Showing posts with label free printables. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free printables. Show all posts

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cut Menu Planning Time in Half!


I don't know about you, but I used to waste a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open wondering what I was going to make for dinner. Kids are hungry, the bread winner will be home soon wanting some amazing, yet thrifty meal...Oh,the stress. That's the same time you're trying to help someone finish their homework while listening to another someone read, etc., etc.

I decided I had to have a plan of attack...
So here's what I did:
First, I made a list of all my family's favorite meals. Don't bother listing meals the kids absolutely hate. It's not worth your time and effort to waste the food anyway. Make sure they are nutritious, but tasty. If you haven't got many recipes, email or Facebook some friends and do a recipe exchange. Avoid fast food. Those are for the rare emergency. There are a lot of meals you can make ahead of time and freeze--just Google it. I love using my crockpot for busy days. There are a lot of set-it and forget-it type recipes out there. 

Next, I printed out 3 blank calendars and mapped out the meals. This helped me plan more variety instead eating chicken all week long. I could plan an Italian dish, maybe a casserole, or pulled-pork. This also prevented me from repeating the same recipe too often. A 3-month rotation is about right for us. With the one-month rotation my husband felt like, "we just had this." Three months gives him time to forget. If you plan for leftovers you only have to plan half the meals.

Next, I print out 5-6 pages of the Shopping list. List your menu items for one month at a time. It may take 2-3 pages depending on how many different meals you have on your calendar. Under each menu item list the ingredients you have to buy special for that dish, don't bother listing staple items. Keep each list behind the calendar they go with so your ingredients are easier to find.

Copy your master Shopping list and mark the items needed for your next shopping trip. If your list is sparse, write it down into one easy-to-read list.

This takes some time initially to make your list and list all of the ingredients, but it takes hours off the menu planning and shopping list.

Enjoy Always,


Monday, September 11, 2017

Track your Birthday Milestones and Gift List Easier with FREE Printables


When my kids were little we only had to keep track of the 7 birthdays of our immediate family. As they kids all married and had children, 7 turned into 30. What a delightful problem to have, right?

I have a pretty good memory. I've added these dates to many calendars over the years, but I started to forget how old each grandchild was and what year they were born. 

Yikes! I might miss a milestone birthday. I like being prepared ahead of time for the milestones. We celebrate every birthday, but we have traditions at certain birthdays, like blessings, baptisms, ordinations, acceptance to Hogwart's, etc.

On the Birthday Milestones page I write the name and birthdate complete with the year, then add their age in every year column. Then I highlight the milestones. That way I know how many milestones to prepare for in that year.
On the Gift List page I include the ages to remind me to find age-appropriate gifts as well as the milestone gifts. On this page I list all of the birthdays in order of the month they fall in, kind of like a perpetual calendar.

I list the birthdays in order and leave a couple of blanks in each month for additions to our family. I think we are done having new grandbabies but I have room for surprises.

You can also use the gift list page for Christmas. It's never too soon to plan.

Give it a try and see if it helps you. Remember, you can always access all of my printables in the Library of awesomeness (aka FREE printables) by subscribing to my blog. You will get the link in your welcome email.

Always,


Monday, September 4, 2017

How to Make Journaling Easier with FREE Printables!


I have a good friend who is interested in journaling, but afraid to start for fear of "making a mistake."

First of all, there's no such thing as mistakes, only experiments!
You have to explore and experiment. How else are you going to know what you like? Besides, you have to practice.

But, what if you had a little help?

In the Library of FREE Printables there are 6 pages of arrows, tabs, banners and icons in blue, red, yellow, green, purple and rainbow.

Print what you need onto full sheet adhesive paper and cut out. OR, if you have a sticker maker, print out on regular paper, cut and run through your sticker maker.

There is also a rainbow page of larger banners:
Subscribe to my email list and I will send you the link to access the FREE Library of Printables.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Part 4 of 7 FUN Summertime Journaling Activities--Adventure!

I can't believe it! It has taken me most of the summer to finish blogging about FUN Summertime journaling activities. Back to school approaches, the sales are already in progress. But maybe it's not too late to share 2 more journaling activities.

Number 6 on my list is the Adventure Journal, not to be confused with the Travel Journal.

The Adventure Journal is similar to the travel journal, but it is NOT confined to reality. This journal is limited only by your imagination or the imagination of your kids.

First, you and your child decide on where or when you want to go. a few suggestions would be Outer Space, an African Safari, Jurassic Jungle, or maybe an event like signing the Declaration of Independence, the First Christmas, or life on Grandpa's farm when he was a child. The possibilities are endless. Make a list because you all may want to do this again and again.

Next, do some research together. Google your place or time, find out what you can. You can use books like The Magic Treehouse series.

Make or find a notebook for writing what happened to your child on a certain day with room for drawing things imagination sees or does. Set up prompts for your child as needed.

Make a cover that reflects your child's journey.

Make a small travel kit with inexpensive binoculars, extra pencils, some little souvenir from your place or time, transport tickets, and the journal.

Take the trip together! This is the best part. You can explore anything on the Internet. Copy pictures to put in the journal. Interview people who may have been there. 

Bon Voyage!

Number 7 on my list is The Write Your Own Story Journal.
Print off some lined paper for kids in my FREE Library of Printables. The first page has space for drawing the story. Or, use regular composition notebooks for older kids.

Most kids have plenty of stories locked inside, but if they have trouble starting you could give them a prompt.

OR...

You could use The Write Workbook for Young Authors. This workbook takes the young author from brainstorming, writing, rewriting, critiquing, editing, to publishing on the home computer.

The Write Journal helps teen and adult writers organize their thoughts, timelines, characters and plots with 3 blank monthly calendars to keep track of word counts and important dates. 3 months worth of journaling pages help the writer set goals and track their progress.

No matter what, keep journaling!

Always,


Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Birthday Harry Potter! FREE Printables for DIY Hogwart's notebooks just in time for Back to School!!



When my grandkids turn 11, they get an admittance to Hogwarts kit. I have great fun building this kit. It includes:

The Acceptance Letter on parchment, sealed with wax and the Hogwart's Stamp, delivered by owl, of course.

A work robe, school books (from Amazon), a wand, a cauldron, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, a wand pen or quill if I can find one, and a Sorting Hat (paper pop-up).

And, so they don't get lost--A Marauder's Map. Thanks to Britta who provides this free download to HP fans, but don't copy it for profit. It's for non-commercial use only. Here's the link:

Make your own Mini Marauder's Map



 FREE PRINTABLES
of the admission letter and supply list. Subscribe to my email list and you'll have full access to my Library of Printables! The name is blank, of course, for you to personalize. Print your letter on rolls of parchment from Warner Brother's website. It has the Hogwart's seal printed at the top. It comes in a roll so you need to reverse roll it before you print so it will lay flat. You can also buy the OWL postage from Warner Brother's website. They are real stamps you can use in the mail.
After the print dries, fold both pages together into quarters. I use quarter-fold size parchment envelopes (also on Amazon). I print the child's name and address on clear label, full sheet size, in green ink and cut it out to add to the envelope. Stuff the envelope, then seal with wax. I found a Hogwart's and a Griffindor's wax stamps, along with sealing wax all on Amazon. 




The Sorting hat is a Pop-Up Card.

I started by making the hat on a fold. I used toast colored textured paper. For a more authentic look you could use a crumpled paper sack or Kraft paper.

I looked at pictures and drawings on the internet and shaded the creases with brown colored pencil. I didn't want it to be exactly the same, but I did want it to be recognizable.

I did this twice, once for the outside and again for the inside. I shaded the inside differently to include the face. 


I folded the inside in half and cut a slit perpendicular to the fold where I wanted the mouth to go. Then I folded the top and bottom of the mouth outward. I had to watch a tutorial on Pop-Up books to figure this out. I also cut eyes, but you could shade them instead.

I placed the two pieces of the hat together, the face inside of the outside piece and glued the two pieces together being careful not to glue the mouth. I shaded inside the mouth and added "Better be. . . Gryffindor."

I folded the tip of the hat inward and downward.

This year for Back to School or maybe Halloween, my grandkids will get some composition notebooks, from Hogwarts!!

Supply list:
Start with regular composition notebooks (on sale right now).



2 8.5 x 11 pieces of white cardstock
2 full sheet white label pages
publisher's glue (I found mine on Amazon, where else?)
xacto knife

Print off the labels onto full sheet white label pages and inside covers on white cardstock. You'll find these in my Library of Printables.



Glue the class schedule page to the inside front cover with publisher's glue and the weights and measures page to the inside back cover. 

Press down and smooth across the page. Turn the notebook over and trim from the outside edge.



Trim the labels, remove the paper backing and center over the existing label.


And there you have it...
Notice the labels cover the old labels, not necessarily where I'd like them.
If you can't find covers that you like you can 

Go to this website to print off some cool front and back covers. Then come back here for the inside covers.

Keep on journaling

Always,

Monday, July 17, 2017

7 FUN Summertime Journaling Activities Part 3 Travel/Adventure Journals with FREE printables

Part 3 Travel/Adventure Journals

The best part about travel or adventure journals is that you don't have to go anywhere to use them. You can use your imagination to determine the destination and sites you'll see along the way.
Print out a road map or use Google maps to plot your course. Look up interesting fun facts about your destination
while you're Googling.
Of course, the main reason we make travel journals for kids is to ease their restlessness on long road trips.
It's like a quiet book that you can color or journal in.
There are tons of FREE printables on Pinterest that you can download and print off for your travel journals.


I'm going to show you the journals I made for my grandkids this summer. Some of them are trying out their notebooks at this very moment. These pages are in the FREE Library of Printables and when you  subscribe to my email list. 

I downloaded pre-school papers from
3 Dinosaurs  for the younger kids who aren't reading yet. They are from Goldilocks and the Three Bears section. This website has tons of fun printables.




This is a summary-of-the-day kind of page.

Journal  pages for older kids.

Photo or drawing pages for younger kids.

Mazes

Travel Games

Ciphers and word searches

I laminated some of the pages and gave the kids dry erase markers so they could use the pages over and over.

Then I used my Cinch to punch
the holes and add the spiral binding.
You could add your pages to a three-ring binder.

It was a lot of work, but a huge learning experience. Of course, I learned most of my lessons after my grandkids' journals were already printed, things I would've liked to have done differently.
Oh well, that's the best way to learn.
I'm sure I will find even more things
to improve upon next time.



Keep on journaling!

Always,