Plan With Me Featuring The Happy Planner, Blue Sky Planners and Pen + Gear

I’m really excited about taking planning more serious this year. I’ve toyed with the idea for awhile and kind planned things written out in a planner here and there last year. But this year I’m on a journey to be more organized, structured and just have my weeks go a lot smoother. With planning it’s a great way to lay out your full month in a visually pleasing way to make it look more exciting and less overwhelming in my opinion. It also helps to see where you’re wasting time or not utilizing time you thought you didn’t have. I usually will just put everything in my iPhone calendar and keep on with my day but I soon realized I may need another way to jot down important events and just all around weekly plans when I would check my calendar and plans, events and appointments were missing that I knew for a fact I put down.

So in the spirit of Back to School I decided that I would get down to planning and make this school year run so much smoother. Especially since all 3 of my little nuggets will be in school this year. I needed a way to plan out everything from school activities, after school activities, pick ups, drop offs, and all the in-between without the fear of things possibly disappearing from my calendar. Below I have added everything I’ve been using to start my planning journey. Blogging about it will also be a way to hold me accountable to making sure I’m keeping up with everything and sticking to planning in general.



P L A N N E R AND S T I C K E R – D E T A I L S
PLANNER: Mine is the Sophie 8.5×11 | STICKER PACK 1: 1557 Pieces Collection | STICKER PACK 2: 1607 Pieces Collection | STICKER PACK 3: 1829 Pieces Collection | FINE POINT MARKERS: PEN + GEAR | FELT TIP PENS: Limited Edition Candy Pop Flair | STICKER SHEET 1: PEN + GEAR | STICKER SHEET 2: PEN + GEAR | MORE STICKER OPTIONS: PEN + GEAR | WASHI TAPE: PEN + GEAR | MORE STICKER PACK OPTIONS: THE HAPPY PLANNER | DESK: LINNMON/ALEX COMBO

Everything planner related I’ve purchased so far is from Walmart. They’re really starting to get into the planning spirit with back to school coming up as well with all types of options for planners with different size and style options. THE HAPPY PLANNER is really awesome with their planner options as well as their adorable stickers. I currently have 3 of their large book sticker sheets and another smaller 80 piece sticker collection. I also have PEN + GEAR sticker packs as well. MICHAELS is another great place to find The Happy Planner sticker packs also. I have been holding out on going in there so I’m not just buying all the stickers, lol. My planner is by BLUE SKY PLANNERS and I love it. It’s slim so and it fits perfectly in my bag without taking up space. You have a monthly layout page and then a section for everyday of that month so you’re able to write out anything you can’t fit in the square boxes for the monthly layout page.

So I think that about wraps it up for my first post of all things planning. I think I’m really going to love this new series on planning.
Do you plan things out? Do you stick to adding to calendar on your phone or do you prefer to lay things out in writing as well? Let’s discuss, I’d love to hear the ways you stay organized in the comments.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

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Farmhouse Inspired Living Room Makeover

Good Morning babes! So I finally got all the decor and furniture put together in the living room so today’s post is all the details of our living room redo. I’ve wanted to redo our living room for so long now and even though we’re about to begin the home buying process we have about 6-8 months until everything is done and I just couldn’t keep looking at our terrible couches for that long and I certainly wasn’t moving them into our new house, lol. Our old couches have been with us for 5 years through kids, pets, moves, etc and it was definitely time for a change. I went with a sectional because I wanted one furniture piece that I could base the rest of our decor around. Our couch is from (add American Freight link). They have so many styles of couches to choose from. Sectionals, couch and loveseat sets, accent chairs, recliners. You name it and they have it. The couch we ended up choosing was the last one they had in stock so we grabbed it before it was gone. It came in just under $900 with the sale price and taxes. It was the perfect large size and I liked the color because it fit in with the farmhouse feel that I love.

Our recliner and coffee table are from Elite Wholesale Furniture. They sell brand new scratch and dent furniture from stores that have closed or had over stock. They were both in perfect condition and we got them together for $340. (Told you I love bargains and sales, lol). I love the fact that the coffee table has drawers so I can store remotes and seasonal decorations in there so they’re hidden when not in use. Our entertainment stand under the tv is the Kallax shelf unit from ikea ($109) and the baskets are as well ($12.99 ea.). We were going to get some doors to go on it too but ended up not needing them. We turned our old diy shelving unit into a bookcase. I love our little lamp from Ikea as well($80). It has a little table with a built in wireless charging pad and I just bought an extra one ($17.99) so we can both charge our phones wirelessly. It also has a usb plug in the back of it so someone who doesn’t have wireless charging can charge their phone or tablet as well. We chose not to get a lamp shade and just use the large dimming farmhouse style lightbulb from ikea ($12.99) and it just brings such nice lighting into the room at night.

My mirrored wooden tray that sits on top of the coffee table is from Ross ($10.99), the mini faux succulent plants are from Target dollar spot ($3 ea.) and the center beauty and the beast style plant is from ikea. My throw pillows except for the patterned ones are from At Home ($5-20 ea.and they had a buy 1 get one half off sale) and my oversized throws are all from Walmart. Our throw rug was $25 from At Home but was smaller than I meant to grab (it’s 3×5) but I will get a larger one later. My husband built our farmhouse style dining room table and I’m still so in love with it.

Over all I am just so in love with how cozy everything feels and looks now. I love how the different tones of brown bring out the colors in everything and pulls everything together so beautifully. If I missed anything or forgot to post anything that you have questions about please feel free to comment below and I will definitely give you a link to the item that you are asking about.

Before:

After:

LIVING ROOM – DETAILS

Kallax Shelving Unit: Ikea| Branäs rattan baskets(I got 1 of each color): Ikea | Sectional Options: American Freight / Wooden tray: Ross / Throw Pillows (except patterned pillows): At Home / Throw rug: At Home / Oversized Throw options: Walmart / Varv Floor Lamp with wireless charging: Ikea | Nordmärke Wireless Charger: Ikea

I hope you all are having a beautiful day and I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed redoing our living room. I love saving money and finding bargains, I also post hauls and home decor on my YouTube channel as well so please feel free to go and subscribe so you don’t miss any of those videos either. Thank you all so much for stopping by the blog today.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Brigitte Brianna Baseball Dress

What’s better than a dress? A dress with pockets, lol. I love dresses in the summer time. I really like them all year round but especially in the Florida summer heat a dress can be a life saver. Less clothing to put on and your outfit is complete with just one piece. I’m always nervous to try a new online site especially when I don’t know any other long limbed ladies to base size and length off of. But on Sexy Modest there’s size references for the models so it helps a ton when shopping. This fun dress is the baseball dress and it sells out quick. I was trying to order the grey one too and it was sold out (cry face emoji, lol).

It fits perfect and has a drawstring waist so you can adjust it to fit your length and waist. It’s a soft breathable material and the pockets are pretty deep. I’ve fit keys, phone, lipstick, toys. You name it the pockets have held it. No need for a purse with this one, lol. The best part is it’s under $40, machine washable and fits either just below or just above the knee depending on how you tie the drawstring. I wear it tied above the waist so it looks like a top and skirt.

O U T F I T – D E T A I L S
SNEAKERS: Gold Polka Dot Converse | DRESS:Baseball Dress | PHONE CASE: Pastel Succulent | WATCH: Apple Watch | EARRINGS: Clip On | HAIR EXTENSIONS: Zala Hair

FIT TIPS:
-Chucks can run a bit big. I’m wearing a 9.
-Dress runs TTS. I’m wearing a size medium in the color Navy.

Sizing reference:
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.


I will definitely be making more purchases from their site. Shopping was so easy and shipping was quick. I ordered and had it within a week with no extra shipping charge. What are your favorite clothing items for summer?

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

Master Bedroom Makeover for under $1800

I’m so excited for this post. I have been wanting to get new bedroom furniture forever and we just kept putting it off. But I’m so glad we finally took the plunge and did it. Even though it was mainly me to my husband like “Ok, so this is happening like now, lol.” My bedroom is a bit more modern and bright than my livingroom which you will see in my livingroom revamp post soon because I love so many different styles I wanted to make every room something fun and different to walk into. 

What’s even better is we were able to revamp our room for under $1800. I know to some that may seem like a lot as well but before we started I spent 2 weeks putting together a vision board, looking at other room ideas, choosing furniture, etc. what I learned was just finding furniture that’s pretty, functional and still inexpensive can be done. Because any sort of home decor redo can definitely put your budget high if you aren’t shopper savvy. Just by having my husband powdercoat our dresser and nightstand handles instead of just buying new ones saved us about $40. I also saved money by keeping my floor mirror and office furniture I already had. I shopped around, went to sales, used coupons, etc. whatever you need to do to get your room how you want it for the least expensive is really the main goal. 

I went with a white base (furniture) and then added in some mustard yellow, grey, gold, silver and navy blue. So it has a feminine touch but still some masculinity to it. Don’t want the hubs to feel left out in his own bedroom, lol. The ikea dressers we went with are a new design at ikea and they came just in time for our revamp. The original handle were black but we powdercoated them silver to match the lamps. (A little ikea hack for you, lol) I shopped at At home, Target, Ikea and American Freight. We haven’t added any pictures yet because I want to find some that match the decor better than the photos we had up previously. I will make a post once I find the perfect ones.

Below is the before and after of our room. Just rearranging your furniture can give your room a whole new feel. We wanted to create more space and a more open feel in our room as well and just by changing the colors in our room and moving the bed and things around made it feel like our master bedroom was so much larger than it really is. Just by going from dark furniture to a white and silver theme with pops of color gave it a larger, more bright and clean flow. If you’d like a more in depth post of how I saved $1500 while still buying basically all new bedroom furniture than please leave a comment and I will definitely get that post up for you because I love helping others save money while still being able to decorate, have amazing decor and live comfortably. 

BEFORE:

AFTER:

BEDROOM – DETAILS:

DRESSERS AND NIGHTSTANDS:IKEA  | BED AND MATTRESS SET:AMERICAN FREIGHT | CHANDELIER LAMPS:AMERICAN FREIGHT | BENCH:ROSS | FLOOR MIRROR:WALMART | RUG: IKEA DESK AND TRAY:IKEA | OFFICE CHAIR:AMAZON | SMALL FUR PILLOWS:TARGET | LARGE THROW PILLOWS: AT HOME

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Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola