The Little Things: Renee, 8.30.11.

So often, we get caught up in our day to day routines and forget to appreciate the little things in life.  In my Little Things series, I like to honor the details that are making me happy today. Now, I ask my readers to send me a photo and note about what is making THEM happy today.

Renee says,

What made me happy today was chalkboard paint!  I made some cheap coasters as gifts.

Julie’s note: Aren’t they super cute?

You, too, can be a part of “The Little Things: Reader Submissions” page! Send me a photo of one of the “little things” making you happy today, along with a short note. You do NOT have to be a blogger to take part, but if you have a blog, I will link back to you. Send your submissions to, with “The Little Things” as the subject line!


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September Scheduling

Note: Free download below!

When it comes to cooking, writing and blogging, I go through constant ups and downs.

Some days, I go on a cooking spree and have enough recipes lined up for a week and a half.

And then I hit a few days where I don’t particularly want to cook, or want to make something from another blog or that I’ve already posted. Sometimes we all need a little comfort food!

Some days, the words come easily, and my fingers fly across my keyboard (or my pen flies across the paper, depending on the day).


And other days, I’m stuck and can’t find a story to go with my latest recipe.

Naturally, those are the days when I most need to write. The days where I need something to publish that very afternoon or the next morning.

All these vacillations don’t sit well with my organized engineering mindset. So this month, I’m trying something new: an editorial calendar.

Here’s the plan:

1. I obviously don’t know what recipe I’m going to publish on September 15 or September 27. I plan ahead, but not that much. Plus, you never know when inspiration will hit for a new flavor combination! So I’m going to write in the category of recipes I’d like to feature on each day in pencil (entree, cookie, soup, chai-flavored, etc). When I come up with an actual recipe, I’ll erase the category and write in the real title. At the very least, this should help keep my recipe index balanced!

2. I’ll also be working some home projects into the calendar. If they aren’t already done, this will give me a deadline and keep me from posting all my DIY projects at once.

3. General dates of Little Things posts will also be written into the calendar. I love these posts and want to make sure I keep them coming consistently.

PS: I will always publish your submissions to the Little Things series within a few days of receiving them, no matter what the calendar says!

Hopefully, this plan will keep my blogging on track. When inspiration to write strikes, I’ll know what needs to be written. And on days when I’m stuck, I’ll have a recipe or two on deck for publishing!

Want to join me in this little blogging experiment? Will using an editorial calendar really make my blogging stronger?

If you do want to join me (or just want a cute calendar to print), here’s what I’ll be printing, filling out, and hanging above my desk!

Click here to download the September 2011 editorial calendar!