Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Easy Fall Decorating with Pumpkin Decals

A few years back, we were out choosing pumpkins and I was thinking through the best way to approach Jack O'Lanterns with my kids. As we were picking out pumpkins (a tradition that began when I was pregnant with my second son and went out pumpkins picking the night before he was born) and I was mulling it around in my head.

The mess, the knives, the kids getting bored after 10 minutes and leaving me to finish everything . . . to be quite frank, I was looking for a way out. 

Instead, I came up with a plan: Pumpkin decals. It was a huge success!

Little hands and Jack O'Lanterns can be complicated, but pumpkin decals give you the fun of Halloween decorating without the mess and sharp objects! 

But they're not just for kids!  Older kids can place them and use them as guides for carving.

I have several styles that are perfect for decorating your home or front porch for the fall.  Put them on artificial pumpkins so they can be saved for next year!

They're super cute and convenient! Click here to see them all!  Happy fall!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Vote for . . . who? A FREE PRINTABLE for election season!

This election cycle has been unlike any that I've seen in my lifetime. Elections can be exciting for kids, but this year more than ever, it all just feels heavy.

To ease the anxiety, I've kind of withdrawn from the media. During the first debate, I finished the last 4 episodes of Gilmore Girls (For the love, why can't Rory and Logan just work it out!), and I'm on a television hiatus for the month of October.

Are you as sick of it as I am? Here's a way to lighten the mood a little make this election season a little more fun (bearable?) for everyone!  Download this free, editable printable and let your future leader make a case as to why we should vote for him or her!

This printable is a great segue into taking about the election with older kids, and great keepsakes to look back on as they grow!

The name and the "platforms" are editable and can be personalized using Adobe PDF Reader.

Click here to download the printables!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's fall y'all!

I'm usually a summer girl, but you know what? I'm kind of excited about fall this year. Crisp air and crunchy leaves, cute boots and cozy sweaters, warm drinks . . . as long as I forget that this is all leading to the season with s-n-o-w, I could actually enjoy fall, right?

But I've got something to make this fall even better! To help you say so long to summer and hello to autumn, I've cooked up a little surprise, just for you. If you follow me on social media, you may have gotten a few sneak peeks. Are you ready for the full reveal? Pay attention because...It. Is. Awesome! {And it's only for a limited time so you gotta hustle!}

I teamed up with 20+ other extremely talented designers to create the ULTIMATE fall bundle with ALL of our fall must-haves! AND, I'm hooking you up with a crazy, killer not-gonna-believe-this type of deal?!

Yep, that's right! Over 350 pages of printables for you, put them all in a fun bundle for only $15! You can get over $200 worth of ADORABLE items for only $15!

That's not a typo. I'm NOT KIDDING! Gorgeous wall art, fun family activities, creative gift ideas, and MORE all from your favorite designers and bloggers! You’re waiting for the catch, right? Well, there is a teeny, tiny one...

You'll have to ACT FAST - this is for THREE DAYS ONLY!

This is a 3-Day sale, buuut the price goes up a little each day. So, you can snag the whole bundle for ONLY $15 today! BUT the price is going up tomorrow! Here's the breakdown...
  • Buy on the 21st for only $15
  • Buy on the 22nd for only $18
  • Buy on the 23rd for only $20
  • After that - this deal is GONE FOREVER!
You definitely want to act fast to lock-in the best price!
Okay, are you ready to see what's included?! I think we've kept you waiting long enough...

This baby seriously has EVERYTHING you could ever WANT or NEED for fall! Including...
  • Beautiful Fall Prints to Welcome Your Home to the New Season
  • Family Organization Made Simple
  • Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations to Use in a Cinch
  • Halloween Party Kits For Every Age
All together – it’s a collection of over 350 PAGES of darling printables… only available for a limited time!

One page of wall art ALONE can be around $15 on Etsy! This is such a steal!! 

Get Yours Now for just $15!

Please note: The Dating Divas are graciously hosting this massive deal, 
so check out will be done through their site.

We are seriously obsessed with Every. Single. Thing. in this whole dang bundle. Just wait until you see all of this festive, fall cuteness...

1. The Gratitude Collection: Calligraphy Art Prints, Cards + Tags by The TomKat Studio - A collection of printable designs with sentiments of thanks and gratitude. Perfect for the Thanksgiving season and all year long! Each design comes in 3 different colors: chalkboard with white writing, white with black writing, kraft with white writing.

2. Caramel Apple Date Night by The Dating Divas -Hosting a caramel apple party group date is the perfect way to celebrate fall with friends. Who can say no to some delicious caramel apples!? NO ONE that’s who! Invite all of your friends for a big awesome group date, or just enjoy these heavenly treats and hilarious game one-on-one with your sweetie! The Apples make it somewhat healthy, right?

3. Back to School Plant Pot Wrappers by Somewhat Simple - They’re like cupcake wrappers, but for plants! These Printable Terra Cotta Plant Wrappers would make the perfect gift for teachers, and are so simple to create!

4. An Intentional Fall: Making Memories That Last E-book by Faith Filled Parenting- Are you tired of the fall season slipping by before you really were able to enjoy it? This e-book, An Intentional Fall: Making Memories That Last, is going to help you have the fall season of your dreams. The plan is to use the ebook to give you ideas on fall activities you can do as a family around town, at home, and of course, some crafty inspiration as well. Each activity has connection ideas and photo opportunities to make this a fall to remember.

5. Kid's Reading Tracker by Andrea's Notebook- The Reading Enrichment Kit is perfect for grade school aged kids of all reading abilities. There are 10 separate projects in this kit that encourage reading. From comprehension activities, to reading incentives and even a bookmark coloring project and an around the world reading passport.

6. Get Organized Budget Power Pack by Thirty Handmade Days - If you struggle with getting (and staying) organized, this is the perfect pack to get you on track. With weekly checklists, an end of the year 2016 and full 2017 calendar, and a strong emphasis on budgeting in over 30 pages with cute designs, you won't have any more excuses. You can do it!

7. The Ultimate Printable Menu and Meal Planner by Today's Creative Life- It's 3pm and you have no idea what's for dinner! Your day just went from delightful to stressed. Take control and tackle your weekly and monthly menus by creating your own Easy Meal and Menu Planner Binder with these easy to print forms.

8. Fall Fitness Tracker by Wellness and Workouts- With a theme of thanksgiving and gratitude, this printable planner helps you track all things fitness from what you eat, to your exercise, as well as ways to improve your mental and emotional health.

9. Babysitter In A Bag by The Dating Divas - Getting out the door for date night can sometimes be a gong show, am I right? We Divas know the “Date Night Shuffle” all too well! Our Babysitter in a Bag Kit will make leaving for some alone time with your one-and-only a breeze. We have thought of everything your babysitter needs to make the night a resounding success! (…which means a stress-free date night for you!)

10. Babysitting Co-Op by The Dating Divas - We’ve found that one of the top reasons couples don’t get a weekly date night is rooted in, “What do we do with the kids?!” A babysitting co-op gives couples a dependable babysitter – without the hassle and without the cost!

11. Fall Activity Pack by Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading - Learning is fun with this beginning reader fall activity pack! Over 40 pages of activities ... make a scarecrow and pilgrims while helping practice cutting and pasting skills. Have fun with fall themed color by letter and color by sight words! Enjoy a few minutes of quiet time while the little people in your life enjoy these activities, OR, have fun helping them complete the activities with them!

12. The Organized Family Starter Kit by While He Was Napping - If you have ever wished you could be more organized and keep all that important information in one place, then you need the Organized Family Starter Kit. This kit has 47 bright and happy printable pages that will lighten your mood and help organize your home. Make the organizers reusable by putting them in page protectors in a binder or laminate them and use dry or wet erase pens.

13. You've been Boo'd by TidyMom - Have fun with your neighbors – You’ve Been BOOed! This Halloween surprise is fun way to create excitement and smiles around your neighborhood.

14. Trick Or Treat Halloween Party Pack by Frog Prince Paperie - Trick or treat, candy is sweet, print out something for Halloween that’s really neat! Make your Halloween party a little extraordinary with our Trick or Treat printable party pack. Orange and black stripes, polka dots, candy corn and diamonds mingle to make spooky do-it-yourself d├ęcor for any celebration or just a few extra special touches for treat bags. 

15. Blood Bar by Paging Supermom- Create this chilling BLOOD BAR and enjoy a little Vampire Mixology at your Halloween or Twilight party. The bar features official-looking beverage dispensers -- or rather "Blood Vessels" from the Transylvanian Blood Bank -- displayed alongside fabulous recipe cards to help guests mix up one of three signature Vampire Cocktails.

16. "Boo" Party Printables by Catch My Party - Use these super cute "Boo" Halloween party printable pack to decorate an awesome "not scary" Halloween party for your kids! The collection includes: party invitations, party circles, drink flags, tented cards, party labels, napkin rings, water bottle labels, and favor tags. These are just plain fab-BOO-lous! 

17. Festive Treat Bag Toppers by Less Ordinary Designs - These sweet favor bag toppers are the perfect way to dress up Halloween goodies! With two different styles, you have what you need for perfect classroom party favors, gifts for office friends or trick-or-treaters. Just print, trim and attach them to a 4” cellophane bag for an easy way to dress up Halloween treats!

18. Thank You Cards by Sweet Little Ones Shop– A set of beautiful thank you notes designed to help you show your gratitude for the ones you love.

19. Gratitude Journals by Big Ideas Little Cents - Creating a daily habit of recognizing the blessings in your life is simple with these gorgeous printable gratitude journal covers! Easily create gorgeous gratitude journals for your whole family with 4 fun and trendy cover designs. Simply print and adhere your cover choice onto a 5"x 7" notebook. Quickly record 3-5 things you're grateful for every day as you jump start your writing with the included 90 bonus writing prompts.

20. Thanksgiving Place Setting Packs by Pace Made Designs - Want to spice up your party throwing skills? All you need is this printable and you have a plate topper, place mat and name card for each guest in two lovely designs to choose from. Simply print as many as you need onto card-stock and instantly you have yourself a glam party. Also included in this kit are beautiful Thanksgiving themed note cards. These note cards serve many purposes. Put them in a frame, on the top of a thanksgiving plate or write a note on the back and send them around the world. You will never need to buy a thank you note again with these.

21. Spice Jar Labels by Modge Podge Rocks - These festive fall labels are perfect to organize your spice collection! Choose between orange and blue. Print out on full sheet adhesive paper and use a 2" punch to cut out!

22. Random Acts of Kindness Kit by Elise Creates - "If you want to find happiness, find gratitude."- Steve Maraboli. Nothing turns a tough day around quite like counting your blessings. It’s hard to feel sad about your life when you’re focusing on how grateful you are for someone else. This kit was created for you to have more gratitude in your life and share that gratitude with those you love.

23. Thanksgiving Holiday Kit by Little Sweet Ones Shop - This set includes everything you need to make your Thanksgiving holiday gorgeous in a cinch! With this set, you will receive beautiful 5x7 Thanksgiving dinner invitations with a watercolor fall leaves border and matching tent place cards for your guest's names at the dinner table and to label the food in the buffet line. To top it off, this set also includes two gorgeous 8x10 autumn prints to beautifully decorate your home this Thanksgiving and for all of the fall season!

24. Halloween Boo-levard: Kid Friendly DIY Crafts by One Good Thing by Jillee- Tricky treats, clever crafts, picture perfect pumpkins, captivating costumes, and ghostly gatherings!

25. Gorgeous Fall Prints by Lolly Jane-These fall prints are perfect for welcoming the crisp autumn season into your home by displaying on a mantle or shelf. Simply print and frame! Included in this 3-pack are classic sayings "Gather," "Hello Fall," and "Thankful Grateful and Blessed."

26. Thanksgiving Felt Pattern & Madlib by How Does She- If you are hosting Thanksgiving and you have little ones to entertain, look no further. We’ve got you covered! Included in the kit are four hands-on Thanksgiving themed activities. Each comes with a printable bag topper that perfectly fits sandwich baggies. Also, grab the kids AND the adults because everyone’s input will create the perfect mad lib! This fun and interactive Thanksgiving mad lib is one that everyone can enjoy!

If you purchase the bundle through my link below, I will send you one of my most popular printables EVER: My editable BINGO cards.  
This versatile printable is amazing and has 50 fields that you can type anything you'd like into. The next 23 fill automatically to create 25 completely different bingo cards so that no two cards are the same. Once you purchase the Favorite Fall Must-Haves Bundle, forward me your receipt at and I'll send you the bingo cards directly to you for FREE!

See! EVERYTHING you could ever want or need this fall! Buy now and save BIG! This bundle has a value of well over $200 but you can get it all for just $15 - $20!

Remember the price goes up tomorrow and this is only a 3-day sale! What are you waiting for?! RUN, don’t walk!

Put a little hustle in your step and get on it, because the price jumps up tomorrow and it’s ONLY AVAILABLE FOR TWO MORE DAYS! 

Please note: The Dating Divas are graciously hosting this massive deal, 

so check out will be done through their site.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

First Day of School 2016 - Free Printable signs

Here for the first time? Be sure to check out my Etsy shop full of stationery and printables!

My kids are the greatest. Once again, they agreed to pose for back to school photos more than a month before they actually had to head back to school, just so I could show you samples of this year's first day of school printables. Aren't they the best?

Can I give all of you a little tip? If you can, do this these photos the night before. It's way less stressful.

I have the two designs offered last year, and I've added a few new categories, including "Young Fives" and "Middle School."  As usual, there's a generic "First Day of School" sign in case I don't have the specific grade or stage that you need.

Are you looking for something custom? Contact me through my Etsy page or by email for more details.


To download the signs, just click here. You'll be prompted to subscribe to my email list.  Once your subscription is confirmed, you'll see the links to the printable files!  You will need Adobe Reader, which is preinstalled on most computers. You can also click here to download it for free.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

One of THOSE weeks {with a free printable poster}

This week has been one of THOSE weeks. It was just crazy busy and so many little things went wrong. We all missed out on a lot of sleep so we were extra cranky, and it seemed like everyone else around us was extra cranky, too. It wasn't anyone's fault, really. It just kind of went that way.

I created this poster to hang in my office last year (yes . . . my office is the only room in our house left unpainted, so the walls are still bright purple). I found myself reading it a lot more this week than most weeks. It's one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it is exactly what I need to remember as we get ready to jump into next week.

Maybe you had one of THOSE weeks, too. If so, print one of these, and hang it where you can see it, because "This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays."

Click here to download the 8" x 10" .jpg file.

Click here to download a 8.5" x 11" .pdf file.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Free Printable: Last Day of School 2016 Signs

These signs are no longer available!  Check back in April for Last Day 2017 signs!  See the first day of school signs for this year right here.

If you used my first day of school signs for photos last fall, you might want to round out the year with a last day of school photo!  I've updated my signs for the occasion.

Just click here to subscribe to my newsletter list, and when you confirm your subscription, you'll see the links to download the printable files.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

FREE PRINTABLES: Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week (or so I'm told). Parents at my daughter's preschool have come together to spoil our teachers there and I was commissioned to create the tags, and I've decided to share them with you.

There are four files available:

We're attaching these to scissors. My 8-year-old informed me yesterday that scissors are a lame gift, but the tags are already made. 8-year-old boys aren't our target recipients anyway.

These will be attached to little bottles of hand sanitizer. You could attach it to hand cream, too. Or maybe a little manicure set? Just follow your heart on that one.

We're putting these on candles, but I think little flashlights would be cute, too. Hmmm . . . what else? 

These will be put on little plants.  You could attach them to seed packets, too. 

Click on each of the titles above to download the file you'd like.

Not seeing anything you like?  Check out my printable tags from a few years ago right here and here.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Vintage Camping Birthday Party Ideas

We moved into a new house in August 2014.  I was 2 weeks from delivering baby #4, and 3 weeks from sending our kids back to school.

Bennett's birthday party was in September, and we threw a VERY casual get together in our new back yard. We were shoving boxes into closets minutes before party time to make room for guests!  Because of that, writing about his party took a back seat to everything else.  Here we are 18 months later . . .

We decided to do a backyard camping theme for his party, mainly because it was simple and had easy set up.  We sent up a few tents, built a campfire and threw some chairs around it. So simple.

You can see the invitation here.

We didn't serve a meal . . . just a s'mores bar, caramel apples, cider and donuts.

Oh, and bottled water, of course. See the printable labels here.

For party favors, we set up a trail mix bar, with bags that guests could use to make their own mix. See the printable tags here.  We included pretzels, goldfish, popcorn, chocolate covered raisins, craisins, nuts, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.

Awful picture, I know. But remember . . . new baby, new house?  We're lucky I have any photos at all!
All of the kids went home with canteens that I bought from Oriental Trading Company.  The tags for them can be seen here.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Free printable letter from Santa

Long time, no see. Do you guys remember me?

I hope to make up for my absence with this fun printable, just on time for Christmas!  I actually had it planned for last Christmas, and didn't get a chance to post it. But I'd prefer to think of it as right on time, rather than a year late. That's just the kind of person I am.

This letterhead is perfect for leaving your kids a note from Santa.  Delete all of the text and hand write it, or just click in the text boxes and type your message. The text and the signature are editable and can say whatever you'd like them to say. Leave it on the mantel, or next to the empty plate where they left cookies. Just for fun.

Click here to download the pdf file.

You must have adobe acrobat or adobe reader to edit this file. Download it here for free.

Because this is a free file, technical support isn't offered.

Monday, August 3, 2015

First Day of School - Free Printable signs

Click here to find the 2016 printables!

It's that time again . . . for many of you, at least. Your kids are headed back to school! The thought of that might fill your eyes with sentimental tears or tears of joy, but in any case, these signs are perfect for "first day" pictures!

Even though my kids don't go back until September 8th, they posed for these photos tonight. Wasn't that nice of them? There may have been ice cream bribes involved. I'll never tell.

This is the fourth year that the chalkboard signs have been offered, so to mix things up a little, I've added a new design this year! Both sets include preschool, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first - sixth grade.  There's also a "first day of school" sign for anything that these might not cover specifically.  Need something more specific?  Just contact me through etsy and we can talk through details.

These printables are no longer available, but check back soon for Last day of school printables!

Fortunately, we have a few weeks to practice with my preschooler before she takes her official pictures!  I'd love to see the pictures you take with these signs!  Be sure to tag my facebook page, or share them there!