Bullet Journal Set-Up – June 2018

However late it is, I’m very happy to share my June 2018 pages. This month I used the orchid Mildliner and a coordinating washi tape featuring flowers and little birds. The layout is the same again, but stay tuned – next month I’ve switched things up!

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Review: Cagie (Faux) Leather Journal Tabs

Today I’m going to share my full review on the Cagie Leather Journal Tabs. While I love the free-flowing nature of the Bullet Journal system, I crave the ability to flip from month to month easily like in a more traditional planner. And while the index can help me find collections more easily, sometimes I want to flag pages that I go to more frequently. I also wanted something more refined than a self-labeled tab. Spoiler alert: I love these, and I’m so excited to share how I’m using them in my journal this year.


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Blog Planning in my Bullet Journal

There comes a time in every Bullet Journaler’s life where they think, “I should start a blog!” (or, in my case, another blog in my collection of many over the years)

There also comes a time in every blogger’s life where they realize they need to plan their posts if they’re ever going to be consistent or prepared for posts they wanted to write at certain times of the year or intervals. When that blogger is also a Bullet Journaler, she (i.e. me) makes a spread for it.

Blog Planning Overview

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Mindful Money Planning

This week, I’d like to share how I use my Bullet Journal for financial planning, which I call “Mindful Money”.

To be clear, this has nothing to do with the book Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend by Jonathan K. DeYoe. I only am keeping the title the same because it’s what my Bullet Journal spread on it is titled.

The Basics

  • Break down ALL of your transactions into 6 categories and color-code:
    1. Necessities
    2. As Needed
    3. Limited
    4. Very Limited
    5. Unless Out
    6. Do Not Buy
  • Within the categories, plan transactions with specific limits, whenever necessary.
  • Track transactions throughout each month in the habit tracker, to show which days money was spent in which category.
  • List transactions individually in a spreadsheet, and use the same color-code to show trends in transaction categories. (Other things happen with this spreadsheet, but we’ll get to that later.)

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Meal Planning in a Bullet Journal

Happy Monday! Today I want to share my method for meal planning by using my bullet journal. If you’re interested in seeing more of my journal, check out the Bullet Journal category of my blog!

I started meal planning around 2 years ago when I got frustrated that I was ending up having to throw out food because I bought more than I could eat before it expired (and I never remember to freeze things until it’s too late). At first it was very casual – making my grocery list based on meals and sticking to the list at the store. Over time, I started to notice what meals I liked the best, cooked most often, and were easiest (fastest) to make, and from that list of go-to meals, my meal planning system was born!

I only meal plan, I do not meal prep. That is something that’s never worked for me, mostly because I hate 90% of leftovers! We’ll see if that changes as I get older and have a larger family to cook for. For now, purchasing things with portions in mind is working perfectly.

The planning pages in my bullet journal consist of 2 full spreads:

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Bullet Journal Set-Up – January 2018

Like I mentioned in my 2018 Bullet Journal Set-Up post, I’m using a 12 pc. set of washi tape to create a more consistent look throughout my journal. I think this will help me to learn more about the structure I like most in my journal and not worry as much about being inspired to create a new theme each month. (Prime example: last August I couldn’t come up with a theme, so the theme became “random” and my month cover page was a drawing of a hippo blowing a bubble out of its nose – which was my husband’s idea.)

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