Pretty Planner Party

For the last two years, I have thrown a Pretty Planner Party for a group of friends that enjoy crafting and planning in their planner as much as I do.
We get together and enjoy good & wholesome association, we share washi tape, stickers, coloring pencils, tips and tricks, etc.

Typically I hold the party at a public place but this year I was fortunate enough to host the party at someone’s home which gave me a chance to decorate and plan a menu. I bought the majority of my decorations at The Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only Store and I highly recommend these two stores if you are ever planning any type of party.

Here are a few pictures I took:

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This was my third year hosting the Pretty Planner Party and I feel like this was the best year so far.

I’m very grateful for the turnout and everyone who brought a dish and supplies to share!

With love,

– R. Vargas

#DIY Housewarming Gift 

Hey everyone! 

At the request of one of my loyal followers Bobbie of Mrs.Simplicityblog, I decided to share this quick and easy #DIY Housewarming Gift idea that I made for a dear friend of mine. 

Everything displayed can be found at your local IKEA.  


Nothing out of the ordinary or very expensive. Anyone can put together this simple yet sweet gift. You can add in as much as you’d like and customize the items.

Once I tucked everything inside the oven mit and positioned it the way I wanted, voilà! 


You could even tie a ribbon around it for just a little more decor but I personally love the simplicity. 

What did you think of this gift? Is it something you would like to receive? Comment below and let me know! 

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas 

First-Aid Kit Board 

When I read this months issue of the Awake! I knew instantly how deep and personal it was for me.
I also thought it was very timely since February is National Teen Dating Violence awareness month.

The magazine discusses teen depression and what I really respect was that it shed light on how depression is an illness and disability.

Now when I was a teenager “depression,” was not classified as a sickness. It was just a word tossed around to make fun of sad and discouraged people.
Now mind you I was a regular teenager who had their highs and lows and thankfully I never stayed in a depression for too long but there are many people including adults who suffer from depression and never come out of it.

When I felt blue at the time, I just wanted to wallow in self pity. Now I turn to the bible and scriptures seem to be the only thing to bring me comfort.
This magazine was focused on young people and I felt it would be great study material for my oldest niece and I, especially since it had a special project for teens.
We read the magazine, took breaks in between and discussed personal things, read some scriptures together and after about an hour or so we ended our study, went shopping for some materials and headed back home to work on the project together.

The article suggested to create a “First-Aid Kit” for your emotions which included:

  • Contact information of people to call when you feel down.
  • Favorite songs that are positive and upbuilding.
  • Inspirational sayings and encouraging articles.
  • A list of comforting and upbuilding sayings from the Bible.
  • Mementos to remind you of people who love you.
  • A journal containing your positive thoughts as well as positive experiences you have enjoyed.
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Materials for the “First-Aid Kit” Board.

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Her journal for positive thoughts.

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Getting together her contact information to call when she’s feeling down.

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Mementos for her board.

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Her finished project. (She wanted to save room for more pictures throughout the year.)

I’m so happy we studied this article together and she opened up about personal things.
I can only pray she can grow up to be strong enough to seek help should she ever need it and rely on Jehovah someday.

Have you read the Awake! article yet? If so, what did you think?

Xoxo,

–  R. Vargas

 

 

Pretty Planner Party

For the second year in a row, I hosted the, “Pretty Planner Party.”
It’s really nothing fancy, I just get a few sisters together who enjoy crafting in their planner like I do and we craft together and enjoy one another’s company.

Since everyone lives in different areas, I try to meet half way in a public setting.
This year I chose Half Price Books.
I set up the table and placed goodie bags for each guest.
For the goodie bags I like to buy stationery, knick knacks, and a sweet treat.
Each bag is also made specifically for that sister so no two are alike.

Here are a few photos from today:

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What do you and your girlfriends do together?

Xoxo,

– R. Vargas  

DIY Flower Pot Pencil Cup

Recently I was offered a new job which  I’ll post about soon and to celebrate the good news, I did what any sensible mid-twenty year old would do, I went shopping for desk supplies!

I immediately went to Target to see what their dollar section had to offer and found the basic essentials like mouse notepads, post it notes, pencils, pens, paperclips, etc.
I chose to go with a floral theme.

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I looked for the perfect pencil cup but I didn’t find anything I liked, so I decided to make my own.

I wanted it to look like an actual flower pot.

 

Here is what I used:

  • Floral Tape
  • Pens
  • Artificial flowers
  • Dried beans or coffee beans (I used kidney beans since they look similar to dirt but coffee beans add a nice aroma.)
  • Craft scissors
  • Clay pot

All these items can be found at any dollar store.

I emptied the beans into the clay pot and I cut the flowers the length of the pen.

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I then began to wrap the floral tape around the pen and flower stem.

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I wrapped the whole pack of pens but you can use as much or as little as you would like obviously.

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Once complete, I put the caps on as far as they would go and I let them set  for a few hours.

Place them in the pot with the beans and arrange them to look like flowers sprouting up!

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It looks so real doesn’t it? I really loved the outcome!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas

 

 

2017 Ban.do Agenda

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I LOVE planning and crafting in my agenda!

For 2016, I had the, “I AM VERY BUSY,” ban.do agenda.
I chose ban.do and decided to stick with them for the upcoming year because I love the layout and simplicity of their designs. I’m not really all into glitter and sparkles and while they do offer girly-girl items, they do well at keeping it simple for the simple girls.

Over the year, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks as to how I get creative and decorate in my planner.
Since the 2017 agendas have already rolled out I decided that I would share what I do to make my planner look even better.


The design I chose for this upcoming year was the, “One Day at a Time,” solely for the reason that that’s one of my all time favorite quotes.

Inside you’ll find a page where you can insert your name.


Now I got too excited and already started crafting in this agenda so the before and after pictures will be different months.


This is what the planner looked like before. Still cute, just too much white.


This is the after which I absolutely love!

Each month, I think of a different theme and coordinate a color scheme to go with the stickers I place in them.
Crafting in planners can be very expensive so I discipline myself in knowing how to budget.

I color in the calendar with color pencils, buy stickers only from the dollar store and Walmart or purge Michael’s or any craft store for clearance items. I spend no more than $1.99 on stickers. The same goes for washi tape.

Here’s what the week layout looked like before. Again, too much white.

Here’s what it looks like after.
I separate the days with more washi tape and place a few more stickers with the same theme and maybe insert a Polaroid to fill the pages up even more.
What really fills up the pages are my appointments, work schedule, writings, to do lists, doodles, etc.
I try to include a motivational quote to get me through the week or at least stay positive if it’s been a tough day.

I also color code:

  • I use a green pen to mark down my pay days.
  • I use a purple pen to write down what positive thing happened to me that day and I write something down each day that way I can look back at the end of the week and know that it wasn’t so bad.
  • I use a red pen to mark down when financial payments are due.
  • I use a blue pen for spiritual related events.
  • I use a black pen for everything else.
  • Highlighters are used when I accomplish a task.

I plan on getting more colored pens soon.

What tips and tricks do you use in your planner?

Xoxo,

R. Vargas

Summer Vacation 2014

This summer I went on a family vacation to my fathers hometown which is in Durango, Mexico.

After a week or so on his ranch, the family and I traveled to our actual vacation destination which was Tonalá, Jalisco.

I took tons of pictures so prepare yourselves!

“Maria Isabel” Restaurant that my family normally eats at as soon as we cross into Mexico.

The restaurant is also a hotel as well.

The restaurant is also a hotel as well.

Our first meal.

Our first meal.

My silly niece with some small flowers we picked alongside of the restaurant.

My silly niece with some small flowers we picked alongside of the restaurant.

A statue in Coahuila.

A statue in Coahuila.

Quinta Sta. Cecilia Hotel (The hotel we stayed in our first night while in Quatro Cienegas.)

Quinta Sta. Cecilia Hotel
(The hotel we stayed in our first night while in Cuatro Cienegas.)

I loved the style of this hotel.

I loved the style of this hotel.

The view from the hotel in the morning.

The view from the hotel in the morning.

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If you’re ever in Cuatro Cienegas, I definitely recommend this hotel.

Back on the road.

Back on the road.

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Home sweet home. We finally reached my fathers ranch in Durango.

Home sweet home.
We finally reached my fathers ranch in Durango.

My fathers horse.

My fathers horse.

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My father showing my nephew his horse.

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My brother and my niece riding.

On our way to another city in Durango for a festival.

On our way to another city in Durango for a festival.

Carne Asada!

Carne Asada!

Festival in Cuencame

Festival in Cuencame

Vendor selling watermelon in a cup.

Vendor selling watermelon in a cup.

My favorite part of the festival. The bar!

My favorite part of the festival. The bar!

I had a Piña Colada.

I had a Piña Colada.

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Plants!

Local Natives who sell detailed hand beaded jewelry.

Local Natives who sell detailed hand beaded jewelry.

I think she figured out I was taking pictures.

I think she figured out I was taking pictures.

Dulce (Candy)

Dulce (Candy)

Pots & pans. (I brought a set home!)

Pots & pans. (I brought a set home!)

Hiking in the mountains behind my fathers house with my brother.

Hiking in the mountains behind my fathers house with my brother.

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My brother picking fresh oregano that grows wild in the mountains.

My brother picking fresh oregano that grows wild in the mountains.

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A few of my dads cows. (He has about 18 in total.)

A few of my dads cows. (He has about 18 in total.)

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Looks like some JW's have been leaving some literature in the yard.

Looks like some JW’s have been leaving some literature in the yard.

Rustic cooking. I look like a mess but who am I trying to impress on the ranch?

Rustic cooking.
I look like a mess but who am I trying to impress on the ranch?

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My niece and nephew at the plaza.

One of the perks of living high up by mountains is that the view is amazing.

One of the perks of living high up by mountains is that the view is amazing.

Heading into Zacatecas.

Heading into Zacatecas.

Finally in Zacatecas. (One of my favorite places in the world!)

Finally in Zacatecas. (One of my favorite places in the world!)

Made it to Aguascalientes to spend the night at,

Made it to Aguascalientes to spend the night at, “Hotel Las Trojes.”

Enjoying the greenery in Aguascalientes while I can because my fathers hometown isn't blessed with too much grass.

Enjoying the greenery in Aguascalientes while I can because my fathers hometown isn’t blessed with too much grass.

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I spotted a library in downtown Aguascalientes. (While taking this picture, someone called me Harry Potter. I think it was because of my round frames and my pixie cut hair.)

I spotted a library in downtown Aguascalientes. (While taking this picture, someone called me Harry Potter. I think it was because of my round frames and my pixie cut hair.)

I also found this beautiful little studio apartment while roaming around downtown. I really love the simplicity, the bricks and plants really make me fall in love.

I also found this beautiful little studio apartment while roaming around downtown. I really love the simplicity, the bricks and plants really make me fall in love.

Breakfast in Aguascalientes.  Swoon*

Breakfast in Aguascalientes.
Swoon*

While on the road, my father got really tired and asked me if I wanted to drive, (keep in mind my dad drives a huge Dodge Ram) and I'll admit I was nervous because I've never driven in Mexico and there's tons of curves, dips, narrow one way roads, no guard rails, etc. I prayed as I got behind the wheel and through three hours of valleys, peaks, and cliffs, I drove us safely to our final destination, Tonalá, Jalisco!

While on the road, my father got really tired and asked me if I wanted to drive, (keep in mind my dad drives a huge Dodge Ram) and I’ll admit I was nervous because I’ve never driven in Mexico and there’s tons of curves, dips, narrow one way roads, no guard rails, etc. I prayed as I got behind the wheel and through three hours of valleys, peaks, and cliffs, I drove us safely to our final destination, Tonalá, Jalisco!

Our hotel,

Our hotel, “Casa de las Palomas.”

The view from the rooftop of the hotel.

The view from the rooftop of the hotel.

A closer glimpse.

A closer glimpse.

Hotel scencery.

Hotel scenery.

If you don’t know too much about Mexico or about myself personally, you may have thought about why my family and I chose this specific city for our vacation spot. Let me give you some background information as to why; Tonalá (is a city and municipality within the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. It is best known as a major handcrafts center for Jalisco, especially pottery, as well as its very large Thursday and Sunday street market, dedicated to handcrafts.

I’m all about the arts, handmade pottery, handmade crafts, handmade jewelry, anything handmade basically. If the description wasn’t enough for you to imagine, here are some pictures:

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These pictures do not do enough justice to the real thing. I seriously did not want to come home. I even made friends while in Tonalá!

The city is known for its Artisan District, and I was honored to catch an artist in action.

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While coming back home from the market I spotted this little treasure.

While coming back home from the market I spotted this little treasure.

Loved this mural!

Loved this mural!

Hanging with the locals.

Hanging with the locals.

Pan Dulce (Sweet Bread)

Pan Dulce (Sweet Bread)

Some trinkets & souvenirs I purchased.

Some trinkets & souvenirs I purchased.

My father showing my nephew a tractor while in his fields.

My father showing my nephew a tractor while in his fields.

My fathers land.

My fathers land.

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures from my vacation!

Xoxo,

-R. Vargas