This is a blog filled with wonderful surprises that I am giving to you ... FOR FREE, just to help you get your Visiting Teaching done each month. It's a present for you every single month! Make sure to check out my other blog too at for other Great Visiting Teaching and Relief Society oriented ideas!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Gift giving

I have mentioned this before, but will mention this again... I administrate a Facebook group called "Extraordinary Visiting Teachers."

You should go join, because there is a lot of really good conversation on that group, that can be so helpful in so many ways! Anyhow....I recently posted  a page of ideas to help people come up with "Easy, quick and cheap, but thoughtful things to take to a friend," which are gift giving ideas.  I cannot tell you how often I am in need of  a little thoughtful gift to give to someone at a minutes notice.  I included links to some blogs or websites for some of them, but I have no affiliation with any of them, but needed an example of the gift ideas. (You know what they say... a Picture is worth a thousand words.)  Anyway... Feel free to use these or copy the page, and pass it on to help others.  That is what it is all about... Serving others, and a side benefit from doing kind things for others is that it makes you feel so darn good too!  Go out and serve.  Enjoy!  Katie G

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day Card for you.

Thank you for letting me "Open my heart" to you on my blog.  I LOVE to share my ideas and to surprise you with many fun ideas and tips to help you better serve others.  Happy Valentines Day!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

For anyone who is asked to teach 
I found this great resource for anyone who is asked to teach, whether it be as a Visiting Teacher, or as a teacher in Primary, Young Women, Relief Society or in any other capacity of a teacher.  This is the link : 
or if you prefer, just click on the picture and you will be taken there in an instant.  Enjoy!  Katie G

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

40 Free Vintage Valentine images

I have a favorite website, that I am signed up to receive weekly messages from.  I love vintage and thought I would share this website with you if you don't already know about it.  It is called the graphics fairy, and her graphics are vintage and ADORABLE!  I appreciate the work that goes into cleaning up the images to give away because I do that all the time too.  I thought I would pass along her link to 40 free vintage images for Valentine’s Day, since Valentine’s Day is coming up in only a month.  This year, create your own Valentines, using a blast from the past image, and think about the unique and very special message that you would want to put on each one.  I think there is just something special about homemade, and handmade things, and Valentines are no exception, plus with Vintage Valentines, you are recycling the past to create something really lovely in the present.  Here is the link:   Check back soon, because I will come up with some kind of a cute Valentine to share with you, that I have made up from one of the graphics fairy images.   Enjoy!  Katie G

Monday, December 30, 2013

Count your blessings jar labels

If you didn't read my post on my other blog,, then you might want to go there for ideas and directions on why I have posted this cute printable idea for a New Years Party favor or just for remembering your blessing or whatever.  Great idea to give to the sisters you Visit teach, or for yourself, to remind you what the Lord has done for you, for a whole year.

Here are the template for the printable labels:

This is the large label:

This is the smaller label:

This is some little "Blessing" squares if you want to include them with the gift.

Enjoy and pass a long!  Katie G.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Breakfast with Santa invitation

I was asked to create a little Breakfast with Santa invitation to pass out to the non members or inactive members in our ward boundaries, to let them know they are welcome to come.  Since I went to all this work, I decided to share it with those of you who need an invitation too.  They are a tiny bit different and you will have to customize it, but both sides turned out pretty cute.

To download... click on the image, and then right click on it again, and save to your computer.  Customize and print from your computer. Prints 2 per page - 8.5 x 11 paper. 

Katie Gauger

Thursday, November 7, 2013

If you want to be happy, give something away!

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Every year, I get this wonderful feeling inside of me, and I am reminded of my Grandmother Doris Robinson, who began a family tradition over a century ago.  She found a wonderful story and shared it with our family, and each year at Christmas and Thanksgiving, we took that story out, and shared it with each other.  Over the years, all of my family have it memorized, but it is just as cherished and loved, and still enjoyed each year with our own children and grandchildren. 

Two years ago, I had some promptings within me telling me that this story needed to be shared with more than our family. The message was so wonderful, that it was something that everyone needed, and could benefit from, so I decided to finally do what others in my family had thought one day that might do, and turned this wonderful story into a book.  I submitted my manuscript to a publisher and 2 months later, they accepted it and sent me a contract to publish this book.  I knew it would be special even beyond my vested family interest.  I was so pleased that they felt the same, and now after a long time, my book is out for this Christmas.

"If you want to be happy, give something away," is the title of my book and my daughter and I decided to create a darling little video trailer to share some snippets about the story.  This has been a labor of love, but one that I know you will enjoy as much as my family has enjoyed it for years. I did rewrite and have it illustrated,   but the end is still the same beloved story. 

Please view my book video trailer and if you like it, please write to me at and I can put you on the waiting list and send it to you the moment it is out.  I will have my first shipment coming in only a week and a half.

I have so many followers of this blog and my others, and I decided to announce that I will be having an book signing, held the first week of December. (I will make an official announcement in a week so you can mark your calendars.) I would love to meet you and share with you my wonderful Family Christmas book, and the message of how you too can be happy.  I will have refreshments, and a drawing, and I will be passing out free bookmarks to the first 200 people who stop by to say hello and learn about my new book.

Best regards,
Katie G (Kathleen Gauger)

You know what they say about old friends and antiques? They grow more valuable with time.

Glad that you dropped by my blog!

This blog and it's contents go hand in hand with my Visiting Teaching Tips and handouts blog found at If you by accident get to this blog first, make sure to go back to the other one and see all that there is for you there. This is sort of my overflow or stroage blog because I can't keep everything there, so I add my creations to this storage unit and that is my Visiting Teaching Surprise for you. Sometimes however, I do put in things that I think you would enjoy even if they aren't specifically related to Visiting Teaching, but my vision in life is that if I take all the time to make things, I may as well share them and get more use out of them. Sorta like hand me downs but brand new "Down loads". I hope you enjoy these freebies. Drop me a note to say hello in the comments under the downloads posts.