I LOVE Sunglasses!!!!! Anyone that knows me, knows that you can find me in sunglasses the minute the sun rises until the sun sets. I am a huge fan and lover of Maui Jims because I grew up with the brand (my dad had a pair that was over 40 years old before he passed) and the customer service is awesome. But, when I’m looking for something else in a different range of brands and styles, I love checking out other brands available. I was recently introduced to Ottica, a sunglasses, and glasses website that offers a variety of brands to suit all styles and fashion statements. Let’s learn a little about the site and what it can offer us fashionistas, shall we?
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Coach so I was immediately smitten when I saw that Ottica offered Coach Sunglasses and prescription lenses. Ottica is an online retailer that offers a 365 Day warranty and 100% Money Back Guarantee. With brands like Versace, Coach, Ray-Ban, Carolina Lemke, Tory Burch, Burberry and Michael Korrs, there is bound to be a sunglasses or prescription lens that you will enjoy from a brand you love. You can select from a variety of brands at different price points and the website is very easy to maneuver.
Ottica offers men and women’s classes in different shapes, lens colors, etc. and you can choose if you want to have an Rx (prescription) put into your frames or a selection of different lenses they have on hand. You can also opt for a polarized option if you would like those.
What’s so awesome about Ottica is that they really embody a simplistic approach to things – Less is More. They hand pick their frames and present a carefully curated selection. While the variety is wide, each pair available is selected to keep their choice small, but varied. They are constantly updating their collection and featuring new and exciting products from the world’s most beloved brands. Each frame is checked for materials, finishing, and functionality to ensure that they will not only be durable and pliable when wearing them. Every screw and bolt and the quality of the product is verified prior to listing on the site. They literally take each aspect of your glasses seriously to ensure you are getting the quality product you deserve and paid for.
Since my Maui Jims need to be repaired, I’ve been sporting my Coach sunglasses for Ottica for the last 2 months. Let me just say that while I expected great quality since Coach is a brand I love, I’m enjoying the durability of these glasses. The lenses are scratch resistant (now they will scratch if care is not taken) and they come with a little microfiber cloth and a gorgeous case. I have been using this pair everywhere, even on our little staycation this past weekend and in the pool. They are comfortable and fit perfectly for me.
Ottica offers wonderful service and commitment. I was able to experience the same buying process as any of their customers and loved that if I had a question, they could answer it quickly and without issue. Even if you’re buying sunglasses or glasses online often, it can be an issue dealing with the right size and shape, so I love that Ottica offers that money back guarantee and free shipping and returns. You can also select their extended coverage if that works better for you. Ottica operates a 24/7 in-house customer service department (which is wonderful for people like me who don’t live in the usual East Coast time zone) and the staff is knowledgeable and so nice. You also get a live chat option if it’s available at that time.
Overall, my experience with Ottica has been great and I know that it will be a site that I’ll turn to for future purchases as well.
You can check out Ottica yourself here and see if there is anything that you may like.
Have you heard of Ottica before or tried anything from this site? Is this a site you’d be interested in checking out for yourself?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were provided to me by the brand for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
No matter how old my boys get, I find myself still utilizing many of the items that I had for them when they were babies. Since I’m a work from home and stay at home mom, the number one thing I find I still use is a diaper bag. Now, hold on – obviously I’m not going to be using this particular bag to hold diapers, the boys don’t use those, ha ha! But, I don’t use my old diaper bags in the traditional sense. I turn my diaper bags into work and planner bags so I can take my work on the go. About 5 months ago I was sent this very cool bag from CiPU and today I’m going to share my thoughts on this accessory as well as how I utilize it for my personal use. It may not be traditional, but it’s functional and we all know I love anything that offers function to my life.
Now, it’s no secret that I’m a laid back simpleton, basically – I’m a casual gal. So when I can find something that works for me… I’m excited. I was contacted by CiPU and asked to try out this “diaper bag” and if I enjoyed it, if I could kindly provide a review. Here’s the deal – since I was using my Coach Diaper Bag from the twins as my work bag, I thought to myself… “hmm, this will be interesting to see how it would work for me.” And, so I accepted.
CiPU is pronounced – ‘Shee’ (translated to “happiness” in Chinese) and ‘Pu’ (translated to “store” in Chinese) like “shee” in sheet and “PU” in put.
CiPU was founded in 2009 by a group of mothers and brand owner Jarrah, all of whom had one shared inspiration – an idea to gift mothers love, happiness and affection. CiPUs focus is on style by exploring colors and patterns to suit every occasion, however – each bag is full of functionality (you see that word there, it’s golden to me) and created to meet a mother’s everyday needs.
“The Bowknot in their logo represents the ribbon on a gift, meanwhile it also looks like an “infinity” symbol. Since children are such a precious gift and a parent’s devotion to their children are testimonies of “infinitive love” the bowknot symbolizes infinite love and the power of gifts in a single wish, a wish that every mother can enjoy blissful, long-lasting memories with their children – the greatest gift in life.”
Each CiPU bag is hand-crafted with lots of love and many of the bags are limited in quantity since they only make a few of each design. They are each made from environmentally friendly materials and I love that CiPU offers Free US Delivery. All CiPU bags were created with different styles and patterns to focus on women because mother’s are still women and looks matter. Perfect for function while providing lightweight carryalls to take the load off your shoulders.
Check out my video review and come chit chat about this bag with me. My video can be found here or embedded below.
Lightweight | Stylish | Easy Cleaning | Organizable | Large Compartments | Water repellent
CiPU offers a variety of bags to fit the mothers’, fathers’ and even babies’ style. From Large tote bags like the one I have here to diaper backpacks in every type of color and design. I have my eyes set on a camouflage one, a plain black bag and the Leopard next. Let’s talk a little about this awesome diaper bag shall we?
I have the CiPU Tote Diaper Bag in Heather Gray (Large). This bag retails for $158.80 and comes with 13 large compartments to hold all of my necessities. Now, as I mentioned before, I’m not using this bag as a diaper bag, but as my work bag so this is perfect to host all of my planner supplies, planners and even my laptop and tablet all fit inside perfectly.
This bag features 1 hidden compartment (which I love to put the boys wipes in or even store their dirty clothes while out and about so it doesn’t mess up any of my papers. You also get the following accessories to go with your bag:
Personal belongings pouch – this pouch comes with detachable straps and you can use this to store your diapers, wipes and changing mat. I use this particular pouch to store my tablet for safe keeping and a few notebooks.
Foldable Changing Mat – this soft and easy to clean mat is perfect for changing baby, but again – I use this bag for work – so this changing mat is used as a little sitting mat for me when at the park or in case I want to put my bag down without sitting it directly on the floor. It’s machine washable which makes it perfect for on the go.
Retractable Key Hold – probably my favorite thing now to keep my eyes on hand at any given time.
Chest Strap – this helps to keep my strap in place to prevent slip-downs
Slip Proof Should Straps – these soft on the shoulder straps are great and comfy. It made long hours at the airport easy because my arms were not sore from carrying my bag too long.
Stroller Clips – These are great to clip to a wagon or stroller to keep your bag with you. I use it to attach to my sports cart so I am not taking up real estate of the wagon with my bag.
The material is very soft and easy to spot clean or wash should I need it. I love that this bag is water repellent (inside & out), especially since I always take it with me, that way I don’t have to worry about spills. This bag comes with a gorgeous hot pink and bright lining which makes it so easy to be able to see inside and grab everything that I need at any time. And, since this bag is made of quick dry material – it helps to prevent mold (so you don’t have to worry much about spills from milk bottles or juice causing mold if you don’t get it dried up quickly.) This bag is perfect for outdoors – whether rain or shine and I love that it’s so easy to take with you.
The CiPU Large Tote is very lightweight at just 1.2 lbs. – one of the lightest on the market. And, remember how I said CiPU offers different bags for different personalities and sizes, your littles can have their own little backpacks too.
So, now that you have a bunch of information to make an informed decision on whether or not this bag is for you… let me keep it real for you all. This bag is costly, but I am a handbag lover and most of my bags cost well over this amount already so I would spend this money in a heartbeat – especially after my great experience with this one over the last 5 months or so. When it comes to how I spend my money, I tend to look at things as an investment. These bags are an investment in not only your style and longevity of having them, but your comfort. They are easy to carry and hold, giving you various options and so easy to clean. As a busy mom, I know that the last thing we want to be doing is scrubbing a bag of strains or water spills. While I don’t currently use it strictly as a diaper bag, I know the quality of the bag will hold up in that if and when I should have another child – I’ll be able to use this. I also love that this is functional for me and allows me to use this as a “mommy bag” no matter the age of my children. I can carry all my work stuff inside while still have a ton of room for mommy stuff too – whether it be wipes, extra clothes, toys, books for reading on the go or games – whatever tickles your fancy.
We all know I am brutally honest here and I have to say – Yes, this bag is worth the cost and definitely high quality. Like I mentioned before – I have my eyes on a few others and I plan to get them.
Check out my video review:
You can check out the full range of products available at: https://www.cipu.us/
So what about you, have you heard of CiPU before and do you think you could utilize something like this? Are you a mommy looking for a little more help in the organizing and diaper bag compartment? Comment below and share your thoughts with me.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. I was not paid to provide my thoughts or to feature this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty picky. I’ve discussed this time and time again and have mentioned it before, but because I have sensitive skin – finding the perfect jewelry piece can be a challenge. I am also someone that tends to gravitate towards dainty pieces that offer a statement without looking gaudy or too overdone. Let’s face it, we all know that I’m a casual girl and prefer a pair of jeans and boots to slacks and heels. But, that’s what makes our world so unique and fun… it’s that we all have our own individual style and flare. For me, I love something that is personal, offers a special touch and if it’s gold… hey, we got a winner. Today I’m going to introduce you to gorgeous personalized jewelry from Six Sisters Beadworks. I love a sweet piece of jewelry and this one, well it absolutely screams Honey… literally. lol
Six Sisters Beadworks is the business owned by Michelle who launched her jewelry business with the goal of introducing to others a gorgeous line of timeless keepsake gifts that are meant to be cherished for a lifetime. Michelle was inspired by her six small daughters to pursue a professional jewelry design business in an effort to create meaningful pieces that are artfully fashioned to feel and look both unique and spectacular. With classic heirloom pieces that are personalized with names, initials, dates and birthstones – they are crafted from the finest materials of .925 Sterling Silver, 14K gold filled, genuine Swarovski Crystals, freshwater pearls and natural gemstones. Michelle Bisesto’s jewelry designs are beautiful and what I love about them the most, is that they are timeless.
Each of the pieces that are offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are created and handmade with great attention to detail and a serious interest in fine craftsmanship. The designs are innovative and exciting offering pieces for babies, little girls, teens and women and they make beautiful custom made gifts. Recently Michelle has added custom pieces for boys and men as well for a classic and modern style.
I received the Hand Stamped Gold Cuff Bracelet – $102.00. When it comes to jewelry I look for attention to detail and I’m absolutely in love with this bracelet. It is a smooth 14K Gold Filled cuff that is hand formed and personalized. This piece is simplistic, but classy and can be worn anytime with anything. I am plus sized and found that this cuff fit perfectly and I was able to bend it open to place it onto my wrist with ease. You can personalize your cuff with special names, initials, date or phrase and I chose to go simple with just my name – HONEY.
This cuff bracelet can be worn on its own or as part of your arm candy with other bracelets. I love how easy it is to use and pair with your favorite styles and fashions. It’s well made and has stood up to my daily use without any tarnishing or discoloration.
Jewelry Care for any pieces ordered from Six Sisters Beadworks includes: -Keep jewelry dry. -Remove before sleeping. -Remove before changing clothes. -Please do NOT use silver polish on alphabet beads. -Sterling Silver does tarnish slowly over time due to exposure to air. Simply wipe with a polishing cloth to restore its original shine. -Store your Sterling Silver jewelry inits original gift box or inside an airtight plastic bag to slow the tarnishing process. -Please click HERE to purchase our Sterling Silver Polishing Cloth. -Storing your jewelry in an airtight box or bag will delay the tarnishing process.
With the holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to be sure to share this bracelet and company with all of you. I’m an online shopper and absolutely LOVE purchasing gifts for loved ones that add a little personal touch to their lives. This bracelet as well as the others offered at Six Sisters Beadworks are unique, beautiful and would make a great gift. I wouldn’t be surprised if you seen this in an upcoming gift guide because I do love it that much.
I love a business that offers quality and detail in each of their products and you will surely find something you love or a gift for someone you love at Six Sisters Beadworks.
Have you heard of Six Sisters Beadworks before? If so, have you purchased anything from them? If not, is there anything you have your sights on?
You can check out what Six Sisters Beadworks offers and their collection for sale here: http://sixsistersbeadworks.com/
Disclaimer: Products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see on this site. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
In our household, Valentine’s Day is every day so it’s not a holiday or date we necessarily put a huge emphasis on each year. To my husband and I, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and we embrace love and commitment each and every day. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional flowers, box of chocolates or jewelry but for us, Valentine’s Day is really about spending time with one another. You see – with our busy schedules and odd shifts, parenthood and just our overall daily lives, spending time with one another is what makes for a great Valentine’s Day.
“Any time not spent on love is wasted.” – Torquato Tasso
My husband Kevin and I have been together for almost 19 years and in that time we have definitely celebrated this holiday in different ways. Dinner by candle light, roses and floras galore and beautiful gems and jewels to stop traffic but one tradition we have definitely kept strong over the years is a new watch for one another. Whether I’m buying a new one for him or he a new one for me, each year whether for the holidays, birthday or Valentine’s Day at least one of us gets a new watch for our collection. Watches are so significant to each of us. To us, a watch is more than just an accessory we wear on our wrists, it symbolizes time and our time together is so precious and important to us.
“I would rather have 30 minutes of something wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” – Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias)
This year I treated Kevin to a beautiful JORD Watch – a 94A Series in green sandalwood and maple. This perfect wood watch makes a statement that is bold but not so much that it would make a person feel uncomfortable when wearing it. It is the kind of watch for those who are making the most of every moment, every single minute and every day. For a couple like us who collects watches of all kinds, this particular time piece is classic and stunning.
While each couple or person celebrates Valentine’s Day the way they choose, we opt to make sure that no matter the reason, we make sure that we spend time with one another, soaking in each and every moment and absolutely cherishing what we have. As a couple we have learned that life’s moments can sneak up on you and in a heartbeat anything can change. Make use of the time you have and spend it with the one(s) you love. Make Valentine’s Day every day and make every moment you live something wonderful.
Each person celebrates love differently and whether it be to buy something special for someone you care about or to spend every waking moment with the one you love, the decision is up to you. With busy schedules, three active boys and a life of activity – my husband and I have found that two minutes with one another is a cherished commodity and one we take advantage of as much as possible. Time with one another is our favorite gift and the reason why we buy each other watches for presents.
I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for Valentine’s Day! If you’ve had your eye on one of these stylish wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code. Your gift code will be good through the end of March 2016! Entering is easy; click the link below. You will be asked to enter your email and your favorite JORD watch (there are so many to choose from). Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!
Click here to get your e-gift card ($25 value) http://bit.ly/1K2H9yC. Remember that there is a limited quantity available so head on over to the site soon to take advantage of this offer.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter the reason you are celebrating… whether it be for love or just because. Make every moment, every single time – breathtaking! xo
I’ve said this before, but living in Hawaii really does have it’s benefits. From the gorgeous ocean and beaches that are my back yard to the beautiful flora and fauna that surround me, Hawaii is a getaway and paradise and I’m born and raised here. I’m pretty lucky! Maui is also home to many creative talents and I am so glad I was able to check out one for myself. Today I introduce you to Nagasako Designs, made on Maui.
Nagasako Designs on Maui was introduced to me about a year ago and I have been swooning and crushing over her jewelry since. You can find many real orchid earrings online and in various stores, but I am proud to say that this one is made right here on the island where I was born and from the town where I was raised. If you are from Maui, you’ll know that the Nagasako name is one that goes back generations. I had been a frequent customer of Nagasako store as a kid, grabbing my ICEE on hot summer days while cruising the Historic Lahaina streets, so I instantly recognized the name when I was introduced to the brand.
Martina Nagasako – a native to Lahaina, Maui preserves cherished floral memories for many and also creates one of a kind pieces that will absolutely be treasured for years to come. Today I share with you a piece I got for Mother’s Day, the Lavender Orchid Center Earrings ($45.00). I instantly fell in love with these because they looked so unique and of course, because Purple is my favorite color. While these gorgeous gems offer a statement, they are still dainty and feminine which I love. The pair dress up any outfit and fit in so well with the laid back lifestyle I live here on Maui. These earrings are well made with center orchids that are grown, hand picked, designed and glassed in Lahaina. I love that they are on hooks which allow the earrings to dangle freely from the ears and the lavender/grey fresh water pearl makes for a perfect accent on each earring.
Nagasako Designs offers a variety of pieces in different sizes and colors. They are priced reasonably and make great gifts. I stalk the company on Instagram to see new releases as they are rolled out and as I mentioned earlier, no two pieces are alike as each flower is unique. Nagasako Designs also offers preservation of flowers from your Wedding Day or special occasion and are the only preservation floral studio in Hawaii.
While I have a plethora of earrings and pendants on my wishlist, I have my eyes on a set of plumeria and whole orchid earring sets. It item is absolutely gorgeous and so well made that I can’t wait to pick up more. I wanted to feature Nagasako Designs on Fashion Friday because I’m not only impressed with the product, but customer service is phenomenal, shipping is very fast and I think it is so awesome to have such a creative mind and designer right in my back yard. But, Nagasako Designs does ship anywhere, so do not hesitate to check out what she has to offer. Stop by Nagasakodesigns.bigcartel.com to see the pieces she offers and check out her Instagram @Nagasakodesigns to keep up with what’s new and to check out her flash sales & discounts she has often.
Have you heard of this brand before? If not – what about the pieces she offers… do you think this would be something you would love as a gift or to treat yourself with? Thanks for stopping by!
Disclaimer: The products mentioned or discussed in this post were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. There may be affiliate links through out this post.
It’s no secret that when it comes to fashion, anything I wear or use must not only be functional but also comfortable. Sometimes I feel like my laid back lifestyle has me too lax and often it can be a bit basic, but I love taking basics and turning them into something fun and fashionable. I’m born and raised in Hawaii so most of my life you could find me in a bikini or bathing suit with board shorts and a surf board, but now that I’ve changed things up a bit, I try to add a little more flair to what has become comfortable. While what I wear may be simple, consisting of mostly basics to allow for me to change up from time to time – I love to add handbags that will give me a sense of style and freedom at the same time. Accessories can make or break a look easily so here is what I do to take a basic outfit and jazz it up a bit. Here’s my plus size outfit featuring Miche Bag to compliment the look.
First, I start off with a basic look. Today I have decided that I wanted to use one of my favorite black strapless dresses but have a little cover up for a fun and casual look.
Black Empire Waist Jersey Strapless Dress – Old Navy
Denim Vest with Cut sleeves – Forever21 Plus
Since Flip flops are pretty much the go to for most looks here in Hawaii, I decided that would be a great choice not only for comfort but also for style. I decided to go with a platform/wedge style flip flop to add a dressier flare to the look
Black Flip Flops – Guess Sabell Platform Flip flops
No outfit is complete without some accessories and for me I wanted it to be simple, basic but still add a little flare. If you have been following this blog or my YouTube channel a while, then you know I’m pretty simple and usually will have the same type of necklace or watch for my daily style. Today I switched up my watch and included something that would be fun and add a little bit of swagger to my look.
Last but not least – it’s all about the handbags. It’s no secret that I’m a huge handbag fanatic… my husband can attest to that (teehee), and I’m always looking for the perfect bag to help accommodate all of my personal and mommy needs as well as be functional and stylish. About 5 years ago I was introduced to Michebags and immediately fell in love with not only the quality – but the styles and the price. Let’s just say that I love these bags so much that I own two different sizes and over 12 shells… ssshhh… don’t tell the pocket book. lol
Miche bag’s concept is easy… You purchase a base bag (in my case, this is the Prima base bag) and then you purchase a shell to go with it. The idea was developed by a women who wanted to be able to change out her bag easily without having to pull all the contents of her bag out. You simply pull your base bag out of your shell and put it in a new one and you are good to go.
Miche Prima Shell in Carmen – a brown caramel shade bag with gold accents
Miche Prima Shell in Maria – a gorgeous cream and print bag with gold accents
Each bag is so easy to get in and out of to switch out you can easily go from day to night and it takes just seconds. I am wearing my Miche bags pictured with the regular black handles and gold chain links to add to the gold accent. These bags are not only functional, they are affordable.
Miche Prima Base bag: $29.99
Miche Prima Shell: Range between $40 and $100
Miche Accessories: Range between $9 and $20
If this bag is too large for you – do not worry,this is the largest size Miche carries but there are a variety of sizes available from their Petite, Classic and Demi. Also, Miche offers different colors in their handles as well as their chains and Carabiners so you have endless options to switch up your style and preference. Each strap, handle, carabiner and hardware is interchangeable with any of the shells and the shells are seasonal so you can expect to see new styles rolled out several times a year. Fashionable and on-trend, Miche is definitely a great selection for those who love handbags and want to keep their look fresh.
Check out Miche and their styles by heading over the their website: www.miche.com
Now – just because I have a really relaxed style, doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up a similar look with say a pair of strappy heels or wedges or even a larger necklace for a statement piece. What I love about style is that it is just like makeup and it’s all about the individual and their preferences.
Also – be sure to check out the Miche Hope Collection – inspired by those affected by Cancer, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the collection go directly to cancer research and other charities.
So – what are your favorite types of things to wear during the Spring time? And, have you heard of Miche Bag? If you love handbags like me, definitely head on over to the site and check out what they have to offer. I’ve been a fan of their products for a few years and with a pretty big collection, it definitely states how much I love and enjoy the brand and their products.
I hope you enjoyed this post. It seems like a whiles since I have posted outfits but I’m slowly getting back in the groove again. Don’t forget to stop by and check out my video (click here to watch) – I hope you like it.
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.
Color your Spring with fashion sunnies! Looking for some new shades or sunnies for the Spring and Summer seasons? Sunglasses are the #1 accessory for me and you can always find at least one pair in my purse. They keep the sun out of my eyes, help to protect my eyes from UV Rays and they are an awesome fashion accessory. Did I mention they were stylish and just plain fun to wear?
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Those closest to me know that Gemstones, crystals and natural works of art have stolen my heart years ago. I have quite an extensive collection of tumbled stones, crystals and gems and have even gotten my son into collecting them (his collection is even larger than mine). I especially love to wear these pieces of Art on jewelry because they many of them have healing powers that help with your well being. Now – I know that not many people believe in things like that… but just think about it, these stones come from the Earth – our Earth provides for us the nutrients our body needs. From Amethyst to Crystal and ever single other stone in between, I wear these pieces proudly.
The herkimer diamond (pictured) is a natural quartz mineral stone that was handcrafted into a pendant / jewelry piece. While it’s hard to see in most images, the stone has a natural sparkle to it that really gives it that “diamond” look and feel. What I love about these is that they are such a raw looking piece that you can pair it with a casual wardrobe or dress it up for a night on the town – it will go with anything.
The pendant hangs from an 18 inch 14K gold fill chain. I tend to lean more towards those that are made in similar elements to themselves because my skin can be sensitive often and since I use this piece often, I love how with a little care, it will last me a really long time with little to no tarnishing. I love to pair this necklace with a nice black blouse (or white), jeans and simple makeup. I would certainly use this with a pretty little black dress as well for a date night on the town. In this case, I’m using a gorgeous true red lipstick and eyeliner/mascara, a black scoop neck top and a pair of cargo shorts, which allows the piece to also stand as a focal point in my entire ensemble.
This pendant is not only a limited piece from FriedaSophie / Shoplately, but it is absolutely timeless. I will find myself reaching for it in years to come and I absolutely am in love with how simple the piece is yet, definitely eye catching.Get yours today for just $45.00. ( A steal for a piece that is made so beautifully) Each piece is handcrafted and made to order so if you would like something different, message FriedaSophie to inquire about it.