Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Gifts on a Budget Projects

Here are some inexpensive gift ideas that your fellow sisters have shared.  We will have examples and instructions for each at our activity on the 19th.  Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure and a link to instructions where available:

  Menu Clipboard

 Silhouettes (these with a nursery rhyme theme)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Interfaith Thanksgiving Meeting

President Allgaier from the stake presidency is involved in an interfaith group that meets monthly. It has produced positive relationships between the local latter day Saints and members of other faiths. Every fall this group gets together for a Thanksgiving meeting. This year the meeting will be hosted in our church building. President Allgaier has asked that we please attend. He joked and said he would be embarrassed if no one came, so let us please put his mind at ease and attend. It is a great opportunity to show our faith and to create positive relationships with individuals of other faiths.
Interfaith Meeting
November 16th, 7pm at stake center
There will be a choir there as well. If you would like to participate in the choir, please come at 6pm to practice before the meeting.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Skills Workshop, November 19th

Saturday, November 19th, 10-Noon at the church building, 755 Woelfel dr, Brookfield.
Here's a schedule of what we will be doing with descriptions below:
10:00 Start in gym making crocheted necklaces; everyone (materials provided by ward)
10:45 Split into 2 groups (you choose one or the other) A: Sewing workshop OR B: No sew workshop
11:30 Lunch in gym while sisters demonstrate the Christmas Gifts on a Shoestring Budget

We need volunteers to help with these workshops. If you have a sewing machine that you would be willing to bring to this activity, please let us know at milwaukeewardreliefsociety at gmail dot com. We would like to get 10 sewing machines if possible. Also if you are an intermediate or advanced seamstress, please let us know as we could use your help in the sewing workshop. If you would be willing to bring an iron and ironing board for the no sew workshop, please also let us know.

*Crocheted Necklace Workshop: In this workshop we will all be making the beautiful crocheted necklaces that Julia Lynch and Linda Twelmeyer showed us in relief society a couple weeks ago. They are so beautiful and we will have choices of what color ribbon we would like to make them out of. The ward will provide materials for this project, however, if you have a crochet hook in sizes G, J, L, M, N, or O, please let us know and bring it.
*Choose one of the following:
-A: Basic Sewing Skills Workshop. We will learn the basics of the sewing machine and complete a simple pillowcase sewing project (as in a pillowcase for your bed, not the couch). If you would like to participate in this workshop, please bring 1 yard of 44 inch width fabric (pre-washed). This will make one queen sized pillowcase. If you would like to make a more advanced pillowcase, you can bring lace, rick rack, contrasting fabric, etc to embellish the casing.
-B: No Sew Workshop. In this workshop we will learn different techniques used to make fabric projects that do not require sewing skills. For example we will learn how to use iron on adhesive and fusible bonding web to complete a variety of projects. These tools can be used to hem pants and skirts (without sewing), to alter clothing (ex: making it more modest) and to embellish existing items (such as shirts, onesies, totes, bags, kitchen towels, etc). If you would like to participate in this workshop, you will need to bring fabric scraps and whatever item you would like to embellish (shirt, bag, etc). If you would like to hem slacks or skirts (not jeans) please bring that item.
*After the sewing or no-sew workshops are completed we will meet together in the gym to have lunch.
*During lunch we will have sisters demonstrating how to make the Christmas Gifts on a Shoestring budget (simple crafts that can be made at a reasonable price). Handouts with instructions and/or links to websites will be available for you to take home so you can have the instructions for the crafts you are most interested in.

Follow up craft nights can be arranged if sisters would like to get together to work on any of the projects!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Position playing with young children

This is Robyn Larson. Mike and I have some friends who are looking for someone to tutor two of their young children in the evenings from about 5-8pm Monday through Thursday. They have a boy, Stephen (4 ½), and a girl, Jamie (2 ½).
Let me give you a little back story to help you understand the family situation.
Mike Larson's former PhD mentor has recently started working in Chicago. His name is Ming. Ming works in Chicago Monday through Friday and comes back on weekends to spend time with his family. Ming's wife, Laura, is a medical student here at MCW and she is doing her 3rd year rotations. She has had 2 children since starting medical school. Laura's parents live with them, but their are older and by the end of the day, it's difficult for them to keep up with the young children. Since Laura and Ming are gone much of the time, the grandparents are the caretakers. But by the end of the day, the children often end up watching tv.
So this family is looking for someone to come "tutor" their children. Really what they're looking for is someone who enjoys spending time with kids to come share creative play with their children. For example: read stories, play games, imagination play, or creating activities (coloring, playdough, etc). They don't want their children to be watching TV for hours at a time every day.
They are willing to pay, but I do not have any details on how much yet. They seem very flexible so if you are at all interested, let me know and I can get you their information.
If you are interested in this position, or know of anyone who is looking for this kind of a job, please let me know. I will contact the family and try to find out more details. Email me at smilinglarson at gmail dot com
Thank you so much!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Paid Ultrasound Workshop

The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Family and Community Medicine sponsors an annual 2-day Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Course for community physicians, family medicine residents and nurses in obstetrical emergencies. There are generally around 40 participants. During the course, participants rotate through seven different workshops. One of the workshops is Ultrasound.

We’re looking for women in their late second or third trimester. Qualified physicians will be performing the ultrasounds and only your belly will be exposed. You will get to take ultrasound pictures home with you.

This year’s course will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 2-3, 2011 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Workshop times are from 10:20 am – 4:40 pm on Wednesday and 9:50 am – 2:30 pm on Thursday. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Parking is free.

A stipend will be paid of $50 for 1 day or $100 for both days.

If you’re interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Heather Lotz at 414-955-4622 or

Thank you!

**note from Robyn** I have participated in this workshop twice and it was lots of fun. The machine they use to print out the ultrasounds was not there the first time I did it, so don't count on getting pictures (but if you do, bonus!). When I did it they also fed us lunch. If you have the time, this is a fun experience, plus they pay you! :) If you have older kids and need someone to watch them so you can go, let me know!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Food Drive and Run/Walk

Food Drive

For Hunger Task Force

Donate 3 Different Ways

1. Bring Items to Church with you and drop off in specified boxes

2. Contact YM/YW to pick up your donation on October 5th

3. Participate in 5k Run/Walk for Hunger on October 8th 8:00am @ Hoyt Park –All are Welcome

The following is a list of preferred non-perishable items to donate:

· Canned fruit and juice

· Breakfast items, such as cereal, oatmeal and pancake mix

· High protein foods such as peanut butter, canned meats, canned beans and stews

· Canned vegetables

· Infant formula and baby food

· Dinner items such as pasta, macaroni & cheese and potato mixes

· Lunch items such as canned soups or canned pasta items

5k Run/Walk

For Hunger Task Force

Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Participate in a 5K run/walk for Hunger to help stock the shelves of Hunger Task Force

When: October 8th, 2011

Time: 8:00am

Where: Hoyt Park

1800 N Swan Blvd , Wauwatosa , WI 53226

- meet in parking lot by the new pool

Bring: Two or more non perishable food items per runner/ walker to donate to Hunger Task Force

Sample Sale

The Semi-annual Carter’s and OshKosh sample sale is this weekend!

Friday, October 7th  2-7pm
Saturday, October 8th 8am – 12pm

Apparel for both Boy and Girl in
sizes 9M,12M, 3T, and 5

All samples $5.00 as is, all sales final, cash only

W147 N9800 Rimrock Road
Germantown, WI 53022
a few blocks Northeast of Pilgrim & County Line Roads

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Service Website

The Church has a new service website called Helping in the vineyard that is available to everyone. All you have to do is sign up for free, and you can participate in online service projects that help the Church. Different projects are split into smaller parts then given to members to work on then they are submitted back to the Church and reviewed before being used. There are many different things to do from translations, to indexing, to sorting media and most things only take a minutes to complete. Check it out at

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Opportunity to Make Some Extra Money

Sister Marji (pronounced Mar-hee) West is in need of a helper at her place. The hours would be minimal and the work would be simple cleaning and laundry (probably no more than a few hours a week and you can decide what/when those are). The job would be paid through a home care agency called, New Home Services. If you are interested in having a little extra cash or should you have any further questions, please contact me at 503.984.0351 for more details. This position needs to be claimed by Tuesday so if no one responds I'll take it, but I thought I'd let others have the opportunity first, if they'd like. Let me know!

Danielle Logan

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Babysitting Swap?

Some sisters in the ward have expressed an interest in swapping babysitting with other families in the ward. If you're interested in this, please leave a comment. Thanks!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Favorite Things

The "My Favorite Things" activity was a huge success! So many sisters came and shared such great information about their favorites. Here is a list of what was shared:

Food, etc.
- "Cempazuchi" on Brady St. in downtown Mke. Mexican food with delicous tacos.
- "Sweet Creations" located in Slinger, WI. Tasty donuts and bread.
- "Cranky Al's" on 69th and North Ave. Bakery and pizza.
- "Pizza Shuttle" on Farwell Ave. in downtown Mke.
- "Spice House" on Glenview Ave: hot chocolate mix, cinnamon.
- Veri Veri Teryaki: teryaki sauce.
- Adolph's seasoning: roast, chicken, steak.

- Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer- lightweight makeup found at Sephora. Lasts a long time!
- ELF cosmetics- great prices found at Target or for full line-
- Jergens Natural Glow lotion
- Olay Pro-X anti-aging cream
- Aveda Hand Relief lotion
- Hibiclens- antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleanser
- Coconut Milk Shampoo
- Dry Shampoo- Found at Sally Beauty Supply, Sephora

- gives a heads-up on movie content, more accurate then ratings.
- "Skills for Living"
- (great deals on diapers- subscribe to amazonmother)

Outdoor Fun

- Bradford Beach: volleyball, free parking.
- Elm Grove Park: tennis, volleyball, swimming, nature trails.
- Hoyt Park: swimming- from 9-11am adults get in for $4 and children 3&under get in FREE.
- Hart Park: Tosa Tonight Concerts during the summer. Look on for dates.
- Fox Brook Park: clean beach with volleyball, swimming- lifeguards on site.
- The Twelmeyer family pool :)

- The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, WI- train, hayrides, pumpkins, baked apple pie in a bag.
- Shusters Farm in Deerfield, WI- cornmaze, haunted forest, pumpkins.

Family Activities
- Milwaukee Art Museum: 1st Thursday of the month anyone can get in FREE (
not just county residents).
- Milwaukee Public Museum: On Mondays Milwaukee county residents get in FREE.
- Children's Museum- low income families can get a scholarship.
- Botanical Garden Domes: Mondays from 9am-noon Milwaukee county residents get in FREE.
- Milwaukee County Zoo- free days once a month during the winter
- Downtown Milwaukee Trolley: June 1st-August 27th, Wed-Sat. $1/person round trip.

- Playroom Closet: sell/buy used goods.
- H&M: great deals on clothing.
- ForLove at Mayfair Mall: cute jewelry/accessories for great prices.
- Half Price Books

Misc. Recommendations
- Mechanic: Voline on 69th and North Ave.
- Pediatrician: Dr. Bradley Kirschner, Westbrook Pediatrics
- Photography: Brooke Hedin, Jenn Reese
- Hair: Devenee Smith, Danielle Logan, Julia Lynch
- Baby sling: Modbe Wrap, newborn-age 2. Talk to Christin Ricks for easy to use pattern.
- Pottery making: Creative Fire Pottery on 64th and North Ave.
- Oxy-clean: Gets out anything!
- DVD player: Clear Play- parental control feature that filters regular DVD movies.

Thank you sisters for all the great input!!!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Parenting Blog

I came across this blog from another blog that I read and thought I would share.  It’s  She is a child and family coach and consultant.  Basically it’s just little parenting tips, things I think most of us can use.  She covers things from organization to preschool anger, defiance, and teaching gratitude.  I think it’s definitely one worth adding to your list of blogs.