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March 22, 2017
Happy As Annie Webcrawl Wednesday: Is Meal Planning For You?

what is meal planning?

meal planning consists of planning recipes ahead of time and grocery shopping accordingly in one fell swoop. first, you save time by planning your meals in advance and not worrying about dinner every night. you also save money by buying only what you need for those meals. and, you’re less likely to waste food because you’re buying everything with a meal plan in mind.

why i started to meal plan

all the meal planning videos on youtube made me think it wasn’t for me. i don’t have kids. so how difficult could it be to interestingly and affordably feed me and my husband?

pretty damn difficult, it turns out! we’d run out of ideas for dinner and resort to take out and delivery almost nightly. when we did grocery shop, we bought whatever looked good without a real plan. the result? lots of waste! the wasted produce alone drove me nuts.

on top of that, my doctor just gave me a few dietary restrictions. so, the time was ripe to get serious about our meals!

more info on meal planning

the kitchn has become one of my go-to blogs for all things food related. it has a great beginner’s guide to meal planning. check it out and let me know if it helped you out!

Happy As Annie's Webcrawl Wednesday: The Kitchn's Beginners Guide to Meal Planning.

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Happy As Annie Meal Planning: A Beginner's Guide

get it girl: the undated mini happy planner

March 9, 2017
Happy As Annie Mini Happy Planner as Blog and Social Media Planner

the “get it girl” mini happy planner

i picked up the undated “get it girl” mini happy planner from hobby lobby awhile back. i use it for blog and social media planning, and it’s working quite well!


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what’s so special about this one? it’s undated!

michaels carries several mini happy planners too, but this undated version is exclusive to hobby lobby. (right?! let me know if that’s not actually the case.) do dated planners ever make any of you nervous? they definitely make me a bit nervous, so i jumped at these no-pressure, undated calendar pages!

what’s your verdict on undated versus dated planners? are undated inserts more convenient or a pain? let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

10 Trendy Ideas for Decorating Your Home Office or Craft Space

February 27, 2017
Happy As Annie 10 Trendy Ideas for Decorating Home Office or Craft Space Pinterest Board

last week i mentioned how pinterest boards have become my essential first step before undergoing any type of home redecorating project.

i’m in the midst of creating a little home office space for my blog and business (the Planner Girl Provisions subscription box) so that i’m not constantly commandeering our dining table for work. so, i thought i’d share 10 of my favorite home office ideas from the happy as annie office space pinterest board.

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The One Must-Do Before Redecorating a Room

February 23, 2017
Happy As Annie's Office Space Pinterest Board for Home Office Decor and Organization

first thing’s first: make a pinterest board.

i swear. how did we get anything, especially redecorating, done before pinterest? i can’t tell you how many times the first step in a project plan for me has been to create a pinterest board. this goes especially for redecorating a room. before i start packing, donating, painting, or shopping, i create a pinterest board for the new room or project. anything and everything that inspires me or that i wish my (in this case) home office would look like gets pinned to this board. you can’t rush this face either!  i take several days–weeks even!–to do this.

next step: notice patterns and repeats.

when i have a bunch of photos pinned to my virtual mood board, i peruse the photos and take note of similar elements in the photos, colors or patterns that keep coming up, and furniture or decor items i ended up pinning more than once without realizing. this simple process really lets me zero in on the ideal home office i have pictured in my head before i actually start redecorating. only after i do this do i feel ready to tackle ikea or home goods. creating a pinterest board first prevents me from buying a bunch of adorable items that don’t really go together or don’t exactly fit my needs.

last step: shopping!

how has pinterest helped you plan before redecorating? let me know in the comments below!

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing a Planner

February 13, 2017
Happy As Annie 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Planner, whether a Filofax, Michaels Recollections Planner, Erin Condren Life Planner or Happy Planner

what’s the right planner for you?

finding the right planner for you can be more difficult than you think! trust me. i’ve had (and still have) various sized filofax planners, an erin condren life planner or two, a happy planner, the new mini-happy planner, a purposeful planner, a day designer, and more!

if you saw my happy planner update video on youtube, you know that just because a planner is GORGEOUS and you are head-over-heels in love with how it looks doesn’t mean it’s going to be the most useful tool for planning your life.

maybe you’re in the same boat. or maybe you are overwhelmed by all the planners out there! if so, here are 5 questions you’ve got to answer if you are ever going to reach planner peace:  Continue Reading

webcrawl wednesday: 15 Productivity Books Guaranteed to Spark Action in 2017

February 1, 2017
Happy As Annie Webcrawl Wednesday 15 Must-Read Productivity Books Guaranteed to Spark Action in 2017

books to help with productivity

if you’re a typical planner girl like me, you’ll love productivity & pretty’s must-read list of productivity books.

even more books to help get your sh*t together

my personal favorites are getting things done by david allen and the checklist manifesto. if you want even more suggestions, check out my own list of more productivity and planning books.