Saturday, October 29, 2016

Four Things Survey

4 Jobs I've Had:
1. Babysitter
2. Customer service representative
3. Daycare worker
4. After-school child care worker
Credit: This Blog

4 Movies I've Watched More Than Once:
1. Love & Basketball
2. All of the Scream movies
3. Now & Then
4. Hocus Pocus

Credit: IMDB.com

4 Books I Would Recommend:
1. The Kate Burkholder Series by Linda Castillo
2. The Girl On The Train -Paula Hawkins
3. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour -Morgan Matson
4. The Time Traveler's Wife -Audrey Niffenegger

Credit: Amazon.com

4 Places I Have Been (In the last 3 years):
1. Long Island, NY
2. South Carolina
3. Lake George, NY
4. New York City

Credit: This Site

4 TV Shows I Watch:
1. Chicago PD
2. Chicago Fire
3. Chicago Med
4. Pitch

Credit: This Site

4 Things I'm Looking Forward To This Year:
1. Celebrating all of the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Eve
2. My niece/God-daughter's birthday
3. Planner conference with some of my planner friends
4. Celebrating my birthday

Credit: This Site

4 Favorite Vegetables:
1. Potatoes
2. Broccoli
3. Carrots
4. Cauliflower

4 Shows I Watched Faithfully From Beginning To End:
1. Dawson's Creek
2. One Tree Hill
3. Rookie Blue
4. Parenthood

Credit: This Site

4 Places I Want To Visit Inside The US:
1. Nashville, TN
2. California
3. Rosemary Beach, Florida
4. The Mall of America

Credit: This Site

4 Places I Want To Visit Outside The US:
1. All of the Caribbean islands
2. Italy
3. Ireland
4. Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

Credit: This Site

4 Random Things I'm Thinking About:
1. I need to start Christmas shopping.
2. I wish Halloween was always a day off, like other holidays.
3. I want coffee but I know if I drink it now, I will be up all night.
4. I love Kate Voegele's new CD.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: October Edition



1. What I'm Eating This Week...

Monday: Steak, veggies, baked potatoes
Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A
I'm not sure about the rest of the week

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

My weekend trip to NY last October to visit family. I spent quality time with my nieces & nephews. I watched the Mets in the World Series with my nephews, brother, and dad. I also went trick or treating with my niece/God-daughter O, attended my niece A's soccer game and attended my nephews J & N's football games! It was such a fun and special weekend.

3. What I'm Loving...

My family, being an aunt, spending quality time with my mom, attending planner meet ups & hanging out with my planner friends!

4. What I've Been Up To...

Earlier this month, Hurricane Matthew hit us. We didn't have damage except for our streets flooding and a piece of siding come off the house. However, a lot of surrounding areas weren't as lucky. My mom had a birthday this month and I love when I get to celebrate her and dote on her. Last week, I had a 48 hour stomach virus and I was home sick on Thursday & Friday. This week, my dad has a birthday and on Monday, it's Halloween!

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing that I can think of.

6. What I'm Working On...

I'm trying to get back into my reading mode. I haven't read a book in a while and that is not like me at all. I'm also trying to get better at blog posting as well.

7. What I'm Excited About...

I can't wait to see the movie, The Girl on The Train. I absolutely loved the book and the trailer for the movie looks awesome!

8. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: All of my regular Fall TV shows & Bloodline on Netflix
Reading: I just started The Hundred Gifts by Jennifer Scott

9. What I'm Listening To...

Ryan Star, Michael Buble, Jana Kramer, Andy Grammer, Brett Dennen, Justin Timberlake

10. What I'm Wearing...

The usual... shirts, jeans/pants, sneakers.

11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Getting some things done around the house and relaxing!

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

Thanksgiving

13. What Else Is New...

I think that I've covered everything.

Bonus Question:

What's Your Favorite Halloween Tradition?

As a kid, it was decorating for Halloween with my mom and trick or treating with my mom, friends, and my friend's moms and then coming home and eating pizza and some candy and watching Hocus Pocus.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday to my amazing mom!


You are my life's greatest blessing. I'm so blessed to be your daughter and I'm so lucky and thankful to have you as my best friend.

You have been a constant source of support, love, encouragement, and inspiration in my life. I love all of the many inside jokes and special memories we share together.


I'm so very thankful for all of the fun times we've shared together as I grew up and the wonderful memories we continue to make every day. I cherish all of the time we spend together. I'm forever grateful that we have such a special bond and friendship.


I hope your birthday is amazing as you are, Mom. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do. You are truly my hero and I'm so blessed to have you in my life as my mom and my best friend. Here's to many more birthdays and wonderful memories spent together! I love you so very much!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Currently...

Reading... I have been slacking big time in the reading department. I'm hoping to get back on track but there is definitely no way that I will be completing my goal of reading 75 books this year. I'm hoping to at least make it to 50.

Listening To... Ryan Star, Jana Kramer, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt

Watching... All of the new Fall TV shows that have started, including the new TV show, Pitch! I've been longing for a good television show about baseball for a long time and I'm so glad there is one on TV now. Pitch is focused on Ginny Baker, the first woman to play in the Major Leagues. It is a great story and the acting is great. One of my first celebrity crushes from when I was little, Mark Paul Gosselaar (he played Zack Morris on Saved by The Bell) is in the show and it's great to see him back on TV.

Eating... All things Pumpkin!

Drinking... Aside from my daily iced coffee that I make at home, I've been drinking lots of water, orange juice, and sparkling water.

Wanting... To see my family in New York. It's hard to go months without seeing them and spending quality time with them.

Wishing... My nephew MW a wonderful and happy 2nd birthday.

Loving... Spending quality time with my mom.

Needing... Getting back on track with blog posting, reading, and catching up on some other things.

Buying... Birthday gifts for family members.

Feeling... Accomplished. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the schools were closed Wednesday-Friday last week and all of this week and I've gotten a lot of things to done to help my mom out around the house and stuff I needed to do as well.

Excited For... Celebrating my Mom's birthday next week and two planner meet-ups I have coming up.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Erin Condren 2017 Life Planner & Acessories Review

I'm a huge planner addict and I have been using the same company for seven years: Erin Condren! This company has everything you need to design the perfect planner for you! I'm not getting compensated for this post, I just love this company a lot and wanted to share a review of my 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner and the accessories I purchased.

First up: the star of the show... The 2017 Life Planner

^Your planner comes with your choice of the cover and there are so many options to choose from. I chose the signature paisley cover. You can add your name, initials, quote, or even make a cover with your own pictures on it.^

There are many different options you can choose from to customize your planner so that it works perfectly for you & how you plan. There are three layouts to choose from as well as two color themes. There are four color options for the coil of your Life Planner.

Three Layout Options: Vertical, Horizontal, Hourly
Color Themes: Colorful or Netural
Coil Colors: Platinum, Black, Gold, Rose Gold

I have always chosen the Vertical layout as that's what I find works best for me. The color themes are a new addition to the planner for 2017 as we've never had that as a option before. I chose colorful because I love bright colors and my motto is the more color, the better! I chose the platinum coil for my planner.

^One of the new changes this year is that on the back of each cover, it comes with a dashboard in which you can use dry erase markers on. This is a photo showing the back of the front cover of my planner.^

^The gorgeous vellum sheet with a new design by the Erin Condren team. This design is called Mid-Century Circles and is so pretty!^

^Quote pages. I love the quotes that Erin Condren puts on her social media pages and I'm so happy that some are always included in the planners.^

^Current & Next year at a glance pages^


^I think these pages are wonderful and this is the second year that they have been included in the planner. Last year, I used them to keep track of birthdays & anniversaries but this year I'm going to use them for something else. I haven't decided what that is yet.^

^Blank page before month^

^Quote page before month^

I forgot to take a picture of the monthly view but it is the same as last year so I will post a picture from that planner:

^Weekly layout. In previous years, when we didn't have a choice between the color themes, each month/week had two colors combined in the layout. In the picture show above of the monthly view of January from last year, the colors are orange & light blue. February was red & light pink and so on. This year, the planners are one color for the month/view. I like both styles but the colors in the previous years planners, were more bright.^


^The note pages included in the back of the planner are still the same. You get 6 lined pages, 4 graph pages, and 4 blank pages.^

^These pages are a new addition to the 2017 planner. You get a two page spread of 12 boxes with the months of January 2018-December 2018 (the following year as this is a 2017 planner), with four spaces to write underneath each month. I think this is a great way to mark down special events for the following year that you'll need to remember or keep track of. On the bottom of each page, is a big box that says In the Coming Year and that you can write it whatever you want! I really love these pages and I think it's a wonderful new addition.^



^The stickers in the 2017 planner have new colors. We get two pages of regular shaped stickers (one with text such as day off, hair appointment, game, etc. and one sheet of blank stickers). A new addition for this year is that we have two sheets of stickers with different edging on them, which include a full sheet of birthday stickers and one sheet of blank stickers that you can write on.^

^The improved keep it together folder with the gorgeous Mid-Century circles design.^

^Once again, we receive a Perpetual Calendar which is a great way to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates in your life.^

^The pouch that previously came attached to your planner in the back now comes unattached from the planner so that you can clip it in with a coil clip wherever you want it to be, in the front, back. or somewhere else. I really love this option as it means we can keep the pouch when the year is over and we're now longer using that planner.^ 

^The extras included in your pouch are the coil clip (to connect your pouch to your planner), a mini sample sticker book, 3 compliment cards, and two 20% off coupons.^

And that is the new & updated 2017 Life Planner from the Erin Condren company!

And now onto the accessories...

^I purchased the watercolor sticky notes, which is a new design that they just started selling.^

^This is another new accessory: mini-snap in bookmarks to keep track of what week you're on. They have a few different design options for these and I got the set that includes the paisley print, the Chevron print, and the colorful polka dots.^

^I purchased another pack of the party pops markers because I use these a lot and I really love the bright colors!^

^I also picked up a set of their newest collection of compliment cards.^

I also ordered two of the new sticker books that were recently released. I ordered two because I'm obsessed with the stickers that Erin Condren & her wonderful team make!


^One of the unique touches that I love every time I receive an Erin Condren order is that we are sent a really beautiful sticker & post card in our order. I love receiving these stickers & post cards and I keep and collect them! I think this is such a fun addition that the company does and it always makes me smile.^

If have any questions about the Erin Condren Life Planner or any of the accessories, leave a note in the comments and I will reply back to you.

If you are interested in purchasing from Erin Condren, this is my referral link, which gives you $10 off your first purchase:

https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/amydevito