{printable} kids’ picture packing list

I hit on this idea a few years back when I saw Erin’s beautiful illustrated packing list (watercolor? oh my!). Mine is not so stylish (I used colored pencils), but I’ve come to love it. Even my pre-readers can help pack their bag. I just fill in the number of items needed and they can check off when it’s packed.

Picture Packing List

{ kids’ picture packing list }

If you’d like to use it, feel free. Or, make your own! As Erin says, your kids don’t care if you can’t draw, so go for it! Let’s make traveling with kiddos as much fun as possible. :)

Speaking of fun, my daughter asked for a picture packing list for her doll. She loved coloring it in and using it to pack her doll’s diaper bag.

Doll Picture Packing List

{ doll’s picture packing list }

Happy traveling!
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{printable} free kids’ routine charts!

After seeing the adorable morning and bedtime routine charts available from
IHeart Organizing, I decided it was time to make some of our own!
I loved how colorful Jen’s are, so I made ours similar.

Take a peek and download them for {free}!
If you like them just as they are, download the .pdf version.
I’ve also included both charts in editable Word formats, so you can change ‘em up!

Morning Routine Chart | {Word .doc} {Word .docx} {.pdf}

Bedtime Routine Chart | {Word .doc} {Word .docx} {.pdf}

Feel free to use and share these…and tell your friends where you got ‘em, of course. :)


{this moment}

{this moment} A Friday tradition. One photo – without words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, yet beautiful, moment I’d like to pause and remember. If you wish to do the same, please leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to see and enjoy. Inspired by SouleMama.

Have a lovely weekend.
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these days…

These days, I’m:

+ Remembering…the fun we had dying eggs last month and thinking we ought to make some more. (Who says dyed eggs are only for Easter?)

+ Feeling…
joy in abundance as the weather warms up and shoes become unneeded.

+ Laughing…
at a little person who insists on wearing her “clompy” shoes out anyway.

+ Noticing… that I need to resume watering our lawn — stat!

+ “Drinking…
in blossoms”. — To quote Anne of Green Gables.

+ Thinking…
about the Kids’ Clothes Week Challenge projects that — ahem! — didn’t happen. Re-do? Yes, please! Stay tuned. :)

+ Eating…
just-baked chocolate chip cookies to console myself. ;)

+ Loving…
the hope and excitement a new season brings.

What’s new with you these days?

kids’ clothes week challenge!

I’m about to do something rash. Well…sort of. You see, I was over at Meg McElwee’s space the other day and she mentioned something called the Kids’ Clothes Week Challenge. I had to check it out, of course, and now I’m neck-deep!

Here are the daring details of the challenge in Elsie Marley’s own words:

Kids Clothes Week Challenge is a bi-annual event here on elsie marley where I challenge you to sew one hour a day, each day for 7 days.  The idea is that we all have the urge to sew clothes for our children, but we don’t always give ourselves the time to do it.  If you commit to sitting in front of your sewing machine, or tracing patterns, or cutting fabric, for one hour each day, then at the end of the week you will have some very well dressed kids. And a very proud mama (or papa) too!”

I don’t know about you, but I have an ever-growing stack of need-to-sew projects that aren’t finished, plus a stash of fabric ready to be used up. To the rescue: Kids’ Clothes Week Challenge! (I just love a good challenge, don’t you?)

My goal is to complete one article of clothing for each of our three kids + aprons for all of them. Ambitious? Yes! Unrealistic? (ahem) Yes, but I’m gonna give it a whirl anyway! Huzzah!

I’ll try to post a few progress pictures along the way and then we’ll have a grand fashion show post next week. Stay tuned!

Want to join in the week-long whirlwind of craftiness? (You’ll be be in good company, there are more than 500 signed-up so far.) Head over to the Kids’ Clothes Week Challenge page and leave a comment declaring your bold intention!

If you do, please leave me a link to your blog or photo page so we can cheer each other on!

On a side note, I will be finishing up the Communicating Commitment in Marriage series soon, so stick around for that. I haven’t forgotten about it!