August 2019 Yellow Dot Cover Page - August 2019 Bullet Journal Layout

It has been a season of hectic schedules, stress, and emotionally exhausting events. So for my theme for August, I decided to switch things up and go with a minimalist theme based around a word.   Happy Theme After a stressful and exhausting couple of months, I really wanted to take a step back this month. Instead of picking a theme based around an object, I decided to use a word as my theme. This month is all about “happy.” The color yellow has always conveyed a sense of happiness to me. So I decided to do yellow dots for this month’s theme because it isRead More →
July 2019 Bullet Journal Watermelon Theme Layout - Bullet Journal Watermelon Theme Cover Page

It is hard to believe its July already. This year has flown by for me.  This month I am keeping it simple. I find that sometimes I can be distracted by the frills and fluff of a complex layout. To really see the benefits of my bullet journal, I prefer to keep things simple.  I am doing two trackers this month, a daily habit tracker and a gratitude tracker. I have been starting to try and be more focused on my health, so I track my workouts and eating habits with my daily tracker. I also use a great program called Avatar to be awareRead More →
19 Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Ideas

Using a Bullet Journal Weekly spread is essential. These spreads can be customized, tweaked, and made into exactly what you need to get through your week. As a newbie, I highly recommend sticking with a minimalist spread as it will provide you everything you need while you get into the habit of using it. If you have been bullet journaling for a while a more complex weekly spread may be exactly what you need to save pages and provide you with a more productive journal. In looking for a weekly spread to better help me track all of my plans, I decided to show youRead More →
April 2020 Bullet Journal Cover

April is finally arriving and I don’t know about you but I have found that the first three months of this year could have been an entire year. The world is changing fast and trying to keep up in my bullet journal has been next to impossible. I wanted to adjust the way I bullet journal to keep up with my ever changing productivity levels in this period of time. I’m also adjusting to trying out a new schedule to help me stay on track with my work and household chores. Additionally, due to massive swings in my emotions in March, I’ve brought back myRead More →
21 Beautiful April Bullet Journal Ideas

April has arrived, Spring is here, and all is … stuck at home because of a virus. March was a crazy month and 2020 is shaping up to be a year none of us will forget. I actually stepped away from my normal bullet journal drawings in March because of the craziness in the world. My bullet journal because sort of a journal in this time and I haven’t drawn pretty much the entire month. With anxiety running rampant and the whole world being at my normal anxiety levels I’m starting to feel the artist tingle. You know that desire to drown out the entireRead More →
February 2020 Bullet Journal Layout and Setup - Book Theme

We have 29 days in February this year. That’s one extra day to make your goals a reality. One extra day to get in self care. One extra day to enjoy your family. This year my extra day will probably be spent on self care. That’s right instead of chasing my goals like I do almost every other day of the year, I will be turning into a blanket burrito. Curled up in bed, with my tablet, and reading for the entire day. So I decided to take my favorite self care activity and turn it into my monthly bullet journal theme for February. TableRead More →
Bullet Journal Cover Page With Quote For January 2020 Coffee Theme

Seeing that it’s the beginning of a new year I found I decided to start it off right with a coffee themed bullet journal spread. I love coffee and can’t start my day without it so I decided to start my year a bit in the same way. This month I plan to slow it down a bit and enjoy more days on the sofa with a cup of coffee and my amazon fire tablet to read. The Amazon Kindle Unlimited plan allows me to read loads of free to read books. Last year, even with a busy schedule I read 17 books using myRead More →
Bullet Journal Setup for 2020

I can’t believe we are about two weeks out till 2020. Last year I didn’t start over in a new journal because I had a lot left in my last one. This year however I decided to start off with a new journal. I have to admit I’m usually one for using a journal until there are no more pages left but it feels nice to start fresh for the new year. Table Of Contents For returning visitors or if you are looking for something in specific here is an easy jump to table of contents for you. Just click the link and jump toRead More →

This December I have decided to go with a snowflake theme in my bullet journal. I am also getting prepared to close out the year and ending it on a strong note. This year has been a whirlwind for me both personally and in my bullet journals. I’ve experimented with daily and weekly spreads, did a lot of journaling through particularly hard moments in my life, and finally found a few systems that work well for me. As we close out this year and move into a new decade I find myself thinking of new ways to organize and plan my life in my bulletRead More →
Bullet Journal Supplies - Tips To Keep Using Your Bullet Journal and Making It A Habit

Bullet journaling is an amazing hobby to have. Not only does it give you creative freedom over your planner but it can be whatever you want it to be. Plan out every aspect of your life or do creative journaling. Turn it into a scrap book or keep it super simple. Your bullet journal is yours and meant to give you exactly what you need to be organized. As with any hobby though it can be a bit time consuming and with a busy schedule can make you feel overwhelmed. I have some big tips that will help you stop the bullet journal overwhelm andRead More →

Bullet journals are extremely popular right now. If you’ve heard the success stories from people who use bullet journals to plan out their lives, you probably want to know how to start your own. I’m teaching your how to start a bullet journal right here. Bullet journals are extremely personal so your bullet journal will not be like mine or anyone else’s. You will have a completely different set up because your bullet journal will be used for different reasons that are personal to you. I use my bullet journal as a creative outlet, journal, and daily planner to keep me on task. I trackRead More →
What Is A Bullet Journal And How Can It Help You

I’m sure you’ve heard at least a little bit about bullet journaling and how it’s changed the lives of some of the people who use them. You may be asking yourself, what is a bullet journal? The simple answer is, a bullet journal is whatever you make of it. Bullet journaling was created by Ryder Carroll as a way to boost productivity. The actual concept behind it is extremely easy. The fancy designs and layouts that you see are all extras that you can add to personalize it. Spread by Archer & Olive Bullet journals are a combination of trackers, journals, and planners. They areRead More →

It’s the second to last month in the decade and I’m excited! This month’s tea time theme is courtesy of recent binged shows and the relaxing nature of tea. As I jump into plans for the next decade, this month is jam packed with to do’s that need to get done. So I’ve switched it up my bullet journal a bit from the last two months. There are new spread layouts and a few favorites and they are all themed for afternoon tea time. The products I used to create my tea time theme this month are: Scribbles That Matter Journal Micron Thinliners 1, 3,Read More →
Bullet Journal Autumn Theme With Falling Leaves - October 2019 Bullet Journal Fall Theme

I love October, the heat is finally breaking, the leaves are changing, Halloween is near, and it’s the beginning of the holiday season. This month is a month of rejuvenation for me as I am focusing heavily on self care. I am shedding my old leaves and preparing for winter. This month’s theme is a simple and fun way to embrace and celebrate Autumn. The falling leaves are easy to create and bring some of my favorite colors into one beautiful setup. Before we get started here is a list of my recommended supplies for your October Bullet Journal.  Recommended Products Journal Stencils Fine PointRead More →

I cannot believe it’s September already. This year has really flown by. Though I’m happy to say that my schedule has finally eased a bit and is now more reliable. This month I decided to switch things up a bit and added weekly spreads to my September monthly layout. For the past few months, I’ve been using daily spreads as my daily life always seemed to change. This month however my day to day life is finally becoming a bit more predictable and plannable. As a planner living my life day today has been a killer on my productivity. I’m looking forward to getting backRead More →
20 Bullet Journal Monthly Cover Page Ideas

Monthly cover pages serve more than just a way to mark the beginning of the month. They set the tone and the theme for the entire month. While not a required page in a bullet journal it is a useful page to start off a new month. It’s like creating a fresh start from the previous month. Especially if you are using a new theme. In your own monthly pages do not be afraid to get creative. Use doodles, quotes, or even a full on theme. Creating a cover page for your monthly layout helps you to stick to a chosen theme throughout the month.Read More →
Starting a Bullet Journal - My Bullet Journal Story

Everyone has a bullet journal story. A story about how they found out about bullet journaling, why they started, why they keep using it, and what they plan to do with it in the future. Every person who uses a bullet journal has a story to tell on how they got started, here is mine. Needing A Planner When I first started blogging over on Mommy Thrives I was working 60 hours a week as a waitress and my schedule was insane. I was trying to write new posts for the blog, market that blog, work, raise a kid, and run all my normal errands.Read More →
Weekly Spreads vs. Daily Spreads In Bullet Journals - Pros and Cons of Each

Planning spreads and how we use them are essential to the bullet journal process. They help us to plan out our lives and keep us on track to reach goals. What happens when a planning spread doesn’t work for you? There is often a big debate on what planning spreads people use. Some people skip the daily spread in favor for the weekly spread. Others stick to the daily spreads because they are great for an erratic schedule. Today I’m going to show you the pros and cons of weekly and daily spreads so you can decide which spread is best for you. Before weRead More →
Pittsburgh Theme Bullet Journal Cover Page - June 2019 Bullet Journal Layout

It feels good to be back in the bullet journal game. For a while now I have been relying heavily on electronic planning because I’ve been stuck at my computer. Well that is changing. Today I’m showing you my bullet journal setup for June. I’m doing things a little differently this month from what I used to do. Partly because the past few months I’ve been lacking on my bullet journals and partly because my schedule is about to be extremely hectic. Earlier this week our landlord informed us that we have 60 days to move. Being on a month to month lease we haveRead More →
15 Bullet Journal Monthly Spread Ideas

Have I told you how much I love bullet journaling yet? It’s a recent addiction of mine and quite frankly a complete game changer when it comes to tracking my entire life. Of course I absolutely need monthly spreads for a quick glance at everything I have going on. The monthly spread is great for tracking your upcoming events. If you need to check your schedule for availability quickly the monthly spread is a must have. Additionally, you will never miss a birthday and be prepared for all holiday events. A monthly spread allows you to hold all future events in one place then youRead More →