Friday, January 26, 2018

My First Mambi Sticker Book

I could not be any more excited about planning than I am already am except I just added another layer to my planning process that makes planning so much MORE!  I recently purchased the Happy Planner Me And My Big Ideas value pack sticker book of 1050 stickers and I am over the sun and the moon about it.

I have been planning since I was in high school and it is something that has been a part of my everyday life since then.  I cannot live without my planner as I have to write everything down, not just to remember things but also to have as a memorial keepsake.  I am a writer after all, so it makes sense I love to plan which means writing my days to-do's and events on paper.

I got into decorative planning about 2 and a half years ago and I have not looked back.  It is so much fun, not to mention so pretty to look at and it has changed the way I plan for the better.  Decorative planning is not for everyone.  It takes time, making sure everything is pretty and neat.  But I am a neat and organized person by nature, so decorative planning definitely works for me.  Not to mention how exciting it is to decorate a spread for the holidays using all the colorful stickers.  It is so much more fun looking back at a planner that is all decked out decoratively.

So to take my planning to the next step, I finally bit the bullet and ordered actual planner stickers from Amazon from the Mambi sticker collection.  I just got the basic book to start but I have plans to order more.  In the beginning of my decorative planning journey, I would google free printable planner stickers off the web and print them on sticker sheets of paper.  I would spend a good few hours cutting and setting up my planner for the new week with all my DIY stickers.  And this process of planning has been fun and cathartic for me.  But now, with my new sticker book, I don't have to cut and peel stickers for hours.  Now I can take already cut stickers that are ready for me to just place in my planner.  Planning will take less time but will also be a little easier as most of the work will already be done for me.

I have thought of ordering stickers from Etsy but I felt overwhelmed trying to decide which stickers to start with and what was a good price.  With the Mambi books, they come as a value pack so they include a wide variety of stickers for various use in my planner.  The worry and thought is taken out of choosing which stickers to buy as they come with so many functional and purely decorative options, a good selection to start any planner girl off on the right foot.

I am just so excited that I finally have this option available to me. I am not able to run to the store here in Costa Rica to buy planner stickers so I have to rely on the internet and shipping costs.  But to me, the price is worth it.  And these stickers will last me a good long while.  So here's to many months of Happy Planning.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A First Time For Everything (Samara Vacation Photos)

Beach Vibes

Poolside Living

Going on an adventure, but first, let me take a selfie!

First time riding in the back of a pickup

Canopy Time!! Zip-lining through the trees

Playa Carillo

                                                           The most delicious delicacy

Exploring One Of Nature's Wonders

Just Breathtaking!

Playa Barigona


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Vacation To Remember

Want to avoid the after Christmas blues?  Book a family vacation!  It was truly something to look forward to this January.  After Christmas was over and the New Year had passed, I set my mind on our beach vacation.  We booked our trip for the 7th of January to the 13th.  Six whole nights and seven days in the glorious beach paradise of Samara, Costa Rica.  We had been to Samara twice before, but could not wait to go back and explore all that the region had to offer.  And this trip, we took full advantage of our time and did a few fun activities.  It was really time and money well spent!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Keeping With Tradition: NYE and NYD

For the last 4 years, we have made it a family tradition to celebrate the impending new year at the amusement park.  December 31st was the perfect day to head to the park this year.  The weather was perfect and there were no lines for any of the rides.  It was just the best day filled with family fun and thrilling rides, a perfect way to spend New Years Eve day.

New Year's Eve night proved to be a night to remember with good music, good food and a few good friends.  It was the perfect way to end the year and begin anew in 2018.