Thursday, October 20, 2016

Planner Life

Yesterday I got my new planner, stickers, and extra notepad/graph paper. Oh I can't even convey how excited I am to start using it all. I LOVE new planners. I never stick with one for a whole year and that is okay. Sometimes a planner might just be for a phase. I'm in a very hectic time of my life right now so I think a new planner is just what I need to get myself organized and excited about planning future events.

I purchased the "me & my BIG ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner, Hello Life". It runs from July 2016-December 2017.  I got it from Amazon for $26.99. It is beautiful and I already love several features. I also purchased the "Important Sticky Notes" by Create 365. I love that they have mini to do list stickers so you can write a few things on them.

I also went ahead and purchased a package of note and graph paper that I can add to my planner. In the package it was half note pad paper and half graph paper. I knew I would want extra paper to write down ideas, bucket lists, wishlists, and such. I've already started a page of Christmas gifts to buy.

Here is a look at what I bought.

Monthly view
I like the big boxes and the notes section on the side

Big Picture
At the start of each month there is a page to write down what is currently going on in your life (I love this), birthdays, monthly goals, and important dates

Added notepad pages
I bought these added pages and they slipped right in. I love that it has a place for the date on each page so if you wanted to write a journal this would be perfect. 

Weekly view
I like that it isn't broken down by hour because my day isn't broken down into hours. I like that each day has three big boxes to write down important information. I actually think the boxes are big enough to write out the important stuff in the top box, my work to do list in the middle box and use the last box to write my home to do list. 

There are other accessories that go with these planners and I hope to get some of those for Christmas. One of my favorites is that you can get a carrying case for your planner. I for sure want that and may not be able to hold out for Christmas. I want to be able to carry it with me to most places without having to carry it in my purse where things have been known to get ruined by spills or lipstick tops that come off. 

How do you stay organized on paper? 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Confession Time

1// I love the presidential debates. I'm a political loving person so these things excite me. I love hearing analyst discuss afterwards as well. The political science behind it all is what I really love.

2// I'm having the best time putting together Jack's Halloween costume. I'm not going to reveal just yet but I hope it all comes together and looks as cute as I think it will.

3// Teen Mom OG is my guilty pleasure. Farrah is the rudest person I've ever seen. You can tell that she is like that in person. I don't see how her parents let her speak to them that way. She is setting it up so her daughter is going to treat her the same way she treats her mom and it serves her right. I think Maci is the best mom on the show and I adore Ryan's parents.

4// I've learned that I drink my calories. I'm in love with the PSL at McDonalds and I love having a large Dr. Pepper to drink on during the day and then crunch on the ice. I want the PSL before work, the Dr. Pepper during my workday, and then another on my ride home from work. Even before I make it to my PSL I have a coffee from home. Once I get home from work I'm good with drinking water but something in me wants that caffeine or taste or both during my day. I need a different alternative.  I do not do diet drinks. I've never liked the taste.

5// Sometimes I stay up super late, like at least one or two nights a week, just so I can have a little alone time. I always pay for it the next day but I really need my quiet time.

6// My new favorite show is Designated Survivor.

7// I really want to like the big hit show This Is Us but I can't really get into it. I've never been a fan of going back and forth. The overweight woman meeting this great man (even though I find him annoying) at her first meeting is just so unrealistic and reminds me too much of the Mike and Molly storyline.

8// I am looking into Jack taking horse riding lessons. Someone gave me a name of a man who is out of town but not too far that does them. I'm going to contact him soon and see if I can set that up.

9// I"m also thinking about getting Jack a beagle for Christmas. I never thought I would want another dog. It isn't that I don't love dogs, I do, but they are hard work. I've done some research and I think a beagle would be suitable for Jack. I really want Jack to have that one childhood dog that is his best buddy.

10// It's time for me to get my hair done again and I plan to get it done before I head to Fayetteville in November.

11// Weight Watchers is not going well. I'm broke right now which makes it hard to eat healthy.

12// Jack got accepted into the ABC program. He will be attending a different school under the same director of the preschool he goes to now. I'm nervous though. It is going to be in a different building across town, a different schedule, different teachers, and this mama is nervous. The big positive is that it is free! Him being in this program will save me $400 a month.

13// Yesterday I ordered myself a Hello Life planner. I also ordered the stickers and the extra notepad and graph paper. I hope for Christmas I get the carrying case and other accessories. I was going to start working on my Christmas planner but decided to get this instead and order the extra paper so I can add in to put my Christmas plans on and then add into the planner. I needed a planner where I could be detailed but also a place to write down big ideas to work from. I'll let y'all know how I like it.

14// Mother Nature has betrayed me. It has been in the 90's and will be until Thursday. Jack has cute long sleeve Halloween shirts that I wish he could wear. My plan is to put one on him each cooler day because around here it might be chilly one day and then hot the next. I shouldn't have waited so long to put his Halloween shirts on him. Plus, boo to the heat. I'm a gal who loves the 70 degree weather.

15// I've been in a reading rut and I'm looking forward to some books I have on hold to become available. I'm always the one who either gobbles up books or reads next to nothing. Once I get back into a reading groove I will read book after book and then my reading halts.

Do you have any confessions you would like to share today?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Patch 2016

I did NOT want to go to work today. I thought about calling in sick numerous times and it felt like someone was pushing me into death row. Sleepy is an understatement. I was pure exhausted. Boy was I surprised when I found this cup with this saying on it which was full of chocolate. I love Parks and Rec so getting this mug made me so happy. 

We had a wild time at the pumpkin patch. Everything with Jack is full force and if you don't hold onto him he is gone. I literally lost him twice and one of those times was in the corn maze. I had to just run around like a crazy person until I tracked him down. I have to remind myself that each year going and doing things will get easier. Last year a pig bit him and this year it was a horse so at least there is that tradition. 

As soon as we got home on Saturday he told me to put my shoes on because we had to go ride a horse. It was his favorite. 

It was so hot that I had to just take his shirt off. This was the only time he was still and that is because I was getting his ice cream ready. 

Lots of climbing. 

This was the most decent picture I got of Bennett and Jack. I wish we could have managed to get one with Maybree also but this was chaos enough. 

Sunday we baked ghost and pumpkin cookies and painted our pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. I took zero pictures, just was in the moment. The cookies were delicious and the pumpkins were hideous. Fun was had by all!