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