Although it is the last week of January, it is technically still the beginning of the new year so I thought I would share some of the ways in which I am getting organized this year. I love the beginning of a new year and all the hope and anticipation it brings. I'm not a big new year's resolution type of person, but I do like to make both personal and professional goals. This year I decided to make fewer goals, but goals that were meaningful to me. For each goal I also wrote down concrete ways in which I will achieve them. (Wish me luck!) Achieving goals definitely means I have to be organized with my time and what better way to get organized then by using well-designed planners, calendars, and notepads. I'm fortunate to live in Korea, home of super cute (and functional) paper goods. 

I love my Big Monthly Planner, this guy is 12"x16.5" with huge squares to jot things down. I use this to plan out my workflow for the week, marking down my work schedule and project deadlines.

I bought this black Muji planner earlier this month so it was 30% off. It has a nice suede cover and my favorite thing about it is it has the individual months in the front of the planner and then the rest is a weekly calendar. One side of the weekly calendar are the days of the week and the other is a blank grid paper which is convenient to jot down notes or sketches. I've also been using this erasable pen in my planner. Although this is my all-time favorite pen, I love being able to erase anything I want in my planner. And as you can see I use plenty of sticky tabs and sticky notes in my planner.

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We're starting off the week with a fun giveaway from Minted. If you're not familiar with Minted, it is an online shop that offers well-designed stationery, wall art, and party decor for everyday, holidays, and special occasions. Every December when the Christmas cards start to be delivered to our home, I love to see the different designs our friends and family have chosen for their holiday card. There are always Minted cards in the mix and I have to say that Minted has some of the best quality cards out there.

 I love this simple and sweet birth announcement. The silver foil heart makes it extra special.

I think custom photo calendars are a wonderful gift, especially for the grandparents. 

I think I am most excited about the personalizable wrapping paper and monogram chalkboard gift tags.

Minted also has an amazing selection of birthday party invitations along with coordinating paper products and party decor.

And now that I have shown you some of the cute designs they have at Minted, don't you want to order some for yourself? The kind folks at Minted will be giving away one $100.00 gift certificate to be used on any of their products to one lucky SALLYJSHIM reader.

How can you enter to win a $100.00 Minted gift certificate?

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I've mentioned before how I think Pinterest is a great tool for organizing inspiration on the internet. And lately I've been on a pinning craze. Instead of having a million bookmarks on my computer I have been cataloging fun diy projects, yummy recipes, style inspiration, and party ideas on different boards. I'll be sharing some Valentine's Day projects over the next few weeks, but in the meantime you might want to check out my Be Mine Pinterest Board, which has over 200 pins. You can follow me on Pinterest over here.



Although it is always fun to see a project you designed on a blog or website, it is really exciting to see it in print. My Valentine's Day Cupcake Topper is featured in the February/March 2014 issue of Allrecipes Magazine along with some cute Valentine's Day goodness. I often use Allrecipes.com to find recipes so it is an honor to be included in their magazine. Check out the issue at your local newstand if you get a chance! You can also make your own Valentine's Day Cupcake Topper using the free printable and instructions here.



Are you getting excited for Valentine's Day? I'll be sharing some new Valentine's Day projects and printables next week and in the meantime I thought I would review some of the printables I designed in previous years. For the packages above I used my Valentine's Day Heart Gift Wrap printable and Valentine's Day Cupcake Topper printable.

This Tic Tac Toe Valentine printable is one of the most popular printables on this site. The original design was created back in 2011 for the boys' classmates and last year I re-designed it and offered it as a free printable

These valentines were made using the Valentine's Day Handmade Cards printables (four different designs). You can add sweet treats, trinkets, drawings, or photographs to the cards.

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There are certain holidays I was not a big fan of until I became a mother (Halloween, I'm talking to you!). Valentine's Day was one of those holidays that didn't stand out to me as being particularly special. But once I had my first son I became a fan of making handmade Valentine's Day decorations and valentines for friends and family. 

Valentine's Day always creeps up so quickly after the holidays so this year I decided to get a head start on making handmade valentines for friends and family. I'll be sharing several ideas in the coming weeks for handmade Valentine's Day goodies. First up is a Personalized Felt Heart Bag DIY I designed for Oh Happy Day. I love anything personalized and these bags are super easy to make.

You can read about how to make a Personalized Felt Heart Muslin Bag right here.

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