Create the Perfect Vintage Inspired Valentine’s Day Look

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. To help you prepare, ModCloth has set up their Sweetheart Shop with some amazing pieces and deals for Valentine’s Day.

In the shop you will find great gift ideas and some great outfits for your Valentine’s Day date. I found a few of my favorite pieces and put together this cute date night outfit.

Valentine's Day Outfit

 

This beautiful dress is made in the USA, the shoes are vegan, and the pair of tights are so cute. Throw on a cute shrug, grab a clutch and you are ready for your date.

Valentine's Day Dress

There are many other great options in the Sweetheart Shop. If you are going on a more casual daytime date this cute made in the USA dress is a great option. I own this dress and I love it! A cardigan and a cute pair of flats makes for a great casual outfit.

Date Night In

Want to stay in for Valentine’s Day? Check out the book Date Night In for some great ideas. It’s also a great gift idea to use for the rest of the year.

I’d love to hear what your favorite items from the shop are and what your plans are for Valentine’s Day. Let me know in the comments below.

Also currently many of the items in the Sweetheart Shop and others are on sale for 20%! They are going quick so be sure to go check it out.

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DIY Planner, Free Printables Included

I struggle with ADD, anxiety, and poor time management skills. One thing I do to help with all of this is using a planner. I’ve shared it in the past but I’m always updating it to make sure it keeps working for me.

I have owned and looked at many of the planners that are available but all had things I didn’t need and were missing things I did want. A few years ago I decided to make my own and that is still what I’m using. I love being able to put exactly what I need in it.

To make the planner I simply used a three-ring binder I already owned and covered it with some cute scrapbook paper. I keep most of the pages in page protectors and just punch holes in the ones I need to update on a regular basis.

My binder is broken up into three categories; planner/household, blog/work, and holiday. I will take you into each of these sections.DIY Planner

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Planner/Household

  • Goals- I keep my personal goals, relationship goals, and work goals on this page. I like to keep it somewhere I will see often so I remember what I’m working on.
  • Birthday & Anniversary Calendar- This is where I keep track of birthdays and anniversaries to put into my monthly calendar. (The one I have doesn’t seem to be available anymore.)
  • Monthly Calendar Pages- On these pages I put appointments, events, birthdays, holidays, and other reminders.
  • Weekly Calendar Pages- On these pages I list my to-dos, things I can’t forget, errands, and phone calls I need to make for the week.
  • Goal Work Sheets- On these I keep track of my weight loss goals, exercise goals, reading goals, and date night goals.
  • Weekly Meal Plan- I like this sheet because you use Post-Its to plan so I can move them around if our plans change.
  • Meal Planning- I simply write down a month’s worth of meals on this sheet. I shop only once a month so this helps me plan my grocery shopping. (This is being updated and will be available to print soon!)
  • Freezer Cooking- I haven’t used this yet but I hope to start soon and get back to freezer cooking.
  • Cleaning Schedule- This has my daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual/annual cleaning schedules. (This is being updated and will be available to print soon!)
  • Date Nights- I like to keep lists of ideas for date nights to help make sure we do make time for them. I have free, cheap, moderate, and high cost ideas. I also list events we may be interested in. (This is being updated and will be available to print soon!)
  • Cleaning Recipes- I make most of my own cleaners so I keep my recipes here for when I need to make more. (This is being updated and will be available to print soon!)
  • Project To-Do List- We are trying to fix up our house so this is where I keep track of our current projects.

Work

  • Income- Where I track my income from blogging, freelance writing, and any other freelance work I do.
  • Expenses- This is where I track expenses for my blog and other work.
  • Editorial Calendar- A monthly calendar where I keep track for blog posts.
  • Reviews & Giveaways- Here I keep track of any reviews or giveaways I run.
  • Social Media Planner- I haven’t used this yet but I hope to start so I remember to use social media more efficiently.
  • Blog Sponsors- I track any ads I have here.
  • Blog To Do List- This is where I keep track of anything I need to do for the blog, other than blogging.
  • Blog Ideas- Where I write down all of the ideas I have.
  • Blog Series Planner- When I have a series I want to run I use this sheet.
  • Blog Stats Tracker- I haven’t used this yet but I want to start. This is a good way to see if what you are doing is what people want.
  • I also have a section with pages for the music business my family started but we are making changes to the business so this section will need some changing.

I shared my holiday planner before Christmas. It hasn’t changed since then so check out that post if you are interested.

In the very back I have an address book and then on the back of the binder I clip some scratch paper which I use for my daily to-do lists.

I have a little pouch I keep with me when using the planner. This is what I keep in it.

Another thing I’m hoping to add to my binder this year is a price sheet for groceries. I want to do a better job of figuring out the best places to buy things. If I come up with a good printable for this I will be sure to share it. I’m also planning a series on saving money when shopping for real food.

I’d love to hear what you use for a planner. Do you make your own or buy one? Let me know in the comments below, you can also tag me in photos of your planner on Instagram. And check out my Pinterest board for more planner printables.

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Progress Over Perfection, My 2015 Goals

My blogging break went much longer than I expected but glad to be back! I thought to start this year off I’d share my goals for this year.

  • Work on anxiety. 2014 was not a good year for stress or my anxiety. This year I’m working to find things that can help me deal with both of these things better.
  • Keep up with housework. This past year was so busy and my house suffered for it. I feel more stressed and less happy when my home is not in order so this is something I really want to get a better handle on.
  • Drink more water. I’m terrible about drinking enough water. I don’t drink soda or anything but still just don’t think to drink water enough.
  • Exercise daily. I want to do at least 5 minutes of exercise everyday. That may not sound like much but it’s better than nothing and the biggest thing right now is I want to make exercise a habit. As it becomes more and more of a habit I will up this goal. I hope to get back to swimming at least twice a week.
  • Craft more. I love crafting and I have tons of crafting supplies waiting to be used. I want to make a little time at least once a week to craft.
  • Learn to sew. I have a wonderful sewing machine but I have only made a couple of cloth gift bags. I’d love to learn to sew properly.
  • Read at least one book a month. Reading is another thing I haven’t been finding time for that I want to this year.
  • Garden in the spring. I didn’t garden at all this past year and I really missed it.
  • Compost again. I hate to confess I haven’t been composting lately. I got out of the habit and need to get back into it!
  • Reach healthy weight. This last year was not good for my weight either. My eating habits and exercise habits were terrible and this is a HUGE goal this year.
  • Eat better. This is a big topic so I plan to write a post about my food goals later this month or next.

Overall, I’m really focused on progress. So often I get discouraged when I don’t do something perfectly even if it was still better than I had been doing. I have already found I’m less stressed and discouraged when I look at the progress instead of focusing on what I still have to do or what I fell short in.

These are the printables I have been using in my household binder to help me track my progress.

Goal Printable Goal Printable

 

What are your goals this year? Let me know below. Also be sure to fill out my short survey to let me know what you want to see here this year.

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Must Watch Holiday Movies on Netflix

I make a point to watch as many holiday movies as possible around Christmas. I own a lot but I also use Netflix to watch even more. Here are my favorites that are available for streaming this year.

Must Watch Holiday Movies on Netflix Streaming

Don’t forget to print off my holiday movie list to keep track of all of the movies you want to watch this year.

Holiday Movie List

Share your favorites in the comments below.

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6 Holiday Cookie Recipes

I love baking all year, I started baking around 2 years old. During the holidays I enjoy baking even more and take cookies to most holiday events. Cookies were the first thing I started baking and still a favorite. They are also a great thing to take to parties and to give as gifts! These are a few of my favorite recipes.

cookies

 

Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosted Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peppermint Iced Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Icing

 

Sunflower Butter Cookies

Sunflower Butter Cookies

Hidden Mint Cookies

Hidden Mint Cookies

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles

Don’t forget to check back for more holiday tips this month. And feel free to share your favorite holiday cookie recipes in the comments!

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