Gone Planner Happy 

My favorite part about a new school year is the amazing selection of planners to choose from! I absolutely love all types of planners: pre-made, DIY, bullet journaling, etc. the list is endless. I’ve tried an assortment of agendas and planners throughout the years, but this year’s seems to take the cake!

I found this Create 365 Happy Planner about a month ago at Michaels and absolutely fell in love. I’m a sucker for pastels and flowers – so this planner is pretty much the best of both! Michaels is having this great deal right now where you can get all your planner goods for buy one, get one 50% off. I went a little planner happy this weekend and still managed to stay under budget!

The thing I love about this planner is that it combines both pre-made and DIY elements. You can use the planner as is or add embellishments like I did. You can really add anything to make this planner your own. When I have a planner that is cute and enticing, I am more motivated to use it and stay on track. I’m one of those folks who HAS to write everything down otherwise I’ll forget. So a paper planner is the one for me!

Here’s a list of some planners I’ve used throughout the years (and one on my wish list):

1. Lilly Pulitzer Agenda

 

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This design was the first Lilly Planner I owned, and I absolutely loved it! Naturally, the fact that it was also pink made my decision. Every day reminded me of summertime with its bright colors and flowers.

2. Rifle Paper Company

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How adorable is this agenda?! When this design came out back in July I immediately fell in love, but thought it might be too small for my busy schedule. I definitely plan to purchase for next year once I’m done with school.

3. May Designs

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This is another planner that reminds me of a mix between pre-made and DIY. This is the planner I used last year, and it was wonderful. I loved the customization of choosing a pattern and placing my monogram on it. I was often challenged by the size because I had a lot to write, but overall it’s in the top 5!

4. Target: Day Designer

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Of course I had to include Target in my list of planners! I’ve been loving  the Day Designer ones they’ve carried in recent years. The one above is from this year’s collection. I had a similar patterned one last year that I absolutely loved. The design was perfect and the price was right in my budget. Unfortunately halfway through the year it got soaked, so I had to switch over to the May Designs one.


DIY Spring Wreath

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I couldn’t welcome in Spring without a new wreath and decorations! As a graduate student, I love finding inexpensive ways to make our apartment feel like a home. Most times Michaels and Jo-Anns give a student discount, but I also use their coupons to score the best deals!

I am currently obsessed with using deco mesh for wreaths – it’s easy to use and versatile. You can shape the mesh into any shape or design that you want – just a couple of twists and turns to get you there. For this wreath, my mom and I used what we had on hand, but added in some new deco mesh. Originally, I was going to create a sunflower, but inspiration struck and we decided to make peonies instead.

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Here are the steps for the wreath:

1. Cut some of the green mesh into footlong pieces and bring both ends together to twist in the middle for the leaves

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2. Cut the yellow and pink mesh into 6-inch pieces for the bud parts

3. Twist the buds in a circular motion and wrap with the other colored mesh for the petals

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4. Create several flowers with alternating colored mesh

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5. Tie both leaves and flowers onto the wire wreath

6. Complete the wreath with strips of tied burlap

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The best part of this wreath is that it doesn’t have to be perfect – any alteration can be made!

 


Spring To-Do List

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When your favorite colors happen to be pastels and you have an odd obsession with flowers, Spring time tends to be one of your favorite times of the year! I cannot tell you how ecstatic I am that it is finally here! And although it’s been pretty cold in Gainesville, it’s began to warm up for the season.

I love Spring for a lot of different reasons, but mainly for the new flowers, spring wardrobe and the beautiful weather. This Spring I wanted to make sure I completed all my favorites, so I made a to-do list:

  1. Make a Spring wreath
  2. Decorate the apartment
  3. Bake Easter desserts
  4. Host a garden tea party
  5. Picnic in the Park
  6. Fresh Flowers
  7. Make Easter baskets
  8. Go on a bike ride
  9. Try a new recipe from Southern Living & Good Housekeeping
  10. Spring cleaning & donation of clothes

I’ve already completed a few things on my list, like sending out these Easter cards to my friends and family. They’re so easy to make, and customize depending on the recipient!

 


DIY Fall Wreath

Now that we’re officially into the Fall season, it’s time to make sure that the apartment is decorated and smelling like Fall.  In early September, Jo-Anns and Michaels had a huge sale on Fall decor so I may or may not have started decorating then…

Anyways, Mom and I spent one Saturday making the easiest pumpkin wreath! All you need is orange and green deco mesh, a wire wreath and ribbon!

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The first step is to wrap the orange deco mesh around the wire frame so that it looks like a pumpkin. It’s easier to start at the bottom and wrap the mesh upwards as if you’re wrapping a wine bottle and tying at the top.

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Once you have it wrapped, take the green mesh and tie it around the top to resemble a leaf. Then embellish your wreath with ribbon, fun fall decorations and such. For Halloween, we’ll trade out the plaid ribbon with the fun witches’ ribbon in the picture above.

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And yes, my mom is the crafting guru so she’s the one who made this wreath. I believe she got the idea from her sweet friend, Kim.

Each year I like to make different kinds and this one took us less than 10 minutes to make, which is always a good sign to me! Less is sometimes more, and in this case it was perfect!

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It’s Fall Y’all

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall,” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I couldn’t have said it any better myself; I just love Fall. It’s a season that I look forward to all yearlong and hate to see end. It’s one of new beginnings and reminiscing on past moments –  that crispness in the air brings back so many memories.

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Memories of my family visiting North Carolina and fall festivals.  To road trips with my dearest friends and hiking in Tennessee. To making fall decorations and baking delicious treats. And to carving pumpkins and going on hay rides – just to name a few.

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Fall is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year.  To get into the spirit of things, 1. I consult my favorite magazines for inspiration. 2. Look through old family photos taken during the Fall and 3. make a Fall Bucket list to remember all of my favorite fall activities.

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch
  2. Decorate pumpkins
  3. Drink apple cider (or make it – if I’m feeling fancy)
  4. Paynes Prairie picnic
  5. Newberry Cornmaze & Hayride
  6. Fall decorations
  7. Baked pies and pumpkin goodies
  8. Front door decorations
  9. Go to a Fall festival
  10. Football game

So far I have a few things crossed off the list already, including a miraculous Gator football game!  More Fall loving to come in the next few weeks!

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