Tuesday, October 1, 2019

FREE Halloween Planner Page

Happy October! It's the beginning of the spookiest time of year and we've got a fun Halloween Printable to get you organized for the month ahead!


Our FREE One-Page Halloween Planner has plenty of space for your shopping list (don't forget plenty of candy!), Things to Make, Decor planning, Costume ideas, Plans & Activities PLUS a handy menu for planning your Halloween dinner, or a list of sweet treats and drinks.

Print this page in size Large (8.5 x 11) and hang it on your fridge or family bulletin board, or you can print for your planner in Small (5.5 x 8.5) or X-Small (3.75 x 6.75).

We hope you all have a spooktacular month of fun!

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Your Back-to-School Countdown Checklist!

August is just around the corner, which means it's time for our annual BACK-TO-SCHOOL COUNTDOWN!!

To help us start getting back in the groove, we put together a fun little School Countdown Checklist of all the things we want to accomplish in the next few weeks before heading back to school. Both my daughter and my niece contributed to this list {see "family trip" and "play dates with friends"} and I think we've covered some of the most important reminders.


2 Weeks Before School Starts

If your school is like ours, you've had your school supply lists since the beginning of summer, so now is the time to pull those out and start watching sale ads. Because most of us don't do all of our school shopping in one place, it may be helpful to break up your shopping lists by store. To help you out, our first back-to-school Free Printable is this handy School Shopping List:


These lists print two-to-a-page and you will want to cut them down the middle to make two lists {we recommend printing borderless if you can}. They are blank so you can use these lists throughout the year! Just write the store name at the top and jot down your items.

As you start collecting all of your school paperwork and lists, you may notice that your planner or family calendar needs some refreshing. Our  Printable shop has a lot of fantastic options right now for planners, calendar pages, student planners and more. We also still offer our Free Home Management printables in 3 sizes, and if you are looking for a new way to organize your week, our second back-to-school freebie is this great List Organizer!


If sticky notes and Post-its tend to pile up in your house, our new Weekly List Organizer is a great way to keep them all together. Just print this organizer once, laminate it for durability, write your lists for the week, stick them on and stay on task!! You can put this page in your Home Management binder, your planner, or even stick it to your fridge or family bulletin board.

After your lists are made and your calendar is in order, it's time to start working on another schedule.

BEDTIME!

Did you know that our Kids Chore/Reward Charts can be used as a Routine Chart too? With tasks such as Brush Teeth, Read Book and Take a Bath…you can set up your chart for morning and bedtime routines! A few fun stickers may make the process go a little more smoothly for everyone :) And adults…don't forget about your routine as well! With so many tasks and responsibilities to juggle each day, it's only fair that we have our own Chore/Reward cart too! You can download this free printable {HERE}.



Saying farewell to summer is hard, but having an end-of-the-summer trip, outing or special day gives us all something to look forward to. Even if you can't get to the beach or travel, planning a backyard campout or trip to the zoo is a great way to end a fun summer {Thanks for this reminder Addie & Nia}.

1 Week Before School Starts

For some of you, school is only a week away at this point, which means it's time to reconnect with school friends and start getting our home in order!! The hustle and bustle of school days starts right away, so it helps to be organized from the beginning. This is a great time to clean out closets and start assessing which school clothes and shoes fit…and which do not. It's also helpful to find a place for backpacks, lunch bags and other gear. 

And speaking of lunches…

Your homework assignment for the day is to search the keywords LUNCH PACKING STATION in Pinterest and then carve out a good two hours to browse all of the amazing images. Organizational eye candy, I'm telling you!!

Getting your lunch packing supplies together in one place is such a smart idea, especially when it makes things easy enough so that your kids can help you pack the lunches (or do it themselves!!). It also helps when it comes time to grocery shop. You can better assess what you have and what you need to stock up on. One thing you will find in almost every Lunch Packing Station is a space for some fun Lunch Box Notes. Last school year, we shared a free set of Lunch Box notes each month and you can download all of them HERE!!


Print these babies early so that they are ready to go! We hope to share some fun new ones throughout the year :)

And while you are on Pinterest, be sure to also search the key words HOMEWORK STATION and READING NOOK. We may not all have the space or the money to create those beautiful work stations that we see in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, but even something as simple as setting up a desk in your kids bedroom or putting together a caddy of supplies and other homework/reading essentials can be helpful. Professional organizers always claim that having these dedicated spaces keeps away distraction and gets kids excited about doing their work. I don't know if "excited" is the right word…but anything is worth a try, right?!

Depending on your school's schedule of events, you may have the opportunity to attend a "Find Your Way" day or a "Meet the Teacher Day" before the first day. You will be coming home with a lot of information about important phone numbers, schedules and events for the upcoming year and if you want a more centralized place to keep the important stuff, here is a School Information Sheet you can use in your planner, home management binder or on your family bulletin board. You can download it X-SmallSmall & Large {Please note that the X-Small/Personal size may look blurry in the download preview, but will not print this way}.


Now, if you would also like to gather some additional information about your teacher to make the whole gift-giving process easier this year, be sure to print and send in this Favorite Things list! They can fill it out and you can keep it on hand all year to help you with the holidays, teacher appreciation, classroom donation and more! You can download it {HERE}.



The Day Before School Starts

This can be such an emotional day! On one hand, we are a little sad that summer is officially over, but on the other, we are excited for a brand new school year full of possibilities and memories to be made! Staying positive and excited will get your kids excited too. Before bed, talk about the first day, read some "back-to-school" books and plan a special treat or activity for when they get home from school. 

After all that, make sure EVERYONE gets to bed early (you too, parents!) but before you do, make sure your camera is out and you have your First Day of School signs printed and ready to go for the morning. Our Printable Chalkboard First Day of School signs have been a big hit over the years, and we've updated all of them for this school year!



The First Day


It's here!!! The first day of school. You've already done all the prep work and you are organized and ready to rock-n-roll!! Now smile, take lots of pictures and get excited for a GREAT YEAR!!!!!!

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

31 Day De-Clutter Challenge Printable

There are 3 times of year that I REALLY get the urge to de-clutter my life: After Christmas, the first beautiful day of Spring and right before Back-to-School!

Typically when I get this urge I pick a weekend and try to go through as much as I can and while that does help some, I find that there are lots of important places that are missed. Even Marie Kondo doesn't organize a whole house in a weekend, so why do I think I can?! I've been reading a lot about organization lately and one common belief among the gurus is that de-cluttering is more successful when broken into smaller tasks vs. cramming everything into a weekend. There are hundreds of different challenges to follow, but I decided to make a list of the 31 most cluttered areas of my life (and most likely yours, too) PLUS I surveyed some of our friends on ThePolkaDotPosie Facebook Group Page and came up with this NEW Free Printable!


Our 31 Day De-Clutter Challenge isn't that different from the rest, but it was a lot of fun to make and I hope that you find it useful as you begin de-cluttering before back-to-school! We tried to keep the tasks as even as we could timewise, but obviously the closet and garage days will take a little longer, so feel free to shuffle the tasks around to meet your schedule. After you've completed a task, simply cross it off until all 31 tasks are done!

This challenge can be started any time you like, but we will be having periodic challenges on our Group Facebook page so be sure to join in on the fun! August 1st will start our FIRST CHALLENGE!

Wanna join the fun? Download your 31 Day De-Clutter Challenge Printable {HERE}!



Friday, July 26, 2019

50 Self-Care Ideas and Inspiration

As a busy mom, teacher and small business owner, I REALLY struggle to make time for self-care. It is in my nature to always put everyone else's needs ahead of my own, but as the old saying goes...you can't fill from an empty cup! Even a small moment of self-care each day can totally change your mood and well-being overall. So with that in mind, we put together a little list of 50 different self-care ideas and inspiration to get motivated.


And for those of you that might find it helpful to schedule your self-care each month, this FREE Printable Self-Care Set comes with a matching blank calendar. Download your copy {HERE} and feel free to share any other great self-care ideas you might have!

Friday, July 5, 2019

FREE Printable Monthly Habit Tracker

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

- Jim Ryun

I don't know about all of you, but I tend to be really motivated when I want to start something new, but reeeaaalllyy struggle when it comes to making that something a habit. 

"Oh look...an article on the importance of taking vitamins!"

{purchases said vitamins from Amazon}

Day 1: I feel like they are already working!
Days 2-4: YES!! I feel like a new woman.
Day 5: Whoops...forgot today.
Day 6: Same
Day 7 - infinity: What vitamins?

Does this sound familiar? Whether it's remembering to take vitamins, exercising, making your bed, staying hydrated or writing in your journal, there are lots of great habits that we all want to make part of our daily routine. And like the satisfaction of physically crossing off an item on your ToDo list, tracking habits can be equally rewarding (and motivating) when you can see your progress.

So with that in mind, we decided to create this new Monthly Habit Tracker:


This one-page tracker has plenty of room to list all of the habits you want to track each month, so spend some time brainstorming the goals and routines you want to achieve. Some popular habits to track are:

Wake-up times & Bed times
Taking vitamins or medication
Making your bed every day (or other important chores)
Exercising
Drinking enough water
Reading
Journaling
Mediation or Mindfulness
Creativity time (knitting, sketching, painting, etc)
Expenses or Budgeting
Social Media Posts (for business or personal)
Blogging
Alcohol use
Romantic time with your significant other
Check-ins with friends or family
Watering plants
Mood Tracking (designate certain colors to represent each mood)

The goal of this Monthly Habit Tracker is to make it your own and only track the habits that are truly important to YOU. This will make you motivated to start and once you see the progress you are making, the hope is that it will encourage you to keep going.

So...who's ready to get started?? To download our FREE Monthly Habit Tracker, just click {HERE}. This tracker is available in Large - Letter size 8.5 x 11 and Small - Half Sheet 5.5 x 8.5.

Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and join our group page for tracking check-ins, freebies and other fun stuff!

Happy Habit Tracking!!


We would love for you to share our Free Printables with your friends and family, but we ask that you PLEASE link to this blog post and not to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download and use for personal use, but they MAY NOT BE EDITED, SOLD OR PRINTED FOR RESALE in any way. If you have questions about these printables and how they may be used, please contact us :) Thank you!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

FREE 4th of July Printables!

It feels like Summer just began, but the 4th of July is already 2 weeks away! Whether you are hosting a BBQ, attending a party or going camping, there is often a lot of planning to do for the holiday! Because our one-page holiday planners have been such a big hit, we decided to create one for the 4th of July to keep the set going!


Between sparklers/fireworks, bug spray & sunscreen, food and party decor, there is a LOT to shop for! But before you start that shopping list, be sure to decide what decor you need, what things you would like to make (projects, crafts, recipes, etc) and then jot down your party menu. Are you planning for guests or bringing a dish to pass? If your holiday is low key, use the menu planning space for any fun treats you want to try (we want ALL of these patriotic desserts). And finally, be sure to jot down all of your holiday plans, such as where and when you will be viewing fireworks, watching a parade, attending an event, etc. 

This page is certainly cute enough to hang on your fridge, or you can add it to your planner! It comes in all 3 planner sizes that you can download for free today!


And while you are busy downloading and printing, check out our fun 4th of July Treat Tags! Perfect for cupcakes, cake pops, snack bags and more!


We hope you have a wonderful holiday! God Bless America!

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We would love for you to share our Free Printables with your friends and family, but we ask that you PLEASE link to this blog post and not to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download and use for personal use, but they MAY NOT BE EDITED, SOLD OR PRINTED FOR RESALE in any way. If you have questions about these printables and how they may be used, please contact us :) Thank you!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

FREE Summer Printables For Adults and Kids

We've got SUMMER on the brain over here at ThePolkaDotPosie! Our camper is coming out of storage, summer trips are being booked and Summer Camp catalogs have been arriving in the mail. It may not feel like summer around here yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start planning with our fun Summer Printables!!



Our Summer Holidays list has been a big hit for kids and adults, so we made sure to keep that in our set. In addition to Father's Day and the 4th of July, our list covers holidays like National S'mores Day and Honey Bee Awareness Day. As you will see, there is something to celebrate every day of the summer!

The next printable in our set is the Summer Bucket List. This is such a fun worksheet to fill out together as a family. Use the top line to write your summer goal, such as, "This Summer we will spend more time outdoors!" or "This Summer we will take the trip!" Next, list out the things you would like to make and do, as well as the adventures you would like to take. Those adventures could be a bike ride to the park, a campout in the woods, a trip to the zoo, or a road trip to the beach! And finally, make a list of the books you would like to read and the great summer movies you would like to see. If you are looking for some book ideas, be sure to check out our Facebook page. We have a great list going from World Book Day!

After you've made your Summer Bucket List, check out the Summer Schedule docket. You can use this to plan meals, weekly camps or activities, babysitter schedule, errands, to-do list and more! Print multiple copies for your planner, or print one copy and laminate it for your fridge or family bulletin board!

Finally, be sure to print out our NEW Summer Reading Log! After many requests for this printable, we thought it was finally time to add it to the set. Print out a copy for each member of your family and track the books you read and give them a star rating! We kept this printable simple so that adults and kids can use it! We have a great book list going on our Facebook page, but feel free to comment below if you have a great book to recommend!

To download this Free Summer Printable Set, click the size below:


Las year, in addition to these great summer freebies, we had a lot of requests for a more detailed Summer Schedule for kids, especially one that offers weekly theme activity days, a blank daily routine checklist that can be personalized for each child AND a screen time menu so kids have to EARN their minutes each day.

We thought these were GREAT ideas and so, we wrapped them all into one useful Summer Schedule printable!!!


Trying to decide which themes to do for our weekday activities was a lot of fun, and while we had some clever topics, we thought the following themes were the easiest to follow and make your own.

MAKE IT MONDAY: This is personally my favorite day of the week because I love a good craft project. If you need some inspiration for projects or ideas, I love Easy, Peasy & Fun and she has a ton of great projects and free printables for kids. 

TIDY UP TUESDAY: I know this theme doesn't scream FUN, but its a necessity around here. I like having one project a week that we can concentrate on together, whether it's yard work, closets, filling a donation box of toys, changing sheets, etc. 

{Side note: If you are looking for some organization inspiration, I am just starting a new book called "Cluttered Mess to Organized Success" by Cassandra Aarssen and I think this is going to be a game changer!! Check it out here.}

WHATEVER WEDNESDAY: I will give all credit to my daughter Addie for this theme. Whatever Wednesday should be just that...whatever you want! In our house, we will all get to take turns choosing that day's activity, but you can personalize this theme any way you want! And don't forget to check on that day's Holiday from our Summer Holidays list. I believe National Ice Cream Soda days falls on a Wednesday :)

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: I've seen this theme on many other summer calendars and I love it so much!! The first thing the kids want to do this summer is paint and hide kindness rocks, but we also found lots of great ideas on this list of 100 Acts of Kindness for Kids from Coffee Cups & Crayons.

FUNDAY FRIDAY: Okay, maybe this is my favorite day of the week :) Funday Friday should be all about FUN! Use this day to check something off your Summer Bucket List, take a trip to the beach or zoo, organize a neighborhood baseball game, or have a family movie & game night. 

In addition to filling out your weekly themed activities, decide on your child's daily routine checklist. As you can see in our sample, our daily checklist is pretty simple. The kids need to get up each morning and get themselves dressed, brush teeth, make their bed, put away any laundry that is in their room and tidy up a bit. The great thing about printing out a schedule for each child is that you can customize their list for their age and/or responsibilities. You can also add any other daily chores to this list if you don't want to use them as a screen time incentive.

And speaking of SCREEN TIME, let's talk about how this section of the schedule works. We compiled a list of the most common screen-time-earning activities, such as reading, studying (in the form of a workbook, tutor, educational website/app, etc.), building something, making something, writing or journaling, helping around the house (beyond normal chores), exercising, playing outside, etc. We also left two blank spaces that you can fill in with other incentives, such as walking a family dog or practicing an instrument. Each activity earns 15 minutes of screen time, but when it comes to the length of time on each activity, that is entirely up to you!

CUSTOMIZING BEFORE PRINTING: Many customers ask if there is a way to customize our printable before printing, and there is! To add in your weekly theme activities and daily routine checklist, just open our Summer Schedule PDF in Adobe Reader and click on "Fill and Sign". This will create a text box on the printable and you can access all the fonts and colors on your computer. Just place a text box over each area you want to enter text and then you can save and print! Easy peasy.

MONEY SAVING TIP: If you want to save some money and ink with our new Summer Schedule, we highly recommend printing a copy for each child and then laminating it (or putting it in a frame with glass) so that you can use dry/wet erase markers all summer long! No editing and no wasted ink and paper!

We hope you find this new Summer Schedule helpful!! Download your copy {HERE}


We would love for you to share our Free Summer Printables with your friends and family, but we ask that you PLEASE link to this blog post and not to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download and use for personal use, but they MAY NOT BE EDITED, SOLD OR PRINTED FOR RESALE in any way. If you have questions about these printables and how they may be used, please contact us :) Thank you!