23 Oct 2016

my week #236

This week was a busy one - one of my friends was left the country on Thursday and won't be back until Christmas so we met up on Wednesday. My Swedish learning on Duolingo is progressing well and I noted down a few phrases in my planner this week :)

How has your week been?

20 Oct 2016

documenting my summer stockholm trip

As most of will know, or at least will have probably guessed by now, I love keeping track of things and also writing things down. When I went to Stockholm this summer, I wanted to make sure I didn't forget what I did/saw/ate each day and that's where my obsession with pen and paper came in handy. I used an A6 Moleskine in pink because of the pocket at the back (ideal for receipts, tickets and all those little pieces of paper that would be great in a travel journal...!).

The pen used is a Kuretake Cocoiro brush tip in black.

Each day, I would write down the things I saw in bullet points. I even noted down how many steps I did and the distance walked (according to my iPhone's health app). If something funny happened, I would also note that down briefly.

I kept all receipts so that I could document how much I spent in Stockholm. This is important me on two levels - it helped me stay within budget and also check my credit card when I came home, just to make sure nothing unexpected appeared on my monthly statement.

This'll all come in handy when I finally make my travel journal from Stockholm. I got some photos printed and all I need to do now is to stick them in and write a blurb about each of them. That'll be a job during the Christmas holidays I'm sure, depending on how much free time I have! A post on that to follow at some point in the near future :)

18 Oct 2016

a recipe a week for a year: a 2017 recipe diary

Meal planning is a headache even for the most organised of us at the best of times so what if this could be taken out of our hands once a week? This is where this recipe diary could come in handy.

As you can see, it has a hard cover which is durable. There is a pocket on the first page where you can store loose bits and pieces. There is also a year planner with three months per page.

There are a bunch of handy pages in this diary including: a section for contacts, cooking hints and tips and washing instructions too. I think this kind of thing could be good for students going off to university for the first time or for people who just need a little guidance with these things (I definitely do - I'm forever googling what the symbols on care labels mean!).

The layout is a week-to-view and there is a recipe each week.

Finally, at the back, there is a section for any 2018 plans you may have, home budgeting, birthdays and anniversaries, and usefully, a recipe index in case you tried out a really cool recipe but couldn't remember which week it was during. The diary also has a lovely green ribbon which complements the orange design well.

The paper has a sheen to it which means fountain pens, rollerballs and even gel pens wouldn't be too well suited to it. Biros and pencils would be better as they would dry quicker and reduce the risk of ink transfer to the opposing page if you closed the diary too quickly.

Thank you to Emily at Eaglemoss Limited for sending me this diary to review :)

All views are my own and this review has been written as though I paid for the diary.