Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to get a Scheduled Routine going for Stay at Home Moms plus my Tips

I have been trying so hard to get used to a scheduled routine with my boys. Without it I would not find the time to do anything. 

My Scheduled Routine Tips: 
    •  Set a timer or reminder on your phone. Timing is very important so that you don't spend too much or too little time on one thing
    •  Make a list of your day with the time you want to spend on each task. I listed everything as a reminder on my phone and set it to repeat every day. 
  • I hate when I spend too many hours on one thing too, you need to distribute your time well. 
      • A little each day is the best way 
      • That goes for cleaning, blogging and such. 
      • Every time I saw this I would finish up what I was doing and start this next task!
  •  As the day went on I would get a reminder but I had to keep adjusting the times a bit until it was just right 
    • For example I first had breakfast timed from 8:10 am to 8:45 am but cooking it and eating took way longer so I had to extend it and make my next task start later
  • Write it down. Writing things down or having a hard copy of your schedule makes it easier to remember. 
    • Before this schedule I would lounge around all day and barely get anything done. 
  • Break it down: If you have a big project and you feel like it's impossible to tackle, just break it down into parts. Do things one at a time, instead of trying to multitask, and it'll make it much easier to get done!
Additional notes:
  • You will never have time unless you make it
  •  When you have a routine set out like this and make it a daily habit it starts become second nature to you
  • Of course every day won't always go as planned, but like everything with practice you will get used to it. 
  • The hardest for me was making a habit out of doing my morning yoga and working out in the evening. 
    • Yoga only takes about 10 minutes yet I never took the time to do it! 
    • Hopefully now with my schedule it becomes a good habit that I learn. 

    • I also made this awesome chore chart for my son so it was like a triple reminder!
    • This morning I tried it out for the first time. At first he was playing with it, but I told that he can only put it up once he did those chores. 
    • Right away he looked at the pictures and said brush teeth? And I said did you brush your teeth? And he went to the sink and started brushing his teeth! 
    • Then he came back all excitedly and I said "now you can put it up!" And he did and I showed the star that said well done and he went on to do that for every task! 
    • I got this idea from several Pinterest posts Heres a great tutorial on it
    • I made my own printable using images from these sites:
      •  To download my version click below
          • just cut along the lines and glue or tape to cardstock paper (see below)

Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you!


    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    My Pocket Filofax Setup Video

    Click to watch how I set up my pocket planner!
    It's my brain dump, inspirational, expense and budget tracker planner!

    Here I put all of my rewards cards

    I added these page flags to the front of my filofax but hole punching the cardboard

    a full yearly calendar with a cute KS clip

    my to do list section To Do List Printables

    Notes section with blank note paper
    wishlist tab Wish List Printables
    Kids tab - has activities, discipline tips, & better mom tips
    ideas tab - has ideas that pop into my head that I'd like to make myself
    inspiration tab - has a cute project life card and a cute hello kitty clip
    inside of the inspiration tab I like to jot down ideas
    inside the inspiration tab, I also like to add "pinterest" type boards using printed images and glue stick
    just before my monthly section I have this color coding system for my monthly/weekly expenses

    In my monthly calendar I like to mark check marks on what I spend using the color coding above (I was still working on a way to color code, so please don't mind the lines/dots! check marks are way neater!)
    In my contacts section, I have all my penpals and such so if I need to mail something out I have it right away!
    In my shopping tab, I have my budget worksheets, including this, the savings and debt payment sheets
     Financial/Budget Worksheets

    I have this tag to separate the budget sheets from blank paper to write down online orders I need to keep track of and other stuff ( I got this idea from alba's universe!)
    More blank note paper for grocery lists, shopping lists etc.
    A top loading sleeve for all my coupons and receipts

    Pocket Monthly Calendars with Goals for Pocket Size

    I did nit need a huge calendar for my monthly section in my pocket filofax, so I made these little ones with some monthly goals underneath. I got the idea from the barnes and nobles planner. I like having the whole month on one page. So here is the download links for July through October. I will update this as soon as I make more months!

    Download Here:
    July to October Calendar

    I print on US Letter Paper. I first print July and Sept., then I put those two back with the print upright and then print august and October, to have it double sided. Then I cut carefully to 81mm to 120mm and hole punch being sure my months are in order!

    Financial/Budget Planner Printables

    I have been on a mission to save some money, and what better way than to put it in my planner! At first I was going to have a planner strictly for budgeting, but I really do not want to handle that many planners. And it was pretty bare. So I am going to put these printables to good use inside a section of my pocket filofax, since I take it with me everywhere anyways.

    So as always, I have made these printables in ALL sizes, each link to download includes the following files:

    - Monthly Budget
    - Bill Pay Checklist
    - Savings Plan
    - Debt Payment Plan

    For the monthly budget, it was a generalized version, but I will also give you the word file so you can edit it accordingly to your needs. 

    - To print these out, be sure it is at 100%!
    - You can either print on a full letter size paper then cut them out accordingly (I find it easier this way to print double sided, and my printer doesn't jam as much, although it does waste a lot of paper!)

    - Or you can cut your paper first then print on the cut paper, but be sure to edit your paper size in your printer settings first.

    Downloads (includes 4 files each):
    - Pocket Size
    - Personal Size
    - A5 Size
    - EC/Kikki-K Size
    -Editable Monthly Budget File

    I hope you enjoy these printables! Be sure to tag me or mention my blog when you use them!

    Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead send your friends here to download my free printables, thanks.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Blog Posts Planner - Free Printable

    I'd like to post more regularly to my blog and perhaps make my posts much more organized and thought-out.  I created this blog planner for myself and everyone else who has to manage a blog! I love that the sections have the date and topic ideas for when ideas just pop into my head! I can quickly just write it down. Then when I have more time I can write more about that idea in the notes section. And finally in the to-do section I can check off all the important things to do for my blog posts before actually publishing it!

    If you don't want to waste paper a great way to use it would also be by using small sticky page flags. This fits perfectly for the ec/kikki size. It might also work for the a5 size as well


    Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead send your friends here to download my free printables, thanks.

    Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Penpal Record Printable

    Sometimes I forget which penpal's birthday is coming up, or what they like or dislike but I hate having to go back to read old letters just find one thing. This is why I needed a record of it all to put into my planner. Downloads are down below. Enjoy!

    in my EC/Kikki-K planner



     Download Here:

    Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead send your friends here to download my free printables, thanks.

    Happy Mail Tracker Free Printables

    Often times, when I am writing letters to my penpals, I forget what I have sent them or what I talked about. So I needed a way to track which penpals I sent what to, and what I said to them so I don't keep repeating myself or sending them duplicate goodies. I hope you enjoy these free printables and happy snail mailing! Download links are down below!

    In my EC/Kikki-K Planner

    Personal Size

    Pocket Size

    A5 Size


    Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead send your friends here to download my free printables, thanks.

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    Summer Erin Condren Squares (Backgrounds & Quotes)

    Hi all! I am finally back with more EC square boxes! I made this a bit smaller so they can better fit the squares, I think they turned out great! These are not my images, I will list all my sources down below. As before, just print these out on full sized sticker sheets and cut, or print on regular paper, cut, and use adhesive such as a glue stick, tape runner, or a sticker maker if you have one! Enjoy!

    Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead send your friends here to download my free printables, thanks.

    summer backgrounds

    summer quotes


    Saturday, June 14, 2014

    Detailed Wish Lists

     Here are some detailed wish lists for you to download and put into your planner! it has columns for the product or gift, the price, where to get it, and if you have received it or bought it

    Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead send your friends here to download my free printables, thanks


    To Do and Wish Lists for Pocket, Personal and A5

    I made some printables that you can put into your filofaxes. They are in pocket, personal and A5 sizes and I made a variety of styles/lists Just print as many copies of the page you like. Cut on the line, hole punch and put it into your filofax! the A5 size is a little different from the others since it requires more lines since it's a lot bigger

    Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead send your friends here to download my free printables, thanks

    A5 SIZE


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