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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Clever Fox Planner Giveaway

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I’m partnering with Clever Fox to give one lucky reader their very own Clever Fox Weekly Planner. I recently posted that this planner has been the single thing keeping me organized and meeting goals while working from home. Not only do I use it for my appointments but I also use it to keep me on track for my workout goals, meal planning and as a gratitude journal.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below...you can earn extra entries by following me on Instagram, following me on Facebook or commenting on this post or my Clever Fox review post. Giveaway ends on November 1, 2020. 

*Must be 18+ or older and live in the US to enter


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Halloween Book Round Up

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My boys could easily read the same book over and over again...and that's what we do for each season. We have our 'go-to' books for each season and month and it helps my boys get excited for what's to come! Here are our 3 favorite Halloween books that we go back to year after year!

"Boo!" by Leslie Patricelli is my favorite to read in funny voices. And it also taught Max (and is now teaching Xavier) what Trick or Treating is all about! It's perfect, quick, fun story for my 3 year old and now my 6 year old is practicing sounding out words to read to it to his brother. It goes through picking out and carving the perfect pumpkin and creating a costume for Trick or Treating.

We're big fans of "Don't Push the Button" books by Bill Cotter. Larry is our buddy! The seasonal ones are just as cute as the originals. "Don't Push the Button - A Halloween Treat" is so fun to read, it calls for audience participation and the kids love it. There's lots of 'boos!' and clapping coming from this board book.

I love a good Michigan-centric book. "The Spooky Express Michigan" by Eric James has fun illustrations and shout-outs to Michigan cities which makes it fun for us adults to read, too. The kids on the spooky express have a wild adventure all written in rhyme. 



Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Clever Fox Planner Review

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Working from home, with kids, has both it's ups and downs. The up side is, I get to see my kids more! One of the downs, is that I'm having trouble staying organized. There was something about going to the office each day for meetings and desk time that helped keep me productive and organized. Being at home every day has me feeling unorganized, probably because all of the days are blending together.

To get more organized and productive, I've been starting to use my Clever Fox planner for all aspects of life. I use it to plan both my work and personal weekly to do lists, weekly meal and dinner plans, and set weekly health and fitness goals for myself. I'm not sure if I could have designed it any better myself. I do loads of research before buying a new planner, and I've never found one that I like so much that I buy the same year over year...until this one. 

I've gone through a lot of planners in my days, and this is hands down my favorite so far. Here's what I love about it:
  • You fill in your own dates, so you have flexibility of when you can start using it. Most planners either start Jan 1 or July 1. This one is blank and you can start whenever. Yes, it takes about 10 minutes to fill all the days in, however, I did not find it to be too tedious. In fact, my inner nerd had fun coordinating the pen color to the month (orange for October, red for December, etc.).  
  • I love the weekly Habits/Skills daily to do list spot. I use this to track my water intake, healthy meals and fitness goals. 
  • Blank notes section each week is the perfect amount of room for meal planning and a grocery list.
  • There's a reflection portion for this weeks wins and a spot where you can input goals for the next week.
  • You can also use this as a gratitude journal - there's space in the beginning of the planner for self reflection and setting daily rituals for yourself. 
  • Several blank pages in the back for random note taking and list making. I used 2 pages for a packing list that I referenced for 3 road trips this summer.
  • There's not 1, not 2, but 3 ribbon bookmarks and an elastic band to help keep it closed. 
  • Each planner comes with a few sticker sheets to add some color to your weekly plans!
The only thing I would change is the binding. Although it's extremely well made, I'm a sucker for a spiral binding. 

Here's a peak inside...
                                         
I love that it has a 'Goal' section - Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve a goal if it's written down*? I definitely find this to be true for myself.

I love having multiple bookmarks. One for my notes section and one for the week! Some people may like to color coordinate their pens to their planner (heard from a friend:)

Here's a blank weekly view. 

Blank monthly view you can fill in yourself. I actually don't use this view. 

If I'm trying to achieve something, I love having milestone goals set for myself to stay on track.

Gratitude and daily rituals. When work from home started I tried intermittent fasting and love it - I wrote my plan down in my daily rituals section to hold myself accountable. 

The Clever Fox Weekly Planner comes in several different colors, and they also have a Budget Planner (with accessories!), Daily Planners, Fitness Planners and MORE. Check out their assortment here

I'd love to hear from you if you've tried the Clever Fox Planner. Please share your favorite planner tips below! Stay tuned for a giveaway coming soon....

*Source: Inc.com








Sunday, May 10, 2020

Nail Polish Water Marbling Flower Pots

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Nail polish water marbling flower pots
How's everyone hanging in quarantine? We're doing okay. I'm still working full time, from home, which has it's challenges with two little ones at home with no place to go, however, we are making it work and extremely thankful I still have a job throughout this. I am surprised by how creative we're getting with our time during the day. Our latest craft project is one of my favorites we've ever done. We made little planter pots for all of the special moms in our lives with nail polish. This was SO easy. I'm not naturally crafty but these turned out so fun! Here's how we did it...

What you'll need:
Nail polish - I'd grab 3-4 colors. Nothing fancy, use old polish you may have or buy $1 bottles similar to these
Little terracotta pots (with our without saucers) - I bought these off Amazon and they are the cutest things ever
Small plastic bowl - Find one that you won't want anymore because it will get covered with nail polish

Instructions:

1) Fill your small bowl or Tupperware container half way with water (or deep enough to cover half of the pot). Reminder: this bowl will get ruined, so make sure you're okay with that. 

2) Put a few drops of each nail color in the water at a time. Make sure you drop very close to the water. If it's too high up, the polish will drop right to the bottom of the bowl.

3) Once you are happy with your color combinations, take a toothpick and gently swirl the colors in the water. This will help create a marbling effect.




4) Carefully and slowly dip one end of your pot into the water, gently pull it out, then set it on the parchment paper to dry (the wet side facing up). 


5) After about 10 minutes, or whenever that side is dry, dip the opposite side in, and then set aside to dry. Repeat step 4 with the saucers.

And that's it! You're done. And the nail polish dries so fast so the kids can hand these out fairly quickly. We had big plans to plant flowers or basil in them for grandparents but ran out of time. Below is the aftermath of the bowl. Kind of pretty! I'm saving it for craft storage.



If you've ever done a craft with nail polish please share in the comments. This was hand downs one of the easiest projects we've done and it turned out so well - perfect Spring gift for our friends and all star moms in our lives!

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