Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

I’ve had so much fun sharing my Erin Condren Life Planner Decoration photos on Instagram, that I wanted to figure out a way to bring it to my blog, too. I thought about doing a weekly post but ultimately decided that a monthly recap may be the easiest way to share this content. This way, you can see a few layouts without having to click around too much. We’ll see how it goes. Feel free to leave a comment below to let me know if you like it this way or want to see it broken out more. I may experiment with weekly posts in the future till I figure out what’s working best. Oh, and I’m planning to set up a Planner page so you can easily access the links for everything later.

I wanted to add it to the blog so the content is available for those who don’t have Instagram and also so I can add additional details, like links to specific stickers I used, etc. Let me know if you have any requests or questions in a comment or email.

As I’m just now posting January, I have some catching up to do, but I hope to get on a more regular cadence, work schedule permitting. Without further adieu…here are my layouts for January 2015.

Planner Decoration Ideas January 2015

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

January 2015 Monthly Layout with Decorations

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

I love using the base colors of the Erin Condren Life Planners in my decorations and adding from there. I played up the two key colors, orange and pastel-turquoise, and then pulled in some other colors from the quote in the top right. I made a banner using the extra triangle cut-outs from the washi tape, as described in my tutorial on How to Decorate Your Planner with Washi Tape.

Planner decoration materials:

  • I believe the turquoise and green washi tapes are from Michael’s.
  • The pink/red floral washi is by Scotch (purchased at Target).
  • The sticky notes are from the Target Dollar Spot.
  • The “Party Time” and “Birthday Fun” stickers are by Me & My Big Ideas.
  • The heart-shaped macaron paper clip is by Mahalmade via Etsy.

January 2015 Weekly Layouts with Decorations

Week of January 1, 2015

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

Since I had some Christmas decorations I was still loving, I went ahead and did a Christmas theme for the last couple days of December that shared the first week of January. It doesn’t fully make sense (since Christmas was the previous week), but I like it. I used the floral/leaf washi along the bottom to tie the two sides together.

Planner decoration materials:

  • The floral washi tape is from shop “Pikwahchan” via Etsy.
  • The turquoise washi tape is from Michael’s.
  • The red washi tape is from the Target Dollar Spot.
  • The sticky notes (Santa and the snow man) are from the Target Dollar Spot.
  • The stickers were actually from Valentine’s Day themed sticker sets (owl – Michael’s, the rest – Target).

Week of January 5, 2015

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

For the first full week of January, I decided to experiment with decorating the planner with just washi tape for a tutorial. It worked out great. I did go ahead and add a couple stickers since I planned to recreate the same look for the next week for the tutorial. See the next week for details. The butterfly sticker is by Me & My Big Ideas.

Week of January 12, 2015

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

Here’s my tutorial week! I wrote a full blog post detailing how I created this look with just washi tape. Click here to view my tutorial for How to Decorate Your Planner with Washi Tape.

Week of January 19, 2015

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

This was my last week before I got really into Etsy planner stickers. I used the top right orange weekend banner sticker, butterfly stickers, sweets sticker, and the page flag to draw some of the melon/orange tones up the pages. I like to try to do an even distribution of color so the look is cohesive across the spread.

Planner decoration materials:

  • The green washi tape is (I believe) from Michael’s.
  • The floral washi tape is by Scotch (purchased at Target).
  • The butterfly stickers are by Me & My Big Ideas. They are slightly raised with some glitter, but I haven’t had any trouble writing on the next pages because of it.
  • The sweets sticker is from a Valentine’s Day themed booklet from the Target Dollar Spot.
  • The page flags are from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.
  • I made the green banner using the remnants of the green washi tape pieces from the flared ends.
  • The orange banner is from a birthday themed sticker booklet by Me & My Big Ideas.

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

My first Etsy planner sticker order arrived, and I was so excited, I added a “pizza night” sticker by It’s Planning Time mid-week.

Week of January 26, 2015

Life Planner Decoration: January 2015 (Weekly/Monthly)

This is still one of my favorite weeks decoration-wise. The floral washi tape was my focal point, and I pulled the colors from there. And cupcake stickers are pretty much always a good idea.

Planner decoration materials:

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I’ll get that Planner page up soon so you can easily reference and find my other planner related posts.

Please let me know if you have any post requests or questions in a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe

I was hoping to share my family’s homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe sooner, but work has been ever busy. Still, this recipe may be even more relevant now since we’re currently in that wonky transition period between winter and spring. You know the one where it’s gray and 40 one day and beautiful, sunny, and in the 70s the next? Yup. Fun times. The vacillating weather is not only a tad frustrating but can make you more susceptible to catching a cold. Or worse! At least that’s what mom always told me. And hubby has proved her case by coming down with a cold recently.

So, here’s a little something my family likes to make for this occasion – our DIY Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe.

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I love turning to natural solutions when possible, and this tea is one I personally like.

This tea recipe is as simple as it sounds, containing only three key ingredients:

  • honey
  • lemon
  • ginger root

Seriously, that’s all you need. Just add water.

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe

The ingredients may be simple, but the combination in this comforting tea always makes me feel a little better.

Lemon and Honey: According to the Mayo Clinic, “warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration.”

Ginger: This article about cold and flu fighters on WholeLiving.com boasts, “the pungent root can also act as an antihistamine and decongestant, two cold-easing effects embraced by Chinese herbalists for millennia. Tossing some fresh, chopped ginger into your stir-fry or soup can lessen cold symptoms, as can making a strong cup of ginger tea.”

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe

Cold or not, this tea is delicious, and I love that it’s made from scratch – no tea bags or crazy ingredients needed. It’s delicious as a zippy, hot beverage for everyday sipping. I do like the ginger tea by Yogi Tea, but I think homemade is always better.

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe

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Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe
 
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Try my family's Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe for a zippy everyday beverage or natural cold relief. Not to mention ginger is well known for its digestive benefits. The measurements don't need to be exact. Just add a little here or there to suit your taste preference. I've added my basic guidelines to the recipe below.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ginger root (about 1 inch depending on thickness - you'll need 1 teaspoon grated)
  • ½ lemon
  • 2-4 teaspoons lemon
  • boiling water
Instructions
  1. Peel ginger root and grate using a lemon zester or other fine grating tool until you have about 1 teaspoon worth. Place ginger into a mug.
  2. Squeeze in ½ a lemon and about 2-4 teaspoons of honey, depending on how sweet you like your tea. Add hot water to fill the mug, stir, and let steep for about 5 minutes.
  3. When beverage is safe to drink, serve, and enjoy!
Notes
Note: Recipe easily multiplies to serve more.

To make vegan: Try subbing maple syrup or agave. Of course, sugar always works, but I've seen the maple syrup used in similar concoctions.

 

Hope you enjoy this Honey Lemon Ginger Tea Recipe. My family loves it, and I hope you do, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

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