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