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April Desktop Background Freebie

Monday, March 31, 2014

I did some spring cleaning on my laptop, and decided to make my own desktop background to freshen things up a bit. I am loving the new look, so I thought I'd share it with you!

I also customized the icons for my folders. Here is what it looks like now. Much cuter! 



Note: My screen resolution is 1366 x 768, so I designed the background to fit that resolution. 


Not sure how to change your background image? This is how I change mine: Right click on the above photo and click "Save image as" to save to your computer. (I always save mine to my desktop to make it easier to find.)  Then right click on the saved image and click on "Set as desktop background." Easy peasy!

St. Patrick's Day Facebook Cover Photo

Saturday, March 15, 2014



My Facebook followers were the first to get this! If you want to be first in line to get new cover photos when they come out, just "like" my Facebook page: 
www.facebook.com/aprons.n.pearls 


To use this photo... 
Open the photo by clicking on it.
Right click and click on Save Image As.
Save it to your computer. (I save mine to the desktop.)
Upload it as the cover photo on your timeline. 


My 2014 Planner... Your Questions Answered

Monday, March 3, 2014



I've received a lot of wonderful feedback and several questions on my planner / bullet journal, so I decided to do a follow-up post to answer your most asked questions. Here we go...

Q) How do I start? 

A) If you missed my first post about my Bullet Journal, click HERE. A lot of people are finding it very helpful, and I have a link to a video from the creator of the system.

Q) Do you have enough pages in your Moleskine journal to cover the whole year? How many days do you fit on a page in your calendar section? 

A) Yes, I have plenty of pages to last the whole year. The calendar section took me up to page 146. The first two pages are for birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries. Then each month gets two pages for the overview and task, and ten pages for daily planning (fitting three days on one page, and four days on the tenth page for months that have thirty-one days.) Pages 147-148 are for future planning. That left me with 42 blank pages to use any way I want.

Q) Did you do the whole year at one time, or do you do it on a month-to-month basis? Do you have to set it up all at one time? How long did it take you to set it up? 

A) Yes, I did the whole year at one time. I did it that way so I can plan far in advance, and for me, investing the time to do it all at once helps me stay on track and ensure I use my journal daily.

No, you don't have to do it all at once. It just works best for me to do it that way.

It took me five or six hours to set up my journal, but like I told a reader, that included breaks, a lot of finger tapping while I decided what I wanted to put in my journal, doodling, washi taping, and fighting to keep my eyes open since I got a very late start on it and was up until the wee hours of the morning working on it. Others have done it in much less time.

Q) Do you carry your journal with you when you're away from home, or do you have a separate calendar? 

A) I carry my journal with me. It's small enough to fit in my purse, so it works. I think it would be redundant to have a separate calendar, but that's just me :)

Q) What does your key code look like? 

A) I have two different keys in place. The first picture shows the key I use for my special days calendar, which includes birthdays, holidays, etc. The second key shows the one I use for my daily calendar. You can see it in action in the third picture.





Q) Do you feel like you have had enough space (daily) to journal and such, since you completed the entire year? 

A) Some days I have plenty of space, and some days I don't. It depends on how much I have to say on any given day, and how much I have going on. The more tasks I have to complete in one day, the less room I have to write about my day. It is meant to be concise, so I think the problem comes from me wanting to write too much, like I would in a diary. On the days when I don't have enough room, I just write in the back of my journal. Since I had a lot of room left in the back, I dedicated a spot for that exact purpose.

Q) Do I really need to index things? 

A) If you don't want to waste a lot of time flipping pages looking for things, then yes. But it's your journal, so do what works for you :)

Q) Do you use your computer for calendar/planning as well, or just the bullet journal? 

A) Nope, just my bullet journal. It saves time not having to look in several places. The only other calendar I have is the Cozi app on my phone. It's sole purpose is to keep my family informed of things, since they don't have access to my journal. So any events they need to be made aware of are quickly plugged into Cozi, and it automatically shows up on their Cozi app on their phones / iPods. Cozi is also great because there is a Fly Lady version (which is the one I use.) Since I integrated the Fly Lady system into my cleaning routine, it's handy to have because it shows me right on Cozi what the day's cleaning tasks are. (For more info on my household binder and how I use Fly Lady, click HERE. My household binder still serves me very well. The only thing I've eliminated from it is the calendar section, since I use my bullet journal for that now.)

Q) How did you organize it? (weight loss page / look ahead / birthdays)

A) Click HERE to go to the original post. I talk about what I did, and included pictures. If you have more specific questions, just ask in the comments, and I will be happy to answer them.

Q) How is the bullet journal working for you so far? 

A) I love it! I love it so much that I will be doing this for next year, too. No more regular calendars or day planners for me.


I hope that helps a little. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below, on my facebook page, or you can email me. As always, thanks for stopping by! You can subscribe and follow me on social media near the top of the page.


Random Acts of Kindness Day

Monday, February 17, 2014



Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day! We try to show kindness to people every day, but today is just a reminder to the community as a whole that we *can* make our world a better place, one little (or big) random act of kindness at a time. I will be doing things throughout the day and week to do something above and beyond what I usually do in an average week. Want to join the fun and need ideas? Check out my Pinterest board "a-ok (acts of kindness)." I'd love to hear what you'll be doing, so if you're participating, be sure to comment and let us know.