Calendar Girl

New Year means a new start, and I’m determined to stay on task in 2017! I have to admit, I’m not always the most organized person, and to stay ahead of everything on my schedule I really have to spend time planning it all out. One of my favorite ways to do that is calendars! I love the feeling of having all my tasks in front of me on paper so I can figure out how best to tackle them.

Here are a few of my favorite downloadable calendars that I wanted to share with y’all!

Montgomeryfest Minimalist Calendar Free Download

Simple as That Grid Calendar Free Download

Floral Calendar Free Download

Landee’s Banner Calendar Free Download

I always keep one easily accessible for my husband and I to put down things that apply to both of us like weddings, doctors appointments, and when to give our dog his medicine. I also use one for my cleaning schedule (as mentioned in my previous post!) so that my daily planner doesn’t get overwhelmed with every single detail. However, most all my tasks are in my daily planner, which I absolutely cannot live without!

The Rifle Paper Co Planner is the planner I chose for 2017 and I love how simple and clean it is!

Staying organized is no easy task, but writing things down always helps. Doesn’t it feel good to see things checked off a list?

And for those of you who are stressed out by calendars, I completely understand where you’re coming from. If planning becomes stressful and unproductive, there are other ways to get stuff done without driving yourself crazy!

Love hearing from y’all, so if you have fun tips for using planners and calendars or resources that you love, please share! We’ll see how 2017 goes and then maybe 2018 I’ll be organized enough to make a bullet journal (:

From my house to yours,

Mary Allison



Shut the Front Door

Sometimes, a little change goes a long way in energizing us and making us feel good, like a fresh hair cut or a new sweater. When it comes to your home, it’s not always easy to think of changes that won’t hurt your bank account. One of the easiest ways to give your house a face lift on a budget is painting your front door!

A bright, bold front door can brighten up your home  without going over the top with color. A deep blue or bright navy goes great with brick, while lighter blues look amazing with white siding. Green is a color popping up everywhere this year, and a deep emerald or a springy light green can help you get rid of the winter blues. If you’re feeling really ambitious and have a wooden door, stripping the paint and doing a nice rich stain makes for a clean, craftsman look.  There’s always welcoming red and classic black or gray if you want something more traditional, but don’t hesitate to pick a color to bring out your home’s personality!

If the siding on your house is a neutral, don’t be afraid to go with a bolder color to stand out. With homes that have brightly colored siding already, natural wood, neutrals, and pale colors work well to complement the siding. If you want to go color on color, make sure they’re complimentary to each other and don’t compete in boldness of color.

Also consider the style of your door and home exterior when choosing a color. If you have a French provincial mansion, neon purple might not flow so well with the rest of the house. The doorknobs, knockers, glass panes, and other details can make a difference as well, so give them a little TLC or switch it up when you get ready to paint!

Here are some of my favorite examples of how a front door can be a game changer for your curb appeal:

Aqua Door – Link

Green Door – Link

Bailey and Pete didn’t need to do much to the farmhouse’s exterior to make it picture-perfect. “We added scalloped shingles to enhance its existing Victorian charm and gave it a fresh coat of paint and a cute pink Dutch door,” Bailey says. “She already had so much going for her, our touches were just a bonus.”

Pale Pink Door – Link

Yellow Door – Link (she even has a tutorial!)

Bright Blue Door – Link

raspberry front door personalized with paint

Raspberry Door – Link

Painting the front door is an easy and inexpensive update for your home that can give you some extra curb appeal. For more tips follow the links below the pictures, send me an email, or follow me on Pinterest for some more house love!

From my home to yours,

Mary Allison