Monday, June 30, 2014

Girls Camp: Fire Starting Kits

Also, you can check out the awesome Pinecone Fire Starters!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How to Wear Bandanas

Bandanas are a happenin' thing these days!
We did a fun feature on them in our Girls Camp Issue that we wanted to share on the bloggity,
but of course bandanas are not just for camp. 
You can use these ideas for any place and any time of year!

Bandana It Up!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Favorite Things Friday: Red White & Blue

Independence Day is just a week away!
We've always thought it to be such a FUN holiday.
Fireworks. Parties. Road Trips.

In honor of the 4th and in hopes get excited for it's awesomeness as well,
we've gathered a few of our Red White & Blue favorites that you can make and create.
Whether you're into baking, fashion, creating...there's bound to be something for you!


Pinwheel Cookies from Just a Taste

Duct Tape Bag from Willowday

Paper Fireworks from I Heart Nap Time

Headband ideas found on Pinterest

How to Take Sparkler Photos from One Good Thing by Jillee

Americana shoes from Payless

DIY Nails from Pinaholic Myrie

Pattern & Tutorial at Friendship Bracelet Patterns 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Girls Camp: Pinecone Fire-Starters

Okay. Check out this AWESOME idea that was featured in our Girls Camp Issue!
What a fun idea for Girls Camp or even a family camp out!

You can find more fire-starter ideas here!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DIY Shorts

I have the HARDEST time finding modest shorts!!
I feel like every time I go shopping the shorts just keep getting shorter! Ack!

We've decided a good solution is to just make your own!
Yep! You heard that right.

There are so many tutorials online about how to turn old jeans or even shirts into
modest (and affordable) shorts that are perfect for summer.

*Check out a few ideas here:

Polka Dot shorts from
3 Easy Methods from

*As featured in our Girls Camp Issue 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Girls Camp: Secret Sisters

We LOVE having Secret Sisters at Girls Camp! It's just so fun!
Check out some of our Secret Sister gift ideas from our Girls Camp Issue!

What other ideas would you add?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Be You.

I felt like this was a good mantra for today :)
Repeat to yourself over and over until it sticks.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Creme de la Craft: No-Sew Tote Bag from a Pillowcase

Okay. This is one of the cutest bags ever! And so easy to make!
Natalie from Creme de la Craft gave us permission to share her awesome tutorial
for the No-Sew Tote Bag in our Girls Camp Issue. Isn't it great?!?!

And the supplies could be things that you already have in your home!
So find a pillowcase and get creative!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Girls Camp: Welcome to Camp!

From our Girls Camp Issue

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

In honor of Father's Day tomorrow,
we wanted to share this video from about dads.
We loved how it made us think about all of the blessings our Father in Heaven
provides for us, though we cannot see it or we just expect it.

And our dads here on earth are the same!
Working day in and day out to provide for us.

Make sure to take time tomorrow to tell your dad "I LOVE YOU!"
and let him know how much you appreciate all that he does.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Favorite Things Friday: Campfire Treats

One of our favorite summer To-Do's is building a campfire! Whether with friends or family, campfires are a fun way to get together and make memories! (And of course you should only build a campfire in a designated and safe place okay? Of course, I guess that should be the Young Men that get that memo, haha.) 

You'll probably sing songs or tell ghost stories around the fire, or maybe just watched the flames. But the most important part is obviously the desserts! Duh! In our Girls Camp Issue of Stand & Shine Magazine we included our absolute favorite campfire desserts: Banana Boats and Camper's Cones. And just for fun we also threw in a few ideas of things you can roast on a stick...could be awesome! (And check out the DIY Roasting Sticks if you're in need of those!) 

So get your BFF's together or plan a group date, and get those campfires going! Happy Summer!

What treats do you like to make over a campfire?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Girls Camp: Themes

Need Girls Camp theme ideas?
We've got you covered in our Girls Camp Issue of Stand & Shine
with a few of our favorites!
Check it out!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stand & Shine on Pinterest!

Did you know that we're on Pinterest
We pin TONS of ideas for Fashion, Dating, YW and more!

So come on over and

Monday, June 9, 2014

195 Dresses

We love hearing how Young Women (like you!) make the world a better place.
Your ideas, your dreams, your projects, your talents.
So many things that "let your so shine" before the world!

On we found this great story about Charity,
a young woman who decided to make a difference for other girls
searching for modest prom dresses.

What a great example of putting into action her beliefs!
I can't imagine how many girls Charity's project has helped!
Way to go girl!


Do you know someone who has made a difference like this?
Or had a really great Value Project?
We'd love to hear! Share in the comments or email us at

Friday, June 6, 2014

Favorite Things Friday: Maps

K. I know this is so trendy right now. But I LOVE maps.
And of course on Pinterest there are a million ideas of how you can make them unique and beautiful!
Here are a few of my favorite ideas to share today :)

You can embroider a pillow like Plumed on Etsy.

Make a personalized photo map like on Cut Craft Create

You could cut out a map from cork board like this cool one from Fab

Or make an awesome map on your bedroom wall like this photo!

These iPhone covers are adorable and easy to make. Tutorial from

I'm loving this hidden map on a dresser! Picture from minthome on Etsy.

And of course you could make an awesome map with fabric scraps like on Sewn Studio!

What other fun ideas have you seen with maps??

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Roasting Sticks

With summer almost in full swing, we know you'll be headed to lots of campfires.
And DIY Roasting Sticks can add an element of fun and bling!
Check out these fun ideas and tutorials we found online:

Tutorial from Clean & Scentsible

Tutorial from Mel Designs

Tutorial from Mel Designs

Now you're ready to get out those mallows!!!!! Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Girls Camp: Certification

Ok. How many of you are getting ready to head off to camp this month?
Have you seen our recent issue of Stand & Shine Magazine all about Girls Camp?
If not, check it out. Right now. It will seriously amaze you!

Along with fun ideas for themes, crafts, campfires, and more, we included a ton of resources and links to help with camp certification. And if you're a Laurel, you might be helping some of these younger girls so check out the links and ideas too!

So get to work building those fires and bandaging those wounds. You go girl!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pure & Simple Faith

This last Sunday in church we studied Ether chapter 12. Oh my goodness is it faith filled awesomeness! I could spend so much time in each verse of scripture. But for the sake of time (and me not boring you) let's just share one today:
Have you ever wanted a miracle? Something to change or be fixed in your life? Maybe it's something in the moment or more long term. Maybe it's a miracle for yourself or for someone you love. Whatever it may be, we have good news! God is a God of miracles! (2 Nephi 27:23) But as you study the scriptures you'll notice that God performs his miracles when the children of God show faith.  

Faith is the answer to receiving miracles. There is a beautiful story that I want to share about a young woman who needed a miracle:

Wasn't that such a touching story? She needed a miracle to provide for her family. She didn't get discouraged but instead turned to God. She prayed that he would help her and she followed his guidance. And she showed her faith by going to action (because we know that faith without works is dead, JST James 2:18). God worked a miracle in her life after she showed her faith! Such a beautiful example and testament of the truth of the scriptures and the reality of God. 

God is there. He knows when you are searching for miracles. Turn to him in prayer and show your faith in action. Trust him. Through your faith, he will bless you!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy June!

Did you see our Summer Issue posted yesterday?
It's all things Girls Camp! And it's basically amazing.
We're not bragging. Just telling it how it is.

With summer in full swing you'll need some fun ideas!
Be sure to check out the June calendar for some hilarious holidays to celebrate. 
My personal favorite is National Doughnut Day. Bring on the sprinkles!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Our Summer 2014 Issue Is Here!

Good news! Our special summer issue is out! 

Need last minute ideas for camp crafts? 

Or cooking over a campfire? 

Or different ways to wear bandanas? 

We've got you covered in our 2014 Girls Camp Guide.