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Friday, November 30, 2012

November Project Finale: Household Binder + Link-Up!

It is the last day of November and we are finally done with our household binder! After creating all of those printables, now let's finally put them to good use!

We started out with a Finance section to be able to keep track of bills, loans, and other account information!

Then we created a Medical section to keep track of family member ailments, emergency contact information, and insurance information.

The third section was the Cleaning section, where my cleaning schedule, how-to's, and anything else cleaning related will stay.

Then we have the Management section, which like I said, is just a fancy word for miscellaneous. This is where I have important dates, auto maintenance, and a password log to help myself stay on track.

Then the fifth and final section is for Blogging, since I'm trying to grow on that a bit. My blog definitely needed some organization, and I'm hoping that this will help me out a bit!

Each and every one of these sections is important, but it's also important to have a calendar and keep track of things.

Here is my December 2012 Calendar. I have Martha Stewart Home Office tabs that are color coded to the tabs, so if I need to put something down that is category specific (like up there I have a doctor's appointment written down in green, because the Medical tab is green), I'll put it down on that color tab. Makes it easy to be able to see what's going on.

And since it's Christmastime, behind the calendar I have my Christmas gift list, so that I can write down what I plan to buy for people and then the estimated cost, and I can check it off once I've finally gotten the chance to purchase it.

This is more specific to me, and probably won't be of much use to most of you, but since my baby shower is coming up, I've been getting and will be getting quite a few items for baby Travis. I made this so that I'll have a place to write down who got me what, so that I can send them a Thank You card!

December 2012 Calendar: Download Here
Christmas Gift List: Download Here
Baby Shower Gift List: Download Here

I'm so excited to have finally finished this project and really be able to keep these things organized! Do you use your household binder everyday? Or only every once in awhile? What do you have in your household binder that you would be lost without?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November Project: Household Binder, Section Five: Blogging

We're finally onto the very last section in my Household Binder. This is the one that I spontaneously added after I decided I needed to organize my blog a bit more. So the fifth and final section is: Blogging!

So far, we've mapped out sections (which did change a bit), and created finance, medical, cleaning, and management sections!

I started out with a two-week post planner so that I can map out what and when I'm going to post something. I use this little journal that I keep in my purse right now, but it'll be so nice to actually have a specific place to do this.

Since I'm trying to expand my blog and make it bigger, I started doing sponsors. I'm only doing sponsor swap right now, so for type of payment, that's all it'll be, but I figured this will be good for future reference.

Blog Post Planner: Download Here
Sponsor Tracker: Download Here

What other helpful things to you use to keep your blogging organized?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY Christmas Gift Roundup

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday, but I know it can bring a lot of people dread when they think of all of the money they have to pour into gifts for everyone. But all of that really isn't necessary! There are so many amazing gifts that you can make yourself. I'm definitely planning on getting my craft on this Christmas, and hopefully this post will inspire you to do the same!

You can easily DIY beauty supplies:

There are also fun DIY gifts that kids can enjoy as well!

Is there something that the person you're making the gift for really likes to do? Like bake?

Or sew?

Or just be creative!

There are even some absolutely adorable DIY wrapping techniques!

Hopefully all of these ideas have given you some kind of inspiration! I know I can't wait to get some supplies and get started! (Also, if you're worried about cost of supplies, Michael's always has fantastic coupons on their app! Definitely download it if you have a smartphone!)

What are some other DIY Christmas ideas you have? Leave a link in the comments!