It’s that time of the month again! Blog Links time! Happy reading!

Cooking Related:

DIY Enchilada Sauce http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=280

8 Healthy Pantry Staples that will Help You Save Money http://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/supermarket-strategies-budget-friendly-pantry-staples.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=2117

M&M Cookie Dip http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1226

Oatmeal for Breakfast for a Month http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/oatmeal-every-morning-for-a-month

Refrigerator Cucumber Salad http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=472

Knitting Related:

Knitting Love: 14 reasons why knitters make the BEST partners http://www.womansweekly.com/knitting/knitting-love-reasons-why-knitters-make-the-best-partners-15973/

Planner Related:

The Best Pocket Notebooks for EDC http://everydaycarry.com/posts/20551/the-best-pocket-notebooks-for-edc?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss

Productivity Posts:

3 Ways You’re Multitasking without Even Realizing It http://www.blog.daydesigner.com/multitasking-without-realizing/

My Pocket Notebook Basics series http://www.mylifeallinoneplace.com/2017/03/my-pocket-notebooks-basics-series.html

Reflective Posts:

What if all I want is a Mediocre Life? https://nosidebar.com/mediocre-life/

Copper Water Bottle https://www.copperh2o.com/products/copper-water-bottle?variant=26818464903

7 Reasons the Blunt Friend is the best friend you’ll ever have http://redhotawesome.com/7-reasons-the-blunt-friend-is-the-best-friend-youll-ever-have/

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I recently bought a Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook. I thought my Chic Sparrow Dr. Jones B6 would be my last TN. Famous last words right?

In the video, I got over this TN in more depth.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgyBteBmq30%5B/embedyt%5D

Pros: 

  • Listed as a standard size traveler’s notebook.
  • Comes with a plan, blank notebook with a craft paper cover, in the standard/narrow size.
  • BUT it fits but standard/narrow and wide traveler’s notebook inserts. So you have choices!!!
  • Comes with pockets, card slots, and a stitched pen loop. The slit pocket along the back would be perfect for those refrigerator notepads.
  • Sturdy construction for being imitation leather. Perfect for Vegans or those opposed/sensitive to leather products.
  • Loved that I could get a TN with lots of pockets for under $50. Yes, it being imitation leather does make it cheaper, but I also loved being able to use a coupon on it at a Super Joann’s.

Cons:

  • Not easy to find in Joann’s stores. The bigger Joann’s may have them, but the smaller stores do not. You can get them off the Webster’s website and possibly Amazon.
  • Not a fan of the little tag thing on the closing elastic. And because it has a rivet, it can’t removed easily.

Not too many cons to be honest. I don’t know what I’m going to use this TN for yet. It is not set up or anything.

Has anyone else thought that they were done buying a particular type of thing, and then you fooled yourself and bought another one? Let me know in the comments!

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Where did the week go? Episode 8 March Finished Objects is here! It seems like only yesterday, not a week ago, that I was sharing my knitting plans for my Spring Break.

Now, I did get a lot of knitting done, as well as a bunch of house projects, but I’m not ready for Spring Break to be over. Is anyone really?

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBusZ_EwwpE%5B/embedyt%5D

So what did I get done this past week and what did I finish this month?

Finished Objects

Bernat Mango Madness Dishcloths: 10.

(I have a the rest of the week to finish out the cone, so I’m confident that I will get all of this yarn knit up in March. This was also part of my March Goals for the month.)

Pieces Afghan Squares: 7

Since my little brother moved into his new house, I’m considering taking all the pieces I have so far and sewing them together to make a blanket for him. Haven’t fully decided on this yet.

Scrappy Wrap

After a month-long break from my Scrappy 10 Stitch Wrap, I got it back out for Spring Break. I managed to add 100 rows to my wrap! It equaled out to almost two and a half feet added on the stripe. I still have so much more to go on this side before I reach the corner.

Mini Skein 10 Stitch Blanket

I’m officially done with knitting up Ann’s samples! Not gonna lie. Those samples were tough at times. I’ve opened up my first package of Lion Brand Bon Bons, Beach colors. The blue, OMG y’all, the first Bon Bon of that blue! I love this color soooooo much! I’ve knitted almost all the blue, and have tied in the next Bon Bon (orange).

I was shocked when I took out the first Bon Bon. It’s so DENSE! I don’t know what I was expecting exactly. The label does say each Bon Bon is 28 yards, but that doesn’t really mean much for me.

Other Stuff I’ve Been Working On

I’ve make some necklaces: fall leaf necklace and cooking charmed necklace.

I attempted to fix my mom’s favorite necklace that broke. I made it too short, so I need to redo it.

I’ve spoken about in my Goals blog posts and videos my Bobbin Lace workbook. I actually got to work on it this month. If there’s any interest, I’d love to show off my pillow and current project on the podcast.

What has everyone else been working on?

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This post series: What’s Your Why Not, was inspired by the lovely Carie Harling. She began this series a few years ago, and when I first watched her video about it, I started to think about all the things I’ve chosen to do because I wanted to do them.

Carie recommends answering the question of What’s Your Why Not by thinking about something you want to do because you WANT to do it. Not because you have to or you should.

Some of the Why Not’s I’ll be writing about are: writing a book with the intent to publish; starting a business; my planner collection; taking a Nutritional Anthropology class; going on an archaeological dig; knitting certain things vs. knitting other things.

You can read all about Carie’s WYWN series here.

So…what’s your why not?

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When I discovered regular flex binders came with bigger rings, I had an idea for a DIY mini flex.

I’ve been using Mini Flex binders since I first discovered them. I wished the rings were a bit bigger. You can only fit so much in one of these. I purchased a 5-subject flex binder, that had rings 2 inches wide. DOUBLE that of a regular Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion (aka the Mini Flex).

While the bigger rings does make the whole notebook a little more awkward, I’m finding myself using it more because I have so much paper in it. If I want to make a new list, or brainstorm an article, or writing blogging notes, I’m not worried about running out of paper!

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eVRaI2SVOU%5B/embedyt%5D

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but it works for me.

To make your own mini flex, if you don’t want to buy one off Amazon, or if you want bigger rings:

  1. Measure and draw lines on a regular size flex binder to mark 6 inches wide (include the ring mechanism) and 9 inches long.
  2. Using scissors, cut the back and front cover plastic and the fabric spine along the marked lines.
  3. When it comes it to ring mechanism, this is where it gets tricky. I used my poultry scissors to cut through this thicker plastic. Pruning shears may work as well. Just be VERY CAREFUL when trying to cut through this part.
  4. If you have a corner rounder punch, you can round the corners off.
  5. And voila! You not have a mini flex, in whatever color you wish, and in whatever ring size you prefer!

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It’s Spring Break and I’ve got a plan.

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU_Bzgrh3Rg%5B/embedyt%5D

In this knitting podcast, I’m showing off:

Mini Skein 10 Stitch Blanket progress & Brainstorming what order I’ll be knitting minis in

I decided to knit them in my original order. After Ann’s samples, I’ll tie in the two original BonBon packages, THEN Ann’s Rainbow Rambo minis, then the two Brew City Yarns themed sets. Once all the minis from the Yarn Hoarder Ravelry Group Swapless Swap come in, I’ll play with alternating the remaining BonBon packages and those minis.

Picked the Scrappy 10 stitch wrap again

Knitting 10 rows at a time. Progress keeper will be added and I will be showing it off next week.

 Acquisitions

Four Purls clearance rack find; I have no idea what I’m going to do with this yet. It was calling to me.

Casual Fashion Queen Mermaid bulky; another yarn in the long line of headbands/ear warmers like all my special yarns.

Spring Break Plan

Since I have the week off, I’m going to work on all my projects a little bit every day. 1/2 a dishcloth; Portion of mini skein blanket; 10 rows on the scrappy wrap. I’m also planning on making some yarn candy corns from leftover cardboard cones and yarn I have for fall decor. These will be shown off next week if I get to them.

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My husband and I have managed to pay off debt (except for the house) over the course of our short marriage, and I’d like to share with you how we did it.

Our non-residential debt included two car loans ($9k and $26K) and student loans ($42k). We still have a mortgage and are working to pay that down as well.

I’ve briefly written about our debt pay off journey before, and I know I’ve mentioned Dave Ramsey on this blog before.

We followed Dave’s Debt Snow Ball method for the most part, but did make a slight change. We are blessed to be able to live on one of our incomes, while banking the other. Not everyone has this luxury, and we understand that. However, if you think you can make living on one income and banking the other work, try it!

The way we paid off debt was to make the minimum payments to stay current AND save up our second paycheck for the balance or $5000, which ever was lower. Now for those who are familiar with the Dave Ramsey Debt Snow Ball method, y’all maybe wondering why I’m advocating minimums instead of doing the actual method.

There is a method to my madness I promise. For us, being able to save up $5000 and be able to throw that at one of the debts all at once was more motivating to us than the “quick wins” mindset that Dave talks about. I understand the premise of “quick wins,” but it’s not working for us.

This method also has gotten us into the habit of saving for home improvement projects and traveling, as well as paying down our mortgage.

If you’ve been paying off debt, what method are you using? Debt Snow Ball? Double payments? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

 

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