The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2014-04-20

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The ' I bit the bullet journal ' giveaway

Part 2 of my Minted posts. (Part 1 is here)

As much as I love  traditional planning systems, my 'notes to self' get lost in the sauce of daily events.  I needed something different to create order.  I thought a one subject bullet journal could be a solution and I tested it on recipes.  

Been fascinated with #bulletjournals lately so I made a recipe book using the format with my #minted custom notebook. The quality is great, you can choose graph, lined or blank and customize the cover. Post about it next week with pen test and giveaway!

As soon as my journal from Minted arrived, I started adding tried and true recipes.  I try new recipes all the time, looking for the next keeper, but not all work out. Some go directly from pot to garbage disposal without  hitting a plate.

The set up was an easy process;  I made the first page an index and numbered all the rest.  No pages go to waste because I write the recipes one after the other and everything is searchable on the index.

This could work for any subject.  Think: Vacation ideas, gift or wish lists, decorating ideas, or lists of pros and cons.  The next one I want to start is home inventory notebook. Each item would have a page (where purchased, warranty information, issues, service calls,  phone numbers, etc. )   

I have a second one to give away.


 I love this cover; it's simple and ticks my 'stationery nerd' box. It's 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches and I configured it like the recipe notebook (There are other options though; spiral binding, address format, and planner options)   Plus each notebook comes sleeved, with a gift tag. 

BeFunky Matte on iPhone

The paper is impressive taking most inks without blinking (including several highlighters I usually have issues with).

BeFunky Fill Light on iPhone

Only two pens, both markers, had bleed through; a wet felt tip and a Sharpie (No surprise there).  

The giveaway is open worldwide and will end May 7th, 2014 at 6:00 pm (EST) The winner must contact me by May 10th or I will have to pick another name so please follow me somewhere!

Please comment on this post to enter.  You can comment more then once but not more then once a day please.     I'd love to hear your thoughts about a one-topic bullet journal but you can leave other kinds of comments: What are your plans for the notebook? Have you ever seen the @minted Instagram photos,  liked their Facebook page or Twitter account?

Good Luck, Everyone!

PS - If you read yesterday's post about the quote I got from Michael's to frame my Minted print, it was $125.  Not entirely unreasonable until you realize I asked for their lowest end frame and the price reflected a 70% discount.  Over $400 Michael's... Really?   I'm letting Minted frame my next print.

DisclaimerMinted provided me with a credit that covered part of the order. I purchased the rest.


Monday, April 21, 2014

How I almost caused the Earth to spin off it's axis and rocket into space....

Redoing my bedroom was overwhelming.   I know some people love redecorating but it makes me itch. I procrastinate over the most ridiculous detail out of fear;  worried I'll make the wrong choice wherein the Earth spins off it's axis and rockets into deep space; a rainbow trail of paint chips in it's wake.

There are amazing people out there, people who can put together the many parts of a room, both big and small, in their heads and when all assembled, the room looks like the cover of a decorating magazine. Sadly, that is not my gift.

I always end up with  rooms that are coordinated (but I hate), or rooms stuffed to busting with things I adore but don't go together.   Either way I had a room I hated to be in with no money left to fix it.

I was determined that this time my bedroom wouldn't go that way.   So I took my time, but not so much time that I was procrastinating, and set a budget. I used what I already had...

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I put the flatscreen on the 15 year old desk hutch from my son's first bedroom set.  This is not a perfect solution but it works, it was free, and it kept the Earth from hurdling into space.  

 I made what I could.

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I made this bookend for my magazines with dollar store  marbles and vase,  and shopped for the rest.


The furniture I bought used, the bed, flooring and rug new.  The lamps came from thrift shops and once when I wasn't looking Ventura ordered half a room full of dog beds.


The inevitable result of saved information and a tall, tall dog...

Most of the room was done a few months back but I needed art to go over my bed.   I looked and shopped and looked and shopped but nothing was scratching that retro itch until Minted sent me an email about their wall art prints.   They wanted me to review a print and I said, "Thanks so much for thinking of me but it's not really what I do.  See, I have this goofy paper obsession and usually write about that."

Minted wrote me back and said, "Oh paper!  We've got paper!"   And they do, lots and lots of high quality stationery, notebooks, party supplies, and business products, most customizable.   I wasn't convinced yet but after about a week of looking I had to agree...  They have tons of papery goodness and I agreed to do a review on the paper products.

Once I got to shopping though I was finding artwork, perfect for above my bed.   Minted provided me with a credit to shop but I ended up paying for part of my purchase because the heart wants what the heart wants.   

And the heart wanted this...


Its a 24" x 24" print called The Moderne and I am crazy about it.   It is available in three color combinations, six sizes, and fourteen options for framing (or unframed).  I bought it unframed because I thought I could frame it cheaper.  If I had it to do over again I'd get it delivered to my door ready to hang on the wall because it wasn't cheaper and framing is a big yuk face.  

I'm going to do a part two to this post because I have two  notebooks that I haven't even mentioned yet; one is my recipe notebook and one I customized to give away.    

notebook journal from #minted

When I first saw it I knew that it could be a great diary or bullet journal.   I'll post again tomorrow with the giveaway details as well as some general information about Minted, their artwork, product categories, paper specifications, pen tests, as well as how much Michael's wanted to frame my print. 

You will not believe it.


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