ban.do Florabunda 17 Month Agenda

ban.do Florabunda 17 month agenda

I’m not a very organised person, its something I want to get better at and what better place to start than to purchase a pretty planner. I have been hunting for a cute but functional planner for ages & I came across the most beautiful ban.do one in Paperchase, completely by chance. I can’t find a link to it on Paperchase but here it is on the USA Ban.do Shop.

Ban.do are an LA based company that create the cutest bright bold stationery. I have no idea how I’ve only just discovered them, I am late to the party. I now have half of their website on my wishlist, this could get expensive.

BAN.DO 17 MONTH LARGE AGENDA - FLORABUNDA

I bought the ban.do 17 month large agenda with the Florabunda cover, it cost £25.00 and I love it! The good thing about it is it runs from August 2015 and ends in December 2016, so that means there are no wasted months with me purchasing it more than halfway through 2015, I get to begin planning right away. I’m so excited I have never owned something like this, I have only written a few lists & important dates in so far but I’m hoping to have lots of blog posts planned out for the upcoming months. I want to use it as a blog planner but also as a brief journal / diary of what I do each day. That way I will get the most use from it and there is plenty of space for me to do both.

Do you use a planner & has it helped you organise your life / blog more?

The Florabunda Agenda has a beautifully bright floral patterned hard cover and is spiral bound, I have the larger 8×10 size which is quite large but its a great size if you want just one planner for life, work & I will be using it as a daily diary too. I wanted to make the most of it and so will be using it for everything. Its quite heavy so I won’t be carrying around with me (too much, I will mostly be using it at home and thats why I really like that it lays flat & it can sit open on your desk on a specific page / week to remind you what you have on that week.

ban.do florabunda planner

This planner is jam packed with the cutest illustrations, inspirational & motivational slogans and there is so much room for you to make notes, plan, organise and keep a track of all those important dates.

So it opens up to a blue sleeve with ‘You are the stars you are the galaxy’ in cute font, – I’ve been keeping stickers and a few lists in the sleeve. All the sections are tabbed so its easy to flick to the month you need and a gold elastic keeps the planner closed when you’re not using it. Oh & like that this planner lays flat which makes it easy to write in & means the spine doesn’t get all creased and damaged.

Cute bando Planner

bando planner review

You get a two page spread at the beginning of each month with uplifting slogans & cute artwork. I love these & my favourites are ‘Being Nice is Cool’ & ‘Your Future Looks Bright’. Each month has two pages for notes which I have been using to make lists & jot down dates that haven’t been finalised.

Then each month has a month to view over two pages and after that you get the standard week over two pages layout. I find this layout gives me enough space but I know the smaller boxes for the weekends are an issue for people, but I’m never that busy at the weekend (homebody) so this layout works fine for me.

bando planner

ban.do Florabunda 17 month agenda

There is a page of bright sassy fun stickers to use throughout your planner, I might be in my 30’s but still get excited over stickers. Its a nice fun start to the planner. Then they give you a list of important holidays (American dates) and they have thrown is some cute fun days – like National Piña Colada Day, National Cat Day and National Flower Day!

Large 17 month bando planner

Florabunda large planner

October in bando planner

There are so many little touches / details in this planner, its been so well put together. The quality of the cover and pages is very good, if something has to last you from 17 months you want it to be well made and this ban.do planner certainly feels like good quality.

I didn’t want to give too much away in the photos, but there are quite a few reviews of these planners online if you want a more in depth look at all the pages. Ban.do summarise this planner with some great bullet points,

  • 17-MONTH AGENDA (AUG 2015 – DEC 2016)
  • GLOSSY PAPER-WRAPPED HARD COVER
  • SPIRAL-BOUND, LAY FLAT DESIGN
  • ELASTIC BAND CLOSURE
  • DOUBLE-SIDED POCKET PAGE
  • THE CUTEST STICKER PAGE OF ALL TIME (WITH EXTRA STICKERS!)
  • COLOR-CODED MONTH TABS
  • CHEERFUL ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
  • FUN TO-DO’S FOR EACH WEEKEND
  • A BUNCH OF SPECIAL HOLIDAYS

Let me know what planner you use & I will do an updated post in a couple of months to let you know if I am in fact more organised & if I have been keeping up to date with filling it in. Wish me luck.

*Update – December 2016. My planner is out of stock but a UK seller does have a range of Ban.do merchandise 

HEMA Stationery Haul

Stationery Addict

Stationery Addict

I went a little stationery mad whilst in Amsterdam. It’s all from a shop called HEMA, Over the course of the week I must have popped in about 4 times, I think it is safe to say I love this shop. It sells a little of everything from home-wear to food & everything in-between. It’s a Dutch shop but they’re now all over Europe and if I heard correctly they even have a few in the UK as of this year.

So to ease myself back into blogging I thought I would show you what stationery delights I found in HEMA. They had a huge selection and let me tell you I could have purchased a whole lot more – but I didn’t have the baggage allowance to bring any more home with me.

HEMA Stickers

Cute Stationery

Who can resist a post it note? These came as a set of 3 for 1Euro. I will have them stuck all over my desk in a bid to stay organised. I also went a little crazy over the Sticker section & bought quite a few packets but these are for my niece who takes after her Auntie & loves stationery too. So I am sure she will have fun sticking these all over the house.

HEMA Haul

It said blogging on the front how could I resist that? Well I didn’t! It has lovely hard cover & two note books inside one for your daily to do list & the other for blog ideas. Very floral & cute.

Stationery Haul

HEMA Pens

HEMA Amsterdam

PENS! I bought a couple sets of these as I love writing with colourful pens and these were too pretty to leave behind. I bought the fine nibs which I prefer and also the slightly thicker nibs too. I think I will give my niece the thicker ones for colouring in with.

HEMA Amsterdam

HEMA Stationery

A girl can never have too many notebooks & thats the truth. In fact I think it should be made Law. I bought so many notebooks from HEMA so I won’t be running out anytime soon. I bought few smaller ones that will be perfect for my handbag and a few A5 size for lists & notes. I fill up notebooks quickly because I’m always jotting down ideas & reminders.

I bought quite a few things & I can’t wait to use everything. The products I bought range in price from 75 cents to 3 Euros. So nothing was expensive. Its all great quality & very affordable which sums HEMA up, its a popular shop in the Netherlands and I can see why. If you get chance to visit HEMA either in the UK or Europe then I highly recommend it. Especially if you love Stationery.

If there any stationery addicts reading this, let me know where you shop for all things stationery.

My Desk Essentials

I seem to spend a very large portion of my day at my desk staring aimlessly at my computer (out of the window if I’m completely honest). I thought you might like to see some of my desk essentials so rounded up all the items on my desk that I couldn’t live without day to day & took a photo or two of them.

My Desk Essentials

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist*

This is a very refreshing face mist and I spritz it so often throughout the day. I love how it stops my skin from drying out and the rose scent is very uplifting and calming. A few spritz of this leaves my skin feeling soft, soothed and hydrated. I really enjoy having it on my desk & like I said I spray it so often.

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets

I used these all the time last Summer but Kleenex discontinued them & I couldn’t find them anywhere, but I have since found a stash in my local Home Bargain & they’re selling the left over stock for 29p a pack. So you better believe I bought a huge supply. I like to have a pack of these with me just to dab on my T-zone so I don’t look like an oily mess as the day goes on. If you have a Home Bargain near you then get in there & buy a couple of packs. These are a god send for shine control.

Dried Fruit / Snacks

I like to snack on dried fruit or nuts at my desk & I always have a few packets in my drawer, I get so hungry & if I don’t have something marginally healthy to hand I will eat whatever I can find, that normally involves chocolate or something sweet. So these little packs of raisins are a good size for snacking on.

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve

I know Burt’s Bees do a Lemon Cuticle Oil too which I like but I have been using this on mu cuticles I find it a little too waxy for a hand salve & it takes some working in to your hands so I like to rub it in to my cuticles when they’re feeling dry. Its handy to have on my desk & its in such a little tin it takes up no space at all.

Crazy Rumors Black Cherry Lip Balm*

OMG does this smell so good & its extremely hydrating on the lips. It does a great job at keeping my lips moisturised. I don’t have to reapply it that much throughout but I like having it to hand & I just love the scent of it . Crazy Rumor offer a wide selection of flavours and they all sound lovely.

Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Pocket Bac

I like to have hand sanitiser & always use this. This one smells sweet & the scent lingers for ages. I have a few of these from B&BW and just love how inexpensive they are and they have so many scents to pick from.

Sharpie / Pens

I’m a stationery addict so this Sharpie just represents my pen pot (which is jam packed full of pens). I love to doodle at my desk when I’m meant to be working or when I am on the phone (bad habit). Sharpies are my weakness and when I see a new colour I have to have it. Tell me I am not alone on this.

Notebook

I have an abundance of pretty notebooks and because I buy that many they often never get used so I have been making a point to get more organised and try to keep one on my desk & I also have one in my handbag. I have been loving Wilko’s for cute stationery lately and they nearly always have a sale on.

iPad

I don’t have a mobile phone (SHOCKER) so I tend to have my Ipad close by for keeping up to date with social media, emails and all that sort of thing. I like to read my books & magazines on here too, saves space & weight in my handbag. So this device comes everywhere with me.

Tea

I can’t go a day without a cup of tea. I tend to drink green tea of some description but I always have a couple of tea bags to hand. Let me know what your favourite cup of tea is.

If you have done a desk essentials post leave me a link or let me know your top 3 desk essentials.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.