Museum of Ice Cream!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Jack and I took a trip to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles on the third day it was open! We happened to get tickets right when they went on sale in April, and I am so glad we did as it is currently sold out through June. You might recognize it as the adorable pink place that has taken over Instagram lately. We invited our friend Ann-Marie and Gillian along for the fun. I wore this skirt and received so many compliments while at the museum. Jack wore his new shoes for the first time - I have the women's version in a darker grey.

This temporary pop-up museum features ten different galleries filled with ice cream-inspired art. Pink pay phones, mint plants in chocolate soil, giant melting popsicles, 10,000 bananas hanging from the ceiling, and an ice cream sandwich swing make appearances in these bright and colorful rooms that look like they were designed to be photographed.

One of the most memorable sections of the museum is their famous swimming pool full of sprinkles! The museum designed sprinkles made of antimicrobial plastics and there are close to one hundred million of them in the pool. We ended up finding 3 of them in between Jack's toes when we got home - HA!

All along the way, they gave us little bites of different treats made to go with the art in each room! We had mint chocolate chip mochi ice cream, gummy bears, pancake ice cream sandwiches, and more.

To see more from our field trip to the Museum of Ice Cream, watch the videos I made from the day! The first is a process video showing you how I documented our trip on a layout for Simon Says Stamp in honor of (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day, which is today! Visit their blog for more of the fun.

And the second video shows you what our day was like in addition to printing the photos on my Instax Share and finishing up the layout! Watch to tag along and see all of those lovely art installations in motion:

If you’d like to see this adorable and sweet exhibit for yourself, you may still have a chance. Tickets sold out quickly, but I heard that it might be staying open longer than anticipated because it’s been so popular! Keep an eye out and maybe beg them for more tickets to be released on their website.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor and what kinds of toppings do you like? Tell me in the comments below! 

April Bullet Journal Q&A

Over on my Instagram account, I asked if you had any Bullet Journal-related questions and a bunch of people sent these in! (If you’re not already following along there, I’m @amytangerine. I would love to see you there too!) For my full answers and a look at how I set up my April bullet journal spreads, watch my latest Plan With Me video.

@meandmybutton asked: What are your thoughts on planning ahead? How many days and weeks do you prepare in advance?

Well, quite honestly, because I use my Google Calendar for set deadlines and meetings, I really only plan one or two weeks out in advance in my bullet journal. I like that I can always reference my google calendar on my laptop, my computer, or my phone so that reduces how much I need to write in my planner. I’ve found that combining analog with digital and using each for different kinds of tasks and plans works well for me and makes planning ahead less overwhelming.

@letteringbyusha asked: I would love to know where you get your inspiration from and what supplies you’ve been loving!

My inspiration really just comes from my mood at the time when I’m setting up these weekly spreads! As I’m working in my bullet journal, I go with what feels right and what I decide to do in the moment. I find that it helps to remind myself that I don’t have to decorate every page if I’m not feeling inspired as I’m working on it.

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Here are the supplies I’ve been using in my bullet journal recently that are still available! 

Yellow Journal | Pilot G2 Pens | Tombow Brush 96 Pens Set | Tombow Glue and Adhesive | On A Whim products | All The Things pouch | Craft Tote Illustrated Faith | Illustrated Faith Black Ink | Washi Tape Illustrated Faith | My Brush Letter Alphabet stamps | Washi Tape | Roller Date Stamp | Acrylic Blocks | Sweet Stamp Shop

Another thing that’s really great about the bullet journal system is that you can make it whatever you want it to be and use whatever you have on hand. For that reason, I actually used a bunch of old supplies that aren’t available anymore when I was working on this month’s spreads! 

@rrrrachely asked: “What do you recommend when you have a full to-do list and you are not sure where to begin?”

To be honest with you, productivity has been something that I have had to keep at the forefront of my mind because I’ve had my own business since I graduated from college. I’ve tried many different systems that have worked for me throughout that time, but one of my favorites was the Get To Work Book. That particular system was really good for me because it provides room for three to-do list items that are the most important.

What I learned through using that system is that even if you dread those three important things, tackling them first thing helps you to get that out of the way so that you can do more fun stuff. For that reason, I really try to prioritize those three tasks.

Sometimes, I also set up little reward systems to encourage myself to finish my work! If I get those hard things done, then I’ll allow myself a little reward and do something that’s just for me. Whatever that thing that you love doing is, you can use it to reward yourself. You could get a manicure or a massage, go for a walk, or even create some art for no reason at all. I found that the system of incentivizing the tougher tasks really works for me.

@milafeijoo asked: “How do you figure out the spacing of your days ahead of time?” 

Monday and Tuesday are usually my busiest days, so I’ve learned to leave the most space in the beginning of the week.

Sometimes, I add a section on my weekly spread that I title, “This Week”. That gives me a place where I can really highlight the priorities that stand out for the week and I can make sure there’s space to write those important tasks because they aren’t divided up by day. Then, I can write the smaller tasks and to-dos on each individual day. Because that extra section takes most of the weight, I usually don’t have to worry that I’ll fill up a day and run out of space for more tasks.

This works better for me because sometimes, things carry over for multiple days. If I am really doing it the “bullet journal way” where I’m constantly migrating the same task over and over again, I find that I prefer to keep that task in one spot for the whole week.

This is a good time to mention that there are really no set rules with this system. I like that when something in the basic system doesn’t work for me, I can adjust it! That’s just one example of how I’ve changed the system to make more sense for my working style.

@cindykwaldron asked: “Do you use one planner for all aspects of your life or do you use a couple different planners for family, business, personal, etc?”

I only use this one planner for all areas of my life. I’m personally just better at keeping everything in one place where I can pay the most attention to it and keep it up to date.

That’s it for today’s answers! If you have any more questions about bullet journaling that you’d like to hear me answer in a future Plan With Me video, leave them in the comments below!

Here is the full video where you can see how I’ve been filling out my bullet journal and hear more about my creative process.

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Creative Community at PlannerCon2017

Amy Tangerine at PlannerCon

Last month, I had the exciting opportunity to speak and sell my products at the very first PlannerCon in San Francisco! By far, my favorite part was getting to interact with the creative community of planners who attended. Check out my vlog from the trip to see how much fun we had!

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Amy Tangerine PlannerCon

By the way, this romper is SO comfy and fun and I borrowed it from this amazing new company that a friend of a friend started - Haute & Borrowed - use code AMY for $50 off your first month!

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We put together a table selling Traveler’s Notebooks, stickers, and other products from my On A Whim line and it was super busy the whole time. One of the best things about running our own little popup shop is that we were right in the middle of the action.

During the conference, I got to meet so many Fangerines and fellow planner enthusiasts! People traveled from all over the world to be there. Thank you to everyone who came up and said hello! I had a wonderful time meeting all of you and seeing how you’ve colored in the pages of my book.

There’s something really invigorating about being surrounded by so many creatives. It’s not just every day that I can talk to any random stranger about washi tape and Traveler’s Notebooks, and as someone who gets particularly excited about those things, I absolutely loved being at PlannerCon.

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I grabbed this shot from Avery's Instagram story. Basically my message was that even if you're struggling, even if things don't seem to be going as you had thought they would... if you're kind, and doing the best that you can, life will give you more than you ever could've planned.

So many of you have asked when the next one will be and you can find more info on PlannerCon 2018 on the Facebook page and you can get your tickets here before they sell out.

Are any of you as obsessed with planners as I am? Which system is your favorite - are you into bullet journaling, Traveler’s Notebook, Hobonichi, or something else? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

Shop ON A WHIM now! Check your local retailer and online: Simon Says Stamp | Scrapbook.com

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Going to Disneyland with Preschoolers

Taking your preschoolers to Disneyland can seem like a pretty daunting task, but since there are so many wonderful things to do there, I think it’s totally worth the work involved! Plus, with the Southern California special they have going on, now is the perfect time for any SoCal locals to plan a day (or three, actually!) at Disney with little ones. 

I was invited to Disneyland for a preschooler event and of course I took Jack (and mommy). For my latest video, I thought it would be fun for you to see the day unfold with us and also see how I documented it in a scrapbook page. We packed up the car at 6am and headed out bright and early (so early, in fact, that Jack thought it was still night time). 

1. Take it easy (and pack snacks).

Because we live just over an hour away, we like to not jam too much into our day at Disneyland. It can definitely be tempting to go on as many rides and see as many shows as you can, but it’s much easier to get through a full day if you occasionally give yourself (and your kids!) a chance to relax. I recommend planning on doing no more than 5 things, and considering the others a bonus if you get to it. We always bring Jack's waterbottle and refill it at either drinking fountains or restaurants. You can also bring things to snack on, which is a great way to spend your time in line.

2. Character dining!

These meals give your family a great opportunity to interact with your favorite Disney characters without having to wait in line! They come up to the table and can take the time for autographs and photos. This time around, we went to Goofy’s Kitchen. On our first trip to Disneyland with Jack last year, we went to Disney's PCH Grill. The buffets are great and full of wonderful options. You can check out a full list of restaurants here. Make reservations ahead of time to make sure you can get in. And maybe brush up on the difference between Pluto and Goofy before you go. ;)

3. Visit the Baby Center.

This is an amazing resource for mamas with even younger kids in the park! They have everything you need to feed and change your baby on the go. It's located near the front of the park. If you're in the potty training phase or just prefer it, this place has the lower toilets. They have anything you might need for your little ones and they even have a dedicated private space for nursing moms.

4. It’s A Small World AFTER ALL.

This was my favorite ride when I was little. I also loved 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - does anyone remember that ride? Well now it's Finding Dory, and Jack has been on it only once as the line was quite long, but we loved it just the same. We stopped at It's a Small World first at the request of Jack and Harper! We always do the ride at least once as it's Jack's favorite. In fact he got to go on it four times this particular day. Mommy took him for the third and fourth time while I got to take a little ride break and catch up on some emails.

5. Take plenty of pictures! 

After we ride It’s A Small World, we like to have a mini photo shoot in front of this wall. This time, we were even joined by a pair of ducks! There's also a large restroom that we like to stop in as it never seems to be crowded.

6. Two words. Bubble. Wand.

These Disney bubble wands are our favorite thing. Jack had two of them (though the first one saw a lot of action and broke after countless hours of play). They are a complete life-saver when it comes to keeping kids entertained on long lines or wherever you are in the park. You may remember Jack outside of The Little Mermaid in California Adventure with his very first bubble wand in this video. Bring a small bottle of bubble solution from home with you because inevitably, they want to use the bubble wand ALL THE TIME. Instead of asking them to constantly turn it off, and risking a flood of tears, extra bubble solution (and maybe even some extra batteries) would come in handy! 

I also always ask the kiosk person to set up the bubble wand for us since they have the proper tools and can do it quickly and efficiently. 

Next, here are some of my tips for making sure you have a great way to look back at your special day!

Disneyland is one of the best places to make memories with your kids, so of course, I wanted to document the day when I got back home. I think you can easily use the supplies you have on hand instead of feeling like you need to purchase themed papers or stickers. Anything that makes you happy should be good enough for using for these special memories. I decided to use my latest collection with American Crafts, On A Whim

1. Add your favorite photos from the day to a “To Print” folder on your phone! 

That way, it’s easier to find the best pictures when it’s time to print them. For this spread, I used the Instax Share SP-2 printer (the newest one) to print out cute instant photos right from my iPhone. Once you’ve printed them, you can just remove the photos from that folder so you’ll be ready for the next round of memories! 

2. Harness your creative energy, even if it happens before the trip.

Sometimes you get creative before you’re able to take the photos! Some of my best work has come out of my anticipation of an upcoming vacation. Cut out small pieces of paper the size of your photos and use those templates to plan out your page. Then, you can add the photos later and you’ll have exactly the right amount space for them!

3. PUT little pieces of memorabilia TO USE. 

I think this adds so much. For my spread, I decided to carefully tear the pieces apart instead of cutting them. The torn edge adds a bit of texture and personality! 

4. Work quickly and impulsively.

Sometimes, it's just easier to stick something down rather than deliberating for too long. I like the idea of just going with it because so many times, we intend to scrapbook and document our memories, but life gets in the way. I would rather just commit and make adjustments later if necessary. 

So Cal residents, don't forget to check out the Southern California special they have going on that is valid through May 25! Maybe Jack and I will even see you there soon!

What are your favorite tips for taking your preschoolers to Disneyland (or any other theme park)? And how do you document your Disney trip when you get home? Leave your best advice in the comments below!

In

Mexico City with ma familia

St. Regis drone shot

The three of us took a trip to Mexico City at the end of last year. It was our second time there and we loved it. The drone captured the shot of us in bed at the St. Regis. We loved staying there for numerous reasons. It's gorgeous, centrally located, and the service is top notch. JC found a good deal in between Christmas and New Years, and it's hard to say no to a good deal at a beautiful hotel like this one. I would say my favorite part was our butler Antonio, but really it was just spending time exploring the city and hanging out with my favorite big and (not so) little guy. Room service breakfast nearly every morning was pretty amazing too.

Had to share this gem - top photo from May 2015, bottom photo from December 2016

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Since vlogging is one of my new favorite things, here is the video of the trip, on my YouTube channel which now has 40,000 subscribers - WHAT?! THANK YOU THANK YOU!