Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Wednesday, May 18 2016 01:50PM
If you follow us on social media then you already know my love for planners and organization. You must also know that I currently use a traveler's journal as my main planner and a couple of months ago I added a smaller field notes size to my arsenal. Truth be told, it might of been in my bag everyday but I was not even reaching for it. It was totally useless.
Michael's recently came out with the a whole Recollections collection of ring bound planners and accessories. I knew this was the perfect opportunity to try one out on the cheap. So I went to my local Michael's and managed to snag one of 4 left in the entire store. It wasn't the initial color I wanted but beggars can't be choosers.
I got home opened it up and then put it to the side for the following day. The following day, I was one the hunt for inserts to make this planner as functional as my traveler's journal. 3 hours later I made it into something that I truly love maybe more then my traveler's journal. Shh, don't let it know. So let's so into my new planner.
As soon as you open it I added a bunch of extras to make it my own. In the pockets on the left hand side I added a pack of Target page flags. Then in the two pockets above that I added two different Target post its. Above that I have some paper clips I made. The flower and kite paper clips I made with items I found at Michael's $1.50 section and the other with ribbon from Walmart. In the flap I added color coding labels and a couple of sheets from a Target notepad. On the right hand side I punch holes into a journal card and cut out some card stock to add a pop of color since I'm not a blue girl.
You'll then see the first divider that came with the planner. I added a piece of blue card stock behind the divider to add of punch of planner color.
When you open it you'll see I added some Target page flags and Target post its. Also my 2016 yearly calendar from Wendaful. You can get it here
I then have a printout of all the US holidays for 2016 because I totally forget about these dates. This one is from Green and Lyme. Go here
(side note: All insert from Green & Lyme are totally free and printable.)
Next is my monthly spread which is from Wendaful (go here
to download and print). Which I decorate with washi tape and stamps. This printable is made for midoris but I printed it out and cut then punched. I measured it against the first divider to get the right size.
The next section features my weekly which are from Wendaful. (go here
to download and print) I normally decorate my weekly spread with stickers, stamps, and washi tape.
This next section features the stripe divider that came with the planner and is more of a notes section.
More Target post its and a couple of Target notepad pages that I cut down and punched to fit inside my planner.
Behind that I have a couple of pages of line paper that came with the planner.
After that is the last divider that came with the planner. Just like the first divider I added a piece of blue card stock to tie in the blue in the planner. The section houses more personal stuff.
On the left hand side you'll see more post its. On the right I have a habit tracker from Green and Lyme. Which can be used for just about anything you want to track. Go here
to download and print.
I'm a reader so I had to add a Books to Read list. Go here
to download and print. I also have the Green and Lyme's Address Book
and Password Manager
in this section of my planner.
I then have the Online Order Tracker from Wendaful. Go here
to download and print.
After that I have To Buy and Wish List inserts
I then have the To Do lists that came with the planner. Perfect for making to do lists.
After that I have the grid paper that came with the planner. I can create any list my mind can think of on these. Paper is pretty good quality by the way.
I then created a divider using a Target folder from the $1 section. Using one of the dividers that came with planner as a template. The journal card I found on Pinterest. Printed it out and use thin washi tape to adhere it to the divider. This section is my Business section.
Once again, more Target post is on the left hand side. This first insert is a monthly goal tracker. Go here
to download and to print from Green & Lyme.
After that I have the Monthly/Weekly Goal Planner. Go here
to download and to print from Green & Lyme.
Running a Etsy shop alongside my website I normally create one running list for both monthly but this printout keeps your entire shop stats by check quarter. Perfect! Go here
to download and to print from Green & Lyme.
This next insert is ideal if you have a Instagram account and want to record your stats on a daily basics to see how your following is growing. It just came to me and this insert can also be used to track your blog, twitter, facebook, google+ and pinterest. The possibilities are endless. Go here
to download and to print from Green & Lyme.
You'll never know when a blog idea will hit you. So this blog planner is ideal which is from Wendaful. Go here
to download and to print.
I close out my planner with more of the line sheet paper that came with the planner to jot down any notes I may have for my business.
I'm still undecided if I'll create a folder. I might since I need to carry my coupons on me when I go shopping . Oh and the pen shown is a Target $1 pen.
Oh, a special note. For all Green & Lyme inserts to print I reduced them by 50% to get the right size to fit my planner. Otherwise, they print out 8 x 11 which would be too big for this planner and most planners.
Feel free to folow me on Instagram at SatinDollCo
. I post my weekly and monthly spreads alongside my business posts, jewelry making and some personal posts. Feel free to share any inserts you think I would be interest in.
Jewelry PreviewsPosted by Gaetana Sunday, May 15 2016 09:00AM
April showers brought May flowers along with your wild side. This month's EOTM Club selection for bold features a bold print that will release your wild side during these warmer months ahead. We call this month's selection " Driving Me Wild Glass Beaded Dangle earrings."
For more details about our EOTM Club
and to order you subscription, go here
Jewelry PreviewsPosted by Gaetana Friday, May 06 2016 11:33AM
((Introducing our Loc Hair Ties to our hair
accessory assortment. Our loc hair ties doesn't featuring that annoying
elastic piece that can found in most hair accessories in stores.
Perfect for hair types especially dreadlocks (locs) and naturalistas. No
matter if your hair is a TWA, medium length or long this hair
accessories will work for you. TWA can use as a hair band to push back
their hair while medium and long length can use the hair tie to put
their hair up in a ponytail or pineapple.
You can get extra creative and wrap the hair tie around your wrist and create a chunky bracelet. The possibilities are endless.
In our Etsy shop
, we have currently two styles in stock.
(Shown above is our Keeping it Real Wood Loc Hair Tie)
All our Loc Hair Ties will featuring durable elastic and an array of beads in an assortment of wood, gemstone, plastic and acrylic. Don't worry men with locs these are for you too. Many of our loc hair ties are gender neutral meaning it can be worn by women or men.
Enough chit chat, head over to our Etsy Shop
and check them out. In the coming weeks, you'll tons of new styles being added. So be sure to check back regularly.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Sunday, May 01 2016 08:41AM
We're going to make this short and sweet since I did this blog post once before and lost the entire thing.
I set a very ambitions reading list for myself this month on top of everything else I wanted to read. I ended up reading 3/4 books out of the 5 I wanted and I will say I was unexpectedly surprised by 2 on the list.*A book & it's prequel:
Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning by Patricia McLinn & Almost a Bride by Patricia McLinn
This prequel is the beginning to the Wyoming Wildflower series. It features Ed who is a rancher in town for a stud show and Donna who is a theater actress. They start a brief fling but come to learn that they're deeply in love with each other. Ed is to Donna next stop in San Fran to tell her this "Sing,dance, and act. He'll wait for her". That declaration of love turns into a proposal of marriage. Donna surprisingly accepts and leaves the theater. Speed ahead, Ed is retiring and him and Donna a going to travel the world. Donna is fussing with leaving their three children behind to run the ranch. Ed finally convinces her to get in the car and that we're the next story begins. Overall a good book, it just threw me though a loop where in the end it speed ahead to Ed retiring. I thought the next book was going to continue with Ed and Donna and them getting married and her adjusting to living on a ranch after leaving the theater.
This story continues where the first ended. Dave is left to run the ranch while his parents enjoy their retirement and each other while traveling the world. Now onto Dave. A long time ago there was a girl in the ranch next door,Matty who was Dave's best friend and his first of everything. He would of did anything for her. But Matty got in her head that she would be settling if she continue on the path she was with Dave. So left and broke up with him and never came back home for even a visit until her uncle died and left the ranch to her. Now to present day, Matty know Dave even after all these years will do anything for her.So her asking him to marry her is easy but what she doesn't tell him until later on that she needs to marry him to apply for a grant to save her ranch. This is wear it gets interesting because I'm saying to myself this isn't going to work and they're all going to jail. Dave gets smart to her game and gets in contact with grant program and gives the grant money back.What Matty doesn't know is that the money she has been receiving is directly from Dave. All awhile they're trying to resist each other which they can't .Dave have and always will be in love with her. Matty tries to fight but it's playing a losing battle. In the end, he wins her over and they marry for real. It was fun reading all the nonsense Matty would come up with. The clauses in the prenup about getting the fouls if one decides to divorce before the 18 month period and Dave trying to win her over. Pure comedy. I would definitely continue on this series especially to read what brought Dave's sister back from NY so fast.*A book set in Europe: Reckless Nights in Rome by CC Mackenzie
I wasn't too sure about this book but said to myself okay just read it. Surprisingly it was good. It's about Bronte who finds out a family hidden secret when her parents die unexpectedly in a car crash. In which she finds out her family is penniless and her father is not really her father. Because they are penniless with mountains of debt her brother partners up with Nico who turns their home into a hotel. However, Bronte was left Dower House that Nico has make several attempts to get her to sell. So while she's running her wedding cake business she's on the hunt to find her biological father which her brother isn't too happy about. He would rather let sleeping dog lie but Bronte must know who the man is. All the while she had a chance encounter with Nico who thinks she's a thief since he caught her leaving out a window of the hotel but she's really trying to leave a horrible blind date going wrong.Once they realize who each other really is they realize there is an attraction to each other that can resist. So they start a short fling which Bronte is convince it's a scheme by Nico to get Dower House. When her brother gets into a car accident in Rome.Bronte and Nico leave England for Rome where their romance heats but when ends just as fast. Nico tries everything to get her to talk to him but when he stops by Dower House on evening to talk to her he finds the house alarms going off, a woman screaming, broken glass everything. He finds her blind date from all those weeks ago who turned into her stalker thanks to ex-fiance attacking and attempting to rape her. Nico see red and fights the guy off her. Bronte ends up in the hospital for her injuries where she finds out she's pregnant. Nico always said he would never marry and fall in love but he has for Bronte. Nico finally talks to Bronte where they both profess their love for each other and Bronte tell Nico he will be a father. He's so happy he proposes marriage. The get married and the book ends where the family thought they were having one child but in turn she was carrying twins. A boy and girl. A good book overall, it was good to finally figure out who her stalker was. She did find her father who the media turned the story into with a wealthy sugar daddy.Which was funny who the media can run with idea and everyone believes it. Nico finally talk to his father and brother and learn to get everything in his past.*A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with: The Thorn by Beverly Lewis
Now this book was a complete surprise. I kept putting it on the back burner until I realized I didn't read enough challenge books for the month.Being close to 400 pages I was dreading it but it was a complete surprise on how good it was. Set in the Amish community. The story follows two sister Hen(Hannah) and Rose (Rosie). Hen leaves the Amish community and marries a non-Amish and has a daughter Mattie Ann. She abrutely comes back home for a short stay we hope when she gets this pull for her daughter's sake to be more plain Amish-like. Her husband isn't too happy about that and basically threatens to take her to court for his daughter if she doesn't return home soon and act more Enlish-like since she said that's what she wanted when she met and married him. The story ends with Hen loving being back in the Amish community even working on the local fabric store and Mattie Ann taking very good the change in the community. Even dressing and learning to speak the local language. Hen hopes to win her husband over and bring him in to the church. God himself would have to have a hand in that because her husband is a hard shell to crack.
Onto Rose, she's embodies everything Amish. She got baptized much earlier then most girls due to her mother having an accident many years earlier which left her parallelized from the waist down. Her mother suffers great pain and no medication works due to making her mother very ill. Since Hen left Rose has been the sole carer of her mother until her grandmother is able to help when her grandfather is better. So besides Rose's chores and taking care of her mother she really doesn't have time for much else. She finds some fun riding with the bishop's adoptive son Nick who lives next door and works for her father. Their best friends since the day he arrived at the bishop's home. He's a non-Amish who was placed with the bishop through the state. Despite the bishop's every attempt to integrate Nick into the community and culture Nick resists. When the bishop tells Nick to show attention to Rose Hen realizes he's actually sweet on her. Which is a bad thing in their community since he's more of the black sheep.Rose doesn't realize this until the very end of the book. All awhile, Rose is worrying about finding someone to marry. She was being courted by Silas before her mother's accident but that stopped when she stopped attending the Singings. That's where eligible boy and eligible girls get together sing together but it's really to see who's available. You might talk and flirt a lil' bit. At the end of the night one of the boys might offer to give your lift home where they might ask to see you again.
Back to Rose, she gets a letter from Silas asking her to a carriage ride a couple days later. This carriage rides leads to Silas asking Rose to marriage where she accepts despite her love for Nick. Nick at the end of the book goes off with his brother for a ride and comes back home which his long hair chopped off and his brother half died. His brother ends up dying after all attempts to save him. Nick was not the cause of the death since he fell off his horse and landed on rock. Nick wants Rose to leave with him after they both realize they love each other. Nick is even willing to join the church for her but Rose tells him no. So in turn Nick leaves which Rose says to herself is the best.
The book ends with Rose preparing for one of her cousin's wedding while thinking about her upcoming nuptials the coming year. This books was a total surprise on how much I enjoyed it. I really thought I wasn't. I will continue with this series to find out what happens with Hen and her husband. Will Rose really marry Silas? Will Nick come back? And if he does what will Rose do? Hmmm....
May is here and it's time to knock some books off the challenge book list. I'll set the bar high again and aim for 6 books.Maybe I'll surprise myself.
*A book you haven't read since high school: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
*A book based on a fairy tale: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover
*A dystopian novel: Awakening by C.B. Stone
* A book about a road trip: The Road to Price by Justine Elvira
*A book that takes place on an island: Aloha Texas by Chris Keniston
* A murder mystery: Death by Marriage by Jaiden Skye