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Planner review- Rose gold 2016-2017 Happy Planner

July 29
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If you’ve been following the Happy Planner community then I am sure you are aware that the new Rose Gold horizontal planner has been hitting stores.  This planner is a limited edition item that will only be available at Hobby Lobby and only for a short run.  I was able to pick one up after stalking my store for a week or so.  😉


I was really excited to get my hands on this planner because I want to try out the Happy Planner take on the horizontal layout.  This is a layout I had been using for years before, but then switched to vertical as it is very poplar for weekly planners such as the regular Happy Planner and Erin Condren planners.


Anyways, continue on for photos, my thoughts on the planner, and what I plan to do with it.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the monthly spreads are so clean.  I have never been a fan of the shaded weekends because not everyone has regular weekends.  I love how clean and sleek the month looks.


The weekly spreads are nice and simple and vary very little from month to month.  Each month does get one color which is seen on the month at the top of the page, the bottom right corner and the month tab.  This is just enough to give something to coordinate with, but not overtake the month.  Again the weekends are white and clean with plenty of space for writing.


Along with other firsts, this is also the first Happy Planner with lined pages.  Because of this I totally feel like I could cram more notes and to dos into this planner than a regular Happy Planner.  I also feel like each day gets more space especially when you notice that the notes area has been moved to below Sunday.


Overall I love this weekly view but will have to use it for a few weeks to get the best feel for it.



I LOVE the  foil accents in this planner.  I am seriously going to have to consider framing some of this.  Isn’t this just perfect?


My plans for this planner?  I am going to try to combine it with my other Happy Planner for combined work/home/blog planning.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Have you purchased this planner?  What do you think? Is it worth it?

Need a punch?  I have this one and love it!
The new Happy Planners are out!  Grab one here!.
Looking for sticker paper?  I buy this one from  Amazon.
I cut my stickers with a Silhouette Cameo electric cutting machine.
On a budget?  Try the Gyro-cut to cut your stickers.
Looking for more?  Check out my archive of free printables.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are free. Enjoy!


Happy Planner box kit (Summer 2016) review

July 18

Hey everyone, I just got my hands on one of the new planner box kits by Me and My Big Ideas, the creators of the Happy Planner.  This summer they released several kits for teachers, students, fitness lovers, and everyone else. The student planner kits are dated, however the rest are undated which means they can be used right away or stored for future use.  Perfect for gifting! These kits are currently available at Michael’s stores and the mambi shop.  They retail for $34.99


The planner I chose is titled “Best Year Ever” and includes monthly and weekly spreads for twelve months.  It also includes stickers for date labels as well as month labels.  An added bonus are decorative and motivational stickers, sticky notes, and magnetic bookmarks.



The monthly layout for this planner is fairly simple, each month has a color and so the weekends in the monthly view and the sections in the weekly view with both carry through this color.  The color of the month can also be found in little embellishments throughout the month as well as the divider.





One of the things I love about this planner is the “Currently page” This is the page at the beginning of the month where you can document current events, favorites, goals, birthdays, and other important notes.  This is a great page to work on as you start to form your month, as well as one to look at at the end of the month to see how you have progressed.




Oh, and this title page is just adorable, isn’t it?

Have you purchased one of these kits?  What do you think of it?  Share below!

Need a punch?  I have this one and love it!
The new Happy Planners are out!  Grab one here!.
Looking for sticker paper?  I buy this one from  Amazon.
I cut my stickers with a Silhouette Cameo electric cutting machine.
On a budget?  Try the Gyro-cut to cut your stickers.
Looking for more?  Check out my archive of free printables.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.  If you purchase an item via a link from the page I will receive a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay for the item. In fact, I research the best prices for my site. All printables are free. Enjoy!


My Review of the Happy Planner Recipe Organizer

September 23

My Review of the Happy Planner Recipe Organizer


So I have finally gotten my hands on the new Recipe Organizer from Me & My Big Ideas.  I love their Happy Planner so I wanted to give this a try too.   I don’t own very many recipe books, and I generally use Pinterest to store recipes found online. I don’t like cooking straight from a blog post as then I have to move my tablet to the kitchen and keep swiping it with messy hands to keep it on.  (Not to mention, many blog posts are so image heavy its hard to find the actual instructions.) Hopefully with this new recipe book I can write down the recipes I like so that I have one place to go for them all without dealing with all that other stuff.

Review of the MAMBI Create 365 Recipe Book

The book comes with 10 of these little shopping lists


The front of the book has the shopping lists and a three page glossary of cooking terms.  The book is then divided into eight sections with tabs for different types of foods.

The tabs are: Family Favorites, Main Dishes, Slow Cooker, Entertaining, Healthy Fare, Quick and Easy, Desserts, and Misc. Personally I am not in love with their choices so I will make new labels for some of the tabs.

I plan to keep- Main Dishes, Desserts, Entertaining and Slow Cooker.  I will switch the others to Breads, Lunches, and sides.  I think I will keep the misc. until I think of something else I want.

Review of the MAMBI Create 365 Recipe Book

Don’t you love this table setting chart? Its perfect just in case.


One thing I love about this book is that, like the Happy Planner, it uses the ARC system for its pages.  This means that I can take pages out and move them around change them as I see fit.

I immediately got started entering my first recipe.  We always make corn muffins using the recipe from the back of an old Quaker Corn Meal canister.  We no longer have that canister or buy that brand but we kept the recipe from the back.  Each time I go to make these I cross my fingers that I still have the little cup out recipe because I am sure that one day it will get lost or accidentally thrown out.  It’s just too little. This was the perfect recipe to transfer over. I pulled out a sheet and got to work.

Review of the MAMBI Create 365 Recipe Book


I love how the pages have prompts on the side so that you don’t forget to write down the oven temperature or cook time.  The prep time and servings information will also be helpful if it’s been years since I’ve made something, or if someone else is using my book. It comes with enough pages to write down 192 recipes, one on each side of the paper which should be way more than enough for me.

Of course, after I got all finished I noticed that the colored top right corner of the page was unusual.  I then looked at the rest of the pages and realized that this color coordinates with the section of the book that the page is from.  Great. So now I have Corn Bread as a main dish.  (Actually, that would be awesome, but no. )

Review of the MAMBI Create 365 Recipe Book

I looked over the rest of the pages and the only other difference I saw between categories was for the Slow-Cooker pages.  They have this nifty little icon which is actually pretty adorable.

Review of the MAMBI Create 365 Recipe Book

So if you purchase this book keep that information in mind, but otherwise the book is completely customizable to meet your needs.  Below you can see this book on top of my Happy Planner to see the size comparison. They are pretty much the same, which makes since being that they share the same $24.99 price point.

hp 8

Overall, I think that I will be getting a lot of use out of this book to record all the dishes that I make from randomly found internet searches as well as recipes that I keep in my head.  Also, this will be a written record if anyone… maybe my husband?  Wants to make one of my dishes.

Interested in purchasing your own?  Currently they are only available on the MAMBI website,but they should be in Hobby Lobby this fall.
Do you have one?  Tell me what you think in the comments!



Picking the Perfect Planner Style

September 17
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Picking your planner style



Daily, weekly,  or monthly?  For many who are new to planing, figuring  out what type of planner to get can be one of the biggest challenges.  Finding out what exactly you need can be difficult and finding out how to best manage your time with a planner can be even more difficult  Today, I want to go over a few common planner types to give you some ideas about what could work for you.  Please keep in mind everyone is different and these are just suggestions from my personal experience.

Daily 1


Daily planners are great for people with busy days full of appointments, tasks, and other needs.  These planners work great for super busy students,  employees, managers, and entrepreneurs.  Moms also like these planners as well.  I love using a daily planner at work. I use the  2015-2016 Day Designer for Blue Sky.  (similar)  Due to the nature of my job, I have many tasks that I may be working on in a given day.  I also have other tasks to plan to work on later and I also must prioritize my day to ensure I get the most important things finished before they are due.  Because of this, I find that this planner is a great option for the “work me.”  Daily planners usually have an appointments column and/or tasks and notes. My daily planner also has a monthly calendar that I use to record staff leave time and events at a glance. The daily appointments area is very popular with people who attend many meetings or have appointments regularly with their job.  Although I don’t have too many meetings, (I am lucky!)  I do have many regularly scheduled programs each week.  I mark these here so I can see when in my day they occur and I also records stats for these programs in this area as well.    Although I love this planner for work,  I feel that it would not suit me for home or personal needs and definitely does not work for all types of jobs.

Here are my favorites:

Day Designer by Whitney English

The Simplified Planner (I LOVE Emily Ley, she is adorable.)

Franklin Covey (a big kickstarter of the planner movement in business)



Weekly planners are most the most common type of personal planner for a very good reason.  They are simple, functional, and give you a view of the entire week.  Weekly planners give you a great view of what you have to do, what you have done, and where you can fit other tasks.  Also, because they are so popular there are many formats to choose from to find what works for you.  Erin Condren planners have popularized the vertical planner layout where you see each day as a column.  Horizontal planners are also popular, giving you a rectangular box for each day.  Also, there are weekly appointment planners that are great for those who have those meetings, appointments and events to schedule.

I use a Happy Planner as my weekly planner to keep track of everything unrelated to my job.  This is where I write my husband’s schedule, menu plans, personal events and appointments, daily to-dos and my blogging schedule.  My planner divides the day into Morning, Afternoon and Evening, but I change that to Life, Tasks, and Blog.  Because I see the entire week at a glance, this planner really helps me plan my week and put my brain at ease.  I also keep shopping lists, and other tasks in it on sticky notes to ensure all important notes are in one place.

When shopping for a weekly planner decide the view that you want, (Vertical or horizontal) as well as if you need the week to start on a certain day. (You would be surprised how annoying a Monday- Sunday week view is for someone who uses a Sunday- Saturday scheduling system at work.)  These planners often come in several sizes depending on your needs.

Here are my favorites:

The Happy Planner by Me and My Big Ideas

Day Designer for Blue Sky

Erin Condren Life Planner (Check out their personalized items!)


Not sure about needing that much information in your planner but you need something?  Try a daily planner.  These are essentially a small calendar to record only a few things per day.  We use a large monthly calendar at make and record everyone’s schedule.  Checkbook sized monthly calendars are a great start and can be found anywhere, even dollar stores.


DIY Daily

Other planner types:

To-dos:  Whitney English recently introduced a to-do planner that has undated pages with to-dos and appointments that you can fill out as needed.  This means you don’t need to dedicate pages to days you don’t need to plan.   Of course, if you just wanted a place for to-do lists you could also pick up a inexpensive journal.

DIY:  Many, myself included, have made their own planners from journals, binders, and old planners.  Want to try a daily planner?   Pick up a Moleskine notebook or journal at target and date your own pages.  Once you figure out what you like you can stick with the notebook or pick up a dated planner in the style of your preference.



Still don’t know what you need?  Try some of these printable planner templates to get a feel for what works best for you.

Emily Ley free printables

Day Designer free printables

(Both of these sites have great planner printables and tons of extras. )




Please note:  These are just a small sampling of popular planners. I know I have skipped filofax and many other popular binder planners.  Still not sure whats best for you?  Leave a comment and see if anybody has any suggestions!



My review of the MAMBI Happy Planner (Create 365)

August 24
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Planners are in right now.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know this.  Planners are a big business and planning is not what it used to be.   Planners are cute, fun, involve stickers, and motivation.  I got back into using a planner two years ago after taking a productivity class through my employer.  After going through a few different DIY and target planners (I refused to spend $50 on a notebook), I ran across the Happy Planner online and fell in love.

So what is the Happy Planner?


Inside the front cover of “My Life” planner

The Happy Planner (HP) is a product by Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) and is under their “Create 365 brand.”  At first glance the Happy Planner reminds most of an Erin Condren Life Planner.  It is a bound  weekly vertical layout with thick pages and a creative use of color.  The planner has monthly tabs and includes a monthly spread at the beginning of each month along with a monthly planning page.  What makes the Happy Planner different than the Erin Condren is that it is bound with an ARC system.  This means that pages can be added or removed by the user at any time.  Because of this the planner is sold “bare bones,” with no additional planning or note pages are we see in other planners.  MAMBI sells many inserts to be used with the planner.  These include home planning, blank pages, graphing paper, sticky notes, inspirational cards, dividers, extra covers and note pad bookmarks.

I own two Happy Planners, “Every day is a Gift” and “My Life.”  MAMBI made five different planner covers and the pages inside also differ slightly.  Both of my planners have the same monthly planning page but others differ as well.

Monthly layout in “Every Day is a Gift”


Weekly spread in "Every Day is a Gift."

Weekly spread in “Every Day is a Gift.”

As you can see, the planner is divided into morning, afternoon and evening.  I found that these sections did not work for me and after some playing I found that I like to use “To Dos,”  “Home,” and “Blog” as my sections.  I use thin washi tape as well as homemade stickers cut with my silhouette to change the sections.  I also made other stickers to help me keep my habits, track reading, and other events unique to me.  More on planner decorating and stickers in another post.

A week in my Happy Planner

I originally intended to use the Happy Planner for work and home use but soon found that the setup did not work for me.  For my job I need daily notes space in my planner and the Happy planner did not offer this.  I do however love using it for home use.

Monthly planning page from both “My Life” and “Every Day is a Gift”

The Happy Planner retails for $24.99 and can be purchased at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and on the MAMBI website.  I purchased mine at Michael’s and was able to use a 40% off coupon making it only $14.99.