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The Great Canadian Planner Sale

Pink bow planner clip planner stickers by Coffee Brain Plans

Great Canadian Planner Sale


The time has come where my little Etsy shop is taking part in a pretty exciting sale – The Great Canadian Planner sale. Visit the link for the full list of participating shops, the amount of the discount they are offering and their shop link! You can go to the group Facebook page here for more info as the date gets closer.

Coffee Brain Plans Etsy shop will be offering 30% off everything in the shop and I’ve been adding so many new things leading up to the sale and will continue to add more!

Here are some of my latest items:

Let me know if you’ll be visiting any shops during the sale!!

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30 Things I Accomplished Before 30

30 Before 30


I have about 24 more hours left of being 29. Less than a day.

It’s crazy really. When they say the days are long but the years are short, you don’t realize how true that is until your baby is suddenly 6 and you are 30.

30 is crazy. So hard to believe.

I’ve done so much, yet there’s so much more I want to do.

We will leave the to-do list for another day, but here is 30 amazing things I HAVE done so far in my life.

30 Before 30

30 Amazing Things I’ve Done Before 30

  1. Graduated high school
  2. Moved out on my own
  3. Decided to drop out of university and switch to college
  4. Graduated college
  5. Moved home to be closer to my newborn nephew
  6. Got what was my ‘dream job’ at the time – working in a hotel
  7. Became financially independent
  8. Left my first real relationship that I wasn’t happy in
  9. Got pregnant & had my first daughter
  10. Became a single mother
  11. Met my future husband & step-daughter
  12. Bought my first car
  13. My 2 year old step-daughter moved in with us for 8 months
  14. Overcame my awkward shyness and fear of confrontation
  15. Was diagnosed with anxiety
  16. Started medication for my anxiety which changed my life for the better
  17. Came into hard times, took a job I didn’t like to survive, we got through it
  18. Got married
  19. Got a promotion
  20. Found my passion – became a ‘planner girl’
  21. Got pregnant
  22. Had my second daughter
  23. Decided to start blogging again and invested money in my blog
  24. Survived the most stressful summer job of my life
  25. Decided to leave that job and move on
  26. Got a Costco membership (Yes, this is a big deal)
  27. Started off in debt, then got myself into deeper dept I still need to crawl out of
  28. Traded my first car in to get an even nicer car
  29. Took in my nephew to live with us indefinitely
  30. Became content and happy with my life


30 Before 30

What have you done so far in your life that you’re proud of? 

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I’ve Discovered My Financial & Life Role Model

One of the biggest tips I can give when trying to better your life is to find a life role model. Someone you can relate to that seems to have the same goals as you do. Even better if this person has accomplished these goals.

This is where my role model comes in.

A couple of nights ago, I was watching a Plan With Me video and you know how YouTube will automatically play a video that is related? Well somehow I ended up on this video about The Simplest Budgeting Method EVER and I haven’t stopped watching videos by these people.

So introducing my life role model:

Fun Cheap or Free

Jordan Page @ Fun Cheap or Free

She is “a Family Finance and Frugal Living expert”, as quoted from her website. She is a blogger that talks about budgeting, meal planning, family, etc. Everything I’ve been wanting to improve at. She has a voice and talking style that just draws me. She’s hilarious. I am loving it so much.

I am for real so inspired.

So far besides the budgeting video I’ve mentioned above, I’ve found such helpful and inspiring information in other videos.

How to do a spending freeze
How she uses her planner as a to-do book
How they plan a year in advance
How she grocery shops

It’s really amazing. If you haven’t heard of her before and are interested in these topics, check our her videos. You will NOT be disappointed.

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Ps – I have no affiliation or get any sort of perks from this – I genuinely just love her!

Do you have a life role model that you follow? Share in the comments. 

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10 Things I Did This Weekend to Help My Etsy Business

How to Improve Your Etsy Shop

I’ve recently learned that it doesn’t matter how much you have going on in your life – if you’re passionate about something (like having a successful Etsy shop), you find the time.

(My Etsy shop: Coffee Brain Plans)

I’m a mom to two young girls (6 and 1) and my nephew has recently started living with us (age 9). I work a very busy full-time job as the front desk supervisor for a seasonal resort. My drive to and from work is 45 minutes each way.

I opened my Etsy shop about a year ago. At the time I had a newborn baby and was returning to work in a few months. But I was so in love with all things planner related that my shop wasn’t work. I enjoyed finding adorable washi and pens to add to my shop. I love designing stickers. There were days where I had to force myself to go down to my office and work, but often I was excited about it.

My shop is still relatively small and doesn’t bring in any big money, but it brings in enough to make it worth it for me.

Things I’ve done this weekend to help my Etsy shop along:

  1. Printed 50 Christmas sticker samples that I’m donating to another shop’s holiday box.
  2. Printed 20 hand drawn sticker samples that I’m swapping with another shop as part of the Great Canadian Planner Sale Fall Spooktacular.
  3. Added new pens and restocked some of the old Diamond-Topped ballpoint pensDiamond Pens
  4. Prepped 28 washi samples as part of an Etsy sale.
  5. Got some happy mail ready for some of my planner buddies.
  6. Organized some of my washi stock.
  7. Browsed Instagram for planner inspiration & happiness

What have you done to be productive this week?