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  • 10 BRANDS I’M DIGGING FROM THE NATIONAL STATIONERY SHOW

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    The National Stationery Show is an annual trade event that takes place in NYC. Stationery store owners from all over the world descend on the Javits Center to showcase and scope out the latest in stationery products.

    This year there were more than 800+ business that were present. That is a lot of paper, my friends. I tried to see as many booths as I could but it was impossible. I spent two days there found a number of brands that I really loved. Some were already favorites and others were new discoveries for me since I’m new to the stationery and planner world. Of all the booths I visited I’m gonna to share 10 with that I really dug and I hope to learn more about them as I navigate my newfound hobby.

    Hadron Epoch

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    These are the cutest pack of notebooks. I liked them because of their wide range of patterns and colors. The stitch binding and soft cover make it easy enough to go in almost any purse you have. The pages come lined, dotted and plain for various types writing and drawing. There are no limits to what you can use these journals for.

    Set of 3 Patterned Notebooks | BUY

    Free Period Press

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    Not everyone is into planner books. I get it, they can be intimidating and/or just too pretty to even write in for fear of messing it up. Some people like simple. That’s why I liked the Schedule Magic desk pad. It’s small enough to go in a corner on your desk, yet big enough to jot down your entire schedule.

    See what’s hot off the press | BUY

    PleaseNotes

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    These just aren’t your regular run of the mill journals, these are affirmation/inspirational based journals. They are set up so that we have conversations with ourselves. They have questions and activities to help you uncover parts of you that you didn’t know existed. I especially love the quotes on each page. Another fav were the mirror decals. You just stick it on and every day as you do your hair or makeup you can speak your truth.

    Get inspired to create the life you love | BUY

    Webster’s Pages

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    I love a good ole fashioned spiral notebook but I just don’t care for the ole fashioned feel. I use notebooks to jot down notes and other important information. Yes, we live in the age of phone memos and Google drive but I just like the idea of pen (or pencil) and paper. Webster’s also has some dope ass travel notebooks as well. The covers come in a number of styles and the small notebook that come with it has lined or plain pages. The inner notebooks don’t have that many pages but not to worry you can buy replacement ones and keep on planning.

    Plan your next adventure | BUY

    Design Loop

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    The Wit & Delight collection by Design Loop is simplicity at its finest. The solid color and block lettering easily stood out in a sea of the trendy hot pink, teal and rose gold. If you follow Wit & Delight online then you know this collection is a true reflection of their clean style aesthetic. In this collection, you’ll find journals (lined and bulleted), notebooks, desktop calendars and other accessories.

    Check out the Wit & Delight collection | BUY

    My Infinite Agenda

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    I liked these planners cause each color is connected to a different charity. It’s always great to help others while treating yourself. Read more about those charities on their website under the Product with Purpose tab. Be warned this planner is thick and heavy. This is a desk planner, not one to have in your purse every day. I wouldn’t consider it just a planner its a place for you to map your long-term dreams and goals.

    Pre-Order 2019 Agenda | BUY

    Good Juju Ink

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    Good Juju literally stopped me in my tracks with their artwork. The prints are apart of their Egypt Collection – which is coming at the end of July. It will have matching prints and planners that feature (from left to right) Cleopatra, Pharaoh Hatshepsut, and Queen Nefertiti. I was lucky enough to snag all three prints from the show. (Thanks again!) They are gorgeous! I sadly, can’t say much about the planner cause I forgot to look inside, doh! That’s okay when this planner drops we’ll learn about it together.

    Get Some Good Juju | BUY

    Rude Love

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    I have a potty mouth and sometimes most times those cutesy Hallmark cards just can’t express how I really feel. Which is why I rarely do cards. But when I saw that big ass ‘Well Fuck’ card I knew I had found my tribe with Rude Love creator Jenn. For the record, these aren’t for everyone I know. My mom will still get those Hallmark cards she loves so much but the man and my friends will totally get one of these.

    Send some Rude Love | BUY

    Of Unusual Kind

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    These are not your childhood paper dolls. These are chic modern paper dolls that can be for play or for decorative purposes. Each doll comes with a name and backstory. I liked Willow (black one on the left) I felt a connection to her, and we kinda look alike so that’s always a plus!

    Paper Doll Kits | BUY

    The Happiness Planner

    Bruh! This is a serious planner right here. The first thing that stood out to me were the color block covers. You can’t tell from this image but the cover looks and feels like cloth. The binding, accessories and framed metal edges give it a nice luxe touch. This is planner is like a brick giving you an entire page for each day to not only fill out your schedule but to also talk about what you’re grateful for and what your hopes are the year. It also gives you tips on how to live your happy life to the fullest. It’s expensive but I think it’s totally worth the price.

    Get some happiness | BUY

    I had such a blast at the National Stationery Show! I wish I could have shown you more but it would have been impossible. Did you see anything you liked from the brands listed? Are you familiar with any of the brands listed? Share in the comments below.
  • 10 Dope Unicorn Crafting & Journal Products

    Happy Unicorn Day!! To celebrate this majestic day I’ve rounded up some dope ass uni products because you can never have too much unicorn shit.

    2018-2019 Planner

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    Get a head start on your 2018 with this Simple yet stylish planner features a condensed full month view, followed by a weekly/daily view which provides lined spaces for you to record tasks, goals, or plans. Amazon $8.99

    Coloring Book

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    Unicorns think they’re so great because they’re all mysterious and magical, but they can be real jerks sometimes. This coloring book features eighteen examples of unicorns texting in theaters, farting in elevators, eating your leftovers, and generally acting like jerks. Amazon $7.70

    Spiral Notebook

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    Record your thoughts and dreams in all their magic and splendor in this lovely unicorn notebook designed at Paper Source. The unicorn print and words “Embrace your inner unicorn” written in gold will spark your imagination and send you on a writing journey! Paper Source 12.95

    Washi Tape

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    Perfect for making unique journal pages and personalized cards. Also great for creating custom creative wrapped gifts for friends and family. Amazon $6.95

    Double Sided Paper

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    Your pages and cards will be one-of-a-kind and magical when you use the Unicorn Party 12″ x 12″ Double Sided Paper! The package includes one sheet of paper that is part of the Imagine That Girl Collection by Echo Park. Scrapbook $0.98

    Journal

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    How To Be Unicorn Happy is packed with inspirational thoughts, quotes and fun, practical exercises to help you increase the joy and positivity in your life – and live every day like a unicorn! Amazon $4.99

    Golden Stickers

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    Set of 5. Handmade. Perfect for card making & stationery, and scrapbooking. Etsy $5.99

    Reversible Sequin Magical Changing Personalised Cushion

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    This reversible personalized cushion makes the perfect accessory for your crafting room. It can be personalized too. Etsy $17.52

    Gel Pens
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    Perfect for home, school office, stocking stuffers, party favors, teacher’s gifts and more! Buy a single or in a pack. Etsy $2.25

    Canvas Pouch

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    This pouch is every girl’s fairy-tale dream come true! Designed by Paper Source, this blue canvas pouch features a unicorn with the words “embrace your inner unicorn” written in gold foil. Paper Source $14.95

    Do you have a favorite unicorn product? Share in the comments with the links so we all buy more uni shit.
  • 5 Ways You Can Take Care of Yourself as a Stay at Home Parent

    Taking care of yourself as a stay at home parent is extremely important for yourself, as well as your children. When you have a kid, your life may seem like it revolves around your child, and on some level, it does. Because of that, you may forget to take care of yourself or worse you find your self-questioning why you should, and that’s never a good thing.

    Here are some ways you can take care of yourself as a stay at home parent.

    Go to bed at a decent time, and give yourself 6-8 hours of sleep

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    Your sleep is important. While it’s best to sleep 8 hours, sometimes, as a parent, you’ll be faced with times that you might strain snooze at least hours. Allowing yourself enough rest, allows you to focus on taking care of your kids, and running your household well.

    During the times you might not be lucky enough to get even 6 hours of sleep, try a short nap. If you have small children that do a nap time, you could also utilize that time to take your own nap.

    Make sure to eat at least 3 meals a day

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    Your health is just as important as your child’s health. Making sure to eat 3 meal a day keeps your energy up so you can keep up with your kid, or for some parents, multiple children. It’s really easy to skip a meal when times get hectic. Missing a meal could leave you dizzy or not performing up to your normal self.

    Take an hour each day to do an activity that would be considered good exercise

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    Exercise can help keep you in shape. If you’re stuck at home, you can do simple things like floor exercises or walk around the neighborhood, especially if you cannot afford to purchase a gym membership. And while the weather is still summery there’s still time to take advantage of these summertime activities.

    If you can, try delegating tasks to reduce stress and don’t overwork yourself

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    It takes a lot to run a household and also raise children. If you’re married, try involving your spouse in helping out when your schedule is busy. If you have a child that is old enough for some chores, assign them some tasks.

    Never overwork yourself. It’s okay to want to be the super parent, but sometimes, a little help can reduce your stress, and also, later allow time for family fun. Don’t be afraid or feel embarrassed to ask for help.

    Try a leisure activity at least once a week that you can enjoy without the kids

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    You can’t always be cooped up in your house, and you can’t allow your children to be attached at the hip. Getting a babysitter from time to time will allow you to have a little bit of time to yourself. And if planned with enough time you can hook up with a friend or two and make it a girls afternoon or night.

    For a married couple, this is important, as it allows you to fit in a date night, and keep the relationship from being strained.

    Are you a parent that is always at home with the kids? What ways do you take care of yourself?
  • EIGHT TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR VERY FIRST MOMMY TRIP

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    So, you’re thinking about planning your very first mommy trip. Congratulations! I know it’s hard to process of the idea of doing something major like a vacation without your kids, or your partner. But every once and a while you need to ditch them and do something for you. Those Target and Starbucks runs will only do so much to help clear your mind. Sometimes you just gotta hit the road. I once took a week long mommy trip with three other women. It was an amazing seven days! Here’s how we were able to pull it off:

    PLAN

    I think it’s best to plan 8 months to a year in advance for a trip lasting 5 nights or longer. It will allow you to get your personal finances in order, as there’s nothing worse than being on a trip broke. But most importantly it’s to get the entire groups schedule in sync. Without it, you’ve got nada. Scheduling is everything. You not only have to coordinate the schedule of your household but the households of those planning to go, including partners who have to put in vacation requests to stay home with the kids and/or to pay for sitters

    With your dates confirmed its time to…

    RESEARCH

    As a group, you gotta openly talk about what type of trip you want to take. Do you want to be active and adventurous? Do you want to relax and lounge? If you’re unsure do a little research about location ideas and what they have to offer. Afterward look into flights, hotels, transportation (if needed), and activities. Each mom should take one item and research it so that no one person is doing all the work. Unless there’s a mom who enjoys doing all the work, there’s almost always a natural born planner in the group.

    With your location set now its time to talk…

    PRICE

    Knowing everyone’s budget should be established early on. With you all being friends there’s no reason to feel embarrassment about how much you can or can’t afford. Financial transparency is key to this trip even getting off the ground. Once your destination and budget are agreed upon now if time to start pricing your trip. If there are four or less you all can simply share a room or maybe do 2 rooms side by side with an adjourning door.

    When I took my mommy trip there were four of us in one room. This helps keep cost low and will allow you to splurge at 4-star hotel, or upgrade your room from a city view to an ocean room, or maybe a suite. Remember deals are your friends. You can find them on various vacation and discount sites like Groupon or Expedia. Also, call the hotel directly and inquire about any unlisted deals they may have. Remember the earlier you book the better.

    Additional tips…

    START SAVING

    If you have a hard time saving up coins try opening a vacation savings account. Have a little money direct deposited directly into that account. This way you don’t have to think about putting money to the side. And to keep the money from being too easily accessible don’t link it to your debit card. Make it so that you have to go inside the bank to dip into it. Trust me, you will not go to the bank to withdraw money from the account.

    STAY ORGANIZED

    A way to keep organized throughout your planning is a group email, Google doc or a private Facebook group. The best thing about the private Facebook group is, one it’s a secret so no one has access to it outside of the group. And two, you can turn on the group notifications to make sure you’re always in the know about everything relating to the trip.

    CALL AND ASK ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS

    Sign up for hotel or event newsletters or reminders for the location you plan to visit. Keeping up to date about what’s happening locally will allow you to plan around an event that may be of interest to the group. There’s nothing fun about missing a dope ass event taking place nearby simply because you didn’t know it was happening.

    IT’S OKAY TO NOT DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER

    Don’t worry if everyone isn’t in agreement with an adventure idea. Yes, its a group trip but don’t expect to be together the entire time. It’s perfectly okay if the group separates to do different things. The group split will make for great conversation at dinner about what everyone did with their day.

    Now that you have your mommy trip planned out the only thing left to do is shop for new outfits, pack and get excited!

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