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gift guide 2016: let’s order a pizza!

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We’re just a few weeks out from Christmas, and in the crunch for wrapping up the holiday shopping lists! If you’re feeling stuck on gift ideas, I’ve put together a week of ideas to help you get inspired. It’s no secret that I love pizza – especially if you follow me on Instagram, where I recently started a hashtag to document all the slices I’ve been taking in. Chances are about 100% that you also have a pizza lover in your life, so here are some gift ideas for the aficionado in you love!

ban.do After This We’re Getting Pizza yoga mat: I’ve been super obsessed with this line since I first saw it at Paper Source last winter. I have the water bottle, and in the new year I’m getting back to my gym rat ways – what better inspiration than the thought of pizza staring me in the face as I struggle through a yoga class?

Pizza Blanket: I’m in love with this, and need it desperately. This giant pizza shaped blanket (with heart-shaped pepperonis!!!) is even on mega-sale, all the way down to $25. The perfect size to cuddle up with on the couch, a pizza box, and a good TV binge. Read more…

December 9, 2016
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how i’m planning in 2016

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It’s no surprise that I’m a big planner nerd. I watch planing videos on YouTube, stare lustfully at cute Etsy shops, and can’t be trusted being let loose in Paper Source. It’s so bad that a friend merely mentioned the word “planner” the other day, and I got too excited, sharing recommendations of different types that might work well for her.

During one of my recent YouTube binges, I discovered bullet journalling, which seemed like it might solve one of my biggest planner gripes. I grabbed an empty notebook and for the month of January, I’m testing out a mix between my traditional ban.do ringed planner and a small-scale, adapted bullet journal.

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January 11, 2016
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holiday gift guide: tech support

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We’re just a few weeks out from Christmas, and in the crunch for wrapping up the holiday shopping lists! If you’re feeling stuck on gift ideas, I’ve put together a week of ideas to help you get inspired! Today we’re shopping for tech support – every group has that one friend who is always being asked for help in setting up the group’s new phone or figuring out what’s gone wrong with the computer. I tend to be that friend, so I’m sharing a few ideas I think your friends would really appreciate!

One thing that I love and that every nerdy tech person appreciates is a good phone case. I tend more toward the cutesy, like my Sonix “Rose All Day” phone case, but utilitarian is good too – a Mophie case doubles their battery life, and a Lifeproof case lets them bring their phone beachside without worry.

On the same note of keeping your devices powered, a juice pack is one of the best investments I’ve ever made. ban.do recently released this I Am Very Busy powerbank, which can charge multiple devices at once. ban.do’s cheeky message is really great, too.

You can never have enough memory backup, and I love USB keychains. They’re much harder to lose when they’re attached to something you have to carry with you everywhere!

I’m notoriously bad at two things: remembering to get up and walk around, and getting out of bed. Clocky can help your techie with both of these problems: set alarms throughout the day, and they’ll have to chase down the alarm clock to turn it off and set it back in its proper place.

Even the nerdiest can have days where machines (or the humans piloting the machines) get the best of you. Offer your friends some stress relief with a Dammit Doll – half stress ball and half voodoo doll, this quirky dude will help your friend go to town on letting it all out, without hurting the gadgets!

Do you have any great gift ideas for your geeky friends, or are you in tech with your own wishlist? Let us know in the comments below!

December 9, 2015
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2015 planner picks

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2015 planners, agendas, calendars

One of my favorite parts of the end of the year is shopping around and looking at the pretty new planners that are coming up and dreaming of ways I can organize my life. Since college, I’ve used the same planner (the Moleskine Weekly Planner) but that never stopped me from looking and lusting. This year I did pull the trigger and buy a new one, but before I reveal The One, I thought I’d share some of the other contenders!

Day Designer: this thick spiral bound notebook features a hard cover with thick black and white stripes. Join her email list to get a preview of the daily pages, which include a priority to-do list and hour-by-hour blocks to plot your day.

May Books: I’ve reviewed May Designs before, and I really like them. I considered getting one of them for the new year, but wasn’t sure they’d offer enough space for me.

Sessa Vee: Her printable planners are absolutely gorgeous. Pretty, florally designs and extremely functional. Ultimately I didn’t go with this one because after waffling back and forth and back and forth again, I decided against doing a three-ring binder for portability reasons.

Kate Spade: I would have gone with this one if it had been in-stock at the kate spade website where it is $12 cheaper, but these sell out fast. I love the gold dots, and the hard cover keeps the spiral from being exposed and getting tangled up on things in your bag. It also opens so that the pages lay flat, which is awesome for writing and keeping things organized.

And after all that, the one I said yes to: the ban.do 2015 17-month planner. (This is an extremely popular one and the design I originally wanted, a cover that reads “I am very busy.” is sold out everywhere. The linked website is actually the only webstore I found that still had either design in stock!) It has a lot of the features I loved about my Moleskine (pocket on the back cover, ribbon to cord off pages, and elastic band to keep it shut) as well as things I always wished for in my red beauties – tabbed months and full page calendar views, for example. (If Hattan Home still has it in stock, use code “OINKOINK” to save 10%!) It’s also the most affordable on the list, clocking in around $20 pre-discount.

Inside, it features colorful illustrations, fun messages to cheer up dreary days, and suggestions for weekend activities – “dye your hair pink” and “bake a pumpkin pie from scratch” are two of my favorites!

I’m only sad that I didn’t get this planner a few months ago so I could have been using to to its maximum, but I’m excited to jump in now.

How do you organize your life? Are you a physical planner person like me or are you all digital?

December 3, 2014
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