Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

10 Tips to Fit in Fitness

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? It is hard to find time to work out when you have a family to take care of, chores to do, meals to cook… the list goes on and on. Don’t give up on your goals. Instead, find ways to work it into your daily routine. Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list. From watching TV to cooking dinner, I’ve got ideas to add more activeness to your day.

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Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Brushing Your Teeth

There are a number of easy exercises you can do while you brush your teeth. 2 of my favorite ones are wall sits and stepping in place. While this won’t make you thin overnight, it will add 2 more minutes of activity to your day.

During Commercials

Doing some sort of exercise during commercial breaks of your favorite shows is an excellent way to fit in fitness. Jumping jacks and crunches are popular for this but I prefer plank. It is an excellent core workout that also doesn’t make a lot of noise (in case you watch TV after the kiddos go to bed like me). If you are more of a Netflix binge-watcher, change it up by doing 2 minutes of activity between episodes.

Shopping

Park your car in the very back of the lot when you go shopping or run errands. This is a great way to get in extra steps. If you want to up the ante, don’t get a cart in the parking lot. Instead carry your kids from the car to the door. Trust me that will turn your shopping trip into a full-blown workout.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Making Dinner

Let’s face it: even with careful meal planning moms still spend of good chunk of our lives in the kitchen. The next time you’re stuck by the stove or hovering over the sink, step in place. It will help keep you energy level up and add some movement to your day.

Dance

Dance a lot. Like, dance any chance you get to shake your body. We dance down the hallway to naptime. I dance in the shower (although I don’t necessarily recommend this as I have fallen a few times… I just can help it). We hold random dance parties in the living room. Find times every day to dance even if it is only for a moment.

Bus Stops

Walk with your kid to the bus top and meet them at it after school. Even if the bus stop is only at the end of your driveway those are still extra steps.

Bonus Tip:

  • If your kid gets embarrassed about you being at the bus stop, one afternoon wait with a huge “Welcome” sign and cheer as he or she gets off of the bus. They won’t mind you just standing there so much.

 

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Take the Steps

If you have a family room in your basement, hang out there. Then use the stairs to go to the restroom or get a drink of water. Even if you have a bathroom on the same level, take the steps to another one. It only takes an extra 2 minutes of your time and your body will thank you for it.

Toss Your Kids

Tossing your kids in the air is another excellent workout. Okay, so you don’t have to actually toss them in the air if that makes you nervous. Instead, try mimicking the motion but never letting go. The kids will still love it and you’ll be getting a varied shoulder press workout.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Get on the Park Equipment

You can find tons of “playground workouts” on Pinterest but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Your kids love it when you push them on the swings and it’s good for you, too. Spinning them on a merry-go-round is another easy way to fit in fitness. If you’re feeling ambitious, run with it and jump on like you did as a kid. Lastly, don’t forget to climb on the monkey bars. Show your kids how it’s done or lift them up and let them give it try.

Vacuum Twice a Day

Vacuuming is one of my favorite active chores to get up and moving. Instead of only doing this chore once a day, do it twice each day. That’s more steps each day and it has the added bonus of keeping your house extra clean.

 

Are you struggling with your fitness goals this year? Here are 10 tips to fit in fitness while doing the things that are already on your to-do list.

Choose one of these ideas or utilize all 10 tips to fit in fitness daily. You will find that the more your move each day, the more you will want to move. Want one more easy idea to get active? Play outside with your kids. They will love getting to run off that extra energy and will remember you making play with them a priority. My kids love being pushed around the yard in their Cozy Coupe. It’s an excellent workout for me that they have a blast with. Do you have tips to fit in fitness each day? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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Rock Your Resolutions with One Class

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you are like most people, probably not so well. How many of your workouts have your already missed? Have you looked at your budget since creating it at the beginning of the month? Setting resolutions is easy but then we hit snags and snares that quickly make us revert back to old habits. Don’t be like everyone else this year. Decide not to give up on your goals. Decide right now to rock your resolutions with one class this year! Oh, and did I mention that it’s free this weekend only?

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About Tim Ferriss

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“Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index. He is an early-stage tech investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, and 20+ more) and author of three #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. His podcast — focused on deconstructing world-class performers — is the #1 business podcast on iTunes and was selected as ‘Best of 2015’ by Apple.” – Creator Biography from CreativeLive

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

2016 Reflections: A Year in Review

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. Doing so invites feelings of thankfulness to help us realize how blessed we are. We can also reflect on our goals to see what worked and what didn’t. Lastly, it encourages us to see just how far we have come and pushes us to reach farther in the coming year. If you haven’t yet taken the time to, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on your 2016. If you need some inspiration take a look at my 2016 reflections below.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

 

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As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Personal

In terms of my personal growth, 2016 has been phenomenal. I have begun to step outside of my comfort zone and grow into a stronger, more confident woman. It took getting knocked down a few times to realize just who and where I wanted to be. One of the greatest accomplishments was becoming more outgoing.

If you read How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions then you know that one of my goals was to be more outgoing overall. That was the scariest of all of my resolutions but also one of the most rewarding. I remember many years ago when I took part in a local Christmas choir. They had a meet and greet party after everyone was cast. I was so painfully shy that I wouldn’t even go to the restroom because I didn’t want to walk across the room and draw attention to myself. Crazy, I know, but the sad truth is that I wasn’t much better than that at the beginning of 2016. I am happy to say that I am a lot more confident and outgoing now. I have also made some wonderful new friends as a result.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Family

The way that your family grows and changes in one little year is simply incredible. It is hard to believe that in a few short years all of my kiddos will be in school! Last month I realized how fast it is all going and made the decision to make spending time together a priority. We are now making family dinners and a weekly family night a priority. We love our game nights the best but we’ve also had movie nights, family outings, and more. I can tell you with absolute certainty that you will never regret spending more time with your kids, even when the night is a complete disaster.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Business

DIY Adulation has grown leaps and bounds! It is hard to believe I just started this site last year. While I’m not yet earning a full-time income, I am making enough to cover expenses (and seeing steady monthly growth) so that is a huge win in my book.

Unfortunately, as far as building my business, that hasn’t gone far this year. That is one of the areas I will be focusing on for 2017. I am planning on launching 2 big launches later in the year: a course and a second book (you can get a copy of my first book here). These are huge ventures that I am super-excited to undertake!

Top Posts of 2016

  1. Organize Personal Information Now
  2. Top 10 Camping Items You Don’t Know You Need
  3. DIY Car Trash Can
  4. Doctor Who Inspired Greeting Card
  5. Monthly Goal Setting Planner

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

It is incredible that so much has happened in a single year. Now that you have seen my 2016 Reflections are you ready to tackle yours? Your reflections don’t have to be super in-depth. In fact, they don’t even have to be written down. Simply take a few minutes today before your festivities tonight to reflect on your year. You might be surprised at how much you have accomplished. If you aren’t, check out the free Monthly Goal Setting Planner to make 2017 your best year yet!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Monthly Goal Setting Planner

Last week you learned how to start creating your future with monthly goals. Hopefully you took some time to get started with your lists or, even better, finished them. This week I wanted to give you a free tool to make creating your future even easier. The Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, make a daily to-do list to achieve them, and evaluate what worked (or didn’t) each month. This planner is basic, straightforward, and pretty making it the perfect tool for you. Simply print out your worksheets each month and fill them out. All that’s left is to rock your goals!

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

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This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Setting Your Monthly Goals

This is the first sheet you need to start your month out right. You can see the details for effectively choosing goals each month with Creating Your Future. Use this worksheet each month to document your goals and reference it often. Ask yourself “How does this help me achieve my long-term goals?” when deciding on activities to do and even books to read. This determination now is the key to living the future of your dreams.

 

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Creating a Daily To-Do List

You’ve read my tips to Dominate Your To-Do List but now it’s time to take it a step further. Use the second worksheet in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner to create daily actions that work towards your goals. Choose one action per goal each day with the exception of goals that only require weekly or monthly actions. An example of this would be my goal of weekly family nights. This only needs to be slotted once a week.

Note:

  • Choose these from your broader goal categories and not the specific sub-goals. You will notice that there are only 5 numbered points for each day. This is the maximum that I recommend adding to your existing daily to-do list.
  • These to-do lists will not be the same for each day. Be sure that you are working towards each of your sub-goals weekly.

 

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Evaluation

The last step is an end of the month evaluation is the final step to take for ultimate success. The 3rd worksheet in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner will walk you through figuring out what was or wasn’t successful and why. Reference your monthly evaluation sheet when planning your goals for the next month. Make tweaks and changes based on your evaluation to accomplish your monthly goals with growing success.

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Now that you know how to use it are you ready to download your copy of the Monthly Goal Setting Planner? I feel so strongly about helping your create your future that I am offering it for free to everyone! No sign-ups, emails, or money needed, just click the link and download your copy today. Stop reacting to your life and start creating it! Don’t forget that I’m taking this journey with you and you are not alone. Check back at the beginning of each month for an unfiltered look at m CYE Monthly Goals successes and failures.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Vision Boards Are Not Intuitive

Sometimes you take on a project that seems simple but turns out to be fairly difficult for you.  This can be a recipe you are making for the first time or a DIY project that isn’t cooperating.  For me last week, it was creating a vision board.  I saw all of these beautiful vision boards on Facebook that, frankly, could have been considered works of art (they were that gorgeous).  I had never made a vision board before but I believe in the concept behind them and thought, “How hard could it be?”  It turns out, very!  Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me.  If you are struggling, too, take heart that you are not alone.

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

 

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Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Getting Started

I sat down on my living room floor after the kids went to bed armed with:

  • Poster board
  • Stacks of magazines
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

I had New Girl on Netflix to try to channel my inner Jessica Day and began flipping through magazines.  If you read How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions then you know I already had my goals for the years.  To provide continuity of vision I was looking for quotes and images in the magazine that represented those existing goals.  About thirty magazines in I only had 3-4 pictures pulled out.  It was then that I realized I had no idea what I was doing!

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Researching Vision Boards

What’s the first thing you do when you want to learn how to do something immediately?  You Google it.  So that’s what I did.  Want to know what I learned?

There is no hard and fast way to create a vision board.

I love lists and specific, defined steps when doing anything new.  Those lists don’t seem to exist for vision boards.  To help you out, here is the best list I could discern from my research:

  • You can use one goal or many
  • A vision board is meant to inspire you
  • Or focus you
  • Or provide visual goals
  • It can include quotes, pictures, and objects
  • It can be on a cork board, poster board, digital file, white board, or any other visual form

Wait… Huh?  So a vision board can be anything made out of anything to focus on anything.  Oh… Now I get it.  Not!  In the end, I decided to go with this Huffington Post article by Elizabeth Rider to use as a guide.

Finishing the Vision Board

My vision board has 4 focal points (one in each corner):

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Publish

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Business

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Travel

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Personal Growth

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Once I got all of the pictures and quotes on the board, it still wasn’t inspiring.  I had to figure out a way to make it something I would want to look at.  How did I do that?  I added Hello Kitty of course!  Once she was on there, the rest of the vision started falling into place.  I added flowers for a 3-dimensional pop and glitter because no project is complete without glitter.

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

 

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

Apparently vision boards are not intuitive, at least, not for me. Here is the best list I could discern from my research about how to make a vision board.

The process of making vision boards can be challenging but chances are, you will learn something about yourself whether it is what your goals look like to you or what truly inspires you.  I, for instance, learned I cannot be inspired by anything that isn’t pretty.  This experience also cemented my belief that Hello Kitty really does make everything better.  Have you made a vision board yet?  What did you learn about yourself in the process?

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
How to actually keep your New Year’s resolutions this year to start being the person you want to be living the life you want to live!

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet?  Chances are that you have at least thought about them even if you haven’t decided to commit.  Think about those resolutions on your mind right now.  Perhaps you are planning to get in shape this year or eliminate debt.  Maybe you are hesitant to make any resolutions this year because you never keep them.  Do the goals you have look pretty much the same as they did last New Year’s?  Decide now to make this year different!  Keep your New Year’s resolutions this time around using these easy tips and free worksheet.

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Write Your List

When you first write out your resolutions, simply put whatever comes to mind.  It is okay to be very general and it is okay to have 10+ ideas on your list.  The only distinction I recommend making in the first step is to write separate lists for each your personal and professional goals.  Once you have a rough sketch of your goals, start on step 2.

Whittle Down Your List

If you have a ton of goals you would like to accomplish in the coming year, pare down your list.  Try to get down to no more than 4 or 5 goals on each list (personal and professional).  More than that will cause you to lose stamina and focus as the year wears on.  This year I’ve chosen 4 resolutions for my personal life:

  • Health – Daily Yoga
  • Home – Finish Basement
  • Social – Be More Outgoing
  • Faith – Daily Bible Study

Categorizing your goals can help give you a clear picture of where you most want to improve.  In addition to those listed above, think about these categories as well:

  • Family (find ideas for this category here)
  • Marriage (regular dates, being more romantic, increasing intimacy)
  • Self (learn a skill, finish a degree)
  • Financial (earn more, eliminate debt, start a budget)

 

How to actually keep your New Year’s resolutions this year to start being the person you want to be living the life you want to live!

Define Actionable Steps

In order to truly be successful with your New Year’s resolutions you need more than just a general concept (like losing weight).  Take the time to define specific, actionable steps that you can take to achieve your resolutions.  Use this free printable New Year’s Resolutions worksheet to break down each of your resolutions into four parts: Materials Needed, Time Needed, Specified Activities, and Mini-Goals.

To give you an idea of what these worksheets should look like filled out here are 2 examples from my own resolutions:

 

How to actually keep your New Year’s resolutions this year to start being the person you want to be living the life you want to live!

Daily Yoga

Materials: The only materials needed for yoga are a mat and some form of learning/practicing the moves.  Because I used to do yoga every morning, I already own a mat and some DVD’s to work with.  I personally love any of the Yoga Zone DVD’s but you can also simple search on YouTube and find free workouts there.

Time: The only time needed for this is 20 minutes in the beginning because that it how long a workout lasts on my videos.  This is why it is important to define your materials first.  If you find a free workout video online, it may last only 15 minutes or it may last 30.  Take this into account when determining how much time will be needed.

Activities: Since daily yoga is fairly straight-forward and because I will be using videos that walk through an entire workout, there is no need to define specific activities.  If you plan to simply work through positions on your own, you might have variations of poses that get progressively more difficult and intense.  If you do not own a mat, shopping for one would be an activity to go on your list.

Mini-Goals: Your mini-goals section should never, ever be empty.  Mini-goals is the section that takes the information from the other columns and turns it into specific, measurable goals that can be accomplished.  This is the key component to actually keep your New Year’s resolutions.  Your mini-goals need to start small.  As you can see above, I will have to start getting up 30 minutes earlier each day in order to work daily yoga into my schedule.  Since I am not a morning person, my very first mini-goal is to get up at 6 am every morning for a week.  I am not changing anything else about my schedule in that first week other than my wake time.  This is small, measurable, and specific.  As the mini-goals progress they being building to bigger and bigger goals yet still remain specific and measurable. 

 

How to actually keep your New Year’s resolutions this year to start being the person you want to be living the life you want to live!

Become More Outgoing

Materials: There are no materials needed for me to work on this resolution.  I decided to create my own activities and challenges for myself to push me outside of my comfort zone.  If you need some direction or ideas, however, your materials list might include some books or a journal.

Time: The time required for this is minimal.  It might break down to possibly an hour a week.  Again, this was based on my materials, or lack thereof.  If you have a book you plan to read, you time required might be upwards of 20+ minutes per day spent reading and completing activities.

Activities: The specified activities for this were easy to come up with because I already know what activities make me uncomfortable.  For example, I am so shy that instead of speaking up and saying, “Excuse me” in a store to someone blocking the aisle, I will just wait for them to be done.  (For the record, I have already been working on this and I have already gotten much better.)  That’s why I chose to specify that I have to engage with a stranger when shopping.  I also love to sing and dance but when I’m in the car I get embarrassed if I think someone saw me.  For that reason, I am now challenging myself to always give it my all when singing and dancing in the car.

Mini-Goals: The mini-goals for this are more about creating a change of behavior so they do not build on each other.  The weekly goals will be consistent throughout the year however they are still small, specific, and measurable.  They will help create an accountability that will lead to the end result of a change in behavior.

 

How to actually keep your New Year’s resolutions this year to start being the person you want to be living the life you want to live!

Using these tips and free worksheet, there will be nothing holding you back this year!  Keep your New Year’s resolutions so that next year you can create new ones (that you’ll already have to tools to help you keep).  Use resolutions as tools to start being the person you want to be living the life you want to live!  What are your resolutions?  If you didn’t plan on having any, have I helped change your mind?  Let me know in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

DIY Planner Binder

If you follow DIY Adulation on any of our social media channels, you already know my passion for planning.  (If you aren’t following you should be.  Find DIY Adulation on these channels: Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest * Google+ * Instagram.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you here while you do that.)  Now that we’re all on the same page, here is the reveal of this awesome DIY planner binder that is beautiful and sparkly (just the way you love it)!

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August is the start of a fresh planner in my house.  (Find out why here.) This year I’m actually changing from a smaller planner to an 8.5 x 11 planner.  These means needing a fresh new binder to hold it and the result is fantastic!  This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll want to start decorating all of your organizing binders.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

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Materials

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 1

Tip: I chose to put a piece of paper in the top of the clear pocket on the cover of the binder to keep it from sealing.  If you don’t care if the pocket is usable, you don’t have to do this.

Put a coat of Mod Podge on the front cover of your binder.

Step 2

With the binder on a protected surface, pour a generous amount of glitter over the entire front cover.

Step 3

Shake off excess and allow to dry completely.

**Repeat steps 1 through 3 until achieving your desired look.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 4

Fill in any gaps or light areas there might be by covering the areas with more Mod Podge and covering with glitter. Allow to dry completely.

Step 5

Put a final coat of Mod Podge on to seal the glitter and allow it to dry completely.

Tip: If you are still having trouble with glitter coming off on your hands after applying the last coat, spray the cover with a sealant spray.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 6

Place a piece of paper or newspaper over the glittered area and secure in to place with painters tape.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 7

Open binder and place on a protected area with the covers facing up.  Spray paint it and allow paint to dry.

Tip: Depending on the color of your paint and the color of your binder, it could take multiple coats to cover.  The white binder I used took 2 full coats and one touch-up.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

Step 8

Carefully remove the tape and paper covering the glitter.  Fill with your choice of printable planners (I recommend our awesome Family Planner this one is no longer available) and you’re ready to go.

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

 

It is that easy to create you own custom DIY planner binder!  Personalize your colors, sizes, and more without the hefty price tag!  How will you personalize your planner?  Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to get a free copy of the Family Planner monthly calendar and cleaning schedule when you subscribe to our Newsletter!

 

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

This DIY planner binder is so easy to make that you’ll never go back to store bought!

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.