Mommy/Daughter craft room

If you read this post on a home update we started back in September you saw how closed off and neglected this part of our home was. We tore some areas down, opened it up, and PLANNED on building a mud room. Then, two things happened:

1.) We cleaned Melody’s room (like the kind of cleaning every kid hates with every fiber of their being…)
2.) …and I bought a Cricut machine over Thanksgiving break.

With these two things happening, we also discovered 2 things:
1.) Melody had a secret stash of crafts and craft supplies. This conversation turned into tears and arguing over whether or not she should be allowed to keep toilet paper and paper towel rolls to make crafts. She begged us for a craft table and we told her she needed to prove to us that she could keep her room clean before we add anything to it.
2.) Then…after I bought a Cricut and discovered “wow, I should have bought this 2 years ago when I first wanted it…” our dining room table was nowhere to be found. It was suddenly covered with vinyl + paper + my laptop + the Cricut machine + scissors + scraps + etc…
I now understood Melody’s problem that she had the previous month and why she was shoving things in the corner.

As Christmas was approaching I had this brilliant idea to turn what would be the mud room into a craft room. I asked Melody if she preferred her own desk in her own room or if she wanted to share with mommy. The girl didn’t even hesitate. Sharing it was… and that made this momma heart happy!

We searched everywhere for a desk big enough for the both of us; however, we were NOT willing to drop $800 on the desk alone. I wanted to stock her desk full of goodies for Christmas so nothing over $200 was even negotiable. So we built! (and by we, I mean Josh…who is the handiest person I know…) I gave him the vision (thanks to Pinterest) and he delivered:

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Notice the toilet paper rolls in the bin on Mel’s side of the desk…

Momma’s side:

And that’s it! That’s our craft room (for now!) We’ve already spent multiple hours in here together and it makes my heart happy, even if I’m told “mom, look!” every 30 seconds. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

My New Digital Planner

If you know me at all you know I’m a sucker for planners. I seriously buy like 3/year, sometimes 4 if it’s extremely cute. The problem, in which my husband reminds me of about 2 weeks after each planner purchase, is that I’m just a digital person. I always end up back on my iPhone or iPad and therefore the planners I’ve purchased from Hobby Lobby and Dillards and the local boutique and online, they just end up stacked in a closet somewhere in our house. Can ANYONE out there relate??

THEN last week I came across a digital planner…You guys, I had absolutely no idea that these even existed! Every once in a while in mine and Josh’s marriage we’ll throw out a “I bought something because I was so excited I just HAD to have it. I didn’t even tell you about it because I neeeeeeded it.” Those are rare but this was one of those times (and thankfully he chuckled.) So today I’m going to share the details of my new digital planner. Hope you enjoy!

First, let’s talk price. The digital agenda I purchased was from EllagantStudios on Etsy and it was only $16.99. Keep in mind that with most digital planners you will need an additional app that requires PDF annotation. I just went with the one that this shop recommended for ease on my part (goodnote) which costs $8.00 (so a total of $25 for my new planner)

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Here’s what I love most about this agenda:
1.) It’s the closest thing to an actual agenda you can get. The tabs are clickable so you can flip from month to month as well as click on the daily tab, notes tab, overview tab, etc…

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2.) The layouts cover everything I need. There’s a month view + week view + daily view + lots more extras that I haven’t really even discovered and it’s super easy to switch back and forth to each one you need.

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3.) Another HUGE thing I love (which is actually a benefit of using the goodnotes app over others and isn’t the actual planner…) is the fact that you can zoom in when you are writing so you can write your normal handwriting size and it will automatically fit in smaller areas. No writing tiny! (See example below…)

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4.) Here’s the thing that sold me on a digital planner: STICKERS!!! C’mon, they’re the most fun part of planning…and you don’t have to miss out on them just because you went digital. There are all kinds of stickers on Etsy ranging from $2 packs to $20 mega packs and they are insanely easy to put into your planner. Literally just copy and paste where you want the sticker and size it however big or small you want them to be.
Here are a few stickers I’ve used so far:

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5.) Because it’s digital I can add personal pictures of things that happen throughout the week leading me to also make this a journal. For example, on Monday we had a snow day so I added in a picture of Melody playing in the snow. It was as easy as emailing the picture to myself, downloading, copy/paste/resize. BOOM.

So those are my 5 favorite things about going digital (specifically with this planner and the the goodnotes app) So many of you were asking questions so hopefully this answered most of your questions – if not, comment below or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll direct you where you need to go. Happy Planning!

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