Watercolor Young Women Value Prints

My memory isn't what it used to be. Half the time I can't remember what I had for breakfast, but one thing I do remember is the motto I recited each Sunday as a young woman in my church. Back then there were seven values, each represented by a color, that reminded us of what we should be working on. Faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice & accountability, good works, and integrity. They've since added virtue to the list.

I haven't been considered young for some time, but now I recite the same motto each week as I work with the teenage girls in my own congregation. Even though I'm now a wife and mother, it's a good reminder for me that no matter how old I am, I still need to improve myself on these eight values.

I created downloadable watercolor prints of each value in its respective color. They're designed to print as 5x7s. I hope you use them for a girl you care about to remind them of their own "value" to you and to their Heavenly Father. These prints are for your own personal use or for that of your own Young Women's program.

To download, just click on any image above. It will open in a Dropbox file for you to save and print.

Connect Generations with Technology

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MobileMemories #CollectiveBias

We're headed to a family reunion this summer on my husband's side that hasn't happened since we've been married. Our kids are excited to meet their cousins, but the people I really want them to connect with are their great-grandparents. I don't know how many more chances they'll have to see each other, so I want to make these moments count.

Technology is an amazing thing. The photo on the left was taken with a cell phone and the one on the right is a photo of a photo. I'll be taking our Samsung Galaxy Avant with us to the reunion this summer so I'm sure to catch every moment in amazing quality. I signed up for Walmart Family Mobile to guarantee 4G LTE service no matter where we travel.

I'm all about recording memories not only of my parents, grandparents, etc., but of my own children and how they relate to their family. Here's the question I asked my son.

To create a video, I stood him in front of our fence, pulled out the Samsung Galaxy Avant, and pressed record.

I uploaded his response to Instagram. Just click on the image below and you can watch it there.

If you want your own Samsung Galaxy Avant to set up with Walmart Family Mobile, head to your local Walmart. This is the little number you'll be looking for. Mine was even on sale for $149! The Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 1G of 4G LTE data. Any employee in the cell area can help you find what you're looking for.

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this link or your local Walmart for current pricing.

How are you going to use technology to record your family memories this summer?

Loosen Up!

Stretch the stress away.

Prep your body for the days events. I find it helps me more to stretch before the onset of stress. Otherwise it can take twice the time to stretch it out. The day goes better for me when I stretch in the morning before anything tries to ruin my day. 

Before we begin, breathing is as important as stretching. Each breath should be a slow and full expansion of your lungs. For me it's a count of 7 seconds to inhale fully. You should then hold your breath for 3 seconds and exhale for the same about as the inhale again holding your breath for 3 seconds after you exhale. Now that you know that, let's get limber.

Hip Stretch

First thing in the morning, before you pee, bring the right knee to your chest keeping the left straight and hold it there for 3 deep breaths. Then pull it across your body with your left hand for another 3 breaths. Repeat with the left leg.

Upper Back and Neck

Next,  sit on the edge of your bed. Clasp your hands together in front of you, take a deep breath and as you exhale drop your chin to your chest. Press your arms out in front of you and your chin farther into your chest. Your back will round, hold your breath and bring your head up as you inhale. A more intense version of this stretch is from yoga. I learned it as The Plow.

On the next exhale tip your head so your ear is reaching to your shoulder. Inhale and raise you head again. Exhaling your head to the other side again reaching your ear to your shoulder. Inhale up again and repeat the clasp, chin drop and press.

Lower Back and Butt

Now stand next to your bed, feet shoulder width apart, and reach for your toes. Hang loose there for 5 breaths. When you come back to a standing position do it slowly concentrating on rounding your back through each vertebrae. Repeat. Now, put your hands on your knees with your knees slightly bent. Alternate arching your back pressing your chest toward the floor and rounding your back and extending your arms and legs. 

Now you are more relaxed and ready for your day. 

Knowing everybody is different, options for when the stretches could be done are, after a warm morning shower or after your morning run. But stretching is the most important thing you can do when it comes to the physical exercise.