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I'm Kayla. A 20-something obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time.


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12.28.2016

How to Be More Organized in 2017 + Giveaway

How to Be More Organized


Being more organized seems like a constant goal for me these days, and with the new year right around the corner it seemed appropriate to share my tips and tricks to do so. So whether you're trying to get your finances in order, eat better, or dig yourself out of a mountain of paperwork, Erin Condren products have you covered. It's still my favorite place to go for a browse around, inspiration, and things to get my life in order. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I want my resolutions for 2017 to be, so leave me yours in the comments for inspiration.

Plus I'm giving some of the items I talked about in today's video away to one of you! Enter to win a party planning dashboard, a meal planning dashboard, and the monthly budget book. Giveaway is open internationally to anyone over 18-years-old or with parental consent.

How to Be More Organized

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12.24.2016

Our Wedding | The Details









 

Don't think I forgot about the wedding posts. I've been saving them up, big time. Plus we finally got the final photos so we're good and ready to get deep into the nitty gritty of the wedding. I'm excited. It's like reliving the day over and over again.

The details definitely made the wedding so special. Sure I found that I stressed about them more than anything else before the big day, but they're what really put things over the top. We had so many signs to help guide guests and to include them in the wedding festivities. Finding the signs was a feat in itself and then figuring out what to write on them was an even bigger struggle. Luckily my mom swooped in and had it all under control. My family and my bridesmaids really took a lot of the stress off near the end.

The cake had poppies on it as a nice not-so-subtle wink to Oh, Hello. My garter was Doctor Who themed because that's how Alex and I started talking. I brought the hat my grandpa always used to wear because he was no longer with us. We took a massive group photo during the reception to remember everyone who came. The extra little effort changed everything.

But my absolute favorite detail I didn't even know about until the wedding weekend began. My maid of honor Lauren brought Fox in Sox, in a bow tie no less. Story time. Lauren moved to China for the last two years of high school. It was a big blow to me as we were inseparable before that. So I devised a plan. I got us both Fox in Sox stuffed animals to act as a "replacement" of the other person. So whenever we did anything that we would have normally done together, we took photos with our foxes instead. We have photo albums filled with us on our separate adventures holding our foxes. Fox in Sox saved our friendship throughout those years apart and he made an appearance at my wedding and in Lauren's maid of honor speech. I cried buckets. Sure everyone else didn't have a clue what was going on, but it was that special moment between me and my best friend that sent the entire magical day over the top.


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12.14.2016

Recollections Creative Year 2017 Spiral Planner Review | Vertical Layout

Recollections Creative Year 2017 Spiral Planner Review

Recollections Creative Year 2017 Spiral Planner Review

Recollections Creative Year 2017 Spiral Planner Review

Recollections Creative Year 2017 Spiral Planner Review

Recollections Creative Year 2017 Spiral Planner Review

Erin Condren better look out now that Recollections is creating an almost identical planner for a fraction of the cost. The Recollections Creative Year Spiral Planner just came out a few weeks ago and it's already becoming a fast favorite as a cheaper alternative in the planner community. 

When I say almost identical, I mean it. There are very few elements that aren't just like the Erin Condren Life Planner. The boxes are almost a perfect size match for Erin Condren stickers too. The front cover is interchangeable so you could easily still use your old Erin Condren covers and/or get new ones to switch up your planner throughout the year. Plus the planner comes with tons of planning stickers in the back to use in spreads. The biggest difference between the two is the price. I've seen this planner as cheap as $10. Nearly a fifth of the cost of an Erin Condren.

This launch also makes me incredibly excited for all the extras Recollections will likely come out with. More stickers, accessories, and planner goodies are sure to come flooding into Michael's over the next few months that any planner addict can use. I'm always down for more options.

I almost feel bad for Erin Condren. This planner is really going to eat into her company's sales, but the planner community needed a cheaper alternative to make creative planning more affordable for everyone. This planner will definitely bring about a lot of new planner changes in the next year as the big planner companies work to set themselves apart from each other. I can't wait.


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12.13.2016

Vlogmas | Days 1-10



We're halfway through Vlogmas this year on our vlogging channel and I'm downright loving it. At first I wasn't planning on even doing it, but after we posted the first day I knew we were kicking off a really good series of vlogs. It's even got me considering vlogging daily. Who am I becoming?! So this is the first ten videos from Vlogmas all in a nice, neat little row for your viewing pleasure. 

Be sure to let me know in the comments which one is your favorite. I'm curious to see if my favorite happens to also be yours.











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Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough, Review, and Giveaway

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review


Tools4Wisdom is a new planner brand I discovered this year while working on the epic Which Planner Should You Get in 2017? video. It comes in two different sizes (large size photos are above) and focuses heavily on goal-oriented planning. I noticed right away that this planner is perfect for work. It gives you plenty of space to write in meetings, break down projects, and set monthly work goals. The planner design is incredibly simple and clean, another element that gears it more towards a work planner rather than personal. The price is reasonable and you can even save 30% with ALWAYSB3 online. 

Although I do love a good, colorful planner, Tools4Wisdom takes out any unnecessary fluff you may not want in a work planner. Some of the design elements seem straight from clipart, but it's so simple you can easily rip out elements you don't want and add a personal touch if it seems too plain. The covers are sturdy and the coil appears to be able to hold up throughout the year.

Overall I think this planer would make a great supplement to your planning setup. It'll work great for an office job and is the type of planner you can leave at work and not worry about it until the next day. I wouldn't say it's great for personal, at home planning and definitely does not lend itself to stickers. Yet for someone looking for something quick and simple, this could do the trick.

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

Tools4Wisdom Planner Walkthrough and Review

I'm giving away both a small and large size Tools4Wisdom planner! Entry is the same as it usually is so good luck!




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12.09.2016

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review

2017 Ashley Shelly Aqua Glam Planner Review


Today kicks off a two week long planner review series. I just posted a huge, epic video reviewing tweleve different planners to help you decide which one will work best for you in 2017. First up is the Ashley Shelly Planner

This planner screams student. It's set up perfectly to help guide routines and habits while providing plenty of room for class schedules and to do lists. The weekly spread is perfect to write down homework assignments and upcoming events. The monthly view is lined which makes writing in overview information super simple and easy. 

One of the most interesting features of this planner is the page before each month. It gives you a space to write your ideas, negative things you want to avoid, a monthly bucket list, and ultimately helps you figure out how you want the next month to go. It reminds me a lot of how bullet journals operate without having to make the page yourself. Always nice for us artistically un-inclinded. 

Another awesome feature is the perferated bottom right corner that you can tear off after the week is over. It works as a handy built in bookmark as you use the planner. Plus the planners come with stickers which is always a bonus.

My biggest complaint is the price. At $50 it doesn't seem very price friendly for an audience that it seems perfect for. It's really hard to rationalize spending so much up front for a planner and definitely if you're in school trying to save money. But I'll say this for every expensive planner, if you really break it down it's pennies a day for the entire year to use something that works wonders for your organization. If it's going to make things easier for you in the long run and save you time and money, it's worthwhile.

I'm giving away this lovely planner to one of you! Be sure to enter the giveaway if you think this planner would work well for you or someone you know. 

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12.07.2016

Another Sticker Giveaway

Oh, Hello Stationery Mrs. Claus's Bakery Weekly Kit


I had the great pleasure of teaming up with the lovely Ashley from Paper Pastels for this week's plan with me. I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion and so of course that meant another giveaway. I'm really on a roll lately...


Giveaway is open internationally to anyone 18-years-old or with parental consent. Be sure to check out Ashley's video to see how she used the same kit!
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Life Snapshots




Just a few of my favorite things from the last month or so.



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12.06.2016

Oh, Hello Greeting Card Subscription Giveaway | December 2016

Oh, Hello Greeting Card Subscription


Last month I finally launched the greeting card subscription I've been wanting to create since Oh, Hello started back in 2014. Greeting cards were the first products our business ever created so it's been a blast getting back to our roots and creating things like this. It's only $8 a month or $7 if you sign up for the auto-renew option and all the cards are based around the season or holidays within the month. In honor of the first subscription I wanted to give one away! The giveaway is open internationally for one week so be sure to enter!


We sell these cards individually if there's one you just have to have! 
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Thanks again for your constant support of everything I do online!
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When Life Doesn't Knock You Down, But Tackles a Loved One Instead


It's one thing when life throws you some punches, it's another when they're suddenly directed at someone you love. It definitely causes a feeling of helplessness because you can only do so much. I'm currently in the midst of one of these life changes. I'm adjacent to life doing its twisting thing. No one has died fortunately, but it's an end of an era that didn't seem like it could end, and definitely not like it did. It's strange because I would almost prefer it to be happening to me because then I could actively do something about it. But I've learned over these past few months of watching the struggle how to help, even if they're small.

Find out what they need from you without asking. They have enough on their plate and don't need constant, "if you need anything from me" sentiments sent their way. That always feels like such a half-hearted way to help without having to do anything. Sleuth out the situation and see what kind of help you can be. A shoulder to cry on? A distraction from what's going on? A place to crash? Figure it out and then offer them clear, helpful assistance rather than a blanket statement anyone can give them.

Be there. So simple, so important. Even if there isn't a single thing you can do, just being there for the person is helpful. If they live far away, be more active in their life. Call. Write. Let them know that they aren't alone beyond sending a text.

Help make a plan. Or be a sounding board for them to bounce ideas off of. Ultimately it's their decision on how they get over the hurdle, but you can definitely be there to help them map out what to do next. 

Be a distraction if that's what they need. Take them out, come over for take-out. It goes along with being there, but sometimes they just don't want to think about the problem right away and you can be the one to keep their mind off of it.

Know that this too shall pass and bad days don't last forever. 

Things have already looked up in the situation I'm currently in and we're all getting through the change one day at a time. It's not what any of us wanted, but we're making the best of it. And that's really all you can do in the end anyway.


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12.05.2016

Why You Should Tell People About Your Blog

Why You Should Tell People About Your Blog

For the longest time I was a strong advocate for keeping my online passions a secret. My blog stayed quiet for a good year before it started to slowly leak out into the real world. Now literally everything I do online I talk about, including this new children's Youtube channel I started. Although it's been a bit embarrassing at times when everyone knows about this blog and the content I produce on it, it's been much more rewarding than not. So here's why you should tell people about your blog, YouTube channel, Instagram, etc.

  • It's who you are, and you shouldn't hide something that makes you, you. When people didn't know about my blog it felt like I was hiding myself from them. I didn't feel like I could be anyone's true friend if I was just leaving out this huge part of my life because I was worried about what people might think.
  • It won't be as bad as you think. And if people are jerks, then they shouldn't be in your life if they can't support something you're interested in. When I shared my blog and channel with everyone there was a few jokes from some of the not-so-close guy Facebook friends. But the ones who made those jokes ended up being the ones randomly binge watching my videos and really enjoying my content.
  • It could help you land a job by showing dedication, consistency, writing skills, photography skills, and your ability to pursue something that doesn't have a monetary goal or driving force. I landed my first big job after college by including my blog in my resume. They were looking for someone who could write news articles and blog posts so what better way than to show them that very thing I was already doing?
  • If you tell people, it becomes more real. Before I told people about my online life, I myself didn't take it all too seriously. But when people I knew started looking out for posts and videos, I felt more responsible for the content I was creating. It felt nice to give what I was doing weight.
  • Because you should be proud of what you create and share it for the world! There's nothing like the absolute pointless feeling of writing to an empty room. Sharing your work makes it live and breathe and that's pretty fantastic.


If you're still unsure, take it slowly. You don't have to start sharing everything you do on Facebook, but tell a few close friends and see where that takes you.
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12.01.2016

Christmas Decorating








When we moved into our home back in March I could barely contain my excitement to decorate for Christmas. Now that it's officially appropriate to do so since Christmas in July is only fun in theory, I went a bit crazy. There's still a lot I want to do, but for our first year I'm pretty happy with how festive everything is looking. I hope you enjoy the video and taking a poke around our home!


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