How to Bring Positivity into Your Home

If you’ve been stressed lately, bring positivity into your home to transform your space. Check out these tips for how to bring positivity into your home!

There is nothing like coming home from a long, stressful day to a place that lifts your spirits and makes you feel at ease. In fact, 73% of people that are happy with their homes are also happy with their life. Now, more than ever, creating a happy home is essential, as many Americans are confined to their living spaces as a part of social distancing. If you’ve been feeling stressed lately, bringing positive energy into your home will transform your space into a safe haven where the rest of the world melts away. Check out these tips for how to bring positivity into your home

Choose A Scent 

Smells have been known to trigger memories and emotions more than any other scent, which is why choosing a scent that brings feelings of joy and happiness for your home is so important. Whether you are using a favorite scent from your past or choosing a new one altogether, there are plenty of ways to use scent in your home:

  • Decorate your living room space with scented candles. Popular scents such as vanilla and light floral are known to boost moods
  • Scented plug-ins are a great way to bring your favorite scent into the bedroom. 
  • Use scented soaps and bath bombs in your bathroom so you can soak in the tub. 
  • Buy aromatherapy kitchen soap to make washing dishes a relaxing and joyful experience. 
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Get Organized 

Take it from Marie Kondo: the art of tidying up really works! Messy clutter can cause feelings of stress and anxiety, so it’s important to clean up your space and establish a “home” for every item in your home. Studies have shown that it’s easier to fall asleep and get a full night’s rest in a clean room. 

Here are some tips for getting organized:

  • Get into a routine of putting everything away before you leave in the morning. This lets you return home to a clean and organized home. 
  • Donate clutter. There are tons of tricks for getting rid of barely-used items, such as donating any clothing item you haven’t worn in 6 months. Find a system that works for you and embrace the minimalist mindset when it comes to things. 
  • Place clutter that you can’t get rid of, such as Christmas decorations or keepsakes, in large storage bins out of public view.

Utilize Natural Light

Take advantage of windows and other sources of natural light in your home. This will help you get the recommended 10 to 30 minutes of sunlight a day to help prevent Vitamin D deficiency. Other benefits from sunlight include boosting your energy, helping you sleep at night, and circadian rhythm regulation. 

So what are some of the best ways to utilize natural light in your home?

  • Place large mirrors in rooms where light is scarce to help reflect more light into the space. 
  • Use curtains or blinds on the window for when privacy is needed, but open them up when you are spending the day at home to let the light shine in.
  • Install daylight-tinted bulbs in spaces such as a home office or garage to help boost your productivity.

Set-Up Social Spaces

Making your home feel welcoming and inviting to visitors is another great way to spread positive energy. After all, it’s the relationships in our lives, not the things, that bring us the most joy

Invest in social spaces in and around your home. Not every room has to be set up for visitors, but choosing one or two spaces and optimizing them for entertaining will help make your guests feel at ease. 

Here are some ideas for social spaces:

  • Set up a grill in your backyard to encourage backyard barbecues. 
  • Invest in a large table so all of your guests can dine together. 
  • Consider getting a pet. 
  • Set up furniture so that guests face each other. 
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Use Organic Shapes 

Avoid sharp lines when decorating your home and instead embrace curved shapes. Humans are naturally weary of sharp lines and patterns, likely due to its association with a stress response to associate sharp things with danger. 

Foster feelings of safety and security in your home by instead of embracing curved furniture and patterns.  

Here are some ideas for utilizing organic shapes:

  • Display a curved headboard rather than a square one in your bedroom. 
  • Use circular pillows on your couch. 
  • Hang round objects such as frames and mirrors throughout your space. 
  • Try ditching a traditional square area rug in favor of a circular one. 

Making your house feel more like home will make you happier and more at ease. There are so many benefits to investing in your space and using design tricks to inspire these feelings of joy. For more ideas on how to bring positivity into your home, check out our visual below from The Zebra!

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Karlyn is a writer who specializes in wellness and insurance spaces. She believes the best ingredients for success are passion and purpose.

Alesha’s Turquoise Custom Bullet Journal Flip-Through

Alesha purchased a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner, requesting turquoise for her secondary color. Further, the layouts involved include ...

One of the most popular items in my shop is the custom bullet-journal-inspired planners. These are 100% customizable and make bullet journaling so much easier for you! That being said, for each order created, I take pictures and video of the notebook to help inspire your own custom planner. Today, we will be walking through a turquoise bullet journal created for Alesha.

Alesha purchased a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. I created her custom planner in an Essential’s Grid Notebook. Alesha requested turquoise for her secondary color. Further, the layouts involved include a watercolor cover page, future log, monthly overview, and weekly grid log. Here you can read more about Alesha’s custom planner. 

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Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Alesha’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page: 

Alesha requested the watercolor cover page option with “alesha” in script lettering for the main header and “Hauser Cerney 2020” in print font as the secondary header.

Future Log

This future log includes 12 months. Each page features three months each with a row. Then, each row has a mini-calendar. Finally, the headers for each month are in a turquoise script lettering.

Monthly Overview

For each month, I used a simple grid calendar. The lettering for this layout is a purple brush lettering font. Additionally, there is a column to the right of the calendar. The column is labeled “goals.”

Weekly Grid Log

The weekly grid layout is a weekly layout that encompasses seven days. Further, each page includes eight squares that make up the grid. Seven of the boxes are for the days of the week, and the 8th box is blank. For the headers, the lettering utilizes a turquoise script font. Additionally, all of the other letterings are done using a black print font.  

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5 Key Tips to Make Your Apartment More Productive

If you come home and you just feel lazy, then it’s time to make some changes. Follow these tips for making your apartment ore productive.

For a lot of people, an apartment is a place of immeasurable relaxation. We strive to come home to a place where we feel comforted and at ease. Because of that, however, our havens often turn into places where we collapse after school or work rather than step into a realm of productivity. As important as it is to unwind at the end of the day, it’s just as important to continue ticking off the things on your to-do list and accomplish your daily personal goals. If you find you’re just not as productive at home as you should be—whether you work or study from home or need to get more done once you’re home from work—take a look at these tips for making your apartment a place of productivity. Even with limited space, you can make your home a relaxing yet effective place.

Switch Up Your Lighting Choices

You may not realize it, but the lighting choices you make play a large role in your ability to be productive. When your lighting in your kitchen, by your desk, or wherever you’re trying to be productive isn’t well-lit, then you’ll have a hard time focusing. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a variety of lighting choices to choose from depending on what mood you’re trying to set—for example, bright lights for the morning (avoid fluorescents), focused lighting for your desk, and dim lighting for relaxation.

Declutter Vigorously To Be More Productive

A key aspect of a productive home is that the clutter is at an absolute minimum. You’ll be much more productive if you can swiftly find everything you need. If your home has any of the signs of too much clutter, then you need to take steps to declutter your space. A decluttered space means a decluttered mind, which makes for a much more productive you.

Make Your Workspace a Place You Enjoy

Whatever or wherever your workspace is—the kitchen, a desk, your craft area—make sure it’s an area you enjoy. If you dread sitting down at your desk to work on homework, or if your kitchen is too cluttered for cooking, then you have a problem. Your chair should be cozy, but not too cozy. Make sure you look forward to using your utensils, whether they’re pens or cooking knives or knitting needles. If you don’t enjoy using the space, you won’t be productive.

Decorate Inspirationally

Sometimes all you need for a productive hour is some inspiration. Put up some inspirational quotes, photos, or goals around your workspace so that you always have something to strive for. Inspiration pushes us to do and accomplish more—surround yourself with it.

Set Up a Cleaning Routine

For some people, a productivity session begins with a cleaning routine. If you’re struggling to stay or get productive once you’re at home, try setting up a cleaning routine. For example, tidy up the apartment as soon as you get home or right after dinner, and then settle into work. Don’t use cleaning to procrastinate; rather, use it as a way to kickstart your productivity.

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Kayla is a writer, artist, and designer from the Chicagoland area. She incorporates her creativity to produce work that is informative and thought-provoking.

Liz’s Purple Disney Princess Custom Planner

Liz purchased a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Liz requested purple for her secondary color. Further, the layouts involved include...

One of the most popular items in my shop is the custom bullet-journal-inspired planners. These are 100% customizable and make bullet journaling so much easier for you! That being said, for each order created, I take pictures and video of the notebook to help inspire your own custom planner. Today, we will be walking through a purple Disney princess and succulent bullet journal created for Liz.

Liz purchased a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. I created her custom planner in a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Gold. Liz requested purple for her secondary color. Further, the layouts involved include a watercolor cover page, 2020 at a glance, bills and budget tracker, self-care routine, fitness tracker, mood tracker, monthly overview, and weekly grid log. Here you can read more about Liz’s custom planner. 

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Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Liz’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page: 

Liz requested the watercolor cover page option with “Liz” in brush lettering for the main header and “let’s get our shit together” in print font as the secondary header. Blue and purple were blended together for the watercolor.

2020 At A Glance

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2020 through December 2020, in a calendar format.  Further, the months are horizontally indicated in purple script lettering. Then, “2020” is at the top of the page in a print font. Lastly, “at a glance” is in a script font as well.  

Bills & Budget Tracker

This tracker is a chart-style tracker for bills and budgeting. The header is “bills & budget” in a purple brush lettering. The columns in the chart include expense, due date, amount due, autopay, and a column for each month.

Self-Care Menu

This layout includes a silhouette of a female’s head with her hair in a ponytail. I wrote the header, “Self-Care” in white minimal script over top of the silhouette. Further, the purpose of this spread is to be a self-care menu.

Fitness Tracker

This page is a grid involving a square for each day of the year. Down the right side is a key indicating how to fill in the square for each day. Additionally, the header is “fitness” in purple brush lettering and there is a cat and houseplant washi tape as an accent.

Mood Pixels Tracker

Similar to the fitness tracker, this page is a grid involving a square for each day of the year. Down the left side is a key indicating how to fill in the square for each day. The key is unfinished so that Liz could decide how to fill it in. Additionally, the header is “mood” in purple brush lettering and “pixels” and “2020” in a print font. Lastly, there is cat and houseplant washi tape as an accent.

Monthly Overview

For each month, I used a simple grid calendar. The lettering for this layout is a purple brush lettering font. Additionally, there is a column to the right of the calendar. The column is labeled “goals.” Important to note is Liz’s theme is Disney princess, succulents, and cats. So, for each month I included a doodle of a Disney princess at the bottom of the “goals” column. Each month has its own princess. Below is the list of princesses included.

  • Ariel from The Little Mermaid
  • Belle from Beauty and the Beast
  • Rapunzel from Tangled
  • Pocahontas from Pocahontas
  • Aurora from Sleeping Beauty
  • Mulan from Mulan
  • Jasmine from Aladin
  • Cinderella from Cinderella
  • Merida from Brave
  • Tiana from The Princess and the Frog
  • Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Weekly Grid Log

The weekly grid layout is a weekly layout that encompasses seven days. Further, each page includes eight squares that make up the grid. Seven of the boxes are for the days of the week, and the 8th box is blank. For the headers, the lettering utilizes a purple brush lettered font. Additionally, all of the other letterings are done using a black print font.  

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Take Breaks Why It Is Important To Take More Breaks

Strategic breaks during your work or study hours can give you that extra nudge and boost your productivity. Here’s why it's important to take breaks.

As humans, we are usually limited to two-digit life spans but need to accomplish a lot. You may feel like you have to do too much and shoulder too many responsibilities that need to be taken care of within a small time span. Breaks may appear as shedding away your responsibilities. However, it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Strategic breaks during your work or study hours can give you that extra nudge and boost your productivity. Without breaks, you can’t keep a check on your stress level and it becomes a bit too much for your brain to keep up. Here’s why breaks are an absolute necessity during your work and study hours:

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1. Process & Retain Information More Efficiently

Our brains function in two different ways – focused and diffused. In diffused mode, your brain is relaxed and is almost in a wandering or “daydream” state. In her book A Mind for Numbers, Professor Barbara Oakley explains how we can’t function in a focused mode for too long and need to take breaks to shift to diffused mode. While in diffused mode or the “daydream mode”, our brain works at a subconscious level and is able to solve problems more efficiently and helps us to form connections. Focused mode helps us to master the details, while diffused mode helps us to figure out how things work with each other.

With short breaks throughout the day, you can switch between both modes to maintain a harmony that combines execution with creativity. Think about reading a book or watching a movie. You don’t really ponder over the details in every scene or line. After you have finished reading the book or watching the movie you are able to draw connections and make sense of a brilliant piece of work.  

2. Increased Productivity

In his book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, Tony Schwartz has researched the physiological fatigue that humans have to suffer through after working for prolonged durations. According to his research, it kicks in after 90 mins of work and can make us lose focus. Like a well-oiled machine, your brain needs to rest a bit to recharge itself and refocus on your work. Short and planned breaks throughout the day can help you to achieve that.

You can divide your workday into small targets that can be achieved within less than an hour or a bit more. As you complete your targets, you can take a small breather and relax to allow your brain to juice up and move on towards the next target. This helps you to boost your productivity since you aren’t distracted from work fatigue and get more work done at the end of the day. According to research conducted by DeskTime on a group of employees, the most productive workers take numerous breaks during the workday.

3. Better Health & Overall Well-Being

Sitting on your desk throughout the day is the easiest way to shift away from fitness. According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, short 5-minute walks during your workday can be good for you in more ways than one. It doesn’t just reduce lethargy, but lifts moods and improves your overall health. Researchers in the study found out that brief walks every hour is more effective compared to long and intense workout sessions. Sitting at your desk for too long can also have an adverse effect on your blood circulation and expose you to risks like obesity, heart disease, and chronic joint pains.

Moreover, eating your lunch at the desk is more inefficient than you may think. You don’t pay attention to your food and chewing is reduced by drastic levels. This can lead to poor food choices at best and poor digestion at worst. A lunch break away from your desk without the stress of work can boost your afternoon productivity and even prevent the sugar crash in your body that inclines you towards an afternoon nap.

4. Emotional & Mental Health

A Swedish office tradition known as “Fika” involves you grabbing a few of your mates with a sugary snack and a cup of coffee. This may seem odd, but is, in fact, a well-accepted office culture in the Scandinavian country. Employees aren’t questioned by their superiors when they enjoy a “Fika” with their colleagues away from their desks. It helps employees to reboot and promotes good mental health. However, according to a study conducted by the National Charity Partnership, it was found that most employees utilize their allocated rest periods for work.

Half of the respondents admitted that they don’t leave the office during lunchtime. This doesn’t just leave a toll on your physical body but also affects your emotional health since you experience increased levels of anxiety, stress and become easily irritable. Employers understand this as well and last year on 15th May, over 60 companies participated in National Mental Health Break, a campaign launched by Shine, a startup that targets negative mental health problems.

Conclusion

When you study or work for too long without a break you may pull through that day, but it will have a bad effect on your physical and mental health that may lead to burnout. According to research conducted by Gallup, one in five employees feel burned out quite often while almost half of the participants in the study admitted to feeling burned out sometimes. A report from Harvard Business School estimates that companies lose $125 billion to $190 billion each year from healthcare spending for physical and psychological problems of burned-out employees.

Short and planned breaks are very important for both studying and working. It is an inexpensive way to keep health problems to a minimum and maintain high levels of productivity. Both individuals and organizations need to emphasize on the importance of breaks at the workplace and in their curriculum. The goal should be to achieve productivity instead of being bound to the old traditions of long work hours. You can take breaks and choose to work smarter, not longer. 

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Grow Yourself Mentally: How Attitude Provides Success

Your mental health could be the key to moving forward to greater things. Here are a couple of reasons why your mental attitude could inform your success.

Have you ever been around a negative group of people? The longer you spend time in their conversation, the easier and deeper you get sucked into their negativity. If you do a bit of digging and observe them from a distance, you will also realize that they don’t move forward in life. 

They stay in the same groove of monotony and don’t seem to see the way out of their misery. When you look closely, you’ll see that their mental well-being is the cause of their anger at the world. Enhancing your mental health could be the key to get you out of a rut and moving forward to greater things. 

Here are a couple of reasons why your mental attitude could provide you with success.

Aiming For Self-Mastery

If you have a particular set of skills, then you need to do your utmost to develop those skills and become a master. In the workplace, there are only a couple of things that you have control over. 

Your skills, thoughts, and behavior are all you need to develop self-control and from there, you choose how you do things or what you say. It is vitally important to garner a positive attitude and do your best, regardless of the situation around you. 

If you can show the powers that you persevere and develop, even in the most hostile of times, you will get noticed and your hard work will be rewarded. Your attitude and resilience in dire times will set you apart from your competition and you will grow even faster in your skills. 

It all starts with taking responsibility for the things you have control over and making the best out of every situation, no matter how bleak it may seem when you are in the thick of things.  

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A Change In Attitude Goes A Long Way

Attitude is everything, or at least, that is how the saying goes. I general, people use the word ‘attitude’ out of context, or they attach a negative connotation to the word. This is not the case when your attitude towards yourself and your job is concerned. 

One trait that goes hand in hand with attitude is confidence and when you combine a positive attitude with confidence, you get one mean team, waiting to excel past everyone in line. 

Your body language speaks volumes and if you can exude a positive attitude, then your superiors will start to invest in you. They will notice that you are the kind of person that will tackle adversity and come out on top because you have the right mental attitude. 

When your attitude towards yourself is positive and healthy, your outlook on life and where you fit in it also changes. It is the single tool that you will use to rise above the rest and get back up when you were knocked down. 

A positive attitude does not mean that you think that you will never lose, but rather that you will be prepared to lose and take the lessons that you learn from your failures. The real ability is to fight, get back up and fight on. 

Setting Goals And Sticking To Them

People who are successful have clear cut goals that they set for themselves. When you don’t have goals in life, you will fall into survival mode and do only what is necessary to survive. On the other hand, when you have goals. You tend to be more deliberate about your actions and you plan your next move to fit into your plan and reach your goals. 

Nevertheless, having clear goals as opposed to vague ones are just important. When your goals are unambiguous, you tend to work hard at filling the gaps to reach it. 

For instance, if you set a goal to get appointed for a certain job, then you go beyond your normal day in day out routine and fill the gaps in your skill tree and your resume. The same rule applies when you are doing those lengthy assignments as a college student. 

It even might require some smart planning like outsourcing the work to online assignment help, but the idea should be to complete the work on time and deliver a project that actually impresses the teacher. You can go through the online resources to learn more about it. 

It’s easy to lose focus and forget about your goals, especially when it takes you a bit longer to achieve them. That is why it is important to remind yourself of your goals each day and break the big picture up into smaller, manageable chunks. 

It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint

The thing about growing yourself mentally is that it takes a long time to get it right. Most people don’t even reach their mental goals. This is mainly because people give up before any real result is even visible. 

From the day that you are born, your mind creates neural pathways in terms of your behavior or the way you react to a certain situation. Sometimes, your behavior is toxic to growth and you need to change the way you do things before you can move on. Making conscious decisions about how you react in certain situations does not change overnight. 

You have to give yourself time to adapt and change your mindset and realize that you are not going to have success on day one. The one thing that you need to remember is not to beat yourself up when you revert to the old ways in which you did things. This isn’t good either. 

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Create A Path Or Strategy

Lastly, you need to plan your strategy. Having goals and saying to yourself that you want to achieve something by a certain time is all good and well, but how do you get there. Your strategy is vitally important for reaching your goals. 

Developing a growth strategy is like playing a game of chess. You always need to be a step or two ahead of the game and make sure you don’t stare at the move right in front of you. 

When you have a bigger picture in mind, you also have the ability to see more than one way to reach your goals. Again, looking to the person you want to be in ten years will give you much insight as to your next move. 

Short-term strategies are great for steadying a rocky ship and bringing stability, but planning ahead is where real progress lies.   

The Bottom Line

The battle of success is won and lost in mind. When you are strong-willed and determined to reach your goal, you will. People are resilient and if you have the right drive, you’ll be surprised at how far you can push yourself. 

The only thing that you need to remember is to never give up and to persevere. If you can hold your head up high and make plans when the going is tough, the chances are that you will duplicate that same attitude when it time to grow. 

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Michael Gorman is an experienced freelance writer, essay writer, and proofreader from the UK who currently works at best essay writing service. Being interested in everyday developments and industry trends, he writes various blog posts and discovers new aspects of the business and technology world.

Erin’s Watercolor Jewel-Tone Plan-with-Me

Looking for some great inspiration for using watercolor or jewel tones in your bullet journal? Check out Erin's custom watercolor jewel tone bullet journal!

Erin ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Black. The primary colors used for her notebook are watercolor jewel-tone. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, flog, monthly calendar, weekly rows, and monthly grocery list, notes page, and to-do list. Here you can read more about Erin’s planner. 

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Here you can learn more about the layouts for Erin’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page

Erin’s title layout is a muted jewel-tone green watercolor title page. For the header, “Erin’s” is in a calligraphy font. Then, on the second line, “shit show” is in an all-caps print font.

Future Log

This future log includes 12 months. Each page features three months each with a row. Then, each row has a mini-calendar. Finally, the headers for each month are jewel-tone script lettering.

Monthly Calendar

For each monthly layout, I used a simple grid calendar. Then, the header is a simple black script lettering on top of a watercolor jewel-tone splotch. Additionally, the header is located vertically down the right side.

Weekly Rows: 

The weekly layouts include seven rows, four on the left page and three on the right. Then, the main header is in black script lettering. And finally, the day of the week is a black print letter with the date is a small subscript. Similar to the monthly calendar, the daily headers are over the top of some jewel-tone watercolor.

Grocery List

This layout is a primarily blank two-page spread. Further, this spread includes a header similar to the previous headers in that it includes black script lettering over watercolor jewel tone sections. Further, there are little doodles on most of these pages according to month themes.

Notes & To-Do List

This final layout is incredibly similar to the grocery list, except, it is two layouts morphed together. Further, the left page is the notes and the right page is the to-do list and each has its own black script letter with jewel-tone watercolor and month-themed doodles.

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Chalkola Chalk Board Paint Markers Review

Chalkola sent me these products for review and I am so very excited to share my thoughts and experiences with you! Let's jump into it!

I was very lucky to be provided chalk paint pens and a chalkboard by Chalkola. They sent me these products for review and I am so very excited to share my thoughts and experiences with you! Let’s jump into it!

Chalkola Products

The products I was sent include a box of Large Paint Pens with a ton of colors, a chalkboard, and one extra white pen.

First Impressions

Once I first started opening the package, I became excited by the number of products they sent me. I was not expecting so many color options and became so excited to use them. Also, it did not take a long time to get the color through the nib!

Pros & Cons of Chalkola

After my first impressions, I started trying the products. Here are the pros and cons I’ve found while using Chalkola products!

Pros:

  • Large variety of color options
  • Variety of size options for pens
  • Write really smoothly despite sounding like it doesn’t
  • Chalkboard is sturdy
  • A ledge on the chalkboard for pen

Cons:

  • Loud noise occurs when writing on the chalkboard
  • Must pay attention when gathering ink in nib (I had two overflow really quickly)

Final Impression

As you can see there are more pros than are cons. Quite frankly the cons I’ve listed above are very minor and almost forced. You may be able to hear the sound in the video; however, I turned down the volume when I was not talking. Another bit to note is that I didn’t notice the sound in real life to the extent that I did when listening back to the video. So, don’t let the sound turn you off to these pens, it sounds exaggerated in the video. Additionally, the pens write very very smoothly and look amazing on the chalkboard. I have actually used them in my bullet journal as well and they look great on paper as well. However, because they are paint pens, I caution their use in paper due to bleeding in some notebooks.

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Elen’s Yellow Honeycomb & Bee Custom A6 Planner

Looking for some awesome honeycomb and honey bee bullet journal inspiration? Check out Elen's custom honeycomb and bee themed bujo!

Elen ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Navy Blue. The primary color used for Elen’s notebook is a golden yellow with a honeycomb theme. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar, notes, groceries, and to-do. Here you can read more about Elen’s planner. 

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Elen’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page 

Elen’s title layout is a copper red watercolor title page. For the header, “2020 planner” is in an all-caps print font. Additionally, I have included a small bumblebee doodle above the header to add to the honeycomb theme.

Year at a Glance: 

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2020 through December 2020, in a calendar format.  Further, the months are horizontal and in a golden yellow minimal script lettering underneath black minimal script lettering. Then, “2020” is at the top of the page in a print font and “at a glance” is in a golden yellow minimal script font.  Lastly, I added yellow honeycomb illustrations underneath the lettering in the top corners.

Monthly Calendar

For each monthly layout, I used a simple grid calendar. Then, the header is in simple black brush lettering. Additionally, the header is located vertically down the right side. Further, behind the header and calendar grid, I’ve added yellow honeycomb illustrations.

To-Do List

This page is mainly blank with “to-do” written in a black print font. A line then connects these words to the edge of the page. Lastly, I added a bumblebee doodle with yellow and black strips to varied locations on each page.

Groceries List

This page is mainly blank with “groceries” written in a black print font. A line then connects these words to the edge of the page. Then, similar to the monthly calendar, I added honeycomb illustrations to varied locations on each page.

Notes Page

This page is mainly blank with “notes” written in a black print font. A line then connects these words to the edge of the page. Similar to the to-do list, I added a bumblebee doodle with yellow and black strips to varied locations on each page.

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16+ Sunflower Themed Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

With spring approaching fast, I am getting more and more excited for summer! here is a quick little round-up of sunflower bullet journal page inspiration!

With spring approaching fast, I am getting more and more excited for summer (my favorite season)! To celebrate my excitement, I decided to do a quick little round-up of sunflower bullet journal page inspiration! In this round-up, I have gathered over 15 different types of layouts that incorporate sunflower visuals!

Sunflower Mood Tracker

Sunflowers make for great mood tracker! These flowers have so many petals it is easy to use them for 30 or so days of moods. I love this one, the petals are so pretty!

How To Draw Sunflowers

Ever wondered how to draw a solid sunflower in your bullet journal?? I love these quick doodle tutorials, they are so easy to follow and helpful!

October Cover Page

This cover picture stands out to me for several reasons. First, the mood coloring is so different than the rest of these layouts and is super gorgeous! Second, I love the use of color in the polaroid and black and white around the polaroid!

Blue Mood Tracker

Here is another version of the sunflower mood tracker. I like this one because it incorporates several sunflowers instead of just one! If you prefer to call them daisies, this imagery is super versatile!

Sunflower Habit Tracker Tutorial