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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Daily pages offer a variety of different options for daily planning.  A Checklist that also has a place for daily tracker stickers (available through KITLife), The Big 3 for Top To-Do’s each day, Time Slots from 6am to 8pm for appointments and time management listing, Wellness Tracker (to help keep track of water intake, weight and exercise and Gratitude to list what you are thankful for each day or special events that occurred.  Each weekly page also includes a Quote by various people (one of my favorite parts of this planner) and you still get a Doodle Break that is listed on the months that have a spare page before the monthly layout.  These doodle breaks are what I use to jot down any notes for the month that I need to reference like conversations on the phone, etc.

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The Daily Pages have been revised in comparison to previous years which I LOVE.  I really needed an area to list my appointments and I love that there is an option for that now.  Below is a photo of last year’s layout for the daily section.  As you can see, the Fit & Fab Tip is no longer on the page, however, I still have the same amount of writing page, but I have it organized in sections to really list out what I need for the day.  I LOVE IT!

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Saturdays and Sundays are still sharing one page with the “Peek at the Week” for the week following which I enjoy.  I really liked that option on my previous KITLife Planners, so I do like that it was continued.  But, I love the layout for this year’s 2017 planner much more.  I think it’s just streamlined overall and makes it so much more appealing to my eyes to keep organized.  The Peek at the Week is my place where I tend to plan out my blog posts for the following week, so I like that it’s still included.

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The KITLife Planner has a great Welcome Page for each month that talks about Wellness, Food and Extra Tidbits to keep you motivated and you still get your Quarter Check-ins every 3 months as you have in previous planners.  I love the simplicity in this planner in that it takes you to the last day of the month without adding extra bulk, unless you purchased any of the add-ins I mentioned previously.  At the end of the planner you get a paper pocket on the back cover (I’ll be using this for receipts for donations) as well as a zip pouch which I plan to use to hold my post-its and stickers.

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The KITLife offers gorgeous colors through out and is perfect for someone who loves a decoration or color but doesn’t really do the decorating themselves.  The planner through out offers a theme that really is visual and perfect for inspiring you to keep on top of your tasks.  I love that this is overall a Functional Planner for me.  Each year I use several planners and the KITLife is what I consider to be my “Hub-all” planner, where I plan my days out while keeping myself on task.  I list everything in this planner from my daily life (quick excerpts) and my to-do list as well as my blog and youtube channel tracking.

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 All of the KITLife Planners are designed, printed, assembled and packaged in the United States.  The 2017 Planner is 8.5″ wide by 8.75″ tall and is less than an 1″ thick.  Each planner is bound with a metal coil which is approximately 2″ in diameter.  The Planner pages are printed on 70# paper, which is sturdy and has held up to me using highlighters, felt tip pens and even some of my markers.  And, this is a traditional yearly planner that begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st.

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The KITLife Planner is one of my favorites because it is something I can use for my entire life’s organization.  Like I’ve mentioned before, I use several planners at any given moment, but my KITLife Planner is my hub for EVERYTHING – my personal and family schedule & appointments, to-do’s, blog and YouTube and so much more.  Since it is not quite 2017 yet, I’ll come back in a few months and share how I have been utilizing this planner so you can get an idea on what might work for you.

So – what about you?  Are you a planner addict like me?  Do you think this planner would work for you in planning and keeping you organized?

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While the planner craze may be at its highest at the moment, the fact of the matter is – I’ve been a paper planner and addict since before graduating from high school.  I find a way to sync my paper with my electronic planners, but just find it so rewarding to see things written down and fulfilling my tasks when I do.  About two years ago I was introduced to the KIT Life Planner, otherwise known as Keeping It Together planner and it easily became one of my favorites.  I reviewed this planner then and after a year on KIT Life hiatus, I have picked up another one and am using it as my desk planner for 2016.  Today I am sharing with you my thoughts and whether or not I still have a love for this beast or not.

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The Keeping It Together 2016 Planner (also known as the KIT Life Planner which is what I will refer to moving forward) is a beast of a planner offering you a month on two page spread as well as a day per page spread.  It retails for $55.00 (currently on sale for $50) and is a gorgeous and well put together creation by a team of ladies whose mission is to “Do More, Be More, Give More each and every day!”  This awesome and highly customizable tool (planner) is not only stunning, fun and girly, but it helps you to keep up with all your day to day essentials, task lists, appointments and so much more making it a one stop for all your daily needs.  With areas to prioritize your day to gratitude, nutrition, fitness and goal settings – even meal planning, you literally have everything on one page to get it all done and so much more.

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I am the type of person that really needs a lot of room in a planner and while traditional planners and calendars do serve their purpose with me, I love having “day per page” organizers because they give me the room to write and plan out my day as I need.  The KIT Life Planner offers spaces for inspiration – if you know me, you know I’m a big “quote” person and I don’t need to look up a quote each day – because the KIT Life Planner has one printed on each day for reference.  I also love to track my water intake (which you can do in the provided slot) as well as add a plethora of notes, to-do lists and so much more.  While this planner is big and a bit bulky, making it a challenge to carry around some what in my purse, I leave it on my desk and use it as my go-to desk planner for notes, lists and more.

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Some of the additions to this planner that I don’t recall in that one from 2014 are:

  • Quarterly Check-in Pages
  • Peek at the Week
  • Side by Side Budgeting Tools
  • Occasions to Celebrate
  • Fit & Fab Tips
  • What’s Cooking… Meal or Dinner Planner per page

The design on each page and covers is so lively, fun and girly.  If you know me, you know that I’m a huge fan of Hello Kitty and Lisa Frank so the colors just resonate to me and make me happy and cheerful.  It’s part of this planner offers you a variety of options to not only be productive, but to bring more of that positive outlook that keeps us on track in our lives.  KIT Life’s Team had a mission to optimize your life with pizzazz but to remain focused on the results.

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So let’s get into the details of the planner – because we all love details… right?

This planner weighs approximately 2.30 lbs, though it is pretty lightweight when you consider what you have inside of this beast.  For the most part it is available for shipment within 2 business days – I literally received my planner in 4 days after placing my order.  Customer service is fabulous!  I have never had any issues with the times I have communicated with the team and they respond promptly which is awesome.  The planner is approximately 10 1/2 inches wide by 9 inches tall and about 1 1/4 inch thick.  In comparison with my Erin Condren, this planner is visibly shorter and definitely thicker and wider.  It has some weight to it – so that is the reason why I leave it at home on my desk.  But if I have to carry it with me (which I do at least once a week) I have no issue with taking it along.

The pages are thick and well made.  I have used a variety of pens without any issues of bleeding.  Currently I’m using my Pilot G2 Pens in many colors, Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and Paper Mate Flair pens and each write smoothly and sit nicely on the surface of the paper without bleeding.  Each pen dries fairly quickly on the paper as well as I don’t have issue with smudging.  The tabs on the planner are also well made and have a laminated coating which make them very durable for daily use and the planner cover has a great thick lamination which makes it sturdy as well.  In the 2014 planner my coil was plastic and it seems that for 2016 it is more of a wire coil with movement.  There is some wiggle room in the coil and it is not has sturdy as that from the Erin Condren, but nonetheless, it’s still well made and there is an ease to turning pages, etc.  The Planner cover is not interchangeable as you would expect from other similar planners, but I’m sure you could DIY one and put a new one on, as I am in the process of doing right now.

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While ordering your planner you can decide to add in a few extras like note pages or a direct sales add in for an additional cost.  There are also a variety of planner accessories to choose from like the Planner Dashboard (which allows you to clip into your coils and change out as you need), To Do Dashboard Inserts (these go into the clip in dashboard), and Organizational, Nutrition Tracker and Event Stickers.

While I have the Classic Edition, there is also a Crown Edition which retails for $65.00 (currently sold out) and a Direct Sales Planner which is perfect for those of you in that type of industry.

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If you are a planner lover or someone who likes to stay organized, I highly suggest checking out the KIT Life Planner.  Those that use their planners for strictly decorating may find that this planner is too big for you or too cumbersome, but as someone who literally needs a to do list to keep me on track, the KIT Life Planner offers all of that and so much more.  With so many planners on the market today, I find myself looking for one that will not only be functional – but offer me some flare and happiness and that is why I love the KIT Life Planner so much.  There are so many ways to customize this to give that extra touch of personalization if that is what you are looking for.  As a mother who really utilizes the space in this planner, I am really finding that it is one I truly enjoy.

My video review and walk through of the KIT Life Planner

Some suggestions I have for a few changes:

  • I would love to see more cover options available.  Whether it is to DIY our own or purchase directly from KIT Life – I would love that option as I love changing out my covers like I change my mood… lol.
  • A small section with bullet points or something along those lines (hearts would be cute) that I can list a few appointments or an open time schedule where I can add in appointments for the day.  I do own stamps and can do it myself, but I love when it is readily available.
  • Would love to see two lines for the meal section.  The one line works well for dinner planning, which is what my family does together most weekdays – but would love some extra space for additional planning.
  • I would love love to see KIT Life come up with a week on two page design (similar to that of Erin Condren).  I hate to compare the two but they are so similar and referencing it easiest that way.  I take my Erin Condren with me on the go because it allows me to have my family’s schedule on the go as well as give me an opportunity to stay organized and take notes when needed.  If KIT Life came out with a planner that offered smaller spacing for planning and organization while fitting a full week on two pages, I think it would really be a great addition to their line.  I would purchase the full sized and the smaller version because I love them so much that it would allow me to have both at my finger tips.  If they do decide to go the route of a week on two page spread – I would love to see some time slots or bullet points in there as well for planning appointments, it would make a wonderful and usable design.  I have ideas KIT Life, so let me know if you want to hear them 🙂
  • Lastly, I would love to see KIT Life design something for bloggers and YouTubers.  I currently use my own designed inserts or pages to track certain things with my blog and YouTube channel, but I would love an option for something along this line for the future.

Overall – I can’t rave enough about this planner.  Yes, as a mother – I think this is perfect because it allows me great organization for my family, but I love writing in all these notes on the fly and have them readily available and this planner really gives me the space to be able to do so.  It is a little large, but I think overall – that doesn’t change how much I enjoy it.

What about you?  Have you heard of the KIT Life Planner before?  If so, is this something you think you could consider purchasing for yourself or someone you know for planning and organization?  Are you a planner?  If so – what planner do you use?

Stop on by and check out my video where I walk you through the pages of the planner and provide my thoughts.  You can see this video here.  You can purchase this planner, the accessories and add ons at: http://kitlife.net/

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dokibook Personal Size Planner as a Wallet

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.

Dokibook Personal Size Planner as a Wallet

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.

Dokibook Personal Size Planner as a Wallet

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.

Dokibook Personal Size Planner as a Wallet

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.

Dokibook Personal Size Planner as a Wallet

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?

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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 Dori Faux Dori Cake Paperie

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.

Be sure to check out my video embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

 

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.

Cake Dori Faux Dori Cake Paperie

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.

Cake Dori Faux Dori Cake Paperie

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.

Cake Dori Faux Dori Cake Paperie

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

Cake Dori Faux Dori Cake Paperie
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.

Cake Dori Faux Dori Cake Paperie

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.

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Happy April loves.  I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by me.  I’ve been working with my eldest son’s school for his transition into Intermediate School and the twins are going to Kindergarten soon… excuse me while I shed a tear – lol, so this year is just speeding on by.  While I’m sad to see it pass so quickly, I’m excited to see change and I welcome it.  So – even though time is whirling past us, let’s take a minute and dance like no ones watching.

April Playlist
Music always feeds my soul… it’s something I listen to daily and it’s always playing while I’m writing to keep my mind in the mood and inspired.  This month comes with all types of inspiration and lots of good and easy listening jams to keep me motivated.  April is my month for love as my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary so this month’s playlist includes songs that include a little romance as well as those that keep me motivated, inspired and make me feel like I’m dancing.  While there are a few new hits within the bunch, there are also a lot favorites from back in my day that I have enjoyed over the years.

A few songs on this month’s playlist include:

  • Skin Tight – Niykee Heaton
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Hey, Soul Sister – Train
  • Glory – John Legend & Common
  • If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  • Lay Me Down – Sam Smith feat. John Legend

For a full list of the songs in this playlist or to have a listen – click here.

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I love turning up some great jams while I am working on my week and month in my Kikki-K Gold Time planner.  This month I decided I wanted to switch out my lilac for the gold and I’m absolutely loving it.  Do you turn it up while planning? I find myself listening to music and midway through decorating a page, I’m up and dancing and I love it.

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So – what’s on your playlist for April?  I find that some of the songs I selected work well for my daily walks as well… so feel free to add some of these to your music playlist for the month.

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This month has been a whirlwind of go-go-go and busy-busy-busy all summed up in one.  I looked up, blinked once and now all of a sudden we are about to head into March already.  But, needless to say it has been a pretty awesome month nonetheless and there has been so much to celebrate.  Valentine’s Day came and went but I got to spend it with the four most important men in my life… my husband and sons.  And, my blog has been fairly consistent as I have wrote about 17 posts this month and slowly working my way to have a post up four to five times a week.  I’ve been working on a schedule that will hopefully work well for me and overall – I’m just proud of the accomplishments this month has offered me.  And, even prouder of myself for working towards my goals, keeping on top of my schedules and staying organized.

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In the past I have always shared with my readers the playlists for favorite songs that keep me inspired during the month and I thought I would pick this routine up again and share with all of you.   I chose this month’s music for it’s inspirational qualities.  Sometimes we do so much for others but forget about ourselves… this month has been about finding myself, learning to forgive and move on.  I’m reminded constantly that forgiving does not mean that you have to forget… it also does not mean that you have to continue to allow yourself to be stuck in the same predicament over and over again.  This month, to me, is about living my life… engaging in the things that make me happy, that feed my soul and letting go of the things that bring me down.

“If you want to fly – give up everything that weighs you down!”

So without further adieu, here is my February Playlist… filled with songs that have given my a little inspiration this month.  I hope you enjoy!

 

February Playlist 2015

 

1.) Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia

2.) Chandelier by Sia

3.) Habits by Tove Lo

4.) Live Your Life by T.I. Featuring Rihanna

5.) Dead and Gone by T.I. featuring Justin Timberlake

6.) Easy by The Commodores

7.) Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder

I hope you all had a wonderful February and wishing you all a fabulous March! <3

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As a busy wife & mother, I am always looking for ways to keep myself organized as well as being able to plan accordingly for my family’s very hectic schedule.  I have utilized many different ways of organizing our lives to keep us on track of the things we need to do.  One of those things is writing out our schedules in a planner.  I’ve had everything from a Filofax to a Day Runner and even Agenda and now – I’m rocking out a Keeping It Together Planner for 2014.

Keeping It Together Planner

I have a thing for bright, fun colors.  And, those that know me, know I am a HUGE Lisa Frank fan and this planner screams colors of happiness to me.  When I first opened the box, I was greeted with goodies and bright tissue paper.  Upon opening up the rest of the box, the Planner laid there in all of its colorful glory.  Needless to say – if I wasn’t already excited just knowing I was getting it – I was like a kid in a candy store eager to rip it all open and start planning.

Keeping It Together Planner 2014

Check out my video review and open box embedded below.  Or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

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Keeping It Together Planner 2014

For those of you that like no fuss planners that eliminate all the extras like Birthday / Anniversary Lists and Contact List – this planner is definitely for you.  It offers you the opportunity to go straight into planning and organizing your life, with enough room for a little doodle fun if that’s something you like to do.  I love that there is no time slots for listing appointments but instead an actual writing space (similar to that of a journal) that will allow you to write in each date the contents of your day as you please.

Keeping It Together 2014

Each day offers you not only the space to write but also areas for Exercise and Gratitude.  I especially love this because it allows me to keep track of my daily exercise, run/walk mileage as well as the amount of water I drink each day and I can reflect back on this each week for improvement on the next.  You also get a daily quote as well as a Fitness/Health Tip which helps to keep you motivated and inspired each day.

Keeping It Together 2014 Planner

One of my favorite parts of this planner is the weekly menu.  I currently plan my meals out in advance to not only assist with saving money when purchasing food items, but also to keep our family on track and to help with our healthy eating.  Since this portion is already built into the planner itself, it is the perfect way to keep track of what your family meals are.  This is such a great addition and I’m glad that it was included.

Keeping It Together 2014 Planner

Keeping yourself and your family organized is an investment.  This planner retails for $50 on the Keeping It Together Website.  In my opinion – with all the additions this planner has, it is well worth the money and I have already noticed how beneficial it has been in organizing my family’s many events as well as my Blog and YouTube Channel.  I absolutely love the daily inspiration listed on each page that helps to keep me motivated for the day and this planner is so easy to use with everything you need to keep yourself on track.  If you are in the market for an Agenda, Planner or Organizer (what ever you may call it) and want something that provides a little happiness as well as a way to keep you inspired and on top of things, definitely check out the Keeping It Together Planner.  I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year.

You can get your own planner here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/88652759/keeping-it-together-life-planner-2014?ref=listing-shop-header-0.  For more photos and information about the planner – be sure to stop by their Facebook Page: facebook.com/KeepingitTogetherKIT

For a complete review and break down of the products included with the planner, shipping and more – be sure to watch my video reveal and review.

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