July Personal Planner Pages – FREE Printable for Mom

July 2015 daily planning pages free

July means that we are over halfway through this year! Yikes! Our summer feels like it is already flying by and I just want to slow it down. I am excited to share a few more pages from my yearly personal planner with you all this month. If you want to have a central place to keep track of your goings-on in July, feel free to share and download the July planning pages below. Personally, we have a lot on the calendar until the middle of the month, but it’s going to be wonderful time with family and friends!

How I’m Using My Daily Planner

Daily Planning Pages printable - free download for February. Also link to the FULL 2015 Daily Planner - get organized this year.

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

 

Download the July Personal Planner Pages

July 2015 Daily Planner pages You can download the July Personal Planner Pages HERE. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Purchase the Daily Personal Planner

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If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and next year too), purchase the full 2015 Daily Planner for $4.99. The calendar runs from July 2015 thru December 2016. It includes 18 month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2016. Enjoy!

Sponsor Thanks

We really appreciate the following companies. Many of these have been long time sponsors of Homeschool Creations and we are SO thankful for them – be sure to stop by their sites and check them out!  

  • Red Wagon Tutorials offers upper level science help for homeschool families worldwide. They specialize in downloadable, online live-feed, and online recorded science classes as well as digital e-Notebooks and Flash Drive presentations. Learn more about their 2014-2015 programs.
  • EEME – Teach your kids electronics with online lessons and hands-on project kits that foster the curiosity and problem solving skills kids need for the science, technology, engineering, math – STEM – opportunities of tomorrow.
  • 2015 Homeschool Buyers Guide – sifts through volumes of often-overwhelming homeschool information and breaks down the decision-making process into manageable bites. In about an hour you’ll gain valuable insights that answer your questions, provide direction and help you take the next steps.
  • Reading Eggs is the perfect program for homeschoolers, providing a comprehensive range of online reading lessons, activities and e-books that teach kids aged 3–13 the core literacy skills needed for lifetime reading success. Take advantage of our FREE 3 week trial and see how your child’s reading improves with Reading Eggs!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise (oh – I crack myself up!) and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

free Homeschool Curriculum Shopping List

Don’t miss the free homeschool curriculum shopping list printable – a simple list to use when tracking the curriculum you need, want – or already have!

July Pocket Chart Calendar Pieces

July pocket chart calendar pieces from homeschoolcreations.net

We’re in the thick of summer now – keep the learning going with these cute calendar pieces will keep the learning going! The July pocket chart calendar pieces have three different colored number cards and pictures. Use the different colored number cards to try different pattern sequences: an ABC pattern, ABAB pattern, AABB pattern and other patterns you can make up together. Here’s an example of different patterns using the cards from a past set to give you a few ideas.

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Are Mornings Rough At Your House?

If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it’s that my morning routine makes a HUGE difference in the overall mood and productivity of my day. It doesn’t mean it’s impossible to recover, but if a few tweaks and changes can make the day run much more smoothly – than I’m ready to try them and run with it!

Maybe you struggle with getting the kids up, fed, and ready for homeschool on time. I get it! Trying to balance it all, make time for the most important things in life (and have quiet time for devotions and prayer) – it can be tough!

And you aren’t the only one who struggles!! (Does that help, knowing that?)

My friend Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com (and author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode)  has created a 14-day course called Make Over Your Mornings – just for you!  It is designed to help you rebuild the very foundation of your day, and help ignite a new sense of passion and purpose in your lives – all in only 15 minutes a day!

What I LOVE is that through this course you get an actual peek into Crystal’s daily life – kids, family, craziness and all. She and her husband Jessie open their home to you and invite you in, sharing their routines and real life. I’ve had a chance to go through several of the videos and can assure you this course will give you inspiration and motivation to get your mornings in shape!

Some of the topics covered in the 14-day course include:

  • Discovering why a well-planned morning revolutionizes your whole day
  • Establishing bedtime routines
  • Designing a morning routine centered on your biggest priorities
  • Goal-setting
  • Setting up a task management system
  • Prioritizing exercise and healthy breakfasts
  • Creating internal and external motivators
  • Establishing accountability
  • Battling lies
  • Building stamina when things get tough

The course involves video to watch, a workbook to go-along, and projects to complete – in just 15 minutes a day. You have time for that, don’t you? If 15 minutes could change your morning and overall day – that would be worth it, right?

Head on over to MakeOverYourMornings.com and get in on the rock-bottom price for this fabulous course today!

The Crazy-Can’t-Miss-Low-Low-Low Launch Sale Prices!

To celebrate the release of this new course, Crystal is offering some amazing prices on the Make Over Your Mornings course (normally $16.99) for just a few hours only, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2nd at midnight!

Yes – you have to get up early to grab the first one, but it will be worth it!! (And I promise – you don’t have to get up early the rest of the time – or for the course itself!)

  • 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET on June 2, 2015 – just $5!!!  {yes, please!!!}
  • 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. – just $7!
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – only $10!
  • 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. – only $13!

To get this course or learn more – CLICK HERE!

Are you ready to make over YOUR mornings? Click here to start now!

I’m doubly excited too because Crystal will be one of the speakers at the 2015 Home Educators Association of Virginia’s annual convention! Find out more here.

Note: You can order the Make Over Your Mornings course risk-free right now. Then watch the videos, read the workbook, complete each day’s project, and enjoy the results for a full 30 days.

If at the end of 30 days, you’re unsatisfied for any reason—if Make Over Your Mornings doesn’t do just that, “Make Over Your Mornings”—please email us for a full, prompt, and cheerful refund. No questions asked!

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June Personal Planner Pages – Free Printable

June 2015 Personal Planner pages

Umm – June? Already? It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through 2015! I am excited to share a few more pages from my yearly personal planner with you all. If you want to have a central place to keep track of your goings-on in June, feel free to share and download the June planning pages below. Personally, I hope to have a LOT of time at the pool and blank space on my calendar this month!

How I’m Using My Daily Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Daily Planning Pages printable - free download for February. Also link to the FULL 2015 Daily Planner - get organized this year.

Download the May Personal Planner Pages

June 2015 Personal Planner

You can download the  June 2015 Personal Planner here. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Purchase the Daily Personal Planner

Daily Planning Pages printable - free download for February. Also link to the FULL 2015 Daily Planner - get organized this year.

Add to Cart

If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and next year too), purchase the full 2015 Daily Planner for $3.99. The calendar runs from January 2015 thru June 2016. It includes 15 month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through June 2016. Enjoy!

Sponsor Thanks

We really appreciate the following companies. Many of these have been long time sponsors of Homeschool Creations and we are SO thankful for them – be sure to stop by their sites and check them out!

Teach Them Diligently Conventions are now open for registration! Speakers for 2015 include James Dobson, Barbara Rainey, and many others. Remaining locations for 2015 include Sandusky, OH and Dallas, TX. Our family is on the way to Ohio right now! Hope to see you in Ohio or Texas!

Red Wagon Tutorials offers upper level science help for homeschool families worldwide. They specialize in downloadable, online live-feed, and online recorded science classes as well as digital e-Notebooks and Flash Drive presentations. Learn more about their 2014-2015 programs.

Home Educators of Virginia 2015 Convention – Need refreshment and encouragement in your homeschool journey? Registration is now open for the 2015 Renew the Joy HEAV convention, held June 11-13, 2015 in Richmond, VA. You won’t want to miss the amazing speaker lineup, extensive vendor hall, and the used curriculum sale. Only $69 for the entire family to attend!

2015 Homeschool Buyers Guide – sifts through volumes of often-overwhelming homeschool information and breaks down the decision-making process into manageable bites. In about an hour you’ll gain valuable insights that answer your questions, provide direction and help you take the next steps.

WordUp! The Vocab Show is a zany new show teaching Latin and Greek roots, as well as hundreds of English vocabulary words. Utilizing a new approach to learning, WordUp! seriously expands a student’s grasp of the vocabulary used in literature, science, and standardized tests.

Reading Eggs is the perfect program for homeschoolers, providing a comprehensive range of online reading lessons, activities and e-books that teach kids aged 3–13 the core literacy skills needed for lifetime reading success. Take advantage of our FREE 3 week trial and see how your child’s reading improves with Reading Eggs!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise (oh – I crack myself up!) and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

free Homeschool Curriculum Shopping List

Don’t miss the free homeschool curriculum shopping list printable – a simple list to use when tracking the curriculum you need, want – or already have!

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May Personal Planner Pages – FREE Printable

Ready for May? I am excited to share a few more pages from my yearly personal planner with you all. If you want to have a central place to keep track of your goings-on in May, feel free to share and download the May planning pages below.

Free May personal planner pages



How I’m Using My Daily Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

Daily Planning Pages printable - free download for February. Also link to the FULL 2015 Daily Planner - get organized this year.

Download the May Personal Planner Pages

May Daily Planner

You can download the May 2016 Personal Planner Pages by clicking here. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

Purchase the  Daily Personal Planner

Daily Planning Pages printable - free download for February. Also link to the FULL 2015 Daily Planner - get organized this year.

Add to Cart
 

If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and next year too), purchase the full 2015 Daily Planner for $3.99. The calendar runs from January 2015 thru June 2016. It includes 15 month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through June 2016.

Enjoy!

 

Sponsor Thanks

We really appreciate the following companies. Many of these have been long time sponsors of Homeschool Creations and we are SO thankful for them – be sure to stop by their sites and check them out!

Teach Them Diligently Conventions are now open for registration! Speakers for 2015 include James Dobson, Barbara Rainey, and many others. Locations include Atlanta, GA; Sandusky, OH; and Dallas, TX. Hope to see you at one of them! (p.s. Nashville was amazing this past month!!!)

Red Wagon Tutorials offers upper level science help for homeschool families worldwide. They specialize in downloadable, online live-feed, and online recorded science classes as well as digital e-Notebooks and Flash Drive presentations. Learn more about their 2014-2015 programs.

Home Educators of Virginia 2015 Convention – Need refreshment and encouragement in your homeschool journey? Registration is now open for the 2015 Renew the Joy HEAV convention, held June 11-13, 2015 in Richmond, VA. You won’t want to miss the amazing speaker lineup, extensive vendor hall, and the used curriculum sale. Only $69 for the entire family to attend!

2015 Homeschool Buyers Guide – sifts through volumes of often-overwhelming homeschool information and breaks down the decision-making process into manageable bites. In about an hour you’ll gain valuable insights that answer your questions, provide direction and help you take the next steps.

WordUp! The Vocab Show is a zany new show teaching Latin and Greek roots, as well as hundreds of English vocabulary words. Utilizing a new approach to learning, WordUp! seriously expands a student’s grasp of the vocabulary used in literature, science, and standardized tests.

Reading Eggs  is the perfect program for homeschoolers, providing a comprehensive range of online reading lessons, activities and e-books that teach kids aged 3–13 the core literacy skills needed for lifetime reading success. Take advantage of our FREE 3 week trial and see how your child’s reading improves with Reading Eggs!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise (oh – I crack myself up!) and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

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Meal Planning Can Be Easy – My Two Favorite Meal Planning Tools (and a Video Tutorial)

Sometimes people hear that I plan our meals a month at a time, and they get a little bit overwhelmed. I get that. It can seem like a HUGE task and make you just want to run and hide.

Meal Planning Tools

But what if I told you that it really doesn’t have to be all that complicated?Meal planning can be easy and in the long run, having a plan in place will save you so much time and energy (and who doesn’t like that?).

There are two meal planning tools that I absolutely love and use every single day – the Main Dish Menu Planner and the Monthly Menu Planner. If you have a few minutes to watch, I’d love to share a video on how I use them.  (Note: I’m going to have to redo the video tomorrow because I couldn’t tell it was so blurry – I’m sorry!)

Feed subscribers CLICK HERE to watch the video

The video pretty much sums up all of the below information, but if you prefer to read through and see pictures and links on how I set up our meal planning system, keep reading!

My Recipe Binder

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This lovely specimen is a goldmine of recipes and all of our favorite go-to meals. Don’t you just LOVE the cover?

Confession: I almost started it on fire one night while cooking because I turned the wrong burner on and then couldn’t figure out what the smell was. Those are BURN MARKS on the front cover. Yep. I’m THAT savvy.

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The inside holds two 4×6 recipe cards in each sleeve and then another two on the opposite side. I have one similar to this C.R. Gibson recipe binder and use these recipe pocket pages. It came with dividers and has been the perfect size!

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When I find recipes from magazines or old cookbooks, I often cut them out and add them in on a piece of paper that’s been cut to size to fit in the binder. It’s really fancy, don’t you think? This has really helped cut down on all the endless magazines and recipes that I’ve printed off from online.

If we’ve tried a new recipe a few times and the family loves it, the recipe is either copied to a recipe card or added in to the blank pages. We still have a few cookbooks that are staples in the cabinet, but this is our main recipe binder.

The Main Dish Menu Planner

My Main Dish Menu Planner

{click on the image to get a peek at my meals}

To make my meal planning easier {and to remember all those little meals that tend to be forgotten}, I made a Main Dish Menu Planner for all of our favorite and go-to meals. Call me crazy. Call me over-organized.

Label me.

But I have a chart and it makes me happy. Oddly and pitifully so.

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All the recipes that we use often ~ recipe cards, favorites from different books, etc… are sorted out by category in my planner {beef, chicken, pork, pasta, soups/salads, and other}. The list hangs on the inside of my cupboard door so when I plan meals I can just pull it out, go over the list, and plug things into our meal calendar.

You’d be surprised at how many meals you probably have in your stash already! Our chicken meals are crazy-ridiculous, but this is a great place for me to remember that we sometimes can have breakfast for dinner (because I forget things like that!).

———->  Download the Main Dish Menu Planner HERE.

The Monthly Menu Planner

monthly meal plan calendar

While I usually plug our meals into my weekly planner, being able to see everything a month-at-a-glance really helps me. I’m able to fit in our breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices by abbreviating things. For example:

  • B – Bagels
  • L – Sandwiches
  • D – Meatloaf & Salad

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The Monthly Menu Plan hangs on our fridge in a page protector. If the kids want to know what’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – they can just nag check out the plan and phew – no more questions asked! Or then the whining begins because they don’t like what’s coming. Maybe that’s just my house.

And all those lovely blue spaces you see in the image above? They don’t show up when you print off the document, but the show the areas that you are able to type into and edit on the pdf document. The date boxes have been left blank so that you can fill it in based on the different dates/months each year.

You’ll have to open the file using Adobe Reader {you most likely already have it on your computer}. In order to use it over and over, just save your initial file as “Monthly Meal Plan Blank” and then use the ‘save as’ feature to save it under a different file name. I’m putting the dates in my file names so they will sort nicely and I can pull them back up later on {April 2015 Monthly Menu, May 2015 Monthly Menu, etc…}.

———>   Download the Monthly Menu Planner HERE.

Planning Meals for the Month

When I’m ready to sit down and plan out the meals for the month, I pull out the Main Dish Menu Planner from the cupboard, sit down with my recipe book, and start plugging in meals to the Monthly Menu Planner. I’m sure it will shock you to hear that our week has a typical schedule to make it easier for me to plan. It looks a little something like this:

  • Sunday: Popcorn
  • Monday: Beef
  • Tuesday: Chicken/Pork
  • Wednesday: Pasta / Crock Pot
  • Thursday: Leftovers
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza
  • Saturday: Soups or something fun

Since the meals have been sorted by category in the Main Dish Menu Planner, it makes it SO easy for me to quickly ‘drop’ meals into the monthly plan. Once I’ve laid the month out, I go back to my recipe book and write out my grocery list. I put notes to know where to find the recipe (what book, etc…). Also, if the meal is one that freezes well, I note that too – in case I want to double up a meal or have a knack to go on a cooking spree if I have room in my freezer.

One thing that I LOVE about this method is I can also ‘recycle’ menu plans from past months. Once I have three or four different monthly meal plans, I don’t have to re-plan it all again! That way we’re not eating the same meals all the time. I can then rotate through the menu plans and copy/past and change the dates as needed.

 That’s a quick look at the meal planning system that has worked wonderfully for us over the years. Do you have a tip or help to share?

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