Thursday, February 11, 2016

How I found Planner Peace

Hey Ladies and Gents, so I am all over social media and in the various groups for Planners I hear us saying we're striving, looking, trying to figure out if we've in fact found Planner Nirvana.
So let me share my thoughts on the What, When, Why and How did I get there.  

***DISCLAIMER- I am not a paid spokesman***

When- I started paper planning in high school backing in the early '83 after going to Franklin Covey with my Aunt. I used that planner which was an hourly layout for I know the next 8-10 yrs.  By this time technology was moving us to use devices and I went digital. Although I used this method I still managed to forget, not receive alerts and I began writing things down here and there. In October 2011 my daughters, my Aunt and two of my cousins were in a near fatal car accident. 

Why- Because they were in another city and I had so much happening I found a Planner in Target because I now had to keep up with everything for 3 households at once.

What-  I discovered how much I missed writing my life down. It was so much easier to answer questions about what happened, who had what appointment, when to refill meds, therapy, how are they doing and also what's going on with church and the rest of my family.

How- I decided that I wanted to upgrade so I got the one on the R- Melvedy Designs on Etsy.  Once I got this planner it was to small and wasn't formatted to my liking so I gave it to my daughter who loved it.  After about 100+ YouTube videos I ended up buying the Erin Condren Life Planner and I have to say I loved it so much.

 This is the month-at-glance for June 2015 with enough room for several entries per day. 
 Here is how I use my Planner I'm not really big on going all out with decorations I'm more focused on functionality than anything else.  Please don't get me wrong I love a pretty planner
but I need it to work for me as a functional Planner especially with Dr. appts, therapy, tests, specialist and home and church life.

 As you can see from the photos above I have tried to figure out how to better work my Planner.  What do I want to track in it?  Will it be for everything like Appts., Meal Planning, Water Intake, online purchasing, when I mailed out packages, cleaning schedule for my house, church events, family events......the lists could go on and on and on!!

As I became more affiliated with FB and IG planner groups and people I learn I could take my ECLP out of the wire binding I got this Daytimer Binder and I went ahead and tore out my pages and put them inside I even made some dividers. I thought this was my peaceful place.....naw it didn't meet my real expectation.  BUT..............

Then I saw this pretty Kikki-K Binder and knew this was the right Binder for me and when she arrived this was the beginning of my Planner Nirvana

As you can see this is so beautiful and What I loved also was the additional pockets and pen loop.  I am beginning to be pleased with my Planner I'm figuring out what works for me and for the first time I know there's enough room to expand/decrease at anytime. 

As I look forward to 2016 I was really debating what Planner do I stay with ECLP or use a Printable, create my own inserts.  My concerns were; will the paper quality be the same, what is the Price Point; so back to YouTube I went and began to see MAMBI's the Happy Planner and based on the reviews and a with a bit of prompting from my Planner buddy Shirlene, I decided to go and touch it . 

Well I made my way to Michaels and as you can see I got my Happy Planner along with a few extra items to sweeten the deal. 

Here's my Month of December 2015 layout and really I love them.  This is by far a great Planner with the quality of a $50+ Planner for half the price.  The Happy Planner drew me in because it lives up to the implication that you will be happy using their planner. 

Here is a weekly layout without much writing but I love this Planner so much and feel that this is the best for having you keep record of things you don't always think about.  In the version I have at the beginning of each month there are prompts of what your focus is for that month, Birthdays, what are you Grateful for and Important Dates

here you have a week layout which to me is great there is a Thoughts Column to the Left which I use mine for To-Do and To Call, I love the boxes which are labeled Morning, Afternoon and Night.  I love this because there is a bit more room than the ECLP.  The paper quality is the same as the ECLP. 
What has brought me to Planner Nirvana isn't what type of Planner I have, what fluff(Stickers, Washi Tape, PL Journaling Cards)  I can use weekly.  Planner Nirvana for me is finding what works for your life no matter what that entails.  I'm happy and can't wait to find my Happy Planner for next year.  MAMBI hats off to you for creating a product that offers more than just writing down dates and times. If you don't believe me or are still looking and not sure.....why don't you come on over to MAMBI and see for yourself.
 Until next time Be Encouraged and Be Creative.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Working to Stay Inspired........Really Just to keep Smiling

So I just wanted to talk about me. I've been dealing with my failing health for the past four years and I shared a few post back that I had the privilege of having a Spinal Cord Stimulator inserted for 1 week.  The premise is you have the device to see if you can have at least a 50% decrease in your pain level and if this works you become a candidate for a permanent one .  For me this was absolutely the BEST thing I've experienced since 2012 before my nightmare began.  The first thing I realized is that by night 2 I had actually slept straight through a whole night no waking up to spasms shooting down my neck to my arms, hands and chest.  By the 6th day I was trying to figure out how not to give this technical wonder back. 
                         This was the remote control that I used to keep the signal going and when I stood up, sat down or layed down the signal would change.  Needless to say I felt a bit bionic (insert big smile)

                                This was the actual device that has 2 leads that were tunneled up to my neck
to stimulate the areas that cause me so much pain.  This device along with the exposed leads were taped onto my back since it was just for a 7 day trial period. Check out the last picture
So yeah this isn't my back but I was nearly completely taped and had very bad issues with itching and I still have an area that my skin was burned. 

I have spent the last few years trying to get some type of relief since having my neck fused in early 2014 and finding out that my surgery developed some complications a few months later.  Unfortunately for a person who's 48 it's hard to get any type of help and I can't work in my current condition because nerve damage doesn't come with an on and off switch.   I don't want to complain but honestly I am frustrated with this whole process of trying to find relief and go through all of the therapies, treatments, changing meds and all of the other aspects of  REAL life that never stop.  I'm thankful for my relationship with God and having the love of my family and my daughters for stepping up to help me.  This is all for now....... Please send up a prayer that my insurance will cover this device so that I can finally have some relief and feel human again.  In the mean time my meds have been increased the very thing I didn't want to have to experience.  But through it all I'm learning to trust in Jesus!!!

Before I leave you this is what I have on my Hook  and this is what's Next
Take care and stay Creative.  I will be sharing my Word of the Year in my next post and you won't want to miss how I documented it so far in my Journaling Bible.  No matter what comes and what goes God has it and us all in the palm of His hand. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Planner Chick Designs Sticker Preview

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Plan with Me & Planner Chick Designs


 Here's my 1st complete Layout using Wendy Shelton's Planner Chick Designs stickers I used KT407 AE21 KT300 & SH108 I also used 3 FREE PRINTABLES & $1 JoAnn Fabrics glitter heart stickers #PlannerChickdesigns #plannernerd #theHappyPlanner #mambi # #flipagram #KevinMacLeod made with @flipagram .

Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy Planner 1Month Review 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Crochet, Celebrating and other things

Happy Holidays!!!!  I pray that you had a wonderful holiday season.  I'm thankful that I was able to share my holiday with family and friends. 

Well I just wanted to share a few things with you that are really major to me and that's me finishing a crochet item for the first time in at least 6 months.  My daughter asked me if I could make a slouchy hat for my grandson and of course I'm going to give it a try.  So I checked Ravelry and found THIS Slouchy Hat The project turned out so well that after the New Year I made the grey one.  

Read my notes on Ravelry link above to learn more about this Photo Shoot of sorts (inserts smiles and giggles)

So in between Christmas and New Years I was blessed to have a Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial placed and I couldn't tell on day 1 but by day 2 I finally felt a difference.  Now what I haven't shared and you may not be aware of is Chronic pain robs you of a peaceful night of sleep so I haven't had one since the spring of 2012.  Yeah, I know right, that long? I'm so grateful and yet so upset because tomorrow the device will be removed and preparations will be made for my permanent device to be placed. 

This is me the first night and the contraption is my remote control.  Please keep me in your prayers that they hurry up with this process and I can get my permanent device installed.  I do have one confession.....My back is taped up because it holds the device and the leads that are stitched in place but OMG it's itching so bad and sponge baths are for the birds....LOL

So because I have restrictions my daughters thought it would be good to get me a Clipboard and a few other crafty Planner goodies for Christmas 

I have some health issues that over the past 3 years have caused me to have trouble writing yes to the point that I can't make a straight line because my hand won't move.  As a girl that loves Social Media I see so many beautiful things and Brush Lettering really caught my attention so of course, I retreated
to Pinterest and found Llama Lettering FREE printables  My youngest daughter is an artist and told me that it might be a good idea to try the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens to help me get the hang of Brush Lettering for myself.  To your right you see me trying to figure out the right angles and where the weight needs to be.

Needless to say the Holiday Season has been a blessing to me not for the things that I received BUT for the chance at relief from my Chronic pain.  Please come back and find out what has unfolded for me and also to see how I'm adapting to my Happy Planner 

Friday, December 18, 2015

My Christmas Planner Buddy Goodies

So I've had the pleasure of a getting to know my Planner Buddy Shirlene over this past year and I have to say we have shared so much during this year even to being diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis around the same time and being in therapy at the exact same time.  But I do know and strongly believe we were put together for a reason.

So let's jump into the wonderful package I recieved from her

My handmade Christmas Card

Next you have the Planner Charm that I love and it includes an Angel and a Cross with a Twine Knot to remind me that I'm never alone God always has my back.  

Here we have a set of Stamps from TPC Studio these are the Sentiments stamps
Top:: Mini Chalkboard Magnet
Bottom:: Imaginisce Owl Cling Stamp 
Right:: i-Clips set of 8 Owl Magnetic Bookmarks

Masking Tape Washi Set and The Happy Planner Motivational Sticker 6 Sheet Set

Top:: Set of 6 Felt Owl Clips 
Bottom::  Tin Owl canister
Right:: Owl stickers 
You see the theme here right???

Yes, I love owls and what's funny I didn't even know I loved them so much until I started using a paper planner in July 2014 and since then I have stickers, mugs, cups, clips now the only thing I need is a cute tote and T-shirt of course they must be blinged out!!!!

Lastly in  my package was this Adult Coloring Book geared toward Bible art which is important to me.  I look forward to coloring in this book in the weeks to come as I recover from my next round of treatemnts.  This year has been a trying one for me and my Planner Buddy Shirlene which you can check her out on YouTube and Instagram

As always take care be encouraged and be creative!!!!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Planner Upgrade and Christmas Bonaza

So I've been using the Erin Condren Life Planner(EC) since July of 2014 and as the end of this year approached I was trying to figure out exactly what direction I wanted to go in my Planner for 2016. I had mentioned this to my Planner Buddy Shirlene and she asked me about the Happy Planner.  Well I began to look at YouTube videos and the more I watched the more I was intrigued to give it a try.  My only concern is that the paper quality wouldn't be like EC and also would it fit into my Kikki K binder.

Well a few weeks ago my girlfriend came down from Cleveland and we made our way to Michaels and this is what happened

I was able to find The Happy Planner and I got the Good Things are Going to Happen version
and a few goodies.  Now I need to say that the EC Planner is $50 plus and my new Planner with coupon was only $13 which I really have to say Sealed the Deal for me.  

This was my very first time doing a Monthly layout and honestly I might give this a go in 2016.  I used FREE PRINTABLES from  CuteDaisy and random washi, journaling card and other embellishments

This is my week view with a variety of washi, stickers homemade stickers and me loving this Happy Planner so far.  Check me out in a few weeks for a more in depth review of my Happy Planner and how I'm adapting to the layout.  

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Influenster has Done It Again Unilever Dry Spray Retail Challenge

Hello everyone

I've been a part of Influenster for the past few years and I'm always excited to try new products and give my opinion to you all.  This time I qualified for the Retail Challenge testing out the Unilever Try Dry VoxBox Spray with the Degree spray.  It says it will go on dry and provide the protection that it is known for.

I have had my Degree Dry Spray for the past week and I have to say it is living up to it's claim to not only go on dry but it remains dry/  I have to admit that I use to the old spray deodorants and they were wet and sticky but this product goes on dry and smooth. So it is a great daily product and I will be using this form now on.  

Thanks Influenster, WalMart and Unilever Dry Spray for allowing me the chance to use your product and give my opinion.  
So if you'd like to get FREE products to try and review hop on over to the Influenster link provided above and sign up and reveiw products to see how you can qualify to get these wonderful products. 
Stay tuned for other reivews I will be sharing with you.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bible Journaling in full Effect

I had almost lost my drive to Journal, Bible Journal and everything. Being in pain consistently doesn't exactly keep you in good spirits but as a child of the King I thank God for his gentle reminder that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us!!!
Documented Faith's Word of the Month is Practice and as I began to pray about what it is I need to Practice. I was lead to honestly look at how have been scattered all over the place. The verse  Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace , whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee KJV. Well, this put me in the right frame of mind to get in gear and reconnect with God through his Word. 

Consistency was the Word for the week and I'm practicing staying in my Word and documenting my Bible Study time I was lead to 1 John 4:1-6

this is the Tip-In (a tip-in is where you add a Project Life
We Are Memory Keepers Cards) 
to add extra dialogue

This one is Colossians 3:23-24 and I drew my hand as a symbol of Serving God by 
serving others

This is Psalm 55:22
Practicing my Faith that God loves me enough to handle my excess baggage. 

Philippians 1:6 
In my tests, declining health, lack and despair I'm believing God to 
complete the Work that he began in Me

My Pastor preached from Deuteronomy 9:1-5 
and here I'm asking God to Go before Me in everything I do