Brookebot Digital Planner and Digital Sticker Review

DISCLAIMER: I was provided this planner free of charge for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I do not receive any compensation if you purchase from Brookebot.

 

If you are looking for a 2018 digital planner, the Brookebot Digital Planner is a great option to check out! With a simple, elegant design and a super helpful hyperlinked navigation bar, it’s an easy to use and functional planner. Check out this video review to get a peek inside this digital planner!

DISCLAIMER: I was provided this planner free of charge for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I do not receive any compensation if you purchase from Brookebot.

Purchase the Brookebot Digital Planner and stickers here: http://www.aforementionedthoughts.com/brookebot

Apple Watch Unboxing and First Thoughts

A bit earlier this year, I started considering getting an Apple Watch and researching their benefits and drawbacks.  The tech world can be so confusing sometimes as one expert says that it’s a total miss and another says that they use it every day and love it, am I right?  In the end, I decided to go ahead with getting one in the hopes that it would make our everyday lives go a little more smoothly.  I almost always have my phone right beside me in case I need to be reached during the day. While I realize that this is overkill for some people, we have some family members who have had health issues and I like to be available in case, Heaven forbid, there are any emergencies that come up. I don’t always love toting my phone everywhere I go though. Carrying it around the house seems a bit too much for me while I’m playing with my little girl or handling chores. Having the phone out while we are at playgroup is not my preference either. I loved the idea that I could easily see text messages and even receive phone calls on my wrist with the Apple Watch and ultimately that is what sold me. 

As with all Apple products, the packaging is top notch and sets you up for a wonderful feeling watch. It feels substantial in your hands and on your wrist. I ended up purchasing the aluminum watch in part because I have been eying some pretty yellow bands and I just can’t picture them working with the beautiful rose gold watch. I have some concerns that the white watch band will get dye stains on it from clothing or other items given it’s silicone feel.  I’ll be interested to see how it holds up with use. 

The startup for the watch was a breeze and very intuitive, as most Apple products are. Right away, I loved checking out the different watch faces. My daughter will definitely love the Mickey and Minnie options! I love that I can have custom photo watch faces also. 

As I look around at the apps on my watch, I’m certain that Apple must work on the format of the apps page in the future. It’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not what I would call a “good” format. I do like the dock where you can pin frequently used apps for quick access. I’m always appreciative of any personalization options available. 

All in all, the Apple Watch feels great and is fun to play around with as I check out the features. I’m looking forward to giving it a try and seeing if it’s a good fit for my life as a stay at home mom. I’ll be checking back in with you in a couple of weeks to let you know how it goes! 

How to Add Images to Your Google Calendar

 

While I really enjoy using my “paper digital” planner, I still keep my appointments in my Google Calendar because of the functionality and because I am always near my phone. One of my biggest gripes about Google Calendar is that it can be a little drab. That’s why I was so excited when I figured out how to add images to my Google Calendar. It was so much simpler than I could have dreamed and, yes, it does work on almost all of the different platforms I’ve tried – Android, iPhone, and web! 

Why I Still Use My Google Calendar Along With My Paper Style Planner

I really enjoy using my “paper digital” planner, Google Calendar is still where I house all of my appointments and even some of my record keeping. Here are my top six reasons I still use Google Calendar: 

  1. It’s always with me – I am almost never without my phone. Thanks to Siri and other apps, I can quickly add upcoming appointments while I am on the go. 
  2. Ability to share – It is great to be able to easily share appointments with friends and family when I need to. When I am able to share my calendar with others, I never have to be concerned that they forgot about our plans. 
  3. Reminders – Thanks to reminders, I don’t have to keep my plans floating around in my head. My phone or computer will give me a gentle reminder that keeps me on track (even if I haven’t opened my calendar)! 
  4. Easy to edit – You can’t get much easier than click and drag to update appointments to a new date! 
  5. Automation – I have many IFTTT and Zapier automations set up with my Google Calendar so that I don’t even have to manually enter or write down all of the details of a plan or record. 
  6. Search – I can easily search back several years to find out when something happened last. So much better than needing to manually look through past years’ calendars! 

If you are interested in me covering any areas above further, please let me know in the comments below! 

Unravelling Your Yarn Stash With Evernote

Any fiber arts lover knows the call of the yarn aisle.  Given that it’s nearly impossible to pass up those beautiful skeins, it’s important to find a way to know just what you have in your stash! In this class you will learn how to quickly inventory your yarn stash with photos and details in Evernote.. for free!

Your yarn stash will be searchable and available to you, no matter where you are thanks to the magic of their mobile app. Never again will you be questioning just what shade and dye lot you needed to complete the project you have on your needles. Not only will you save time (to spend on your next project!), you’ll also save money (to spend growing your stash!). Join this class today and we’ll have your yarn stash organized in no time!  

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Unravelling Your Yarn Stash with Evernote