We are literally a couple of days away from the new year and ringing in 2017, so I thought this would be the perfect time to go ahead and share my thoughts on the 2017 KITLife Planner with all of you. I’m a huge lover of KITLife Planners, this particular planner being my fourth that I own. Each year I have found a new way to use the planner and I’m so overjoyed with the changes that KITLife has made to the planner that I’m excited to share it with all of you. The KITLife planner is a daily planner layout that allows you to literally grab life by the hands and make it wonderful. The KITLife planner is more than just a planner, but a community – encouraging women to be productive, grateful, healthy, giving and live a life full of intention. This Planner has made such a difference in how I do things daily and yearly and I’m going to share it with all of you.
The KITLife Planner retails for $58.00. I know, I know… many have told me in years past that that is such a hefty cost for something that you may throw out at the end of each year. But here’s what I have to say about it… “Life is an Investment and to make it fruitful, we need to invest in the proper tools to help it grow.” (Yes, I wrote that… lol) A Planner is just that, a tool to help keep you organized. The KITLife Planner is a daily planner that consists of a monthly and daily layout. I find that a daily layout is my favorite for the lister in me, I love writing out my daily to-do’s and track my progress as I complete each task.
There are three different types of planner covers available for 2017 – The Classic Edition (which is what I am sharing with you), the Crown Edition ($72.00 – the Gorgeous White with Gold Foil cover) and The Festival Edition ($65.00 a fun cover with pink, blue and purple triangles). Each Planner also offers you the opportunity to add in additional pages to customize your planner (at an additional cost). The pages include: Note Add-In, Graph Add-In, Budget Add-In, Direct Sales Add-In, Direct Sales Team Add-In and Teach Add-In. These add-ins must be ordered at the time you order your planner. Each plan is estimated to ship in 5-7 business days after placing your order.
So, let’s get into all the fun details. The 2017 KITLife Planner has a new hardcover which feels much like suede. The Team at KITLife call it the Velvet Technique in printing the cover. It has a really cool and smooth texture that make this planner feel so luxe. I absolutely love it and I LOVE that the planner cover is now a hardcover instead of their laminated cover like they have had in previous years. This new hardcover makes the planner much more durable and protects the pages within. The KITLife Planner also comes with a movable dashboard as it did last year. I really enjoyed this option last year, but sadly, my dashboard didn’t last me past the 2 month mark. I’m pretty brutal. But, KITLife made some revisions and now has a very sturdy design that’s perfect for the 2017 planner. I love that it is still easy to move and flexible without being too flimsy. It’s a great addition and I love it.
The planner is smaller in size in comparison to past years. Honestly, I LOVE this because it was a bit cumbersome to take my KIT with me on the go. While I still do not take it with me usually, I love that I have that option should I decide to do so. While it is a bit smaller in size – you still get the same amount of writing space as you did in previous years. The monthly calendar spread also offers the same amount of space for writing which is great.
About 2 months ago, I introduced you all to Wink by Amalie. Wink is a Lash & Brow Oil that was formulated to be a natural solution for regrowing lost lashes and brows. I raved about how the product has worked for me and I’ve been using WINK now for over 3 months and have been loving how my lashes feel, the length I’m able to see and how nourished my lashes are looking. Since it is October, which happens to be Breast Cancer Awarenss Month, I wanted to reshare some information on Wink and their awesome Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.
About the Campaign…
For every bottle of WINK sold during the month of October, Amalie will donate one bottle to a cancer survivor, to help them regrow lashes and brows that are lost through chemotherapy. Amalie changes EVERYTHING to pink starting October 1st at midnight.
What is the source of inspiration for the campaign?
This campaign was inspired by Amalie’s customers. Many cancer warriors were purchasing WINK and emailing the brand afterwards to say how awesome WINK was for them (especially for their confidence) during the recovery.
We must work together to make this year’s campaign bigger than ever. The Campaign originally started in 2014 and the charities Amalie works with are consistently running out before the year is over. WINK is constantly voted by recipients as one of their favorite products in their post treatment bags. My goal is to bring awareness to this campaign while sharing with you the details so that we can get at least 2500 unites of WINK to these charities to get through 2017. Last year Amalie donated just under 1000 bottles of WINK so while the goal is more than double the amount, together – we can rock this year’s record.
How can you help?
When you purchase Amalie Beauty’s WINK oil – Amalie will donate one bottle to a cancer warrior. The cause is great and I think it’s a fabulous way to help support cancer survivors. Buy purchasing your WINK Lash and Brow Oil, you can help someone in need of this lash serum.
Here are all the details:
The campaign duration is from October 1st (Midnight EST) to October 31st. Be sure to make your purchase at: www.amaliebeauty.com/products/wink. Spread the word with Hashtags: #BOGOfortheCure #PinkWINK to bring awareness to this campaign.
Help Amalie Beauty and those that have survived cancer by purchasing your tube today!
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With the boys back in school and in the middle of this year’s football season, we are busy trying to keep ourselves on task and focused while still finding time to enjoy those “life” moments. Our daily schedules keep us on our toes and we are constantly looking for ways to not only unwind but help assist us in our productivity and our daily tasks. It doesn’t matter if your a student, teacher or parent… the day to day can get the best of us so any help… counts! With everything we have available at our finger tips, I knew that there just had to be a way to find something that would not only keep us on task, but also help us relax, focus and unwind some. Thankfully, there is a solution and a little assistance to help us out. Whether it be on an android smart phone or tablet, free apps (actually free) from Amazon Underground are to the rescue.
When you’re looking for something to keep your kiddos busy or to help with learning their alphabets or reading, there are apps that can help. Interested in getting a bit more organized or need something to unwind and relax your brain for the day – hey, Amazon Underground Always Free apps got you covered. You never have to worry about your kids downloading apps and games that will cost you money and you can get access to over 3,000 apps and games that are 100% FREE. Simply download them from Amazon Underground to your Amazon Fire tablet or Android smartphone and you are good to go.
There are so many apps available in the Amazon Underground catalog that there is something there for anyone – my whole family is enjoying the selection. 100% free apps & games are a part of the Amazon Appstore with access to great content that you would normally have to pay for in “other” App and Playstores, but they are at zero cost through Amazon Underground. I am loving that some of my favorite games are available through access to premium apps and my family and I get to take advantage of the fun and convenience while we take a break from our busy day.
As a mother the Amazon Underground apps allow me to take my coloring on the go – letting me take a few minutes to focus on me while coloring – utilizing an easy app I love called Adult Coloring or Zen: Adult Coloring Book. When my family and I like to work our brains and have some fun together, we enjoy playing Brain It On! or some of our favorite games called Cut the Rope, Sonic Dash and Zootopia also make for some family enjoyment. For drawing, sketching and note taking, the app Notepad+ is also a great selection for fun as well as productivity.
On night that I need to unwind and relax and fall asleep soundly and easily, I love using the White Noise Sleep Aid – the Forest Noise is ideal for falling right asleep and feeling rested the next morning when I awake. You see, the options are endless and the Amazon Underground app store offers you a variety of selections for the busy mom and dad, student and school performance and studying and even the college bound teen that needs a little help making the transition.
If you are looking for something fun to do, get productive or organized or just have a little “me” time, I highly suggest checking out Amazon Underground. It’s easy to use and many apps and games are available at your fingertips.
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As the season starts to change and the weather gets a tad bit chillier, the kiddos make their way back to school for the 2016-2017 year. I remember as a kid, going back to school was my favorite time of year because it meant that I would have the opportunity to impress a new set of teachers and meet new friends. My boys returned back to school at the beginning of August and while it has been a busy month so far, we are so excited and they have been absolutely loving school. Today I share with you a few of their favorite finds for Back to School from affordable selections that we love and a few Celebrity faves. Since back to school can be a fun time for kids or some may feel a bit uneasy, it’s the perfect time to pick up some new goods that will surely put a smile on your littles’ faces.
Going back to school after a fun summer break isn’t always easy for littles. But, finding cool Back to School gear and supplies always make for a great start. This year I wanted the boys to be able to develop their own sense of style (see the twins with their mohawks and sunglasses in the photo above? lol), but I also wanted them to select basics that would make their year fun and functional.
A quality made backpack is always an important part of back to school. My eldest Kevin has a full schedule of classes and a heavy workload and homework sometimes. It’s important that he has a backpack that can take him to and from school while still offering him the option to use for extra curricular activities and sports. His choice of gear for this year was the Mountainsmith Approach 25 backpack (retail: $89.95).
This multi-pocket backpack is perfect for on the go for work and office, school or sports, or for a hike to climb the highest summit. It features a dual-anel loader system which is idea for travel and trail), a front panel stretch-mesh pocket with daisy chain attachment loops, Anvil Airway ridged EVA back panel padding which make it comfortable on the back no matter what you carry in it, tool / trekking pole carry, side compression straps, dual side-panel mesh pockets, an internal hydration sleeve to hold 3 liters and an eleastic sternum strap and bit valve catch with a safety whistle.
This backpack is sturdy and unisex. He has it in burgundy with brick red trim and it looks stunning and manly. It’s comfortable on and Kevin can stuff this backpack with his school supplies and homework without worrying about it falling apart. It’s a great backpack to have for anyone of any age and is not only for school but anything. I plan to pick one up for myself as well since it will be great for my forest treks.
Luke opted for a fun and stylish backpack from Chooze. Chooze is a brand selected and loved by celebrities alike. Matthew McConaughey’s little girl is a huge fan of the versatile and affordable clothing and accessories Chooze offers. Luke wanted the reversible ChoozePack in Quest(retail $43.95).
These ingenious packs feature a reversible design that has two functional sides to give your kiddos the power to choose which print to display. It offers padded convertible straps (which Luke says are BOMB because they are so comfortable) and you can flip each strap from side-to-side to provide a different look.
Of course, no back to school list and gear would be complete without a way to carry your lunch and snack to and from school. Kevin opted for something he could use for school and sports and went with the Mountainsmith Takeout insulated lunch pack (retailing $17.95). It is the perfect sized carry-all for school, office and tailgating and has a look that any teen would enjoy.
To help carry his favorite mom’s delicious soups to school for lunch, he also selected the Hydro Flask Food Flasks. He has them in the 12 oz. (retails for $29.99) and the 18 oz. (retails for $34.99). These flasks are perfect to carry his favorite soups or a hot cocoa on those chilly mornings. They fit perfectly into any lunchbox and are the perfect way to give kids a balanced healthy meal. They offer improved temperature control technology and can keep hot food items made in the morning steamy until lunchtime. He also enjoys holding his milk in these and pours a small box of cereal inside for breakfast on the go.
Luke & Isaiah decided that getting a traditional lunchbox was the way they wanted to go this year. Each of them selected a Personalized Lunchbox from I See Me! (retailing for $29.99 each, currently on sale for $17.99. Isaiah chose the Kick, Score, Run Lunchbox and Luke chose the Outerspace Lunchbox. I See Me! is a brand and leader in personalized storyboks and gifts for kids, offering over 30 customizable book titles. They also offer lunch boxes, stickers, growth charts, puzzles and so much more. This fun company is a favorite of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Brooke Shields.
Did I ever mention how much I enjoy Quinoa? Well, I couldn’t resist putting some of these yummy snacks in the boys lunch boxes. I Heart Keenwah snacks are perfect for any kiddo on the go or to pack with their lunch. These Grab n Go (1.5 oz) snacks are great afterschool or lunch treats that taste great and are fun and nutritious. I Heart Keenwah quinoa Clusters and Puffs are a healthy alternative to chips, crackers or sweets. They are made of organic, Non-GMO ingredients. They are a protein-rich superfood snack and gluten-free with the perfect crunch to fill and fuel your little ones bodies. I love them myself and the boys think they taste great. We find them at our local Safeway and Wholefoods at a reasonable cost.
Setton Farms International Premium Quality Snacks are also a great buy. Our favorite are the Creme Brulee Blend that has cashews and toffee peanuts. The Creme Brulee Blend incorporates all the creamy sweetness and crunch of the traditional Creme Brulee without the spoon. It combines freshly roasted cashews and toffee peanuts with creamy butterscotch and white chips for an irresistible treat. They are available in 5 oz resealable bags and available in major grocery store chains across the country – Price Chopper, Market Basket, King Kullen and more. Setton Farms sent us a variety of treats to try but the Creme Brulee Blend is our favorite. I hope we can find more of these in our local stores, so far I’ve only found them at http://www.puritan.com/ and I’ll need to be purchasing more soon.
When it comes to back to school, the boys are simple shoppers which makes my job easiest. I remember as a child wanting to have all the pretty notebooks and pens for back to school supplies. This year, when I did the boys school supply shopping, I also took advantage of some discounts for myself too. Whether it’s Crayons or Pens, Notebooks and Planners or a tablet, the options are endless and come in a variety of price points. Some of our favorites included:
Crayola Crayons 24 Pack – these are perfect on the go or to keep in the desk or at home. When shopping during the sales you can get these for about $0.25 each.
Calendar or Planners – some of my favorites are the Blue Sky Planners from Target. Of course, you can’t go wrong with an Erin Condren Life Planner, Happy Planner or your traditional binder planners like Kikki K, Filofax or Dokibook.
Pencils – Oh, how I love me some pencils. Currently my favorites at the moment are any type of Mechanical Pencil with 0.5mm lead, BIC Pencil 0.7mm (the metallic ones have won me over), Dixon Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (have you seen the beautiful metallic ones?) The Ticonderoga pencils are perfect for sketching as well as writing and erase cleanly.
Notebooks – Spiral, composition tablet… you name them and they are available in all kinds of paper style and cover design.
Folder / Filler Paper – ah, hand me a ream of college ruled please! The twins use Wide Ruled, Kevin uses College Ruled. I love that they are available from a variety of brands and price points.
Amazon Fire Tablet – for less than $50, you can get your hands on a Tablet that acts as a Reader or Internet hub. The Amazon Fire Tablet is affordable but gives your student (or you) the option to get online, use amazing apps or just play games. It’s definitely a great tool to have for the student or the mentor.
Now – you don’t need to pick up these particular items. Honestly, I just wanted to include some of my favorite school supplies (or mommy supplies) because I was feeling a bit left out. lol
Last but certainly not least in our Back to School finds are some great threads. Each child is an individual and I really love seeing them shop and select their own clothing, accessories and shoes – even their own hair cuts. All three of my boys are simple guys but they do enjoy fun pops of color to their outfits and clothing selections. Whether it be plaid shorts with a solid color shirt or fun hats and accessories, the boys take pride in finding something to wear that is not only comfortable and functional – but reveals their style. Isaiah is absolutely enjoying his Rocket in Listen modern sneaker boot style shoes from Chooze ($54.95) and he wanted to show them to our readers today.
This modern sneaker boot style shoe comes with a side elastic gore added for comfort. It has a signature dual design with easy access side zipper entry making the shoe easy to take off and put on. It has padded throat for extra comfort and soft canvas uppers. The flexible support offers comfort while the removable, padded, anti-stink insoles make these the perfect footwear for an active little guy. They wipe clean easily with a damp cloth or can be washed in cold water and air dried. Chooze offers a variety of footwear designs for both girls and boys and they are stylish and fun to allow your child to make a statement all their own.
Luke likes a shoe that can allow him to run and play with a little swagger and Kevin, well – if he’s not in his Nike Basketball shoes most of the time, you can find him in a pair of flip flops (rubbah slippahs as we call them here in Hawaii) and a cool pair of shades to finish off his look. The boys were quite ecstatic to return back to school because the new school year meant that they were all beginning their football season for Pop Warner but most importantly, they got to go back to school and learn… I mean, hang out with their friends, just kidding lol. The boys love school and love learning new things so shopping for new gear for back to school is always a huge highlight.
No matter what you decide to get for your child (or yourself) this Back to School season, make it fun and colorful and let it represent your own individual style. Have your kiddos gone back to school yet? If so, do they sport a relaxed and casual style or do they really like to dress up and have some fun? Wishing all the students a wonderful 2016-2017 school year filled with lots of fun, friendships and learning. From our house to yours… Aloha!
Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent for review and feature consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products. Some products were also purchased with my own money. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Let’s face it… In this age where technology and the internet practically rule our lives… we need to be one step ahead of the game. Social networking plays such a huge part in our brands, introducing ourselves to other people and marketing ourselves and with all of that comes the need for some really kick ass business cards or brand cards. Today I share with you a new brand that was recently introduced to me by a fellow blogger – My Beauty Bunny. This cool company called Socialcirclecards offers you cool hip cards for your business or networking for your brand and I love them.
Gone are the days of the plain business or networking cards that are the basic rectangular shape. Socialcirclecards offers a variety of designs to help build your brand and network in round scalloped cut cards with designs that are fun and trendy. Each card is 2 inches in diameter offering you space to put your name, branding or log and your social media sites and contact info.
Socialcirclecards is all about fashion. Their belief is that while some crave shoes, signature sunglasses or bag – everything they create is all about the details and each team member’s personality peeks through their work. I found that ideal when I finally decided on a design I wanted, but was not too fond of the choice of color in the original design. In less than 24 hours, my artist / designer created a design with color choices to fit my need and personality.
For years I have been a business card holder. Before I took on blogging full time, I worked in Corporate America and also owned my own business as a Wedding & Portrait Photographer, so a great business card was literally the cover to my book and it spoke volumes of who I am as a person. Because of this, my standard for a good networking card was quite high and I honestly thought that these couldn’t possibly meet my standards – especially since they are so reasonably priced.
Most card sets start at $35 for a set of 50 cards and a very cute circular case that you can hang on your key chain. Having ordered MANY business cards in the past, I can honestly say that that is a reasonable cost for the type of card you get and the customer service that backs the brand. Like I mentioned before, each card has scalloped edges which make them each to see and fun to look at. They are double sided and the cards come in a variety of different designs. You can fit up to 5 different social media contacts and the cute personalized socialcircle case has a coordinating tassel and heart charm as well as a clip to allow you to carry where ever you go and have handy at a moment’s notice.
Socialcirclecards are fashionable and allow you to share your info and your personality. You can customize the custom contact cards with your social media info and include the following:
blog and more…
Customizing the cards was VERY easy. I simply chose my design and specified on the custom form what I wanted to see with regard to change in color, etc. Once my cards were completed, I was sent a draft with my custom design via email and I replied with any customizations I needed in addition to those they already made.
The color theme I chose to go with was Purple, Taupe, Rose Gold & Black with the plumerias in the design to be yellow (the true color you see here in the Hawaiian islands). I provided the colors and I was immediately in love with the design when it was emailed to me. I have already handed out a few of my cards to those I’ve come in contact with and they have absolutely loved them. Since I’ll be attending a Conference at the end of this month, I’m excited to pass these around to network my brand and share socialcirclecards with my community.
“Be true to yourself, be yourself. It’s okay to be an individual, or an original.” – socialcirclecards
I whole heartily agree that being an Original is my mantra. I know these cards have templates that you can select and designs, but definitely work with the company to see how they can customize your card to fit your personality. I am really loving these cute little flower shaped beauties and I highly suggest checking them out. Whether you are on the hunt for a new business card or networking card or just want to try something new – socialcirclecards are definitely worth the time for a glance.
You can purchase your own socialcirclecards at: http://www.socialcirclecards.com and check them out on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/socialcirclecards/
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I love getting flowers for Anniversaries, Birthdays, Mother’s Day or “Just Because”, but I’m always open to fun ideas and little things that make these occasions fun, exciting and sentimental. While flowers are nice, I love finding products that are practical and will have a purpose. This year, I wanted to share a few items that I have been loving lately that would make GREAT Mother’s Day gifts. Whether you are buying this as a treat for yourself or making the day of that special mommy in your life, these gifts are definitely some that will make any woman happy. Read on if you want to check out this round up of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.
I have had my fair share of great Mother’s Day gifts. My husband and I are so in-tune with one another that we usually know exactly the gift we want to get for one another or something that is practical and we’ll get a lot of use out of. My goal for this list is to offer a variety of goodies for any woman, whether the stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, busy business woman or the granny with style, these gifts will surely please.
Let’s start with a little makeup – shall we? I recently was introduced to Youngblood Cosmetics, a beautiful line of mineral cosmetics created by Pauline Youngblood. From Foundation to lipstick and everything in between, Youngblood Cosmetics offers a wide range of color cosmetics that is made with quality ingredients and great black and chic packaging. I have been using a few of the products from the line and look forward to trying more. Anything from Youngblood is gorgeous, but two of my favorites is the Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43 USD) and Mineral Radiance Compact (pictured) in Splendor ($43 USD). Each or any of the products are perfect for the sophisticated woman that is looking to add a little color to their life or the makeup and beauty loving mom that wants to try something new.
A great cleansing oil and a fantastic mud mask is perfect for that mother in your life. One of my favorite gifts to give to my favorite gals is the Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask for Face and Body so I just had to include the Fango Active Duo Set as a gift option. This two piece set retails for $60 USD but the Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil retails for $60 on it’s own, so it’s like you get a free product or gift with purchase. This set is gorgeous and I love how Borghese products display on the vanity. The Radiance Facial Oil has a blend of botanical oils that help to transform the skin’s texture, soothe dull and dry skin and nourish and restore lipid loss due to aging and environmental damage. The Fango Active Mud for Face and Body is one of my holy grail masks, offering a detoxifying mineral-rich mask that hydrates and firms the skin while reducing fine lines and providing you with smooth and toned skin. Paired together, this not only makes a wonderful gift – but a great treat for anyone.
Can we just talk about the design of this unit for a second? My gosh, it’s so pretty and girly and would make the most wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mom. The Michael Todd Soniclear Petite is one of my favorite skin cleansing tools. I have raved about it time and time again here on my site and would recommend ANY of these units for a gift. This cleansing tool is the petite version, smaller than the original and the elite but perfect for travel and comes with a universal USB enabled charger which makes this great for those on the go. It’s a waterproof unit with 3 speeds to help tailor to your cleansing needs and is antimicrobial. What makes it so great is not only the design (and the pattern) but that this product is reasonably priced at just $109.00. I seriously wouldn’t mind unwrapping one of these as a gift and I know it would make a fabulous present for anyone.
I wrote about these two products from LATHER on my blog a few weeks back and they continue to be favorites of mine so I know they would make any mom or mom to be happy. The LATHER coconut creme body whip ($22 USD) is one of my favorite body butter / lotions to date. I have used MANY, trust me, and I find that it not only smells yummy – it moisturizes my skin wonderfully and leaves a light fragrance that is so delish. This body creme is silky and whipped to perfection and my skin is left soft and hydrated for hours. This is the perfect creme for any mom or mom to be. I highly suggest this as a gift to that “mom to be” because this would make a great body creme to lather on the body while pregnant too. The Vanilla & Argan Lip Scrub ($10 USD) is a must have for anyone. It is moisturizing and tastes delicious and sloths away any dry skin on your lips leaving them plump and soft for your favorite lip product or for kiss… teehee. What’s great about these products is that they come from a great brand and are made with quality products.
With the summer months just around the bend, nothing says beachy and ready for some sun like a great tote. This gorgeous striped Sportswear Tote by Helly Hansen ($50 USD) is lightweight and the perfect bag to store your everyday essentials for all your summer fun activities. It’s available in three different colors: Navy, Aquamarine and Sorbet and has a shoulder strap and carry handles. Marine stripe fabric and detailing give this tote the perfect look for sporting and toting around this summer. As a handbag lover, I know that I would love to get this quality made bag as a gift this Mother’s Day.
The next gift is one of my favorites… for moms like me who like to take their hair ties and rubber bands and turn them into an unsightly fashion statement as we wear them on our wrists. The Bittersweet Hair Tie Bracelet ($45 USD) was created by Maria Shireen – a functional fashion accessories company. It was a gift from her husband as he had it designed and created so that she could eliminate the pressure on her wrist from the elastic bands but also make her hair tie look like a stylish bracelet, by creating a channel that holds the hair tie in place. Hello – total genius, simple, unique but functional. This bracelet has literally changed my fashion game up hugely. If you have seen any of my outfit posts here on the blog – then you know that I have turned my many hair ties into the ugliest thing to grace my wrist, but I NEED them at a moments notice so I keep them handy that way. Now with the Bittersweet bangle I can literally look fashion forward without being a fashion faux pas. This literally makes a great gift for any mom and I know they will make use of this bangle as much as I do. I love it so much – I have my eyes on the gold and rose gold too.
You can’t go wrong with buying your favorite mom a perfume for Mother’s Day and Pacifica Beauty offers a set of three for just $19 USD. The Daydreamer Roll-On Trio offers three delectable scents that would make any mother happy. Tuscan Blood Orange, Tahitian Gardenia and Indian Coconut Nectar (one of my favorites) this set offers a roll-on perfume for everyone. Pick up the whole set and gift it together or break up the set and make three mother’s happy this Mother’s Day. Pacifica offers cruelty free products and are available on their website: Pacificabeauty.com, Target and Ulta stores.
Now, of course – I know there are moms out there that may be stationery, planner, pen or paper addicts… like me. So, I wanted to make sure that I included something that would satisfy those moms too. I LOVE pens and some of my favorites come from PenGems and from their signature collection. I probably have 8 or 10 of them and I love them not only because of the way they write, but because they are beautiful, stylish and just a great statement to any planner, purse or notebook. Pens, pencils and notebooks can be great gifts for mom from children or grandchildren. I love searching through Target’s One Spot Dollar Spot section for cute notebooks, pens and pencils as well to give as gifts. You can get a great selection for about $1 to $3 and you’re bound to find something you will enjoy as well as the favorite mother(s) in your life. These kinds of gifts are easy to personalize and make great little presents to open.
Of course, we can’t leave out the techie gadgets and nothing says awesome like the gift of a camera. The Sony RX100 iv ($950.00) is the perfect gift to give that will help that special mom capture every moment that her family has. It’s compact and powerful. With the ability to capture images in 21MP at up to 16 frames per second and record videos in 4K or HD – this is the perfect camera for a beginner or camera enthusiast, offering an impressive compact camera for every day use or for special occasions.
Whatever gift you decide to get that mom or moms in your life, I’m sure it will be wonderful. These are just a little suggestions of products and goodies I’ve been loving lately. Of course, as I mentioned previously – I love flowers and welcome them with open arms (especially my favorites) but when you want to think a little outside of the box, some of these presents would be perfect gifts for your loved one. I look forward to Mother’s Day each year because it reminds me that being a Mommy is so much more than presents – it’s love and happiness year round. I look forward to my sons making me beautiful handmade cards that take them hours to complete and while Mother’s Day is everyday in my house, I think it’s a day worth celebrating. Besides, I wouldn’t be a mother myself without the help from my mom and those that have come before me… right?
Disclaimer: Most of the products discussed, mentioned and featured in this post were sent to me for review and editorial consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Happy Day! I finally after a long wait got my Erin Condren Life Planner for 2016 in the mail and have had some time to make use of it before posting this review. There’s a lot for me to cover in this review including my thoughts and experience with the ECLP Customer Service team so if you’re interested in it all – click the video here and check it out.
The Erin Condren Life Planner in the available layouts can be purchased here. Get $10 off when you use my link to purchase your planner.
This is my second ECLP planner over the years and I was quite excited to get my hands on the gold version, especially since I had some credits that I could use towards my purchase. I’m enjoying the Horizontal layout in comparison to the vertical layout which I’m truly not a fan of and I do love all the gold that this planner sports. Customer service was not a great thing to deal with and I explain it all in my video (embedded below). I also noticed that the planners paper quality is not as good as my original was – it seems like the paper is thinner, but ultimately I’m able to make it work.
If you’re interested in learning all about the ECLP, my experience and also take a look into my planner, check out the video above.
I will be using this planner as my purse planner since it’s smaller than my Keeping It Together planner or KITLife Planner. It works for scheduling on the go and fits perfectly in my purse so it really is a great item to have. I’m not quite sure I’ll be purchasing from Erin Condren again, but while I’m using the planner – I’ll make the best out of it.
What about you? What planner are you using this year if you do use one? Have you tried the ECLP before?
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Hello! I’m so excited to be able to share with all of you some of my planners that I’ll be using for 2016 and those that I have moved into already and I’m loving. Today I’m sharing with you the planners I have selected to be my main tools for organization this year (besides my phone of course) and how I’m enjoying them so far. The video embedded below (or click here to watch directly on YouTube) will walk you though the three planners I have selected and why. I will be posting a full video on each one with a break down on how I use each as well as reviews on each one so stay tuned for that coming in the near future. So watch the video below for a look at my 2016 planners.
What planner are you using this year and if you are not a planner person, then how are you staying organized?
The planners mentioned in the video include: Kate Spade Wellesley in Black (2016 edition), Erin Condren Life Planner and Keeping It Together (KIT) Life Planner.
My love for planners has been quite obvious over the last two years and if you have seen my planner collection, there’s no denying it. But, my love for organization, staying on tasks and functionality is what keeps my planner addiction growing. For a few months now, I have had my eyes set on a planner that not only had a zip closure, but that I could use to function as a wallet. I’m sure after peaking into my wallet collection, you would probably ask me “why?” but I just felt like a small planner that I could use to organize my wallet essentials would work and let me tell you, it has definitely served its purpose. A few weeks ago I placed an order with Dokibook.com – a planner company that is overseas. I knew I wanted to get a planner that would be small enough for me tote around as a wallet and decided this would be a great opportunity for me to compare the Dokibook / Love Doki with my Kikki K. Boy, to say I was very impressed and quite taken with the product would be an understatement. Today I share with you my Dokibook Personal Size Planner as a wallet and my experiences with the brand and product.
Now, if you have taken part in the Planner Community either on Facebook or YouTube, you may have heard of the Doki Book or Love Doki book before. It’s an affordable alternative to the Kikki K planners and have a similar look, though they do not come with such a hefty price tag. The Dokibook could only be purchased via Spree Now at one time or through various planner enthusiasts and purchasing from Spree Now was a lengthy process as well as a hassle. Recently Dokibook opened up their own website, offering their planners for sale, shipping Worldwide and no problems with calculating Customs fees, shipping from China and other things as the site will do it for you at transaction. What I love is that they also accept Paypal which makes the process smooth and the check out much more secure than when doing so from Spree Now. What I love the most is that I ordered on a Thursday and my box was delivered the following Wednesday – hello, Honey loves quick shipping especially when from over seas.
The Dokibook comes in a variety of colors available on their site and two sizes – Large and Small. I opted for the Small Dokibook in Lilac with Zip Closure which costs $26.50. The size equivalent would be that to a personal size Filofax or Kikki K. With shipping ($9.99) and a discount they were offering at the time – I paid about $32.00 for the book (shipping included) and I also ordered a few credit card inserts so that I could truly turn this into a wallet. The package arrived in a soft mailer but the Dokibook was packaged very nicely in a box and wrapped in tissue paper. I was very impressed on how it arrived.
The little details always make a difference for me and I really liked the fact that they took the time to wrap the package so nicely. Inside my planner – zipped up tight, were the sleeves I ordered (credit card sleeves, top loading pocket and zip pockets) as well a set of purple dividers (complimentary), a page marker and a page lifter. No inserts are included with the planners, but Dokibook.com also sells some so you can get them there at an affordable cost. Since I am using this more as a wallet, I figured I wouldn’t need one at this time.
The actual planner is well stitched and well made. I was very impressed with how it feels and looks. A little different then my Kikki K – it has gold dots on it instead of gold diamonds like my Large Kikki K Time Planner has. It is also faux leather though I’m still impressed with how it feels and the quality in the craftsmanship is great. I am thinking about picking up one in White and Gold as well, though I would love if they created a black & gold one because I would be all over that in a heartbeat. I love the zip around closure which makes it ideal to use as a wallet. The only thing that I was a bit disappointed in was that the rings are silver, not gold – but it really doesn’t bother me all that much anymore. The rings were tight and remain tight and I have moved in to this planner as a wallet now for a few weeks and enjoy it. Heads turn in the store at check out and I always get asked about it.
I am able to fit all of my most used credit cards and cards as well as my driver’s license in the front pockets. Behind the front is an open area where I hold my cash and I also have credit card sheets that I use to hold my cards. Everything is tucked into its own little place. Be sure to watch the video here for a full breakdown and showcase of how I set my wallet up. I took a piece of velum that I had in my craft drawer and cut it to size to use as a dashboard and created a file pocket folder out of a file folder to hold my receipts. I do have two months of calendar inserts inside from my Punctuate Planner just to help as reference and a few note pages for jotting down any information at hand. Since I already had a large wallet prior to moving into the Dokibook, the size is really just a little bit larger than what I already had. It fits everything I need, even my insurance cards, a book of postage stamps and a note book and if I wanted to I could zip my Note 4 into it so that it is all in one place. I really like it a lot.
Well – do I love it? While I still have the Kate Spade Zip Around Wellesley on my mind and wishlist, this one will definitely do until I can fill that void and pick one up. I’m really loving the functionality of my wallet now, the fact that everything I need is right at my finger tips and knowing I won’t be forgetting a card or piece of paper at home because I have it all organized in my planner wallet. What about you? What kind of wallet do you use and does it keep everything you need in place for when you need it?
Disclaimer: The products discussed or featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature this product. Affiliate links posted through out.
I love to journal and keep my thoughts in one place so I’m always looking for ways to keep all of my journal and sketch books together. I have always been intrigued by a Midori Traveler’s Notebook style system and just didn’t want to splurge on it so I decided that I would try out a fauxdori (faux midori) and see if it was something I would like. Last year I created my own DIY Fauxdori and have been using that up until I picked this one up from Cake Paperie. The concept of a Midori style Traveler’s Notebook is that you can insert various printables, inserts or books and it makes it easy for you to update and remove your inserts with ease. This system is especially great for those who use journal books or diaries as they can remove each book and replace with a new one while storing, keeping or archiving their filled books. I have searched the internet for an affordable alternative to the Midori and decided I would keep with a fabric styled one until I found a leather one I loved. After months of combing the internet, I came across the Cake Paperie store on Etsy. I wanted to share with you details and my thoughts on the CakeDori FauxDori in case this is something you may be interested in picking up for yourself.
Cake Paperie is an Etsy shop that offers many designs in different fabrics for you to choose from. The owner – Gretchen, is not only personable but she answers questions quickly and working with her was great.
My Cake Paperie CakeDori retails for $28.00 and is completely handmade. This fabric dori was a perfect choice for me as it sports gold and black which are colors I truly love. It’s only missing purple! 🙂 I ordered the Large Dori which is 8.5″ x 5.5″ and will fit the large sized Moleskin Cahier Journal. Without additional inserts, I can fit a total of 6 books comfortably in this notebook and they will stay in place without any overhang. The traveler’s notebook is adorned with a gold elastic closure and a cute gold heart charm.
Each Cakedori comes in three sizes (upon availability) – Pocket, Regular and Large. The pocket size is similar to that of the passport that you can get for Midori and the Regular would be that of the regular sized Midori Traveler’s notebook. These notebooks are made of double sided fabric and are sturdy to hold your notebooks and inserts easily. Each notebook is double edge stitched and has an inner stabilizer to keep your notebook sturdy so it will last a long time. There are a variety of fabrics available in different prints so you are bound to find one that will fit your style and need. The edges of the fabric will fray over time and continue to do so a bit – but it provides you the “lived in” look that traveler’s notebooks usually have.
Each notebook has a closure adorned with a cute charm. The charms will vary slightly depending on what Gretchen has available but she does her best to provide equal or better than what is pictured. On the inside of each notebook are two elastics. Since they are stitched side by side instead of up and down like a normal notebook, you can easily hold six notebooks easily. While each notebook only comes with two elastics, you can certainly request to add more.
Dimensions for the notebooks available:
Pocket size will hold up (6) 5.5×3.5 inch notebooks. $24.00
Regular size will hold up to (6) 8.5×4.5 inch notebooks. $26.00
Large size will hold up to (6) 8.5×5.5 inch notebooks. $28.00 (Large size fits large Moleskine, Studio O and May Designs notebooks)
Note – the traveler’s notebooks do not come with inserts or books on the inside. I use Moleskine journals in mine and they fit perfectly
Shipping was fast and reasonably priced. I didn’t get a chance to capture a photo of the bubble mailer, but it was a padded bubble mailer (a really pretty gold one) and packaged neatly and nice. Inside the padded envelope was a cute paper package wrapped with twine. My notebook was sent via USPS Priority mail and came with tracking and insurance for security purposes. After it shipped, it took approximately 3 days to get to me. If you are purchasing from another country, it will ship International First Class and in a padded mailer.
If you are looking to get into traveler’s notebooks or just want something cute to hold all your small notebooks or journals together, I think this would be a great find for you. At the moment, my cakedori houses my brain dump notebook which is where I hold lists and ideas: wishlists, video and blog ideas, quick notes, etc., my mini/travel sketch and watercolor book and quotes, etc. This book is something I carry with me which makes accessing things on the fly easy. Many of my friends use their fauxdoris or traveler’s notebooks as their daily planners as well – so the options are endless. When I get my leather traveler’s notebook (I’ll be sure to post when it arrives), I may be using it more as a daily planner – we shall see.
Do you like to journal or are you a notebook addict like myself? Do you think this is something you could make use of? Stop on by the Cake Paperie and check out what Gretchen has for traveler’s notebooks and she releases new designs and prints Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“I’m addicted to all things planner, paper, stationary!” There, I admitted it – so commit me to planner paper anonymous… teehee! I think planning and paper are fun things to help keep organized and even relieve stress, so I enjoy it tremendously. While I use many different things to keep me on task and my planner pretty, I think it’s an individual choice for many. I want to share with you a starter kit or list of planner essentials and supplies to get you on your way. Whether it be for pretty planning or just to have some supplies on hand, I hope this post helps you on your journey.
Like a person is an individual, so is ones taste, preference and needs. While I prefer a binder style planner, I can appreciate those who like coil bound ones or prefer electronic styles. Here is a list of planners that you can look into and possibly select from.
Kikki K Time Planners or Personal Planners: These are binder style planners that allow you to customize by being able to remove, replace or add inserts to your heart’s content.
Filofax: A favorite of many, Filofax is a brand name most planner lovers alike are familiar with. Known for their quality and well made binders, you can expect a planner that will last for years with proper care. Similar in size to the Kikki K’s,
Erin Condren Life Planners: (ECLP) A popular planner among the Planner Community. The ECLP’s are great for those that love pretty planning but that also want to have something easy to use. It’s a coil bound planner and while you can tear out pages or use coil clips to put things in, it is different from a binder planner when it comes to reuse and customization. Interested in the ECLP? Click here to get a $10 off coupon.
KIT – Keeping It Together Planner: I discussed this planner in a post and video last year and it is a coil bound planner similar to that from ECLP. I enjoy this planner though it is a bit more bulky than an Erin Condren planner and costs about the same. These planners are made from a small company who sells on Etsy and they offer lots of writing room, quotes each day and everything a blogger or planner lover would need.
Punctuate Planner – Barnes & Noble: These handy little planners come in all kinds of styles, sizes and price. The small sized ones that I use usually cost about $5.00 and include inserts. They are binder style and you can reuse them. Punctuate also offers paper planners or a variety of calendars for your needs. At an affordable cost, this would be great for students or someone starting off with planning.
Those are just a few planners you can find through out your planner search. I have a few others like Macaron Planners which comes from China, LoveDoki Books (also from China and various sellers) as well as ones from Hello Kitty, Franklin Covey and Day Timer. Each one can be used for various things and offer you a plethora of uses for years to come. If you decide to opt for a binder style planner, remember – if you take care of it, you can get years of use out of it. I have a Franklin Covey that I use that is over 10 years old. Not huge on leather or the style and just need something basic? See if you can find a binder that will work for you size and ring wise. The clear binder (pictured below) is one that I love to store stickers and unused inserts, it was reasonably priced and works well as a planner too should I decide to use it as such.
Choosing the planner is just the beginning but making sure you have all the proper accessories, that’s the fun part. Of course you need things like pens and other items to keep you on your planning discovery. Here is a list of a few things I like to have on hand when planning or things I make sure to purchase if I’m out.
Pens – Of course you need some writing equipment. I use a variety of pens in my planners but since I color code much of what I write, I’m constantly using pens that have a similar color range. My favorites include:
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens (I love the 20 pack)
Paper Mate Flair Pens (these are affordable, easily found in stores and great for color coding – though they can bleed through some paper types)
Japanese or Korean Style Fine Pens – 0.38mm (again, I love fine tipped pens)
Expo Wet Erase Vis-a-Vis Markers (since I use a lot of laminated lists in my binders – these pens allow me to erase the writing with water)
Sharpie Markers (again, since I have laminated lists, I use these and erase them with an eraser once I’m done to reuse again).
There are a number of pens available for use, it all depends on your preference, what you like and how you’ll use them. I hear Frixon pens are great too, but I don’t yet own one.
Sticky Notes, Page Tabs – You can get a variety of sticky notes and page tabs in all sizes, colors and designs now a days. Use your imagination with this one and look for what will work for you, your budget and your style.
Page Markers, Bookmarks, Paperclips (anything to mark your pages or your place) – This is fun in that you can create your own as well as find awesome and fun designs through out the web and in stores. I love to make my own paperclips, page markers and paper clips, but I also find awesome Etsy shops that do great ones as well. Search on Etsy for Page Markers or Planner paper clips and see what is available.
Journaling Cards, Stationary, Quote Cards or Project Life Cards – These are not a necessity, but if you are looking to add some inspiration or a little pretty to your planning, see if you can find these cheap and try it out. I found a book of Phrase Cards at Walmart for under $6.00 and I also like to take scrapbook paper and write in my own quotes (or stamp them) and insert into my planner. The options are endless, so use this opportunity to unwind your creative side.
Washi Tape & Stickers– I am addicted to Washi Tape and have a pretty large selection to choose from. I think Washi Tape is my lazy way of decorating, because I can always add pretty to my planner with a bit of washi without going too in detail and feel like I’ve decorated it. Washi has been my favorite go-to for pretty planning and it’s versatile in many ways. You can find Washi in all sizes, widths and even now – shapes, since many are showing up die cut and not just regular tape shaped. You can use them for a variety of purposes, including decorating your planner. Find them at your local dollar store or anywhere that sells them and have fun. Stickers, well you can get those everywhere and for everything. Find a sticker sheet or two, or three that makes you smile and use it to decorate your planner till your heart’s content. You can find “Planner stickers” and washi on sites like Etsy, Amazon and Ebay. I make and print a lot of my own planner stickers, but some of my favorite Etsy shops for stickers are:
There are a few extra goodies you can have on hand – but like everything I discussed here, they are certainly not required or needed. Here are a few and what I use them for:
Scrapbook Paper – I love to create my own dashboards and dividers as well as my own journaling cards. Scrapbook paper is fun to allow you to customize what you want and make use of your binder in your own way.
Birthday, thank you or note cards – while not required in any way, these are fun to use to input sweet designs in your planner. I also love using the envelopes. I punch holes in them and use them to keep stickers or receipts.
Laminating machine and/or paper cutter – you can certainly use scissors (oops – I didn’t mention that one above) and you can find laminating sheets like those from Scotch or 1M, but I find both useful and I use them often. Search around and see what works best for you and your budget.
Tape Adhesive – you can find these at any store in the scrapbook or arts and craft sections. It’s an easy to roll out adhesive that allows you to bond or attach things inside your planner. I love using these for everything I would tape down – they are permanent and secure.
Gift bags, gift wrap, etc. – You obviously don’t need these, but should you have one with a design you like, save it and turn it into a decoration in your planner. My current dashboard (the roses) is a gift bag I got at Target that I laminated to protect. You never know what you can find.
Stamps and Stamp Ink Pads – My main planner stamps come from StudioL2E and if you are a planner lover like I am, you will love their Plan-It Stamps and List It stamps as well as the rest they offer. They are reasonably priced and pretty awesome. You can find a variety of traditional wooden block stamps or clear stamps from a variety of stores as well as the ink pads. Again, this is optional but the options are endless.
Remember, getting organized with a planner or even pretty planning is all about creativity and making products and tools work for you and your needs. Everything I listed and discussed here is not in any way required or needed to get the job done. A basic planner with basic necessities like a pen will get the job done just as well. I love pretty planning, though I find that some days I don’t have enough time to do so. Pretty planning allows me to get creative and it also inspires me to keep up with my planner, look at it daily and get in my groove. If you find that you want to get started with planning, but even with a nice planner and some fun pens – you just can’t get in the habit of looking at it everyday… try pretty planning and see if that will work. Take a sticker or some washi tape and have a little fun. The options are endless and the end result is something you created.
Are you a basic planner, a planner nerd or a pretty planner? What works for you? I hope this post and video helped you on your planning journey. Have fun and plan away!
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There is absolutely no hiding it, I am an android lover. It has been said in various posts and videos in the past that as much as many have tried to get me to convert, I just can’t do it and am a huge fan of the Android base system and what it has to offer. As if that was not enough, after owning the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 previously, I just couldn’t see converting to iPhone either… Recently, I upgraded my phone to the Note 4, and it is my technological best friend.
Being in a technology world, it comes as no surprise that I use many of my phone and computer features as a part of my daily routine and overall work base. I whole-heartily believe that you must “disengage” yourself from technology often, but I also run my entire world through my phone and sync it directly with my paper planner so my lifeline for certain things can be found here. It’s ingenious if you think about it, years ago when I was still carrying around my funky button phone, there was no such thing as an app and now – there are a plethora of them available at the touch of a screen.
So what apps are important to me. Be sure to check out the video below where I walk you through each aspect of what is on my phone. Click here to watch directly on YouTube. It’s a long one, so grab a cup of joe and enjoy. Not into long videos? Well, do not worry – I sum it all up for you below.
Most of the applications on my phone are geared towards production or productivity.
Blog, Productivity and Tasks apps:
WordPress – I blog through WordPress.Org and use this app to write up drafts for my site as well as manage images, etc. A handy app for blogging on the go.
Trello – One of my favorite apps for organizing anything. This is a free app that you can use to organize a schedule, project, or anything you can think of and share with others so they can add and remove from your task list. I use this for project planning and for party planning and I love how easy of an interface it is. Interested in checking it out? Click here.
Evernote – Similar to Trello but different, if that makes any sense. Evernote is what I use on the go when I can’t access WordPress. It allows me to type out notes or a full letter or post if I want and save for a later date. I save images, task lists – anything you can think of and can sync via my phone, tablet and desk top as with Trello.
Wunderlist – Yes, I may be in a task list overload… but this app is my go to for grocery lists and even listing ideas for posts and videos. I love that I can break it down easily in it’s own little folders, sub folders, etc. and check them off once I’m done. It’s simple and again, works through my desk top and my phone/tablet allowing me to be able to access on the go. This has been my go-to shopping buddy.
Scanbot – I use this to scan all of my documents into PDF form, includes receipts too and saves to the drives I request.
DocuSign – I use this app to sign documents easily using my built in S-Pen. You can then email to the recipient or save.
Favorite Dining, Review, Travel and Realty Apps:
Open Table – My absolute favorite app for booking reservations. I use this app for looking up reviews as well.
Urban Spoon – Another cool app for looking up reviews and menus on restaurants. I have been using Urban Spoon for years and have utilized it not only in my home state but many places across the US. It is a life saver when in a pinch and you have no idea what or where to eat.
Uber – A fun taxi app. I haven’t used it yet since I haven’t been traveling lately, but I will soon.
Yelp – I use Yelp often and if I’m not featuring a restaurant or establishment here on my blog, you know you can find my review on Yelp.
Yellow Pages / Yellow Book – Who needs to pay for 411? I love that the Yellow Pages app is easy to use and quick. Find anything you need from pizza to a hotel or a pair of socks at your finger tips.
Kayak – Have you seen the commercials? This app makes booking travel very easy.
TripAdvisor – Look up reviews of your favorite destination resorts, etc. and find the cheapest rate for travel
Expedia – A long time favorite… I will always use this for discounts on airfare, travel, etc.
Zillow – An easy interface for looking for houses in the area you want to purchase.
Realtor.com – Find your dream house with this easy to use app.
Trulia – one of my favorite realty apps besides Zillow – this app will allow you to see what is available for purchase in the Realty market. Since my hubs and I are always on the hunt to buy our dream home, Realty apps make it simple.
Everything from Amazon to Etsy and don’t forget Sephora. I have shopping apps at the click of the wrist.
Social Media Apps:
Of course, Social Media is an important part of blogging but in general my way to stay in communication. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are some of my daily used apps.
Everything from Credit Score apps to PayPal, I find that balancing your Finances or just looking them up is a great way to stay on top of your task at hand. Looking for an App to help manage your finances and get you prepared for Tax Season, Mint is a great one. Oh – and Credit Karma really is free! After paying a ton a month for another Credit Score company, I’m so glad I finally found Credit Karma.
Everything from recipes to menu planning, if you follow me on Instagram or here on the blog, you will know that I am a major foodie. While creating my dishes from scratch is what I strive for, I love trying new recipes that I can find in some of these applications available. Yummly and Food Network In the Kitchen are some of my favorite recipe apps.
Workout, Health & Fitness Apps:
Tracking my water intake daily, my period and my work outs are all easy thanks to some fun and easy to use apps that I have found available. S Health is my favorite and came standard with my phone. It tracks where I go via GPS, how long of a walk or run I have done and even plays music for you. A great app for those looking to get healthy or stay healthy. Interested in joining a community where others encourage you? I think MyFitnessPal is a great one. Looking to track your woman cycle or all the monthly stuff? Check out MyDays.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m addicted to these Games listed here… don’t judge! hahahaha! I want to know your favorite games, comment below and tell me! FarmVille 2, Trivia Crack & Word Crack have been a few that I have been addicted to lately.
Music feeds my soul and if you have been here on my blog a while, you would know this. Each application has its purpose and I enjoy each one. However, Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio are surely some of my favorites.
Photo and Video Editing Apps:
I’m always downloading and checking out new Photo and Video apps to try. However, a few of my favorites that I use consistently are: Magisto, Flipagram, PicsArt, Afterlight, Moldiv and Aviary.
So, that is the round up of my most used apps. Of course, I do have my Google Apps which I use consistently like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Google + and Docs. Overall, even if I go old school with my planner, my phone works side by side with what I do daily and it is my go-to for everything most of the time. Applications on my phone keep me organized and on task and they also help to keep the kids busy as well with apps like Netflix or YouTube Kids.
I hope you enjoyed this break down of the things I have on my phone. I love my phone – it’s versatile, does what I need it to do and works for my lifestyle so the apps I download must be able to do the same. Don’t forget to check out my video (click here) to get a walk through of everything available on my phone. What applications do you find are necessarily to keep you on task? What are your favorite things on your phone at the moment? Comment below and let me know what apps you love.
It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve done any planner or organizational posts, but though I have fallen behind, my goal this year is to step up my game and get with it. I can’t believe that 2015 is already here (I know we established this in another post) and I have finally moved into my Large Kikki K Lilac & Gold Time Planner. Let’s be honest here for a second… we all know I had my eyes on this thing… how could I not? It’s purple… and gold and a little bit of happiness all wrapped into one planner. For now, this shall be labeled my unicorn! So let’s take a look at my 2015 planner set up.
Okay – time to get serious! Last year I ditched my ringed planners to venture into the coil planner craze. I loved my Keeping It Together (KIT) planner and highly suggest it to anyone who is interested in something like the Erin Condren (which I suggest too), I wanted something with a little more room which KIT offered. But, this old school planner girl missed her ringed planners and so I found myself moving back into one again for 2015. If you are used to a Filofax or any of the other planner brands, this particular planner from Kikki K is a bit more on the bulkier side than those, due to the padded feel of the planner. But, I’m not gonna lie, I LOVE it.
The inner cover of the planner has four pockets along with a zippered pocket and a secretarial pocket to store all your organizing necessities. I find these useful for holding on to business cards, post-its or page flags, photos and other things I want to keep on hand. The planner also came with a full set of dividers, 2015 inserts and even a note pad in the back. I have customized mine to fit my needs so I won’t get into too much detail. In comparison to a Filofax, Kikki K’s large Time Planner would be an A5 equivalent, though the Kikki K is a bit larger in size. This particular planner comes with an elastic closure which I actually do like. This Time Planner is made of all leather, which I love and when originally released, it retailed for $79.95.
Now onto the inserts and the inner workings of my planner. Like any planner addict, I have a bunch of fun and inspiring things in the front portion of my planner, from quotes, a dashboard and even stickers and happy colorful things. Since this planner does come with Dividers (they were a light muted pink tone), I would have used those, but opted for ones I made myself out of card stock since I could personalize it the way I wanted. I love ringed planners for this purpose, customizing to your hearts content (which is a crafter’s dream) is what I enjoy. I create my own dashboards, fly leafs and fun items to help add an ambiance of happiness to my “to do” which creates a kind of Zen feel. Some people may like, others may not… but it’s fun nonetheless.
An important part of functionality in my planners is that I can write and erase what I have for lists, etc. This didn’t come with the planner but something I’ve adapted on my own over the years and it’s works – so why change it? As you can see from my shopping list, I use permanent markers or Vis-aVis Wet Erase markers to allow me to keep a list and then erase them when I’m done. I think that erasing or getting rid of a list once it is completed gives me a sense of accomplishment and I have the same type of system for my To Do’s as well.
Since the Kikki K came with Monthly and Weekly inserts that I was happy with – I stuck to using those and have been thoroughly enjoying them. Currently my Month on 2 Pages spread consists of my Blog and YouTube tracking. I place a dot on the days I post videos or blog posts to allow me a quick “at a glance” reference for the days I have posted. I’m sure in the next month I’ll change this and post an appointment calendar for quick reference of the month, but since I also put appointments into my Google Calendar, at the moment (which syncs with my phone) – I didn’t think it was needed.
My week on two page spread is where I tend to write most of my information. Anything written in my planner is color coordinated using my Staedtler or Paper Mate Flare Pens. I like that the pen colors are the same so color coordinating using either or for me is easy. Anything having to do with my blog is Fuchsia, my sons – light blue, my husband – dark blue, appointments for me in purple, food and meal planning in orange, etc. I’ve had this color system for years in each of my planners already so I remember them easily without needing a reference. My week on two pages also includes inserts I pop in from time to time like quotes, project life cards, photos, invitations for the week, etc.
Stuck in the center of my Week on Two Pages, I also have a Weekly Planning list that includes another laminated page that I can write in my To Do List for the week, a menu plan for that week (usually dinners) and then a shopping list. This gets erased each week and to keep track of meals, my meals are transferred into the weekly inserts so I can refer to them later. If you feel you ever need more room to write goals, to do’s or anything else for the week and it is something you will throw out once accomplished, this is a great way to do so… laminate your page and use erasable markers to write each week.
One important section in my planner is my Life and Inspiration section. This is the only section that I have a quote on the divider for or any decoration. Within this section I have a card I printed on my computer with the Minimalist Mantra (which you can Google), reminding me that less is definitely more. I also have my 2015 Goals for the year. These goals are on-going and don’t have a set due date for them. Things like “write 5 blog posts a week” and “drink my green juice daily”. I also write in quotes I find inspirational and I want to keep with me often as well as any affirmations. Since I keep track of my weight loss journey via my week on two page spread, I may also use this section for little tips and inspiring things for my weight loss as well. Anything that I think will inspire me, add something extra to my life or just make me smile, will go in this section.
Of course I couldn’t have a planner without a blogging section. I have a blog section in my planner that allows me to track upcoming or planned blog posts, ideas I may have while out and about or on a whim as well as any samples that came in from brands. My printer died on me while I was setting this section up – but I have inserts for each that I have used the last few years, but for now – besides this blog layout you see here, the rest is all scribbled on lined paper. Once my printer is back in the grind, I’ll post what inserts I use for my blog tracking, etc. There are a few that I think may benefit some of my bloggy friends.
My YouTube section is quite similar to that of my blog section and I track things kind of the same way. Since they coincide with one another I think it is great to have a similar lay out so that I can keep my flow going. I list my tracking here for YouTube (since sometimes videos I do are not the same as my blog posts, etc.) and I also have some lined paper that I use to jot down ideas for upcoming videos or even to write out tag questions. This of course will be much more detailed once I get my printer going so I’ll be sure to update on that in a later post.
My To Do section is just a bunch of papers labeled “To Do” but I also utilize a laminated sheet here as well. This sheet can be removed and put into my week if my list is too long to fit in the “Top 3” for my Weekly Planning. Again, I like to get rid of things once they are done, so once my list is complete, I erase what’s written on the laminated sheet. I honestly don’t know that I’ll be keeping this section here and I may be replacing it – but for now… it is what it is. In the future, I may decide to just put the “To Do” list in my week on two page spread and move along the calendar each week since I designed the sheet to easily come in and out of the planner.
The last section is my “Meal Planning” section in my planner. I don’t have a picture because as I mentioned before my printer is broken so all I have are some lined sheets with a list of meal ideas or meals my family enjoys. Once my printer is fixed or I get a new one, this section will be broken down with inserts I created on my computer. It will include a Seasonal Meals section that will allow me to list meals that include items that can only be found seasonally here like strawberries. There will also be a planning page that lists foods that are priced well or expensive during certain seasons, i.e. Turkey is probably the cheapest to buy during Thanksgiving holiday and more expensive other times of the year. Of course, this is also the section that I will list my families favorite foods, grocery store prices, etc.
So that was my lengthy break down of my 2015 Planner set up. I’ll be honest in saying that this was the shorter version of it all… but planning or organization in any form is never a quick thing to explain I guess. Having never used anything from Kikki K before I am proud to say that I have moved in to my new Unicorn nicely and have been enjoying it the last month since I got it. It’s weathered well with me transporting it to and from the store or out to run errands and the inserts and pages take the ink I use fairly easily. Let’s not forget that I’m absolutely obsessed with the color of it and I hope they come out with a richer purple because I’ll be adding that to my list as well. For an in-depth break down of my planner, be sure to watch the video where I get into some detail, talk story and so much more and I promise I’ll be keeping up with these posts – I’ve surely missed doing them.
If you are interested in picking up a planner of your own – there are many options available. Check out the links below and see if any of them fit your fancy. I hope you enjoyed this post and wish you “Happy Planning!” and an even happier 2015.
When it comes to organization and keeping dates in order, I’m a stickler for planners and keeping track of dates and appointments on paper or via technology. Sometimes I’m told it’s a bit repetitious… but needless to say – it is a rare occasion that I’m late or missed an appointment because I keep my dates organized. With three children who all have a schedule of their own, it is a requirement to keep my life planned out.
Dotmine is a company that offers Family and Student planners that help you organize your busy schedule. Each planner offers 17 months worth so that your planner can accommodate both school and regular calendar years without you having to sacrifice your organizational needs. I rather like the 17 month year because I plan both for myself and my children and this allows me to not have to use a plethora of organizers for each of us in my family.
It all started with a simple “dot” back in 1999–Sarah, Lisa, and a commitment to reclaim our lives while helping you do the same. A serendipitous meeting in a London pub had given us the idea. Our corporate days — one of us pitching underwear and the other pitching laundry detergent — were far behind us. And for 15 years, backed by supportive husbands and seven fabulous children, our planners became favorites throughout the world.
This planner is great in organizing a busy family but also loved by teachers and nurses as well as bloggers such as myself. Developed by a group of moms, the Family Time planner is there to help you juggle multiple schedules all in one place. Those of you who have children or juggle more than one job I’m sure will definitely appreciate this.
The Family Planners are available in 3 designs (Dutch Treat, Free Bird and Petites Fleurs) and each retails for $24.99. Each planner is 8.5 x 11 inches and includes dates from August to December. Adorned with their fashionable designs that are printed on durable plastic, these cool planners include monthly and weekly pages on crisp white paper. I especially love that they include inspirational and humorous quotes each week, which is probably one of my favorite features of any planner as those that know me know that I look for daily inspiration before starting my day. Plastic coils keep this planner spiral bound and there are back pockets to hold important papers in place. Perforated margins for “tear-out” lists and note pages help to make your daily planning and errands a breeze. In my opinion, if you are looking for a quality Family or blogging planner without spending the hefty costs that some may offer – this planner will be a great addition for you.
What I love the most about this planner is how easy it is to use. There are pages that offer seasonal schedules which is awesome since my children are all involved in sports which often has practice and games on repetitive dates so listing these make it an easy reference for myself, my family or the sitter should I need one. Speaking of sitter… there is a babysitter page where you can easily insert a sticky note each time you go out so that the sitter knows exactly where you are or how to reach you each time.
I also love that Family Time offers a guide and tips on how to use the planner… simply take a look at the first few pages where it outlines exactly what to do and how to utilize the planner. From adding sticky notes to special dates or weeks to planning out “family business”… every detail you may have questions on can be found on the “Using family-time.mine Everyday” pages.
Overall – the price point is great considering I have paid well over $100 for other planners on the market in the past. While it is simplistic, it offers a wide range of organizational tools for you and your family. I love the perforated tear sheet options because this allows me to write down my grocery shopping lists or notes, etc. and tear them out should I need them on the go. The note sections are large enough for me to list a good amount of information as are each week and day. If I had to critique the planner in general, I wish there was a way to add on pockets to keep pencils or post-its or a book mark that will allow me to easily turn to my page of the day. I can definitely DIY these options, but it would be great if Dotmine offered something like this. I’m all about accessories and add ons and I think that those would be awesome options. I do definitely give this planner a 5 Sparkle rating because the options are wonderful considering the price point. For those of you that love reading my “Mommy Survival Guide” posts – this is definitely something I would add to a Mommy Survival Necessity. 🙂
Have you heard of Dotmine Planners? Could you see this meeting your families’ organizational needs?
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