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Travel Planning Using a Dot Grid TN Insert

By Leslie Sleesman
on May 28, 2018
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Travel Planning Using a Dot Grid TN Insert

There are a lot of different options for travel planning out there, in the ‘planner world.’ I’ve seen whole planners for trips, pre-printed traveler’s notebook inserts, printable inserts, and more. But, nothing out there really struck me as the perfect solution. So, staying in line with my “use Limelife dot grid notebooks for all the things” philosophy of late, I decided to make my own!

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Travelers Notebook Hacks

By Leslie Sleesman
on May 21, 2018
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Travelers Notebook Hacks

Have you found yourself following the trend of TNs, aka Travelers Notebooks, and wanting to know some more tips and tricks for decoration or uses - check out this small list of TN “hacks” to get you started if you’re new or step your game up if you’re a seasoned user.

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Using a Perpetual Calendar

By Kristan Kremer
on June 21, 2017
Ever wonder what to do with the months pages at the front of your planner? 
The first year I had a planner, I left them blank.  I tended to forget about the pages in the front of the planner since I was using it purely for lists and function and practically lived on the weekly pages. 
The second year, I used it as a master birthday list.  To generate the list, I went through my address book, combed through Facebook's calendar app, and included dates from memory. 
Limelife recently came out with a perpetual calendar for a Traveler's Notebook.  This year, since I'm a TN convert, I adapted my list even more and used washi tape to divide the second page in the spread.  I include friend and family birthdays on the left, and kids or kid's friends birthdays on the right along with anniversaries.  I love that I won't have to move everything to a new planner year after year.  The modular setup of Traveler's Notebooks really works for me. My six year old loved helping me pick out stickers and color schemes for each month.
An idea I had if you didn't want to abandon your current planner setup is to order one or two Traveler's Notebooks and stash them in the clear front pocket of your Limelife Planner.  It's the best of both worlds!  :)
Happy Planning!
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15 Things To Do This Summer - Summer Bucket List

By Kristan Kremer
on June 07, 2017

15 Things To Do This Summer 

Summer Bucket List - Family of Four (Kids under 3)

 

It's officially summer in our home! With two educators and two kids, not yet in school, you can understand our excitement. 

 

Apollo is just under three years old and Aria a few days from turning one - we have to be creative. During the last few weeks of school, I began to brainstorm different ideas to keep our family entertained in my Limelife Planners A6 lined notebook. 

 

 

This size went along with me very easily from home to work because it fits nicely in my work bag and diaper bag. 

 

 

What's missing from this list? Anything you're planning to do with your family this summer break?

A Table of One's Own

By Kristan Kremer
on May 10, 2017
I've wanted a desk in our house for a long time, but we never had the space.  I figured we'd have to move for me to get a room of my own a la Virgina Woolf but recently something strange happened.  Our geriatric dogs (ages 13 and 12) decided they hated their crates during the day.  They've both loved having their own space to sleep since they were puppies, but we became concerned they were going to hurt themselves trying to break free.  We experimented a bit with leaving them out, and they did fine, so we packed up the crates and suddenly there was a blank wall in our front room calling my name.
I had been keeping my planner stuff on an Ikea Raskog cart and wheeling it to the kitchen table when I wanted to use it, but now I'm so excited for it to have a home base!  My handy husband fixed a table he found on the side of the road, and I cleaned it up and popped on an old  table cloth from Target.
I recently got into stickering (is that a word?) and my kids love it too.  We order the Pipsticks monthly pack and our neighbor friends always seem to be over when it arrives.  They LOVE filling out the postcards that come inside and mailing them.  The mom in me is especially excited for a fun way to practice writing over the summer.  I get both the kid and adult sticker pack, because why not?  The sticker fun usually leads to a request to get out the "art cart."  Once it's out, I can't resist!
A few times when planning in my Cahier Traveler's Notebook, I noticed the dot grid array was about the same size as some of the "standard" stickers available on Etsy.  The dot grid is available as a Traveler's Notebook or as a planner add-on, or even as a stand alone notebook.  I decided to do an experiment with a few of my favorite shops' box stickers.
I also noticed that the width is the same as the columns in Limelife's 7x9 Layout A.  I don't have Layout A, but I printed a sample page from the website. I think it's so neat that you can try out your planning style before committing to a full planner.
I can't wait to show you more from my new table.  Also, stay tuned for a Favorite Things Giveaway on my Instagram for my birthday!  It's coming up soon!  Happy stickering!
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Skin Care Routine

By Kristan Kremer
on May 03, 2017
Have you heard of Korean Skin Care?  I had no idea what it was a few weeks ago, but my friend Nancy (Hi, Nancy!) has gorgeous flawless skin and she filled me in on her secret.
I realized I'd been punishing my skin with lots of drying and scrubbing products (which worked!) but then I was not hydrating my face enough at all.  I can't stand feeling sticky from lotion, but with this new routine, I feel like I'm glowing!  The order of the steps is important because it ensures all makeup and dirt is removed properly, and then products are layered to build back moisture.  
There are 10 steps, but don't be worried. I only do a mask and scrub two nights a week, so the "core" 8 steps take less than 5 minutes.  I had to make a page in my bullet journal because I couldn't keep the steps in order and kept forgetting.
There are curated product lists, but I found everything was cheaper a la carte on Amazon.  Thank you, prime!

My favorites so far are:

Step 3 Exfoliation: Strawberry Scrub 
Step 5 Essence: Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner - this is so refreshing!
Before, During, and after one week (with a touch of makeup)
What do you think?  Can you see a difference?  I highly recommend you try it out.  I'm definitely planning to continue.  
(See what I did there?  Happy Planning!)

Staying Organized While Traveling

By Kristan Kremer
on March 24, 2017

Traveling can mean fun, adventure, and relaxation. It can also mean stress, lack of routine, and difficulty staying organized. If you love planners, chances are you love to be on top of things and plan ahead, right?  For us planner-lovers, being away from home can make planning, organizing, and feeling “completely together” difficult.  


With spring and summer breaks coming up, I figured now is the perfect time to share a few of my tips for staying organized while traveling.


Last summer my family and I drove for two days to reach our vacation destination. Our car was packed. And I mean packed. We stuffed our car with snacks, waters, and the essentials needed to keep our preschooler entertained during our long car ride. (Yeah...that's a lot of “essentials.”) We had so little room left that I decided to leave my planner at home. “I'll be fine for a week without it,” I thought.


Was I “fine?” Sure. But there were times when I longed for my planner to help me feel less stressed and more “on top of things.” Not being able to write things down and keep track of our plans left me relying solely on my memory. (Which isn't  a good thing when you suffer from mom brain.)


So here is tip one.


Bring a Travel Planner


Whether it’s a small, pocket-sized option or something you've concocted, if you use a planner in your day-to-day life, using it while on vacation or while traveling will be second nature to you. I’m planning on using the new Cahier Traveler’s Notebooks during our vacations this year. Our trip this spring will only be for a few days so I'm bringing the Weekly Layout E notebook with me. But if we take a longer trip this summer, I will probably switch it up and use the Monthly Traveler’s notebook. There are a few reasons why I chose the Cahier Traveler’s Notebooks instead of a smaller planner. Firstly, they're small while still maintaining a good amount of space for writing (big handwriting over here). Secondly, they don't have coil bindings so they are easy to slip in and out of a bag or purse. And lastly, I like that the months and dates aren't already printed in the notebook. This means I can write in the dates myself and use every single page of the notebook. Instead of just using the pages of the months I'm traveling.


Bag Choice


The bag you'll be carrying day-to-day should allow for easy, on-the-go organization and the inevitable wrappers/napkins-in-the-bag scenario. (Hey, it's better than littering.) So a good size bag (spending time stuffing a small bag with items is no fun) with pockets/compartments is must. I also recommend zippers instead of snap or magnet closures. There's  nothing like not being able to find your phone or wallet and panicking that it may have fallen out of your bag during your travels to throw your entire schedule off course.


Allow for Free Time


Those of us that like to plan may or may not be guilty of finding comfort in planning out every minute of our travel/vacation. My advice? Allow for some free unscheduled time. Chances are, something unplanned will happen during your time away. Whether it's an unforeseen rainstorm slowing down your travel time or an amusement park shutting down it's rides until the risk of lightning passes, having unscheduled time will allow time in your schedule for the “uh-oh’s” and last minute changes.

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