Friday Favorites / 2016 Planners

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best 2016 planners

2016 is coming up faster than I anticipated, and with a new year comes time to start a new planner. I love to keep my planner updated because it helps me feel productive, stay on track, and meet my goals (not to mention, it’s just very satisfying to cross things off). I’ve rounded up some of my favorite 2016 planners to get you started for the new year!

Daily Simplified Planner by Emily Ley
I love basically everything about this planner – if I didn’t already have one for 2016, this is the one I would probably buy. First of all, the gold pineapple print is so cute and clean. I also think the daily page layout is so nice – if you’re like me and want to write down everything you need to do each day, this one has ample space (there’s a whole page for every day!). Each day includes space for the day’s schedule, to-do, dinner plans, and notes, and the layout is simple and clean.

Passion Planner
The Passion Planner was developed to help people achieve their goals, and I think this planner is perfect for small business owners, or anyone who wants to create a better work/life balance (which is mostly everyone, I guess). It features dual work and personal to-do lists, space for weekly and daily goals, and even has space to write down good things that happen each week. Another favorite thing about this planner is that the weekly pages aren’t dated (you date them yourself), so if you’re like me and forget to write in your planner for a few weeks (or months), you don’t have to waste any pages – just continue with the current week.

Birch Floral Planner by Rifle Paper Co
This planner is just so beautiful – it could be totally blank inside and I would still want it. As with anything done by Rifle Paper Company, it’s gorgeous, and it also has pretty but clean monthly and daily layouts. The planner also includes space to write important dates each month and contact information.

Marbled 2016 Planner by A Beautiful Mess
This planner is perfect for anyone who wants a little bright and colorful inspiration every day. There are full pages of inspirational quotes and space to record your goals each season. The planner also has weekly and monthly layouts, is spiral bound, and closes with an elastic band to keep the pages neat and the planner shut.

2016 Kraft Planner by Sugar Paper
I love the week at a glance pages in this planner. There isn’t a ton of space for individual days, so this would be great for people who don’t like detailed daily to-do lists and instead like to focus more on the bigger picture. Each weekly page gives you space to record people to call and email, things to buy, a weekly goal, the week’s top three, and a to-do list for the week.

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Gift Wrapping Ideas with Kraft Paper

gift wrapping with kraft paper
Christmas is coming up quick, and I know there are plenty of you out there that haven’t even begun to wrap your presents. I remember that almost every year when I was young, my mom would stay up until 2 or 3am (or later) to finish wrapping the gifts (my dad would always make sure we didn’t wake her up too early on Christmas morning!), but once I got older, I loved to help her wrap presents. There’s something about making a nice, neat, perfect-looking gift that is almost as satisfying as unwrapping one. Scott and I don’t have a lot of space or storage in our apartment this year, and we also don’t have a lot of money to spend on all kinds of wrapping paper and bits – enter kraft paper. We bought a huge roll on Amazon and have been using it for EVERYTHING. I love how cohesive it makes the presents look, but I do like to be a little creative with the packages. I’ve come up with some ways to dress up plain old kraft packages so they’ll look special under the tree!

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Weekly Meal Plan / 12-21-15

Scott and I have gotten into a pretty good rhythm of cooking, and because I’m still in school and he’s busy with work, we have been doing a lot of quick meals, one dish meals, and crockpot meals. We make it a priority to cook at home essentially every day, because we don’t have lots of extra money to eat out, and it’s easier for us to eat healthy when cooking at home.

I wanted to start posting my weekly meal plans to help all you busy people out there come up with easy and delicious meals that don’t take a lot of time. I’m going to work on  posting our recipes and adding links, but for now, just let me know if something piques your interest. 🙂


monday – southwest cheesy chicken casserole (one dish)
tuesday – bbq chicken sandwiches and green beans (crockpot)
wednesday – baked chicken, skillet potatoes, and green beans
thursday – bowties with hot sausage and peppers (one dish)
(friday – christmas dinner at mom and dad’s)
saturday – chicken alfredo and broccoli
(sunday – family get together at grandma’s)