Party Planning Printable

Once I started having kids, I began to really love party planning. I would start planning their birthday parties months in advance so I could figure every single little detail. For my sons first birthday, I knew I wanted to have an Elmo themed party. He was obsessed with Elmo at the time, so it seemed like the perfect theme for a first birthday party. For my daughter, it was only a given that I did a princess themed party. She was the first daughter and first granddaughter. It’s a good thing I picked that theme because my little princess now hates everything pink or anything that has to do with princesses!

One of the most important things I’ve found when party planning is to write things down. I’d love to say I have a great memory, but I’m so busy all the time that I tend to forget  things. So I write it down. However, if you are like me, you then end up with a bunch of scrap papers with details written down. See where this is going? You are back to forgetting because you’ve lost the little scrap pieces of paper!

Until now!

Party Planning Printable

For all you wonderful people that like to plan parties like I do, I’ve created this free party planning printable! Print it out and start planning away!

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Print your FREE Party Planning Printable HERE!

Like this printable? Then be sure to check out some of my other FREE printables! Enjoy! I hope you find this printable as useful as I do! Please leave me a comment and tell me about your favorite party you planned! I have my husbands 40th birthday coming up and, if possible, I’d love to plan an epic party for him! That and decorate the outside of our house all obnoxious like with 40 flamingos, a sign on the garage, etc!

Homework Daily Planner Printable

With a son in middle school, I think I spent the entire year, last year, trying to get him to write down his assignments and not try to rely on his memory. The school gives the kids an assignment book, but he never used it. I don’t think he liked pulling the actual book out. So I vowed that this year I was not going to hound him to write in something that he wasn’t ever planning on writing in. Plus, the teachers don’t force or teach them to write in them, so it was really just a waste of time for me to hound him. Instead, I created the free homework daily planner printable below.

homework daily planner

Download the FREE Homework Daily Planner HERE

With this sheet, my son can punch holes in the side and put it in the front of his zippered binder. This way, as he’s putting his homework and/or notes away, he can quickly write down the assignment and be on his way! We are just finishing up our first week of school and I am optimistic that this homework daily planner printable will help my son stay on track and allow me to NOT hound him all year long!

Oh and by the way, this is the zippered binderhomework daily planner my son has. It is really nice and since they are not allowed to carry backpacks around school, this zippered binder allows him to keep all of his things contained. I highly recommend it!!

Before you go, be sure to check out some of the other amazing printables I have! You can also follow me on Pinterest for more great and free printables!

Please…leave a comment with a tip to surviving the middle school years! These are some CRAZY years we’ve started! I look forward to your tips!

Substitute Teacher Printable

When I graduated college with my teaching certificate, so did about a billion other people. Our state was severely over saturated with teachers looking for jobs. A few jobs I applied for, I was one of 3000 that applied for that one particular job. If I wanted a teaching job, I needed to move somewhere like Arizona or Texas. Both of those states were looking for teachers, and my teaching certificate from Michigan was valid in both of those states. However, I was married and my husband had a job here. Moving across the country was not an option. So I did what a lot of newly graduated teachers did…I became a substitute teacher!

To be honest, I loved substitute teaching. I’ve often thought about doing it again. My favorite, believe it or not, was lower elementary and middle school. I know…it probably seems strange that I like the really little kids and the tween/teenagers. Those ages were always just so much fun! I did a long term substitute teacher position in a 6th and 7th grade English class and that was a lot of fun. Listening to their viewpoints on the books they were assigned to read was something I really enjoyed! However, there were those times that I absolutely DREADED my sub job and couldn’t wait until that last bell rang.

Substitute Teacher Printable

One of the things I didn’t enjoy doing, as much, was writing the note to the teacher about the day. I always felt like I didn’t know what to say. Having a form to fill out would have been much easier, plus teachers are busy in the morning. They don’t have time to sit and read a long letter. Having something simple and to the point to read is better. That’s why I put together this free substitute teacher printable!

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Print Your FREE Substitute Teacher Printable HERE

So, just print one of these free substitute teacher printables off before each sub job and quickly fill it out at the end of the day! Makes your job easier and give the classroom teacher all the information they want in a very to the point way!


Upgrade Your Daily Routine

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School is about to start for these kids (thank goodness!!) and that means making a complete change to my daily routine. An upgrade, if you will. It’s goodbye to sleeping in and staying up late. With one child going into 7th grade and another going into 4th, I will be up at 6 a.m. every single day for the next 180 days. Yes, I’m crying a little bit inside. Shoot, who am I kidding, I’m crying on the outside! But, nonetheless, a change is needed. You see, since a little bit before January, I’ve lost almost 70 lbs. I want to continue that momentum and reach my goal weight this school year. The only way I can do that is by upgrading my daily routine in a big way!

Losing weight is never easy. I’ve tried, in the past, to lose weight and I was never successful. This time around, however, I’ve realized that it takes a little more than just eating right and exercising. Changing my mindset was huge in losing weight this time. I started a 5 Minute Journal where I focus on the positives for the day. That one little thing has really helped me be in a better mood, as well as, it helps me to not dwell on the negative, which is something I used to do quite often. Besides using the 5 Minute Journal, I’ve also begun incorporating my Wellness Tracker (download the FREE printable below). By utilizing the Wellness Tracker, it allows me to set daily goals, as well as, track my food for the day and my gym activity. If I don’t make it to a gym, I write in other ways I’ve gotten exercise that day. Did I do a lot of walking? Of did I do an exercise video at home? Regardless of what I did, I wrote it down.


Download your FREE Wellness Tracker HERE!

There are many ways you can utilize this free Wellness Tracker printable. You can print one each day and fill it out each day. This way you can keep track of what you’ve done and see what works and what doesn’t. Another way is to print one, laminate it and use a dry erase marker and just reuse it. I prefer the print one each day option, but do whatever works best for you!

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Camping Tips for Newbies

A couple weeks ago, my husband took our daughter camping, just the two of them! Bella was no interested in going to the daddy/daughter dance at her school this past school year. Instead, she made a deal with her dad to take her camping, just the two of them. This was totally OK with Zack and I. We are NOT campers! Being the great daddy that he is, he was very excited to take her camping and make it a fun trip that the two of them would remember forever and want to repeat every summer! However, we’ve never really camped before. So I’ve put together some great camping tips for newbies! You will want to keep reading. Especially at the end. I have a free camping meal planning printable for you!

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Camping Tips for Newbies

First and foremost, if you do not know what you need to take with you, Google is your friend! We did a Google search for “tent camping” and it immediately pulled up a list from the REI website with a checklist of items you need with you. Now, mind you, that list is VERY thorough and some things are definitely things you would not need, but you will be able to figure that out…it’s pretty obvious! A few items I want to point out that you need to take with you, besides the obvious things like a tent, sleeping bags, food, bug spray, etc are:

  • Tick Removercamping tips for newbies – This was one of the first things I purchased for their camping trip. I also made sure to remind Mr. DGoddess to check her over daily!
  • INFLATABLE LOUNGERcamping tips for newbies – Sounds silly, but my husband said EVERYONE had them and raved about them. Personally, I’d probably camp if I could sleep in one of these! No joke! They are on a super sale right now…
  • Coleman Quad(TM) LED Lanterncamping tips for newbies – This is the lantern they bought and took with them. The nice thing about it is that you can take one of the lights off and use it by itself for trips to the bathroom in the dark, etc.
  • First-Aid Kit – Seems rather obvious, but Mr. DGoddess would not have brought one had I not put one together for him and they needed it the day Bella cut her finger with the fish hook.

One thing Bella and her dad took with them was The Itch Therminator. I was really excited to try this. Bella seems to be a magnet for mosquitoes and when she gets bit, they swell up really big. One thing I always have her do is take a spoon, run it under really hot water and press it on to the mosquito bite. It helps take the itchiness away. However, you know as well as I do, you don’t always have access to hot water when you get bit buy mosquitoes. The Itch Therminator is your solution!


The Itch Therminator fits in any first-aid kit and it is definitely something you want to have on hand. When you get bit or stung, simply press the end of The Itch Therminator on the bite and press the button. As you are holding the button down, The Itch Therminator will heat up and neutralize the itchiness! As you can imagine, Bella got bit many times on their camping trip and she was very thankful to have this nifty tool in the first-aid kit!

Besides having all the things I mentioned above, you also want to plan out your food. I put together this free meal planning printable for you to make it easier to keep track of what you need and buy at the grocery store!

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Download your FREE Camping Meal Planner HERE

So…I told you the items I felt were important to make sure you took with you camping, whether you are a newbie or a camping pro. What items do you never leave at home when you go camping??