Friday, March 17, 2017

Love is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow


“Love is the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is not found only at the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arched across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, and neighbors! Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue.”

Monday, February 27, 2017

Home is a special kind of feeling

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In today’s world,  
nowhere is that bedrock foundation of love needed more than in the home. And nowhere should the world find a better example of that foundation than in the homes of Latter-day Saints who have made love the heart of their family life.


To those of us who profess to be disciples of the Savior Jesus Christ, He gave this far-reaching instruction:

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”


 If we would keep the commandment to love one another, we must treat each other with compassion and respect, showing our love in day-to-day interactions. 
Love offers a kind word, a patient response, a selfless act, an understanding ear, a forgiving heart
In all our associations, these and other such acts help make evident the love in our hearts.

 Love is the very essence of the gospel, the noblest attribute of the human soul. 
Love is the remedy for ailing families, ill communities, and sick nations. Love is a smile, a wave, a kind comment, and a compliment. Love is sacrifice, service, and selflessness.

Thomas S. Monson

What will you do this week to increase the feelings of love, understanding and acceptance in your home?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Love one Another

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway. I can't talk about things I love without mentioning my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the epitome of love and one of the words I would use to describe Him is welcoming. His arms are always extended and ready to receive us. I love to keep that image of His arms extended toward me in my mind and heart at all times. I know He loves us and He wants us to be happy. He has told us that one of the best formulas for happiness is by loving others and serving them. He feels our love for Him when we serve and love others, especially our families and neighbors.

What word would you use to describe our Savior?

Leave a comment below and tell us for an entry in the giveaway today.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Paper Planning

All you need to do to enter the giveaway for today is to post a picture of your planner or a page in your planner, blank or filled out to share.  You can post it in the comments here or on your own social media pages.  Make sure to use the hashtag #mmpthingsilove and tag me @mormonmomplanner on Instagram or Facebook or @MorMomplanner on twitter.  Please tag me on Pinterest as well if you post there.  You also need to tag 3 friends on your post.  You get an entry for each social media forum you use. 

It's no doubt that one of the things I love to do is plan.  I've always been a planner and an organizer.  I love to see things turn into something beautiful, including goals.   Planning to me is taking my thoughts seriously and implementing them into actions and accomplishments.  If I don't take the time to record and write my impressions and plans down, it means I never really took them serious in the first place.  One of my major goals this year is to just follow my planner.  Haha.  I know that seems weird, but I take the time to write my goals and action plans down, so how foolish would I be to not follow those personal and thoughtout plans inspired just for me or my family?  When I follow my planner and do the things I committed to do, I feel a lot less stressed and like I can do those small things each day to accomplish my intentions and fulfill my purpose.  When I fly by the seat and disregard those plans, I feel like a feather in the wind and I have little direction and productivity.  I'm certainly not rigid at all about this and allow a lot of room for spontaneity and flexibility with kids, sicknesses, last minute things. For instance, I planned all of January  out with all of these amazing ideas and thoughts I had for home and for business, only to be sick for most of the month with ear infections, strep throat, etc. but it was nice to come back to work and life and have the plan down and all I needed was to adjust a few things and move a few things around and I was back on track again so, I do feel like it's important to stick to the plans and goals as much as possible, especially when they were made through prayer and inspiration.  There's nothing like a fresh start and I don't just use January every year for that.  We can start at anytime and make tweaks, adjustment, new goals, step it up moments and reset our life whenever we choose.  We can reach our potentials one little goal and step at a time.  I'm sure grateful for pen and paper to help me remember those little and big things along the way.

Here are some mock-up spreads I did awhile ago but thought they might be useful again to see different ways you can plan.









How has paper planning helped you?


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Favorite Quote

I love quotes and scriptures and since we're focusing on the things I love this week, I thought I would share with you my favorite saying to remember.  I tried and tried to find where I originally heard it, but I couldn't find it.  I seemed to remember I heard it from James E. Faust, but I searched and couldn't find it, but the scripture reference is Revelations 3:11

I love this thought because it is true.  Jesus Christ overcame everything and conquered the devil forever and all we need to do is stay focused on our loving Savior and keep His commandments and we've got it!  When we mess up EVERYDAY, all we have to do is say sorry and commit to do better.  Really, That's it!  And if we do that, and fill ourselves with His love,  we will receive ALL that our Father in Heaven has!  How amazing.  How spectacular and joyful.  This is our goal, this is our Father's goal to bring to pass OUR immortality and eternal life.  Think of it, GLORY and CROWNS.  I can hardly imagine, but I know it's real.  God is real, the devil is real.  Good and evil does exist.  The devil hates us and wants us to fail, but we can't let him take away our glory and crown.  We can do this.  We can overcome the world just as our Savior has.  He has shown us the way and it is only by and through Him.  How blessed are we!

 

To be entered into the huge giveaway today.  All you have to do is make sure  that you're following all of these accounts if you aren't already:


AND, if you are already following them,  then you just need to post your favorite quote or scripture and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #mmpthingsilove  AND please tag me by using @mormonmomplanner  on FB and Instagram and @MorMomplanner on Twitter .   ALSO, please tag a few of your friends that might enjoy your quote or scripture you're sharing.  Make sure your account isn't marked private for today only so I can see your post and enter you in the giveaway.  Let me know in the comments when you're done. 

That's it!  Let's spread some awesomeness today on the internet! 

If you still need to get organized for 2017 you can pick up a planner for just $29.99 (that's 15% off) and you get FREE shipping.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things I love Giveaway

I'm so excited for this awesome giveaway sharing a few things that I love with one of you!  You are simply the best customers and I feel so blessed to get to share part of my life with you.

Ok, so let's go over all of the prizes a little bit.


First of all, I LOVE bags.  I'm sort of a hoarder of bags, but this is by far my favorite.  I can fit so much into this bag.  My planner, my laptop, my camera, all of my other little bags full of doo dads.  I love all of the little compartments and that I can adjust it to fit my needs.  This is also the bag I take when I travel anywhere because it's quite thin even when packed to the brim,  and it sits so well under my feet on the plane or in the car.  This bag is the missy mint bag from jototes.com



I LOVE blankets, cute candles and good books.  This blanket is a sweater blanket by Threshold and it is SO cozy and King size too.  It is from Target.com and the candle is from Hobby Lobby and my favorite books are Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.  Love Pride and Prejudice, well and all of Jane Austen's books too, but my husband refrained me from giving away the whole set......this time.  But, I'm sure it will be another future giveaway.  ;)  The covers are so cute too which makes it an extra bonus.


I LOVE stickers as you all know.  I try really hard not to hoard them, but I'm not going to lie.  I have plenty and to spare.  I love to use them up and they are just what is needed sometimes to spice things up in my planner or birthday card, etc.  I've hooked this giveaway up with some of my favorite stickers to use in my planner because they are word art and inspirational phrases to help keep my motivated.  They are mostly the stickabilities brand from Paper Studio that you find at Hobby Lobby.  Here they are:


   
Wahoo!  Here are some more close up shots:





I also love cute note cards and scrapbook papers I can attach to my planner or use in scrapping.  I love writing quotes on these cards and using a stapler or washi tape to attach them to anything I want when I'm journal-ing  or planning.   I love all of the Snap brand journal-ing cards and they come with adorable embellishments which I love to use as well.



 And of course, I love pens & accessories like these:


That pen at the bottom is one my dad made, and it is beautiful and they write so nice too.  The bag and 3 of the washi's are from The Planner Society, and I LOVE her creations, they are definitely some of my favorite.

I LOVE office supplies.  Here are some of my favorite:


How cute is that glue gun?  


I love on the go, convenient things and when they're cute, it's a bonus.  I picked up a water bottle for shakes, infuse water and one for hot drinks along with some re-usable ice mini ice packs to help keep things cool while you're out and about running errands or partying on the town with your kids.  Everything you see in the picture is from Target.  I love water bottles and treats ready to share with my kids when they're getting a little cranky.  This is the perfect set to take with you in the car or to the park.


Okay, last but not least.  I love bags.  Oh wait, did I already say that?  Well, I do.  And I love a cute back to store all of the essentials I need while I'm out and about.  Kind of like these:


I don't know why the water bottle was in this picture again, but it is what it is.  Okay, so there are more cute little smaller bags to keep things organized by category.  I personally have that same get it together pouch and I love to use it for my doo-dads like extra tape, tacky, pens, cards, paper clips, rubber bands, safety pins, mini stapler, etc..  That has come in so handy for me while setting up things for Young Women's activity or kid's projects.  
Some other things you see in the picture:
Cute compact umbrella
Cute reciept holder
Notepads
Cell phone Portable charger (isn't that so cute?!)
Cell Phone charger is gold
Card Case for all of those extra cards you don't want in your wallet
5 little bags, 2 see through for extra storage.



And Here is a picture of everything together.  WOWEE!


I am trying to grow some of my social media accounts as some of them are brand new and I would really love your help in spreading the word and sharing these accounts with your friends.  So, all you have to do to get an entry today is make sure you like all of these social media accounts and tag your favorite one on any of your social media accounts.  You'll get an entry for every tag you share and you'll get an entry just for liking them too.  

 In the top right hand corner of this blog, you can enter your email to subscribe to our blog and get updates when I post.  You get one entry in the giveaway by submitting your email.





 If you're not already following us on Facebook,
Click on the link and go ahead and like our page and you'll get another entry to this giveaway!



 Instagram is such a fun way to share photos and we have a fun feed you can follow to get inspiration or ideas for the day.  Follow us on Instagram for another entry.


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And here is our Twitter that is brand spank'n new.  Here we'll be posting links to our favorite quotes, scriptures, talks, and so much more.



 
Our You Tube channel is also very new and we are excited to be posting more videos and tutorials on this channel that have to do with planning and so much more.  For an entry, you just need to subscribe to the channel.  

Whew!  So there you have it.  Lots of chances to enter today's portion of the giveaway.  We'll be randomly choosing a winner tonight that will go on to the final drawing.  (We will choose a winner from each day that will be in the final drawing.  Wahoo.  

Please leave a comment if you have any questions and 





If you still need to get organized for 2017 you can pick up a planner for just $29.99 (that's 15% off) and you get FREE shipping.










Monday, January 23, 2017

Staying Ahead of the Game: How to Use Your Planner to Keep Up on Schoolwork

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As a mom, do you ever wonder if there’s a simple way to keep on top of your crazy schedule? Thankfully, there is.
When so many people are turning to technology to keep track of their schedules, the moms who know best are using paper planners. Here’s why.

More Than Just a Planner

As long as there are schedules to maintain and homework to keep track of, daily planners will never go out of style. The benefit of a pen-and-paper style planner is you can shove school papers and fliers into pockets and within the pages of the planner to keep everything in one place, while still offering space to quickly jot a note or write down an idea. As a busy mom, you know that a basic planner can get the job done, but is just getting the job done really enough?
You need so much more than just a place to write down the times and dates of appointments, you need something that can act as a schedule maintainer, a homework organizer, a physical reminder of tests and school projects, a meal planner, a shopping list, and a place to keep track of your personal goals and individual needs.

For the Moms-on-the-Go

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Consider the Mom-on-the-Go Planner, complete with space for tracking individual kids activities, a chore chart, budgeting, and setting family goals to make sure no school project or school volunteer assignment is forgotten. This planner has everything you need to help with getting organized for school, but also enough space to organize your life.
For the Mormon Mom

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With a religious flare perfect for the busy Mormon mom who’s looking for help keeping track of visiting teaching and FHE in addition to school organization ideas, the Mormon Mom Planner has it all. When you spend as much time with your planner as you do, it’s important to find something you love and can connect with—you know as well as we do that if you don’t love it, you won’t use it.

One-Stop-Shop

Sure, your phone can help you keep track of what time you need to be somewhere, but can you really jot down your thoughts and keep track of what’s most important on that tiny screen? A pen-and-paper daily planner gives you the space you need to keep track of the essential things in life, but also to feel a sense of gratification when you check items off of your list. Your planner acts as a bit of a journal, documenting everything you did over the year, acting as a record to prove that you can do hard things.

School Organization Tips & More

Why rely on unreliable technology to keep track of what’s most important to you? With a handwritten daily planner, at year’s end, you’re left with a record of all of your accomplishments for that year. No one can put a price on that.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Planner Review

Ok, this is my second post on this because my other very long post that I had scheduled to publish at 10 a.m. somehow DISAPPEARED!  WHAT?  That doesn't happen in 2016?  It was good too dang it!  I felt like I was in 7th grade again when you didn't save your 10 page report and you lost everything.  I just don't understand.  Not a good feeling and it's taking every ounce of whatever speck of focus,  determination and energy in my very ADD brain that  I have left on this New Year's Eve to get this done because I promised you and I love you!

Oh my, has it really been a full year?  That went by crazy fast!  I'm excited to be sharing with you AGAIN some of the ways I utilized my planner in 2016.  The last time I showed so many pictures of my personal planner was in 2013 which is crazy.  I show little glimpses here and there on Facebook and Instagram but in this post, you'll get an up close and personal glimpse in to how I use my planner and how my brain works. Scary, I know.  I love this planner because it is SO easy to customize it to use as you would like.  So many boxes that help guide you, but you don't necessarily have to use them as they're labeled.  A simple scrap paper or washi tape would do the trick to re-purpose whichever section you want to change.

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Here's a little video that gives a little overview. 

I have the Mothers who Know, aka Mormon mom Planner version but these pictures still apply to all of the different versions of the planner, especially the Mom on the Go planner, which is our non-denominational planner (the only difference is it doesn't have all the LDS stuff)

Here it is, in all it's bulky-used up glory.


I love attaching cute little cards and handouts directly into the coil, or via washi tape.  (Tutorial on how to do that coming soon)
Use stickers whenever you can sum up what you want to focus on.  There are so many awesome stickers out there.  I love using blank stickers with different shapes and writing on them.  I also like using stamp shapes to frame in a focus word or sentence.
The relationship page is one of my favorites.  It's the first thing you see every month and it keeps the people that matter most to me at the forefront of my mind.  Sometimes, I just put a quote that helps me remember to strengthen my relationships with others, and sometimes, I write out some thoughts that have popped into my mind of things I want to improve on or start doing. 

I love keeping a distractions lists. I have quite a few throughout my planner.  I have ADD and get distracted like the dogs do in the movie UP.  "SQUIRREL".  That's me!  I have so many interests and desires that I have to tame them.  When I'm working on a project I need to get done and I really need to focus, keeping this list has helped.  When a distraction  pops into my head, I write it down on the list and promise myself that I can return to it later if I still want to.  This has been so helpful.


I have a little bit of everything in this planner.  From church quotes and study, to meetings and agenda plans, school schedules, calendaring, work plans and ideas, short lists of gratitude, my testimony, places we've visited and gone on vacation, who I'm praying for.  You name it, it's in here.  I'm the kind of person that needs one space to rule them all.  Haha.  Though I do have a separate work specific binder and a scripture notebook, this planner is where the main factory resides.



Don't worry about perfection when you're writing in and decorating your planner.  I like to decorate and make things cute, but I also like to scribble and make it real.  I don't worry too much about  messing up my writing, or getting sticky baby finger smudges on my pages.  It adds character and every time I look at that little sucker smudge from my 21 months old, it will make me feel happy that he is mine and that he left his little mark in time. 
 

Here again, I added discombobulated handwriting and writing sideways, nothing fancy, just scribbles.


Conference notes!  I love using one page to scribble out my own thoughts as I listen to conference and taking the other 4 pages to study when the Ensign comes out or online to record the quotes that most stood out to me and that I want to try to memorize or remember.  Just adding a couple stickers makes all the difference.  And of course switching up the colors is always fun.  I used the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens here on this page. 


I LOVE cut-outs and washi tape.  I love the simple stories collection for die-cut-outs and of course, my favorite are from The Planner Society, which get shipped to me each month and is always a fund surprise.  They are so easy to use and really vamp up a page.  Don't worry about stickers having the exact fit as the boxes.  It bothers some people to not have them perfect, but I like the look, it adds dimension and pop.  


That 'celebrate' in the left hand corner is ridiculous I know, but when I see it I remember my first attempt at trying a different style of writing that was an epic fail.  Haha.  I watched an online tutorial and thought it looked easy enough, but my hands wouldn't cooperate with my vision.  I love it though, because it's something new I tried.  Again, everything doesn't have to look perfect. Ain't nobody got time for perfection!  Don't worry about overlapping and filling every part of the page out.  Some weeks, you'll find there isn't enough space and that's when you add stickies and note cards, and other weeks, you'll hardly have anything.  Enjoy those downs weeks and don't stress or worry about planning just to plan.  I have several weeks that my weeks aren't filled in with anything but a few stickers and such.  It's there though if you want to get creative.



For those who don't want their budget pages broadcast to whomever happens to be glancing at the planner, find a cute sticky pad or note pad you can use to cover it, but still use as a function.  Or just a pretty paper to look at.


I love this spread.  I use it for all things churchy!  I love that I know where to look each month to remember certain thoughts and inspirations I had in meetings or during Sunday classes.  I used this SO much to refer to in Presidency mtgs. or ward council to remember the curriculum, or things that I wanted to bring up to discuss.  Again, don't worry about filling out every inch of the space.  I actually like having extra spaces left at the end of the year, that I can go back and add a photo here and there as a keepsake.


Get creative.  Since I don't scrapbook anymore, (I'm a digital Project Life girl now)I've missed creating beautiful layouts, My planner let's me do that here and there when I'm feeling the bug to be surrounded by cute things like stickers, washi, embellishments, etc.  I also like to staple things in my planner and use brads.  There are so many cute office supplies that work.  


I love lists, as most planner ladies do.  I love breaking things down and remember certain steps and processes to create a habit, a skill, a project a characteristic, etc.  There are lots of different types of lists I like to use, and they really help guide and direct my brain.



Some months, I use this section to dump my project and household lists, but I also like to use it for quotes.   They are the perfect size for little quotes and having the lines helps keep everything tidy.  I love that you can use this area however you desire.  Whatever you have going on.  It's a great brain dump area.



These cards have things on both sides and the washi tape allows you to flip them up or down, and there is even more writing under the cards.  I like to use cardstock sometimes, but I mostly thin, lightweight paper so it doesn't add too much weight to the planner.




This cute little card was attached to the coil by using an Erin Condren coil clip, but I mostly use my own hole punch and I have a few different ways to attach and will do a video tutorial on that coming shortly.


Use the margins and empty boxes for a little more flair.


Quote stickers are some of my favorites!  Sometimes I have used the bottom for menu, and others for a day by day get it done list or focus.  I'm sort of still playing around with exactly how I want to use it.  Since the new Matrix spread has been added, I've used that for most of the day to day's I personally need to attend to.


Go big.  On the weeks of celebration or parties.  Make that the center of your focus.  Even if you have a lot going on, make the celebration stand out.


Journal throughout.  I have several key moments of the year that affected me or changed me in a way or my way of thinking.  I like to jot those down and have it on record.  I want my posterity to know who I was.  I want them to learn from me and know that I had struggles and trials.  I want them to know how I worked through things, raw, unfiltered feelings and all.  They'll walk with me throughout my trials, challenges, joys, successes in a way.  I have more entries like this throughout my planner.



This spread is really what makes the planner.  As moms, we like to focus on our families and this is the perfect spot to write everything down.  It's so rewarding to go back and look to see what it was we went over and talked about.  

I love hearing our kids share their ideas and come up with their own solutions.  For instance, we were talking about a road trip and the seating arrangment and everyone was fighting so we asked them to come up with their own solution.  In the end, it was our 7 year old who came up with the ultimate solution and everyone liked it and he was beaming with confidence and pride.  It was fun to watch.  BUT, when those things happen, we need to write them down and record it so we don't forget.  I love when the kids teach the lessons too.  They do wonderfully and I like taking notes on their lessons. This is the perfect spot, even if you jot down one sentence or even one word to help you remember what it was you discussed or wanted to talk about. 


My 9 year old daughter helped me decorate this page.  I love it because it reminds me of that time we spent together planning. Kids love to plan and decorate and know what's going on in the family and what to look forward to.


Yay, for cute adorable embelishments.  This lady cut out is my favorite!  


Whoh, a little crazy I admit, but this was a really busy week and I barely survived.  Again, I love it for record-keeping and looking back and appreciating all that I was able to accomplish with a whole lot of help from others.






Ok, I love this page.  I hope that it's not to cheesy, but I love knowing what it was we did for date night, conversations we've had with little one word reminders or goals we've made together.  I'm sharing it with you, not so you can know my husbands pants size, but to show you how fun it can be to record things about your spouse & your relationship. It will be so fun for our posterity to see our efforts.  Another idea is to put some photos of the two of you throughout the year here.  I am going to washi tape in a beautiful hand written letter my husband wrote to me and keep it forever here. 


The same goes for the kids pages too.  Get creative.  It's a place to highlight them and reflect on who they are and things to focus on with them.  I have a few photos I will be adding in that I'm waiting to print.  Those blue papers underneath their photo are their goals for 2016.  They have their own copy and I had them make a copy for me so I could help them.  We'll be doing our big goal review and renewal next week in FHE.  I sort of think they'll be keeping some of the same goals for this year.



Dumping ground for family goals.  Our family mission statement was to focus on the little day to day decisions and actions that affect us.  Do the essentials a little bit every day and you'll find success.  We'll come up with our new mission statement for 2017 next week at FHE. 

We do zones in our family which I will be saving for it's own blog post in a couple of weeks here on the blog.  My motto for life is:  If you're doing it all on your own...you're doing it WRONG!  We need help.  We shouldn't have to clean the entire house all my ourself.  Do the laundry, cook, yard, garage.  That's why we have kids right?  Kids are excellent achievers and motivated when their young to please and want to help.  If we're not taking advantage of that and utilizing their awesomeness, we're missing out and we're not doing them any favors either.  More on that in another post.



Brain dump your plans and projects for family self-reliance here.  Customize it.  Change the headings, just do it.  We need to be prepared and we need to be ready for whatever comes our way whether it's a natural disaster, economic or shortage catastrophe.  







Phew!  That's a lot.  I shared a lot of personal stuff, but it had to be done my lovely friends because you've asked for it and I want to make you happy!  :)  I would love to see more of you posting your planner pages and how you use them.  I will be starting a page on FB to encourage a space for that. I'll let you know when that is up and running.  I hope you enjoyed this little tour.  I will be doing several more explanations and tips for each section of the planner in the coming weeks and months.  I will have regular postings of these topics and look forward to building a greater community of faith-based women trying our best to plan and implement these good, better and best plans into our personal and family lives.  Love you to pieces.  I hope you all have an amazing New Year's celebration tonight.

Feel free to leave a comment for ideas or suggestions of things you would like to see more of as far as tutorials, tips, planner spreads, accessories, etc. 

Also, try not to judge me for my poor grammar.  I love run on sentences and I always will to the utter dismay of my 11th grade English teacher.  ;)

(FYI, for tips on how to use the Matrix spread, check this out)