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Cocoa Bellyache

Some people might think the last thing I need right now is a new journal. When I look at the current stack on my desk which stares at me most days…a journal for Emmett, one for Oliver, and another one for Beatrice, a travel journal, My Quotable Kid journal, a holiday journal and a personal journal, don’t I have my fill already? But here’s the deal; my days seem to be flying by and as much as I would hope to write every few days it’s simply not happening. Which is why, even three days into it, I am crazy about my new Five Year Diary.


Let me take a step back. In the early days of brown ink I blogged about a daily email I receive from ohlife.com where I often reply back with a one or two sentence statement of that day and it reminds me of details on random days in the past. Although this journaling system is obviously a bit anti brown ink, I love being reminded of what was going on in my life one week or one year ago.

Here’s (another) the deal; I cannot be sure on even the most wonderful of days that I will remember the details of my life. And I want to remember, not only for me but also for my children and their children. Yesterday’s entry in my new journal went something to the tune of “Went to the car wash and forgot my wallet. A stranger picked up the bill. Loved  x-country skiing in the sun around Isles while kids played at Sal & Jim’s. Inhaled rich cocoa from Angelina that Nonni brought home from Paris. Crazy bellyache.”


I’d like to remember these random moments that consume my life, be it in one year or 40 years from now. My entry tonight might not be so upbeat and that’s fine. The act of writing forces me to pause and maybe even slows down time. And because the 5 Year Diary only holds space for a few thoughts I don’t have the pressure to fill up page upon page detailing the last few weeks in my life. Triple hurray for this new journaling system to start the year with more frequent reflections. The kindness of a stranger. Sunny skiing. Cocoa bellyache. Life on 1/3/13.

A Few of Our Favorite Things – Part II

With just a few days left to get through your Christmas list, here are a couple of ideas which might get you through to the 25th….

neon pencil set

This German-made neon pencil set is the ideal shape for those little hands to enjoy writing their thank-you notes come the 26th…or soon thereafter (sorry Brown boys).

These orange bamboo pattern pens from iomoi are perfect for any desk needing a pick-me-up.

Chef's Pencil Set

In my husband’s next life as a chef this chef pencil set from Reform School will come in handy.

Colored Pencils & Brass Holder Set

If you really want to make your mother feel special, surprise her with these colored pencils and brass holder set from Furbish.



Five Year Diary

The chance printed card set from Hickoree’s is created with painted balls, each made “by chance.” Perfect for the free flowing kind of letter writer.

Paper Cranes- blank cads, set of 6

I know a fella who is crazy about paper cranes. This beautifully designed stationery set from In-vita Paper Studio would be right up his alley.

Oh, Hello Friend has created the sweetest Tiny Airmail Note Set perfect for the one-liners.


Five Year Diary

For the journal writing enthusiast, the Five Year Diary from Canoe would a winner.

The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record



Gretchen Rubin, who wrote the best seller The Happiness Project, has created a five year, One-Sentence Journal to capture one thought a day. My mother is crazy about her’s.


For some people, it’s all about home. Here, Paper Pastries creates a hand-drawn, hand-lettered custom stamp for your space. Lovely.


If you want to take a chance at creating your own stamps, pick up this carve-a-stamp kit from Yellow Owl Workshop.


Maybe it’s because I spend most of my days with a sweet, little baby but lately I’m all about the smallness of things. The Arcadian Stamps are too sweet for words.


Black Edenham Liberty Print Address Book

I am in desperate need of a new address book (I know, I’m old school). Maybe Santa will leave this beautiful book from Liberty of London under the tree for me?


Image Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos are a perfect for that someone who appreciates the beauty of tattoos but not forever.


Letterpress Classes

Here’s an idea – Surprise your partner with a letterpress class! The Arm Letterpress in Brooklyn provides letterpress classes and I’ve heard a rumor MCAD does, too.

Wrapping from Family Paper is a wonderful idea for those with not enough time to wrap. However, if you enjoy the final touches as much as I do, head over to russel & hazel (in Edina, MN) where all holiday wrapping is 50% off. I stopped in yesterday to pick up my 2013 calendar inserts and walked away with a lot more goodness!!

Lastly, why not surprise someone with a simple holiday journal?


I picked this one up last year at Michaels for less than $5 if I remember correctly. It’s tucked away in the attic with the rest of the holiday decor for most of the year. But every December I dust it off and reflect on the holiday. It makes me pause, and take in all that surrounds me. With so much on our plates this time of year and much to be blessed for it’s necessary to stop and note the emotions, the feelings, the images. Remind those around you to do the same with a gift of a holiday journal. They will thank you later in life.

Ho. Ho. Hold that pencil tight.