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Paper Planners & Pencil Pouches

Some things just need to be written down, and we both love to keep paper planners, so this episode will be dedicated entirely to the analogue agenda – what we use, how we’re using them, and other nerd stuff. But first a cocktail…


 TGIF Sunrise

makes 2 cocktails

  • 4 oz fresh squeezed clementine juice
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 oz campari
  • 2 oz tonic
  • 2 oz gin
Fill each glass with ice and divide all ingredients between two glasses, give a stir to each glass and enjoy, Preferably while enjoying a toddler-free Friday.

Erica is trying out The Simplified Planner and Kelsey is using the Get to Work Book for 2016.

We each do a walk-through of our planners, sharing what we track in our planners and why, how we keep things visually organized, favorite writing utensils (Erica’s and Kelsey’s) and any other organizational systems we have in place (Kelsey’s pencil pouch and planner bookmark).

In current obsessions, Erica is using Hello Fresh to simplify family dinners and loving it! Kelsey is obsessed with the dice game, Qwixx.

In neighborhood news, we are trying to work out another neighbor discount deal to get both of our houses painted. Also Alamo Drafthouse is coming to our neck of the woods!


9 responses to “Paper Planners & Pencil Pouches”

  1. Great episode, as always! I love the sharpie fine point pen, and I use the moleskine weekly notebook. We also have a large year-at-a-glance wall calendar for keeping track of events, birthdays, appointments, etc. ~Melissa

  2. High-five fellow planner!

  3. I also have the Get To Work Book and I love it! It’s perfect for goal setters, which I tend to be. I use it similar to you, Kelsey, but I do have to keep my work life in there as well. I am in the Air Force and there’s no turning off work when I come home, but the GTWB is super flexible and still works well for that. I do wish she had a yearly glance in there, but I think she’s considering that for future options. I think I might have to look into that pencil pouch! Looks great and I think it is something I am missing!
    We use those Knock Knock pads- what to eat and all out of pads to plan dinners and grocery shopping. It’s working well so far!
    Loved this episode (and the cleaning episode, ha ha)!

  4. Yay! Love GTWB, glad it’s working for you as well! I don’t think I mentioned it but we have a dry erase board near the kitchen where we jot grocery items and also household to-do tasks, which has been super helpful! We also use it to track how often we exercise. The cleaning episode is one of our all time faves!

  5. Ashley McGregor Avatar

    Hi Kelsey,
    I just listened to this episode. If you are still looking for an easy way to make pizza dough, check out Jim Lahey’s book My Pizza. Or, you can find the same recipe in the excellent cookbook Dinner, A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach. Easier than the slow cooker!
    Erica and Kelsey, I just love your show. It makes me happy.

  6. Hi Ashley! I have made that recipe from Dinner a Love Story and really like it! And we recently discovered a beloved recipe for pizza dough from Alice Water’s The Art of Simple Food, it’s her focaccia recipe actually but we love a thick and chewy pizza dough. And if we double it and freeze it then it’s even easier next time. Thank you so much for reminding me of that great recipe – now I am crazy pizza 🙂 And thank you for your sweet words, thank you for listening!

  7. Ashley McGregor Avatar

    Kelsey, I love the Art of Simple Food and I will try that recipe! So many good recipes in that book. There’s a great, simple carrot soup recipe, and I made the 1-2-3-4 cake for my older son’s 4th birthday and it was delish! Wow! You’ve given me more useful tips- thank you!

  8. This episode was my jam! (Is that not cool to say anymore?) I was so inspired I took all 12 of my Papermate Flair pens from work (6th grade teacher) to start using in my planner. I also added “find bomb 2017 planner” to my weekend to-do list.

  9. Woo hoo! Having the right planning accessories can make ALL the difference. There are so many great planners out there – lots of people posting about them in Instagram if you search hashtags with the word “planner” – would love to hear if you find an awesome one, I’m definitely a fan of the Get To Work Book!

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