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Month in Review - March 2014

The month of March was definitely a busy month of planning. I honestly don't know how I could be able to keep track of things without my paper planner. Just like some of you, I have tried using a digital device for managing my time. It was the lack of customization which drew me away from it. I didn't suit my needs like a paper planner does. With a paper planner, I am able to use a variety of inserts to effectively manage all aspects of my life - my two children, my husband, and myself. Before I was using a paper planner, I had post-it notes all over the place. Having notes on my digital device simply didn't work because I would flipping through apps trying to get the information I needed. It was much more easier to just flip to a tabbed section in my planner. It seemed more difficult trying to organize things in a digital device versus just grabbing a pen in different colors to color code what I needed to. I don't have to worry about my planner running out of battery when I get to the grocery store. "What was on that list again?" 
I've also mentioned before that being a paper crafter, using a paper planner allows me to be creative with my planning system, with the use of stamps, stickers, washi tape, etc. This is just what works for me. I am not saying that one system is better than the other. It is my preference to strictly use a paper planner. Not to mention carrying around these beautiful organisers with designs or wrapped in gorgeous leather is quite appealing, and it helps me stay organized!

I greatly enjoyed using my kikki-K Time Planner in the Medium size for the first few weeks. I do feel as though it is not as stuff-able as some of my other organisers. I also much more prefer using a planner with a strap and popper closure versus the elastic band. I, then, moved on to a planner that has been on my wishlist for years now. I never bit the bullet and purchased one for ridiculous prices on eBay. I knew that if I waited, my time would come to own one. I am now a proud owner of a Personal Black Baroque Filofax.
*Warning: some drooling may occur!!!
 
 
I am very lucky to own not one, but two! 
Someone asked how does one who owns several organisers decide which one to use and when. 
I like to think of it like shoes, or purses. It depends on what color I feel like using. I told myself that this year, I would try to stick to colors which were of the "Year of the Horse" - natural, earthy tones - such as Green, Teal, Brown, Black, Blue. I am sponsored by companies which send me products to review. So, for now I am currently testing out some of the new Spring organisers by Filofax. So, sometimes I don't decide what I want to use simply because I do so many reviews on different types of products. Some people like to collect things, such as fountain pens, baseball cards, purses, china, cosmetics, or shoes. There are a number of people, who are like me, that collect organisers/planners/notebooks. I own so many because I am either gifted them, or have been sent them for review. It is important that you understand that I do many comparisons between ranges, so it is also important for me to have this type of variety for me to do so.
I am very thankful that I am able to do what I do, and showcase these wonderful products.

I continued to use these printable Day Per Page inserts from www.joykanani.com
and stuck with them for the entire month. I also used a week on two pages from  www.passionplanner.com 
I ended up not really using them as much as I thought I would because I felt I was just duplicating information. I felt that I could just plan with a month on two pages and be more detailed with my day. If I needed to plan ahead, whether it be within the week, or next week. I simply went back to my month at a glance and managed my time that way.

Here is a glance at some of my planner pages for the month, keeping with my color theme of mint green, coral, peach, and navy blue.





I did mention on my Facebook page that I was planning on starting up my well known decoration videos, but unfortunately there has been a change in plans. We have decided to sell our house. It was a very difficult decision to make, but it is in our best interest at the moment. Many of you are well aware of how stressful moving can be, so I hope you will understand. I do hope to come back to it at some point once we've settled into a new place. Sadly, I will be losing my beautiful purpley craft room/office. I am grateful for all your well wishes and prayers you have sent to me and my family during this difficult time. As long as we are together, we will get through it. Thank you.

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  1. I'm a new follower but I do admire your videos and am enjoying your blog. You and your family are in my thoughts. Best wishes!

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