Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Notepaper

This printable started out as notepaper but morphed into more of an insert.  Even on my worst days I always have something to be thankful for, and at Thanksgiving especially I like to ponder my blessings and list the things that I am most grateful for. I've made a special list for just that purpose and am sharing it with you.  [8.5x5.5]

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Free Insert: Week at a Glance on Graph Paper

As I shared with you in September, I began using a week on one-page layout during the summer which also functioned as a dashboard or landing page. It's the very first sheet in my planner and is my go-to page to check dates and appointments.  Since school started back,I went back to using a 2-page weekly spread but so far I am still putting that week at a glance page to good use. [See it here]

This insert also has two boxes at the top to use however you wish and they also just happen to be the same size as a small post-it note.  If you want to check out this 8.5 x 5.5 sized sheet, you can download a copy below.

Every week as I change the date and print out my own copy, I will also share the dated copy here on the blog.  If you would like a blank template to fill in your own dates instead, go here to download.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A New Week on One Page Insert

I know I have found a favorite insert when I have used it for more than three weeks in a row.  This insert is a favorite.

It has room in the weekly blocks to jot down bills due, important dates, and upcoming appointments.  There is not room for task lists, which I often do when using a week on two pages spread.  If I have a very busy day, I use a daily page for notes and reminders, or I will use a to-do app on my phone.

There are two blank blocks at the top of the page.  I use the one on the left to record financial information.  In the block above are upcoming homeschool fees.  Sometimes I will keep our checking balance in the block, or write outstanding check amounts (or both).

The right block perfectly fits my sticky notes (I might have planned that), and I am currently using that as a list that I add to during the week when I find something we need on our next shopping trip.  If you would like a copy, you can download HERE.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Using a Daily Page for 2 Days

Every four months I make a 5 hour round trip to Vanderbilt to see my kidney Doctor. My mom and I had transplants a year apart with the same doctor, so we coordinate our appointments. The day before (today) often requires a lot of planning and reminders, so this method of planning works well for me.

The tasks I need to complete for tomorrow are listed on the left-hand side of the page. Can you tell I want to remember not to take my Prograf!? I've written it in a couple of places. I have also noted, more than once, a reminder about lab procedures. I don't want to forget.

The time schedule on this page will be used tomorrow. I'm keeping up with my mom's appointment, as well as 3 of my own. At the bottom of the schedule, I've written down questions I want to ask my doctor. If there's one thing I've learned from Kristy at Giftie Etcetera, it's that you can use planner pages however works best for you - two days on one daily page works great for me in this situation.
Do you do anything similar with your planner pages?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Weekly Home & School Planner (homeschoolers)

Wow, it has been a long time since I've posted, hasn't it.  I feel like I ran out of ideas of things to create - I also ran out of time to create.  We've started our new year of school and I am teaching two highschoolers!  I am beyond busy!

The printable I am sharing with you today is something I made to help me in my everyday school and home plans.  The appointments still go on the monthly calendar and the things to do have been going on the daily pages, but since I keep my lesson plans with my everyday planner, I needed to have something front and center so I didn't have to keep flipping back and forth from my lesson plans to my weekly or daily pages.  This is what I came up with.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Planning with Your Smart Phone

I haven't felt inclined to make anything new lately. I can't even print my own planner pages from my laptop until I buy a printer cord (wireless printer, no internet...)  I bought a new iPhone a couple of weeks ago (6s plus - Ooh, shiny!) and until I get my planner act together, I'm using it to manage my life. So, I wanted to tell you about the apps I'm using to do that.

So, let's start with the Calendar app. The first thing I did was to add all the bills due and set them up to repeat monthly. I also set some of them up to alert me a couple of days before they are due because no matter familiar you are with them, paying one on time can always slip your mind. We don't want to throw our money away to finance charges!

All appointments with a due date also go on the calendar. iPhones are good to provide places for notes, times, even locations. Mine even has a place to indicate travel time!

Another app I use it is Evernote. It's free and it is awesome. Basically, you create notes into notebooks and notebooks into stacks. In the past, I have taken pics of my planner pages and archived them in Evernote - they're searchable. Since I'm currently not carrying my planner, I added a photo of my contacts, my future pages and my calendar for July. 

For tasks and to-do's, I use the AnyList app. It is a free app but I upgraded to the premium version and have not regretted it. I can list my daily and weekly chores, divide them up in categories, show them all or just some. Look up this app and read all about it - I could never do it justice. 

This app also has an awesome menu planning ability. You can add recipes manually, copy and paste, or import them on your computer. On the app calendar I choose the meals/recipes I am going to prepare and click the ingredients I need or the whole recipe to the built in grocery list. It will make a note on the grocery list what recipe the ingredient will be used in which I find helpful. The grocery list can also be categorized by aisles, category, and stores. I love it. 

I miss the ability to add papers to my planner but like I said, taking a picture to add to Evernote works well. 

Do any of you use electronic planning?

Friday, May 13, 2016

May Collaboration with Giftie Etcetera

For May, Kristy (Giftie Etcetera) took a printable of rows and columns and came up with four ways to use it. I especially like the way she used it for writing goals.  You can download the insert HERE and find Kristy's post here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Simple Thank You Note [printable]

I wanted something simple to send some thank you notes out, so I came up with this.  Print it on letter size paper and cut it up the middle - two to a page.  Click the image below to download.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tags & Future Pags - a Simple Hack

I use tags like the one in the image below to remind myself of recurring tasks.  Once the task has past, I move it forward to the next week - simple, yes?

So, where do you put your yearly tasks tags?  In your future pages! 

This works fine, but what if I just finished a yearly task in April, where do I put that tag (because I don't have my 2017 future pages yet)?  

This hack comes to you from Giftie Etcetera:  behind your future pages, insert a sheet of paper that says "2017 and Beyond."  You can park your tags there (be sure to write the date beside it) until you set up your future pages for the following year.

When you check your future pages for the new month, remove any tags waiting and put them on the appropriate daily or weekly page.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

No Spend May [printable]

Have you ever done a "No Spend" Challenge?  Some try going all month without buying Starbucks, while others may go the whole month buying only Gas and Groceries, and Bills.  A new month is beginning soon, so there's no time like the present.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Blood Sugar, Insulin and Food Log

I created this insert purely out of necessity.  I've changed my diet in the last couple of months and I'm losing weight - that's the good news.  It has improved my blood sugar to the point that I don't need as much insulin, but getting that adjusted has not been easy.  Waking up in the middle of the night with low blood sugar is not fun!  I decided I needed to document exactly what I'm eating, how much insulin I'm taking and what my blood sugar is as a result.  If I continue to have problems, I'll take this into my doctor so he can instruct me how to take care of it.

Do you need something similar?  You can download it HERE

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Off Topic Sunday: My Homemade Tortilla Chips Saga

Off Topic Sunday is a new feature at Planner Fun and something I've thought about doing for awhile.  I used to have 2 or 3 blogs going at one time because I felt like I had to compartmentalize all my interests.  While Planner Fun is a very specific topic, having an off-topic day allows me to write about some of my other interests.

One of the reasons I follow a plant-based diet is because it helps me to lose weight  As a matter of fact, it's about the only way I can lose weight since my transplant (Prednisone and other medications are the culprit).

Tortilla chips are a staple since they are low in calories and great for snacking - but getting just the right crispiness has been quite the dilemma.  I have tried these chips every which way there is:  cut in triangles, spritzed with water, baked, flipped and baked some more...none have delivered an acceptable chip.

After all that work, I just knew there had to be an easier way and I spent a lot of time searching blogs, Facebook groups and websites until I found a solution from a member of one of my Facebook groups.  This guy takes whole corn tortillas and puts them directly on his oven rack, and this is much easier than all the ways I've tried. After baking them, he carefully breaks them in half - twice:  four chips per tortilla.

After trial and error, I found that Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas work the best for me.  I preheat my oven to 375 degrees and bake them for 7 minutes.  My husband likes them at 4 minutes and my oldest likes them almost hard at 8 minutes - I just take them out at different times which isn't difficult at all.  Obviously, you would have to work out your own cooking times with trial and error since all ovens are not created equal!

Last week a batch of them bubbled up while baking and made them difficult to break up without making a mess.  For the next batch, I cut the tortillas in half before baking and didn't have that problem - it also made breaking them in half easier and neater.  My family likes eating our chips in soups and chili as well as dipping them in salsa, homemade hummus and guacamole.

Any questions about chips or plant-based eating?  Feel free to ask questions in the comments.