Sunday, June 28, 2015

Planner bliss

I truly am extremely happy with my decision. Honestly I can't believe how much I love this purple/lavender planner. It is so cute. So I have been really busy getting things set-up. And there are so many things I want to do but there are just as many things I am still trying to figure out what I want or don't.

So here it is....

I love the feel of the planner. In all the time that I have carried a planner or made one of my own; I've never had one that was purple. And the color made me a little worried before I got my order but that isn't a concern at all. I now find myself trying to not match all the dividers and pages to the color of the planner. So doing the forth of July themed weekly pages helped me to not focus on the purple. Well the calendar pages that I had made for the year are still being used. They were part of a Heidi Swap planner that was sold at Michael's last year around Christmas. But I have been eagerly waiting for her to make those pages available for purchase separately...I still am waiting.

The lined notebook paper that I used to stamp my journaling pages for the week are from the Dollar Tree. It's a 6x9 inch note pad. And although everything bleeds through the paper I love and use it because it is perfect for my classic franklin covey planners. I did purchase wide ruled FC lined journaling paper but I don't like it as much. I love having lines without any borders.  I have done this for years and its because I use my planner also to journal my day. I used to have only one sheet placed in between my weekly calendar pages but I now use 2. I also use these for grocery lists or writing letters.

I have also noticed that my FC hole punch is starting to punch weird. I think I damaged it some how bringing it to and from work. I hate that but I'm going to continue to be on the look out for one at the thrift store. I have seen many since I purchased mine, but I will get a new one whenever I make it back to the store. And they usually are between $4 and $6. A huge savings on what they cost new.

Well until my next post...smiles, Tracy

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A new planner...that I'm returning

I wanted to say that I have been super busy at work the last couple of weeks and I was finally getting to a point where things were getting a little better. But my planner has become too stuffed and although I can easily remove pages and make things smaller, that isn't the issue. The issue is that the ring size is too small. It was an awesome find to get this planner last year at the Goodwill for $2.00 but the ring size is too small.
So I have been watching all things planner on YouTube and was super excited about seeing the kikki k planners and colors. Especially the plum planner.

And so I thought about it a little longer and finally decided that I wasn't going to be happy until I purchase the planner. And so last weekend I confirmed my order and believe it or not I got it yesterday. Well actually today. I had to pick it up from the post office. That shipping was amazing. Seriously I am super impressed by that.

And then I opened the box and started to look at my purchase. I immediately wasn't in like anymore. The first thing I noticed was that the tabs were bent. And even a few of them were ripped where you would use the tab to turn the page. That was absolutely disappointing. The second thing I noticed was that the pages at the back of the planner were bent in a c-shape because they were being pushed by the notepad. And then I also noticed that the center ring at the top of the planner was not closed all the way. I know that these things may not see like a big deal to anyone else but to me this was a combination that just said I need to return the planner. Don't get me wrong I know that compare to a lot of planners out there the price was ok. But I have had planners for years and the one thing I have learned is that if there is an issue with the rings... it will only get worse over time.

But I wanted to be informative to others about some of the things that I don't remember hearing while watching so many videos of the planner. The inside material is not leather. It is a very soft pink polka dot material. And it makes for an easily messed up inside of a planner. I imagined immediately the ink pen marks that I would be putting on it. The leather is bumpy. I like that actually. The pen holder doesn't hold any wide pens. So the super cute matching pen that I purchased will not fit into the planner at all. The holes don't match up to any hole punch that I could easily access. Including my nice punch that I found for the franklin covey.

But I can see that this planner would be a great option for some. It just wasn't what I thought it would be and the quality wasn't worth what I paid for it.

So I head over to franklin covey's website and was like why didn't I do this in the first place? They have a nice purple planner with 1.5 inch rings...I know the quality I will get from there and I have never been disappointed. I also know that although the leather might get scuffs and scratches on it, I think it would give that planner character. And there is always leather cleaner. I don't want to worry about how can I clean material. And although I purchased a huge amount of scrapbooking products to decorate my planner, I can use them in the franklin covey too. I'm going to get this one...

She's really pretty. There was an ocean one on the site that was another cute color but it wasn't in classic size. And that is the perfect size for me. There is one other one that is appealing but I have to really talk myself out of it because I've already had a mustard colored planner and although I loved it...oh whatever I might this one too...

Well I'm off to make some monthly calendar grids. I will try to start sharing more. I really forget about my blog because of all the other options for sharing.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Congratulations Grad....One down and three to go...

I joke with the kiddos all the time that once highschool is over that they are no longer my responsibility. But really they will always be my responsibility. I love these kids and will do anything for them. Especially to make their lives full and healthy. This is my ultimate goal. I don't know how I could accomplish this without the Hubs being here 100% and I'm thankful I don't have to. But I say all this because a few weeks ago I flew my Mom in to our oldest son's highschool graduation and it dawned on me how blessed I am to be able to have the ability to do that. And that is really what I'm happy to share. That my Mom was able to come and experience with us this major accomplishment for our child. And although many of the people that should have come weren't;  the people that counted were... Our son is the first male on his Dad's side of the family to graduate from highschool. My father in law and husband both got GEDs and to me that is great too. But my father in law had me thinking about that most of the night. My son was the first.

 Well enough family business. Smiles, Tracy

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015...a wonderful new year

I hope everyone's year has started off well. Personally I'm super excited about 2015. I haven't been so excited about a new year and the possibilities since well last year lol. But this year has already started very well for the family. First off no one is sick. Thank goodness because if we get sick again I might just loose it. We had a horrible run of the yucky stomach and it was bad because it also included both ends. I hate to talk about it but I had to bleach down my whole house from the front door to the patio. I kid you not I took half a day off from work to handle that issue. And since then we have all been 100% better.

But on a great and positive note, my employer (who had been pushing me to work from home) is happy because I work from home all the time now. I was fighting it because I love my family but working from home was hard but it has been a great so far. It's only been three weeks and I had to go in and pack up my work desk and get decorations and bring them home. Originally I had been planning on giving away all the decorations to others at the office but when the hubs found out he was like nope you should bring that stuff home. It is very feminine and cute and it should be added to our home so that your space is more your style instead of the gender neutral style it has been. So I packed up that little corner, and moved it basically to our home. It looks like this...

It is a little different from the photo now like I have moved the chickenwire frame over so it isn't straight lined up with the computer. I decluttered the drawers so that I could actually add office/work supplies. And it feels much more perfect. Not that the office wasn't perfect before but the flowers on the desk and lamp and even the frame seemed to make it more cozy. And that is why I have been working more hours I think.  But I'm going to have to try to cut back on work and get to using my scrapbooking desk again. It is missing me dearly. I keep looking at it while on hold and I keep thinking about all those amazing supplies that I need to play with.

On another note, I am not using the 2015 planner that I just had to have and started making. I guess what I didn't realize  until I purchased it is that the Simple Stories binders have 2 rings, which make it hard to insert smaller items. I don't love that at all. The other thing that is somewhat an adjustment is that the planners rings are on the right flap. I never thought this would be an issue but when I'm laying in bed trying to write down my thoughts there is a long flap on the other side that I often poke the hubs with. Sorry hubby. And the planner has been sitting on my scrapbooking desk now for almost a week. I really think I'm going to start using my FC planner again.  The one I got at the Goodwill is so flexible and I can actually fold over the cover so that it's bent like a notebook and it won't damage it at all. That makes for wonderful planning while in bed. I will just have to position my pages correctly in order to cut them down. And that is the only reason why I haven't done it just yet. And it's hard not having weekly planner pages to write on. I've been using my old diary to write in and I just miss writing in a planner. I need to have a place to write out ideas and goals.

 But anyways look what I bought me for Christmas...I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Seriously. This thing is amazing. I love being able to make healthy smoothies. The hubs and I are going to do smoothies for breakfast for a month in hopes to jumpstart our 90 day goal of starting to be healthier. Wish me luck. Honestly I have never ever ever done any form of dieting. Ever so this will be interesting.
I'll be back soon. Smiles, Tracy