Monday, June 13, 2016
This week I am using a free printable from The Organizing Companion. The page with her free printables as well as some that require a purchasecan be found here.
I love the colors and the watercolor design of this set of stickers. It is so beautiful and cheery. I am so glad I found it and am able to let you all know about it. Be sure to check out the other printables on the same page but be aware some do cost money (but I think all of those cost only $1 and that goes to charity)
When you do go through the page to get the download for the sticker sheet it will ask you for your billing information and you will need to fill that in before you can download the stickers. I did not have to enter my credit card information though.
I thought you should be aware of this stuff before you try to get the page of stickers.
I again this week printed off two copies of the page so that I would have enough of the little flags that I like to use to write the dates on. This means I am getting a nice collection of leftover stickers so next week I am going to attempt to do a “use it up”
theme for planning. I am pretty sure I can get at least another week out the 3 sets of free stickers I have printed this month. It should be a fun challenge. I have a few other pages of things like flags that I can add if I feel I need to.
I hope you are enjoying this budget series. If you haven't subscribed to my channel I would love to have do so. I have several other types of videos planned for my channel. I just need to get the time to film them.
Thanks for watching my video and checking out my blog.
Here are some close up pictures of the two pages of the spread.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Today I am opening my latest Pinch Me box for you. I love this box for several reasons. One of them being that I get to pick which items come in my box.
To participate in the Pinch Me program all you have to do is sign up and fill out your profile. Then on the second Tuesday of the month you log onto your account and pick from the items they are offering to you. The items offered are based on your profile answers.
Another thing to love about this box is the fact that it is totally free! That's right, you don't even pay for postage on this one. All they ask is that you log on and give your feedback on the products you received. Really simple.
There are a couple of downsides to the program. First being it takes a full month to receive your box. At least that has been my experience so far. Although the box this month did come a little bit quicker that the the ones before it.
The second drawback is the that some of the samples are soo tiny it is hard to tell if you like the product or not based on what you get to try.
One way to help you to get things offered to you that you would really like to try is go through on a regular basis and see what things have been offered and put things you really want to try on your “wish list” that way you are probably more likely to get them. I know that at least one o the items this time was one I had on my wish list.
If you want to try Pinch Me here is the link.
Now onto the items I received this month. I did notice after filming that I got 8 items this time and I only signed up for 5.
The Raid Bed Bug trap. This item I am pretty sure wasn't on the choices so I think it must have been added by the company with my asking. I am pretty sure I would have remembered it but maybe not. Anyway I will hold onto it and give it a try sometime.
The Purina One cat food. I know this one was on my wish list ahead of the day I ordered it. I love getting cat treats/food in my box. I haven't had time to try it yet since we are in the process of introducing a new kitty to the house I don't want to offer anything else new for a few weeks. But I am sure they will love it when they do get to try it.
Pepto Bismol chewable tablets. This is a great item to keep on hand for those occasional tummy troubles. I used to keep the liquid on hand but I think the tablets would be better and more easily stored/carried with/ used.
Eucerin In shower moisturizer, I got this last month and loved it. I am so happy I was able to get it again. This is an item I am planning to purchase soon.
Z-Quil, this is another repeat item. In the past I have always purchased the store version of this product. I like the gel cap formula a lot better that I am getting in the Pinch Me boxes.
And lastly the Shea Moisture mud mask. I have been thinking I need to do a mud mask again and I never remember to purchase one. This way I can try this one and decide if I want to get more.
So that was what was in my Pinch Me box. Did you get a Pinch Me box? What was in yours?
Thank you for watching my video and checking out my blog.
Monday, June 6, 2016
This week in my budget planner I am using a Nautical theme from Vintage Glam Studios which you can find here.
This sticker sheet is sized for the Happy Planner but works equally well in our budget planner made from free printables.
I am really enjoying working in this planner and the stickers this week are really fun. I love the summer vibe especially since we are experiencing a heat wave right now so they are very fitting to what is going on.
I hope you enjoy this PWM and I thank you for watching my video and reading my blog post.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
I was recently in my local Michaels with a coupon in hand in search of something. Well, long story short they didn't have what I had went there to purchase but they did have a brand new display of the Happy Planners!. Since I have been wanting to get a good look at one of these planners I jumped at the chance to use my coupon and take one home with me.
I know there are tons of walk-throughs on the Happy Planners but I haven't seen one of this one that I purchased so I decided to share it here. Mostly I have noticed the planner with the gold stripes on the cover. I decided to go with the brighter one with the pink rings. I figure if I get tired of the pink rings I can always change them out at a later date.
I haven't decided what I am going to use this planner for yet, I do have a couple of ideas. One possibility is that I might end up finishing out the year with it as my Erin Condren planner is getting so full I can no longer close it. When I try to close it the front cover just pops off. Not the most handy situation. So in a moth or two I might just move into the Happy Planner for the rest of this year. Then in December I will need to decide what I will be using next year.
So let's take a look at the planner
I love the bright water color type print on the cover and through out the book. It is so bright and cheerful but not overpowering in my opinion.
I love the area to record what you are loving at the beginning of each month. So many times we forget that information so quickly in life. It might be nice to record some of my favorites each month. I bet it would be fun to look back on later on.
Some of the divider tabs have foiling on them and some don't. It is a nice mix and overall I like the designs that were chosen. There are a few duds in there but I think that is normal. After all you can't please everyone all the time.
I love the quotes that are scattered throughout the year. Most of them are really good and things we should all keep in mind.
I am really happy with my purchase. It has a few things I don't care for like the fact that the weekend days are shaded in color. But that is a pretty minor complaint.
I am slightly worried about how well the planner will hold up and if the pages will remain securely in the rings.
My biggest wish is that they would come out with a horizontal version of this planner. I use a horizontal planner as a daily journal and I think the way the Happy Planner is laid out would be so perfect for a journal. Especially those pages at the beginning of each month for favorites.