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May Likes and Dislikes

Hi Friends,

I wanted to hop on here and share my May Likes and Dislikes before it gets too much further into June. I will try to keep this short.

When I set up my May pages, I reserved an entire page for recording new items that I acquired during the month. Some of the items that I listed are being moved to next month because I didn’t use them enough to give them a chance.

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My Faves, but first a shoutout!

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picture courtesy of SewingScientistJen Etsy shop

First, Jennie forgive me for being so late on this. Second, everyone go take a look at her Etsy shop, SewingScientistJen. I purchased this floral anchor pouch while she was doing her Easter egg promotion. I was so excited when I opened the egg and saw that I won another pencil pouch! I knew immediately that I wanted to get the pouch pictured above for my sister who is an engineering student. After a mailing snafu, Jennie’s true colors shown through. Her customer service is amazing. She mailed another pouch to me quickly (mind you the snafu was not her fault). She is truly amazing and her pouches are amazing. She has many many many different prints and you should go take a look now… I mean now… here is the link again 🙂 On a side note, the product I received was exactly as it was pictured, but I was so excited that I gave it to my sister with her other goodies before I could take a picture. I did feature my anchor pouch in my April Likes and Dislikes video if you want to see more.

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This ‘Botanical Line Drawing’ book by Peggy Dean is such a fun book. I love the simple instructions. I am someone who struggles with just drawing without inspiration and there is tons in this book!
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I found these at my local university book store. These are the Kuretake ZIG Cocoiro pens. When you purchase them, you buy the case and the pen insert. They come in a variety of colors and cost around $5.00. I have been using these for my daily lettering as part of my #LetteringMayFlowers and #AFlowerADay_June challenges.
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These are some of the new Tombow Dual Brush pens that I picked up at my local art store, Art & Craftsman Supply. I picked these because I wanted some pastel colors.
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This is a Sargent Watercolor 36 cake Set. This set was under $10 at my local art store and I am pleasantly surprised. I love the colors and they work well.
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If we have watercolors, then we need brushes, right?! I started with the Niji Waterbrush, but discovered that there are more sizes. I found this set on Amazon. The make is Arteza, and this set has three pointed, brush tips in different sizes as well as three flat,brush tips in different sizes. I must say that I like these better than the Niji, just because when you squeeze the water down it goes directly through the bristles instead of around the outside like the Niji.

Less than favorite items:

I like to preface this segment by saying that the products that I list here didn’t work for the purpose that I wanted them to work for. This doesn’t mean that they wont work for you.

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I purchased this palette after seeing so many metallic lettering posts on Instagram. I purchased this palette from the art store and saw the name ‘Niji Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor’ and got really excited. I quickly learned that pearlescent is not the same as metallic. These colors are gorgeous and as a accent color, they work beautifully. However, on their own, they do not work for me.

Sorry there isn’t a video with this post. I have been under the weather, but I enjoy sharing my thoughts on products with you guys.

Have an amazing day!

Neta


Supplies:

Yes, some the product links are Amazon Affiliate links. All that means is that if you make a purchase, Amazon gives me a percentage of the earnings (at no extra cost to you), for referring you to their product/site. If you do chose to order from Amazon, make sure you give Amazon Prime a try, click here to take advantage of a 30-day free trial, so you can get free 2-day shipping too!
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Posted in Blog Post, Bullet Journal, Fineliners and Daily Writers, Instagram, May, Month, Notebooks, Pen, Pencils, Social Media, Supplies, Unboxings, YouTube, YouTube Video

Spotlight Stationary Subscription Box for May

Hey Friends!

Today I filmed the Spotlight Stationary Subscription Box unboxing for May (yes, I am a little late). I normally receive my box just before the first of the month.

Anyways, make sure to check out the video and hit subscribe!

The products inside this box were pretty awesome. All of the products are from premium and artisan brands from Germany as well as postcards with amazing art from Dhekelia Lennon. My Hunny’s family is from Germany, so I was pretty excited to see everything. Because I talked about products in the video, I will just give quick blurbs about everything here:

 

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Postcards featuring the art of Dhekelia Lennon

 

Bindework Notebook and Patterned Envelopes

Rico Designs Brass Binder Clips

Mobius & Ruppert Pencil Sharpener

Staedtler Eraser and Double-Tip Fiber Pen

Scheider Line-up (Pink/Green) and Slider Memo (Blue)

Stabilo Schwan Pencils
Make sure to check out Spotlight Stationary for all their awesome subscription boxes. They offer monthly and bi-monthly services.

 

That is all I have for today! Have an amazing day!

Neta


Products Mentioned:

Want to sign up for Spotlight Stationary Subscription Boxes? Click this link: http://www.spotlightstationery.co.uk/

Yes, some of the links above are Amazon Affiliate links. This means that I receive a portion of Amazon’s profits for referring you to the product/site. This is at no extra cost to you. I couldn’t find direct links to some products, so I linked the Spotlight Stationary site because they will post the products in the box for purchase soon.

Posted in #LetteringMayFlowers, Blog Post, Brush Pen, Bullet Journal, Calendars, Dailies, Fineliners and Daily Writers, Habit Trackers, Health Tracker, Instagram, May, Month, Monthly Challenges, Monthly Recap, Mood Trackers, Notebooks, Paper, Pen, Planning, Printables, Printables and Freebies, Social Media, Supplies, Trackers, Weeklies

So May Didn’t Go Completely to Plan

Hello Lovelies!

Today, I wanted to share a recap of my bullet journal for the month of May. I was ambitious in my pre-month planning, but a couple road bumps tried to derail me. Anyways, let’s get started!

I have to start by saying that some of the spreads are not pretty because I crapped out on a them ( shame on me), but there were other spreads that I was really happy with.

Here is my monthly calendar, gratitude log, and daily log (fail #1). I always kick myself when I crap out on these because there are times when I reminisce and look back.


Next up is my running list of likes and dislikes (video is coming soon – I promise) and my Zentangle-style mood tracker. I really enjoyed the mood tracker. I will say that picking a better color palette was a giant WIN!


The following spread is my monthly trackers for sleep and headaches. These are some of my favorite pages. They give me so much information about how my body works. These are printable files that are available in the Printable Tools and FreebiesPrintable Tools and Freebies Library.


This next spread is depressing. My Step tracker that I was soooo excited about was a big fail because I lost my Fitbit… again. Ughhh…. And I failed at most of my goals for the month as well. Don’t judge me. I don’t wanna talk about it.


On to weeklies!!! I continued used a different color palette each week (check my Pinterest Color Scheme board for ideas!) About half way through the month, I tried my hand at watercolors, and I loved it! So much fun 🙂


I still used half-page dailies (for the most part) this month because they are working pretty well for now. If you want to see more, head over to my #LetteringMayFlowers Recap to see more of the dailies. Make sure to head over to my Instagram @NetaMarieDesigns to see a quick flip thru of May’s pages.

Have an amazing day!

NMDSig


Supply Links :

P.S. – I started using Bitly to shorten some of the links down because they were sooo long, but if you would prefer the original links, just let me know.
Yes, some the product links are Amazon Affiliate links. All that means is that if you make a purchase, Amazon gives me a percentage of the earnings (at no extra cost to you), for referring you to their product/site. If you do chose to order from Amazon, make sure you give Amazon Prime a try, click here to take advantage of a 30-day free trial, so you can get free 2-day shipping too!

 

Posted in #AFlowerADay_June, #LetteringMayFlowers, Blog Post, Bullet Journal, Challenge Recap, How To, Instagram, Intro and Info, June, Monthly Challenges

What I learned after hosting my first challenge on Instagram

Hello!

Many of you know that May was the first month that I hosted my own challenge, #LetteringMayFlowers. It was a super fun month and challenge, and I have since decided to extend the challenge and keep going and am hosting the #AFlowerADay_June challenge this month. That first challenge was eye-opening and I learned many things. I thought that it may be helpful to some of my fellow Instagram-ers if I shared what I learned.

First off, hosting challenges is so fun, and I 100% recommend that you take the plunge and host one if you are thinking about it. These tips/tricks are meant to make the hosting and planning job easier for you.

My tips for hosting challenges:

  • Pick a topic that you are interested in
  • Create your challenge image and make sure that it can be read easily on Instagram (that seems to be where most challenge participants look when deciding which ones to do)
  • Include the following on your challenge image:
    • your Instagram handle
    • the challenge tag (make sure that this is very unique because you don’t want your challenge posts getting mixed with another)
    • the prompts
    • the type of challenge (i.e. planning, doodle, draw, paint, reading, hand lettering, etc.)
  • Post your challenge at least twice – once about 10 days before the challenge is scheduled to begin and again the day before
  • In the description of your challenge:
    • make sure to indicate how and when you will feature participants work
    • tag or DM the challenge Instagram accounts (these are accounts that just share challenges and they are a great way to get your challenge seen by more people)
    • Extras: prizes?
  • Keep your word – strive to keep up with your challenge (rare slip ups are normal) and stick with your features schedule to motivate your participants

This was a short post, but I hope you found it helpful and informative for those of you thinking about becoming a host.

Have a great day!

NMDSig

P.S. I think it would also be fun to co-host with someone (if you are interested – send me an email netamariedesigns@gmail.com).

Posted in #LetteringMayFlowers, Blog Post, Brush Lettering, Brush Pen, Bullet Journal, Calligraphy, Challenge Recap, Hand Lettering, Instagram, Lettering, May, Month, Monthly Challenges, Monthly Recap, Notebooks, Pen, Social Media

#LetteringMayFlowers Recap

Well hello there!

I am jumping right in today. Be forewarned, there are a lot of pictures in this post. All I can think is ‘I did it’ – I successfully hosted my first challenge. If you hadn’t seen before, last month I decided to host my first challenge. I actually had two, but cut it down to one because hosting is a lot of work! My challenge for the month of May was #LetteringMayFlowers.

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I was so excited to see that there were quite a few people that took part in the challenge. It was fun seeing of their wonderful posts. Every other day, I shared their magnificent work on my Instagram (@NetaMarieDesigns) Story. A big THANK YOU to everyone that participated and made my first challenge awesome! Click here to see all the wonderful posts!

Last month, I posted a recap of my challenge prompts and work and really enjoyed it, so I decided to do the same thing this month. I started using watercolors in my journal, and I had a lot of fun each day completing the prompts. I grouped the images together, so hopefully it won’t bog anyone’s computers down. Without further ado, here are my #LetteringMayFlowers prompts – enjoy!

I loved having flowers on my dailies each day. They remind me of Spring and Summer, and they put me into a cheery mood. That being said, I decided to continue the challenge and changed the name! It isn’t too late to take part – check out #AFlowerADay_June on Instagram and make sure to tag, @NetaMarieDesigns, in your posts.

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Okay well that is all I have for today! I hope that you enjoyed seeing the recap, and that the challenge information was helpful to those thinking about hosting or co-hosting their own challenge one day!

Have a wonderful day!

NMDSig


Supplies Used:

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Posted in Blog Post, Bullet Journal, Bullet Journal Planning, Instagram, Intro and Info, June, Making the Move From Bujo to TN, Social Media, Supplies, Traveler's Notebook, Traveler's Notebook Planning, Travelers Notebook (TN)

So how the frick to you transition to a travelers notebook from a notebook, bullet journal?!

Hey You!

I have to start by saying that I have been in a really good state of mind for June. I think the excitement of switching up my planning game has me a little bit happier overall. I am really looking forward to all of the possibilities.

Let’s get started!

Some of you may have had the same questions as the title of this post. My answer? I have no clue, but I plan on taking you all on my journey this month. I will say that the bullet journal in a traditional notebook 📓 is still amazing, but I have a little bit more going on in my life than I did when I first stumbled upon bullet journaling. I think having separate inserts (notebooks) may help me stay organized and also track things better too.

I wanted to try to keep myself focused, so here is a list of the posts that I will be sharing with you in these next few weeks as I plan my new traveler’s notebook, or ‘TN’:

Has anyone made this switch before? Maybe even the switch from TN to bujo? Can you give me some tips?? Leave them in the comments below.

Before I let you go, I thought I would  show you (again) my chosen Traveler’s Notebooks from Webster’s Pages 😍

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Aren’t they beautiful? Shown above are my Mint Floral and Champagne TNs. These notebooks have some pretty awesome features. Each notebook has:

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  • Outer elastic with a fun tag (my mint TN tag says ‘Grow with Grace’ and my champagne TN tag says ‘Hello Beautiful’)
  • Covers are a durable plastic/faux leather material
  • Internal card slots (2)
  • Photo slot in front cover
  • Four insert elastic
  • Back storage pocket for a long notebook as well as a bigger side-open pocket
  • Blank notebook insert included

I found these at my local JoAnn’s store. With a coupon, they end up being really affordable – well, actually they are affordable anyways. The price in store starts at about $32.99, but coupons are always a good idea!

If you are taking this journey of starting a TN with me, share your photos and finds either via comments, Instagram @NetaMarieDesigns, or email at netamariedesigns@gmail.com

Stay tuned for the next post in this awesome TN journey!! Make sure to subscribe here on WordPress or follow me on Instagram @NetaMarieDesigns to get a notifications when the next post is up!

Have a wonderful day!


Supply Links :

P.S. – I started using Bitly to shorten some of the links down because they were sooo long, but if you would prefer the original links, just let me know.
Yes, some the product links are Amazon Affiliate links. All that means is that if you make a purchase, Amazon gives me a percentage of the earnings (at no extra cost to you), for referring you to their product/site. If you do chose to order from Amazon, make sure you give Amazon Prime a try, click here to take advantage of a 30-day free trial, so you can get free 2-day shipping too!
Posted in Blog Post, Instagram, Intro and Info, June, MailChimp, May, Monthly Stats and Goals, Newsletter, Newsletter, Pinterest, Social Media, YouTube

Neta Marie Designs – May Stats, Growth, and Goals

Hey Y’all!

Welcome to the second post in this series of monthly stats, goals, and growth tracking posts. April was our first month and the data included some information prior to April, but this post will feature only information on growth in the month of May. This should paint a better picture for those who are looking at starting a blog of their own and want to see what growth looks like.

Let’s get to it!


General Planet Plan It Blog Traffic

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May brought in 110 more views with 6,613 versus 6,503 views in April.

Blog Post Data

I gave regular posting a good effort in May. I posted quite a few times.

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There were 6 posts in May compared to 5 in April

Need a recap of what was posted? The list below shows what the big world of Neta Marie Designs was talkin’ about.

Blog Post Listing (from newest to oldest):

My most popular post is still my old Plan-With-Me Post as I begin my new Bullet Journal. I can’t be mad though. That post is so image-heavy and idea-filled that I look back at it often too!

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Blog Referrers:

If you are trying to get more traffic to your blog, it is helpful to know where the traffic comes from.

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Pinterest has been my biggest source of traffic for a long time. Even the lesser referrers are Pinterest sites from other countries!

 


Other Social Media:

So, May was a great month, but also a stressful one. I bit the bullet and changed/rebranded my blog and all my social media from Planet Plan It to Neta Marie Designs. The change came about because I want to see my blog and work here grow, but I also discovered another site called Plan It Planet. Because they had been around longer, I chose to rebrand, so here I am. It was stressful, but went smoother than I expected.

Although I thought the rebrand may hurt my numbers, I have to say that I saw the opposite effect. It seemed like many people were very receptive of my new name 🙂

Instagram @NetaMarieDesigns: April ended with 690 followers and May ended with 745 followers (+55) with 40 new posts

Instagram @NMD_Challenges: With 87 new challenge posts, followers increased from 147 to 256 at the end of May (+109)

YouTube Channel: With only two videos posted, my channel subscribers grew from 21 to 31 subscribers (+10)

MailChimp (Newsletter): Grew from 820 subscribers in April to 903 subscribers by the end of May (+83)


Income:

Many people make money via YouTube, blogging, online shops, and affiliate links. Currently, my only earnings come from the Amazon Affiliate program.

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My earnings for May were still minimal, but there seemed to be a lot of action on the links, so I will count it as a big win.

* I do try to disclose my Amazon Affiliate link use (like at the end of posts and videos) because it is required. If you have questions regarding these links, let me know. *


May Goals:

** Let’s see how I measured up! Goals achieved will be in GREEN and goals that weren’t achieved will be in RED**

I will try not to be long-winded with this. For the month of May 2017, I would like to:

  • Blog
    • Grow blog newsletter subscribers to 1000 I grew to 903, but fell short of my goal (-97)
    • Grow views to 8000 I fell short and only got 6,613 views, so I was about 1,387 views. 
    • Grow visitors to 3000 I bested this goal and got 3,454 visitors (+454)!!
    • Post at least 10 times I was only able to post 6 times (-4).
  • Instagram
    • grow @NetaMarieDesigns main account to 1000 followers I am gaining on this goal, but didn’t make it all the way in May. I made it to 745 followers (-255).
    • grow @NMD_Challenges account to 200 followers Bam! Goal achieved! I was able to onboard 211 followers (+11)!!
  • YouTube
    • Post 4 videos Only 2 videos made it up on the ‘Tube (-2)
    • grow followers to 30 Followers increased over 30 to 31 (+1) Woot Woot!

Well, that is a lot of red, but I see it as opportunities to grow. It will be interesting to see if I meet my filming and posting goals if my subscriber and viewer rate will meet goals as well.

What are my goals for June?

Blog

  • Grow blog newsletter subscribers to 1000
  • Grow views to 8,000
  • Grow visitors to 4,000
  • Post at least 10 times

Instagram

  • grow @NetaMarieDesigns main account to 1000 followers
  • grow @NMD_Challenges account to 300 followers

 

YouTube

  • Post 4 videos
  • grow followers to 40

 


Welp, that is a snapshot of May on NetaMarieDesigns. I love seeing posts like these even though they may not be so exciting to others. Don’t worry, though, tomorrow I will be back to bullet journaling!

Have a awesome night!

Neta


Lets get connected!

Posted in Bullet Journal, Hand Lettering, Instagram, June, Lettering, Monthly Challenges, Social Media

June’s AFlowerADay Challenge!!

Happy Friday, Y’all!

This month’s #LetteringMayFlowers challenge has been so fun! I have really enjoyed the daily prompts myself as well as seeing all the others that have taken part in it. I figured that I enjoyed it so much, that I will make it an ongoing challenge…

* Drum roll please *


Here is my June challenge, prompt list for the new Neta Marie Design’s A Flower A Day challenge.

I made a couple minor changes. I tried to make this a more creative challenge rather than marketing it mostly as lettering. I feel like most participants enjoy drawing the flower as well as lettering or writing the name. Really, though, do whatever you enjoy. I enjoy seeing everyone’s creative spirit in their posts.

Please make sure to tune in for my #LetteringMayFlowers challenge recap that will be coming out at the beginning of June.

I hope that you all can join me! Make sure to use the hastag #AFlowerADay_June I feature the work of various participants in my Instagram stories, so make sure that you are following me on Instagram @NetaMarieDesigns.

Have an amazing day!

Neta

Posted in April, Blog Post, Instagram, Intro and Info, May, Monthly Stats and Goals, Newsletter, Newsletter, Pinterest, YouTube

Planet Plan It – April Stats & May Goals

Hi Friends,

This is the first post in a monthly series sharing Planet Plan It’s growth. Outside of my Planet Plan It world, I work for a local hospital. Part of my job is to compile numbers for the work we complete. I actually enjoy working with numbers. I have been toying with the idea of publishing stats for a while and have decided to go for it.

On other blogs, I have seen monthly postings were the growth of their blog is documented as well as popular posts and other interesting information. I may be the only one that finds my particular information interesting, but for those of you looking to start your own blog can look at this data as well 🙂

Shall we dive in? I am going to provide some earlier 2017 data for reference.


General Planet Plan It Blog Traffic

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April 2017 saw 6,503 views from 2,934 visitors. In the image above, we can see March 2017 was similar with 6,261 views from 2,734 visitors. So far for 2017, January has been the best month with 12,184 views from 5,384 visitors.

 


Blog Post Data

If you read any article about increasing blog traffic, you will probably see the advice that posting often is key. Do to college and home life (y’all get it) I wasn’t able to post as much and I truly believe that it effected my blog traffic.

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This image shows my posting schedule. My blog posting drastically dropped (just one post in February and March) as did my traffic. Although I have started posting more often, it will take time to regain the numbers seen in better months.

So, what did I post? Good question! April was full of brainstorming for me and I have started posting on new subjects!

Blog Post Listing (from newest to oldest):

 

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This image shows the most popular posts and pages on the Planet Plan It blog. The most popular post is and has been the ‘Plan-With-Me Post as I begin my new Bullet Journal’. There are images of trackers that drive a lot of traffic to the blog. There were some new pages added and those received some traffic, but as far as posts, you can see that the ‘Plan With Me’ posts are the most popular.

Blog Referrers:

If you are trying to get more traffic to your blog, it is helpful to know where the traffic comes from.

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Other Social Media:

There are so many ways to reach and connect with readers and followers. Currently, I know that I am not using all venues. Many bloggers use a combination of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and more.

I currently only have Instagram, YouTube, and my blog. I am looking at expanding. Below is the data regarding followers. I will be including the Planet Plan It Newsletter data here as its growth is also measured in followers.

Instagram @Planet_PlanIt: Ended April with 690 followers with 250 posts

Instagram @PlanetPlanItChallenges: Started on April 13th and ended April with 147 followers and 124 posts

YouTube Challenge: Ended with 21 channel subscribers (I posted only one video in April, but have a total of 9 videos)

MailChimp (Newsletter): Was noted as having 740 subscribers on April 3rd and ended on April 30th with 820 subscribers.


Income:

Many people make money via YouTube, blogging, online shops, and affiliate links. Currently, Planet Plan It only earnings come from the Amazon Affiliate program.

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My earnings for April will minimal, but a couple bucks is a couple bucks. The graph above shows how many people clicked on my links, how many purchased items (fees), and how many purchased a service (bounties).

* I do try to disclose my Amazon Affiliate link use (like at the end of posts and videos) because it is required. If you have questions regarding these links, let me know. *


May Goals:

I will try not to be long-winded with this. For the month of May 2017, I would like to:

  • Blog
    • Grow blog newsletter subscribers to 1000
    • Grow views to 8000
    • Grow visitors to 3000
    • Post at least 10 times
  • Instagram
    • grow @Planet_PlanIt main account to 1000 followers
    • grow @PlanetPlanItChallenges account to 200 followers
  • YouTube
    • Post 4 videos
    • grow followers to 30

That is how April has played out for Planet Plan It. I hope this information with be useful or interesting to some of you. If you have questions or feedback, feel free to comment below or email me at planetplanit@outlook.com.

Have a great night!

Neta


Lets get connected!