Category Archives: planners & calendars

Roundup: Stylish 2016 Planners, Diaries and Agendas

Do you use a paper planner?  While I use a digital task manager to organize my master list of to-do’s, I like to use a paper planner to jot down weekly business notes, and another as a health and wellness diary. There are so many beautiful ones out there that I kinda wish I could find uses for more of them. Below are my favorites:

12 Stylish Planners via Arianna Belle Blog http://blog.ariannabelle.com/2015/12/roundup-stylish-2016-planners-diaries-and-agendas.html

1- Blush Full Grain Desk Diary, 2- Gold Wash Embossed Python Leather Desk, 3- Marble Mini Three-Ring Binder for use with -> 3b- Weekly Planner Sheets, 4- Day Designer Black Stripe, 5- MyAgenda Leopard Day Planner, 6- Black Natural Leather Pocket Book, 7- Sugar Paper Blush Pink Planner, 8- Moleskin Scarlet Red Planner, 9- Toile Blue Planner, 10- DapperDesk Leather Planner, 11- Panama Textured Leather Diary, 12- Sugar Paper Gold Planner

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Stylish, Grown-up School Supplies

Though my school going years are behind me, during this time of year, when “back to school” starts popping up everywhere, I get in the mood to shop for fresh notebooks and new tools. Anyone else?? Below is my round-up of some of the most stylish “school supplies” for grown-ups: Stylish Office Supplies via Arianna Belle Blog

1 – single subject notebook, 2 – white pencils, 3- 17-month black and white striped agenda, 4- zippered gold pencil case, 5- gold scissors, 6- white binder, 7- black and white folder, 8- white calculator

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Round-up: Stylish 2014 Planners, Diaries and Agendas

Do you use a paper planner?  While I use an electronic organizer to manage my daily to-do’s (more on that later!), I like to use a paper planner to jot down workroom weekly notes for my biz, and another one as a health and wellness diary. If you haven’t gotten your 2014 planner yet, check out my round-up below of the most stylish ones out there:

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1- Black Stripe Day Designer, 2- White Gold Metallic Leather Desk Diary, 3- Parisian Chic Weekly Planner, 4- Luggage Robinson Agenda, 5- Classic Kraft Planner, 6- Leopard Desktop momAgenda, 7- Blush Buffalo Diary, 8- Pink Postman’s Lock Pocket Book, 9- Black Perfect Bound Planning Calendar, 10- Gold Mini Three-Ring Binder for use with -> 11- Weekly Planner Sheets, 12- Dove Grey 2014 Fashion Diary, 13- Peach Leather Diary, 14- Red 12M Planner Daily, 15- Silver Gunmetal Tab Jacket for use with -> 2014 Planning Diary

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2013 Calendar Giveaway!

Ahh a new year is just around the corner, full of promise and fresh with opportunity to make things happen!  When it comes to goals for the year, I find it helpful to plan and lay them out in a calendar that allows me to see at a glance what I should be doing when and when certain deadlines are approaching, so I can get my butt into gear and actually accomplish what I aim to. The Neu Year calendar is perfect for that.  I have one in my office, placed vertically on a door that my desk faces.  It’s nice to look up from my computer and be able to quickly see the whole year at once. Since it doesn’t have gaps between the months, it has a good flow, which is great for planning across months easily and clearly seeing the distance between any two dates in a year.

If you haven’t gotten yourself a 2013 wall calendar yet, you’re in luck because we’re giving away Neu Year calendars to a few lucky readers! To enter, just leave a comment at the end of this post.  For extra entries, pin, tweet, facebook, or instagram about the giveaway*, and leave another comment letting me know you’ve done so.   Winners will be chosen at random next Friday and announced shortly thereafter!

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  All entries must be received by 11:59 PST January 3, 2012.
*Tweets, pins, and instagrams about the giveaway for extra entries must include a proper link to be valid.
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Dinner Planning

When we were newlyweds, my husband and I struggled on a constant basis with not knowing what to make for dinner each night. He’d come home from school, I’d come home from work, both mentally tired, and one of us would ask “what should we make?”, to which the other would reply, “I don’t know….ummm….” Finally someone would think of something, and then we’d check to see if we had the ingredients for it and though sometimes we’d luck out, more often than not we’d be missing at least one or two things. We’d then either, scramble up something with what we did have, make a run to the grocery store, or give up and order take out.

Over time we started to get the hang of things. After trying out a few different ways to organize the process we’ve settled upon this current system (outlined below), which has eliminated excess trips to the grocery store, helped us cut down on food spending, and overall has worked really well for us:

  • We sit down together one day during the week (usually Saturday or Sunday morning after breakfast) and decide on what we’d like to eat each night. If we’re having a hard time coming up with ideas, we turn to food websites, blogs, our cookbooks, and/or Pinterest.
  • Using the (free!) Real Simple Dinner Planner (which to take make things convenient, we keep copies of in a transparent pocket adhered to the inside of our pantry door), we write the dishes in the Menu column (furthest left). When deciding on what dinner to slot on what day of the week, we keep in mind which ones rely on more perishable groceries and/or ingredients we already have on hand that need to be used soon.
dry erase board from three by three seattle,  printable dinner planner from real simple
  • Again using the planner, we write down the ingredients we need to buy for each meal in the appropriate columns to the right (Produce, Dairy & Refrigerated, etc).  I love the way the planner is organized because the columns correspond to the aisles of most grocery stores, making it easy to shop down each column.
  • So we don’t forget what we decided upon for what day, we write the dishes on a dry erase board we have in the kitchen, which serves as a menu. We use the Magnetic Glass Dry Erase Weekly Planner from Three By Three Seattle.  We love it because it’s conveniently labeled with the days of the week, it has a handy little shelf for a marker, and it’s magnetic, so we can post up printouts of any recipes we’ll be using.

Hope sharing this was helpful to anyone out there who may also struggle with dinner planning!

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Washi Tape Calendar

Do like Jensie Jean of Take Two They’re Small and use washi tape in different colors and patterns to beautifully mark multi-day events and projects in your planner. A nice alternative to using highlighters, doing this lets you see at a glance what you have coming up and when you’ll be busiest. Great idea, wouldn’t you agree?

BTW, Russell + Hazel binders, like the ones you see above, are currently on sale on One Kings Lane through Saturday! They’re beautiful and can be customized with their SmartDate system.

image credits: 1-russell + hazel, 2-pretty tape, 3- take 2 they’re small
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Martha Stewart for Staples

As soon as I heard about this from my friend Maggie, I got so excited (yes I’m an organizing geek!).  I went this weekend to Staples to check it out in person and I loved what I saw – beautiful boxes, binders, notebooks, desktop accessories, dividers, labels, files:


1- stackable organizers, 2-box, 3-binders, 4- journal, 5-dividers, 6-accordion file, 7- binder accessories, 8- sheet protectors, 9- journal, 10- red bands, 11-kraft labels, 12-file folder labels, 13-color coding labels, 14-kitchen labels, 15- dry erase decal, 16- pocket
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Stylish 2012 Planners

It’s almost a brand new year (can you believe it?) and for many that means a new planner with fresh pages for jotting down plans, goals, to-do’s etc. I’ll be getting a 2012 refill for my pink leather Kate Spade organizer (pricey but one of those purchases I don’t at all regret because I use it everyday and even after a few years it still looks great). If I didn’t have a planner already, I’d be considering one of these stylish picks:
1- laurel denise planner, 2- tudor city large debra, 3- jonathan adler 17 month agenda, 4-bijou soho diary, 5- cavallini leather daily planner, 6- dozie bowtie pocket planner, 7- sarah pinto stripe weekly planner, 8- moleskine assorted month daily planner, 9-russell and hazel mini binder, 10- faux snakeskin vintage daily planner

Do you get a new planner each year, refill one you already own with new pages, or prefer to organize your life digitally?

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To Do Lists

Good morning! A brand new week and a fresh to-do list.

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Are you a lists person? If yes, do you like writing them on paper or typing them on a digital device? I personally like a mix of both. For the day’s to-do’s I like writing things out in my Kate Spade planner {seen above} -it appeals to my tactile sense 🙂 For long term to-do’s I use the To Do List gadget on iGoogle and use multiple lists to separate out tasks by category. I love it’s simplicity and ease of use, and have been using it for a while now. The only con for me is not being able to access it easily from my smartphone.

I’m currently trying out Springpad {which has an accompanying android and iphone app} to see if that might be a better alternative. So far, I like that I can create different notebooks (for separating things into categories: Personal, Business, etc.) and that I can access it from both my computer and through the phone app. What I don’t like though is that I can’t {or at least haven’t figured out how to} sort tasks by high, medium or low priority. Have you tried it? What’s your preferred method of managing your lists?


P.S. for tips on how to write a better to-do list, check out this post which reminds us not to confuse goals with tasks.

image credit: photography by me
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