My Fav Planning Tools + Freebie!

Planner Tabs 2016

I have been immersed in planning for 2016 and I am so excited for what’s to come!!

I naturally enjoy planning for my year ahead, but having some amazing, colorful tools help make it even more fun. In the video below, I share with you my ultimate, most favorite planning tools that make planning a fun, colorful adventure!

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I’ve been using Leonie Dawson’s workbooks for a number of years now and I always look forward to filling them in and dreaming up my new goals for the year! It’s almost like having a life coach by my side, asking me just the right questions to push me into my best year and best self.

As I mention in the video, I was a bit nervous about setting aside my usual black moleskine planner for the new one Leonie just added to her planning collection… but I was so inspired by all the rainbowey goodness, I put together some tabs and fell completely in love with it!


Not only is it full of color and fun, but it’s one of the most functional planners I have ever used. It includes a month view calendar, check-in journaling questions to get you thinking about your intentions and goals for the month, weekly views with space to fill in your to-do’s for each day, extra spaces for doodling, gratitude, and so much more!

If this sounds like something you’d love too, grab your own at: (When you click on the Order Now button you’ll be directed to the area where you can choose to get the planner separately or get a bundle pack with her equally amazing guided workbooks.)

Whether you choose to use Leonie’s planner, or your own favorite, I have a special gift for you to brighten it up!

I just know you’re going to love the rainbow tabs I’ve created just as much as I do, so I put together a printable pdf with the images and directions on how to add your own.

Just CLICK HERE to download and play!!

And if you do enjoy my freebie today, please share the love! Feel free to use the image below to pin on Pinterest or share this page with your friends. :)

Much love to you!!

Free Planner Tabs!

Busy Mom VS Daily Grind – Day 23

New here and wondering what’s going on? Busy Mom VS Daily Grind is all about making the dedication to do something every day that will help you live a happier, more fulfilling life. I have committed to document my journey of developing the habits of living moment by moment, being grateful, and bringing self expression + creativity into every day. Read more about the challenge HERE.

Today’s creative challenge was to go on an inspiration hunt and take photos to use as inspiration for future projects. So, the girls and I decided to do some exploring in a nearby town that we haven’t visited yet.

Although I am in love with grungy, gritty, city scenes; there is none of that in our new area. So, it was tough for me to pick up on things to get inspiration from.  

First, we went to a historical park. We found this interesting tree we’ve never seen before. I love the soft feathery texture!

Rock walls are always inspiring to me!

I even found something grungy! I just love the texture and colors on this antique train wheel!

After some sight seeing, we stopped at the local park.  I loved the beach scenes they used to decorate the playscape!

The color combo of teal, blue, light grey, and dark grey is pretty neat too. (Plus I love the circles!)

They even had a rainbow splash pad! Yay! lol I love the reflection.

Shapes inside of shapes…

And I just have to share with you this pic of my three cute girls. I loved seeing all three of them in a row with the three graduating swings! :) It was a cherished moment.

After dinner, we attended a program at the Library where we learned all about fireflies. The girls even got to do a craft decorating jars with glow in the dark paint to use as firefly catchers. 

When it got dark, we took a walk to find some. We found a few fireflies flickering in the trees, and we all had our doubts that we were actually going to catch one. But one came along that stayed just a tiny bit lit so that we could follow it as it flied along. The three of us were giggling uncontrollably as we chased the firefly down the street trying to catch him. (We even got yelled at by one neighbor for being too loud! Ooops! lol) But we finally captured him in our jar, and we had a magical moment watching him up close! 

Today was a good day. :)

Tomorrow, I think I’ll try to create something from one of my inspiration photos. 


Love is in the air! I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Here are some interesting and fun hearts I found on flickr today. I hope they spark some inspiration for you this week!

1. Light Painted Hearts, 2. Hard Heart, 3. trashy heart…, 4. heart on music, 5. Painted hearts, 6. Traded ATC- My heart belongs to you, 7. Heart Artwork, 8. Light Painting Heart, 9. heart rainbow

By the Sea

My husband and I recently took the plunge and bought a house closer to the ocean. Our search went on for months, and by the time we found a home and moved in, winter was settling in. So, I’ve been dreaming of sticking my toes in the sand ever since.  Here is a collection of my favorite beach images from flickr. I hope they spark some inspiration for you this week!

1. Ocean, 2. Purple Jellyfish 2, 3. Seaglass finds, 4. Starfish, Red Sea, Hurghada (Egypt), 5. Ocean Bouquet, 6. Ocean Abstraction, 7. crab, 8. Shells #18, 9. Seaweed – Alderney

The Messiness of Art

I love the messiness of art sometimes, so I’ve collected some images with that idea in mind. Let yourself go, let yourself play with your art, and you will truly feel free!

1. Blues – An abstract painting, 2. Art is my comfort (art journal), 3. Art, 4. SPEAK LOUDLY art journal page, 5. Color Pencils, 6. Art Journal January 2009, 7. Paint Brushes, 8. Blues skies coming down – FO, 9. Blick Art supplies