Monday, February 25, 2019


A few years ago while serving as an Activity Days leader in my ward, the girls came over and we had such a fun activity learning about Prayer.  This lesson was so fun and simple.  We read the Legend of the Pretzel and how it is shaped like folded arms.  We then dipped small pretzels in melted chocolate.  It was simple and just right.  This would be a great FHE lesson and perfect for the Come Follow Me lesson family lesson this week.   Below is the link to our original post.  You will love it!  Thanks again for stopping by as we continue to unpack and hear up for our future adventures.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


LOOK what's here! The brand new Book of Mormon Comic.  

⛰ Our friend, John Garlock, illustrated this amazing 120 page comic as a way to bring the stories of the Book of Mormon to life for his children.  Little did he know how quickly his work would be requested by others!  Later this month we will be sharing more detail about his awesome journey on how and why this comic came to be.  For now though- Grab copies for your kiddos big and small.   Link to purchase at end of this post.  Scroll to bottom to purchase now- or continue reading for more information from John Garlock and his story!

The Bom-Com 
“Book of Mormon Comic” Project-

"Roughly 9 years ago I gathered my kids around for scripture reading time. One of the comments I heard was “the scriptures are boring”. I said, “did you mean they are hard to understand?” The kids replied, “No, they’re boring”.
I asked my children if they had ever heard of a group of 2,000 young men that battled an invading army and not one of the 2,000 died.  I asked if they heard about a man standing on the wall of a city prophesying of Christ while arrows, spears, and rocks were being hurled at him but couldn’t harm him. I asked if they had heard about two missionaries locked in prison until the Lord freed them by crumbling the prison to the ground killing everyone but not harming the missionaries.  I briefly summarized several other stories form the Book of Mormon.
My young kids replied, “Are those stories in the Book of Mormon?”

So….I began working on Bom-Com. I wanted to illustrate the many amazing stories of the Book of Mormon in a way that would be fun and easy to understand for young readers. I included every story, not just the popular ones. It was a fun project that was started over several times using different materials.

The original BOM-COM consisted of paper cutouts of the characters used as puppets. The second version of BOM-COM consisted of colored pencil drawings on blank pages. Once the ipad and apple pencil technology was released I began this final version of BOM-COM.

It was such a fun project to work on and complete. My children have benefitted greatly from it and I hope it can be an enjoyable companion to the Book of Mormon for young and old readers."

Your discount code SIMPLYCANDY will be applied when you click to purchase.  You will also receive free shipping!

Do you know what else?  John Garlock will also PERSONALIZE your book by adding a sentiment or to and from with his signature!  Isn't that super cool!  Yes...yes it is!!  Dont forget to tell your friends to purchase through Home Centered Living to get these fun perks!  


BOM-COM helps bring the Scriptures to life!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Here's a great way to savor the Holidays by adding a little sweetness to your life!  Or is it make the Holidays sweeter by savoring the moments?  Either way we slice it- this is a nice way to add some extra whimsy and love to your loved ones in life!

Looking forward to different Holidays is something that adds a little extra magic in life for kids- small and tall!  One fun thing to do is incorporate holiday themed treats into your weekly Family Home Evening or Come Follow Me home study times.

We had a group for a number of years that gathered together at different times through the  weeks/months of major holidays and enjoyed a few hours putting together different treats to take home to our family members.  Most of the time it's a Monday morning, so the treats can be enjoyed on family night.

Sometimes the treats/snacks are extravagant and sometimes just a simple fast baggie of trail mix or drink with a fun printed holiday saying or color.  It doesnt alway need to be over done or cupcakes dont have to be frosted perfectly for little ones.  It's more about the idea of it and the fun of it and the just plain DOING it without the overwhelm.

Here are
5 STEPS TO FORMING A TREAT CLUB with friends, sisters or neighbors or for working mama's you can even successfully do this with others at your work.

Make a list of those who you would like to invite to your group. The first thing to realize is that it's better to keep a group like this on the smaller side- because as you buy ingredients and produce the food or treats, it needs to be a feasible number for finances as well as preparation time.  Also remember to think of those who enjoy this type of thing also.  Some people just arent interested in things like this.  And that is OK!  We all have our interests.  Find those who celebrate life the way you do!

Depending on the Holiday you may want to meet just one time.  Either the Monday before the Holiday or the day before are good times to produce these fun items for your loves ones.  For example- Valentines is a Holiday where we decided to meet just once.  Where Halloween and Christmas was fun to do 2 different weeks of treats (we actually made a few fun dinner items for Halloween.  Look for a future post about super fun ideas for that!!)  You don't need to over do it.  Or it won't last and won't be fun!

Find a time that works best for everyone.  Generally a 1 to 2 hr time frame is plenty.  This will depend on what treats or snacks are on the agenda.  What can be prepared ahead of time or needs to be assembled at the time.

This is fun to do!  Look on line, on pinterest, or food magazines.  There's ideas everywhere!  Remember it doesnt have to be about sugar sugar sugar... healthy snacks are great to have!  Savory or sweet- it's the thought that can't be beat.  Each member of the group usually comes up with one food idea to do.  Then we usually narrow it down to a few treats and assign 1 or 2 people to be in charge of purchasing and bringing those items.  Enough for all the members involved.  So if Sally has 4 in her family and Wendy has 5 and so forth- whoever is in charge of, let's say popcorn balls, would bring enough popped popcorn and ingredients to make the sweet coating on them for Sally's 4, Wendy's nine and their family as well.  Make sense?  They will do the same with what they bring for assembly.

This is where you all meet and bring your items.  Make sure you plan ahead for any trays or boxes that you need to be able to carry your treats/snacks home on.  Enjoy your time working away with your friends or you may have chosen to do a group where you each make a treat ahead of time and bring it to exchange already done.  This would be a great idea for a working mothers group.  At any rate however you choose- you will all walk away with approximately 3 to 4 different types of treats for each member in your family ( so a total of 12 to 15 treats total)  Take them home and Enjoy!! 🖤