Interesting Blog Posts-October 2015

I started compiling links of blog posts that I wanted to save in case I wanted to reference them again. I thought I’d share them with you. Hopefully, you’ll find something interesting to read.

FYI, this post just happen to be all planner related. I will sort into categories as I collect links.

Filofax—Union Jack edition

I sent this to my MIL because she and my FIL used Filos when they worked in Britain. She hinted at trying to find one for me…potential Christmas present?

http://thisbugslife.com/2015/09/28/reveal-of-personal-sized-filofax-union-jack-limited-edition-organiser/

Using a Planner with a Notebook

This post essentially gave me permission to do what I’ve been doing: Day-Timer Portable Malibu in Rose Gold + Mini Flex refillable notebook.

https://weekendwife.wordpress.com/2015/09/28/planner-structure-vs-notebook-freedom/

I bought a planner…now what do I do?

I follow this blog, and I love this post mainly for the title. There are a lot of new planner users who have the exact same thought after they purchase their first planners.

http://www.giftieetcetera.com/2015/10/i-bought-plannernow-what-do-i-do.html

How to Balance Your Time Budget

This post reminded me of when I was in school with a 2 hour commute, and working a part time job. I would differentiate work, school, and travel all with different color highlighters.

http://homemakersdaily.com/how-to-balance-your-time-budget/

How to Use a Planner: a guide for new users

This is a wonderful post for beginner planner users.

http://quovadisblog.com/2015/10/how-to-use-a-planner-a-guide-for-new-users/comment-page-1/#comment-759185

5 Easy Steps to Transform a Blank Page into a Planner Page

OMG! I love this post! It’s one of my favorite blog posts. To me, blank paper is the perfect planner insert. So much freedom!

http://www.giftieetcetera.com/2015/10/5-easy-steps-to-transform-blank-page.html

October 2015 Monthly Check In

  1. As I look out my window…it’s dreary today. It rained all day yesterday, and may do that same today.
  2. Right now I am…trying to get organized for the day.
  3. Thinking & Pondering…about the trip we’re taking in December.
  4. On my bedside table…my 1 year bible that I’m still way behind in, a travel book about Europe, my sleep mask, and bottles of lotion
  5. On my TV tonight…catching up on Scorpion or NCIS: New Orleans, or regular NCIS
  6. On the menu this week…hubby’s making couscous tonight. YUMMY!
  7. On my To Do list…what isn’t on my to do list? LOL. I need to get some pictures taken for various IP blog posts.
  8. Happening this week…this is another long week. Working late two days, a double shift on Thursday, and we have a party Friday night. Last night (Tuesday) was the only night we didn’t have anything else going on.
  9. What I am currently crafting…custom order baby blankets for my aunt’s friend.
  10. My simple pleasure…sitting in the quiet.
  11. Looking around the house…Not too bad. My daily quick pickups are helping, but I still have certain areas that need to be tackled.
  12. Random picture from camera…

boxing gloves

These are my boxing gloves for a cardio boxing class I’m taking.

  1. What I am listening to…Miranda Lambert station on Pandora.

Feel free to copy and paste this into your blog!

Field Notes Traveler’s Notebook w/ Videos!

Recently, I bought from a friend, a field notes size traveler’s notebook.

There brand is Buteo Bunker, with ample overhang.

TN Field Notes (1) TN Field Notes (2)

TN Field Notes (3) TN Field Notes (11)

Look at that texture! And it smell amazing!

Canyon included in my parcel 2 plastic inserts (card holder and zipper pouch), and a blank paper insert.

TN Field Notes (6) TN Field Notes (7)

Of all my disposable notebooks, the two I had that fit were the last two of my four pack ser of Jane Austen notebooks: The Meryton Assembly and the Netherfield Ball. I saved my Pride and Prejudice notebooks for last.

TN Field Notes (4) TN Field Notes (5)

TN Field Notes (8)

I plan on using this for random notes and a jotter. It fits in my back pockets, which is a plus.

TN Field Notes (9) TN Field Notes (10)

This whole thing is a work in progress. I will update everyone if I change things.

Youtube video link: http://youtu.be/rEUpoCo1UIk

Updated video on trying to find inserts: https://youtu.be/WEBl8PgWRsk

© Cori Large September 7, 2015

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

***This is a Sponsored Book Review***

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Jim Gaffigan is a comedian who loves to eat. Calling himself “an Eatie, not a Foodie” and having one of his most popular bits about Hot Pockets, Gaffigan teamed up with his wife again to write a second book, reflecting on his opinion and experiences with food.

The content regularly made me laugh aloud, and I enjoyed collecting quotes from its pages, i.e. “A taco that won’t force you to break your diet can’t be that great” (pg. 4).

Though the book was only published a year ago, some things about specific restaurants have changed: McDonald’s and its breakfast menu, and Subway’s business relationship with Jared Fogel.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys comedic writing. I consider this book to be a “light reading” book, that can be picked up and put down (though I doubt you would do that). Nothing heavy to bog you down.

Author bio link: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/170650/jim-gaffigan/

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

More information: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/236811/food-a-love-story-by-jim-gaffigan/

© Cori Large October 18, 2015

Genealogy Documentation

This is a really long post, probably one of my longest ever!

I’ve always had a slight interest in Genealogy, but with the amount of aunts, uncles, and cousins I have, no typical family history book could hold and organize the information. Now this format is great for gathering information, but doesn’t allow for the tree format.

This is best done on the computer in some sort of word processing program. A word processing program also allows for you to insert bullet points or insert a formal outline for organization.

Feel free to copy and paste this outline and use it for yourselves. You can fill in and delete where necessary.

The Nuclear Family

Husband:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage date & where
  3. DOD & where

Wife:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Child 1:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Child 2:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Husband’s Parents and Siblings

Father:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Mother:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Sibling 1:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Husband’s Paternal Grandparents

Grandfather:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Grandmother:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Aunts  & Uncles (The rest of the information will be filled in in another section.)

Names & DOB & where

Husband’s Maternal Grandparents

Grandfather:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Grandmother:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Aunts & Uncles (The rest of the information will be filled in in another section.)

Names & DOB & where

Husband’s Paternal Aunts, Uncles & Cousins

Aunt 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Aunt 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Husband’s Maternal Aunts, Uncles & Cousins

Aunt 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Aunt 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Husband’s Nieces & Nephews

Niece 1:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Nephew 1:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Niece 2:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Nephew 2:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Wife’s Parents

Father:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Mother:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Sibling 1:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Wife’s Paternal Grandparents

Grandfather:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Grandmother:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Aunts & Uncles (The rest of the information will be filled in in another section.)

Names & DOB & where

Wife’s Maternal Grandparents

Grandfather:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Grandmother:

  1. DOB & where
  2. DOD & where

Aunts & Uncles (The rest of the information will be filled in in another section.)

Names & DOB & where

Wife’s Paternal Aunts, Uncles & Cousins

Aunt 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Aunt 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Wife’s Maternal Aunts, Uncles & Cousins

Aunt 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 1:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Aunt 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Uncle 2:

  1. DOD & where
  2. Marriage & where & to whom
  3. Children

Wife’s Nieces & Nephews

Niece 1:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Nephew 1:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Niece 2:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Nephew 2:

  1. DOB & where
  2. Marriage & where
  3. DOD & where

Other Information and/or Fun Stories

I’ve found it helps to organize information. Hope it helps you too!

Teal Planner FOUND!

So my ideal planner that I’ve been working on putting together has finally come to fruition!

I’ve been trying to get a steal on a teal or aqua planner for some time. I found this one at Walmart of all places.

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(This was the best I could do with my house lighting and iPhone. The planner is darker in reality than this picture makes it look.)

It is a Plan Ahead brand. No ring. This one takes a spiral insert.

The front cover has a secretarial pocket with 4 card slots including an ID slot.

The back has a space for a notepad to slide in. There is also one pen loop with a magnetic closure.

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(This is the true color of the planner. My lighting wasn’t cooperating with me.)

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I decorated it with foil leaf stickers.

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This is what I’ve been wanting to do planner- and decorating-wise for a while! I LOVE IT!

Something else I’m going to experiment with is if I cut one of my mini 3 ring binders up, can I make a ring insert for this?

Update: Monday, 9/28/15

Standard mini binder ring set is a No-Go. The rings are too big and it doesn’t close.

I’m thinking about trying with smaller rings, but unsure of how I’m going cut through the metal.

Updated: Tuesday, 9/29/15

I dug through all the binders and found one with quarter inch rings. My husband being the brilliant man he is took it to the table saw and cut on a line that I had marked. I cut down the cover part to the appropriate size and it works!!!

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The rings line up just like the mini flex, so I can move paper back and forth between the two. And of course, these papers can just put into a regular binder because the holes line up.

I wanted to share the newest creation from my ADD-OCD mind. Hope you enjoyed.

© Cori Large Sept 27-30, 2015

Blogs I Follow & Why

I compiled a list of the 5 main blogs I follow and their respective YouTube channels. I get a lot of good information and inspiration from these bloggers/YouTubers. I hope you enjoy them as well.

  1. http://Twinmommycreations.blogspot.com

Ann Mikeal is a friend of mine, who has a growing business in spinning raw fiber into various yarn weights, dyeing raw fiber, tatting, dyeing yarn blanks, creating knitting and crocheting notions (stitch markers, polymer clay buttons), and reselling of specialty fibers (Angelina and Camel to name a few).

Her work is beautiful, and she does custom orders. Ann is an absolute doll to work with, and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.

Check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Twin-Mommy-Creations-324030317639844/timeline/

Check out her ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwinMommyCreations

  1. giftieetcetera.com

I stumbled across this blog from one of the planner Facebook groups. Giftie has some great tips that I have incorporated into my own planner. Two of which are: running shopping lists in my planner and punching both sides of the notepaper for easier use.

Here’s a link to her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/345373425612939/

  1. http://philofaxy.blogspot.com

This website/blog is all about Filofax. Posts consist of interviews with Filofax users, new product releases, free-for-all question asking posts, and weekly roundups.

I really enjoy the weekly roundup posts from this blog. It shares links to many other planner blog posts.

Here’s the Facebook link for you to check out: https://www.facebook.com/Philofaxy?fref=ts

  1. strangecharmed.com

Alexis, aka Miss Trenchcoat, is a genius! She is such an inspiration. She quit her job and started her own business, working from home. (A dream of mine as well!)

Her blog posts are very informative, and her YouTube videos are also informative and enjoyable to watch.

Here’s a link to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissTrenchcoat

  1. http://www.carieharling.com/

Dispatches From the Frat House is a recent blog and YouTube find. Carie is very personable and her YouTube videos are fun to watch.

I’m currently working through all of them, and it makes me feel better to know that there’s another planner addict who switches around what planner make and model they use—sometimes on a month to month basis.

Here’s a link to her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/carielynn74

© Cori Large October 4, 2015

Autumn Hearth

I grew up with a mother and grandmother who LOVE to decorate. My grandma could be featured on some of those TV shows that go around looking at how people decorate for the holidays–seriously!

When I moved out, I didn’t decorate a lot for the holidays at first. This autumn was the first season where I’ve really felt like decorating.

Now I haven’t gone as crazy as my mom and grandma do. I just decorated my hearth, because that is the focal point of my home, and my husband and I spend a lot of time in the living room.

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This is an overall picture of my hearth. Below are some close ups.

 

 

 

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I found these cute signs at the Dollar Tree (found some others for Halloween!), and littered the mantle with foliage, ceramic owls and a pumpkin. The horn is holding up two scarecrows for me.

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I’ve had this basket for a few years. I love it! I put all my magazine in it for the season. (We’re not using the fireplace at the moment. When we start using the fireplace, we’ll remove the basket.)

 

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I found these cute candle holders at Dollar General.

How do you decorate for fall?

More Stuff I Wish I Had Known Before

After I wrote my post, A Letter to My High School Self, I got to thinking about other things I wish I had known before.

  1. Planners
    1. Day-Timer Avalon, folio size: don’t bother. Don’t going to elaborate. Just don’t.
    2. Franklin Covey Sierra, classic size: it’s not worth it, stick with the desk size Avalon.
    3. Don’t second guess yourself on the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook and the Day-Timer Portable Malibu in Rose Gold. They are the right choices.
  2. Crafts by Cori (my side business)
    1. Work through your stash, quit buying!
    2. Lock up the business credit cards so you don’t buy more stuff.
    3. Stick to dishcloths, they are your only constant seller.
  3. Exercise
    1. Don’t stop doing the stretch routine you learned in dance class in high school. You’ll never be that flexible again.
    2. Keep walking, whether it’s the dogs or on the treadmill, especially while working on your Master’s Degree!

Ideal Day…Ideal Life

Imagine for a minute that you could spend the rest of your life doing whatever you pleased. Money was no longer a worry. What would you do?

Me? I’m a reader, writer, crafter, knitter, cook, and I love travel.

So I would most likely spend my days reading through my To Be Read List (at the time of this writing 2000+ titles) and working on my various writing projects; crafting or knitting as the desire struck me; and do my own version of Julie and Julia and cook through my cookbooks!

I also love to travel and want to see the world, so I would also be planning a couple of trips each year.

How would you spend your life if money was no longer a worry?

© Cori Large 13 sept 2015