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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September PinchMe




This month's PinchMe box has some really cool stuff in it. If you haven't signed up with PinchMe go over to their site and sign up right now! I love this site and getting the box in the mail is a little like Christmas every time. I love trying new things and for me writing the reviews is a lot of fun.

So in my box I got:

The Friskies Gravy Swirlers cat food. My cats all loved this sample so it was definitely a winner at my house. I love the fact I got the $1 off coupon with the sample especially since that is one of the brands I do purchase regularly.

Hidden Valley Simply Ranch Dressing is already one of my favorite bottled salad dressings so I know that I will love that one.

The Orbit gum, I wish they would offer a gum that didn't contain the Aspartame since I tend to get migraines from it. I will probably end up tossing it. I tried to not take it but the system wouldn't let me not take the gum sample and still get the box.

The Zzzquil, I get this product in about half my boxes. It does come with a $2 off coupon but truthfully I have never purchased it because I have a ready supply coming from PinchMe and I only use it very rarely.



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner –Fall in Love– (ft I Love 2 Print)





This week I found this gorgeous fall leaves themed kit from I Love 2 Print on Etsy. I actually fell in love with this artwork a while ago when I saw her September monthly kit that also features it. Unfortunately for me I had already decorated my monthly spread at that point. I was so happy when I checked the shop and found a weekly kit available also. This is just a one page kit ($2.40) so it does lack a few things and is probably more suited to a more white space style. I did a quick look at the page and decided the only thing that was really missing was a half box. Since I have some multi-color half boxes I was fine. For the most part I was able to plan my week the way I prefer with what is in the kit. I did substitute the check flags for check-boxes and I needed to switch the “to-do” headers for the “today” ones from how I usually use them. But those things are so minor especially with this wonderful artwork. In the end I decided to use date covers to cover the existing dates in the planner. I was going to leave them but the green was just a bit off for me. I happened to have date covers from the same shop as the kit so that was what I used.

For the half boxes I used some from the shop Planning Choco on Etsy.






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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner –Harvest– (ft Maritza Dominguez Shop)





This week I am using this beautiful Harvest themed kit from MaritzaDominguez Shop on Etsy. It was on sale for only $2.10 so a fantastic deal for a 3 page kit that even has leftovers and I didn't need to raid my sticker stash to fill in anything. I love that the colors go so perfectly with the Recollections Planner's color this month and that meant that I didn't even need date covers.

I am so happy to be starting to use some fall themed kits, I'm not going full fall theme until it cools off a bit more here though. I think one of the things I love the most about decorating my planner is when the seasons start to change and I feel I can shift to the new season for inspiration in my sticker choices. I love to decorate for all the seasons but I think by the time each season is coming to an end I am more than ready to move onto the themes.




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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner –Cute Forest Fox– (ft Design Sticker Store)






Since are into the month of September now I decided I am not using any more summer kits, it is time to transition into fall kits. However, the weather here is anything but fall like right now. We are in the midst of yet another heat wave. So I just couldn't bring myself to use a kit filled with fall leaves. The cute foxes in this kit are perfect however. I love them! They are adorable and they fit right into moving to fall. This 3 page kit was only $3 from Design Sticker Store on Etsy. I love everything about the kit from the clip art to the colors used.

As I find with most 3 page printable kits I didn't need to add any extra stickers this week. For me anyway 3 page kits are really complete and most of them give me everything I need to decorate the week the way I want to.





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Monday, August 28, 2017

Plan with me in my Happy Planner –Apple Picking–




Okay, so I was (and still am) very nervous about this Plan with Me. I really hope you guys like my kit that I created and download it. You can do that right here.

If you have suggestions for things you would like to see changed in the kit let me know. I want to create the kits you want to use. I am hoping to to start selling some kits on Etsy soon. I have some things that I am working on for that and have more planned. If there are specific printable sticker items you are looking for talk to me, I'll see what I can do.

Thanks to for watching!






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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner –Planner Girl– (ft Bling Bling Planner)






This week I am using another kit from Bling Bling Planner on Etsy. It really wasn't on purpose, I had totally forgotten where I got this kit from. I bought it a while back on a sale ($2!!) to use sometime in the month of August since the Recollections Planner has the color for the month of August purple. So I now have two weeks in a row from the same shop. The kits are different enough from each other that it really isn't that noticeable when you flip through the pages.


Purple is my favorite color so I love this kit, I love the color combo and it is not one I use myself but always love it when I run into it.


The only sticker I felt the need to add this week was a dinner menu tracker from Thanksis Digital Arts on Etsy. I use a lot of stickers from this shop, if you haven't already I suggest you go check out what they have to offer.




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Monday, August 21, 2017

Plan with me in my Happy Planner –Succulents- (ft My Planner Envy)





This week in my Happy Planner I decided to go with this free kit from Planner Envy that is succulents themed. I love the artwork on the kit and the simplicity of the design. Also the fact that the colors blend fairly well with the colors in my Happy Planner is definitely a bonus.

I am really not sure why all the stickers came out just a tad bit too small in this kit. I have used her kits before I don't remember having this issue with those but it was a long time ago. It's really not a big deal and frankly it gives the pages a bit more space and without space the Happy Planner can be a bit crowded.




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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner –Black Flower– (ft Bling Bling Planner)




This week I have a really pretty kit from the Etsy Shop Bling Bling Planner that I picked up last week (or the one before???) on their $2 Tuesday sale. I love the kit, I was a little worried with I got ready to print it since I am out of my normal glossy paper and had to use matte but it still turned out beautiful.

I love the fact that the kits I have been choosing for my spreads are all so different but they just fit at the same time. So much fun to flip through and enjoy the art of the stickers.

This kit was short a couple of stickers that I really find helpful in my week so I simply raided my stash of functional stickers to fill in the gaps.

The hydrate stickers are among the first printable stickers I got back in 2015 when I first started planning with stickers. They are from the Etsy Shop Silver Shed Crafts.

The meal planning sticker is from a sheet I picked up from Paper CrownPlanner also on Etsy. They have a lot of really charming printable stickers be sure to check them out.




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Plan with me in my Happy Planner –September Monthly– (ft BEaYOUtiful Planning)





Since I like to get my monthly spread in my Happy Planner done really early the month before I have been keeping my eyes open for monthly kits for a while now. I actually ran into this one when I was visiting all my favorite free printable sites looking for weekly kits last week. This one is from BEaYOUtiful Planning's website. I the kits she makes so many of them are just perfect for me. I debated for a day or two about this monthly kit since the people at Happy Planner decided to make the color for the weekends on the September monthly pages pink, but in the end I love it too much to care that the colors don't go very well.

This kit is very generous especially since it is a free one. I had a lot of pieces leftover. I will try to remember to pull from some of those pieces during the month for various things I do record in this spread.







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Monday, August 14, 2017

Plan with me in my Happy Planner –Crafts– (ft Cute Daisy)





This week for my Happy Planner I found a crafts/sewing theme kit. I don't think I have ever seen a kit with this theme so I decided to use it this week. It is from the website Cute Daisy. I really recommend you go over and check out the free printable planner kits available on the site. There are some really cute ones.

The only stickers I added were 2 of the habit tracker stickers from Thanksis Digital Art on Etsy. I am so glad I picked up this printable sheet I get a lot of use out of it in both my planners.




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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner – Country Life– (ft BEaYOUtifulPlanning)




This week I have another beautiful kit from BeaYOUtiful Planning on Etsy. Her kits are amazing and this one in particular spoke to me. I know a lot of you identify with the fashion girls and the make-up but I'm a country girl, this kit is basically me in sticker form! So for the price of $3.75 I think I might have just planned my favorite spread of the entire year (at least so far)


I was a little confused about the kit name, the sheets (and the files) are all labeled as Boots but on Etsy the kit name is Country Life. Either name is fine with me I just love this clip art.


Hopefully I didn't sound too out of it on the video it was so hot in here the day I filmed it was almost unbearable. I sure hope this heatwave is over soon. That being said I am not looking forward to the cold part of the year that I know will come all to soon. I admit I am a “weather wimp” and I hate extremes in weather.


Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the plan with me and I hope to see you here again soon.







I get asked all the time what sticker paper I use. Here is a photo of the packaging from my current paper. This is at least the 3rd package of this brand I have used and I really like it. I buy it from a couple of different sellers on eBay, I find the prices there are better than Amazon for this paper.






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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

July 2017 Pinch Me Box




I am never really sure how to title the videos and blogs for the Pinch Me boxes. They take a really long time to reach me sometimes so do I name them for the month that I claimed the items or do I use the month they arrived in???

This month since I am not exactly sure when I claimed this box (I think this one is from June but I am not 100% sure) I went with the month it arrived.

If you are not familiar with Pinch Me it is kind of a subscription service but it is totally free. All you have to do is write reviews on the samples that are sent to you. Pretty easy huh?

The last few months it is has been really hard to qualify for products. I went for about 6 months of so not getting anything but finally I seem to be back to getting stuff each time.

My advice on that would be first be sure to fill out those reviews. I am currently trying really hard to improve the quality of the reviews I leave for products. Another thing that I feel helps is to update your profile on a regular basis. Even if nothing has changed for you I find that there are additional questions every once in a while and those seem to have to do with specific products that are going to be offered.

Then just keep an eye out for when the sample day will be next time and be sure to get there on time.

Good luck!

So here are my thoughts on the products I got this time:

Sensodyne toothpaste: Although my teeth aren't sensitive all the time occasionally they are and for these times this toothpaste is wonderful.


Quaker Chewy bites: Love these little bites, and am no keeping a bag of them in my desk drawer.


Hidden Valley Simply Ranch: I love this dressing because it just tastes good the fact that is is free from the artificial stuff in other brands makes it even better.


Carol's Daughter Rhassoul Clay Shampoo and Conditioner: I was amazed at how soft and manageable this left my hair. I will definitely be looking for places to purchase this.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Plan with me in my Happy Planner –Tropical– (ft Design Sticker Store)





This week for my Happy Planner I found this really cute one page kit from Design Sticker Store on Etsy that was on sale for only $1! I am really loving all things pineapple this summer and the colors in the this particular kit go amazingly well with the existing green in my Happy Planner. If I was really picky I would probably use some date covers and cover the area that says August since those are purple but at this point anyway I am okay with those. I think because even though there is no purple in the kit the tone of all the colors blends well.

Now this being a one page kit it was missing a couple of things that I wanted to use. One being a weekend banner. I decided to check out Planner Problem 101 and once again the site came through. She has some wonder multicolor items on her free site. If you haven't checked it out you really should.

I also wanted a habit tracker and I have a page of multicolor ones from Thanksis Digital Art on Etsy that I pulled out to use.

That's the beauty of having a collection of multicolor sticker items in your collection, if a kit is missing something that you feel you can't do without you can pull in items from those sheets.


I do apologize if the video was a little off from normal this week. It is incredibly hot here in Oregon and I don't have AC. Sitting with the lights I use to film was just about unbearable for more than a couple of minutes at a time. I have a fan on my desk but it was too loud to have on while filming. Hopefully we will be back to “normal” weather soon.






As I mentioned in the video I have started a Facebook page for thischannel/blog and I would love it if you came over and hit that like button. I will be announcing all the videos and blog posts there so it will make it easier to catch all of them. I hope to get the conversation going too so feel free to stop by and say howdy any time. You can also find me on Intagram now too (I just have to figure out how to post on it LOL) 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner – Day at the Fair– (ft HT Planning)




This week I decided to go with the theme of day at the fair since August is really fair season where I live. There are several fairs and festivals I would like to go to this month.

The kit I found is from the Etsy shop HT Planning and it was on her summer sale when I picked it up. That meant the 3 page kit was only $1.50 with the add on deluxe page being only $.50! That is an incredible deal on four pages. I didn't need any extra stickers to fill out my week. I did decided to add a bit of glitter washi tape since I had a large space between my bottom boxes and the bottom washi from the kit. If the color of the area hadn't been so out of place with the kit I wouldn't have bothered with it though.





I get asked all the time what sticker paper I use. Here is a photo of the packaging from my current paper. This is at least the 3rd package of this brand I have used and I really like it. I buy it from a couple of different sellers on eBay, I find the prices there are better than Amazon for this paper.




I have started a Facebook page for this channel/blog and I would love it if you came over and hit that like button. I will be announcing all the videos and blog posts there so it will make it easier to catch all of them. I hope to get the conversation going too so feel free to stop by and say howdy any time.


I'm also now on Instagram (I just need to figure out how to post on there LOL)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Plan with me in my Happy Planner –Summer Lickin'– (ft Pansy's Prints)






This week for my Happy Planner I decided to go with this cute ice cream themed kit from Pansy's Prints. I love how bright and cheery this kit is. And the theme is perfect for summer and especially the month of August with all the fairs and carnivals that seem to pop up every where around here this time of year.

I just am having a lot of trouble believing it is already the beginning of August! Where the heck did the summer go??

Anyway I love this kit and I do encourage you to visit the Esty shop to see all the wonderful printable stickers available.

As I mentioned in the video I have started a Facebook page for this channel/blog and I would love it if you came over and hit that like button. I will be announcing all the videos and blog posts there so it will make it easier to catch all of them. I hope to get the conversation going too so feel free to stop by and say howdy any time.





Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Plan with me in my Recollections Planner –August Monthly – (ft Planning Choco)







For my monthly view I am returning a shop that has made a lot of appearances in this planner lately, Planning Choco on Etsy. I was looking for a monthly view kit that incorporated at least some purple since it is impossible to cover all the color on these pages in this planner. I really love the clip art in this kit and it looks so pretty in the planner. For only $3.00 you get not only the monthly view kit pages but you also get a page to decorate your monthly notes page too! I love when I can make them match so I was very happy to find this.




I get asked all the time what sticker paper I use. Here is a photo of the packaging from my current paper. This is at least the 3rd package of this brand I have used and I really like it. I buy it from a couple of different sellers on eBay, I find the prices there are better than Amazon for this paper.






As I mentioned at the tail end of the video I have started a Facebook page for this channel/blog and I would love it if you came over and hit that like button. I will be announcing all the videos and blog posts there so it will make it easier to catch all of them. I hope to get the conversation going too so feel free to stop by and say howdy any time.






Monday, July 24, 2017

Plan with me in my Happy Planner –Sunny Day– (ft Vintage Glam Studios)




It just happened that at the same time I got online to look for a kit to use in my Happy Planner this week Vintage Glam Studios posted a picture of this kit on her Facebook page. I decided that my search was over. I love this kit and the challenge of making a single page work for the week was a lot of fun. I did add some washi tape to “glitz it up” a bit and I decided to go find a habit tracker but that is all and depending on your planning style you might not need anything. Be sure to go visit Vintage Glam Studio's website and have a look around there are a bunch of great free printable kits over there.

So why did I decide to just use the one page kit this week. Mostly it was because I really liked the design that was chosen for it. I think it is perfect for a summer week. And since I did like it so much I decided to see how it would look without a lot of other stickers added. I really like how it turned out. And if you are on a strict budget this is certainly a planning style that is doable.




As I mentioned in the video I have started a Facebook page for this channel/blog and I would love it if you came over and hit that like button. I will be announcing all the videos and blog posts there so it will make it easier to catch all of them. I hope to get the conversation going too so feel free to stop by and say howdy any time.