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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Planner Un-boxing and Walk Through

I think before we get to the planner and what comes with it I want to tell you a bit about why I decided to buy it.

Way back last December I had decided that I wanted to figure out some kind of planner to help me keep track of stuff. I am trying to keep up with multiple blogs, YouTube channels, Facebook, home-school my son, email from friends around the world and the rest that life throws my way. On top of all that I really want to get my Etsy shop back up and actually have it make some income. So as you can guess I have a lot to keep track of.

Back in December I started looking at planners in the stores but I didn't find what I thought I wanted. Most of the ones I found really didn't have the flexibility that I was looking for. Also frankly most of them were just plane boring.

Since finding one ready-made didn't seem to be something I was going to be able to do I of course decided to make my own. In many ways this was a good thing because I was able to really discover what I wanted (and just as importantly what I didn't want) in a planner.

Since January I have printed out several different types/styles of planners. Some of these I found as free printables online and some I designed myself on my computer. One big advantage of doing it yourself is you can work with one month at a time and change it before you print off next month. None of them were what I was looking for.

Fast forward to this summer. Oregon is experiencing a record breaking hot summer. Since summers are normally not all that bad here we don't have AC. It has been miserable and many days I have just not felt like doing much. What I have been doing is spending a lot of time watching YouTube videos. I started out watching some crafting videos and then when I ran out of those I started watching a bunch of beauty/makeup videos. For some reason those are the channels that have planner videos on them. I discovered a new world of decorated planners! I started watching all the planner videos I could find, some were great some I switched off within seconds. Through these videos I found out about several brands of planners that are really popular. One of those is the Life Planner by Erin Condren. The first time I looked at the website and saw the price I was shocked, that thing runs $50! Then I looked at the amount I had already spent on my project of trying to make the perfect planner. I admit it I have spent way more already this year which made me take another look. After watching even more videos I came to the conclusion that this is the planner I have been searching for. So last Sunday I bit the bullet and ordered one. You can pick a customized cover but I decided to go with the “ready to ship” version since I can order a customized cover later if I decide I want one. This way my planner was shipped in just a couple of days instead of having to wait for a week or more for the customized cover to be printed. From the videos I have seen the covers are super easy to change anyway and I might even be able to make my own. (that would be wayyyy cool)

So I ordered on Sunday afternoon and my planner came on Thursday afternoon via FedEx.

*disclaimer time- I very carefully opened the box on Thursday evening but put everything back very carefully so I could take pictures and film video for you guys.

Now I have to admit that I filmed the un-boxing and wrote the above part of the blog post about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I kept telling myself that I needed to get the video and blog post finished but I never got the time to get back to it. (I guess I should have put it in my planner as a “to-do”)

Anyway, since I have been planning in my planner I decided to add a walk through of what I have done in it so far. I am planning to start doing “Plan with me” videos and blogs this week so stay tuned for those (or better yet- subscribe to my channel so you will know when I post them)

Here are pictures of the planner spreads I showed in the video so you can see them closer.

October month at a glance.

I was initially going to add to the decorations on the monthly page each week but changed my mind really quickly on that one. I ended up using some of the stickers that were left in my sticker book from the week of August 10-16. I do love those critters and they look like they are having a great time. They make me smile every time I look at them. I used the side bar to set a monthly goal- almost reached it too. At the bottom of that column is some notes that I need to remember about the month. I designed my own stickers to post on the monthly page when I post a blog and/or video. I made one set and can use them with all my channels easily by simply circling which channel/blog at the bottom. There is just enough room to make a quick note about what the post was. And a place to circle if it was a blog or a video. Most of my posts are both by the way.

Onto the week of August 3-9, this was my first time doing this type of planning although I had already logged a bunch of time watching PWM videos. I stuck with the colors of the month and used printable purchased stickers. I went for a lemons/lemonade theme for the most part.

Okay, now for the first really decorated week, August 10-16. I really took advantage of one of those dollar sticker books that are sold at the craft store. I used a combination of purchased printable stickers and some free ones from Vintage Glam.

The third week I planned, August 17-23, I have to say is my favorite so far. I love the sunflower theme. I was able to find a sheet of sunflower stickers at the craft store. I added to that with some stickers I made myself. I even made my own weekend banner and I really love how it turned out. The rest of the stickers are from some sets of printable stickers I got from Etsy.

The week of August 24-30 ended up being a bug theme. I wanted to stick to the color scheme of yellow and green, I looked for stickers to go with several themes but had very little luck at the local stores. I did find enough bugs in various books of stickers and sheets of stickers that I had on hand to make it work. It isn't my favorite but I do like it.

The other page I have decorated is the monthly spread for September. I love the dark purple and gray that the month is colored. The first thing I thought of when I saw the colors for the month was wine/vineyard/grapes. But, I had a really hard time finding stickers to go with what I had in mind. I did find a few so I decided to use them on the monthly page. Most of them dimensional and I don't want to use those on too many pages (I am afraid of making the planner too fat for the binding)

The other big change was the cover, I decided to make my own for the month of September. I picked out a fall leaves paper for it and overall I like how it turned out. I have plans for how to make a better one next time. (Watch for that to be appearing on my planner in October)

So that is my planner so far. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

August 2015 Ipsy Bag

Join me today at my place to see what I got in my very first Ipsy Bag.

Since I need to put some videos up on the new channel that goes with this blog and I recently received my first Ipsy Bag I thought that would make a good start.

Sorry if the video seems a bit awkward, even though I have certainly done plenty of videos on my other channels this was difficult for me for some reason. I am sure I will get the hang of these new types of videos soon though.

And yeah, I did have to look before I filmed the video to see what I had in the bag. After all this is all new to me and I just couldn't wait to see what was in there.

I really like the bag itself, I think it is really cute! I love, love, love the hot pink with the black and white. Such a pretty combo! And the bag feels really durable, that was something I was concerned about.

So onto the contents of this bag!

Trust Fund Beauty nail polish (color Elegantly Wasted) according to their website this polish sells for $15. I do love the color and can't wait to try it out. I know that I will be doing just that tomorrow when I do my nails. In the photo you can see my swatch stick this is what I do with all my nail polishes before I allow myself to use them I make a swatch stick (I still need to label this one) using 2 coats of the polish. I have one of these sticks done for every one of my polishes. I have them sorted by color on book rings. This makes deciding what color I want much faster and I can consult my swatches before I go shopping for polish so I don't end up with a million bottles that are all the same color.

Doucce Ultra Precision Eyeliner in color 500 the website does call this color Black but on my skin is not a really dark rich black. On my skin it appears to look more like a dark charcoal gray. I will have to actually put it on my eyes to see how it looks there though. The retail price for this eyeliner is $22.

Hikari lip gloss in Merlot, I absolutely love the color of this lip gloss and I can't wait to go somewhere to try it out. The website for this product lists the price at $13. I think this is hands down my very favorite item in the bag.

The Eco-Beauty face cream- this is a nice sized sample pouch of the product. I will be trying it soon. I do like the fact that the sample has a screw off lid so you can use it more than once and not have the rest of the pouch leaking out all over your bathroom. The full size of this product retails for $40 and can be found here.

The Divine Skin Hydrator (in shower body moisturizer) looks very interesting to me since my skin is always soooo dry. I am going to be using this with my very next shower. The sample is 1 oz and the full size (9 oz) retails for $16 dollars according to the website for the product.

So overall I am really pleased with my very first Ipsy bag. I think the value of the contents is definitely worth the cost of the bag. I can't wait for next month to see what comes then.

If I had to pick which items I really don't care about I would say that would be the two samples of moisturizers. Especially the face cream since I am really happy with my current facial skin care routine. The in shower moisturizer sounds cool and I am eager to try it but I really don't care that much.

Do the items you saw here sound interesting to you? If you would like your own Ipsy bag, they only cost $10 and come once a month. You can use the following code to sign up: