January 18, 2014

Plum Paper Family Planner Review

My main "resolution" for 2014 is organization. I have a confession....I am a 31 year old whose life is completely disorganized. In shambles! I write things on post-its and then end up throwing them away and can't remember what I was supposed to do. I use my phone calendar, but that hasn't backed up a few times and left me feeling completely helpless.

I knew that this year would be filled with boys getting busier social lives and I would have TONS of Dr. visits (Thanks a lot Ulcerative Colitis!) so getting my life in order is one of my top priorities. I did quite a bit of research when it came to which planner to buy. I fell in LOVE with this one...
I found the Plum Paper Family Planner on ETSY ($35). Isn't it adorable. Everyone of their cover options are absolutely beautiful. If you see something you like but not a fan of the colors, have no fear, she can change them to what you are looking for. (I added the picture to the cover for $1.00)
It has laminated tabs for the months, a two-page spread for each month and a two-page spread for every week. It also had the cutest little pockets in the back. I paid an extra $2.00 to have 20 note pages added to the back of the book. I feel like I will use this this year for grocery lists, taking notes at the Dr., writing notes when I talk to nurses....
I loved how I could customize my week pages. Plum Paper offers the option to customize with 7 different sections. I only used 5: one for each member of our family and one for our meal plan. I will probably use one of the blank sections for miscellaneous/Pete our dog and one for planning my work-outs (that is resolution #2...get in shape girl!).
I also bought some super fun pens because, well, I love buying office supplies! I mean, you kinda have to have new pens when you get a new planner. Right? I got the Paper Mate Flair pens...I got this 5 pack of pens from Target for $4.99.
This fun little adhesive pen holder came from Office Max. I believe it was $2.00. I won't keep a pen in at all times, only when I am heading to an appointment and know I will need one. Yay for accessories!

So there you have it. I am absolutely in love with this beautiful planner. Here's to better organization in 2014!

January 1, 2014

2013-A Year in Review

2013 has come and gone. It was a year filled with ups and downs. Here is a look back at what our family has been up to in 2013. 

January:
Jason got some time to practice on his smoker that he got for Christmas. What's not to love about his smoker...smoked meat and I didn't have to cook that night! Win, win!

February:
 We celebrated Valentine's Day. The boys got treats from Mommy and Daddy at school. 

March:
Had my first colonoscopy, which meant I had my first colonoscopy prep. Gag! The results were not the best...moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. It has been a roller coaster of a year with new meds, diets, and overall terrible health.
 We also celebrated Easter with our annual Easter egg hunt for money. I was the big winner this year!

April:
We went on a girl's (and little boys...) trip to NW Arkansas to cheer my sister on in her marathon. We had a great time shopping, eating, and being together.
 Jackson stated playing tee-ball this month. He really loves playing any and all sports. 

May:
 Jackson graduated from Kindergarten. I can't believe that his first year of school is done. 

June:
 We spent some time swimming with family. The boys LOVE swimming. I think they are part fish.
 Jackson went to his first over-night camp. I was able to chaperone with the girls and it was perfect. I was there if he needed me but it was enough distance to feel like he was independent.

July:
 We participated in our 3rd year at the Bartlett Fishing Rodeo...
 ...celebrated 4th of July...
 ...and Jackson's 6th birthday. We had a Duck Dynasty party at Pump It Up. 

August:
 Jackson started 1st grade. Oh my goodness, first grade! How is that possible. 
Both boys were in a Small Fry Tri. This was the first time Hudson got to do a race and he did a great job. They ran a 100 meter dash, rode their bikes and scooters and then ran through a huge sprinkler for the swim portion. They both got medals which was awesome in their book!

September:
 Captain America helped me with the housework. 
 And I turned 31. We celebrated in the best way possible..a bon fire with hot dogs and smores. Yum!

October:
We had to say "goodbye" to one of the best men, my Grandfather, Gaga. He was amazing and I miss him like crazy everyday. It was the hardest thing we went through this year.
 We celebrated Halloween at church with friends. Jackson was a Red Power Ranger and Hudson was Captain America.

November:
 Jackson got to be the star of the week. 
 And Hudson turned 4! 4, seriously. How is this kiddo 4? We had a fun Elf birthday party at our house.

December:
 We had the best Christmas ever. We enjoyed being with friends, family, and each other.
Happy New Year from the Haynes family. We can't wait to see what 2014 brings our way.