The Supersizers Go is a BBC miniseries, featuring Giles Coren and Sue Perkins. These two spend a week living and eating through various periods in history.

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Giles and Sue are hilarious to watch and you also learn a little bit about history.  You can learn more about the show here.

The initial documentary featured Edwardian England. It was supposed to be a one-of, but instead two-six episode seasons spawned from it. The episodes are not in chronological order, obviously. You start with World War II and end with Ancient Rome.

Episodes in order, including initial documentary:

  1. Edwardian England (1901-1910)
  2. Wartime England (Think World War II)
  3. Restoration England (1660-1688)
  4. Victorian England (1837-1901)
  5. England in the Seventies (1970s)
  6. Elizabethan England (1558-1603)
  7. Regency England (1811-1837)
  8. England in the Eighties (1980s)
  9. Medieval England (400 AD to 1485)
  10. The French Revolution (1789-1799)
  11. England in the Twenties (1920s)
  12. England in the Fifties (1950s)
  13. Ancient Rome (753 BC to 476 AD)

You can search for them on YouTube or Hulu, but I’ve already complied a playlist with all the episodes in order. You can find it here.

The Eighties episode is especially hilarious because my husband and I finally came to understand why my Mother-In-Law entertains the way she does. We literally sat there watching this episode, looking at each other, saying “That’s where she got it!”

Also, the first episode of the first season, Wartime, was interesting to me because Britain during both World Wars fascinates me. My in-laws are British and spent their childhoods experiencing the end of rationing and rebuilding after World War II. Compared to the United States, England’s rationing carried on into the 1950s.

Enjoy this playlist, if you’re into food shows and history.

© Cori Large 25 Sept 2016

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Currently…

  1. Reading…100 Million Years of Food: what our ancestors ate and why it matters today by Stephen Le
  2. Listening to…The Knitting Broomstick podcast on YouTube.
  3. Eating…Gyros for dinners
  4. Drinking…Lemon & Ginger Tea
  5. Thinking…stuff…
  6. Fun Picture:

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This picture was taken at the McGuire’s Vintage Tea Room in Amesbury, England. I have this china pattern. This is the coffee pot that goes with my set. The tea room also had the standard tea pot (which I have), the smaller single serving tea pot, the sugar bowl, soup plate, and dinner plate (I also have this one). If I could have figured out how to get them back here without them breaking, I would have tried to purchase them from the tea room.  I was extremely ecstatic to see this!

How’s everyone else doing mid-month? Feel free to copy and paste this check-in list into your blog!

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My current EDC (Everyday Carry) traveler’s notebook is the Foxy Fix Marina Le Petit #5, the B6 size. I am loving this size! I moved in right after #onebookJuly2016 was over. I’ve been playing around with different inserts. I have no formal inserts in there right now, and by formal inserts I mean notebooks that are pre-formatted.

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I’m mainly using blank cheap notebooks and drawing in and setting up the weeks and days however I need them. I’m mainly using the CaseMate thin inserts (featured in this post[link post]) and some of the cheap small composition books from the Cheap B6 Insert Score post [hyperlink that].

Let’s take a look inside:

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Teal Composition Book

This insert is supposed to be for writing and tracking blog post and BPIs (blog post ideas). I even hole-punched it, thinking that would make it easier to archive. Eh…for writing the blog posts, it’s not really working. I may just use it for to keep track of ideas and the progress charts.

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Purple CaseMate notebook, with Shiny Fall Leaves

This is where I draw up my dailies, weeklies, and do my journaling. Each day is separate by stickers or washi tape.

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The purple insert is the second one. The first one I was playing around with is below. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be doing, so this insert is very experimental.

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Blue Small Composition Book

This notebook is a throw-away one, whether it’s a quick note to be migrated at a later date or a rough weekly or monthly layout sketch. Nothing in this notebook is archive worthy.

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Starting in January 2017, I will be using Yellow Paper House’s quarterly booklets, monthly and weekly set up. I took advantage of their 2017 bundle sale.

I also bought a Midori pen loop. That sucker was not easy to get onto the leather! And depending on what pen I’m using that day, the pen clip on the pen may or may not fit in the pen loop.

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YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/2FZhFPakwkk

So that’s my current set up. Much like the first two months of using the ZLYC narrow traveler’s notebook, I can’t believe how time has just flown while using this size.

© Cori Large 7 October 2016

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I always knew that my ideal planner set up would involve a monthly calendar and a To Do pad or notebook. I’ve used this set up in some way my whole life. Wall calendar and notepad was my go to until I was in high school. At which time, my mother bought me my first official planner. (I recently refound this binder, and it will have its own post.)

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Throughout every containment unit, whatever iteration of planner I’ve been using, or even combination of systems I’m using at the time two things remained constant: I needed a calendar to see how busy I was, and a To Do area to jot down whatever popped into my head.

I don’t know if anyone remembers the old Lisa Frank planners (not the ringed, zippered organizer). The tri-fold, with a calculator, memo pad, notebook, and calendar. I’m pretty sure I had this when I was younger.

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Lisa Frank Planner, photo taken from ETSY.

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Lisa Frank Organizer, photo taken from ETSY.

And while the rings were great for moving things around, I have found planner peace with traveler’s notebooks. There is something very satisfying about filling up a notebook until of replacing individual pages. A traveler’s notebook gives me a nice nostalgic feeling.

So at the end of the day, Calendar + To Do list = keeping Cori organized (or at least gives that impression!)

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Purple notebook = planner

Blue notebook = to do list / brain dump

© Cori Large 11 Sept 2016

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Regular readers know of my Flex Binder obsession. I was completely over the moon when I found the Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion. I’ve used them in various other fashions, but never as its intended use: a Shopping Companion. I’ve finally started using it as a Custom Coupon Binder.

The initial set up of a Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion is: 2 tabbed dividers (Shopping List & Coupons), three additional pocket dividers behind the coupon divider, password logs, shopping lists, a zippered pouch, and a business holder.

How I’ve set mine up:

*business card holder

*notebook paper

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*cut down baseball card holder sheets

How I cut down the baseball card sheets:

*The baseball card holder sheets are 3 x 3. Each sheet holds 9 cards.

*I trim off the bottom row and the third vertical column.

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*This takes it down from 9 pockets to 4.

Yes, this seem like a waste, but I am no longer an extreme couponer. My husband and I came to the conclusion that the extreme couponing we used to do was no longer worth our time. We were also buying a lot of stuff that we didn’t need to. And if you’re familiar with coupons at all, they’re mainly for processed foods and cleaners. My digestive track doesn’t react well with heavily processed foods (sorry, if TMI). Our new strategy: we have a $300 a month grocery budget and I only cut coupons for items I know we use or will use.

Here are some pictures of what my coupons look in their pouches.

There is no system of organization to them. I used to divide by category, then I tried by expiration date…yeah, I’d done with all that.

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/FMedzw4bccU

If you coupon, how do you organize your coupons?

© Cori Large 25 Sept 2016

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Until 2017 begins and I can use my monthly and weekly inserts from Yellow Paper House, I’ve been drawing my weekly set up in my daily/weekly/journaling insert. (Monthly sketches are in my disposable notebook.)

For those that don’t know what the Passion Planner is, each week has the following list charts: Personal Top Priority, Personal Priority, Errands, Work Top Priority, Work Priority, blank/Work Errands?/unlabeled. Each list has for lines.

During a very hectic week, I actually switched over to a Passion Planner weekly layout (available as a free .PDF off their website). I found I really liked having those designated list. So I decided to try to incorporate it into my weekly set ups.

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Here’s how I create my weekly layouts:

Left Side:

Top line designates the week. I.E. Week of: ________

I like a Monday start on my week. The CaseMate notebooks have 19 lines, not including the title line. So divide the 7 weekdays over the 19 lines, giving three lines for Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday split the last four lines into two columns.

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Right Side:

I make my own lists, with three lines underneath each heading.

Personal Top Priority (1-3)

Work Top Priority (1-3)

Blog Posts for the Week (M-W-F)

House Top Priority (1-3)

The last four lines are split into two columns, like Saturday and Sunday, but labeled Errands and Notes.

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Here’s a messy, filled in example:

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YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/utGOdWPM-fk

© Cori Large 7 October 2016

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My daily set up and my weekend set up are totally different! During the week, I like having ½ hour slots, running from 6 am to 9 pm. During the weekend, well, it’s pretty much a running to do list. Now that’s the simplified explanation.

Daily Set Up

Starting with 6 am, I skip a line, continuing to 9 pm. The skipped line represents the half hour. Depending on the size of insert I’m using, all this either fits on the left hand page, or it continues on to the first couple of lines on the second page.

This set up helps me from over scheduling myself and putting too much on my plate, as it were. Yes, I do need a visual reminder of how many hours are in a day. I’m currently not color coding, but that will change with the next insert. I got out of the habit these past two months.

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Weekend Set Up

On the weekend, I use a very different layout. My weekend pages are essentially a running list, with actual scheduled items at the top of the list and everything else listed underneath. I do have daily items (clean kitchen, pick up house) noted with a F S U. No, not Florida State University (GO GATORS!), but Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/vDL0JsJtcJg

© Cori Large 11 Sept 2016

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Some of you may remember a post I did a few months ago, where I showed how some of my small bound journals fit inside my Chic Sparrow Crème Wide. Well, now that I have a B6 size, I decided to repeat the experiment. Here’s a look are how the small bound journals inside my Foxy Fix Marina.

All 3 Inside:

All three do not fit nicely, obviously (who else read that in Snape’s voice? Come on, where are my Harry Potter fans?). I also wouldn’t have all three in at once anyways. They’re pulling on the elastics too much and that’s making me twitchy.

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And since none of these journals have actual middles, so they do not sit on the elastics nicely.

Peacock and Slytherin Journals

Only having two journals in here works a lot better.

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Individual Journals:

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I may entertain having one of them in here at some point, but not right now. But it’s fun to experiment with different types of notebooks and inserts to see what works and what does not work.

I do have an upcoming post and video on how my Marina is set up in the works. Promise!

© Cori Large 2 October 2016

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I made a custom order to Jane Lau through Facebook for a dashboard and folder to fit in my Foxy Fix Marina Le Petit #5, or the B6 size.

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Via the Facebook chat, she showed me what papers she had available. I picked out what papers I wanted for the dashboard and then for the folder. She sent me an invoice via PayPal, and after I paid, a few days later, my goodies showed up in the mail.

Here are the two products:
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I recommend her for custom orders and will be purchasing more folders from her in the future.

There were two other goodies in the package:

A cute Project Life card, on which she wrote a nice note.

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And a nifty looking pen.

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To contact Jane Lau, you can either message her directly on Facebook or through InstaGram.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/jane.lau.79

InstaGram name: dashboardsandmore

YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI1PbYfNWMI

© Cori Large 5 October 2016

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Well, I was planning on doing a review of some goodies I bought from Jane Lau, but I’ll post that on Monday. I’d rather give an update on how we’re fared during Hurricane Matthew.

For those of you that don’t know, the Caribbean, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, have been under threat and/or already pummeled by Hurricane Matthew. Luckily for us, Matthew downgraded to a Cat. 3 from the 4-5 he had been.

Haiti and Cuba are devastated. Florida took some hits, but I’m not fully caught up on the extent of the damage. We Floridians may be making light of all this on social media, but when Disney closes down, it’s serious. The only other time in my recent memory that Disney shut down was Sept. 11, 2001.

I do know that Vero Beach/Sebastian area is without power and there’s some flooding. Over here in Polk County, since we’re right in the middle, we’ve been getting rain and winds.

Here are some pictures of the “damage” my property has sustained:

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Nothing more than some more leaves on the ground and smaller branches.

To my fellow Floridians, don’t get complacent. Just because Matthew turned out to be less of threat than was predicted, doesn’t mean they all will be like this. Yes, Matthew was a 100 year storm, but we’ve could have sustained far worse damage than we have.

Stay safe, if the storm’s headed your way.

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