Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Complete Book of Home Organization + Giveaway

It’s a new year and like most of you, I am ready to get out with the old and get in with the new! What better way to help you accomplish organizing your home and your life, than with this amazing book, The Complete Book Of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley.

When I have a space that is cluttered, I start to feel stressed and overwhelmed. This book helps to break down the organizing process with weekly challenges, checklists, and solutions to making the most of whatever space you may have. Not only does it offer many ideas on how to tackle large areas such as the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and garage, but also smaller spaces such as your pantry, closets, entryway, and laundry room.
 I have already incoorporated some methods such as using wire racks to create multilevel, makeshift shelving for more storage, thus freeing up cabinet space.

Here's how I organize my pantry by using bins for keeping all those snacks at bay. 

This book is filled with great greats DIYs and tips such as how to make your own natural cleansers, how to fold a fitted sheet, and even how to meal prep. This book also helps to guide you on where things should be placed so that your home not only looks clean, but makes your life easier by teaching you that creating a balanced home helps to create a balanced life. Not only for you, but for anyone else who enters your home.

The book itself is well made with rounded corners and a high quality paperback soft cover with gorgeous photography. Toni made this book with lots love and careful attention to details.

I was so thrilled when I found out that Toni was coming out with this book. I have been an avid reader of her blog, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, for years now. She has been such an inspiration to me and many others. This book is a true testament that her advice works. I have used some of the same tips mentioned in the book for years now, since first reading about them on her blog. My home is a much more cleaner and happier space because of her.

This book is now available for purchase at and Barnes & Noble. Already ranked #1 in Interior Decorating, #2 in Decorative Arts, and #2 in Do-It-Yourself books!!!



How would you like to get your hands on this book? One lucky person will win an exclusive signed copy of this book! For your chance, head on over to my Instagram. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on 1/11/16. Good luck everyone!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with A Bowl Full of Lemons and does contain affiliated links. All content, ideas, and words are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to showcase these wonderful products. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Journaling on the go with Creative Options

For as long as I could remember, I loved keeping a journal. More and more people are now taking it to the next level by being creative with travel journaling, art journaling, memory keeping, bible journaling, illustrated faith, documented life, documented faith, and other types of journaling challenges throughout social media. My friend, Amy Tangerine, has taught me a valuable lesson, that no matter how busy life gets, it is important to document moments in my life.

As a busy mother with a busy schedule, I make sure that I make time for myself to be creative and keep track of life's precious moments. Instead of picking a specific time, like every night before bed, squeeze in time whenever you can, like on a train ride, while waiting for the kids to get out of school, or during that waiting time at the doctors office. Sometimes, it can be challenging bringing all your crafty items with you. Fortunately, Amy has introduced me to these items from Creative Options, so now I can now journal on the go.

I carry all my journaling essentials with me, including my traveler's notebook and journaling bible in the Large Signature 5-Pocket Tote in Andee Cool (now available at Hobby Lobby) which is a great multipurpose bag. My Zip Polaroid Printer prints out photos directly from my phone and fits perfectly into the front exterior pocket. The other pockets in the front, hold extra photo paper, a removable adhesive tape runner, and one of favorite Amy Tangerine Washi Tape booklets. I love that it is made of easy-to-clean, durable polyester so I can be sure that it will hold up wherever I go. 

The Knitting Needle Roll-Up Tote in “Viva La Pink” (now available at Walmart), is a versatile bag which fits great in my tote. It carries my watercolor paints, water brushes, paint brushes, a ruler, and other art materials. I simply fold it, instead of rolling it up, then tie it closed with the two sturdy ribbons to keep my tools safe and secure.

As an avid stamper, I love carrying around my supplies for stamping in the Total Tote in “Vineyard” (now available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores). Not to mention, it's in my favorite color, purple too!


It features diverse storage options such as elastic loops, a detachable center and pockets for my various pens, markers, and scissors. The pockets are large enough to accommodate my stamp blocks, a small paper trimmer, multiple rolls of tape and my stamp cleaning supplies as well. The zippered vinyl take-away pouch can fit in extra ink pads and stamps. I also carry extra post-it notes and page flags for masking stamped images and for use when I am using my planner.

This Crochet Tote in “Viva La Pink” (now available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores) is a great size for when I want to bring along my planner and journal. This is great for when I can't bring too many items with me, such as on vacations.
I can pack along my Instax Polaroid Camera, my Hobonichi notebook, a Peerless watercolor palette which I made, my Craftmate folio that holds my pens, highlighters, water brushes, and a few sheets of paper towels for when I journal. When I need to check/revise my vacation plans, I carry my Color Crush Planner with me.

Another must have when I'm planning and journaling on the go is this Tapered Tote in “Viva La Pink” (now available at Michaels). It is spacious enough to hold all of these items: washi tapes, sticker books, masking stickers, and paperclips. All must haves for decorating my planner and can also be used in my journal. 

For more information and ideas on how to use these products visit Creative Options on Facebook! Also, be sure to check out this great video from Amy Tangerine on more great organization tools from Creative Options

These products can also be purchased through

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Creative Options and does contain affiliated links. All content, ideas, and words are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to showcase these wonderful products. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What is Periscope & Plannerscope

As if the world of social media isn't hard enough to keep up with, there is a new platform called "Periscope". It is similar to it's rival video streaming app called Meerkat. Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world with your iPhone or Android device.

I started doing Periscope videos to get back into filming. I haven't been great at posting YouTube videos recently. Anyone who does YouTube videos will tell you, they are a lot of work. Filming, editing, voice overs, getting good lighting are all factors of creating YouTube videos. I am hoping that by using Periscope, I can still show everyone that I am still using my planner, am still active in the planner community, and it will allow me to be more interactive with my viewers/followers. So, let me explain to you how Periscope works.

Periscope works in conjunction with Twitter, so if you have a Twitter account, this should be easy to set up.  Once you go on live, the app will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time.

Instantly interact with those who join in. If a comment or question is made, you can respond in real time. Viewers send "hearts" by tapping on the screen to let you know that what you are saying at the time is well liked by the viewer and is a form of appreciation.

By using the hashtag "#PLANNERSCOPE" it is used to categorize that the specific Periscope video is about planners. Therefore, everyone in the planner community can easily recognize it and share the video with other planner enthusiasts who may not be following you.

When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments and hearts to relive the full experience. Replays currently last 24 hours. You can delete your replay at any time. -Google Play

Although scopes disappear after 24 hours, users can capture their scopes using on the web using cloud. You can then download them from here and post them onto YouTube. I personally use the option to save my Periscope directly to my phone and then repost onto YouTube. Having it done this way you are unable to see the comments and hearts.

I have now posted most of the rebroadcasted videos I have done onto YouTube. You can also view a few of them here now:

**For those of you who are not a fan of the veritcal view, Periscope has now updated so that you can film videos horizontally and view from a larger perspective by changing the orientation of your phone.

I am definitely enjoying being able to make videos again. This just works better for me since I don't have the time to edit videos like I used to. I hope you enjoy it. I appreciate any feedback and comments. Please let me know if you some suggestions for me, I would be happy to see them.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Review: Bloom Daily Planners + Giveaway

Last May, I was given the opportunity to review some products from Bloom Daily Planners. Bloom creates fun, fashionable and chic calendars and organizational products for women. All throughout their products you will notice their logo which is a daisy.

"Daisies are a sign of purity and symbolize new beginnings. Every year is a new opportunity to learn and grow, and to bloom into an even more fabulous version of yourself" - Co-founders Kaylyn Minix & Michelle Trincia

Bloom has a wide range of products from planners, desk calendars, notebooks, binders, mouse pads, file folders, card sets, and planning pads. They have revamped their planners for 2015-2016 with doubling their planner cover selection and features new monthly tabs.   


The Bloom Daily Planners feature spacious layouts and inspirational features aimed to make staying organized trendy and fun. 

Top: 2015 Daily Planner
Bottom: 2015 - 2016 Academic Year Daily Planner

Left: 2015 - 2016 Academic Year Daily Planner, Right: 2015 Daily Planner

On the back of the front cover there is a yearly view. The format stays the same, but the monthly calendars have a different look to them.

Both planners begin with a page for your information, in case you lose it. Behind it is a message from the co-owners, then a page to write down your goals for the year

Next, there is a helpful page which lists all the holidays for that year. In the next few pages, you get a place for class scheduling. Since I don't have a class schedule, I think this would be a great spot to keep track of extra-curricular activities for my children.

Included are also some pages to create to-do lists. I like to use these pages to keep track of tasks that I know I need to get done, but don't have a specific time line for it to get done. Such as, clean the garage. I may not get to it this month, or in the next few months, but I know it's something that needs to get done someday.

Then, there are a few pages for jotting down addresses and phone numbers. 

Behind the weekly pages is a month on two pages which has a new feature, Monthly Tabs! The monthly pages start on Sunday and feature shaded weekends plus special icons on select holidays.

Here is a look at how I utilized these pages in the 2015 version. I do have a color coding system in place. Each category is highlighted in a specific color, then the activity/ event is stamped or written in with black ink. On the side, which is typically reserved for goals/ notes/ to-dos, I use it to keep track of my bills. The top of the pages have inspirational messages to help you stay organized! These are two different ways I've used these monthly pages, stamping directly onto the pages or by using stamps with labels to create stickers. When there is a reoccuring event which lasts more than a few days such as vacation, I use washi tape to highlight those days.

The week is spread to two pages. The week starts on Monday, and the weekend days do have a smaller writing space than the rest of the days of the week, but still have enough space to work with. The days are lined which I think some people will appreciate. For me, it feels a bit overwhelming. I would love if the lines were lighter in color, perhaps a lighter grey, or instead of solid lines, have dotted lines, so that it looks more discrete.

Here is a look at how I've decorated my pages and still have it functional.

The last page of the planner varies. If you have a 2015 which runs from January - December 2015, the page will be a year in review which is a nice reflection page for you to see what you've accomplished and help you with your goals for the next year.

The new Academic Year Planner (August 2015 - July 2016) has monthly reflections at the end of the weekly pages. Both feature a pocket on the back inside cover.


There are 19 different colorful, fashionable and chic covers to choose from. The covers feel like a heavy cardboard type material with a matte film lamination which makes the covers flexible but durable. 2015 & 2016 Yearly Views Printed on Front and Back Inside Covers. The coil is made out of Plastic Spiral Binding.

Their primary line of planners are 5.5 x 8.25" tall x .4" thick, 8.6 oz. This makes it a nice size and lightweight to carry around in your backpack, purse or handbag. The paper weight is 110 GSM. Which means, it works well with a variety of pens, markers, and ink pads for stamping.


I tested a variety of different pens, markers, and highlighters. All the pens I used, which were gel ink pens, had no bleed through. There was some slight bleed through of some markers where I would normally start and stop (mainly the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner, and kikki.K Felt Tip Pen). So, all you see is tiny dots on the reverse page, not the entire letter/word. For some people, this can be tolerated. 

As for highlighters, the Uni Propus Window Soft Color Double-Sided Highlighter Pen, seemed to have the same issue as the markers with slight bleed through where I would normally start and stop.

If you know me, I am a big fan of using stamps in my planner. So, I had to do an ink pad test. The ink pads that had no shadowing or bleed through and recommended to use with this planner are:

  • Brilliance - Pigment Ink
  • Avery Elle - Pigment Ink
  • VersaMagic - Chalk Ink 
  • Mama Elephant - Pigment Ink
  • Prima Marketing Co. - Chalk Ink
  • VersaColor - Pigment Ink
  • ColorBox - Pigment Ink
  • Waffle Flower - Chalk Ink 
  • My Favortie Things - Pigment Ink 
If you can tolerate some shadowing, then the VersaFine Pigment Ink can be used.


The planners can be purchased directly from the website or through for $13.95. I feel that the cost is reasonable and is worth it if you don't want to spend more than $20 on a planner, especially if you are unsure if you will use it or not.


I think most people will get some great use out of this planner. It is not filled with too many pages that you might not use. It is not heavy to carry around. The designs are geared towards girls/ women. Even the description on their website says it, "Bloom creates fun, fashionable and chic calendars and organizational products for women".

I would recommend this planner for students, and people who are interested in using paper planner. This would be a great way starters to get used to using a paper planner, perhaps new mothers who need to organize schedules, or maybe someone who doesn't have too much organizing to do, but love using a calendar on paper. You can even use this planner as a daily journal or fitness diary! It is a great size to start with because you can get a sense if you need something smaller or bigger. It would make a great gift for someone just starting high school or college!  

You can check out all of the designs on their website at ( You can also find more information on their Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  


I have a 2015-16 Academic Year Bloom Daily Planner in Black Chevron with Pink Tabs and a 7" x 10" Bound Notebook with 80 Lined Pages for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pm PST on 9/1/15 telling me what you would use this planner for. The winners name will be randomly selected and posted here after the giveaway closes. Good luck!

I have an extra Lawn Fawn stamp set for a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/2/15 telling me your favorite stamp set in this release. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!) - See more at:
- Must be over 18 yrs. old. Please have a guardian consent to enter if under age.
- One entry per person, any other entries will be disqualified.  
 **This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. 

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Bloom Daily Planners and does not contain affiliated links. All content, ideas, and words are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to showcase these wonderful products.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

2015 Planner Palooza - Pasadena, CA

If you don't already know, Planner Meet-Ups/Events are already happening all over the world. Some of the very first ones I heard about were happening over across the pond in England and Germany.

With so many different types of planner products available from ring bound, spiral bound, and notebooks such as Midori Traveler's Notebooks and Hobonichi, how do we keep track of them all?

When I started having meet-ups, I wanted it to be different. A place where people can get together and talk about their love for using all different types of planners. With having these meet ups, it gives people a chance to find out what's out there. It's not enough for me to just hold up different products and say, "Look at this!", but to others a personal connection with the products so they can see stuff up close and personal, and how they are being used. People can touch and feel these planners for themselves.

On Sunday, July 5, 2015 I had the pleasure of setting up another event. This was to be a special event as Steve Morton, of ( an online planner community- For all users, collectors and appreciators of all Filofax and ring bound personal organisers from all eras), will be in town from France with his wife Alison Morton (Author of The Roma Nova Thrillers).

It was through the help of Steve and Philofaxy's Webfinds that my blog was able to really take off. So, it was truly an honor for me to thank him in person for all the support he has given me through all these years.

This event could not be possible without the help of another person, who also started making planning videos on YouTube around the same time I started, Vienna Ortiz a.k.a. My_Planner. She is also known as the creator of "The Planner Addict Box". Thank you, Vienna, for all your help in planning this successful event.

The day started off at the "Tea Rose Garden" which was from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. This portion of the meet up was more of a social. It was meant to be a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere and a build up to our extended event at Vroman's Bookstore. These "VIP" guests left the event with specially handmade table cards with their name, and chances to win extra prizes. We had a special seating arranged at the back of the venue.

Planners & Tea

Two long tables filled with people!
Special table just for the kids! They brought their planners to share too!
A little section of the venue all to us!
Lots of socializing and planner sharing

Can't leave without taking a group photo!

Next, we headed off to Vroman's Bookstore which was about a mile away. This where the real fun happened. I would like to thank Vroman's Bookstore for having us and allowing us to gather at their wonderful store.

We arranged a check in table where each person received a name tag which also had their social media name/ store/ company name. Check out that sign I made!

Vienna (My Planner) and I

We also had a photo booth section up front where people took some fun pictures! Here are a few:

 We began the event here with an icebreaker questionnaire activity. This was a fun activity where everyone had to socialize and talk to each other to find a person who would best fit out planner categories such as, find a person who: a) uses a ring bound planner b) has a planner blog.

Then, Vienna, Steve, and I each talked about the way people use their planners. Vienna shared how she uses her planner for teaching and discussed with other teachers and student on what they use as well.  I had a discussion about how we use decorating in our planner. Steve talked about the history of Philofaxy and how it has come full circle to where we are today.

Next, we went around the room to discuss the different types of planners that are available today from Spiral bound, bound noteboks, ring bound planners and more. We shared our thoughts about the merits of each system and everyone contributed their thoughts of why they like a particular planner over another.

Then came time to give away some wonderful prizes to our wonderful attendees. I would like to thank the companies who generously contributed these items, including Vienna for donating some Planner Addict Boxes.

Lastly, we made a planner tower/stack/pile-up which is a tradition at these sorts of meet ups.

A rainbow of planners!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time at our event! Again, I would like to say thanks for joining us and for sharing your love for planners. Without you, this event would have not been possible. I hope you all gained some new planner friends as well as some useful information. It was exciting meeting some new faces as well as reconnecting with others who have attended my previous meet ups in the past. I appreciate those who traveled far and wide to spend the day with us, especially Steve and Alison. I hope you felt the California planner love! Until next time...

Read more about Steve's experience here -----> Philofaxy Meet Up - Los Angeles