Happy Planner 2017 – 7 Changes I Made

My Happy Planner is Happier in 2017!

The 2017 Happy Planner is fresh and new.  Love the smell!  All of it sparkles.  I turn the pages gently, slowly.  I’m not in a hurry at this time of year.  Haha; how many days will it take before that’s over?

If you have The Happy Planner -Mambi Planner – Me and My Big Ideas – Create 365 – all names of The Happy Planner – you’ll love these changes, plus a free printable!


7 Changes I Made :

I walked away from The Happy Planner and came running back.  Thankfully, it welcomed me with open pages…that lay flat.  If you are deciding between two planners, I provide my comparison page for you below.

1.Change laminated cover ~

Here are three Happy Planner choices (Follow Your Heart, Hello Life, Be Happy), plus my Hard Cover (sold out).  They’re so pretty if you like pretty.  They’re fun if you like a fun vibe.   I knew I wanted a hard cover after watching At Home With Nikki replace her laminated pages with a hard cover.  Who knew!

2.Less pressure to fully decorate ~

I do love a well-decorated planner.  But approaching my calendar without my markers, without a monthly color scheme in my head, or without energy made me feel guilty.  Guilty for not opening my calendar to an elaborate design.  I kept thinking, “I should go all out and decorate this. I’m not using this to its fullest potential.”  We’re all busy and tired.  Alot. Shedding this pressure to decorate my 2017 Happy Planner to the nth degree every week seemed to help me mentally.  Now I approach it with whatever mood I’m in at that moment.  And again, it welcomes me with open pages that lay flat.


Aren’t these stickers adorable?  I like these too.  And how fun are these?  They are themed for you!!  I like these and these washi stickers as well.  I’m loving weather stickers at the moment!


3.Paper Mate Flair Markers or Ink Joy Pens ~


What pens are your fave for planners?  I’m giving myself permission to write with whatever is more convenient to me.  I’m shedding that pressure to make myself use cute markers every time I jot something down.   I’m using pens, pencils, crayons and beyond!


4.Use sticky notes

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For tentative events, I want to use sticky notes.  And guess what?!  The sticky notes do not have to match the overall theme of the month/week.  I love the gold flags in these Paper Clips.

5.Use pocket folders


Pocket Folders now hold receipts, inspirational cards, stickers, etc.  And they can be used as Decor that adds a stiffness to sections.

I’m ready to update my Pocket Folders from last year that were never used.  These are the next ones I’ll purchase.   

6.Use Notes Pages even more


I’m putting a few of the Notes pages at the back of each month.  Notes are a good place to put sick day details, future goals, reminders, recipe ideas that you see on pinterest or hear of—I might write, “Look up panera broccoli cheese soup recipe again” at the end of January.  They sell a pack of 40 sheets, and in it you get 20 pgs of Graph Paper and 20 pgs of Notes Paper.  These are worth every penny to me.

7.Forgive Myself


This Free Printable (much brighter when printed) is great for marking off habits each day to help you achieve your overall vision for each month.  When I don’t meet my goals for each month, it’s okay.  My Happy Planner is just a happy plan of what I’m working toward.  No pressure to be perfect every day!  If you want a smaller version for a planner that you are happy with, let me know!

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Features That Brought Me Back to The Happy Planner

Me & My Big Idea – Create 365 – Happy Planner at Michael’s

Hello Forever

Month view is on two pages Month view is two pages.
Long, vertical rectangles for each day (Vertical View)-week on two pages Short horizontal view; week on two pages
Each day broken into am, mid-day, and evening One horizontal rectangle for whole day-about half of vertical view
Space for large handwriting If I’m going to jot something down really quick, the metal rings get in my way
Pull out and put back In pages, and you don’t have to open the rings. Pull out and put back in pages, but you have to open all the rings and then pull.
Outer cover is really thick; nice deep pocket folder inserts with varying designs and quotes. Hard but squishy cover with small pockets in the front cover in totally cute coral pink

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$6 Target Merona Shirts on Sale


Got this versatile shirt last night.  They’re $6 at Target!!!

Merona Ultimate Tee


It’s so velvety soft and stretchy without being clingy.  I went up a size and love the fit!


Goes great with white jeans in winter!  If you have long arms, these are a perfect fit.













Right now all Clearance is 60% off!


Throw on a Target Cardigan, and you’re ready for a winter getaway.  I love navy and mustard!  Even they paired navy and white stripes with this Boyfriend Cardigan.


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Natural Makeup Tutorial for Over 40

For a natural makeup look, you want to look like you’re not wearing makeup.  But there are features of your face that will POP by applying a few neutral makeup shades.  Subscribe to my Channel if you like this tutorial.

I’m Off to Run Errands…

Natural makeup looks start with Dream BB Cream by Maybelline.  I recommend this because it is super sheer.  Therefore it evens out your skin blemishes and indentions without looking like foundation.  It does not have a thick coverage.  That means that you can still see pores, and it is an un-makeup’d look.  It feels watery thin but not watery.  Does that make sense?  My LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube video above explains it better.  I wish we could just FaceTime every morning, and I could explain.

To continue our neutral makeup look for running errands or taking down Christmas decorations with the family (fun or not fun?), we need to apply a light couple of dabs of blush.  Blend some bronzer on your forehead, T zone and all the way down your neck.  It gives you some pep in  your step…and it blends your coloring!

For the eyes I always prep my natural makeup look with eyeshadow primer.  This cream covers blemishes, but it sets the eyeshadow that goes on top of it for the whole day.  This step is key!  Setting your eyes sets you up for a natural, energized and ready-for-the-day look.

My most effective Under Eye Purple People Cover Upper is Mary Kay’s Under Eye Corrector.  I promise I don’t sell Mary Kay; I just love their stuff still!

Can we take a minute to remind ourselves that we do not wear makeup to impress people. Think about why you wear it.  Really.  Do you wear it for yourself?  Do you wear it because you enjoy it?  I appreciate the approach.  I appreciate the art.  I appreciate the care you have for your face.  We’re taking care of our makeup look.  So, no pressure.  And be yourself – even with makeup on.  It’s just makeup.  But you are you!

With practice this look will take you five minutes.  I should do a five minute makeup challenge video!

You’re going to stipple a yellow shadow over the eyeshadow primer.  My Christmas present to myself was this palette in all shades.  They’re basically the matte shades from the Urban Decay palettes in one place.  I highly recommend this for all skin colors, moods and wallets!  They go on lightly so that you can build slowly.  So luxe!

Then in the crease you will apply this salmon color.  You can see the peachy tones coming through even with my yellowish eyeshadow on.  THAT is what you’re accenting.  If you have green coming through, try a green or gray.  Fun!

You finish the eyeshadow by applying the yellow base all over the completed eyelid.  Voila!

MakeUp Brush I Used
BB Cream by Maybelline Hands or Beauty Blender
Eyeshadow Palette Japonesque (linked to Amazon)-all matte colors Eyeshadow Brush I Gave Myself for Christmas
Bronzer Bare Escentuals Brush 
Mary Kay Blush Vintage Blush Brush

Add a little eyeliner if you like it and a few swipes of your mascara, and you’re good to go…after you put on some lip gloss of course.  And remember that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Videos You May Like:

How To Make a Cup Cozy or What to Take on a Disney Cruise or Fall Makeup Video

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3 New Year’s Eve Nail Designs

Happy New Year to you!

These three New Year’s Eve nail designs are very easy to achieve.  My video above gives you step by step directions.

What is your favorite color tone?

Colors I Used:
My favorite pink: A-Arose at Dawn Broke By Noon
Dark Purple: Lincoln Park After Dark
Light Purple: A Grape Fit
White: White On
Green: Do Pass Go
Gold: Similar

Other Videos You May Like:
Cup Cozy Video
Fall MakeUp Look Video

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The Best Rogue One Toys to Buy

We saw Rogue One today, and I just wanted to POP on here to let you know the best Rogue One toys to buy.  I wanted to watch Rogue One to know the most wanted toys.


Major Characters:

1. The newest and funny droid:  Only 3 left in stock of this K-2SO (not zero) probably because he’s 31 INCHES!  This guy is a must have.  SO CUTE!

2. There’s the three pack of a regular white Imperial Storm Trooper (18 in), the black Death Trooper (18 in) and the new funny guy K-2SO (not zero) at 20 inches.  It says there’s only one left!  If this is sold out, there is the much smaller version at 6 inches.

3.  Jyn (the daughter who is the main leader of the movie)

4.  Darth Vader 

5.  Gold Storm Troopers – way too expensive, but this shows what they look like

6.  Krennic who is a bad guy and gets haha’d at at the end.

7. Chirrut Imwe – awesome blind martial arts guy –

Fighter Jets and Space Ships

Okay, in Rogue One you’ll get to see all the old fighter jets.  There is a long battle at the end, which is totally awesome!  Here are the ones making great shots during the movie.

1.TIE Striker

2. Rebel U-Wing Fighter (so cute that these are from the original movie)

3. Imperial Cargo Walking Shooting Thing that the storm troopers sit in-Build IT or the Lego version.  I would recommend just the Imperial Cargo Walking thing that actually shoots rapid fire.

4. X-Wing Fighter

5. THE Millennium Falcon

6. A Cargo Shuttle ship that looks like a bird flying

Miscellaneous Star Wars Toys for Active Kids

Nerf Rogue One Gun

Death Trooper Voice Changing Mask

Death Trooper Costume for kids

K-2SO Costume for kids

Rogue One Sticker Book

Light Saber but in the movie it was only red if that matters to your child.

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How To Make a Cup Cozy Out of Fleece

My YouTube above gives visual steps of how I made a Cup Cozy with Fleece.  They’re great for coffee cups or water bottles…or two other FABULOUS ideas you’ll see in the video above near the end.

Isn’t it so cute?  I chose an 80s color that is back, and like, totally, I grabbed it with a spoon!


Two strips of 3.5 X 14 ” of fleece, pretty sides touching (Fleece in plaid or solid on Amazon). Yours may not have a pretty side; sometimes both are the same.  That’s fine.

Make marks 2.5″ down  on both sides of the top layer so that you know where to stop the curve when you cut the ends.

Fold them lengthwise and cut a curved line from the corner of the folded side to this mark. When you cut it, it looks like a crayon!  If your scissors are dull, you may need to do one piece at a time.

Stack them on top of each other again.  Pin around, leaving a 3 inch opening along a straight side.  Stitch all except for the opening.  Then trim around the edges just to remove bulk; it won’t fray-yay!  Go, fleece!

Turn it inside out and top stitch all the way around, closing up the opening.  That stitching will help it look polished and professional.

Buttons can be expensive and make your cozy cost as much as they do in local shops.  Sometimes I find odd buttons at yard sales.  But buttons, as well as the material pattern, will help your Cozy be unique to each person.  They help you express the personality and mood of the gift.

I absolutely adore these from Wanderlust Bee , and I just bought two. Check her out!

But, if you have 20 minutes and some fleece, try making one of these for someone.  This is a great craft for a new sewer.

Check out some of my other DIY projects for your guest room and for festive decor.

Or, you may like the Snowman Wreath from the video.

My eyeshadow look is with this Milani Palette.

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Major Target Sweater Sale: Ends 12/17

This major sale ends Saturday-Code for Free Shipping is at the bottom too!

Target is making room for more inventory!!  Your shipping is free.  I’ve broken it down into brands for you.  The YouTube above will show you how I styled each piece.  The blue links will take you directly to each piece.

Merona Sweaters:


The classic Almost White Cable Knit is thin and a classic.  It’s so close to white.  I recommend buying up a size.


Their Argyle Classic in camel and light pink makes me swoon.  I love these colors together.

These Two Cocoon Cardigans are luxe without the deluxe price.  DSC_0235.jpgdsc_0167-1

Very fragile so don’t make a Snowman Wreath while wearing these.  They’re not super long on me, and I’m 5’8″.

DSC_0240.jpgI wanted to wear this Navy Vest Cardigan home from the store.  Super thick, not flying away with a breeze, and good pockets are why my brain said, “Add to cart.”

This Aztec Wrap Cardigan would be perfect on a cold, rainy day.  The fabric is dense and heavy and so soft.  I feel like I’m in a robe looking out the chalet in Breckenridge lol.  If you’re wanting a subtle Aztec print, this is your jam!


Mossimo Sweaters:


I’m loving this versatile Sleeveless Mock Sweater.  It’s a high low with a big slit so jeggings or a short, fitted skirt with leggings would be nice!

This Creamy Cable Knit is much thicker but hangs in a cute way.  Does that make sense?  It’s great for a more casual feel.


Oh, I almost forgot-the Favorite Mossimo Cardigans that I have in three colors are also on sale!  EEK!


Happy Sale Shopping!

I hope you saw this in time to snag some great sweaters.  Stay tuned with me here or on my LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube Channel or Pinterest page.  Let’s be friends on Instagram:  @lauriePOP2.  I’m linking up today with Shelbee on the Edge, Beauty 101 by Lisa, My New Happy, and The Wardrobe Stylist.