9.18.2014

Free Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables

Hey there, friends! I shared these free printables a few weeks ago on another blog, but I wanted to share them with you in case you missed them!

When we found out we were expecting, I knew I wanted to take weekly pictures during my pregnancy and then regular pictures of our little one after she was born to track her growth! I found inspiration on Pinterest and got busy making my own little printables... 

I created these fun little weekly and monthly stickers to put on her onesies as we watch her grow, and I'm sharing them here with you! Yay!

FREE Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables

I've created them in both girl-ish and boy-ish colors. Just click the links below to download the PDF versions of the stickers! I printed mine with a LaserJet printer on Avery White Shipping Labels. They're 3.25" circles, and six print on a page. You could also print them on iron-on transfer paper, but keep in mind that you can't remove them if you iron them on the onesie!

FREE Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables FREE Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables FREE Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables

FREE Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables FREE Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables FREE Monthly Onesie Sticker Printables
{{ boy version }}

Please note: The colors may print differently than what you see here... Colors on the computer can be more vibrant than what are printed.

There you go, friends! I hope you enjoy these printables... And if you do, I'd love for you to pin this post so others can use these stickers too! Yay!!

Your turn: Leave a link to your photography Pinterest board! I'd love to check it out!

9.17.2014

Blog Planner Series {{Statistic Tracker}}

Happy Wednesday, lovelies! I've been sharing my free blog planning printables with y'all over the last few weeks, and I hope they've been a help to my fellow bloggers! When the series went live the first time around, I received a ton of positive feedback. I hope it's a help this time too!

Blog Planner Series with FREE Printables

Today I'm sharing my statistic tracking calendar. I have to admit that when I first started tracking my statistics, I was a stat-tracking queen. And that's not necessarily a good thing. I knew what time my stats reset each day and had to check them at exactly. that. time. It somewhat ruled my life... Just ask Caleb. Tracking statistics isn't a bad thing... But my perspective of how often {and how important it truly is} has changed drastically in the last year...

Honestly, I check my statistics sporadically right now. It's still interesting to see how many followers my social media outlets have {and it's useful to know where to spend more time}, but it's not a priority in my blogging life anymore. I suppose it can also be helpful if you're offering advertising {which I have offered but am not currently pushing}... I suppose my point is that it doesn't need to rule your life! I've altered my statistics printable quite a bit, and I hope it's still helpful to you bloggers...

Blog Planner Series with FREE Printables

Like I said, I hope this printable is helpful to you bloggers... There are a few extra lines for you to write in any other stats you'd like to track. Otherwise, I think it's pretty self-explanitory! Thanks for stopping by today! If you've found this series helpful, I hope you'll share it with others! Or maybe you could pin it so others can find it!

And just in case you missed them, here are the posts in this series:
{{ Starting Out }}
{{ End of Month Statistics }}
{{ Daily To-Do List }}
{{ Blogging Contacts }}
{{ Link Party Tracker }}
{{ Link Party Information Tracker }}
{{ Sponsors }}

Your turn: How often do you think you should check your statistics? Did I miss any advantages to keeping track of your blog and social media outlet's stats? Leave a comment!

9.16.2014

A Glimpse into My Planner

Hello, friends... This post has been in the works for quite a long time! I've received so. many. requests. to share my planner with my followers, and I think this is the easiest way to accomplish that! If you're not a planner fanatic, this post might not be for you. *Sorry!*


I want to say that I believe we are all different, so my way of planning might not work perfectly for you... Don't get frustrated if you just can't get it to work! I have watched so many YouTube videos and looked all over Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration in creating my planner. You'll see through this post that I have tried a few different methods of organization over the last few months, and the last few pictures are of my current method of keeping organized!

I also wanted to mention that all of the printables in this post were created by me, and they are available in my Etsy shop. If you're interested, swing by and check out what I've got listed! I also offer custom work, but I'm limited on what I can do with a newborn in the house. You can email me or convo me on Etsy if you're interested in custom work. I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Alrighty.

Let's get to it, friends!

After I share a few more links {just in case you don't make it to the end of the post}...

I have an A5 size DayTimer planner... I've gone back and forth between this lovely binder and a simple small, three-ring binder {picture at the bottom of the post}. When I was working, I carried the DayTimer with me... When I became a stay-at-home wifey again, I switched to the binder and it sits next to my microwave on my counter. I'm flexible and can easily switch back and forth...
Planner Organization

As you can see, my DayTimer is a seven-ring binder... When Caleb graduated from college, I bought him a Franklin Covey binder and seven-hole punch, so I wanted a seven-ring binder. There are others out there {Filofax is big in the planner-enthusiast world}, but their planners are six-ring binders. I just haven't bought the punches for them... Maybe as my Etsy shop grows and I add other things to my inventory.

Anyway. This picture was to show you the pencil pouch I use for washi tape... Again, I've switched back and forth in the last few months, and the washi tape is currently not in my planner. I loved having it when I was working because I was using it to organize my day {more on that in a bit!}. The pencil pouch is Martha Stewart by Avery {from Staples}, but I'm not sure how long they'll be carrying it... Maybe Franklin Covey or DayTimer offers a similar one?
Use a pencil pouch to carry your washi tape! {{Planner Organization}}

This is my "dashboard." I think some planner lovers use a dashboard to hold a few sticky notes, but I created mine and laminated it to protect the first and last pages of my planner...
Planner Organization

The tabs I've used in the past are as follows: Monthly, Weekly, Routine, Cleaning and Notes.
Planner Organization

Here's my monthly planner insert... There is a spot for goals, notes and a short to do list. I'm thinking about adding the option of pre-printed dates in the boxes for next year... Thoughts?
Month on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

I use my week on two pages inserts the most... I carry these inserts in a Sunday-Saturday option {that's what I use} or a Monday-Sunday option. These inserts are fun to decorate and the extra splash of color makes planning more enjoyable!
Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

Here's a sneak peek at next week's decor... Doesn't it just look inviting? Makes me ready to plan out the week!
Week on Two Pages {{Planner Organization}}

This is the insert I've been most asked about {and most hesitant to share!}... It's my day on one page insert. I used this a lot more when I was working, but I may go back to it in a few weeks {after my Hannah girl is more predictable... wait, who am I kidding?!}. We'll see. I was hesitant to share because, yes, it has a very detailed routine. And yes, it might seem silly to have personal hygiene and "normal" chores on my list. BUT I have never been good at my nighttime routine... The item in my shop has blank lines for you to customize, or I can create something custom. I've done some custom orders for people to include a meal plan area or financial tracker... It's really open to your imagination! Also, side note... I've actually found an even better way to keep up with my daily routine, but I'll get to that in a minute.
Day on One Page {{Planner Organization}}

As you can see, I've gone back and forth between colored pens and washi tape to color code my day... It's nice to see how my time is being spent at a glance. As you can see here though, I didn't use this printable every. single. day.
Day on One Page {{Planner Organization}}

I created this cleaning checklist for those daily and weekly tasks that I wanted to be sure were getting done... Some of my daily tasks are sweeping, wiping down the counters before bed, "swish & swipe" in the bathroom each morning, and setting up coffee for my husband. Weekly tasks include dusting, vacuuming, mopping, kitchen prep, and cleaning the bathroom. I print this one with blank lines so I can change it each week as needed... It's nice to have one place to house all of my chores!
Cleaning Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

Here's the routine insert I referred to above... Check this out! I haven't been using my day on one page inserts lately, but I still wanted to keep track of my routine! Here is a place to check off each day for two weeks. And the rainbow makes it so motivational to use! Ha! Actually, I have to be honest. On my daily pages, I marked each task off at the end of the day whether I did it or not. With this insert, I was motivated to complete the task and only mark it off if I completed the task... Again, it may seem silly to have some of these things on a list, but developing a routine takes time {and this is what works for me!}.
Routine Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

Here's a close-up view of my routine checklist... Doesn't it just look so inviting?
Routine Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

And one more look... Just because I love how the rainbow looks! Haha!
Routine Checklist {{Planner Organization}}

This insert isn't in my shop as of now, but I'm thinking about creating a blank version for you to fill in how you please. I've gone back and forth with using this little guy... It has my chores broken down by day and makes them more manageable. If I don't do it on the day it's "assigned" to be done, I don't mark it off... It generally gets done the next day. Oh, and the spot on the routine checklist that says "chores" is referring to this... Anyway. This little guy is a bit of a work in progress. Maybe I'll get rid of the chevron background and use my rainbow pens to mark it off each day? That might be fun... Anyway. Just another piece of inspiration for you lovelies!
Cleaning Schedule {{Planner Organization}}

And my last category is just plain note paper... I do have graph paper in my shop, and I use it at the front of my planner... It's nice for taking notes or storing lists. This paper is just plain notebook paper by Avery {purchased at Target}. I rounded the corners to keep it uniform with the rest of my pages... Anyway. Just another section of my planner.
Planner Organization

Phew... That was intense! If you've made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! I've got just a few more pictures for you...

This is how my planner is currently set up. It's a smaller-size, three-ring binder {Martha Stewart by Avery} and lives on my kitchen counter...
Planner Organization

I also created a new dashboard to match the planner...
Planner Organization

And here are my current tabs... The routine tab is the biggest difference, and this is where my routine checklist {the pretty rainbow checklist above} lives.
Planner Organization

Yowza! We've made it to the end! I hope this answers your questions or inspires you to get organized! I've gotta say, if you have a question {and want an answer}, be sure to leave an email address {or make sure your email address is attached to your profile}. I like to reply to comments via email, but I can't if I don't have an email address isn't there... I don't reply to individual comments here on the blog {but if there are a bunch of questions, I could do a FAQ post!}.

You can find my printables here:

Your turn: What other planning or organization printables would you like to see? How do you keep your life organized? Leave a comment below - I'd love to hear about it!!

Messy Beautiful Love {{Review + A Giveaway}}

I shared last week that I am not a marriage expert. In fact, Caleb and I have been married for four short years, and I feel like I'm never going to learn it all... Guess that part's probably mostly true, but that's okay! Marriage is full of learning, full of growing, and full of change. I suppose much of life is that way...

I'm getting sidetracked.

I stumbled upon Darlene Schacht's new book a couple of weeks ago, and was thrilled to get my hands on it as part of her launch team. I've found her other work to be inspiring, practical and real; and her new book, Messy Beautiful Love, is no different.


Darlene opens the book by sharing her testimony, and boy, is it a testimony of God's grace. It's not my story, so I don't want to share it; but God performed a mighty work in her marriage, and His name has been glorified many times over because of it. Through the book, she writes so openly about failure as a wife, submission {it's not a dirty word} to our husbands, communication, getting through conflict, showing affection, being content, and so much more... And one of my favorite parts about her writing is that it's so real. I feel like I'm talking to a girlfriend about life.

Darlene writes, "Regardless of how long you've been married or how strong your relationship is, you will struggle in some way. Love is a beautiful thing, but it's messy at times." Marriage is the joining of two imperfect people... It's bound to get messy. We may have different ideas, different plans, different hopes, and different dreams. But when we "do" marriage God's way, we bring glory to God through it; and this book helps wives see how to "do" marriage God's way... If you're a wife of thirty-seven minutes or a wife of thirty-seven years, this book can make an impact in your marriage.

Ready for the fun part?!

I'm excited to give one of you the chance to read Darlene's new book! Here's how to enter: Leave a comment below sharing how long you've been married and why you'd love to read the book. I'm not asking you to share your deep, dark secrets; but maybe you've been praying for wisdom in your marriage and this would be an answer to prayer. Or maybe you've been married a short time and you're looking for a Titus 2 woman to glean from. Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! I'll choose a winner at random on Saturday. {{One entry per person, open to US and Canadian residents only.}}

And if you can't wait to get your hands on the book, you can find out more and order it here.

I am not being compensated, nor do I receive a commission if you pre-order or purchase this book. I did receive a free copy of this book to review.

9.15.2014

Meal Plan Mondays {09.15.14}

Well, lovelies, it's Monday... Time for another week's meal plan. Side note: My mom is in town and cooking for our little family. I'll share what was on our meal plan to {maybe} inspire you a bit, but I'm thinking we'll end up saving the meals for after my mom leaves...


Here's what was on this week's meal plan:
Monday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup
Tuesday: Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Wednesday: Hamburgers
Thursday: Chicken Fried Rice
Friday: White Chili
Saturday: Tacos
Sunday: Sarah's Chicken over Pasta {crock-pot}

So, there you go. We may eat some of what's on the meal plan, but it's really up to my mom {thankful for her}! I hope that inspires you to create a meal plan for the week! Until next time...

Your turn: How often do you make a meal plan? Leave a comment!