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.

I wasn’t planning on sorting into categories, but I have done and they will vary by month.

Baking & Cooking Related:

Food Network’s Prop Closet http://food52.com/blog/14988-what-we-found-in-food-network-s-prop-closet-hint-treasure

Note: My kitchen wish list just got a lot bigger!

How to Freeze Cookies http://carmelapop.com/how-to-freeze-cookies/

Jar Sizes https://www.facebook.com/Budget101com/posts/10153668823055119:0

Blog Post Ideas:


Exercising Related:

Living Room Total Body Workout http://lifeinspandex.com/living-room-total-body-workout/

Getting Inspired:

How to Find Inspiration http://www.strangecharmed.com/productivity/solutions/how-to-find-inspiration/

You may be getting more done that you think http://www.pattygardner.com/2015/12/you-might-be-more-productive-than-you.html

Homemade Gift Ideas:




Library Related:


Planner Related:

A Visual History of Filofax http://www.filofaxusa.com/visual-history

Choosing the right planner size http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2015/12/how-to-choose-right-size-organiser-for.html

Wrong Planner Woes http://quovadisblog.com/2015/12/time-management-monday-wrong-planner-woes-aka-planner-fail/

Planner Anxiety vs. Planner Influence https://weekendwife.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/planner-anxiety-inspiration-vs-influence/

I Don’t Want a Planner for Christmas http://www.giftieetcetera.com/2015/12/why-i-dont-want-planner-for-christmas.html

I don’t want to use a planner anymore http://www.pattygardner.com/2015/12/i-dont-want-to-use-planner-anymore.html

Why I don’t decorate my planner http://www.girl-organized.com/why-i-dont-decorate-my-planner/

To the ones who want to do it all http://theodysseyonline.com/south-carolina/to-the-ones-who-want-to-do-it-all/179303

New YouTube obsession: watching people organize their day planners http://www.businessinsider.com/organized-planner-videos-are-all-the-rage-on-youtube-2015-8

The article that catapulted my planner journey https://weekendwife.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/the-article-that-catapulted-my-planner-journey/

Photo Links:


Recipes to Enjoy:

Fool proof Fudge http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/2015/12/foolproof-chocolate-fudge.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BlissfulAndDomestic+%28Blissful+and+Domestic%29&safe=strict

Bacon wrapped, Cheese stuffed chicken breasts http://www.kaylasperspective.com/2015/12/bacon-wrapped-cream-cheese-stuffed.html

Recipe Substitutions https://www.facebook.com/Blissfulanddomestic/posts/1006470602709273

Sausage Muffins https://www.facebook.com/VillageKitchenShop/posts/951297234912079

Grasshopper Fudge http://www.littledovecreations.blogspot.com/2015/12/grasshopper-fudge.html

Travel Related:

Food Travelers http://authenticfoodquest.com/10-essentials-for-foodie-travelers/

Work Related:

15 Lessons Learned from Freelancing http://wanderful-world.com/2015/12/14/lessons-learned-from-freelancing-2015/

Finding Time to Work on Your Side Business http://nightpreneur.com/how-to-find-time/



Hey everyone! I’m back after a week hiatus to enjoy the Christmas holiday with my in-laws. This post is one I wanted to post earlier this month. It goes into how I’m setting up 2016 to be a very productive year. Enjoy!

***This is NOT a sponsored post. I do NOT own a Passion Planner and have NOT received one for this post.***

In a previous post, I wrote about my admiration for the Passion Planner system and how its structure could be used in my life. This post is about how I used their system, but not their planner.

I sat down and seriously thought about what I wanted to accomplish and all that it entailed. I ended up dividing my 11 potential goals into 3 categories: Writing, Crafts by Cori, and Tales from a Polk County Girl. I’ll be breaking down each categories and what the various goals in them are below. Each goal has the steps branched off of it that I needed to do in order to accomplish them.

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My Writing Goals:
*Recipe Book

*Genealogy Pamphlet

*Journal Prompts Book

*Bobbin Lace Workbook

My Crafts by Cori Goals:

*Craft Show Prep

*ETSY shop



This goal was more about how I could bring in more business and sell more.

My Tales from a Polk County Girl Goals:

*The Blog

*The YouTube Channel

*Cooking thru the Book (this one is still in stewing mode)

The Passion Planner system is set up where you work on three things related to your goals each month. I couldn’t limit myself this way. I have 11 goals, all which are continually moving forward and need to be worked on. So I deviated from their system at this point.

In order to achieve these goals, I made up a flex binder (not a surprise for regular readers) with each goal and its completion steps.

I, then, made a monthly target/task list, where I took the first step of each goal and wrote it down. My monthly goal is to work through this list, getting as many tasks accomplished as possible. I understand that some tasks may take longer than a month to complete, and I may be expecting too much from myself, but I have a Go Big Or Go Home mindset.

Flex Binder pictures:

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The completion steps lists will also double as a progress log. I will be making monthly progress entries so that I know where I am in the project. Here’s what my very first monthly target/task list looks like:


Wish me luck, people!

For those that do mind-map, set goals, and/or use the Passion Planner, I hope you are able to accomplish what you’ve set out to do.

For those who want to set goals and work to accomplish them, good luck. Don’t be afraid to take baby steps. Remember the saying: Rome wasn’t built in a day. (Something I’ll have to remind myself of, no doubt.)

YouTube Video Link: https://youtu.be/wcKdob43h-g

© Cori Large December 1, 2015


Title: Christmas Tag #1

This tag comes courtesy of Ariel of www.keystomylifeblog.com.

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A Disney Christmas Gift. Some people have probably never heard of this movie. It’s an older movie, probably late 80’s or early 90’s. I have watched this movie every year-religiously. When this movie starts up, a smile always crosses my face. I pretty much have this video memorized, and I often sing it to myself throughout the year.

2. Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Both. My grandparents always threw a party on Christmas Eve with extended family and their friends. We open presents from extended family. Then on Christmas morning, my grandparents come over and we all open presents from Santa and each other.

3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
Any Christmas morning, with the six of us opening presents. Cinnamon rolls for breakfast, with milk for us kids and coffee for the adults.

4. Favorite Festive Food?
Fudge. My grandma only makes fudge at Christmas. I’ve helped her make this fudge my whole life, so I actually know how to make this fudge.

5. Favorite Christmas gift?
I thought about this one for a while, and kept coming back to my guitars. I received a child’s guitar in elementary school and a Fender Straticaster in high school.

6. Favorite Christmas Scent?
Winter Pine or Balsam Fir or any of those Christmas tree scents. However, my husband is convinced these smells like urinal cakes, so I don’t get to fill the house with these scents.

7. Christmas Eve Traditions?
Like I stated above, my grandparents always threw a party on Christmas Eve for their friends and our extended family. My parents have continued this tradition.

8. What tops your tree?
When I was little, a multicolored star and an angel alternated topping my tree. My Christmas tree now has a small angel that was made from wedding dress lace. We received this for our wedding. Oh, and our tree is a little 3 foot one, so it works.

9. As a kid, what was the one crazy gift you asked for, but never got?
I probably asked for a horse, because my best friend at the time got a horse and I thought it would be cool if we had horses together.

10. What is the best part of Christmas?
Christmas lights. I love them! You get to see how people have decorated without invading the privacy of their homes. There is something super magical about them to me. And the street I live on is known as Christmas Light Lane from Black Friday to Epiphany.

YouTube Video Link: https://youtu.be/ZDk2mA4bzFE

Title: Christmas Tag #2

This is another Christmas tag from Ariel at www.keystomylifeblog.com. Some of questions are repeats from the first Christmas tag.

1. Favorite Christmas color?
Ice blue. Those white-blue icicle lights are soooo pretty to me. And they are Christmas to me.

2. Favorite Christmas movie?
This is a repeat from the first tag. It is A Disney Christmas Gift! Love this movie!

3. Favorite Christmas song?
Mannheim Steamroller’s Hark the Herald Angels Sing. It’s the first song I listen to on Black Friday.

4. Most Anticipated Christmas Tradition?
Making fudge with my grandma, since it only gets made at Christmas.

5. Tree: real or fake.
Fake. To me, it’s a better financial investment. I had a real tree when I was a kid, but my mom got a fake one as soon as she could. She hated putting lights on a real tree. It hurt.

6. PJs or fancy dress on Christmas Eve?
Both! Fancy dress for my grandparents’ Christmas Eve party, and then after the party…PJs!

7. When do you open presents-Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Another repeat. Both.

8. Do you believe in Santa?
Yes, in a way. I know Santa isn’t a real person. But I believe Santa is the spirit and magic of Christmas.

9. What is your Christmas wish?
For everyone to get what they want for Christmas, no matter what.

10. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
Nope, and not for lack of want. Just never got around to it.

11. What is your dream Christmas destination?
I live in Florida. I’m already in my dream Christmas destination. I do not like the cold, and that is why I never moved out of Florida.

12. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, and Blitzen.

YouTube Video Link: https://youtu.be/oMUxzj1HTd8


  1. As I look out my window…the sun coming up over the back yard wall.
  2. Right now I am…planning my day (and writing this post!).
  3. Thinking & Pondering…if I’ll be able to get two YouTube videos filmed this afternoon.
  4. On my bedside table…Two cozy corner mysteries: Knot the Usual Suspects & Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
  5. On my TV tonight…Catch up on Scorpion and NCIS: New Orleans
  6. On the menu this week…tonight is Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Chicken Breasts
  7. On my To Do list…still sooooo many things! Actually, finishing up the Christmas tag posts and video prep.
  8. Happening this week…office Christmas/Holiday/End of Semester Parties
  9. What I am currently crafting…working on a throw for a friend. She gave me the leftover yarn from a project.
  10. My simple pleasure…espresso w/ powdered sugar and chocolate cashew milk
  11. Looking around the house…happy with the amount of Christmas decorations I put out this year (more than last year)
  12. Random picture from camera…


The colors of these letters are the order of the stripes on the throw I’m making for my friend.

  1. What I am listening to…Holiday music station on Pandora.


***This is NOT a sponsored post. I have received nothing for this post.***

I do not have a Passion Planner. I have only used the free printable from the website. And searched Pinterest for pictures of how people have used their Passion Planners.

A quick list about what I really like about the Passion Planner system:

  1. The planner has a full Saturday and Sunday. THANK YOU! The majority of my week is spent at my full time job, and it’s the weekend where I need room to schedule and stretch out.
  2. I wish I had had this planner in high school. This is an excellent tool for young adult trying to find themselves and figure out what they want to do with their lives. High school and college students would benefit from this planner greatly!
  3. I LOVE the journaling questions. I use the monthly reflection questions each month, and will be doing the end of year questions in a few weeks.
  4. Loved the mind-mapping exercise. I’ve been using their method to do my own goal setting. (If you’d like to see where I went with this, subscribe to the blog for the future blog post.)

One thing I do need to mention is the 2015 Kickstarter video was my gateway into the Planner Addict World. A friend of mine had shared the Kickstarter video on her Facebook page and I watched it. After the video, related YouTube video suggestions came up and I couldn’t believe there were people making planner videos! But that’s a separate post.

I really appreciate what creator/founder/CEO Angelia Trinidad has created. Check out Passion Planner on their website and various social media pages:

Website: http://www.passionplanner.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepassionplanner/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/passion_planner

Instagram: http://instagram.com/passionplanner

Tumblr: http://passionplanner.tumblr.com/

Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/passionplanner/

© Cori Large December 1, 2015


This tag list comes from Alexis aka @MissTrenchcoat. You can watch her original video here. Update (12/11/2015): I’ve updated this piece since I first filled it out. One of the planners I mention isn’t pictured, but I included it in the video.

  1. How many paper planners do you own? Show us!

I own 4 paper planners: Raika USA in Bone; Day-Timer portable Malibu in Rose Gold; Day-Timer portable woven/tapestry with bookshelf design; a Plan Ahead personal size in Teal w/ autumn leaf stickers; and my recently refound Plan Ahead Desk Size planner in black simulated leather (not pictured). I don’t consider my field notes size Traveler’s Notebook to be a planner since I don’t have planner inserts for it. It’s a notebook to me. Same with my Mini Flex.






  1. When did you first start using a paper planner?

Oh Lord! I remember my first planner was my mom’s old one. She gave it to me when I was in elementary school. She got a new containment unit and gave me her old one. I have no idea what brand it was and I no longer have it.

Well, that was my first planner. I’ve always had Assignment books of some sort that also worked as planners. I didn’t get serious with my planner until I started college in 2006.

Updated answer: my first real planner was my Plan Ahead Desk Size in simulated black leather. I recently refound this planner and will be doing a post on it soon.

  1. How many planner/calendar apps do you use on your phone? Show us!

I have the standard calendar and organizer apps that came on my iPhone 4S. I use the calendar to set reminders for TV shows I want to watch, but nothing else. I tried to use my calendar app to plan and lost stuff. I also use the Reminder app and the Notes app for list making and general notes. I use the Reminders app as a price book, because none of the apps I’ve looked into do what I want them to do.

  1. Do you prefer paper or digital planners? Why?

Paper all the way. I remember stuff better when I write it down.

  1. If you could design your perfect planner or app, what would it be like?

Warning: Really bad run on sentence ahead. I would get a 5-subject Mead Five Star Flex Binder (had 2 inch rings!), cut it down to Mini Flex size, find monthly inserts I like, punch them, divide the planner into sections, and that’s it.

I don’t know how many sections I’d be able to fit, so I won’t speculate on what they would be. Maybe one day I’ll do that, but we shall see. My current mini flex and planner containment units are going strong, and don’t show any signs on giving out anytime soon.

  1. Which planner do you think is the prettiest? (You don’t have to own this one & it can also be an app.)

The Filofax Malden Baroque in Teal. This one is my unicorn. It popped up in one of the planner buy/sell/swap Facebook groups, and I wasn’t fast enough to get it. It was also really, REALLY expensive ($225.00)! (I also didn’t know how I was going to tell my husband that I dropped $225.00 on a USED planner.)

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Photo courtesy of MyPurpleyLife. Video about it here.

  1. What’s the craziest things you track in your planner?

I don’t really think anything I keep track of is crazy. It all makes sense to me.

  1. How many hours a day do you spend with your planner?

It’s with me all day. I consult it first thing in the morning. It sits on my desk all day in front of me at work. And it is within arm’s reach when I am home in the evening.

  1. Does your planner go to bed with you?

Yes, my planner goes to bed with me. I have a health tracker in there, and I write down my steps off my pedometer in there.

  1. What is your current planner of choice out of the planners you own?

I’m going to have to say my Day-Timer portable size Malibu in Rose Gold. It’s the one I’m using right now (if it wasn’t my favorite I wouldn’t be using it), and I still find myself drooling over the color.

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/eCa98lBt0Zk

Alexis challenged anyone who watched her video to do the tag. I’m passing on her challenge.


My long-awaited (in my mind only perhaps) Mead Flex Binder Product Review!

For those of you who read my blog regularly, my love of the Mead Five Star Flex Binder is no secret. So why, some may ask, am I just now getting around to doing a product review of one of my favorite products.

I’ve been meaning to do this blog post / product review for a while, but there were other things I wanted to blog about instead.

So let’s get right down to it.

Product: Mead Five Star Flex Binder

Appeal: Functionality of a binder with the bendability of a spiral notebook. What’s not to love?

I’m a righty who writes like a lefty. What does that mean? It means that I turn whatever I’m going to be writing on I turn to about a 45 degree angle. So it I’m trying to write in a regular binder or composition book, etc. it gets a little awkward.

In my opinion, these binders can take a lot of abuse. The berry/magenta one I’ve had for ten years, and only recently has the webbing around the rings start to become detached from the front cover. The rings are starting to loosen up as well, so I may be retiring this one soon.

My 10 year old Flex

My 10 year old Flex

The webbing is starting to tear, but this only happened recently.

The webbing is starting to tear, but this only happened recently.

Bent back like a spiral notebook

Bent back like a spiral notebook

Up close look at the rings

Up close look at the rings

The Mead website shows a lot more options that what I have seen in the store.

At the Staples in my town, I discovered the 5-subject Flex. The 5-subject has bigger rings. I didn’t know these existed. Granted I haven’t paid full price for a Flex Binder in 10 years (since I bought the berry/magenta one).

Also depending on the store I’m in, the color options vary. Some have the standard colors from the website, and other have discontinued colors.

Yes, these binders are expensive. The prices ranges from $7.99 to $15.99 depending on what store I’m in. Despite the cost, I feel they are worth the investment.

If you’re interested in this item, but think it’s a little pricey, wait for the school supply clearance racks. No joke. That’s how my collection has grown over the years. I think the most I ever paid for a clearance binder was $5.00 + tax.

There it is, people, the long awaited (or just in my mind) product review of the Mead Five Star Flex Binder. If you have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments and I will answer them as soon as possible.

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/DrYRmlva-tk 

© Cori Large October 29, 2015


I…Am…A Librarian.

(Click the link to see how it sounded in my head.)

That being said when I saw a woven personal size planner on eBay, and the theme was bookshelves, I just HAD to have it.

I’m not switching out of my Day-Timer Rose Gold Malibu, so I don’t know what I’m going to use this one for yet.

Here’s the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/9HL4gtsTUJ8

I’m having trouble uploading pictures today.

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© Cori Large October 29, 2015


Yes, people, it is another Flex Binder post!

As my friend, Canyon, amuses: Yes, I am obsessed! (Though I prefer the term enthused.)

My collection consists of 7 being actively used: berry, cobalt, green, black with purple/blue/gray camo duct tape, work black, black w/ pink zebra duct tape, red, and light purple. And these are all regular size binders.


And of course, I’m mentioning my Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook (aka the Mini Flex).

My To Be Used Stash consists of 1 black, 1 green, 1 white, 1 red, and 2 cobalt. 6 in total.

So, yes, I have quite a few. And here’s what I use them for:

Berry: general usage; filled with notebook paper

Cobalt: one of my writing notebooks; currently housing 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction works

Green: another writing notebook; currently housing 18 separate story/book ideas

Black w/ purple/blue/gray camo tape: financial binder, with cash ledger

Work Black: this one stays at work, and gets used when I go to meetings

Black w/ pink zebra tape: another writing notebook; housing 1 nonfiction piece

Red: another writing notebook; housing 1 fiction piece

Light Purple: my financial one. If I were to become incapacitated for any reason, this is the binder that would keep my husband from losing his mind of the finances.

And my mini flex is just a refillable notebooks with 8.5 x 5.5 paper.

Here’s a link to the YouTube video: https://youtu.be/Msu9WXvQ8x4

What’s your collection?

© Cori Large 13 Sept 2015


Several over my coworkers jumped on the FitBit crazy, and I’ve learned more than I ever wanted to know about this thing. When one of my coworkers told me it knows when you’re asleep, that completely freaked me out. Something about it just doesn’t seem right.

And now that Thanksgiving has passed I can share my Christmas song parody:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town The Fit Bit is Taking Over the World
You better watch out You better watch out
You better not cry You better think twice
Better not pout It knows your activity level
I’m telling you why And you’re gonna pay the price
Santa Claus is coming to town The Fit Bit is Taking Over the World
He’s making a list It’s counting your calories
And checking it twice; Both consumed and burned
Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice Think for a second, was that cheesecake really earned?
Santa Claus is coming to town The Fit Bit is Taking Over the World
He sees you when you’re sleeping It knows when you are sleeping
He knows when you’re awake It knows when you’re awake.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good It knows when you’ve not moved at all
So be good for goodness sake! So get off your butt for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out! You better watch out
You better not cry You better think twice
Better not pout It knows your activity level
I’m telling you why And you’re gonna pay the price
Santa Claus is coming to town The Fit Bit is Taking Over the World
Santa Claus is coming to town The Fit Bit is Taking Over the World

© Cori Large August 5, 2015