Thursday, September 18, 2014

Product Review: 2015 Daily Planner

You may remember my review of the 2014 Daily Planner. I loved that thing! And so today, I bring you news of the 2015 Daily Planner which is just as good, if not better, than its previous year.

The 2015 Daily Planner is yellow themed, with a beautiful front cover showcasing some of God's creation. When you open the cover, you'll see that the planner is divided by tabs as follows:

  • Year
  • Month
  • Week
  • Tasks
  • Projects
  • Info
  • Shopping
In the very front there is a place to write your important phone numbers for easy access, then following, there is an introduction page explaining how to use this planner in detail, with descriptions of each of the sections listed above.

Throughout the planner you will find beautiful quotes and Scripture verses. I love this! I think it is a wonderful way to be encouraged as you're going about your day. You will also find ample room for note taking, which is helpful when you need a quick place to jot something down.

After the introduction comes a 2015-16 Mini Calendars, plus a place to write in important dates to remember corresponding with each month. After this, we enter the Month tabbed section. This is a full page look at the month, calendar style. There is plenty of room to write things in the squares, plus a space on the side to write notes. You will see mini calendars at the top of the page of the previous month, and the month forthcoming. Very helpful! These calendars start at December 2014 and go until January 2016.

Then we have the Week section, which is where you will most likely be spending most of your time. Here, you will find a full page layout of each week in the year. For our example, we will use the week of December 1 through December 7, 2014. When you open up to this page, you see a place to write your tasks for the coming week. I like to write any big things I have coming up, or just things that need to get done at some point throughout the week but not on a specific day. Under that there is a Bible verse, and to the side of that, a mini calendar of the current month with the current week highlighted. This is very helpful in getting an overall feel for the month.  Under that on the left page follows the first two days of the week, and then continues over to the right page, finishing out with the weekend. In each of the allotted spaces, there is plenty of space to write to-do lists, reminders, etc. Also included in each space is a place to write the menu for the day. Such a brilliant idea!

Next comes the Tasks section. This section is basically space to write any tasks, notes, reminders, things you don't want to forget, etc. There is plenty of lined paper and lots of good space.

After that we have our Project section. This is more lined paper, divided in half in order to make it easier to keep notes on bigger projects separated. This is a wonderful aid in keeping things organized!

In the Info section of this planner you will find templates for keeping your contacts names, numbers, and address organized. I think this is an especially helpful thing to have handy when you meet new people so you don't loose their information!

The last section is Shopping and consists of perforated shopping lists for you to fill out and then separate for easy access.

At the end of the planner, you get a sneak preview of the upcoming planner (which, I must say, the color scheme of the 2016 planner is my favorite so far!) There is also an order form for ease of access.  At the very most back of the planner there is a folder for keeping loose papers or anything else you might need to  keep track of. I use this feature a lot! It is very helpful for not losing things.

I loved (and am still loving) my 2014 planner, and can't wait to start fresh with my 2015 planner. I've tried a lot of planners over the years, and most years, haven't been able to stick with it. Sue Hooley's planner is everything I need in a daily planner, and I'm excited to keep on with it!

Be sure to check out the website where you can see detailed pictures of the planner, plus place an order. I hope you find that this planner works as well for you as it has for me!

Oh, and did I mention how affordable this planner is? It's only $13.99! That's a GREAT deal for a planner like this, especially when you compare prices an on office supply store. If you decide to give this planner a try, be sure to stop back and let me know how you liked it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dear Bellingham

It's been a year since we've been here now. Lucky for us, you've stolen our hearts and made us fall in love with you in a way I didn't think was possible. I like you a lot. You make me feel at home. You've given me lots of great friends, taught me so much, and made some really super awesome adventures possible with your beautiful outdoors. It's safe to say I don't want to leave you.

Artist Point, Mt. Baker. Photo Credit: Chuck McKnight

Yeah, sometimes I do miss Kentucky and Indiana. I miss my family a lot. I miss our old Bible study group on Tuesday nights. I miss our chapel that we'd go to on Sunday mornings. I miss our old apartment where we gave birth to our son. I miss free parking and parking lots and stores that aren't packed. I miss the thunder storms and the water tower that says "Florence Y'all." I miss the sales that our Goodwill had every Friday. I miss the Cincinnati skyline. I miss our special spots that Chuck and I discovered together, where we'd take a picnic and get our feet wet in the water. I don't miss the humidity though. That's one thing I don't think I'll ever miss.

Bellingham, you are beautiful. You are the most lovely bit of earth that I've ever seen. Sometimes I look around me and I can't believe that we get to live here. This is our home. The Pacific Northwest. Our home. Surrounded by towering evergreens, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful waters. This is the stuff nature magazines are made of, folks.

And the people. Have I mentioned the people yet? Bellingham is hippie town to the core, and it makes me love it even more. We fit in here. The fact that we don't (really) shave, wear deodorant, use shampoo, or any artificial products on our bodies just makes us normal here. Using coconut oil in your hair? Normal. Shopping at the food co-op? Normal. Eating organic and GMO-free? Normal. Babywearing? Normal. Breastfeeding, extended and all? Normal.

Buy this sticker!
One word that sums up Bellingham and people is support. People here are so very supportive. Take breastfeeding for instance. If you're walking downtown, it's not an uncommon site to see a "breastfeeding is welcome here" sticker on storefront windows. How awesome is that?! Also, Bellingham has an incredible babywearing support group. In fact, that's one of the first things I went to when we moved here and where, at my first meeting, I met my best Bellingham friend! Babywearing for the win? I think so.

Bellingham, you've introduced us to The Woods Coffee. Starbucks has nothing on you, Woods. You were the first coffee shop we visited in Bellingham because you happen to be in the Flatiron building where Logos is located. Needless to say, on our first visit, we knew we'd be coming back. A lot. The folks that work there are amazing. When the lady that was making our drinks found out that we just moved here, she promptly went and put together a lovely gift bag for us with a coffee cup, a whole bag of coffee, and $10 towards coffee for our next visit. Is that amazing or what? And the thing is, that kind of kindness and love isn't out of the ordinary here. Lady at the Woods, we will never forget that act of welcoming love you gave us. Thanks for making our first visit to your coffee house a good one.

There's also Katz Coffee in Lynden, and Cozy Corner here in Bellingham. Golly. So many good coffee places. The cool think about Katz and Cozy Corner is that they are coffee shop / used bookstore combos. Could there be a more perfect store on earth? Nope. Bellingham, you truly have some of the most awesome stores. I love walking downtown and browsing your shop windows and poking about the locally owned stores housing handmade products by the very people that work there. And Wonderland Tea? Yeah, that stores is amazing. You walk in and instantly are greeted with the best most awesome smells you can imagine. Herbs of all sorts and the most amazing lady who knows her stuff. The owner has beautiful long hair, is super knowledgeable, very friendly, and extremely helpful. So thanks for having such great stores, Bellingham.

Bellingham is earthy. The people are earthy. The shops are earthy. The food is earthy. Everything is so earthy. The connection to the earth God gave us is inspiring and wonderful. I love that about you, little town.

So Bellingham, we think you're pretty cool. I can't think of a place on earth that suits us better than here. Thanks for welcoming us, for letting us claim part of you as our own, for being so beautiful, for being so kind to the folks that live here. Thanks for the way you proclaim the glory of God, and for the way you bless the people by doing that.

But mostly, thanks for being awesome.