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Ok I did it – I’m switching back to paper! I will be honest. I grew up loving a paper planner, but I haven’t used one in years. Maybe after teaching for five years, where all I did was plan entire days all day long (so much planning!) I honestly didn’t know what do with myself Owen’s first year, I had stopped teaching, and planning my days got a lot simpler. So, you see, I have a lot of experience with planning. (but also a lot of experience with planning burnout!)
After seeing so much chit chat and good reviews on several planners, this year I decided to take the plunge and try a paper planner again. Now before I say anything else, let me tell you about my super amazing planning organization I have had the past few years.
1.Google Calendar. There are so many great options/apps for online planning, but I have just been using google calendar because it’s free, synced to my e-mail, and Michael and I could sync our schedules together. I still try to put big things on there if I remember. I have all kinds of problems with the cloud and syncing my phone/computer so this has always been frustrating to me. I’m sure it’s an easy fix but I seem to be technology challenged in this area.
2.E-mailing myself to do lists. I love my dad so much, and he has taught me so much about staying on top of things, I could go on and on. I’m so thankful for his wisdom and leadership in my life. In high school, he used to leave a to do list by my car keys so I wouldn’t forget anything important. This was around the time, I used to write my own to do list, too, on a piece of notebook paper before I went to sleep, and then yes, put it on the floor where I would see it right when I woke up. When I finally joined the smartphone/e-mail world, I just started e-mailing a list to myself the night before. I need to do lists and reminders, or I will honestly just forget – especially with little ones running around all day. I am usually exhausted when emailing this to myself and sometimes email it to someone else because I’m not really paying attention – ha! Erin Condren has a few different layouts – when picking a planner, I loved that this one had tons of room for my daily to do list, and I can cross them off during the day. (So fun to cross things out and knowing that I am getting things done!
3.Notes on my phone. A friend told me a few years back, why aren’t you adding lists in notes on your phone, so I have had endless amounts of lists in notes, and I still use it sometimes.
There are a few popular planners out there, and there are some also geared toward photographers, so I looked through all of them. I will be honest, I loved the features of this planner, but I also loved that this one has photo cover options that are interchangeable. You can switch out the cover during the year – how cool is that!
There are a lot of motivational quotes in the planner, it’s super colorful and it also comes with some fun freebies. (compliment cards, referral cards, do it all dot stickers and coil clips. There’s also a few other extras) I realllly love the bright stickers. Some have birthday, etc on them, but I love that I can write a session or something else important on the blank ones, and they will really stand out on my calendar. I did also order some of the personalized ones for my barre class, swim lessons, etc. The decorative stickers are super cute, too, so I may have to order a few of those.
If you decide to join the paper planning club, click here for 10.00 off using my referral link! Happy planning, and don’t forget to use your Rebecca Keller Photography images on the cover! (And if you order one with one of your RKP images, please send me a photo!!!!)
Rebecca Keller is a Cary Lifestyle Newborn Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including The Bump. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family, maternity, and Raleigh Newborn Family Photography NC in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It’s mid January, and I feel like I keep hearing rumors of snow on social media..like it might snow next week..or maybe the next week in NC. Owen would be ecstatic as he’s been asking for snow ever since Christmas. (The Santa Is Coming to North Carolina book was a little confusing to him as to how Santa got stuck in a blizzard in North Carolina.
Cary Family Photographer | Rebecca Keller Photography |Taken at Suzanna’s Antiques
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A few favorites in January..
1.If you’re expecting, this post has a lot of great wardrobe ideas. It made me kind of miss maternity clothes.
2.Did you miss this post on Suzanna’s Antiques? I love this place – always a favorite. I lovvved that shutter coat hanger – so pretty for a mudroom!
3.Because everything is “car trucks” around here with Harrison, I tried out kit and listed a lot of our favorite “car truck” books, dvds, and toys. (click here to see our list!) The boys absolutely love Truck Tunes 2, (although the beach truck in Truck Tunes 3 is now a favorite of Harrison’s. I have never even seen a beach truck.) We also love the Green Toys, and there are even bath toys, too!
4.In case you need a super amazing – cannot believe I haven’t made these treat for watching football in February, you need to check these out. OH MY!
5.I’m sure you saw this post, but losing 5lbs the first half of January has made me love my fitbit even more.
A few things I want to tackle/read
1.22 DIY Organizing Ideas for Your Home.
2.How cool are these Vintage Behind the Scenes Star Wars Photos? And now I totally want to read The Making of Star Wars
3.Toddler Meal Planning Ideas – Harrison is so picky, I always need more ideas!
4.I’ve loved following along with Money Saving Mom on decluttering. – you can follow along with what she’s decluttering each day, yesterday was her spice cabinet.
5.It’s the 30th anniversary of the Anne of Green Gables Mini Series..and did you know they are working on a new tv series? so excited!
Pretty stuff around the web
1.The top with feathers – so pretty!
2.Essie’s Retro Collection – love it!
3.you know I love anything lace – such a pretty shirt!
Harrison’s Second Birthday Shirt by Swanky Shank
Hello 2016! Another fun year to look forward to. I love looking back at a year’s worth of images, how my kids have changed and grown, their interests, favorite toys, facial expressions, oh all of it. Our little ones are still singing Christmas songs, and I still haven’t taken down the tree yet. Oh, maybe tomorrow. The boys were so excited to celebrate the new year with their cousins.
Goals for January
1.If we have more of these warmer weather days (without rain!!!!!) sit on the porch more, with more coffee.
2.Order the hand lettering book I keep putting off ordering.
3.Start the RKP Image of the Year Contest. (I LOVE this contest every year and seeing what everyone picks! If you aren’t on the newsletter list and are a former client or want more info, sign up here. A lot of great info is going out in our January newsletter today!)
4.Owen LOVES crafts. I think he was more excited about the 1.00 crafts in his stocking then the biggest toy he asked for. I’ve been researching some fun winter crafts to tackle this January which I know will bring so much joy to him.
5.I love planning little adventures with my kids during the year. A lot of them usually revolve around fruit – ha! Strawberry picking, peach picking, apple picking, the Polar Express, our whirlwind Charleston trip, our quick Legoland/Disney trip….I need to look at this year and what we can plan out and tackle. Owen has been asking about fruit picking, which you know, January is just not the time for that!
Playing at their Grandparents house
Rebecca Keller is a Cary Newborn Photographer featured in People Magazine who enjoys iced coffee, reading books, road trips, and is available for family photography in Raleigh, NC and travel sessions.
1.December goes by way too fast. Christmas shop before Thanksgiving next year.
2.Owen is just so brave. He was so excited about his first piano recital and was even determined to play one page by memory. The recital was definitely passed Harrison’s bed time, and he did a little wandering during the performance. (Good thing we found a seat on the front row so everyone could see his wandering, ha!) The two of them may end up in a band together one day – Harrison loves to play with him. I was just so relieved Harrison didn’t climb up there and bang on the piano with him during the recital, which is always a struggle when practicing. (Trying to draw on his piano papers and tearing them up is also a favorite) Owen grinned from ear to ear when he was finished, and even smiled at me while playing (melt my Mama heart!) It was a joy to see how confident and happy he was – I would have been scared to death playing before a lot of people. Oh, and his recital was held at a retirement home, which I just absolutely loved.
His first piano recital
3.I really have enjoyed Periscope. If someone has a great broadcast, it is really entertaining while folding laundry – ha! Who’s on periscope? Who do you like to follow?
4.The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is so much fun in the afternoons. Before kindergarten, I had strict afternoon working hours (plus it was naptime for the kids) Carpool has flipped that a little around so…(anyways, that’s the reason we’ve never been in the afternoon.) Owen had some half days at school, so I picked him up, and we headed out. It was so quiet, the weather was beautiful, and we made some great new friends. The butterfly house is pretty crowded in the mornings, but it was almost completely empty, and the boys loved being able to take their time and look at all the different butterflies. Owen always loves getting one of the information sheets with the types of butterflies, and trying to figure out which ones they are.
5.Holiday minis this year were WONDERFUL. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who came, had great attitudes, and helped so much with the little ones. So many great memories made and images to go along with them! And thanks so much to Ericka for all her help!
6.I think pretty much any movie can make me cry. (I really was NOT expecting Star Wars to make me tear up) I would tell you which part, but I don’t want to give any spoilers.
7.One of my favorite things is to run outside with the BOB and my boys. Thankful for this great weather lately so Harrison and I can chat on our long walks after my runs. Our neighborhood has some crazy hills, so I finally found a route I can run without ending up on one of the huge hills at the very end. My Fitbit is already telling me my heart rate is crazy by that point – ha! Did anyone get a fitbit for Christmas? If so, add me as a friend so we can challenge each other! I’m not always so great at wearing it, but I try to keep it on. I’ve realized a lot of days I don’t get 10,000 steps unless I do go for a run, so I really need to move more!
8.I tried rocksbox this month, and really loved it! I’ll do a post with what I got this month. Thanks to Ericka and Molly for recommending it! (My referral code is BECKYBFF39 if you decide to sign up! thank you, thank you, thank you!)
9.Owen will be in 4th grade when Harrison starts kindergarten. (um, wow, that is a long time from now!)
10.A Christmas birthday is really just tough, poor guy. We decided we will be celebrating June 25th. (And Owen’s birthday is in June…so yeah, two birthdays!!!!!) He’s getting so big – did you see this video? Everytime he says, “Hi Mommy!” love, love, love him!
11. What I Read in December. December is such a busy month but I managed to read Money-Making Momin one day. I love following Crystal’s blog, and I found it to be a good and easy read. I finished it really quickly, and I think part of that was I had been so busy in December with working and activities, that I was so happy to have a minute to read!
12.Top instagram posts of 2015 –
People Magazine, newborn photography, a lot of Disney + ballet, my boy going to kindergarten and apple picking with my babies. I love that these were my top images of 2015.
13.Rain Bootswas one of the best investments I made this fall. I bought them the weekend we were supposed to get really bad flooding (which did not end up happening and I was scared to death that morning at a newborn session on the other side of the county. If you’ve ever been at a session with me where it has started lightning, etc, you will know that I am NOT a fan of weather and may run to my car so fast that I didn’t even know I could run that fast)
Happy New Year! I’ll be sending out the January newsletter tomorrow with a lot of information about upcoming events! (Sign up here)
Rebecca Keller is a Mama to two little ones, iced coffee drinker, and photographer in Raleigh NC. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about Maternity Photography Wake Forest NC, travel sessions, and newborn photography.
He was so proud of his list that he cut and pasted (and then made a list for Harrison on the back)
How is everyone’s December going? Are you still shopping for presents? I am super excited that I am almost done (whew!) I still need to pick up a few stocking stuffers, and I think we will be officially done. We have mostly stayed out of the stores – we did pick up a few trains from the craft store + a few other things, but mostly a lot of online shopping, which means our UPS and Fedex drivers have been at our house a lot. I’ve also found a few great things in online facebook yard sales. If you live in my part of North Raleigh, you’ve probably seen the post where someone walked out of their house and saw someone trying to break into their garage one morning. Just a reminder to keep the doors locked/alarm on/lock your car doors, too.
A few of my December favorites…
1. I am trying out rocksbox and I’ll let you know what I think at the end of the month. I am so excited (Thank you, Ericka and Molly, for the recommendation. See Molly’s great post here that finally convinced me to try it. And if you decide to try it, definitely use code BECKYBFF39 and yes, it’s a referral for me. thank you, thank you, thank you)
2. I am loving everything Kendra Scott right now. Definitely on my Christmas list, and I bought a few pieces for my Mama (Who has a piece and what is your favorite?)
3. I used to be like no way I am ever wearing uggs. I now own a chesnut leather pair and never want to take them off. like ever. I walk in the house and forget to take them off or just plain refuse to. I think I need the slipper now.
4. So, in trying to be more organized in 2016, I have ordered this planner. It has been a long time since I’ve used a paper planner but the interchangeable photo covers kind of sealed the deal. I’ll keep you updated on what I think – I opted for the vertical planner.
5. Just discovered this boutique at Wrightsville Beach when looking for a gift online, (because you know, I’m mostly online shopping) and now I want to go to there. (Who’s been – what did you think?!?) Love that you can watch their story on their website,too!
If you haven’t been to Piper’s Lights, we headed out there this week, and it’s so great. (Remember to take a cash donation) Any other suggestions for great Christmas spots in Raleigh? Let me know in the comments!
I am extremely overwhelmed by all the delicious Christmas cookie ideas on Pinterest but thinking of trying these – Owen would love them, and these look so fun.
Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Santa Mini Sessions Photographer featured in People Magazine and on several blogs including Lemonade and Lenses. Contact Rebecca Keller Photography for more information about family photography. I really love photographing families, newborns, and seniors, and my aim to make your session a fun memory that includes images you will treasure. We laugh, run around, and most of all have fun during a session. I do chat a lot about my personal life and recommendations for things that I love, and I may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles. I only recommend books I have personally read or items I have used and loved unless otherwise noted.