Free Printable: Fax Cover Sheet

Because of changes occurring rapidly within our household, my husband and I have been taking care of a lot of adulting tasks lately, boring ones like consolidating bank accounts and turning in receipts for insurance reimbursement.  Several of these tasks have required faxing documents.

I’m not a fan of faxing.  I no longer have a landline and can’t fax anything even from our all-in-one scanner/printer/fax.  So I have to go to The UPS Store a few miles down the road–and I have to pay to send the fax.  I really would prefer to furnish documents via e-mail or a secure online portal, but some entities still seem to prefer fax transmission.  (Hello, American Express and Humana!)

So I created a fax cover sheet.  It’s nothing fancy, but if you need to send a fax, it will get the job done.  I’ve posted a copy of it on Dropbox for anyone who wishes to download a copy to use.  Just click on the link below to download it.

As always, please read the terms of use on the first page of the download.  Also, since I’m currently offering this printable for free, would you mind sharing this page with someone else who would find it helpful by clicking on the image that looks like this at the top and bottom of this page?  I would so appreciate it!  I’m trying to get to 500 visits a month by October.

If you have any suggestions for this printable, please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I’ll respond within a week or so.

Blessings,

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Free Printable: Password Tracker

In my pre-mama life, I worked as a paralegal at a law office.  We had a case in which a husband passed away unexpectedly and left his family with no passwords to any of the financial accounts–or anything else, for that matter.  We hired two tech companies to try to “crack” his laptop, but for reasons I won’t go into here, we were unable to get any information.  Long story short, his widow spent a LOT of money needlessly because he didn’t leave a list of his passwords in a secure location.  Since then, I’ve encouraged my loved ones to leave a printed list somewhere just in case they were to suddenly pass or become incapacitated.

But you may need a password tracker even for yourself.  I’ve been dealing with some security issues recently; see my recent post about how to secure a Google account.  As a result, I’ve been changing passwords quite furiously over the last few weeks.  Last week, I accidentally changed a password that I immediately forgot and apparently neglected to write down anywhere other than a malfunctioning Sticky Notes app. . . and I almost lost everything in my primary Gmail account!  After having a panic attack, I managed to recover the account.  But I decided to create a new password tracker for myself, and I’m making it available here.  Just click on the link below.

Do read the terms of use on the first page of the download.  Also, since I’m currently offering this printable for free, would you mind sharing this page with someone else who would find it helpful by clicking on the image that looks like this at the top and bottom of this page?  I would appreciate it!

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Blessings,

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Free Printable: Homeschooling Time Sheet

Our homeschooling year is starting late this year because of the new addition we have coming to our household.  We homeschooled through much of the summer this year anyway, and we think our kids need time to adjust to a new little one before we jump back in with both feet.

But I know some of you are getting started soon.  And I know some of you are legally required by your states to keep track of how many hours you homeschool your kids each year.  So I’ve created a handy homeschooling time sheet to help you out.

You’ll just need to click on the download link below.

Please do read the terms of use on the first page of the download.  And since I’m currently offering this printable for free, would you mind sharing this page with someone else who would find it helpful by clicking on the image that looks like this at the top and bottom of this page?  I’d appreciate it!

If you have any suggestions for this printable, please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I’ll respond within a week or so.

Blessings,

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Free Printable: Spending Journal

My husband and I paid off the last bit of revolving credit card debt in July!

Sadly, though, we spent a ton of money in June and July, meaning that the payment on our paid-off-every-month credit card is likely going to have to be split into two payments.  🙁

We’ve spent–well, charged–a lot lately because of the new addition coming to our household.  Because leg cramps and other aches and pains have caused me sleep deprivation and because I’ll soon be having a C-section and dealing with the recovery associated with that surgery, my husband and I opted to buy a new leather La-Z-Boy recliner.  We also had a dead tree taken down professionally to keep it from falling on our house in these summer afternoon storms.  Our yearly life insurance payments, our biyearly life insurance payments, and several other yearly expenses came due this month, too.  I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but I homeschool our kids, and we also paid for all of the 2019-2020 curriculum this month.  And finally, we’ve had family visiting and have been paying for expenses associated with them (not that we mind!).

In short, we’ve not paid attention to our spending as well as we should have.

The good news is that we’ve already bought a lot of items for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and all of our annual or semi-annual expenses are behind us for the year.  We’ve also finished with our home improvements for the year (except for perhaps radon remediation–I don’t even want to think about that!).  We’re going with cloth diapers for a second time, and I’m going to try my best to pump this time.

I say all that to say this:  We’re going on a spending moratorium SOON.  Doing so is going to require closer examination of where we spend our money, so I created a spending journal to use starting this month.  And of course I’m making it available here.  Just click the download link below.

Make sure you read the terms of use on the first page of the download.  As usual, since I’m currently offering this printable for free, I’d appreciate your sharing this page with someone else who would find it helpful by clicking on the image that looks like this at the top and bottom of this page.

Since August is the first month we’re using this journal in our household, I’ll probably be making some changes to it next month.  In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for this printable, please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I’ll respond within a week or so.

Blessings,

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How To Secure Your Google Account

Someone in Brazil tried to access one of my old Google accounts last month.  I was less than thrilled.

The first thing I did was to notify Google of the problem.  Then I changed my password as recommended to something far different from what I’d had.

I was still a little leery of what had happened, though, so I decided to change the password on the Yahoo e-mail account this Google account is attached to as well.

(Yes, I need to close out some of those windows.)

And then I decided to secure the old Google account.  I changed my profile picture to a blank picture since a profile picture is visible to everyone.  (To do that, while you’re on the Google site, just click on the picture in the top right hand corner of the screen, specifically on the word “Change.”)  I just used this picture, which you can save and use yourself by right-clicking on it and saving it to your computer if you choose.

I changed my profile name to my initials, too, just to be safe. 

Then I followed Google’s security check-up list.  I signed out all of my old tablets, computers, and phones.  And then I verified my current e-mail address and phone number.

I also opted in on 2-step verification.

I also reviewed my permissions to ensure that no apps or extensions other than Chrome had my log-in information.

And finally I downloaded and deleted all photos associated with my account.

I also took sometime to delete and turn off my YouTube history.

I will ultimately delete this entire account.  I’ll post about how to delete a Google account at that time.  In the meantime, I hope this blog post gives you an idea of how to make your Google account more secure.

Also, you can expect a free printable password list available here soon.

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Blessings,

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Free Printables: August 2019 and July 2020 Calendars

It’s the first day of the month again.  That means it’s time to review your calendar for the upcoming month if you haven’t already.

If you’d like a free printable August 2019 calendar, you can get one at the download link below.

The first day of the month is also a good time to review your previous month’s calendar and start preparing your calendar for the same month next year.  You can get a free printable July 2020 calendar at the download link below.

These printable calendars are free, but I’d appreciate it if you’d compensate me for my time and effort by spreading the word about these resources.  To share the link to this page on social media or otherwise, click on the icon that looks like this at the top or bottom of the post:  
One final note:  Each printable on this blog has the terms of use (TOU) as its front page.  Please read that page carefully for the complete terms and conditions.

I hope these calendars are helpful.  If you have any input on the calendars, comment below, and I’ll respond within a week or so.  

Blessings,