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Valentine XO Game Free Printable

Valentine’s day is coming up.  Not really my favorite holiday, because I am not really all that fond of hearts.  Never really have been.  I even had an anti-pink period in my life.  Don’t worry, I got over it.

I have boys who need to give out Valentines at school, to both boys and girls.  They are two and four so I have a hard time wanting to hand out cards that say ‘be mine’ or ‘my valentine’ or anything like that.  There are lots of great alternatives now, and really punny ones too.  I typically like to make something for the kids to hand out, but this year I am so far behind and if I did make something I would have to double it cause now both kids are in preschool.

Yesterday I decided to just buy valentines for the kids to hand out.

EEKK!!! I KNOW! who is this lady?

But I couldn’t go with out making anything for the kids.  I love the Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine’s I have been seeing lately and decided to design my own for the kids at school.

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In Silhouette Studio I designed the game board and some x’s and o’s.  Only I wanted them a little thicker so I cut out 5 layers of each x & o and glued them together.

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The boys will give one to each kid, from both of them, but not as their valentines cards.  Just a fun gift and they can play it at school during the party.

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I wanted to make a free printable for you guys, but didn’t want you to have to cut out all those little x’s & o’s.  So I made your game pieces in circles to cut out.

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You can click on the picture to download it or go here.

 

Please note this design is for PERSONAL USE only please. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design. Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Dawn Marie

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Creating Sunshine Free Printable

I think it is important to have a positive outlook on life.

I am a firm believer of the idea that the day is what we make of it.  It is not always easy, but we gotta try.

I try to wake up and tell myself “today will be a good day and I will be happy” OK, so maybe not when I wake up, cause I can barely find the floor to stand up out of bed.  But at least after my first cup of coffee and then tell myself that multiple times a day when things are going so good.

So I decided to make myself a reminder.

I purchased this phone cover and after a few months thought it needed something more.

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I couldn’t think of a design that I wanted.  OK, that’s not true, I couldn’t narrow done a design for the back.  So I thought I would come up with something a little more motivational.

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“Some days you just have to create your own sunshine”

I thought it very fitting for me and lest be honest it is not always sunny here in the PNW.

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I loved the quote so much that I decided to make a print for it.  And just in case you need a little sunshine I have this printable available for you to download too!

Just click here or on the picture below to download your copy in order to bring a little sunshine to your day.

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Please note this design is for PERSONAL USE only please. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design. Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Dawn Marie

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Groundhog Day Free Printable

This Sunday is Groundhog Day.

I know, you have been counting down all month!

Folklore says that we will determine how much longer winter will last depending on if the groundhog sees his shadow.  If it is sunny and he sees his shadow we will have winter for another six weeks.

According to the National Climatic Data Center, the groundhog is a poor predictor of the coming of spring.  Yet, we still celebrate this holiday.  Most prominently in southeastern Pennsylvania.  In fact there is a Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, who organizes a huge party.

My sister, a teacher,  asked me to make some decorations because the following Monday they are going to have a pot-luck at work.

So I decided to share those decorations with you!  I know, you just can’t contain your excitement!

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Follow this link, or click on the picture, to download the party pack.

Party Pack includes:

  • “Happy Groundhog Day” Banner (two parts)
  • Triangle Bunting flag, 10 flags
  • Cupcake wrappers; six styles
  • Cupcake toppers; six styles, 2” circles
  • Keep Calm sign
  • Instructions

This design is for PERSONAL USE only please. You may print the items as many times as needed for your own personal use. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design.

Enjoy

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Organizing Bills & Budget ~ Free Printable

It’s a brand new year!

You know what that means….
Every one is setting new year’s resolutions.

I don’t typically set them, because I always feel guilty when I don’t stick to them.  But this year is the year I want to become financially organized.

Motherhood can leave you brain-dead.  I can’t remember anything anymore, but I know where my sons shoes are.

I can’t remember if I just put shampoo in my hair or washed my face in the shower, but if my kid asks me where his little tiny sword that goes to his Snake Eye toy is, you bet I know.

One thing I am always forgetting is to pay bills.  Probably not the best thing to do.  Plus I don’t have a good schedule for paying them.

My husband and I both get paid every other week, but on alternate schedules.  So we basically get a paycheck every week.  Right now I have it set up so that his last paycheck of the month goes to rent for the following month, my paychecks pay the sitter, and his other paycheck goes to bills.

This is a horrible system.  It leaves me stressed, and sometimes not paying the cable bill because I don’t want something to happen that might make us need emergency money.  There’s no wiggle room, no budget and I am not happy about it.

 

So here is my plan:

I have made this wonderful Bills & Budget binder.

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When a bill comes in the mail I will tear off the payment tab and place it in the “Bills to Pay” section.

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I will write down on the calendar when it is due and how much is due.

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I will also have our pay days, with the amounts, and any other things that require money.  Like if we have plans to go out to dinner or out-of-town.  This will give me a nice visual where I can see the whole month at a glance.

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On the Bill Schedule page I will write down what day of the month the bill is due, and make a check mark in appropriate month box when it is paid.  This will let me see at a glance if I have paid the bill for a specific month.

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The actual detailed bill will be filled under the “Utilities” section, which is sorted by type of bill.  This will stop me from putting everything in a pile that I never go through and loathe to file away.

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Finally I have a section to place all my receipts.  I will have an envelope for each month.

At the end of the year, the binder will go in the box with all our tax info.

 

In order to budget I am using a worksheet similar to this woman’s.

  • I will sit down and determine how much money we will have each week.  Take your annual income and divide by 52 (as there are 52 weeks in the year).
  • Determine how much non flexible expenditures like mortgage or rent, car payments, and insurance.  These don’t change on a monthly basis.  Add them up and divide by 52.
  • After that you determine your slightly flexible ones, like electricity and water.  While these might very slightly you can estimate them.  Look back at the previous year, add them up and divide by 52.  Do you see a pattern here?
  • Here is where things get tricky and stressful.  What you have left can go towards food and fun and savings.  You want to make sure you budget for the necessities, like food, but you also have to factor in things like eating out occasionally and gas.  Plus if you have kids you will need clothes.  Kids go through clothes like they do food.  The young ones out grow them and the old ones wear through them.   You might not be buying clothes all the time, but you want to make sure you can.

I think the main thing is to make figure out how much money you have each week, because a week is a short amount of time.  What will be hardest for us at first is to get out of the schedule we have.  I have to take out money from the paychecks to save, and yet still get bills paid.

Hopefully this will still allow us and you to have some left over for savings or the vacation fund.

If you want to download Ginny’s Budget worksheet you can do so here.  (I don’t have one set up yet)

If you want to download the printables for my Budget Binder files, including a 2014 calendar, you can do so here.

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I hope this helps to find you a budget friendly 2014.

 

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