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DIY Maternity Leave Calendar – Google Calendar

Before I left on maternity leave, I had this romantic idea of all these great things I was going to do with my daughter*. We were going to go to:

I had a super long list of things I wanted to do while on leave. Did I do everything? No! Of course not. I had a baby to take care of! BUT I did do a lot of things. My goal with this maternity calendar, was to put all these great idea of things I could do in Ottawa in one place.

By creating a “maternity leave” calendar it helped give me a good idea on what I wanted to do that week or even that day. Some days are easier than others with a baby. Some days you’re up for bundling them up and heading out the door, while others you couldn’t even be bothered to get out of your pyjamas.

As some of you might know, I’m a huge fan of Google Calendar. My husband and I have used it for years to sync our calendars together. Google also has a great ability for syncing my Google Calendar right to my iCal on my iPhone. It works seamlessly and also helped us avoid a lot of conflicts for double booking events.

This post has two parts.

First, let’s teach you how to set up your Google Calendar and learn how to create an extra calendar with your Google account.

1)      How to set up your Google Calendar (must already have a Google Account) to sync with your iPhone.

2)      How to create a new calendar with your account. I am recommending creating a “maternity leave” calendar that is private, so that you’re husband isn’t flooded with all these great events. 

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Second, here is a list of great places in Ottawa (mostly west-end) that I added to my maternity leave calendar:

Do you have any idea of other activities you could add to a maternity calendar? Something that happens once or a few times a week that new moms can do with their little ones (drop in style recommended).

If you have any questions on how to set this up, please contact me.


* I think these moms had the same idea (here, here, here and here).

(Free) Daily Blog Checklist

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been working really hard to come up with a simple, to the point to-do list. I think I’ve made one, but I need your help. It’s done, but it’s not pretty. Can anyone in the blog world help me make it beautiful?

Here is the Google Drive link to the Daily Checklist (July 2014).

You’re welome to use this checklist for your own usage, but if you’re able to improve it in any way, please show me.

Any questions? Contact me.

Top 3 (Free) Blogging Checklists

Speaking of to-do lists… I’ve also been looking at blogging checklists as well. I wanted to find something that realistic for me to complete on a daily basis and includes all the social media channels that I want participate in. Below are my Top 3 (free) Printable Blogging Checklists:

1. The SITS Girls – Daily Blog Checklist


I love this checklist.  It’s pretty simple, but a bit wordy (imo). Since I only participate in Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, the Facebook and Google + sections don’t do much for me. I do like the gentle reminders at the bottom of the page. I always find it helpful to write down a few more blog post ideas after writing a post.

2. Amuse your bouche – Daily blogging checklist


Same comment as above about not using Facebook, Google +. I have no idea what StumbleUpon is… is that something worth looking into? Is it new? I do like that it added a checklist for things to do on Pinterest. The wording is simple and to the point. I like it!

3. Smart School House – Make Money Blogging

This blogging checklist is so pretty! It’s very visually appealing. My only complaint is, there isn’t enough “to-do’s” in it. It’s very basic, but very very pretty (did I say that already?).

*sigh* I still haven’t found the one. I’ll try and work on something this weekend and show you what I come up with. It’s not going to be pretty, but I think it might be functional. If anyone knows how to jazz it up, please let me know! I would love some help.


My Top 3 (Free) To-Do List Templates

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been debating between buying a planner/agenda or DIY’ing one. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do. I’m leaning more towards the DIY route.

While doing my research for the perfect to-do list template, I came across 3 that really caught my eye. Below you will find my top 3 (free) printable to-do list templates that I found on the Internet.

1.  That’s What {Che} Said – Free Printable Daily To Do List

What I love about this template is the hydrate section, the for me section and fitness. These are often sections that aren’t normally included in a basic to-do list, but as important to keep your mind and body healthy too.

2. – Free work to-do list


I love the simplicity of this todo list. It’s very clean looking. The 10 minute task section is awesome. It great to have a section of easy things that you can check off your list quickly. This to-do list comes in two different colours on their website.

3. Laura Likes Design – To-Do List (Free Printable)


If I was working from home (I would LOOOVE to one day be a full-time blogger), I would be all over this to-do list. I love the chores section, meals (good reminder to eat) and the be active section. I think it looks very clean and simple. Very easy to use.

As much as I love all these templates, they don’t quite meet my needs. I need something that has a section for little bit of work, a little bit of blog and a whole lotta of water on it. I might try and slap something together and see if it works. I’ll post my progress here on the blog so you can give me your input too.