The Happy Planner + More Stickers

The Happy Planner

Yesterday, I picked up the Happy Planner by Me And My Big Ideas from Hobby Lobby. They had a 40% off coupon available on their website, so I got it for a whopping $14.99!

After a week of using the Ban.do, I decided that I wanted to go with something bigger. Really, I bought stickers and they are too big for the small Ban.do…lol! I thought about getting the bigger Ban.do, but those tabs… I kept adding the Erin Condren Life Planner to my cart, but couldn’t justify spending over $50 on a planner right now. I thought of so many reasons to get it, but I couldn’t sell myself on it.

Why I Chose The Happy Planner

It was, honestly, a last minute decision! I looked at many different planners, but none were perfect. I didn’t want to buy a bigger planner and not like it, so off to Joann’s I went. They didn’t have any, plus JJ got sick in the store. I made my way to Instagram and searched #thehappyplanner hashtag. Here I was falling in love with it.

The Happy PlannerI stumbled upon Hobby Lobby’s website where I saw the 40% off coupon that expired the same day. So off I went. Hobby Lobby is like… planner/scrapbook dreamland! I couldn’t decide on a cover at first, but I ultimately decided on the gold foil circles with the color date tabs.

What I Like About It: The size! It’s definitely big enough to fit my photos and stickers into. It has gold discs with cutout hearts, which can be replaced with larger discs. You can also add and remove pages, if needed. The version I have has laminated tabs, and it’s very colorful! It has the two-page monthly view and weekly view, as well.

Each week has a section for notes, which I’ve been using for inspirational quotes. The paper quality is amazing! I haven’t had any issues with my marker pens bleeding through! WIN!!! I was also able to write comfortably on pages with the cardboard stickers. Also, I love how I can fold it like a notebook for easier writing.

What I’m Not Sure About: The vertical layout. I want to use the Happy Planner the same way I intended to use the Ban.do. In case you missed it… That was using the weekly view for short journal entries. The Happy Planner has each day separated into three sections: morning, afternoon, and evening. That makes it a bit hard when writing posts. Currently, I have some of them covered with washi tape. As I get more into having a planner/journal, I’m sure I will figure out some better alternatives. Last, but not least… It doesn’t come with a band. That was a very easy fix, though. I bought an elastic hairband and superglued it on the back. Works perfectly!

Before I go

I can see the Happy Planner being the start of something great for me! I have another order from scrapbook.com coming tomorrow. Now I just need to find somewhere to get 2×2 photos printed.

Target Beauty Box Unboxing

At the beginning of September, I saw a post on Instagram about Target’s Beauty Box. It was on sale for $5! I used my redCard and ended up getting an additional 5% off and free shipping!

What’s In The Beauty Box?

❣ Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner
❣ Curls Créme Brule Whipped Curl Creme
❣ Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum
❣ SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
❣ Aquaphor Healing Ointment
❣ Colgate Optic White Platinum Express White Toothpaste

Unboxing The Beauty Box

I got this Beauty Box in hopes of finding some new products to use on my natural hair. It’s been at a stand still for me. I find myself not wanting to do anything with it these days. It takes too long to dry… Too long to twist… LOL! I’m rambling.

Anyway, the Beauty Box is sold out, now. I’m excited to start using some of these products!

Ban.Do (2015-2016 Planner) & Hauls

Ban.Do 2015-16 Planner

Hi there! This year, I decided that I wanted to get into planners again. I buy a planner every year, but I tend to stop using them after a month or so. When I came across the Ban.do 17-month agenda, I just had to have it!

It took a week for it to arrive. During that time, I went on a couple of hauls at Michael’s and Target. I ended up with marker pens, tons of clips & stickers, and three rolls of washi tape! And here is where the addiction began…

michaels target haul

On my way home, I was already completing my first order from Scrapbook.com! They had a pretty awesome sale going on, but I kept it to just a few things.

Mini Review of the Ban.do

First of all, the Ban.do is super cute! It’s really colorful and has this list of quirky holidays that I never knew existed. I love that I can start using it immediately. The best part? It goes all the way to December 2016! I adore the horizontal layout, as well. It changed my entire focus for the planner. I decided to use the monthly view (2 page) for things that need to be done, while leaving the weekly view for journal entries. The horizontal layout gives me more than enough space for short journal entries. It can get a little messy, so I’m using washi tape to separate the entries. I also like being able to toss it in my Kate Spade bag.

What I don’t like? My marker pens bleed through to the next page. If I’m going to be writing a lot, I don’t need the extra mess of tiny dots from the previous page. The tabs aren’t laminated, so they are already starting to bend. I was also concerned about being able to close it once I add stickers and pictures. I was starting to regret getting the smaller version.

I’m going to give this some time to see how it goes, but so far, I’m in love! Be sure to check out the #plannerlife hashtag on Instagram! I promise that you’ll fall in love, too!

iPhone 5c or Moto X: Which should I choose?

Recently, Verizon gave me to opportunity to “upgrade” to an iPhone 5c. I already have my Moto X1, but lately I have been thinking a lot about going back to iOS2. Today’s question is:

Should I choose the iPhone 5c or Moto X?

Let’s Get Started!

iPhone 5c Moto X Front View

I have always been a fan of both Android and Apple. After my Blackberry days, I switched to the Motorola Devour3. It was my first Android device and the start of all of my troubles. I ended up having it replaced five or six times. Verizon eventually gave me a Droid 2. I had always wanted an iPhone, but at that time they were AT&T exclusive. A couple of months after having the Droid 2, the iPhone 4 was released on Verizon. I preordered it that same night. All of my problems were solved.

Now I have to admit that Android has come a long way since then. I currently have a Moto X running stock4 Kit Kat 4.4.2, which is the latest version of Android. I recommend the Moto X to most people that I come in contact with. The problem is that I would also recommend an iPhone. See my dilemma?

Let Me Explain

The reason why I recommend one or the other is because they are both really great phones. It really just depends on the need of the person. Some questions I ask are:

  • Have you ever used a smartphone?
    If the answer is no, then iPhone 5c is the way to go.
  • How important is customization?
    If the answer is anything other than not important at all, choose the Moto X.
  • How important is having a wonderful selection of apps? What type of apps interest you?
    If your answer is very important, and you like photography apps or writing apps, choose iPhone.
  • Do you rely on the Google ecosystem?
    Both phones do well with Google Apps, but Google powers Android, so choose the Moto X.

Bottom line: Both phones are great depending on your preferences. What about someone like me, though? I’ve owned over ten different smartphones. I love having the ability to customize5. Apps, all apps, are important to me. I love both phones! The only thing I can do at this point is weigh the pros versus the cons.

iPhone 5c

iPhone 5c Moto X Back View

The Pros

It’s ridiculously easy! I love how simple it is to use the iPhone 5c. It’s pretty much a plug and play device6. The entire iPhone series has some of the best cameras on the market, which is great because I use my camera a lot. When it comes to apps, I love that I can find all of my favorites and then some. The fact that most developers prefer to create apps for iOS versus Android is a huge plus for me. Google apps on iOS also function and look better than most of their Android counterparts. Also, Siri can order my movie tickets… And she always gets me VIP seating! Verizon offered me a 32gb iPhone 5c for free.

The Cons

It’s a little small for my tastes, mostly because I’m used to the larger form factors of Android devices. You can’t use data while on a phone call, unless you are on WiFi. There isn’t a way to customize the phone without jailbreaking. CocoPPa does not count… AT ALL! I had to use iEmpty to create blank icons so that I could put my apps where I wanted them.
2014-03-21 10.04.31 This iPhone 5c is running 7.1, which can’t be jailbroken. My chances of customizing this one? Slim to none.

Moto X

Moto X iPhone 5c Form Factor

The Pros

The Moto X is the perfect size. It has a 4.7″ screen, but the curved back makes it feel like you’re holding an iPhone 5c with a case. Battery life is amazing sometimes7. It supports using 4G data while on a call. I can customize pretty much anything I want on this phone (see Cons).
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I love the Motorola exclusive features like Active Display, Assist, and Touchless Controls.
Active Display is a lockscreen replacement that pulses on and off when you pick up the phone or a new notification comes in. It only lights up the parts of the screen in use, which saves battery life.
Assist has three modes: Driving, Meeting, and Sleeping. Driving mode turns on when you’re on the move and reads all of your messages to you…tells you who’s calling, and allows you to respond or answer without picking up the phone. Meeting puts your phone on silent during events entered into your calendar. You can now choose the calendar you want to use. Sleeping silences your phone during times you specify, only allowing the phone to ring if it’s one of your favorites or if they call more than one time8.
Touchless Controls is my most used feature. The Moto X has a processor that is always running, just waiting to recognize your voice. It’s a low power system that is beyond amazing. It actually works from across the room. All I have to do is say “Okay, Google Now” and it turns on. No hands necessary! It works for making calls, opening apps, searching Google, sending texts, and pretty much anything else.

The Moto X uses Google Keyboard, which also has super cute emoji! I’m a sucker for cute things! I also love that I can swipe to type. It’s much easier for me than having to tap each key.
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The Cons

The camera. The camera is 10mp, but it’s not all that great. It really is a hit or a miss. For every ten pictures that I take, I get maybe three good ones. As I said before, I take a lot of photos, and this was a huge issue that pushed me toward the iPhone 5c. Battery life is also a hit or miss. Some days I can get 15 hours or more. Some days it is dead after 9 hours. It only has 16gb of storage with no option to expand. There isn’t a way to customize the font without rooting. The bootloader is locked on AT&T and Verizon editions and this phone can no longer be rooted.

Conclusion

We finally made it! I wanted the iPhone 5c because of the apps that I was missing out on and the camera. Verizon offering it to me at no cost was the turning point, especially since it is a 32gb. I wanted the extra space, but it wasn’t really a necessity. I like not having to uninstall things to create more space. The features of the Moto X is what makes this decision a hard one. I find myself asking if I could live without these features…

After reading this post, which would you choose?


  1. Which I love to death []
  2. I want all Apple everything []
  3. a cute little slider phone that was crap []
  4. or at least as close to stock []
  5. From changing fonts and icons to jailbreaking/rooting []
  6. Turn it on > Set it up > Download Apps > BOOM! []
  7. I’m talking 59% left after 15 hours of moderate usage []
  8. Like iOS Do Not Disturb []

Hump Day Faves: Cal

This week, I want to start something new. I’m trying to get more into blogging here and I need a few things to keep me going.

I’m participating in the SITS Spring Fling blog challenge this week. I also want to start doing what I call “Hump Day Faves”.

What is Hump Day Faves?

Hump Day Faves is going to be a series that highlights my favorite mobile apps. I’ll be updating the blog every Wednesday with an app for Android or iPhone.

Today’s App

This one was hard since Instagram decided to update their app today1. This week, I chose Cal by Any.do.

Cal is probably the prettiest calendar app that I have ever laid eyes on. I started using it when it was in beta and I fell in love. It syncs beautifully with Google Calendar and Facebook. I love that I can connect it with Any.do to show my tasks as well. They recently added a feature called HeadsUp that is great for managing meetings. It’s designed to keep you on track from preparing for your meeting to wrapping it up!

Cal makes me want to add things to my calendar2! I’m a sucker for a pretty app. I can’t help it! LOL!

Have you tried Cal? If not, what is your go to Calendar app on your mobile device?


  1. I love the new design of the Android version, by the way! []
  2. Really, it does! []