For the love of paper planners...

I am a paper and pen kind of girl.

I have been for as long as I can think of.

As much as I love technology and will play with my iphone/ipad/macbook all day- a digital calendar is virtually useless to me. I use it to check if my husband is working on a night I want to make plans and to let him know where I'm running off to... and that's about as far as that goes.

There's just something about actually writing something down that is far more rewarding to me than typing it. I remember it more and for me personally, that makes it mean more. It makes it special.

So I'm well aware people have noticed my planner pictures on social media... I have a love for planners and I'm tired of hiding it! I keep getting questions about it and in order to enlighten you all and possibly bring you to the dark side, I wanted to put together this little post.

There's so much you don't know.

  • Paper planners are nothing new. I can remember oogling my mom's DayRunner since long before I knew what the hell you were supposed to use it for.
  • There are various types of planners! The options are endless. From binder systems like KikkiK or Filofax, to spiral bounds like Erin Condren, InkWell, or Day Designer, to totally customizable traveler's notebooks like Foxy Fix or Chic Sparrow. And believe me there's a rabbit hole of infinite other companies if you start looking.
  • Planners are wildly popular right now! I'm talking- every crafty company around is jumping on this bandwagon to cash in on this business. You can find planner accessories just about anywhere you go.
  • Though some people love to keep it nice and simple with just pens in their planner, there's been an explosion of sticker companies that cater to the planner community. From decorative weekly spreads so each week can have a separate and cohesive theme, to functional stickers that serve as reminders for anything you can think of! Literally anything. I'm not kidding. A quick Etsy search will open the flood gates.
  • The planner community is also a very smart ass, no nonsense bunch. There are planner covers and stickers out there that reflect that in all it's glory. There are copious "no adulting" stickers to cover things you have planned but realize just won't be happening.
  • People use planners for anything from the general planning to goal setting, or memory keeping to journaling. There's really no wrong way to use it. It can be very much like scrapbooking and it's a perfect outlet for creative Type A's.
  • If you only have one, you're probably doing it wrong.
  • If a planner girl has planner time written down, yes she's busy. Don't even ask. Planner time is serious. Especially when there's wine in the house.
  • Don't even get me started on planner clips...

That covers most of the basics. Should you choose to join the planner community, this should be a solid jumping off point.

Proceed to Etsy and Google with caution...

You have been warned.

Happy planning!!!*

(*I cannot be blamed for any excessive spending I may have just caused some of you...)

A 6th "month-iversary" love letter...

Last week marked 6 months since we got married.

Time is flying and while it's so cliche- it's been 6 of my favorite months ever. Not much has happened. It's been pretty much business as usual. But it's been my first 6 months of life as a wife and that in itself is disgustingly perfect.

I honestly replay the wedding day and really, the whole week, constantly when my thoughts stray. I love it. I know so many brides that talk about how their wedding day is such a blur and they hardly remember it.

I remember so much of that day.

So many feelings, and anxiety about the weather and literally refreshing my weather app nonstop, and feeling like a lot of the time I was just sitting and being extra quiet in an effort to take it all in. To remember the looks of my 2 brides-men bawling their eyes out all day long. The smell of lavender from when my sister plugged in her essential oil diffuser because we all needed to chill out. The plugged in iphones playing random songs and my favorite people dancing to them. So many teeny tiny moments.

Possibly one of my favorite memories of the entire day was when the guests decided to clink their glasses for the first time of the evening. Casey had taken the opportunity to go to the bathroom since there was a lull in activity and my new Father-in-law had come by the sweetheart "loveseat and coffee table" to say hi. I remember looking up at my guests and laughing because of course they chose the one moment that my guy was MIA. And then I saw him, RUNNING from the back of the tent, to get to me as fast as he could because he didn't want to miss that kiss. I'll never forget that image or the giggly "little girl in love" feeling that I was caught up in.

Thank goodness he had gotten black Pumas for all the guys to wear with their tuxes.

I think I remember so much because the 1st full day we were in Jamaica, I made it a point to sit with my coffee and write down, moment for moment, everything I could remember about that week. And Casey totally indulged me and let me. But getting to spend a little time, just really downloading the memories into pen and paper, helped solidify some of my favorite memories ever. They're so vivid and I want to just keep replaying them so I don't lose any of them. Like desperately holding on to those marbles from Inside Out.

For any of you lovely people out there getting ready to get married, I highly recommend you take the time to do this. Stop that day, take it all in, and take a little time in the days that follow to write it down to commit it to memory.

Photography- By the Robinsons

Photography- By the Robinsons

I'm so glad I did.

To many more magical months and years to come.