Plan With Me - August & I Love Coffee

Friday, July 22, 2016

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I am a little behind this week because my sticker cutter has been broken, so I was able to get the materials together. I have missed our Plan With Me times and using stickers in my planner.

This week's spread turned out so cute. I have never seen it altogether, just in the pieces on the sticker paper. But it looks cute altogether on the pages of the planner. And I really do love coffee. Since they came out with Kerig's I have had a cup or two every morning. I like to put in a lot of cream or milk and make it like a latte.

I am not going to the conference like I said I might in the video so I'll be back on Sunday with a new Plan With Me video. I'm super disappointed about the conference, but glad to be back on track with my editorial plans.

Coming in the future, possibly next month, I am starting a new program called monthly Surprise Spreads! You can opt into this program by buying a monthly kit each month that will have a Week-at-a-Glance kit as well as three pages of "To Do" stickers for the regular price of $16.95. I am very excited about this program and I hope you are too. I will get the first one ready as soon as possible and show it on my blog and YouTube channel.

I'm also planning some discount days in the future. Keep your eyes open for those too!

Just a reminder, that these stickers come in both the sizes that will fit the MAMBI Happy Planner and the sizes that will fit the Erin Condren planner. They are available in my online shop at

Nail Art - Ombre

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Welcome to a new edition of the Nail Art. As has been my tradition the past few weeks I have been telling you about the tools I have found on the Internet to make blogging easier. I just wanted to update you, and tell you, that Buffer now offers social media linking to Instagram in their software. I was so excited when I found this out. Now I don't need to use Later, which saves me $20 a month.

I haven't tried it yet, but it seems to have the same instructions to work it as Later and Hootsuite. Today is the first time I will be using it.

Now onto nail art! I haven't done an ombre design of my nails since early in my blog career. I have had this kit from LA Girl for probably a year and a half and just haven't got around to doing it. I had no idea it was such a beautiful color of teal.

The glitter on the ring finger really makes the design perfect. Originally, I had wanted to put the little square gold embellishments on every finger, but I didn't have enough. I think it would've been too much, though. I like the way it turned out with just the embellishments on the ring finger and thumb.

This is what it looks like:

Goal Review

Monday, July 18, 2016

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I found this goal review on another blog ( and modified it ever so slightly and thought I'd share it with you. It has me excited for the rest of the year and focused on what I need to do to get my goals accomplished. Maybe you will use it too!

Meet the Indie Maker - Lyra Cole & Giveaway

Sunday, July 10, 2016

As a part the new segment I started, I am going to interview an Indie Maker once a month. Lyra Cole makes polish and her brand is Frozen Water Designs. Her shop can be found here.

I first asked her how she began making polish and how long she has been doing it? 

I must admit, I started making my own polishes because I was kind of mad at myself for buying polishes on impulse and then deciding I didn't like them when I later tried them on. I was already making soap and jewelry at this point, so i got the supplies and taught myself how to make polishes too. I've been making them for just over a year now.

What kind of polish do you mostly make? What other kinds do you make? What have you made?  

I make whatever kind strikes my fancy, pretty much. I guess, technically, most of them are jelly or crelly polishes, but i am working on branching out. I've recently been experimenting with different holographic effects, and may have finally found a product that creates the look I want for my next line.

Nail Art - Dots Within Dots

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Last week, on the Nail Art post, I told you about Evernote and Meistertask. I have been busy searching the web for new productivity tools. This week I have been looking at social media tools and determining what would work best for me. I have been using Hootsuite, but it doesn't do everything I need, in fact nothing does everything for me. I have finally settled on a combination of three products Board Booster, Buffer, and Later (formerly Latergramme).

Board Booster is a great program. It works with Pinterest to organize campaigns and schedule pins. I use it to schedule old pins to repin on group boards of which I am a part. I have quite a few old pins since I have been doing this for several years. I created a board with my favorite/best nail art and the program draws from that board to repin my best work each day. It is careful not to repin the same picture multiple times.

I am new to Buffer, as well. I used it for the first time yesterday and found it very intuitive. The only thing I dislike about Buffer, and I disliked about Hootsuite, as well, is that you cannot post to your Facebook groups. So regardless of what product I select, I have to go outside of it to post in my Facebook groups. I am thrilled that it posts to Pinterest, though. In coordination with Board Booster Pinterest is working great for me. Buffer takes care of posts to Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, Pinterest, and Linked In.

Later used to be called Latergramme. They changed their name recently. It posts my Instagram pictures/posts. You can plan several posts in advance, but when it's time to post them your phone (or in my case my iPad, which I prefer) it will send you a push notification to post. (I believe it's that way with every Instagram program.) I used it last night for the first time and found it very useful. It took no time to set up the posts and as long as I had my iPad close, I just had to push them through to post them.

That's the social media productivity programs. Now onto nail art!

I found the pink polish that I used for the background of this design in a box amongst my untried polishes. I have quite a few of untrieds and it's great to find a surprise. I thought I had used all of my pink polish, but I found quite a few in a box by Jessica. It is a yummy, candy pink.

I saw a design on Pinterest that used a similar method of dotting and it got me thinking about this design. I changed up the colors and used pink because, of course, it is my favorite.

I used acrylic paint for the dots because it dries faster and it is more opaque in most cases (at least for pastel colors).

Here is how it turned out:
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