Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Little Planner Love

I love planners!  I can replace the planner I use multiple times during the year and I thoroughly enjoy rewriting dates and notes into the new one.  I know I'm not alone:)

I am currently using a few different planners:)  Our family uses the iCal app on our phones consistently because all the dates can go into it and can be shared between all our phones.  That way my hubby and I know who has a meeting when, who needs to take my daughter to gymnastics practice, when school events are scheduled, etc.  We avoid overlapping too many commitments that way.

However, I love a paper planner!  I must have one!  I'm not sure I can ever go completely digital.

This year I am using the Erin Condren Life Planner for myself.  (link here)

With this planner, you can personalize the cover, pick your starting month and much more.  They are a bit pricey but so pretty!  And they always send coupon codes and little extras with your planner that are awesome!  

The inside of my planner has tabs with each month.  I put dates for my daughter's gymnastics, school related items for myself, etc.  I like that the month is two pages with big boxes.

The inside pages have the weeks all laid out behind each month with lots of space to write appointments or reminders.  I use the inside week pages for  a lot of list making and reminders.

The planner also has space for notes, special reminders, a pocket, a pencil pocket, contacts section, fun stickers and much more.  I really love how fun this planner is and how much space it allows me to write anything I may need.  I do like a planner to fit in my purse at times which this does not but I do keep it open on a corner of my desk to refer to.

After buying the life planner, I heard about another type of planner that is smaller and thinner. So, of course, I had to buy one of those to try too:)  It is by May Designs.  (link here)

I like this planner because it fits in my purse.  Again, it has a monthly spread with each week on two pages behind the month.  I can pull it out at work and jot down reminders and to do lists to refer to later.  Again, you can customize the cover and the monogram.  You can also customize what goes inside which is totally cool.  You can make an agenda like I have, a blank notebook, or many other options.  

So, I'll continue using these planners for all my lists, reminders, and appointments.  I'll probably pick up some more during the course of the year:)  I'll share those if its something I'm finding I like also.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Makeup Empties #1 and a Blog Update

So, I've been toying with the idea of totally changing the topic of my blog or making a second blog or all sorts of other things.  I've only ever posted about diy, organization, or house related topics.  However, part of the reason I named this Love To Be Busy is because in addition to projects around the house, I love to read, cook, and am totally obsessed with makeup.  So for now, I'm just going to post about all the things I love that keep me busy.

With that being said, my first non-house related post is going to be about some makeup empties and a mini review.

The top picture includes a fragrance free hand cream with shea.  This was a smaller travel size I got in a gift.  I believe it is from Kohls (according to the label).  I really liked this hand cream.  I kept it by my bed and used it at night.  It has a thicker consistency which I like at night and I liked that it was fragrance free.  I would repurchase this item if I needed a hand cream (I have quite a few around right now).

The other product in the top pictures is Jour d'automne Non-aerosol hair spray.  This deluxe sample size came in a Birchbox.  The hairspray itself was fine although I'm not a big fan of non-aerosol hairsprays but I couldn't get past the smell.  I did use it all up but I thought it smelled like men's cologne and the scent kind of stuck around for awhile:)

The bottom picture is a Suave deodorant (probably was free with coupons at some point).  I like this formula/brand but I'm not too picky about my deodorant, especially in the cold winter months.  I will continue to purchase this deodorant, especially when it is on sale.

The final product is Neutrogena lip moisturizer.  It is a chapstick that I have kept by my bed to use at night.  I like to swipe on a little chapstick or lip balm before bed.  I have also purchased this product a few times although I have a few other kinds laying around I'm going to use up before I repurchase this one.