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  • The Ban.do Wellness Planner Isn’t What You Think It Is

    Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner

    Okay so remember when I talked about three undated wellness planners you need to check out. In that post, I said I was most interested in the ban.do undated Wellness Planner. So I ordered it and I was so excited to receive it, but then I realized it wasn’t the planner I thought it was.

    Now let me be clear now, this is post isn’t meant to drag anyone or be mean. At least that isn’t my intention. I’m just keeping it real with you about what I do and don’t like about this particular planner.

    I’m gonna jump right into it.

    Pros of the Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner

    Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner

    How it’s broken down

    This planner is broken up into five sections: Eat + Drink, Relax, Activities, Feelings, and Goals. You can tell the creators really wanted to explore ways that would help the user of this planner can get on the road to living a more stress-free life.

    It’s informative

    At the start of each section, there are 2-3 pages that give you all the information you’ll need about the section. I like how this is laid out cause it gives me tips and ideas from more than a dozen women who are experts in their fields. It gave me an introduction to crystals, told me ways I can workout outside of the gym, ways to process my feelings and so much more. There are also 18 motivational reminder cards that you can take out of the book and put in your wallet or add them to your bulletin board. The idea is that these little place cards help keep you on track.

    This is a small planner

    It measures 8 inches x 6.5 inches. Which means it can fit it nicely in a medium-sized bag without taking up a whole lot of space. This is perfect for those who like to take their planners with them on the go. Sometimes if a planner is too big, heavy or both you tend to not want to take it with you. But this one you can pretty much travel with it wherever you go.

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    It’s got a hardcover

    I like hardcover planners and journals. I’m not rough with my stuff however there are times when I put books and things in my backpack and they get bent, crushed, or even torn from stuffing things in. With a hardcover that’s less likely to happen. Also, the cover is easy to clean. Just a simple quick lightly dampened paper towel will keep your planner looking brand new.

    It has a 3 ring binder

    I was so excited to see this because this means I can rearrange the sections or I can add my own personal touches. The idea that I can design this beyond its intended use really excites me.

    It has stickers

    There are two sheets of stickers and considering the length of the planner (which I’ll get to in a minute), there will be enough to go around. The stickers (and illustrations) in this planner remind me of FLOW so I can use my own stickers or use these in my FLOW projects.

    Cons of the Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner

    Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner

    It’s only a 6-week planner

    I’ma keep it all the way real with you, for the amount of money this planner costs it should have been a 12-month planner. Even if that meant the planner was a little bit bigger. I think there was so much potential that was lost with it being so short. If it’s something that’s supposed to motivate me into living better then I’m going to need more than 6-weeks to get into the groove, at least I think.

    There are no refills

    This is my BIGGEST con. Once you’ve filled up your planner you’re shit out of luck. At this point, you have two options: you can purchase a new planner or you can photocopy the sheets. But I’m telling you now if photocopy it won’t look or feel the same unless you’re using thick colorful/patterned paper. My biggest question is, what’s the point of having a 3-ring binder planner with no refills? Yeah, I can decorate and add to it as I mentioned but if someone is lazy, as I can sometimes be – no refills makes this planner useless. Cause whose gonna buy another one? Not I.

    The lines to write are too small

    After you read through the beginning of the section you’ll come to some prompt sheets. These sheets help bring the whole section together but space to write in is too small. Because the book is small (yay!) that takes away from the spacing needed to write your notes (boo!). I tend to write really big and need space to really get my words out. So if you write like me you’re really gonna have to keep it short and sweet, and small.

    Ban.do Undated Wellness Planner

    Do I feel bad that I purchased this planner? No, cause honestly speaking it really is nice. It’s prompted me to want to learn and do more. It also gave a chance to follow some new people on IG. So the potential IS there, I just wish the missing things were included to make it perfect. Maybe there will be more with those additions in the future but until then I’ll just creatively make my own.

    What are your thoughts on the ban.do undated wellness planner? Do you have one? Do you feel the same? Share them with me in the comments.
  • Decorate Your Wellness Planner with These Wellness Stickers

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    Now that you’ve got your wellness planner it’s time to decorate it, and what better way to do that than with wellness stickers. I’m gonna be super honest with you I had a really hard time finding self-care/wellness stickers. Which I’m really surprised by because I would have thought with the number of self-care/wellness planners and journals there would have been a wider selection of stickers to match.

    But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t find any stickers. I came across a few stickers that are worth checking out. They come in a wide range of design and colors, perfect for any style of planner you may have.

    Oriday Health & Wellness and Workout

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    Buy | $9.99
    OHH DEER Self-Care Stickers

    Buy | £3.95
    bloom Health Wellness, and Fitness

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    Buy | $9.95
    The Happy Planner Wellness

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    Buy | $19.99
    Self-Care Stickers (Pad and Puffy)

    Buy | $9.99
    TheGingerCatCo.Self Care/Anxiety Planner Stickers

    Buy | $3.25-$6.23
    American Crafts Fitness Stickers

    Buy | $15.85
    The Happy Planner Wellness Roll

    Buy | $11.64
    Zoeillustrates Self-Care Vinyl Stickers

    Buy | $3.90
    Erin Condren Wellness Log Decorative Stickers

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    Buy | $5.50
    The Happy Planner Healthy Hero

    Buy | $19.99
    Prima Marketing My HealthWellness

    Buy | $6.13
    Big Moods Self-Care Isn’t Selfish Sticker

    Buy | $3.20
    HelloJanePrints Weekly Spread Planner Wellness Sticker Kit

    Buy | $2.13-$17.43
    The Happy Planner Fitness Work It Out

    Buy | $10.46
    What are some of your favorite wellness stickers? Share with me in the comments below so that I can check them out and buy a few.
  • 3 Undated Wellness Planners You Need in Your Life Right Now

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    I’ve been on the hunt for some dope undated wellness planners for a long time. I like undated planners because while I enjoy planning I only work in them sporadically throughout the year. And I’m looking for wellness specifically cause, duh, self-care. My search paid off a little bit. I found three planners that are the same in theme but are different in style and how they allow us to plan out time to take care of ourselves.

    ban.do 3 Ring Binder Undated Wellness Planner

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    Product Description: This ban.do planner helps to keep you on track mentally and physically with features like shopping lists, activity logs, and emotional check-ins (based on your personal emotional rating system!). Also includes pages with spaces to fill in things to do with friends, ways to express self-love, and a daily water chart to ensure you’re drinking enough water.Wellness Planners valerie pierre mommyrandr

    Buy | $30.00
    kikki.K Large Leather Wellness Planner

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    Product Description: Use this gorgeous Leather Wellness Planner and be inspired to live your best life every day. With sections for daily notes, weekly reflection, food and exercise trackers and more, its perfect for creating a customized wellness tool. Keep your Wellness Planner for years to come and track your progress with our Wellness Planner Refills.

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    Buy | 79.99
    Recollections Live Fully Wellness Spiral Planner

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    Product Description: This spiral planner by Recollections features a motivating phrase, ‘Live Fully’, on its cover. Use this planner to note down to-do lists, appointments, tasks and more., this pretty planner includes monthly and weekly calendar pages, divider pages, and more for customization.

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    Buy | $29.99
     
    Of the three wellness planners, I really loved the ban.do planner. While I’m obsessed with black I love the bright colors and the breakdown of the sections. I’m going to order it so I can get a real look at it. (*Update: I ordered it. Here’s my review on it.)

    For 2019 I’ve been using a Pipsticks & Workman planner. I like it and would definitely use it again, just wish it wasn’t dated since I haven’t really used. I really need to get on that so I can 1 – create the habit and 2 – make the purchase worth it. That said, I’m looking forward to my new 2020 planner and all the fun I’m going to occasionally have with it.

    *Update: Here’s a roundup of wellness stickers for your wellness planner.

    What do you think of these undated wellness planners? Do you have on that’s not listed? Share it with me in the comments below so that I (and the rest of us) can check it out.
  • Building My Empire with the 2019 Pipsticks + Workman Planner

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    For the past month and a half, I’d been eyeing this 2019 Pipsticks + Workman planner in Barnes & Noble. Every time I go in there the display case whisper calls me, “Vaaaalerieeeee. Vaaaalerieeeee. Buy me, Valerie.”

    After thumbing through this planner every other day I was in the store I finally whispered back…

    So here I am with yet another planner. I gave up on my bullet planner months ago. Not cause I didn’t like doing it but cause all the work that I had to put into it. It was beginning to drain me and I don’t wanna feel drained while playing with washi.

    But now that I’ve got this bad boy in my possession I’m pretty hype about it. This is Pipsticks first line of planners. They teamed up with Workmans Publishing and I think they came out pretty damned cute. Out of the three covers I chose the typewriter, for obvious reasons. The other covers were oversized shades and roller skates.

    Out the gate, I liked how simple and fun the cover looked. I especially love the falling letters that are sprinkled in with the dotted background. Then it was the size. It wasn’t so big or heavy that I couldn’t carry this everywhere I went, and it wasn’t too small that I couldn’t really jot any info in it. It’s literally just right. I also liked that there was a lot of space to write. I write pretty big and sloppily so I need all the space I can get, especially in the daily layout.

    Let’s take a closer look at the Pipsticks planner

    pipsticks planner valerie pierre mommyrandrSize 10in x 8in (8.75in including the spirals).


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    This planner comes with two pockets. A clear ziplock that comes with cute hello card and stickers (not shown).

    6 seasonal pages of stickers. Plus VIP access to Pipsticks Printables Library (not shown).

    2019 and 2020 calendar spread.

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    Aug 2018 – 2020 holiday’s to celebrate.

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    4 pages of goal setting from Aug 2018 – Dec 2019.

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    Each month starts out wanting to know your current situation.

    Monthly spread with cute pop quizzes or activities for you to do.

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    Lots of space in the horizontal weekly breakdown.

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    The back of the planner has several sheets of patterned notepaper.

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    The second pocket comes in the form of a sleeve in the back with the two bands.

    Cute right? And check it, Pipsticks + Workman didn’t stop with planners. They have a whole collection of sticker and goal books. Now I haven’t gotten anything more than the planner but I did see the now sold out sticker books in the bookstore. From what I can remember I thought they were cute but I’m not a sticker person like that to really go crazy. I was just drawn to the planner. But I spend a lot of time in B&N so if there’s anything left over in the display and report back.

    Did you get a Pipsticks + Workman planner? What about the sticker and goal books? Share your thoughts in the comments.