Printable Birthday Calendar {free printable} + 7 other amazing birthday printables


I always love doing these fun printables once a month with 7 other of my blogging friends! This month is all about BIRTHDAYS so I thought I’d make a fun little something so you don’t FORGET anyone’s birthday:

The directions are simple, download, print and cut and then put together any way you would like. I like clipping mine together and putting a few layers of mod podge on top to hold them all together, but you could also  sew them, bind them,etc.

Then just fill in all of your friends and family’s birthday and you will never forget again. ;)

To download the Free Printable Birthday Calendar, click on the link below:

Birthday Calendar


and now, run over and check out these 7 other amazing birthday printables:


1. Whipperberry:Make this festive banner once and reuse it over and over again!
2. Eighteen25: Keep all those special birthdays in one spot with these Birthday Tracker Tags!
3. Simple As That: Add some colorful flair to your next birthday party with these 3×4 printable tags and coordinating cupcake flags, perfect toslip into a scrapbook after.
4. Paging Supermom: Print this GIANT happy birthday poster for less than $8 to help celebrate that special day!
5. Kiki and Company: Never forget another birthday again with this printable birthday calendar.
6. The Crafting Chicks: You’ll never have to search for a birthday card again with these fun cards.
7. Thirty Handmade Days: We love these simple but cheery birthday tags.
8. The Idea Room: Need a quick birthday gift? Print out these colorful and fun birthday gift tags and tie onto candy.

Happy Birthday Jar {Free Printable}

I’m excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Happy Birthday Jar!  I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party.


There are some incredible ideas today for you to check out. I love that they are simple and easy to put together and even more fabulous–most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}

I don’t know about you, but I love a little treat for just me on my birthday. When I was thinking of a fun and easy gift to give, I thought of cake, but making a big one can be such a big deal. BUT what about a cake in a jar?! I found my favorite mason jars (or look at these super cute vintage ones!), made a quick little cake and filled 4 about a third of the way up. I cooked it until a toothpick came back clean when it was placed in the middle. Then I let them cool, added my favorite buttercream frosting and added some sprinkles. I LOVED the idea of having a candle in it already, but you could also tie a candle around the jar at the end.


After the frosting is in the jar. Add a ribbon around the center and simply add a dab of glue and the “Happy Birthday” circle. Then glue the “Open to make a wish” circle to the top of the jar. I also added ribbon around the ring.

It’s such a happy little jar to give and by shutting the jar, it keeps the cake super moist!

I hope this gives you a quick and easy present idea to let your friends know that you were thinking about them. AND if you don’t have time to make cake, simply fill it with their favorite candy. It’s still SO cute and super thoughtful. :)

To download this free Birthday printable, click on the link below:

happy birthday jar printables


Are you ready for more  inspiration and ideas? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don’t forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After


free printables

61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

blog hop free printables

81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

Follow the Pinterest Gift Board now!

Follow Capturing Joy with Kristen’s board Birthday Gift Ideas on Pinterest.

Parenting is cake {Through the Cracks. two}

Parenting is cake. No, being a parent is cake. I mean, parenting is like making a cake.

This week as I set into the task of making my newly turned 8 year old’s cake for him, he had only one request. “I want 8 layers, one for each year that I have been alive.”

I got up the day before and made the cakes. We live in Las Vegas, so using the oven this time of year is psychotic. We hit 106 this week. We don’t need the ovens help to heat up our house. ;) BUT, I did all the baking for the week. Cupcakes, check. Bundt cake, check. and 4 thick  10″ layer cakes, check.  By the next morning, it was cool again and ready to decorate.

 I started to cut the first layer in half and placed it gingerly on the cake plate. I couldn’t help but think of how big and chubby my boy was when he was born. He came out huge and the happiest baby I have ever seen. He made that first year SO easy on me. He slept through the night at 3 weeks. 3 weeks! The first year was filled with smiles and giggles.

The first layer of frosting went on so smoothly. I didn’t want to use too much. The cake was already going to weigh close to 20 pounds. As I added the second layer, it fit perfectly.”I love when that happens,” I thought. At 10 months when we started teaching our 2 1/2 year old his letters, we sat our baby down with him to watch The Letter Factory everyday. At 13 months, when we started quizzing our almost 3 year old on his letters, our 13 month old knew every single one. My husband and I looked at each other and didn’t know what to think. Can babies learn that quick? Sure enough, we used flashcards in a random order and showed them to him and he knew every. single. one. I knew then that I would have to pick up my game with him. I could expect more from my 3 year old and my baby taught me that.

The third layer started to give me a little bit of trouble. It didn’t fit quite perfectly. I had to add extra frosting to fill in the gaps and had to press a few spots in to make it level. After having an almost dreamy 2 years with him, the day the 3rd year started, I don’t  know what happened, but he started to find independence in every piece of his life that he wanted. He formed a temper that was almost inconsolable. I remember him melting down and me just holding him tightly and rocking him until he would fall asleep in my arms. I would rub his arms and legs and he would wake happy. We would do this a few times a week. He also looked up to his brother more than any little boy I have ever seen. No one could make him happier, make him laugh harder or get him out of a funk faster. His brother was one of my newest parenting tools. I worked so hard with each of them through the days, teaching them about the earth, letting them play and make messes, read to them books over and over again and we all learned together.

That fourth through sixth layer were tough ones. I had to quickly pick them up and hope I was placing them just right. I’d put a little extra frosting on them to make sure they would hold tight. I even spread the frosting over the sides a little just to grab any extra crumbs that were trying to get away. The anticipation of each layer was killing me. Would I break the next one? When one of them did, I just picked up all those little pieces and fit them right back, just like a little puzzle missing a piece. My boys were best friends. When one was down, the other would go to him and help him get back up. They were fiercely loyal (and still are) to one another. My boys now had a little sister that took some readjusting to get use to. We moved across the country and the loss of friends and a schedule that they depended on made having one another even more important. The summer before my oldest started kindergarten , we really started working on reading. When they caught on, it was like wildfire. They both ate it up. I think reading early has been the biggest catalyst for my boys in quenching the thirst they have to learn. The next few years went by, each year the temper tantrums and angry moments grew until we got about in the 5th year and then they  got fewer and fewer. I have never prayed so hard for guidance in helping me know how to teach and guide and model. There were moments where he broke, like the first day of kindergarten when he was shown the Letter Factory. He told the teacher it was a stupid movie (in 5 year old language, this was “boring”). He was so looking forward to school and it took all I had to pick him up each day and tell him he could go and have so much fun. I waited in anticipation each day to see how school would be. We had more yellow and red days than green that year. But when he would get home, we would work hard on his “fun learning”. And he flourished.

By the time I reached the seventh layer, I knew how to successfully get that cake on without breaking it. It wasn’t a perfect cake, but when I placed that eighth layer on, I was happy I had a cylinder of some sort! :) I took a knife and cut around some of the wider layers and cut them to the same size and the others. I took a lot of frosting and frosted a thin crumb layer to hold it all together. I put it into the fridge to set.  The last two years we have found a rhythm, my 8 year old and I. He is learning to recognize and handle his anger and I am learning how to parent him through it. He is finding all kinds of joy in learning, especially in books that take him to other lands and places. And I am finding all kinds of joy watching him. The telling and preaching have turned more into guiding and showing. He and I both realize we have imperfections that we are working on…together.

As I took the cake out of the fridge and started to decorate the outside, it all just made me smile.

Life is not perfect. Parenting is not perfect. With every one of those times we think  we are doing things just right, we learn that just around the corner is a new bump in the road. Everything doesn’t fit just right, but that is what readjusting  styles and mindsets are for.

 As I stood back and looked at the finished cake, I was so grateful for the challenge to make a layer for each of his years.

He has taught me SO so much through the years. My parenting (and cake decorating) skills aren’t perfect. Things aren’t always just right.

When he saw his cake for the first time, he said, “Oh mom, other than the cake and the candies, the candles are my favorite part”. They were added on as a last minute part of the cake. Sometimes the things that work in parenting are last minute. Sometimes the working through hard times and struggling and succeeding still lead us to last minute decisions and that is okay. Sometimes it’s those things that work the best.

Because it is what is inside that counts. And as we parent with our spouse and the Lord, those layers and layers of parenting failures and successes add up…

to layers and layers of sweet, sweet memories. Some that I wish didn’t happen, but that I will never forget. Some that were painful as a parent because they are moments where I looked to dissect a situation and it led to discovering that my parenting wasn’t leading to a positive outcome, but also so many times where it did.

And when I see what my sweet baby has turned into over the last 8 years, I can look at that cake and see my mistakes and my successes and see how it all came together in one awesome moment where his face just lit up and exclaimed, “Awesome, mom!” And I’d have to agree with him. Because he is.

It’s been a great 8 years. And as he blew out the lights to bring in another, I couldn’t help but think of the incredible, amazing and exciting layers that will be added in the years to come.

And I can’t wait.

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