For the love of the Bullet Journal

Ryder Caroll, you crazy mastermind you. If you’re not familiar with the Bullet Journal, be prepared to go down a YouTube rabbit hole and if you get even more nuts, you’ll just head on over to instagram to look up #bujo #bulletjournal and then you’ll be spending your Sundays drawing out templates that you find from creative YouTubers that vaguely look like the creations they’ve made. No? Is this just me?

I heard about the bullet journal from a friend of mine and then a family member mentioned it on her page. What do you mean I just need a journal and a pen? Not just any journal apparently, a dotted one, or one with grids, or maybe you could use a lined one. Really, it all became too much until I put it into practice to figure out which technique I liked the most. Listen, I’m a busy mom of two and I have the hardest time focusing on projects and goals that we’ve all agreed to. I needed something that I’d actually use. Yes, I could have used the massive planners that have beautiful drawings and calligraphy on it with all of the bells and whistles when really, I just needed something that could categorize and a space where I can brain dump. Enter the Bullet Journal technique. I’m a rabid connoisseur of all things visual learning and quickly dove into what I needed to know about this radical way of documenting my days, then went off to Amazon.com (you know the site, should I link it still?) to purchase all things stationary. 

Off I went, making gridlines and figuring out what/how to make the months happen.

The first week went off great. But here’s the thing, with all agendas, the best one is one that you’ll actually use. I dove into this system during the summer when all hell broke loose (aka summer at home with two kids under 7).

So let’s just get the cons over with

  • Unlike most other forms of agendas, you will have to physically write out the month/weeks/days. If you really don’t like this or don’t like your handwriting, invest in a label maker, I’ve seen this work beautifully.
  • All of the designs. I seriously became frustrated with how I would layout my bullet journal every month to the point that I couldn’t figure out how to organize all of the things.
  • You actually have to use it in order for it to be effective. Like any other agenda, you will have to put pen to paper (see more in pros though).
  • You must take it with you everywhere (could be a great thing though see more in pros).

 

Pros (let’s end positively)

  • You design the layout you want. You design the “spread” that you will use. If you don’t like it, guess what? You don’t have to stick with it for twelve months. You can add pages as you see fit.
  • Flexibility. So much flexibility. I’m a lover of nostalgia and analyzing data – I geek out over systems and figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
  • The weight y’all – THE WEIGHT. I do not want to work out in order to carry my journal.
  • Brain dump time. I have all of the thoughts and ideas, projects, all of the things in my beautiful head, so do you. everything is easier for me to compartmentalize and organize when it’s on paper.
  • If you choose to, you can color coordinate but that just distracts my pretty brain even more and makes me do more work.
  • Ability to add in goals where I see fit.

And there you go. Are you a Bullet Journal fan? I’ll be using mine more for my next Whole30 round starting September 3rd along with planning out projects for my businesses.

Baby baby baby, ohhhh (Baby Registry Loves)

This is for the mamas (and the papas… and anyone raising little humans). I am oddly around newborns or friends that are preparing for baby showers as they see their bodies growing. Before you start with that fun barcode scanning gun and having a field day with your registry at a fine retailer – hold on! There are things that you just will not need (I see you wipe warmer) and some that you may cringe at but trust me, you will be so grateful for. After having two kids, I’m obviously an expert, right? Yes. Because I had a lot of c-r-a-p and I truly could not get rid of some stuff because it was given by family members or I thought I needed it and registered for it. I’m an “expert” because I’ve gone through two newborns within 24-months of one another and things that I could reuse and save you headaches.

Top 5 Baby Things That I Loved

  1. Just a Fitted Sheet – Seriously, simple fitted cotton sheet. Do not, I repeat, do not drive yourself crazy with sheets and bedding. You will have other things to deal with. Remember, bumpers are not ok (SIDS is a real f’in thing). You will be changing sheets out often, kids spit up, leak out of their diapers, bodily functions you never thought possible out of your precious cherub. We liked this one from Burt’s Bees (the lipchap people).
  2. A simple backpack aka your lifesaver aka your new purse/diaper bag. I’m not going to put a link here because you know what a backpack is. I will post which one I used because of the compartments. But I can recall receiving a beautiful diaper bag from a wonderful family member. It was great, designer brand, pockets (moms love pockets) but it was heavy. My shoulder was already dying from holding a child but the diaper bag was insane. A simple JanSport will do and it’s so simple to just throw everything you need in one bag.
  3. Baby Kangaroo Maker – This is the only expensive item that I will post. Find a good baby carrier you LOVE. We had the stroller but after baby #2 came along and my daughter was 2, she was occupying said stroller. We loved loved loved our Ergobaby. Living in Texas, the Moby just wouldn’t work where it’s like a sauna every step you make. If you’re a nursing mom, you will love your baby carrier because your babes is literally at your chest and has no where else to go to eat, fast food.
  4. Bottles – Surprise… we didn’t nurse. Maybe for a week we did but neither kid wanted anything to do with my boobs. Sad, yes. Guilt trip, some. But guess what? This is real life and your kid needs to eat. So if you choose not to nurse or if it doesn’t work for you, that’s where the beauty of technology and science come in with bottles. Invest in some good ones. You may hear a lot about glass bottles for babies, do what you want. We loved Tommee Tippee Get a few sized nipples, maybe just 3 each but be prepared for the hand washing.
  5. Snot Sucker (featured image) – My favorite one to talk about and why I left it last. The NoseFriday from Fridababy. Straight up the grossest thing (opinion) but it is beyond the best thing on the market and you cannot live life without the NoseFrida. Yes, there are the aspirators with the bulb, but I’m that mom who enjoys seeing just how much comes out of my prodigies. I enjoy being able to suck out giant globs of things and get a sense of satisfaction when my kids can breathe again. You will too, because a breathing baby is a happy baby – a happy baby is a relieved mommy.

So, there you have it. My Top 5, take it for what it’s worth. If you are that mom that wants to coordinate your daily outfits with your child, you may think I’m crazy. But when you’re on 2 hours of sleep and need to take kid to mommy and me, last thing you’ll want to do is lug a baby diaper around with your coordinating look.