22 October 2014

31 Days: Christmas Card Tracker



Good morning, friends! 
Welcome to today's FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. We're officially halfway through the series, but if you're dropping in for the first time, check out my beginning post...


Below is today's FREE blank printable where you can keep track of all your Christmas cards! I don't know about you, but I can never remember who I've sent Christmas cards to and who I've received them from... and I generally like to reciprocate if someone mails me a card as well. This is a super simple tracker, a From and a To column, along with an area to place an "X" next to whether or not you've already sent/received from that person. Nothing complicated, but I find it definitely helps during the crazy Christmas season!


Download your FREE printable here )


I've also included a bonus Christmas Card Tracker! This is another tracker I've used in past years and includes the below sections. So feel free to download both or just whichever one you'd find most useful in your Christmas Card adventures :)
  • Name
  • Address
  • Sent
  • Received


Download Christmas Card Tracker
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21 October 2014

31 Days: Ornament Ledger



Good morning, friends! 
Welcome to today's FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. We're officially halfway through the series, but if you're dropping in for the first time, check out my beginning post...


Below is today's FREE blank printable where you can keep track of all your Christmas ornaments and the story behind them! I'm a bit of a sentimental gal, so I love to essentially "scrapbook" our ornaments and record the meaning behind each one. Our anniversary is just after Christmas, so we have an "anniversary tree" as well where we get a new ornament every year- it's a great low-cost anniversary present that we pick out for ourselves each year :)

When you download the Ornament Ledger file, it has two pages- one includes the entry page that says "Ornament Ledger" along with 3 ledgers, and the second page is all blank ledgers. This way you can print out the second page as you accumulate new ornaments. You can either include this in one of your Christmas divider tabs, or cut out each ledger page individually and create a mini scrapbook album with them! Simple punch a hole or two in the corner(s) and bind them together using a binder ring or even some pretty ribbon! Make sure you make your binding easily undone so you can add future ledger pages to your album as you acquire more ornaments :)


Each ledger page is pretty straight forward, and includes...

  • Year- what year did you receive/buy the ornament
  • To- was it gifted to a particular family member (baby's first Christmas, etc)
  • From- who was it gifted from
  • Story- any story that goes behind the ornament (first ornament you picked out together after you were married, made out of your very first live Christmas tree, first ornament in your new home, etc.)
  • Blank Space- on the left-hand side there's a large blank area for you to include a photo of the ornament you're recording the story of


It's never too late to start recording the stories behind your precious ornaments! My mother passed down some of her ornaments to me, and I hope to pass them down to our wee ones, along with the pages of the Ledger that go with them so our children can know the story behind them as well. Do you have any really special ornaments in your collection?

20 October 2014

31 Days: Christmas Gift Trackers



Good afternoon, friends! 
Welcome to today's FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. We're officially halfway through the series, but if you're dropping in for the first time, check out my beginning post...


Below is 2 FREE blank printables where you can keep track of all your gifting needs during the Christmas season! These printables could go in one of two places- the Christmas divider tab or the Christmas-related Gifting divider tab- depending on how you set up your own planner!

As I mentioned above, there are two great printables here for you today...
  • Christmas Gifting- as you start buying gifts or just starting coming up with ideas, jot them down on this planner! Includes a place to write down the person who you're gifting to, an overall budget for that person, what the gift idea is, the source (store, website, etc.), the cost of the gift or cost estimate, and then a place to check off once you've wrapped the gift and once you've gifted the gift! 
  • Christmas Gift Ledger- on Christmas morning, or once you get home from gift exchanges, simply jot down all the gifts your family has received- both who the gift was to and from, what the gift was, and then there's a spot to check off once you've written a "thank you" (TY) note!

I know I've found both of these printables to be SUPER useful during our holiday season. Do you think you too will be using these this year? I sure hope you find them as helpful as I have :)

Download your FREE Gift Tracker bundle here )
includes BOTH of the above lists in one handy file!


19 October 2014

31 Days: Christmas Eve & Day Menu Planners



Good afternoon, friends! 
I hope you're having a blessed Sunday :) Welcome to today's FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. If you are new to this 31 day series, check out my beginning post...

Today we're continuing with Christmas-themed printables and today is bonus day! At the bottom of the post is not just one but FIVE (5) FREE blank printables where you can fill in all of your ideas for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day meals! There's a place to keep track of all your menu planning needs. I'll be printing out 2 or 3 of Christmas Eve & Day Menu Ideas & Plans- either one for breakfast/lunch and one for dinner, or one for each meal, just to make planning even easier! Since most people will be doing one grocery shopping trip for both Christmas Eve & Day, I only included one Grocery List, but feel free to print out 2 copies if you need!
  • Christmas EVE Menu Ideas: it's exciting to plan a big meal for the holidays, especially if you're hosting friends and family! As ideas for what to serve start swirling through your thoughts, jot them all down here- you can narrow down your choices and decide on a final plan as Christmas Eve approaches!
  • Christmas EVE Menu Plan: here's where you can write out your final meal plans for Christmas Eve meals. This includes a place to write down which course the food is for (breakfast/lunch/dinner, appetizer, main dish, dessert, etc.), the recipe name, the source (Pinterest, cookbook name & page, family recipe), the time it takes to both prep and cook the dish, as well as any particular notes about that dish (double the recipe, etc.)
  • Christmas DAY Menu Ideas: it's exciting to plan a big meal for the holidays, especially if you're hosting friends and family! As ideas for what to serve start swirling through your thoughts, jot them all down here- you can narrow down your choices and decide on a final plan as Christmas Day approaches!
  • Christmas DAY Menu Plan: here's where you can write out your final meal plans for Christmas Day meals. This includes a place to write down which course the food is for (breakfast/lunch/dinner, appetizer, main dish, dessert, etc.), the recipe name, the source (Pinterest, cookbook name & page, family recipe), the time it takes to both prep and cook the dish, as well as any particular notes about that dish (double the recipe, etc.)
  • Christmas Grocery List: as you finalize your menu plan, don't forget to write down all of the ingredients on this list- it will make heading to the grocery store so much easier!

Download the Christmas Menu Planner Bundle HERE
(contains all five FREE printables in one file!)

18 October 2014

31 Days: Christmas Season Meal Plan



Good evening, friends! 
Welcome to today's  FREE printables I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. If you are new to this 31 day series, check out my beginning post...

Today we're continuing with Christmas-themed printables and today is bonus day! At the bottom of the post is not just one but FOUR (4) FREE blank printables where you can fill in all of your ideas for meals during the entire Christmas season! There's a place to keep track of all your menu planning needs!

The Christmas Season Meal Plan takes you from the first Sunday of Advent through Epiphany, so there's plenty of room to plan out meals for not just Advent, but the entire holy season! There is a separate planning page for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a blank planner calendar page. There's also a section for NOTES at the bottom of each planner page!

Later in the series I'll be sharing printables specifically for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Epiphany- so on the breakfast, lunch, and dinner specific planners you'll note those days have a star to "see menu page" for those specific days. In case you don't need those specific day meal planners, I've also included the blank season meal plan as well!

Since our next little one is due right in the midst of the holiday season, this will be very helpful for our family to have all our meals planned out in advance! I can also make use of the Notes section at the bottom of each meal's planning page- useful if you're doing freezer cooking, doubling a batch, making a dish a day ahead of time perhaps for a big family meal, etc. 

I also plan on coordinating some (or all!) of our meals with the book, movie, and/or Jesse Tree activity we're doing each day. Here's a few examples of "themed" meals we'll be doing...

  • "snowman" pancakes with raisin buttons/face and a bacon scarf
  • veggie "trees" made from sugar snap peas for branches, cherry tomato "ornaments," pretzel sticks for the stump, and a star cut out of cheese for the top!
  • quesadillas cut into "snowflakes"
  • grilled cheese sandwiches cut into shapes of bells, stars, etc. using cookie cutters
  • round bowl of yogurt as an "ornament," decorated with fruit 

Download the Christmas Season Meal Plan Bundle HERE
(contains all four FREE printables in one file!)

17 October 2014

31 Days: Christmas Decor Tracker




Good afternoon, friends! 
Welcome to today's FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. If you are new to this 31 day series, check out my beginning post...

At the bottom of the post is a FREE blank printable where you can fill in all of your ideas for how to spruce up your home with festive Christmas Decor! Below is a list of ideas to get you started- many of these are ideas that I've used in my home in the past! Other ideas can readily be found on Pinterest of course, and magazines- check out my Holiday: Christmas or Holiday:Advent & Epiphany Pinterest boards for some ideas, if you'd like! This can either go in my Christmas section of my Holiday Planner or the Christmas-specific Decor section!


(2) Low-cost DIY Christmas Wreath (with tutorial!)
(3) Ribbon/Fabric Trees (with tutorial!)
(5) Christmas Card Display (with tutorial!)
(6) 12 Days of Christmas Calendar (with printable tutorial!)


Some simple Christmas decor ideas, many are DIY too....
  • framed paper punches (snowflakes, trees, ornaments, etc.)
  • framed 3-D Christmas tree, snowflake, etc.
  • yarn balls in festive Christmas colors
  • DIY Christmas wreath
  • Styrofoam balls wrapped in festive fabric
  • jars/vases filled with white beans, pinecones, festive peppermint candy, etc.
  • festive scented candles or Scentsy burner with Christmas scents (the latter is my personal choice!)
  • buntings or garlands made from festive fabric, plaid tartans, etc.
  • hang pinecones on ribbons from chandeliers, curtain rods, etc.
  • framed Christmas and/or Advent-themed printables
  • frame antique Christmas carol sheet music
  • frame quotes from classic Christmas movies, Christmas carols, or Scripture
  • fill an old lantern, vase, pottery, etc. with Christmas ornaments
  • pick up cardboard/wood letters to decorate & spell out "joy," "noel," etc.
  • make poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, etc. out of felt
  • string paper snowflakes on fishing line or festive twine

31 Days: Christmas/Winter Homeschool Trackers


Good afternoon, friends! 
SO sorry this post is coming to you a day late! On the upside, today you'll get TWO posts! :) So welcome to today's (well, yesterday's... hehe) FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. If you are new to this 31 day series, check out my beginning post...


Below are TWO FREE blank printables where you can fill in all of your favorite homeschooling ideas for during the Christmas & winter seasons- things to do just for fun but having a learning element or formal learning ideas too! There's one printable for winter-themed items and a separate list for Christmas/Advent ideas! Even if you don't homeschool, this is a great place to keep track of craft ideas and learning opportunities that you want to enjoy with your kids at home! It could probably go without saying, but I've included these printables in my Holiday Planner under the Christmas divider tab!

Obviously everyone's list is going to be tailored to the age and interest of their wee ones, but here's a peek at the ideas I have for our young toddler! If you want to check out some more homeschool ideas, feel free to visit my Homeschool: Preschool Pinterest board! I also have a few other homeschooling boards that are for older children as well as general tips and ideas for homeschooling!

My "To Craft" lists include....
  • decorate sugar cookies
  • popsicle stick nativity
  • popsicle stick giant snowflake
  • popsicle stick sled
  • winter bird feeder
  • painting with colored ice cubes
  • candy cane reindeer
  • decorate gingerbread house
  • make igloo out of sugar cubes
  • make Christmas trees out of buttons
  • decorate felt ornaments
  • bowling for "snowmen" (aka. rolls of TP)
  • coffee filter angels
  • decorate playdough Christmas trees
  • build lego / duplo Christmas trees 

My "To Learn" lists include...
  • lacing Christmas trees, bells, snowflakes, etc.
  • Christmas-themed memory game
  • Advent-themed geography lesson
  • snow sensory bin
  • Christmas sensory bin (tinsel, mini trees, plastic ornaments, etc)
  • penguin sensory bin
  • weave ribbons through a wire shelf
  • Nativity scavenger hunt (hide the Nativity scene characters)
  • Christmas word search
  • paint by number Christmas trees, snowflakes, etc.
  • 12 Days of Christmas-themed puzzles
  • Christmas-themed letter crafts- "T is for tree," "S is for Snowflake," etc.
  • counting/sorting Christmas-themed objects

15 October 2014

31 Days: Christmas Festivities Tracker



Good evening, friends! 
Welcome to today's FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. We're officially halfway through the series, but if you're dropping in for the first time, check out my beginning post...


Below is a FREE blank printable where you can fill in all of your favorite crafts to make and movies to watch during the winter season! It could probably go without saying, but I've included this printable in my Holiday Planner under the Christmas divider tab!

I don't know about you, but Pinterest is my go-to place to quickly find ideas for crafts and DIY projects, but there's also nothing that beats curling up with a good magazine for inspiration! What do you hope to make this season- crafts with the little ones, a few festive decor pieces to bring the fall season indoors, a great vignette in the front entry way or porch

Here are a few things that are on my Christmas "To Make" list to get the creative juices flowing! And feel free to check out my Pinterest "Holiday: Christmas" or "Holiday: Advent & Epiphanyboards to get even more ideas!
  • Christmas wreath
  • napkin rings for Christmas dinner
  • Daily December scrapbook 
  • display for received Christmas cards
  • frame Christmas subway tile printable
  • Christmas hair clips for the babies
  • DIY snowmen from old socks
  • winter-inspired pages for our felt quiet book
  • Christmas & winter sensory bins for the toddler
  • citrus & clove pomanders
  • felt mistletoe balls
  • Christmas stockings for family
  • Christmas family newsletter
and here's a few of my Advent-themed "To Make" items...
  • Advent wreath
  • 12 days of Christmas calendar
  • Advent book basket
  • felt Jesse Tree & ornaments for toddler
  • frame Christmas Scripture printables
  • felt nativity for toddler
  • Advent-inspired pages for felt quiet book
  • napkin rings for Epiphany dinner

With the winter weather rolling in, it's one of my favorite times to snuggle under a blanket on the couch, perhaps with a cup of hot tea or apple cider, and take in a good movie with the family! While the kids are napping, watching a movie also a great time to snuggle up with the hubby and get in a little in-house "date night" too!

Here are some family & adult movies that are perfect for the winter & Christmas season! What other movies would you add to your "To Watch" list?
(NOTE: below list contains affiliate links)

14 October 2014

31 Days: Create a Family Christmas Bucket List




Good afternoon, friends! 
Welcome to today's FREE printable I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. If you are new to this 31 day series, check out my beginning post...

Today's printable is for creating a family "bucket list" of things to do throughout the Christmas season! You can see part of my list above. With DH in the Army, we move around a fair amount. After 3 years in the deep south, we're SO excited to be farther north again where we can go cut down a Christmas tree again and it's cold enough to snuggle by the fireplace! Maybe, if we're lucky, we'll get a bit of snow again this year and get to make snow angels and have a snowball fight... What things are on your "must do" list for the winter season? Don't forget to check out any local holiday festivals that your area might be hosting! 

Below is a FREE blank printable where you can fill in all of your favorite activities to make sure you don't miss out on doing anything during the Christmas season! There's a column for items to "do" and a column for items to "bake!" 
Download your FREE printable HERE

It could probably go without saying, but I've included this printable in my Holiday Planner under the Christmas divider tab!

Today I actually have a BONUS free printable for ya too! Do you do a Winter Cleaning, like a Spring Cleaning but once the cold weather starts setting in? If so, here's the perfect place to keep track of all those cleaning projects or other items you want to get done during the busy holiday season!



13 October 2014

31 Days: Holiday Book Basket Lists




Good afternoon, friends, and Happy Columbus Day to my fellow Americans! 
Welcome to today's FREE printables I'm sharing for you to add to your Holiday Planner, if you'd like! We're spending the month preparing a Holiday Planner to help organize everything for the fall & winter holidays. If you are new to this 31 day series, check out my beginning post...

Today we're slowly starting into the Christmas-themed printables AND today is bonus day! At the bottom of the post is not just one but FIVE (5) FREE blank printables in one big bundle- where you can print out whichever ones fit your needs, or print them all! There's a place to keep track of all your book buying and reading needs...

  • Autumn Book Basket list- keep track of books you own and books to buy!
  • Thanksgiving Book Basket list- keep track of books you own and books to buy!
  • Winter Book Basket list- keep track of books you own and books to buy!
  • Christmas Book Basket list- keep track of books you own and books to buy!
  • Advent & Epiphany Book Plans list- this is a bonus special list! It has each day of the Advent & Christmastide season lists to the left, then a column for your "To Read" book, corresponding "To Watch" movie, and a corresponding "To Craft" craft! Use some or all of the columns to plan out your whole holiday season with fun activities for you and the little ones!


Download the Book Basket List Bundle HERE
(contains all five FREE printables in one file!)