Plum Paper Designs Planner Review

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Plum Paper Planner. Say that five times fast.

Or don't. I just want to let you know if you are a planner type person, you need to check out Plum Paper Designs planners. They are sold from PlumPaperDesigns on Etsy.

Last year I posted here about my May Designs planner. It scored major bonus points because, well, dinosaurs. It had dinosaurs all over it, which pretty much won me over from the start. (P.S Can I just squee for a moment about Jurassic World coming out on MY BIRTHDAY this year?!)

It was small which I loved for fitting in my purse, and it mostly got the job done.

Except I started running out of space. As the year went on, and things continued to be added in, the 'small' factor I once thought was a good thing turned out to really not be. It was also completely paper. It had no plastic covering, and I did say, even last year, that no cover was a negative due to the nature of being a mom of three young children and how easily and fast thing go from clean to gross.

I looked high and low for another dino option, but they just weren't out there. Besides I figured I probably needed to go with function over form. Which, after lots of research, led me to... *drum roll*

Plum Paper Designs planners

So there aren't any dinosaurs, but the first thing that caught my eye was that it did in fact come with a plastic cover over the front and the back printed covers

I opted for this pretty gold honeycomb design. It didn't have any overlays I could choose from aside from a monogram which I'm not super into, so I figured I'll eventually get someone I know who owns a Cricut to cut me a sticker to put in my own overlay... sort of like this, except I'm thinking a bee

First things first, I'm the realest. What? Iggy Azalea get out of my head!!!

OK, first things first, they give you a 2015 quick look overview which is really nice and also colorful which gets bonus points

Then to select your month, it has these really pretty, sturdy monthly tabs

Go to your select month and the first page is a notes page. This is so great for me and my never ending to-do lists, there is also one at the end of the month

Flip the page, and you'll have your whole month at a glance. I love that there is a place for birthdays, events, and even more notes to the left

Flip again, and you have your first week of the month. It has a small month so you can see which day falls on which day of the week, a weekly checklist as well as more notes. Hooray notes!

But my favorite part is definitely this...
Oh yes. You can have it custom made to add in each family member, plus any category you choose. I chose to leave mine blank but they could be for meal planning, exercise schedules, or even Girl Scout activities (if you're a troop leader. Which I am. I know, I can't believe it either)

Now of all the things I may write about, cleaning will likely never be one of them, that's because I totally suck at it. I was excited though to add this monthly cleaning chart in to the end of each month to maybe help me keep up
No one hold their breath

The thing I liked the most about Plum Paper planners were how much you could really customize it to fit your needs. I chose the family planner, which allowed for all of our names to go in the separate sections on the side of each week, but they also have regular planners, teacher planners, student planners, wedding, fitness, and meal planners.

They also have additional add-ons, like the monthly cleaning schedule, that you can purchase for just a few dollars more, or the sections I'm about to show ya

Do you sell 31? Stella & Dot? Do Passion Parties? If so, you may want to try out the "direct marketing" section to add to my planner. The tab is blank, so you can write in anything you desire.

Even if you aren't in direct sales, this section could also be useful if you have an Etsy store or something similar. Plum Paper has a custom listing you can order, and while I haven't asked them directly, I'm thinking it would be pretty easy to hand pick which sheets you would want under your blank tab to more accurately organize your business

The first pages are your monthly overviews, giving you a place to write your monthly goals, to-dos, incentives given and won, parties scheduled, etc.

The next 3 pages are your party planning lists. For someone whose whole business is based on parties you would need to add in additional part planning pages. They are just $1 each. You could also just photocopy the pages I suppose, but it would be so much nicer to have them all the same color and in the same place  instead of loosely flying around

Here's a To Do list, and Monthly Tasks list. Always helpful for staying on track and keeping up with meeting goals for your business

This was something I had not thought of at all, but saw how useful it really could be. I have a friend who travels pretty far for her parties, and something like this would be so helpful in keeping track of her mileage and keeping her expenses accurate

Which then leads up to the Income & Expenses pages. For my business, for example, I have a lot of trial sized bottles, stickers I buy to label them, books that I hand out or people buy, so this will be a lot nicer than having to make one of my own and keeps it all together with everything else

There is also a large section for contacts. Leads, Hostesses, and Consultants, depending on which types you need. They all come standard with this add-on though.

Then there is a page for passwords. Also, helpful, and apparently I didn't find it necessary to take pictures of these sections?

Then there are the Monthly Expense sections. This can help you reconcile your accounts each month and stay on top of everything for when tax time comes calling and also show you which months were most profitable

The next add-on I purchased was the "Blog" section

It has a few of the same features that the direct marketing add-on has, like a monthly overview

Income & Expenses. Depending on which type of blog you write, this could be helpful. Generally I just blog about what we're doing, so I can't really expense anything, but  you could put in domain hosting expenses and things like that

I have a notebook which is full of ideas. I definitely would be writing down more than just these to pages worth, but it would be good to put in some solid ideas that you'd like to save for a later date, maybe a time when you're busy or having writer's block


I do look at my "stats" mostly because they are posted right next to the title of each blog post when I go to write/edit one, but if your blog was looking to become a more steady and serious business, this would be very helpful information to have to give to advertisers and collaborators

Always

I don't have anything that I would need to put in here... at least not yet? Thus far with my little google ads, I have made $1 and something cents over the last year, but for someone who did reviews of products, or got together with other bloggers or companies to do giveaways, this would be very helpful

An annual planner. This would be great for writing down post ideas you knew you wanted to do seasonally, like a Valentine's Day or Christmas gift giving guide, or it would also be helpful for certain things you needed to do throughout the year, like renewing your hosting, scheduling with someone to help update your blog design, etc.

Then at the very end of the planner, you have you general contacts area, a list of all the US holidays

2016 year at-a-glance, and a folder (it's front and back) to hold things, papers, receipts, whatever you need to keep with you

Plum Paper Design planners offer quite a few other options as well. Everything from a Home Planning section and Monthly Bill Tracker, to adding in photos or extra contacts and check-list sheets, or even a Baby section to record doctor visits, feeding and changing times, and a growth tracker. There is a page limit, so you can't add everything in, but if you really needed it all, you could have two. One for your personal scheduling and home life, and then one for your business side.

And last but not least... the price.

This planner was a bit expensive, at $54.75 shipped. So it did cost more than my May Designs planner did, about $35 more, but the difference is huge. I really wish I had taken a side by side comparison shot to show how much more the Plum Paper Designs planner holds than the May Designs planner.

It also isn't always necessarily that price, as I added in two sections, and the monthly cleaning sheets. Without those the whole planner would have been $43.75, plus I know they offer codes sometimes as well.

Mine did take a couple of week to come in, so if you're still wondering how you're going to keep 2015 organized you should definitely check these planners out and order soon. Here's to a more organized 2015!

**I am not in any way affiliated with Plum Paper Designs. I  just bought their planner and really love it, and wanted to share :)

15 for 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

Are you like me and just looked at the calendar all "Holy cow! It's New Year's eve on Wednesday?!" What are we going to do?? Well, fret not my pet. Here's a list of 15 ideas that I've come up with, or gleaned from Pinterest-land, that are low-to-no prep (read: great for last minute!), and will guarantee a super fun evening for your whole family.

A lot of the materials here I have on hand at home because well, kids and craft supplies kind of go hand in hand. If you don't have these things on hand however, they would be really easy to pick up at your local Target or Walmart or even grocery store depending on how big of a city you live in. (We live in the country so I now determine store availability of product by town population)


1. Get dressed for that Fab NYE party...
Even if you have no where to go. Paint nails with sparkles, put on one of Dad's ties or better yet, bow ties, put on lip gloss and blush, your nicest clothes, whatever. Kids have so much fun getting dressed up, this alone will be so fun!

2. Glitter Crowns-


Super easy tutorial found here at Best Friends for Frosting. These would be the perfect compliment to all that hard work you put into getting dressed up. We'll be making them a bit more kid friendly and use gold, glitter pipe cleaners instead of wire though.

3.Have an all out New Years Eve dinner-
Let the kids get really involved with helping. Light candles (we love all of our flameless candles!), get out fancy plates (even if they are paper), and really make a big to-do about getting dressed up and eating a "fancy" dinner, even if it is pizza bites and hotdogs!

4.New Years Eve Bingo-


This Bingo free printable is found at Kristen Duke Photography. My kids love to play bingo and it always raises the stakes when you play for leftover Christmas Hershey's Kisses. This can also be a great time killer while you're waiting for that fancy dinner to cook!

5.Mocktails-


Is that not the cutest thing you've ever seen? I found these over at Modern Parents Messy Kids and thought they would add just the right touch to New Years Eve dinner.

6. Year in Review Interview-


I found this awesome free printable Year-In-Review interview sheet at Thirty Handmade Days. This would be a great thing to do during dinner, like a 'What was your favorite part of today' type question 2015 style. But regardless of when you do it, it would definitely a fun memory to add to your children's keepsakes.

7. Photo booth Free Printable Props-


Also from Kristen Duke Photography, these are adorable, and my girls LOVE taking pictures. This would be a fun after dinner activity, and before the party begins. I mean, all fancy dinners have parties afterward, right?!

8.Bake brownies (or cookies, or cupcakes)-
Add icecream and let the kids go to town with sprinkles, candies etc to decorate. Just remember to keep this earlier in the night if you don't want to feed your kids sugar right before bed.

9.Dance Party!!!
Yep. Always have a party after a fancy dinner. While you're waiting for your sweets to bake you can party like it's 2015. Pretty much every child I have ever known loves to sing and dance... Pandora station 'Kids Bops' is where it's at.

10.Paint the fireworks-


I thought this was such an easy and fun idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning for kids to do while waiting to ring in the new year.

11.Make noise makers-


I am not really keen on the horn type ones, so something you can put together and shake or jingle sounds a like a slightly better idea. These looked simple and fun from Kix Cereal

12.Scavenger Hunt-
I really liked this one from Buggy and Buddy because it isn't anything I really need to make sure we have around, these items are all common, and it also involves counting and writing down the numbers. Fun and learning! Win-win!

13.A New Year Balloon pop countdown with a new activity in each balloon-


I found this whole countdown at Craftabilities and thought it was just too good. Basically every idea she has is awesome.

14.Sparklers!-
What's new years without some sparkle and pop? A lot of fireworks stands are already up and running. Sparklers are cheap and the most kid friendly (adult supervised) fireworks.

15.Have a balloon drop at Midnight-
Regardless of it you make it a "Noon Years Eve" party, or set your clock fast and make 9 o'clock the new 12 o'clock, having a balloon drop is always a good idea. I looked on Pinterest to find a good DIY and this from Pinnedit looked easy enough and like so much fun!



Here's to 2015!!! Ahhh is it really already '15???

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