Thursday Reading Links #23

Using leftover flowers to create a teapot bouquet.

It’s still very much summer in my neck of the woods. Sticky, humid, hot, thunderstorms…but I don’t want to wish the year away, so I’ll take it.

This report about the separated migrant children’s devastation and onset of PDSD broke me. When does it end? I truly despise this president and his entire administration and every lawmaker who refuses to stand up to him. If I could have one wish granted to me with the caveat that I’d never ever ask for anything else again, then my wish is to stop this barbaric separation and give these families the love, care and support they need.


Conan flying to Greenland to buy it is too funny.

I’m so pleased with my new Kate Spade 2020 Mega Planner. It looks so chic too. I wrote about it here.

Earlier this week, I reviewed Tan France’s Naturally Tan (best book title ever, btw). In case you are interested, Architectural Digest wrote an article about Tan’s renovated attic-turned-closet. Warning: it will give you major closet envy.

In case you are in a Parisian mood, Thursday Reading Links #8 Paris Edition.

This was interesting to read. It’s about the witch hunts in Scotland. A witch hunt with a difference — Scottish officials are seeking the remains of an 18th-century woman accused of witchcraft.

On Being a Great Aunt. I hope I pass the test!!

I sign off with a broken heart because I ache for the families who are being abused by the US government.

Kate Spade 2020 Planner

Kate Spade Mega Planner ($34.00) made for Barnes & Noble.

I’ve been lamenting the fact that I could not find a planner that works for me. I use my e-calendar too, but I prefer paper calendars for staying organized and on top of everything.

I wanted something better than my current planner. Amazon didn’t have what I wanted in my price range. I didn’t have any luck at Staples or at Paper Source. I also had no desire to spend $60 on a planner, apparently the going rate. I decided to walk into a Barnes & Noble not expecting much, but let me tell you their selection blew my socks off.

The planner has two pockets for holding misc. items. It also comes with one page of stickers. The sheet of stickers is not double-sided.

I settled on this Kate Spade planner because it has everything I was looking for. I need my planner for blog post planning, book writing deadlines, meal planning, shopping lists, day job-related appointments, physical activity, self-care appointments (this one is a brand new category as I’m exhausted and really need to take better care of myself) and a few other categories. So it helps to have a page at the beginning of each month where I can write down my monthly to-do items, any birthdays or other things to remember. Then I also need the monthly view and the weekly view. And most importantly, I didn’t want any extra bells and whistles, as all that extra stuff just takes up space, goes unused and is noise.

The planner also comes with monthly motivational phrases, but nothing over-the-top.

This planner meets all of my requirements and has nothing extra or unnecessary.

I am so pleased with my new calendar!

Do you use paper planners?

xoxo, Jane

Thursday Reading Links #22

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Well, hello there! Another Thursday is upon us. The weeks seem to go by faster and faster. Sigh.

New stories of Thornbury Castle to be told in book. This is really excited and I have to get my hands on a copy of this book. I stayed at Thornbury and it was a dream come true for me.

Retaining the royals: why has the British monarchy survived – and thrived?

The 19 ‘Extroverted’ Behaviors That Annoy Introverts The Most. This is so me. I am the biggest introvert and sometimes (all of the time) I want my extrovert friends to just leave me alone. Am I awful?

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I am hunting for a new 2020 planner. I want something that’s better than my 2019 planner because I need monthly, weekly and daily break-down pages, plus goals/anniversary/days to remember pages that aren’t at the end of the planner, but near the beginning of each month. And I don’t want to spend a fortune on it. I’m appalled that planners cost as much as $60.00. What? Anyway, do let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for me to consider. But during my planner research, I stumbled across Passion Planner and they have free PDFs, if you’re interested. (Passion Planner is over the top for me, so I’m not going for that one either.) UPDATE: I found my 2020 planner!

Speaking of planners, these Washington Post articles on planners were interesting to read. Who knew the planner business was a multi-million dollar business? A journey through the fancy day planners that promise to fix our broken, millennial lives and It looks like an ordinary calendar. But Passion Planner aims to be the cure for millennial angst.

How to Collect Antique Jewelry. I love jewelry, new and old. This was a fun and interesting read by the Garance Dore team.

How exciting! Fortnum & Mason has a new tea, Celebration Blend tea. “A jubilant blend of strong Assam and hint of fragrant Jasmine, our new Celebration Blend tea is just the cup for every hooray-worthy moment, and only the beginning of another perfect teatime.”

Happy Birthday, Prince Albert! Monarchy’s moderniser: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

I hope you have a great day! And do leave me a comment if you use a planner that you can’t live without! xoxo, Jane