Favorite Journals and Planners (+thoughts on Bullet Journaling)

bullet journaling with spiral bound lined paper

Bullet Journaling is a trend I’ve been very intrigued by lately, as I’m sick of carrying around multiple notebooks everywhere (a planner and a journal) to fill my needs of planning, note taking, and list making. And is it just me or is productivity positively linked to writing tasks down and crossing them off? I like my planner to have a daily view over what’s going on- but I don’t like that I’m limited to the little printed boxes, and I need a journal to write down thoughts, blog ideas, lists, inspiration, etc. I’m always working on simplifying my life so why not simplify my notebook situation? Yes, I do realize “there’s an app for that” but I just love all things paper too much to go completely digital.

So, bullet journaling seems pretty perfect for me. It is a notebook system, usually in a grid notebook, where you layout yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily tasks in page spreads. Spreads can include tasks and trackers to help complete goals. But my favorite part is that it can be laid out as simply as possible or as in depth as you want. I can include journaling pages, inspirational collage pages, or whatever my little heart desires in a planner. It is part scrapbook, part journal, part planner, and part notebook! For me, that is- someone else’s “bu-jo” may look completely different.
The usual notebook to use is a Leuchtturm1917, which is a dot grid, thread bound notebook. My current choice of a lined, spiral bound notebook was because I want to use what I have before purchasing anything else, and to see if I actually DO love the system. Also, I love spiral bound notebooks, so that limits the usual bu-jo options. I did find some fun ones with spirals that are completely customizable from Minted (no dot grid paper but their graph option would work nicely) and Erin Condren (dot grid paper is an option, as well as changing the metal color of the spiral, covers, and adding tons of fun accessories) But like I mentioned, I am not allowing myself to buy a new notebook until I use the ones I have! (But one of these may make it onto my Christmas list, just saying!)

For those of you who prefer to have a planner already laid out but like the idea of extra note pages and pops of fun inspirational images here and there, the day dreamer planner by thimblepress (below) is such a fun option!
Do any of you have a bullet journal? Do you have tips or thoughts for me?

personalized journals and notebooks from minted1. aperture notes notebook

2. dainty notebook

3. abstract watercolor notebook

bullet journal erin condren personalized dot grid spiral bound notebooks

1. Marquee Notebook

2. Watercolor Floral Notebook

3. Floral Heart Gold Metallic Notebook

4. Metallic Shibori Notebook


thimblepress planner the day dreamer

the day dreamer

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Fall Favorites at The Farmstead

Fall is my favorite season and it feels like it flies by in just a blink of an eye.  There are so many fun colors, activities, sights and smells to enjoy during the season.  Just a cool brisk walk boasts a heightened sensory experience with the perfect crisp scent and crunch under your feet.  

One of my absolute favorite Fall activities is the corn maze. We are fortunate to have access to a quite a few options close by!  One is The Farmstead.  There’s a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, lots of games and kid friendly activities, and of course, the corn maze.  Lucy enjoyed playing in the corn kernel “sand box”.  It was so funny to watch her!  She also got a pony ride which was pretty darn cute. 

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Self Care: The Best Things in Life Aren’t Always Free

A question I’ve been contemplating lately is how can I provide the “self-care” that is necessary to be the best version of myself.  With a toddler, time to myself is the first thing that I cut out, but that needs to be time kept sacred!  Showing yourself some love is essential in rejuvenation and creating healthy habits.  So often, shopping and “retail therapy” is viewed as a self care opportunity but I disagree.  It’s a necessary task in life but I want to make sure the time I spend on myself  cultivates curiosity, growth, and simplicity in my life.

Taking a nap, a bubble bath, exercise or enjoying a cup of good coffee at home are always fun and FREE options of caring for ones self.  But while those all sound lovely, I don’t think that self care always has to be free.  Quite the opposite, actually.  Spending hard earned cash on yourself is the epitome of showing that you’re worth it- and it doesn’t have to be shown through a new pair of shoes or purse.  Experiences and learning opportunities are wonderful alternatives to the societal norm of rewarding with consumer products.  I recently took a writing class from Tammy Strobel called Write to Flourish and it was the best $47 I have ever spent.  I learned new things that have continued to spark ideas to this day and helped create habits to grow in my writing.

self care, journaling, photography

Self Care Opportunities:

(that don’t add stuff to your life besides good memories!) 

-explore a museum

-journal/write/photograph in a new environment (coffee shop, book store, park)

A Simple Year program   

Tiny Wardrobe Tour (coming to Boise next month!  I bought my ticket already- who wants to join me?!)

calligraphy class at Paperie and Pen (or any of their classes!)

-take an online creative class

artBike tour

-join a Paint Night 

Indulge Boise food tour

-take yourself out for coffee or a meal


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