July 30, 2015

My Favorite New Planners (at Target!)

Recently I was contacted about an AMAZING collaboration between Whitney English and Target! After being away for three weeks, I hadn't been in a Target or else I would have been ALL over this venture from day 1! If you are an avid planner, blogger or blog reader, then you probably have heard of Whitney English's "Day Designer", which is a beautiful and incredibly well thought out and organized series of planners. They are extremely popular and I have followed her journey for years! Everyone always seemed over the moon with her designs and truly appreciative of how well her planners keep them organized. 

However, as a stay at home mom, or anyone in fact who is on a budget, some of these beautiful products are a bit out of our range. While I have always wanted one of her planners, I never pulled the trigger, as there are always many other places I could be spending our money. 

So, you can imagine my sheer joy when I found out that Whitney did a line with Blue Sky Planners at Target!! I was a bit skeptical that they would be cheap or not live up to her original planners, but let me tell you, they are both adorable and functional! Let me show you a few of the choices out there and then the one that I decided to use this year!

Here is one of the small planners.  It's about 3.5" x 6" and retails for $5.99. Perfect size if you just need a small calendar to pop in your handbag and keep track of appointments. There is a monthly view as well as a week at a time view. There isn't loads of space due to the small size, but perfect for keeping track of important dates and such!

The next planner is a bit thicker and bigger overall, as each day has it's own page (5 x 8 and $11.99). This is set up much like Whitney's original Day Planner and is wonderful wether you are a teacher, mom or business professional! It has room for your daily schedule, to do lists, nightly duties (where I write what I plan to cook for dinner) and a spot to write a reminder of daily gratitude. 

And finally, here is the planner that I'll be using this year (by the way, her planners run from July 2015-July 2016). It is a larger size (8 x 10, $14.00) and has both a monthly and weekly view. I was drawn to the black and white stripes and gold finishes. I was sure that I had wanted a page for each day, but decided I like being able to have the planner open on my counter and be able to see the whole week at one glance. It also comes in a gold and white stripe that is equally as chic! 

So what do you think? Great, right? Stop into your local Target or check the entire line out here to see all the sizes, colors and patterns. They also have a full line of desk/wall calendars if you're looking for one!

July 28, 2015

On My Nightstand


Hello? Anyone still there? For the past three weeks I have been traveling with my little family to see friends and family up North. We have had a great time and while I had planned to blog while away, ultimately I decided to take a little break and enjoy every minute I had. I will be filling you all in on our trip later this week, but in the mean time I wanted to share three books I read while away. If you are a parent of little kids, you will understand how impossible it is to read while "on vacation." This in fact is the first Summer that I have read a book while away! Quite the accomplishment in my book.

First up I read another novel by Chevy Stevens, Never Knowing. A few months back I had mentioned I read Still Missing by Stevens - also great. Never Knowing is about a young widowed woman, Sara Gallagher, with a daughter, who was looking towards her future and marrying her wonderful boyfriend. Before marrying, Sara sets out to find her birth parents, as she was adopted as a baby. What she begins to uncover is incredibly creepy and soon she finds her life, as well as her fiance and daughter's, in grave danger. This was surely another page turner and kept me hooked until the end. I am thankful Stevens has many other novels that I plan to begin soon!

Next up was a very dark and creepy book called Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge.  If you liked any of Chevy Steven's or Gillian Flynn's books, you'll enjoy this book as well. The book follows detective Helen Grace as she sets out to find the serial killer behind a set of recent murders where one person always makes it out alive. The connections between the victims seem unrelated at first, but soon Helen begins to see how the murderer is choosing her victims. 


Finally, I read Saving Grace by Jane Green, whom most of you readers have probably heard of! She is a popular author and written many hits like Mr. MaybeThe Beach House, Swapping Lives and many more!  In Saving Grace, Grace is a middle aged English woman, married to a famous author, living a grand and beautiful life in America. In attempts to organize her life a bit more, she hires an assistant to her run her home and help her husband with his many projects, commitments and appointments. While Grace is initially over the moon with her new hire and how quickly her life becomes organized and more efficient, soon she begins to see little warning signs of trouble. It isn't long before her home, social life, job, finances and husband are all in danger of being taken away from her. Certainly a great light Summer read!

So what have you been reading? Any great recommendations? 

July 6, 2015

4th of July


I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. We were lucky enough to spend it with family in Connecticut. Here's a little peek from my iphone!