Monthly Archives: April 2015

Bullet Journalling


Hello, my name is ra ra, and I’m a planner addict!

For a little while now, I’ve been looking at planners and diary’s with a view to finding a system that I’d like to work with. I discovered the Erin Condren planners late last year, but ruled them out due to cost of both the item, and shipping from the States. it also was only a week to view spread, and I’m very attached to my month to view spreads. As i wandered round you tube and pinterest i discovered the Midori travellers notebook and bullet journalling.

this system appealed to me, as I’m a list maker and enjoy the whole crossing off thing!. but this system still didn’t work with my ideal of a monthly spread. i noticed people were making their own inserts and that got me thinking.

after trialing just a bullet journal for the week leading up to coming to Australia and the first couple of weeks here, I have moved onto the next phase of trailing a system that gives me the best of both worlds.

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In a notebook I’ve been using, I have printed off 2 months (april and may), and cut several A4 sheets to A5. I have for now paper clipped the pages in, with the month to view on the left hand side and the page to bullet journal on the right. i have chosen to colour code my days rather than have boxes for each day, that way i don’t need to rule up lines or download pre printed pages. I also don’t have loads of things each day, so just having a blank page is better for me than pre printed boxes.  I’ve added a code at the back of the notebook with the keys to the  symbols. again this list may change as I’ve come across another one on pinterest that has some different keys which could be useful.

at the end of each week, i migrate (official lingo!) any uncompleted tasks to the next week, and put a fresh weekly page on the right.

what i wasn’t liking about the systems i was seeing was all the flicking backwards in the notebooks to find your month spread for an overview of whats going on. this way solves that problem for me.  the green tab on the side of the page is for ‘next month’, where the May calendar page is ready for adding things in when they crop up.

if i like how this works, I’ll find an A5 binder i think, or I’ll look at a way of making it work for a Midori, because I really like those!.

as anyone else discovered bullet journalling?



April 2015 Reading Challenge


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Hi everyone. I’m a few days late with the reading challenge as I wasn’t well at the weekend, and I’m not really using my sisters computer equipment so am finding what I want to do not as easy as it would be at home!

As seems to be the norm lately, I only have one book to review/cross off my list.

it’s called “The House we Grew up In” by Lisa Jewel. I’ve read a lot of Jewel’s work over the years and enjoy her books immensely. This read is my ‘ book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet’!

I enjoyed the book, but at the same time, found it quite frustrating as it kept jumping backwards and forwards in time, and sometimes it would take me a few paragraphs to realise that I was back in a different time. I also didn’t read it as quickly as I have read other books of hers.

the story centers around a family home and the lives of the family who live there for many years, hence the jump in time as the past is remembered as well as present day. I cant give too much

more away or I’ll ruin the story for anyone wishing to read it!


Now, over to you…..


Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each month we’ll share what we’ve read during the past month based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen. ** I still need to change the wording on the button, now the party is only monthly!.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

please join in! –