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How to "plan" your first Planner Meetup!

If you've found your way to this post, there's a chance you're a planner HI! On to to plan a planner meetup. I know you have tons of questions and may be a little scared, because easy is it to find other planner girls in your area? If you're unable to find local planner girls in your area..well that's a whole other post (which I would totally write for you).

Long story short, I live in an extremely small town near a smallish city. Surrounding by and inside that city, are tons and I do mean tons of small towns that I've never heard of. Yet we all go to the same craft store which is about 20mins from all of us. Needless to say, each and every one of us thought we were the only planner girl in the area. So the time came for us to meetup. Since I started the facebook group and went on a manhunt searching for members in all those tiny towns in planner Facebook groups, I needed to plan a meetup. I had no idea where to start; but with the help of my new-found local planner bestie..we pulled it off. Now it wasn't a huge crowd of attendees but we had enough swag for 15 attendees, just incase some schedules changed! we're getting to business. Here are the questions you should ask yourself and the answers I'll be providing.

1. How many attendees? If you don't have a local planner facebook group yet, you should get one. If you have trouble actually getting someone to start the group with you, you should be searching your area in FB planner groups to find someone (leave me a comment if you need help). Make a post in your local planner group with a general time-frame and ask everyone when would be a good time to have the meetup aka not on a birthday or holiday.

We used bags from dollar tree, in the future we'll make canvas bags to put swag in.

2. Would they be willing to pitch in money or have a potluck since you guys have never met? The answer to this question is most likely no, they wouldn't. Chances are if you're here, you haven't had a meetup yet. Which means you all don't know each other too well. For that reason and based on the answer of #1, you shouldn't expect to host a full-on convention or potluck at a rented with 5 planner girls you've only known 2 months. In cases that the answer is no, consider having your meetup at a restaurant. My meetup was outdoors at El Chico. It has decent prices and a lot of appetizers..not to mention space for all of those planners! This way everyone can get to know each other before money or potluck is involved!

3. Will there be swag, how do you get it? WARNING: there will be those that will say you can't get "free" swag from shops because your meetup doesn't have a billion attendees. Granted a lot of attendees will get the attention of more(& bigger shops) but don't be discouraged. We advertised our meetup at 15 attendees and received several responses. We did not ask or approach any shops for swag. I will put the picture I posted on instagram (use popular tags such as #planner,#eclp,#plannermeetup,#stickers) below. I posted the picture on Instagram only a few times throughout 3 months (you can do more, but no spamming!). I'd recommend posting on insta instead of planner fb groups, unless you are well-known and aren't breaking their rules. It is VERY important that you encourage your attendees to show appreciation by purchasing from the sponsor shops and promoting their donation (big or small) every chance they get! If you don't get any donations, that's fine! Added swag could also simply be washi samples that you or someone else has offered. With some of our ideas below, everyone will leave with something regardless!

4. What in the world are we going to do at the meetup? We planned our meetup at a restaurant to help ease the expected awkwardness but it wasn't needed. There was no awkwardness. When we first arrived we introduced ourselves, which eventually led us to talking about our llama-ness(hey planners gone wild!) which eventually led us into our planners. 

The first activity we did was intended to be a washi "bar" (yes you heard it here first) but ended up being a washi "pass". Basically I put all(100 rolls maybe) of my washi in a box, added plastic bobbins (optional album rings), scissors and literally it went around the table. For a big attendance, have everyone bring any washi they'd like to share and set out bowls with the supplies on a table and create your own washi bar or buffet!

Another activity involved was a stash n grab! Basically everyone brings any planner-related items they don't want and puts them in a box for other attendees to go through and take what they desire. Some of the things I included were target dollar spot items, washi rolls, and sticker sheets. I also cut up sticker kits I wouldn't use (one of them had 20 checklists left..that's a $5 value haha!). 
What I left the meetup with:

Since our first meetup was small and there were other obligations, it lasted around 2 hours. With a bigger meetup (yes, I already have fun ideas), there would be more activities entailing it to last longer. If you're nervous about meeting new people, just remember that you all have something in common..your planners. One more thing, don't forget to take a #PlannerStack picture!

If you enjoyed this post, have any questions or would like more posts relating to planners and meetups just leave me a comment and I got youuu <3 I'd like to thank our sponsor Etsy shops one more time (pictured above). If you happen to stop by, tell them Keshia Glam sent you :)

Paid Guest Post: Dermaroller. Should you try it?

As you guys know, I'm an esthetician. Which basically means that I'm a licensed spa treatment-obsessive type of girl; so when the opportunity arose for a guest post relating to a new facial tool, I jumped on it. Move over, IPL here comes the Dermaroller. Grab your tea, kick off your shoes and let's learn a little bit about Dermaroller shall we? 

How Dermaroller and Laser Skin Procedures Match Up 
Are you wondering how Dermaroller and laser skin procedures match up against each other? Well, in order to understand that fully you need to first understand why either one is necessary. You also have to be aware of how both processes work to repair skin cells. 

What Happens to Your Skin Throughout Life 
Life itself is one of the big factors that can influence your skin health. Since your skin is on the outside of your body, it gets exposed to a lot every single day. Some of the things that can damage it include extreme cold or heat, too much sun exposure, too much wind exposure, and exposure to any sort of harsh chemicals, whether they are airborne or in products that you yourself apply to your skin. Eventually, all of those things start to add up.

On top of those problems, smoking, eating too many fatty foods, drinking too much alcohol, and even not sleeping well can cause your skin cells to break down. There are also completely normal drops in hormone levels that happen when you get older, causing your body to have a harder time keeping up with cellular repairs, including fixing damaged skin cells.

Using Lasers or Dermaroller Treatments to Fortify Your Body's Cells
The good news is that there are many cosmetic procedures that can help to make your skin cells healthier. Dermaroller and laser treatments are just two options. A Dermaroller is also called a micro-needling device. It basically punctures your skin with a bunch of tiny needles. That will cause your body to naturally respond to the attack, repairing old damage while also repairing the damage that was just caused. It's essentially a way to trick your body into making more of the natural substances it used to produce in large quantities, such as collagen.

Treatment with medical laser machines works in a similar way. The laser device makes the skin cells heat up, causing minor damage. The body's response is to try to repair that damage with elastin, collagen, and natural restorative substances.

Why Some Patients Choose Dermaroller Over Lasers 
Even though laser machines are very precise and good at what they do, they can also damage certain types of skin. One problem is that they all produce heat. That heat can cause burns when it comes in contact with skin that is overly oily. Another issue is that certain lasers can actually lighten patches of skin by a few shades in those with darker skin tones. For those and other reasons, you might decide to explore Dermaroller options instead of laser treatments.

Dermaroller is Not as Painful as You Think
Even though your skin will be poked by lots of needles if you have Dermaroller treatment, it's not actually that painful. The technician will carefully apply a numbing compound to the section of skin you are having treated before the procedure. You'll have to sit and wait for it to take effect before the Dermaroller device can be rolled over your skin. So, before you choose between micro-needling and laser treatments, you should definitely disregard the pain factor.

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