Free Printable

Fall Free Printable

I can't get enough of Fall! I love the smells, the cooler weather and comfy clothes and food. I love the routine of things and I love the busyness of fall too!

Here's a fun way to spend some time with your kiddos and create family memories together. Why not print our free printable - Fall Bucket List!

This is such a fun way for your kids to be able to focus on what activities need to be done to check the list off and need to work together towards a goal.

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Simply right click on the image and save it to your desktop or computer. Hit print and post it on the fridge or the wall for the entire family to see it so that you can check off items as you go!

Don't forget we still have TWO Fall Single Boxes to choose from:

Can't wait to share with you our Fall decorations and favourites...mmm...my new favourite candle included! ;)

Meal Planning and FREE Printable!

With the fall season almost here (my favourite!), back to school and routine, I thought what better time to get back into my meal planning. I LOVE planning out my weekly suppers and sitting down to figure out my grocery list each week (I can't be the only one, am I?!).  So I thought it would be great for me to share with you an easy way to plan your meals and help with your grocery list too! 

Each week I like to figure out what activities we have that week and plan our meals around them so that way we are not trying to figure out what to eat last minute. It's helpful because not only does it guide you for what to eat, but it also helps with your grocery shopping (and it saves you money by planning!). 

Here's what I like to do each week. I use this menu plan (I prefer lines but we have both of them for you as an option so you can choose!) and I plan out our week. I write at the top what activities we have that week so I know if we are going to be rushed and need a quick dinner idea (like this week our boys have skating on Wednesday and then we have a birthday party for our oldest on Saturday).  

My grocery list is on the pink sticky note (I know there are apps for this, but personally I prefer to write everything down and take my sticky note with me...call me old fashioned I know!). With my grocery list, I transfer over anything at the bottom of the planner and then I have areas of the grocery store - fruits, veggies, meats and then everything else in the middle of the store :)

With the meal planner, what you can do is write the meal at the top of the list and then in the middle, write what ingredients it needs. If it's an easier meal like pork chops and rice, obviously you wouldn't need to write out the ingredients. However if it's a more difficult menu item like lasagna, then you can write everything out that you need for that recipe. Then at the bottom, there is a handy section for what needs to go on your grocery list (this is where you check your pantry and fridge first to see what items you have). Then transfer over your grocery list items to your grocery list. 

I also thought it would be helpful for you to give you some supper and meal plan ideas!! Here are a few of our favourites (NOTE: I will be blog posting some of these in the next couple of months...if you have a preference, leave a comment or email me at cassie@curiositybox.ca). 

Meal Plan Ideas:

  • Lasagna
  • Pork Tenderloin with mashed potatoes
  • Pork Chops with rice and a veggie
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Tacos (chicken or beef or fish)
  • Nachos (beef or chicken)
  • Quesadilla 
  • Spaghetti with garlic toast and caesar salad
  • Chicken Alfredo Pasta (LOVE THIS ONE!!) 
  • Stuffed Chicken with mini potatoes and bbq'd veggies
  • Meat loaf and scalloped potatoes and cauliflower
  • Sheppards' Pie
  • Chili
  • Chicken or beef kabobs
  • Hamburgers with home made french fries
  • Homemade macaroni and cheese with salad
  • Homemade pizzas
  • Taco Salad - find the recipe HERE
  • Meatballs with rice or meatball subs
  • Chicken Enchiladas 
  • Cabbage Rolls
  • Pork Chops with rice and corn

I love trying new recipes too so I will be sure to post some more soon!

So here is the FREE Printable that you can click on and print. As I said before, there is a version with lines and a version without.

Meal Planner No Lines
Meal Planner Lines

Happy meal planning :) 

FREE First Day of School Printable

Back to School is almost here! We want to help a child you know get excited for school while having fun and using their creativity! Check out our new Single Box - School Time Fun!

School Time Fun!

School Time Fun!

 

One of my favourite things about Back to School is seeing how excited my son is. I want to hold onto every memory possible that I can about each year of his school. Last year I had a special graphic made (made by Visions by Ang - amazing!).

 

This year I thought it would be neat to start a little binder of memories of how much he changed from the beginning of the year to the end. So we created this free printable for you!

Record your child's favourite things on their first day of school and on their last day of school. Place it in a binder or your child's memory book so that you can look back at each year! Just right click on the photo below and save it or print it!

Summer To Do List - Free Printable!

I can honestly say I have NO clue where this school year went...it flew by! Here are my son's last day of school pictures (he is definitely not the little boy he was at the beginning of the year...proud mama though for sure!!).

I am so excited to spend some quality time with our boys this summer. I loved summers growing up as a kid and I have some great memories of a TON of outdoor activities and trips and friends and cousin fun! I can't wait to start some traditions and continue old ones this summer with our boys!

We decided to do a "Summer Fun List" so that we can have a list of things that we can do each week and be able to check them off. I think it's a great way to allow the kids to be involved and make decisions and have fun with it! Here is ours:

Summer Fun List

Here are a few tips on how to create a list like ours:

1. Get a bristol board from the dollar store for your list - our boys LOVE the big bright board that is in our kitchen that they can look at and we can talk about at dinner. They love coming up a with a plan and love checking things off and being able to see it!

2. Allow them to come up with the items but make sure they are reasonable. 

3. Try to add a few items in for the community. We are going to go and pick up some garbage one day and we are also going to go and support our local Farmer's Market.

4. We had a good discussion about keeping our list to "extra things" that aren't normal or daily/weekly tasks. For example - going swimming wasn't an extra for us, so we didn't include it as we do this quite often with our pool.

5. Be sure to check the items that you do off! This is the fun part and our boys are taking turns quite nicely checking off items as we go.

6. Add one or two items that are bigger ticket items that they might not know that you have planned already (ours was the Blue Jays Game and seeing waterfalls as I know we will do this on our vacation!). Our boys are super excited for these big events!!

We also thought it would be fun to give you Free Printable for a Summer Bingo Game. This is something you can do completely separate or you can incorporate it into your summer fun list and check them both off! Here is the Summer Bingo:

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For this bingo game, simply right click on the photo above and save it to your computer. Print this photo off and put it on your fridge or bulletin board or even in a photo frame and use a dry erase marker.

As you check items off, have the kids try and work towards a line or just the full card. Once you've completed your goal, celebrate! Make sure you set your celebration goal before you start!!

Hope your summer is starting off right! We will be back with crafts, recipes and more!