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!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

2010 May Visiting Teaching message

For the information on this months Visiting Teaching message please refer to this link

Saturday, April 24, 2010

LDS Church news today! I'm published!

Go to  to read the article I submitted and was printed today in the Deseret News LDS Church News section.  It's fun to actually see my words in print. 
Love, Katie G.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Please VOTE for my bag designs

I entered a contest with Smith's food and drug store and now all I need are some votes. I don't get paid for anything I ever design, but this one time I decided to design something that has potential of winning a prize. I created 4 designs for their design contest, and you can vote for each of them every day. It doesn't take over a couple minutes to vote, so if you would, I would love your support.

Will you go to the following site, and vote for my bags?
and click on "VOTE". Under Find a group, type in "Katie G's Surprise".

I don't know if you have to register in order to vote, but try just voting and see what happens. You can vote for each of my bags every day until the end of the contest, which I think is the end of this month. The bag numbers are #20986 and #20818 and #20703 and #17992.

This last one is my personal favorite design which is "Green World Peas"  I think that one is pretty cute, but please vote for all of them. Thanks and let me know which ones you like the best.
Sincerely, Katie G.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 2010 Visiting Teaching Handout

OOOPSIES!!!!  Thanks to a reader, who pointed out that I had attributed the quote on this handout to the wrong person... it has now been changed and proper credit is now given to President Boyd K. Packer for his wonderful quote in this months visiting teaching lesson...... Now... read on......
If you will go and read the message on you will find out that the April 2010 message is on Seeking and Receiving Personal Revelation.  I wrote a story about my daughter and granddaughter that goes well with this message on my other blog at this link  The quote that I used to make this bookmark handout comes from President Boyd K. Packer that says "Prayer is your personal key to heaven.  The lock is on your side of the veil".  Don't you love that quote?  To me it means it is up to us and we hold the key to personal revelatio and communication with the Lord.  Once we insert the key into the keyhole, we unlock the door to the inspiration and guidance we seek.  Heavenly Father is willing to provide it to us, but He will never force it upon us, so we need to exercise the key we are given, which is prayer, and ask for His guidance and divine intervention in our lives.

Bookmark:   The top page is obviously side one and the next page is the paper to print on the backside of the bookmark.  I always print on white cardstock and then I cut them out and laminate them.  They turn out very nice this way!  This beautiful paper came from veralimdesign and the pack is called "Grateful".  I just love these wonderful designers that share their paper creations with all of us!  Here is one little tip from me... you can buy a ream of white cardstock at Walmart for cheap and it will last you through so many printings.  I can run this weight of cardstock through my personal HP photosmare inkjet printer, as well as my husbands big color lasar printer.  It looks best in lasar though, especially if you don't laminate them. 

Hope you will take advantage of this freebie from me to take with youVisiting Teaching this month. 
Enjoy!  Katie G.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Had to show you how I used the Easter Printable

I loved the cute printable that I posted below this post, and wanted to show you that I use the things I post too!  You won't find me posting something that I don't care for.  Anyway, here is a photo of my Easter Table.  I made each one of my children one of these little favors that sat at the top of their plate.  They loved the yummy variety of egg candies that I filled them with.  That actually turned out to be their Easter basket.

I also wanted to show you the cake I made.  Don't laugh because I thought it was very cute, considering that I don't do cakes, I don't really care for cake, but I made an Easter cake for the centerpiece for the Easter buffet I spread on my bar.  My son even said it tasted good.  It must have because he had 2 large slices.  It was a 4 layer cake with pink and yellow cakes, and strawberry marshmallow inbetween the layers.  Like I said before, I don't do cakes, I don't know how to ice cakes, and admire those who have that talent, but it just has not been one that I have done much with.  The entire reason I made this cake was that I found the topper, a large sugar egg, that was hollow inside with cute Easter bunny and decorations, from The peppermint place for only $1.50.  I figured with that and sprinkling on a few M& M's, colored Sprinkles, and Hearshys milk chocolate eggs, my cake would practically decorate itself.  If it wasn't very tasty, then my guests could just pick out the chocolate candies and fight over who got to keep the egg topper.  Actually it all went well, no fighting until my grandson age 3, wanted to eat it right then and there and his mother said "NO!"  We had a fun Easter, and I hope you did too. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

How about a cute Easter Printable???

This would be such a cute printable for a little, thoughtful Easter gift for the sisters you teach, or your friends, kids, family or whomever you like.  I just found this as I have been searching for something for Easter dinner favor.  I found this already with a cute design that matches my Pastel Easter Table settings.  All you do is cut it out and score with a pen the dotted lines, then fold into a darling Easter Egg box.  Fill it with your favorite "candy eggs" such as jelly beans, Robin eggs, or whatever you want, and then punch the two holes at the top and tie it with a cute pastel bow.  If you wanted it to be a combo favor, and place setting, then just write the persons name on it and set it either on their dinner plate, or just above their plate on the table.  I was so excited that I found it at
  They have lots of very cute things to print, make and fold. 

Another darling one that comes in different pastel color designs that would be just as cute can be found at a different site called "Don't eat the paste".  It is called Spiral dot box and here is the direct link  they also have a darling pink one that is called a circle dot box.  These aren't the only ones they have but you will have to go to the site and find the rest of the cute printable boxes.  OOOOHhhhh so very cute for Easter and Spring!!!

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.