• Organization & Storage,  Printables

    Free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    It seems like 2015 has been a whirlwind of a year. (Although, I hear as you age the years tend to get more whirlwind-ish!) With all of life’s chaos, I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs a little help making sure things go smoothly. So today, I’m sharing a way to get things under control. Check out our Free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners and get a jump start on planning your year!

    2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    Who doesn’t want a free printable calendar? I love the combination of pretty fonts and simple graphics this one offers. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with my favorite color combo of black and white. (See how I decorate with black and white in the fall home tour post.)

    2016 Calendar Months

    In addition to the regular annual calendar, I’ve included a few more goodies. There’s a Weekly Planner…

    Monthly Weekly Planner

    A Menu Planner and Shopping List…

    Menu Planner Shopping List

    And a Bill Pay Checklist. (All of which will work great in conjunction with our command center.)

    Bill Pay Checklist

    I even added a pretty front cover page to make gifting this freebie a breeze! Wrap the set up with some pretty ribbon or send it off to your local print shop to have it printed and bound.

    2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    If you are looking for a way to get your life more organized in 2016, this is a great way to start! Simply click the link below to download.

    Printable Calendar

    Download your free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners.

    Want to see more where this came from? Check out the Printables Gallery!

    All of our printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

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  • Home Decor,  Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage,  Printables

    Create a Simple and Functional Command Center

    With both of my kids in school this year, it was time to figure out an organizational system for our paperwork. Not that we aren’t organized normally. However, with two rugrats bringing home enough paper to equal half of a rain forest worth of trees, we needed something that would keep everything in check. Enter the command center!

    Create a Simple and Functional Command Center

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    Over the years, I have seen some pretty amazing command centers.

    These spaces are usually centrally located in the home. They contain everything needed to keep the household running smoothly. Stuff like calendars, clocks, chalkboards, bulletin boards, binders, folders, files, menu planners, and the list goes on. I knew that I didn’t have room for all of that business (just a tiny wall in our kitchen). So, I had to figure out how to create a simple and functional command center in a small space.



    To cover the basics, I ordered all of our main command center pieces from Ikea. (Ikea didn’t compensate us for any of this; we just really liked the price and how the pieces came together.)

    Command Center Organization Station

    Our calendar is something I whipped up and had printed as an engineering print (18″x24″) at our local print shop. I placed it in a large Ribba frame (19 3/4 x 27 1/2) with the mat. We can write the important stuff on the front of the plexiglass and erase it easily. Hopefully, this will keep us from forgetting dance/soccer practice and anything we need to be available for.

    Dry Erase Calendar

    This printable is free of charge and for personal use only. Download this printable from THE GALLERY.

    Calendar Printable

    To organize all of our papers and bills, I ordered the Kvissle Wall Magazine Rack. Each of the kids gets one slot for important school papers. The rest are designated for bills and other mail. And the Etc. slot holds blank paper for note taking and a weekly calendar for menu planning.

    Hanging File

    I placed a striped painted cork board  in another smaller Ribba frame for little bits of fun or info.

    Painted Cork Board

    All of the colored dry erase markers are corralled in a small canning jar, along with a few extra pencils, and placed on the counter for easy access.

    Marker Pencil Holder

    Because of this little wall in our kitchen our family organization is not up to par! And I am feeling a lot less anxiety with this system in place.

    IMG_8807Do you have a family command center? How do you keep organized during the school year? We would love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Printables

    Printable Letters and Numbers

    A little over a year ago, while perusing Pinterest and came across a link to some really cool printable letters and numbers. However, once I clicked over to the site, I found that the prints were no longer available. Bummer. Every once in awhile, I would think about how cool those numbers and letters would have looked framed on a wall. Or used as party decor. I finally decided that it was time to make my own set.

    Printable Letters & Numbers

    This grouping includes the entire alphabet, individual numbers 0 – 9, an ampersand, and a plus sign all in a convenient 5″x7″ size. These could be a fun way to share monograms or decorate with your favorite numeral. They could be framed or hung in a row from baker’s twine to make a simple garland. You could even use them to teach your toddler. Lots of possibilities!

    5x7 Alphabet & Numerals

    All of our printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

    Click the image below for the free PDF link. Please download the file and open with Adobe Reader to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “None.”

    Letters & Numbers 1a

    For more freebies, check out our Printables gallery.

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    Thank You Cards and Resolutions

    The holidays are over and if you have not already taken down your decorations, I’m sure it is on your to-do list, along with thank you cards and resolutions. Our family was sick with some sort of stomach bug during/after Christmas, so even though we had the best intentions of getting a lot accomplished at the beginning of the new year, things were pushed to the back burner.

    For example, I had intended to get thank you cards written up and sent out for all of the amazing gifts our family received, but that hasn’t happened yet. So, in the name of procrastination, I whipped up some thank you cards. Aren’t they cute?

    Whimsical Thank You Cards

    I had some “help” getting my cards ready. This is Rowan, our snugly kitty, who sometimes makes appearances on Instagram. (Erin’s Instagram/ Emily’s Instagram) He really isn’t that great at preparing stationary (Shhh, don’t tell him I said that), but I like to indulge his passion for paper products and embellishments from time to time.

    Kitty Cat Thank You Cards

    These cards are bi-fold, so you can write on the inside and they should fit well in standard invitation envelopes. If you haven’t already sent out thank you cards for the holidays or you know you will be needing some in the future, we would love to share this fun design with you. Hopefully the people who will be receiving them from us will be understanding of the delay. Maybe my New Year’s resolution should be to stop procrastinating? Nah, maybe next year.

    Hand Drawn Thank You Card

    All of our printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

    Click the image below for the free PDF link. Please download the file and open with Adobe Reader to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “None.”

    Thank You Cards Jan 2015

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