February 2018 Planner Setup

Hey y'all! I'm back today with more planner goodness! As you know, I like to swap out my personal Filofaxes often (usually for every month or holiday season). I tend to keep the same general layout, most of the time, but I will update my dividers and dashboard. I realize that not everyone cares to do this, but for me, changing things up a bit helps me to stay consistent with my planning.  Some girls change purses on a daily basis, I like to change planners at least once a month. 

Planner Setup February 2018

This month, I knew that I wanted my planner spreads to be full of red, pink, and hearts galore, so I decided to go with my pink Filofax Malden. I love the design of the Malden. The leather is soft and it's full of card slots and pockets! I use my personal planner as a wallet too, so the card slots make it the perfect option.

My dividers are feeling the love this month. I used some paper from a pack I got at Michael's, last year. They are pink with hearts, speech bubbles, and cute quotes. Recently, I have been using top tabs more often. I like the fact that they don't interfere with the pen loop, and I tend to stuff a lot of random things in my planner through the day, so side tabs used to always get bent up easily. This month, I'm using five sections: Calendar, Health, Projects, Lists, and Notes.

You may have seen me mention Jon Acuff's book, Finish, before. It's an awesome book, that gives you actionable steps, to make your goals a reality. I was able to preorder it so I got some of the extra gifts that came with it. One of those extras was a card that says "Today I will Finish" (see picture below). I hole-punched it and put it near the front of my planner, so that everyday I can see my goal, front and center!

Today I will Finish

Another method I am using to work towards my goals is the "Getting Things Done" technique. I loosely follow the book, by David Allen, and got my inspiration from Brandy Michelle Plans on YouTube. I have linked to her before, but I'm doing it again, because her videos are awesome! I use the inbox at the front of my planner to collect things through the week and then every weekend I have a list of tasks that I need to go over as part of my weekly review. I keep a bookmark, with that information, easily accessible.

Weekly Review

So that's my basic setup for February, in my personal Filofax. I am still using the SewMuchCrafting week on two pages (with habit tracker) inserts and they are working out great for me so far. I'm going to leave you with one final picture of my last weekly spread. I can't get enough of the heart washi!

Planner Spread

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

This is What Infertility Looks Like

This wasn't on my editorial calendar. Today's post was supposed to be my February planner setup, but that can wait. This has been sitting in a document on my laptop for a few months now. I wrote it for me, but now I'm sharing it with you. If it helps one woman feel less alone, then it will be worth it.

Infertility

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like you waking up at the same time every morning and taking your temperature before the sun rises, before you even step out of bed. Every. Single. Morning. 

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like peeing in a cup more often than you pee in the toilet. That pee holds all of the answers. Will you be ovulating soon? Are you pregnant yet? The pee knows.

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like your Amazon browsing history has been taken over by medical supplies. Basal Body Temperature Thermometers. Ovulation Predictor Kits. Pregnancy Tests. Supplements. Self-Help books about infertility.

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like statistics. It looks like you are glued to Doctor Google again, trying to determine what your chances are of getting pregnant this month. What are the success rates of IUI? What are your chances of conceiving with a blocked fallopian tube?

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like a cold, sterile, exam room. It looks like staring at your feet and wondering what the physician will say this time. What will we try next? What testing is still ahead of me? How far am I willing to go and where will I draw the line?

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like someone is giving you advice again. “You'll get pregnant if you quit trying.” “Have you tried acupuncture? Yoga? This fertility boosting herbal tea?” It looks like you smiling politely and accepting the advice, but on the inside thinking you have tried everything. Even not trying.

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like late nights of losing hope. It looks like staring at another negative test, willing it to magically turn positive. Questioning God, "Why won't you make this test positive?!"

This is what infertility looks like.

It looks like your back at the beginning of another cycle. Oh, well. There is always next month.

It looks like you don’t even believe that anymore.

Note: If you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. We are in this together girl! I know some days are easier than others. I wrote this on one of my hard days, but today is a good day. I'm optimistic and you should be too. There is more than one way to be a mom and one day you and I both will be one.

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

Sightseeing in Amsterdam

I am a little sad to say, that today I am concluding my Europe Honeymoon series. It has been so fun to write about our adventures in Europe and it has made me so very nostalgic. I want to go back! Hopefully, one day that will be a possibility. For now, I will leave you with our last stop on this amazing honeymoon trip: The Netherlands!

Sightseeing in Amsterdam

When we arrived in Amsterdam, we had already been traveling for over a week and even though we had mostly recovered from jet lag, we were exhausted from the constant moving. That didn't make us any less excited for this part of the trip, though. Justin's mom and his Oma and Opa are from Holland, so it was especially meaningful for him to be able to go there.  Our first day there we took a train to Hilversum, the small town where Justin's Oma and Opa lived, and where his mom was born. 

Not only were we able to see the town, but we found the very same house that they lived in. It was rainy and cold, but that didn't stop us from asking an older, local man to take our picture. He spoke very few words in English and Justin spoke very few words in Dutch, but somehow we managed to get a good photo taken!

Hilversum, The Netherlands

The next couple of days, back in Amsterdam, we took our time walking around the city and exploring on our own. Justin had already introduced me to Vructenhagel at home, so I knew I had to have some while were there. We discovered sweet little shops, where the local owners were friendly and didn't mind talking to us. We mostly got around on foot, but a few times we took a boat ride from one part of the city to another.

Things I enjoyed most in Holland:

  • Delicious pastries and tea
  • The locals were incredibly friendly
  • Paper stores!!
  • Tulips everywhere

Holland was an amazing end to an over all, amazing trip! I am so glad that we had the opportunity to see and do so much, in such a short amount of time. We do plan to go back to Europe (especially Holland) in the future. Until then, I will daydream of buttery, soft pastries and gorgeous scenery.

Amsterdam Airport

Until next time, my friends!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

DIY Date Night at Home

Hey y'all! It's officially February and that means it's time for the lovey-dovey stuff. I know, I know. Some of you may dislike Valentine's Day and all of the hearts and love that come with it. That's totally okay! This post isn't going to be about Valentine's day. You can use these DIY date night ideas for any day you would like. We have been enjoying these home dates, throughout the winter, because there are some nights when it is just too cold to get out.

DIY Date Night at Home

Recipe for at home date night

My favorite at home date nights follow the same basic recipe. That recipe includes the following ingredients:

  1. Food
  2. Entertainment
  3. Atmosphere
  4. Drinks (optional)

Mix them all together and get ready to have a cozy and romantic night in your own living room!

 

The Game Night

This is probably one of my favorites. We enjoy playing active video games and we also like pulling out the board games from time to time. So following the recipe I gave you above, this is how I put together a fun game night date.

Food

Game night is casual, and it calls for snacks and appetizers! Wings, potato skins, chips and spinach dip. These are the perfect refreshments, as you battle against your significant other. If you rather not dirty up the kitchen, the easiest way to handle food for this type of date is ordering pizza delivery. 

Entertainment

Games of your choosing! If you like board games, then pull out all of the two player games you have and spread out on the floor or at the dining room table. If you prefer games of the audio and video variety, then grab your controllers and press play. Justin has a VR headset so a lot of times we will play games on that. We also have fun playing Just Dance, using the X-Box Kinect.

Atmosphere

Like I mentioned before, game night is casual. Jeans and a t-shirt are acceptable attire and a little friendly competition is in the air. Make it interesting by betting on the winner of each game! Example: The winner of the next round, gets a foot massage from the loser. If you are adding the optional adult beverages to the date, then you can make a drinking game out of it. Loser takes a shot! 

Drinks

DIY cocktails go well with game night. My favorite is Rum and coke, with a lime. If you need a few more ideas, check out my Drinks board on Pinterest!

 

Movie Night

Does a movie night seem boring to you? Well, it doesn't have to be! Spice up your normal "Netflix and chill" with a few little adjustments.

Food

Create your own popcorn concoctions! Start with the movie theater butter popcorn. Then add bowls of M&M's, chocolate covered raisins, chopped nuts, flavored syrups, and different popcorn seasonings. Make it sweet or make it savory. Maybe, make a little bit of both. Get creative and taste test each other's creations. Don't forget a side of Twizzlers and Skittles!

Entertainment

Obviously, the main entertainment is going to be a movie. If you and your date have a hard time deciding on a movie (like me and my husband), then you can always use a random movie generator to make the decision for you. Branch out from Netflix. Try hitting up your local Redbox, or checking out the the movie rentals online. If you want to change it up, try a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style, move night. You pick a really cheesy, old movie, and then spend the whole time making fun of it.

Atmosphere

Turn out all the lights, pull out all the blankets and pillows you have, and put on your PJs. Cuddle up on the couch and let the show begin!

Drinks

Since you are going to be a couch potato, you don't want to waste time making drinks. Movie night is a good time to break out the beer and hard cider. 

 

Romantic Dinner Night

Just because you aren't going out to a fancy restaurant, doesn't mean you can't enjoy the same experience from the comfort of your own home. Recreate the experience of a fine dining establishment. You can even break out the good dishes for this one!

Food

Pinterest is full of great recipe ideas. I'm sure you have a board dedicated to the ones you like most. If not, feel free to check out mine: Main Dishes. Pick out your favorite recipe and then get cooking, but not by yourself. This date begins in the kitchen. Enjoy each other's company as your prepare the meal together. Create a three course meal. A salad, an entree, and a decadent dessert.

Entertainment

The main entertainment for the evening (after the cooking) is the conversation. Ask each other questions, flirt, and if you have been together for several years, reminisce about your early dating days. After dinner, slow dance in your living room to your favorite romantic songs.  

Atmosphere

Light some candles, and put on a record (if you don't have a vinyl record player, then iTunes will do). Dress up. He can wear slacks and a tie and you can wear your little black dress. Sit at your dining room table for once and use real silverware and dishes. 

Drinks

A nice wine or champagne. Since you are saving money by skipping the fancy restaurant, you should splurge on the bottle of bubbly. Something you both will enjoy, and go ahead an finish off the bottle. Cheers to a romantic date night at home!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

Currently...January 2018

I'm running a little behind, posting this one! In my defense, this month has flown by. I feel like I was just writing my "Currently" post for December. It seems like every year, the holidays speed by faster and faster, and before we know it, we are well into the new year. 

So let's jump in! Here are a few things that are on my radar, right now.

currently
Currently January 2018

Reading: 

Something About You (FBI/US Attorney Book 1) by Julie James This definitely isn't a new book. In fact, it's several years old, but after finishing a somewhat darker book (The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, if you're interested, here is my GoodReads review). I wanted to find something a little lighter to read. This one has been a good choice, so far. I'm also looking forward to reading more in this series, and by this author.

Listening: 

Criminal Podcast I am a little late to the Criminal fan club, but I still wanted to share my love for it. I enjoy true crime stories and I have enjoyed listening to Serial in the past, so I started searching for similar podcasts, and I found Criminal. The episodes are all based around a different crime, instead of building on the same crime over time. You can find this one here on iTunes.

Planning: 

Valentine's Day! The holiday falls right in the middle of the work week, this year. That means Justin and I will be celebrating on the weekend before or after. Currently, we are planning to go to a Valentine's dinner at our church and we will probably have a date night out in Nashville as well. We are still working out the details!

Watching:

Blindspot I have watched Blindspot since season one, and while I am not loving this season so far, I still can't miss an episode. There are a lot of procedural crime dramas out (I see you Law & Order: SVU, and I love you too), but this one has an interesting spin. If you have never seen it, you should definitely check out season one!

Drinking:

Coffee with International Delight Reese's creamer. Basically any kind of coffee will do, when you add this delicious new creamer. I love some Reese's! They are definitely my favorite guilty pleasure, so it's awesome to add a little of that flavor to my morning coffee.

Enjoying:

My Faith Planner/Journal I started keeping a traveler's notebook for all of my faith-related notebooks. The TN is by Webster's Pages and it houses notebooks for sermon notes, bible study, prayer journaling, and a gratitude log. I have been more consistent about using it daily, since I have switched to this system.

Wearing:

Pandora Bracelet I have had my bracelet for a few years now, but now it is officially full! If I get any more charms I will need a new bracelet, for sure. I love wearing it, because it is full of memories of the last four years of my life. I have gotten charms from my mom, my sister, my husband, my in-laws, and my friends. I cherish every last one.

Feeling:

Healthy As usual, I have made it one of my New Year's resolutions to eat better and workout more. Justin and I are in it together. We have both lost 20-30 pounds in the past and the holidays helped us put some of that back on, but since the beginning of the year we have lost a few pounds and we have been consistent about working out and making healthy food choices. I'm already feeling better mentally and physically, so that has been the biggest victory so far!

That's it for January! I still can't believe this month is about to wrap up.

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him & Her

Hey there! I hope the first month of 2018 has been treating you well. I know it seems crazy, how quickly it's going by. I feel like I was just planning for Christmas and now here we are, talking about Valentine's Day! Has it snuck up on you, also? If so, today I am giving you a quick list of Amazon Prime eligible gifts. Most of these could be for either a guy or gal, so if you still need to pick up something for your special someone, look no further!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

I love bath bombs! I haven't met many girls that don't. They smell great, moisturize your skin, and offer some much needed relaxation time. 

These little Knock Knock books are great for Valentine's Day! My husband and I have given these to each other, in the past, and we both loved them. They are fun to fill out and the sentiment means a lot to your significant other.

If you are looking to go a little more low key, a funny card should do the trick! You can pair it with another gift on this list, or maybe use it to give your special someone tickets to an event or concert they have been wanting to go to.

I was lucky enough to get this item, complimentary, from Oh, Susannah! My husband actually bought me an adorable pillowcase set from them on our last anniversary and I loved them so much, that I jumped at the chance to include an item from them in this gift guide! If you want to see my pillowcases and pillow cover in action, check out my Instagram!

I know not everyone is a Star Wars fan, but my husband definitely is, and I know a lot of men and women that are. Honestly, I was never really into it until we started dating. He had me rewatching all of the original films. I'm a "Rom Com" girl for the most part, so not surprisingly, my favorite storyline from the originals is the love story between Han and Leia. This mug set would be a cute gift for gals or guys, and it features one of my favorite quotes from the movies!

This is another gift that Justin has gotten me. We have not always been consistent about filling it out, but it is a cool way to start a conversation and even if you have been together for 20+ years, you may still be surprised by some of your significant other's answers. 

So, by now you are probably realizing that I love "his and her" sets. This one is no exception. I love that one is a beer glass and one is a wine glass! This is another gift that would work well for either gender. One for yourself, and one for your significant other!

So there are a few last minute gifts you can snag off of Amazon prime today! Let me know if you end up picking any of these for your Valentine and if you are looking for more ideas, check out one of my previous gift guides, below!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

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