December Monthly Plan With Me

Welcome to another post here on the blog and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I wanted to share my December monthly plan with me. It’ll be an overload of planner content between decorating pages to my Planning for 2017 series.

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Last Minute Party Planning

Tomorrow is my UGLY SWEATER CHRISTMAS PARTY! After lots of cleaning and running around trying to buy everything, I’m pretty much ready. I love how my sweater turned out, I’ll be posting that tomorrow, but still I have more things to get. First let’s start with my tablescape.

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I decided to break out my Christmas dishes that were my mothers for this occasion. Being that it’s a smaller party, I don’t mind washing the dishes. From what you can see, my table is pretty bare and empty. Let me say it’s quite boring. I know it’ll come together once I set up my taco bar and the other appetizers. For now this is the basic set up. The pan will hold my turkey meat for the tacos. The bowls will hold the cheese, salsa, sour cream, and lettuce.

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I purchased everything from Target in two different shopping trips. I’m still not done shopping. I have a small list of things I still need to get. I want another box of hot chocolate, another container of sour cream, whip cream, and bottled water. Thankfully my friends are more than happy to bring things for the party so I have friends baking, one bringing appetizers, and another bringing drinks.

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Now let’s move on to my hot cocoa bar, which is more of a sweet treats table. I have my hot chocolate and mini marshmallows ready to go. I was going to lay out the hot chocolate packets, but I decided to put them in the cups instead. The middle bowl will hold the marshmallows. The dessert plates are self explanatory and the plate with the doily will have brownies. There’s also ugly sweater cookies and crumb cake.

I want to give  a sweet treat to go for my friends, but I haven’t gotten around to that. Time is winding down, but thankfully I’ll have time at work to pull everything together. I didn’t get much cleaning done Monday night, but I got everything done today so when I come home from work it’ll just be placement of the food.

I’m not sure about the photo booth simply because I haven’t prepped for it, but I could put one together with no problem. I just don’t have a backdrop, but I’m thinking of just using wrapping paper for that. On Christmas Eve I’ll be sharing how everything looked and my whole experience with my first official holiday party. I can’t wait to share with you all. Happy Holidays!

Plan With Me: Christmas Week

Welcome to another plan with me. In this plan with me edition I’m planning for CHRISTMAS WEEK! When it comes to planning for a holiday there’s like a competition of who will create the best layout and planning should not be stressful. Planning should be fun and to each its own. Also the spreads do not have to incorporate the traditional red and green. It’s amazing to see all the different Christmas kits in other peoples spreads. Last week I did a winter wonderland theme, which I loved, but this week I’m ready for full out Christmas. Check out the full look of last week below and click the pic for sticker details.

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Moving on to this week, I used a set from Fabulously Planned along with stickers/washi from Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I featured this kit from Fabulously Planned in a happy mail post (click HERE for that) and I used another set from Fabulously Planned the week of December 7th-13th.

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It took me a little bit longer to create this layout based of the positioning of the washi and the number of full boxes that  had. I ordered the sampler sheet along with the full box sheets. As usual, I wanted my middle section completely covered and with a sampler sheet you get more of a variety. I will say that with this kit from FabulouslyPlanned that I’m not a huge fan of the icon stickers. There were a lot of cleaning icons which I know I won’t be using a lot of. I’d rather have had more TVs, some trash cans, or even more decorative stickers. Still love the kit, just not a huge fan of the icons.

After placing my stickers I realized that I had a lot more to add after I took the picture before the ink. Monday through Wednesday are definitely going to be busy from work to cleaning and last minute shopping. Plus, I’m having an Ugly Sweater Christmas party on Wednesday so I have a lot of prep for that.

Overall I love how the spread turned out and I can’t wait to add to it throughout the week. As for stickers featured in the pic, click the links below:

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Check out my detailed plan with me video below and be sure to click the links above! Enjoy & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Holiday Party Planning | 1 Week Before

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My Ugly Sweater Christmas party is officially 1 week away and based off my 2 weeks before planning, I’ve done nothing. I came down with a horrible sinus infection so all the deep cleaning I wanted to get done, didn’t. So from last week I did finalize my menu, the sweet treats, my photo booth ideas with printable props, and how I want to set everything up in my dining/living rooms. Check out my party planning Pinterest board HERE.

Being that I didn’t get any cleaning done last week, cleaning is at the top of my list before my party next Wednesday. My bathroom, downstairs, and guest room are 3 zones that need quick yet efficient cleans. Last weekend would have been the perfect weekend for deep cleaning since I had nothing planned, but I plan to get it all done this weekend despite my busy schedule.

Aside from needing to clean, I need to get my tablescape together, buy materials for my DIY photo booth, and make the grocery list for my menu. I’ve decided to do a taco bar which I’ll also have along with my dessert table and a hot cocoa bar. Aside from tacos I may add wings. Not completely sure yet.

71GSPSbYPjL._SL1000_My friend found a sweater cookie cutter in the Target Dollar spot, excuse me, Bulls Eye Playground. Since it’s an ugly sweater Christmas party it’ll be fun to see who makes the ugliest/cutest cookie. Aside from decorating cookies I’m still working on what else we’ll be doing. It’s more fun to just let the night flow. There is a game that I’d like to hunt down the game Teletsrations which simply put is the telephone game except with pictures.

For my DIY photo booth I’ve found some printables that I plan on cutting out with construction paper and then gluing them on foam to make them more substantial. For the photo booth itself I wanted to create a giant polaroid which I plan to achieve with just a regular poster board and an exacto knife. As for other pictures, I’m not sure what I’ll use for a backdrop just yet.

As for all the DIYs and decor, I will be sharing all of that next week leading up to my party. I’m excited to have all my favorite ladies together for a fun night. All in all I still have quite a bit to get done, but it’ll get done one way or another.

Plan With Me: December 7th-13th

Hello and thanks for checking out yet another plan with me here on my blog. I have really enjoyed sharing and creating layouts here on my blog. Last week I featured a cookie theme and I honestly didn’t like how it turned out. Maybe it was me tracing around the stickers a little too much. Or maybe it was that I put the washi on a little crooked and when I went to straighten it out I couldn’t because it ripped the page. Near the weekend it looked a little empty. I’m bummed because I was hoping to score amazing layouts throughout the entire month. Don’t over think when planning. Don’t force a layout, just let it happen. Below is my completed last week. Be sure to click the pic for links to pictures.

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This week I used a rose set from the etsy shop Fabulously Planned. I featured a happy mail from this shop and I love that the design of the shop has changed to half sheets for her kits. Half sheets are easier to store which makes them easier to carry on the go. I chose to do a rose layout since Thursday (12/10) would have been my mothers 49th birthday. As a tribute to her I went with roses since her name was Rosa. To add a little Christmas cheer I added Target Dollar Spot stickers.

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I switched up my sections from ‘to do’, ‘random’, and ‘blog’ to ‘today’, ‘to do’, and ‘blog’. I didn’t have any washi to match so I used the left over gold glittery paper that I had and cut it for the sidebar and the bottom. I also mix and matched pieces in other places in the layout as well. The stickers really added to the glitter, but I love, love LOVE how this layout turned out. Below are links to stickers that I used along with my plan with me video. Enjoy!

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Plan With Me | December

I shared in my initial Happy Planner Revamp that I was redecorating the dividers in my ‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ MAMBI Happy Planner. This revamp looks to be an ongoing series here on my blog and it’s the easiest thing to do.

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I was debating on how I wanted to decorate my divider for the month. I wanted it to SCREAM Christmas, but not too crazy being that I bypass the divider anyway. I’ve accumulated quite a bit of Darice sticker books from Michaels along with stickers from Hobby Lobby. I don’t have all the Etsy stickers I’d like to create future layouts, but I have enough stickers to create themes within my weekly & monthly spread.

I found this pack of glitter paper at Dollar Tree while hunting for the Christmas washi tape. I haven’t been lucky enough to find it, but the glitter poster board paper I found was a great find. It’s not super thick like the textured scrapbook paper I’ve used in my previous dividers, but it was stronger than that of regular printing paper. I loved that the glitter wasn’t messy and the sheet was easy to apply.

In terms of my monthly planner spread I stick to pinpointing my bills, appointments, birthdays, and any events for the month. I ran out of my Sweet Kawaii Design ” stickers which  definitely need to reorder. As I’ve stated in previous posts, my monthly spread is a reference for weekly planning. I try not to go too crazy with stickers, especially since I have so many Christmas ones, but I love the way it turned out.

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Check out my planning video below where I discuss my process more in depth. Be sure to click the links to purchase items featured below. Enjoy!