Wednesday, January 8, 2020


I've always been a planner girl.  If I were to describe myself, organized always comes to mind.  I love to make lists.  I love to plan ahead.  When things aren't planned out, I usually have a tough time with it but through the years, I've learned to go with it.  It's impossible to have every single thing in life planned.

I have used a paper planner for years.  I can't even remember how long it's been, probably since high school?  I don't know, a long time though.  I cannot cross over to the electronic days of calendars and planning.  I will and always love a paper planner.
For 2020, I've decided to use the Happy Planner yet again.  This is my third year using this brand of a planner, and I absolutely love it!  What I love about it exactly is, the plastic rings that hold it together.  I'm the type of person that carries my planner with me just about every single day in my work bag so it's important that the rings that hold it together stay in tact.  I've had multiple planners that fall apart within months.  This one holds up the entire year long!
When you open the planner, this is the first page you see.  I hand wrote my name in the "belongs to" section.  I love the colorful vibe of this planner!

Before each monthly view, it has a notes section, a place to write birthdays, and anything else important to remember.  For 2020, my goal is to send my family birthday cards!  Some years I'm really good at it, and other years I'm not.  I'm hoping this year will be a good one!  I love sending cards!
 Each monthly tab has a different color.
The monthly spread!  This is where I write down things that are due, etc., which I have blurred out since it's our personal things.  On the bottom left hand corner, I try to use a key for the family.  Each of us has our own color that I write things down in on the weekly spread.
The first page of every month has a bright and colorful saying, which I love!
Here is what the weekly spread looks like.  For years I write down everything, I always have my planner open and with me 80% of the time.  The stickers at the bottom of each day are H2O stickers, which has big circles to fill in each day to help me remember to drink massive water.
At the end of the planner is a big notes section with quite a few blank pages.  I'll use this to jot down anything that takes up more room than the weekly spread.  Last year, I used this section to write down things to put in the new planner for 2020.  Things like Disney On Ice, or the Harvest Home Parade, things like that to remember.
The back of the binder, love all the colors so bright and cheery!
Another thing I love about this planner, is the binder rings.  They are plastic and hold up all year long.  I use this thing daily, and shuffle it around in my work bag, and at home, so it gets tossed around for an entire year and it holds everything into place.
I started using these envelope inserts which are so awesome.  Another thing that is so great about this planner is you can insert anything you'd like any time of the year.  Taking things in and out of this is super easy, you can also make your own inserts.  Look at my Pinterest planner page to look at some of the pins about making your own inserts for the Happy Planner.

The first envelope is for "Bills" as you can see from the purple tab on top.  I keep anything bill related in this folder.

The second envelope is for "Blog" which is where I keep my content calendar, and blog ideas in.
The third envelope is for "Grocery" which is where I keep a grocery list, recipes, etc.
The tabs are from Staples and they just adhere right onto the envelope.  Super easy and easily removable if want to use them on a different insert, etc.
Along with the planner, I always carry this case to hold all of my pens and markers in.  I couldn't find the exact one I purchased, but this link Pencil Case is the exact same but different color.  The case is small enough to fit in my bag, and I can use the markers at any time of the day to update or change things in the planner.
The Happy Planners are my most favorite to use, three years in a row now!  They are super affordable, durable, and have so many designs to choose from.  Plus, the accessories are outrageous!  So many extra things you can get such as stickers, inserts, binder case, pencil case, there are so many it's hard to name them all.

If you get the Happy Planner, I hope you end up loving it as much as I do!  Planner girl for life!

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