Organization

How To Organize Your Week - 2017 Update (Rifle Paper Co. Planner Review) And GIVEAWAY

My new planner!! Isn't it beautiful?! Nothing brings me more joy than paper, pens, and planners. 

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 I love all of the tabs and how everything is perfectly organized. For me, I love having a full monthly view and a weekly view to plan my weeks. I use the monthly view to write down when all of my bills are due that month. Including extra expenses we will have that month. (For example, a birthday party, or family outing)  

I then use the back folder flaps for paid and unpaid bills, as well as stamps and coupons I'll eventually use!  

Organization Heaven! Tabs!! 

Organization Heaven! Tabs!! 

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My favorite feature is that there are check marks to make your list for each day of the week! I write out every Sunday what I have to get done on a specific day, and then use these sticky notes I got from the dollar spot at Target for activities we'll do that week with the kids. (Or I'll use the stickies to remind me to Instagram for the blog) 

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For $35 this planner is the absolute best! It's beautiful, keeps me productive, and it's an 18 month planner. Get your planner for 2018, in July 2017, from Rifle Paper Co!! It'll be worth the investment I promise. (PS - Erin Condren planners are amazing but are twice as much money.... this planner has all the same features) 

 (I am not affiliated with Rifle Paper Company, they did not pay me for this review. These are my opinions only) 

 

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How To Organize Your Week

When a new week begins, and we've had our Sunday fun I sit down at the kitchen table and plan the weeks activities and to-do's out! 

I couldn't live without my planners, I think if anything happened to them I would have a full blown panic attack.

I love to write things down. I hate using the calendar on my phone. There's just something wonderful about putting all that I need to get done on a piece of actual paper!! I think I remember things better too when I write it all down. I was that college student who wrote their notes in class in their binder and then re-wrote them once she got back to her dorm so they looked beautiful and well thought out. Maybe that was just me. :) 

Anyways, now there are two other schedules to be in charge of, plus myself and my husbands crazy schedule! 

To keep it all straight I have a to-do and scheduling planner and a financial planner. Let's start with the to-do planner, shall we? 

I got this amazing family planner for $7 at Barnes and Noble! Always try and get your planner for the year mid-January. Everything will be on clearance! 

I got this amazing family planner for $7 at Barnes and Noble! Always try and get your planner for the year mid-January. Everything will be on clearance! 

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I have a to-do side of everything I want to accomplish that week, and all appointments, play dates, and things we are going to make their way in their designated day! It's the best, because it's all right there for me to be productive that week.  

My financial planner is even better. Isn't it cute? I got it from Mardels Christian Bookstore here in Cedar Park for $2!  

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I apparently didn't pay any bills the month of March or had any budget whatsoever. 😂 I'm not showing you May silly, that's none of your business.  

I apparently didn't pay any bills the month of March or had any budget whatsoever. 😂 I'm not showing you May silly, that's none of your business.  

This planner has only monthly views which is perfect for making sure to pay all of those bills on time! I write down at the beginning of every month what is due when, and cross it off as it is paid. The space on the right I use to make my list of maintenance expenses that need to happen that month, hair cuts, bday presents, how much will we try to put into savings. All of that info goes there.

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And then that nifty little pocket is where I store my stamps, paid bills, and receipts. At the end of every month I go through this stack of paper and either throw it away, or if it is a paid bill I file it away for the year.

I've also started to do my grocery shopping online so Sunday evenings when I'm paying bills and planning the week. I'll also plan my meals for the week, and order my groceries so that I can go pick them up the next morning. Which makes me feel super #momfamous ladies.

I also try to plan out fun things to do with the kids each day of the week. I found this super cute print out for weekly planning! http://cf.somewhatsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/weekly-schedule-color.pdf

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Isn't it cute?!

Meal planning printables are everywhere online. I really love having one that offers a space for breakfast, lunch, and dinner too. I try to stick to a meal plan. It helps me not to be tempted to go spend money at Chickfila so I don't have to make lunch or dinner. I save money writing things down and making it to where I have to look at these plans constantly throughout the day. Keeps me accountable! Just google "meal plan free printables" and you'll find so many fun things to print for your meal planning!

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When I'm done doing my part of planning, Will usually joins me and we have a sync meeting of sorts. I write his schedule on my planner, he writes mine down on his, and we stay connected during the week so much better because of this. We also plan out what we'll do the following weekend as a family and that's my favorite part of the meeting of course! :) 

If you aren't a natural planner, that's okay. Take baby steps. I promise you'll feel more productive, happier, and ready to face the day. Because on that morning when you dread to wake up, you can at least know that you have a plan for that day! 

Ready, Set, Get Organized!! 

 

Share the ways you keep you and your family organized by commenting below! Share your knowledge!!!  

 

Xoxo- 

Amber  

CorkBoard Makeover

Ready for a super simple, super cute corkboard transformation?

Yesterday, I got the itch to make a master summer calendar for all of the activities that I plan to do with my children during these long, scorching months. I'm pushing myself to beat this anxiety thing, so I needed a visual to remind me to GET OUT every now and again.

I recalled having an old, sad-looking corkboard in our storage. 

I have LOADS of fabric leftover from my sewing days so I went fabric shopping in my own house. (Super convenient, by the way.) 

What you need: a wall-mounted corkboard, hot glue gun, some of your favorite fabric, and some twine or ribbon.  

What you need: a wall-mounted corkboard, hot glue gun, some of your favorite fabric, and some twine or ribbon.  

Then I found some twine leftover from Christmas gifts last year and I busted out my dusty, yet trusty, mini-glue gun. 

I simply cut the chevron (I used a heavy-duty chevron fabric that's more durable than regular cotton fabrics) to size and began hot-gluing it to the face of the corkboard. Then, I took the frayed looking excess and "shoved" it gently under the inner frame of the board to conceal. I used a semi-sharp knife to do this. 

The felt twine I hot-glued to the edges as an added trim and to dress it up a bit. I suppose you could use your favorite ribbon or rickrack as well!! 

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I found a "white board marker" pouch used for childrens worksheets (that you'd love to reuse). I simply hot-glued that to the fabric and used it to display this month's schedule!

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I still have yet to buy some adorable looking push pins to display other small items, but overall, I'm very pleased with this "free-to-me" thirty minute craft. 

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