Here are this month’s blog links. I haven’t read all of them yet, unlike some months. Enjoy!

Business Related Blog Links:

Etsy Alternatives: 5 Places to Sell Your Handmade Items

17 Ways to Prevent a Burnout Before It Happens

How much money to you really need to make?

Staying Organized & On Task (Even if it’s not your forte)

Cooking Related Blog Links:


Pear and Pecan Summer Salad w/ Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

2 Ingredient Bread Sticks

Salted Caramel Mocha Pudding Cookies

Finance Related Blog Links:

5 Financial Myths Busted!


Growing Drying Beans

Knitting Related Blog Links:

Yarn Shops & Knitting Shops in Florida

Savannah, GA Yarn Shops & Knitting Shops

Findaly, OH Yarn Shops & Knitting Shops

Planner Related Blog Links:

WTF is a Bullet Journal

You Know You’re A Planner Addict When…

You Can Plan Anywhere

What Has Your Planner Done for You?

How to Use Bound Journals

Webster’s Pages TN Review and Set Up

Thoughts on Planner Peace

Maximize Your Time, Use It Wisely

How I Got Out of My Planner Rut

Turn Off Distractions—Stay Focused with Your Planner

A Year of Planning—How Things Change

5 Reasons You Do Have Time to Plan Your Day

My Love-Hate Relationship with My Planner

Five Ideas to Make a Planner Work for You

How to Make All Those Lists Work in Your Planner

Traveler’s Notebook Bullet Journal: Finding What Worked for Me

Random Blog Links:

Minimalist Living

For the Love of Money or Happiness

How to Find Focus as a Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur

Why are Affluent Millennials Shopping in Dollar Stores?

You Don’t Have to Do Anything…Really You Don’t!

The Story Behind the Monopoly Pieces

Writing Related Blog Links:

Freelance Links!Freelance-Writing/pzst9/574c32220cf23b0100897fad

How to Start Freelancing in 8 Easy Steps

Three Reasons Why Writing Matters


Here’s what I’ve been knitting on this month! I also completed the gift for my grandma, which I’m not going to share because she hasn’t received it yet. Also!!! I decided to film a video for this post. Please let me know what you think. I don’t want to waste people’s time with video if they’re not wanted. I’ve also created a Pinterest board for all these items.

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Baby Blankets: 1

Bernat Plum Chutney

BB Bernat Plum Chutney

Cotton Dishcloths: 11

Bernat Port or Red Licorice

DC Bernat Port or Red Licorice

Cotton Scrubbies: 3

Bernat Port or Red Licorice

Scrubbie Bernat Port or Red Licorice

Luxury Facecloths: 5

Bernat Pipsqueak Sunny Days

Lux FC Bernat Pipsqueak Sunny Days

After ALL of this, I’m back to working on my camo Frankie Brown 10 stitch blanket!!! I haven’t worked on this thing in a year. I’ll be doing an update post on it once it is completed. Check out the link, if you’d like to see what this afghan looks like.

YouTube video link

Pinterest Board link

© Cori Large 26 June 2016


Over the past couple of months, I’ve posted quite a bit about what non-traditional inserts are available out there for Traveler’s Notebooks. I don’t always remember to add the same information, for which I apologize, and I’d like to do another one where I give some quantitative information and measurements, information I like to have myself. Starting from the smaller sizes, I’ll be going through an listing the stats on my Traveler’s Notebook Inserts.

Quick note: I’m adding where I purchased these various notebooks. This is not a guarantee that they will be available in your area.

*Kate Spade Small Notebook*


Measurements: 4 ¼” long by 3 1/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: unlined, sewn.


Bought from: Bealls Outlet.

*Composition Book*


Measurements: 4 ½” long by 3 ¼” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 80 sheets, 160 pages.

Features: lined, sewn, cover has a space to label it.


Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*Midori-Style Passport Insert*


Measurements: 5” long x 3.5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: this one was lined, other have blank or grid paper, kraft paper cover which can be customized, stapled.


Bought from: Came with my ZLYC Passport TN.

*Poppin Pocket Notebook*


Measurements: 4 7/8” long x 3 3/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: lined but its wide ruled, sewn, has a cover sheet for labeling.



Bought from: TJ Maxx and/or Bealls Outlet (I’ve picked them up at both stores).

*PaperCraft Notebooks*


Measurements: 5 ¼” long by 3 1/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 28 sheets, 56 pages.

Features: lined, sewn.


Bought from: Big Lots.

*Moleskine Pocket Notebooks*


Measurements: 5 ½” long by 3 1/2” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined, title page for labeling, I’m not sure if it’s sewn because I can’t see the threads.



Bought from: TJ Maxx.

*CaseMate Notebooks*


Measurements: 6 7/8” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined but wide ruled, sewn, fits in my homemade B6 very nicely.


Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*CarolinaPad Notebooks*


Measurements: 7” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 80 sheets, 160 pages.

Features: lined, sewn, variety of cover options.


Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebooks*


Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 4 ¼” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 16 sheets, 32 pages.

Features: comes in packs of 2, one ruled-one grid, and thicker paper.



Bought from: Joann Fabrics.

*OCS Notebooks*


Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 5 5/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: interesting covers, ruled but wide ruled, comes in 3 packs.


Bought from: TJ Maxx and Mashall’s.

*Piccadilly Notebooks*


Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 50 sheets, 100 pages.

Features: sewn, ruled, back pocket, comes in 3 packs.



Bought from: Barnes and Noble.

*Punch Studio Notebooks*


Measurements: 8 3/8” long by 5 5/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined but wide ruled, stapled, variety of covers, pages have header space for a title.


Bought from: Marshall’s.

Author’s note: Keep in mind, a larger size notebook can be cut down to a smaller size. All of the bigger ones in my stash will be cut down as needed for my narrow Traveler’s Notebooks.

I hope this post was helpful! I know having this information on hand (it’ll be going in my TN) will be handy when looking for more inserts (like I need more!).

© Cori Large 19 June 2016



Being a somewhat newbie to Traveler’s Notebooks, I’ve been researching and looking for as many ideas as possible to use my traveler’s notebooks (TN) for. I have all these notebooks to turn into inserts, but I had NO idea what type of inserts to have. The TN Facebook groups have been a wonderful resource! In one of the links I was sent, it said something about keeping track of crafting supplies or projects. And I thought Huh, I could do that will all my knitting projects! In this post, I will be walking you through my Knitting Notebook for my TN.


The notebook is an OCS lined notebook that originally measured 8.5” by 5.5”, but I cut down to fit in my ZLYC Narrow TN. It has 40 sheets, or 80 pages.

I’m only up to page 13 in this notebook, but I’m using it more for reference and notes that actual patterns. I am creating what my friend Tom termed a Legacy Book, where I’m writing down all my favorite knitting patterns and recipes to pass on.

Let’s go inside!


There is no particular order to this notebook. I just start a new page when I need to add some more information.

Pgs. 1-2 The Temperature Afghan


I had heard of this afghan before but never really looked into it. Then I thought that this would make a very sweet idea for a new baby. Keep track of the temperatures throughout the pregnancy and the baby’s first year of life, and gift it after the first birthday.

Or it could be a lifelong project and you keep track of the temperatures every day for your life, and knit yourself a blanket! That one may be a little ambitious.

Also, depending on where you live, some of these colors may be more prominent than others. For me, there would be a lot of red and orange. It gets a little warm down here in Florida.

Pgs. 3-4 Afghans To Be Made


I love, love, love knitting afghans. To me, there are a one size* fits all swaddler of love. (Not trying to disparage sweaters, but those are too complicated for me!) *Okay, I know there are different size blankets, but y’all get what I’m saying!*

I have 9 afghans in mind, and I’m always thinking about the possibility of the “next one.” Two of them are started, and all of them are knitted afghans, with the exception of the UIU-WIO-MID-ODW/O (Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, Or Do Without). This one will be fabric scraps, if I ever get around to ironing and cutting the fabric.

Their names are fairly self-explanatory and when I do get around to making them, I will be doing posts on them and progress reports.

Pg. 5 Bernat Baby Yarn Inventory


This is one of my inventory set ups. I’m trying to be better at keeping track of what yarn I do have. So far it’s working (as long as I remember to update it!).

I don’t buy this yarn often because of how expensive it is, so most of my stash has come from clearance rack finds (YAY!). I’m slowing working through them to make baby blankets for the upcoming craft show season.

The numbers underneath the yarn name are how many skeins/balls/whatevers I have left. I always count down.

Pgs. 7-8 Cotton Yarn Inventory


Another inventory page, and there is a lot more on these pages. I have a “small” amount of cotton yarn, and it should keep me busy making dishcloths for awhile.


  1. = Bernat

S + C = Sugar and Crème

P + C = Peaches and Cream

If there is a –b beside a brand, that means I only have a ball of that color. Everything else is either on cones or those huge monster skeins Bernat puts out.

Pg. 9 Baby Yarn Scrap List


If you recall from the Afghans To Be Made pages, there is a Baby Yarn Modified 10 Stitch blanket in the wings. I like to knit my yarn in the order in which I knit it (OCD I know), so I’m keeping a list of the order in which I will be knitting it up when I finally get around to making this one.

Pg. 11 Knitting Needle Notes


This page is just a place to make notes about what needle requirements my commonly used yarn asks for. Now I don’t always follow it (my dishcloths use a large size), but when I go to make the Cotton Scrap-ghan, I want to remember to use the smaller needle size.

(Also, I did realize after the fact that on the Table of Contents page I misspelled Needle.)

Pg. 13 Knitting Priority List


I have a priority list in which I knit product each month. I like to get my monthly baby blanket done as soon as possible, because it’s not a small project.

Then I knit whatever cotton I have coned up. Scrubbies are made from leftover cotton, when there isn’t enough for another dishcloth. Leftover cotton after that goes into the cotton scrap-ghan pile.

Luxury facecloths are made with a softer, non-cotton, yarn. These were an experiment last craft show season and they SOLD OUT!!! So now it’s a regular product to be made!

And last, but certainly not least, if I get all my craft show inventory done for the month, I move on to the personal projects that are my scrap-ghans. I don’t get to this point often, and usually only get to work on the scrap-ghans when I take a break from knitting craft show inventory. As of this post, I am on the Luxury facecloths step!!! I’ve never gotten this far since implementing this system!

Thank you for reading! If you have a hobby, how do you or do you keep track of it in a notebook or planner? Please share in the comments.

YouTube video link:

© Cori Large 6/19/2016


***I volunteered to do a beta test on a traveler’s notebook insert. I received this insert file in exchange for a blog post review and YouTube video.***



I received a sample of the Quinplanner 2 day planning page. The designer, Quinty, is planning on opening up and ETSY shop to sell this digital download. There is a Facebook page for the company Quinplanner and a website.

Some quick background about the designer. She is a 15 year old from the Netherlands, and she has been designing things in various forms (graphic design and her own full planner of 171 pages).

Quinty has some suggestions for using this printable:

*The buttons can be used to indicate that you’ve done your job.

*The squares are to indicate how important the task is. You can paint with a color ranking system. Or a number.

*On the left for the task, you can write the time like from 10|11.

*Upcoming weeks is just to help you plan your days so you can see if there is something important what you already can do.

*Also, keep in mind that this is just about the layout. The design is going to change to a modern version versus a classic what I have right now. Also there will be different sizes.

Walk Through:

The digital download is an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet. It automatically fits into a full size planner. I cut it down a little so it would fit in my traveler’s notebook.

Two columns: Today and Tomorrow, with 15 lines and each line has a square or circle check box. Underneath, you also have space for Notes, Water Intake, Exercise, and Meal Planning. And an Upcoming Weeks grid.

I used it to sketch out my weekend. I did two difference layouts. The first, I put in hours along the left columns going from 8 am to 8 pm. The second layout, I made a list of everything going on for my Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I liked this better. This is typically how my weekend layouts look.

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What I liked:

I really liked the list format of this planner insert. I’ve always been a list maker.

What I did not like:

It’s not even. When I fold the page, part of the Today check boxes are on the right side of the fold. This sound very nit-picky, but it bugs me.

I said I trimmed it down to fit in my traveler’s notebook, and I ended up cutting off the Upcoming Weeks grid.

Take Away:

This is a great printable that can be customized to whatever you need that day.

YouTube Video Link:

© Cori Large 6/19/2016



My good friend Canyon sent me some wonder happy mail / birthday gifts.


Midori Kraft Folder and Plastic Zip Pouch





Fox Stickers and Paper Clips





Pride and Prejudice page flags!!!



Traveling Knots bookmark in teal





Pilot Hi Tec Colecto 5 ink pen!!! I was not expecting this at all! And the five inks she chose are the ones I use for color coding!!!



YouTube video link:

© Cori Large 6 June 2016


  1. As I look out my window…no windows near me right now. *sad face*
  2. Right now I am…finishing up my reciprocal blog comments.
  3. Thinking & Pondering…about #oneBookJuly starting in 15 days and if I like the set up I’m going to attempt.
  4. On my bedside table…same old stuff. I think only the water glass changes.
  5. On my TV tonight…still working my way through Supernatural.
  6. On the menu this week…good question. I should probably figure that out. LOL.
  7. On my To Do list…finish up some reviews for some TN inserts I’ve been beta testing.
  8. Happening this week…Mortgage appraiser is coming!!!
  9. What I am currently crafting…Finished GJ’s gift and the monthly baby blanket. Now I’m trying to finish up all the red cotton by making dishcloths.
  10. My simple pleasure…sitting outside in the early AM, listening to the world wake up.
  11. Looking around the house…the Dining Room table is finally clear!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!
  12. Random picture from camera…


Loving these things!

  1. What I am listening to…I’ve got a knitting podcast playing on YouTube, while I finish up this post.



Very Brief History:

Invented and patented in 1858 by John Landis Mason, these jars are still largely used for their original purpose: canning and preserving food. While canning and preserving fads have come in waves over the last century, mason jars are now used for more than their original use. Look up mason jars on Pinterest and you’ll find a multitude of non-food related activities to use Mason Jars on. In this post, I would like to share with you why I think Mason Jars are awesome and what I use them for.

Awesome-ness Reasons:

*Long lasting and reusable, unless broken.

*Versatile. It will hold almost everything you need it to: canned produce, homemade preserves, unused coffee grounds, brewed coffee, other drinks, can go in the fridge and freezer as well as the pantry.

*Pretty uniform when it comes to lids. No hunting around for the correct one.

*They come in a variety of sizes and colors.

What I use Mason Jars for:

*Storing leftovers, mainly soup and coffee.


(Photo taken inside the fridge.)

*Portioning out foodstuffs to be frozen, like chicken broth or cheese.



Photos of my messy freezer. Both of these have cheese in them.

*On the go drinks. There are new lids and straws for this.

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*Mason Jar gifts for Christmas.


Christmas 2015 gift.

*Dry tea canisters. I received a lot of lose tea, and wanted to combine the same tea types into a single container.


Purple anniversary Ball wide mouth edition jars.

I did find some different styles at my local Dollar Tree:

A hinged one


And BABY mason jars!!! OMG these are so cute!


With these two new style finds, it’s time to start thinking about this year’s Christmas gifts!

Links for more information:

Mason Jar Wikipedia

The Mason Jar, Reborn

Ball: History & Timeline

© Cori Large 7 June 2016



Two months ago, I learned that a product I love was on clearance. That product is the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. I ordered 50 of them and have started to use some of them. And by some I mean 7. I have given 4 away. So I’m down to 39 still wrapped up and waiting to be used.


Here is the list of how these are being used so far:

  1. Given Away—Philip
  2. Given Away—Mom
  3. Given Away—Ann
  4. Shopping Lists & Coupons (the original intent of this product, separate post coming)
  5. Knitting & Crafting Notes
  6. Fictional Work: Theatre Troupe
  7. Fictional Work: The Ultimate Recycling Machine
  8. Fictional Work: NaNoWriMo 2015 piece
  9. Fictional Work: National TTMM
  10. Became my new EDC-refillable notebook. I retired the original one I bought a year ago, because it was starting to fall apart.
  11. Given Away-Inlaws

This is how it’s going at the moment.


YouTube video link:

© Cori Large March 4, 2016



Last year, one of my first blog posts and YouTube videos was of a meat haul my husband and I had done in our attempt at saving money on meat.

We supplemented that haul with smaller purchases of chicken breasts and ground beef (most commonly used in our kitchen). We also had scored a 40 lb. case of chicken breasts (normally priced at $80.00) for $46.98! That lasted us a long time!

Our latest meat haul came from a local meat market, where they have Meat Deal Packs. We got the Medium deal.

From that, I split it up into more manageable portions and ended up with:

# of Packages Contents
2 Ribeye twin packs (4 steaks total).


Already separated into two-two packs. Just wrapped in Aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.

2 Packages of Bacon.


Again, already separated and just put in the freezer.

1 Country ribs.


Came prepackaged. Wrapped it in Al- foil.

2 Whole chickens!


It’s been so long since we’ve had whole chickens! Again, the came individually wrapped and were put in the freezer.

1 Beef rump roast.


Came prepackaged. Wrapped it in Al- foil.

3 T-Bone steaks.


I individually wrapped these in Al- foil and put them in a large plastic zip bag, so I could find them easier.

2 1.5-2 lb. packages of ground hamburger meat.


These came in one of those large 4 lb. bundles, and I split them into two packages, roughly 1.5-2 lb. each. I didn’t get my digital scale out this time, just eyeballed it.

This haul is not as big as the one we did last year, but this one contains stuff we’ll actually eat. The bigger haul from last year was a learning experience. There’s no sense in getting bigger meal deal when there’s stuff in it you won’t eat. (Like smoked sausage and bologna, in my case.)

We have a large chest freeze that will accommodate a lot of food, so shopping for bulk deals works for us. It has saved us money, and 99.99% of the time, if there’s a recipe or dish we want for dinner, we have the meat in the freezer already and just need to thaw it. (That .01% is when I want lamb and haven’t found a good price on it.)

Is there anything you buy in bulk to save money on? Please share in the comments.

© Cori Large 11 May 2016


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