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Mama loves planners *Free Planner Pages*

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Having OCD can suck sometimes. Like badly, but parts of it, I don’t mind. Like the part that makes me super organized. I like being organized. I like knowing where things are when I need them. I like like having things written down in detail. That’s not a bad thing, right? If I’m not organized, I feel like I’ll forget something

Now, I’m going to clarify what I mean. I don’t organize my closet in alphabetical order (I do however have it organized by season and USE to organize it by color) or organize my socks for each day of the week. I have the important stuff organized, like bills, recipes and my plans for the weeks and months. That’s normal right?

I use planners to accomplish all of this. I am super obsessed with planners. I have like three of them right now. I even have my own planner that I’ve made from a binder. It’s a lot cheaper this way, I might add and you can customize it anyway you want. It’s ridiculous how expensive a decent planner is these days.

When you have multiple kids, a job and side jobs, a planner is a must. That’s a lot of different things to plan. Doctor’s appointments, cleaning jobs, school functions, and so on. I don’t know about you, but I need to write all this stuff down and plan for them. Since planners have become so expensive, I started making my own planner pages and put them all into a binder to make my own planner. A heck of a lot cheaper and everything is exactly the way I want it.


I thought I would share what I have made with all of you.


monthly calendar    weeklycalendar    monthly bills   weekly to do

Just click to down load and make your own planner

password organizer    birthdays    contacts    weekly menu

Hope you all enjoy.

recipe card    shopping list    notes  personal info

You know, I may not forget a lot of things, but I do forget birthdays, so that planner page is very useful to me. The only reason i remember most birthday’s is because Facebook tells me. Good ol’ Facebook! My favorite part of my customized planner is the bill organizer. I have a lot of bills- random little bills as well which can be forgotten about (mostly by my husband) and this keeps it all organized! 

What I have been trying to do lately is meal plan. We can never decide what to do for meals, so I think planning a week in advance will eliminate that problem. 



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7 Ideas that will lift your holiday spirit

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This time of year should be a joyous happy time. Sometimes, people just don’t have the holiday spirit. A few years, I was the ba-humbug, no holiday spirited person. When I get like that, I try to do things that will life my spirit. There are a lot of things that can be done to get you in the spirit. Here’s my list of holiday spirit boosters.


Holiday music.

This is the number one thing that can change my sour mood around. Put it on when you are cleaning your house. Sing obnoxiously even if you sound like a wounded moose. Play it when you are cooking and use the spatula as a microphone. Play it when you are getting ready for the day. Starting your day with it can really help turn your mood around.


Holiday movies.

If holiday music isn’t for you, because I know a lot of people who find Christmas music, annoying, maybe try watching a holiday movie. I love Christmas movies. The grinch is my favorite and is relatable when you are not in the holiday spirit. Another good movie is Prancer. (Prancer has Sam Elliot in it when he was younger, so you know this is a good movie!)

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Holiday festivities.

Going out and seeing some Christmas lights or participating in a Christmas related activity can really help you get into the spirit. Being around others who are in the spirit can lift yours. Seeing some beautiful light displays can also get you in the mood. This past Sunday night, my family and I went to a chocolate factory in my town that decorates their outside gardens with millions of light displays. They even had Santa there and a hot cocoa stand. We went with our good friends and their kids. My daughter had a blast and thought it was just the prettiest thing ever.

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Holiday baking.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I love to bake. Baking cookies around the holiday and giving them to family and friends or just eating them myself puts me in a great holiday mood. I love the smell that fills the house.



I love decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas. Light up candy canes and reindeer are my favorite outdoor decorations and garland and paper snowflakes are my favorite indoor decorations, as well as a Christmas tree, of course. Seeing the decorations really does put you in better spirits. I’ve been making paper snowflakes and hanging them from my ceiling ever since I can remember. 


The gift of giving.

This always warms my heart and brightens my holiday mood. I think this is the most important part of the holiday season.  Giving to those in need gives you a sense of joy that you can’t buy. It teaches you to be humble and sometimes, being humbler is the key to a better holiday spirit. Just about every year, except for the last few, I have gone to feed the homeless. One of my favorite things to do, especially around the holidays. You wouldn’t believe how thankful someone is just for spending your time with them and spreading your holiday cheer with them.


Remember, the holidays are about love, giving, family and friends. Not about material things. If you are having a rough time this holiday season and can’t seem to shake the ba-humbug mood, look to your family or friends for support, use my list as a guideline or make your own list of your favorite holiday things. Sometimes writing down what you love about the holidays will make you feel better.