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My Planner…aka “My Brain In A Book!”
Yes…I confess…I am a planner geek! I love all things planners…the untouched pages, the awesome accessories, and the endless possibilities that a new planner represents. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT PLANNERS!! I have tried to go electronic but I am a write-it-down kind of person. I have tried many different types of planners; even making my own with binders, dividers, and calendar pages. (This post contains affiliate links, see our disclaimer).
I am currently using a planner that is called a “Create 365 The Happy Planner”. There are three sizes available – small, medium, and large. Mine is the medium version and is the Happy Mind style. I prefer this size because I take it with me everywhere! It is an 18 month calendar with a 2 page calendar layout for each month and a week-at-a-glance two page layout for each week. It comes in many different colors and themes, and has a variety of accessories available to customize it to fit your needs. The Create 365 Happy Planner brand has tons of value packs and bundles of stickers to accentuate their planners and make them even more fun and beautiful. All of these can be purchased at Amazon or Michael’s.
The main thing that sets this planner apart from others is that it is very “changeable”. My life changes fast and I need a planner that does too! What makes this possible is that the planner is “disc bound”, which mean that the pages can be removed and reinserted as needed, unlike a spiral bound planner. You can easily rearrange your pages, add pockets and other sections (such as a budget or fitness tracker), and remove pages as you are finished with them. Also, you can purchase a special paper punch that (after you have cut any paper to size) you can insert it in your planner as needed. Right now, I am planning a wedding and have inserted an entire section for wedding lists, another for a grocery/meal planning, and when we get closer to Christmas, I will add another section for gift lists, entertaining, food ideas, and more! I prefer to buy regular loose leaf lined paper on back-to-school sales, cut them to size, and punch holes in them for an inexpensive way to make list after list on cheap paper.
I love the two page weekly layout where each day is vertical and broken into 3 sections.
I use the top section for “have to’s” for the day…any appointments I have with a specific time as well as anything I need to accomplish during the day or on my lunch hour. I use the middle section for the meal plan for the day. The bottom section is used for anything I need to do after work or when I get home. This really helps me to keep track of all of the “have to do’s” in my world!
One other note…these planners are beautiful and have positive messages all throughout the pages. They are uplifting and encouraging and we can all use a little more of that in our lives! At this stage of my life, this planner is functioning extremely well. I love the way it keeps the details of my life in one place and is “changeable” when I need to be “changeable”!
I BUILT A RUSTIC ENTRYWAY BENCH AND YOU CAN TOO!
I had seen this rustic entryway bench out on Pinterest so many times that I finally decided to build it. Since this is not something that I usually do (or for that matter, had ever done) it was possible that I had lost my mind! However, the instructions were so clear and easy to follow that I decided to give it a try on my first available weekend. I am glad I did!
Here is how I tackled this project:
Chop and Freeze Peppers and Onions!
We use green peppers, multi-colored peppers and onions in a lot of our recipes for dinner. Even if the recipe doesn’t call for it, I usually add them if appropriate!
What I don’t like doing……………………chopping vegetables! Just saying!
So, when I get a harvest of peppers from my garden, my neighbor gives me onions from her garden, or either go on sale at the store, I spend a few minutes chopping them up at once. Then I freeze them and get out the needed amount for each recipe. This one tip saves me a LOT of time when I am putting dinner together! It also keeps me from throwing away fresh vegetables if I don’t need the entire onion or pepper for one recipe (or letting them sit in the fridge until they go bad).
What do you do to help save time when making dinner?
It was a beautiful August day for a girls’ day out road trip! Lynn and I headed to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to visit The Mercantile. The Mercantile is a deli, bakery, and wonderful shopping venue owned by Ladd and Ree Drummond, of the Pioneer Woman. They have transformed a huge old building on Main Street in Pawhuska. See Ree’s website (The Pioneer Woman) for the details of all of the work that they did to the building.
Ree and Ladd Drummond opened the Mercantile in October of 2016. The store area is spacious and is modeled after an old fashioned general store. You can shop directly from the shelves and cabinets filled with beautiful dishes, kitchen linens, and colorful accessories for the home. There are decorative pillows, lotions, and seasonal items as well. You don’t want to miss the clothing section which also has a great selection of children’s toys and gifts. I had a really hard time trying to decide between a red mixing bowl and the array of tiny red bowls and measuring cups!
Next on our agenda was lunch at the deli! We only waited in line for a short time; sometimes the lines can be very long! We were starving and everything looked amazing. We finally settled on sandwiches and hand cut potato chips. The flavored lemonades and teas were die for!
Next was the long anticipated trip to the bakery and coffee shop upstairs! This is a beautiful open area with lots of seating just inviting you to get something yummy, sit down, and stay awhile! For me, the main attraction was the cases with a wonderful array of pastries and desserts. There were lemon bars, homemade biscotti, and so many others…it was almost impossible to choose! I finally decided on a pecan sticky bun and it did not disappoint…as evidenced by the picture below..I couldn’t wait to take a bite and then I took the picture! It was amazing!
What a great day at The Mercantile! We shopped a lot, ate delicious food, and had a great time as you can tell by the picture below. However, our day wasn’t over yet…next we headed to The Lodge where the Pioneer Woman cooking show is filmed for the Food Network…more on this next week!!