Plan With Me | Thanksgiving Week

Welcome back to another post here on the blog. I haven’t posted a Plan With Me in a few weeks, but I’ve been planning as usual. This Plan With Me is for Thanksgiving week and starting next week expect a Christmas overload of content from planner spreads to decor and DIYs. To wrap up 2016 I’ll be sharing my top 5 tips to get you ready for 2017. Lot’s coming so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

If you’ve missed it, be sure to check out my Planning for 2017 series here. As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.

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Motivational Monday | Getting Through the Holidays

The holiday season is officially here and aside from my birthday, it’s my favorite time of year. I love Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. It’s beyond the gifts. Everyone just seems to be nicer and more courteous. Unfortunately, this time of year can be bittersweet.

For me, not having my mom around has been rough. It’s been 8 years without her and I find myself lately bringing up how I feel. This time of year just always gets to me. Thankfully I have an amazing support system, but it doesn’t fill the hole inside. Is that the case for everyone?

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Planner Recap | November 2015

November is officially over and the holiday season is in full swing. I wanted to share my planner recap for November and further discuss what I liked and disliked about my process. Stay tuned to the end for my talk through video! Below are links to my September & October recaps.

Monthly Spread

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I won’t spend too much time on this spread since I’ve talked about my monthly planner process before. I have used credit cards from OneOrangeSnowflake to mark my bills before, but this time around I used washi. The solid colored washi made it easy for me to write in my bills which I did with a Sharpie Ultra Fine Point. I accented it with a sticker from the ‘Give Thanks’ sticker book. To mark off my appointments I used washi once again. When it doubt, washi it out.

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Week 1: November 2nd-8th

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For this layout I used the PineapplePaperCo October Monthly kit. I am apart of the PR team for the Etsy shop so feel free to use my coupon code “LAKIA” for $1 off any purchase. I really liked using the boxes for the middle section. The boxes were made for the Erin Condren Life Planner so I took the full boxes and crossed the colors with half boxes. I wish the kit would’ve come with headers so I just wrote them in an used the checklist. The full boxes are great to layer other stickers and I used the half boxes wot write in my TV shows. The weekend banner I had left over from an ImagineThatByLori kit and all other stickers I’ve used in various other posts.

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Week 2: November 9th-15th

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This layout is my least favorite of the month. What really threw it off was the black washi tape layered in the sidebar. From now on I will definitely be leaving it blank or putting scrapbook paper. This week was the first week I switched my layout from blog   and personal on top and bottom to the inverse. I was initially going for a black and grey color scheme, but that didn’t work. I tried to salvage it with pops of blue, but it still didn’t work. Sometimes there’s just those weeks where it didn’t work. This happened to be one of them.

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Week 3: November 16th-November 22nd | Superhero Theme 

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This week was created with my nephew in mind. He turned 6 on the 17th so the Superhero theme was for him. I hate kits that don’t come with 8 full boxes. Only having six limited me to just putting the full boxes on Monday through Friday. I like to put them for the full 7 days. I could have mixed and matched them, but I prefer to just cover the entire middle section. Other than that I think the layout turned out pretty cute. An extra box or two would have would have filled it out.

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Week 4: November 23rd-29th | Thanksgiving Week

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I really loved this spread and it was based around a sampler I received in my order from FabulouslyPlanned. I used adhesive craft paper for the middle section similar to what I’ve done before. I put scrapbook paper on the side. Not much really went on this week so I was able to play around with the stickers. Unlike the first week I took computer paper to cover the bottom and layered the washi tape on top. I had a lot of cleaning and reorganization to do since I had a four day weekend so the checklists worked out great. Cheers to actually getting things done.

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Check out my video below where I further discuss my layouts and planning process from the month. Enjoy!

OOTD #17: Cozy Holidays

IMG_2498The holiday season is in full swing. I wanted to share my outfit from Thanksgiving. I was thankful that I was able to spend it with my siblings, my grandmother, and my nephews. The holidays are a time to reflect on not only what you’re thankful for, but to spend it with the people you love. Being 1 of 5, to spend any holiday with my four siblings is a major plus.

I think of all the traditions my mom started such as the Christmas tree going up the day before Thanksgiving. My sister went for a white tree this year with gold decorations and I’m in love. Of course I had to snag a picture next to it.

My outfit was based around my shoes that I purchased from ShoeDazzle. I got semi-dressed for family photos, but adding my Banana Republic cardigan really added a ‘cozy’ feel to the look. By the time I got to my sisters I ditched the heels for fuzzy socks and curled on the couch and watched football. My jeans were high-waisted from Forever 21 and my shirt is one of my ultimate favs from H&M.

I didn’t wear any jewelry, but if I wanted to dress this look up even more I’d switch the cardigan for my leather jacket. In keeping the cardigan I could’ve added a statement necklace and a pair of studs. Ditching the heels I could easily pair this with ankle boots or a pair of Uggs, grey preferably. I’m really loving black & stripes. Also my grey cardigan has become a staple and I can pair it with just about anything.

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Project Pre-K: Happy ThanksMINION

As I mentioned in my initial “Project Pre-K,” I would be sharing projects that I create with the children at my job along with my nephews here and there. My job officially has a hallway filled with FALL FESTIVITY. There’s a tree with family pictures. Each child was given a leaf to decorate and include a picture of they’re family. It turned out super cute so that’s a project in itself. Then there’s a turkey with feathers with the feathers stating what each child is thankful for. For 3 and 4 year olds the answers are very interesting. Then there’s the scarecrows and turkeys from Pinterest, then there’s my windows.

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