Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Primary Program Printable Invitations 2016

These make the perfect sized, and easy to print and cut invitations for your Primary Children to give to friends, neighbors, teachers, and family alike!  Click HERE to download yours.  To make your own, simply insert the photo onto a word document, then go to Position>More Layout Options > then select "place BEHIND TEXT" so then you can personalize your invites and insert the meeting place and time of your Primary Program!  
Here's what the file looks like-


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ONE STOP STAR WARS PARTY SHOP

Right here in this post you will find ideas, pictures, free tutorials and printables to make your party a memorable & adorable one!
I thought I'd do a post similar to something I was hoping I'd find while preparing this last minute Star Wars party for our two littles in two days.  I had no idea what I was venturing into... but nothing I found was light colored or the look I was going for.  So I made my own and figured someone else may be in the same boat wondering if it was possible to have a Star Wars theme and a cute party not be mutually exclusive.  Granted the party took place at night so the party photos don't really do the "fun-ness" justice but you'll get the idea and this post will hopefully be a launch pad for your own ideas!  These were the invites to our shin-dig but there are two printable invitation options for your printing pleasure down below.
Our Party's Itinerary:

Entertainment was purely that!  We had a special visit from Star Wars Characters!  Rey taught all our young ones Jedi training and they all got to test their new skills with their dollar store light sabers on Kylo Ren!  Our friends Ian and Christina Jensen's costumes & acting were AMAZING!

The other games they played involved two sets of teams using two noodle light sabers each (from Target) and getting whiffle balls across the lawn.  Whoever got most won!  They loved this one.

Another game played (in addition to the impromptu light saber battles throughout the party:) was the classic Darth Vader piรฑata which I also got at Target.

The main event was watching Star Wars on the big screen outdoors with all the fun fixings to munch on that they each put in their white paper bags to take outside and then home with them.

This party was an absolute blast to plan and even more fun to watch the kiddos enjoy!

As always, this is not a sponsored post but I wanted to throw out a special thanks to AZCookieCorner for the adorably delicious cookies and SurpriseCakes for making this scrumptiously delectable one!  Could NOT believe they were able to do this with such short notice.  These ladies are BEYOND CREATIVE and TALENTED.


Click the image below to enlarge our party's pictures and get some ideas for your own!

Here's a preview of what your printables will look like!

TO PRINT YOUR FREE HIGH RESOLUTION STARWARS PRINTABLES JUST 
CLICK WORDS OF WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO PRINT BELOW!

LIGHT SABER HANDLES (see below)

THESE ARE FOR PRIVATE USE ONLY.  Please feel free to share and direct people to updikeupdates.com to print their own!  Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Star Wars or Disney and these are just artist's renditions of the characters put onto printables that I have created and am now SHARING WITH YOU!  The character's pictures I purchased for private and commercial use from ClipArtopia and LightBreezeBoutique.  Click on their names to view their cute shops!

FUN DECOR TIP!  To make what I used for the backdrop I just taped two strips of streamers together to make them wider and then folded them up so I could cut fringe more quickly along the sides.  Unravel, tape up, and complete them with the printable handles below to finish your light sabers!
BELOW YOU WILL FIND TUTORIALS TO MAKE THE EASIEST, QUICKEST AND CHEAPEST COSTUMES FOR YOUR LITTLEST JEDI'S!



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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

IT'S GREAT TO BE EIGHT PRINTABLES!

I figured there may be others looking for a simple cute printable so I'm posting this free Baptism Preview / Great To Be Eight Invitation.  Baptism Preview's are put on by each Ward's primary for all primary children who will be turning 8 this year as well as their parents.  With so many fun things on the horizon this year for them, it's the perfect opportunity to introduce and explain the events that lie ahead such as: the opportunity to be baptized, Activity Days for girls, and Cub Scouts for boys.  When I went to look for something everyone was charging money and none were the look or ombrรฉ water theme our presidency wanted to go with this year so I made this one and thought it would be nice to share. :)

To download your editable and printable copies click on the type of file you'd prefer below!




Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gifts For Giving

Looking for some original non sugary but sweet gift ideas?  Look no further!  Ringing in at less than $5 and only minutes to put together these are sure to brighten anyone's day whether they're wrapped under a tree or doorbell ditched!  There's something for every wallet, busy schedule and friend in your life.  The work's been done so you don't have to!  Just print, cut, and enjoy the happiness that only giving can bring!  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas friends!  Enjoy!
Each of the printables has been formatted to print on a 8.5 X 11" piece of paper.  From your computer you can just click and print, from a mobile device just hold the image and when it prompts you save the image, then print it!  Simple, thoughtful and something everyone can use!   If you're looking for more fun life hacks on how to simplify yours; check out www.naptimereviewer.com!
Merry Christmas Friends!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Watch Me Whip...



Help your little people get into the spirit of Christmas this season and have a few chuckles while you're at it!  I've added lots of fun ideas and printables over the years: just search the blog for the word elfia or go to Instagram and look under the hashtag #elfiaupdike or follow my children's mommy @shavonneupdike for daily ideas till Christmas!  Your elves are sure to find lots of inspiration for quick & fun morning surprises!  Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with lots of sleep!
Love, Elfia Updike ❤️

These images have been formatted and are ready to print onto 8.5 X 11 paper or cardstock.  To print on a mobile device just save the image first or if you're on a computer just click and print!  This is a quick one friends!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

13 IMAGES THAT SPEAK TO PARIS AND THE WORLD

What do you say in a moment like this?  In case you've also been in a quandary grasping for words to say in light of our world's current events,  here's a collection of photos that SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.  I'm posting them with the hope that at least one of them may speak to you as well.  Though we're thousands of miles away this was a small way I thought we could help spread love around our world, albeit digitally. These are a compilation of photos I've adjusted or put together from things I've found, though I do not claim ownership of them, as the quoted authors & artists are listed on each.  The updikeupdates watermark is simply there so that others may be able to more easily grab the higher resolution copies right here to share them, for as we all know copies of copies end up becoming contorted and hard to read. :)  Love to you all.  ❤️












"GENUINE GOODNESS IS THREATENING TO THOSE AT THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM."
-CHARLES SPENCER

"BLESSED ARE YE WHEN MEN SHALL REVILE YOU, PERSECUTE YOU, AND FALSELY SAY ALL KINDS OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY, FOR MY SAKE."
-MATTHEW 5:11

"THE MAN WHO CRIES OUT AGAINST EVIL MEN, BUT DOES NOT PRAY FOR THEM WILL NEVER KNOW THE GRACE OF GOD."
-ST. SILOUAN THE ANTHONITE

"RESOLVE TO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL, BUT TO COMBAT EVIL WITH GOOD." -POPE FRANCIS

"IF YOU THINK YOU ARE TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TRY SLEEPING IN A CLOSED ROOM WITH A MOSQUITO."  -AFRICAN PROVERB

"KNEEL DOWN TO PRAY.
STEP UP TO SERVE.
REACH OUT TO RESCUE."
-THOMAS S. MONSON

HE SAID, "ABOVE ALL WATCH WITH GLITTERING EYES THE WHOLE WORLD AROUND YOU BECAUSE THE GREATEST SECRETS ARE ALWAYS HIDDEN IN THE MOST UNLIKELY PLACES.  THOSE WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN MAGIC WILL NEVER FIND IT."
-ROALD DAHL

"NO CONCERN OF OURS IS TOO SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT.  THE LORD IS IN THE DETAILS OF OUR LIVES." --THOMAS S. MONSON

"WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP.
WE NUST NOT BECOME DISCOURAGED.
WE NUST NEVER SURRENDER TO THE FORCES OF EVIL... IF IT MEANS STANDING ALONE, WE MUST DO IT.  BUT WE SHALL NOT BE ALONE."
-GORDON B. HINKLEY

"WHEN EVIL MEN PLOT, GOOD MEN MUST PLAN.
WHEN EVIL MEN BURN AND BOMB, GOOD MEN MUST BUILD AND BIND.
WHEN EVIL MEN SHOUT WORDS UGLY WORDS OF HATRED,
GOOD MEN MUST COMMIT THEMSELVES TO THE GLORIES OF LOVE."
-MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

"THOUGH MY SOUL 
MAY SIT IN DARKNESS
IT WILL RISE IN 
HIS PERFECT LIGHT
I HAVE LOVED THE STARS TOO FONDLY
TO BE FEARFUL OF THE NIGHT."
-SARAH WILLIAMS

Monday, September 14, 2015

potty like a rock star



All you need buy are these 3 things: 


Fabric- I got my mine from here it's a durable duck cloth and was $10/yard.

Tension Rods- you can get them anywhere from Amazon, target to walmart.  They're spring tensioned so they'll fit to whatever width you're trying to cover, just be sure to measure your width and to get the right one as they come in size ranges. Since they're hardly visible I got the least expensive ones I could find. I think they were around $4 a piece.

Fray Check - this is the easiest way to ensure the edge of your fabric stay put and won't come apart over time.  Just follow the instructions on the bottle.

I measured the distance between the two walls added a half an inch on either side and hot glued both sides under so that it looked finished.  I then hot glued it to the top rod, figured out the placement for the bottom one and then hot glued that into place as well.  This by far has been the quickest, cheapest, and easiest room transformation.  The simple awning balance completely changed the look and added so much character to their little bathroom!  This can all be done in under 25 min and under $25 bucks!  Simple, affordable, and fun!  Can't wait to see how cute yours turns out!





Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Struggle Is Real

You are more than your failures just as I am more than my millions of FAILed moments, countless FAILed pregnancy tests, hundreds of FAILed unfinished projects and at least a dozen FAILed diets.  For those who assume I don't keep it real on social media... I would agree to disagree.  This is my backup memory, and as we all know memories are selective.  So why not be SELECTIVE on something so personal yet so public?  Oh I have documented my failures ๐Ÿ˜‚ but that's not where my heart wants to stay.  Sad moments are often much harder to forget than than happy ones are to remember.  So as I remember selective bits and pieces I want to look back here and see a whole reel of highlights.  I believe there is wisdom in putting your best foot forward especially in front of the world.  I believe in seeking light, shining, and then rekindling that light in those around us.  You attract what you reflect and I choose brighter, sunnier, baby filled days that I hope are in our future.  So until then I'm going to try to pick up a mess behind my kids before I post a photo and wipe the food off our faces before we smile for one... At least most of the time. ๐Ÿ˜œ  Not because I'm trying to be someone I'm not but because I'm trying to be who I feel I should be.  Call me old fashioned but I believe there is no greater title than that of womanhood, and 
  • I don't believe it suits us to put ourselves down in order to be likable or real. I
believe w
  • e are all stronger than the struggles we face, the comparisons we make, and standards we set for ourselves based on our society, circle of friends, or news feeds.  So next time a
friend posts a picture of the creative bento box meal, the amazing party she threw, or how put together her family is... remember that what took her hours you may have haphazardly thrown together in two minutes.  Neither of your accomplishments are better or worse than the other's, they're just different.  Beautifully different.  Neither is a rose prettier than a tulip.  If blooming next to one another I doubt either flower would compare itself to the other, they would just bloom right where they are, as unique as they are, in the space they were given.  Those who spend time on things that we wouldn't don't have more time than we do, it just means they prioritize their time and show their love differently.  We are all doing the best we can with what we have.  Join with me, @todaysthebestday & other real women as we acknowledge our need to stop conforming to society's pressures and celebrate our differences.  I appreciate and marvel at every post I see of yours.  May we choose optimism over comparison.  We are enough.  ๐Ÿ’›

Come uplift and inspire the women you know, the struggle is real, but we're all in this together.  Grab your printable below:


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Back To School Printable

These little printables would be cute attached to any bagged cookies!  No I did not make these gorgeous ones... and now that we have a Kneader's close by I didn't even attempt to!  For all my domestic friends with time you can make them, but if you're running short on time and domesticness as of late like me :) you can even get a yummy one at Chickfila, Panara Bread, or Subway too!  Their teachers loved them and I'm sure your kids' would too!  Happy New School Year Friends!  Wishing you and your little a fun start on the right foot!  ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ“š✏️

Friday, July 31, 2015

They see me Rollin'... they Apron - GIVEAWAY

Just because you guys are the sweetest family & friends ever... all you have to do is leave a comment here naming a single item you'd like from www.crazydogtshirts.com and you can earn an extra entry to win one of these aprons!  I love mine and haven't a doubt you, your friends and family will get a kick out of it too!  See my Instagram for all the deets!  Good luck friends!