Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2016 Goals & Resolutions Printable

I love the start of a new year. 

Maybe it's because I love having an excuse to reorganize my home and set up a new planner. Or maybe it's simply because I love having the opportunity to dream big and set new goals for the year. 

I'll admit…some of our goals for 2015 were big ones. We wanted to save money for two important projects on our home, I wanted to grow my business, we wanted to travel more as a family, I wanted to volunteer more in the kids' school (just to name a few) and all the while, I tried to focus on my Word of the Year, which was "No." I know that may seem like an odd word to choose, but it was because I found myself saying "Yes" to too many little things and I was losing sight of the bigger things that were more important.

I am still not very good at saying "No" (unless I'm speaking to my kids or a friend asks me if I feel like working out), but the times I did say "No" this year made it possible for me to say "Yes" to say many wonderful opportunities. We traveled more, we saved enough for our home projects AND ThePolkaDotPosie became a familiar name in the planner community. 2015 has been nothing short of spectacular and I can't wait to see what 2016 will bring :)

But before 2015 is over…we need to plan!! To help us out, I have a NEW free printable for your 2016 Goals & Resolutions.



Our printable looks a little different this year. We've added a section for the "Word of the Year," which is best described as a word that you want to focus on all 365 days (or 366 since it's leap year). My Word of the Year for 2016 is:

SIMPLIFY

Next, our printable has a space for you to write a goal for each category of your life. You can make these goals/resolutions as simple or specific as you want. For example, my Health goal is to run a 10K this year and my Friends goal is to have more coffee/lunch dates with my girls. We also have a blank space that you can use for something more personal or specific for you or your family. Perhaps you are saving for home improvement, or a vacation, or perhaps you have a personal goal of starting your own Etsy shop or meeting the love of your life :)

The purpose of writing out goals & resolutions isn't to make your life more stressful, but rather to encourage you to do more of what makes you happy!! Have fun with this list and use it as a guide for the next year. We may have some repeats on our list (I'm looking at you Health & Fitness. Ha!) but what's important is that we try. It's never too late to set a new goal…or achieve an old one.

Happy New Year, friends!!! Thank you for being a part of our lives and our dream. See you in 2016!

To download our FREE 2016 Goals & Resolutions page, click on one of the following links:


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

All Aboard The Christmas Lights Express!

One of our family's favorite Advent Activities is taking a ride on the Christmas Lights Express! 

Every year, after our kids are freshly bathed and in a new pair of Christmas jammies, we leave these Christmas Lights Express Tickets on their pillows. For the last few years, our Elf Toodles has been the one to deliver them so that he can go alone on the ride with us :)



We created a free Christmas Lights Express printable in 2013, and as of this december, it has been downloaded over 5,000 times! Seeing those downloads come through brings us so much joy knowing that so many families are using it to make memories with their own children, grandchildren and nieces & nephews. If you've used our tickets in the past, we would love to see a picture on our Facebook page or a story in the comments :)

This year, we wanted to give our Christmas Lights Express ticket a little makeover so that it coordinates with the rest of our Free Christmas Printables. We also made it a little easier to print with 4 to page :) We hope your family enjoys using these as much as ours does.

All aboard!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Our Favorite Thanksgiving FREEBIES!

With Turkey Day a little over a week away, it's time to start planning and prepping! We've got a bunch of great Thanksgiving Freebies to share with you today.

First up, we have our popular Thanksgiving planner pages to help you organize your menu, plan a shopping list, tackle cleaning and kitchen prep, journal your thanksgiving memories AND a coloring sheet for kids (or adults).



After we shared our super cute Thanksgiving Lunch Box Notes last year, a few friends told us that they actually used them for their Thanksgiving kids table! What a GREAT idea!


Download these Thanksgiving Lunch Notes {HERE}

Next up, we have a new "I am Thankful for You" sheet of 2" printables that you can use as treat bag tags, cupcake toppers, or plant sticks! All you need is some heavy card stock and a 2" paper punch!


Download these Thanksgiving Tags/Toppers {HERE}

And finally, our newest Thanksgiving Freebie is this printable word art!! It is sized 8x10 so you can print and frame it for your home or give it as a hostess or teacher gift!


Download this Thanksgiving word art {HERE}

We hope all of our great printable freebies will make your Thanksgiving holiday a little more organized and a lot more fun :)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful friends and customers! We are so thankful for all of you!

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A FRIENDLY REMINDER

Please feel free to share the link to our shop blog with all of our Thanksgiving goodies, but PLEASE do not link 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 in our shop. If you like the beautiful cliparts used in many of these printables, they can be purchased from one of our favorite Etsy shops, © Erin Bradley Designs | erinbradleydesigns.etsy.com

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Our 2 Year Planniversary GIVEAWAY!!!!

2 Years and 21,000 Printables later…our little shop has grown into something my Mom and I never DREAMED it could be. If you've been a friend of ThePolkaDotPosie from the beginning, you'd know that our first printables were invitations. I sold them alongside my Mom's fabulous handmade goodies and I was lucky if I sold one invitation a month. I was just learning graphic design {on digital scrapbooking software no less} and embarking on a project as big as a printable planner was no easy feat. 

But after 8 months, a TON of trial and error, countless all-nighters and lots & lots of encouragement from my friends and family…I finally finished my planner.

When our launch day came back in September of 2013, those same loyal friends and family were the first people to buy my planner. I only had one style and size available, and it was our Large Seasonal Planner. I remember when I had sold my 10th copy, my mom and I went out to dinner to celebrate :) I remember her saying to me at dinner, 

"Jenny…wouldn't it be a dream come true if we could make a real business out of planners? You could make the pages and I could make cute covers and accessories??"

And a dream come true it is. 

Since then, our Printables shop has grown to over 100 different planners, stationery, chore charts, invitations, stickers and more! Our handmade shop was successfully downsized so that my mom could focus specifically on planner covers and accessories, and still be able to enjoy her retirement quilting, knitting and sewing with friends. The two of us set this enormous goal 2 years ago and because of all the support and encouragement we get from our friends, family and customers…we aren't stopping there. We have even BIGGER plans for where we hope to go with the shop in next two years and we hope all of you will still be along for the journey :)

So let's celebrate, shall we?!!!

We thought long and hard about what we wanted to offer for our "Planniversary Giveaway" and we decided that it had to be something BRAND NEW. So we searched our piles of notes and scanned our "To Make" list, and the one overwhelming request we've had for the last year was a fully dated version of our Signature Planner. Customers asked for it to be similar in style to our Seasonal Planner, with dated monthlies, weeklies, journal and list pages, a vertical weekly layout with a meal planning option and consistent Signature colors throughout. 

It was the perfect choice.

But then, we also noticed another request popping up quite frequently. 

Two words: Planner Stickers. 

People are CRAZY FOR STICKERS and even though we added our fun printable stickers to the shop, people were also looking for pre-printed stickers that would fit and coordinate with our planner sets. Sadly, we had nowhere to send these sweet sticker-loving customers…until now. 

My friend Emily over at Three Little Birds Studio on Etsy is one of my FAVORITE planner sticker designers and I just knew she would be the perfect person for this project. She has designed the most PERFECT set of custom fit stickers for our new Signature Planner and she is letting me give a set away!!!

Feast your eyes on this beautiful sight...


These two are a match made in heaven :)

And since everything coordinates so perfectly, I figured we had better toss in a set of Signature Dividers too!!!

In addition to our Dated Signature Sets {in Large and Small}, we will also be listing a trial run of our Printable Dividers this week! They will only be offered in Size Small to start, but we hope to eventually add X-Small and Large as well.

So… WHO WANTS TO WIN THIS FABULOUS GIVEAWAY??!!!!

Here are a few things to know before you enter:

* You must be at least 18-years-old and a U.S. resident.

* This giveaway is for a PRINTED Signature Planner and Dividers from ThePolkaDotPosie, and Custom Sticker Sheets from Three Little Birds Studio. No digital/printable files of any kind will be sent.

* The Planner Pages and Dividers will be unpunched, so you can use them in any planner or binder that accommodates half-sheet pages sized 5.5 x 8.5". This includes ARC Junior Notebooks by Staples, Filofax A5 Planners, Kikki K, Daytimer Desk-Size Planners, mini binders and many more.

* Entries will be verified before announcing a winner, so please follow the rules carefully and let us know if you have questions :)

YOU HAVE 8 CHANCES TO WIN!

Good luck!!! A winner will be posted on Wednesday, October 7th!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

FREE Printable Fall Checklists & Bucket List

Fall is in the air!! Can I get a WOOHOO for sweaters, boots and all things pumpkin spice?!! 

Now that the leaves are starting to change and the weather is getting cooler, it's time to officially say farewell to summer and start preparing for the season ahead. Pool toys, beach bags, patio furniture…it's time to take stock in what you have, toss what didn't make it and properly clean and store for next year. This goes for both inside and outside of your home. To help you with this task, we have two great Fall Cleaning Checklists that you can download for free:


In addition to our Cleaning Checklists, we also made a Fall Bucket list that you and your family can fill out together. Fill it with all of your favorite things, like visiting a pumpkin patch, camping, playing in leaves, going apple picking, drinking hot cider or pumpkin spice lattes…whatever brings a smile to your face. These printables come in 3 different planner sizes, so download them today :)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Christmas is 100 Days Away! Download your Free Christmas Planner today!

We've been in design-mode for the past month trying to get our 2016 planners listed for all of our fellow planner junkies (and they will be listed by next week!!). The whole time I was designing I kept thinking…2016 seems so far away! 

But then my Christmas Countdown clock chimed today and it said there are only 100 days left till Christmas!! This year has truly flown by. And since I anticipate the next 4 months to move just as quickly, I thought today was the perfect to share our fabulous Merry Christmas Planner!!



We redesigned this beauty last year and it was a HUGE hit. We decided to make it a Free Printable Set for one year, just to say thanks to our loyal customers. Well…because we love you all SO MUCH and because 2015 has been the BEST YEAR YET for our little shops…we decided to keep it free for another holiday season. WOOHOO!!

So do yourself a favor and head on over to our Christmas post from last year and read all about our fun Merry Christmas Planner and download it today. We promise it will help keep you more organized over the next 4 months…and for years to come :)

Monday, September 7, 2015

LABOR DAY GIVEAWAY #4!

HAPPY LABOR DAY!! We hope you are all enjoying your weekend with family & friends and getting some much needed, well-deserved relaxation. 

Today is the LAST DAY to get 10% off in our printables shop, and it is time for our final GIVEAWAY!! For those of you that have always wanted to try our Small (5.5" x 8.5") Seasonal Planner, this giveaway is for YOU! 

To enter to win a PRINTED copy of our 2015-2016 Seasonal Planner in size Small (which runs now - July 2016), just leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you need to win this planner. Maybe you are looking to get organized with a paper planner for the first time, maybe you just want to try a new size, or maybe you just want to find planner peace because nothing else has worked for you. In short…tell us your planner story :) 

ONE winner will be chosen tomorrow from all of the entries on our Facebook page, Instagram account and Blog. Please only enter once as we will be selecting one winner total :) Good luck and have a GREAT rest of your weekend!! {U.S. participants ONLY in this giveaway due to shipping costs. International customers can enter any of our other Printable giveaways this weekend :)}