This is not a sponsored post in any way. Links are not affiliate links.Y’all. I think I finally have the as close-to-perfect-as-possible planner set up for me. I hope those aren’t famous last words, but I absolutely love the planner I’m using right now.
Why is it so perfect? To get it that way, I had to design it myself. After trial and error for the past several months, I finally have it set up in a way that I feel confident enough to share on here. This is my 2014 DIY planner.
The cover of my planner is a Graphic Image Saffiano Refillable Spiral Notebook. Inside, the notebook I’m using is different from what comes with the cover initially. This is the refill I’m using.
This is how my planner looks from the top. The great thing about this system is that I can switch the covers whenever I want to change things up. When I took the above photo I had a pink leather cover on, obviously.
My monthly calendars are clipped inside one of the first pages in the notebook. I only use the monthlies for future planning and to have a big picture view of my month. Aren’t they cute? The fabulous Sara from This Southern Mom designed them for me. She did a great job.
My daily pages are what I use the most. Every Sunday, I make a page for each day of the coming week. I love having so much room to write notes and lists every day. I can change the format of what I write depending on what I need that day.
After the daily pages for the week, I have the rest of the notebook available for whatever I need. I can write all kinds of lists and notes. I keep my work to do lists, master to do lists, goals, meeting notes, and anything else I want to keep track of in my planner. I love being able to have everything in one notebook!
I keep this Rifle Paper Co. notebook stashed inside the back cover as a place to record ideas and inspiration for blog posts and all my other projects.
I really think I will be able to use this planner for a long time. It’s pretty, flexible, and has plenty of space. I love it!
What planner are you using for 2014.
Many of my holiday memories are closely related to food. There are certain dishes that are holiday musts for me. Today, I’m linking up with Kelly to share some of my favorite holiday recipes. I love the Show Us Your Life link ups this time of year because I enjoy reading about the holiday traditions of other bloggers. Check them out if you get a chance today.
These are recipes that I hope will be Christmas traditions in my family for years to come.
Homemade chex mix is my favorite snack. I can’t resist the stuff. A recent favorite is Stephanie’s recipe for cheesy ranch chex mix.I also love just regular chex mix and muddy buddies. It’s all yummy!
There’s absolutely nothing like a good pecan pie. This is the recipe my family uses.
This fruit salad is the easiest thing I make, but it’s also one of the most delicious things. It’s a Christmas must have.
Red Velvet Cupcakes/Cake
Oh how I love my grandmother Ree’s recipe for red velvet cake. It’s the best. Trust me.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
This is a new tradition for my little family (me and M). I’m already looking forward to making it again this year. I’ve already gotten a replacement copy of the movie Serendipity so we can avoid a repeat of last year’s disappointment.
Super Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
I’ve made these cookies several times this football season, and they have become a new favorite.
Sigh. Pralines are simply excellent.
Other Must Haves
These are recipes I don’t have posts or photos for, but they are must haves every year. It didn’t feel right to not include them.
- Sand tarts
- White chocolate covered pretzels
- Peanut butter candy – I make this for M because my mother-in-law always made it for M. I know hers is better, but I do my best.
If you can’t already tell, we love to eat. With so many good cooks in my family, Christmas is always a delicious time of the year. I can’t wait!
Have you picked out your Christmas cards yet? Being a lover of stationery and snail mail, Christmas cards are a fun bonus of this time of year. I rounded up my five favorite sets of Christmas cards I found online. These are a little pricey compared to the (still pretty) cards I picked out at Target this year, but they are still fun to drool over. If money were no object, I would be sending one of the beauties below out to my loved ones this year!
Which is your favorite?
As I trim up the tree and deck the halls, I can’t help but wonder about next Christmas. Instead of plain cards from Target, will I order cards covered with photos of a precious bundle of joy? Will we hang an ornament that says “Baby’s First Christmas” on the tree? Will I carefully wrap tiny packages of books, toys, and clothes?
This Christmas, I wish for you. You’ll be worth the wait, little one. You don’t exist, but I love you already.
“He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 113:9