i should be mopping the floor: June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Create A Home Binder

Below are detailed instructions on How to Create A Home Binder. Now, that we're at the end of the month, you'll have all of the organizational printables you'll need to fill your binder up. Happy Organizing!

How to Create A Home Binder | Detailed instructions on creating an easy-to-use home binder, plus over thirty free, coordinating printables for home binders.
Wowsers. What a month, y'all. To say I'm ready to create a different type of post for a while is an understatement. Not that I don't love organizational posts...but, yeah. Stick a fork in me. I'm striped, dotted, & triangled out. ;)

But, truly, I hope this month has been helpful to all of you, as well. Are you ready to put your home binder together? Let's do this!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Free Printable Notes Pages

We are winding down our month of free organizational printables with a set of Free Printable Notes Pages (in three designs). They're perfect to add any extra important details to the home binder we're building.
Free Printable Notes Pages | This is a part of a series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
While this month has had a lot of printables...I know that we'll all have extra information to add to our own personal binders. These Free Printable Notes Pages are perfect to add your own items to your binder. Download one or all below. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hi friends! Hope you're having a great weekend and kickoff to your week.

We're in the middle of some serious DIY projects over here at my house right now. My husband is off this next week, so we're trying to work hard with the time we've got. What are you up to at your place?

twelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom

Summer is a great time to start those big projects, I hope you enjoy the following picks. Big projects followed by a few yummy recipes!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Free Printable Teaching Placemat

This Free Printable Teaching Placemat post is sponsored by Bounty Minion Prints.
I'm a member of the #quickerpickerupper team, but all opinions are my own.

Helping kiddos learn table manners is a great tool for life. This free printable teaching placemat is an easy visual aid to get your kitchen helpers learning to set the table for family meals.
Free Printable Teaching Placemat | Perfect to help kiddos learn to set the table for meals. | Instant download. | Laminate for durability.
As the summer progresses, we're actually doing really well with our chores, y'all (nobody is more surprised than this girl). My older son gets up before all of us in the summer (he's one of those people who seem to require very little sleep...he did not get that from his mom). He has the dishwasher unloaded and a truckload of my outdoor plants watered before I'm even stumbling to the coffee pot. He's a dream.

Not to worry, it's not all sunshine and lollipops 'round these parts. Brother bear sleeps until ten and then I become a teeth-pulling dentist trying to get him on the chore train (choo-choo...all aboard). After trial and error, we've learned that kiddo works better later in the day. So, table setting is his jam, man. He owns it. 

Free Fonts for Organizational Projects (and Free Graphics, too!)

These Free Fonts for Organizational Projects are the perfect companions to our month of organizing fun that we are wrapping up next week. I'm also sharing some awesomesauce free graphics to help with organizing, as well.

Free Fonts for Organizational Projects (and Free Graphics, too!)

How are we already to the end of June? Have you had as much fun as I have getting organized? Okay, so organizing isn't always fun to me...it is the most cathartic way to get rid of the junk in life, both literally and figuratively. Ahem.
And while all of the printables from this month are (hopefully) perfection for your projects, I also wanted to share a few items that you can use to make your own organizational labels, printables, and more. Check out all of the fabulousness below.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Free Printable Utility Provider Contact Sheet

This Free Printable Utility Provider Contact Sheet (in three designs) is an easy way to have all of your important numbers easy to find.This is perfect for use in the home binder we're building during this month's organizational printable series.
Free Printable Utility Provider Contact Sheet | This is a part of a series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
Every time the electricity goes out, I'm inevitably fumbling on my phone trying to Google my provider's emergency number. Same goes for internet service. And for some reason, I feel like I have to go around the horn to get to the correct number. Or I'm sitting on my cell phone for umpteen transfers to the right department or automated "friend". Having the correct numbers in one spot will pretty much be awesomesauce for me. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free Printable Dates to Remember Log

This Free Printable Dates to Remember Log (in three designs) is an easy way to remember your family's most important dates...from birthdays to anniversaries! Never forget to send a card again. This is great to use in the home binder we're building during this month's printable series.
Free Printable Dates to Remember Log | Perfect for family birthdays, anniversaries, and more! | This is a part of a series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
Two years ago, I forgot my husband's grandma's birthday. Y'all...I felt terrible. She lives across the country from us and that's an important day for her to feel loved and received cards and calls from us. I seriously felt like dirt over it (she's super forgiving, this was all self-inflicted). Anyway. I decided to institute a date log to have everyone's birthdays close at hand. This list is great for all of those kind of special days. Download your favorite design below.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Free Printable Important Information Log

This Free Printable Important Information Log (available in three designs) is 
an easy way to keep all of your important information and contacts in one spot.
Free Printable Important Information Log | A series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
This is a great tool to use to keep track of all of your important numbers that you may need on a moment's notice. It's perfect to use for babysitters or anyone else that may be caring for or helping your family out. It's perfect for the home binder we're building.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Free Printable Emergency Contact Sheet

ThisFree Printable Emergency Contact Sheet (available in three designs) is 
a smart way to keep all of your account information in one secure spot.
Free Printable Emergency Contact Sheet | A series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
We're almost to the end of our organizational printable series! This week will include lots of household goodies that your home binder will not want to be without. This Free Printable Emergency Contact Sheet is a great way to keep all of your important peeps in one spot. It's awesome for babysitters or other emergency uses as well.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Inspiration Monday

The temperatures are heating up and so are your links! You guys are blowing us away with your amazing content every week...thank you for joining us every week for a fun time! Inspiration Monday is getting jam-packed every week with some seriously PHENOMENAL ideas!




We're starting to see LOTS of red, white, and blue fun in the party.
Check out all of these fun patriotic ideas from last week's shindig.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Free Printable Monthly Budget Worksheet

This Free Printable Monthly Budget Worksheet (available in three designs) is 
the perfect way to plan out your monthly expenses.

Free Printable Monthly Budget Worksheet | A series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
While this week has been a lot of logistical and financial organizational printables, all of these are perfect to include in your home binder that we're working to build. This Free Printable Monthly Budget Worksheet is a great way to sit down and map out your month. I love seeing where every single dollar goes.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Free Printable Monthly Bill Payment Checklist

This Free Printable Monthly Bill Payment Checklist is a must-have for any home binder.
Print it out and never forget a payment or bill.

Free Printable Monthly Bill Payment Checklist | A series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
So, this week has been more "business" stuff than fun, but it's all a part of a well-working home binder system. This Free Printable Monthly Bill Payment Checklist is a great way to keep track of every single bill you have to pay. It's perfect to refer to month after month.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Free Printable Expense Trackers

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These Free Printable Expense Trackers (available in three designs each) are 
a smart way to start tracking every dollar you spend. 
Free Printable Expense Trackers | A series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Daily & Weekly Available | Three Designs Each  | Instant Downloads

Whether you're a long-time budgeter or brand new to the scene of monetary planning, these free Printable Expense Trackers are a great way to track all of your expenses. Tracking expenses always makes me raise my eyebrows at how much I can actually spend without really thinking about it...it's a great way to keep myself in check. Download yours below.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Free Printable Bank Account Information Log

This Free Printable Bank Account Information Log (available in three designs) is 
a smart way to keep all of your account information in one secure spot.
Free Printable Bank Account Information Log | A series of over 30 free organizational printables from ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com | Three Designs & Instant Downloads
So, this week isn't quite as fun as the other organizational printable weeks this month...but it's an important week, nonetheless. Being organized with all finances is a biggie. No matter what our budgets may all be, keeping the information secure and organized is a biggie. This free printable Bank Account Information Log is the perfect place to keep track of all of your accounts...from your checking to your kids' savings. Download yours below.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Free Printable Password Log

This Free Printable Password Log is the perfect way to keep all of your important passwords and account websites in one place.

Free Printable Password Log | Three Designs & Instant Downloads | A part of a month of organizational printables at ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com.

Y'all. This printable was created with my dear, darling husband in mind. He's been carrying around a crumpled, old piece of yellow legal pad paper with all of our household passwords for over ten years. Ten years, y'all. That thing has so many scratch offs and cross outs and rewrites...I just can't even wrap my brain about how scary it is to interpret it all at this point. Since we're all working on our home binders this month, I just knew this had to go in it. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey there, friends! I'm so happy you're here. We're sunburnt and feeling hot down in Texas...how is summer where you are? While the temperature is heating up outside, we're also busy inside getting all kinds of organized in this month's organizational series!
Check out all of the organizational printables in this series here.

And now...LET'S PARTY!!






It's heating up outside and last week's Inspiration Monday Party was overflowing with delightful summer treats.  Here are just a few fabulous sweet treats that were linked up!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Free Printable Daily and Weekly Cleaning Lists

These Free Printable Daily and Weekly Cleaning Lists are the perfect addition to your home binder as well as your cleaning routines.

Free Printable Daily and Weekly Cleaning Lists | Three Designs of Each | Instant Downloads
Do you like to clean on a schedule? Honestly, I'm not totally great at it. But, that's what this month is all about, right? When I do have a system, things are fabulous, y'all. So, let's give it our all and get our systems going! Grab your lists below.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Teaching Kids To Do Laundry



Today, we're chatting about teaching kids to do laundry...so the clothes actually get clean.

Teaching Kids To Do Laundry (so the clothes actually get clean)!
Okay. True (and ridiculously embarrassing) confession. I learned to do laundry the week before I left for college. Y'all, my mom is more type-A than I am...she did every member of the household's laundry until the day they moved out. It was more of a "please don't touch my washing machine thing" more than anything else. That, and she loved doing things for us...her love language was acts of service...towards others
I remember being at college and still not having a lot of confidence in my ability to actually get my clothes clean. The first few months of school resulted in several new packs of underwear just to avoid the (dreaded) Wash-N-Tan. Honestly, I didn't avoid the place...just the Wash side of it. Because it intimidated me.
Eventually, I got over it and learned to do laundry properly.
My goal with my own kiddos has always been to equip them with these types of skills a little bit (like ten years) before I knew how to do them. Not only is it great for them, it's fabulous for me. I (unfortunately) did not inherit the gift of service to others like my precious mom...we kind of run on a "you're old enough to do it yourself" mentality around here. Right or wrong, it's how we function the best. Here's a few of my favorite tips below for teaching kids to do laundry.

Free Printable Laundry Chart

This Free Printable Laundry Chart and Instructional List is the 
perfect way to help kiddos (or even adults) while doing the laundry. 

Free Printable Laundry Chart & Instructions | A great way to teach kids to start doing laundry!
Sometimes people other than I do the laundry in our house. Actually, these days...most of the time. And my type-A self has just learned to be okay with it (ish). Leaving a little instructional laundry chart in the laundry room makes sure I can oversee the process without actually being a part of it. My kids have really enjoyed it, actually. Download one for your house below.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Free Printable Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Calendars

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These free printable daily, weekly, and monthly calendars are an easy way to organize your days. 
Three designs are available for each calendar or to do list.
Free Printable Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Calendars | Three Coordinating Designs for Each Printable | Instant Downloads
I have to admit, out of all of the organizational printables I make, daily, weekly, and monthly calendars are my favorite. I love to use these...because I'm able to truly keep up with them. They serve me really well on a daily basis and keep my time organized. Be sure and download one of each for yourself below.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Free Printable Chore Charts

These Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids are perfect to laminate and use with dry erase markers for a super simple chore system. They're great for keeping the littles busy during the summer months...and all year round!

Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids: Three Designs | Perfect to laminate and use with dry erase for a super simple chore system.
Do your kids do chores? The only way we can seem to implement a true system in our house is by keeping it as simple as possible. In our house, these charts work really well for that. They're great to laminate for the refrigerator or to add to your household bilder that all of the members of the family can have access to. Download your favorite pattern below. 

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Ice Cream

Who wants to lug out the ice cream maker when you can whip up this Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Ice Cream in just a few minutes with a hand mixer? It's absolutely delicious, too. #IDelightinChai

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Ice Cream | No Machine Needed and Only Four Ingredients
A few years ago, I went and bought an ice cream maker. In the five years we've had it, it's been used about five times. Um, yeah. My issue is that when I want to make ice cream, I want to make it now. I don't want to have to freeze the little bowl for 24 hours just to be able to start making my ice cream at that point. So, the whole concept of no-churn/no-machine ice cream is kind of stellar for someone like me. 
And please don't give me the "just store the bowl in the freezer" speech (looking at you, mom). The last time I did that, a few months into its freezer stay, my ice cream bowl had heaps of glitter frozen to it (still not even sure how that happened). I had to wash it multiple times to remove said glitter...which caused the bowl to thaw and put me right back at square one. Big sigh of exasperation.
I simply can't handle ice cream makers, y'all. It's sad, really. But, seriously, check out how ridiculously easy this ice cream is to make (I jumped on the whole "let's make ice cream in a loaf pan thing"...it's really fun and simple!). 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Free Printable Menus

These Free Printable Menus are kicking off week number two of our month of organizational printables. This week, we're sharing printables that are related to household chores.
Free Printable Menus: Three Designs | Perfect to laminate and use with dry erase for a weekly menu plan.
Do you menu plan? I actually have done this since we got married almost 13 years ago. It's a great way to stick to an eating plan (and a budget!). Grab one of these three free printable menus below. I'm even sharing my simple instructions on laminating and magnetizing your menu, too.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, hey, hey, party friends! I'm so happy you're here. My kids are out of school and our alarms are turned off...amen and hallelujah, y'all (am i right?). I'm knee deep in a month-long series of free organizational printables over here. June is always my month to have the kids help me clean and organize the house from top to bottom. I thought I'd bring that fun to the blog, too. Be sure and check out all of the posts here (we still have three more weeks of fabulousness, so stop by often!).

Now, let's get this PARTY started!!


Friday, June 5, 2015

An Entire Month of Organizational Printables: June 2015

Don't miss a single printable from our Entire Month of Organizational Printables!
An Entire Month of Organizational Printables | 30+ instant downloads for organizing your life | Perfect for home binders


All of the posts from this series are listed below (and are updated as more are added).

An Entire Month of Organizational Printables | 30+ instant downloads for organizing your life | Perfect for home binders








Free Printable Daily and Weekly Vacation Calendars

These free printable daily and weekly vacation calendars are the perfect way to get organized for the big trip. 

Free Printable Daily and Weekly Vacation Calendars | Six Designs | Instant Downloads
Are you a "clipboard of fun" kind of vacationer? That's a slight inside joke between my husband and I...we're definitely "clipboard of fun" kind of people. When we vacation, we want to make the most of every minute...and not worry about researching activities, restaurants, or landmarks while actually on the trip. We love to do all of that ahead of time (it's part of the excitement of preparing for a trip!). Then when we arrive at our destination, we can just hit the ground running. These free printable daily and weekly vacation calendars are the perfect way to make sure you never miss a beat on your next trip. Download yours below.

Flourless Chocolate Orange Torte

This Flourless Chocolate Orange Torte is our new go-to cake for celebrations. 
It's made with only five ingredients: dark chocolate, eggs, butter, grated orange peel, and Young Living's Orange Essential Oil. And, it's a lot easier than you probably think.

Flourless Chocolate Orange Torte | Delicious & rich special cake for celebrations. | Easier to make than you think!
This cake has my whole heart, y'all. It's kind of incredible. Very rich...but yet, I just can't stop myself from one more bite! The orange oil in it takes it to a whole new level of flavor nirvana. I love using essential oils in cooking and baking, and orange oil is definitely one of my favorites to use. The crisp citrus flavor is such a delicious addition to baked goodies...and so much more. This recipe seems like it would be difficult, but it's really not. There's quite a few steps, but nothing too intricate. The hardest part is wrapping up your spring form pan so water can't penetrate it...after that, it's easy peasy. If you try this, I'm dying to know what you think of it. We, truly, can't get enough of it.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Free Printable Travel Planner

This Free Printable Travel Planner is the perfect thing to use in the planning stages of a trip. It's a great way to get all of your family members involved in the process of putting an entire trip together.
Free Printable Travel Planner | Using this working printable to brainstorm and plan out a fabulous vacation with input from the entire family.
When I was a kid, we would start planning a summer vacation around springtime. It wasn't always elaborate, but it was always fun to plan something to do together as a family. I distinctly remember one of the years we decided to do a bigger trip. We all wrote down where we wanted to go on a piece of paper and did the whole crumple into a hat thing...and then draw the destination. Lo and behold, my destination was drawn...Disneyland! I was seven at the time and was absolutely elated, y'all. 
After the excitement died down, we pulled the other papers out of the hat to see what everyone else had written. I definitely wasn't the only Disneyland vote (I *think* we were somewhat steered in that direction...heehee), but when we opened the last paper and it clearly said "Stay Home", we all about died (whaling, gnashing of teeth...it was of Biblical proportions, y'all). WHA?!? My dad, the lover of all things home, always had his own idea of a vacay. In my little-kid brain, I kept playing out what would've happen had we actually drawn that paper. The audacity.
I'm 99% sure he was joking about it (we had been aware that my parents had been saving up for this vacation for a while). But, to this day, that is one of my most hilarious memories of family vacation planning. 
Not to overly-complicate the fun of planning a vacation, I'm now more of a writer-downer with this kind of thing...I want to make sure everyone has a say in it from the get-go. Download my own favorite free printable travel planner below...to ensure you never have to "stay home"! (Sorry, Dad!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Free Printable Children's Packing Lists

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These free printable children's packing lists are perfect for helping kiddos as they learn to pack for themselves. There are six designs total: three for boys, three for girls. Download yours below.

Free Printable Children's Packing Lists | Six designs: three for boys, three for girls | Help kiddos learn to pack!
Remember the scene in Home Alone where Kevin is told to go "pack his suitcase"...and he immediately freaks?! That's kind of the look that happens in my house when I say those words...although I seem to be the one freaking. Because I'm a total type-A personality and can't handle giving up that much control...sometimes (okay, all the time). These lists are fabulous for crazy moms like me that feel the need to be packing those kids right up until the day they leave for college. They're a great way to start teaching kids the basics of laying out clothes, toiletries, and other goodies for trips. Grab your kids' checklists below.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Free Printable Luggage Tags

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These free printable luggage tags are the perfect way to dress up your bags for travel. Three designs allow you to coordinate and mix and match.
They fit in standard luggage pouches (details below). 


Free Printable Front & Back Luggage Tags | Fun side and contact information side | Three Designs | Instant Downloads
These fun luggage tags are a part of our travel week printables in the overall month of organization printables. While they may not be total organizational printables, they're still a really fun way to coordinate your luggage with mix & matchy tags (perfect for the whole family). Three designs (both front and back with space available for important contact information) available below to download. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Blogiversary Giveaway

It's my friend, Samantha's 2nd Blogiversary!
We're celebrating with a fabulous giveaway. Enter below.

Happy, happy blogiverary to one of my favorite bloggers, Samantha, of Five Heart Home.
 Enter to win this awesome giveaway below.

What I Pack Inside My Carry-On Bag

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Brita, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BritaOnTheGo http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It's travel season, y'all. Today, I'm sharing what I pack inside my carry-on bag. In the last 18 months, our air travel has really increased and I've picked up a few tips and tricks to make it a lot less stressful than it used to be for me. Having all of my essentials in my carry-on makes air travel a breeze.

What I Pack Inside My Carry-On Bag | From a reusable water bottle to must-have snacks. Check out easy tips on making air travel less stressful by packing the perfect carry-on backpack.
About a year ago, I made a little deal with myself to never check bags on outgoing trips again...well, at least not when traveling as a family. Traveling by myself brings about its own set of "rules"...that's for a different post entirely. 
But, for family travel, we each have a wheeled bag for our clothes. And we each have a carry-on backpack for all of the things we need within reach while traveling. My kids are at the tween age, so they're pretty good travelers these days. I'm showing you my own bag below. I'm pretty meticulous when packing our backpacks. Not all airports seem to be as strict with the liquids rules as they used to be, but some are (ours is...ha!). So, I work hard to keep those liquids in the clear quart-sized bag as mandated by the TSA (one liquid bag per passenger). I also make sure that the liquid bags are in the backpacks so I don't have to open my wheelie bag in the security line (because, y'all, my underthings are in there...and I'm never in the mood to unpack and repack a wheelie bag at the airport). I can unpack my backpack (if they require it) easily and then be on my way.
One thing that can't go through security is beverages. But, I absolutely am a stickler for getting my daily water intake, especially while traveling. My new Brita Hard-Sided Filtered Water Bottle is fantastic for traveling and is another must-have in my backpack. 
Check out everything I include in my backpack to make air travel much easier, below:

Free Printable Ultimate Packing Checklist

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This Free Printable Ultimate Packing Checklist is the kickoff to our month of organizational printables. It's a great way to get organized for travel...and travel organization is what we're talking about this first week of June!

Free Printable Ultimate Packing Checklist | Perfect for travel packing | Three designs | Instant Downloads
Since we're kicking off travel season, I thought we'd kick off our organizational printable month with lots of fun travel printables. Today, I'm sharing a free printable Ultimate Packing Checklist. This is a very thorough list to make sure you never forget a thing when getting ready for long or short vacations.