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05 December 2016

The Planner Series: Pt. 3: Karen Adams Designs Agenda

It's been a while since we last discussed planners, but with the new year on the horizon (!!!), I'm bringing you installment three! You can find parts one and two from a few months back to see where this journey began. Today, I'm sharing the Karen Adams Designs' Agenda. 

You might know that Karen Adams Designs is one of my absolute favorite paper companies around. They have some of the most unique items, and their quality is unmatched. What I love about Karen Adams Designs is their attention to detail. Their cards and desk calendars have little specs of glitter on them. Their paper is thick, and their wit is plentiful. Oh, and their holiday collection is unreal. They are without a doubt, one of my favorite brands, so when they asked if they could send me one of their new 2017 agendas, I of course said yes!

The truth is, I'm ready to take-on a planner in 2017. I think the new year is just what I need to get back on track and back to keeping track of all of my appointments and happenings. I was pleasantly surprised with how sturdy yet lightweight this planner is. It's not bulky at all and would fit well in my tote bag for when I take my office on the road (which is a lot these days courtesy of the renovation). I also love the silver details on the Karen Adams Designs agenda. I've been digging mixing metals, and since my phone and many of my other accessories are gold, this touch of silver is a welcomed change.

I have to say, though, that my favorite feature is the sticker sheet. I know that sounds a little strange, but nothing makes an agenda happier than colorful pens and even more colorful stickers. There's one for just about every occasion, too. Woo! 

If you're still trying to decide the perfect gift for the person who's always on the go, this planner is definitely it. And if you're making resolutions already to get back on track, pick one up for yourself. The perfect New Year gift. 

Thanks to Karen Adams Designs for sending me an agenda to review. All opinions are my own. 

Photos by Amber Corbi & me, respectively. 


02 December 2016

Custom Holiday Cards with Minted

If I know anything about myself, it's that I am a girl who likes routine. My morning starts the same way everyday, if I find a sweater I love, I buy it in three colors, and I always always always get my custom holiday cards from Minted. This is my third year getting our holiday cards at Minted (and yesterday happened to be my 3rd wedding anniversary!). Since we got married December 1st, and I knew I wanted to have a few wedding photos for our first holiday card, I started the tradition of sending New Years cards instead of Christmas cards. 

Even though that means our holiday cards come a little after the rush, I know that it also means that our friends and family get snail mail later in the holiday season. Gotta stretch the holiday spirit, right?! 

Minted offers tons of customization options. Every card usually offers several colorways, and you can always change the text. This year, I noticed more cards than ever before can be designed with sayings like "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year." It's great to see options that fit everyone's beliefs and traditions. 

The card I chose this year can be done in six different colors or six different foil options. It comes in postcard size, petite size (4.5 x 6), or classic size (5 x7). You can choose rounded corners or square, and there are several options for the back and for envelop colors. So. Many. Possibilities!  

Perhaps my favorite part of using Minted for custom holiday cards is that they print envelopes for you. Envelopes always stress me out, so it's a huge relief not to have to handwrite all of them. Instead, I can add a custom note to the back, or if I'm being totally honest, place a stamp on the coordinating envelope, pop it in the mail, and call it a day. If you're still in the market for holiday cards, be sure to check out Minted. They're often running sales and specials, and their gorgeous quality can't be beat. For now, enjoy a sneak peek at our 2017 New Year's cards.

P.S. If you're not quite sure how to write your name on your Christmas cards, this guide will answer all of your questions. Bottom line: no apostrophes catastrophes.

I received my holiday cards in exchange for this post, but all opinions about this brand are my own! 

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