Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner | Organization Lover

Raise your hand if you like to organize. *Raises hand* I love to organize and keep track of my budget and bills. You name it, I’ll organize it. Ha ha! During the pre-Black Friday sales, my friend Jessica mentioned that she was going to Michael’s. The minute she said that, I hopped on my computer to see what sales they had going on. I wasn’t even really looking to get out and spend money but I saw they had the planners on sale for around $9.99-$13.99 and after looking through them online and watching a couple of videos on youtube about folks who used them and LOVED them, I was sold. I convinced hubby to go with me Thursday night at almost 9:30PM to go get my planner. We walked in and they had a small selection near the front of the store. However, there was a bigger selection toward the back that had more planners and the stickers/additional things you can get for them. I ended up picking the happy planner because I loved the quote on the front and loved the watercolor on the cover. One of the things I love about this planner is that you can customize everything! There are super cute stickers to add to personalize it and one of the things I got was a budget planner. It fits the smaller planners but since they’re all setup the same, you can make it work in the big planner as well. Anyway, enough talking … let’s get on to the photos!

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Isn’t it lovely!! The little hearts on the rings was a cute touch. I forgot to mention that thanks to how they’ve set this planner up, you can easily remove and add more pages! It’s great! I’ve heard that a lot of people will take the pages out and get them laminated so they don’t have to buy new ones. I actually was thinking of making copies of my budget planner so I don’t have to keep buying more. Hope you all love my planner too and don’t forget, they’re available at Michael’s!

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Supporting Local No-Kill Animal Shelters

This topic is very close to my heart. I am and always will be, an animal lover. I’ve had cats, rabbits, birds, fish, dogs, a hamster and a snake. If you know me, then you know that I am the founder of Subaru Ladies. It’s a lovely car community with the most amazing ladies ever! It has grown in numbers each and every day and I couldn’t be happier. 

The ladies on the group is really what makes it so amazing. Enthusiastic about Subaru and wanting to learn and share their beauties with the world. All of the ladies are supportive and that’s what I wanted when I created the group. I wanted the group to be different than others. I wanted 100% drama free and 100% family. Where ladies could share their beautiful cars (stock or race car status) with each other and not get judgement on them.

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Moving on. One thing I wanted to start with Subaru Ladies was Paws 4 a Cause. I had helped a girl out in Houston with an event similar for her birthday but unfortunately some people don’t have the heart that others do and she pocketed the donations and food raised at the event. 

Our Paws 4 a Cause event was started in January 2015 as a way to raise money and goods for local no-kill animal shelters. It’s our way to come together as a family and support a good cause. We wanted to be able to get together with our cars and help out the furbabies. Each year we will be hosting an event in a different area, so as to meet more Subaru Ladies and to switch up locations. All of the money raised from stickers and from each event, goes directly to a local no-kill animal shelter.

Why “no-kill” animal shelters? These are the shelters that devote their lives to helping save animals from high kill shelters and placing them in forever homes. Unlike the high kill shelters that mostly give an animal 72 hours to be adopted before being euthanized, these animals get a second chance at life and stay at the shelter till they’re adopted. Some even stay till their last day of life. Even though not all get adopted, those that stay behind at the shelter get to be pampered and loved and get to live out their life comfortably.

It’s our mission to help raise funds each and every year and donate to a new no-kill animal shelter that’s in need. Nearly every shelter runs off strictly donations, nothing else. Many of the owners and workers of these shelters have to dig out of pocket to cover expenses. We’re here to help them out and help save lives.

This is a great way to come together as a car community and support a great cause. You don’t have to own a Subaru to rock a Paws 4 a Cause sticker. Shoot, you don’t even have to be a lady to rock it. It’s like rocking any other organizations sticker. You wouldn’t ask them to take their name off of it just cause you aren’t a lady or you drive a different model car. Who cares?! The sticker is to raise money for animals and honestly, you can buy the sticker and never have it touch a car, that’s fine. But just know that you supported a great cause and are helping out a cat or a dog. We thank you for that.

This year along with our stickers, we will be selling t-shirts, tanks, hoodies and a special product (still in the works) that I hope you all will love. We plan to go above and beyond on our next event that should be around February/March of 2016. Stay tuned for more information on that.

What sets us apart from other car communities/organizations working with charities? Our car organization donates 100% of the profits earned!! Most other car organizations donate 5% up to 25% only. We strive in being able to give our all to our cause. We hope you will too!

Please feel free to share this blog post with all of your animal lover & car friends. It would mean a lot to me and I’m sure, everyone else on the group who is an animal lover/car enthusiast, to see this post surface on other car community pages and help make our event huge!

>> To purchase our 2016 Paws 4 a Cause sticker & other merchandise, check out our online store <<

 

Here are some of the photos & video from our last event! Enjoy!

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Things I Love: Home Edition

My coworker and I decided to play hooky at work and head on over to Target. We mainly went so we could score the bogo Starbucks mocha’s. We got our drinks and decided to browse Target and waste time since work today is slow! I headed over to the home section of Target and actually found a floor lamp that I’m in love with. It’s really hard for me to find home decor or furniture that I really like, so when I actually do find something it’s amazing!

It’s $69.99 and solid white. I just love the look of the lamp mainly. Don’t really like the fact that it’s white but I figure the boyfriend can either spray paint it or he told me he’d like to sharpie it, which is fine by me since he’s artistic. I think it would end up looking really awesome!

I happened across this lamp base awhile back and really like it. I was thinking about getting this one and putting it on my soon to be dresser in the bedroom. But I guess it all depends on if Steven wants a flat screen tv above the dresser or if I put a long, huge mirror about it. Actually, I guess it wouldn’t matter which one is above the dresser because I should still have enough room to put a lamp. I don’t know. Haha. Anyway, this lamp base is a really pretty teal color and is $19.99. I just can’t decided if I want to do the bedroom theme in grays with a pop of color here and there or maybe like gray and yellow or what. Hmmm..decisions!

One thing I’m debating on and kind of interested in is maybe getting bar stools for my little bar. I’m just not sure if I want bar stools there or another couch. Before, I had a couch there and one on the other wall. It makes for plenty of seating but makes the living room look smaller. I guess if I was to go for bar stools, I’d probably going with something like this:

These are $79.99 each. A little pricey for one bar stool but I do love the print on the chair. I would probably get 3 or 4 of these seeing as how my bar is pretty long.

I really like this pattern but my god, it’s $109.99 a chair! That’s a bit extreme for some bar stools. I thought $79.99 was too much but that’s just ridiculous! Maybe we’ll just go with another couch. I guess we will see what my honey thinks. I plan on including him in everything apartment related.

One thing I’d really love to do is have my patio decorated all cute. I’d love to have some decent patio furniture and maybe some flowers or other plants out there. I’d like it to be like a little oasis. These chairs are $398.40 for the two. A little pricey seeing as how you don’t get a little table with it but I like the style. Not sure if I can see myself putting down that much money on patio furniture but I’d at least like to have something nice outside so I can enjoy the lovely weather (if Houston ever had lovely weather haha!). One day I’ll have it looking nice out there, once I get rid of the ex boyfriends crap he left.

Onto bedroom furniture..I really want an ikea bed, specifically this one:

It’s $199 for a Queen or we could get a king for $249. I love the simplicity of this bed and the fact that it doesn’t have a foot board. It’s definitely a perk for people who are tall, like Steven and me. Another bed I just noticed at Ikea is this one:

This bed is $449 for the Queen or $499 for the King. The reason I like this bed is because it’s more lifted off the ground than the other one and it’s got the storage underneath. I’d probably put extra sheets and pillows in the storage, which would be awesome. The only thing is the price is a little high. Maybe I’m just too frugal haha. Oh actually, I think this is the bed I originally wanted because the headboard isn’t as high.

It’s $149 for the Queen and $199 for the King. Totally an awesome price if you ask me. Just not sure if I want a taller headboard or not. Guess it wouldn’t really matter too much. Guess I’ll let the boyfriend decide 🙂

Another bed I found that I like is this one from Target:

It’s $269.99 for a Queen and has the storage underneath. I’m really digging the beds that have the storage underneath because then I don’t have to fill up my linen closet with sheets and other bedding. The only thing I don’t like is that it doesn’t have a headboard. My one complaint about not having a headboard is that the sheets end up rubbing on the wall and the dye gets all over the wall. I’d love to not have to deal with that anymore. We shall see though.

This is the dresser from Ikea that I would love to have. I love that it’s long and has a ton of drawers! I imagine this going up against the wall where my little tv is right now. Then putting this mirror above it:

It’s $129 at Ikea. There’s one that is slightly different for $79 which would look good too. Then I’d put the teal lamp on the dresser and maybe a couple of other little accessories and call it a day. If I didn’t do the mirror, I’d do a flat screen tv for sure.

Now back to the living room decorating because I found this tv stand that I really like mainly because it’s simple. My ex and I use to have a glass top one and I hated it because I was always afraid the glass was going to get broken. I like this one because it’s got storage and you could see the game consoles on the little shelves but yet everything would stay clean and organized and I’m all about organization (haha).

This one too is from Ikea. It’s $199! Not a bad price at all. I love when furniture has extra storage so I don’t have to clutter the livingroom with bookshelves and boxes to hold other items.

I really think that is it for furniture and what not for the apartment. The only thing I left out was a couch for the livingroom, if I don’t go with bar stools, and a dining room table. I’d really love to find a square dining room table that’s bar height in a chocolate/black color. I want to be able to eat at a table again instead of on my bed or on my coffee table. Just need to find one that I like and that isn’t $800+.

Some good news and I don’t know if I mentioned this in my last post but my boyfriend is going to be out of the Army soon!! Hopefully he’ll be able to come home in 2-3 weeks! I’m keeping my fingers crossed and I’m absolutely excited to have him home soon!! He’s my soulmate and I love him so much! I already told him when he moves down here that we are going out to celebrate!

Anyway, I hope you all love the ideas I have for our (mine and Steven’s) apartment. Let me know if you have any decorative ideas on your mind that would go along with the style/theme I have. Have a great weekend!!