Free Visiting Teaching Printable: October 2015


How is it already October? I still feel like it summer and now it will be Christmas before we know it! With how fast this year is going, I am pretty proud of myself that I got this Visiting Teaching printable done before the end of the month this time. ;) This month's Visiting Teaching message focuses on the charity and love of Christ and how we can all emulate that in our own lives. This quote from President Monson really stood out to me this month because I don't think I ever realized what charity truly meant before. I have always assumed charity was directly related to tithing, so if I paid my 10% every month, I was covered! This quote made me realize that charity is so much more, so I am excited to display this printable in my home as a reminder to be more patient, understanding and accepting of the sisters I visit teach as well as everyone I come in contact with.
You can view the rest of the message for this month here and download the printable below. The final product comes two to a page for easy printing and won't have the watermark. You can also click on the either picture in this post to pin them to Pinterest for future reference! Let me know if you have any problems and be sure to tag @breezyandco / #breezyandco in any pictures you post with your printable so I can see them in action.

Baby's Favorite Books


I've always been obsessed with books, so it shouldn't come as any surprise that Jack is as well. In fact, he would be completely satisfied if his whole day consisted of me reading to him (and snacks, of course!) I'm a firm believer in the fact that you can never have enough books, so I am constantly on the lookout for new books that will teach and entertain him. We have quite a few Target Dollar Spot books and some odds and ends I've picked up at yard sales that help make up a pretty big library, but he has about ten favorites that he is always asking for! These are the books with the crumpled pages and broken spines from being loved just a little too much, so you know they're good!

A fun list of must-have books for your baby!

That's Not My Dragon // We actually have a few of these "That's Not My..." books from Usborne and, while Jack is obsessed with all of them, the dragon one is my favorite. He was given a small collection for Christmas from his grandparents, and I really wish we would have known about them sooner! The bright colors and touchy-feely aspect paired with the repetitiveness of "That's not my..." has been really fun and educational and I think he would have enjoyed them long before he was a year old. This series of books is always the first thing I recommend to other moms!

Alice in Wonderland // Again, we have quite a few of these BabyLit books but Alice in Wonderland seems to be the one that he goes to most often. All the different BabyLit books have a theme, and Alice in Wonderland teaches colors paired with basic parts of the story. (Orange cat, black shoes, purple caterpillar, etc.) I love that he is already being introduced to classic literature in such a fun way and the adorable illustrations are pretty enough to frame!

Where is Baby's Belly Button? // This is a lift-the-flap book and I definitely credit it for teaching Jack all his body parts! The only problem is he is constantly trying to lift people's shirts to see their belly buttons. :/ It is one of the only lift-the-flap books that he hasn't ripped the flaps off, so that must means he loves it a little extra.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? // We have the "slide and find" version of this book, which I definitely recommend! Jack loves to slide the little door to see what is next and it's a nice change from the classic flap books that are so easy to tear. The wording of the book is repetitive enough that Jack has memorized what comes next, which makes me want to read it more often. :) Plus, I love Eric Carle's illustrations!

Hop on Pop // Who can pass up a classic Dr. Suess book? The first time Jack saw this book was when we went on our Florida trip last month and my mom packed it along to distract him on the plane. Once we came home, I was browsing the Target kid's book section looking for a baby shower gift, and Jack started screaming "Pop! Pop! Hop Pop!" and reaching for it so I knew we had to get it! However, I definitely recommend the board book version because babieslove ripping paper, if you didn't know. :/ We learned that the hard way!

Peek-a-Who? // This is another book that Jack has memorized. He loves playing peek-a-boo so a book that plays it with him is perfect! This is one of the only books he will "read" on his own and it is so fun to see him go through and say "zoo! choo-choo! peek-a-boo!" I definitely recommend this book for babies and toddlers alike!

Dear Zoo // If your baby is an animal lover, then you need this book. It is a cute story about writing the zoo and asking them for a pet, so it has that repetitiveness that is so great for babies. I love that it pairs animals with actions like a scary snake (Jack actually thinks snakes are called "scary" haha), a naughty monkey, a tall giraffe, etc. The flaps are made a little sturdier than our other books so he hasn't been able to rip them off yet either. Win, win, win!

Whose House? // We have had this book since Jack was really little and apparently it isn't being produced or isn't super popular or something, because I couldn't find a link to it ANYWHERE. Instead, I linked a book called "Whose Spots?" that looks like it is by the same author and has the same concept. The main reason I love this book is because the pages fold out instead of being flaps, so it is a lot sturdier than other books. It is a little too wordy to keep Jack's attention, but he loves to go through and name the animals and fold out the pages. This is definitely one that will grow with him and he will be able to enjoy through toddlerhood as well!

What are some of your favorite children's books? Now that Jack is a little older, we are officially on the hunt for more "toddler" level books, so send your suggestions my way!

Preparing for General Conference with a FREE Printable


LDS General Conference is something I look forward to for months! Not even exaggerating, as soon as the session ends in April, I am already looking forward to October. So naturally, when Brooklyn tossed me the idea of collaborating on a free printable specifically for Conference, I dropped everything and got to work! This is the perfect thing to print out give to families you home teach and use in your personal scripture study this week as we lead up to Conference to make sure you get the most of the talks and inspiration that will be shared this weekend. 

Brooklyn chose a quote from Elder Robert D. Hales' talk in October 2013 Conference that fits perfectly with the idea of this printable. 

"Conference messages come to us after prayerful preparation, through the Holy Ghost. This principle is true for all members of the Church as we prepare to participate in ward, stake, and general conferences. We study out in our minds what we need and desire from Heavenly Father, and we pray to understand and apply that which we are taught. As the time for conference arrives, we sacrifice other activities, 'lay[ing] aside the things of this world, [to] seek for the things of a better.'"

To go along with Elder Hales' wisdom, the printable also includes a space to list problems and trials you are currently facing, questions you have about the gospel, areas of your testimony that need strengthening, and what you would like to take away from General Conference so you can ponder and be spiritually prepared to hear the answers you are needing at this time in your life.
Free Printable to Help Prepare for General Conference
We kept it pretty neutral so it can be used for each session of Conference, regardless of year, and the printable even includes a plain black and white version if you want to keep it simple and hand out a bunch of them to your Sunday School classes, etc. I am really excited about how it turned out and I can't wait to use it to help my family get the most of our LDS General Conference experience this weekend!

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