Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

Is it just us, or were you worried that this winter would NEVER end??! Here in Illinois we aren't out of the woods yet (Mother Nature loves to give us an April snow shower), but tomorrow we could see temps as high as 70 and that is cause for some celebration and maybe even a little SPRING CLEANING!

 Decluttering is certainly a big part of Spring Cleaning, but so is the seasonal maintenance that needs to be done in and around your home. To help you with this process, we've put together two FREE Spring Cleaning printable to help you get started.


We created these fun Spring Cleaning printable a few years ago, and we are happy to see SO many people still pinning, printing and using them every year! A friend told me recently that the reason she loves using them is because it not only gives her a plan when the weather turns nice, but filling everything out makes her feel motivated to get stuff done. And isn't motivation half the battle when it comes to Spring Cleaning??

You will see that this set comes with two different lists. The first is a blank checklist that is perfect for jotting down specific tasks to do inside and outside your home. We recommend keeping this list in your planner of family binder all year long so you can jot down ideas as things break or need replacing.

The second printable is a more detailed checklist with seasonal tasks that have to be done every year. This list was inspired by my favorite cleaning queen, Martha Stewart. She was the first person to ever suggest that I wash and store my winter linens as a seasonal task but I have to tell ya...I feel SO accomplished when I check that item off my list each Spring :)

As always, these printable come in 3 planner sizes and you can download them all {HERE}.

We hope you enjoy using them!!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Free St. Patrick's Day Printables!

Hello, March! It is so nice to see the word SPRING on the calendar and I only hope Mother Nature gets the message SOON :)

While we wait for the sunshine, it's time to start planning for St. Patrick's Day! Does the Leprechaun visit your home or classroom? Do you have a Pinterest board full of fun St. Patrick's day crafts and activities? Do you plan a special meal every year (my hubby can't live without his corned beef and cabbage)? Our newest one-page holiday planner will help you organize all of that and more!


You can download this fun printable in all three planner sizes {HERE}.

Decorating for St. Patrick's Day always seems a bit rushed with Easter right behind, so if you aren't looking to spend a lot of money on decor, but still want something to hang in your home, checkout our free printable shamrock bunting!!


This banner is SUPER easy to print and assemble. Just download this bunting page {HERE} and you will see that there are two bunting pieces per 8.5 x 11" sheet. 

* Print as many as you need for the length banner you desire. 
* Cut out your bunting pieces with scissors or a paper cutter.
* Punch holes in the corners of each bunting piece.
* String all pieces together with twine or ribbon.

And that's it!!! Cute, inexpensive decor you can make at home.

And while you are busy printing, check out these fun St. Patrick's Day lunch box notes and download them {HERE}!


We hope you enjoy these freebies and be sure to visit us again later this month when we share our Easter planner page and goodies! 

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A FRIENDLY REMINDER

Please feel free to share the link to our shop blog with all of our St. Patrick's Day goodies, but PLEASE do not link to the downloads directly. These printables are free to download 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

Thursday, January 31, 2019

NEW Valentine's Day Printables!

Thanks to the Polar Vortex, we've got major cabin fever here in the Midwest! Thankfully, tomorrow is February 1st which means we are one month closer to SPRING!!!

But to help you pass the time indoors on this chilly Thursday, we've got two NEW Valentine's Day printables we think you are going to love.

First up, for all of our planner lovers, we are staring a new freebie series this year! In 2019, we want to create a new one-page planner for ALL of our favorite holidays and annual events. We will share them here on our blog, as well as on our Facebook & Instagram pages, so be sure to follow along!

First up, we have our new Valentine Planner!


This fun page has everything you need to plan the basics, like cards to send (or pass out in school), decor, things you want to make, gifts you need to buy, etc. We also have plenty of space for writing your Valentine's Day plans & menu! This page will come in all three of our planner sizes, and you can download each of them {HERE}.

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While scrolling through Facebook this week (during one of our many snow days), I saw an awesome Valentine's Day tradition that I am excited to try this year. The idea is simple...you write little love notes on paper hearts and stick them to your kids' doors on the days or weeks leading up to Valentine's Day! While it is perfectly easy to cut out your own hearts out of construction paper, we wanted to make the project a little more fun (and easy)!



Our printable set comes with a cute sign to hang on the door so that your kiddos know to expect new hearts every day! We also included a space where you can sign who the notes are from. That way, you can include mommies, daddies and/or siblings in on the fun!

The set also comes with 5 sheets of pre-filled hearts, and a sheet of blank hearts so you can write your own personal notes. You can download everything {HERE} All you need is a printer and a pair of scissors and you are ready to go! 

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Once you start to fill out your Valentine Planner, you will almost immediately remember one of the most time consuming tasks of Valentine's Day

CLASSROOM CARDS

With all the extra time some of us have to spare in the house this week, why not try printing your own? Our bubble Valentine Cards have been a huge hit the last two years, and you can check them out and download your FREE set {HERE}. 


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And finally, one of our ALL TIME favorite Valentine's Printables...



Even my 5th grader still loves getting notes in her lunch box, and these little Valentine Lunch Box notes are the perfect little "I love you" to send with them each day.
And while you are at it, you can download ALL of our Lunch Box notes {HERE} and prepare for the holidays to come :) 

We hope you all have a magical Valentine's Day!!

Monday, December 31, 2018

2019 Goals & Resolutions Printable

Happy New Year, friends! We hope your Christmas was as wonderful as ours. It is almost time to say goodbye to 2018 and HELLO to 2019!! 

This was ThePolkaDotPosie's 7th year in business and although we had set big goals for 2018, some family matters kept us from achieving them. But that is the beauty of having a small business...when life pulls you in a different direction, you can shift your focus and come back when you are ready. We worried that our absence would cause some to forget our name, but the support we felt throughout the year from our loyal friends and customers gave us the confidence to do what we needed to do, and the inspiration to start 2019 better than ever. As always, our goals for 2019 are BIG (maybe we will finally makeover this blog. Ha!) and we hope that this is the year we will achieve them.

So what sort of Goals & Resolutions do YOU have for 2019? Our yearly FREE printable will help you plan...



As in years past, 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. We also have a blank space that you can use for something more personal 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 :)

And, back by popular demand, we have also kept a space for the "Word of the Year," which is best described as a word that you want to focus on all 365 days. My Word of the Year for 2019 is:

JOY

I was reminded MANY times this year how short life is and how things can change in a moment. It is so easy to get bogged down in negativity and we can all find something to complain about if we allow ourselves to. But that is simply not how I want to live the moments I have with the people I love. So this year...I want to search for JOY in everything I do each day because tomorrow isn't promised.

So what will your word of the year be?

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 2019!


To download our FREE 2019 Goals & Resolutions page, click on one of the following links:

Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas from ThePolkaDotPosie

We've just wrapped up our SEVENTH holiday season here at ThePolkaDotPosie and we could not be more grateful for all of the love and support we continue to receive from our loyal friends and customers! 

PLEASE NOTE that our Handmade Shop will be closed until January 2019, but our Printable Shop will stay open through the holiday season for Instant Downloads.

Do you follow our Facebook Page and Group Page? If not, be sure to head there NOW and join because we will be kicking off OPERATION ORGANIZATION on December 26th!


We want to help you pick the perfect planner for 2019 and we will show you how easy it is to print and assemble your own! PLUS we will have some fabulous FREEBIES and discounts, so you don't want to miss out!

In the meantime, we hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for supporting our little business all year. We appreciate you so much!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

FREE Printables for your Christmas Elf

My kids have never known Christmas without their special Elf on the Shelf {named Toodles}.

They come to look forward to his arrival as much as Santa's and over the last few years, we have tried to make Toodles' stay in our home as special as possible. We weave him into many of our Christmas traditions, and I thought it would be nice for him to have his own set of stationary. Our Elf likes to leave notes, send his welcome letter, leave reminders to the kids when they are being naughty, acknowledge them when they are being nice and maybe slip in a little Christmas joke or two :-)

And as a little treat from our Elf to yours…here are two free printables you can download so that your elf has his own stationary too!!



We are a sucker for Elf pictures around here and we would love it if you follow us on Facebook and posted pics of your Elf using his new stationary :-) Toodles would appreciate it!!

{All printables shared on www.thepolkadotposie.com are for personal use only. Please feel free to share and pin as much as you'd like, but just be sure to link back to either this post or the posts on www.adailydoseofdavis.com. Thank you!}

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Your Back-to-School Countdown Checklist!

The Back-to-School catalogs are arriving and "Welcome Back" letters from schools will be popping up in mailboxes everywhere SOON! 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.

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 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!!!!!!

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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: 
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