The Daily Dime - January 2018

Today, I'm trying something new! This is my first "day in the life" post and it's also my first link up. Kristen, from Taz and Belly, is the mastermind behind this link up party. This is how it works: I take ten photos throughout my day and then I put together a little blog post, telling you all about it.

Daily Dime

So, here is what I was up to on Saturday, January 13th:

Prayer Journal

We woke up to frigid temperatures and snow on the ground, which isn't exactly the norm for Tennessee, but since it was a Saturday, I was okay to enjoy a lazy snow day. I started with my daily devotional time and a steaming cup of coffee. It's the absolute best way to start any day.

Just Dance 2018

We usually hit the gym on Saturday mornings, but due to the temperature and the road conditions, we decided to stay in. I wanted to get in some activity and my favorite home workout is playing Just Dance. So, that's what I did! It had been awhile since I had last played, so I was a little rusty. I started out playing the 2016 version, but Justin decided to join me and he downloaded the new, 2018 game. I was super excited to see an Ed Sheeran song! 

Snow Day

Honestly, I would have been okay with staying in the comfort of my warm house, but Justin was ready to get outside with the dogs, so I joined them for a few minutes. Unlike me, they absolutely love the snow. Even I will admit that it was fun and I was able to get some cute pictures out of it, so it was worth braving the cold for a little while. 

Here are a few more adorable snow day, doggie pictures:

Snow Day Dog
Snow Day Puppies
Snow Day Malshi

After we came back in and thawed out, I decided I needed to work on something productive. I could have very easily embraced my inner lazy girl and binged on Netflix, but I would have regretted not getting anything done. Saturdays are when I usually do my meal planning and I order my Kroger ClickList, so I knew at the very least, I needed to accomplish that.

Meal Planning

Meal planning form me, means scouring Pinterest and my personal recipe stash, to try and find some new or different meals for the week. We have been trying to eat healthier and count calories so I have also been meal prepping for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. It can be a time-consuming process, but it's worth it.

January Ipsy Bag

Despite the awful road conditions, the mail was delivered (hooray, USPS!) and I was happy to receive my January Ipsy bag. This month's bag was a super cute, sporty theme. I will probably end up using this in my gym bag.

Blaq mask

Speaking of Ipsy, I received a charcoal mask sample in one of my previous bags. I hadn't had a chance to try it out yet, but a snow day gave me the perfect opportunity! It's by a company called Blaq, and I was a little scared to try it out. I have seen too many of those videos of women practically crying, while they try to peel one of these suckers off. It wasn't as terrible as they make it seem, but you also won't ever see me posting a video of myself removing it either! 

Kindle

Here's to a wild and crazy, Saturday night in, sipping on wine and reading a book! You know it has been a good day, if this is how it ends. 

How do you spend your snow days? Obviously, this is from a southern perspective. I know we treat snow like a natural disaster. ;-)

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

 

 

January 2018 Planner Lineup

Hey, planner babes!

Today, I am finally ready to show you my January 2018 planner setup. It took me some time to get the kinks worked out, which is why I haven't shown you much of my planners, until now. At the moment, I have decided on three planners: one for my blog and editorial calendar, one for home management, and one for my personal on-the-go planner. Now, let's dive into the setup!

January 2018 Planner Lineup

Blog Planner

If you haven't read my review of The Happy Planner Girl, Trendsetter, then go check it out here!

I'm not going into details about the planner itself, because I already did that in my review post, but this is the planner I have chosen to keep up with my content schedule, blog-related goals, and social media tracking. The monthly layout is perfect for this. I also love all of the extra todo list and note pages tucked in. I won't need to open this planner daily, but it will hopefully help me to streamline the times I am focusing on the blog.

Home Planner

I have chosen to use the 2018 Seasonal Happy Planner in classic size, for my home-based planner. I will be using it for a detailed schedule of my days at home. It will include home projects, personal goals, cleaning schedules, workouts, pet care, reading lists, budget, etc. Basically, this is going to be my big planner that tells my life story. I love the Happy Planner disc system for this, because I can easily add and remove things as needed and I can include pocket folders for loose papers as well. I'm still developing all of the ways I will be using this planner, so I'm sure I will have an update on the inserts and setup for this one in the future. 

Personal Everyday Carry Planner

This is the planner that I have always had. I can't live without my personal size Filofax, tucked safely into my purse. It's not large enough to hold everything that my home planner does, but it serves a necessary function. It's super portable! That's why I use it for scheduling appointments, keeping up with errands outside of the home, jotting quick lists or notes, and it also serves as my wallet.

At the front of this planner, I keep a "follow up" tab with a pocket folder and post-it notes. It's a trick I learned from Brandy Michelle Plans on YouTube. If you haven't seen her videos, you can check them out here. She uses the Getting Things Done method (from the book, by David Allen), which incorporates an "inbox" that you are supposed to use to catch all of your information throughout the week, so that you can choose one specific day and time to sort through it. When I do my weekly planning, I am able to take those things and file them where they need to go, whether that means writing an appointment on the calendar or storing information in my home planner. It's a super efficient way to make sure nothing gets missed.

So, those are the three main planners I will be using this year (or at least for now). What planners are you using in 2018? Let me know!

Until next time!

Much Love,

kimberly
 

History and Culture in Germany

Hey y'all! I'm back today with another post in my Europe traveling series. As I told you previously, my husband and I spent a little less than two weeks in Europe for our honeymoon. We wanted to take in as many countries as we could, in a short amount of time. The third stop on our trip was Munich, Germany. Today, I'm going to give a brief overview of our time spent there.

History and Culture Germany

Food and Drink

I titled this post "History and Culture in Germany," but in all honesty it could have been "History and Delicious, Savory, Mouthwatering Food in Germany". I know I have gone on and on about the food in Europe, but each place we stopped on this trip, had it's own unique food and beverage selection. Munich, Germany was no exception to this.  We visited a few Beirhalles (aka: beer hall or garden) while we were there. Hofbraeuhaus and Paulaner were a couple of our favorites. Before this trip, there were very few beers that I would even tolerate. I've always been a wine and cocktail kind of girl. Munich changed that! Now, I love a good German, wheat beer. I also became a huge fan of Dunkel Radlers while I was there. Radlers are beer mixed with a fruit juice, such as lemonade. Delicious!

Believe it or not there was more than beer at the beer halls. The food was absolutely delicious. Munich is definitely a meat and potatoes kind of place. All of the dishes were hearty and filling. I guess they need it to soak up all of the beer! It was in Germany, that I first tried duck and loved it. I also enjoyed their pretzels and sweet, fruit filled, desserts.

The White Rose

One of the most interesting and awesome things we learned about in Munich, was The White Rose. This was a group of students, at the University of Munich, that started a resistance against the Nazi regime. The bravery and determination in this group of young people was truly inspiring. In an attempt to expose Hitler and other Nazi leaders, the students created and distributed pamphlets that told the public about the atrocities that were being committed.  Most of the members ended up being arrested and later executed for their attempts to take down the Nazi regime. The most notable, were Sophie and Hans Scholl, who brought suitcases full of pamphlets into the University of Munich and dumped them from the top of the stairs. That is when they were caught and taken into custody. During his trial, Hans Scholl had this to say: "I knew what I took upon myself and I was prepared to lose my life by so doing."

Dachau

Dachau was a concentration camp in Munich. You may ask, why would you visit a concentration camp on your honeymoon? My response would be: Why not? Yes, it was somber and eye-opening. It was also something Justin and I both wanted to see. Of course, we learned about concentration camps in school, just like everyone does. We both knew the history going in, but nothing can prepare you for the feelings you experience, standing on that property and being inside of those buildings. I will not share all of the photographs that we took there. We really didn't take many, because it felt almost disrespectful to do so, but I do think that it's important to learn from our history. Germany could have destroyed what was left of these places, but instead they have allowed them to be educational. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Germany, you should take a trip to one of these camps. Pay your respects to the innocent men and women that suffered and died. Count your blessings and hope and pray that what occurred in that place never happens again. 

So, that sums up how we spent a few days in Munich, Germany. It was definitely the biggest learning experience out of all of our stops on this Europe trip. We are so thankful for the time we had there and hope to one day go back.

Please, check out my previous posts in this series below and keep an eye out for the last leg of our honeymoon trip: Amsterdam!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

The Happy Planner Girl Trendsetter Review

Hey, planner girls! I'm really excited to share this post with you today! It's all about The Happy Planner Girl Trendsetter! The reason I'm so excited is because it took me FOREVER to get my hands on this baby. I went to several stores in my area looking for it and ended up ordering it on Joanns website, to be picked up at a store that was a little further away. They only had two in stock! I know this particular line of Happy Planners and accessories has been hard to come by in the past couple of months, but from what I have seen online, they are now making an appearance at some Hobby Lobby stores.

The Happy Planner Girl Trendsetter

The main reason I wanted this particular Happy Planner, is because it's the first one to be monthly only. My main, everyday carry planner is a personal size Filofax. In it, I use monthly, weekly, and daily pages. I needed a monthly only layout specifically for my blog and editorial calendar and this Happy Planner Girl Trendsetter is perfect!

Currently February

Every month starts the same as previous Happy Planners, with the "currently" page. This is where I got my inspiration for my currently blog posts. The "currently" page leads directly into the monthly layout, which is similar to other Happy Planners, as well.

Monthly Spread

It's what comes after the monthly spread, that made me want to purchase this planner for my blog. It has checklists, goals, space to brain dump, things to focus on, habit trackers, etc. This is the perfect way to layout my blogging todo list for each month and to write down ideas for future posts.

Monthly Goals

The following few pages consist of 31 daily todo lists. It's obviously set up to have a todo list for every day of the month, but you can use this really however you want. I don't plan on breaking it up into days. I just need to keep a running todo list for the month, that I can check off and add to, as days go by.

Daily Todos

Finally, at the end of each month there are a couple of lined note pages, for extra writing space. I have already been using these to jump start my blog posts. Each month has the same basic layout and in true Happy Planner style, they are accompanied by a super cute divider.

Notes pages
Planner Divider

At the very end of the planner there is a Notes section that includes several "Get it Done" pages, that have check off boxes for making even more lists! There is no shortage of writing and listing space in this planner, which makes it perfect for my needs.

The last thing I want to note, and possibly the most exciting, are the new discs! I'm going to be completely honest. I haven't been a fan of disc planning, in the past. I have tried using Happy Planners before and it never worked out because I hated how the pages would get caught on the plastic discs. These aluminum discs have solved that problem! This lets me know that the creators are listening to our concerns and making improvements. I love that! Also, the discs are not a boring silver aluminum. They are a beautiful pink! Each of the new The Happy Planner Girl planners comes with different color set of aluminum discs, so if the monthly layout isn't for you, then you should still check out those other options.

The Happy Planner Girl Trendsetter

I look forward to seeing how the creative, planning community uses this new layout from The Happy Planner Girl line. I will be looking out for your spreads on Instagram for sure! You can check out my spreads, on my Instagram here.

What do you think of this new line of planners from The Happy Planner? Let me know!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

Picking Your New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year! 

That's right! It's officially 2018 and you know what that means...it's time to pick those New Year's resolutions! Maybe you need to trade the pecan pie for a pair of running shoes, or perhaps it's time to make some much needed space in your life, by decluttering. It doesn't matter what areas you need to work on. Today, we are going to focus on how to pick out your core resolutions for the year.

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Take a look at the BIG picture.

For this step it's a good idea to pull out some pen and paper. I am a planner girl, so the easiest way for me to make decisions is to brain dump and get it ALL out there. Write down what your long term goals are. Where do you hope to see yourself in five or even ten years? This is all about the big dreams. It should be things like: successfully owning and operating a business, reaching the top level of your career, producing an album, creating a fashion line, etc. Don't hold back! This is your chance to be honest with yourself about what you want to do "when you grow up".

I'm going to use my goals as an example here. Here are a couple of my long term, big picture goals:

1. A successful blog and brand that becomes my full time career

2. Being in the best health possible for my body and life.

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Break it down.

Once you have your BIG dreams down in black and white, it's time to turn those into small, actionable steps. It's easy to say the big goals out loud, but it's not so easy to break those down into smaller goals. This part is absolutely necessary though. If you only focus on the big picture you are destined to fail. You need to have items on a to do list that you can check off as you complete them. 

Continuing with my example, here is how I have broken down my BIG goals into baby steps:

  1. A successful blog and brand that becomes my full time career.
    1. Create unique content to post at least 2 times a week.
    2. Practice and study photography, in order to improve photo quality.
    3. Engage with your social media following on a daily basis.
  2. Being in the best health possible for my body and life.
    1. Workout 3-4 times every week.
    2. Record the food you eat daily.
    3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
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Don't overdo it.

This one is super important! If you overwhelm yourself with too many goals at once you are setting yourself up for failure. Start with a top three and once you have either accomplished that goal or established that healthy habit, you can begin building upon it. I am guilty of diving in head first, when it comes to making goals. In the past, I have had an all or nothing attitude, but that didn't get me very far. It's important to not get burned out to quickly. 

It's also important to reward yourself. If you have gone a whole month without touching the office pastry basket, then you deserve a mani/pedi! If you have gotten up early three days a week for six weeks, to run five miles, then you deserve a massage! 

So, just to keep up with my example here are the top three resolutions I am starting out the year with:

  1.  Write at least two blog posts a week.
  2. Workout 3-4 times every week.
  3. Engage with my social media following daily.

After I feel I have established a habit with these, I will add some more.

Now you know my New Year's resolutions. What are yours?

 

Currently...December 2017

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season! December of 2017 will soon be a thing of the past, but before it’s gone for good, here are a few things that have caught my attention this month. 

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December Currently

Reading: 

Finish by Jon Acuff. I'm prepping to crush my goals in 2018, by reading a handful of personal development books. I'm usually great at creating and starting New Year's resolutions, but I'm awful with my follow through. That's where Finish comes in. This year, I am giving myself the "gift of done".

Listening: 

Ed Sheeran's album, Divide. Specifically, the most beautiful ballad of all time, Perfect. I danced to Thinking Out Loud at my wedding and I thought nothing could ever beat it, but then Sheeran wrote Perfect and sang it in Italian. *swoon*

Planning: 

New Year's Eve and the resolutions that follow. This time of year is exciting for a planner girl. I have new and untouched planners to dive into. Right now, I am trying to decide what my word will be for 2018 and I'm also trying to narrow down my goals to three areas of my life. I'm looking forward to sharing more about this with you in another post. Keep a lookout for my 2018 planning system and the goals I will be working towards in the next year.

Watching:

Fuller House. The second half of season three recently went live on Netflix. I'm not a diehard fan, but since I grew up watching Full House, it does make me a little nostalgic to watch Fuller House and all the old characters brought back to life.

Drinking:

Donut Shop Holiday Buzz is high up on my favorites list right now. I add some Stevia and Peppermint Mocha creamer to create the perfect morning beverage!

Enjoying:

My family. This past weekend was full of good times with mine an my husband's families. I am so thankful that we live near our parents and siblings, so that we are able to spend time with them over the Holiday season.

Wearing:

A cozy scarf. The temps have dropped quite a bit in the last couple of weeks and I am a very cold-natured person as it is. I am rarely leaving the house, these days, without a thick scarf. It's even better if it's a buffalo plaid print.

Feeling:

Motivated. I'm ready for the new year and new possibilities to come my way. So long 2017, it's been nice knowing ya!

A Look Inside My December Ipsy Glam Bag

December Ipsy Glam Bag

Hello Lovelies! I'm back today to give you a peak inside this month's Ipsy Glam Bag. I subscribed to Ipsy four months ago and I haven't been disappointed yet. I am no expert when it comes to make up and cosmetic products, but I love getting surprised with new products every month. I believe my skills in this area have improved since I started getting my Glam Bag! If you are interested in signing up, use my referral link here: Get your Glam Bag!

The December Glam Bag

The bag itself is a beautiful, shimmery, silver. It has a glitter-rimmed zipper and the inside is a pastel teal color. It goes great with this month's theme, which is Snow Globe. As always, I was excited to dive right into the contents of this month's bag!

Lottie London in color riot!

Lottie London - Riot

Luxie Precision Shader brush

Luxie Precision Shader

Seraphine Botanicals Orange + Cream Lip Polish

Seraphine botanicals lip polish

Steve Laurant Lip Gloss in color Cafe

Steve Laurant Lip Gloss in color Cafe

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in color Fishnet

Smashbox Always on Gel Liner

What did you get in this month's Ipsy Glam Bag? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

Gift Guide for a Dog Mom

It's no secret that I love my fur babies. They are my cuddle puppies and I am their Dog Mom. I have included items on this list that I either own myself, or I would love to receive. Take a look and pick out the perfect gift for the girl in your life that rocks the Dog Mom title.

Gift Guide Dog Mom

We actually have this little treat camera and it is so cool. It connects easily to the Petzi app and you are able to see and talk to your puppies from wherever you may be. You can also toss them a treat. Our dogs love it!

My little, furry girls are always sporting a cute collar. These come in a lot of different stylish patterns and colors.

I love all of the Willow Tree figurines. I have given these as gifts and the recipients always love them. This one is so sweet and shows the love between a girl and her furbaby.

I can't even count the number of signs I have like this, scattered around my home. Help your friend show off their dog love with this adorable little sign!

I have actually received a cute dog treat canister as a Christmas gift before, and I loved it! It allows me to have the dogs treats easily accessible, but without having wrappers and boxes sitting out on my kitchen counter.

This mug is just plain cute! Honestly, I have a coffee mug addiction. (For real, y'all. You should see my kitchen cabinets.) If you know a girl that loves coffee (or tea) and loves her dog, then she will love this mug!

I like to dress my girls up. I am not ashamed to say that my littlest dog has a large wardrobe. I realize that not everyone takes the time to dress up their pooch, but I would say most dog mom's would like a stylish bandana to tie around their necks.

Every dog needs a comfy place to rest and every dog mom is happy to have a removable, washable cover on that bed.

A cute set of dog toys is a great gift. We can never have too many toys! The dogs constantly lose or destroy them so I feel like we are always buying more.

That's it! Hopefully, this gave you some shopping ideas for the dog mom in your life!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly