Monday, December 16, 2013

Free Alphabet Banner

Today's printable is very simple, and super versatile. It's an Alphabet banner that includes upper and lower case letters AND numbers! Also, since it's black and white, it can go with just about any event! Don't forget, you can always dress it up and personalize the banner to fit your needs: try adding an accordian circle to the back for fun!

Click to download now! 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Are you ready for Christmas? I'm not. At all. And I just realized that I only have like, one more week without children to do any sort of shopping. I know it's not technically possible for things like this to sneak up on me, but they do.

At any rate, download these free printable Christmas gift tags now to cute-en up your presents!

Friday, December 6, 2013

75+ Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Guys, I have a confession to make.

I'm the totally annoying lady that knows what she's making for dinner every night for the next month.

I have a whole SYSTEM, you see, with menu cards, and grocery lists, and all that good stuff. What I've noticed over the years, though, is that my system doesn't work for everyone, and that’s okay! Your family is not my family, and what we like to eat might not be your thing. For example, before kids, I was all about the seafood. But now, I have a child with shellfish allergies. BOOM! New plan. Menu planning is an ever evolving art as your family grows and changes.

What IS helpful, is finding out what other families eat.

You just need ideas! Some simple inspiration! Sometimes, you just need a reminder of what types of meals you COULD be eating. I personally have pulled out my menu, and thought to myself, “Oh yeah, I forgot we like to eat that!”. So that’s all we’re doing today. I’m going to share some of the dinners that I like to make for my family. I’ll even include what I do for the side dish! (But sometimes there is no side dish. That’s just how it goes folks.)


  • 7 layer Burritos
  • Shredded Beef Tacos
  • Chicken Mole Tacos
  • Pollo Fundido
  • Chicken Tortilla soup
  • Enchiladas (TONS of variations here!)
  • Bean and cheese quesadilla
  • Fajita’s
  • Fajita quesadilla
  • Nachos Supreme
*standard sides are beans, rice, salad, and fresh salsa, mmmm.


  • Stir fry (my all time favorite stand by. most of the time, it’s strictly veggies too!)
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Orange Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Moo Shu Pork
  • Teriyaki Salmon with asparagus
* standard sides are rice, noodles, and egg rolls


  • Spaghetti and Meatballs (meatballs are not mandatory) with green salad
  • Lasagna
  • Chicken Cacciatore
  • Pizza (lots of variations here too. My favorite is spinach and feta or fresh tomatoes, husband likes ham and pineapple, kids like pepperoni and veggies. Served with celery and carrot sticks.)
  • Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Fettuccini with Pesto
  • Roasted red pepper and clam pasta bake
  • Green bean and bacon pasta toss
  • Ravioli and green beans
  • Calzones
  • Herbed chicken with tomato balsamic vinagrette
* I think green beans taste great with anything Italian.


  • Hamburgers
  • Hot dogs (go crazy with the toppings)
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Kabobs
  • Lemon Pepper Salmon with baked potato and wilted spinach


  • Enchilada casserole
  • Mexican lasagna (this one is fun!)
  • Thanksgiving Casserole (stuffing, chicken or turkey, peas, and gravy. Serve with cranberry sauce)

Breakfast for Dinner:

  • Pancakes
  • Crepes
  • Frittata
  • Quiche
  • Waffles
  • Potato Surprise (It’s like a hash. potatoes, onions, peppers, veggies, then add an egg at the end and scramble it up. It’s a surprise because the ingredients are ever changing.)
  • Cherry cheese blintz
  • French Toast
  • Omelets
* breakfasts usually include whatever fruit I happen to have, and sometimes bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs and hash browns.

Classics and Comforts:

  • Roasted chicken with root vegetables
  • Meatloaf and mashed potatoes plus a green vegetable
  • Macaroni and cheese (Try new variations! Right now, we’re big into jalapeno and bacon mac&cheese)
  • Beef Stroganoff and peas
  • Chili and cornbread (I make chili a hundred different ways. no recipe. just throw it in the crock pot and let it go)
  • Ghoulash with green beans
  • Grilled cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Pork Chops with applesauce, peas, and stuffing
  • Chicken and dumplings
  • Shepherds Pie
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Pot roast with carrots and potatoes
  • Honey glazed ham

Family Favorites:

  • Chinese Sundaes aka Hawaiian Haystacks (Bonus: use the leftovers to do a veggie stir fry the next day. Also, we add maraschino cherries to top our sundaes off. It sounds weird, but it’s delicious)
  • Baked Potato Bar
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Submarine Sandwich (I get a french roll, and make one giant sandwich, then cut it into smaller pieces)
  • Chicken Wings
  • Indian Fry Bread
  • BLT’s with four bean salad
  • Reuben sandwich with fries and a pickle
  • Fish and Chips
  • Black bean and corn salad
  • Pulled BBQ Pork sandwiches


  • Posse Stew
  • Taco Soup
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Clam Chowder
  • Baked potato soup
  • Cabbage stew
  • Hamburger soup
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • French onion soup
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup


Emergency Dinners - because sometimes, it's that kind of day

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Cheese Crisp
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal.... from a box. with milk. no judging. 
  • Corn Dogs
  • Cold Sandwich (tuna, ham, turkey, veggies, whatever.) 
  • Ramen 
  • Leftovers
  • The Drive Thru 

Now tell me: what do YOU eat for dinner?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Free December 2013 Desktop Calendar

Merry Christmas Readers! Confession: every time I go back to school, I neglect you. I'm sorry. :( But now I have figured out my limitations, and will be taking only ONE class at a time, so I can spend more time doing the things I love.... like making cute new printables.

At any rate: We have the December desktop calendar ready for download! I love this digital kit from Just So Scrappy, it's simply Heavenly. (no really, that's what it's called. also: it's dreamy) Download comes formatted for regular and widescreen monitors, so choose the one that fits your screen best!

(regular sized monitor) | (Wide screen monitor)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Desktop Calendar Freebie

You know how last month, I was all, "So excited to be back! Have so much fun stuff planned!" and then it was all *crickets* around here? Yeah, sorry about that. I ended up having some pretty intense surgery and it's taken me awhile to recover. GOOD NEWS: I'm feeling much better now. BETTER NEWS: I can actually sit down and blog again! So let's pretend the last two months didn't happen, m'kay?

NOW. October Desktop. Check out this cute preview:

(regular sized monitor) | (Wide screen monitor)

Meanwhile, I am trying to convince my girls to be witches for Halloween. Because, OH! The Cuteness! But they are not having it.  Any ideas that would help sway them? 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Desktop Calendar Freebie: September 2013

Did you guys have an awesome Labor Day or what? Ours was pretty good, mostly because we got the house all cleaned up, and a clean house always makes me happy.

Meanwhile, WE ARE BACK! You probably noticed that we took August off from the blog, and man alive, did we ever need it! We're super excited about what we have in store for you next, and we know you'll love it.

At any rate, please enjoy this September computer desktop calendar! I looked out the window today and there are definitely yellow leaves on my trees... fall is coming!

Download the version you need below!

1024x768 version       |      1280x800 version 
(regular sized monitor)   |   (Wide screen monitor)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free August 2013 Desktop Calendar

Happy August folks. Time to update your computer desktop! This month's desktop was made using the super cute kit Sea Breeze digi scrap kit from Lindsey Jane.

I mean, how can you not love it?

Download the version you need below!

(regular sized monitor)  |  (Wide screen monitor) 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Yo Gabba Gabba! Party Freebie

click to download
Gabba Gabba HEY! You'll have a great party with this Yo Gabba Gabba Party Pack. Download includes:

  • cupcake wrappers
  • cupcake toppers
  • party hat
  • treat box
  • 5 inch party rounds