When I was a little girl, my family members loved to comment on the fact that I always had a book with me wherever I went. Now that I have my own little one, I’m doing my best to share a love of books with her as well. Join me here in the library where I share our thoughts on what’s been hanging out on our bookshelves.
And, if you’re interested, join me over at GoodReads, where I organize my many book lists!
I’m SO excited to share with you my first FREEBIE for your digital planner! Earlier this week, I shared with you how to create and use your own digital sticker book in GoodNotes on the iPad Pro. This free sticker book cover will show in your notebooks area of GoodNotes so that you can easily find your sticker book (and it will look adorable!) Watch today’s video to find out how to add this as the cover of your sticker book.
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One of the things I love the most about using my Seasonal Happy Planner digitally on my iPad Pro is that I can decorated it with all of the digital stickers I want without needing to carry around or store a huge sticker stash. Check out the video above to learn how to make your own digital sticker book and how to use those stickers in your digital planner.
I love my organization apps (Google Calendar, Remember the Milk, and Evernote), but I did miss being able to decorate a planner and use it as a way to record special memories of our family. That’s something that just never seemed to translate to a regular thing on my apps. I also couldn’t seem to make a paper planner truly work in my life either. Being a stay at home mom meant that I didn’t always have my paper planner with me and honestly I didn’t want to buy a ton of adorable planner supplies that I would need to find a place to store.
When I got my iPad Pro, I found a great middle ground. I still use my apps for certain things, like appointments and business tasks), but now I use my digital “paper” planner (a PDF file in the GoodNotes app) to decorate, plan out my home tasks, habit track, and do memory keeping.
My digital “paper” planner this year is a 2017 Seasonal Happy Planner that I purchased before I got my iPad Pro and just couldn’t make work for me. I scanned the pages, turned them into two page spread in Keynote, and uploaded the PDF file into GoodNotes. Check out the video above for tour of my digital Happy Planner!
I’ve always been a huge reader (thanks Dad and Mom for reading to me so much as kid and supplying my book habit!) and I feel like my love of reading helped me in so many ways throughout my life. It’s important to me that books an essential part of Little One’s upbringing and I want to make sure she always has books at her fingertips (or at Mommy and Daddy’s fingertips until she’s old enough to enjoy them on her own). Our small rooms don’t accommodate large bookshelves easily, so when I saw this pin, I thought it was a brilliant idea!
Project Time: 1 hour or so Project Cost: approx $5/shelf Pin it or forget it? Pin it!
One of Little One’s aunties (who also purchased the spice racks for us on an Ikea trip) redid my former dresser and chest as her baby shower gift, so we didn’t want to mount the bookshelves directly to the beautiful piece. We decided to make a corner of her room for her books, near the glider where we will likely sit and read to her.
We found some great little paint samples at Lowe’s and picked one up in a bright green to compliment her room colors. I can’t take an credit for the implementation of this project, Hubby did it all from painting, putting them together, and mounting them to the wall. We did have issues mounting them to the wall due to the type of hanging areas on the back of the spice rack, but otherwise I’m really happy with how they turned out! The hold her books well and add a nice little pop of color to the corner area. There’s no way we would have had room for a bookcase right now, so this was a wonderful solution.
I am so very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for the book Minimize The Mess! I wish you could see my copy of this book. Nearly every page has a highlight and notes in the margin. There is so much great information tucked away for simplifying your home in this lovely book.
Since I became a work-at-home mom, my sensitivity to clutter and mess in our home has increased. While I was already on a quest to find the best way to optimize our smallish home and declutter our lives, being at home more is definitely pushing me to work on this more. Reading this book could not have come at a better time!
While not all of the information in this book is new to me, I found the information that Rachel shared wonderfully packaged to help me think through application for my home. There is prodding to really examine your home and life and the motivation behind the mess, but it is done with the spirit of a trusted and understanding friend. Not only will you be encouraged to work on the current state of your home, you’ll find ways to change the way you think about what comes into your home in the future – the true key to keeping your home the way you want.
Want to join me in minimizing the mess in your home? You can get your own copy of Minimize the Mess for only $2.99 (what a deal!) from Rachel’s site or from Amazon. If you’re purchasing from Rachel’s site she is offering a 25% discount with the coupon code launch.
Rachel has been so kind as to offer a free copy of Minimize the Mess to one Aforementioned Thoughts reader! You can enter through the Rafflecopter below.