Clever Fox weekly planner review

April 29
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Clever Fox recently reached out to me and sent me a notebook and a planner to try out. These items were sent to me as a gift and the post below is my personal opinion and not an ad.

I’ve tried a lot of planners and I review a bunch of them here on the blog. This planner really holds it own as a solid weekly planner in a compact size. If you’re looking for something super portable this might be your planner.

I love the faux leather on this one. It looks and feels great and I love the soft, matte finish. The little engraved fox is pretty cute too. I really like it when planner companies offer understated, neutral options for covers. They are perfect for th workplace.

The paper in this planner is a 120 gsm paper which does not seem to bleed through, even with my Micron pens. (Seriously the best.) This planner is A5 sized which is perfect for your desk or bag. It comes with a pen loop, a fabric strap and three bookmarks.

I was sent an undated planner which makes it super flexible. You can start whenever and take a break if needed. Just be sure to double check when you write the dates in so you don’t mess up! I use an erasable pen for this task just in case. Dated planners are also available.

A trend in planners right now is having a few pages at the beginning of the planner that guide the user to find and envision their goals. Clever Fox does this as well and even includes an area for a vision board within the planner. I love the idea of always having that vision at the tip of your fingers.

One of the aspects of this planner that is a little different than the norm is that all of the monthly calendar pages are are the front of the planner and the weekly pages are in the middle. I can see this being useful but have not used it much. It would be easy to keep one ribbon bookmark in the monthly page and another in the weekly page that you’re using.

The weekly layout reminds me of the dashboard layout of the Happy Planner that I am using. I am finding more and more that this style of planner layout really works for me. A lot of planners seem to focus on each day itself and what you are doing that day, but with this dashboard layout it seems like the focus is shifted to your goals for the week and then a smaller space to write appointments and day-specific tasks. I have a feeling this is one of those things that just kind of depends of each person and their lives and planner needs.

My one big tip with this style of planner is feel free to change the categories on the dashboard. Use stickers to customize this area to track and manage the things that are important to YOU. This may mean added a big grocery list, or a reminder of bills to pay. Maybe you just need a space to write down how you are feeling mentally or somewhere to record workouts.

The best part about this planner? The 60 pages of dot-grid paper at the end. This is perfect for note-taking, lists, or trying your hand at some bullet journaling. My only wish is that the pages were numbered like they are in the dot grid notebook. Maybe next year?

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Clever Fox Dotted Grid Notebook Bullet Journal

April 24
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Clever Fox recently reached out to me and sent me a notebook and a planner to try out. These items were sent to me as a gift and the post below is my personal opinion and not an ad.

I have been wanting to play around with bullet journaling for some time now and have actually had notebooks sitting in my Amazon cart for some time. Of course I never actually got around to order them, but I was thinking about it! I am super excited to finally try this out.

What I love about bullet journalling is the freedom this style of planning gives the user. With bullet journaling you have the option to have daily and weekly pages, or to just create whatever works for you. Although we often think of planners as being a way to track our days, with bullet journaling you have the freedom to track, plan, or organize pretty much anything. Need a place to plan workouts? Try a bullet journal. Need a way to record your child’s food intake? Again, a bullet journal is great. A bullet journal is just a blank notebook that you use as a planner/tracker/organizer. Make it yours.

For this bullet Journal I am using the Clever Fox Dotted Grid Notebook in Rose Gold. Clever Fox sells their notebooks with dot grid paper which is my personal favorite, but you may also like graph paper or traditional lined paper. Do what works for you.

This Clever Fox Notebook is made with thick 120 GSM paper and includes 127 NUMBERED pages. I feel like this would be perfect for a six month bullet journal. The pages are nice and think and my pens don’t bleed through. I love to use Micron pens and Erasable Frixion pens.

With a blank slate like this you can use the pages however you like. I am just dipping my toe into this area really, so I am not an expert, but here are a few tips for setting up a bullet journal, or BuJo.

Create an Index: With an index page you will always have a guide to where your page is. The Clever Fox notebook I am using has numbered pages so you can use those numbers to mark each page. This is a traditional part of most bullet journals and can be super useful.

Have a plan: Although Bullet Journals are flexible, have an idea of what you want before you get started. This notebook has 127 numbered pages, so if you know you want to use this journal for maybe 6 months plan out the space.

Example:

  • Pages 1-10 index and lists
  • Pages 11-24 monthly spreads
  • Pages 25-77 weekly spreads
  • Pg 78-127 Misc.

Research layout ideas and create a key: Look around on Google, Instagram, or Pinterest and you will find TONS of ideas. Hardcore bullet journalers love to use a key to create a great system of organizing tasks and to dos. Research and create your own.

Be flexible: Your needs may change as you and your style change. Feel free to change your style and layout as needed. Heck, if after two months you have a new plan entirely, get a new notebook and try again. They are fairly inexpensive which is part of the beauty of all this.

A final note: Many bullet journalers are also artists. If you look around on the internet you will see beautiful bullet journals filled with calligraphy and doodles that are amazing. If you have this skill, feel free to use it in your journal but also please know that you can be a successful and great bullet journal user without being an artist. The journal is first and foremost a way to make your like easier and if it also is art that is fine too.

I’ll be playing around with this journal for the next few weeks and I will share my thoughts on the system more both here and on Instagram.

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Friday Faves

April 19
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It has been a busy week around here, but I wanted to take a second and share a few things before the weekend.
Old Navy is having a great sale through Saturday in-store. Everything is 50% off. The is the perfect time to stock up on favorites like Pixie pants as they rarely go this low. I am loving these and these for spring.


They also have several cute dresses for Easter so grab one this weekend if needed.

I have tried jackfruit a few times now, but I am finally ready to cook it myself. I bought a can the other day and I am going to try and make these BBQ Jackfruit Sliders this weekend. Have you cooked with or ate jackfruit before? What did you think of it? I have been very happy with my experiences so far but this will be the real test.

I recently received some items from Clever Fox Planners. I am super exited to share more about them with you in the future. Until then, check them out here.

I planted some Loofah seeds this week. Will they grow? I don’t know. Do Loofahs even grow on plants? Apparently. If this works it will be kinda cool, right?

Well I’m off to work. Have a great Good Friday and Easter if you celebrate. I am super excited to relax this weekend at home and enjoy a good book.

Friday Faves

April 5
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It has been a bit since I’ve done a Friday Faves post, but I have a bunch of random little things I’d love to share.

I talked about this a little back when I got it, but I just started using this Gel Nail Light again and I wondering why I ever stopped. It is perfect for easy gel nails at home. They last a solid two weeks and are hassle free. No appointment or small talk needed! (Thank goodness.)

Do you love some good Japanese steakhouse veggies? Yum-yum sauce? Me too, but I hate the price tag and honestly, does anyone need that much food? I ran across this recipe last week and it perfect. I just make the veggies and yum-yum sauce and serve it with cauliflower rice to cut down on the carbs. PERFECTION. Like, I could eat this every day for ever and be happy.

I am not a big fan of heels, but I grabbed this pair from Target for a wedding and they are great. I love the chunky heel and strap for extra support. Also, the tan color is perfect for all seasons. If you need one classic pair of dress shoes this is the pair. Bonus: They are only $24.99!

Today Charlie and I are headed to St. Augustine for a few days to relax. I’ll post some photos of our favorite spots over on Instagram. Have a spot we need to check out? Let me know. It’s super rainy here in Central Florida this morning, but at least it’s not hot.

What I’ve been reading

April 2
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I have been out of the habit of sharing books here, but I want to start getting back into it, so without further ado, here are a few things I have been reading/listening to.

I have been a Jasper Fforde fan since reading Shades of Grey a few years ago. Fforde writes fantasy in a way that it both hilarious and quirky. All the things you love about a British comedy with some sci-fi tossed in. His newest book, Early Riser hits all of this and does not miss a beat. This book is set in a world, not to different from ours where humans hibernate over the winter but some must stay awake to take care of the sleeping masses. Now to get Fforde to finally write the sequel to Shades of Grey…

I just started reading Brene Brown this year, but I am loving her stuff. She writes about getting to the nitty gritty of shame, vulnerability, and leadership in a way that really connects. Reading her books have helped me better understand myself and others as well as helped me learn how to lean into the discomfort associated with tough conversations. I highly recommend this book for all leaders. Also I love her book Daring Greatly.

This year I am trying to spend less time on the “endless scroll” of social media/the internet. I want to spend my time on things that bring me joy and less just looking at Instagram. (Even though I do LOVE Instagram.) Cal’s book is a great guide to how and why to detach from our phones, even if just for a little while. Although I have not disconnected completely. (I mean, I am a blogger, right?) I have used his tips to cut back my time as well as focus my energy on the things I really want to do.

Looking for some tips and inspiration regarding your houseplants? Check out this beautiful book by by Jen Stearns. Filled with great photos, this guide is perfect for both newbies to houseplants as well as those that have cohabited with them for years.

Well, there you have it, just a few of the books I’ve been reading lately. What have you been reading?