Journals and planners

Journals and planners

Dear Louise

It’s so funny that even though we have talked about so many things, we’ve never talked about our planners. What’s funnier is that we both love Kikki.K and didn’t know that too. Goes to show how you can know a person for a long time but still get to learn something new about them.

Now that I have seen your planner and love it, I thought I’ll go ahead and show you my journal and planner that I got this year as you are enjoying your summer holidays in Gisborne with family, and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.

Every year, a couple of months before the end of the year, my big search for the New Year’s journal starts.

I have always been a journal writer. Not a regular day to day journaling type but simply one to put in writing, of what I’m thinking, feeling , things that interest me, concerns me and special things that need to be safely tucked away in memory.

I also used it as my planner.

In 2015, my husband got me my first Kikki. K planner.

All my old Kikki .K planners in the back and the new Kikki.K in the front

From then on I’ve had a separate journal and a planner.

This year my journal is from K mart and I love it. Hard bound , without dates , I write when I want to without worrying about empty pages on days I don’t write.

The two things that drew me to this journal, were the colour and the quote on top of it.

The Kikki .K planner I got also has a quote. ‘Today is the day’. Appropriate for the eternal procrastinator in me.img_5567.jpg

With the lilac, pink ,grey and white colour scheme , stripes and polka dots, what’s not to love?

After using  different Kikki.K planners before, I have finally figured out that I prefer the medium leather bound planner, with a stud button closure, elastic pen holder, 6-ring binder with refillable sections

(I’ve added my pouch to hold pens and extra pages  and stickers from my previous planner into it.)img_5691.jpg


Two card holders 1 open pocket and two note pad slotsimg_5569.jpg

‘Enjoy Today’  quote on the notepad reminds me , to take small steps and not be overly worried about the mile long things to do on my list.

7 tab dividers with 3 customisable blank tabs. Plus 2 pre-labelled and customisable sticker sheets

stickers with cute reminders, my love for stickers and tapes haven’t left me at all!

Other features I love are the flexibility of perpetual calendar with the Monthly vertical  view birthday page,  IMG_5694monthly columns in the front of the pageimg_5696.jpg and weekly horizontal view page with enough space to write down the agenda/thoughts etc for the day. img_5695.jpg

Bullet point todo lis pages with space for top priorities.

The option of customising the planner to suit my lifestyle plus their motto

“inspire and empower people to live their best life everyday. “ has my vote every time.

They do have an option to monogram the planner . I didn’t use it this time. I do miss the personal information page and the extra motivational/inspiration sheets they usually have in this journal. I can’t complain though, as you see, this year I was really lucky to get a great deal in store and paid only $27 for my planner. (With such a wonderful score, I may give into impulse and get a couple of their inspirational sticker sheets. They have some great sale going on in store right now.)

I am aware that I  may not get lucky like this every time and since I’ve now found the size and type I find most practical for me, I’ve already created a little saving account for my planner Next Year! If that is not pre – planning, I don’t know what is . 😀

Happy New Year to you all

X Pearlin.

p.s.: this is not a sponsored post.

Goodbye 2017, Hello new Diary!

Dear Pearlin,

I love the fresh beginning of a new year, making plans for the year to come and reminiscing over the year that has passed.

One of the joys in the new year for me is a new diary. I don’t keep a diary as a journal but as a place to try and keep order in my chaotic life! It’s not easy keeping on top of things when you have a large family so a diary is a must for me.

My gorgeous new Inspiration Diary from Kikki-K, “Every Day is a New Beginning.”

I’m definitely more a Paper than a digital list-maker too. There is something so satisfying in putting pen to paper, creating a list and then crossing items off the list.

By the end of each week my diary is a filled-in scribbled on mess. Everything is jotted down from appointment times, menu plans, phone messages and to-do lists. Each Monday I love turning over to a fresh page for the week.

Two years ago I received a Kikki K diary from my family for Christmas and loved it so much I decided I would purchase from Kikki K the next year. Prior to this I would grab any old cheap diary on sale as long as it had a week over two pages.

Last year I saw a diary I loved and wanted, at Kikki K but I wasn’t willing to pay full price so waited hoping it would go on sale but it sold out before then. I ended up purchasing the cheapest diary on offer and regretted it all year. It wasn’t the style or ‘look’ I was after and I took great pleasure throwing it in the recycling bin before we went away on holiday for Christmas.

This year I saw the diary I wanted in October and my Mum offered to buy it for me for my birthday (23 December). I was thrilled and delighted to open it up once we arrived in Gisborne on my birthday and decided I’ll never again wait for a sale if I see the diary I’d like. It is a book I look at and write in daily, I carry it with me in my bag and plan each week in it. If I take pleasure simply from using it I’d say it’s well worth paying full price (or requesting it as a gift – thank you Mum) and if it’s on sale – even better! Now I just need to get the matching pen!

Yearly reflection including top 10 highlights of last year, 5 things I achieved, 5 good things I did for others, 5 things I’m grateful for and 5 things I learnt last year.

Yearly goals and planning.

Weekly planning pages including priority list, weekly goals, to do list, daily gratitude, dinner plan and habits. I love these weekly lists and especially the reminder to be grateful for something every day.

Monthly reflection page. I appreciate the inspirational quotes on each page. “There is always something to be thankful for.”

This is not a sponsored post, I just love my new diary and want to share the love! I filled in the reflection and yearly goals pages last night and I’m ready for the New Year (and I love that it starts on a Monday)!

Happy New Year and happy planning for 2018!

Louise xxx

Summer Holidays Blog Update

Summer Holidays Blog Update

Hi everyone,

We do hope you’ve been enjoying our blog. We’ve both enjoyed writing for the blog (and ‘researching’ aka trying out various cafes). Perhaps we should have named it ‘NOT Just Tea For Two’ as we never order just tea!

Pearlin and I have been friends for about 3 years now. We enjoy getting together regularly to drink chai tea, knit and sew, teach each other recipes (although I’m always far more interested in learning from Pearlin and eating her amazing Indian food than I am to teach her my recipes), visit cafes and attractions around Christchurch and we also do a bit of regular old home-stuff together like grocery shopping, taking pets to the vet, hanging out with each other’s families and buying vacuum cleaners!

When we’re together our conversations centre around our children mainly. Pearlin’s eldest has just finished high school and her youngest has just finished year 8 (oh and her Labrador turned 1 year old)!

My eldest completed her second year of Uni, my 16 year old completed year 12 and is now in Switzerland on a French language exchange for two months, and my four younger kids have finished school years 2, 5, 8 and 9. Life is busy and not without dramas so we tend to do a debrief on what’s going on in our families when we get together.

When we started Just Tea For Two our aim was for it to be a lifestyle blog, covering topics to do with our lifestyles, primarily based in Christchurch. We’ve written posts on local Christchurch attractions, restaurant and cafe reviews, recipes and other lifestyle posts such as candle making, product reviews, travel within NZ, gift buying guides and local small business interview.

It’s now the end of the school year for our kids and the New Zealand Summer School Holidays have begun so we’ve decided we’ll take a bit of a break from blogging.
We’ll still be posting, just not as often, but we will be posting on Instagram more often so do follow us if you’re not already. Both of our families will be holidaying out of Christchurch at some point this summer so follow us on Instagram to see what each of our families get up to!

What posts have you enjoyed the most? Is there anything you’d like to see more of in 2018?

As we head in to 2018 we plan to continue with the lifestyle theme of our posts.
Pearlin and I have many things in common but also come from very different backgrounds and lifestyles. It’s been fun writing together and individually on posts.

Thank you for reading this far!

We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Louise & Pearlin