budgeting

I would not say I am an expert at budgeting or finances, but I do work hard to keep our finances in order and to pay off our debt.  Although it may sound strange, I enjoy budgeting and financial planning.  I think this is mostly because I like a good spreadsheet (HAHA!) and I have a personality where I enjoy organization, which works well with budgeting and financial planning.  Also, I am not really a big spender, so I don’t see budgeting as something restricting.  I more see it as something that helps my family to be able to do the things that we enjoy. Continue reading “budgeting”

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Amazing Notebooks

Hello. I’m Kia and I am a planner and office supply addict.  I know I have a problem!  I love planners, office supplies (mainly good pens) and cute office decor…and I LOVE a good notebook.  My friend, who is also an addict, introduced me to May Designs (https://www.maydesigns.com/).  May Designs makes personalized notebooks, as well as stationary and calendars.  I LOVE their notebooks! Continue reading “Amazing Notebooks”

planner review

I LOVE PLANNERS!  I have loved them since I was in middle school.  They were much more simple back then.  Now, there are so many options.  I have tried a few and decided to do a review of three of the last planners I have used.  I think each of these planners are great for certain features they offer, but they are all a little different.

First up is the Erin Condren LifePlanner.  I used this planner for several years.  I think the best way to define the LifePlanner is fun.  It is very customizable, which is not offered by most planners.  You can choose a custom cover for your planner or one of the pre-designed covers.  You can also customize the inside of your planner as well.  There are so many options!  This planner also includes stickers to use in your planner for events throughout the year.  I felt this planner was a little more casual than others which was the reason I wanted to try other planners.  I loved all the features of the Erin Condren, but as I got older and was taking my planner to meetings at work, I felt I needed something a little more formal.  

So here is a breakdown –

Pros:

  • Very customizable
  • Free stickers
  • Fun & colorful
  • Pockets & zipper pouch to hold extra items
  • Lots of extra blank pages

Cons:

  • Casual look (not as professional)
  • Large size (depends on your preference)
  • Price (but along the lines of other planners on the market)

Next, is the Passion Planner.  The Passion Planner is a newer planner with an awesome purpose.  First, they are a get one, give one company.  Similar to TOMS, when you buy a planner they give one away.  The Passion Planner is the ultimate goal setting planner.  This planner includes monthly reflections which include pages to look back over the previous month to see if you have reached your goals for the previous month.  It also helps you to focus at the beginning of each month on what you need to do to move towards your goals.  This planner is not very customizable, but does offer different color covers.  It is very simple (black and white) on the inside.  They also offer the option to download a planner on their site for FREE, so you can test it out. This planner comes in two sizes.  I LOVED the goal setting included in this planner, but I did not like the weekly format (I prefer a daily format).  

Pros:

  • GOAL SETTING
  • Price tag! (This is one of the cheapest planners I have purchased)
  • Smaller size (great to fit in my purse – not too bulky)
  • Small pocket in the back
  • Lots of blank pages in the back for planning
  • Professional look

Cons:

  • No customization
  • Plain covers (mostly)

Finally, my current planner is the Day Designer.  This planner has a very simple design to it.  The pages are black and white, but it offers a daily format, which I love.  Each day includes a small space for notes and daily gratitude.  It also includes space for a daily to-do list which is one of the reasons I love daily planners.  I usually have a lot to do in one day and the daily format allows me to fit everything and plan what I will do each day.  This planner does not include as much extra space for note taking, which I miss from my other planners.  They offer a few different covers, which allows you to customize your planner to some extent. This planner comes in two sizes (I have the smaller size).  It also has a small pocket in the front.

Pros:

  • Some goal setting at the beginning
  • Daily option
  • Simple inside
  • Professional look
  • Cover choices

Cons:

  • Price (but similar to other planners on the market)
  • Few blank pages for notes

 

Some planners I would like to try are the Emily Ley Simplified Planner and Agendio Planner.

What is your favorite planner?  

❤ K

office on a budget

Since we moved into our new place, I have been wanting to update my office/work space.  I wanted it to look more organized, fun, and have a more cohesive look. I didn’t want to spend too much on the updates so I tried to mostly work with what I already owned. Continue reading “office on a budget”