Holiday Planning Guide with Free Printables

Hard to believe it’s time to plan for the holidays already!  With Thanksgiving just about here and only a few weeks left until Christmas, I decided to share my Holiday Planning Guide with free Printables with you early this year.  Not to stress you out about the impending holiday season, but to help you get organized early!!

Entertaining is so, so stressful.  But you know, in a good way.  As in, I-wouldn’t-have-it-any-other-way.  I LOVE entertaining.  I love that we made the executive decision that {since we made the grandkids} everyone can come to us for the holidays.  Not to mention our Christmas Eve Brunch that we do for the neighbors each year.  But, the joy of entertaining also means the stress of cleaning, cooking and planning.

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Last year, I finally got smart and wrote everything down.  I basically make the same food every year, but I always struggle to remember what I make, and fumble to find the recipes.  So last year I got organized.  And I made a bunch of documents that will go straight into our House Manager Binder.  Although, with the amount of entertaining we do, it may need it’s own binder soon!

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Because I’m making this for my own personal use, I’m gonna give you access to the files.  However, you won’t be able to edit them.  But feel free to print them out and use them for yourself!  I got all the little buttons as free downloads from the digital scrapbooking site, Shabby Princess.  And I got the fonts (Pea Carol) from Kevin & Amanda…also free.  So technically, you can make your own version of these as well!  And if you decide to pin any of these images, please remember link them back to this page!! Thanks!

I’m telling you, there are a lot of printables in this file, but it’s really everything you need for planning your whole Christmas week.  Here’s a sneak peek of the Table of Contents.  See below for the links to each document.

Holiday Planning Guide from Palmettos and Pigtails: Free printables to keep you organized!

Click on each link to get to the Google Drive Document.  You’ll be able to download, but not edit.  You’ll see some items have two pages…they are the same document, but with different graphics in case you want to print two different sets!

Holiday Planning Guide Cover Page

Holiday Planning Guide Cover Page AND Table of Contents

December Calendar

Gift Planner

Christmas Card List

Party Planner 1

Party Planner 2

Holiday Baking Recipes, Page 1

Holiday Baking Recipes, Page 2

Event Planner

Christmas Eve Meal Planning

Christmas Day Meal Planning

Christmas Eve Shopping List

Christmas Day Shopping List

Meal Recipe Cards, Page 1

Meal Recipe Cards, Page 2

Thank You Note List

I’d love your feedback on this guide…did I miss anything?  What was the most helpful page for you?  Happy Planning!

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November 2015 Cleaning Calendar

Happy November!  Once again, I’m not really sure where October went, but I’m officially ready for the fall.  Last night we went to the Fair and it was 83 degrees.  That’s just not right…I love the usual Fair routine of bundling up for a chilly Fall night, and it’s yet to happen here.  So, here’s to yet another week of 80 degree weather, complete with mosquitos and humidity…..Fall, where are you?

To download and print your own November 2015 Cleaning Calendar, click here!

November 2015 Cleaning Calendar- Palmettos and Pigtails

Due to a computer glitch….it’s only showing the image from last year….but your download will be 2015!  Thanks!

Happy Cleaning!
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October 2015 Cleaning Calendar

Fall has struck again!  I’ve been so distracted by the {slowly} changing weather, Halloween costume ideas, and Fall decor that I almost forgot to post this today!  I’ve actually been on top of my cleaning {thanks to my wonderful cleaning ladies!}, so I’m going to add to my personal calendar this month and try to clean the windows in my house….we’ll see if it happens!

October 2015 Cleaning Calendar

Click here to download and print your own copy of the October 2015 Cleaning Calendar.

Happy Fall and Happy Cleaning!

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September 2015 Cleaning Calendar

I don’t know about you, but this month is looking pretty clean for me.  We traveled for much of August, and now that the kids are in school full time, there’s no one home to make messes!!  Ok, ok, so maybe it’s still a little messy….a girl can dream, can’t she?

We got a little tease of fall this week with temperatures only in the mid 80’s and a breeze.  It would have been lovely, but it was also rainy and muggy.  But I’m looking forward to the seasons changing and being able to open up the windows for some fresh air!  Maybe I’ll add cleaning windows to the calendar in October!

September 2015 Cleaning Calendar


Click here to download or print your copy of my September 2015 Cleaning Calendar and share it on Pinterest and Facebook!

Happy Cleaning!

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{From the Archives} Disney Vacation Printables

Funny how this seems to be the season of Disney.  Here I thought I was being smart by planning our trip during the school year…better weather, less crowds.  But it seems as though I’m not the only one doing Disney this Fall!  I’ve gotten numerous download requests the past couple of weeks for my Disney Vacation Printables that I created last time we went.

Disney Vacation Printables-Everything you need to plan your trip!

Source for the Mickey Dollars {to be earned by the kids before the trip}

So today I thought I’d do a little Throwback Thursday and share all of my Disney Vacation Printables with you, all in one place.  Feel free to download and use them for your family, or pin them for a later trip!  Please show me some love by sharing this post so others might benefit too.  All of the sharing buttons are at the end of the post.

Disney Packing List

Free Printable Packing List for Disney!

The file has both a sample list {like the one on the left}, and a blank list.  I’ve updated the Excel document for a more printer friendly version, so be sure to click on the link and download the file to print.

Disney Itinerary

Free Editable Disney Itinerary, Day by Day

I’ve made this into an editable Excel file, so you can enter your schedule in, and manipulate times as needed.  Above was our itinerary back in 2013 when we went, I’m still tweaking for this year!

Mickey Tickets

Give out Mickey Tickets every 30 minutes that the kids can trade for make the drive to Disney AWESOME!

This year we’ll be breaking out the Mickey Tickets during the 6 hour drive again.  We have a DVD player in the car, but I really hate using it.  So the kids read, play with their “car” toys and sing along with the radio, and then every hour and half hour, they get a ticket.  They can trade tickets in for treats: 1 ticket for a new book {they love Where’s Waldo!}, 2 tickets for a snack, 3 tickets for a new toy/activity, 4 tickets for a movie.  To print and use these tickets, save the photo above and print from your computer.

I’m working on our meal plans for the week now.  Although I love my usual meal planning worksheet, I’m hoping to get together a Disney inspired one in the next day or too…don’t worry, I’ll share!

Hope these free Disney Vacation Printables help your planning process!  Please share!

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August 2015 Cleaning Calendar

After three trips in five weeks…my brain is reeling.  I’m not sure where I am or what day it is! But apparently it’a already a full week into August, which means I am a full week behind in getting the August 2015 Cleaning Calendar to you.  I’m so sorry!  I don’t know about you, butI’m way behind in my chores and tasks….I’m just counting the days until school starts and we can get back on schedule!

So, a few days late…here is the August 2015 Cleaning Calendar!

August 2015 Cleaning Calendar: A Chore a Day will keep your House Clean!

Click on the picture or here to download the calendar for yourself!

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July 2015 Cleaning Calendar

Happy July!

I’m posting today’s cleaning calendar from the porch of my parents’ condo in St. Augustine.  Not a fantastic view, but the weather is mild with a slight breeze.  But the most important thing is….I’m alone!  Lincoln is asleep and the girls are at the beach with their grandparents.  So.  I’m gonna have another cup of coffee and leave the cleaning to you!

Every month, Palmettos and Pigtails publishes a daily cleaning calendar.  One little chore a day to get your household in order!

Remember, you can download your printable June 2015 Cleaning Calendar here!

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June 2015 Cleaning Calendar

School is officially out here in the LowCountry.  I snagged Jayna a day early and headed to Maryland for a few days to visit with family in from China and friends.  So needless to say, I’ll be skipping a few days on my June 2015 Cleaning Calendar…at least until I get back.

June 2015 Cleaning Calendar

Click on the picture above, or here to download and print your copy of the June 2015 Cleaning Calendar.

Stay tuned for our adventures up north!

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May 2015 Cleaning Calendar

I cannot believe that it’s May already!  School is already winding down for us and we are gearing up for yet another really busy summer.  Dave and I are kicking off the month with a spur-of-the moment trip to Las Vegas for business and a little R&R.  We are so blessed that my parents are just a phone call {and a couple hours} away, and are happy to join our circus for a few days so Dave and I can enjoy some time together!  Needless to say, it’s much overdue, and we are so excited!

May 2015 Cleaning Calendar - Palmettos and PigtailsClick on the picture above, or on this link to download your own copy of the May 2015 Cleaning Calendar!  Stay tuned this week for an AMAZING giveaway just in time for Mother’s Day!

Happy Cleaning!

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6 Ways to Clean Out the Medicine Cabinet

With spring cleaning season officially here, I’m up to my ears in small {and big} organizational projects.  You know, in my spare time…  I’ve been slowly photographing all of my kids’ artwork so I can thin out the massive pile of drawings, paintings and handprint art that’s accumulated.  I’m hoping to create a Shutterfly photo album for each kid featuring my favorites of their creations.  Another big project that has been on my back burner for a long time, is to clean out the medicine cabinet.

logoHow to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired MedicationOk.  Confession time.  About 10 years ago {insert sheepish face here}, I inherited a bunch of my late great aunts’ household items.  Included in those items were two plastic containers filled with band aides, gauze, and other basic first aid supplies.  I was excited to have a ready-made first aid kit, so I stuck it at the top of our linen closet and promptly forgot about it.  When I was cleaning out the other day, I realized that most of the items in these old bins were no longer usable.  The bandages have lost their adhesive abilities, and all of the topical treatments have {really} expired.  And since I had long ago forgotten about those supplies, I had already bought duplicates of almost everything anyway.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired MedicationWe have a storage cabinet over our master toilet that houses all of our medications and {current} first aid supplies.  But again, over the years, we’ve collected so many bottles and boxes of stuff, that there really isn’t any rhyme or reason to the cabinet.  Because of the disorganization, it’s easier to just buy new rather than searching for what we have already.  So we have many duplicates of over the counter items.  Not to mention the prescriptions that we’ve acquired after numerous medical and dental procedures, including birthing three children!  Some of these I can’t remember what were used for, and some were already expired.  Time to clean out the medicine cabinet.

And how do you dispose of un-needed or expired medication anyway?  The American Recall Center has  the following tips on how to safely clean out the medicine cabinet.

1. Check with your local pharmacies and police stations for any “take back ” programs they may offer.  It’s a great way to safely dispose of prescription medication.

2. If you have to throw away your pills, do not flush them down the toilet or simply push them in the trash.  If you empty the medication into a sealed bag filled with used coffee grounds or kitty litter before putting in the trashcan, it will make the drugs unrecognizable to anyone who may be searching for them illegally after disposal.

3. Be sure to rip off or black out information on the prescription label.  Blacking out the name of the medication, your personal information and the doctor’s information will make the medicines unidentifiable and will protect your personal information.

4. Check expiration dates! Expired medical products can be less effective or harmful due to a change in chemical composition or decrease in potency.  For example, a humid bathroom cabinet can contribute to decreased effectiveness in medicines.  And never share prescription medication with other members of your household, you never know what medication allergies or reactions you may have.

5. When disposing of EpiPens, injectors, or other needles, be sure you have FDA approved needle disposal containers, which are made of heavy plastic and won’t puncture.  You can get these from your doctor, pharmacy or online.  Call your recycling center or medical facility, they will know where you can dispose of them.

6. Visit the website to learn about recalled meds, and sign up for the patient safety alert to get an alert if something pertaining to your medication is recalled.  And as always, be sure to ask your doctor plenty of questions about medications, side effects, etc.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

I started out by taking EVERYTHING out of my medicine cabinet.  I wiped down the shelves and doors really well, and separated the expired and old medical stuff with the current.  Then I sorted everything into types of use.  My categories ended up being “Bandages” {Band Aides, Gauze and Neosporin}, “Cleaning” {Hydrogen Peroxide, etc.}, “Pain” {Aspirin and Ibuprofens}, “Allergy” {Benadryl and itch creams}, “Cold” {Nyquil, etc.}, “Eyes/Nose/Ears/Cough” {Nose Spray, Cough Drops, Eye Drops}, “Skin” {Bug Bite Relief, Sunburn, Warts}, “Feminine Care” {Self Explanatory…and I put them in a bin so they are more discrete}, “Thermometers/Dosage Cups” {I saved just a few medicine cups since most medications come with a new one}, “Foot Care” {gel soles, odor eaters}, “Kid” {with each other category that had children’s medication as well}, and “Gastro” {for belly issue meds}.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

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I found some cute little canvas bins at Ikea that were perfect for separating categories, and holding  little stuff like rolls of medical tape and tubes of cream.  I also liked how all of my feminine care items could be a little more discrete in the cabinet.  Then I simply chose an area on each shelf for each category.  I placed categories that may overlap next to each other {i.e. “Pain” is next to “Allergy,” which is next to “Cold” so my Tylenol, Benadryl and Tylenol Cold & Flu can be near each other}.  I was sure to place somewhat safer items on the bottom shelf,  just in case one of the kids got into the cabinet.  I used wash tape and a permanent marker to label my categories on the shelves {and give a little pop of color}.  The other nice thing about using the Washi Tape, is that it’s easily removable, so I can reorganize later if needed.

 How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

I also repurposed the old plastic bins that I had inherited, and filled them with emergency supplies for the car.  I included clean washcloths, bandages, cleanser spray, Neosporin, bug bite and sunburn relief, scissors, medical tape, a couple of tampons/pads, a couple of Q-tips in a tube to keep them clean, some anti-bacterial Band Aides,and a little chart I’ve had forever that gives you the basics of first aid {CPR, Heimlich Maneuver, etc.}.  I think I also might throw in a diaper/wipes, and a trash bag.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired MedicationI’m quite pleased with the finished product.  And I’m so embarrassed about how much expired stuff we had {and were still using!!}.  So it’s a big weight off my shoulders to know exactly what supplies we have currently, and know that they are safe for my family.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

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