Things That Made Me Smile In June

I discovered some fabulous new things last month and indulged in some of my favourite pastimes.

Every month should be like that!

Rosehip Moisturiser

There is nothing like a 50% off deal to tempt me to try new beauty or skincare products.

This is my favourite new day cream. It smells divine, absorbs beautifully and is just the right consistency for my quite oily skin that still needs hydration. Even at full price it is a bargain and will become a permanent resident in my bathroom.

 Roll on glue to make stickers for Happy Planner

Every June long weekend, the Papercraft show rolls in to town and for stationary and craft addicts like me, it is a day in heaven.

So many products and goodies all under one roof, that you just don’t get to see otherwise.

I must have been living under a big rock, but I did not know roll on glue existed.

Yep, this jazzy contraption works just like a white out roller, but delivers glue instead. Just one of my discoveries.

Double bonus day was had at the Exhibition Centre, I had no idea the Lifeline Bookfest was also on in the room next door.

Scored some great book bargains at the same time.

gab_book

This fabulous book was not scored at the Bookfest, but was delivered by my mailman.

108 awesome tools for changing your mindset, just love it and it is a permanent fixture on my bedside table.

Nothing changes unless you change.

A good dose of Gabbie always makes you feel better.

Create 365 Happy Planner Australia

New financial year, new planner, new way to craft thanks to an amazing random act of kindness that l was the lucky recipient of.

This special delivery from the USA truly makes my heart sing and lets me craft and plan at the same time.

Lunch and bubbles in Noosa

I would choose a wet and grey weekend to go up the coast and visit my parents.

Thankfully the sun managed to show itself for a couple of hours and we got to enjoy a lovely lunch and a glass of bubbles.

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What was the highlight of your month?

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Happy Planning My Way To Increased Productivity!

Using a diary or planner to make lists and remember important things is nothing new.

Whilst many people have embraced modern technology to keep track of everything and have gone paperless, a few months ago I discovered a whole new world of planning like nothing I had seen before.

There are groups on Facebook (that I have joined) for people totally addicted to creating gorgeous planner pages that are inspiring yet practical at the same time.

I have been quietly watching from the sidelines as the planner world went into frenzy mode following the anticipation of Erin Condren’s release of her new planners and the subsequent waiting and then delivery of these highly sought after items.

I love pretty things, I love crafting and I love organisation and really wanted to jump on the bandwagon.

Unfortunately these planner come at a price and if you live ‘down under’ a really big price.

rose gold life planner from erin condren 2015

Erin Condren.com has this and many more planners available.

With the Australian dollar tracking in the low 70’s plus delivery costs to Australia, you need to invest about $130.00 to get the rose gold edition.

That is a lot of money for some printed paper and a rose gold tone covered coil.

In the mean time I also found another alternative that you can buy in Australia for a much more respectable figure of just under $50.00.

Every year I buy a traditional diary and religiously enter in everything I need to do for about 1 week and then I slack off. It’s boring!

I decided I wanted a planner to decorate and use as an incentive to make better use of my time.

It is not hard for me to relax for a few minutes a few hours by scrolling through social media every day.

My goals and dreams are not going to become a reality if all I do is think about them.

I need to take action and use my hours at home after work to be more productive and procrastinate a lot less.

AND then something awesome happened…..

On all these group pages that I follow there are lots of RAK (Random Acts of Kindness).

I saw a post from a lady in the USA who offered a Create 365 Happy Planner as a ROK and to be eligible to win in you had to live outside the USA or Canada as she understood our despair at the prohibitive costs for us.

Well….I was the lucky winner!

Create 365 Happy Planner Australia

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It took a couple of weeks to get here, but this baby is now mine!

To say I am excited is an understatement.

This planner runs from July but she even sent me some blank date inserts so that I could start using it straight away.

Decorating my Happy Planner

This is my first attempt at decorating a week layout and adding in the things I have to do.

Stickers, washi tape and goodness knows what else will fill my week with prettiness.

My new plan of attack starting from today is that I MUST complete my To-Do’s before I spend time on social media or relaxing in any shape or form, so that when I do I don’t have to feel guilty about it.

Being a single mum l do have very full days with work and running the household. As I experiment with this style of planning I will break up my week into practical chunks and get shizz done!

Wish me luck!!!

Do plan or just go with the flow?

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