Fall is here and it’s time for an update! aka My Favorite Things

As I write this little post, Halloween is tomorrow and the lawns around town are now covered with yellow, red and orange leaves.  I’m a spring girl myself, but fall is also good…very good!

So here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

 

#1 Filling my new Bullet Journal

I’ve had a bullet journal for awhile now, and recently started a fresh one.  I spent some time in a disc-bound system for several months, but then remembered why I never stick with that type of notebook…  I hate maneuvering around those crazy discs!  It’s just not comfortable.  I love being able to switch around pages and add in folders and such, but it comes at a price, and that price is too high.

Interested in bullet journaling and want to see more?  I plan on writing a post dedicated to my current notebook, but here are some links in the meantime:

One-Year Bullet Journal Recap

Bullet Journal Flip: One Month In!

#2 Nurturing an addiction to podcasts

Podcasts are nothing new for me (see this post for some of my favorites), but lately I’ve been listening to them more than ever.  Having a podcast going is a great way to keep my daily life…ie. changing the baby, rocking the baby, bathing the baby, feeding the baby, waiting for the baby to go to sleep, etc… from driving me nuts.  My favorite podcast lately has been Up and Vanished.  It’s another true crime podcast, but one of the best I’ve ever listened too, and I’ve listened to Serial.

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#3 Keeping baby Finlay alive

So far so good!  Just wanted a reason to get a picture in here 😉

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#4 Exploring the world of Essential Oils

I FINALLY DID IT!  Yep, I’ve joined the ranks of Young Living essential oil users…  I’ve been on the essential oil train for a few years now, but had thus far held out as far as the “expensive” brands were concerned.  I scoured the internet to find the cheapest oils for any recipes that I wanted to try, but after hearing about Young Living for these past few years, I finally decided to give them a try to see if they really are any better than what I’ve been using.  So far… maybe.  Yeah, I haven’t had my kit very long yet, but I definitely prefer the scents of these oils to my cheapo stash.  And I surprise myself when I say that I appreciate the whole “Seed to Seal” concept, it’s nice to be able to trust that I’m getting the real deal and also nice to be among friends that have used and loved these oils for years.

I also appreciate having such a hefty discount when I want to expand my collection!

#5 Watching…

Community on Hulu…  For the second time.  LOVE IT.

Alrighty, that is all for now!  What’s coming up this month?  Well, if you’ve heard of NanoWriMo, you’ll know that I’ll be trying (again) to write a 50,000 word story…  I mean, what else do I have to do?

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Faith-based Journaling Stickers

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Once upon a time, I decided that I’d try to keep a log of the items that I post in my Etsy shop.  Now, I haven’t exactly been loading the shop with tons of merchandise, but I’ve added a few things here and there that haven’t had the proper introduction.  One such item is another set of printable stickers!

My second sticker set in the shop is a faith-based collection of verses and Biblical truths.  I love this set, and use it for sprucing up my journals and planners.  I’d say it’s the equivalent of sticking index cards with verses on them around your house, but for your journals!

Hope you like it!  Be sure to let me know if you have any favorite verses that you love putting in your journals or trusty index cards 🙂

Here’s the link: Faith-Based Printable Sticker Set

And if you missed it the first time…  Here’s my first set: Inspirational Printable Sticker Set

 

 

One-Year Bullet Journal Recap

With January coming to a close, I realized that it’s been almost a year since I started my bullet journal!  I began my current journal in the middle of February 2016, and did a One Month In post last year.  From the posts and videos that I’ve seen on bullet journalling, spending an entire year in a journal is actually fairly pathetic.  I think 6 months might be the standard, but yet here I am, with pages left to fill and only a month left in my journaling year.

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There are a few reasons for this…

  1. I rely mostly on weekly spreads to do my planning, so not EVERY day has a separate list
  2. I tested out a Happy Planner for awhile after wandering into the scrapbooking section of our local Michaels (obviously this didn’t stick, but it was so pretty!)
  3. We went to Scotland for vacation in September, and I didn’t do a blessed thing in my bullet journal the entire time
  4. Shortly after we arrived home from Scotland, I found out that I was pregnant, and also that I would be be one of the many mothers-to-be that spend months feeling AWFUL.  I completely lost interest in most things during this time, and therefore had no need for planning/bullet journaling

Yes, it took awhile to get back into the swing of things once the morning sickness ran its course, so most of the autumn is missing from my bullet journal.

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But, as this is a bullet journal…  None of that matters!  This set-up as you go system makes it easy to pop in and out without having any blank sections.  It’s there for you when you need it, and I love that aspect of the bullet journal.  I’d say the only facet I’m not crazy about is the time it takes to create my monthly and weekly spreads when it’s time to move into them. 

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If you visit the Bullet Journal website, far-future planning is not a focus of the system.  You can create monthly lists of events, and there is a popular 6-month spread that most people like to use for future events, but setting up weekly/monthly spreads for the rest of the year all at once doesn’t work very well.  You want to have your planning, notes and daily lists all together (or I do at least!).  But like I said, sometimes I put off using my notebook because I don’t feel like creating my weekly and monthly calendars when I need them. 

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I don’t see a way around this small nuisance in my bound Leuchtturm 1917 notebook (which I love), but I’m toying with the idea of using a disc-bound system for my next year’s journal…  In the past, the discs seemed to get in the way, but maybe it’s worth being able to simply print off my weekly and monthly pages and stick them in as I come to them.

Just an idea!  Watch this space 🙂  I also thought it might be interesting to do a flip-through video when I’ve filled my journal, but we’ll see!

Looking Back & Looking Ahead

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With Christmas over, 2016 seems done and dusted now.  It’s time to reminisce on the past year and/or look forward to the new one.  I personally find taking stock of the past year a bit of a hassle, but I’m certain that it’s the best way to start looking forward, as neglecting to look back often results in the same mistakes and the same oversights.

So here we go…

2016 GOALS

I’ve already run into a problem with this one, and can’t remember what I even wanted to accomplish!  I’m sure I came up with something, and probably wrote it down somewhere, but since my bullet journal wasn’t begun until February, I’m not sure where this life list would have been written… 

Obviously, a goal for the new year would be to make a list that I will look at after January…  See, looking back is already paying off!

Reading more (like 12 books in the year) is always on my list.  This year went fairly well, with a few months making up for book-less months, so I’m going to say that I’m happy with my 2016 reading schedule.  I found some authors I really loved (Liane Moriarty!!!), and even enjoyed a few audio books.  So happy with it that I won’t be changing it this year.

Blogging more was also most likely on the list, and I definitely failed.  Obviously.  New goal: blog posts at least 3 times a month!  It’s bewildering to me how easy it is to neglect a hobby that you actually enjoy…

I also vaguely remember wanting to try out a new business venture in 2016, and I did that, so good for me!  I failed at it, but all in all, it came at the right time and ended at the right time and I don’t regret it.  No new goal here however.

And that’s all I can think of when it comes to looking back on 2016 goals, so on to 2017!

2017 GOALS

As I mentioned above:

  1. Remember my goals
  2. Read 12 books
  3. Write 36 blog posts

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Also…

  1. Create a home out of our new house
  2. Have a baby and keep it healthy!
  3. Fill an art journal

Six is probably a weird number for a goal list, but I’m leaving it there.  2017 is shaping up to be a intense year honestly…  We will be moving in March, our new baby (our first) is scheduled to appear at the end of May, and Mr. Brown is preparing for a deployment at the beginning of summer.  I have a hunch that these events will change many of my priorities and desires.  Maybe I’ll re-evaluate my goals this summer, but until then, let this be a list I can find all year! 

Bullet Journal Flip: One Month In!

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I love jumping onto a good bandwagon, and the Bullet Journal phenomenon definitely qualifies as a GOOD bandwagon!

Before I start into my one month flip, I thought I’d say a few words about the inspiration behind my recent jump from using traditional planner to using the bullet journal system.

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Created by Ryder Carroll, the bullet journal system is meant to be an efficient and flexible way to log tasks, events, lists, and important information using just a pen and blank notebook.  Now, if you are anything like me, you might be thinking…BORING.  I’ll admit it, that was my first thought!  Walking away from beautifully designed planners, with inspirational themes and colorful interiors wasn’t really appealing to me.

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In fact, I came upon this system about a year ago, gave it a try, and went right back to a professionally designed system.  It just didn’t hold my attention or loyalty.

May I introduce you to the inspiration behind this one month of exclusive bullet journal planning…  Drum roll please!

If you are even slightly interested in the bullet journal system, but love beautiful design, you must check out Kara at Bohoberry.com.  I honestly can’t even remember how I came across this blogger/Youtuber, but not only did Kara show just what was possible in the bullet journal system, she also presented designs and fun embellishments that I was able to replicate easily.

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That being said, my bullet journal relies heavily on Kara’s designs, and I’m loving it.  I’m sure that as I continue to use the system, I’ll find myself personalizing my pages and will find my own unique style, but for now, I’m really enjoying using her systems!

Although I started out with a DIY dot grid notebook that I blogged about here, it didn’t take me long to take the plunge and buy her much loved Leuchtturm 1917 notebook from Amazon…  I mean, I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, buying the supplies is half the fun!  Maybe that what was missing from my first foray into the bullet journal world…

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Anyway, one month in and I’m on page 53.  Did I mention that these notebooks include page numbers and an index?  It’s like they were made for bullet journaling!

Actually, I just saw that Leuchtturm1917 came out with a new “bullet journal notebook.”  So I guess that one really is created for bullet journaling…

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I digress…  Essentially, I’ve been extremely happy with using my bullet journal for the past month, and can honestly say that I expect to be using one this time next year.  I love that each new week/month I can experiment with a new layout and design, it’s like getting a new planner every week, without having to spend the money and without the disappointment when the first one didn’t work out.  Awesome.

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What about you?  Have you tried the bullet journal?

* If you love the “You Are Smart” card and wonder where it’s from, it came with my lovely Inkwell Press Quarterly planners that I’ve abandoned.  Lovely planners though, and a great company.  I hope to find a use for them in the future!
** SOME THE LINKS ABOVE ARE AMAZON AFFILIATE LINKS, WHICH MEANS THAT I COULD RECEIVE A SMALL COMMISSION IF YOU PURCHASE ONE OF THE PRODUCTS BY USING THE LINK.  I ONLY POST LINKS TO PRODUCTS THAT I’VE USED AND LOVE!

Etsy Goodies: Quote Sticker Printables!

QUOTE STICKERS etsy 1Did I mention that I’m on Etsy these days?

Yes, my sister’s and I are collaborating on TheMadMadamMims Etsy shop… That’s a lot of mmmm’s….

Since I’ve been spending quite a bit of time creating little goodies for the shop, it occurred to me that I ought to mention it on my blog!

I plan on highlighting the latest and greatest Etsy bits on a weekly basis, but we’ll see what happens.  Those of you that have been following me for awhile might know that consistency eludes me from time to time, but weekly updates are the plan!  Feel free to let me know what you think 🙂

My most recent project was to create a set of stickers for planners, journals, or any flat surface good for stickers.  I’ve been using a bullet journal lately (more on that later), and have been wanting a fast way to add a bit of pizzaz and positivity to my pages without breaking out the trusty scrapbooking kit.

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I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too sure how these would turn out, since I’d never tried printable stickers before, but they’re awesome!  I printed them on Avery Full Sheet Labels (which I should’ve bought from Amazon…half the price!).  I was skeptical these at first, due to the matte finish, but turns out…I love the finish!  It goes so well in my bullet journal!

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I did buy some clear Avery sticker sheets as well to test a glossy finish, but haven’t tried them out yet.  I have heard good things about them, so I picked up a pack when I bought my matte sticker paper…we’ll see!

What do you use to decorate your bullet journal or planner???

* THE LINKS ABOVE ARE AMAZON AFFILIATE LINKS, WHICH MEANS THAT I COULD RECEIVE A SMALL COMMISSION IF YOU PURCHASE ONE OF THE PRODUCTS BY USING THE LINK.  I ONLY POST LINKS TO PRODUCTS THAT I’VE USED AND LOVE!