they’re FINALLY here! free printable 2015 monthly planner pages

*if you are interested in 2015 planner/calendar bundles, including monthly, weekly, and daily calendars, budget trackers, menu planners, grocery shopping lists, to-do lists, and more, in both half sheet (A5) and full sheet (8.5″x11″) sizes, check out my etsy shop or see the bottom of this post for more details!* ...more

how i organized my entire christmas :: holiday planner

most of the time when december rolls around, i often hear the “here we go again” phrase accompanied by a long sigh....more

free printable calendar :: december 2014

this is the time of year when i think these 2 things: 1. didn’t december *just* happen? i always feel very acutely just how fast the past year has flown by because it always seems like we just finished getting through december from the year before. 2 ....more

free thanksgiving printable activities for kids

i’m gearing up for the holidays with lots of menu planning which always leads me to think about how thanksgiving dinner is going to play out. the last few years my kids seem to always get antsy right about the time that the turkey is coming out of the oven and the vegetables are finishing up roasting and the potatoes are needing to be mashed…. so this year i’m going to be prepared ....more

thanksgiving printable banner template :: great idea for a kids’ thanksgiving craft!

i have to say, my decorations for holidays (ALL holidays!) at the moment are pretty sparse. i can’t quite pin down why…though it could be due to the fact that since our married days began we’ve either been in school with no money for such things, or with young children who kept me so busy i couldn’t find any time or energy to clean the house let alone attempt to make something, or maybe because the motivation wasn’t there for me knowing that a 1- and 3-year old probably wouldn’t appreciate anything cute or fun i made and would most likely end up grabbing hold of it and rip it or teethe on it anyway (hey, it happens!). but seeing as my kids are getting much older and i’m finding more time to do some of the things i like, i’ve decided that i’m going to try and make my house pretty and festive for the holidays! ...more

free printable calendar :: november 2014

it’s coming! the end of the year craziness. didn’t last year’s crazy november/december just happen, like, yesterday? ...more

easy holiday fabric bunting

i’ll be the first to admit that halloween is not my favorite holiday. i have absolutely no decorations (except these adorable pine cone spiders that we made last year), no pumpkin carving skills to speak of, and i can’t stomach most of the garish costumes and decorations that come with halloween. this was no problem until my kids started to grow up ....more

easy italian pasta salad

pasta, beautiful pasta. we’ve been eating a lot of it recently. pasta is is a good way to keep everything affordable, it keeps for a long time in the pantry, and it’s great for holding so many amazing and varying flavors ....more

*UPDATED* lds word searches for kids

a few months ago, before the april general conference, i posted a set of 3 lds word searches for kids. they included topics such as latter-day prophets, books in the book of mormon, and the articles of faith. i made these because my oldest was getting into word searches and i couldn’t find very many lds-themed ones ....more

*UPDATED* october 2014 general conference activity guide for kids

it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for… my ultimate guide to general conference activities for kids post has finally been updated for october 2014! after experiencing some technical difficulties, it’s finally done, and just in the nick of time! i’ve been preparing our general conference activities for the good part of today and use this same resource to find the best of the best out there! ...more