Tips for the Busy Mom

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I don’t know about you, but I’m nearing my busiest time of the year. Getting ready for a move, the husband starting a new job, homeschooling a fourth grader, working from home, upcoming holidays and events approaching, plus tending to my everyday responsibilities can leave me feeling flustered and overwhelmed. I find that if I do a few key things to keep myself organized and healthy, I’m a much happier busy mom. I know I can’t be alone in this, so I thought I’d share some Tips for the Busy Mom.

Use a Day Planner or Calendar

I can’t live without my day planner. No joke. Everything from bills, work due dates, meal plans, appointments, extracurriculars, homeschool objectives, business meetings, vacations, reminders, etc goes into my planner. It holds me accountable and keeps me on track. I set aside time on Sunday evening to plan out the week. And let’s be honest, there’s no way I could remember it all and I don’t pretend to. My planner goes with me everywhere. 

Use a To Do or Check List

Again with accountability and keeping me focused and on task, a To Do List is essential for me. I make my daily To Do List each morning, or sometimes if I am really on top of my game, the night before. And I have to be honest, checking things off my To Do List is one of my favorite things ever. 

Stay Hydrated

From one coffee lover to another, I get you girl. But remember that it’s important to get in lots of H2O throughout your busy day. Not only is water intake healthy for your body, but it will also keep your energy up and help with lethargy. 

Treat Yourself

I love to snack. Almost as much as I love my child. I often snack during the day while I’m working, schooling, or running errands. So finding healthy snacks options is a must for me. One of my favorite go-to snacks is  Sejoyia Coco-Roons from Walmart. These delicious superfood cookies are organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and made without refined sugar. Plus they are made with a handful of ingredients that you know, can pronounce and provide nutritional value. I literally have zero guilt snacking on these guys and they are delicious, y’all! With both Brownie and Lemon Pie Coco-Roons, you can’t go wrong. Brownie Coco-Roons are made with the finest raw, organic cocoa and has a delicious deep, rich flavor and Lemon Pie is light and refreshing. I keep them in my purse, at my desk, and they go with us on hikes and trips. 

Are you a snacker like me? Then get your Coco-Roons on, girl, and continue to slay your day.

Take advantage of the $0.75 off ibotta offer when you purchase one Sejoyia Coco-Roons (Brownie and Lemon Pie) at Walmart on the gluten free aisle, while supplies last! Also, get an additional $.50 for redeeming the rebate on 3 different shopping trips! 

There you have it… four Tips for the Busy Mom. I hope they help you!

What gets you through your busy day? What’s your favorite healthy snack you treat yourself to?

Recycled Desk Organizer

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Hello Makers! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by? It’s almost back-to-school season! And with that being said, I’m all about prepping and preparing so that we have a smooth sailing school year. I am sure to stock up on all the household essentials as well, that way we aren’t running out to the store on busy school days or nights. The other thing I am sure to do is create an organized space for school work. This year my daughter and I made a Recycled Desk Organizer.

I know that my kid is able to accomplish her school work when she has all the supplies needed. It saves a bunch of time and stress when everything is in an organized place where she can access it all easily, rather than running around trying to find where she last put the scissors or the colored pencils. Everything in it’s place! I promise you it will save you a ton of time and hassle. Want to know the cool part? It’s all made out of recycled materials of things that you already need for your home!

Some of my favorite things to stock up on at Walmart of the school year are:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20+4 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Besides being stocked on all the necessities, the bonus to buying some of these products are that they come with double the Box Tops! Now you can give back double!

Are you ready to make a recycled desk organizer for your kids? Let’s do it! 

You will need an empty Kleenex® box and enough left over rolls of Scott® Tissue or you can cut down left over Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls to fill the box. My Kleenex® box fit 10 rolls. If you decide to use Viva® Vantage® paper towel rolls, you’ll have to cut them in half (or more) to fit. 

First you’ll want to use a utility blade to carefully cut the top of the Kleenex® box off (adults only for this step!). 

Next, decorate the tops of the Scott® Tissue rolls with washi tape and hot glue them into the box so that they are secure.

Then all you have to do is fill up the rolls with school supplies! We filled ours with crayons, markers, pencils, colored pencils, water colors, scissors, and a ruler. 

You can also paint the box and the rolls to create a whole new look! We love this mermaid themed recycled desk organizer. Isn’t it pretty?!

Everything is easily accessible, organized and ready for the new school year!

And with Box Tops on these everyday items, back-to-school shopping is made easier. Even though we homeschool, we have lots of friends who go to public school and will happily take our double Box Tops. 

All these products can be found at your local Walmart, and you’ll be able to give back double purchasing them! It’s a win-win if you ask me! 

How are you getting ready for the back-to-school season? I’d love to know! 

Creative Desk Organization Ideas

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks! It’s a new month and time for a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!

Schools in the south start a little earlier than the rest of the country, so we are going to get a jump start on that and look at some ideas for back to school.

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Today I’m focusing on keeping an organized desk. Let’s face it, no one wants to work on a cluttered desktop. It offers zero appeal to get anything done, whether it’s your desk or child’s. This roundup of tips will help you keep a lot of your supplies up out of the way and keep things tidy.

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Binder Clip Cable Keepers from Wired

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Clear Containers to See Your Supplies from Forever Free by Any Means

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Organize Drawers with Trays from Modish & Main

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Recipe Book Holder for Textbooks, source unknown

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Lazy Susan from The Scrap Shoppe

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Flexible Wall Storage Organization from Bondville

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Quick Desk Organization with Crates from Studio DIY

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Roll-Away Storage Desk from Better Homes & Gardens

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Clipboard Storage from Hawthorne & Main

Keep your desk area more organized with these creative tips and tricks!
Memo Board from Little Glass Jar


These are pretty clever, don’t you think? I wish I had thought of that recipe book holder to use for textbooks back when I was in school!

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Stay tuned every Friday this month for more great back to school tips and tricks!



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Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas with you. I love a good upcycle or repurposed project and I love a pretty, organized craft room. Let’s check out these unique solutions.

Upcycled Furniture

I love taking something ‘old’ and making it new and fresh again. Especially furniture! Just add some elbow grease and lots of love, and you can turn any dingy piece of furniture into a focal point of your room. Here are a few of my favorite furniture transformations that are perfect for the craft room. Some are used for storage and others are used for work spaces. 

Upcycled hutch  to craft storage

Upcycled hutch to craft storage and work space

Upcycled filing cabinet craft storage

Upcycled sewing table to desk

Upcycled Projects for Organization and Decoration

You would be surprised what you can use for organization and decoration. An old baby crib, a vintage crate, tin cans… So many options if you open your creative mind on alternative ways to use ordinary things. Let’s check out some of my favorite up cycled projects for organizing and decorating your craft room.

Upcycled baby crib to craft storage

Repurposed frame to chic pincushion 

Upcycled Crates to craft shelves

Upcycled tray to magnetic board

Upcycled bed spring to craft storage

Repurposed tins to pencil holder

Repurposed frame to thread holder


Such great ideas! Most times that I upcycle or repurpose something, I save money doing so and I love it so much more because of the effort put into it. Do you have any upcycled projects or pieces in your craft room?

Join us next week for more tips on using upcycled ideas in your homes! 


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Cleaning and Organization Printables

Allison from A Glimpse Inside here again and it is the final Must Have Craft Tip and More post of 2016!! Where has this year gone?! 
 The beginning of a new year is a great time to start a new routine and get better organized in all aspects in your life. You can search and easily find any sort of printable to help you organize your life in one way or the other.
Today, I am going to focus on and share with you some awesome cleaning and organizational printables that will help you get 2017 off to the right start.


Cleaning your house is always a daunting task if you don’t stay on top of it. 
I’ve gathered some printables that will help you stay on top of your house, keep you on track, and relieve a little bit of stress in your life. 
I love this little Reusable Cleaning List from Craftaholics Anonymous. It is small and portable and will keep you on track over and over again without having to print out more sheets. 
 If you clean a little bit every day it can keep you on track but just in case you don’t have time to do that, use the weekly schedule to stay on top of your cleaning.

I love that this printable from Freebie Finding Mom and the fact that it gives you tasks to do everyday and also breaks it down by day of the week tasks. It is easy to read and and breaks it down by rooms so you aren’t overwhelmed by tackling multiple spaces at once.

 Get your kids involved by creating a easy to follow chore chart for them to to daily or weekly tasks.
This Chore Chart from Go Grow Go is perfect to get your kids in on the cleaning too.

 So you tend to clean weekly but need help on keeping up with the monthly, quarterly or items you clean annually. These Cleaning Checklists from Homeschoolin’ Mama will do just that for you. 
 Keep all the laundry in check with this Laundry Chart from I Should be Mopping the Floor.
It is also perfect if you have teenagers in your house and you want to start to teach them how to properly wash and dry their own clothes.

So you have all these printables to keep you on track with your cleaning schedule but now you have all these papers making a mess and you need to keep track of. How about creating a Cleaning Binder like this one from Clean and Sensible to keep all those papers in one place?


Want to give your house a good top to bottom cleaning but not sure where to start? Use this 31 Day Cleaning Schedule from Fresh and Organized  to work your way through your house and hit zones you may not think about when doing normal everyday cleaning.

Now that you’ve gotten on a good cleaning schedule, let’s talk about ways to declutter and organize the items left in your home.

Start by decluttering your entire house one room at a time. This printable checklist from While He was Napping for Ask Anna will help you work through your whole house and declutter and clean as you go.

Want to organize your home or life better but just don’t have a lot of time to tackle it all at once? Follow this 52 Week Schedule fro Home Storage Solutions to work at it one week at a time through the whole year.

What if you REALLY want to declutter and get serious about what actually stays in your home?
Be sure to print out this printable checklist from Making Lemonade using the Konmari Method.

And now that your house is decluttered, let’s use labels to stay organized.

If you have young kids, print out these Toy Bin Labels from Teaching Mama to teach your young ones how to properly clean up and stay organized.

Do you create your own cleaning products? Print these Cleaning Labels from The Handmade Home to keep everything properly labeled and uniformed looking.

Get that pantry organized with these beautiful editable Farmhouse Pantry Labels from World Label.

And lastly, keep all those storage bins labeled by using these Printable Labels from In My Own Style. Mark them with what’s inside and you don’t have to rummage through each bin to figure out what’s inside.

One more item that will help organize all aspects of your life and home.

This checklist from Home Storage Solutions has everything from Grocery Shopping Lists, Inventory Lists, Contact Information, and much, much more.

I hope that some of these printables come in handy for you in the New Year! Also, we hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2017 with all new tips!

Your hostesses,


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Free Christmas Gift List Printables

Hello! It’s Bev here for our Must Have Craft Tips post – and we’re working on organization this month! One of the areas I really need to work on in December is gift tracking. I have the hardest time remembering what I’ve given from one year to the next!

If you’re in the same boat – I have some great tips this week for organizing and keeping track of gifts!

1 – Organize who you are buying for. It’s tough to shop and find the right thing if you don’t go in with a list of recipients. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fun of buying, and forget to get something for everyone on your list! Don’t forget to mark off when they are wrapped too!

printable christmas gift list

Christmas Gift List – Going Home to Roost

2 – Make it easy to take your list with you! Finding cute gift lists to fit in your planner is a great way to keep track of what you’ve bought so you don’t repeat gifts, or overbuy either! It’s also a great way to make sure you don’t lose the list! :)

Planner Printable – Minted Strawberry

3 – Don’t forget stocking stuffers! (something I always leave until the last minute!) If you’ve got a handy printable you can check items off as your out shopping and get it finished early.

Stocking Stuffer Printable – Organizing Home Life

4 – Stay on budget! Keeping track of what you’re buying lets you know when you’ve reached the budget for each person.

Holiday Gift Tracker Free Printable

Holiday Gift Tracker from Moritz Fine Designs

5 – Don’t lose those online orders. With all the online shopping we do, it’s sometimes tricky to keep track of what we’ve ordered, and from where! This handy printable gives you a place to keep track of what you’ve ordered and when it’s arriving!

Online order tracker from Pinch A Little Save-A-Lot

6 – Don’t forget about Handmade Gifts! These cute printables keep gift ideas handy and give you a spot for listing supplies you need too!

free printable project list designed by heart heather

Holiday Project Idea List – At Home with Kim Vallee

7 – Find just the right gift! If you’re not sure what to buy, this cute little Gift Wish list is a great way to get ideas! I love that it’s more than just a list of things they want, it’s a great way to get to know their likes and activities, so you can really get creative!

Free Christmas Wish List printable! In addition to things that the kids want, this wish list includes a list of favorites to think about for gift giving. My kids had a blast filling these out and I got lots of great ideas! To download the PDF go to Enjoy!:

Wish List Printable – Stout Stop

8 – Don’t forget to say Thanks! This Christmas Gift Received List is a great way to keep track of who received what, and if you’ve sent out thank you notes! This is especially great if you have big families opening gifts all at once. It can be a little tough to remember who gave what!

Gifts Received List – Pinch A Little Save-A-Lot

I hope these lists help you organize your gift buying and budget! I know they’re going to be a big help to me!

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Christmas Organization Hacks

Hey, friends! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe here kicking off a new month of our Must Have Craft Tips & More series!

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This month we are focusing on the upcoming holidays. And more specifically today, some great Christmas organization hacks and ideas!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
The holidays don’t have to be stressful. There are lots of tips and tricks to make everything from holiday decor to gift buying less overwhelming. I’ve gathered up a few of my favorites to share with you today.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Printable Christmas Planner from Becoming Martha
Planning ahead and keeping track as you go is a great way to stay organized during the holidays. A printable Christmas planner may seem overkill, but can actually be extremely helpful!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Ornament Organization at Smart School House
Who says you need to buy an expensive ornament organizer? I’m loving this idea for gluing plastic cups to cardboard to protect and layer ornaments for storage.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Hot Beverage Organizer from Useful Beautiful Home via Eleven Magnolia Lane
Not only does this hot beverage tower take up less surface space than spread out on a table, but it looks super cute to boot!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
25 Gift Wrap Organization Ideas from The Scrap Shoppe
Keeping your gift wrap items in order can immensely help when it comes time to wrap all of those presents. This collection of 25 gift wrap stations is sure to inspire!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
How to Store Christmas Lights from A Real-Life Housewife
If you’re like me, you are so over messing with Christmas lights be January that you just toss them in a container to deal with for next year. Then next year doesn’t go so well untangling them, right? I really need to try this organization technique! It’s SO simple and doesn’t cost a dime.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Easiest Way to Organize Wreaths from Ask Anna
Wreaths are fun to hang (I won’t even tell you how many I have up at any given time) but storing them can be a bear. I love this idea to hang them on a long hook!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Christmas Dinner Checklist Printable from Kirkland’s
Hosting Christmas dinner this year? Don’t stress over it! This free printable will help you keep organized and probably give you a few pieces of advice you’d never thought to ask about.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Wrap Christmas Tree with a Belt from Grunge Zombie
This. Is. Genius. An old belt is a great way to rein in those faux Christmas tree branches will definitely aid in getting it back into the box… something every tree tries NOT to do once it’s out!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Christmas Photo Checklist from Simple as That
And, finally, if you’re still feeling the holiday burn you can at least keep up with which photos you want to remember to take with this printable photo checklist. You don’t need them all, just mark the ones you want to be sure to get.

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I hope these Christmas organization hacks help to alleviate some holiday stress! Planning well and packing well always make for a better “next year” at Christmas so get a jump start now to make all those future Christmas more relaxing!



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Organization: Pocket Organizers

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips & More! 
We are continuing with more organizational tips this week.
I am here to show you 10 different ways you can use pocket organizers for other than their normal purpose. They can be great additions no matter how small your space is.
I found these organizers in the Dollar Spot at Target.
One is just a small over the door shoe organizer and the other is an accessory holder.
I’ll also show you a few ways to use a hanging closet shoe organizer.Starting with a few ways to use these with items around the house.
Use the accessory organizer to store travel size toiletries for your guest.
Hang it in the bathroom or in the guest room closet for your guest to use just in case they forgot to bring one of the essentials.
You could also pack the organizer when you travel and help organize your toiletries at the hotel.
Have a small bathroom with little storage?
Don’t forget that you can use the back of your door!
Use a pocket shoe organizer and keep all your supplies in one place. Lotions, hair products, hair brushes… just slip them into each pocket and they are all in their place!
They sell much larger organizers than this one to suit all your needs.
Have tiny closets but need somewhere to store your sheets and towels?
Just use a hanging shoe organizer and roll up the towels and slip them into each spot.
This is also perfect to place in a guest room closet if you don’t have another space for towels and sheets.
We’ve had this over the door organizer for many years now.
It can be used to store books…
Or how about those extra toys sitting around?
Get them off the floor and up in the pockets to help tidy up.

And of course, you can place blankets and sheets in them as well, which is the main way we use it in my house.And now onto ways to store your more crafty supplies.

How about using the accessory organizer for all your embroidery supplies?
Place all your thread in the pockets where you can see all the colors and then you can store new thread that needs to be put on a spool.
Place your ink, scissors, needles in a pocket as well for easy reach.
You can even slip some of your upcoming projects into the pockets to store until you get to creating them.
You can use the over the door shoe organizer to store all that fabric you have sitting around.
Just roll them up and slip them into the pockets.
And if you are like me and you like to browse the fabric remnant bins, you will have lots of random rolls of fabric sitting about that is perfect for this.
Are you a knitter?
How about placing your yarn  into each pocket? You can even store your knitting needles in a pocket as well.
OR you can use the hanging shoe organizer for your yarn as well.
Spots are large so you can fit a few in each hole.
You can even fold up whatever project you are working on and slip it into one of the spots until you have time to finish it.

There you have it!
10 ways to use pocket organizer other than their main use.

Do you have pocket organizers?
Do you use them the way they were intended or do you use them in one of these ways?Stay tuned for more tips next week!


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Organization: Labeling

Hello and happy Friday, friends! Thank you for joining us for our first ever Must Have Craft Tips & More series. Each week of this month, my blog friends Michele, Bev, Allison, and myself will be focusing on organization tips. And this week I am zoning in on my favorite way to organize… labeling.

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I am what I like to call, a labeloholic. Yes, it’s a thing. And let me just warn you, that after this post you might become one too. I label things in my daughter’s school/play room. I label things in my craft room. I label things in our closets and pantries and kitchen. I label our foods at parties and barbecues. Why do I label all the things, you ask? Well when I label, it makes things easier to find and easier to put away. And let’s face it, I’m all about making life just a little bit easier.

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There are so many different ways to label. I’ve used iron-on vinyl for canvas crates and it’s worked really well. Now when I say “Clean up your stuffies!” they have an easy to find home that my daughter can locate on her own. You can get the how-to HERE.

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You can label using stickers or adhesive labels and they are super inexpensive. I’ve found them at Michael’s and the Target dollar spot and they work on everything!

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I love using chalkboard tags to label (and I found these cute ones at Michael’s). It makes it easy to erase and label it differently if you need to later on. You can check out all the labeling that went on in my craft room HERE.

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I’ve also labeled using vinyl and transfer paper. It was really easy to design, cut, and apply on glass jars using my Silhouette. I did this in my pantry and in the laundry room. Now I don’t have to hear “Mom, where’s the snacks?!” because I have a bin in the pantry labeled “Snacks” that I refill each week. Talk about a mom win!

football party food

The last tip this labeloholic is going to give you is to label that food at your parties. Yes, you can organize your party platters and foods too! This helps with food allergies and preferences and you won’t have to answer the “what is this?!” question 1,000 times when guests are trying your delicious homemade tapenade.

organization labeling

So, do y’all label to better organize yourself? What kinds of ways do you label?

I hope you’ve found this week’s Must Have Craft Tips & More helpful! Next week we will continue bringing you more tips on organization. Feel free to leave a comment letting us know any other areas you might need some helpful tips! We’d love to add it to our calendar.


We will see you next week! Have a great weekend…. go get that labeling on!


DIY Planner Cover

Hello friends! I’m stopping by today to share my adorable DIY Planner Cover with you!

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If you know me at all then you know I am a planner and a list writer. Multiple lists, multiple calendars. It’s my thing. I have a planner that is just for homeschool (which I adore and you can find it for sale via @homeeducator on Instagram), our family wall calendar (it’s dry erase), my iphone calendar, and then my daily (paper) calendar. I am SUPER picky about planners. SUPER. I’ve only found one daily planner that I truly truly love (same goes with my homeschool planner) but the designer (my cute friend Emmy) stopped making them to focus her time elsewhere. You can imagine how excited I was to find out that @itsjustemmy was planning on selling her planners again!! Insert: happy dance. As soon as it arrived, I broke out my paper crafting supplies and started decorating my planner cover. You can find a great tutorial on Emmy’s blog HERE. Super easy!

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I went through my paper stash and got to work. I traced the cover on a piece of floral scrapbook paper and cut it out carefully. Then I cut a 2 inch strip out of pink glitter paper to overlay. I used double sided photo tape to adhere everything. Then I busted out the fun stickers…

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I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to start filling it in. I even started adding stickers and things to the inside…

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I love that I can personalize my own cover… or that it’s cute enough to just leave black and white! 

Head on over to Emmy’s shop to get your planner… once they are gone, they are GONE! 

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This is NOT a sponsored post. I just really love this planner and my awesome friend Emmy. I only share products and shops that I love and that I think my readers will love too.