February 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey there!! I’m so excited about this month’s theme, and I know I kept you guys guessing what it was on Instagram- it’s roses! For February I used pale pink and green to create a simple rose theme that I think is really pretty😍😍 I especially love the way that the title page looks. This month I reverted back to doing a lot of calligraphy (I just can’t stay away), and am also using my white gel pen to do accents on the black writing. The rose style that I chose to use is EXTREMELY easy to draw, and I’ll be posting a tutorial on my Instagram story so be sure to check that out;)

This year, I’ve decided to do something a bit different with my Monthly Recap/memories/reflection sections by combining them all into a collage. I like this idea a lot because it’s less structured and way more fun to make! I haven’t had a chance to finish this spread yet, so I’ll post it next week on my social media;) Hope you like my spreads for February!

First off, here’s my title page. I did a wreath around the word “February”, and did a cute rose border around the outside of the page, as well as surrounding the quote on the opposite page. I like be the simplicity of this spread, and the white accents in the calligraphy really make it pop. My quote this month is “Stop and Smell the Roses”, because I think that it’s important to slow down and enjoy the little things;))

I continued with the use of flower wreaths and borders when doing my calendar spread for this month;) I included a goals and focus section again to help with productivity, and I did a drop shadow on my calendar which I haven’t done in a while. This spread is also fairly minimal.

I switched up my habit tracker yet again! This is a popular layout that I’ve seen all over different bullet journaling accounts, and so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s more of a calendar layout, and so each day I’ll fill in the box that corresponds to that day on the calendar if I completed that habit. It’s confusing. On the opposite page I drew out a rose for each day, and I’ll colour them in accordingly the legend on the bottom to track my mood.

The last spreads before my first weekly spread are my gratitude log and blog planner;) I used more wreaths and roses, and also switched up the layout of my planner to see if it works better this way.

Lastly, here’s my first weekly spread of the month! This is a layout that I’ve used quite a few times in the past and it works really well for me. I was also able to include a quote and to-do section for this week;)

That’s all for my February Set-Up! I made sure that I posted it early this time so you guys can use it as inspiration for your bullet journals. Have a great weekend!!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked

2020 Reading Challenge

Hi guys! Hope your week is going well- mine feels really long but I guess that’s to be expected of the first week back. So far I’ve been sticking to my resolution of making my lunch the night before, so that’s made it a bit easier.

A new year is upon us, and that means that there are so many more new books to read! But, if you’re like me, it can be hard to branch out and read different genres and types of books. So this year I decided to set a Reading challenge for myself. There are twenty requirements for the books I need to read this year, which I have outlined in my bullet journal. Once I fulfill one of these requirements I’ll write down which book I read to meet it underneath. These are things like “written in the 1920s”, or “about food”.

I think that this will be a really fun and interesting way to challenge myself to read different kinds of books this year! Down below I have the full challenge.

2020 Reading Challenge

Read at least one book that….

  • Was written in the 1920s
  • Was released in 2020
  • Has less than 200 pages
  • Takes place during a war
  • Has a colour in the title
  • Has been banned previously
  • Was written by an author in their 20s
  • Has 20 or “twenty” in the title
  • Is set in Asia
  • Is becoming a movie in 2020
  • Has more than 500 pages
  • Is translated from another language
  • Was published in your birth year
  • Has more than 20 letters in the title
  • Has a bird on the cover
  • Is about food
  • Is about philosophy
  • Was written by a Canadian author
  • Was written by an author who has written more than 20 books
  • Is non-fiction

There’s the list! I recommend that you write it down somewhere and fill in the book you read to complete each item, so that you can look back on it at the end of the year.

See you with another recipe on Friday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Stuffed Mushrooms

Hi guys! I’m back at school again, and back to making lunches. On my Instagram story you can see what I’m eating for lunch each day, which will hopefully give you some inspiration. I’d also like to do some more lunch recipes in the future;)

Today, however, I’d like to feature one of my favourite veggies: Mushrooms!! I love mushrooms so much- they have a great earthy and deep flavour that is rich and delicious. They’re great any way you prepare them; sautéed, roasted, fried, or even raw with some hummus! I have a tasty stuffed mushroom recipe for you guys that also packs in some protein because it uses soft tofu in the stuffing. If you’re new to using tofu or would like to learn more about it, I give sort of the run down on this soy protein in my previous post, Soy Marinated Tofu.

From the sautéed onion to the splash of balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme, everything about these mushrooms screams homey deliciousness! Hope you enjoy;)))

Stuffed Mushrooms

Serves: 3-4

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 of a large onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 12 medium sized white mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried Thyme leaves (or 1/2 tsp ground thyme)
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 block (85g) soft tofu
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems by gently pulling them out. Set the mushroom caps aside and dice the stems.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the soft tofu until it resembles cottage cheese. Set aside.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add in the garlic and mushroom stems, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and add in the thyme. Let the mixture cook for about 4 more minutes, until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  5. Add in the soft tofu and stir, combining all of the ingredients before letting them cook for an additional 4 minutes, then remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Place the hollow mushroom caps on a parchment lined baking sheet. Scoop about a teaspoon of filling into each.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!!

Have a great week everyone!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)

January 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey guys! 2020 is only a day away and I finally have my January set-up finished! I think my New Years resolution is going to be to post these set ups earlier so that you actually have time to incorporate some ideas into your own journals😂

My theme this month is sort of an Art-Deco 1920’s vibe, using black and gold, that I saw on AmandaRachLee’s YouTube channel. I love the idea of starting off the 2020s with a 1920s design, plus the black and gold colours remind me of New Years. I used a lot of AmandaRachLee’s design this month, but I did use quite a few of my own elements and layouts as well. Pinterest has a ton of Art Deco design inspiration, so definitely look there if you need ideas for patterns and fonts!

I do want to do some things differently this year- mainly switch up my writing style and play around with trackers. I feel like I’ve been using the same font every month (I may be a little calligraphy obsessed), so this year I want to try some different ones. I also want to experiment with different styles of trackers, since I used the same model all throughout last year.

With that, let’s get into my January set-up and my last post of the year!

This is my title page! I created a bunch of geometric designs using a gold gel pen. To capture the Art Deco vibe, there’s lots of diamonds and a fancy border. On the opposite page I used some black paper and a metallic gold marker to make a quote page.

Next is my calendar spread. This is something that I kept the same as last year, because it worked really well for me. I used some more black paper for a goals and focus section. Here, I’ll write things that I want to accomplish this month and something that I want to focus on.

Here’s where I switched things up! Instead of having a grid habit tracker, I’m going to try out having individual habit trackers and crossing off the day when I complete each habit. It’s a lot more work to set up, but we’ll see if I prefer this style or not. For my mood tracker, I drew another Art Deco design and left it empty so that each day I can fill a space in with a different paterm to represent a certain mood.

I enjoy writing down a few things that I’m grateful for each day, so I kept the gratitude log in my journal. Next I have a page to plan my Instagram and blog posts. The designs and borders I used are the same throughout, to keep it consistent.

My final page is my first weekly spread;) I tried to draw the numbers in an Art Deco font, and I think this page turned out well! On the opposite side I drew another quote page that I’ll share later on Instagram😉

There’s my first monthly set-up of 2020! How you liked it and I’ll see you in the new year!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hi guys! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! My favourite gift was a brand new bullet journal, in a gorgeous olive green! I’m going with the Leuchttrum 1917 journal again, as I really liked it last year. It has 251 pages (I get two extra since last year they made them with 249!) which is great because I like to have 20 pages per month, plus more at the beginning of the year. I found that the pages were a good size and weight, and it also has a pocket at the back which is handy. I wrote 2020 on a bit of washi tape and stuck it on the front for a bit of decoration.

I absolutely love my 2020 set up, I used black, white, grey and a silvery green to go with the olive branch design that I printed out and used in many of the spreads. Everything is fairly simple and pretty;) The pens I used to create it were my tombow fudenoske brush pen, a white gel pen, a zebra mild liner and some crayola super tips markers, which are my favourite;)

If you’re just starting to bullet journal, I recommend buying only a few pens and markers, nothing too fancy, and crayola super tips are awesome because there’s five million colours, they’re cheap and work for calligraphy and doodling. You can also check out my past two yearly set ups; 2018 and 2019, but I’ll try to be very descriptive in this post.

Bullet journaling is a big part of my life now, and if you have a notebook and a pen then I suggest you try it out! It’s a great way to be artistic and to include a bunch of mental health and journaling activities into your life. It also helps you to plan and manage your time more effectively. There are tons of great resources online that you can use to help you; one YouTube channel that inspired me to start and still inspires me now is AmandaRachLee. Her doodles are beautiful and her videos are super easy to follow, so if you need some additional ideas go ahead and check out her channel! Otherwise, here’s my 2020 bullet journal set-up;))

I started with a key and a title page. This key lays out the symbols and colours that I’ll use throughout the year to mark certain tasks and events. The only change I made from last year was that I added a symbol for “task half complete” because I found myself only completing tasks halfway and then not knowing what to do😬 My title page is waaay simpler than last year (ew when I typed waaay it auto corrected to essay). I might add some washi tape to it but I like the way it turned out.

These two spreads are my future log. Here I’ll write down events so that I can plan my year before I complete each monthly spread. Once I have a full calendar set up for each month then I can transfer all of the events into that, and then from my monthly calendar into a weekly spread. I kept there spreads simple as well, using a grey marker to write out the months and only putting in hints of green.

Here’s my goals page, which I split into four different sections. There are so many ways to organize a page like this, so get creative! Opposite I have a “this year” spread, where I’ll write some things that I’d like to do in 2020.

Both of these pages are something new from last year- instead of having a vision board and a mantra page, which I didn’t really use, I included a spot to write down “20 things to do in 2020”, as well as a blog ideas page.

For the final two pages of my set-up, I included an “about me” page and a quote page.

That’s all for my 2020 set-up! I hope you liked it and gathered some inspiration for your own journal;) My January Set-Up will be up soon!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)