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Posts tagged ‘countdown calendars’

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The Summer Bucket List/Advent-ure Calendar

Now is a great time to think about a summer bucket list — what you’d like to experience over the summer. We all know how fast summer flies by so setting a few intentions now will get the ball rolling!

Have some fun with it — after all, this is not your everyday to-do list of chores and tasks! If you don’t get it all in, no worries; there’s always next year. But, here’s a thought: What if you could? What if THIS summer could be THE summer that you truly do it all? It’s time to get that calendar out and make some plans!

Here’s a great summer to-do list that gets you thinking about fun. My favorite line… the last one: Enjoy being young… and living summer with young people.

And here’s a fun way to organize all of your fun… as popsicle sticks in a jar. If crossing off the to-dos in list form feels too much like the school year, then this is definitely a satisfying approach for summer!

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The summer advent-ure calendar below serves to help you capture the fleeting days of summer by being part planner, part scrapbook!

You’ll need string or yarn, clothespins and stickers or numbered circles cut out of card stock. First, write numbers on card stock for all the dates of summer. Then glue the circles to the clothespins and clip the pins to a length of yarn or string.

Prior to an event, you can clip items that correspond to plans on any given date, such as tickets to an event or a brochure. As the days pass, you can also clip mementos from each day, such as a feather from a hike or a seed packet from your garden.

Not only will kids see that they have much to look forward to; when school starts again they’ll realize what a great summer they had!

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(image courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)

If the previously mentioned projects involve too many Type A tasks, then preparing for summer might be as simple as this list we made a couple of years ago.

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This summer our list is being replaced by one major focus: puppy! We just met our newest family member last weekend and he comes home in two weeks!

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Friday, May 3rd, 2013

An Excitement Pack for Future Fun

Do you have house guests coming this summer? Then check out this fun idea by Giulia Duch. She collected photos and mementos in anticipation of her friend coming to Barcelona and labeled the objects with phrases like, “You’ll go here… you’ll eat here”, etc. Then she packed them in an envelope and mailed it. How awesome to be on the receiving end of that! Often times, the anticipation is as sweet as the actual event, and this tradition celebrates that.

p.s. This idea might also be tailored to a upcoming adventure or vacation as well as a birthday, anniversary or holiday celebration.

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(images courtesy Giulia Duch, found via Design Mom)


Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Any Occasion Advent Calendar

If you don’t already know it, I am a huge fan of advent calendars. I was really excited about this latest find due to its nature theme and not being tied to any particular holiday. This would be great as a countdown for a vacation, camping/hiking trip or summer camp. Spring is almost here and with it, outdoor adventures. Once your plan is in place, savor the anticipation with a creative countdown!

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(image courtesy Snug.Studio)


Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Are you ready for December 1st?

Thanksgiving is over. So is Black Friday. And Cyber Monday. It’s not quite December yet, so what’s next? THE COUNTDOWN CALENDAR!

Saturday is the start of the celebratory month; are you ready?

If you’re new to my blog, you may not know that I am obsessed with advent/countdown calendars! I’ve been using them for years, but to my delight, they’ve become quite the trend in the past couple of years.

These calendars come in a wide range of styles but all serve the same purpose: To bring a dose of daily delight to children and adults alike. Yes… I said adults! Even if you don’t have children, these are playful gifts for a spouse, significant other, extended family member, friend or coworker. Remember the imagination and anticipation you felt this time of year as a kid? Reignite those magical feelings for someone in your life and have some fun doing it!

Regardless of what your calendar may hold, one thing rings true with all: holidays AND the every day present celebratory moments, if you’re game!

Check out my past posts below for lots of creative options you can make as well as my Pinterest board of calendars.

More Countdown Calendars

The Countdown Begins December 1st!

Advent Calendar Wrap Up

D.I.Y. Advent Projects

Countdown Calendars for Kids

Love this modern approach!

A great way to use up that Halloween candy!

Free printable here.

Looking to buy one that’s ready to use? I found these cute wool stockings at Crate & Barrel.

And here’s a new one from Pottery Barn.

These are available at Target; I’ve also seen the Lego versions at Toys R Us.


Monday, June 11th, 2012

Summer Advent-ure Calendar

I love advent/countdown calendars and am always excited to come across new and creative interpretations like the one below, featured in the June/July 2012 issue of FamilyFun Magazine. The summer advent-ure calendar serves to help you capture the fleeting days of summer by being part planner, part scrapbook!

You’ll need string or yarn, clothespins and stickers or numbered circles cut out of card stock. First, write numbers on card stock for all the dates of summer. Then glue the circles to the clothespins and clip the pins to a length of yarn or string.

Prior to an event, you can clip items that correspond to plans on any given date, such as tickets to an event or a brochure. As the days pass, you can also clip mementos from each day, such as a feather from a hike or a seed packet from your garden.

Not only will kids see that they have much to look forward to; when school starts again they’ll realize what a great summer they had!

(image courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)


Monday, December 19th, 2011

Lucky Number Seven(ty)

from Jamie

Here’s a super special gift idea for someone who has a birthday or anniversary coming up!

Brooke from Inchmark Journal wanted to do something special for her dad’s 70th birthday. First, she printed 70 postcards on thick cardstock, each with a different number between 1 and 70. She then gathered addresses for seventy of the important people in her dad’s life: family members, old classmates, dear friends and all his grandchildren. Included in the envelope was a card explaining that it was dad’s birthday, and that they needed to send the postcard back sharing their funniest memory. To make things easy, the postcards were pre-addressed and pre-stamped so all they had to do was write a quick note on the back and toss the card in the mail.

Brooke writes:

“When my dad got home a few days after his birthday, there were a handful of cards in his mailbox. He was surprised and delighted. And then the next day there were a few more cards, and the day after that, a few more. This continued on for the rest of the month until he had quite a stack. I hadn’t asked people to stagger when they mailed their cards, that just happened naturally. Some of the notes were heartfelt and quite moving, others were funny, bringing up memories my dad hadn’t thought about in years. I especially loved reading what his grandchildren wrote. All in all, a pretty inexpensive gift (postage was our main expense) and one I think my dad will remember for quite some time.”

Fantastic!

(images courtesy Inchmark Journal)


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

MORE countdown calendars!

from Jamie

Ok, I admit it; I am officially obsessed with these things! My holiday version for Livi is all set for its debut tomorrow, but I still love seeing all the creative things being done out there (and wishing I had the time and resources to make all the lovely handmade versions!) If you’re like me and ready for more then check out the Creature Comforts blog for another inspiring collection of the cool and celebratory!

(image courtesy Eighteen 25)

(image courtesy FRYD + Design)


Friday, November 18th, 2011

The countdown begins December 1st!

from Jamie

If you’d like to experience the thrill of a countdown calendar this holiday season; hurry, you’ve got a week and a half to get your plans in place! My latest find is the Silohouette Advent Calendar found on Paper Crave. (This could also be used as a 25 day countdown to any special event.)

I’m a big fan of these things so check out my previous posts below for more ideas!

Countdown Calendars for Kids

D.I.Y. Advent Projects

Advent Calendar Wrap Up

(photo courtesy Paper Crave)


Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

A Trick or Treat for Everyday

from Jamie

Last year I shared an awesome Halloween countdown calendar which can be reused each year (click here to read more from last year’s post). Since this past weekend was spent pulling out all the Halloween stuff, I have to admit my heart skipped a beat when I saw the calendar and realized I had a lot of planning ahead of me!

But one thing that was helpful was looking at all the little notes from last year. It was actually my daughter’s idea to keep them; she said she likes reading the old ones which helps her remember things from the past. So sentimental of her, and so strategic of me!

Using notes like these is a great way to avoid just sticking a piece of candy in each box (not to say I won’t be doing that here and there!) Consider writing about an event that day such as a fall festival, pumpkin patch, hike or marshmallow roast. You can also create mini-scavenger hunts to find Halloween-themed books, caramel apples and some fun surprises like orange cocoa. Happy planning!


Friday, August 12th, 2011

Bottoms Up!

from Jamie

Today I’m drooling over this idea by Brooke Reynolds from Inchmark Journal: fun bottle cap labels for your next festive event. Shown below is a gourmet root beer collection numbered 1-40 for, you may have guessed, a 40th birthday. But I’m also thinking this numeric logic could be applied to any countdown event! Prefer spelling over math? Spell out a special message like Happy Birthday, or anything, really. Or imagine a collection of wines that match your wedding anniversary. The sky’s the limit!

(images courtesy Inchmark Journal)