Plan With Me: March 2016

Goodbye February and HELLO MARCH! I wanted to share my monthly spread with you all was well as reminding you of my new planning schedule. I will be providing at least two plan with me’s per month not including my monthly layout. This will avoid any redundancy in my monthly recaps. Be sure to check out my February recap HERE. Also be sure to click all links highlighted throughout the post.

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For this month I went with an Easter design since Easter falls early this year. The stickers are from a Darice sticker book that I purchased last year from Michaels for just 10 cents. Yes, 10 cents. Try to get the sticker books off season and you’ll get a great deal.

I didn’t want to add too much to my spread simply because I don’t use it throughout the month. It’s a reference, but it’s great to mark off bills, events, appointments at-a-glance. I don’t have much going  on this month, but I loved using the Target Up&UP neon Labels to mark my bills. I cut them in half and then another cut to turn them into page flags. I usually used a decorative sticker to mark my bills, but I love this way so much more.

Also instead of marking my pay days with ‘Pay Day’ stickers, I like covering the number with a money sticker to note it. It’s easier and takes up less space. The sidebar features any appointments or events I have for the month. I did this in February and it took away the clutter of marking my chiropractor appointments every single Tuesday. This month I have not only my appointments, but a Wine & Painting date I’ll have with my friends on Good Friday. Again, not taking up space in the monthly spread with a huge sticker.

The only thing that I add throughout the month are gas stickers because I do like to track how much I’m spending in that area.

I love the clean look of this spread. It’s functional and if need be, I have space left throughout the month and the sidebar to add. This is definitely my favorite monthly spread that I’ve done this year. I’ve finally found a system that works and keeps the clutter away. Check out the stickers/washi used below:

February Recap

February has come and gone and we are now in the first week of March. As usual, I wanted to share my planner recap with you all.

My least favorite layout was the week of the 15th-21st. This was the week I just wasn’t inspired to plan. It’s the week I decided I needed to readjust my filming schedule. Everyone has a reason for why they plan and what the planning process does for them. For me it is calming and entices me to actually get things done on a daily basis instead of cramming everything for the weekend.

My favorite layout for the month would definitely be my layout for the week of  the 22nd-28th. I love how it turned out being that it was pretty empty when I started. I used the rest of a kit from the Fabulously Planned mystery kit and I wasn’t sure how I was going to fill up all the white space. I loved my theme for Valentine’s Day week, but it was really busy. I loved that I was able to accomplish a no white space spread, but having the white space makes it easier to build layouts throughout the weeks.

CLICK HERE to check out my latest plan with me for the week of February 29th Also be sure to click all links highlighted to purchase stickers used and to see the initial posts before the ink.

February Monthly 

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This Month Currently

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February 1st-7th | Super Bowl Week 

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February 8th-14th | Valentine’s Day Week 

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February 15th-21st 

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February 22nd-28th

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Sneaker Wishlist

If there’s anything I’d like to add to my wardrobe it’s definitely sneakers. I’m not a sneaker head and I don’t plan to become one. There are sneakers that I’d like to add to my wardrobe that would not only get a lot of use, but are not too crazy in the price range. Be sire to click the links highlighted to purchase.

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Quick and Easy DIY Holiday Decor

This DIY is by far the easiest and quickest DIY EVER! So I had tile laying around. I mean who doesn’t (sarcasm). I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but I didn’t want to throw it away. I also don’t have a lot of money to spend on decor when I need to go Christmas shopping so I searched around for what I could use.

If I was an amazing artist I could have painted on the traditional snowflakes or Christmas tree. That’s not the case so I thought I could paint them Christmas colors and display them that way. I then realized that I didn’t have any of those colors available. All I had were pastels from a previous project. I did however have mod podge and scrapbook paper.

So, enough rambling, here’s what you’ll need for this DIY:

  • tile
  • holiday scrapbook paper (wrapping paper would work as well)
  • mod podge (or glue)
  • sponge brush (or a regular sponge)
  • exacto knife

I ended up picking out scrapbook paper I had purchased in a pack for $2.99 from AC Moore. I simply lined it up on the tile and voila. I took it a step further by putting another sheet of scrapbook paper on the back. I plan on displaying these in my office (Holiday office decor post to come) and I can flip them after Christmas to fit for winter. To seal everything in you could go over the top with mod podge (matte/glossy) or if you can spray it with a sealer. Prior to applying whatever paper you decide to use you can paint the sides.

The great part about this DIY is that it clearly does not have to be for the holidays. You can print out quotes or even paint the tile with chalkboard paint and change up what you want it to say whenever you want. If you’re using thin paper such as the wrapping paper you could put layers upon layers to change up the look.

If you don’t have tile, no worries. You can easily purchase foam board at the Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, $1. Cut to whatever size you like. Glue on the scrapbook paper OR wrapping paper. Have fun. Make a mural out of it by mix & matching different designs. Super easy and affordable.

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Plan With Me: November 16th-22nd

I absolutely hated my layout from last week (11/9-11/15), but I surely redeemed myself this week. I had filmed a plan with me video for my spread last week, but I didn’t bother to edit it since I wasn’t a fan. I did post my weekly plan with me and I was waiting for this week to be over so I could focus on the theme for this week, Comics! My nephews birthday is on Tuesday (11/17) so I thought it’d be a great theme for the occasion. It was based around some stickers I had left over and a Marvel sticker pack I purchased from Michaels. First, here’s my full layout from last week:

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The kit I used was similar to that of my Steelers themed week (click HERE for that).  I didn’t use many stickers outside of that kit except to mark my TV shows and appointments. I had to use larger stickers in certain areas because there was bleed through from the previous week from my Sharpie fine points. I would like to purchase either the Paper Mate Flare’s or the Frixion Ball Erasable Gel pens. That’s why I prefer full boxes in my spreads.

Since I was going with the Comic theme for this week I realized I had no washi to match. Thankfully the sticker book had a strip that covered the design at the bottom of both pages. Aside from those stickers, all I used were the phrase stickers like
“Thwap” and “Smash.” I might use some more throughout the week.

See my full layout below and click the links below for stickers that’ll allow you to create a similar theme of your own. Enjoy the plan with me video!

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Fall Haul

In no way am I a fashionista yet when I go shopping there’s no mistake as to what I want. I used to be an indecisive shopper simply because I didn’t know my style. I was shopping through the eyes of others. What other people were wearing, what they purchased, and those infamous YouTube hauls. I’d end up buying something, wearing it once, and placing it in the back of my closet.  I’m not a huge fan of trends and these when i purchase pieces, thrifted or not, I’m looking for staples for my wardrobe. I really love neutral tones and you can never have two much black/grey in your closet.

Outerwear:

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The first three items are from Banana Republic and Gap. The Banana Republic cardigan is definitely one of my favorites. It’s grey, long, and it has pockets. I have a few cardigans that don’t have pockets and I don’t wear them often simply because of that. I also have a jacket that has elbow pads from Gap. I like the contrast in material, but the elbow pads really sold me. Lastly is the windbreaker from Gap. It has plaid on the inside, a hood which is essential, and it just works. I’ve notice that I can wear a Medium from places like this yet other times I have to go up to an XL just to get it to zip. Very pleased with the quality.

Shirt/Sweater:

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I love the blush tone color and who doesn’t love a flowy t-shirt. Both items are from Banana Republic. The blush tone sweater is great to dress up or down and the saying is not so teeny bopper that I won’t be able to wear it for years to come. The grey t-shirt reminds me of the Sex & The City movie (part 1) with Jennifer Hudson’s ‘All Dressed In Love.’ I’d style the t-shirt with the grey Cardigan above with a pair of jeans and ankle boots. To dress it up it would look great with a leather jacket, high-waist jeans, and a pair of boots.

I’ll be featuring these items in future OOTDs. In the meantime, be sure to click the links below to purchase similar items!

Happy Birthday To ME!

It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday  (finish 2 Chainz/Yeezy bars). My birthday is finally here! I’m officially 24. Oh how I can’t wait to be 25 so I can have cheaper car insurance and not pay an extra feee to rent a car. The perks to look forward to. As I turn 24, I realize that I still have a lot of growing up to do. As I want to really enjoy my 20s, I can’t avoid and ignore wanting to be settled before I’m 30.

Looking back at 23, I wonder what it is that I’ve accomplished since I’m still at my same job, but this past year has not been a complete waste. I have found a new passion which comes in the form of planning. While planning is so much fun, it’s also become very therapeutic. I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for the past 10 years and planning, along with ASMR videos, comfort me in some way. I’m calm and it’s just instant relaxation. Planning just puts me in another zone.

I started my MBA in Entrepreneurship online last July and I’ll be finished sometime next year. I’m not exactly where I want to be just yet, but I’ll get there.

Cheers to a new year, new opportunities, and new adventures!

Roses for Rosa

Today marks 7 years since I’ve lost my mother. She was only 41 years old at the time of her passing.  She had been diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in 2005 after having multiple upper respiratory infections. the key misconception to lung cancer is that those who have it smoked. That’s not the case with my mother. She was never a smoker so her being diagnosed with lung cancer was a huge blow to my family. Continue reading “Roses for Rosa”

Plan With Me: October 12th-18th

It’s my BIRTHDAY WEEK! It’s finally almost October 15th. I meant to get this post up yesterday, October 11th, but I never got around to doing so. It’s been a long yet amazing weekend. I went to a wedding over the weekend and when I got back home, I automatically crashed.

So goals for this week,

  • uploading my finished posts
  • drinking more water
  • staying positive

A lot of more content is coming such as the renewal of my Motivational Monday series, of course more planner overload, but also a few fashion posts along with holiday decor & organization. Also, my series Sound OFF is starting back up. Lots of hot topics to discuss.

Getting back to this post, here’s my layout from last week, October 5th-11th, completely filled out. Also, be sure to check out my September Recap HERE!

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When it came to planning my layout for this week, I was going for a sweet treat theme. There’s a macaron set that I had purchased from xoMamaPlans on Etsy (check her YouTube HERE) and I wanted the layout to be centered around that, but the colors are pretty muted. So, I went into my sticker stash and used up the full boxes I had from the obsolete Etsy shop, Pixels & Poppies and put those in the middle section.

I didn’t do the typical sidebar that I have done for the past 3 weeks with my TV shows, instead I used the TV icon from RorysSweetAddictions layered with an Erin Condren sticker and I wrote in my shows. I’ll probably go back to the TV show sidebar next week. In place of my typical sidebar, I added hydrate stickers from TwoKraftyChicks which also helped to cover the pen marks from last week.

Another challenge I had this week was to mark off my Instagram posts being that I’ve basically run out of the Instagram stickers that I love from AStickyMonster. To maximize the stickers I have left, I took the MDN headers from LillieHenry and put an instagram sticker on Monday to indicate that the labels were specifically for those posts. To fill in the remainder empty spaces, i added Erin Condren quotes and cupcake washi tape.

I blocked off my entire birthday with the full boxes I mentioned and I layered that with a sticker from Erin Condren and cute kawaii cupcake. I left the day pretty empty other than that to add anything else. Also, I couldn’t forget to add my Steelers stickers. We play two games this week. Oh the joy (and added stress.. lol) of my birthday week.

Overall I absolutely love how this layout turned out. I add throughout the week as well. Below are links to stickers used along with my weekly plan with me video. ENJOY!

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Wellness Wednesday (V.9): Let’s Try This Again

UnknownIt’s been FOREVER since I’ve made an installment to my ‘Wellness Wednesday’ series. In my last installment I shared a Nature Box review (click HERE for that) and the one before that I shared my “new” workout regimen and meal prep (click HERE for that post). That was over a YEAR ago so CLEARLY that was a FAIL.

I go through these phases where I’m ready to work out, but I can never stay committed. I tell myself, well psych myself out, to believe that I am comfortable in the skin I’m in when really I’m not. I try to play off that I love wearing black and grey along with my favorite thin striped shirt from H&M, but they all conceal the flaws.

I’m not expecting to be skinny. That’s not a goal. The real goal is to be able to walk u p and down steps without being winded. To be able to play with the kids at my job, even my nephews, without running out of breath within two minutes. To be able to fight the urge to eat past 9pm. To get out of the “see food” diet that’s been a part of my life, forever.

I look at my sister as inspiration, little does she know. She’s a mother of 2 and while it may look like we may where the same size we’re proportioned differently and she looks great to have had two boys. While she does not work out, minus walking, her eating habits are amazing. Of course she has what some call “cheat days,” but for the most part she eats a lot of veggies and drinks a lot of water which has helped her lose weight and maintain over the years. I want to adapt eating habits like those.

I’ve never been skinny and as long as I can remember I’ve always been chubbier than I’ve wanted to be. My weight has been an issue. My stomach is one area that I can’t wait to vanish and at one point I actually lost it. That was back in my sophomore year of high school. My gym class was INTENSE and my doctors note couldn’t even get me out of what the gym teacher had planned. I worked out every night for about an hour or so on my arms, legs, butt, and especially my stomach. We had a treadmill, a bike, weights. I used them all. Again, that was back in my sophomore year of high school.

During my Senior year my mom passed away from lung cancer and I became an emotional eater. Well, I was always am emotional eater. I ate when I was bored, sad, lonely. If I was reading a book I needed a snack. Doing home, I needed a snack. I always needed something yet, of course, it was never healthy. Now here I am at 23 and I keep saying I want to get fit, but it’s beyond that. I want to get out of this rut I’m in where I rely on food to solve my problems.

Now I am not obese by any means. I am not overweight to be 5’6″ either. When I look at pictures of myself I can spot every flaw. For one, my stomach. Plus I have back fat. Now my arms are expanding, my waist seems to keep expanding too. I just want to get out of this. So, I’m embarking on a new challenge. A challenge to stay committed to this 30 day challenge i’m putting myself on. Click HERE for that challenge plus HERE for the water tracker I use. I’ve printed it out and put it in my planner, which is such a great feeling to check things off. This series is surely making a comeback as I’ll be updating on how I’m keeping up with the challenge as well as if my eating habits are improving, etc.

Come along for the journey of what could be AWESOME or an EPIC FAIL! As the title stated, let’s try this again.