Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Winter Pause: Preorder Now


Pausing



One of the primary goals for The Seasonal Book of Days is to help us pause in our day and embrace special moments and memories found in each season.

Doing it each and every day of our lives can be a bit overwhelming. Agree?

I don’t know about you, but I often have blank days in planner sections that don’t get touched beyond the inevitable school and sports schedules of my children.


Life has no pause button.


Even though incredibly difficult, when we recognize a pause here and there, cherish a moment, and savor a memory within each season, we find our lives are more rewarding and discover a taste of heaven that might otherwise have passed unnoticed.

Once we learn the skills for finding those moments, our lives are more deeply satisfying. That’s what this little Book of Days wants to help you find and embrace.


A pause here. A moment there. A memory savored. A moment remembered. These are called heart pauses.

If the Seasonal Book of Days does not allow you that pause, then I have not done my job well.



Preorders are now being taken for the Winter Seasonal Book of Days (this is last year's cover...this year's is slightly different) which walks you through the three winter months: December, January and February.

There are three (3) options available:

(1) purchase a year's worth to be delivered 4x seasonally to your doorstep (this is a savings of $10.00)



(2) purchase the
full calendar/planner version with all the daybook extras and all the calendar pages.




(3) purchase only the
book of days version
which is everything found in the planner version  (see option 2) minus the calendar pages. (#3 is perfect for those who already have a favorite planner they love and use.)


Table of Contents

A Winter Beehive List………………..7

Welcome……………….. 9

Retreat Time………………..11

Toward Holy Rhythm (Elizabeth Foss)……….14

Life if Liturgy…………………………….17

Seasonal Virtue---Charity………………..18

December @ A Glance……………………21

December Calendar………………..20-39

Hanukkah Booklist………………..40

Christmas Plans ………………..41-46

Christmas Meal Planning ………………..47-50

Sweet Shoppe…………………………….....48

Christmas Shopping List…………..…………….49

December Recipe Box…………………………50

December Daybook…………………………51-54

December Extras……………………..55-58

January @ A Glance………………………………….60

January Calendar ………………..59-78

Snowflake Booklist…………………………………78

January Meal  Plan……………………………79

January Recipe Box……………………………80

January Daybook…………………………81-84

January Extras……………………..85-88

February @ A Glance………………………………90

February Calendar……………………………………89-105

Valentine/Jack Frost Booklist…………………..106

The Frost Poem…………………………..107-108

February Meal Plan………………….109

February Recipe Box…………………………………..110

February Daybook…………………….111-114

February Extras………………………….115-118

Winter Booklist ………………..119

Seasonal Reading Log ………………..120

Reflection…………………………..123-124

MawMaw’s Molasses Cookies (Kim Devers)……….125-128

Molasses Cookie Recipe……………………………..129

Mulligan Stew Recipe……………………………..130

Extra Journal Pages……………..131-134

15-Minute Classroom Notes…………………….135-136

Book Pause……………………………….137-138

Poetry Pause…………………………...……139

10-Day Personal Challenge……………………..140-143

Hidden Corners………………..144-145

Winter House/Yard Lists………………………………..146

Honey-Do List…………………………147

Things to Focus On…………………………148

Open Your Bible Study (Jenny Coleen)……..149-150

Scripture Count……………………151-152

Journaling………………………….153-156

Notes………………………..157-160

Winter’s Story……………………….161

Winter’s Letter to Myself………………………162

Credits……………………….167


{Just for the sake of cuteness overload ;-) }

Saturday, July 23, 2016

PreOrder Autumn Book of Days Today!


Preorders for the Autumn Seasonal Book of Days are now open @ our

ETSY SHOP: CAJUN COTTAGE PRESS

To see what's new click here: What's New

To see what's inside the new issue click here: Table of Contents

DON'T JUST PLAN YOUR LIFE. Live it!













What's New in Autumn Book of Days

WHAT'S NEW FOR AUTUMN?

Pre-Order starts tomorrow....

So what's new in Autumn?

We have a new column in our Seasonal Book of Days.
Jenny Coleen is contributing an Open Your Bible column...because those Bibles can be as difficult to open as our planners sometimes. Right?
***
Someone asked for a Table of Contents. Guess what!?! Ta-dah!!!
:-) 
See it here: Autumn Table of Contents
***
An Autumn Bucket List...just because...everyone needs a bucket list. ;-)

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Retreat Time---offered in autumn to help us all open this little books of days and make it something we actually use to fill our tanks (and souls) up. You'll want to go and use this first thing when it comes in the mail.
Order here! 
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I have grouped the Daybooks/Prayerful Pondering/Nature Observations/Menu Blackboards/Recipes into a section of the planner rather than behind each month's calendar, that way you can use them at will and not feel as though the month ended and you still have pages left bare.
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Autumn's Story...you know have a page to write a summary of what happened in each season.
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5 droplets of water are offered for each day (versus the original 8) because of my own feelings of defeat. Let's commit to drinking more water, but be kind to our own commitments. We're only in competition with ourselves, not others.
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Daily Main Meal listing...because, again, I was lax in my entries with this as well. If there is a demand for three main meals I will change it back next season. Maybe it's just me but, for the Season of Summer, I'm just not in my kitchen much. What about you?
***
All essays, seasonal meditation, the home cabinet, and extra journaling pages relevant to the season are located in the back of the Seasonal Book of Days to separate them from the "planner" section.
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Meal Planning Blackboards are changed a little. Hope they are more user-friendly.
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Watch for "The Happiness Project" book pause @ our seasonal communal page launching in September!

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Our autumn planner is a bit smaller (5.83 x 8.26) than the 6 x 9 it has been. We want to hear back from you about the new size.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Autumn Book of Days is @ the Printers!

Autumn Book of Days is @ the printers. What's inside of it? See below and remember that Pre-Ordering is coming this weekend to our Cajun Cottage Press Etsy Shop.

Pre-Orders means you get your Autumn Book of Days at a lower cost and guarantees you will receive it before the autumn season begins.

An Autumn Bucket List………………..6
Welcome……………….. 8
Seasonal Virtue---Justice………………..10
...
Retreat Time………………..13
Autumn Plans………………..16
SEPTEMBER Calendar………………..17-38
Apple Booklist………………..34
Back to School Supply List ………………..35
OCTOBER Calendar ………………..39-59
Pumpkin Booklist ………………..56
NOVEMBER Calendar ………………..60-80
Thanksgiving Booklist ………………..77
Autumn Booklist ………………..81
Reading Log ………………..82
Election Reflection ………………..85
Election Prayer for our Country ………………..87
Daybooks ………………..88-99
Nature Observation ………………..100-102
Prayerful Pondering Sheets ………………..103-105
Menu Planning Blackboards ……………….. 106-111
Recipes ………………..112-117
Home Cabinet ………………..120
15-Minute Classroom ……………….. 121
Book Pause/Poetry Pause ………………..123-124
Essay---On Seasons & Sufferings by
Emily Stimpson Chapman………………..125-128
10-Day Challenge ………………..129-132
Hidden Corners ………………..133
Autumn Yard/House List ………………..135
Things to do Next Season ………………..137
Advent Planning ………………..138-139
Open Your Bible by
Jenny Coleen………………..140-141
Scripture ………………..142-143
Winter Planning ………………..145
Journaling Pages ………………..146-148
Beehive Features ………………..148-152
Autumn’s Story………………..153
A Letter to Autumn………………..154

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Winners of the Autumn Book of Days

Thank you for all your entries and comments in the recent Summer Giveaway. There were so many who posted both on social media and here at the blog and I'm grateful for your enthusiasm.

These lucky ladies are the winners of the up-coming Autumn Book of Days which will be ready for pre-order at Cajun Cottage Press the week of July 24-31st.

Winner #1: Create a Meme---No Entries = No Winners
{If anyone wants to try their hand at a Meme and email it to me @
caygibson at gmail DOT com
I might have an extra planner available ;-) First one to email a Meme wins. ;-)}
{Up-dated to add that Angie Wolfe created a Meme and won a copy of the Autumn Book of Days}

Winner #2: Become Community----Colleen Rein @ Stamping Away
(who I got to meet for real @ the recent ARCH Conference)
is the winner for graciously sharing and tagging friends about the Autumn Seasonal on social media.

Winner #3: Proud to Be an American---Rosalie Loya who is a faithful blog reader (for which I'm grateful) and wrote...
"I am proud to be an American because of the freedom to be who I want to be."

Winner #4: It's My Birthday! It's My Birthday! ---Mary Dougay
a real life friend of mine whose birthday we celebrate on October 13th!
Happy Birthday, Mary!

Congratulations and, again, thank you to everyone for sharing and commenting and entering this Summer Giveaway for the upcoming Autumn Seasonal. I cannot WAIT to share it with all of you!
Summer is happening fast so enjoy the remainder and get ready for fall. 

Please graciously share our posts about this little book of days with your all your family and friends, especially the Reviews . 

Happy Planning!



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Seasonal Giveaway---In Time for Fall

It's time for a Summer Seasonal Giveaway!!



There will be four (4) winners to receive an Autumn Seasonal Book of Days.

Let's start with something fun. 


Giveaway #1: (CREATE A MEME)

1) CREATE a Meme for The Summer Book of Days 
2) SHARE it on your social media by tagging #seasonalbooksofdays
3) INCLUDE it here in the combox so I don't miss any entries. (From these entries, I will choose a winner for the Autumn Book of Days. Can't wait to see everyone's creativity.)
4) CREATIVE MEME winner will be pulled JULY 1st!




Giveaway #2 (BECOME COMMUNITY)

1) GO to my Instagram (click here: Seasonal Book of Days)
2) LIKE the recent Seasonal Book of Days post.
3) FOLLOW ME @seasonalbookofdays
4) TAG 3 of your friends in the comments
5) JOIN us on Facebook (click here: Seasonal Planner Group)
6) SPREAD the love: Share this post on Facebook
7) COMMUNITY winner will be pulled JULY 2nd!


Giveaway #3 (PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN)

1) OBSERVING our nation's Independence!
2) ENTER a comment in the combox below beginning with "I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN BECAUSE..."
3) PROUD AMERICAN Winner will be pulled on JULY 4th!

Giveaway #4 (IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!)

1) CELEBRATING an Autumn Birthday?
2) POST your birth-date in the combox below.
3) BIRTHDAY winner will be pulled on JULY 6th!



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Are You Ready for Summer?

ORDER TODAY TO RECEIVE BY JUNE 1S


Welcome to the Summer Season where Mercy is the theme and Picking Berries is part of our summer fun, where we create an Ice Cream Sundae bar and check off a Picnic List and appreciate Hidden Corners and make nature sketching a part of our week and record Daybooks and reflect on the Mission of the Twelve.



THE SUMMER ISSUE OFFERS YOU...

*Articles:
Invitation for Making Summertime Memories with your Family and Planning Picnics and Parties *Scripture meditation on the virtue of Mercy
*a monthly calendar for the Summer months of June-July-August
*daily spaces to record your
      a) water intake
      b) vitamins-probiotics-oils
      c) exercise
      d) meals
      e) Scripture pause
      f) mother moments
...
      g) prayers
      h) gratitude notes
      i) birthdays/anniversaries
*meaningful heart pulses
*reminders of national holidays and special celebrations through the months
*monthly accomplishment chart
*meal planning blackboard
*a Berry Recipe for June
*a Homemade Ice Cream Recipe for July
*Quinoa Recipe for August...
*daybooks
*Nature Walking incentive sheet
*Prayer design sheet
*journaling pages
*poetry pause (Summer: "Where I'm From..." conversion)
*Reading Log
* an Ice Cream Sundae bar list
* a Picnic Item Basket list
*Book Pause (Summer: "Orchard House" by Tara Austen Weaver)
*Summer/Bee/Walking/Mercy Quotes
*10 Day Challenge
*Summer Yard List
*Home Cabinet for Wellness
*Berry Picking Reflection
*Berry Picking Booklist
*Devotional: "The Mission of the Twelve"
*Hidden Curiosity Corners


Get ready to plan your summer months (June-July-August) HERE.

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We want to make sure you are using your Seasonal Book of Days. Go here for support and updates and community sharing of all things seasonal... SEASONAL BOOK OF DAYS COMMUNITY


To read more about the Seasonal Book of Days, go HERE.




Thursday, January 21, 2016

What's in the Spring Seasonal Planner?


Allow the Seasonal Beehive to help you create a mindful way of living.
In the Spring Planner...Months March-April-May

* Each month has days with seasonal prompts and messages
* Theme---Spring is centered on Faith
* Seasonal Booklist for Kids---Spring is on Gardening
* Heart Pulses---to record your heartfelt plans
* Spring Flowers---to rate your day by color code
* Circle Bullets---to remind you if you took your vitamins and probiotic for the day
* Water Droplets---to pace your daily intake of water
* Menu Planning Blackboard & Recipes
* Lenten Meal Planning
* Seasonal Motif to color
* Seasonal Daybook per week
* Space for daily Gratitude-Prayer-Scripture notations
* Nature Walk-Sketch Motivation
* Poetry Pause
* Seasonal Reading Log
* 15-minute Classroom Notes
* Home Cabinet---essential oil/herbal tip
* Meal Planning 101 Article
* Article on Rebuilding a Culture of the Family, for the Family, by the Family---inspired and referenced by Jennifer Mackintosh
* Book Pause---Gladys Tabor of Stillmeadow memoirs
* 10 Day Challenge Charts
* Spring Cleaning Record Sheet
* Organizing-Journaling-Planning Sheets at end of book
Pre-ordering will begin Monday, January 25th @
 Planner will ship in February.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Changes to Spring Edition of Seasonal Planner



The Best Way to Keep up with The Seasonal Planner Updates is to Join
(Preordering will be available some time in January/
Spring Edition will be ready to ship beginning of February)
{Sketches for SBP drawn by Anna Cantrell. All Rights Reserved. 2015}

% The Seasonal Beehive Planner now has specifically marked days each month. Everything from No Housekeeping Day to Zoo Day, from Mother Goose Day and Mother’s Day to Remember the Titanic Day, from PB and J Day to Coffee Day, from appreciating your Librarian to remembering to call your Dentist---these "nationally" marked days make your planning more fun and more personal.  

 
 
 
% The original thought was not to burden you with a list of days that remained empty and useless. I wanted us to have a clean sheet with space to write our daily plans or just a notation of what made that day special. I was torn about leaving wide open spaces for you to have available for your own creativity and productivity versus too many options that cluttered your days. For you, I wanted open spaces that offered endless opportunities to record what was done during the month so you would feel successful and not defeated. But I plainly heard the plea for a day-by-day spread and realized that clear concise prompts can inspire us and don’t have to consume our day. These prompts spur us forward, not backward.
 
 
 
% Rather than have pages for Gratitude-Prayer-Scripture, you now have a place to list these items on each day. There are two days per page. The Seasonal Beehive Planner now has guided-prompts that remind you to pray for someone/be grateful for something/ scripture pause/ place to record meal plans/ water intake/ remember a birthday or anniversary that day.

% Seasonal Reading Log ~ new and improved, found in back of planner. 

% A seasonal motif (a decorative design or pattern) for coloring when you are stuck in traffic, waiting at the doctor office, or simply as therapy to quiet your active life is one of the peaceful cubicles found within The Seasonal Beehive Planner.

% All artwork is by artist Anna Cantrell; specially drawn for The Seasonal Beehive Planner. All rights reserved.

% There is now a DayBook for each week of every month rather than only one per month.

% You still have that heart-pulse list in which to post your daily activities but rather than just a single heart per day you have four hearts to record your most important heart “pulses” of the day and some days have heart notations or reminders of special world events or holy days of the church at large to move you forward with your planning. (See photos above.)


% Rate Your Day ~ at the start of each day you will see five spring flowers.  At the end of the day you rate your day on a scale of 1-5, coloring in as many flowers as you feel your day productive/successful/happy/holy/leisurely. A “low” day here and there is nothing to worry about. Just try to make the next day better. If you have too many “low” days in a row, this will help you see that you are in a slump and need to change the pace of your days.

    0 Each day you see 8 water droplets. This is to keep track of your daily water    
            intake.  For every eight (8) ounce glass/bottle of water you drink, simply color in
            a water droplet.  If you don’t have all eight (8) water droplets colored in by the
           end of the day, don’t be hard on yourself. You are making an intentional goal to
           drink more water. Compete with no one but yourself.

   O Next to your water intake droplets, you will see this oval shape which  
            represents your daily vitamins and probiotic intake.  
 
           % Some very simple little reminders for mindfully pampering yourself are
            included.  Look for the crinkly message boxes.
{Sketch by Anna Cantrell. All Rights Reserved. 2015}
          %  There is now a simple seasonal recipe sheet and for meal planning per
           season. Your daily meal planning happens on the daily planning date. Each 
           month there is a focus on what is happening seasonally so that you intentionally
           embrace the season within your home. You are able to focus on:
           *a dish you want to try
           *a dish your family loves
           *a sacrificial meal on Fridays
           * a dish for a special occasion
           * a cultural dish  
 
           % Each month and all the planning pages for that month are distinctly sectioned off.
            All essays, seasonal meditation, the home cabinet, and extra journaling pages relevant
            to the season are located in the back of the Seasonal Beehive Planner.


           %
            There is a clear Liturgical Year presence in the Spring Edition of The Seasonal Planner
            Whatever religion you embrace there is a molting of days that create a season of holy
            intent which guides our spiritual life. The liturgical calendar has seamlessly become
            part of the Western Calendar. Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter,
            Halloween, Christmas, and others have
            their roots planted in Christian soil. By intentionally observing these holy days,
            we guide our days and intentions towards our Creator in a beautiful mystical
            labyrinth of living.
 
{Sketch by Anna Cantrell. All Rights Reserved. 2015}

 
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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