Planning Tips! 3 Ways to Become a Daily Planner

Planning Tips

Do you have trouble keeping track of everything? Me too! This is why planning is so essential to my sanity. I can’t stand it when I forget or misplace important things. As I said in my previous journaling post, bullet journaling is really amazing! For those of you who decided recently that you want to be a planner but have a hard time sticking with it, consider these little tricks to help yourself become a better planner.

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1. Keep your planner where you see it all the time!

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it didn’t even occur to me for the first few months of planning. I would update it whenever I could, but many times I would forget to do household tasks.

Once I put my plannerย  up on the kitchen counter, my productivity level went way, way up! I keep mine up on this little wire shelf so that it is safe from spills or any other kitchen mishaps.

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2. Identify your weaknesses or things you want to change.

Daily planning is about more than just remembering appointments and tasks. If there are certain goals that you want to reach or habit changes you want to make, write them down. Take the opportunity to write down how you will change these things as well. I keep all sorts of goals. I have sections for “Long-term Goals” like my 5-year and 10-years plans and I also keep weekly goal lists to help me stay on track. If I don’t write things down, I won’t remember to do them until I no longer have the time.

20160228_0843403. Set aside 10-30 minutes every evening to get the next day’s plans written down.

This is the most important piece! My planning time is the most relaxing part of my day. I usually settle into bed with a cup of tea and spread everything out around me – planner, colorful pens, washi tape, stickers, and the book I’m gonna read when I’m done. Taking the time to plan the night before can make all the difference in the next day. Even if you think you don’t have time, you can always find an extra 10 minutes. It’s worth it, I promise!!

So for those of you who have been asking me how I stay on track with planning, here it is! Make it fun and fall in love with planning! All it really takes is a notebook and some colorful pens to maximize your everyday productivity! ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck!

Fairy Falls Family Hike

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After that first family hike out in Nevada City, Sophie’s favorite phrase for days was “Can we go on another adventure, please!?” So at the suggestion of our friend De’Etta at Courageous Joy, we decided to try the Fairy Falls Hike since it is only a few miles away and she had detailed instructions on how to find it on her blog (link at end).

 

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Now when I originally read the post, I didn’t notice that she said how long it was because I was concentrating on directions to the parking spot. This hike was extremely challenging for our little ones, but it was so worth it!!

 

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It was a gorgeous day – sunny, but not too hot! The hike was incredible because the scenery changes like every mile! You spend quite a bit of it walking down a dirt road.

 

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Little Rosebud fell asleep while being carried on the way out there. This made the trip even more challenging. We considered giving up before we even reached the falls, but we decided to make peace with the fact that we were going to end up carrying toddlers, instead. I’m so glad we did!

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Fairy Falls 2Once past the long dirt road, we came to a metal gate. At this point, we started passing people. Quite a few in fact. The gate led into a cow pasture. This was really interesting for the girls because the cows were so close to us. Nick and I were nervous though so we held them and tried to give the cows a decent amount of space as we passed them.

 

Fairy Falls 8Fairy Falls 9About a mile later, we came to a small sign that stood at the juncture of 3 paths. We decided to take the middle one because, by the looks of the sign, all 3 led to the falls. This middle path was beautiful, but the hiking was rough at points. There was a point when we were pretty much crawling along the path because it was very steep and slanted into a ravine.

Upon clearing the deeper woods, we found ourselves on an open trail. This was the last stretch to the falls. It sure was pretty!!

 

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We still do not know if we were at the top of the falls or the middle.

 

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Unfortunately, we did not reach the bottom of the falls, but only because the rest of the trail was carved into the side of the hill and it was not fenced. It looked a little too dangerous for a 2 and 3-year-old.

 

 

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We ate our lunch at the spot right next to the falls and played on some of the rocks by the fenced area. The girls loved it!! I would really like to tackle this hike again someday when the kids are much older.

 

Overall, this was an awesome trip to despite how challenging the hiking got at certain points. Sophie is already begging to go on another adventure!

 

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Our friends at Courageous Joy have perfect directions to this spot that can be found here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, De’Etta,ย  for suggesting we try this hike!!

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Culinary Passport: Lefty’s Grill – Nevada City, CA

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On our trip out to Hirschman Trail, we wore ourselves out from all that walking and chasing toddlers so we decided to grab some food before we headed home. We went driving around Nevada City, looking for something delicious. Now initially, due to the lack of parking options in town, we were unsure of what we wanted to do. I don’t know about you, but I hardly ever carrying change so meter parking was out of the question.

Lefty’s is right off the highway in the coolest looking house right over a little creek. I was drawn to it by the huge staircase on the backside of the house (unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good picture of it because Rosie fell asleep on me. Next time I will!). There just happened to be ONE parking spot in the lot across from the place so we decided to give it a shot.

Wow!! Yum! It was a little fancier on the inside than it looked from the outside and I was a little nervous about it at first. I tend to stay away from fancy places usually if we have the kids with us, but we were starving.

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“The Lefty”

My burger was amazingly delicious! Seriously! I had always wanted to try a burger with a fried egg on it, I was not prepared for that! Bacon, egg, beef …..yummmmmm!!

20160209_153443“The New York Dip”

Nick picked this one and forgot to tell the waitress no onions, but we were not disappointed by the sandwich at all!! I am usually not a fan of onions, but those carmelised onions were to die for. Also, we took half of this one home (cause the Lefty burger was huge and filled us both up quick!) and heated it up in our convection oven. It was just as delicious with the bread all super crispy.

The kids really liked this place too because they had big coloring pages and crayons to keep them busy while they waited to steal all of our fries ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overall, loved this place! We will definitely be keeping it in mind for our next date night. I would like to check it out during their prime time.

Nominated for the Liebster Award!!

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Hey! ๐Ÿ™‚ So I was nominated by WOMANPULSE for the Liebster Award! How exciting right?!

It’s an award given to new, up-and-coming bloggers, by their bloggie buddies to basically say “Keep up the good work!” and it’s a way to make connections with other bloggers on the rise. This is very encouraging for me because as most of you know, my blog is still trying to launch off its little feet.

So the Rules of the Liebster are as such:

  1. Thank your bloggie buddy for nominating you
  2. Share the award on your blog and social medias
  3. Answer the ten questions you were given by your nominator
  4. Nominate 10 other new bloggers that you admire
  5. Notify your nominees via social media

The questions my nominator asked:

Coffee or Tea?ย ย  Coffee!! I would never get out of bed without it!

Where do you find your content ideas?ย  Every day life. My kids give me quite a few ideas from our day-to-day adventures.

What is your favorite blogging tool?ย  Grammerly!! It saves me from looking stupid on a daily basis.

Where do you see your blog going?ย  I would like to see my blog connecting me to fellow adventurous parents around the world and possibly serving as a source of income in the future.

Who is your favorite writer? Golly, that is a tough one. ummmm…..ok, lets call it a tie between Stephen King (because he’s been a fav since middle school) and Milan Kundera because his work is mind-blowing!

What is your best quality? My determination. Without it, I would have just stayed nose-deep in a book, where I am the most comfortable, forever.

Facebook or Twitter?ย  Facebook. Twitter is not my favorite at all.

Who motivates you? Why?ย  My kids, because I want them to see that you can make your life into anything you want if you work and plan hard enough.

How has bogging changed your life?ย  It has given me back my passion for writing. In fact, shortly after I started blogging, I decided to pursue a career in Freelance Writing. Between the two, I feel like I am writing constantly…..and I love it!

What are your top 3 blogs for reading?ย  My 3 favorite blogs to read are Gone With The Wynns, Courageous Joy (these guys are actually my neighbors right now!), and Boho Berry.

My nominees:

The Big Red Patch House

Sum of My Pieces

The AKQ BLOG

Nerd Cracker

Be The Proof

Just Me, Marcy

Tea Time Mom

Family Travel On A Shoestring

Jade Jane Russell

Doing It All – Obsessed

Your questions:

  1. What got you into blogging?
  2. Are you and introvert or extrovert?
  3. How many blog posts do you create in a given week?
  4. What is your biggest passion in life?
  5. What social media platform is your favorite to promote your blog?
  6. Do you have a 5-year plan? If so, what is it? If not, why?
  7. Where would your dream vacation be?
  8. Who is your biggest Bloggie Hero?
  9. Do you generally stick to following one type of blog or do you follow different theme blogs?
  10. How happy are you with how your blog is going so far?

Thank you so much, WOMANPULSE for nominating me! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Don’t Wake The Kids Workout

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Do you struggle to find workout time in your busy life too? Lately, with my Freelance Writing business taking off and keeping up with social media for my blog, I have been neglecting my fitness a bit. I do not feel right if I go more than 2 days without a workout and last week I let myself skip workouts for 4!!! Not cool, Chelsea! Since I am always soย  busy, it seems like the only time I get during the day when I’m not busy is during Rosie’s nap time. So I created this Quiet workout. It really works all those muscles and gets me sweating with just two rounds!! (so i usually go 3) Just repeat according to your own fitness level ๐Ÿ™‚

For maximum results:

  1. Push Yourself! If you think you can only do 2 rounds – try for 3
  2. Drink at least 16 oz a half hour before you start
  3. Get that protein in after – greek yogurt, turkey lunch meat, or a hard-boiled egg are my go-to protein snacks
  4. Put on your favorite show or some music. It goes so much faster if you are half-distracted from the burning muscles. I literally can’t workout if it is totally quiet!

I hope this is helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚ Please consider subscribing to our blog if you haven’t yet!

February Mini-Adventure: Hirschman Trail – Nevada City, CA

 

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IMG_3938Family hiking is something we have always wanted to start doing, but the kids weren’t really old enough. This was their very first hike and they had a blast! The trail is off Cement Hill Rd. (right off hwy 49 by the police station) in Nevada City, CA. We discovered it through their city website Nevada City Things To Do, they have a list of the nearby hiking trails and how to find them, which is extremely convenient since we still do not know the area very well. It was such a beautiful trail, filled with trees, giant rocks, and a few wooden bridges. There was also a pretty big lake that people were fishing out of. It was very peaceful and the fish seemed to biting.

 

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We went about a mile in and turned back because we didn’t want to wear them out too quickly. We have decided that we want to take the kids on at least one a hike a month since there are so many beautiful areas here to be discovered. We also investigated Nevada City a little. What a beautiful little town!! Next time we are there I will get better pictures.

 

12705768_10153270700192793_6905395903924002363_nThe one very exciting thing I found was my very first Little Free Library! It was sooo cute! Sophie says next time we need to bring a bunch of books to fill it up.

 

 

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Overall, the February Mini-Adventure was a success and we are looking forward to spending more time over the coming weeks exploring Nevada City and its surrounding areas.

RV Mod: Nick’s homemade Fold-down Table

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A dinette table comes standard in most RVs. I don’t know about you, but we absolutely hated ours. For one, it took up so much unnecessary room. Two, it was wobbly. Three, it was way more table than we even needed for the four of us. So we decided to tear it out and build a fold-down table into the side of the island.

1. Tore out that annoying dinette and gave it to somebody building a truck camper.

aug302. Measuring & Gathering Supplies – plywood, hinges, trim, wood glue, teeny-tiny nails, and polyurethane.

3. Attached trim, polyurethane (3 coats), and hinges to perfectly cut plywood.

4. Get into the most uncomfortable position imaginable to attach hinges to the island.

5.Cut and sand the pieces need to create the removable prop – attach!

And done!! It turned out really great and extremely useful. We also purchased a kid’s plastic 20160205_174941fold-away table to use during the day. This fold-down table is about 30 inches off the ground so it is definitely an adult’s table.

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2015 Culinary Passport

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2015 was a good year for stepping outside of my comfort zone in the eating out department. As I said in my earlier post, I spent many many years alternating like the same 4 restaurants because I knew I would be happy with the food and realized after like 8th plate of shrimp linguine alfredo that year (not joking, wish I was!) that there were so many tasty looking things out there that I had never tried because I was scared that I wouldn’t like them. Now, I didn’t get too crazy with it in 2015, but I did try new stuff and I went to some places that I normally would not have gone to.ย  I’m gonna start with the most amazing one because I’ve been dying to tell everyone and anyone about this place. In July, after a super fun family trip to the Santa Barabara Zoo, our friends suggested we all find a nearby pizza joint to help us recover from the last 3 hours of chasing 4 toddlers around the zoo. We agreed, of course! We ended up going with a place called Pizza Guru right there in Santa Barabara because it had the best reviews on google. It was fantastic!! Turns out they served only “fresh, locally-sourced, organic” pizza and pastas and it was incredibly delicious. I even stepped way outside my box and tried the one that had onions and mushrooms……OH. MY. GOD! Yummmmmmm. And all of that was not even the best part. They had toys and kid-sized picnic tables to keep the kids busy while we waited for our food. They loved getting to sit together without all the grownups. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are ever in Santa Barabara, check them out (p.s. I hear they deliver too! What?! What?!)

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Pizza Guru – Santa Barabara, CA

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“The Dagwood” at Viking Garden Restaurant – Solvang, CA

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“Authentic Fish & Chips” at some rinky-dink place in Lompoc, CA

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“Chicken Fried Steak” at American Host – Lompoc, CA

(seriously, this place was also insanely good! big portions, great service, and delicious food. we went to this place like 4 times)

So 2015 was a pretty decent year for traveling and trying new food, but 2016 is gonna be out of this world! Any suggestions of amazing places or types of food that I just shouldn’t miss? Tell me about it in the comments! Believe me, I will be taking notes ๐Ÿ˜‰