BOYS WILL BE PLANNERS! // GUEST BLOGGER: Mandy Heil

When The Happy Planner® came out with a Happy Planner KIDS™ I was so excited, but when I saw there were planners designed with boys in mind I was even more ecstatic! As a #plannerbabe and a mom of two boys, it thrilled me to see that The Happy Planner® thought of ALL kids. I promptly purchased two of The Happy Planner KIDS™ "Cool Dude" sets and presented them to my boys. I wasn't sure if they'd be interested, but I was pleasantly surprised at how excited they were! They wanted to dig right in! They read every sticker, flipped through every divider, and checked out every part of their new planners. 

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LIFE REBOOT // GUEST BLOGGER: Mary Ellen Houston

Hi, I'm Mary Ellen! I just began planning in January of 2018 and I can't get enough. The Happy Planner® has literally changed my life in such a positive way! I just started a YouTube channel (Planning with Bumble) and I'm having so much fun inspiring others by sharing what I create!

Sometimes life throws us curve balls and we don't even know where to begin to get back on track. In these times, I've always turned to planning to help me refocus. I am currently finding myself in a period of transition and I have a lot of choices to make. I have so many ideas floating around in my head and it's so helpful for me to get it all down on paper. It's time for some major goal setting...so I decided to create a 'LIFE GOALS' notebook! It will help me to reevaluate my life...figure out what I want my life to look like, what is currently moving me toward that and what is holding me back. I plan on working on this slowly and steadily throughout the next couple of years. I'm not going to push myself...I'm going to go at my own pace, work on one small goal at a time and break each goal down into manageable steps.

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BUDGET REVIEW // GUEST BLOGGER: Alicia Gonzalez

Budget planning can be stressful! I love to use bright colors and stickers to bring a little happiness while reviewing my budget. 

The Happy Planner®️ 'Budget Review' sheet, taken from the Budget - Extension Pack - Classic allows me to REVIEW where I went wrong the previous month, and ask myself 'how am I going to improve on my mistakes,' as well as set up new and/or improved GOALS for the upcoming month.

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WANDERLUST // GUEST BLOGGER: Kimberly Lauren

I am sure you have heard! The Happy Planner® recently released a new product line and it’s an amazing addition to the brand! The NEW Happy NOTES™ line consists of several notebooks, a variation of paper styles, fun covers and in all three sizes: MINI, CLASSIC and BIG!

I really wanted to come up with a fun way to use the new Happy NOTES™ and this cover gave me the idea to use it as a “Wanderlust” notebook! I love my Happy Memory Keeping™ planner, which is perfect for day-to-day memories, but I wanted a special place for larger photos and more journaling space for my adventures. 

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HAPPY MEMORY KEEPING™ // GUEST BLOGGER: Mandy Heil

When the Happy Memory Keeping™ collection came out last year, I bought everything I would ever need to memory plan. I really wanted to be a dedicated memory planner, but I never took the leap. It seemed a bit intimidating, and I let perfectionism keep me from trying it. I decided to finally give it a shot. I mean, I had a beautiful new memory planner screaming to be used. Once I started I was hooked! I'm still new to it, but I've already learned a few things that might be helpful for those of you still waiting to leap into Happy Memory Keeping™. 

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The Happy Planner® SQUAD

CALLING ALL HAPPY PLANNER® ENTHUSIASTS!

The time has come to put together our 2018-2019 Happy Planner® SQUAD! Yep, we’ve changed the name, and we are changing a few things up. We want YOU to be a part of all the HAPPY! Talk about #SQUADgoals!

The Happy Planner® is looking for ‘Happy Planner® enthusiasts who LIVE and BREATHE all things HAPPY + PLANNING. The Happy Planner® is more than just a product, it represents a community striving to Plan a Happy Life™.

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APRIL HAPPY MEMORY KEEPING® PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I don't know about you, but The Happy Memory Keeping® system is my JAM! I love everything about it. My Happy Memory Keeping® planner has become a space for me to find gratitude. I find so much JOY in planning + keeping my memories. 

Once I have finished memory keeping a month, I always find myself overwhelmed with thankfulness. I regularly look back and think the same thing, "WOW! I did all of THAT?!" It's an awesome feeling.

This positive reaction I frequently experience reminds me of a saying, a sticker that lives on the back of my computer which says, "Gratitude turns everything you have into enough." 

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I AM A HAPPY PLANNER

I am a Happy Planner, not just because I own one, but rather the fact that I've been working in one for the past three years, and it has made me, literally, a HAPPY planner.

I love the dual meaning of this product! I love that when you intentionally invest time into it, you become the title! 

One of the ways you can become a HAPPY planner is by, 1. (For the sake of this blog post) OWNING a Happy Planner®️ - derrrrr. ;) And 2. By taking The Happy Planner®️ and making it your own! The possibilities are truly endless with this system. You just gotta try and think outside the box a bit.

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SPRING BUCKET LIST

Spring is just a few days away! It may, or may not look like it outside of your window. Regardless, it’s ALMOST Spring! 

You see, it’s not because I love Spring so much that I'm super excited about this seasonal shift, but rather the fact that it’s a NEW season, a NEW chapter. We have these AWESOME built-in reminders, reminding us of 'new beginnings', a bit of permission to hit that RESET button.  It’s also pretty stinkin' cool that nature also sees the need to change. Nature hits RESET as well. We should probably take note.

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STEPHANIE'S VLOG - FEBRUARY GOAL CHECK IN

I'm a little late on the check-in, but man-oh-man am I in the groove! 

February was a good month.  It wasn't all smooth sailing. (Bear with me, I like to speak in metaphors and use symbolism to express my feelings. Such a Pisces!)  I had to navigate some rogue waves but I also got to experience some amazing sunrises.  And you know what, I'm really okay with that because that means that I was able to make progress through the tough times as well as the easy days. 

In this month's vlog, I share my progress and also tell you what my goals (and BIG plans) are for March.  So be sure to check it out and let me know what else you want to see or know about my process or journey.  Your support along the way has meant so much to me!  I would love to be able to be there for you too!

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SPRING CLEANING

It's almost SPRING. YAY! I love Spring. It's not too cold and it's not too hot!

I wanted to take advantage of this NEW season to do a little SPRING CLEANING from the INSIDE - OUT. It's my hope that this simple 7 DAY Challenge will give both me and YOU the opportunity to LET GO of the things in our life that no longer serve us. It might be physical, emotional, or mental. Whatever it is, if it's not serving you, LET IT GO.  

Spring Cleaning... It's totally a THING. Each year I grow less organized, and less clean. I am not proud of this. Each year things get a little more crazy, a little more busy. And when all is said and done, I'm left with a mess. Don't get me wrong, I WANT to clean, I WANT to get organized... I even want to go to the extreme to de-clutter and get rid of EVERYTHING. LOL. But don't worry, I'm not going to toss everything in the trash. I literally can't afford that!

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BUILDING ROUTINE

HOW you begin your day DETERMINES the direction of your day. Well, for the most part. This isn’t completely black and white, there is some grey area of course.

I have definitely been experimenting with routine. How to build a routine, what works and what doesn’t work. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed with all the to-do’s, the plans, work life vs. personal life, and so on.

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HAPPY MEMORY KEEPING MADE SIMPLE!

I have always loved photos.  In fact, we started me & my BIG ideas 20 years ago designing stickers that were the perfect addition to our scrapbooks.  Today, my memories are documented in our Happy Memory Keeping™ planners.  It's the perfect combination of two things I love so much...planners and scrapbooks. 

I get asked a lot of questions about the process of memory keeping in a planner...like how I print my pictures?  What I do when I don't have a lot (or any) pictures?  And what's the best way to get started?  Those are all great questions, so I recorded a Plan with Me video that walks you through my process and answers all your pressing questions. 

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EMBRACE IMPERFECTION

Wanna know what the BIGGEST kill-joy is?! Comparison. BOY, OH BOY. Do I wish I could take comparison by the pigtails and toss it out out of this world (you know that scene in Matilda with Miss Trunchbull? The little girl with the pigtails? Anyways, watch the movie if you don’t know what I’m talking about!)

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WILL YOU BE OUR VALENTINE?

Since the launch of The Happy Planner® 3 years ago, I have had the opportunity to meet so many of you.  You've shared your stories and your planners with enthusiasm and authenticity.  It's been such an honor.  We even took our cameras to some of our latest events to capture some of these interactions to share with the world.  And when our team was finished creating this tribute, we were brought to tears.  Our love for YOU is why we do what we do every day.  The Happy Planner® community is like no other.  I just want to watch this video over and over and OVER!  YOU make me HAPPY!  I wish I could give each and every one of you a BIG hug...yep, I'm a hugger! 

So please accept this Valentine's Day tribute and know that you are LOVED and so very appreciated.  Oh yeah, we also created some cute wallpaper designs for you to jazz up your phones.  Feel free to share the love!

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STAMPING // GUEST BLOGGER: Jennie McGarvey

HEY #plannerbabes! It's me, Hannah! I wanted to introduce you to a friend of mine, the QUEEN of stamping, Jennie McGarvey (aka @ajmcgarvey IG!) Jennie is a past MAMBI Design Team member, and her creative ideas and SUPER CUTE handwriting have been SUCH an asset to our Happy Planner® community! I am so excited because TODAY she is taking over the BLOG as our SECOND guest blog post-er! ENJOY all the HAPPY below. ;) 

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