I really have had so much going on IRL the last few weeks, but I have officially made a blogging schedule and I plan on sticking to it! Lots of subscription boxes, product reviews and photos and DIY goodies to come this weekend 🙂
Week 42: October 12-18, 2015
This is how I decorated my Kikki K lilac personal planner for this week. The first photo shows the weekly view with my bookmarks and quote card; this photo (directly above) shows the weekly view without those things in the way — not much of a difference. The quote card was part of the Kikki K Be Brave Planner Dashboard Kit ($19.95; kikki-k.com), along with some of the larger stickers that I used, as well as the butterfly cutout at the top of the left page. I am obsessed with Kikki K and I love decorating my planner and doing other DIY projects with the endless amounts of stationary goodies that they have available.
Here is a better close-up of the butterfly cutout that I was talking about before. The planner kit also comes with bird cutouts which are also really cute. The little blue tag is a gift tag which is part of Kikki K’s Be Brave DIY Sticker Book ($19.95; kikki-k.com). I would say I do about 75% of my planner decorating with various DIY sticker books from Kikki K — they come with tons of awesome stickers in all different shapes and sizes, as well as sticker tags (like to/froms to put on presents), border stickers and these paper gift tags that you can use for a bunch of different purposes.
The gold cutout heart is from a random gold hearts and stars sticker sheet that I think I got at Target or Michael’s (both of which always have tons of awesome planner decorating goodies).
I’m so in love with these little owl sticky notes, which I also used in my monthly planner decoration for September. I picked them up on a random trip to Barnes & Noble last month, and they are also available on the Barnes & Noble website: Owls Page Mates ($3.95 for 180 page markers in six different colors; barnesandnoble.com). I use these everywhere — my planner, my daily diary, as page markers in the books I’m reading, etc. They’re adorable and super useful 😀
I also wanted to get a better photo of the stickers in the bottom right corner of this photo — the puffy ice cream pop stickers. I’ll get a better photo when I use more of them in my weekly decoration next week. But anyway, these are currently my absolute favorite stickers — they are super cute and puffy (which makes them even cuter).
These are the (appropriately named) Cute Soft Stickers from Kikki K ($3.95 for two sheets; kikki-k.com) and there are over 80 different stickers, including yummy foods, hearts, the sun, sailboats, cutesy animals and more. I just got another set of these stickers for free from Kikki K, which made me a very happy planning girl!
This last photo just shows some more stickers from the Kikki K Be Brave DIY Sticker Book ($19.95; kikki-k.com). The washi tape I used this week comes from:
1). Peach-colored tape at the top: Target’s $1 section
2). Gold glitter tape: Scotch brand, from Target, Staples, etc.
3). Light gray-blue with white dots: Michael’s
4). Gold chevron print: Kikki K (this particular tape is discontinued)
Next post will be how I decorated my monthly planner view for October. I should also be getting that one up tonight. Thanks for reading!
This decorated weekly view is two weeks old now, but I really couldn’t NOT post it because it’s one of my absolute favorites. Just to be clear, this is the weekly planner view that I decorated for the week of September 7th – 13th (Week 37). I’m in the process of taking photos of my planner for this week so I will be posting the decorated Week 39 pages tomorrow 🙂
Weekly view for Week 37: Sept. 7-13
I use a Kikki K leather personal planner, which is probably my absolute favorite material item that I own (besides my laptop, of course). I do eventually plan on writing a blog post on how I set up and decorate my planner (the whole thing), but, for now, I am going to write at least one planner post per week. And that works very well since I decorate a new weekly calendar view every week!
I loved my Week 37 setup so much mostly because I was able to use these super adorable Sailor Saturn sticky notes that I found randomly at a comic book store a few weeks ago. It looks like the company that makes them (Sun Star Stationery) came out with a bunch of different Sailor Moon stationery items a couple years ago (in 2013) in celebration of Sailor Moon’s 20th anniversary. I tried desperately to find more stationery items online and I really can’t find much except for some items on Amazon and Ebay.
Super cute Sailor Saturn sticky notes from Sun Star Stationery
I’m thinking comic book stores (or something similar) might be the best bet to get surprised with awesome finds like this one, so I am definitely going to keep looking. Etsy also has a good amount of random Sailor Moon-themed stationery (among many other items) so I think I’m going to grab a few things on my next Etsy binge/haul.
Since I made my Week 37 planner decoration into a purple/blue/turquoise color scheme to match the Sailor Saturn sticky notes, I was also able to use these new purple sticky notes that I found randomly at TJ Maxx a couple weeks ago.
Purple sticky note “book” + Sailor Saturn sticky notes, both used in my Week 37 decorated pages
The purple sticky note book is made by Eccolo, an Italian stationery company, but I can’t find this set anywhere on their website. I got it for $3.99 (or maybe $4.99) at TJ Maxx; I always seem to find cool stationery items there, as well as Marshall’s and Home Goods.
The purple sticky note book came with a large (non-sticky) notepad (on the left) which is perfect for adding to my planner pages with a paper clip. The pages are big enough that I can even punch holes in them and add them to my planner rings. Then there are four white flag-like sticky notes in two different designs — I like to trim these down and use them on my monthly calendar, or use them as is anywhere else in my planner. The last sticky note pad is the cute purple one at the bottom which I can use pretty much anywhere to write down anything. I really love this set, I’m so glad I found it!
I added these turquoise and white tags on the bottom of my Week 37 pages because they matched my purple/blue/turquoise scheme quite well. These tags are from the Kikki K Cute Paper Lover’s Book ($29.95). This book is packed with a bunch of stationery goodies like pretty paper, envelopes, DIY projects, stickers, tags and even wrapping paper. I think I’m going to do a review post on the Paper Lover’s Book sometime this week.
These adorable puffy stickers are also from Kikki K — Soft Stickers 2PK: Cute ($3.95). I bought the stickers myself a few weeks ago and then I just got another pack (each pack comes with two sheets) for free as part of my Kikki K daily diary September gift. Each month Kikki K has a free gift for Kikki K diary owners and this was definitely my favorite freebie so far because I love these stickers so much! I will be sort of reviewing them (or at least showing more photos of them) in my Kikki K haul post that I’ll get up later in the week.
That’s it for my Week 37 planner post. I will have the most current week — Week 39 — all decorated and blogged about tomorrow. Thanks for reading!
I know it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything but I couldn’t believe that my last post was all the way back in March — months and months ago. Needless to say, I’ve had a lot going on, but I’m back and I thought the perfect first post would be a Happy September post on how I setup my planner for the month. I was actually planning on getting this post up over a week ago, but I am really glad I finally got it done and now I can get back into the swing of blogging 🙂
I use a Kikki K lilac personal planner, which I absolutely adore. If anyone is interested I just wanted to note that the lilac version is discontinued but there are a bunch of other lovely color options, plus new planners that are added all the time. I also use a lot of their stickers and other products for decorating my planner. You can check out all of the sweet stationery goodies over at the Kikki K website.
There is a better photo of the owl sticky notes, plus info on where to get them, below.
The quote card is also part of the Kikki K Be Brave Planner Starter Kit. I just realized that pretty much everything I used to decorate my September calendar is from Kikki K (except those owl sticky flags). I have a Kikki K haul post that I will write up sometime over the next couple of days so I can go into more detail about some of my most recent stationery purchases.
These cute puffy cupcake stickers are actually from Michael’s — they are awesome and probably one of my favorite sticker sets. The only downside is that the pack didn’t come with that many in it, so I’m probably going to pick up some more on my next Michael’s trip.
The last decorative piece to my September 2015 calendar are these adorable little owl sticky flags that I found at Barnes & Noble. They are so perfect for many uses — like marking a page, making a little note on my calendar, marking something with the arrow of the note, etc. — and this pack came with 180 sticky markers so it will be awhile before I run out of them. They also come in six different colors and they were pretty cheap — only $3.95 at Barnes & Noble. You can click this link to buy them online.
I love decorating and organizing with my planner so I will be updating at least once every week with a new weekly view and, of course, once a month with each new month. Thanks for reading!
I am obsessed with planner decorating and every time I see something new that I can use in my planner I absolutely have to have it! I’m the first to admit that I have been going a little overboard recently, but most of these accessories are so cheap that it doesn’t hurt my wallet at all.
Every time I get new LUSH products I usually can’t wait to use them so I either A). forego taking the photos and writing up a review post, or B). I actually take the pictures but I wait way too long to get the review up and the products are no longer available. A lot of LUSH’s gift sets are seasonal so that’s exactly what happened over the holidays this year — I ended up taking photos of a bunch of different products and then never got around to writing the review.
I haven’t really gotten anything new from LUSH since the holidays, and then this little box of happiness showed up in my house a couple of weeks ago as a gift to my mom. I took the liberty of opening it up and taking photos and then testing everything out since it all looks super cute and cool 🙂
LUSH Ray of Sunshine ($28.95 for four items – detailed below; lushusa.com) is described as a “shower box of warmth, comfort and Mediterranean citrus jubilation” that includes four citrus products for refreshing showers. LUSH describes this set as their “brightest, cheeriest collection,” and it includes a miniature Sugar Scrub, Each Peach massage bar, The Olive Branch shower gel and a wedge of Sexy Peel soap. This set is offered year-round.
LUSH The Olive Branch Shower Gel
LUSH The Olive Branch Shower Gel ($9.95 for 3.3 oz.; lushusa.com) contains skin softening organic olive oil, vital antioxidants, an “infusion” of vine leaves, sea salt and fresh mandarin juice. It smells like sunshine and citrus (if “sunshine” was a smell), and LUSH says that mandarin juice has been used for years to “lighten the mood and freshen up dull skin.”
This was definitely one of the most moisturizing shower gels I have ever used and I wish I had a bigger bottle of it because the 3.3-oz. size got used up way too quickly. I’m pretty sure anyone who’s ever used this shower gel has loved it, so if you want to try it out I would definitely recommend a larger bottle!
LUSH Each Peach Happy Face Massage Bar
LUSH Each Peach Massage Bar (reg. $10.95 for 1 oz.; lushusa.com) is a moisturizing bar infused with fruity avocado and mango kernel butters mixed with a cocoa butter and shea butter base for ultimate skin softening and nourishment. This bar is super emollient and moisturizing for the skin and it also “gives a good glide” when it is being massaged into the body. It includes lime, mandarin and orange essential oils which are “uplifting mood boosters” and go along perfectly with the rest of the Ray of Sunshine set.
The smiley face bar seems to be exclusive to Lush’s Ray of Sunshine set but it has all the same properties as the regular Each Peach bars. It looks like the regular bars are sold out right now on Lush’s website, but they are probably still available in stores and this particular extra happy bar is definitely still available in the Ray of Sunshine set (in stores and online).
This product is awesomely moisturizing and it’s such a cool, unique product — I’m not surprised at all that people gave it such great reviews on Lush’s website. I actually thought this was a bar of soap at first, then I read the product description and found out that it’s a silky moisturizer in bar form that’s made with natural butters and oils. It’s also super cute, so that’s an extra plus 🙂
LUSH Sugar Scrub
LUSH Sugar Scrub ($6.25 for 3.5 oz.; lushusa.com) is described as a “stimulating” sugar scrub that contains Fair Trade sugar to exfoliate and fennel and ginger to stimulate circulation and warm the skin. It is also formulated with “calming” lavender to balance out the rough exfoliants and encourage healthier skin.
I haven’t tried this product out just yet, but I plan on using it today or tomorrow. It is designed to buff away dead skin and leave your skin glowing, and many reviewers said that it definitely does what it’s supposed to do, although the scrub itself gets a little messy and crumbles when it comes in contact with water. A lot of reviewers said that they either break off a small piece and take it in the shower (leaving the rest of the product in a dry place), or they break down the whole thing into a small bowl to cut down on the messiness.
The general consensus was that it does indeed work, and it also has a great smell. I’m just going to have to use it with caution because I have a history of easily destroying products like this!
LUSH Sexy Peel Soap
LUSH Sexy Peel Soap ($6.40 for 3.5 oz.; lushusa.com) is made with the peel from organic oranges, limes and lemons to give the soap the “exfoliating texture of fresh marmalade.” It is a “scrubby soap” that contains citrus peels to exfoliate and tone the skin, revitalizing citrus juice and oils, and it’s rich in vitamin C. The acidity of the orange juice helps keep skin clear and all of these yummy ingredients rolled into one bar will get your senses going and help wake you up in the morning.
I lovedddd this soap bar — it felt so awesome on my skin and it has a pretty, citrus-y scent that lasted for hours after my shower. This one also got really high marks on Lush’s website and a lot of reviewers said that the zingy citrus actually did help them wake up in the morning. The only problem I had, and a bunch of reviewers said this too, was that it didn’t last very long and I was barely able to get a full week’s use out of it.
For “optimal longevity,” Lush suggests to keep this soap in a well-drained soap dish and away from water in-between uses. I think it would have lasted longer for me if I read this suggestion before using it. Either way, I’m really not all that bothered by the fact that this soap doesn’t last too long because it costs less than seven bucks, and the low price combined with all the great (and natural) ingredients make this product more than worth it (in my opinion). I will definitely be buying a replacement next time I’m in the vicinity of a Lush store.
All four products in this giftset were great with amazing, nourishing ingredients that actually work. I think it’s definitely worth the ~$30 price tag, but I don’t think I would buy it again because the products just didn’t last long enough. There are other Lush shower gels that I like better (even though I did really, really like this one) so I’d rather pick those up, and I’m definitely going to be buying the Sexy Peel soap again since it’s so cheap (and I’m going to follow the instructions this time so it can last longer). So all in all, this is a great set for a great price and perfect for someone who wants to try out four of Lush’s wonderful bath products.
Lush’s Ray of Sunshine gift set costs $28.95 for four popular bath products and it is available in Lush stores and online at Lushusa.com.
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Hello Kitty … a little bit of a sick obsession, but that’s okay. I have been collecting Hello Kitty everything since I was little, beginning with the fondest of memories of my mom taking me to the now-defunct Noodle Kidoodle store to check out all the new Sanrio stationery and accessories, and to buy some Babysitter’s Club books. Hello Kitty had a lot more friends back then — you don’t see as much of Keroppi, Pochacco, or Spottie Dottie anymore. I guess she doesn’t need as many friends now since her face is literally EVERYWHERE and it seems like she just gets more and more popular with every new year.
So I wanted to do a little review of this screen cleaning kit I found at my local 7-11 the other day. It was super cheap (I think it was $4.99), and it actually works very well for a bunch of electronics. I used it on my MacBook Air and my screen is now crystal clear, and so is my phone.
The Hello Kitty screen cleaning spray . . .
The kit comes with a 3-mL bottle of screen cleaner, and, like I said above, the cleaner works pretty well. I just sprayed a couple of times onto the microfiber cloth (below) and it cleaned my MacBook Air screen perfectly. The bottle is small, but it’s really for on-the-go use, so you can re-fill it with any generic screen cleaner whenever you want. I slacked off on cleaning my electronics for so long that I’m now on a cleaning kick (thanks to the cuteness of this Hello Kitty kit), so I’m going to buy a big bottle of screen cleaner soon because I have a feeling this little 3mL bottle will run out fairly quickly.
Hello Kitty Mobile Screen Cleaning Kit microfiber cloth
And the cutest part of this two-piece set is this little hot pink microfiber cloth (6″ x 6″) that is the perfect size for cell phones, tablets, and even laptops (especially the smaller MacBook Air). This cloth can easily be cleaned by hand, or, if your electronics are really dirty like mine (my bronzer especially always rubs off on my phone), you can throw it in the washing machine on a warm cycle. Just be sure not to use a fabric softener because that will clog the open spaces in the microfiber.
I bought this screen cleaning kit at my local 7-11 for just under $5, so I think your best bet would be to check out your local convenience stores to see if they have it (a lot of the bigger chain stores, like 7-11, probably will). For some reason I cannot find this particular kit anywhere online, except for one that’s listed on eBay that costs a little more ($6.99).
There are a couple of different Hello Kitty screen cleaning kits that come with larger sprays, different cloths, and even a carrying case to hold the spray and cloth, which can be found on Amazon.com.
I usually love my Pop Sugar Must Have box every month, well, I love pretty much all of the subscription boxes I receive, but the Pop Sugar box always has an awesome mix of all full-sized products and it’s probably the box I look forward to the most. It costs a bit more than a lot of the other boxes (at $39.95/month), but it’s definitely worth it because it isn’t a sampling service — you’re actually receiving all full-sized items (many of them are new), ranging from fashion to beauty to fitness, food, jewelry, etc.
Pop Sugar Must Have arrives in this big pink and white box every month
This month’s Pop Sugar box wasn’t the most exciting, but there were still a bunch of products I really like and the best part, for me, is receiving products that I normally wouldn’t buy for myself (like the Citrus Zinger) and discovering new products (like the beachy-scented perfume spray).
Hi I’m Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion
First up is the Must Have Food item of the month — these crunchy, airy, multi-grain, sweet onion-flavored snack sticks. These are okay. I like healthy food but I don’t like healthy food when it tastes too healthy. These are good because you get that satisfying crunch that you normally would from a potato chip (with 40% less fat), but they still taste a little too …. healthy. The sweet onion taste is kind of blocked by the taste of the multi grain, in my humble opinion. You can still taste the sweet onion flavor, but the overall flavor that I got was the multi grain.
Hi I’m Skinny Sticks Multi-Grain Sweet Onion ($4 for 7-oz. bag or $35.88 for a case of 12; hiimskinny.com) are described as a “super tasty and healthy alternative to chips and cookies,” with 40 percent less fat than potato chips, 15g of whole grains per serving, and under four calories per stick. These all-natural snacks are packed with “all kinds of grains” including whole ground corn, rice, oat flour, and barley.
Zing Anything Citrus Zinger
I’m definitely excited about this citrus zinger because I have been wanting to make my own drinks for a few summers now …. just never really got around to it (like so many other things). This zinger is a very simple little device, really. You just press lemons, limes, or any other citrus directly into your water and you have your own refreshing drink. I just bought a lemon-scented/flavored leaf plant for the garden (I forgot the name of it), and those leaves are going to infuse an awesome flavor into the drinks I make with this thing.
Zing Anything Citrus Zinger ($16.99 for one zinger; zinganything.com) is a simple, easy-to-use zinger specifically designed for citrus fruits like lemons, limes, clementines, and more. You can easily extract juice and flavor from citrus fruits to infuse them directly into your water bottle and create delicious lemonades, limeades, and orangeades. This zinger can be used with your on-the-go water bottle and enhance your water with vitamin C and flavonoids. The Zing Anything website has detailed instructions for how to use and wash the zinger, plus recipes to make a bunch of different drinks.
Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast and Kerry Cassill Eye Mask
These next two items were kind of … meh. The DVD is okay, and I’ll definitely be using it, but these get boring after awhile and I would really much rather go to my dance, yoga, and pilates classes to get fit. An eye mask is something I have never used and I have a feeling I probably won’t be using it because I usually pass out every night in my bed still half typing on my laptop. Hee.
Tone It Up One Day Fat Blast ($15 for one DVD; toneitup.com) contains two “fat-burning, calorie-smashing workouts” with the ladies from Bravo’s Toned Up. Each calorie-blasting workout is only 30 minutes long, so even the busiest of girls can fit in a quick workout sesh.
Kerry Cassill Eye Mask ($24 for one mask; kerrycassill.com) is made of soft voile cotton and comes in a bunch of different colors/patterns “so you can sleep peacefully.”
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pool Boy Nail Lacquer
I was really excited about this next item because I needed a new, pretty, bright blue polish for the summer. I also haven’t used any polishes from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics before, so I was excited to try this one out. The smell kind of threw me off when I opened it up, and I thought that it was formulated with all the icky stuff that so many nail polish companies have been straying away from, but a quick reading of the bottle assured me that this polish is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without all the questionable ingredients.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer ($10 for 0.5 oz.; sephora.com) is described as a “nail lacquer in a professional formulation and modern color palette.” These polishes come in over 40 different densely pigmented, quick-drying, and “super long-lasting” shades.
Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser
So the last item in this month’s Pop Sugar Must Have box ended up being my favorite. I am in LOVE with the beachy smell of this fragrance spray, and I have even been spritzing it around my room and car, essentially having this scent all over everything I own. My puppy even smells like this spray now since it rubs off on him after I cover him in hugs. I think this is the kind of scent that a lot of people might not really like — it’s like a mix of the beach, tanning lotion, some coconut, and jasmine — but I love it and I’m going to check out more fragrance sprays from Smell Bent to see what else they have to offer.
Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser
Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser ($45 for 1.7 oz.; smellbent.com) is described as having an “intoxicating blend of jasmine absolute and fresh coconut aromas” — it’s pretty much the beach in a bottle. This fragrance spray contains notes of jasmine, fresh coconut, aloe vera, and vintage musk. Like I said before — I don’t think this scent is for everyone, but I am certainly enjoying it.
This month wasn’t my favorite Pop Sugar Must Have box, but I really liked three of the items (the nail polish, the fragrance spray, and the citrus zinger). As far as value goes, this box definitely surpassed the $39.99 price (as do all Pop Sugar Must Have boxes). I’m just looking forward to what the June box has to offer; if one month is kind of meh, then the next month is usually a lot better.
Pop Sugar Must Have is a monthly beauty/fashion/lifestyle subscription box that costs $39.99 per month with the option of paying multiple months at a time for a discounted price. To subscribe click here, or visit musthave.popsugar.com for more information.