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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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9.20.2018

Goals for the Rest of 2018


I feel like I've mentioned this on the blog before, but I'm garbage when it comes to goal setting. Sure I have goals, but I can never seem to put the right benchmarks in place to get them done in a timely fashion. So here's hoping a blog post will keep me accountable to get these things done by the end of 2018.

  1. Sign up for another workout class. I take a HIIT class once a week, but I really need to increase it to two classes a week for my mental sanity (as well as my physical health of course). I'm thinking either a spin class or a yoga class. There are a bunch of places in the Grand Rapids area, but it always takes me a lot of mental pep talks to try something new.
  2. Start work on a planner subscription box. I'd love to launch a planner subscription box in 2019 with all the fixings. I'm talking planners, clothing, home accessories packed into a quarterly released box. Right now it's only just an idea, so I'd love to make some sizable progress on box design and themes by the end of the year.
  3. Check in with friends two more times. When I get busy the letters and text message check ins fall to the wayside. I'd love to check in with my friends and family two more times before the year is up. Luckily Christmas cards can definitely count as one! I still try to do this despite busy schedules to make sure they all know just how important they are to me.
  4. Take some time off. Like legit time off. Not work travel or family visits, but legit do nothing time. I'm even open to a staycation. 
They say you should make your goals doable right?



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9.17.2018

Perfect Gifts for the Cotton Anniversary

Perfect Gifts for the Cotton Anniversary

Alex and I just celebrated our second wedding anniversary and we take gift giving very seriously. We decided last year to stick to the "traditional" anniversary gift themes to keep us creative.When our cotton anniversary approached, we both knew the competition was on.

Let's start with what I got Alex. Of course the best place to go is Etsy when you don't have a creative DIY bone in your body. I knew Alex had a love for cross stitch (seriously how did I find this unicorn of a guy?!) so it seemed like a no-brainer to get a custom portrait of our family at this moment in time. There are a ton of shops to choose from, but I selected this one because the style really fit us and it came in a frame. The owner worked with me over a few weeks to make sure our cats came out just right and everything was perfect. It came from overseas so definitely give yourself a good two months lead time to make sure it arrives.

Perfect Gifts for the Cotton Anniversary

Alex knocked it out of the park with his gift. He found this shop to make us custom dolls. The details are insane on these adorable things. Poppy dress? Check. Bow tie? Check. I love how similar but different our gifts ended up being. What can you expect when you spend nearly every day together?! It got to the point that we had to tell a friend what we were getting the other person just to make sure we weren't doing the same thing.

So if you're in the market for a good cotton anniversary gift or just want to mix things up, definitely check out these shops on Etsy. They made our second anniversary really special.



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