Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Printable Christmas Lunch Box Notes

When I was a kid, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas were the most exciting of the whole year. I remember my mom would slip Christmas cookies in my lunch and write me little notes reminding how many days it was until Santa arrived :)

As an adult, Christmas is still my favorite time of year and I had SO MUCH FUN making this month's Lunch Box notes. There is a mix of holiday themed jokes, blank cards for writing personal notes, a Santa countdown, a reminder to "Do something Sweet for Someone" and a favorite Christmas quote from The Grinch. I hope you enjoy using these as much as I enjoyed making them.

You can download our Christmas Lunch Box Notes HERE.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FREE Disney Countdown Sticker Calendar

If you search "Disney Countdown" in Pinterest, you will find hundreds of fabulous DIY projects and crafts for your trip. When we first booked our Disney vacation, I spent hours pinning unique paper chains, advent-style pouch calendars, scavenger hunts and more. The ideas are endless!!

But if you are like me, and simply couldn't find the time to put together a 150 Day Mickey paper chain, here is a simple alternative.

Our 20 Day Disney Countdown Sticker calendar is easy to print and assemble. You can make one for the family, or individual calendars for each of your children!!

Here are the supplies you will need:

* Color printer
* White Cardstock or Copy Paper
* Sticker Paper or a Full Sheet Label {you can also print on card stock and use tape on the back}
* Scissors or a 1.5" round paper punch

We hope you enjoy using our countdown calendar as much as we did!!! Click HERE to download your copy :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Printable Thanksgiving Lunch Box Notes!

I hope the kiddies in your life are enjoying our lunchbox notes as much as mine are!! We've made a very special November set that has a Thanksgiving theme. With a combination of jokes, fun facts, riddles and blank cards, you are sure to have fun with these all month long. We've also include two "I am Thankful for you because:" cards that can be used in your kiddie's lunches, or at your Thanksgiving dinner table!! Get creative and have fun.

You can download these free Thanksgiving lunch box notes HERE.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Introducing our NEW Merry Christmas Planner!

It is clear, from the more than 5,000 downloads this year, that our friends and customers love Christmas just as much as we do!! Our Christmas printables were one of the first free sets we ever offered at ThePolkaDotPosie and although those polkadot pages will always be dear to my heart, I thought it was time for a Christmas Planner MAKEOVER!!!

Our Brand New Merry Christmas Planner was definitely a labor of love, but I think all of the hours of work were worth it because these pages are SO MUCH FUN!!! We have all of your holiday organizing needs covered. We started with a handy Christmas Checklist that can serve as both a todo list and seasonal bucket list…

Many of the items included on this list are part of this great new planner!! We have a newly designed Advent Activities calendar that you and your family can use to plan a holiday activity each day. 

Ot our house, we hang our Advent Activities Calendar on the fridge and it usually has some very important traditions on it, like:

* Donating toys, clothes and food to various charities in our community.
* Driving around at night to view Christmas lights.
* Visiting Santa at the North Pole (or shopping mall).
* Hosting a Girls Cookie Bake Day.
* Attending Christmas Programs at my kids' schools.
*Christmas Movie marathons.
* And more…

My kids really enjoying sitting down together to fill this out over Thanksgiving weekend :)

Looking for a more traditional calendar to plan for the month of December? We've got that covered too.

Another great printable in our new set is the Holiday Baking page!

Use this to not only plan what you want to make this holiday season, but also keep track of the things you will be making for which occasion. There is also a handy supplies and ingredients list at the top.

And while we are on the subject of food, lets not forget the great Meal Planner and Christmas Dinner Schedule!

Another holiday task that takes LOTS of planning {at least in our house} is the annual Christmas card. Our list of recipients changes and grows every year and even though I keep addresses of our friends and family in our address book, I use these handy lists to keep a running total of the people we send to. This also helps tremendously when ordering or printing Christmas cards.

Next on the list…GIFT BUYING!!! Depending on how you like to keep track of gifts, we are including two different Santa's Gift List pages this time. One is more simple and tracks all gifts, recipients and totals on one page, and the other is a better option for those keeping a Christmas budget.

I am finding that the older I get, the less I enjoy dealing with the crowds at shopping malls and department stores. Last year, I did almost all of my holiday shopping online and it was the best decision! But I needed a way to track those purchases and so, I've added a handy Online Shopping Tracker to this set.

Of all the Christmas planning pages I've printed and used over the years, the one that comes in SO HANDY for me is the Santa's Supply Inventory. At the end of every holiday season, I stock up on wrapping supplies and decor for the next year and I also find that I collect many stocking stuffers during clearance sales. Because I tend to forget what I buy throughout the year, I always make sure to track it on this sheet so when the new season rolls around, I know what I already have to work with!! 

So are you loving this new set as much as we are?!!! We realize that there may be other special lists and ToDos that you like to keep track of during the holiday season, so we also made a standard ToDo list to match your set.

And because no Christmas binder is complete without a matching cover, we've made that for you too :)

Because of all the time and effort that went into creating this beautiful new planner, we thought about selling it as a new add-on set in our shop. But because we have had such an AMAZING YEAR and because we couldn't be more grateful for all of our wonderful friends and customers, we've decided to offer this set for FREE as a way of saying thank you. Consider it our Christmas present to all of you. We hope you enjoy using this planner and hopefully it makes your holidays a little less stressful :)

Download our Merry Christmas Planner in 3 popular sizes:

NOTES ABOUT PRINTING: In order to utilize as much space as possible for the X-small/Personal planner size, the margins are set for one-sided printing only. Both the Small & Large sets CAN be printed front-to-back and should be set to "Borderless". 

Please feel free to share this planner, but we ask that you link back to this blog post and give our shop credit {do NOT share direct download links}. Some design elements, backgrounds and cliparts in this set were purchased from two of my favorite graphic designers on Etsy, Sugar Studios and Clementine Digitals.

And while you are busy downloading our Merry Christmas Planner, be sure to check out our Elf Stationery Set!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Be sure to keep BOTH of our shops in mind for holiday gifts this year! And be sure to follow along here and on our Facebook page for more freebies and fun this holiday season!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Winner of our 2015 Seasonal Planner, Plus a Chance to Win a Digital Copy!

We are blown away by the number of entries for our 2015 Seasonal Planner Giveaway!!

The lucky winner is…

Kelly Lennon

Congrats Kelly!!!! We will be notifying you by email as well, so be sure to claim your prize within 24 hours.

Thanks to everyone who entered and played along with our 13 Days of Spooktacular fun!! For those of you that didn't win the printed planner, there is one last chance to win a digital copy TODAY!!! Just head over to our Facebook page to enter.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Help us Celebrate the Grand Reopening of our Handmade Shop with 10% Off!

Opening ThePolkaDotPosie in 2012 was a dream come true for my mom and I. We said in the beginning that even if we only had one sale a month, we would consider it a true success.

Well, our little shop has seen much more than one sale a month and we couldn't possibly be more grateful for the way it has taken off over the last two years. We now have a handmade shop AND a printables shop, a blog, a Facebook page, an Instagram account and two separate emails. The two of us have a LOT to manage on a daily basis, and when my mom found out in July that she was going to have surgery, we decided that putting the handmade shop "on vacation" was the best decision.

For those two months, we received countless emails and messages from concerned customers. When we shared that my mom was taking some time off for surgery, those same ladies wrote back again and again just to check on her. We can't tell you how much that means to us both. We've always known that we have the best customers in the world, but that just solidified it for us :) Thank you all so much for your patience while we were one woman down this summer. My mom truly missed everyone {and the shop} while she was away, so I am VERY HAPPY to report that she is back in the game!!! 

Our handmade shop has officially reopened and we are slowly filling it with a bunch of brand new items!!!!! We would love for you to hop over to ThePolkaDotPosie and see all the great things we have, like our brand new "Cute as a Button" Notebook covers!!!! And while you are there, be sure to use today's awesome COUPON CODE!!

Please note this coupon code is only valid in our handmade shop for one day only!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Printable Halloween Treat Box

We have another spooktacular Halloween freebie for you today! These printable treat boxes are perfect for classroom parties, Halloween bashes, lunch boxes and trick-or-treaters of all ages. 

Printing and assembling is easy! Your PDF download will already be formatted for two treat boxes per 8.5 x 11 sheet so all you have to do is print, cut, glue and stuff with your favorite treats!!

You can download your printable Halloween treat boxes HERE.