October Filofax Photo-a-Day Edit

30 September 2013

A quick FYI! I noticed that the prompt for October 23 reads "happy Monday! (or not)" when it's supposed to read "happy hump day" as it is a Wednesday and is the middle of the week (you know, just to clarify what the word "hump" refers to). I've included the updated version of Octobers Filofax Photo-a-Day below. Sorry for the mess up. We should be error-free now. Of course, if you notice something else, do kindly let me know. Can't wait to see all the delightful planner photos! ♥

October Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge

29 September 2013

Hi, lovies! It's time for another Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge! I did say I'd be back with one, didn't I? :) And, in response to the many kind e-mails I've gotten from readers regarding my pregnancy, I'm happy to report that all is well with both me and the baby. My face-in-the-toilet days are behind me (let's hope they stay there!) and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll be smooth sailing from here on out.

Anyway, without further ado, here's Octobers challenge!

As I still get the occasional question or two regarding how to participate in the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge, I have now added an information page which you can access via the tab on the blog menu above. There you'll find all the information you need regarding the challenge like how to play, and where to share your photos. You can also post any questions, and/or comments you might have regarding the game or even share ideas for prompts that you'd like to see in future Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenges. It's a great read for those who have never done a Photo-a-Day Challenge before, particularly one that's made specifically for the Filofax and planner community.

I've also been aware of the several other Filofax/Planner related photo challenges that are now out there. To these, I say, "AWESOME!" When I first started this challenge, I didn't realize how quickly it would catch on. So, yes, I'm thrilled that people have enjoyed the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge and that there are now other planner related photo challenges out there for those who want to participate regularly. More photo ops means even more yummy planner photos. And, there really is no such thing as having too many drool-worthy planner photos out there, right? I think not!

So, mark your calendars--er, planners--and pass the information on by sharing it via the social media outlet of your choice. Remember, this challenge is for all planner users of all brands, shapes, and sizes. Tuesday is the day to play! Come and join in on the fun and, as always, happy snapping!

Blogging and Stuff, Planners, and a Baby Bump

13 September 2013

Let's start with the latter, shall we?

Baby Bump

I am happy to finally announce (via blog) that we are expecting baby number 2! Yes, I am preggo! I am with child! I have a bun in the oven! I'm...well, you get it. July has been a very hectic month if you can imagine. Doctors visits, tests, gradually letting family and friends in on the baby news, morning sickness. All this while keeping a very active toddler active and trying desperately not to pass out from exhaustion. It seems as though I'm tired almost all the time. I don't remember growing a baby to be this tiring the first time around! My first pregnancy was definitely a much more smoother ride. But, I guess that's what they mean about all pregnancies being different. Anyway, this explains why I've not been blogging for quite some time now. Sorry. But, we'll get to that later...

The good news is is that everything seems okay and we are all just very excited to welcome in another little blessing into our family.

Planners

As this blog has mostly been about my crazy planner addiction, I thought it only fair that I update you on said addiction. The last time I posted, I had mentioned I was down to two planners--my beloved Filofax Malden and my Gillio Compagna. Since then, I've actually gone down to--wait for it--one (ONE!) planner. Yup. My Malden has now gone to a new home and I am left with Gigi the Gillio. I figured being "the one" planner deserves a proper name, right? Anyway, I find that the Gillio is more than enough to meet my planning needs and, although I do have the occasional wants when I see other Filofaxes, I know that I only need one. Will there ever be more planners in the future? Uh, of course! But, for now, Gigi is it and we are quite the happy pair.

Blogging and Stuff

And, finally, my blog. I admit, I have not been the best blogger in the past month or so. Any good blogger will tell you that consistency is key to a successful blog. This, and a few other blog related stuff. But, to be honest, I have decided to put my blogging on the back burner. Forever. Well, temporarily. Er, for now. Actually, how long I'll be away hasn't really been decided yet. So, in the mean time, we'll go with...temporarily. Yes. Or a big "we'll see". The status of this blog was something I spent a good time thinking about. Do I try to continue or do I simply let it go? In the end, I decided that, at the moment, other important things in my life need my attention. This pregnancy, for instance, and ensuring that the baby and I are healthy. And, of course, spending quality time with my family. It dawned on me just the other day that my Milk Monster will be the only child for only so long. These moments with him, these "just the two of us" moments, are priceless, and I want to treasure every second of it before he goes from being "the baby" of the family to "kuya" ("big brother").

So, now that a semi-temporary-who-knows-how-long hiatus has been decided for this blog, what happens to the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge? Well, I've thought of that, too, and I'm happy to say that will continue. And, despite my lack of participation in July's challenge as I spent the better (worse?) half of it with my face in the toilet (morning sickness, UGH!), I assure you there will be more photos on my part in future challenges. The Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge will continue to be posted every 3 months. Despite the many requests I get to do a monthly challenge (and I've thought a lot about this, too), I've always felt that doing it every month will take away the excitement and newness of doing a Filofax/Planner related photo challenge. I mean, yes, we all love taking photos of our planners, but, seriously, how many planner related photos/prompts can one come up with before it starts becoming repetitive and boring? Totally my opinion, of course, but this is why I stick to the 3 months. :)

However, there has been an August challenge created by a lovely individual who was kind enough to give me the heads up. So, if you're feenin' to play and can't wait, definitely check out this months prompts on her Instagram (@pacificocean74). Don't forget to include her new hash tag #filoaugust. I will still be posting future Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenges here on my blog or via Instagram (@yayforfridays), so definitely keep a look out for those. You can also view photos from past challenges by typing in the hash tag #fflovephotoaday or heading over to the Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge Flickr group.

Anyway, for those who have been following and reading this little blog of mine, I thank you with all my heart. I really do appreciate your kind comments and e-mails. And, though I might be on a semi-temporary-who-knows-how-long hiatus, I'll still be around. You can find me (and Gigi!) on Instagram (@yayforfridays) or you can log onto YouTube, subscribe to my channel, and watch my uploaded Filofax/Planner videos. You can also contact me by e-mailing me at yayforfridays@gmail.com. I love getting mail, so don't hesitate to say "hi" or "hello".

Until next time, my dears, take care and here's hoping you have a very happy Friday! ♥