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Creating and Using a Home Management Binder

By Katie Poppe
on August 24, 2016

‘What’s a home management binder and why would I want one?

I’m a married lady and a mom to a dog; compared to parents with many kids and sometimes multiple jobs, my ‘life-crazy’ is pretty mild. But, I am also the type A personality that likes to have all my ducks in a row. I know the benefit of having everything I could possibly need for me, J*, the dog, the house, the cars, in one, easily accessed spot. When it’s time for car maintenance, I can grab the last receipt and know what I had done. When it’s time for the dog to have a vet checkup, I can see what immunizations he had last. 

I also – obviously – use a planner for personal events, etc., but there’s no good way to keep track of everything in my planner! 

The old process for this was the junk drawer in our apartment. I wish I was kidding.  Then, we decided to buy a house – what? Still can’t believe it. I knew there was no way that the old junk drawer method was going to work. I also have a terrible memory, and 9 times out of 10 I have to ask J* the answer to any of the 1000 questions I have. Like, when was the dog’s last grooming appointment? What’s the number for the bank again?  Sigh. 

So, the home management binder was born. Now I don’t have to wait for J* to get home from work to answer my questions! :p

 What do you keep in a home management binder?

Everyone’s family is different, so this is a tricky question – for us, it was house needs, personal needs, pet needs, etc. It has our bank info, our mortgage info, as well as emergency information in the event anyone actually needed it! Here’s the breakdown of our binder:

BEFORE THE TABS

  1. Moving Checklist
  2. First Night Essentials
  3. Change of Address Checklist
  4. Change to our name list

Because I decided to take the leap into the home management binder right before we moved, these sheets were crucial for us. It kept us totally organized throughout the process of closing on the house, packing up, cleaning and moving in! (Even if I’m still working on my ‘change of address’ list.  Priorities, people – unpacking my planner stickers came first! :p) 

I am a firm believer in listing - make as many lists as you can, and stick to them. It makes even the most daunting tasks seem a little easier, and checking off what you've done as you go is very satisfying. But keep your lists together! Stay organized. 

THE TABS

  1. 2016-2017 scheduling: I’m going to get us an 8.5x11 monthly layout for this, check it out!  [link: http://www.limelifeplanners.com/collections/8-5-x-11-monthly ]
  2. Contact & Vital Family Information: In this tab, I’ve got sheets for both J* and I and our personal/medical information, pet care sheets, contact info for our emergency contacts/friends/family, and house contacts. If there’s ever an emergency, I want it to be easily accessible for anyone to come in and be able to take over in my / our absence. It guarantees that the ‘kids’ and the house are cared for!
  3. Financial Information: What banks we have money in, our retirement funds, information on our mortgage lender, etc.
  4. Home & Auto Information: When was the last time I had the car serviced? Who has my auto loan? How much do I owe? It’s all here.
  5. Home Fun: One of my favorite tabs; a place to keep fun ideas for the house, image boards, etc. This can include coupons for stores, too!
  6. Vacation Information: J* and I take one trip to Cape Cod once a year for our anniversary, sometime around July. Because it’s such a staple in our lives, I wanted a tab just for this.

The binder is totally a fluid process, too. If there’s to be a little human in our lives, I can add a tab for the kiddo. I could keep pediatrician info, school, and sports schedules in that section.

‘So what do I need to set up a home management binder?’

Find a system that works for you. For us it was a 3-inch binder with a clear sleeve. I made an adorable cover page, using a free Limelife Planners desktop background download. There is a clear zipper pouch inside, and then tabs from Target. Again, this should be a system that works for you; some people would rather have a home management ‘command center’ with file folders, or a file cabinet. It’s all about your personal family flow, but whatever way you choose it should help make your life a little-less wacky! :p

Do you think you’ll set up a home management binder? Do you already have one and have some other tips? Let me know in the comments!

This blog post was written by Keri Thivierge for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Keri visit her on Instagram @steviedplans. Please share this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

Media & Creative Team: Call for Applications

By Katie Poppe
on August 22, 2016

It is that time again! We are looking for new members for our Media and Creative Team! We are really excited at the interest we have seen from people wanting to apply to the team. It's great to see such passion and excitement for Limelife products!

Who We Want

We want passionate planners. We want the people that keep it simple in their planners, and the people that get creative. We want anyone who is passionate about productivity, goals, and the power of writing it down.

Stand out applicants will have:

Beautiful Photography

A lot of what we ask from you is pretty images. We love sharing your pictures of Limelife products on Instagram and we want to see your planning in all it's HD glory. Here's an example of an excellent picture from a recent blog post from Kristan Kremer.

Creativity

By creativity we don't mean you have to be the next Michelangelo. What we really want is for you to have a creative mind so you can write about topics that you would want to read about. A big part of the M&CT job is writing blog posts. We want you to come to the team full of ideas on what you want to write and what images you want to share with our readers. Here's an example of a great post from Katie Clark.

10 Dollar Tree Planner Supplies

Passion

We want folks who are passionate about Limelife Planners. We are proud of being a small business. We are proud to create products that help people achieve their goals. We want our Media & Creative Team members to feel the same way. Emilee Adams has been a member of the M&CT twice now. She has always showed a passion for a products through her posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube. We love that she loves Limelife and shares that passion in her Youtube videos!

How It Works

In exchange for us sending you Limelife Planners goodies, you will write blog posts and share Instagram images of your Limelife "stuff."

Responsibilities

  • Write three planner/organization/crafty related blog posts per month. Dates will vary and can be set up to accommodate your schedule. We will also work with you to come up with blog topics if needed. Or, new this time, in lieu of blog posts you can create 2 high quality Youtube videos per month featuring Limelife Planners Products.
  • Share at least 4 of your own images per month on your personal Instagram account, and tag #lovemylimelife, #limelifeplanners, #limelifeplanner. Most of the time we will be "re-gramming" these images on our Instagram (@limelifeplanners).
  • Email Katie with a headshot of yourself that will be used for our website and the footer of your blog posts (media@limelifeplanners.com). 

In return, you'll get a FREE Limelife Planner of you choice as well as an advance sample of new products that we release during your time on our Media and Creative Team.

Media and Creative Team members are hired for 5 month contracts.

How to Apply

Email your application to media@limelifeplanners.com.

Include the following:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Social Links (Instagram, Pinterest, Blog, Youtube, etc.)
  • Attach 3 of your best product images to the email.
  • Statement of Interest (tell us why you want to be on our team)

We will be choosing members by September 5th, and we are asking that you apply no later than September 2nd at midnight. Good luck!

Look Inside My Layout C

By Katie Poppe
on August 19, 2016

I use my planner to keep track of family, personal, home, and blog tasks. One thing that often frustrated me with planners that I used in the past was that the boxes forced me to organize my tasks unnaturally. That's why when I selected my very first Limelife Planner, I decided that Layout C seemed perfect!

Instead of having daily columns divided into three sections, I could now distribute my tasks across six super-focused categories. It took me a couple of months to find my groove for what works (for now!) but I wanted to share how I am using my Layout C* in case it helps you make a decision when choosing your perfect Limelife layout.

Today

I use the first category on top for “today” things. Here is where I put any appointments or events that are happening that day.

To-Do

The second row is for general to-dos that I want to complete in a certain day. Most of the time, these tasks end up being my recurring housekeeping tasks, so sometimes I label the row “clean”.

Blog

Next, I put bloggy stuff in the third row. This is where I note if I have a post publishing and what I need to work on to keep things running smoothly.

Social

Social media is a huge part of my strategy to get people reading my blog, plus it is so much fun to share photos! I use Instagram the most. I like to have an idea of what I want to post on each platform every day so I know what kinds of pictures I should take in advance when the light is good. I also use this section to remind myself to automate some posts (like tweets and Facebook updates).

Food

The fifth row down is usually food, though sometimes I switch it around with fitness (usually the sixth row). This is just basic “what's for dinner” and sometimes I track water (I need to be so much better about water!).

Fitness

For a while, the sixth row would have the best of intentions but would end up empty most weeks. You know how it is, right? This spot is meant for tracking workouts and steps.

I have changed things up some weeks, but this is what I usually end up coming back to. Funny thing is, now that I finally have it figured out, I will be changing things AGAIN. My blog is growing and I'm writing and posting more often so I need more space.

Because of that, I've decided to devote my Layout C to my blog and use a separate planner for home stuff. I am so excited to use the new Limelife personal weekly inserts. They're going to fit just right in my Recollections binder (check here for an insert/binder size chart!). I think it will be perfect for general personal stuff to keep track of my family's schedule.

For food and fitness, ordered the new Fitness Notebook. This is going to be a game changer for me, I can already tell. Shout-out to the other ladies in the We Love Limelife Facebook group that can't wait to use this notebook either!

So that's a look at how I'll be using my Layout C until I settle into my new trifecta of Limelife goodness. I will be sure to write an update post for y'all when I switch things up and start using my Layout C solely for my blog.

How do use your Layout C?

*The images included in this blog post are of the previous version of Layout C. If you would like to take a look at the current version of the layout check out a free sample on the Weekly Layouts page.

This post was written by Kristan Kremer for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Kristan visit her on Instagram @kristankremer. Don't forget to share this blog entry with your friends!

Teacher Planner: Summer Pre-Planning!

By Katie Poppe
on August 08, 2016

I teach; therefore I am a master of pre-planning. Okay, maybe not a master, but hey – I like to think so and it definitely makes me feel more confident! I pre-plan not only in my school planner, but also my personal one. I’ve got notes written out months and months ahead of time, because I ALWAYS forget!  It’s always a fun surprise to flip to a new month and see what I’ve got coming up!  If it’s something exciting, it never fails to feel like Christmas morning ;)

Teachers know the value of their summer time, and – usually – we make the best of it by planning ahead for the upcoming year.  If you’re anything like me, though, you’re a glutton for punishment, and all big events get planned during the summer. I got married during the summer, and have moved several times during the summer. This summer, J* and I got the brilliant idea to buy a house! 

What?

In hindsight, doing this after school had started and I had a plan and a vision for the year already mapped out would’ve been the better choice…but hey.  I work with what I’ve got.  And this – this is what I’ve got. 

Yikes.

Someone send search dogs if you don’t hear from me for a few days. I’m somewhere underneath piles of extra kitchen stuff, poochie blankets, and planning supplies. 

However, amidst all the insanity of moving, and cleaning our apartment…I haven’t forgotten that school is just around the corner. Our district goes back August 30th this year – before Labor Day for the first time, I think, ever – and I know it’ll be beyond stressful if I get totally behind on pre-planning!

Planning ahead for your school year – or even your personal life – doesn’t have to be daunting! It should give you a sense of relief; it’s a big step to take, mapping out a few months at a time or documenting important dates. Here’s a sneak peek at how I plan ahead for a school year. 

(Side-note: These Pilot Frixion pens? HUGE for teachers. Pens that erase. And erase well. Mind blown.)

  1. Holidays, no school days, and In-service days: Any days that I won’t be seeing kiddos need to be marked! That way, I won’t preemptively plan something for a day and get my scope and sequence all out of whack. 
  1. End of quarters, end of semesters, progress reports and report cards: Having these all marked keeps me on top of grading. If I know progress reports are due in two weeks, I know I have to get my butt in gear!! ;) It also helps me visualize the quarter as a whole, so I know how much time I have to cover something before a term ends.
  1. Staff meetings: Not the most ‘fun’ part of our job, but still essential – our school has two meetings per month, and it’s imperative that I know ahead of time when they are, so I don’t make appointments those afternoons.
  1. A “flexible” schedule of topics: I say flexible because time always gets away from you. Sometimes, things go quickly, and sometimes they take forever! If I at least know what I’m covering each quarter, I can adjust as needed. 

Okay Keri, so how do you use this?

I’ve gotten into the habit of checking my ‘monthly view’ before each week of planning – I mark down anything important from pre-planning in the appropriate days, and then fill in the rest around it. Without the pre-planning process, I’d be a mess. (And it’s happened; for a while I just decided to ‘wing it,’ and I’d be unpleasantly surprised by meetings, etc!)

Do you only pre-plan in your planner?

No way, José. A good chunk of summer ‘off’ time is getting ready for the first week of school! I set up class lists, first-week plans, seating charts, student surveys – always, always, always go into the first few days of school over-prepared! Even now, eight years into my career in the same school, and the same grade, I still have first-day anxiety. This calms my nerves significantly!

What’s your pre-planning process like?  For all my teacher friends: if you have any tips on how you pre-plan, please share in the comments! I’m always looking for new ways to streamline my summertime planning.

Good luck to all my teacher friends, going back soon! <3 

 

This blog post was written by Keri Thivierge for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Keri visit her on Instagram @steviedplans. Please share this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

10 Dollar Tree Planner Supplies

By Katie Poppe
on August 02, 2016

When I was younger, I’d spend a couple of weeks every summer with my aunt and cousins. My aunt would take us all to the dollar store on Sunday and let us pick 2 items each. I chose stationery every. single. time. Guess my inner planner girl was strong even back then.

Thanks to the exceptional quality (hello, heavenly paper) and phenomenal customer service, I never hesitate to invest in products from Limelife Planners. However, I don’t have an unlimited budget and it would be easy to get out of control with spending on extra planner supplies. I balance my Etsy sticker shopping habit with less expensive (but equally adorable and functional) options. Here are 10 of my favorite planner supplies to check out at Dollar Tree.

1. Containers & Organizers
I use Dollar Tree containers to organize all over my house and my planner supplies are no exception. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors so there’s always something to fill your needs. There’s usually one large display somewhere in the store, but don’t forget to check endcaps throughout for more options. For $1, they’re better-than-you’d-expect quality! You’re definitely not limited to the regular organizer section. Check out Kristan’s post here on the blog for clever ways other household organizers can be used for your planner supplies.

2. Sticky Notes
Whether you’re using them in your planner or for reminders around the house, a girl can never have too many sticky notes. At least that’s what I tell myself.  Dollar Tree does have a lot of basic square notes in bright colors, but they also have super cute specialty sticky notes. Some even come in a combo pack with coordinating page flags. The stock seems to change pretty frequently so if you see something you love, snag it. You’ll find most of them in the office supply section, but also check the display racks around the checkout lanes for more specialty items. Wouldn’t these hashtag sticky notes be perfect for scheduling social media posts? The coffee and sweet treat themed set is maybe one of my favorite ever Dollar Tree finds.

3. Washi Tape
Washi tape seems to be the unicorn of the Dollar Tree planning world. It’s not always easy to find, but when you do it’s a major score. The prints tend to be super on-trend and I really love the weight and feel of the tape and strength of the adhesive. When I’ve found washi, it’s been on one of those hangy display things (technical term) in the office supply, art supply or teacher supply aisles. NOTE: I didn’t care for the holographic or glitter washi 2-packs I tried from Dollar Tree. The adhesive was more like duct tape than masking tape and too sticky for my taste. The glitter also shed really bad.

4. Pen & Pencil Bags

I have a major pen addiction which I’m pretty sure comes with the territory of planner love. I do some of my planning on the go and I like taking a variety of pens with me when needed. These zip pouches are a great option! I love the variety of prints and solid colors. Some of them even have reinforced holes so they’re easily added to a binder.

5. Paper Clips & Binder Clips
I use several clips in each of my planners to mark pages for easy reference.  Whether you prefer decorative binder clips or more basic options, Dollar Tree has you covered. I love the bright colors of these basic coated paper clips. The cute shapes on the binder clips would make a super fun addition to any planner.

6. Vinyl Decals
These decals are typically used to decorate walls. They also stick really well to laminated surfaces. You can add them to your dashboards and bookmarks for an extra pop or use them to decorate your 7x9 planner covers and interchangeable covers. I love the idea of using the alphabet sets to create a monogram! These are removable if you’re careful.

7. Stickers
The Dollar Tree has a TON of stickers! I don’t typically find a lot that match my planner style, but I can usually find something if I dig enough. I flipped through part of display after taking this picture and found some super cute donut stickers that came home with me. Remember that the puffy or 3D stickers will add bulk to the pages of your planner so if you like things to lay flat, skip those. Looking for something a little more functional? You can also find write-on label stickers in the office supply section. Use them right in your planner or on those containers I mentioned earlier to label your newly-organized planner station.

8. Coupon Organizers
I love these for organizing my coupons and I also use them for planner supplies. They’re great for separating small sticker sheets. They can also be used to get organized for on-the-go planning and planner meetups.

9. Page Flags
The Target page flags definitely seem to be a favorite in the planner world. It seems like there are a lot of people who struggle to find them in their stores. Maybe you just want something a little different. Dollar Tree page flags are another great option. As I mentioned before, some of them come in a set with sticky notes. They also have some adorable page flags in their own packages. Fun + functional = my favorite kind of planner supplies!

10. Planner Bands

I’m constantly amazed at the number of headband options at Dollar Tree.  I’ve never actually worn one on my head, but I recently discovered that they are the perfect size for holding my planner and notebooks neatly closed. As someone who misplaces my planner bands on the regular, I like having a few extras on hand just in case. The headbands with the rubber grippy things (another technical term) on the back are especially good for helping them stay put on your planner or notebook.

How do you use dollar store items in your Limelife planner? Share your pictures with us on social media and tag your posts with #lovemylimelife and #limelifeplanners.

 

This blog post was written by Katie Clark for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Katie visit her on Instagram @katiedidproductions. Please share this blog entry with your friends!

Managing a Long To-Do List

By Katie Poppe
on August 01, 2016

You know those days when it seems like the to-do list will never end? Those are the days when the things don’t all fit in the planner and you definitely won’t need any help filling in the blank space.

Sometimes it is hard to focus when you’re faced with a daunting list of things to do. I know I have trouble staying on task when I know there’s just a slew of other things to do when I finish.

Here are some tips to help cope with that long to-do list. When I'm feeling stuck or like I'm just spinning my wheels, I try to make sure I've covered some of the things here to help me focus. 

TIPS FOR MANAGING A LONG TO-DO LIST

Get dressed

I know the sweatpants are comfy. Trust me, mine are my uniform when I'm not leaving the house (and even sometimes when I do leave #sorrynotsorry). But there's something about changing into fresh clothes (and a pair of real shoes!) that signifies to my brain that it's time to get things done.

Take care of yourself

When we're busy, it's easy to put ourselves last. The problem is that we're always busy! You cannot keep putting yourself last, or else you won't be able to operate productively. Take a walk, do some yoga, or read something for pleasure. Heck, even just take a shower!

Drink water

Water is so important, y'all. I know you hear it often, but that's because it's true! Staying hydrated will keep your head clear so you can focus on your list.

Slow down

Sure, going full speed ahead will help you get that list tackled ASAP. But you're not a machine! All work, all the time will only lead to burnout. Give yourself some grace and take some breaks.

Stop multitasking

I am a recovering multitasker. I have been training by brain to work on as many things as possible since middle school, so I will be the first to tell you that it's a hard habit to break. But I've noticed I can get more done (and done RIGHT!) When I concentrate on one thing at a time.

Change scenery if possible

This is totally dependent on your specific tasks. Sometimes a move to another location can help you focus on the things you need to do. For instance, at this very moment I am sitting at Panera Bread to type this up. I had 30 minutes between errands so I popped in, ordered a cup of tea, and got to work.

List top 3 priorities

The best way to feel productive with your long to-do list is to know your priorities. If you spend most of your time plugging away at tasks that aren’t as important then you may run out of time to tackle the big things. Get the important stuff done first and feel accomplished no matter how many other menial tasks you cross off for the rest of the day.

Remove distractions

Turn off the TV, and logout of social media. You’d be surprised how much time you spend scrolling Instagram when you have a minute free. Spoiler alert - it’s probably way more than a minute! If you have small children, this one could be difficult. You may have to work in 5-10 minute spurts while they are otherwise entertained with something else.

Set a timer

Decide how long you can dedicate to a task then set a timer and get to it. Work nonstop the entire time until the timer goes off, then take a short break. This method is often referred to as the Pomodoro Technique.

Connect with accountability partners

Finally, one way to stay focused is to connect with others that are also trying to work through their to-do list. Text your friend or sister and ask her to check in on you in a few hours. I’m sure she’ll be happy to oblige if you return the favor!

A long to-do list can seem extra daunting without a plan, but using some of these strategies can help you whip it into shape.

This post was written by Kristan Kremer for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Kristan visit her on Instagram @kristankremer. Don't forget to share this blog entry with your friends!

DIY Watercolor Planner Stickers

By Katie Poppe
on July 25, 2016

Watercolor is having a major moment. Make one pass through the planner community feed on Instagram and it will be obvious! There is a reason for all the love...watercolor paints create beautiful designs.

You don't have to be an artist to get the look, either. One of my favorite things about watercolor is how forgiving these paints are. It is super simple to create effortlessly beautiful works of art. I'm serious, anyone can do it.

You don't need fancy supplies either. My paint set is Artist's Loft from Michael's and I'm certain I bought it on clearance about 3 years ago. I use any brush I can find in my mess (keeping it real, things aren't always as tidy as you see on social media!), but the one in the pictures is a Pentel water brush.

So what are you waiting for? Flex your creative muscles and try watercolors the next time you want to try something different. Here's a fun project to get you started.

DIY Watercolor Planner Stickers

MATERIALS

Limelife Planners Sticker Stamps Sheets:
Watercolor paints
Brush(es)
Water

    Simply pick your favorite colors and get painting!

    To create an ombre effect, start at one side of the with a small amount of paint, and drag your brush across without adding more paint. The color will deposit bold at first and start to fade as you drag your brush. If it doesn’t give you the desired effect, you can paint the whole sticker and then add more paint where you want it darker.

    To create a blended effect, choose two colors and add a small drop of each to your sticker. Lightly combine them using the tip of your brush.

    Allow the stickers to dry completely before using in your planner. You can write or stamp on them too!

    Want the lovely watercolor look without all the work? You're in luck! Grab some beautiful watercolor planner stickers in the Limelife shop!

    This post was written by Kristan Kremer for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Kristan visit her on Instagram @kristankremer. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

    Staying Focused on Your Health and Fitness Goals

    By Katie Poppe
    on July 19, 2016

    Making a lifestyle change is hard. It seems like we’re already busy enough with life as we know it, and then we have to change things up to make our health a priority. It takes a lot of planning and getting organized to make positive changes for the long term. Here are some ideas to help you stay motivated and focused on your health and fitness goals.

    Define your Goals

    One of the biggest hurdles to achieving goals is making them too unrealistic. Sure, it’s great to reach for the stars. But how will you get there? Make SMART goals. What are SMART goals you ask? Why, they’re only the best way to stay motivated!

    SMART Goals Are:

    Specific - instead of saying “I want to be healthier”, dig deeper. Be specific. Try “I want to learn yoga” or “I want to drink an adequate amount of water every day”. Specifying what you really want will help make it clear how to get there.

    Measureable - make a goal that you can track. Using the water example above: “I want to drink 80 oz of water every day”. You can literally measure out that water every day to determine if you are on the right track.

    Actionable - can you actually DO SOMETHING to achieve your goal? Using the yoga example, you can learn yoga by taking a class or watching a video.

    Relevant - does it really matter? That sounds harsh, but let me use one of my own desires as an example here. I would love to fit into a size 6 again. But does that really matter to my health? No. But doing things like taking up running and starting a weightlifting routine might help me fit into that size 6 one day. So I have reframed my goal to “register for and run a half marathon”. Will my jeans size make me healthier? No. But running will.

    Time-Bound - Have you heard the saying “A goal is a dream with a deadline”? Napoleon Hill said that (worth Googling if you are into reading about success and positive thinking). Give yourself a deadline. If you don’t have a due date, how long will you continue? A deadline will help you stay motivated.

    Track goals in your planner

    There are so many ways to track your goals in your planner. I love using functional stickers and stamps that I can fill in with my progress. This keeps me so motivated!

     

    In my Layout C weekly planner, I use one of the rows just to plan out fitness routine. I usually lift weights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I have been playing with some stickers to keep track of everything I do.

    You can track water intake with the water droplet stamp from the Limelife Sticker Stamps Set #1. I like to ink it up, then stamp it once on scratch paper, then stamp it in my planner so that I get a “ghosted” image that I can then color in as I drink my water. One droplet = one glass of water!

    Another way to track your progress is to log your food intake. Many people already make notes about their dinner menus in their planner already. Take it a step further and plan out all of your daily meals ahead of time to stick to your nutrition plan. The Limelife Little Bit of Everything Stamp Set includes the most adorable fork and spoon stamp that is sure to make this task more enjoyable.

    Have you seen the Limelife Fitness Add-On? It’s got everything you need to help you track your progress and reach your goals. You can add it to your planner or a notebook. I’m going to order a pretty notebook to journal about my fitness journey and add the Fitness Add-On to it. The lined pages of the notebook will be perfect for documenting my progress for weightlifting and running.

    Don’t be shy

    Health can be a touchy subject. Everyone has different ideas about what is healthy. It can also be nerve wracking to make it publicly known that you want to lose weight, or that you need to develop better habits. But connecting with other people helps to keep you interested, motivated, and focused. Having a support system is helpful for those times when you feel frustrated or discouraged. And it also comes in handy when it’s time to celebrate those goals you’ve achieved. You can go big or keep it intimate. Some people start blogs or Instagram accounts to chronicle their health and fitness journey. Others just text a friend when they need to borrow some will power. So grab a friend or two or a hundred social media followers. Share your journey and keep the motivation coming. You never know who you’ll inspire with your story.

     

    How do you stay focused on your health and fitness goals?

    This post was written by Kristan Kremer for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Kristan visit her on Instagram @kristankremer. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

    Interchangeable Cover Storage

    By Katie Poppe
    on July 18, 2016

    Greetings, Limelifers! I'm on my second Limelife Planner and every time I shop, be it for a planner or a notebook, I'm tempted by all of the gorgeous interchangeable cover designs in the shop. There are five new ones since Friday and with the birthday sale that ends TODAY, you can get three free covers when you spend $55 with the code IC3FORFREE. Exciting!

    So, what to do with your covers when they aren't on your planner? I wanted to share a simple storage solution. I have a spare coil that I snap them on so they all stay together. Limelife Planners sells extra coils in the Planner Add-Ons section of their shop. 

    Each coil bound planner and notebook comes with a permanent cover, so the interchangeable ones just snap on over it. I've taken a close up picture to show you the difference, because a lot of people have asked.

    The permanent cover design goes all the way to the edge, while the interchangeable covers stop before the edge, so that the lamination lasts over many snaps. Because of this, when an interchangeable cover is on, you can see a little bit of the edge underneath, but it doesn't bother me. If you'd like to turn your permanent cover into an interchangeable one, just snip the edges and pop it off.  Remember, Limelife is great about making custom changes, so you can get any cover design on any spiral bound order - just leave a note at checkout. As you can see, I've personalized some of the quotations on mine.  

    What designs do you have? Leave me a comment and let me know your favorites!

    This guest blog post was written by Amanda Cahill, mom, friend, and Limelife Planners blog contributorPlease share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

    A Quote A Day

    By Katie Poppe
    on July 08, 2016

    Part of planning for me includes the few moments of 'zen' I can give myself, each and every day.  Everyone has a different thing they do for themselves - whether it's a cup of coffee, a long bubble bath, some 'me' time... Planner girls, though, seem to lean into their daily planners for those brief moments of reflection and self-inspiration.  For me, it's been my daily "quote of the day" space in my Layout C.  Layout C is the best for me because I have so much going on, and like to have a box for meals, and for school - but my last remaining box is all mine.

    The quotes I choose vary depending on the day I know I'm going to have, or the day I've already had.  I find myself writing the quotes in a different times throughout the day - but always when I need a little boost, or a moment of reflection.  Lots of my quotes tend to be motivational, in whatever way speaks to me. A lot of the time I use them to light a fire under my own butt.  

    Sometimes, though, they're little reminders for me to hold on, take a deep breath, and remember that everything is cool. J* and I are officially house-hunting right now, and it's been an incredibly stressful couple of months.  Also, in classic 'English teacher nerd' spirit, some of my quotes find their way from my favorite literature - in this case, two days of this recent week in my planner have been two parts of the same quote from Lord of the Rings.

    Seeing the quote in there daily as I referenced my planner helped to keep me on track. It'll be fine - you'll find a place to call yours, and not all who wander are lost!

    In talking to some of my favorite planner ladies on Facebook - shoutout to the We Love Limelife Group and my New England Planner Girls!! - I was asking them what kinds of things they did daily for motivation, using their planners or Bullet Journals!  We came up with a great list together :) 

    VARIATIONS ON DAILY DEVOTIONS IN YOUR PLANNER:

    1. Choose a quote a day to inspire you!
    2. Save your Fortune Cookie fortunes and write them down! (Krystani)
    3. A bible verse a night! (Christa)
    4. "I have a notebook that I started recently as an inspirational/motivational catch-all! Lettering, special phrases and pictures, etc." (Sara)
    5. A "daily gratitude" entry in the sidebar. (Nicole)
    6. "My friend cuts clippings from magazines that inspire her and glues them to a board. Could easily put them on a notes page!" (Leslie! <3)

    How do you use your planner for daily inspiration? Share with me in the comments!

    This blog post was written by Keri Thivierge for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Keri visit her on Instagram @steviedplans. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

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