Brit + Co Planners at Target

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Brit+ Co Planners at Target

Last week, I made a #TargetRun for the first time in a long loooong time. I was way overdue for a blissful stroll down the red and white aisles of Target. Since it’s back-to-school time, I stopped by the office/school supplies section and was not at all disappointed by my finds. 

I rounded the corner of one of the aisles and I was immediately overjoyed by what I saw–Brit + Co planners. 

Now, there are two types of Brit + Co planners–the traditional kind, and the refillable kind. I saw both there but I was definitely drawn to the refillable binder planners as they were smaller and customizable with stickers, whiteboards, mini folders, and other refillable pages like coloring pages. 

I wasn’t really in need of a planner per se since I’m a bullet journaler, but I thought it would be nice to have all my blog stuff written down in a physical planner. So, in the spirit of Target and America where we buy things we don’t totally need, I purchased a bright and cheery refillable planner with a bunch of pages. 

I purchased monthlyweekly, and daily pages and already put them all into my planner. My binder is so full that I can barely flip the pages, but I’m okay with that. Typically, I like to remove the pages to write in them and then put them back when I’m done. It’s a bit tough to write when there are 6 rings in the middle of the binder. 

Take a look at the pages of my planner below: 
Brit+ Co Planners at Target

Above is the first page, which is a divider tab that comes in a set of 12. 

Brit+ Co Planners at Target

These are my daily to-do sheets, which includes a full schedule as well. 

Brit+ Co Planners at Target

Above are the monthly sheets. Here I have started with September and have listed dates some holidays and important dates. 

Brit+ Co Planners at Target

All throughout the planner pages are pretty quotes like the one above. If you love quotes throughout your planner pages, you’ll definitely love these. 

Brit+ Co Planners at Target

And finally, here are the weekly sheets that have a daily schedule. 

Personally, I love having the monthly, weekly, and daily sheets at my fingertips because I love seeing my schedule, to-do lists, and reminders in multiple views. But that’s not how everyone is–which is why it’s cool that you can pick and choose whatever you want for your own planner. 

Here’s the cost of my planner:

Binder – $5.99

Dividers – $3.99

Monthly sheets – $2.99

Weekly sheets – $2.99

Daily sheets – $2.99

Grand total: $18.95

The total is more expensive than the cost of the traditional Brit + Co planner, but I’m okay with that because it’s more personalized. Plus, you can add a lot of cool stuff to your planner if that’s your thing. It doesn’t really matter if you’re in middle/high school and looking for an academic planner, a business woman who likes to keep things fun and upbeat, or a mom who wants a place to write down everything that’s going on in her life–there’s a way to make one of the refillable planners work for you. 

Also, each item comes with either a code for a free class at Brit + Co (up to $49 in value), or a 25% off discount. That means my purchase came with $49 worth of free classes, plus 4 25% off codes. 

Depending on how you look at it, your planner is basically paying toward your free classes/codes. If you have never taken an online class at Brit + Co, I highly recommend them as they are pretty fun and simple to follow. 

You can buy these Brit + Co planners at Target stores or online. Online might be more convenient for you if your Target is often crowded or popular. 

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Have you ever come across a story where there’s just no way someone could make it up? The Glass Castle is one of those stories. (some spoilers ahead)

The Glass Castle has been on my reading list for about a year. After a good friend said it was one of her favorite books and had a big impact on her life, I knew it was worthy of adding to my Goodreads list. I started the book about a week ago and finished in a matter of days, unable to tear myself away from the unbelievable but true memoir of Jeanette Walls. 

The book follows the WallS family and their hippie, nomadic, and free-spirited lifestyle. Their family is rarely in one place for too long, constantly moving around from one rural town to the next. Jeanette, the storyteller, is the second child of four. Her mother is an artist who spends almost all of her time and energy focused on herself and her work, and her father gets short blue collar gigs and works odd jobs here and there. 

The WallS family is dirt poor. They don’t have enough money to feed their children every day. Everyday showers are not a thing, but rather weekly baths whenever possible, sometimes with recycled bath water. Sometimes they would live in abandoned buildings. Other times they would live out of the family car. 

Though Mom and Dad tell themselves they were doing the best they could for their families, they often acted selfishly. They provide here and there, but neither parent can (or want to, depending on your opinion) put forth enough effort to give their children a stable home. Both parents have issues where they are facing their own demons, preventing them from being good parents to their kids. 

Jeanette and her siblings are always off doing their own thing with little supervision. Inevitably, she and her brother, who was basically her partner in crime, sometimes would wind up in trouble after a tiff with neighborhood kids or she would get entangled in a bad situation where she would be the victim of bullying. She always has to help take care of her siblings and always has to take care of herself. 

The Glass Castle is what Rex WallS (Dad) is working toward. His plan is to build a home completely made of glass, powered by solar energy. He creates the blueprints for the house, having studied up on physics and all things science to research, but the family needs money in order to build such a home.

He tells himself that everything he is doing, searching places to mine for gold to strike it rich, gambling to try to win the jackpot, and leaving for days at a time on jobs, is for his family. But he gets so caught up in those things he can’t focus and make The Glass Castle a reality. 

Jeanette and her siblings love the dream of living in The Glass Castle. After all, her father makes it sound like the coolest house, and as a child, why wouldn’t she trust her father? 

As the story progresses and Jeanette grows older, we can see how she matures from an innocent, adventurous, and forgiving child who loves and trusts her parents to a young woman who is skeptical, smart, hard-working, and if I had to use a modern-day term, “woke”. Having faced hardships left and right, whether those hardships are due to family circumstances or school bullying, Jeanette becomes a humble, strong, and nearly fearless woman. 

The beauty of the story is how Jeanette and her siblings persevere trying times, unite and help each other when needed, and grow to create lives wildly different from their parents’. Her growth throughout the book is so beautifully realistic. When she is seven, she thinks, acts, and speaks just like an average seven year-old, yet you see her situation and what she is surrounded by and how she adapts. 

It’s impossible to go through Jeanette’s story and not have opinions on the Walls’ parenting, their careers, their life choices, and more. In fact, a lot of our own analyses of what goes on with the Walls family can end up being quite political.

For example, the Walls are poor but they are too proud to sign up for food stamps or any other type of assistance. Some of us may agree with that and say we would do the same if we were in their shoes, while some of us cannot even fathom not trying to get some type of assistance. 

The Glass Castle really gives readers a lot to think about. Jeanette Walls is an inspiration. Also, her story is real. 

If you’re interested in reading The Glass Castle yourself (and I highly recommend you do), you can pick up a copy on Amazon. I originally went searching for the book at my local library only to find about 15 holds waiting on each copy of the book, so I ended up purchasing the book and I’m really glad I did. 

Oh, and there’s a movie of The Glass Castle coming out on August 12th, starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson. I must say, I am really excited to see the film, especially since Brie Larson is one of my favorites. 

If you’ve read The Glass Castle, are reading the book, or are planning on watching the film, let me know in the comments! I would love to talk more about the story. It’s really special when we come across stories like these. 


Experiences, Not Things.

Experiences, not things

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started to shift my spending from more clothes, shoes, and accessories to spending on experiences. Designer labels and brand names are becoming less important as I get older, and at the same time, I’m starting to think more about how I want to spend my money on memorable experiences. I mean, who really needs 8 pairs of sandals? 

(No one.)

Now that the weather is warming up, I’m starting to give a lot more thought to how I want to spend late spring, summer, and fall. Even though I’m somewhat used to my homebody ways of watching Netflix or reading and snacking in pajamas, it’s time to break out of that mindset and get out there. It’s time to start going out more often (GOMO)! 

I’m pretty lucky that I live in one of the coolest places in the world(San Francisco Bay Area whaat!!) and there really isn’t a shortage of fun things to do around here. From concerts to sporting events to wine tasting and camping, there’s something here for everyone to love. 

With the help of my friends at Eventbrite, I’ve put together a sort of bucket list for fun things I want to try in 2017 that require me to get out of my comfort zone, get out of the house, and have fun and make memories! 

Here’s the list:

Go to a concertGo to my first country concert. In a few weeks, I’m going to be sipping on some bud light with my cowboy hat watching Chris Stapleton take the stage. I’m no stranger to concerts, but I’ve never been to a country concert. The group of friends I’m going with aren’t the usual friends I go to concerts with, so I’m really looking forward to making some great memories with these friends at this show. Fingers crossed that the weather is nice and it doesn’t get too chilly near the end of the show!

Take a cooking class

Take a cooking class. I took a baking class a couple of years ago while in New York at the Momofuku Milk Bar. Even though I was by myself, I found the experience to be pretty fun since I love to bake. The thing about that class is that while I loved baking and I learned a lot, birthday cake isn’t something I can incorporate in to my diet on a regular basis (but wouldn’t that be awesome if I could!?!!?). I’m hoping to take a cooking class on some type of cuisine–perhaps Thai or Japanese? I don’t have much experience with cooking those types of cuisine at home and some recipes feel pretty intimidating to tackle on my own, including beginner recipes.

go on a wine tour

Go on a wine tour. Lucky me, I live pretty damn close to wine country. While Napa County is world-famous and everyone and their mother goes there, there are wineries throughout the Bay Area, including the East Bay and the South Bay. It would be awesome to get a group of friends together one Saturday or Sunday and go on a wine tour where the itinerary is already planned and all we have to do is show up. 

Hit up a foodie festival. There is no shortage of foodie festivals in the Bay Area. Whether it’s about craft beer, coffee, wine, or street food, there’s a festival happening somewhere just about every month. Some of them can be pretty pricy, and you definitely have to make sure you don’t upset your stomach with too much food, but it will be really fun to see what local vendors have to offer and even do a taste test. 

spend time at a retreat

Spend time at a retreat. Whenever I take time off work to go on vacation, I usually pack that time full of activities and don’t give myself a lot of time to unwind and rest. With that strategy, I make the most of my time off, but I also come back to work feeling tired and unfocused…which is not good. Heading to a retreat–a holistic one, a yoga one, or something similar, where we take time to rest, heal, and connect, would be an awesome experience. 

What do you think of my list? I hope my list has inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and plan to do something new this year! 

If you’re looking for ideas, you should definitely check out Eventbrite. And if you’re the type of person to plan your own event, Eventbrite even has an event planning page that’s perfect for you. 

With all this being said, what do you say–let’s GOMO this year?