Notebook for the New Year

Hello everyone! I want to share the newest addition to my ever expanding collection of notebooks, journals and planners. It’s from the folks at Word Notebooks and it’s called the Standard Memorandum.


It’s a small, daily diary with room to write a few sentences about your day. (They actually have a great video all about the Standard Memorandum that you can find here.)


It measures only  2.35″ by 5.25″ making it very portable. You can tuck it in a small pocket in your bag, inside your planner or even in your back pocket! Since I already have a journal that I use (more on that in a later post) to write in and an art journal, I needed a reason to buy it.

So I decided to use this little book to find the happy in my day. I think it’s so easy to only see the negative…it almost becomes a habit, a routine. So each day I am going write down something about my day that made me happy. I am going to do this each day in hopes that it will become easier and easier to find. I might toss in something I am grateful for from time to time as well.

So here I was…pleased with my ability to find a reason to buy the Standard Memorandum when I stumbled across the leather cover for it.  I tried to talk myself out of it…I did, I really did. The Memorandum is $11…pretty reasonable in my opinion. The leather cover…well that’s a little bit of splurge at $45.


But of course I splurged! There are three choices…black, tan or brown. As you can see, I chose brown. Monogramming is included.


The leather is similar to the leather on my Midori Traveler’s Notebook. It feels great in your hand…and smells yummy. It will be interesting to see how it ages. It has a simple design and allows the Standard Memorandum to just slip inside the back pocket.

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I liked these little books so much that I thought they would make great stocking stuffers so I picked up a few extras. And I thought it would be fun to give one away! So if you would like a chance to win one…just be a follower and leave a comment on this post. I will announce the winner here on the blog next weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!


New Blog, New Beginnings

Hi everyone! I am sitting here, the day after Thanksgiving, trying to decide what to put in this first post. I have tons of ideas for future posts but this one just isn’t coming easily to me. It feels like the first post on a new blog should be something special…something memorable. But I got nothin’. Well maybe not nothin’. Let me start by telling you why I decided to create a new blog.

I have two children. My oldest lives in Seattle with his fiancee and my youngest moved out on her own a few weeks ago. So it’s just me and my husband at home now. We are having to figure out how to do certain things all over again. For example, I used to cook for four, then three…which really isn’t that different than four, just more leftovers. Now I cook for two…when I cook. With just two of us, it’s cheaper to eat out so we do that a bit more. Grocery shopping is different as well. We just buy what we like, we don’t have to worry about whether the kids will eat it. Cleaning the house is different too. Good news…things stay cleaner longer when you clean them. Bad news…you have to do all the cleaning. Bonus…I can now tell which messes were really made by the kids and which ones my husband just blamed on the kids. So what I am trying to say is that it’s an adjustment. Not necessarily a bad one…but it’s definitely different.

We all know when we have children that some day they will move out. Some day it will just be you and your spouse again. Trying to remember what it was like to be together before you had kids. Hoping you still have things in common, things you want to do together etc. This all leads me to why I created the new blog. I just felt with everything that was changing my blog needed a makeover…a “do over” of sorts. I still plan on sharing things I make with you but I want to include lots of other things too. Ideas for staying organized, my planners, my love of stationery, pens and maybe even a recipe occasionally. Basically a little bit of everything. And I might chat about being an “empty nester” every once in while. (FYI – I hate that label.)

So I think that’s it for now. I hope everyone had a great holiday! Thanks for stopping by!