Best of My Days 2016

UPDATE: Click here for the 2017 version12.15BestOfMyDays-01It is here! You guys do such a good job reminding me to get these made!

If you are new to the blog, this is a very simple idea I started doing back in 2011. It is kind of like a little notepad, but with a goal of recording something great from each day. Maybe it is a big event or maybe it is just something small. Recording the joys of each day helps me nurture gratitude in my heart. The calendars were actually created with the idea of giving them as a gift at Christmas. It can be something to slip in with gifts for friends, teachers, family and kids.

Step 1: Download the pdf files by clicking here (look for the download button at the top right corner of the screen)

Step 2: Print each pdf on cardstock paper.Β  I print mine at FedEx Kinkos.

Step 3: Trim each page. Mine are cut to about 3 inches wide.

12.15BestOfMyDays-0212.15BestOfMyDays-03Step 4: punch a hole in the top corner and add a metal ring12.15BestOfMyDays-0512.15BestOfMyDays-07My favorite part is wrapping them up for friends. I just layer and keep layering.12.15BestOfMyDays-08I would love to hear how many of you are still using these and what you have enjoyed about them. Who will you be giving them to this year?


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  • Maureen - Yay! I have been waiting for these. I give them to my nieces, sisters, friends and Mom. I wish my boys were interested but so far no. I love wrapping them too. Today I am grateful you posted this. Thank you!

  • Monica - I was actually JUST thinking about wanting something like this for the coming year!!! I’m new to your blog since last year so haven’t used before but will be using/gifting this year! thank you!

  • Mrs.T - I’ve been waiting for these!!! Was so excited to see the title pop up in my blogroll. Last year I gave them to several friends and my daughters. Everyone loved them, so this year I’m giving them to a few more people — my older granddaughters and another friend. Thank you SO much for sharing this with us. I know how busy you are, so really appreciate your sacrifice of time in sharing this gift with your readers.

  • Byron - Excellent idea. I will have to try this.

  • Jennifer - These are great! I have been waiting for these to appear on your blog this year!

    I work at a non-profit and sometimes it’s hard to balance all the heavy stories we hear and hard work that is being done with self-care. I plan to hand this out to my staff. This is a great way to have folks simply reflect, appreciate, and give perspective to their days.

    Thank you for creating and sharing these!

  • Carrie - I love your decorations! The prettiest year yet. πŸ™‚

  • Rae - Wow!! These are perfect!! I’m gonna have to try them out! Thanks, Ashley! πŸ™‚

  • Christine - I’m new to the site, but this is a fabulous idea! Thank you!

  • Donzel - I’m so glad that you are doing this again! It was such fun to give them away last year. Planning on doing this gift again, but probably for fewer people…am not sure how many actually filled them out!
    Also, thanks for the bolder font, this will show up better on the darker paper I plan on using.

  • Kelli - YAYYYY! Thank you so much! I love the design and that this year, its just in black and white so I won’t feel like I’m skimping if I don’t print off in color (to save a few bucks, of course)! I will be using this for myself again for the 5th year in a row and will gift it to my daughter’s teacher and some dear friends. πŸ™‚

  • Kelli - Also – wherrrrrre does one find those adorable, colorful, punch out letters?!

  • Beth - I started this last year for myself. As a new momma the nightly ritual of filling in the best part of each day was very therapeutic. Going from a full-time job out of the house to saying at home has been a challenging adjustment. This little calendar has helped me keep things in perspective. Many days all I could write down was that my little guy took an awesome nap. πŸ™‚ Looking back through each month has been such a joy and encouragement. I am making these for several friends this year!

  • Libby Baker - Oh thank you so much Ashley! I was hoping you would publishing this for 2016. This has been such a positive activity for my daughter and myself. As we go through life it becomes too easy to look at the negative side of things rather than the positive. I love this reminder to change my attitude and thinking. Hope you and your family have a most Merry Christmas!

  • Amy@AtMulberryHill - Thank you, Ashley! These are great. I plan to make a few sets this week for gifts.

  • Jancy - So thankful you make these each year! This will be our third year. I ask my kids to tell me the best of their day and I write it down. I am touched so often by them telling me while we are doing an activity together that it will be the best part of their day. It helps remind us daily to be thankful of our blessings big and small. After finishing our first year, I punched holes along to top edge and did a ribbon binding. I really fell this will be an adorable keepsake for them to look back on years from now. Thank you for sharing and many blessings to you and yours!

  • Silvia - Obrigado !!!

    I’ll use it for the 1ΒΊ time

  • Lacey - I love this idea … thank you for sharing! Downloaded and ready to print! <3

  • AshleyAnn - Kelli – I got those years ago at Big Lots! They were a markdown Martha Stewart line.

  • Mary - So cool! Thank you! Where did you find the floral patterned paper?

  • wynne - yay! been waiting for this!!!!!

  • Stephani - Happy you created these to share again- it is such a neat thing to look back on and wish I had kept up with it better this year.

  • Debbie Weiner - These are great! Love the idea! Thank you for sharing!

  • Erika Shapiro - Thank you for doing this! I give them every year and am so grateful for them. They are the perfect gift for friends but also for my husband’s counseling ministry and the youth staff I work with. THANK YOU!!!!!!

  • Elizabeth H - i use them!! {{hand raised}}
    my 10 yr old was asking for his new set just prior to your post;
    perfect timing!
    i put them in all my children’s stockings {boys 14,12,10,8,7 and
    Sweet Pea 4}
    thank you & love them!!

  • CATHERINE - Always gretat ! MERCI BEAUCOUP

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  • Aly - I would love to have a template for 2017!!! I have so many that I want to give as gifts!!! πŸ™‚

  • AshleyAnn - I will have one…usually I have it ready around the first week of December πŸ™‚

  • Kelli - Been using these for four years and have given them to dozens of friends as gifts. PLEASE tell me there’s one coming soon for 2017?!

  • AshleyAnn - Kelli – Usually I have them ready around the first week of December πŸ™‚

  • Amy - Hi Ashley,
    I think my favorite part of your blog is how you find joy and beauty in every day life. For the past few years your Best of my Days printable has helped me, my family and friends do the same. I hope you might find time to make them again for 2017.
    Blessings and prayers for a joyful Holiday Season ahead to you and your family.

  • AshleyAnn - Amy – Yes, I will be making them! It will probably be around the first week of Dec.. I’m so glad you like them!!

  • Emily - This is such a great idea – thank you for sharing! I just tried to download and I received a message that the link has expired. πŸ™ Are you able to update the link? Thanks again and I love your blog!

  • AshleyAnn - Emily – that it is the download for the 2016 version. Here is a link to 2017:

  • Annie - The link to download this is expired. Is there a way to get this still or a 2017 version?

  • AshleyAnn - Annie – here is a link to the 2017 post and download