Friday, September 5, 2014

Planner Decorating

You probably know by now just how obsessed I am with my Erin Condren life planner. I'm on my third one, and I absolutely adore them because you can personalize them and they are so high quality that they still look brand new even after using them for an entire year!

This is what my planner looks like this year - I love this design!

About a month ago I was on YouTube and stumbled across a video where a girl was doing a tutorial on how she decorates her planner.

And it kind of blew my mind.

I had never thought to decorate my planner before because it's pretty darn cute to begin with. The weekly spreads are colorful with a different color scheme each month. But as I was watching this video and realizing how cute this girl was making her planner, I was totally inspired to do the same thing!

She suggested getting some washi tape, which I had honestly never heard of. Essentially it's crafting tape that is see through with different designs on it. You could use it for just about anything, but it works perfectly in a planner.

She also had a bunch of stickers that she used to decorate some of the pages as well, which I thought was a super cute idea.

So I went to Hobby Lobby and Michael's and got some supplies. I bought 4 different kinds of washi tape (which was WAY more than I needed but I wanted some variety). The prints I got were pink chevron, floral, pink and white polka dot, and cupcakes. I also got some beach, Paris, and Christmas stickers. I had a few Halloween, Disney, and puppy stickers already, so I ended up using some of those as well.

I was dying over these Paris stickers - why have I not thought about doing this before?!

Then I went through each week of my planner and decorated it with stickers and washi tape. If something special is going on in a certain week, I tried to put stickers that went along with that. I have a bunch of pumpkin stickers in October, with Halloween ones the week of Halloween. I have dog bones around Coco's birthday, and a TON of Christmas stickers during December. Seriously - how stinkin' adorable is this elf sticker I have on the night I'm going to see the play Elf?

I had to put this Eiffel Tower on the week of my birthday because duh!

This is the cupcake washi tape. It is SO me.

I think decorating my planner has made it so much more personalized and fun. I love turning the page to a new week and seeing a different sticker theme for the week. If you have a planner, you should think about decorating it - it was so fun to do, and I just love how much cuter each week is now!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Project 365: August 2014

Here's what I was up to during the month of August.....

August 1 - Actually starting to get a little excited that Hallmark has Halloween and Christmas stuff out...

August 2 - Relaxing before grabbing dinner and ice cream with Danielle!


August 3 - Loved LumenoCity this year!


August 4 - Gorgeous Day for a walk around campus on my lunch break!


August 5 - Easton day with mom! I tried Le Chocoholique's Frosted Cupcake Hot Chocolate and it was SO yummy!


August 6 - Diva.


August 7 - Stayed at home all day today and did some baking, crafting, and relaxing!

August 8 - Celebrated Maddie's birthday today!


August 9 - Putting the finishing touches on my baking project website!


August 10 - This is what happens when Target has a really good sale on movies....you come home with four.


August 11 - I'm a happy person.


August 12 - Finished my Frosted Facebook page and finally launched everything today!!

August 13 - Blueberry French Toast for dinner tonight.


August 14 - One of my last free days of summer was spent running errands and finishing my Honors project. Lame.

August 15 - Georgia bound! It isn't a road trip unless Cracker Barrel and Rita's are involved.


August 16 - Had so much fun at Brad and Ashley's wedding today!


August 17 - Bought these in Pine Mountain yesterday. Is it bad that I have no need for these napkins but I just had to have them since they're Paris?


August 18 - Spirit Week started today, and after a fun day of lunch and dinner with friends, some relaxation with Coco was the perfect way to end the day!


August 19 - Love this baby!

August 20 - Going to bed early after another day of Spirit Week was perfect!


August 21 - Frozen yogurt after another day of Spirit Week!


August 22 - Kings Island sisterhood after Spirit Week!


August 23 - Went to Stephanie's going away party tonight!


August 24 - Ended my summer with lunch at Moerlein, getting stuff together, and watching Harry Potter. Do I really have to go back to school tomorrow?


August 25 - Beautiful sunset on my first day of my sophomore year of college!


August 26 - I love being able to sleep in a little more this semester and have some extra cuddle time with Coco in the mornings before school!


August 27 - School, work, and a finance meeting mean being on campus all day and trying out a new restaurant for dinner!


August 28 - Testing out some mini KD cake pops - so cute!


August 29 - Since I am done with class early on Fridays, I went to see If I Stay, got Zip Dip afterwards, and went to Acapulco's later for dinner!

August 30 - Spent the day being super productive as far as homework for this upcoming week is concerned, and then babysat in the evening!

August 31 - Went shopping at Kenwood today and got to use my free Sephora gift card on some new makeup!

This was a busy month - the end of my last free summer and the beginning of my sophomore year of college. I'm excited to see what September has in store!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend 2014

This Labor Day Weekend was nice, but nothing overly exciting. I didn't go to a cookout with family, swim one last time, or see a fireworks display. It was not a stereotypical Labor Day Weekend filled with sun, and food. But it was an extremely productive long weekend, and for that, I am grateful.

I have class on Fridays this semester, which is already a bit of an adjustment after not having Friday class spring semester. I made my schedule though so that I am done with class by 11 and don't have to go into work at all. I loved having my Friday afternoons last semester to get caught up on homework, so I decided to do that again this semester. I find that I'm often so busy during the day and at night with class, work, and meetings that I don't have a lot of time to do homework during the week. That's why I try to get a lot done on the weekends!

This Friday though I needed a little break from school work and my mom was out of work early too, so we went to see the movie If I Stay in the afternoon. I read the book a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed both the book and the movie. I would for sure recommend seeing the movie! We also grabbed ice cream at Zip Dip afterwards and went to dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant with some friends. It was a really nice Friday after the first week of school!

The rest of my weekend had pretty much consisted of doing a lot of homework. I have actually been so proud of how productive I've been this weekend! I have a TON of stuff going on this week because recruitment starts on Thursday night for my sorority. I know I'm not going to have a whole lot of time to do homework, so I tried to get as much school work completed as possible over the weekend. I did two homework assignments, wrote a three page paper, and read the equivalent of about four textbook chapters. It's been a lot of work, but I feel so good going into this week already prepared.

On Sunday afternoon though my mom and I got out of the house for a little while and went shopping at my favorite mall. It had been a long time since I had been out to that mall, so I was thrilled. I also noticed in Macy's that they seemed to be clearing out a lot of room on the bottom level, which is where they put their Christmas merchandise each year. Yes, I am already getting excited for the thought of Christmas decor popping up in Macy's soon!

The main reason I was excited to go shopping is because I had a $50 Sephora gift card burning a hole in my pocket. The credit card I have does the reward points for every dollar you charge, and I recently got up to enough points to get a free $50 gift card, and when I saw that Sephora was one of the options, I was ecstatic. I've had a number of makeup items on my wish list, and I've been holding off on buying them until I got the gift card. I ended up getting the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight 01 along with the Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick in Retsina. I also had enough points to get a sample of the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder. Nothing makes me more happy than new makeup!

Today I slept in and worked on more homework throughout the day. I had a meeting up at school this evening, so I ran up there real quick.

Now I'm looking forward to taking a relaxing shower and watching a movie in bed before another hectic week begins!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer & School

I just realized that I never got around to posting about my last week of summer or my first week of school, so that's what I'm doing today!

My last week of summer was spent doing sorority stuff all day every day. We have Spirit Week each year before school starts to prepare for recruitment. The best part was being able to see my friends that I hadn't seen all summer! We ate dinner at Panera one night after our workshops and got dessert at a new frozen yogurt place a different night.....

On Friday morning I treated myself to a Starbucks because by that point I was pretty tired and needed some coffee to pep me up!

We had a sisterhood event that night at Kings Island and it was a blast! I hadn't been to Kings Island in years but I had been dying to go all summer and hadn't had the opportunity. This was perfect! There was a chance of rain and it was really humid, so the park was pretty much empty so we walked on just about every ride. It was a fantastic night to go!

We stayed until the park closed, and I snapped this picture of the Eiffel Tower while we were on our way out. Standing there looking up at the replica made me dream a little bit about when I'll be doing the same thing under the real Eiffel Tower in Paris..... ;)

On Saturday evening I went to a party for my cousin who is moving to Chicago. It was nice to be around my family after such a crazy and hectic week!

My request for my last day of summer on Sunday was to eat at my favorite restaurant.....Moerlein! So after church, my family headed downtown for lunch that of course ended with my favorite blueberry cobbler. It was a great way to end a fantastic summer!

This week of school has been a little crazy. After being out of class for so long, it's a little weird to be getting back in the routine of class, homework, and sorority meetings. I've already got a long list of things I need to get done this weekend for school! One thing that has been great about this semester though is that I have no 8 AM classes for the first time, so I get to sleep in a little every day. I'm already loving getting some more sleep and having a little extra time to cuddle with Coco in the morning....


I'm really looking forward to this holiday weekend - I hope you have a great long weekend as well!