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.

Happy Thanksgiving (Late)

Hi friends! Nothing beats a post Thanksgiving post to remind you all that I am alive and well. I hate that I don’t find the time to blog more. I’m always wondering… What can I do to make me happy??? And here we are… Back to where my happiness started… Keeping a journal.

How’s Life?

Life is going. Times are tough, but we are making it. My main focus right now is making sure the kids have a good Christmas. This year is the perfect year to teach them that Christmas is more than just material things. Work is going well. I had a great six month evaluation. Kids are doing great. Growing up fast. The marriage is… A marriage. Ups… Downs… Blah Blah Blah, yeah!

How Was My Thanksgiving?

Pretty freakin’ awesome! I ended up doing two impromptu photo shoots with my new 24mm lens. Here are a few faves from the day:
J-Trice-Jason
Daughter-Father
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Mariah-and-AJ
We had a great day for the most part. It started with the 2 hour road trip to my parents and ended with a dinner with friends. I got to meet my grandnephew (the lovely baby in the photos above) for the first time. It was also the first time that we’ve seen our friends since we moved to the city.

Before I Go…

I want to thank the faithful few that check on me every now and then. I miss our blogging community. I’m slowly finding my way back. I have so many thoughts and wants. I need to get back to what makes me happy… Because I realize that I’m starting to lose myself. So, until next time…

This Week On Instagram (March 2-8)

March 2-8
I’ve decided to start something new1 by doing a “Week In Instagram Photos” post. Starting with last week, March 2-8.
From top left to bottom right:

  • We started a No Spend challenge. That means only bills, gas, and grocery shopping2.
  • We had tickets for the zoo, so we packed up some snacks and the camera for a day of fun. The weather was amazing.
  • We gave up eating out for lent3! It’s a great time to start eating healthy. We both tried asparagus for the first time. Yes, we loved it!
  • I never received my decal for the Jeep, so I had to drive up to the DMV. Fancy, isn’t it?
  • I just had to make my own Duck Tape Table! I want to sit at it all the time…4

What did you do last week? What plans do you have for the upcoming week?


  1. to me, at least []
  2. once a week []
  3. Like it’s not already a big NO during our No Spend challenge. []
  4. Can’t you tell? I’m actually blogging! []

Ivy’s First Zoo Trip

8:08pm. Since we moved to the city, I’ve been working pretty much every Saturday. We have been making the best of the weekends by trying to do family things when I get off. The weather was beautiful this weekend! It reached a high of 73, which made going out perfect. Yesterday, we took the kids to the park, and today we made our way to the zoo!

It was Ivy’s first time visiting the zoo, and JJ’s second. Here are a few highlights from our day.

First Trip
First Trip
First Trip
Riverbanks
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riverbanks Trip
First Riberbanks Trip

We managed to make it through the entire park without Ivy getting cranky. I’m just glad that everyone enjoyed the outing. What did you do this weekend?

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Birthday via Instagram
2:05pm. It’s Hump Day, which also happens to be the midpoint of my vacation. I took the week off of work for my birthday.

Nothing new has been happening in the world… Well, that’s a lie, lol! A lot has been happening. I can’t remember the last time I actually posted on any of my sites. I’m slowing drifting away from the web. I’m slowing drifting away from life. So let me recap. Read more