My 2017 Happy Planner Overview/ Weekly Spread/ Planner Clips #planner

Hello there and Happy 2017!!! 

I've been keeping paper planners, compositions book journals and scrapbooks since the early 90s so even though this seems like the newest fad for most people it's something that has been old news to me for a long time. But since the online planner community is growing so large the last couple years I thought it was a good idea to start sharing mine on my blog as well!

My 2017 setup is a Mambi (Me and My Big Ideas) Create 365: The Big Happy Planner in Rainbow Foil. One of my best friends, Meredith, saw the design the day it came out and just knew it would be the one I wanted. Originally I wasn't completely sold on it being a horizontal layout, but eventually I wanted the design more than the layout. I bought the box kit from Michaels using a 50% off one item coupon back in November so I was able to get it for twenty- something dollars. You can also buy Happy Planners on Amazon and Hobby Lobby, as well as other various stores but I find the sales at Michaels and the coupons usually work out to be a better price. If you put the Michael's App on your phone and sign up for a rewards account (both which are free) you will get special coupons all the time such as 50% off any regularly priced item or 20% off your entire purchase, helping you to save tons of money

So back to the planner. Happy planner are disc ring planners so they are not compatible with 3 or 6 hole punch accessories. They are compatible though with the Staples Arc product line. The big happy planner is 11 disks and pages are full size, which is great for what I am using it for this year. In previous years I have kept my journaling and planning seperate, using two smaller A5 or personal sized planners/comp books, but this year with the horizontal layout I decided to combine both into one, so I am using my monthly layouts more for planning and my weekly layouts more for journaling and memories. This is going to mean my planner is a little more crowded but overall I think I will be much happier (and organized) with this double use planner.

So the first thing I did was a little bit of customization adding some cute keychains to the top disc using some ribbon I love. I could not be happier with my little fuzzy ball fox and that is definitely my favorite now! 
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I also have a cute vinyl Tsum Tsum stack and a adorable Hallmark felt Ariel ornament, both that I found at Target. Then I added my name using adorable purple bling glitter alphas. 
I had bought this really awesome set of 48 gel pens earlier in the year so I am excited to use them with it. I also am seriously excited to use tons of my K&CompanySmash accessories. I have some left over from previous Smashbooks, but I also have a ton I was able to pickup during a Birthday shopping haul at Tuesday Morning where they had the supplies from .49 to 2.99. That was amazing! 

Each month starts with a little monthly fill in sheet and I decided to use mine a little different, keeping track of not only what my current interests are, but also both children. I kind of just quickly filled it out but next month I will come up with a better way to arrange it. I also need to put in my fitness goal info so I can track that monthly. I think reorganizing this page so I can use it to keep track of monthly info better will be really helpful using this as my planner and journal together. 

So far before the pen I have a Tsum Tsum theme for January's Monthly Layout and decided to use the left sidebar this month for my shows. I will definitely use it for something else in later months or even possibly cover over it this month, but I haven't decided for what yet and the white space was bothering me. I used packaging from tsum stuff I had bought, official tsum stickers that came with a Tsum stationery pack from Target's $1 spot, and Victoria Thatcher's Tsum Tsum kit

My weekly layout this week uses a combination of CDB Planner Prints New Years 2017 Gold Kit and Victoria Thatcher's Gratitude kit. I love the gold and pink together and thought the start of the new year was a great time to stop and think of all I have and everything to be grateful for. I will journal each day with a little of what I did and what the kids are up to. If we attend an event or something exciting I want to share, I will either add a scrapbook layout page into my planner or I will create a new scrapbook for the year. I haven't decided. 

I also have been busy making planner clips for myself and that I will be listing on my Etsy Shop this week. 

Here's just a few of the adorable K&CompanySmash accessories I have started to use on my planner for this year! How cute are they! I also have a really adorable unicorn slider I will be adding this week! 

So far I like this year's planner and look forward to sharing more about it. Stop back in weekly to see my newest layouts. Follow me on instagram for daily updates @erinjeany and don't forget to subscribe to my blog via RSS or Email to keep up with all my posts! 

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#MusicMonday : OneRepublic - I lived

I thought this was the perfect song to start off the new year. If you haven't heard it, I have included the lyrics below.

I hope you are blessed and take the time to really LIVE in 2017! I hope you do it all!- Erin

Hope when you take that jump
You don't feel the fall
Hope when the water rises
You built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out
It's screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stay
Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
You give it all you have
And I hope that you don't suffer
But take the pain...

Hope when the moment comes
You'll say
I...I did it all
I...I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

Hope that you spend your days
But they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup
Oh, oh
I wish that I could witness
All your joy and all your pain

But until my moment comes
I'll say
I...I did it all
I...I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
With every broken bone
I swear I lived
With every broken bone
I swear I
I...I did it all
I...I did it all

I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
I swear I lived
Oh whoa oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

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Demo and Review: MorphPen 3D Printing Pen #trymorphpen

3D printing pens have become all the rage lately, and with good reason. They are fun, educational and finally are affordable for your average households. I have looked forward to getting one and trying it out so I was thrilled when I was able to play with one of the best starter pens on the market, the MorphPen.

Before you think you have no use for a 3D Printing Pen, think again. They have way more uses than you realize.
  • Build models and prototypes
  • Enhance 2D artwork with color and texture
  • Create jewelry and accessories
  • Make clothing
  • Create plastic parts and accessories for dolls or toys
  • Make magnets
  • Add a real-life dimension to learning
  • Encourage your creativity
  • Help your children look at art in a whole new way

They are just as fun for me as an adult as they are for my 8 year old son. Once the plastic hardens back it makes a super sturdy, durable creation! I didn't expect that! The MorphPen comes in a nice, sturdy, box with a magnetic closure. It's really handy because everything can be packed back up and stored away right in the box it comes in. 

It comes with everything you need to get started:
  • MorphPen
  • Manual
  • Power Supply
  • USB cord
  • Tools
  • Extra Nozzle
  • 5 ABS filaments in red, orange, yellow, green and blue 
The manual is very easy to read and broken down to understand every part of care, maintenance and use of your pen. I recommend fully reading the manual before you even plug in your MorphPen. 

Use is also very easy to understand. It does take a few moments to get it loaded at first, but once you know what you are doing it is a smooth process to load and unload the pen with new filaments. The speed adjustment is very useful for helping you control the pen. The longer you use it the more you will get used to what speed works best for you and your designs. This would make the perfect gift for older children and teenagers on your christmas list. I highly recommend it!

Bonus! After you buy you can get a FREE stencil book with over 50 templates!

Bottom Line: I really like it and give it 4 out of 5 stars. 
Would I recommend it to my family and friends? YES!
Would I buy it myself based on my experiences with this review? YES!

Check it out on MorphPen's Website!

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45 Retailers Closed on Thanksgiving Day #shopping #blackfriday

For the last couple years Thanksgiving Day has become more and more about shopping early and less and less about time with family. Last year stores boasted sales that began earlier than 4pm on Thanksgiving Day, forcing even more shoppers that want to get a good deal to end festivities with their families early and the employees of these locations to give up having any time with family at all. For years working retail I missed Thanksgiving with Elijah and I hate the thought that other people have to miss their children and families just so others can get a good deal on blurays. This year quite many stores have begun saying enough and are closing completely on Thanksgiving Day.

Here are 45 retailers that have announced so far they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day:
A.C. Moore
Academy Sports
American Girl
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blains Farm & Fleet
Christmas Tree Shops
Christopher and Banks
Crate & Barrel
Fred Meyers
Game Stop
Guitar Center
Half Price Books
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Home Goods
Jo-Ann Fabrics & Craft Stores
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom Rack
Office Depot & OfficeMax
P.C.Richard & Son
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour & Flannigan
Sam’s Club
Sierra Trading Post
The Container Store