Hello January!

Guys, I cannot believe it is already 2017! This year I will be turning 27 and hope to make it a great year! Last month, I shared my goals for 2017, so today I am going to share my monthly goals for January! Let's get started!

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  • Meal prep every week. This is something I want to get back into doing this month. I typically will prep my lunches for the work week every Sunday and need to start making this a habit again because it really helps keep me on track. If you want some meal prep ideas, leave a comment and I will share my favorite meals.
  • Workout 3-5 times a week. One of my goals mentioned in my post linked above, is to lose 15 pounds in 2017. I also want to be in shape for our family vacation this August, so I have 8 months to get toned up for the beach.  I fell off the fitness bandwagon in September but I want to get back on track this month.
  • No unnecessary purchases. One of my goals mentioned again is to pay off my credit card. In order to make this goal happen, I need to significantly cut back on my spending. I will need to stop buying planner stickers for a while and have enough kits to last me a few months.
  • Clean everyday. I want to do a quick clean everyday, whether that means doing the dishes or making the bed, I want to make this a habit.
  • Blog once a week. Yes, I know I am the most inconsistent blogger in the planet but I want to start working harder on my blog and youtube channel this year. I am going to create an editorial calendar and then start posting on a regular basis. 

What are your goals this month?

 

 

My favorite songs of 2016 | elizabethkathrynx

2016 was a crazy year for me! My husband and I bought our starter home, adopted a kitten, and my sister got married! I saw Redhead Mare do this post and thought it  was a great idea! Let me show you my favorite songs for 2016! 

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Major Lazer - Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)

We all make make mistakes and get lost but someone will always be there to pick us up from the battles we are fighting.

Fifth Harmony - Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign

This song goes out to everyone who is just trying to get buy workin' 9 to 5

Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) (Explicit)

Flo Rida - My House

Don't let anybody come into your house without showing show respect

Adele - Hello

Another masterpiece by Adele

John Legend - Love Me Now

Hold your loved ones close and always tell them everyday you love them.

Selena Gomez - Kill Em With Kindness

This is one of the mantras I try to live by daily. If you are having a bad day, dealing with some rude customers, just kill em with kindness.

Katy Perry - Rise

This song by Katy Perry is one of the most powerful songs of 2016. We have to rise from the ashes and let the light fight the darkness in the world.

Ruth B - Lost Boy

This song is beautifully set to piano. There is something so haunting about this melody. It is based on Peter Pan but it has such a deeper meaning of feeling loneliness and finding escape through companionship and love.

OKAY! Now share with me YOUR favorite songs of 2016!!

Five Vlogmas series you NEED to watch | elizabethkathrynx

December is in full swing and if you watch Youtube videos, one of the seasonal things content creators do in December is Vlogmas! If you don't know, Vlogmas is a challenge is film a vlog everyday of December until Christmas. If you love watch youtube, here are my top five series you must check out!

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Image courtesy of http://www.beautifullyorganised.com/

1) Kristina Braly (https://goo.gl/fpcdOi)

I have been watching Kristina for a while now and love her videos! Kristina and her hubby just moved to North Carolina and she documents her daily life as an anesthesiologist. 

2) Wonderfully Ale (https://goo.gl/7A6QxT)

I recently found Ale's channel and have become obsessed with her videos! She is a flight attendant with a major US airline. 

3) HappilyAHousewife (https://goo.gl/KNuYjM)

I found Samantha's channel through another planner youtuber. She is a stay at home mom with three kids and I just love her genuine her vlogs are! 

4) ChrissyLilly (https://goo.gl/1gfX2d)

Chrissy is a Canadian youtuber, who also owns the sticker shop Pretty on Paper Co. she documents her life as a sticker shop owner and her health & fitness journey.

5) Favorite Daughter Emily (https://goo.gl/UV4hjK)

I can't even remember how I found Emily's videos, I think through a facebook group or Instagram post. She does planner videos as well as budget/savings videos.

I hope you found this post helpful if you are new to the YouTube world or just needed to find some new channels to watch! Don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel for #PLANmas. I will have new videos everyday from December 13th to December 24th!

My Top 5 Goals for 2017 | elizabethkathrynx

With almost being halfway through the last month of the year, I thought I would share my top goals for 2017! Let's get started!

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Image courtesy of Google

1) Pay off my credit card: I have one credit card and have a small balance. It's nothing crazy but I would like to pay this off next year. My goal is to have this paid off by June 2017. Once I pay this card off, I am going to start aiming towards paying more towards my student loan. I owe less than $10,000 on that loan and want to pay it off as soon as I can!

2) Travel More: I love to travel and want to take more weekend trips! I want to visit places I have never been before, like Philadelphia or Chicago!

3) Invest in my Youtube channel/Blog: I want to invest in some new filming equipment including a new camera and maybe even a new personal computer/laptop to make some kickass videos and blog posts

4) Lose 15 pounds: I did a good job with my health & fitness in the first half of 2016 but then fell off the bandwagon in the second half of the year do to my full-time job. I have resubscribed to BeachBody On Demand and want to make it a habit to work out 5-6 times a week and get back on track with my meal planning.

5) Home improvements: Ever since my husband and I bought our house in March, there have been some furniture upgrades I have wanted to make. I want to buy a new TV for the living room and upgrade the TV stand and coffee table. I foresee a trip to Ikea in the future. I also want to finally print some of our beautiful wedding pictures and hang them in our home. We would also like to replace the dining room set and couch but we aren't sure when those purchases will occur.

What are your goals for 2017?

Cyber Monday 2016 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Cyber Monday sales have already started and I thought I would share some of the best deals around the internet! Let's get started!

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Kate Spade - Get 30% off your order with code WIRED at katespade.com

⇢ J.Crew - Get 40% off your order with code HOLIDAY

⇢Target - Get an additional 15% off your order in stores and online

⇢LOFT - Get 50% off everything  with the code CYBERMONDAY

⇢Banana Republic - Get 50% off everything online only

⇢Rite Aid - Get 30% off all orders ($34.99 minimum) with code CYBER30

⇢NFL Shop - Get 25% off all orders ($25 minimum)

⇢Ulta - Free Shipping on orders over $35; $10 off orders over $50; FREE 16 piece beauty bag with order over $75; 25% off Ulta Beauty Holiday Collections; 40% off NYX Makeup; 30% off Pacifica Makeup and Nail; 40% off Julep Holiday Sets; 40% off The Body Shop; 20% off Clarisonic Holiday Sets; 50% Ulta Beauty Holiday Bath; 50% off Matrix; 50% off Redken; 20% off Nume; 

⇢Macy's - Extra 20% off and Free Shipping on orders over $25 with code CYBER

⇢JCPenney - Extra 33% off orders over $100 or Extra 25$ off orders under $100 or Extra 25% off entire order; Free Shipping on orders over $49

⇢ Kohl's - Extra 20% with code CYBER; 40-60% off outerwear; 114.99 Nutri Ninja; 50% off watches; 50-60% off pajamas; 25% off Nike sale

These are some of the sales I could find so far; some stores have not released their Cyber Monday deals yet, like Sephora.

Will you be shopping Cyber Monday??

 

Black Friday 2016 Sales: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Hi everyone! Today I am going to help you get prepared for all of the Black Friday sales!  Let's get started! You can find all these deals and more at www.blackfriday.com

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⇢Target: XBox One S $250.00 and get a free $40 dollar gift card; Powerbeats Wireless Earphones $$89.99; All Apple TV Models 25% off; Nikon D3400 bundle $499.99; GoPro HERO5 $399.99 and get a free $60 dollar gift card; All iPods 20% off; All Otterbox cases 40% off;  Nintendo 3DS $99; All apparel, accessories and shoes 30% off

⇢Walmart: Playstation 4 $249.00 with bonus $30 gift card; iPad Mini2 $199; XBox One S $250; Kitchen appliances for $9.76; Vizio 60" TV $398; Cricut Explorer $169;  

⇢ Kohl's: Get $15 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent; Some kitchen appliances for $9.99; 40-70% off kitchen and tabletop textiles; 40-70% off cookware and food prep; 60-75% off luggage; 25-60% off floor care; 20-60% off personal care; 25% off Nike; 50-65% off dress and casual shoes and boots; 50-60% off socks and slippers; 60% off handbags and wallets; 25% off Levis jeans; 60-70% off outerwear for women; 50% off clothing for girls and juniors

⇢JCPenney: $9.99 kitchen appliances; 60% off all holiday trim; 50-70% off ready-made curtains; Up To 40% off major appliances; Extra 30% off all fine jewelry; 60% off all Arizona Guy's apparel; 60% off big and tall apparel; 30-50% kid's toys; 60-70% off boy's and girls Arizona apparel; 60% off girls apparel; 60% off girls fleece; 60% off kids sleepwear; 50-60% off women's boots; 50-80% off women's cold wear apparel; 60% off liz claiborne apparel

  ⇢Kmart: BOGO $1 All Family footwear; BOGO 50% All teams sports apparel; Up to 80% off fine jewelry; 50% off Christmas tree and decor; Up to 35% off Shark vacuums; Up to 30% off major appliances; 

⇢Michaels: 5 for $10 jar candles; 50% off all Christmas decor; 50% off all Christmas trees; BOGO 50% All kids activity sets; BOGO 50% All Crayola; 30% off ALL planners and accessories; 50% off paper crafting and essentials; See ad for coupons

⇢Best Buy: LG 50" TV $399.99; PS4 Games $29.99; PS4/Xbox One $249.99; PS4/Xbox One Controllers $39.99; Nintendo 3DS $99; FitBit Alta $99.95; JBL - Xtreme portable speaker $199.99; Amazon Echo $139.99; DJI Phantom 4 $999.99

⇢Sam's Club: Vizio 50" TV $398; Vizio 38" Sound bar $119.98; Proform 2.6 CHP Treadmill $399; Up to $80 off set of 4 tires; 27" gas grill $199

⇢AEO: 40% off holiday collection

⇢Ulta Beauty: 5 for $5 stocking stuffers; BOGO FREE OGX Hair Care; BOGO Free Ulta gift sets; 2 for $12 OPI mini trio

⇢JoAnne Fabrics: 70% off Christmas fabrics; 70% off Christmas decor; 40% off sewing machines; 40% off steamers and irons; 50% off papercrafting supplies; 50% off cricut accessories; See ad for coupons

 ⇢Lowe's: 25% off artificial christmas trees; Up to 50% off select tools; Up to 40% off appliances; 25% off all in-stock christmas ornaments

⇢Dick's Sporting Goods: 50% off entire stock of Reebok apparel; 25% off Men's or women's NFL Fleece; 25% off Under Armour Fleece hoodies; 25% off Cala apparel; 25-40% off footwear; 499 select Northface apparel; 25% off select Columbia apparel;

⇢Boscov's: 50-60% off all women's dresses; 50% off ladies designer outerwear; 60% off men's outerwear; 40% off mens and women's NFL apparel; Extra 20% off all fine jewelry; Best of Clinique collection $49.50; Estee Lauder Beauty Essentials kit $62; 39% off fine leather goods; 28-66% off active footwear; 40% off men's adidas activewear; 25% off men's nike apparel; 20-50% off fleece sheet sets; Extra 20% off all mattress sets; 60-75% off ladies boots;

⇢Sephora: Tarte Intro to tarte Set $10.00;  Ole Henriksen Try us, Love us Set $15.00; Make Up Forever Artist Palette Volume 2 - Artistic $25.00; NEST Eau de Perfume travel Set $12.00; Philosophy Purity $15.00; Origins Cult Favorites $18.00 & More deals on the Sephora App

⇢Lush: Only sales are on Boxing Day (Day after Christmas 12/26)

⇢Amazon: Black Friday Deals Week  - Deals everyday leading up to Black Friday

I think you can find the best deals at Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, Michaels, and JCPenney.

Will you be shopping Black Friday?

My Christmas Wishlist 2016

I have been making Christmas wish lists since I was a young girl. Here are a few of my favorite things on my wish list this year. 

 
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1) Lush Bath Bombs: I really want some bath bombs because I finally have a bath tub where I can take warm baths!! I found this cute set of Lush's website for less than $30 dollars.

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2) Fossil Sydney Satchel*: I have seen this bag all over the internet and think it the perfect size! I also am obsessed with this wine color! I tend to buy black bags but this color is gorgeous!

3) Clinique Happy Perfume: This is my favorite perfume of all time and I ran out of it over the summer. It has a very fresh, citrusy scent.

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4) Apple iPhone/Apple Watch Stand*: Right now, my iPhone and Apple watch just sit on the kitchen countertop when they are charing. I would like to get a nice stand like this to charge my devices on overnight, so that they do not get scratched.

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5) Sneakers: I need some new sneakers for when I workout at home. The current pair I have are starting to fall apart because I have had them for so long. 

These are just a few things on my Christmas wish list this year. What is on yours?

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