Welcome to the first post in the September Studies 2.0 Blog Series. You may remember this series from last year, and i liked it so much that i have decided to create a second version. Last year i really took a look at myself as a blogger, planner, and creator. This year i want to look further into myself, my planning, organization, creation, and challenge myself to do a case study for this series. Even if i don't finish it i want to keep you updated about how it is going. In the past case studies have taken me a few months to get together.
This month is also my three year blogiversary, and you can expect a post all about that. I am so excited to be able to look back at the past three years of blogging. It has been quite the journey.
I hope that you enjoy this series, and that it helps you or someone you know. I am very excited to get started on this series.
What will you be most excited for in this series?
Welcome to the first post in the Falling Into Fall Blog Series here at Createyou86. Well...it is a little strange writing this "Fall" post on October 8th, and today in Eastern Pennsylvania it was a crisp 80 degrees out. Yup, you read right 80! We are still waiting for fall to kick in here so i thought to be festive, and make it feel a little more fallish around here i would make a fall series. I am currently burning a Yankee Candle Pumpkin Pie scented wax melt in my room so it smells amazing!
Although, i am super excited that fall is coming, and should be here already i am even more excited to share that this blog turned 3 years old on September 25, 2017. I can not believe how fast time has flown by, and how this blog has changed over the past three years. Keep reading to see what happened this year it is pretty great!
On September 25, 2014 i was sitting in a church in Central California wondering what was going to happen with my life. I was doing a job i really wasn't a fan of, and had newly learned about planning. I figured that i would immerse myself into the world of blogging as an escape, and to inspire myself. It might seem strange that i wasn't trying to inspire other people, but at that point i really didn't know what direction I wanted to go, and thought by writing i could figure it out. Three years later, and here I am writing another blog post (i have definitely taken breaks) which i don't feel bad about, and i feel like i have grown through my posts. Last year i did a fall photo shoot for my two year blogiversary, and i felt like it was such a fun thing to do for my blog that i did it again this year. I want to throw out a HUGE thank you for everyone who has visited, and supported this page for the past three years. It has been a great ride, and i can't wait to get working on more great content.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post as much as i have enjoyed creating it. These photo shoots are always so much fun, and October is my favorite month. Look forward to some great posts this month.
Let me know in the comments below: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MONTH?
Welcome to a planners favorite month EVER! July ! This month is my personal favorite because of a planner challenge called #ONEBOOKJULY2017. This challenge has been around for several years, and a ton of people take part in it especially on YouTube. It is all about getting back to basics in your planner, knowing your system, and how it works for you. I am taking part in the challenge each week by posting a weekly update on YouTube. If you are interested in checking out more about the challenge check out my introduction video below, and from one planner to another I highly recommend that you take part in this challenge from Rhomany's Realm on YouTube.
Let me know in the comments below HAVE YOU TAKEN PART IN #ONEBOOKJULY before?
Welcome to the second post in the June Planner Choices Blog Series here at Createyou86. The topic of this post is something that i think about all of the time. What is the REAL value of planning? From someone who started out never planning in her childhood to being an avid planner in her late 20's.
The value that i get from planning is immeasurable. I am able to keep my life together by planning, and i am able to keep ahead of myself. Although, i do not have a lot to plan on a weekly basis, i do find that it eases my mind to write everything down, and organize. Planning really benefits everyone weather they know it or not. Maybe you are planning a party. There are many aspects that need to be planned: The guest list, food, venue, time, entertainment, etc. When everything is planned out it makes it easy for everyone to know where they need to be, and when. It also helps to plan the before, and if people are going to bring something with them to help supply the party. Every person wins by knowing everything that they need to know, and you knowing what you need to do, and where you need to be.
I feel like the biggest value from planning is originality. Your planner is a place that no one else needs to see, but you, and you can express yourself without judgement. You can make it beautiful, scrappy, neat, or messy, and know that it is all you, and your ideas.
Let me know in the comments below: WHAT IS THE VALUE OF PLANNING TO YOU?
Welcome to another product review here at Createyou86. This is a very special review. I was lucky enough to get an advance deluxe copy of Mandisa Out Of The Dark for free from Flyby Promotions in exchange for my 100% honest review.. Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called Out Of The Dark because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!
This album is a great mix of funk, pop, hip hop, and worship. A few of my favorite songs off of the album include: I'm Still Here, Bleed The Same, Unfinished, and Comeback Kid. This album is unlike any other worship music i have heard before, and i was very pleasantly surprised by the album in general. I have been listening to this album in my car, and driving with the windows down on a beautiful day really puts this album in perspective, and really lets the power of Mandisa's lyrics sink in.
If you love worship music, i would highly recommend picking up Mandisa's Out Of The Dark Deluxe Album today! It is very inspiring. If you are curious about this album, or are looking to purchase you can check out the links below.
Story Behind The Album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df27myDpm1c
Acoustic Video for
Purchase link: http://smarturl.it/OutOfTheDark.all?IQid=flyby
Let me know in the comments below WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE SPIRITUAL SINGER?
Welcome to the second post in the Magical May Blog Series here at Createyou86. This post will be about the exact sections i have in my planner, how i keep it productive, and organized, and what planner i have gone back to from my Recollections Zipped planner. If you would like a more in depth view into my planners, and how i organize them you can check out my YouTube Channel for tons of videos! If you are ready for this post just scroll down a little bit, and check out the awesome infographic i created just for you!
I hope that you are enjoying this series so far, and that these types of posts are informative.
Let me know in the comments below WHAT ITEM HAS TO BE IN YOUR PLANNER FOR YOU TO BE PRODUCTIVE?
Welcome to the first post in the Magical May Blog Series here at Createyou86. This series is going to be about inspiration, where to find inspiration for your planner, and ways to make your planner more organized than ever before. Keep reading to find out how you can find planner inspiration anywhere.
If you are a planner you know that planners are always...always...ALWAYS looking for planner inspiration. There are so many places to find inspiration including magazines. Magazine have to be my favorite place to find inspiration including color combinations for my planner. I like to use interior decorating magazines, or fashion magazines to find colors that i think go well together.
Another place to find great color combinations is Pinterest. All you need to do is open up Pinterest, and search "Color Swatch". A ton of different color swatches will come up, and be amazing to search different colors. You can even be more specific in your color search.
I hope that you enjoy this series, and that you have a very Magical May!
Where is your FAVORITE PLACE to look for planner inspiration?
Welcome to the second post in the Createyou86 April Back to Basics Blog Series. This post will be all about which planning supplies new planners could benefit from owning. If you have been following me for a while on any social media, or this blog you know that i love the Dollar tree, Target Dollar Spot, and any other bargain places to buy supplies. I love these places to shop because everyone's planning budget is different, and great planning doesn't need to be expensive. If you would like to keep up with my hauls you can either check my Instagram, or my Youtube Channel. I am always trying to find affordable planning items.
If you are new to planning....WELCOME! The planning community is amazing, and has so much to offer, but do not be fooled into thinking that you need to have super expensive items to be an effective planner. Below will be a list of affordable planners, and planning items that every new planner should own. These items can be found at either The Dollar Tree, Target Dollar Spot, or Michael's (Recollections Brand). This post is not sponsored these just happen to be some of my favorite brands in the planning world.
This list is pretty comprehensive, and you can customize your planner however you like. I do not purchase from Michael's unless I use a coupon. I hope that you are enjoying this Back to Basics series!
Let me know in the comments below WHERE DO YOU BUY AFFORDABLE PLANNER ITEMS?
Welcome to the first post in the April Back To Basics Blog Series here at Createyou86. It may seem very obvious what this series will be about, but i'll say it anyway. This series is about getting back to being one with your planner. It is time to get back to basics, and back to the start. Are you still using the same planner? Are you still using the same inserts? How long has it been since you really REALLY reviewed your planner, and what works for you? What planner accessories are you using? How have these changed since you started planning? If you keep reading you will find out why i prefer paper planning over electronics.
When it comes to planners you will always have your diehard electronic planners as well as your die hard paper planners. Neither of these choices are right or wrong, it just depends on how you utilize your planning to be the most efficient. There are a couple of reasons that i prefer paper over electronic planning. These reasons include:
1. Phones, Computers, and Tablets Break
I can't even count on two hands the amount of times i have had to reset phones, or get rid of phones or tablets because they are acting weird or break. Even computers become obsolete, and just stop working. After 4 years of using a MacBook Pro it just stopped working, and i lost EVERYTHING. Paper is always going to be more reliable as long as you remember to write things down, and keep it in a safe clean place.
2. Planning at Work
You boss most likely won't tell you to put your planner away. However, most bosses will tell you to put your phone away even if you are just using it quickly. As a teacher it is easy for me to make notes, and if need be, bring a planner to work with me, and flip through it without my boss being concerned about using a phone (at our school we are always on camera, and i don't mind it).
PSA...I am so sorry that it has taken this long to put out this blog series. I have been very sick for over a month, and i haven't been healthy enough to post. I also haven't used my planner in a week (not even decorated!) #plannerfail
There you have it my top reasons for using paper planners over electronic planners.
Let me know in the comments below DO YOU PREFER PAPER OR ELECTRONIC?
Welcome to the third post in the Createyou86 Planner Awareness Month Blog Series. As a planner i feel like we are always looking for ways to foolproof our planner, and to make our planners work the best for us. This post will be a short, and sweet list of a few ways that i have found to keep my productivity up, and to keep my planners working, and functional for me.
Let me know in the comments below HOW DO YOU FOOLPROOF YOUR PLANNER?
Welcome to the second post in the Createyou86 Planner Awareness Month Blog Series. This post might seem obvious if you have been following my blog for a while, but in a two, and a half year span of owning this blog, and planning, my ideas about why i plan have changed significantly.
When i first came across this community on Instagram, i was in awe of all of the beautiful planner layouts, and i thought that i could get my life together if only i had a planner that looked as beautiful as the ones i was seeing. This changed very quickly. I went through a period of time where i was trying different planners, and seeing which ones i liked, which setup worked best for me, and i even created my own planner. So why do i still plan in 2017?
Let me know in the comments below WHY DO YOU PLAN?
Welcome to the first post in the Createyou86 March Planner Awareness Blog Series. I started this series two years ago, and i loved the title, and concept so much that i have decided to bring it back every March for now on. You can check out the first posts here . This is your official welcome to Planner Awareness Month, and this series will include plenty of tips, and tricks to help you as a veteran planner or a new planner to become more aware of your planning tendencies, and to keep you moving forward in your planning journey. Keep reading to find out about my oldest planner, and my newest planner.
If you have been following me for a while you probably know that i am a die hard Filofax user. I love the quality, price point, and diversity of Filofax. The oldest Filofax that i own is a red personal Domino Filofax, and the newest planner i own is the Recollections Creative Year Black Patent A5 ringed planner.
The personal domino started out as my main planner, and has since been changed to my holiday planner. I love the style of the Domino, and i used it for well over a year, as i started exploring planners. It is a great starter planner, and i would recommend it to anyone who is looking to start planning, and is looking for an affordable option.
The Creative Year Black Patent A5 ringed planner is being used as a business planning, and business project planning filo. It was $30.00 at Michael's which of course i used a coupon on, and got it for $15.00. This planner is great! It is large, holds a ton of paper, and is a perfect price point for a beginner planner as well.
I really appreciate what each of these planners does for me, and how they have helped me grow as a planner. When i first found planners on Instagram almost 3 years ago i saw Filofax, and fell in love. Planners keep me in line, and they keep me organized. They keep me entertained, and are a hobby that i can see myself partaking in for years to come. I also have enough planner supplies to fill a warehouse at this point, and i finally gave in, and purchased a paper cutter last weekend at Hobby Lobby.
Let me know in the comments below WHY DO YOU APPRECIATE YOUR OLDEST, AND NEWEST PLANNERS?
Welcome to the third post in the Createyou86 Cupid's Planning Blog Series. If you have been in the planning community for any amount of time you have probably seen or heard the quote by Benjamin Franklin "Failing to plan is planning to fail." This quote either inspires you, or scares you half to death. I love this quote, and my sister even had it on a big chalkboard in her kitchen to inspire her step children. However, i feel like there is a side to this quote that we as planners just don't talk about. Are we planning to fail? And does planning allow for a higher tolerance of failure?
I get it....you love your planner, and you have the perfect system. You might be a list maker, or a bullet journaler, or even a Filofax user, but do those lists REALLY get finished? There are some of us who use the system of choosing the three most important tasks for the day, and focusing mainly on those tasks only to push our other tasks aside until we have time. There is also a group of planners known as bullet journalers who base their entire system on things they fail to finish. These unfinished tasks are "migrated" to the next day, only to be put on another list day after day until they are completed.
Do i feel like planners set themselves up for a higher tolerance of failure? Yes, and I believe that lists are the problem. I have never been a huge list maker mainly because i like to complete things that i have set out for myself daily. I also have a full-time job, and go to school so this makes completing anything between 7:45 am, and 4:45-5:00 pm (15 minutes for traffic while driving home) literally impossible. Add to the diminishing time that i have throughout the day that i am doing school work at least three nights a week for several hours (I have spent literally 8 hours on a Saturday doing schoolwork), spending time with my fiance, writing blog posts, creating social media posts, and possibly cooking dinner. I simply don't have time for lists that need to be migrated from day to day so i choose one or two main goals for the week (normally blog posts) which i sometimes do not even complete, and you know what? I am okay with that. Am i failing at my blog posts sometimes? Yes, do i fail at other weekly goals, or even daily goals that i might plan? Yes, and i believe that being a planner allows for that acceptance. Our planners are a place where we can be honest with ourselves, and no one else has to see our failures. Is a blog post super important? No, but when you make a list for yourself your goal is normally to see that it gets done. Here are a few things that i suggest so that you as a planner accept less failure.
Let me know in the comments below ARE YOU GUILTY OF PLANNING TO FAIL?
Welcome to the second post in the Createyou86 Cupid's Planning Blog Series. Many times i have asked myself what advantages or disadvantages i have over others in planning. That is precisely what this post will be about.
When we decide that we want to be a planner, or join the community of planners we usually join because we feel like we have an advantage over something in our lives. When i first started planning i not only wanted to be apart of the community, but i had just moved to a new city all the way across the country, and was searching for a new job. I had also started going to a new church where we had a lot of activities weekly, and i just felt like i needed more control over certain aspects of my life.
Within the first couple of months of actively using my planner:
Let me know in the comments below WHAT IS YOUR ADVANTAGE?
Welcome to the first post in the Createyou86 Cupid's Planning Blog Series. This series is going to be all about why you love your planner, how you use your planner, and planner management. This first post will be about defending your planner. This may seem like a silly concept, but i always seem to find myself either explaining myself, or defending my planner to someone who has no idea about the planner community or how i would use a planner so that they can try to understand. Keep reading to find out how i take planner doubters on!
Planner doubt is probably something that you don't normally think about, or even worry about. However, i frequently have people asking me questions about my planners. Some of these questions include "What is your planner for?" "Why do you NEED a planner?" "Why do you need SO MANY planners?"
This type of questioning reminds me of dating, or having to explain your life story to family members at a gathering who you haven't seen in a long time. The answers are repetitive, and they can feel like you are being attacked for simply trying to be more organized, and even just having a hobby that is "out of the norm". When i first started planning i had just moved to California, and didn't have a job. My planner helped me keep track of job interviews, my new work schedule, and even shopping, and bill information. Most people would see my planner, and make a comment about how much they liked it, or even say that they should probably get one themselves. However, there are the doubters. Here are three things that i say to planner doubters.
"What is a planner anyway?"
My planner is my lifeline as well as a hobby. My planner organizes everything that i find important, and it helps me to keep things in order.
"Why do you need SO MANY planners?"
I do quite a few things that i feel need to be organized. I have a personal planner which i use for personal appointments, work, health, and future planning. I have also been running a blog for over two years so i have a planner where i can write down, and organize all of my blog ideas. I have a huge project that i am working on for business, and i also have a planner to organize school projects, and schedules. I find planning to be a hobby, an i enjoy doing it.
"Don't you think that it is silly to be using stickers, and using your money to decorate a planner when you are your age?
NO! I consider this a hobby as anyone would consider any hobby. If you play sports or work out you probably spend money on classes, and being on sports teams. If you knit you probably spend money on yarn, and good needles. If you sew you probably spent quite a bit of money on a sewing machine, and fabric. It just so happens that i spend money on stickers, and planners.
If you are ever asked to defend your planner do so with pride. Don't let anyone make you feel less than because you have a different hobby than they do.
Let me know in the comments below how do you defend your planner?
Welcome to the fourth post in the Createyou86 Cool Winter Blog Series. This post is all about planner peace. What is it? Will you achieve it? Have i achieved it? Is it possible to achieve? I am very boldly (very boldly indeed) going to say NO to all of the above questions. I can hear you now "But i have the perfect inserts, and the perfect size planner chosen, and I will use it for ever, and ever." There are a few reasons that i doubt this.
The first reason that i doubt that you have found planner peace is because there are always so many new options. I bet that i can name at least ten planner brands, and i'll bet that you have tried at least 3 types of planners in your lifetime. This could mean a school planner (that they give to you in gradeschool/highschool), and probably even several brand name planners because you are in the planner community, and that is just what we do (try new planners.)
The second reason i doubt that you have found planner peace is summed up in just one word really, and that word is YOUTUBE! I can't tell you how many planner videos i watch a week. It has to be over 20, and i can't get enough of them. I am constantly analyzing other peoples planners, and trying to think of what would work better in my planner, and constantly tweaking it if i can. I bet that you are guilty of the same thing. You may not even realize that you do it, but doing this will never find you planner peace!
The last reason i doubt that you have found planner peace is because of Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, Twitter, Michael's, Target, Dollar Tree, and Hobby Lobby. The sheer volume of planner related groups on Facebook, live-streams of people doing planner flips, hauls from various stores, and the sharing, and encouraging use of coupons to be able to buy new planner products makes it virtually impossible to save money, and impossible to even try not to purchase the most recent dollar tree washi tape, dollar spot post it notes, and notepads, Etsy sticker sheets, MAMBI sticker books, or even Recollections planners (of any type). The deals are just so great!!!!!
So......the next time that you hear the phrase "PLANNER PEACE" just remember that that phrase that we planners love so much sells products. It sells millions, and millions of products promising something you most likely will never achieve because companies want you to keep on buying their planner supplies! Don't feel guilty the next time that you find yourself scouring the dollar spot for the newest sticky notes, but don't tell yourself that a sticky note that cost a fraction of a penny to create will solve your planning problems. The solving starts with you, and your planner (maybe you guys need a heart to heart!) The fact is that you need nothing, but a cheap planner or notebook, and a pen or pencil to actually plan, and planner peace has reeled us in HOOK, LINE, SINKER!
I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and this series so far. Don't forget to stop back soon for the last post in this series.
Let me know in the comments below What are you guilty of purchasing to find "Planner Peace?"
Welcome to the first post in the January Cool Winter Blog Series here at Createyou86. Welcome also to 2017 it feels good to be back! I hope that you had a great holiday, and new year celebration. As we all know January is the time of looking back at what we acheived last year, and how we will improve with goals for the new year. Throughout 2016 i kept track of goals on a monthly basis, and with my new C'est la vie zip planner from Recollections i can do that again because it comes with a monthly insert. This post will be all about my REALISTIC goals for 2017 so keep scrolling for more!
December 2016 was really rough for me. I had the flu which i have been fighting for over three weeks, and i had the stomach bug over the new year, so all of my goals for December were put on hold. This made me really upset because i had so many blog posts, and other things that i had planned that i wasn't able to complete. I felt like i failed my followers, and myself.
Fastforward to 2017, and here we are. Now i have a fresh chance to create some new goals that i see as realistic.
Drink Juice Regularly
This may seem like a silly goal, but i drink ALOT of soda. I also drink a lot of water, but milk, and juice are on my back burner. I love milk, but it does not love me so i tend to stay away from it unless my body is really craving it. Juice will give me all of the calcium that i miss from milk, and i love the taste of juice. My favorite juices are V8 Fusions because you get the best of fruits, and vegetables.
Organization and Planning
I am a planner, and to most people that means that you are organized. This is a serious misconception of planners, and the planning hobby. I love to plan, but my organizational skills have been horrible since i was very young. I have my planner stuff organized, but it still spills out over into other sections of my room. I want to find better storage solutions, and make sure that my hobby is not overflowing into space that should be for both of us.
Get Back to Blogging and YouTube
As i said before December was rough, and blogging kind of got away from me. I want to be more consistent, and bring you all what you love. I love writing blog posts, and making YouTube videos, and i can't wait to jump back in with both feet.
I feel like these are all goals that i can attain pretty easily, and that i can keep updating each month as the year goes on.
Let me know in the comments below what is one of your goals for 2017?
Happy New Years Eve, and welcome to the last post in the Createyou86 Traditional Holiday Blog Series. There is one reason that these posts have been so late. The reason is that i had the flu, and was out of work, (and basically out of commission) for an entire week. This flu threw my entire month of December off. This was the worst sickness i have ever had (and i have had Mono!) I hope that this post finds all of you well, and ready for the holidays! Only eight more days until Christmas, and i have all of my wrapping done! I wanted to share with you my last planner setup for 2016. That is so strange to say! Below you can watch the Youtube Video that i posted a few days ago. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season, and I will see you all with new planner setups in 2017!
Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite brand of washi tape?
Welcome to the long awaited second post of the Traditional Holiday Blog Series here at Createyou86. We are officially four days away from Christmas, and this blog series has taken all month to be released. i am still not better from my bout with the flu, but i am trying to push through. I have all of my presents wrapped, and i thought that i would post a few of my favorite bargain planning supplies that you could purchase for the planner in your life.
These are just a few of my favorite planner items that i have even given as gifts this year. I hope that this post has been helpful for simple bargain ideas for the planners in your life. Be sure to come back in the next couple of weeks to catch up on the Traditional Holiday Blog Series.
Welcome to the first post in the Traditional Holiday Blog Series here at Createyou86. I am so excited about this series. Winter is such a wonderous time of the year, and with the holidays there is always more joy in the air. This series will be some traditional posts like previous years from Createyou86, and ther will also be some non-traditional items, and posts that you might not expect to see.
This first post is all about my winter favorites for this year. I have said in other seasonal posts that these types of posts are some of my favorite. I love figuring out things that i am loving at any moment because i am not really a journaler, and it gives me time to reflect on the season, and moment. Some of my favorites this winter include:
I know that i mentioned this last year, but hoodies, and my love for hoodies never ever goes out of style. Who doesn't love throwing on a comfy hoodie, and watching some Netflix, or binge watching some YouTube planner videos?
Candles are amazing. When i say amazing i mean that they are everywhere in our house. Weather they are being used for a romantic dinner, or you are relaxing in the jacuzzi candles can always bring the scent of the season, and relaxation to the home.
Hot Chocolate is one of my favorite holiday, and winter drinks. One of my favorite Keurig k-cups is the Starbucks Hot Chocolate. It has just the right amount of chocolate, and never comes out watery. You can always add some marshmallows for a little extra pizazz.
New Planner Goodies
This is pretty obvious for Createyou86. I am very obviously obsessed with planners, and planner goodies (there will be a post coming up). I love getting ready for the new year in all of my planners, and finding new goodies around the holidays!
Here in Pennsylvania the first (big) snow is normally beautiful. The first snow is when everything is completely covered for the first time with snow, and hasnt become brown, melty, and dirty from salt, and melting snow. It is the best to make snow angels in, and beautiful to look at, and take photos of .
Tradition runs strong in our family, and we love to create our own traditions. This year we started a new tradition where we created our own ornaments. We used metalic pop-poms, and matching glitter to create our own ornaments (you just put as many pom-poms in the top of the ornament that you want, and add some similar colored glitter into the ball as well, and voila! your done. There are a ton of other family traditions that i will be carrying on, and I have even purchased a holiday recipe binder from Hobby Lobby to pass down traditional family holiday recipes. You can watch that haul, and flipthrough HERE.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and that you are as excited about the holiday season as we are here at Createyou86! This series will be all month long in December so keep coming back for more!
Let me know in the comments below do you have all of your holiday shopping done? (I'm almost done!)