Pocket Planner Setup - May 2018

Hey planner people! It has been awhile since I shared an update on my planning setup and y'all know it has changed up since my post, in February, right? Of course! Actually, I have been using a Pocket Filofax since late in March. I told myself that if I could stick it out with a pocket, till our trip to the U.K. (and France!) in June, that I could buy more pocket-sized planners on our trip. The thought of seeing all of the shelves full of Filofaxes still makes me happy! I can't wait! As of now, I have been in this setup for two months and it has worked fabulously.

Pocket Planner Setup

Awhile back, I posted about the pros and cons of Personal and Pocket size. That was when I was really trying to decide which I liked more. It's hard to give up the paper real estate of a Personal size planner, but portability and functionality won out and I picked the Pocket!

My basic setup is the same, but just constricted to the smaller size. I still have a dashboard, that is a combination of scrapbook paper, an Instax photo, and a cute clip. I'm currently in a Pocket Malden, so I am using the pockets to hold my ID and miscellaneous cards. The open back is used to hold cash, coupons, receipts, and other items that may be to big to store in the planner itself.

I have an "inbox", which I have talked about before. It's basically just a spot in my planner that holds sticky notes, appointment cards, and other loose items that I don't have time to jot down in my actual calendar. I try to check this at least biweekly, to make sure that everything is transferred to the appropriate section. 

I'm using Avery brand, colored tabs, with various scrapbook paper, for my dividers. In the past, I have gone all out with laminated, card stock dividers, but using a smaller planner, I decided I needed to conserve space. So far, this has been working out great. Plus, if one gets damage, all I have to do is stick another tab on! My current sections include: Monthly, Weekly, Daily, Notes, and a top tab for Meal Planning.

At the moment, 90% of my inserts are from Peanuts Planner Co. I just love the functionality and the amount of things she is able to fit on each insert. For my monthly, I am using her Monthly Overview Fold Out, with Tracker. My current weekly layout, is the Vertical Grid WO4P. My daily is always changing up, but for now it is one of her freebie inserts that she offers the members of her Facebook group. 

In my notes section, I have cut some list pad pages down to fit my planner. My favorite sheets say "Today" and "Tomorrow" on them. These are so useful for jotting down quick todo lists or ideas.

I really have been enjoying this setup and the pocket size, in general. It's small and convenient and even though it has less space than what I am used to, it has really helped me to become more functional with my planning. I still incorporate my own unique style, with clips, sticker, and my "Today" page marker (see pic below), but overall I am using it more frequently and for it's intended purpose, which is to help organize my life! Also, I am digging how chunky it is getting. Who doesn't love a chunky planner?!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 
Pocket Planner Setup

5 Tips for Packing Light

Hey y'all! I hope May has been treating you well so far. We have had a lot of rain recently, but the sun has finally decided to come out on one of my days off, so I'm feeling good! I just checked my calendar and I have only 28 days until we leave for our big anniversary trip. The excitement is getting real and since I have travel and adventure on my mind, I also have organizing and packing lists on my mind. That leads me to today's post. I'm going to be giving you five of my tips on packing light.

We are definitely guilty of overpacking. Me, especially. I admit it. I don't like to leave home without everything I could even possibly need. However, after a few out of country trips, we have decided it's time to cut waaaay back. This time around we are doing a carryon and personal item, ONLY. It's scary, y'all. It's real scary, but I think I can do it. I have been brainstorming how I am going to make it work and in doing so, I came up with these five tips.

5 Tips for Packing Light

1. Travel-sized EVERYTHING

There are a couple of ways you can do this. You can purchase several of those clear, reusable, plastic bottles and containers or you can try to find your favorite products in the travel size bottles. It should be noted that your liquids need to be no more than 3.4 oz, if you plan on carrying on only. Most brands are good about making their products in that size, for this very reason. I plan on doing a mix of these two options. My favorite hair products can easily be transferred to another small bottle. However I am not attempting to squeeze out toothpaste, so I will be purchasing a travel size of that.

2. Leave your Hair Dryer and other Appliances at Home

Repeat after me: you do not need it. I have thick, wild, curly hair. I don't like to leave without my hair dryer and diffuser, but it's just not feasible to take it with me. That is valuable suitcase real estate that could be used for two or three more outfits. Besides that, if you travel to another country, you may not even be able to use that hair dryer without a converter (and sometimes those don't even work, trust me on that). The majority of hotels will have a hair dyer. Yea, it's not the best of the best, but it will get the job done. While you are at it, you should probably leave your curling wand and flat iron at home too. Depending on the size, you may be able to make one of those work. Not going to lie, I will be attempting to fit my flat iron, but I may have to accept defeat.

3. Limit your Electronics and "down time" stuff

I took a lot of planner supplies on our first trip to Europe. Quit side eyeing me, I know I am ridiculous. I just felt like I was going to be on planes and in airports for so long that I needed to have multiple forms of entertainment and planners are my entertainment. After a somewhat embarrassing canvas of my pencil box, in the Amsterdam airport security line (they for real thought I was cray-cray), I decided that maybe it was time to stop hauling all of that stuff on these trips. You won't have as much down time as you think. On the long haul flights, they have movies going constantly, they serve meals and snacks, and you will probably want to try to nap for a few hours to combat jet lag. This time around I am going to get by with just my kindle and my lightweight, 12-inch MacBook. Those items will fit nicely into my backpack, without taking up much room. There is no need to bring every tablet or device that you own and I would also steer clear of bring actual books (Amazon Kindle, FTW!).

4. Plan Outfits Ahead of Time and Pack Accordingly

If you haven't learned by now, I enjoy planning (understatement of the century). I always make a packing list, but it usually is very generic when it comes to clothes. I may put that I will bring two pairs of jeans and two dresses, but in the past I haven't really planned my outfits for each and every day. This time around I am looking over our itinerary and actually picking out the exact thing I will wear. It will include lots of pieces that can be restyled with different accessories (think scarves and cardigans) to look different. Then, if the weather doesn't go as planned or something changes on our trip, I can just switch days up. This process will keep me from overpacking on items like shirts and tanks.

5. Pack a collapsible, lightweight bag, in your carry on

This is something we discovered on our trip to Taiwan. I love to bring home souvenirs. When I go on trips, not only do I buy for myself, I also buy for close family and friends. If you have packed everything that you can into your bags for the trip there, what is the solution to getting home with all of your original items, plus everything you bought? The answer is a lightweight bag that folds up into a neat, little pouch. It's easy to tuck into your carry on, for the trip over, and then you can fill it with all of your dirty clothes for the trip back. This empties out your carry on for anything you may have bought. Yes, this means you will have to check a bag on the way back, but you are going home, so if your bag gets lost, it won't be as much of a nuisance.

Here is a great option on Amazon: 

 

I hope these tips help you to pack less for your next trip! If you have any other tips, please share them with me, because I could use all of the help that I can get!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 
5 Tips for Packing Light

Mother's Day Gift Guide

May has arrived and we are finally seeing some higher temps here in middle Tennessee! Grass is growing and flowers are starting to bloom and my allergies are acting up a long with it. May brings more than just allergies, though. It brings the day we celebrate the women that brought us into this world. Mother's Day! As I am writing this, you only have a little over a week left to grab a gift or card for Mom, so I am giving you a list of options that will ship quickly.

And why don't you go ahead and treat yourself, while your at it? ;)

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Bath Bomb Set
 

For the Moms out there that need a little relaxation in their life! This set can be as small or as big as you need it to be and the seller even lets you include a personal note to your mom, so it can ship directly to her!

 
Pretty. Good. Mom. Shirt
 

Tell mom how you really feel with this cute, and straight to the point, T-Shirt! But, make sure she has a good sense of humor and knows that she is more than just "Pretty Good".

 
Mom Travel Coffee Cup
 

What mom doesn't need coffee or tea? I don't know a single one. Not only can she use this cup to take her hot drink with her, but it will remind her how beautiful her offspring are! 

 
What I Love About Mom
 

Make your mom feel special, by writing out all of the reasons that you love her. This journal helps you get started, by providing prompts. You just fill in the blanks!

 
Dog Mom Vinyl Decal
 

Attention husbands of dog moms! Maybe your wife hasn't joined the human mom club yet, but you still want her to feel special. Celebrate the love that you both have for your fur babies!

 
Happy Mother's Day
 

Don't forget the card! Nothing will mean more to your mom, than you showing your appreciation for all she has done in your life.

 
Mom Wine Glass
 

If your mom is a wine drinker (because, who isn't?) then get her a glass that represents her. Mommin' Aint Easy, buy a little wine can help!

I hope this list has given you some good ideas for what you can get that special mom in your life! 

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 
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Currently...April 2018

Hey y'all! There is only one week left in April and you know what that means...It's gonna be May! It also means that I need to update you on what is currently on my radar. If you haven't seen one of these posts before, this is basically where I tell you what I have been up to over the last month and what I have been enjoying.

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Currently...April 2018

Reading: 

In Due Time. I just finished this sweet, 60-Day devotional, today. It's by Caroline Harries (she has an awesome blog, too) and each day includes a verse of scripture and about two pages of encouragement. It has really helped me to feel at peace during my wait.

Planning: 

U.K./Europe Trip. Last month, we decided that we weren't going to continue to put our lives on hold while we "wait" for me to get pregnant. Instead, we are going to continue to go on our adventures and live our lives, while we continue to pray that we will one day be parents, somehow...someway. So, you can look forward to more travel-related posts coming! In June, for our third wedding anniversary, we will be headed to London, Paris, Bayeux, and Dublin! I am already counting the days!

Watching:

New Girl. It's back!! That wait was far too long. When I read that there would be one final season of New Girl, but it would include a time jump, I really didn't know what to think. I have watched this show from the beginning and I really liked how the last season ended, but of course you never want a favorite show to end. I love that the couples seem to be living happily ever after, but I have a feeling that we haven't seen an end to the angst. The jokes are still great and I still love the characters, but I will withhold any more judgment of this season, until I have seen more.

Drinking:

Stiegl Radler (Grapefruit). I was never a beer drinker, before I met Justin. Even now, it isn't my first choice when it comes to adult beverages. However, when you mix a light wheat beer with a little fruit juice, well you have just created something magical. These grapefruit radlers are my favorite way to drink beer!

Loving:

May DesignsI have been absolutely addicted to May Books! I started using them consistently, in my faith journal, for gratitude and prayer and I have just love them. The prints are beautiful and there are so many options for the inside pages. They work really well as gifts, also! I have given personalized books to my mom, my mother-in-law, and even to my husband (they have some more masculine patterns/colors available). 

Wearing:

Headbands. I like 'em wide and super stretchy! The bolder and brighter the colors, the better! My favorite way to wear headbands is with my hair in a high ponytail (or messy bun). Recently, I have been sporting this look more often, because it's easy and low maintenance, but also super cute. It also helps me stretch my shampoo days out further!

Feeling:

Hopeful. If you have been keeping up with our infertility journey, then you know that we just finished up a medicated, IUI cycle. Well, it didn't work out the way we had hoped, but we are at peace with it. We decided not to continue pursuing fertility treatments at this time. For now, we are going to focus on planning our anniversary trip and working on our own health. I will be taking a break from charting. With that being said, we are still very hopeful. We know that we will be parents, even if it's not on the timetable we were expecting.

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly