Plan With Me: 4th of July

In this edition of Spicy Saturday, I’ve decided to share my planner layout for the 4th of July. Below are pics and links to items used along with a detailed video. Enjoy!

+Planner Used: Mambi
+ Mambi “The Happy Planner”
+GlamPlanning 4th of July Weekly Kit
+TheSassyPlanner Trash Cans
+PlannerKate1 Washi Strips
+Dollar Tree Paper Tape
+Hobby Lobby Movie Sticker
+ThePaperlyBowtique Camera/Social Media Stickers
+Wendaful Water Tracker Printable
+MAMBI “Song on Loop” Printable


Planner Addict Tag

IMG_20150620_222825Welcome to another edition of ‘Spicy Saturday’ and yet another planner post. There was an older tag floating around YouTube, but I decide to do the one created by Elle Fowler (All That Glitters 21) and Belinda Selene (Belinda Selene). Check out their video below:

Here are the questions:
1.) How many planner do you have/own?
2.) Hom many planner do you actually use at one time?
3.) When did you first start using a paper planner?
4.) When did you start decorating your planner?
5.) If you could use only ONE embelishment to decorate your planner, what would you use?
6.)What is your favorite pen to write with?
7.) Favorite place to shop for planner goodies (Can also be your favorite Etsy seller)
8.)What is the most you have spent at a store for planner supplies?
9.) What is your planning routine?
10.) If you had to pick only ONE planner, which one would you use and why?
11.) *BONUS QUESTION* Show us your washi tape stash. Is it out of control?

I’ve also featured a mini haul with items from Erin Condren, Target, and Etsy. This is by far my smallest haul EVER! I will be doing a separate post on the Erin Condren Sticker book along with a 4th of July themed ‘Plan With Me.’
As for items mentioned in the video. You can click the links for purchase below:

  • MAMBI Planner:
  • Pens:
  • Erin Condren Sticker Book:
  • Little B Pineapple Washi Tape:

Check out the tag video below:

Planner Haul Featuring Target, Michaels, & AC Moore

I’m officially PLANNER OBSESSED! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been purchasing items to decorate my planner and keep it organized from Target, Dollar Tree, and Michaels. I LOVE Michaels way more than I love AC Moore AC Moore just isn’t appealing to me anymore. As for Michaels I love the coupons that they offer constantly and every single one in my area that I’ve been to has more of a variety. Below are close up pictures of the items of purchased from each store:

Close up of Washi Tape (Michaels)
Close up of Washi Tape (Michaels)
Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree

Click the links below to see other related posts and check out the haul video below:

Me & My Big Ideas, The Happy Planner, Review

1430590651926I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my MAMBI (Me & My Big Ideas) “Happy Planner” over the past week. I finally have it and I’ve decided to review it and give my take on whether it’s worth the purchase or not. Let’s get into the basics:

  • Planner: $25
  • 6-Month Extension Pack & Home Planner: $9.95
  • Planner Stickers: $4.99
  • Interchangeable Covers: $4.99
  • Standard Shipping: $7.95

I purchased the “Good Things Are Going to Happen” planner along with the 6-month extension pack. The planner begins in July of this year and ends in December of 2016. Compared to the Erin Condren Life Planner which is $50, I got 2 years worth of planning, including shipping, for a little over $40. I was torn between purchasing this planner opposed to the Erin Condren, but what sold me was the disc bound system. The Erin Condren has a coil binding and with the MAMBI planner I can take what I do not want to use.

I created a video that shows more in depth of how I use the planner, but I am pleased so far. I also discuss the pros and cons of the planner, from my perspective, so be sure to check the video below. If you are looking for a smaller planner, then no, this planner is not for you. If you have commitment issues to planner, then this planner isn’t for you either. I will say that although the planner is huge there’s not much I don’t like about it. The question is, will I really be using this until December of next year? Also there’s been issues from other reviews I’ve seen that there was trouble turning the pages. I haven’t had any trouble even flipping chunks of the planner back and forth.

Here’s what I’ve decided to keep in my planner. It’s nice to have stickers with the planner that I do not have to fish out. No the post-it pocket does not add any additional bulk to the planner. Items were purchased from either Target or Dollar tree. I purchased the post-it pocket from Staples. Click HERE to purchase.


For more information on Me & My Big Ideas, click HERE.I created a video that shows more in depth of how I use the planner, but I am pleased so far. I also discuss the pros and cons of the planner, from my perspective, so be sure to check the video below:

Note: Be sure to click the links in bold to find items I’ve mentioned and links to related posts.

Spicy Saturday (V.14): Office [RE]organization

I took a break from blogging this week, one because I’m in the process of “rebranding” and two I needed to get organized. Check out my initial office organization post, HERE, HERE, and HERE. It’s hard for me to function when everything around me is in disarray. Aside from having a mess around me it’s hard to be creative when my office is not appealing. I had a bookshelf that just housed books. I know the typical purpose, but after watching CoupontoProvide videos on YouTube, I was inspired to switch up my office and I love my new corner. I have additional supplies I would like to add in the future, but for now it’s functional and appealing. Mission accomplished.


On top of the shelf I wanted it to be a bit decorative so I have a lamp that’s been in my family for ages, my Steelers (#STEELERNATION) salt shakers, a quote, and in the accordion filer I have card stock paper sorted by color along with construction paper and various printing paper.

IMG_20150425_134946On the shelves, it’s still a bit of a work in progress, but I’m pleased with what I’ve done over the course of two days. On the top shelf I have what I’ll reach for more frequently which includes my post-its/stick notes (whatever you call them), various markers/pens, stickers, and supplies. All containers are from Target except for my stickers one which is recycled from a bath set I received. All labels are a combination of Dollar Tree chalkboard labels and the rectangular labels from Target.

The second shelf has a snap ware set which holds glue, stamps, wood shapes, and thank you cards. More target storage that holds my mini notebooks, a huge obsession, and ribbon and washi tape. I have ordered a new planner which is similar to the Arc planner I created last year, but I think this one I’ll actually keep up with. The craze for planners revolves around brands such as: Erin Condren, Kiki K, Lilly Pulitzer, etc., but I love disc bound books. Check out YouTube for reviews on planners and to find the right one for you. Be on the lookout for a future post/review on my new planner.

Back to the shelves, the last shelf just holds supplies that I don’t reach for as much. I want to fit another bin on the bottom, maybe even two, but I’d have to find two that fit. I’m happy with the space so far, but I do see muse;f adding and switching up the layout. I’d love to add a drawer set (which I can’t remember the name of) from Michaels. It retails for $80 and I didn’t want to dish out the cash when theres 50% off coupons floating around occasionally. I’ve waited this long, I’ll keep waiting.

Check out a detailed look at my shelves in the video below:

Note: Be sure to click the links in bold to find items I’ve mentioned and links to related posts.

Spicy Saturday [V. 13]: My Target Dollar Spot Obsession

I haven’t added to my ‘Spicy Saturday’ series (click HERE for other posts)  in a while, but I wanted to get back to it because I love sharing things I find that aren’t music or fashion/beauty related. This series allows me to do just that. This time around I wanted to talk about my obsession with the Target Dollar Spot. Now if you hashtag this on Instagram you will see people not only buying the same list pads in bulk (which is great if you plan to gift), but they’re also either trading/swapping or selling. Now trading with someone else is one thing, but to sell something for $2/$3 PLUS shipping on something that costs $1 just isn’t worth it to me.

I have been perusing the section for quite some time. I mean who doesn’t love things for $1. It’s quick to accumulate, but I have been loving the stationery. I’m not on a planner kick as I was last year (click HERE to check out what planner I used), but I am all for making lists. What I’ve started to do is make daily lists and by the end of the week what I didn’t accomplish daily I add to a weekend list. So far it’s working out and I’m feeling accomplished because I get sidetracked way too easily. Here’s what I’ve accumulated thus far:


It looks like a lot, but compared to what I’ve seen my “collection” is small. I’m done purchasing for now. Well, I’m on the hunt for one more thing that I have yet to find at my local Target(s), BUT after my latest trip, I’m done sweeping the shelves.

Spicy Saturday (V.11) — Office Organization (Pt.2)

In Pt.1 of my Office Organization, I showed a semi-DIY of how I store extra office supplies for roughly under $10. In this edition I wanted to show how I repurposed a few pieces inexpensive pieces.


First up were these two night stands that I got from K-Mart a year ago. In my old room they fit perfectly on either side of my bed, but with the way my bed is positioned in my new room I have no need for them. I didn’t want to throw or give them away being that I was looking for extra office storage so I decided to repurpose them. It was a no brainer to do. I just sat them on top of each other and used a $1 white bin from target for each shelf. I had initially bought the bins for my “vanity”, but they were too tall so I decided to use them in here.

The first shelf holds my CDs that are still in cases. Surprisingly they all crammed into one container. In back of that container I have a ton of blank CDs in which I put my iTunes purchases on those. Yes, I still use CDs. In front of that container, I just put a picture of my grandfather and I when I was like 10 years old. Also on this shelf I have my washcloth and expo markers that I use for my whiteboard. Right above that shelf I have repurposed a MacCosmetics box and I hold my Expos and cloth for my whiteboard. I stuck it to the wall with Command hooks, my new best friend. The next shelf has yet another container and it holds my two CD cases, perfectly. Covering that container I took another book for a pop of color called, A Separate Cinema. The third shelf I like to call my junk shelf because it holds randoms. It has books I wanted to display, but wanted them displayed somewhere other than my bookcase. In the third white bin, I have a couple books and my Uno and regular playing cards.

IMG_0719-1I wanted to share my new organization for my magazine section. I took a file holder that I wasn’t using and put some magazines in there that were old, but that I wanted to use for future projects.IMG_0715-1

I then took my magazine rack and labeled two sections. The bottom one says ‘File Away’. That’s just filled with papers that I need to put away in their proper place and incoming mail that I get. The second one says ‘Read’ which is pretty self explanatory. It holds all of my new magazine reads. The top shelf has my folder of magazine covers. I was once a magazine HOARDER and in a way I still am, but I decided to downsize on the bulk and just keep my favorite covers. They span from my high school days back in 06,07.

Stay tuned for more on my office!

Spicy Saturday (V.10) — Office Decor

As I organize and downsize in my office I wanted to share the process of creating the space that is the mastermind/workplace of MusicMovingForward. The shelves, the walls, the organization is all apart of my inspiration in creating blog posts. I know it’s called MusicMovingForward and I do way beyond music. The reason I never changed the blog name is because Music involves so many different things and music inspires a lot of the other posts I create. Let’s jump into some of my current office decor. Enjoy!


I have 3 shelves located to the left of my desk with my desk being the first thing you see when you walk into my office. I wanted to show these two shelves because I love to display certain books in my collection. I talked about these in my “Book Collection” post so I won’t go in depth with what they are about. I just love the look of the books and the color that the music books and the subtle color the fashion/beauty books add. If you haven’t read Lauren Conrad’s Style book, you should. It’s an amazing read with great tips. I guess that book is what changed my sense of style. The other shelf that I have just has family photos.

IMG_0702-1This is by far my favorite section in my office. I was thinking of painting the walls, but I really like the plain color and would rather just hang up various things than to paint a wall. My music collage I have been working on for years. Roughly within the past 2 years I have been compiling the pictures onto this board with tape and mod lodge. All the pictures are primarily from magazines and albums. The ones in black & white were printed. I hope to finish it and I will do an update post as I make progress on it. I currently don’t have any pictures to add which is why the project is at a halt. On another shelf I have this frame that says “Music is what feelings sound like.” It was a semi-housewarming gift back in 2011. I recently picked up a new read, Tragedies and Mysteries of Rock & Roll, for only $10 at Barnes & Noble. Love the book and I thought it would fit perfectly there. I plan on moving my hats eventually and decorating the radiator cover. That’s a project for another day.



Spicy Saturday (V.9) — Office Organization (Pt.1)

Over the next few weeks I will be posting about my office as I begin to organize and restate the layout of it. This week I’m showing a DIY that I found on organizing office supplies from a YouTuber, thatGirlCathy.

Here’s what I used:


(5) – $1 tins from Target 

$1 labels from Target 


Here’s how I set it up. I took some string that I got from Home Depot. I eventually plan to get some hooks and use them instead of the string. For now the string works.

The labels I wouldn’t really recommend because of how paper thin they are, but they work and 16 labels for $1 is a great deal. I divided them by Sharpies, Post-Its, Pens, Markers, Extras. I’m not sure if I will always keep it organized as such, but it works for the time being. These hooks were already on my door so I did not have to purchase them, but  here are links to all the materials you would need to achieve this in your home.

Aside from office supplies this would be great storage for makeup such as brushes, mascaras, eye pencils, etc. You could also use this to store loose cords and separate them depending on how much electronics you have. This system would also work for a crafter/designer to organize all different types of utensils. There’s a lot you could do with this. For now, I’ll stick to the office organization.