Plan With Me | June ‘This Month Currently’

HELLO JUNE!

We are halfway through 2016. Crazy, yes I know. I wanted to share yet another plan with me with you all. This time I’m sharing my plan with me for the June ‘This Month Currently’ page in my Happy Planner. Check out my previous layouts below and be sure to click all the links throughout the post.

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May Favorites | NCIS, Music, & YouTube

So long May. It’s crazy that we are halfway through June and Summer Sixteen is right around the corner. As usual, I wanted to share my monthly favorites. This month I have a TV favorite, a couple YouTubers, and of course music. Let’s get into it. As always, be sure to click the highlights links throughout the post.

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Plan With Me | May ‘This Month Currently’ | Happy Planner

The ‘This Month Currently’ page in the Happy Planner has come in various forms and I’m still working in the ‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ Happy Planner. It was in Spring of 2015 that I shared my initial review, but  I never knew what to do with the ‘This Month Currently’ page.

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Throughout most of last year it was left blank. I now use it as a scrapbook page to highlight important event/birthday of the month, my monthly music favorites, and TV show highlights. Check out my previous layouts below:

I have a lot of fun decorating this page as it’s a free for all. I use scrapbook paper, all types of stickers, and washi tapes.

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The top of the page has a perpetual calendar at the top which has no use to me so I covered it with scrapbook paper and added some letters. Quick simple fix.

To cover the ‘This Month Currently’ section, I decided to use graph paper from a  paper pad I had purchased from AC Moore around Christmas. I never used graph paper before. I’ve seen other planners use it in their personal size planners. I plan on adding some pictures from my brothers prom, my monthly music favorites and a snapshot from the NCIS season finale. YES, I’m a fan.

I love using journaling cards to cover the ‘I Am Grateful For’ section. I added some washi, but that’s not always mandatory. The washi could’ve been a little straighter, but that just the OCD in me. Sometimes I cover up the birthday section when I don’t know someone that has one. I layer more scrapbook paper and make it decorative. The section is not always functional.  This month is really all about my little brother. He goes to prom on the 25th and his 18th is on the 27th.

When decorating a page as such in whatever Happy Planner you have, keep in mind that when using textured scrapbook paper OR 3D stickers, the planner will bulk up. Experiment with washi and stickers and figure out what you’d like to use the page for. Maybe there’s elements you’d prefer to keep and cover others

TIP: Just because the planner is a certain way, doesn’t mean you can’t adjust it to fit your needs. Use it as a guideline not the finish line. 

Be sure to stay tuned to how this page turns out in my May recap. To stay up to date with Chaotic Critic, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@ChaoticCritic).

Until next time…

 

April Favorites | YouTube, Music, Lifestyle

Welcome to another monthly favorites edition here on the blog. I’ve been enjoying sharing this personal side of my life with you all. Chaotic Critic really is an open platform for not just my creativity, but sharing different parts of my life. Hopefully I’ll inspire someone out there plus give you something new to check out or listen to. As always be sure to click the highlighted links throughout the post. Check out my previous favorites for 2016 below:

This month I’ve divided my favorites into 3 sections: YouTube, Music, and Lifestyle.

YOUTUBE

When it comes to YouTube I’ve been obsessed with vlogs, home decor, and anything DIY. I haven’t really found anyone knew, but I have gravitated back to some oldie but goodies.

I’ve been LOVING CouponToProvide especially. Her hauls and her DIYs are out of this world. She’s like the queen of repurposed products. I decided to turn my shoe closet into a craft closet in my office so I took inspiration from her space for sure. It’s a long video (2 hours long), but check it out. It’s amazing!

I’ve really enjoyed Daily Davidsons and Kayla Lashae Vlogs since they’ve both moved. The Davidsons have moved into a newly built home and it’s been cool to watch that whole process. I’ve been watching Kayla Lashae for like ever and I’ve seen every move she’s done and I just love her blogs. She’s recently moved into a new apartment and it’s been cool to watch that process plus I love her style.

MUSIC 

I have a crap ton of music that I’ve been loving this month. I wasn’t sure that I’d have a lot, but the list has surely bulked up. Check out my entire ‘hello 2016’ playlist below as well.

    • Rachel Platten – ‘Stand by You’
    • Panic! At t\The Disco – ‘Victorious’
    • Fat Joe / Remy Ma / French Montana – ‘All The Way Up’
    • Elle King – ‘America’s Sweetheart’
    • Iggy Azalea – ‘Team’
    • Drake / Future – ‘Big Rings’
    • Gwen Stefani – ‘Make Me Like You’
    • Adele – ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’

LIFESTYLE

Alright last but not least is my lifestyle category. This is everything else outside of entertainment. I’ve been on an organizing kick. I mean, I’m a planner so that’s a given, right? I mentioned that I’m in the process of working on a craft closet, post + video to come soon, and it’s taken up quite a bit of my month. On top of that I have been doing DIYs for my bedroom gallery wall. A video and post are coming for that as well.

As for the goals I made for March to accomplish during April (click HERE for that), I’ve completely failed. Well in the area of videos I have more content coming and with more content equals more blog posts. I do want to get back into my daily devotions which shouldn’t even be a hassle. Also, eating better, drinking more water, and working out have to be a priority as well. Cheers to May!

 

Plan With Me | April ‘This Month Currently’ | Happy Planner

Hello and welcome to another post here on the blog. In this post I’m sharing how I decorate the ‘This Month Currently’ page of my Happy Planner for the month of April (as it says in the title). I love decorating this page because I can do whatever I want to it and just have fun.  It’s also a page that I update frequently with my favorites of the month whether it’s a song of adding a movie ticket.

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I used a mixture of paper from scrapbook paper to die cuts. The scrapbook paper I used at the top covered the perpetual calendar which I never use and I took die cut letters and spelled out the month. I then took chalkboard which I had in a Valentine’s paper pad and covered the ‘This Month Currently’ section. I have tried to use that section in the past, but it doesn’t really work for me. I added a movie ticket from when I saw Zootopia (which was awesomsauce) and I plan to add other music favorites for the month.

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I left the birthday section and important dates to mark my sisters 12th birthday and the important date of the month was the MAMBI Planner’s Night Out at Michaels (click HERE for my recap on that). I took a card I had received in a swap and wrote in some of my music favorites for the month. I also used the Dollar Tree Jot brand dots as bullet points for each song. I plan to add the rest on the section with my movie ticket with stickers. Stay tuned for my April recap to see the  finished result. The stickers were from a Darice sticker book.

This system works for me at this current moment and there’s a lot happening in May and June so I’m not sure if I’ll switch up the layout. I definitely need to keep space for my music favorites. That’s about all that I add there. I have my general monthly favorites, but I really like to add my favorite songs each month.

March Favorites

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS! I managed to make it through the entire day without any jokes on me. Cheers to that. I wanted to share my March favorites which isn’t that much PLUS what I would’ve like to accomplish this month. 

EDITING 

I came across Canva at the top of the year and it is definitely an essential for me in creating thumbnails for my posts. In addition to Canva, I’m a huge fan of Polyvore and I like to combine the two. No sense in hiding what you use. If it works, share it. Everyone has their own creativity within. USE IT!

TV

I’m still obsessed with NCIS and I’ve actually started watching the show over on Netflix. I plan to buy the entire series before the year is over. Preferably around Black Friday when the price drops to $10 a season. Anywho, I’m sad that Michael Weatherly (Dinozzo) will be leaving at the end of the season which is next month. Speaking of people leaving shows, I had no idea that Shemar Moore (Morgan) from Criminal Minds was leaving. The ending of that episode was just so sad. 

MUSIC 

Just like I shared in January and February, I’ve been compiling a list I’ve been compiling a list of music favorites for the year. I’ve actually been listening to the Coldplay’s ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ plus Taylor Swifts ‘New Romantics’ on rotation, but new to the list include:

  • Desiigner – ‘Panda’
  • Justin Bieber – ‘Company’
  • Kent Jones – ‘Don’t Mind’ 
  • Rachel Platten – ‘Fight Song’

Aside from what I’ve enjoyed this month, there’s a lot I would have liked to accomplish. 

  • More job searches.
  • Starting a new book.
  • Daily devotions!
  • More videos. I’m tired of the repetitious planner vids.
  • Better eating habits PLUS daily workouts.
  • Better money management. 

I think it’s essential in taking note of what you would have liked to accomplish in a month to start you up for the upcoming month. I know that I would like a new job by June as well as losing weight and getting in shape for a fall lung cancer run. Taking action with these steps and really focusing on what I want to accomplish is a great start to the month. I’ll be able to prioritize better for sure.

Cheers to a productive April and be sure to check out my playlist below!

January 2016 Favorites

January 2016 has been an amazing start to a new year and I’ve fallen in love with a lot of stuff, but I’ve separated my favorites into two categories: fashion and entertainment. Click here for my 2015 obsessionsLet’s get into fashion first.

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I’ve been loving to layer and a lot of my favorites revolve around that. I love my plaid shirts and right now I only have 3 and I’d like to add a black/white/grey one along with a black/red one. Then there’s the turtle neck trend. Modernly known as the “mock neck.” I prefer for mine to be ribbed opposed to the typical cotton shirt. I need to a grey one for sure.

I also have been loving basic long-sleeved shirts, preferably crew necks. I like v neck t-shirts, but as far as long sleeved I just prefer crew necks. I definitely need to buy a black one soon. Lastly as far as layering are these tanks that i have and unfortunately I don’t know the brand at all. I love these because they’re long and if I’m wearing leggings they’re long enough to cover my bottom.

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My last fashion favorite for the month are my Timbs. I’ve had them for about 8 or 9 years now and they’re my STAPLE for winter. I wear them with any and everything. They just work. Eventually I want to get a new pair, but I just can’t let these go. Links to similar styles mentioned are below:

3044178-inline-i-1-la-la-anthonys-power-playbook-lessons-on-success-from-a-woman-who-wins-at-liMoving on to entertainment I have a book, a TV show, plus music. First up for the book, I loved reading and taking notes on La La Anthony’s “The Power Playbook.It will be the first installment to my ‘Chaotic Reads’ series so be on the lookout for that. As for a TV show, Netflix comes through again. I fell in love with ‘Fixer Upper’ which is similar to ‘Flip or Flop’ and ‘Property Brothers.’ I just love the vibe of this show so much more.

Lastly, it just wouldn’t be a favorites list for me without music right? Right. I’ve created a playlist on Spotify that I’ll be adding to frequently to highlight all of my music favs. If I had to pick just one song from my list as #1 favorite, I’d have to go with Yo Gotti’s ‘Down in the DM.’ I freaking love that song. Check out the playlist below: