I love sharing interesting blog links and website finds with you all. Enjoy!

Cooking Related:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae 


What to do when Life Gets in the Way of the Budget

Knitting Together a Financial Plan for Your Life

Knitting Related:

10 Types of Knitters 

Netflix and Chill? More like Netflix and Knit

How Knitting Can Help Your Personal Development

Repetitive Stress Injury Affects Many Knitters

Marvel Comics Related:

Thor & Daryl ep. 2 


23 Reasons Why “The Great British Bake Off” is the Best Show on Netflix

Planner Related:

How to Find the Perfect Traveler’s Notebook Size

How I Successfully Downsized My Planner

To Ponder:

Losing a Grandparent Changed My Life (I could have written this)

Why “Fine” Sucks

The Strongest Girls are the Ones with Anxiety


How to Start a Travel Fund

Writing Related:

5 Reasons I Started Blogging Again






If you’re a regular follower of my blog and YouTube channel, you’ve no doubt heard about my Planner Collection. In this What’s Your Why Not post, I explain why I decided to collect planners. And no, it’s not JUST because they were pretty.

My planner use and collection has changed over the last two years. The above picture is of my current collection. Here’s the video link where I go through them one by one.

In December 2014, I discovered the Planner Addict World and fell down the Rabbit Hole. I was fully committed to ringed binders at that point. I went from a 3 ring DayRunner to a 7 ring Franklin Covey Sierra, and it morphed from there.

I did buy some planners because they were pretty. My DayTimer Malibu in Rose Gold is the perfect example of this. I also, briefly, owned an aqua Franklin Covey Day1One with a crocodile simulated pattern. It was gorgeous!

Why did I start collecting planners? Each one has a function, like a purse. Some days I feel like using a particular planner/binder/leather cover. Ladies will understand this completely. Instead of having a bunch of loose inserts and papers, I corral them into various systems and I know where everything is.

Each one I still own has a story and a purpose. I’ve gotten past the keeping because it’s pretty (or I’d still have the aqua croco Day1One).

We all have collections. What’s something you collect?

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Another month gone by! Time for my March 2017 Passion Planner Flip Thru!

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This month a pretty much a typical one for me. I learned some things about how to properly use my Passion Planner and change some things up where I need to.

Proper Use

I’ve had the nasty habit of not properly utilizing the weekly to do lists. At the beginning of March, I not only filled in the To Do lists, made time to actually get the stuff done during the week. I know this sounds silly to some, but I wasn’t doing that.

I also reached my 3 Month GameChanger 10 days ahead of schedule! I finished typing up my manuscript on March 28, when the goal was April 9. I realized March 8 that I was only half-way through typing it up and I need to get my butt in gear.

Personal Changes

I know we can download a weekly tracker off the Passion Planner website. But I just write mine in each week. I do Bing points, vitamins, etc. and a U M T W R F S for the days of the week afterwards. If I remember to take my vitamins, I just put a red check over the day’s letter.

This has especially helped with my Work To Do list. I have daily tasks I have to do at work, and while I most likely won’t forget to do them, it is nice to have a place to Check Off that I’ve done that task.

Another personal change I made is using the Today’s Focus area for my meal planning. Someone on one of the Passion Planner Facebook groups shared this tip, and it’s been working great.

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Welcome to Episode 11: Cotton Clearance Find! In this podcast video, I show off progress on my 10 stitch blankets AND the wonder clearance find I came across!

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCoNidK1I7I%5B/embedyt%5D

Now, I’ve come across cotton yarn when it’s been on clearance at Walmart before. However, I’m usually late to the game and other knitters have gotten most of the yarn before I get there.

So I usually end up with 5-6 balls of cotton. Not this time!

I ended up getting 17 balls myself, and when I told a friend I’d used a gift card she’d given me to pay for most of it, she said she’d keep an eye out at her Walmart. She found me 5 more balls!

22 balls of cotton! WHOO!

10 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Fruit Explosion (it’s the exact same colorway as the Bernat Fruit Explosion)

5 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Bright Chartreuse (Same at the Bernat Bright Green [not Key Lime])

4 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Ahoy Ombre (Same as the Sugar & Creme colorway I have on a cone)

2 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Candy Sprinkles

1 Ball ~ Fruit Punch

All of the colors I have in balls as well as cones or skeins I will be adding them all together eventually when I work on them. And since I’m currently working on the Bernat Fruit Explosion, if I can, I will be adding it in once I’m finished with the coned up yarn.

It’s starting to get crazy how much cotton I’m finding on clearance recently, since I’m not buying any cotton that’s not on clearance.

10 Stitch Blankets

Not much progress on the Mini Skein 10 Stitch Blanket. I’m still on the red Bon Bon. I have worked out what the next 4 Bon Bon order will be: Black, Yellow, Lilac, and Teal.

On the Scrappy 10 Stitch Wrap, I have turned the first corner, and put on 60 rows this week. That 60 includes the 34 rows that it takes to knit a mitered corner.

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The next post in my What’s Your Why Not series is Starting a Side Business.

There are many people who have the fantasy of starting their own business and working for themselves. When it came to starting my side hustle, I knew it was never going to be a full time gig. I just hoped for it to be a self-sustaining hobby. What was my side business? Crafts by Cori. There is also an accompanying ETSY page where I list certain items.

Crafts by Cori was a spontaneous brain child that came about when I showed my friend, Melanie, the dishcloths I was making for Christmas gifts. Being an accounting major, I set up Excel spreadsheets to keep track of costs and inventory. From 2010 to 2015, I faithfully did craft shows, calculated my costs, paid my taxes, and all the fun stuff that comes along with running a business.

Last year, I closed down the business as a Legal Entity, but I’m still making knitted items for craft shows to sell. Tax wise, I qualify as a Hobby, which is great because it’s a lot easier to keep track of costs. I keep the Facebook page running to advertise craft shows I participate in.

So what’s my point? What’s my why not when it comes to a side hustle? (A) It gave me the chance to put my accounting knowledge in real life use, especially my Cost Accounting class. (B) I wanted to see if I could make a little bit of money at it. Granted I aimed small, and am perfectly happy having a self-sustaining hobby. (C)

I’ve written about lessons I’ve learned from this business here.

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I can’t believe I’m writing my April Goals Update post already. Where did the first quarter of the year go? I made great progress on everything in March, except for the Recipe Book. For the longest time, the Bobbin Lace Workbook was my problem/neglected child.

Now it’s the Recipe Book! And there’s really no reason for it, especially since I only have 10(?) recipes left, other than I’m not utilizing my Passion Planner correctly and making myself sit down and write them down.

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March Progress

  • Genealogy Book: Finish Resources List (complete 3/27/2017)
  • Recipe Book: write out 3 recipes (only managed 1 recipe)
  • Bobbin Lace Workbook: work on @ monthly bobbin lace meeting (complete 3/12/2017)
  • eBay: list as needed
  • ETSY: change TN files to .PDFs and relist (complete Feb 27, 2017)
  • Amazon: list as needed (listed remained Used purple mini flexes 3/12/2017)
  • Craft Show Inventory: knit up Bernat Melon Mania Cotton (complete 3/30/2017)
  • Full Editorial Calendar: complete!

April Goals

  • Genealogy Book: Why did I Decide to Write this Book?
  • Recipe Book: write out any recipes you can
  • Bobbin Lace Workbook: work on @ monthly bobbin lace meeting
  • eBay: list as needed
  • ETSY: renew listings
  • Amazon: list as needed
  • Craft Show Inventory: knit up Bernat Fruit Explosion (I’ve also gotten the Peaches and Cream version of this at Walmart. I may or may not combine them. We’ll see.)
  • Full Editorial Calendar for April.

My full editorial calendar has gotten a lot easier since I only worry about writing and filming for three posts each week. Nice of a thought of having a backlog of posts and videos ready to go, but keeping that up was stressful.

What’s everyone else working towards this month?

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Welcome to Ep. 10 of my knitting podcast: Future Blanket Plans. Double digits! Wow!

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In this video, I show off the small amount of progress I’ve made on both the Mini Skein 10 stitch blanket and the Scrappy 10 stitch wrap. I also talk about the blanket that I’ll be making for my little brother to be a housewarming gift since he’s recently moved into his new house. (Granted, it probably won’t be ready until Christmas.)

Mini Skein 10 Stitch

I didn’t get much done this week on the MS 10 stitch. Despite saying in last week’s episode that I was going to be focusing more on this project, and possibly shelving the Scrappy Wrap, I’ve done the exact opposite.

I finished knitting up the White Bon Bon, and have tied in the Red one. After this Red one is done, I will officially be halfway through the first package of LionBrand Bon Bons.

Scrappy Wrap

So why did I change my mind on which project to work on? I’m sooooo close to being done with this Scrappy Wrap that I just want it done! Who hasn’t felt like that?

So once I’m done with my craft show inventory knitting for the day, I do 10 rows on the Scrappy Wrap. I’m almost to the corner as well, and almost out of the Bernat Plum Chutney. I will be adding the Bernat Mallard Wood skein once I’m done.

Eric’s Blanket

I don’t know what’s gotten into me recently. When my in-laws bought their new house, I hadn’t planned on giving them my Camouflage 10 stitch blanket, but by the time I was done with it I couldn’t think of a better gift to give them.

What does this have to do with my brother? My brother recently moved into a new house. And I have this desire to make him a blanket for it. I asked for his top 6 favorite colors, and will be knitting squares (exactly like I’m doing for the Pieces Afghan). I have two of the colors in my stash, so I’m going to get started on those. I know how warming gifts are typically given sooner rather than later. Yeah, I’m going to be luckily to have this done by Christmas.

The yarn I’m using is regular Red Heart Supersaver, because that will be the easiest for my brother to take care of.

You can find me on Ravelry at craftsbycori.

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The second post in my version of Carie Harling’s “What’s Your Why Not” series is about writing a book.

The notebook my latest book was outlined and written in.

I’ve wanted to be a writer and publish a book since I was four years old. I made dozens of little construction paper books about monsters and whatever. Publishing a book had literally been a life long dream.

This post is about writing a book. I hate to say this, but for me, writing the book is the easy part. Editing the book and getting it ready for publication is the hard part. I’ve written a dozen books or so, but only the latest one am I actively editing and working towards publication on.

I’ve always been drawn to writing. I would have notebooks on my desk during school, where I would work on a story or a poem, during class. (I was an A-B student, and could answer the questions when called on by the way.)

I write fiction 90% of the time. My novel writing really took off when I started college. I would spend the time between classes in the library writing. I was also writing two novels at a time: Monday-Wednesday classes had one book, and Tuesday-Thursday classes had another.

This allowed me to write on average a book a semester, and then I would type it up. I write my novels longhand and then type them up. Yes, I know it would save time to just write on the computer, BUT that’s not the way my brain works.

Because of writing longhand, I now have a lovely collection of notebooks, of various sizes and designs, with my original works in them. I take pride in those notebooks.

Story Notebooks pt. 1

Story Notebooks pt. 2

So after that tangent, what’s my why not when it comes to writing a book? I’m compelled to. I have a story in my head that must be told.

What’s Your Why Not?


A Gardening TN. I was trying to figure out how to keep track of our garden and then it hit me! Use one of the Traveler’s Notebooks to make a Gardening notebook. Don’t you love when the answer to a problem hits you in the face? AND you don’t have to spend any additional money?!?

In a past post, I showed off a fabric fauxdori that I had made. I already had a TN insert with gardening notes in it, but I needed a calendar. Our wall calendar was full of other obligations, and trying to keep track of gardening information on it wasn’t working.

My Yellow Paper House Inserts!

I had purchased the 2017 quarterly pack: four booklets, split up quarterly, with a month of two pages, and a week on two pages. I had intended on my B6 traveler’s notebook being my planner for 2017, but the Passion Planner is filling the goal meeting need.

I do have some guilt about buying dated inserts and not using them. But when it hit me that I could use these for my gardening notebook, I couldn’t wait to get home to set it up.

In this video, I walk you through how it is set up:

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Gardening Notes booklet: bought at Walmart in the office supplies section, for $0.88. The website link has a different price. I recommend checking your local store for these.

Yellow Paper House 2017 quarterly pack: This pack works great for keeping track of watering and rainfall, and the week on two pages has enough space to make planting and fertilizing notes on all your plants.


Knitting Podcast, episode 9: Mini Skein 10 stitch blanket, Scrappy Wrap 10 stitch, new cotton yarn, and finishing needles.

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Mini Skein 10 Stitch Blanket

The mini skein blanket is coming along nicely. I’m into the third Bon Bon of the Beach package. As the blanket gets bigger, I won’t have as much progress to show off each week, BUT I’ll have more colors per side instead of single blocks of color.

I’m marking added corners and sides with progress keepers. I alternate knitting a side a day and knitting a corner, so I don’t upset my CTS or RSI (carpel tunnel or repetitive stress injury).

It still blows my mind how much yarn is in each Bon Bon. I really thought this blanket would knit up faster.

Scrappy Wrap

I’ve added 60 more rows, about 18 inches. The Bernat Plum Chutney ball is getting smaller every day. To be honest, I’m getting tired of this project. I may put it away for a little while and bring it back out at a later date.

I also think it getting warmer around here has something to do with it. Even with the A/C and fans on, I get really warm when I work on this thing.

New Cotton

I finished up the Bernat Melon Mania last week before the end of the month. This month I’ve started the Bernat Fruit Explosion, which is knitting up very nicely. This yarn is a twist, which means it’s three threads that have been spun together. Yarn weight-wise, it’s more worsted weight than double worsted that the Melon Mania yarn was. It feels thinner.

Favorite Knitting Notion

I found a video on YouTube that showed how to use Finishing Needles. I hate sewing in ends and finishing work. These needles, OMG, they have completely changed my attitude toward finishing. Here’s the video I watched:

You can find me on Ravelry as craftsbycori. Happy crafting!