Wednesday, December 31

The last day of the year seems like the perfect time to finish this NYC trip trio of posts. It's more procrastination than anything else but it goes well, doesn't it?  ^_~  Looking back and editing the pictures I was glad I took so many! As months go by new memories make a home in your brain and (sort of) push back older ones. It's nice to have so many pictures to refresh your memory!

Our day started with breakfast in Brooklyn at this wonder cafe.

The main reason my best friend and I went on a last minute trip to NYC.. The Friends Cafe! (officially, Central Perk Cafe lol) Yes, we're that big of fans! We used to rush homework and chores, in Middle School and High School, every Thursday night to watch it together. We had to!

The line, at 10am, was around the block. Yikes!

For some reason I pictured it like an actual coffee house. It was more like a museum and you walk in line, view some items from the actual show, pictures, get your free coffee, take your picture and GET OUT! Oh, you can step to the side for the ridiculous 'shop'. (nothing was in stock. on the fourth day!) 

  So no one told you life was going to be this way...

Overpriced? .. Definitely.  Worth it?.. Absolutely not.  Am I glad I got it?.. You bet your a. 

Since we were in a Friends kind of morning I decided to look for the actual apartment pictured on the show. Me: it seems close, lets walk there. It was not close! but can't you hear the theme song play in the background as you look at that picture?... Yes, I'm obsessed. 

Lunch was had and it was still fairly early. Central Park it was. We didn't go miles in.. barely two. lol But it was starting to get really cold and dark. We bought some pretzels from one of the many vendors and I can honestly say I've never put anything more disgusting in my mouth. #twss I tossed the thing after a bite. That aside, it was so soothing to just see and hear all the runners, the leaves rustling, the singers that are at the entrance. So calming in the middle of such busy streets! 

The next afternoon, we had a flight to catch. We filled our morning with the last tourist destination on our list: Statue of Liberty.  When I purchased our tickets they said to be there early and before our departure time. Ours was at 8am so we went through all the security checks and were on the almost empty ferry. I guess they don't take off until it's full (which makes sense) but because we thought it took off at 8 sharp, we were there sitting on a rocking ferry for an hour. Guess what that caused? Yep, motion sickness. I seriously was so nauseated! I couldn't wait to get off the ferry because there was no way I was using those bathrooms and I also wanted to avoid puking on the lady in front of me. We went through the self guided tour but I was not really into it because I was so sick. So next time I visit NYC I'm doing this again and taking some motion sickness pills! and getting there later than the ticket says.

It was an amazing trip in a beautiful city. There aren't enough vacation days to see it all. I hope you guys enjoyed these posts, pictures and wallpapers. 

The above picture is made into a wallpaper for iPad and iPhone 6

Happy and safe New Year, may it be everything you want it to be. ❤︎


Friday, December 26

It's so exciting to get a new planner. The possibilities!! Now, I had previously purchased this Kikki.K Lilac planner as my 2015 planner but I found an issue with the agenda feel. I'm left handed and the rings got in my way and the only way to write something legibly was to pull out each individual page, every.single.time. No thanks! In my search for something else I considered the ever-so-popular Erin Condren but I remembered my dislikes. If you're paying that much you must be 100% satisfied. Me thinks. The things I didn't like about the Erin Condren were; the pouch in the back and the small squares in the weekly view. In my search I came across a couple of YouTube videos and retweets for pre-orders for these new planners by InkWellPress. I didn't want to pre-order something I had seen no reviews or non-stock pictures of. You know? I waited and stalked their Twitter mentions and Instagram tagged pictures and I fell in love! I loved the idea of two different layouts, I mean, we all have different needs for it and they seem to get that. I got a referral code (I'll provide one at the end of this post) and decided to go for it with a little more confidence. They had this wood chevron cover that sold out a night before I placed my order. I was sort of bummed by it because it was my first choice. I'm so happy it was (sold out), I like this "Mitered Stripe" one so much better. It looks so clean and classy. Everything I wanted my planner to be.

When you first open it you're greeted by a year calendar of 2015 and a page for your missions and goals.  As well as two side by side pages for important dates, birthdays and anniversaries.

Two page monthly view before a two page weekly view. I really like the sidebar for your Notes. But one of my favorite things about these planners are the soft colors. Nothing offensive to the eye and still not boring.

The one thing that really sold me and I saw on no other planner is the mission board (after the monthly view and before the weekly view). I love the honeycomb look and the idea of being able to break down bigger goals into baby steps every month.

Notes and ramblings.. I'm thinking of using this to quickly jot down thoughts and mini-reviews on books that I read.

Weekly view: The thing that stands out on these pages is the area to track your fitness, meals and stuff  to do at home. Love that. Again, not something common in other planners.. But you don't have to use it just for that, obviously. I did see someone use it for the daily weather..

Towards the back there's this folder and an actual pocket built into the back cover. There's graph paper for notes. A "Let's Go Anywhere" section where you document your trips, flights and all that jazz. There's a gift list area.. Movies and books to keep a record of.

That's all the pictures I was able to use.. My camera's (user error, I'm sure)  settings weren't cooperating and it was very dark and gloomy outside my office. So I encourage you to check out some YouTube videos or go to the InkWELL page for an actual review and better pictures. ^_^

I want to make note of the fact that even after your order has been shipped, InkWELL still emails you with helpful videos and tips on how to customize and get familiarized with the planner. Which I found helpful.

Now if you want to order one you can use my referral link which will provide you with 20% off of your order.

Happy planning and hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. If I planned correctly (ha!) there should be another post before the end of the year. See you then! ❤︎