Webelos – Naturalist #3 – Terrarium Fun



This month my son has been working on his Naturalist Activity Badge for his Webelos Den. One of the items on there is to make a terrarium/aquarium and keep it for 1 month. I didn’t feel like feeding any animals, so I talked my son into doing a terrarium with no animals.


Here are all the components to making this terrarium. It is a little pricey just to warn you. The container was a pretzel container that we saved. The pricey items were the plants and the activated charcoal, which you can get at a pet store  I learned. The charcoal is behind the plastic container.


First step is to pour in the gravel to allow air to circulate through.


My son had to go back and consult his manual. He did this project all on his own. In fact, I had to stop him for a moment so that I could snap some shots to share with you.


Next up is the activated charcoal. I bought a small container which cost me about $11.  You sprinkle the charcoal on the gravel.


Because the plants were a little pricey ($6.50 each), I only bought two, but they were enough for the container.


All the sites that I checked about building a terrarium recommends using succulents. I made sure that they were indoor plants. After the charcoal, we put in the soil and the plants.

terrarium9.jpgAfter my son had put in the plants, he ran to the garden and grabbed some rocks and placed them inside as well. He also placed a plastic lion in there for a little fun. Make sure you mist the plants a couple of times and then put the lid on. Other sites suggest that if your container gets foggy, to open the lid to let out some of the moisture.  This was a fun project for him. He took it to scouts to explain it to his other fellow cub scouters how it works. His little brother even wanted in on the terrarium.

Good luck with yours.

A Sunday Moment: HAPPINESS


I was preparing the YW Newsletter for June, and I usually find a quote to put in there. I came across this quote from Pres. Uchtdorf’s address that he gave at the YW’s General Broadcast of this year. Can I just say that ——- I. LOVE. THIS. QUOTE!

This quote spoke volumes to me. A lot of times, especially me, I always think, if I can just get to this goal, I will be happy, all will be well, my life will be perfect, yadda, yadda, yadda. Sometimes, it takes a while to get to the goal, or the goal may never happen till the next life. Until then, we live an unhappy life because we think we can ONLY be happy when we get to our destiny.

I guess it’s like going on a road trip to Disneyland. We know that Disneyland is where we want to be. We know that we are going to have fun when we get there. The journey there it going to take a while, especially if you’re driving from AZ. Its a good 6 hour drive. How miserable would it be if the whole trip there, we spent angry and upset because we were not at Disneyland.

That would be the WORST. TRIP. EVER!

The same applies in life. In Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk, he said,

“Look for the HAPPINESS your Heavenly Father has prepared for you in EVERY step of the journey.”

Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. He wants us to enjoy the journey while we are here. I have decided that I am going to stop focussing so much on the destination, not that it’s not important, but I need to make the journey a happy ride.

A Sunday Moment: Mothers


It’s Mother’s Day and it’s the first Mother’s Day in four years that I have spent without extended family. I have been thinking a lot about the female figures in my life that are all mothers.


My mother and sisters and I. This was in New Zealand, 2005, the one and only time we spent Mother’s Day together. It had been a surprise for my Mother.


My sisters-in-law and my sweet mother-in-law. While living in Hawaii, we started a tradition of going out the night before for Mother’s Day. We have so much fun!! Miss these ladies. I think a trip to Hawaii for Mother’s Day to be with these ladies should be a given. I’m just sayin’.

They are all wonderful women that I have a great time with and am missing them very much on this blessed day.  I have learned something from each of these women, and they have helped me in different ways be the kind of mother I am today. Hopefully, if you ask my kids, they will say that it shows.

This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure of helping put together an activity for our youth and we based it around Mother’s Day. At the end of our game that we played I showed them a video put out by our church. It is a non-denominational video. It is a sweet video, perfectly describing what a MOTHER is.






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A Sunday Moment: LIGHT


Today our Sunday moment is brought to you by Elder L. Tom Perry. Being a beacon on a hill for all the world to see . . . no biggie. Pshhhh. Who am I kidding?!

The things that happen in these latter days is such a challenge, especially for our youth. They are faced with so many things everyday when we send them from our home, out to the world. At church, I have the privilege of working with the Young Women. These YW are such great examples and are armed with the Holy Ghost, ready to handle what may come their way.

Like our youth, we as adults need to remember that we are being watched by the world. There are those who are looking for the gospel, for that light of Christ. Like Elder Perry says, if we keep the commandments, we will be a shining example, a beacon. Those who are looking for that light will see it in our countenance. They will hear it in our words. They will witness it in our deeds.

Hope your Sunday was a great one.





A Sunday Moment: FAITH


I’m a little late with my Sunday moment.

Ok. I’m a lot late.

But I didn’t want to skip today, even though, today is almost over.

So here is the quote I chose for today. I thought it went well with the talk I gave in church. I spoke about blessings that come from faith. It is a real power. Faith is not just believing but DOING. When we have faith, we  show it in our actions.

One of my favorite examples of faith is Nephi. He always did what he was asked because he believed the gospel to be true, so he showed it by being obedient to all the commandments given him. We can do anything when we have faith, because with God, nothing is impossible. He gives us the strength, the ability, and the power to do whatever he asks of us, so long as we sincerely believe.

Hope you had a great Sunday.

A Sunday Moment: OBEDIENCE


It’s no secret that General Conference is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love to hear the inspired messages that our church leaders share with us. This year, I tried to be a little more prepared than I usually am. While on break at work, I wrote down a list of things I have been struggling with and tried to remember to pray for Heavenly Father’s help to have my ears opened to the messages that would be shared.

Almost every talk that I listened to, I felt was for me. It had a message in there that I needed to hear. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but nevertheless, I definitely felt uplifted.

In our family, we try to base our FHE lessons on the talks that were given, to help us remember what was said and taught, that way we don’t forget the messages. Reality check! It doesn’t always happen, but we do try. I’m starting a series on my blog and I’m calling it “A Sunday Moment”. Every Sunday, I will post a quote from one of the talks that was heard during this most recent conference. The hope is that it will be a good reminder, an inspiration, a topic for a FHE lesson, or just something to uplift you every Sunday.

This Sunday I chose this quote from President Monson for two reasons: 1) It rings so true with everything that I’ve read in the Book of Mormon  and 2) I have to give a talk next Sunday about BLESSINGS.


Scripture: 1 Nephi 17: 3 “And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them and strengthen them . . .”

Here’s my small nugget of knowledge that I’ve learned about OBEDIENCE. Yes it brings BLESSINGS, but first it requires FAITH and a lot of HUMILITY.




I could say more, but then you probably won’t come to church next week to listen to me. So if you’re in the area next Sunday, feel free to stop by and hear more.


For more inspiration, listen to President Monson’s talk HERE.




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