I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady


5 Things to Do For Yourself: In 2016

With the new year right around the corner and New Year's Resolutions flying around like crazy, it's time to start thinking about things to do for yourself for 2016.

  1. Schedule catch up days throughout the year to give you set times to get caught up on things that just slip the daily to do lists. I'm going to write a whole post dedicated to the beloved catch up day I love it that much.
  2. Set obtainable resolutions that you actually want to stick with. Give them a timeline with clear measurements so you know when you've completed them. Losing weight is a terrible goal, but losing ten pounds by Valentine's Day is a much better one that will keep you focused and on track.
  3. Get ahead while you still can. Use your beautiful new planner to mark down important dates and things you always seem to do last minute (holiday cards anyone), and then work backward from the deadline to give you reminders months in advance so you don't get so behind throughout the year.
  4. Check something big off your bucket list. Whether it's taking that pottery class you've talked about for years or finally taking that big trip overseas, make an effort this year to finally turn one dream into a reality.
  5. Treat yo self. You deserve it!
What things are you going to do for yourself in 2016?

xoxo Kayla

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The Foundation Lineup

6 Foundations for Dry Skin

Ever since I did that huge makeup declutter, I've managed to keep my foundations down to a healthy six. I could be a bit more stingy and narrow it even lower, but these six are quite different and really round-out my options for bases. Let's break them all down and give you the what's what.

If you know anything about me you know my obsession with the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. It's a gel cream with a whipped, thick consistency that provides a light coverage, dewy finish that gets me all sorts of excited. The shade range is great and the packaging makes it super easy to squeeze out every last drop (I definitely did with the last tube I had!)

The newest foundation to the gang is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Make Up For Ever is a brand I've always squirted around and never quite dived into it, so this foundation is my first real taste. It's an in-between coverage foundation that can be built up or thinned out for whatever coverage you're looking for. It has a satin/matte like finish and great lasting power. I'm still not entirely sure if I've found the right shade match, but the experimentation continues and there's enough shade options I'm bound to find the right one!

Another newish foundation is the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation. I find this to be quite like the Make Up For Ever one, but more matte. It's a great drugstore option though and the shade range is fair. It doesn't seem to last as long as the Make Up For Ever one either, but sits a bit lighter on the skin.

My favorite drugstore foundation is currently the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. It's a great light coverage, dewy option but definitely needs a good shake up if you haven't used it in a few weeks. I love this type of packaging for base products and it lasts a fair amount of time before needing some help.

This OFRA BB Cream I'm kind of on the fence about keeping. A lot of my other foundations and bases do exactly what this one does, but better. I loved this one for it's light coverage, hydrating qualities, and dewy finish, but in this tough crowd it really doesn't have that much keeping it around these days. Plus for the price I could get my favorite base ever and still have ten bucks left over. I may say goodbye and send it to a much more loving home...

The Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation has hung around and survived the declutter. It's one of those foundations that doesn't spark serious heart-eyed emojis, but is a solid foundation with a great medium coverage. It has a decent lasting power and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and fresh, not dry and cakey. Definitely worth keeping around in my book.

Ah foundations. I can't wait to keep explore the product type and see where my wanderings take me.

xoxo Kayla
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How a Pottery Class Taught Me About My Relationship

After wrapping up our first pottery class last week, I couldn't help but get a little nostalgic and think back on the entire process. It was loads of fun and definitely something we would do again. It was a ten week course for three hours every Saturday. We improved leaps and bounds by the last class, but my favorite part might just be what I learned about Alex and our relationship in the process.

  • We work very differently, something I already knew quite well, but we worked very great together despite that. He was a very messy, all over the place kind of worker, but produced a lot of beautiful pieces quite quickly. I was all about precision and taking my time, which made me a great glazer to take all of our pieces to a great finished form. 
  • Our styles compliment each other in ways I never noticed before. Every single piece he created I loved and wanted to immediately keep for myself. He couldn't get enough of all the bowls I was making. We created very different things but they worked so well together.
  • Alex works incredibly hard to become good at something if at first it doesn't really click. We found out a few classes in that Alex actually throws left-handed, but until that discovery moment he struggled along trying to throw right-handed. He kept working at it and didn't get frustrated when it wasn't going his way.
  • We can be at different skill levels and it doesn't affect anything. Because Alex had such a hard time starting out, I became better than him at the start. He didn't pout and I didn't boast. We encouraged each other to push ourselves without carrying who's better or worse.
  • We are a good team regardless of what we think sometimes. We rarely work together during the week days since we have such a different work style, but when we do work together, our two personalities really shine as one cohesive unit.
Beyond the fact that I loved getting out of the apartment for a few set hours each week, I really enjoyed watching Alex's process and spending some time with him. Relationships are definitely ever-changing creatures, but I'm happy to say pottery definitely taught me a thing or two about mine.

xoxo Kayla 
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How I Stay Organized

How you organize yourself really should adapt and change just like your life does. Although I just recently filmed this video, I've already started looking for a better, easier way to streamline my organizational process to work the very best for me. It's totally ok to be happy with it one week and want to switch things up the next!

What do you do to stay organized?

xoxo Kayla
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5 Evening Habits to Get Into

There's just something about the evening that I can't get enough of. I love the feeling of winding down and getting ready for a nice night of sleep. Everything feels cozy and warm. Yet the evening is an important time to bring in some good habits to make sure you're getting the most out of the time right before bed.

  1. Read something. Anything really. Whether it's a comic book or an article in a magazine, let yourself relax with something that isn't technology based.
  2. Pamper yourself with a good skincare routine that also helps heal your skin throughout the night. Use an overnight mask that works while you sleep to make your skin look so much healthier and brighter in the morning.
  3. Give yourself 30 minutes without technology before heading to bed. This would be an awesome time to read and give your brain a break.
  4. Tidy up your place so when you wake up in the morning you aren't faced with dirty dishes or a messy living room. Taking a few minutes to pick up can really improve your mood and make it easier to fall asleep.
  5. Keep a gratitude journal or at the very least reflect on the day that you've had. Thinking of all the positive things that happened can really improve your mood as you head to sleep and it's always good to be thankful!
Now go cozy up with a good book and get into the habit of having an amazing evening, every evening.

xoxo Kayla

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5 Morning Habits to Get Into

I'm definitely an on and off again morning person. I can go months with waking up super early and then suddenly can barely pull myself out of bed at a normal hour. I've found that these five morning habits help make every morning a good one and ultimately make me more productive throughout the day.

  1. Don't start the day with social media, or checking your phone. Give yourself some time to wake up before diving straight into the internet/work load for the day. Bombarding yourself with so much information so early could easily start your day off on the wrong foot.
  2. Practice a morning skincare routine, even if it's just a few steps. You'll not only end up looking more awake, but you'll feel better knowing your skin is clean and not starting the day of gunked up with makeup from the day before.
  3. Eat something for breakfast, even if it's just something small. Starting your day off with a bit of food jump starts your metabolism and keeps you from becoming hangry.
  4. Drink a glass of water. Seriously. 
  5. Give yourself time and don't wake up with just enough minutes to rush through your morning routine and fly out the door. Even waking up just 15 minutes earlier can make a huge difference. If you start your day off calm, chances are the rest of the day will follow similarly. Why not try to give yourself the best possible advantage?
Mornings get a bad rep, but they can be great quiet times to reflect, focus, and prepare for the day. These five steps are just a few of the really easy ways to make your mornings start off better and get you in the perfect position to have an amazing day.

xoxo Kayla

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Current Beauty Favorites

My love of all things beauty is back in full swing these days. It's natural to fall in and out of love with things, but it feels great to be back in full on obsessed mode. I've been trying out a lot of new products, mixing up my routine, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

I've been literally obsessed with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette ever since I got my paws on it. I've written a full review with my favorite way to wear it, but to sum it up it's like a Frankenstein palette in the best possible way. You're able to get so many different looks from it in one gorgeously packaged product.

Although I definitely think nail polish is on its way out of my life, I can't help but to include Butterlondon's "It's Vintage." A classic red shade with a touch of burnt leaves. It has some great pigmentation and lasting power, I can get behind this color whenever I'm in the nail polish mood. I love the concept of nail polish, I just stink at the execution. Plus it requires way too much time sitting still and my to do list just won't let me.

If you've been reading or following along for a while, this next one may be a bit of a shock. I've sworn off lip glosses like they're the devil himself until I tried Urban Decay's "Nooner." It's literally the exact opposite of every other lip gloss I've ever tried. It isn't gloopy, it doesn't lay heavy on the lips, and it's just nice. I'm not on the lip gloss bandwagon just yet, but this baby just might make me convert.

I did some pretty serious shopping in The Body Shop a couple of weeks ago and have been testing out the Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask. These are some of my favorite types of skincare products and I love just how different this one is from my favorite Origins Overnight Mask. It's a lot thinner and sinks in quite quickly. In the morning my skin feels softer and healthier. I couldn't ask for more.

This beauty revival has been a great one these past couple of weeks. This time of year always calls for a refresh and I'm loving it. What beauty products are you currently favoring?

xoxo Kayla
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On the Go Makeup

Although I'm not really "on the go" much these days thanks to my at home business, I still like to carry a few things with me when I do venture out into the world. It's always good to have a few things on hand for lipstick emergencies and I'm definitely prepared!

I actually own two tubes of MAC's "Syrup" lipstick I love it so much. I keep one in my beauty desk and one with me at all times. You know, just in case. I also really like carrying deluxe samples of other lipsticks just so they don't get lost in the bustle of my lipstick bin. I'm currently carrying around the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in "Rikugien," which I own the full size of, as well as the Make Up For Ever lipstick in "Rouge Artist Natural" and the Bareminerals Marvelous Moxie in "Get Ready." To be honest all of the shades are very similar in color, but are the perfect touch up shades when I'm on the go.

I also like to have a lotion like the Bliss Body Butter Grapefruit + aloe. My skin gets crazy dry in the winter months so having something literally on hand makes it so much nicer. I also bring some sort of concealer with me as my under eyes like devouring concealer throughout the day. The NARS Creamy Concealer is usually my go to purse option.

I also have a pocket mirror and some fingernail clippers just in case.  My nails only ever seem to break off weirdly when I'm travelling or in a not-so-convenient location. I keep everything in one of the dozens of makeup pouches I've gotten from Ipsy over the years. This canvas one is a particular favorite. 

What products do you usually carry around with you?

xoxo Kayla
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The Top 5 My-Lips-But-Better Lipsticks

The Top 5 My-Lips-But-Better Lipsticks

The Top 5 My-Lips-But-Better Lipsticks

It should be a sin how many "different but similar" lipsticks I have. Every time I'm lipstick browsing I manage to bring home a shade that's my lips, bust slightly different. It's either a gift or a curse, but regardless I'm bringing you the five best my-lips-but-better lipsticks to bring your pout to a whole new level.

Let's start out going left to right with the least MLBB shade that's still close enough to the shade range that I figured it appropriate. Plus it's the lipstick I've gotten the most compliments while wearing. Always a good thing. MAC's "See Sheer" is a subtly reddish pink shade that looks so dang natural in the spring and summer. Heck it looks great all year 'round, but it brightens up the complexion without trying to hard.

Now the two Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks I swear look different on the lips. Promise. "Fiend" is a bit more pink while "Rush" is literally the exact same shade as my lips. I just love this formula so much I couldn't resist featuring them both. They're creamy, thick (in a good way), and last ages without needing a touch up. Plus the color range is quite something if you want to venture beyond MLBB shades unlike myself.

The darkest of the group is butterLONDON's "Teddy Boy." It's incredibly creamy to the point of being sort of wet when first applied, but isn't sticky and dries down nicely to a stain. It's a great handbag product for easy applications on the go. It doesn't last super long, but I don't mind touching up from time to time.

I couldn't write a lipstick post without including MAC's "Plumful." It's one of those classically perfect shades that's purple in all the right sort of ways. It's subtle enough for every day wear but really brings together a look and makes it that much better.

What are your my lips but better shades?

xoxo Kayla

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What You Need to Know About the Planner Community

What You Need to Know About the Planner Community

The planner community is definitely an interesting one whether you've been a part of it for years or a spectator not sure what's happening to a bunch of grown ups over stickers. So here's what you need to know about the planner community no matter your relationship to it.

If you're just getting started
  • It isn't as scary, expensive, overwhelming as it looks.
  • You'll make some planner buddies in no time.
  • And they'll be super awesome.
  • Not all Facebook groups are the same, so find some that make you feel comfortable and yourself.
  • You'll find your place in the planner community, be it stickers, stamping, or a combination of everything.
  • Just like everywhere in life, there will be cliques, but that doesn't mean you won't find your happy place.
  • Don't ask if you should get another planner or more stickers, we will always say yes.
If you're completely oblivious
  • We know it's just stickers, but we're ok with that.
  • There are so many lovely, generous, kindhearted people who will bend over backwards to help another planner pal.
  • We really do need more than one planner, trust us.
  • People start planning for so many different reasons, but they stay for the community.
  • It isn't just a fad. Planning isn't going anywhere, it's just changing how it looks.
If you're a significant other of a planner addict
  • We know it's just stickers, don't judge!
  • There will be a lot of really adorable packages being delivered and we already feel the sticker buying guilt so just turn the other cheek.
  • We'll just keep buying more anyway.
  • Planner internet friends are so much better than regular internet friends.
I couldn't be happier to be a part of this crazy planner community and see where it takes us next!

xoxo Kayla
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How the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Surprised Me

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Makeup Look and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Makeup Look and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Makeup Look and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Makeup Look and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Makeup Look and Swatches

When I first heard about the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette I thought, "Oh no that's not for me. Smoky eyes are not my thing." and left it at that. When it showed up on my doorstep a couple weeks ago I hadn't a clue my smoky-eyed-noob-self was about to get her world rocked.

First things first, this isn't necessarily a smoky-eyes only palette. Sure it has the shades you need for an on point smoky eye to dazzle the world with (like Black Market, Smolder, and Dagger), but this palette is so versatile a neutral eye can easily be done. Dirtysweet, Radar, and a little bit of Whisky are all you need for a classic neutral eye with a slight kick. How cool is that?

This palette is full of surprises and I've been loving discovering them. Of course it has the insanely pigmented shades Urban Decay is famous for, but the range is what's most impressive. There are purples, blues, blacks, and neutrals all in one palette arranged in a way that makes sense. You could almost group them in threes from left to right and have four completely different looks. It doesn't look like a Frankenstein palette at all, yet it can be used and worked with in so many different ways. Props Urban Decay. Color me impressed.

The palette has also made me curious about this smoky-eyed world I've shied away from in the past. I always thought you really had to commit to the smoky eye to make it work and it always had to be slightly over the top. Yet after a little bit of experimentation of adding some Black Market to my usual neutral eye look, a new (to me) type of smoky eye emerged and I am oh so happy about it. I like to think of it as a vamped up version of an everyday eye. Yet it's not over the top in the slightest. It's just the right amount of safe with a little "I know what I'm doing" thrown in. A confidence booster for sure.

The packaging is sturdy and gorgeous to look at. It's quickly become a staple in my everyday makeup routine. To think, I almost didn't give it a chance. You definitely should.

Have you tried the Smoky Palette?

xoxo Kayla
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The Best Christmas Cookies Ever (+ Homemade Frosting)

If you follow me on social media or have been keeping up with Vlogmas, then you know about these cookies. As soon as I posted the first photo on Instagram I got countless people requesting the recipe! The recipe currently belongs to my mom (of course I copied it as soon as I started living on my own) and I asked her for a little backstory! She first discovered these "Knoertzer Sugar Cookies" from a family friend back in her school days. She fell in love and had to have the recipe and now you guys can enjoy it too!

Now one batch of these cookies doesn't make very much, so definitely double or triple the recipe if you're making them for more than just a couple people. Plus they're so delicious you're going to want plenty. Now the recipe I have is literally just ingredients since I've made it so many times, so I'll do my best to act like a professional food blogger and give you all the deets.

Knoertzer Sugar Cookies

Ingredients for Cookies
1/2 cup butter one stick and let it soften
2 eggs
1 tbs milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract this is SUPER important. Seriously. It makes the cookie

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Ingredients for Frosting A very word of mouth recipe and isn't an exact process...sorry!
16 ounces of powdered sugar extra to thicken up the frosting.
Half a stick of butter softened for easy use
2 tbs of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
Food coloring

  • Add all the wet ingredients together and then add in the dry ingredients. Keep adding flour little by little until the dough is just slightly sticky.
  • Chill the dough.
  • Preheat oven at 350
  • Roll out the dough and use floured cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place on parchment covered baking sheet a couple inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until well risen and middle parts of cookies aren't soft
  • Let cool completely before frosting
  • Add frosting ingredients together and keep adding in powdered sugar until the frosting is thick and no longer runny. Keeping the frosting thick means it'll dry faster on the cookie and won't run off
  • Put frosting in separate bowls and add food coloring
  • Try not to eat too many!
Let me know if you're having any issues as this recipe definitely isn't one with exact details or baking instructions!

xoxo Kayla
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I'm Excited About Christmas

I don't remember the last time I was truly excited about Christmas. At least not anything like I've been feeling this year. There's just something about the festivities of 2015 that have me deeply engrossed in the holiday spirit. And I'm OK with that.

I think a big part of it is the fact that Alex and I are finally solidifying holiday traditions. From picking out ornaments every year at Bronner's to building a gingerbread house, there are things we just love to do together every year like clockwork. I love traditions and the holiday season can't help but be overflowing with them.

Christmas also means a new year is right around the corner and that always excites me. It makes me feel refreshed and ready to tackle the projects I've been putting off during the end of the year stress out. It's a time for "new beginnings" as they say and I couldn't be more eager to see what's in store for me and Alex.

We've also been more fortunate this year to be really able to spread the holiday cheer. We're more financially stable than in the past and it feels amazing to finally be able to donate to charities and support not only our families, but others too.

I think it's also because of all of you lovely lot. You brighten my days and although we don't have any snow (it's unheard of in Michigan this time of year), I can't help but be excited.

xoxo Kayla

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Erin Condren Horizontal Planner Giveaway

With the new year right around the corner I thought it time to share some holiday cheer! I'm giving away and Erin Condren Horiziontal Planner as well as some stickers from our shop and Plan it On Paper! The giveaway is open internationally for everyone 18-yeras-old or with parental consent! Happy planning lovelies!

xoxo Kayla

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The Skincare Routine for Dry Skin | Day & Night

The Skincare Routine for Dry Skin | Day & Night

I'm quite fickle when it comes to skincare routines. I fall in and out of them so quickly and often decide to just skip the entire thing altogether. But in an effort to treat my skin better I'm back at it again and have found two routines that my dry skin loves.

I keep things super simple in the morning since I don't want to irritate my skin too much for the day. I start with the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser in the shower. It's incredibly gentle but leaves my skin feeling like it's had a good clean. Once I'm finished with the rest of my shower I use a cotton pad with the Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. I love how cool it feels on my skin and it's a great way to clean everything off and prep the skin for anything next. I round out the simple routine with the Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturizer. Its orange scent really wakes me up and I love how light, yet hydrating the product is. And that's it. I find a complicated routine in the morning means I definitely won't do it. A three step process gets the job done while being a lot more realistic.

In the evening things get a bit more complicated. I remove any makeup I wore with the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. You apply this to your dry skin and massage it around as it creates an oil that lifts up the makeup. I then follow up with the Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish for a really good clean and to wash away anything the Clinique Balm might have left behind. I just like to be super sure that my skin is clear before heading to the next steps. I use the Body Shop toner again and then apply either the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins or the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask depending on how much hydration I'm going for. The Night-A-Mins is a great every day moisturizer while the other option packs a bit more punch. In the dryer, winter months I may even combine the two steps.

If I find I'm in the mood for a deep cleansing mask, the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is the one I usually reach for above all others. I find it's just harsh enough on my skin that it doesn't annoy my sensitive cheeks too much, while still getting deep into my pores to get any gunk out. I do this about once a week and usually just add it to my morning steps in the shower. It's so much easier to wash off after a few minutes and I'll just shave my legs or something during the wait.

They are simple routines, but they really work for my dry skin and unmotivated self (when it comes to skincare at least). 

What skincare do you use?

xoxo Kayla

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Doing Your Own Thing

So I've been thinking about this a lot lately. This idea of "doing your own thing." With a world that's constantly connected it's so easy to get swept up in the flurry of trying to keep up with the Joneses. Everyone and their brother is opening an Etsy shop selling stickers these days. I was definitely not the first and I'm sure dozens are still to follow. Is that a bad thing? I'm not sure. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't worrisome as we try to make a living off of an ever saturated market. We take a risk every day and whatever consequences that come with it are ours to bear. But beyond the economical implications I keep wondering if I'm just one of the herd and how to do my own thing and stay true to myself when everyone else has the same idea.

I know I'm just rambling really, but is it even possible to do your own thing anymore? What does that even mean? If an idea is a good one, does it become less as more and more people adopt it and put their own spin on it? It's a good thing I wasn't a philosophy major or I'd be in a world of trouble.

I guess what I'm trying to say is in a world were everything is so intertwined, it's hard to do your own thing. It's hard to feel unique and special and that your idea, or whatever it is that you're doing, has merit and matters. Regardless of what you're doing or how many other people are doing the same thing, constantly work towards doing your own thing. Every morning I wake up thinking about how I can just be myself and do what I love to do in the way I love to do it. It's important to me. I base my self worth off of it (regardless of whether or not I should). 

I don't know if there's an answer or an explanation to ease my mind. The only thing I can do it try every day to remain honest, humble, and myself. Maybe that's how we can all do our own thing. By working every day to just be ourselves, no matter what that means.

xoxo Kayla

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Which Planner Should You Choose for 2016?

Picking a planner can be quite the challenge. That's why I've rounded up a few helpful links as well as a comprehensive video to walk you through six different possible planners that could be your ticket to planner peace! From budget friendly to high end, there's a little bit for everyone thrown in.
  • Erin Condren Life Planner Vertical Layout
Decorating the Weekly View (Plan with Me)
  • Bloom Daily Planner
Bloom Daily Planner Review & Photo Walkthrough ( Giveaway!)
  • Daily/Monthly Day Designer
Daily Day Designer Review & Photo Walkthrough
  • Erin Condren Life Planner Horizontal Layout
ECLP Vertical vs Horizontal Comparison
  • MAMBI 365 Happy Planner
Why I'm Not Crazy About the MAMBI 365 Happy Planner (Review & Photo Walkthrough)
  • Weekly/Monthly Day Designer
Decorating the Weekly View (Plan with Me)
  • Top Down Planner (not in video)
Top Down Planner Full Video Review

Picking the right planner is definitely a personal choice that shouldn't be made too lightly. If you just pick one willy nilly you'll end up hating it and having to get another later on. So take the time to figure out exactly what you need in a planner and you'll find serious planner peace in no time!

xoxo Kayla
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Bloom Daily Planners + Giveaway

In today's video all about which planner you should pick for 2016 depending on your needs, I briefly talked about the Bloom Daily Planner (and the giveaway of course). I thought it deserved a bit more spotlight before I pass it along to someone who could get more usage out of it than me.

This planner is gorgeous and totally gets me geeked about planning just looking at it. The bright colors are fantastic and it's well thought out. Plus it's compact which is always a demand for planners. Poor planners. Trying to pack in tons of delicious organization while being demanded to be as small as possible. The Bloom Daily Planner does an excellent job of doing just that. 

It's also incredibly affordable. At just under $8 it's perfect for a college/student budget while still providing everything you could want in a planner.

 You can easily still pop in a couple of icon stickers here and some decorative ones there. It's a lovely planner, just not for how I like to plan. That's why I'm eager to give it away to someone who would give it the love it deserved! The giveaway is open internationally for anyone 18-years-old (or anyone who has parental consent to enter). Good luck!

xoxo Kayla
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Remember Why You Started

Time is a funny, funny thing. It has a way of mucking about with goals and plans and suddenly you find yourself a few years down the road with your mind all over the place and no real direction. I've been feeling like that a lot lately. This kind of lost sense of going through the motions. Specifically with this blog and my YouTube channel.

I've been blogging and making videos for so long that I've lost sight of why I started. It's easy to do and it's no one's fault really. But through this loss of sight I realized others might be going through the same thing. So I thought I'd write about it.

It's so easy to get caught up in the politics and the rat race. Trying to get followers, trying to write engaging posts that catch attention and gets views, to make catchy titles to attract people in. The list goes on and on and suddenly you're where I'm at, trying to go back to the beginning. I never thought I'd be wildly successful on the internet. Sure, like anyone I hoped it would happen (people are lying if they say they've never thought about it). But after the first four years of YouTube and a year of the blog it really wasn't about getting popular anymore because I honestly wasn't. Which I'm really quite thankful now that my online presence is starting to get traction.

It's because of those literally years of no feedback that I remained humble and honest to why I really started blogging and making videos. And more importantly why I kept making them and despite little to no response. I found myself blogging and making videos because I enjoyed it and I wanted to do it for myself. Ironically that's when things started (slowly) happening. It's because I remembered why I started, and why I kept going, that I found happiness in what I was doing. I think people can sense that. People can see from behind their computers that what you're making is honestly just because you like doing it. That's when the magic really happens.

So remember why you started doing whatever it is that you've lost sight of. It'll likely boil down to passion. You enjoy doing it. And if you don't, then stop doing it. It's that simple really.

xoxo Kayla
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5 Things to Do For Yourself: This Holiday Season

The holiday season is definitely here in full force and it's more important than ever to do things for yourself to maintain your sanity as the to do lists reach new lengths. I for one always get swept up in the fury and frantic dash and could use the reminder to take time to do these 5 things for myself.

  1. Remember what the holiday season is about and focus on that more than anything else. It's so easy to worry about getting the perfect gift, but the holidays are about spending time with people you love. It's so easy to forget that.
  2. Take a bubble bath and drink a festive beverage in the process. Taking care of your mental health is always important!
  3. Participate (or create) in a holiday tradition that means a lot to you. Nothing lifts me out of the craziness of the holidays like building a gingerbread house with Alex. It's a little thing we've done for a few years now that really brightens my spirits. Enjoy something that's special to your family.
  4. Be honest about how much your spending and hold yourself responsible to it. It'll save you a lot of heartache in January. It's so easy to get swept up and buy that extra gift that wasn't really necessary. Create a list and stick to it. You'll be happier in the long run and spending extra money won't make or break the holiday season, but it'll make 2016 a whole lot harder starting out.
  5. Live a little and eat that cookie or extra helping of stuffing. What's the hard work for if it isn't for little luxuries like pie?
Do these few things for yourself and we'll all make it through the holiday season relatively undamaged.

xoxo Kayla

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November Favorites

November sped by and I'm eagerly nervous for December's craziness. Once Thanksgiving hits it's like one even after another! I really fell back into a makeup/beauty grove this month and have quite a few favorites!

What products and things have you been loving this month?

xoxo Kayla
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