Tag Archives: planning

Staying Ahead with Good Planning

13 Sep

Hi folks,

I’ve been in planning & organising over drive lately. What with the start of the new academic year & Seth going back to Pre-School & everything that’s coming up with regard to events & celebrations… I’ve been furiously making lists etc…

I just couldn’t get by without my Personal Planner Wall Planner. It’s so perfect for busy family life when you’re juggling school events, work, appointments, etc…

This is the ultimate Wall Planner for a busy family. You get a week per pages & you can add family members & colour co-ordinate everyone. You can even add a photograph at the top of each column.

I absolutely adore stickers too… With your purchase, you get a free sheet of stickers, but you can also purchase more stickers from their online shop.

With the wall planner you can also add areas at the bottom for things such as: Menu/Meals, To Do List, Pre-School etc… it’s just a great area to add additional notes & memo’s. For us, it’s perfect having our planner to consult before booking anything in as you can see so quickly & easily what everyone is up too.

I’m a big fan of technology & I use my electric devices daily along with a virtual assistant in our home in pretty much every room lol, but when it comes to organising… paper & pen is always better. Personal Planner as a company make it all so very user friendly. If you create an account you can add all of you special dates, such as birthdays etc… they will automatically be uploaded into any planner you create with the click of a button. It saves so much time!

I’ve also got the Mini Planner too for my handbag. It’s literally perfect for keeping in your handbag when you’re out & about.

Just like the Wall Planner, you can colour co-ordinate everything & you can add stickers etc…

You can even add little fun areas like a little colouring image at the bottom of each page. I just love colouring in, but having 2 little ones to run around after – I never have time to finish anything. So these little images are perfect for when I get a spare 5 minutes. Yes… I am that sad lol. I just find colouring so relaxing with a cup of tea.

I love that the planners all come with an elastic to keep it closed whilst in your bag. There’s nothing worse than your organiser opening & getting all of its pages ruffled up. In each planner you’ll also find a plastic wallet to keep any important items such as receipts etc… as with the wall planner – you’ll also get your sheet of stickers. And… a removable ruler! Perfect to use as a page marker. I just adore everything about these stunning planners.

So… I have some exciting news!!! Personal Planner have given me a gift card worth £39.90 & valid until March 2020. I will be giving this gift card away to one of my lucky followers over on Instagram! Head on over to my Instagram Page now, to find out how to enter! I’m just so excited to pass on some Personal Planner sparkle to one of you.

Thank you as always for reading & I hope I’ve inspired you to get organised. In fact… why not treat your nearest & dearest this Christmas to the gift of being organised. You could gift them a planner or a personal planner gift card!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Planning the Perfect Play Date

30 Nov

Hi folks,

Life is so hectic & fast paced these days… especially when you’re a parent. Planning your life around classes, play groups, work, housework, socialising etc… yikes… how do you fit it all in!?

I like to arrange regular playdates for Seth with all of his little best friends. Plus, it gives me some much needed time to have a catch up & have a cuppa with my fellow Mummy’s. The easiest way for us to arrange our playdates is with the use of Doodle. Doodle is so user friendly! Also, when scheduling an event – your invitees don’t even need to have the app as you can invite them via Text Message, Email, Whatsapp & Facebook Messenger. I usually opt for Facebook Messenger as we’re all on that social media platform.

Getting started is super easy… the app is free to download & very user friendly.

When creating the event you have free reign to choose time, date, location etc… the great thing about this scheduling app is that you can send your invitees multiple dates. That’s the main thing that I love about this app. When planning an event – you always need a few options. Like I said earlier… Life is super busy these days.

Once you have created your event/time poll you will be able to invite people. You do this by clicking the icon in the top right corner that looks like a little person.

You can also add messages & start discussions with one another via the speech bubble icon also in the top right corner. It just keeps all correspondence in the one area & it also means that no one is left out of the conversation.

Each time someone responds & participates in your time poll/invitation you will receive an alert via the app & an email notification.

Once everyone has responded – you should have a clear idea which date is most suitable.

Every busy parent needs this app. Myself & my husband have been using this app for arranging Christmas nights out too – it just cuts out all of the needless text messages. It’s quick, easy & precise! Like your very own personal assistant that lives inside your smart phone!

Happy Scheduling!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Christmas… Reviews… and Resolutions for 2016

29 Dec

Hi folks ✨

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic Christmas!? We’ve had a lovely family Christmas here. It’s been nice & relaxed… which was just what we needed with how hectic things have been lately. We’re now looking forward to a nice New Years Eve & a fantastical & sparkly New Year to come ✨

Christmas Eve was such a lovely day… It’s also my most favourite day of the year. We spent the day with two of our best friends. We had lunch at The Boat Inn which was beautiful as usual & then we came home for cups of tea… giggles & some gift opening. Oh I also lit my Christmas Eve candle. I buy a one each year 🎄 

   
We decided to be really good this year & not spend too much on each other for Christmas. Purely as we’re putting money aside for our little bundle 💙 But… the hubster was really naughty & still totally spoilt me with a new laptop… laptop bag & Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette. I think he thought by giving me them before Christmas then they wouldn’t count lol. I still seemed to have loads of gifts though on the day… I felt very spoilt! 🎁 

    
    
    
    
 It’s funny, even though I’m obviously not drinking alcohol with being pregnant… people are still buying me sparkles & vino lol. So it’s pretty much safe to say that I’ll be fully stocked for next Christmas! 🍾 

   
Our laid back Christmas day began with Christmas Tree crumpets & orange juice. I don’t know about about you  but I can never be bothered to make a full on English Breakfast on Christmas morning. Crumpets are always a good quick breakfast. For New Years Day I have French Pastries in the freezer ready to be baked fresh. Mmmmm yummy! 

 
 Our Christmas Dinner was traditional apart from the fact I did a Chicken rather than a Turkey. I also did homemade piggies in blankies, roast potatoes, root mash, sprouts, broccoli, yorkshire puddings, roast parsnips & petite pois. Oh & sage & onion with pork sausage meat stuffing balls… It was so yummy. But wowzers we were stuffed. I think Christmas Dinner is most definitely my most favourite meal of the year. I never thought I’d be able to make a Christmas Dinner as nice as my Mam’s… but I think I could give her a run for her money these days. Even Coco had herself a little mini Christmas Dinner. Eeeeeck… we’ll have our gorgeous little boy joining us for dinner next year. I just cannot wait. I feel so lucky knowing that our little family is growing 💙 

    
 Boxing day was sooooo lazy. We stayed in our PJs… watched films… ate yummy food… It was a much needed relaxing day. I also managed to use up the leftover chicken in fajitas… I washed my fajitas down with sugar free cranberry juice.

   
Being so lazy all day meant that we had plenty energy saved up for a spot of shopping on Sunday. We headed to a local retail park. We went along with every intention of treating ourselves… but we ended up just buying things for our little Prince 💙 We’ve bought him lot of things ready for his little vacation to next Years Winter Wonderland at Sherwood Forest. There’s just so much cute clothing out there… It’s hard to stop buying! 

    
    
    
   
Monday – we headed into town to spend our gift cards & treat ourselves. I got 3 bottles of perfume: 100ml DKNY, 50ml Vera Wang & an Estee Lauder gift set… I love having new perfumes to add to my collection. 

 When we got home I started to sort out Baby T’s little reading corner in his nursery. A lot of the books are my own books from when I was little. They’re all in pristine condition. It’s going to be so nice reading him the stories I loved having read to me as a child. I’ve also made a list of must have books I need to buy him. I really want literacy to be something he is very confident with. I’ve always been good with English as a subject & I really believe it’s all down to being read too, then reading myself from a very young age. 

 Today marks being 27 weeks pregnant. So exciting 💙 I’ve spent this morning filling in our new family organiser & sorting out our menu’s for the next 4 weeks. One of my New Year Resolutions is to carry on my healthy eating & cooking as many things from scratch. I want to remain healthy & then to lose my baby weight gain once Baby T is here. So far I have gained 11lbs. My midwife seems really happy with that. I can still fit into my size 14 & size 16 clothes so I’m happy. But I definitely want to be back into my size 12 dresses as soon as possible. I seem more focused when I’m organised & have set goals to work toward. 

    
 I have lots of reviews coming up. On 23rd December… Coco received a lovely Bark Beats Christmas box. So keep your peepers peeled for her review coming up very soon. 

 Also that day, I received some Benefit goodies & Caudalie goodies to review. I’ve received so much lately. I’ll be doing a full review asap!!! 

    
 Well I’m gonna leave this post here & I’m going to do some more travel system research. Me & the hubster are off to test out & try lots of different systems this Saturday & hopefully we’ll find the perfect set of wheels for the little Prince 💙 Then… we need to by us some new wheels too in the shape of a family car. Oooooo… Exciting!

Thanks again for reading ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx