Friday, September 19, 2014

Different Ways of Using Roll Up Canvas Pen Bags

I needed something for my planner pens for when I'm on the go and wanted to try out something new. I thought I would give roll up canvas bags a chance and see what they're about. I ordered from Amazon and for some reason thought I'd just get one but when I opened the package I was surprised to see four! It says in the title you get 4 so I don't know why I was expecting just one, probably just skimmed through it. Needless to say it was a pleasant surprise!

A look at the 4 roll up canvas bags. I liked the off white one the most because of the beautiful vintage key and it went well with my Martha Stewart Planner as well so that's the one I chose for my pens.
There's ample space in here for a set of 12 pens, and some more. I also added white out and a regular black ball point pen. These are my essential writing tools for my planner.


Rolled up, it was more bulky than I had expected, but it gets the job done. I think it's great for travel but I would prefer using pen cup holders on a daily basis.

Then I had to try and figure out what I could do with the remaining 3 canvas bags.

For the next canvas bag I took my toddler's crayons and added them inside. These worked out great and when rolled up, weren't bulky at all. This would be perfect for keeping in the diaper bag, car, or mom's purse. If you have older children, you could place paintbrushes here instead. 

Another option is using it for basic grooming tools on a weekend trip. You'll have to place the toothbrushes and comb in such a way that they don't touch each other after being rolled up. I wouldn't use this method for longer trips, but it would work for short getaways. 

Makeup brushes can also be inserted in this pouch. It keeps everything in place nicely and the different sized elastic bands are perfect for different sized brushes. 

I'm sure there are many other ways to use this roll up canvas bag that I haven't thought of! Can you think of something creative?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Toddler Suitcase - 2 Month's Supplies

Traveling and being abroad with a toddler can be hectic in itself, so it's best to at least have their suitcase organized. This helps me keep my sanity on trips!  Our next trip is almost two months long in a land far away, so I thought I'd show you how I packed. All of this fit in a medium sized trolley bag.


I had to stock up on his formula because we can't find this exact one over there. My son has a sensitive stomach so he can only take soy formula for toddlers. Brands other than Similac don't suit him, so I bought a pack of 6 from Amazon. It was a good deal, buy 5 get 1 free, so this was perfect for us.

Above the formula in this picture I have kept a see-through bag of all of his medical supplies and toiletries. The size is perfect for long trips. I've also kept his favorite sippy cup - he is very particular about only using this one!

Next to that I have lined up all of his clothes.


Toddler clothes that are not in Ziploc bags can get really messy because they are so small and you have to change them so often. There is too much rummaging around and clothes get all over the place. Compartmentalizing the clothes really help in keeping organized during the entire trip, no matter how long it is. I have been using this method since he was born and his suitcase never gets disorderly. Here, I have kept his onesies, shorts, shirts and pants in one gallon sized Ziploc bag each. Behind it I have also kept a pair of sandals he has that are one size bigger. You never know when he'll need it. No need to buy another one from there if he already has a pair.  


Now, on to the other side of the suitcase. Always try to choose a luggage that has some fabric in the middle that you can zip off one side completely. This can double your space and keeps everything very neat!

On this side of the suitcase, I have kept one pack of diapers and a couple of packs of diaper wipes at the bottom. His diapers and wipes can be found where we are going so there was no need to stock up on those. I have also kept his favorite snacks, interactive toys to keep him busy, a puppet book and his beloved blankie that he can't sleep without. For toddlers, it is important to take things they are familiar with so that they can adjust more easily in a new place. This is not really the case when they are infants. They can get amused easily by new toys at that point. I have a post on packing for infants if you're interested!


As you can see here, I have zipped off one side of the suitcase completely. The things on that side will not budge, and when I open it upon arrival, everything should be in the same place. I don't know who invented the one side zippered suitcase, but that person is awesome.

What are some of your essentials to take when traveling with a toddler?

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Planner Brain Dumping

Planners are used for really organizing each and every day of your life. But what if you have so much to do that your own thoughts are scattered? This usually happens with me when we are about to travel somewhere, especially overseas. 

I'm about to take a trip that requires a lot of planning and preparing. I saw these post-its at Walgreens and thought they'd be perfect for the job:


I got one for myself and one for my husband. I believe they were just $1 each, with four different colors per letter. 

I then started pouring my thoughts onto the paper, and it really helped to declutter the mind. Just remember, these post-its are ONLY good for brain dumping, or maybe if you want to write a single reminder. You can't write much in them and they get messy because of their shapes.

After writing both of your tasks (if two) for that specific month, you will be able to assign a day to each task in your monthly view page of your planner. I think it turned out to be a great way to plan those longer, more tedious tasks. Side note: husbands will not be too impressed when you show them their monthly tasks list :P


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