Tag: lifestyle

Marriage Honesty

Marriage Honesty

Marriage Honesty [Editor’s Note: I had the awesome opportunity to do a Q&A with Molly Reed of the husband/wife music duo Grayson|Reed. They are honest in their songs and have a strong marriage message that I love. Here is some backstory on Grayson|Reed before we dive into 

Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Galentine’s Gift Ideas Hey Divas. Have you heard of Galentine’s Day? It falls on February 13th, and it is a holiday to celebrate your female friendships! If you google it, you’re going to probably see a lot of information about the episode of Parks & 

How I Plan + Blog Planning

How I Plan + Blog Planning

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This is my Diva Planner. Isn’t that cat fabulous?

How I Plan + Blog Planning Tips

In today’s lifestyle post, I thought I’d share my current planner set-up with you and some blog planning tips. I thought it might be interesting, since I know there are quite a few planner enthusiasts out there!

 

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I’m currently using an A5 Aqua Patent Domino Filofax and Month on 2 Pages inserts from the Etsy shop DearPlanner. In February, I will be using stickers from the Etsy shop MareBareCrafts — these little dewdrops are a lot smaller than the Martha Stewart comparables but are very similar and actually removable, too.

My system for blog planning is fairly streamlined at this point. I have to have a month on two pages for my editorial calendar. Since Devotional Diva has a lot of guest bloggers, I keep track of those on the side. I also keep track of my ideas for posts there. When they are finalized, I write them down on the sticker. I place the sticker ahead of time (usually at the beginning of the month) on the days I plan to blog.

Now, you may be asking…is the sticker necessary…?

The answer is that stickers are ALWAYS necessary.

Also, I do keep track of other appointments in this planner so it keeps the layout neater.

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I choose what kind of sticker or label to use based on what color scheme I want. I used to always use aqua blue, as you can see, those are all gone in the Martha Stewart pages! Now I switch it up month to month.
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Here’s my little pouch of planner supplies. It’s actually a makeup bag from Tarte, but I really like it and it’s the perfect size.how-i-plan4

I also use the weekly cleaning sheets from DearPlanner. I’m still trying out how to make them best work for me.how-i-plan8

Also from DearPlanner, here are my daily OR weekly sheets. Some days I do I have enough to fill up a whole page, or I end up using a page for a whole week. Since they are undated, it works for me. Breakfast/lunch/dinner ends up not meaning the same thing, but that’s okay.
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My lovely charm on the planner is from Coach – I’ve had it for years and basically always kept it on my planner because it just makes me happy! I was able to find a similar one here.* I also always use colored Filofax paper refills because they, too, just make me happier! I do a lot of journaling in these back sections and also take notes and make lists there (ex: Christmas planning).

*Affiliate Link–Please see my disclosure on the bottom of every page of Devotional Diva in hot pink font, of course.how-i-plan6

My favorite pens and highlighters are the Frixion pens by Pilot and have been for a looooong time. They are erasable — The only truly erasable pens I have encountered.

I hope this little look at my planning system was interesting!

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5 Fresh Fall Resolutions

5 Fresh Fall Resolutions

5 Fresh Fall Resolutions To me, September means fall. Even though it doesn’t always feel like fall immediately! I’m not in school anymore, but fall represents a fresh start for me still. So today, I’m posting five fall resolutions that I’m attempting to enact this 

Inspiration Lately

Inspiration Lately

Hey Divas, Devotional Diva’s mission is all about inspiring women and spurring them forward, so I thought I’d share what has been inspiring me lately! I hope this can be an encouragement to you today, wherever you are! While perusing Instagram, I stumbled upon this 

Italian Beach Day with My Boys

Italian Beach Day with My Boys

We took full advantage of my husband’s day off and went to an Italian beach! I love the beautiful Italian beaches and we had such a great day. I wanted to share some of our lovely day with you!

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Aren’t all the little umbrellas so cute?
O playing in the sand!
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The view of my umbrella from my chair
O is not a fan of the water at first and takes a long time to acclimate himself to it!
Oh yes, nothing better than feeling the waves on your feet!
There he is starting to have fun!

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Churches Around the World: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Churches Around the World: Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Continuing my Churches Around the World Series (why not, right? I end up visiting a church everywhere I go!), today we’re taking a took at the Eglise Saint-Michel church in Villefranche-sur-Mer. During a stroll with my husband and son, we met a kind lady from Manhattan 

German & French Food Highlights

German & French Food Highlights

As I was going through all of my photos from my trips to France and Germany, I noticed I took a lot of photos of what I ate. Like, way too many too include them in the original Devotional Diva posts that I did about 

Berlin, Germany #DivaTravel

Berlin, Germany #DivaTravel

I’m back with more German adventures! Today I’m sharing our day trip to Berlin. We spent a lot of time walking along a path learning about the Berlin wall and seeing where it was, until we ended up at the memorial and the Chapel of Reconciliation. It was a cool experience. We also stopped at a large grassy area with lots of grafiti where Oliver ran around and played. He loved it! We also walked around Museum Island later in the day!

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The metal poles are where the wall was

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The Chapel of Reconciliation

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My favorite statue at museum island

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The Stages of Post-Vacation Grief

The Stages of Post-Vacation Grief

The Stages of Post-Vacation Grief I was inspired to write this silly little thing after returning home from my vacation to Germany. This seems to be what I go through during Post-Vacation Grief (totally a real thing) and I thought it would be fun to