Calendar and Menu Planner Sets+Giveaway Time!!

There is something on our kitchen wall that I look at every single day.  And I’m not talking about the smeared macaroni courtesy of my two year old.  No, these are two items that I depend on to keep me sane and organized!  They are a must in my life.  One is our Monthly Calendar and the other is our Menu Planner. Each is kept in a frame and I use dry erase markers to write on the glass but you could also laminate them and use markers on them that way.

I keep track of each family members activities and appointments, work schedules, and a to do list on the calendar.  We are constantly stopping by it to double check dates and times and plan our week.  Every day my husband asks me, “What’s for dinner?”  And every day I am able to glance over at the Menu Planner, see what is for dinner, and then tell him to start cooking.  :)  Planning out our menu each week helps with our grocery budget and simplifies the shopping.  I can’t live without them!!!

For the last year or so I have been selling my Monthly Calendar in my Etsy Shop and it is easily my number one item.  I sell more of the Monthly Calendar then all the other items combined so I must not be the only one who loves them!  But up until now there has only been one style available of the Calendar and I haven’t had a coordinating Menu Planner.  Well that tragic mistake has been remedied!  I now have six different styles (with more on the way!), each set comes with a Monthly Calendar and Menu Planner, and today I am going to give away THREE full sets!  But first, let me show you the new designs!

This is the set I currently am using in my own home.  The soft white roses look great against the rustic, weathered wood.  (and yes, I know it isn’t currently November but I wanted to fill it out so you could see how much space there is to write and I picked a random month. :)

White Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set

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Pink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set

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Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetMint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetMint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner Set Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetBright and sunny more your style?  This set is cheerful and happy with yellows and blues plus lots of daisies.

Yellow and Blue Blooms Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Yellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetYellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetYellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner Set Yellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard is never going out of style right?  Can we all just agree on that right now?  Because I love me some chalkboard designs, and I always will.

Chalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner Set

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Joy Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Joy Calendar and Menu Planner SetJoy Calendar and Menu Planner Set Joy Calendar and Menu Planner SetJoy Calendar and Menu Planner SetEach set is only $8.00 and you receive the files in high resolution JPEGs and PDFs.  I also love these items for more than just personal use.  I think they make GREAT gift ideas for so many occasions!  Bridal showers, weddings, teacher gifts, house warming, etc.  They are so useful and can be given for so many different occasions.  And the great thing about buying a digital file is you only have to buy it once, and then it is yours to print again and again, as many times as you need!  AWESOME, right?!

To celebrate the launch of these new items I’m going to host a giveaway on my Facebook page and give away THREE sets!  You can head on over to the page to enter and this weekend three people will randomly be chosen to pick any set they like!    Good luck and happy organizing!!!

A Treat For Me = A Treat For You

I recently had a dream where I was hiding in our greenhouse (we don’t actually have one) and I was desperately trying to protect a box of chocolates and a plate of donuts from the terrorists outside.  There I was crouching behind a potted palm, grasping a box of chocolates and donuts, and planning my escape route to get past the terrorists just waiting to take my delicious treats away.  Serious stuff.  When I awoke two things were immediately clear.  One: I probably need someone to evaluate me and tell me what is wrong in my head, and two: I love chocolate.  I actually didn’t need a dream to tell me the second part.  Whether I am awake or asleep I will never say no to chocolate.  If you like chocolate as much as me, then read on.  You’ll have a chance to enter a giveaway to win some free chocolate of your very own!

You can imagine my joy when I recently had the chance to try a product from Chocolate.org.  Do you need to hear anything other than that name right there?  Chocolate.org.  Sign me up!  I was just a little excited when my package arrived in the mail containing Devilishly Delicious Chocolate Covered Cookies from Givens and Company.  The cookies arrived in a beautiful tin with a pretty little bow on top.  This would be so nice to send to someone as a present.  Who wouldn’t love getting such a pretty gift?

Chocolate Giveaway and Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

When I opened up the tin the cookies were a bit melted but that is only because I live on the surface of the sun, aka Phoenix.  Can’t really complain about melted chocolate when it is approximately 1,284 degrees outside.  I placed the tin in the fridge for awhile to let the chocolate harden and let me tell you, the melting did not affect the taste at all.  They were so yummy!  I had a hard time saving enough to take pictures between myself, my husband, and our daughter.  We couldn’t stop at just one.  I especially love white chocolate and these spoke to my very soul.

Delicous Chocolate Covered Cookies from Chocolate.org and Givens and CompanyI was worried that we would sit and eat them all in one go, because they were honestly that good, so I decided to put together a couple of little treat bags and take them to some friends.  I really appreciated that each cookie came individually wrapped which made it really easy to share them with friends.

Free Printable Treat Bag Toppers, perfect for Halloween!

Free Printable Treat Bag Toppers, perfect for Halloween!

And of course you know I have to share the cute treat bag topper with you.  The topper will fit perfectly on a little baggie which you can fill with any candy or treat you’d like.  Fun for friends, trick or treaters, to tuck into your kid’s lunch box, or take to the ladies you visit teach.

Download the PDF- Eek, Shriek, & Be Scary Treat Bag Toppers

To stay in the loop in all things chocolate you can follow Chocolate.org on twitter @choctweets.

Now here is the fun part.  When I get a treat, so do you!

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$40 Chocolate.org Giveaway, ends Monday 10/12!

If you head over to Instagram I am giving away a $40 gift certificate to Chocolate.org.  All you have to do is follow me on Instagram @darlingdoodlesdesign and leave a comment on the post to enter!  And you could win $40 to spend on all the chocolate your heart desires.  Chocolate lovers, unite!  The giveaway will run through Monday at midnight and winner  announced on Tuesday.  Good luck!

A special thank you to Chocolate.org and Givens and Company for making this great giveaway possible!  And for bringing delicious chocolate to people everywhere!  The next time you are looking for a treat for yourself or someone else I would not hesitate to recommend Chocolate.org.  They were great to work with, the package arrived quickly, I was very pleased with the taste (YUM!) as well as the appearance, and had a great experience overall.

“Extra” Fun Back to School Gift Idea

I know most people are a little bummed about the fact that summer is just about over and school will be starting soon.  I however, could not be more thrilled that summer is winding down.  The 100+ degree weather in Phoenix and I just do not mix.  Please let the cooler weather get here as soon as possible!  I do find it crazy that the school year is beginning soon (some have started already!) and they seem to start earlier and earlier every year.  I know back to school is a busy time for lots of people so I wanted to put together one gift idea that is quick, easy, and something that is actually useful for the teacher as well.  It is a gift basket with “extra” supplies for an “extra” good year!

Extra Supplies Back to School Gift Basket with FREE printable tagSchool budgets are tighter and tighter and teachers are using more of their own money to buy school supplies.  I hit up the sales and managed to pick up quite a few items for pretty cheap.  You can include basically anything that fits in school supplies.  Paper, glue sticks, scissors, paper clips, pens, pencils, markers, rulers, staples, post-it notes, crayons, rubber bands, erasers, etc.  Anything!  It would also be cute to include a package of Extra gum as well.

Extra Supplies Back to School Gift Basket with FREE printable tagThis is a gift that is easy to create based on your budget, you can make it with just a few supplies or put together a large basket.  The Dollar Tree has great containers that are perfect for just this type of present.  Add the printable tag and you are all set!

Download the PDF Gift Tag

Extra Supplies Back to School Gift Basket with FREE printable tag

Mixing Two Lives Together

I think I’ve said this before on this blog but it makes me laugh so it bears repeating.  When Sam and I were married we received six waffle irons as gifts.  Six!  And they were all the exact same one.   Waffle party at our house!

So it is true that there may be some standard gifts that people always give at receptions.  Pots and pans, towels, mixing bowls, etc.  But there is a reason those are standard…they’re useful and everyone needs them!  The trick to making your gift memorable is simply packaging it up in a cute and creative way.

Here is one way to jazz up a gift- I put together some whisks and spoons in a mason jar and tied a cute ribbon around the jar.  Add in some cookbooks and mixing bowls and you have a gift that is not only useful, but just different enough to be memorable.

Mixing and Blending Gift with Printable Tag

Of course, what really pulls it all together is a gift tag with a slightly cheesy pun!

Download the PDF

Mixing and Blending Gift TagAs you can see I made two different tags so that one will work with a blender as well.  And you can definitely pair either one with a nice mixer like a Kitchen Aid or a Bosch.  That would be a great wedding gift for sure!

World’s Greatest POP

Over the weekend I was doing my grocery shopping and wandering down the aisles waiting for some Father’s Day inspiration to spark and give me a little gift idea.  I stumbled across Pop Em’s donuts and thought hey, I bet I could make a cute tag using the word Pop, so I put them in my cart and kept on shopping.  And with each aisle I kept finding more and more items with the word pop and the gift idea grew!  I picked up a few of them to put together a gift basket and share it all with you in case you are looking for a fun present for Father’s Day.

World's Greatest Pop Gift Idea and Printable Gift Tags

The popcorn bucket is from the Dollar Tree but any cute basket could work.  And what to put inside?  There’s lots of options!  I clearly didn’t use all of these in my basket, but here’s a good list to pick from:

– Pop ‘Em Donuts

– Popcorn

– Pop-Tarts

– Soda Pop

– Pop Rocks

– Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

– Pops Cereal

– Pop Chips

– Ring Pop

– Otter Pops

– Tootsie Roll Pops

And anything else you find that fits the bill!

World's Greatest Pop Gift Idea and Printable Gift TagsNeed a tag to go along with your gift?  I’ve got you covered.  Whether this is for your husband, your dad, brother, grandpa, etc. let them know you think they are the World’s Greatest Pop!  And choose from three snazzy colors.  :)

World's Greatest Pop Printable Gift Tags

Download the PDF

Being a dad, especially being a good dad, is not an easy job and these men of ours need to hear that we appreciate them just as much as we need to hear it.   This basket may be a fun, small token of appreciation but it will bring a smile to his face!

World's Greatest Pop Gift Idea and Printable Gift Tags

The Wheels on the Bus…

I had planned to show you a fun new project we’ve been working on but the weather is seriously interfering with our ability to be outside and paint.  It’s been kind of cold/windy/rainy for the last few days and while that is great snuggle up with a book weather, it’s not the best for DIY-ing.  So in the meantime I’m answering a question sent in by one my readers, Elizabeth.

She was looking for an end of the year gift idea for her children’s bus driver.  I don’t know why I never thought of that before, after all this is the person who gets your child to and from school safely every single day.  Of course they deserve a thank you!  I did a quick search to see what I could find and stumbled across some really cute ideas which I thought I’d share.  There are some seriously creative people out there!  So here’s a round up of some of the best ideas for a bus driver thank you:

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversI love how Alish used yellow and brown M&M’s to put together these cute treat bags.  The color of school buses and bees! Very nicely done!   Thanks for BEE-ing the BEST Bus Drivers-Sister’s Stuff

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversUm, could these little bus candy bars be any cuter?  I’m seriously impressed.  We “Wheelie” Appreciate You!– Like a Pretty Petunia

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversNot only is there a cute kid in this picture, but how clever is this gift idea?  Gourmet sausage wrapped up to look like a bus.  And you know I love a good pun!  We’ve never “Sau-sage” a Great Bus Driver– Michelle Paige

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversDarcie created this clever gift with a tumbler and gift card.  I love it, and I think any driver would too!  A Smoothie Ride– Such the Spot

End of the Year Gift Ideas for Bus DriversAnd last is this great idea which could also work for croswalking guards if you were so inclined. Either way, I think it’s great!  Stop to Say Thanks– Finding Pins and Needles

I like how all of these gifts can be done fairly easy and inexpensively. I know that the gift list can seem like it is starting to add up sometimes but it really isn’t about the “thing” you are giving.  It is more just taking time to say a genuine thank you to someone who makes a difference in your (or your child’s) life.  Having a cute goody to go along with it is the cherry on top!

So there you go Elizabeth (and everyone else) I hope this helps you!  And I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sunny weekend and hopefully a finished project to show you next week!