Brain Dump Printable

Does your mind ever feel so cluttered that the thought of making a to-do list overwhelms you? If that is the case, it’s possible that you might benefit from a Brain Dump.

How to Brain Dump to Declutter your Mind Plus a FREE 4 page Brain Dumping Printable Template!!

A Brain Dump is when you get all of the disconnected ideas floating around your brain down onto paper.

The system I use involves two steps – for the first I categorize my thoughts by what they involve – Work, Blog, School, Personal – things like that.

How to Successfully Brain Dump to get Organized in College!!    How to Brain Dump when you are a busy blogger/working full time/super mom/perfect wife!!

For the next step, I rearrange all of the bullet points into how vital they are – Have to do, Ought to do, Should do, Like to do. Sorting it this way helps me create an ordered list of what needs to get done.

Sort your tasks by priority to ensure that the most important things get done - free Brain Dumping Printable!!

In the Brain Dump Printable, you’ll find 4 different pages:

  • The first is my current Brain Dump template – it will work great for bloggers working full time jobs
  • The next is the Brain Dump list I used in college
  • The third is a Brain Dump sheet where the categories are left blank
  • The last is the Brain Dump sheet which helps you prioritize your taskS

If none of these templates are good for you, please feel free to let me know, and I would be happy to make you a template more suited to your life!!

Meal Planning and Grocery List Printable

Meal Planning and Grocery list so that your trips to the store can be organized and productive!! Even has a reminder for coupons!!

Do you ever go for a quick trip to the grocery store and come home with $100 of food, but still have nothing to eat?

This has been happening to me more and more now that I’ve moved into my own home and have to feed myself.

Meal Planning and Grocery list so that your trips to the store can be organized and productive!! Even has a reminder for coupons!!

That’s why I created this Meal Planning and Grocery List Printable so that I would know what I was having for dinner every night of the week and what I would need to buy at the store to make it!!

 

How to Take Control of Your Fertility (and Your Life)

This is NOT a sponsored post – I just think this app is the bomb diggity. 
 
Although the study of the human body is classified as a science, there is a lot of guesswork that goes into tracking fertility cycles. Everyone’s body is different and therefore everyone’s fertility cycle varies.
 
How to track your fertility in order to conceive. How to have a baby. How to be a mom.
 
While many women are trying their darndest to have a baby, there are also a lot of women out there that are desperately trying not to have a baby.
 

Luckily for both groups of women, there is an App out there that can change your life.

 
I have been using the Glow App for about a year and I seriously love it. There are three different settings: avoiding pregnancy, trying to conceive, and fertility treatments.
 
The app tracks your hormonal cycle so that you know EXACTLY when you will be fertile, after using it for just a couple months.
 
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It starts out using a standard 28-day cycle and then adjusts its algorithm based on your personal cycle. After a month or two, it will be telling you when you’re going to get your period instead of you telling it.
 
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It is incredibly difficult to track your personal fertility cycle down to the day of ovulation. Glow tells you your fertility percentage every day – 3% for most of the month, and anything higher than 8% is your fertile window. The highest percentage chance on the day of ovulation is still only 33%.
 
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As women, we have a LOT of stuff to keep up with – work, school, trying to keep hubby happy, feeding the kids we already have – no one has time to track their fertility to try to have (more) kids. Unlike other fertility tracking apps, Glow sends you super helpful notifications. 
 
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If you’re really into your health and trying to be the best you possible, you can complete your daily log by answering a bunch of really personal questions every day and it will track that data for you too.
 
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The app also sends you cute little tips and tricks for getting through your period, which I think is really sweet because we could all use a little more support in our lives.
 
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I would highly recommend the Glow app to ANYONE looking to conceive or looking to avoid pregnancy
 
What do you think? Are you going to try it out? Let’s talk about it below!
blondie

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How to Create an Organized Coffee Station

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I spend a lot of time at the coffee station in my house. Whether I am making a coffee for myself or the man, I prefer to do it in an organized environment.

Nobody wants to walk downstairs first thing in the morning and walk into a messy kitchen and sleepily search for their favorite coffee.

Since the move, that has been the story of my life. So, Friday morning, on my day off from work, I decided to kick it into gear and finally set up our coffee station!!

How to create an organized coffee station in your home!! Everything you need to caffeinate in the most efficient, organized, and classy way possible!!

 

Our Keurig is conveniently located next to the fridge and above the dishwasher. This creates an environment where it is easy to grab the cream from the fridge and put your mug in the dishwasher when you’re done.

How to create an organized coffee station in your home!! Everything you need to caffeinate in the most efficient, organized, and classy way possible!!

Also, since like 83% of the dishes that come out of the dishwasher are mugs, it makes unloading a LOT easier.

Due to the location, there is not ample hidden storage for kcups. Therefore, we decided to go with an out-in-the-open approach. This contraption is actually a fruit basket, with three different compartments, each with different coffees.

How to create an organized coffee station in your home!! Everything you need to caffeinate in the most efficient, organized, and classy way possible!!

The largest section houses the Dunkin Donuts Original Kcups because we drink them most and buy them in bulk.

The medium section is home to a single box of Starbucks Vanilla Flavored Kcups because we got them for Christmas and need to get rid of them so we will give them to unsuspecting guests.

The top tier is filled with Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Glazed Donut Kcups because they are seasonal and on their way out.

How to create an organized coffee station in your home!! Everything you need to caffeinate in the most efficient, organized, and classy way possible!!

The spoon rest was an investment I made after writing this post about gift ideas for cat lovers because I thought it was cute and because I hate that sticky spot on the counter from setting the coffee spoon down.

How to create an organized coffee station in your home!! Everything you need to caffeinate in the most efficient, organized, and classy way possible!!

The mug tree and mugs were actually a hand-me-down gift from my mom but there are similar items on Amazon if you would like to copy this look.

In the interest of full disclosure, the mugs on the tree are only the matching ones. The entire bottom shelf of the cabinet above the coffee maker is full of mismatched mugs such as this one that the man got me for Christmas and this one that I use every monday.

How to create an organized coffee station in your home!! Everything you need to caffeinate in the most efficient, organized, and classy way possible!!

In Summation

What does your coffee station look like? I would love to see!! Please let me know, below!

blondie

The 17 Best Planners to get you Organized in 2017

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Y’all, 2017 is quickly approaching and I don’t know about you but I’m greatly conflicted.

2016 had it’s ups and downs, but there’s just something that feels so uncertain about entering a new year.

I know we’ve all done it before and that nothing too terrible ever happens, but there is still that little voice in the back of my head telling me that I’m not ready.

That little voice really got to me today and I decided to do a little hours worth of research on 2017 planners.

So that you don’t have to sift through all of the planners on the internet looking for the one that is right for you, here are the 17 Best Planners to get you Organized in 2017:

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

 

1. 2017 Goal Digger Planner

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: January 2017-December 2017
  • Size: 6.5” x 8.25”
  • Cover: Hard Cover
  • Comments: This is not only a planner it’s a space where you can write down every single detail of your entire year. It includes spaces to write about you dreams, and goals with target accomplishment dates, your perfect day and notes to yourself. What I really like about this planner is that Weekends are given the same about of space as weekdays. As a blogger, I do a lot of my work on the nights and weekends, when I am not at my 8-5 job. Perfect for college girls too as homework and sorority meetings take place on nights and weekends. This planner also has a pocket on the back to store papers, receipts, shopping lists, or whatever else you need to have accessible to you.

 

2. Kate Spade New York 2017 Mega Agenda

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: August 2016-December 2017
  • Size: 9.25” x 11”
  • Cover: Hard Cover and Black Elastic Band
  • Colors/Designs: also available in black stripe
  • Customization: Also available without spiral binding 
  • Comments: This planner made the list because Kate Spade is an elegant product line perfect for #girlbosses. It is an enormous planner which is perfect for all of us with to-do lists a mile long. It is perfect for carrying 8.5” x 11” papers inside of it and not having them get mangled. The only downside is that it is so big it doesn’t fit well in backpacks especially if you are trying to lug a computer around with it. Either way, each month has a cute to do list that inspires adventure.

 

3. Deluxe Law of Attraction Success Planner 2017

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: January 2017-January 2018
  • Size: 6.9” x 9.8”
  • Cover: Soft but Sturdy and Elastic Band Closure
  • Colors/Designs: Shown in rose gold, also available in Rio BluePink, Black, and Grey
  • Comments: This planner truly is Deluxe. It is designed to help you find your life purpose and passion, increase your productivity, achieve your goals, and eventually turn you into the best possible version of yourself. If you are looking to have the best year of your life equipped with graphs, charts, and lists-galore, this is definitely the planner for you.

 

4. Bloom 2017 Daily Vision Planner

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: January 2017-December 2017
  • Size: 7.5” x 9”, also available in 6” x 8.25” (see below)
  • Cover: Soft but Sturdy
  • Colors/Designs: Shown in Pink and Gold, also available in Vintage Floral and Peacock Feathers
  • Comments: This planner, along with being adorable, is also really helpful if you’re trying to completely change your life or yourself. It offers column style week views in order to increase your daily productivity and maximize your days. The weekly view contains a weekly goals section, notes section, “This Week’s Focus” Section. Easy to track water intake, meals, calories, exercise, appointments, note, and ideas. It contains monthly tabs and a substantially-sized pocket inside the back cover. It also includes a personal info page, notes on how to use your planner and many yearly and monthly vision pages.

 

5. Bloom Daily Planner 2017 Year/Daily Planner

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: January 2017-December 2017
  • Size: 6” x 8.25”, also available in 7.5” x 9” (see above)
  • Cover: Soft but Sturdy
  • Colors/Designs: Shown in Writefully His, also available in Positive Vibes Only, Rose Gold Stripes, Peacock Feathers, Aztec, Bohemian Ikat, Purple Damask, Mint Damask, and more
  • Comments: This planner has most of the versatility of the 7.5” x 9” version just without the same bulkiness. It contains 2-page monthly views, followed weekly views, pockets on front and back cover, and end-of-month reflection questions. This planner also provides a personal Info page, a goals for the year page, 3 class scheduling pages, notes pages, to do lists, and a 2016 in Review/2017 Goal Setting Spread.

 

6. Erin Condren 12 Month Life Planner 2017

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: January 2017-December 2017
  • Size: 9.88” x 9.94”
  • Cover: Soft but Sturdy
  • Layouts: Available in Hourly, Horizontal, and Vertical
  • Colors/Designs: Shown in Blossom, also available in Watercolor Floral, PaisleyMulti Marble, Midcentury Circles – Colorful, and Midcentury Circles – Neutral
  • Customization: Available with colorful interior or neutral interior
  • Comments: Is there anything more classy than an Erin Condren planner? There probably is, somewhere in the world, but for real look at this thing. Not only is it visually pleasing, there are also a TON of customization options – my favorite being the neutral interior option. I’m really into color coding, but I’m not really into when my green (money due) pen clashes with my planners’ color. The neutral option eliminates all of the color-clashing worry. It also offers different layouts, hourly for the time blockers, horizontal for people with weekends as busy as their week days, and vertical for everyone else in the world. Honestly, this planner is the bees knees and I think we all need one like right now.

 

7. Let’s Do This – 2017 Daily/Monthly Planner

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: January 2017-December 2017
  • Size: 6.5” x 8.25”
  • Cover: Hard Cover
  • Comments: I like this planner because it says “Let’s Do This” right on the cover and we all know how worried I am about this upcoming year. Also for every one of these planners bought, a tree gets planted through the ONE TREE PLANTED foundation which is pretty cool – that each of us could be responsible for having one more tree in the world!! Much like the Goal Digger Planner, this one also includes space to write dreams, goals and targeted accomplishment dates, the perfect day. This planner is perfect for any college student, blogger, mother, teacher, business woman or any combination of those things!!

 

8. Lilly Pulitzer 2017 Daily Agenda Planner

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: August 2016-December 2017
  • Size: Jumbo (8.875″ x 6.75″), also available in Medium (4.75″ x 6.625″)
  • Cover: Hard Cover with Gold Elastic Band
  • Colors/Designs: Shown in Island Time, also available in Exotic Garden, Going Coastal, Lover’s Coral, Ocean Jewels, Southern Charm, and Tusk in Sun
  • Comments: Ahh Lilly. One can’t simply write a blog post about planners and not mention Lilly Pulitzer. She may not have been the first one to invent planners but she definitely was the first one to give them such amounts of color and style. The pages are full of so much fun including daily agendas, weekly and monthly pages featuring painted Lilly prints, dates to remember, address pages, ands notes! The book contains colored mylar for easy flipping and planning. Women all across the country are using these for high school, college, working life, blog organization and anything else you could possibly think of.

 

9. Lady of Leisure Classic Agenda 2017

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: July 2016-December 2017
  • Size: 8.8” x 10” (also available in 5.2″ x 8″)
  • Cover: Hard Cover with Elastic Band
  • Colors/Designs: Shown in Lady of Leisure, also available in Marble (Blonde)
  • Comments: Much like your Lilly and Erin Condren planner, this planner from ban.do offers 17 months of pure bliss in the form of organization. The design is feminine and cute while still being whimsical and artsy. It has laminated, color-coded tabs for easily flipping to the proper date, an elastic band to keep your notes safe, and extensive space for notes throughout. It contains cute stickers throughout and a folder in the back.

 

10. Rifle Paper Co. 2017 Agenda

17 of the Greatest Planners on the Market to get Organized in 2017 - a picture of each with a dimensions, customization options, and a description of top qualities and drawbacks.

  • Date Range: July 2016-December 2017
  • Size: 6.9” x 8.1”
  • Cover: Hard Cover with Black Elastic Band
  • Colors/Designs: Shown in Jardin de Paris, also available in Rosa and Scarlett Birch
  • Customization: also available in spiral-bound
  • Comments: Similarly, this beautiful planner from Rifle Paper Co. is a medium size, with lightweight paper and band that keeps it shut to protect your notes. Each of the designs are beautiful and to match any Rifle Paper Co. mousepads or anything you might get in the future. The back of the planner contains a pocket for stray papers,receipts, clips, stickers, or anything small. There is some disagreement in the Amazon comments due to the fact that it has the months all on one section. Some people like flipping from one overview of a month to another, while others wish that the month and weekly views for each month were located together.

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10 Organization & Decluttering Tips to Adopt Early in Life: A Guest Post by Heather from Blissful Intent

Something really special is happening today at Blonde Roast by the Coast. We have our first ever guest post written by my friend Heather who blogs over at Blissful Intent. She is a super amazing organizer and budgeter and is going to share some organizing tips with us today! 

10 Organization & Decluttering Tips to Adopt Early in Life:
A Guest Post by Heather from Blissful Intent

 

Do you struggle with keeping your home organized and clutter free?

Do your belongings tend to make their way to a home where they don’t belong?

I remember the college days when I lived in a little apartment and owned very few things.  Now that I’ve grown up a lot, gotten married, bought a home and brought children into the world it seems so much harder to keep things organized.

After years of collecting all the things, I’ve finally come to grips with the reality of adopting new things into my home. Each time I feel like I want to bring something home from the store I ask myself if I want to dedicate the hours required to keep it clean and organized.

Organization and Decluttering tips to adopt early in life so that organization comes more easily later.

If I could go back and tell my younger self a few things it would be these 10 organization ideas:

  1. If you don’t use it for six months donate it.  It’s not worth space in your home.  
  2. When your friends ask you to be a part of their wedding see if you can rent your outfit instead of buying it new.  There are plenty of places online now that you can rent from for a fraction of the price.  One example, Rent the Runway. This will save you so much space in your closet down the road.
  3. When you get it out put it away as soon as you’re done with it.
  4. Make a designated place for shoes, bags, coats and umbrellas (if you do not have a mud room).
  5. Store away clothes when it’s not the season to wear them.  This will give you so much more space in your tiny closet! Don’t forget about those nifty under the bed storage solutions.
  6. You don’t need all of those kitchen cooking utensils, but you do need a good coffee pot!
  7. Wipe all of your small appliances down after you use them and store them in the cabinets for more organized countertops.
  8. Invest in nice bins, tubs, storage bags and boxes and a label maker!
  9. Get rid of those magazines when you’re done with them.
  10. Declutter under cabinets and in the junk drawer often. You will be amazed at what you forget about that could save you money!


The habits you form at a younger age tend to stick with you.  If you build good habits early on then you can save yourself hours of time and stress later on down the road.  There isn’t a need to hang onto something you aren’t going to use. The drawers and cabinets in your home are precious real estate. Kick the clutter and unused things to the curb.  You will notice that you are a lot less stressed out when you aren’t surrounded by clutter and constantly cleaning up.

About Heather:

Heather is an accountant by day and blogger by night.  She’s raising a family with her husband as well as her business while working full-time. Her girls are 1 and 6 respectively, so she’s knee deep in diapers and attitude on a regular basis. You can find more of her work at Blissful Intent.

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If you liked this post, be sure to check out Heather’s site and if you’re looking for budgeting and financial tips, be sure to join her Facebook Group!! I’m a part of it and I LOVE IT!!

blondie

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