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!