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What I’m Loving Wednesday #4: Happy Planner, Wall Fragrances, Coffee


First off, today is mama’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mom! So of course she takes the theme of today’s post. I thought I would choose categories mom likes and then pick my favorites from that. 


Mom and I LOVE planners, stationary, and anything office related, really. We enjoy going to TJ Maxx and Marshall’s and checking the stationary aisle of the notebooks and office supplies. No matter how many notebooks we collect, if we pass some that are under $3, then the chances of us going home with one are pretty solid. I thought I would share with you all my favorite planner. I have spread my love for this planner and my two favorite nutrition gals went and got one as well. My favorite planner’s are the Create 365/The Happy Planner. These can be found at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s here in town. But I love Michael’s because they mostly always have a 40% off deal on this line. They have different editions from teacher, student, home, fitness and general planners. You can get inserts for budgets, fitness, recipes etc as well. I love their sticker books and lined paper as well. Here’s some items I enjoy! 

The great thing about these planners is that the pages pop out and can snap back in. Or if you get the paper hole punch, you can add anything into your planner, which is awesome! I used to use the Arc system from Staples, but there wasn’t enough variety in options, so I switched over when this brand started doing the same system. 

Wall Fragrances

We love the wall fragrances from Bath and Body Works. Especially when they have their semi-annual sales and you can stock up for cheap. Yesterday they had them for $3 a piece, but now they are 5 for $23 or the two packs for 3 for $27, all the same. Here are some of my go-to’s that I keep on hand. 

I love the fresh linen scent for the bedroom, the kitchen lemon scent for the kitchen and then this farmstand apple scent is good anywhere. Right now it’s in the kitchen because I wanted a switch up. Click on the pictures for links. 


Mom has a Keurig that she will make coffee with, as do I. We also both have Ninja Coffee Bars. I still however use my Keurig mostly because I only ever make one cup and the convenience-y of the pods is nice. Yes, I have heard all about them being bad for the environment, my apologies. My favorite kcups are Dunkin Donuts, Caribou Coffee and Starbucks. I also recently got those single serve packets from Cafe Bustelo that I add to protein shakes. You can get them at Target for 0.99.

I shared my mocha protein shake recipe on the blog over here. But how I make my morning coffee is simple. I start my keurig, add one packet of hot cocoa powder and let the coffee drip over the powder. When it’s done, I stir it up then add milk. That’s it folks. I’m pretty simple. 

Q: What things are you loving?

Q: Do you have any of these products? 

2014 is the Year of Travel

I claimed 2014 as the year of travel and that is exactly what it is becoming. At the age of 23, there is still so many places and things I need to do and experience. I have never really traveled alone and that’s exactly what I recently did.

This gal booked her own plane tickets to take a flight from STL to Seattle where I would meet my brother and we would drive 2 hours to Anacortes, Washington where he resides. I spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with him and then woke up at 1:30am Wednesday morning to embark on the last leg of my trip. I caught a 2:15am shuttle from Anacortes to Seattle. From Seattle I flew to San Francisco for a three hour layover and then a flight back to STL.

I’ve always been told that I have a “sparkling” personality, but I guess I started believing it when I was on my trip. Why? Because I am apparently extremely approachable. Each flight I was on, the person next to me just wanted to engage in conversation, and even during my layover where I was sitting. Not even headphones could stop these individuals from wanting to talk to me. So while I thought I would be productive and get to finish my book, or start on my paper for my nutrition course, I was instead engaging with strangers and letting them tell me all about their personal lives.

Some were more awkward than others, but if a stranger can feel comfortable telling you about their personal life then I guess that is a quality to definitely cherish about yourself.

I absolutely love traveling and hope to be able to live a life where I have the ability to see new places. I thought I would provide some pictures of my trip to you all!

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Too bad Graham couldn’t travel with me. I had to leave him at home. Flying into Seattle was so pretty with all of the lights shining bright. To get to baggage claim, I had to ride on a train. Alex and I exhausted and ready for bed. Our picture to send to Mom and Dad saying we safely arrived. A bloody mary bar at H20. I can now say that I don’t like bloody mary’s, but I did eat the bacon and cheese out of it. Played some pool and I can say that I’m only slightly better than I used to be, and that’s still poor. One hill to get to the top of Cap Sante where we got our picture taken and did some hiking on a few trails. Found one Geocache and signed my name. Watched Alex teach and snapped a picture of him demo-ing a bowl. Backyard picture from Alex’s friend’s house Allen and Lisa who cooked an amazing dinner for us. Bags are packed and I’m off. Mountain and sunrise shots. Cool water bottle fountain that keeps track of how many disposable bottles were saved by filling up your bottle with water from the fountain. A Speed Racer exhibit in San Francisco airport. Many other glass exhibits filled with Japanese toys. View leaving San Fran.

The con to my vacation was that I had planned my layover in San Francisco so that I could go to Starbucks and get my San Francisco collectors city mug. However, all three Starbucks were located outside of security and since I was already on the other side, I didn’t want to risk going back out and having to dump out my tea in my water bottle and going through the long line again. Especially since the gate my plane was leaving from was having issues with the plane before, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss my flight or an announcement of a gate change.

I loved traveling and getting to see my brother as well as experiencing somewhere different than Missouri for Spring Break!