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!



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.


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 :)


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


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 :)}

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Labor Day Weekend SALE & Giveaways!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!! We are celebrating the holiday with a sale and some special giveaways Friday - Monday!

Each of our giveaways will be hosted on our various social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram & our Shop Blog {Use links in our sidebar}. 

Today, our Giveaway #3 is a


If you aren't familiar with our docket pages, consider it a very detailed & categorized To Do list. Dockets are a great alternative to your traditional Daily & Weekly planner layouts, especially if you find that you are not effectively using 2-pages per day or week. 

We have a bunch of fabulous dockets available in our Printbales Shop, but this giveaway will give you the chance to build a CUSTOM docket to meet your needs. Some things we love to see on a docket are:

Weekly Menu
Fitness Checklist
Water Log
Daily/Weekly To Do list
Shopping list
Errands list
To Call/Email list
Hourly Appointment schedule

Or you can customize your docket for something more specific like school, your job, your fitness journey, and more!

To enter for your chance to win this Custom Docket, please comment on this post with a list of things YOU would like to see on your custom docket. One winner will be chosen at the end of the weekend and posted HERE.

And don't forget to enter our other great giveaways happening all weekend long! You have until Monday night. 

Good luck! We hope you all have a fabulous, relaxing weekend with your friends and family :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Your Back-to-School Countdown Checklist!

The Back-to-School catalogs have been out for weeks and the "Welcome Back" letters from schools are popping up in mailboxes everywhere. No matter how much we would like to deny it…school is almost here!! AH!!

So 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.


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 bedtime too! Mornings are going to get busy again, so it's important that you wind down early too.

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}.

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 were a big hit last year, 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!!!!!!


Please feel free to share the link to our shop blog with all of our back-to-school 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 some of these printables, they can be purchased from some of our favorite Etsy shops, including: 
© Erin Bradley Designs | erinbradleydesigns.etsy.com
© Sugar Studios | www.etsy.com/shop/sugarstudio
© Goodness & Fun | www.etsy.com/shop/goodnessandfun