Monday, December 11, 2017

FREE Week on 2 Pages for 2018

My Week on 2 Pages for 2018 are now ready - just in time for the new year!  Click on the image above to download.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The One Page Minimalist Christmas Planner - 2017 Edition

I made these pages the first year I began making inserts.  I suppose they could use some updating, but I just wanted to keep them the same.  The calendar has been updated though!  There's also a link below for a personal size edition.

2017 One Page Minimalist Christmas Planner
          Personal Size
          Half Size

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Planner Fun Uploads - Update

My time has not been my own and blogging has pretty much been non-existent.  I do still make inserts from time to time and have found a quicker way to share them.

I created a Facebook group called Planner Fun Uploads.  When I make something new, I will upload it for the group.  No frills or pretty graphics - just uploads and conversation as the group wishes.  Looking for something particular - the group would be a good place to ask.  Hope to see you there - a new file has already been uploaded!  Join Here to Get The Latest

I am NOT closing the blog, but you will probably see long pauses between posts.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thanksgiving Inserts from Planner Fun Round Up [FREE]

Below is a selection of Thanksgiving inserts that I have created over the years.  Most have been updated for 2017.  I hope you find something you can use!

Daily Schedule - This insert has hourly slots beginning at 5am and goes all the way until midnight.  I like to use this insert to keep track of when to put things in the oven and when to take other things out of the refrigerator.

Dated Schedule and To Do, similar to the insert above but there is plenty of room for to-do's - and it's decorated for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Note Paper - cute pilgrim!

Minimalist One Page Thanksgiving Planner - I created this 3 years ago and it has been a popular download with my blog readers.  I use it every year.
(updated for 2017)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FREE - 2018 Month on 2 Pages Calendar

I can't believe it is time to start thinking about 2018!!  I'm sure some of you are all ready to go.  Well, if I am getting these out on the last day of October then I am doing pretty good.  I hope they will be useful to some of you!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A FREE Grab Bag for October

Have you ever been to a store that was offering grab bags for a good price but the contents were unknown?  I never would pay the money because I couldn't stand buying something if I didn't know what it was.  I'm offering one, however, for free!  :)

I still post very sporadically because of my super busy schedule.  Sometimes I make myself something for my planner but don't share it because I don't have the time to make a proper graphic, write a post, include a screenshot, etc. - but people like FREE and they don't always mind the package it is wrapped up in.  In comes my Grab Bag.  It's in a plain bag and you don't know what's in it, but again - it's FREE so it's worth the look.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Planner is Still Evolving

Long time no see!  My life is crazy and I have become a part-time blogger (and even that is stretching the truth).  My teens have started back to school and as their teacher, so have I!

This past summer has been 3 years since I started using a planner and this blog. See a few pictures of my beginning on this blog post that was written by Laura at I Heart Planners.  My planner now is very different.  I learned early on that I was more of a functional planner than a decorative planner and my blog has been pared down considerably.

A big change occurred last night after a light bulb moment (of sorts).  Every day as we are going through our school work, I find myself going back and forth between my everyday planner and my homeschool planner.  There's not a lot of space, so shuffling them around was becoming a pain.

My Filofax has larger ring than my last planner so I began to consider the idea of merging my homeschool planner with my everyday planner.  It was going to be a tight fit despite the larger rings but I decided that if I got rid of some clutter, there would be room.

So, I used my homeschool binder and began to transfer the clutter there and called it an archive  ::wink::  I have fewer tabs for my everyday planner: weekly, monthly, future, CFS (Calvary Fellowship School, our homeschool co-op), and files.  The files tab contain various bits of information that, once upon a time, I would have probably made countless tabs for; now I just file the information alphabetically.

I pulled out the numbered tabs that came with the Filofax and used them for my homeschool tabs.  All my pages are 8.5 x 5.5 but the tabs are A5, which means they stick out farther - which is perfect for my homeschool plans and makes it easier to get to them.
  1. Lesson Plans for William
  2. Lesson Plans for Jonathan
  3. Attendance
  4. Grades
  5. Online Class Information (through the local high school, required for homeschoolers to play sports.
It seems like I can never go wrong when I decided to consolidate and simplify.  Getting to the information quickly, for me, is key.

Have any ideas or new inserts for this blog?  Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

[FREE] The "Half-Half" Daily Docket

I have about convinced myself that I will never be happy with just one style of any insert that I use in my planner, because different inserts have different functions and my needs change often.  There are many days that I do not use a full daily page to plan the day.  This free Daily Docket is perfect for the normal, everyday daily planning.  My first divider also doubles as a dashboard where I add sticky notes for different reminders (such as debit charges that haven't cleared the bank yet -- don't overdraw!!) and with this daily docket there is I can see them at a glance.  There's none there right now because I didn't want my bank stuff out there.  

I call it the "half-half" daily docket because it is half of a half page insert (4.25 x 2.75).  If this is something you can use, it is free to download below.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2018 Future Pages

I only keep a year's worth of monthly pages in my planner so I use a method I learned from Kristy at Giftie Etcetera to keep up with events that happen past 2017:  Future Pages!  I keep them at the end of my monthly pages and write in the 2018 dates.  When I set up my 2018 pages at the end of the year, my dates will be ready to plug in.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

FREE 2017 - 2018 Homeschool Planner

I usually make my planner pages as I need them, and as per normal for me, changing them up when I get tired of them.  I have never made all my pages in advance so this is a big thing!  I created the pages below to suit my needs and I am sharing them with you.  I have no plans to make them in difference sizes - these are 8.5 x 5.5, which means I took regular letter paper, cut it in half and ran it through my printer to print these pages, turning them over as necessary (I know nothing about duplex printing).

So, I hope you find something you can use.  If you have suggestions for additions to this planner, please feel free to do so in the comments.  You can download these pages here.

Cover Page & Title Page

When I began making these pages I was going to print them all and bind them and thought a cover and title page would be appropriate.  As it turns out, I decided to stick with my trusted half-size binder.  I'm including it with these planner files in case it is something you would like to use with yours.

2017 - 2018 Academic Year at a Glance

I print these pages back to back and use it often to look ahead - usually to tell my guys how many more days till fall (or spring) break!

Dated Lesson Plans

 These pages could almost be used in your regular weekly spread in your planner.  You have a column to write in the subjects and lined boxes to write in your plans.  An undated version is also included with the download.

Dated Daily Grades

These are self-explanatory, right?  I should make an undated version of these.

Quarterly Grades

I had to double check the format because the image below does look right in that last row (it's all good)!!  I keep the yearly grades together - it's easier to find what I need when it's time to fill out quarterly paperwork.  There's room to record grades for 2 students on this insert - make copies as needed.

Monthly Pages and Month at a Glance

I know I will use the monthly pages but I am still not sure if I have a need for the Month at a Glance.  It seems somewhat redundant.  I think it's an excellent planning page, so I will wait and see.

Attendance Record

Our homeschool has an official *letter sized) attendance form that we use (I made that one, too, years ago), but through out the year, I like having this one in my planner.  Our boys are playing high school sports and I will need to keep up with the days that they are out of school.  These pages have a blank color code key at the top of the page.  I circle the days they attend school and use highlighters to mark Friday School (co-op type day), public school holidays, sick days, etc.


This is a reference sheet that I wanted to keep in my planner.  Seriously, I always forget when Memorial Day and Labor Day start.  I keep this by my monthly calendar.

And that is it (so far)!  I hope some of you can get some use out of these pages.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It's That Time of Year For Me [homeschool printable]

This is the month that I will meet with my homeschool administrator and the other moms for our school planning for the year.  I usually jot a couple of pages of notes with no rhyme or reason and wonder what they mean later.  This year I wanted to organize my thoughts a little better better with these simple monthly, school year at a glance, pages.  I've also included an undated page in case anyone can use that.

Download these pages HERE

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pupcat Daily Page [FREE INSERT]

This insert is very much like the daily page I use here, it's just larger and I'm using the Pupcat font.  It's a fun font and I'm finding I'm liking the larger lines.  If you are interested, you can download it here.  There's also a two on one page that you can download here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Notepaper Wednesday {Freebie}

Now  who doesn't love a reading monster?  This one can read twice as much as you or I because he more eyes, ha ha!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Notepaper Wednesday {Freebie}

Bet you didn't know that Notepaper Wednesday was a thing, did you?  I saw this charming little elephant (Roll Tide!) blowing kisses and thought he would look cute on some notepaper!  You can download it below.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My Favorite Planner Hacks #001

You've heard me mention over the years how much I've learned about planning from Giftie Etcetera, and a lot of my favorite planner hacks come from her.  I use a ring bound planner, which I love, but despise writing on the left side of the planner.  The double hole punch hack takes care of that pesky problem.  I had to get rid of my perfectionist tendency to use it, but once I did, it was very freeing!  Below is Giftie's video describing the hack.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Franklin Covey Inspired Daily Page

In case I don't get to editing the dates and printing out my daily pages, I modified a made a copy and edited the page to make it an undated, one-page spread.

The left column has an empty block to write in the date, with a few context items below it. The rest of the column looks very similar to a normal Franklin Covey daily page.

On the right side of the page I have 6 lines to write in any appointments that I have. The rest of the column is dedicated to notes.

I like fussing and tweaking my page regularly, but when I don't have the time, I like having something I can  rot in the day and get to planning.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dated Daily Pages for May

I didn't forget!  Dated daily pages for May can be downloaded here.  #ShortAndSweet

Currently in my Planner [new download]

I love watching the planner set up videos of other planners, but YouTube is definitely not my medium!  Instead, I took pictures of the main parts of my planner and I will share with you how I use each one.

My Filofax came with a plastic flyleaf and I use that for some tab stickers and a couple of Post-It notes that I use the most frequently.

I rarely use daily pages, but recently I thought I would try out using a daily page and notes section.  This a big stretch for me going from no daily page, to a daily page AND a notes section.  I like the notes section - I use it for all sorts of things:  my menu plan on Friday night (groceries on Saturday), questions I want to ask when I have to make a call, even notes on my health or question to ask the doctor.  The only thing I don't like about a daily spread is leaving a blank page if I have a time I don't use the daily page.  My plan for that is to use undated pages.  I made the insert above, and as you can see I copied the Franklin Covey daily page fairly closely.  I printed about a weeks worth of dated pages, after that I will use a version that isn't dated.

This is a tweaked version of my Week on 2 Pages Boxes Plus.  I write the date in beside the day of the week and right above the dinner plan, I write in the date for the week.  I like this layout a lot!  Important dates go on the outside columns and there is a large section for to dos for the week.  Everything I really need to know for the week is in one spot.  Often I will write out my goals for the week in the notes section, and in the bottom right box I write out reminders for the next week, such as an event that is coming up.

I also upgraded my pages and made the boxes larger with a graph paper background.  I love having more space to write in.  I shared those on the blog last week.

For several years I've had a "projects" section and a "files" section that both act the same, except the files section is an archive and the projects are for things more current.  I had so few projects going on that I decided to combine them.  I use A-Z tabs to keep it all organized and I often use a colored tab on pages that I access the most often.  I put short, miscellaneous information on the inside of the A-Z tabs, such as, on the "L" divider I wrote in my library number.  The "A" tab has the size of our a/c filters.  It's important to add a note - I often write a number or code and then have no idea what it means or that it is for!

The list section is brand new in my planner and I'm not sure I will keep it - those same items could easily fit in my files section.  I forgot to mention above that I have an index at the beginning of the files section and also in the list section.  I cross out items if I remove them and when the index starts looking too messy or I run out of space, I recopy it onto a new sheet.

There's a blank tab that will probably be used as a financial section, and I keep blank notepaper behind the last tab.

...and that's it!!  I try to keep things as minimal as possibly.  I love the pretty planners, and would love to do it if I had time and money to devote to it, but for now, a simple planner helps me to get things done without being distracted by stickers, stamps, and such.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free Dated Calendar

Yes, I know it is May already, but I happen to like to change things up every once in awhile.  As a result, I'm sharing these inserts with you.  I printed them on 8.5 x 5.5 paper - I know nothing about double sided printing, nor have I even figured out how to print odds and then evens!  I just print one, turn it over, and print the other side.  I like this layout because there is lots of room to write in the squares, and it has a graph paper background.  If you are interested in giving them a try, download them here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FREE Insert: Busy Day Daily Page

I'm a cheapskate when it comes to printing with color ink - it is so expensive!!  However, last week I decided to bite the bullet and buy ink that wasn't the same brand as my printer.  I normally pay about $17 for one black, but the ink I bought was $11 and for it I got 2 black and 3 colors.  Wow, what a savings, but does it work!?  Well, so far so good!

So, I have decided that I am going to start adding a little color into my life!  This busy day page actually has two options - the first page is in color, the second in black and white.

You can download them here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dated Daily Pages for April

Last week a reader asked me if I was going to share the 2017 version of my favorite daily page.  Since I change my inserts often, I don't print out many at one time but thought I would work on these pages for the month of April.  To be honest, I worked a few hours on these for the entire year but when I opened my program this morning - there they were - April only!!  So, this is what I have so far.  You can download them here.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Simple Planning

In 2014 when I started using a planner, I went out and bought washi tape, colored pencils and pens, clips, sticky notes and more.  Since creating printables was sort of my thing, I also made all of my calendars and inserts.  I spent hours on Pinterest, Facebook groups and web looking at all the colorful planners.

After awhile, I stumbled across the Giftie Etcetera blog and everything changed for me.  I like all the colors and the pretty, but apparently I am a functional planner at heart. At that time, I went from having a dozen tabs in my planner and a gazillion inserts, to having about 5 tabs and fewer inserts.  Since then, my style has changed a little, but I always go back to the core system I learned from Giftie (aka Kristy). Here's what I include in my planner:

Weekly Section:  I use a week on 2 pages layout to keep up with all the things that are going on in my week.  I almost always use these inserts (download link included).  It's definitely my work space because on it I jot down my menu, my day specific tasks, bills due, and sometimes daily tracking (such as water or exercise).  I also put appointments in my weekly section, but they go on my monthly calendar first.

Monthly section:  there's not much explanation needed here. I put all my appointments here as well as due dates for bills, and prescription refills.

Projects:  getting rid of extra tabs made my system work better for me; Instead of a "holiday" tab, I create a project page {wish list, family party prep, etc}.  Before putting something in your planner, ask yourself if you need a dedicated tab or if a single project page will do.  Here's a lot more on the subject.

Future Planning:  I don't have a year's worth of monthly pages in my planner at one time and I certainly don't have next years pages.  Future pages give me a way to record events that will happen in the future.  At the first of the month, or when I put new monthly pages in my planner, I check my future pages for items to transfer to my monthly pages.  For me, it is usually homeschool events that are planned a year ahead of time, bills that are due every 3 or 6 months (like insurance), and I have been known to write down the premiere of a television show I am following.  Here's a link to undated future pages.

My future pages in 2015

Files:   This is like an archive for my projects.  I don't refer to these files regularly but I want them nearby when I need them (info on a software program I bought and use regularly, birthday list, etc.).  I have a to z tabs in this section since there is so much information.  The tabs I use are actually for an address book so the back of them have lines.  I keep up with little bits of information here and it has been so helpful.  For example:  behind A I have my Amazon pin number and my Air filter size.  Under H, I have my hair color name and number.  On my M tab I have a sticky note with a diagram of which way we turned our mattress last.  Cool.

Simple Planning

Does this sound simple to you?  It has worked well for me.  Lately, my planner has become more simple.  Currently I'm not using my favorite week on 2 pages, but the inserts that came with my new Filofax.  I will go back to them but for now I am content just scribbling down the information I need.  I also haven't printed out my Future pages for the year.  Instead, I wrote the months, 3 to each side, on two sheets of paper.  It really helps me get things done instead of being enslaved to my perfectionist (only with paper) tendencies.

I looked back at some of my early writing to write this blog post.  It was fun seeing how I had changed, and it also made me want to try somethings again.  Check out the archives!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Link Correction

Thanks for letting me know that I forgot to give you the download link for my latest week on 2 pages insert.  This time you CAN download it here!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Menu Planning on a Monday

Menu planning has always been part of my weekly routine. I would be flabbergasted when friends would say, "It's 4 o'clock and I still have no idea what is for dinner!"  How could you not know what is for dinner?!  (smile)  What do you buy at the grocery store if you don't have a plan for the week?  That's how my thinking tends to go.

So, I always have at least a basic plan of the weekday meals when I go to the grocery store.  We live 20-ish minutes away from town so the hubby picks up anything that we might need during the week that we forgot on Saturday shopping day!  Here's what's on the menu for this week:

Baked Ziti, Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

Large Dinner Salad and Chik Patties (for the guys)*

Spaghetti & Meatballs (the guys like these)*

BBQ Cabbage Sandwiches & potato wedges or fries

Split Pea Soup

* We don't buy meat, so everything we eat is vegetarian at the very least.  I try to follow Dr. McDougall's program and the quickest way to describe it is a whole food, plant-based, no oil, vegan diet.  Ingredients in the faux meat products are not vegan and often have added oil, so my guys eat them but I do not.

Friday, March 10, 2017


 I changed my mind, I am going to hang on to the domain a little longer – at least another year. So, you can still find me at planner  I've started using a different method  with my weekly calendar and hope to share it soon.

Friday Felicities 2.0

  1. The hint of warmer weather. 
  2. Setting up a new blog. 
  3. Watching kittens play.
  4. Waiting for babies to come into the world.
  5. Makingjust to help me get organized.
What makes you happy? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

If I Could Turn Back Time

Sometimes posting a "Throw Back Thursday" seems like cheating, but this picture is something I wanted to share with all three of my readers.  My husband and I look happy, don't we?  After 7 years of trying to get pregnant, we were close to having our first son.  That son, William, is now over 16 years old.

When I was younger, I used to internally roll my eyes when someone started talking about how fast time was passing.  When I was younger.  Now, I am really feeling it.  My friend says when your little ones are young, the days are long but the years are short.  She got that right, but now the weeks feel like they are short. Seriously, where did the time go?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Running Around Downtown 2017

My youngest, Jonathan, had his first run of the new year on Saturday and we were all very excited about how well he did.  He knocked about 2 minutes off his time from the same race last year and he came in first in his age division.  Let me brag a little more - he came in 15th out of 149 participants!  Run like the wind, Jonathan!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Recent Plant-Based Food

I am still amazed at how delicious plant-based food can be, even made without oil!  My husband and two teen-aged boys are huge fans of this way of eating, so we're all fans!  If you're interested in learning more about this way of eating, Google Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Essylstyn, and Happy Herbivore. The McDougall Friends Facebook group is also a great resource.

Top:  Three Bean Salad (served with baked corn tortillas), Steamed Cabbage, Brown Rice Grapes, and Everyday Mushroom Gravy

Bottom:  Stuffed Peppers, Cabbage Rolls

Friday, March 3, 2017

Free Weekly Planner Insert

I love planners.  I love creating printables.  I love creating printables for my planner!  Yep, it's true; I change up my planner layouts fairly often, because I love using something new and I love the challenge of creating something I see from somewhere else.  The inspiration for this insert came from Pinterest.

This insert is 8½ by 5½ and can be downloaded here.  Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more freebies like this.  Check out my archived blog, Planner Fun, for tons of free inserts for your planner in a variety of sizes.

Four Little Girls

Becky, Jennifer, Jessica, & Elizabeth

This is a picture of me and my 3 sisters. I was using the picture to compare sizes for my new blog and had intended on deleting it, but just look at those little girls!  I had to keep it up.  We were so cute!  If I had to guess, I would say the year was 1970.  A lot has changed and happened in those 40+ years.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Domain Expires This Month

My domain expires on the 19th and I have decided not to renew it due to my obvious time constraints.  The blog will remain and I will still post any new planner inserts here.

The updated blog URL is: