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!

substitute teacher

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!

camping tips for newbies

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!

camping tips for newbies

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??

5 Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you have a kid in elementary school, you know they are getting ready to start filling out Valentine’s for all of the kids in their class. I don’t know about you, but I am hoping that I can stray Bella away from all the candy options and do something a little more homemade and fun! With all the different food allergies in classrooms these days, I would hate for a kid to go home with a box full of things he/she couldn’t eat. How sad is that? If you are looking for non candy Valentine’s ideas, then keep reading! I found some good ones!

non candy valentine's collage

Non Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas!

non candy valentine's pencil

Aren’t these cute? And they are so easy to make! Head on over to Simply Being Mommy for a great printable (makes it soooo much easier for you! Your welcome!) and because I love you all so much, I found a 3 dozen assortment of Valentine’s Pencils that you can order on Amazon and BAM! You’re done! Just put the kids names on it and you have that project done without leaving the house!

non candy valentines puffs

I absolutely LOVE these! You can get the little puffs at your local craft store (and just order these Foam Heart Stickers. I think these are cheaper than the craft store). Head over to Momdot to find out how she put these cute things together for the kids in her daughters class. I can tell you right now, Bella would want to make these!!

non candy valentine's star wars

Star Wars is HUGE in my daughters class right now (3rd grade). She is always coming home telling me that they played Star Wars on recess! Head on over to A Grande Life for the adorable printable. Of course, like the other non-candy Valentine’s ideas, I found glow sticks on Amazon. You have more than enough for your child’s class and you can save some for fun this summer!

non candy valentine's window cling

These are SO CUTE! Milk and Cuddles has a great printable on their site for you to use. Every kid loves window clings! Shoot…my kids are 9 and 11 and they both like window clings too! My 9 year old is forever asking me if we can buy them and put them up! I found these Valentine’s Day Gel Clings on Amazon. I really like the monkey’s!

non candy valentine's applesauce

Now…I know this one is a food item (it’s not candy!!), but the pouches I’ve seen say they are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, etc. If your child’s school is like mine, the teacher usually posts on the door “this is a X free zone” so anyone coming in knows what allergies are in the room. I just had to include this adorable idea that Eat Craft Parent came up with. The Fruit Me Up applesauce pouches I found on Amazon are not only a good price, but they contain JUST apples. How great is that?!?

If you would liked these non candy Valentine’s day ideas and would like to see some other Valentine’s day ideas, please check out:

Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s

More Alternatives to Store Bought Valentine’s