Blog Links: May 2016

Blog Links

I really enjoy sharing blog links with my readers. From the comments I’ve gotten, they seem to enjoy getting new blogs to check out as well.

Funny:

Ode to the Wedding Registry http://www.allthethingsido.com/ode-to-the-wedding-registry/

Gift Ideas:

Mason Jar Gift Idea http://ashleemarie.com/cookie-monster-birthday-gift-tag/

Brownie in a Jar http://call-me-cupcake.blogspot.se/2011/12/edible-gift-idea-brownie-mix.html#.VzI_bYQrKUl

BBQ sauce in a jar http://www.shakentogetherlife.com/2013/05/mason-jar-bbq-sauce-fathers-day-gift.html

Dry Spice Rubs in a jar http://www.piebirds.org/2012/06/dry-rubs-seasonings-in-jars-fathers-day.html

Life Stuff:

25 Things Successful People Do Everyday http://www.martinealphonse.com/blog/25-things-successful-people-every-day/

Applying to University: USA vs UK http://hechingerreport.org/american-colleges-need-end-admissions-hunger-games-take-page-u-k-playbook-instead/

Reading List:

Knitting Books http://www.goodreads.com/search?q=knitting&from_new_nav=true

World War II facts http://www.historyfanatic.com/slideshows/these-31-world-war-ii-facts-will-blow-your-mind/8/

Anna Anderson, Anastasia Romanov Imposter http://www.refinery29.com/2016/05/110617/anna-anderson-anastasia-romanov-impostor

Recipes:

Healthy Donut Recipe http://lifeinspandex.com/i-made-the-impossible-possible-healthy-donut-recipe/

Overnight Blueberry Bake http://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/overnight-blueberry-bake/

Chicken Spice Rub http://overthebigmoon.com/under-5-friend-gift-chicken-spice-rub-blog-hop/

Fudge Waffles topped with ice cream & chocolate sauce http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1571

Bulk Roll Dry Mix http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=1577

Hot Crab Dip https://www.facebook.com/healthynhappyliving/photos/a.1398359093708979.1073741826.1398357950375760/1719785761566309/?type=3&theater

The Health Benefits of Tea http://pellerini.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-about-the-health-benefits-of-tea/

Oreo Pudding Cake http://eatmovemake.com/oreo-pudding-cake/

Pudding Cookies http://www.chef-in-training.com/2011/07/pudding-cookies/

Lebanese Restaurant Recipes http://gigieatscelebrities.com/healthy-chicken-shawarma-recipe/

Traveler’s Notebook Related:

52 Different Uses for Your Traveler’s Notebook http://www.organizeyoursoul.com/blog/2015/02/27/52-different-uses-for-your-travelers-notebook

28 More Uses for Your Traveler’s Notebook http://www.organizeyoursoul.com/blog/2015/04/24/28-more-uses-for-your-travelers-notebook

Hacked my Franklin Covey and Turned It into a Traveler’s Notebook http://www.organizeyoursoul.com/blog/2015/05/14/hacked-my-old-franklin-covey-and-turned-it-in-to-a-tn-fctn

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Traveler’s Notebook Insert Haul–April 2016

I haven’t been using traveler’s notebooks (TN) very long, but I am the type to “Go Big or Go Home.” I’ve been building an insert stash. I’d like to share with you my traveler’s notebook insert haul from April.

I’ve gotten inserts from the following stores: TJ Maxx, Big Lots, and the bookstore at USF. I also recommend looking at Ross, Marshalls, Stein Mart, and Bealls Outlet.

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USF Bookstore:

I stocked up on the Piccadilly notebooks. I use them in the Wide and my Husband may start using a TN as well, and this is the size insert he likes. They were on clearance ($5.98 for a 3 pack). I eventually cleared out the Barnes & Noble stock of them!

TJ Maxx:

3 booklet set of notebooks for $4.99. Themes: suitcases, cameras, and lightbulbs.

2 booklet set of Moleskine pocket sized notebooks in purple for $2.99.

3 booklet set of Poppin pocket sized notebooks in Lime Green (Tinker Bell green to me) for $2.99.

Big Lots:

OMG! I hit the mother load here!

3 booklet set of pocket sized notebooks for $1.50 each!!!

I cleared the shelf! I’ve picked some of these up at Big Lots before, but in my experience with Big Lots is I may not always be able to find something I’ve seen there before because the inventory can be random. I’m very happy to have found a stockpile for cheap!

I encourage all those who use Traveler’s Notebooks to give this outlet-type stores a chance. There’s nothing wrong with buying off ETSY or Amazon or other websites, but you may be able to find decent inserts in your area for less money than buying online.

Total # of inserts:             29 booklets

Total cost:                           $21.47

Cost per insert:                 $0.74 per insert!!!

I love cheap inserts!

YouTube Video link: https://youtu.be/kQO7uimqzzY

© Cori Large 4/17-18/2016

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Traveler’s Notebook Insert Sizes & Options

I haven’t been using a Traveler’s Notebook (TN) for that long, and there’s a lot to this section of the planner world, especially when it comes to the sizes of TNs. I’ll be giving an overview of the different TN sizes and some of the inserts options I’ve found.

***TN inserts size measurements come from the Chic Sparrow website. This is not an endorsement of Chic Sparrow nor is it a sponsored post. Just using this website as an information source.***

  1. Field Notes / Pocket Size
    1. Inches: 3.5 x 5.5
    2. Centimeters: 8.9 x 14
  2. Personal Size
    1. Inches: 3.75 x 6.5
    2. Centimeters: 9.5 x 16.5
  3. A6 Size
    1. Inches: 4 x 6
    2. Centimeters: 10.2 x 15.2
  4. Narrow / Standard Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 4.25 or 4.33 (I’ve seen some variation in my research.)
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 10.8/11
  5. Wide Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.125
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 13
  6. Extra Wide Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.5
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 14
  7. A5 Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.8
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 14.7

There are lots of options for inserts online. Various ETSY shops that offer digital downloads or print & ship. Chic Sparrow does have its own line of inserts. Ray Blake (www.mylifeallinoneplace.com) offers free inserts you can download and print yourself or have him print them for you (check the cost on that). Amazon also sells the Midori inserts.

Once you know what size you want, you can also design and cut out your own inserts. This may take some practice and experimentation, but it is doable. I’ve designed a multitude of inserts for my own use, both for TNs and ringed planners.

Certain stores do carry the Piccadilly and Moleskine brand notebooks, in a variety of sizes, which was you use as it or cut them down.

I like to check my local stores for other types of notebooks that may fit the TNs I have. For me, I can use just about anything. I would also like to bring your attention to two notebooks that you may not have considered before.

Mini Composition Book

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Photo snipped from Walmart.com

Size: 3” x 5” or 7.6 cm x 12.7 cm

Fits: Field Notes / Pocket Size

Ruled paper; 80 sheets; 160 pages

I found them at Walmart in a 3 pack, with different color covers.

Durably Poly Cover Composition Book

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Photo snipped from DollarGeneral.com

Size: 5” x 7” or 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm

Ruled paper; 90 sheets; 180 pages

Fits: Nothing perfectly really. It can be cut down to fit into an A6 or Narrow / Standard size. I’ve done that with mine, to fit my Narrow. I also trimmed the plastic cover off since this was going to be a disposable notebook anyways.

I found them at both Walmart and Dollar General.

Most TN users keep an eye out for other types of notebooks that are adaptable for a TN. These are two cheap suggestions, especially if you’re looking for disposable notebooks for shopping lists.

© Cori Large March 24, 2016

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