, and maybe try to incorporate these into your activities this year. 

This planning calendar is a must have for so many YW leaders, and is our most requested item to continue year after year!
*New this year* we are offering a bundle DISCOUNT, when you order four (4) calendars (one for each member of your presidency).   Be sure to select the pack of four (4) from the drop-down menu when ordering.

ORDER YOURS TODAY, CLICK HERE.





2016 Press Forward Lanyard

Our products for the amazing 2016 Mutual Theme - PRESS FORWARD are coming right along.  We are so excited about this theme.  It is so wonderful!

Our lanyards are being made!  You can PRE-ORDER them on our website.  They will ship mid-September.  They are, again, available with the popular plastic pouch that holds a youth (or adult) temple recommend.

Pre-order for your youth today!  CLICK HERE.




2016 YW Leader Calendar

Our 2016 YW leader planning calendar is in process!  We have them on our website for PRE-ORDER.  They will ship mid-September.  This is a must have for so many YW leaders each year.  They continue to be our most requested item year after year. 

Pre-order yours today and be one of the first to have it.  CLICK HERE.




Tuesday

FREE shipping today and tomorrow!

Our shipping department only has to be closed for 2 more days! To thank you for being so patient with us, as we relocated, today and tomorrow there is FREE shipping on all orders over $20.00 (standard shipping, USA only). This is valid on our YW site and our VINYL website.

 ORDER TODAY!  CLICK HERE.

Free shipping is valid Tuesday-Wednesday, August 4-5, 2015.






Wednesday

UPDATE on shipping department closing

Our shipping department will need to close a couple days earlier than expected. Our shipping department will now be closing on July 21, not July 23-like originally scheduled. And opening back up on August 6th. PLEASE ORDER NOW so there is no need to panic.  For more information, CLICK HERE!!





Thursday

My Personal Progress POUCH


I needed something to hold my Personal Progress book, the journal, a pen, and my FTSOY pamphlet.  I wanted something that closed.  A pouch!!!  It was perfect.  I hope you think it is perfect, too.  And your YW will surely love it!

You can order yours on our website.  Price is discounted when ordering in BULK for all your YW!

ORDER HERE!!






Friday

Clearance Items-2015

We have reduced the price of our ANCHOR socks once again!  Being the end of June, we need to start making room for our 2016 products - can you believe it?!?!

Our ANCHOR socks are on clearance for only $1.50 a pair!!  What a great deal!  But we only have limited stock, so order now!!!


Our WHITE embark socks are also on clearance for $1.95 a pair.

And don't forget our theme PRINTS are also on clearance - for as little and $ .08 each!!!

ORDER TODAY,  click here.





Wednesday

Shipping Department CLOSED for 2 weeks in July


**UPDATE ON OUR shipping department closing:  We have to close a few days earlier than expected.  Our shipping department will now be closing on July 21 (not July 23).  We still plan to open back up and start shipping orders received during this time on August 6th.  Please ORDER NOW to avoid any type of panic! **

Our SHIPPING department will be closed for 2 weeks: July 23-August 5.  We are relocating our office (a.k.a. - we're moving!!!).  We need this time to pack up our office and all of our stock, move everything, then unpack in our new location.  We know this is not convenient for anyone.  But please bear with us as we make this transition.

Our website will still be fully functional during this time - and ORDERS CAN STILL BE PLACED.  They just will not ship until August 6.  Orders will be shipped out as quickly as possible when we open back up - in the order they were received (orders placed on July 27, will ship before orders placed on August 2).

If you need items during this time, or even shortly after, PLEASE ORDER THOSE NOW.  All orders placed before July 23, will ship before we close (this means you need to order no later than July 22).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.  We will have access to emails during this closure time.
ywbooks@yahoo.com








Monday

YW Coloring Sheets



Beehive Class Activity idea: Listen to uplifting music on youth.lds.org, while coloring. Beehives love this activity! We have 2 coloring sheets that are perfect for this! These also make a great lazy-day activity at girls camp!

Order the COLORING SHEETS HERE.







Wednesday

Primary CTR Pouch


Our newest item: CTR (camo) drawstring pouch.  Perfect for little hands and their love of collecting little things.  Great for church or in the car.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER.





Tuesday

FRAGILE music video - 2015 mutual theme


The Church has released a new video of the song FRAGILE. This is a song in the 2015 mutual theme collection. It's just beautiful!

CLICK HERE to watch it.








Wednesday

2015 EMBARK prints on clearance for 25 cents!

Our 2015 EMBARK prints are on clearance for 25 cents!  There is even one on clearance for 10 cents.

CLICK HERE to order.





Thursday

2015 EMBARK drawstring pouch

Our newest item for the 2015 mutual theme - a drawstring pouch.  Great for holding all kinds of goodies, especially fun at girls camp or youth conference!  Size is 5"x7", so these can hold a small pad of paper and a pen.

Order on our website.  CLICK HERE.






Sunday

FREE SHIPPING thru 4-11-15


SPRING BREAK SPECIAL: Free standard shipping on orders of $20.00 or more - thru Saturday, April 11. Save money on Girls Camps orders - order this week and don't pay shipping! You'll also find several of our 2015 prints still on sale! Order today!!  CLICK HERE



Friday

Mutual Theme Prints - on sale!

 Our 2015 mutual theme PRINTS are on sale on our website.  You can get a 5"x7" print for as low as 25 cents!   CLICK HERE.

And - please make note - we are almost out of our 2015 mutual theme LIP BALM.  Once they're gone - they're gone for good (we won't be making any more).  So order those TODAY if you want them.  They won't last long.  CLICK HERE.

Our 2015 YW Leader Calendar is on Clearance for only $3.00.  If nothing else - you'll want the 4 activity ideas each month.  They will give you some great ideas!  And for 3-bucks, who can resist?!?!










Thursday

My Heavenly Father Loves Me

 

We have a new book on our website.  It is on our PRIMARY page, but this is a book for all ages.  The first time I saw it - I fell in love with it - as this is one of my most favorite primary songs.   6"x6" board book.

It goes through the song, a line on each page (in order) and has adorable pictures to go with each line.  It is a beautifully illustrated book.  I just love it so much!

To order this board book on our website, CLICK HERE.








GIRLS CAMP MADE EASY - on clearance!

The book I wrote for Girls Camp - Girls Camp Made Easy is on clearance on our website.  I have way too many in stock!  To order one for you, and for your camp director, CLICK HERE!





2015 EMBARK backpack

Our 2015 EMBARK drawstring backpacks have arrived!  We absolutely love how they turned out! 

Order today for your group!!  CLICK HERE.






Monday

Supporting A Rival School

Sadly, there have been more than a couple suicide attempts at a high school in our area in the past few weeks.  One died.  It is very sad, and has sort of stunned our community.  The high school where my daughter attends did something the other day that just brought tears to my eyes.  They showed their support by sending a simple message to this rival school.  What great youth we have in our midst!!!



If you need more information on suicide, please visit Hope4Utah - click here
Or, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, here.







Friday

His Hands - Easter Lesson



His Hands, By: Kenneth Cope.
This would end an Easter lesson, or FHE perfectly.


Human Hungry Hungry Hippos Game



This would be such a fun combined young men/young women activity.  Would also be great at a family reunion or youth conference!

This video shows the people being pushed and pulled back by humans - I also think it would be fun to tie a rope onto the rolling board and roll them out, then simply pull them back in with the rope.  But either way - what a fun activity this could be!!  *Just watch those fingers - keep them away from the wheels!*

What you'll need:
1.  Some kind of rolling boards that will hold people and put up with being pushed and pulled.
2.  Balloons (roughly 30-40)
3.  Baskets (round plastic laundry baskets work the best)
4.  Rope to tie onto boards if you want to use rope instead of man-power.

Make 4 groups, one in each corner of the room.  Each team - at the same time - will push their first player out to the middle trying to capture balloons in their baskets.  Pull them back.  Next person lays down on board, push them out, collect balloons, pull them back.  When all the balloons are gone from the center, count to see which team has the most.  Play again.

HAVE FUN!!!

For more great activity ideas, visit our website HERE.







Thursday

Capes For Kids

**This is an ongoing project for me, so although this post will eventually "be an old post", I am still accepting capes all the time.**



I love to see people helping children in 3rd world countries.  I know this brings sunshine to many, many people.  I've helped with the Days for Girls organization that helps young women with their menstrual cycles in these 3rd world countries (I will post more about this project a little later when I get everything figured out).

I get a little sad, however, thinking about all the children here in America who could use those services.  I have found one that I think will be a very good fit for me.  The project of capes does not require any sewing (the pattern they have in Family Fun Magazine - CLICK HERE FOR PATTERN on page 2) - I don't sew, so this is a GREAT one for me!!

It is from an organization called Enchanted Makeovers.  The project is called Capes for Kids.

I would like to ask my readers to help me make this happen!  I ship these capes off when I have at least 100 capes to send to this organization to distribute.  Will you help me?

How to help:
1.  Go to the link to make a cape (the Family Fun pattern)
2.  Email me when the cape(s) are complete.  ywbooks@yahoo.com   I will email back to you my address to ship them to (postage paid by you) or you can drop them off at my house.
3.  You can (but not required) enclose any kind of cash donation with your capes.  100% of this donation will be used for this Capes for Kids project - 100%!!
4.  When I receive at least 100 capes - I will ship them to Enchanted Makeovers.
5.  They will distribute them where they are needed most.

If you have any questions, please post a comment on the post and I will reply to it.  This way, if others have the same questions as you - they won't need to ask again.

Let's work together to bring sunshine to the lives of these kids in shelters.

Thank you so much for your service and donations!!







Credit Card Knife

The wait is over!  We finally have them!!  The amazing credit card knives.  The size of a credit card - folds out to be a knife!  These are quickly gaining popularity.  And we have them on their way!

You can order them on our website.  We give you a discount for ordering in bulk.  ORDER HERE.




Friday

Craft Kit - EMBARK Boat

Our newest item to be added to our 2015 mutual theme page is an Embark boat craft kit.  These are fantastic for a last minute activity (if you have purchased them already), or for an easy craft at Girls Camp.

How to make your EMBARK boat:

1.  Order the KIT on our website HERE.  (Includes wood boat, vinyl Embark, vinyl shape)
2.  Lightly sand the edges (they don't need much, but maybe a little)
3.  Paint boat.  Let dry.
4.  Apply vinyl to boat.
5.  Finish with a light layer of Mod Podge.

Order your KIT today!  CLICK HERE.

Vinyl colors shown in picture are: brushed silver, navy blue, lipstick pink, lime tree green







Thursday

Calendar - on sale!

Our 2015 YW Leader Planning Calendar is on sale for $5.00!  Buy one today!  Be sure your whole presidency has one.  At this price, class presidencies could have them!

Order it on our website - CLICK HERE.



Wednesday

*NEW* Drawstring Backpack - 2015 Mutual Theme EMBARK


We have a *NEW* drawstring backpack now available on our website.  When you think of EMBARK - don't you think of a journey?  Us too!  What better way to go on that journey this year than with a cute little backpack.  These are great for camp, youth conference (we did them a neutral color for all to enjoy), retreats, gifts, hikes, temple trips, and so much more!

You can order your drawstring backpack today!  CLICK HERE.





Tuesday

*NEW* Note Cards



We have two (2) new note card designs on our website.  Both are Happy Birthday cards - one is for the 2015 mutual theme, and one is a birthday card with the temple on it.   

CLICK HERE to order.









Monday

FREE SHIPPING


FREE SHIPPING - on our website Monday-Tuesday, Dec 29-30.  On orders over $20.00.
US orders only
Standard shipping only.

Visit our website today!  CLICK HERE.










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Wednesday

Anchor Socks - Embark 2015 Mutual Theme

We have a new pair of socks for the 2015 mutual theme - EMBARK.  Aren't they just cute?  We love the anchors.

You can order them on our website.  CLICK HERE.





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Friday

Birthday Ideas 2015


This time of the year is so fun.  So much to do in my personal life with family and friends.  It is also a busy time of the year in my YW calling.  Right now we are reviewing our budget and getting everything in order for next year - including what to give our girls for their birthdays.  We try to make it a big deal.

So - to make it a little easier on you - here is a short list of items we sell on LDS-YW.com that could be used for birthday gifts.


2015 theme bracelets.  We also have one with a brown strap that is great for young men!


Hair Ties - I am a Child of God.  We also have CTR.  Click here


3" Christus Statue.  Click here


Young Women Theme Scroll Pen.  Click here


Young Women Colored Pencils.  Click here


Let Him In Magnetic Note Pad.  Click here


Salt Lake Temple Zipper Pull.  Click here







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Thursday

Teaching YW to Cook


I have always been an advocate for having YW activities that teach our YW to cook.

I've had an interesting experience the past couple of months.  My oldest son is dating this amazing young lady.  She is a return missionary, cute, fun to be around, has a solid testimony of the gospel, and so much more.  We really enjoy having her around.

She does not know how to cook.  It is almost surprising to hear them communicate about cooking.  He cooks for her all the time (I taught all my kids how to cook - including my boys).  I overheard her say that she doesn't know how to cook Raman noodles.  Seriously?  I am quite shocked at the lack of cooking skills some young women have these days.  Eating out and buying already prepared meals is almost a curse these days.

This is why I am - and always will be - a huge advocate for teaching our YW how to cook.  Buying food that is already prepared or eating out is so easy these days.  Teaching YW simple skills like cooking will bless their lives in so many ways.  

Need an activity idea that we have incorporated in my current ward?  We have 2 "feasts" per year.  Something in the Spring /Summer and one in the Fall (we call this one Fall Feast).  During this activity, we either make it all at the church, or have it in someone's home.  We always cook 4 items - main dish, bread, salad or side dish, dessert.  For example - this past October we made chili, corn bread, caramel apples and salad.  We divide our girls into groups - which with each group will make one dish for all the YW.  Then we come together and have a "feast" of the foods they all made.  Our YW really love these activities.  They go home with all the recipes.  Our classes also have additional cooking activities throughout the year.

I know that our YW are being blessed by the skills we are teaching them.  They have learned skills like how to read a recipe, how to mix, stir, fold, beat, etc.  They have learned the simple knowledge of preheating an oven.

I firmly believe that getting back to basics - per say - is so important.  We can't just assume they are being taught at home.  Because from my experience - some are - but most aren't.

You can find SO MANY ideas and recipes online that can easily be done in your activity time.  Or, pull out your cookbooks and favorite recipes and share them with the YW whom you serve.




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The Story Pouch


Today we launched one new product from our new product line - The Story Pouch.  We wanted to get this one out there so orders for the Christmas season can begin!  We have SO many more coming very soon - Bible stories, Book of Mormon stories, animals, numbers, alphabets, brick people, etc... This entire line will eventually have its own website, but until it's completed, you can order them on our Primary page on our YW website.  CLICK HERE.

These are perfect for quiet play in church - HINT HINT!!

ORDER HERE.






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