Currently...November 2017

I thought it would be fun to start doing a monthly update on what I am currently loving, reading, drinking, listening to, etc. This will give you a peek at my interests and how they change up over time. I would love it if you would share some of your current loves with me as well!

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Reading: 

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I actually just finished this book up today. You can read my review on my Goodreads page here!

Listening: 

She & Him Christmas music. Oh how I love Christmas music! It's amazing that I made it to the week of Thanksgiving before I started it back up.

Planning: 

Thanksgiving and Black Friday! I will be working on the holiday, but my mom is planning to have dinner later so that I can join in on the fun. Then, my mom, sister, and I will head out to score some Black Friday deals!

Watching:

The Mindy Project. Unfortunately, I just watched the series finale and I am so sad to see this show end, but I'm glad it went out on a good note. If you have never seen it, then you should check it out! The entire series is streaming on Hulu.

Drinking:

Right now I am loving some Starbuck holiday drinks! I think my favorite so far is the Chestnut Praline Chai Tea Latte. I have it with almond milk and it is delicious!

Enjoying:

My new MacBook! It's rose gold (matches my iPhone, of course) and it is sooo much faster than the seven year old white MacBook, that I had been toting around since college.

Wearing:

Fuzzy Socks. All day, every day. We just had a big drop in temperature here in Tennessee, and my little toes get cold easily, so fuzzy socks are a necessity!

Feeling:

Blessed. As I reflect on what I am thankful for this week, I can't help but realize how blessed I am. 

Currently Loving

So that's what I am currently up to this month! What are your current happenings? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

 

 

Gift Guide for your Geek Guy

I'm back with another gift guide for you! I had a little help with this one, from none other than my very own geek guy: my husband. He works in cybersecurity, he builds his own (and mine too!) computers, and he love video games. If you have a guy in your life that is a self-proclaimed geek, then this is the list for him! Whether it's your brother, father, uncle, or boyfriend, you are sure to find something here that he will enjoy. So without further ado, here it is:

Gift Guide for Geek Guy

If you didn't know already, Steam is a platform for buying computer games. If you know of a fella that enjoys gaming, then this would be perfect for him.

A pair of high quality, noise cancelling headphones is a must have! These are great for traveling and for around the house. He will be able to listen to his favorite podcast without any distractions.

This bag is perfect for holding onto all of the other items on this list. It's a basic style and made of sturdy material, which most geek guys would appreciate.

Standard pocket knives are a thing of the past! This handy tool has so many uses. It includes: spring-action needlenose and regular pliers, spring-action wire cutters and scissors, wire stripper, knife, package opener, ruler, can and bottle openers, wood/metal file, Phillips screwdriver, and medium and small screwdrivers.

My husband put this on our wedding registry and was thrilled to end up getting it. I know he has used it several times to work on both of our computers and to replace screens on cell phones. If you know a guy that enjoys fixing his own electronics, then this would be perfect for him.

Okay, so this might not be the most glamorous gift, but every guy needs a good flashlight. Not just geeks! This is another item that my husband already owns and I have never heard someone talk about a flashlight so much, so this one must be pretty cool. 

There you have it! Any of these gifts would put a smile on your favorite guys face.

Thanks to my favorite guy for his help putting this guide together!

Until next time!

Much Love,

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How to Manage Stress During the Holdiay Season

It’s the most wonderful time of year! 

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As I get older, it seems like the time from Halloween to New Years speeds by faster and faster.  I can barely keep up and just the thought of it can send a shiver of panic through me. Don’t get me wrong. I love the family time, the Christmas music, and the delicious flavors of the season. I just know that I need to prepare myself for the inevitable stress that will come along with it.

So I developed my own strategy to manage stress during the Holiday season. 

1. Plan, Plan, Plan

Christmas Planning

I know what you are thinking: of course I’m going to say this. I’m a planner girl. However, this is definitely the number one way I manage stress around the holidays and it’s a good tool for you, even if you don’t normally plan ahead. If you have a lot of parties to attend or maybe you are hosting a few of your own, then you will definitely need to start planning those out. Otherwise, you may find yourself overbooked and that will lead to MAJOR stress.

2. Budget for Christmas Gifts

Christmas Tree

One of the main things that causes stress this time of year is money. Unless you are the type to start Christmas shopping in July (I wish I was that prepared), then chances are you will find yourself overwhelmed with your list of people to buy for. The best way to combat this problem is to make a list (and check it twice!) of all of the people you have to buy for. Determine what you are capable of spending on each person and write that number next to their name. If you have already been saving for Christmas shopping, then you are ahead of the game, but if you are not ready to buy every single gift right now, just break it into four sections. Spread those four sections over the next four weeks, so that your bank account doesn't take a big hit all at once.

3. Shop Online

Whether you are looking for gifts or you are planning your holiday feast, take advantage of online shopping. Stores are more crowded this time of year and the mad rush to get everything done has put everyone on edge. So much for the Christmas Spirit, right?! Why put yourself through that when you can utilize Kroger or Wal-Mart's grocery pick-up option? As far as Christmas gifts go, Amazon is your best friend. Nothing beats that two day, prime shipping!

4. Don't Neglect Yourself

Relax

Between holiday parties, Christmas shopping, and cooking large meals, it can be easy to forget about your own needs. It's important to stop and take some time to smell the roses. If you find yourself getting stressed out, just give yourself some personal time. Take a hot bath, go get a mani/pedi, or just sit and read a good book. Small things like that can really go a long way when it comes to managing your stress level around the holidays. Do yourself and everyone around you a favor and don't forget to breathe!

5. Take it All in

New Year's Eve

Have you ever woken up on January 2nd and wondered what happened over the last two months? I know I have had that feeling. It's something like a holiday hangover. You know that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve happened. You just aren't sure what you did. It all went so fast and you were so busy the entire time that you forgot to actually enjoy it. My last bit of advice is to remember to take it all in. The Christmas music, the beautiful lights and decorations, and the precious family time. Try to find those little moments that make the hustle and bustle all worth it.

Those are my tips for managing stress during the holiday season. What are some techniques you have for keeping your cool, this time of year? Let me know!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly Hysler

Exploring London in 24 Hours

Today, I am starting a new series of blog posts all about my past travels. I have mentioned before that I enjoy traveling, but I haven’t really shared my experiences on this blog. Thankfully, I have always loved scrapbooking and preserving memories, so I have both a mental and physical archive of the trips that my husband and I have gone on. 

I’m going to start from the very beginning: our European honeymoon. More specifically, I will be telling you a little about the first stop on our honeymoon: London, England!

Exploring London

Let me start by saying that this trip was amazing and unforgettable, but we were very limited on time.  We had 11 days to spend in this part of the world and we wanted to see as much as we could. In the future, we hope to go back and spend more time in some of the cities we visited on our honeymoon, but for now I have plenty of fun memories to discuss.

Flying

When we took this trip, in June of 2015, I had never been out of the United States. The longest flight I had ever been on was probably two or three hours long. I love to fly, but the Chicago to London flight was a little longer than I would have liked. We arrived at Heathrow at 11 PM and the airport was practically shutting down. Thankfully, we had our hotel booked right near there so we were able to get some sleep and that made adjusting to the time change easier. 

My husband has family that lives in Oxfordshire, so the first bit of our time in England was spent with them. We took a bus out to the countryside. The landscape was beautiful!

After arriving in Oxfordshire, we spent the afternoon with Justin's family. We were able to see their beautiful home and they took us out to lunch. I tried leeks and Pimm's for the first time and both were delicious, but I especially loved the Pimm's! It was fun to sit around at an English pub, enjoying good food, good drinks, and good conversation with friends and family.

England

After we said our goodbyes, we hopped on the train (minding the gap!) back to London. With only the rest of the evening and part of the next day remaining in London, we knew we had to see a lot in a short time. We headed straight out into town, in search of my favorite places in ANY part of the world: stationery stores! We found Paperchase. It was every planner girls dream! I had previously, only ordered my Filofaxes online, but for the first time I was able to pick up and touch so many planners. I ended up purchasing a Fluoro Pink Original in A5 size. 

The next morning we went out into the city again, this time in search of breakfast! We found a little cafe and Justin ordered a traditional English Breakfast. I had a scone and a latte. The one thing I will miss most from the entire honeymoon trip, is the delicious food that was in every city we visited. After breakfast, we did some more exploring and then it was time to hop on the train to Paris. Not just any train, but the world famous train that goes under the English channel. Below are a few more pictures from the remainder of our time in London.

We would have loved to have more time to explore some of the more popular tourist spots around the city, but we are thankful for the time we did have in London. We were able to experience a small taste of the culture and spend time with family while were there. When (not if!) we go back, we will be sure to spend more that 24 hours in this beautiful city!

I'm going to leave you with this picture of me showing off my planner "haul" from the trip. You can tell that I was super excited!

Planner Haul from Europe/London

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly Hysler

Gift Guide for a Planner Girl

The holiday season is upon us! Halloween has now passed and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. I know it's hard to believe, but it's time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping list.

Today, I present you with my first gift guide of the season! Because I am a self-proclaimed, planner girl, I thought that would be the best place to start. Below, you will find a list of some of my favorite planning accessories. These are guaranteed to make every planner girl smile!

Gift Guide for a Planner Girl

1.

This pencil pouch is stylish and just the right size to hold a few essential planner accessories.

2.

Washi tape is used for decorating the pages of your planner, but it also has functional uses as well. It's great for covering an appointment that was rescheduled or folding it over the edge of a page to create a flag.

3.

No planner is complete without the perfect pen! I love Paper Mate InkJoy Gel pens. The ink glides on so smoothly that it can make even the worst handwriting look great.

4.

These super cute sticky notes are great for jotting down quick to do lists and reminders.

5.

Most planner girls have a desk area that they use every week for planning time. A desk organizer is a perfect way to have all of your supplies on hand, but also not cluttering your writing space.

6.

The animal shaped paper clips are adorable and would be a great gift for the planner girl in your life. Paper clips are like bobby pins. You can never have too many!

Until next time!

Much Love,

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Fall 2017 Planner Setup

It’s the most beautiful time of year! Fall is in the air. I won’t spend time waxing poetic about it, though. You can see me do that in my Favorite Fall Products post from earlier this season.

Instead, I’m going to jump right in to today’s post. It’s all about my planner setup for Fall.

Filofax Ochre Malden

As much as I adore my Ochre Malden Filofax, I usually reserve it for the special time of year that is Fall. I’ve had it for a few years now, so the leather is getting beautifully, broken in. When the temperature started dropping, I was more than ready to pull this baby off the shelf!

You may recall, a few weeks ago, I was struggling with planner confusion. Since then I have been trying out a few different systems that I had on hand. For now, I have settled with using a personal ring-bound planner as my work horse and my bullet journal as a creative outlet. My main, weekly scheduling is currently being done in my Malden. 

Planner Dashboard
Planner Dividers

After deciding to go this route, I had a lot of fun decorating for Fall. My dashboard and dividers are from the Target bullseye playground. I just cut down their divider set to fit into a personal planner and then hole-punched them. The paper is sturdy enough that it didn’t need lamination. I recently purchased a Fall-themed paper pack at Joann’s, so I cut some cards out of that and laminated them. The one in the front with our family picture is my favorite!

Planner Clips

I love coordinating my clips with the season! These clips are so easy to put together. All you need is a little ribbon, a paper clip, and a dab of hot glue. They add a little more flair to my planner and they come in handy for marking important information that I need to flip to quickly.

Planner Inbox

I have started trying out the “Getting Things Done” method of using an inbox to gather information throughout the week. If you haven’t heard of this book you can check it out through the link below. I learned this technique from Brandy Michelle Plans on YouTube. 

Planner List

I had this notepad from Target, that I hadn’t used, so I pulled off a few sheets, hole-punched them, and used my MAMBI list stamp to add some check off boxes. I have been using these to jot down quick todo lists.

Planner Weekly Spread

I am currently using inserts from PeanutsPlannerCo on Etsy. I really like using printable inserts, because I can switch from one layout to another on a weekly basis, without feeling guilty about wasting printed pages. 

So that’s my current Fall setup. I plan on adding and changing a few things as I go, but I will be keeping the same basic system and I will be staying in my Malden through Thanksgiving (then it will be time for the winter/Christmas setup).

Be sure to check out my Instagram to keep up with my ever-changing planner!

Until next time!

Much Love,

 Kimberly

A Day Out in Nashville: Oktoberfest and Ed Sheeran

Okay, so this one is going to be about more than just a day. It’s more of a day that lead into a night, that lead into a morning.  But, isn’t that the best kind?!

If you have been reading my blog you know my husband and I like to go on fun dates. We aren’t the “dinner and a movie” type. Not that there is anything wrong with that and we will do that ourselves occasionally. Right now, we are in a season of life where it’s just the two of us and our puppies, so we are taking advantage of it. 

Sometimes we plan things well in advance and other times we will just spontaneously decide to do something new and fun. This most recent outing was a combination of both planned and spur of the moment. 

Oktoberfest  

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If you had asked me three years ago, if I liked beer, I would have made gagging sounds and probably rolled my eyes. Then, I met my husband, and he introduced me to a type of beer that I had never tried before. Imported, craft beer. Now, I still rather have a fruity cocktail over a beer any day of the week, but I can actually say I enjoy the taste of a few select beers. So when my husband suggested we stop by Oktoberfest before the Ed Sheeran concert, I was totally game!

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I always enjoy festivals like this in Nashville. They are awesome for people watching and you know where ever there is beer, there are shenanigans! There were a lot of people in costumes and even some dogs were dressed up for the event. The worst part of Oktoberfest, were the lines. We knew there would be a crowd, but man it was painful to stand in those long lines for drinks and food. It was worth the wait though because everything was great. I had a big pretzel to try and soak up some of the beer and Justin had Sausage and fries. 

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Oktoberfest was a fun and yummy start to our evening! 

Ed Sheeran

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After finishing up at Oktoberfest, we grabbed a Lyft to lower Broadway. Our destination was Bridgestone Arena. We have seen so many concerts there together, that I have lost count of how many. I do know that this was our third time seeing Ed Sheeran. He has been my favorite artist since his “+” album came out. Justin and I danced to Thinking Out Loud at our wedding. I have made it my life goal to see him every time he comes to Nashville. 

As per usual, I sang until I lost my voice, and danced until my feet screamed at me to stop. 

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During the show he announced that he would be back in Nashville, next year (insert fan girl scream here), at Nissan Stadium! I knew he was doing a North American Stadium tour, but had been disappointed when I didn’t see Nashville in the list. This was a huge surprise to find out he would, in fact, be back in my city. He even came out for the encore sporting a Titans jersey. 

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Needless to say, I am pretty thrilled that I will be able to see him again in 2018! 

After spending the night living it up in the city, we were feeling pretty old and tired the next morning. A hangover cure was needed and that meant a filling breakfast and a big coffee. 

We were going to stop by Biscuit Love, seeing as we live here and have never been. Then, we remembered why we have never been and that’s because there is always a line of tourists outside, waiting. We needed nourishment fast, so we decided to try another place that was new to us: Milk & Honey.

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It was absolutely delicious! We both got breakfast sandwiches with home fries (potatoes) and they hit the spot. It was more food than I could even eat. My drink of choice was amazing too. The Dirty Chai Latte. A Chai tea Latte, with a shot of espresso. Yum! 

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We had a great weekend out in Nashville! Who says a date has to stop after a certain amount of time? The next time you have a date night, keep it going and see where the night takes you!

Until next time! 

Much Love,  

Kimberly  

My Top 5 Travel Essentials

I absolutely LOVE to travel. Over the last two and a half years, my husband and I have been all over the world. As a result, I have gotten better at navigating airports and I know the things I need to make a long trip as painless as possible. Don't get me wrong, I love to fly, but even the most experienced traveler starts to get a little antsy after 13 hours squished in an economy class seat. 

These are the items that I won't leave home without:

1. A Comfy Sleep Mask

I worked 12 hour night shifts for two years after college. I know the importance of a good sleep mask. I have a little collection of these, that I acquired over those two long years. I'm also super picky when it comes to sleep masks. It can't be too tight or itchy. If it's too loose it will slide right off. The best kind has an adjustable strap and a breathable, fabric surface. My husband also likes it when they have funny animal faces, for his entertainment, obviously.

2. Bluetooth Headphones

 

Cords are a thing of the past! Sure you want to be able to plug into the airplane speakers in order to watch the complimentary movies, but the airline offers headphones for that. For the rest of the trip you will want to be able to move freely, without the constraint of cords. Listening to some light music helps to keep me calm and relaxed. I recently got my hands on a pair of Apple Airpods that I love and will definitely be taking with me on future trips.

3. Amazon Kindle

No long trip is complete without some good reading material. I love the feel and smell of an actual book, but when you have to prioritize your packing, it's best to not bring your physical books with you across the world. My Kindle has been to just as many places as I have, because I do not leave home without it. Reading is a great way to pass the time while you are traveling and it can often make me feel like I get to my destination sooner than I expected.

4. Portable Battery Pack

We live in a world that is dominated by technology. I carry so many things that need to be charged on a regular basis. My iPad, Apple watch, Airpods, Kindle, and iPad (yes, I am an Apple fan). If you spend a day jumping from airport to airport and taking long flights then you might find yourself with a bunch of dead and useless devices. I have been that girl in the airport, holding her phone and charger, and running around with a desperate look in her eyes, thinking "someone please have pity on me and let me use that plug for just a few minutes!"

No judgment! It happens to the best of us!

That is why a battery pack has become an essential item on my packing list.

5. Kate Spade Zip Planner

I am not usually a fan of having a zipper on my planners in my day to day life. It tends to get in the way and I much rather use a planner with a button clasp. However, when you are on a trip, you want to feel like your most important information is protected. Your drivers license, your passport, your money and credit cards. They need to be secured and for me the best way to do that is with my Kate Spade Wellesley. Any zip planner will do, but it works best if you have card slots and pockets to tuck your cards, passport, and boarding pass into.

After multiple long flights, these are the things that I know I need to have with me. They help by either making the trip go by faster or by keeping me organize and sane. What are some of your travel essentials? Is there anything you can't leave home without? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly