mark your planner for the 2015 kids choice awards! [free downloadable ballot]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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I'm quite obsessed with Awards shows.  Every single one of them!  The 2015 Kids Choice Awards on Nickelodeon are coming March 28th at 8pm ET.  We always make a big night of it!  Snacks, drinks, and fun family time.

To prepare for the Kids Choice Awards this year, I made a downloadable ballot for you!  You can print it off prior to the show to make your winner predictions.  I also made a downloadable image to put in your planner!

We took off for Wal-Mart to pick up snacks & drinks.  We picked up Capri Sun Roarin' Waters!  Capri Sun Roarin' Waters is a delicious low calorie [only 30] lightly fruit flavored water beverage.  It's a fun way to stay hydrated*.  We're big Capri Sun Roarin' Waters fans around here, so naturally that's what we chose!

*Consume a variety of beverages every day.

Capri Sun Roarin' Waters can be found at Wal-Mart in the boxed juice isle.  There's several flavors to choose from.  We picked up Tropical Fruit.  Look for a special Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Kids Choice Awards display in your local Wal-Mart!

We're getting excited for the Kids Choice Awards!  I've got it marked in my planner & my predictions filled out on my ballot!  We can't wait to enjoy the family time and dig into our Capri Sun Roarin' Waters!

Here's your free downloadable ballot for awards night!  All you have to do is view the full size image here, then print it off.

If you want a free image to print off and put in your planner, view the full size image here, then print it off.  I just cut mine out and used an adhesive runner on the backside to stick it onto my planner page.

Do you love the Kids Choice Awards as much as we do?  What are you doing to prepare for Awards night?!  I'd love to hear your plans!

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week 12 2015 [planner decoration]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I had a lot of fun this month with St Patrick's day themes.  I purchased adorable cheap stickers from Party City and used them throughout.  It was a crazy week around here.  Like I mentioned in my last post, my father had an accident and so the second half of my week has a lot of canceled things and deferred tasks.

I have also introduced some new items into my etsy shop!  I have new cupcake styles && Hello Kitty inspired Waffles!  I'm seriously in love with them!

Here's the first half of the week.  I used my sweet stamp shop stamps and all ink was Versa Magic Chalk inks.  Stickers were from Party City.  Washi is from Joann.

Second half of the week was a mess. I really didn't much done after dad hurt himself on Tuesday lol.  Poor guy his birthday was Wednesday too =(
The in-laws came to town on Friday and we went to lunch, so I had to cancel the plans to see Insurgent.

Guys I can't speak more highly of this planner.  I absolutely LOVE it!  I'm STILL in love with it.  I think that's a good sign.  Usually after a few months I can find something wrong with a planner.  But I have no complaints!

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week 11 2015 [planner decoration]

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I apologize for the lack of posts this week.  It was Spring Break, so I took a couple days off.  THEN my dad had a pretty bad accident where he fell off of scaffolding and banged himself up pretty badly.  It's been a crazy week here!

I'm still absolutely in love with my limelife planner.  This planner is fantastic.  I'm loving the organization of my day into 3 sections still [home, blog, etsy].  It's been great && has kept me very on top of things.

This week I really went with a fun Spring theme.  

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop, Heidi Swapp
Ink: Versa Magic Chalk Ink in Spring Pansy, Aloe Vera, & Sea Breeze
Flower & Polka Dot Page Flags: Michael's
Flower Die Cut: Joann
TV Stickers: Me ;-)
Other Page flags/tear drops: Printed from a facebook group
Pencil & Pen: Michael's
Washi: Joann
Pay Day & Phone sticker: Limelife Planners
Tiny hearts: Dollar Tree
Date night flag: Pinterest
Cupcake & Macaron paper clips: Etsy
Bow paper clip: Kate Spade from Urban Girl

I think I've listed everything I used.  If you have any questions about the planner, my spread, or the supplies used just leave a comment below.

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adorn your android [march 2015]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

If you've seen any of my instagram lately, you'll instantly recognize this pattern.  It's the cover of my brand new limelife planner!  Limelife Planners offer several free wallpaper downloads of their cover patterns.  I'm so in love with my planner that I HAD to bring it to my phone too!

Once again I've opted for no folders on my home screen.  I just want everything visible && in my face this month.  It just makes sense for productivity reasons.  I put everything that I use daily on the home screen.

To the right of my home screen is where I keep my calendar.  I'm primarily an on paper planner, but I like to have certain things at a glance on my phone.

To the left of my home screen is where I have my bookmarks widget.  It's ugly and I hate it, but I haven't found a bookmark widget that works with Chrome that I like... so this is what I use.

Happy March!!!  Are you as excited as I am for March Madness basketball?

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first full week in my limelife planner

Monday, March 9, 2015

The first week in my limelife planner was a total success!  I'm completely in love with this planner...  It's perfection.

I stuck with organizing my pages between life/home, blog, and etsy.  The first box of the day is life/home, second is blog, and third is etsy.  I lined out my flylady tasks in the "to do" sidebar.

Here's the full week view.  So neat && ORGANIZED!  I love it.  The washi I used was from Joann.  My tassel is from the etsy shop ALittlePeaceOfMe.  The tassel is amazing quality and beautiful.  She uses quality bamboo yarn [biodegradable, antibacterial, eco friendly] which provides a silk like shine and softness.  Quality yarn and an affordable price at 4 for $11!  Can't beat that!

I used Dew Drop Ink in Spring Pansy for my life/home section.  For some reason I have always color coded cleaning as purple, so naturally that's what I grabbed for my stamping.  The rest of the week was done in a pink shimmer by StudioG.  My weekly goal was done in a gold shimmer by StudioG.  All stamps are from the sweet stamp shop except the glasses under weekly goal.  They are from HeidiSwapp.  I have been so behind on reading, so I made a goal in my planner to get some reading done.  I actually ended up reading 50% of the book!  YAY!  The kitty litter sticker is from the etsy shop TheGiftedPepper.

As always the paper clips are handmade by ME!  You can get them in my etsy shop.  I have french macarons, cupcakes, && donuts!

I was so excited to fill out my week that I forgot that Friday was my eye injection day, so that means I'd be doing ZERO work on my blog && etsy.  So I had to add a limelifeplanner sticker to both boxes and write "day off" on them.  The sticker in the bottom right hand box is also from limelifeplanners.  I am in love with that quote.


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limelife planner [planner peace]

Thursday, March 5, 2015

[use EMILEESENTME for 15% off your $50 order at Limelife Planners]

It's here!  It's here!  It's heeeeeeeeeeeeeere!  I reached out to Limelife Planners and inquired about their product.  They were kind enough to gift me a planner for review.  As you know, I've been unhappy with my SugarPaper planner lately.  It's a wonderful planner, I just really dislike the layout.  It was hard to efficiently plan the 3 main aspects of my life into it.  That planner would be awesome for a student or someone just needing to keep day to day life/family events in.  Not someone tracking life/family && 2 businesses.

Let me be real with you for a moment.  I'm a long time planner addict.  Even back in my high school days with my filofax in my backpack.  I continued on with filofax into my twenties.  As the planner decorating "craze" became so popular and the possibilities endless, I had to put away my filofax.  Those 6 rings became the end of me.  I was constantly changing things, trying new pages, adding in new dividers && folders... it was a mess.  I spent more time decorating than planning and being productive.

I then moved on to bullet journaling.  For awhile this system worked really well for me.  I did this for a few years and grew tired of it.  There wasn't really one specific thing that I didn't like about bullet journaling, it just wasn't for me.  I missed having a traditional month on 2 pages, and something a little more visually stimulating.

In came the Moleskine Turntable.  Ahhh I LOVED this planner you guys.  She was perfect in nearly every way.  I even got back into decorating using her [you can see her in past planner posts].  That little Moleskine made me so happy.  She was bright magenta with beautiful smooth pages.  I told myself I was going to use ONLY her for a year.  I lasted quite awhile.  The problem with her is that she wasn't big enough.  As my blog grew, my planner needs grew.

 I knew everyone was obsessed with the Erin Condren, but I wasn't impressed.  Here's my issue with it... I didn't need my days blocked into morning, afternoon, and night.  I saw people washi over those because they didn't use it that way either.  I didn't want to have to washi over anything EVERY SINGLE WEEK.  I was intrigued by the EC planner, but I knew it wasn't for me.  This is when I moved into the Sugar Paper planner.  I loved that planner I really did, but it's not right for me either.

Now for the Limelife Planner.  I haven't even used this planner a full week yet and I can tell you it's perfect for me.  I know... I know... it's waaay early to be claiming "planner peace" but I honest to goodness think I have found it.  It just clicks.  Everything works smoothly && perfectly in this planner.  There was no stress of where to put things and how I was going to organize things on my pages.  It effortlessly happened.  Serendipity.

||Let's Dive In||

This is what the planner looks like when you first turn the cover page.  Your cover design is also on several different pages throughout the planner [you'll see more of that in a minute].  This is my cover design choice.  They have tons of beautiful covers to choose from.  In fact, they just added a couple that I'm really jealous about && wish was available when I requested my design [liiike this one]...  Also, don't you just love the quote on the first page?

Turn the page: There's a full sheet of Special Dates [holidays etc] for 2015 & 2016.  Then the right side has 2015 broken down all at once.  Full year on a page.  It is followed by 2016 & 2017 year on full pages.

Turn the page: There's a beautiful quote on one page, and that is followed by 2 full page sheets for website login info.

Turn the page: Following the 2 pages of website login info is 2 pages of goal sheets.  Write down your goals && date.  Along the top it reminds you to make S.M.A.R.T. goals.  I love this.  Everyone needs that reminder.  Then you have a section of months broken down into quarters.  Three months per page.  I'm loving on this so much you don't even know.  I will be utilizing this section for quarterly tax documentation && stats for my businesses.  I'd imagine most people would probably use this section to write down birthdays && anniversaries.

Turn the page: Following the quarterly section is the contacts section.  I will be using this section primarily for business contacts.  Vendors, advertisers, etc.  It'll be nice to have all that data in my planner instead of having to pull out my specific blogging binder.  I'm going to love having everything I need in one place!

Turn the page: The month on 2 pages coordinates with your cover.  Isn't it beautiful?  Not much to say here.  Standard awesome month on 2 pages with a column for notes on the side.

Turn the page:  Speaking of "notes"... this planner has notes all through it.  There's 2 pages for notes between the month on 2 pages and the start of the week on 2 pages, and then at the end of the month as well.  I already know I'll be using the heck out of these.  I spend 90% of my day thinking about my blog && my etsy shop.  How I can make things better, ideas for new content, etc.  I never know where I'll be or when I will have an idea.  This will be great because I won't have to remember to transfer it from my notes app on my phone, or the little receipt paper I jotted my idea on aha.

Turn the page:  Here's what I really want you to see...  The weekly pages I chose have the 3 columns similar to Erin Condren, but without the labeling.  Now I'm free to do what I choose with these 3 boxes per day.  NOTE- the ladies at LimeLife Planners offer several different layout options for your weekly spread.  I chose the standard 3 boxes in a day layout.  Here's where the "planner peace" fell into place.  I immediately knew when I sat down with my new planner how this was going to work.  The first box of the day will be for family/household things.  The second box of the day is for my blog.  The final box of the day is for my etsy shop.  This way I know without struggle, exactly what needs done in each aspect of my life.  I don't have to cover up any pre-printed morning, afternoon, night with washi because it's not there.  On the left side of the page is a column for Notes or a To Do list.

The ladies at LimeLife Planners have been working away adding new things to their line.  Including planner stickers.  They have several options available.  These are the ones they threw in with my planner for me.  I love them!  Including the little quote stickers.  My favorite is "some people are so poor all they have is money".

Since I plan on taking this planner along with me every where [I have a large purse...] I felt like I needed something to put it in so it stays perfect.  I was concerned about my tabs getting bent if just tossed into my purse.  Luckily the wonderful Facebook group "We Love Limelife Planners" gave me a great idea.  Use a Bible cover.  I ran to the bookstore and purchased a Bible cover!  It fits like a glove.  I don't actually put the cover & back into the sleeves like you would a Bible.  This case isn't something I permanently leave on, it's just a carrying case while on the go.

Here's an example of how I have it setup on the inside.  I keep a to do list pad, a Target accordion file for my most used stickers, pens, && paper clips [of course!].  I'm loving this setup so much.  I haven't felt this close to planner peace, ever.  I'm excited you guys!  Can't wait to share my planned pages with you!

Here's a sneak peek into my week so far.  Unfortunately you can't see my stamp ink too easily.  I used Versa Magic Chalk in the pastel colors, which are pretty light.  I also recently purchased several stamp sets from Sweet Stamp Shop.  I'm in love with them.  They arrived quickly & are affordable.

Have you found planner peace?  What planner do you use?

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