Allons-y, Alonso! Storyteller Traveler's Notebook by Chic Sparrow

30 January 2015

Okay. So, I'm a bit of a dork. (Like you haven't figured that out already).

I'm also a big fan of Jennifer Harvey's beautiful leather Traveler's Notebooks. Ever since my very first handcrafted notebook, the beautiful Creme Brulee (check out a First Look here), I was instantly hooked and new it would not be my last. Being that this is my second custom Traveler's Notebook, I wanted to go with something quirky and fun this time around. Enter: the Doctor. Doctor who? EXACTLY!

National Reading Day 2015

23 January 2015

Today marks the annual National Reading Day, a day which celebrates and encourages reading by younger children. So, I thought it relevant to dedicate a post to my other paper love affair--books.

Ever since my husband and I found out we were preggo with our first son, I made a list of all the awesome things I wanted to pass down to him. My love for reading was definitely on that list and, since way before he even arrived, I read to him. We've been reading ever since. I've made it my mission to read to him often and expose him to as many forms of literature as I possibly can. And, guess what? He loves books and is now reading (or pretending to, atleast--he can't read yet) to his baby brother.

So, in honor of National Reading Day, I thought I would share some of the children's books that have become favorites in our household. Some are classics, and some we've discovered along the way. They are listed in no particular order.

  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! Ed Emberley
  • The Napping House Audrey Wood
  • I Love My Pirate Poppa Laura Leuck
  • Peekaboo Morning Rachel Isadora
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Bill Martin, Jr./Eric Carle (any Eric Carle book)
  • Trucks Go Steve Light
  • First Book of Sushi Amy Wilson Sanger (got to represent my husbands Japanese side and what better way than through food? All the books from her World Snacks line is adorable and, not to mention, yum!)
  • Llama, Llama, Misses Mama Anna Dewdney
  • Everywhere Babies Susan Meyers (we read this to our oldest when were expecting our second)
  • Love You Forever Robert Munsch
  • Where's My Teddy? Jez Alborough
  • Where The Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
  • Any of the Curious George books by H.A. Rey
  • How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room? Jane Yolen
  • Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss

There are obviously tons more, but the list would go on forever. These are just our usual go-to's. I've acquired most of the books in our collection from my days teaching pre-k and working with younger children. But, we also get our book fix by visiting our local libraries when we can. My son was beyond thrilled the first time he got his very own library card. Yup, he's definitely my son! I've also bought books second hand from various places, and have even asked for them as presents for my children on Christmas and on their birthdays instead of the usual toy. I don't know about you, but for me, picking up books around the house is way more enjoyable than cleaning up toys. Think Lego pieces. Everywhere.

Anyway, hope our list of favorite reads will help add a new one to yours. What are some of your go-to childrens books? Whether it's for me or for my kids, I'm always open to learn about a new book. Do share in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you. Happy reading and, as always, Happy Friday!

First Look: Mia Binder by Franklin Covey

09 January 2015

Yup, I did it again! Went and switched things up on you guys! See what I did there? Don't act surprised. If you've been following, you know I've often struggled between planner sizes so this isn't anything new. From a personal sized Filofax to an A5 planner to a Compact size Franklin Covey then up to a Classic. I'm just all over the place! This time I'm not going to tell you how much I "absolutely love this planner", and how I think I've achieved some kind of "planner peace". No. No more promises. But, I will tell you why I think the Classic and I will get along quite well later on. First, let's take a quick look at my newly acquired binder.

Yay, 2015 + Blog Update

02 January 2015

I know it's been awhile since my last post. Like most people around the end of the year, I got caught up in the Holiday madness, and wanted to focus on spending my time and attention on more important matters like my family. And to be completely honest, I just really haven't been feeling like blogging. It happens. But, here I am and I'm excited to start somewhat fresh because, hey, if you haven't noticed, it's a new year!

How did you ring in 2015? I truly hope your first day was nothing short of splendid. I just wanted to come on and wish everyone a quick happy new year and to let you in on a few blog updates. First off, I'm still here. I may have neglected this place the past few weeks, but I haven't stopped blogging entirely. I should be back on my regular weekly schedule. If you've just stumbled upon this page--hello and welcome! Hope you've found your way around my little blog with no problem. I hope you enjoy your stay and that you come back often.

I also wanted to address this months Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge. I've been getting some e-mail about whether or not I would be having one. I'm sorry to say that there will be no photo challenge for January. As the new year drew near, I kept debating if the photo-a-day was something I wanted to continue doing. As much as I love sharing photos of my planners with you and seeing all yours, I felt like it was something that my heart wasn't 100% committed to and the last thing I didn't want to do was continue something I wasn't going to participate in. But, I also hated the thought of stopping altogether, so I finally decided that, instead of holding one every 3 months like normal, I would just do one challenge sometime later in the year. I don't have details for you just yet, but I'll definitely keep you all posted. It was a tough decision, that one, and again, my sincerest apologies.

Anyway, with every new year, I get excited about all the things I want to accomplish and all the things I want to see and do and conquer. I hope you're feeling a bit motivated, too. The year is a blank page (or rather an entire planner of blank pages!) just waiting to be filled. Here's to more blogging in 2015, more organization, and most definitely a lot more happiness and success to us all.

Until next week, from my family to yours, happy new year!