November 13, 2016

Giving In Gratitude

I absolutely love Thanksgiving! I love the food, being with family, pie and my mom's homemade rolls. Overall, I love what Thanksgiving is really about. When you type into Google, "definition of Thanksgiving", the first definition is: "The expression of gratitude, especially to God." 

I am a young woman advisor for the Laurels in our church, which is class of 16 to 18-year-old girls. One of my responsibilities as an advisor, is to get to know them and help with the different things that they are challenged with at this transitional age. After weeks of preparation, I hosted a little fall activity in our apartment for these young woman!

Our fall activity was all about giving and being thankful. I wanted them to really think about the importance of giving and being grateful to God and to those in their life for the things they are blessed with. We made two DIY crafts that are great for giving to those that you are grateful for and just in time for Thanksgiving! 

You Will Need:
4 oz. Canning Jar
1/2 Cup Unscented Epsom Salt 
1/4 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1/2 Teaspoon of an Extract or Essential Oil
(Optional) Food Coloring

Side Note: I really enjoyed using Peppermint or Coconut Extract


1. Mix together Epsom Salt and Vegetable Oil.
2. Stir in your choice of scent and ensure that it is completely mixed together.
3. Mix in your choice of food coloring until the desired color. I don't suggest using too much! 
4. Poor and pack into your canning jar. Keep it sealed tight when not in use.
5. Relax and enjoy!

The thing I loved the most about this gift is that it's easy to give without packaging, baths are amazing and most of all, it was extremely easy to make! I love that you can make it your own with the different choices of scents and colors.

You Will Need:

1 qt. Wide Canning Jar
Chex Mix, Traditional Flavor
Peanut Butter M&Ms
Mini Pretzels
Roasted and Salted Peanuts
Candy Corn

Side Note: These are all optional. This is another great DIY project to do in big groups because you can choose whatever ingredients you would like. Chex Mix is a great base for your mix.


It's really hard. Prepare yourself.
1. Choose the amount of each ingredient you would like and throw it into the jar.
2. Eat it and enjoy! 

I encouraged the girls to write notes of gratitude to whomever they would be giving their gifts to. It was fun to watch them as they pondered who they wanted to share this gift with and even more when they were thinking of why they were grateful. These girls are great and I'm so happy to know them and be their leader! :)


Immediately following this activity, Ryan and I went with some friends to Ocotillo Wells. It's pretty much just desert in North East San Diego. We set up tents, a fire and enjoyed the amazing weather, stars and each others company.

It's been a long time since I was able to watch the sunrise. This morning, we woke up around 5:30 and watched that beautiful, bright sun come up. It was a much needed mini vacation for all of us! 

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