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Carrying My A5

There are a lot of Filofax users who swear by the Personal size, declaring the A5 too big to lug around when they’re out and about. I’m an A5 girl at heart, so I thought I’d share how I manage to carry my Malden around with very little fuss.

I suppose that “too big” is a matter of perspective. Be warned, I’ve been a mom for over 14 years and was a teacher before that. Carrying around monstrous totes — or even crates of paper and books for lesson planning and grading – makes my current purse seem almost dainty. I’m sure if you’re 20 and not used to carrying around diaper bags and other parental accessories, this may not qualify as a “small purse.”

Purse & Malden

Purse loaded

I had no idea when I purchased the Malden that it would go so beautifully with my purse (a find from a TJ Maxx). I’m not a matchy-matchy girl, but it’s actually a lovely combination. It works well if I’m at the university, having coffee with a friend, or running errands. Nice, but not fussy.

Now that my kids are older, I don’t have to carry around supplies as if I am a survivalist preparing for the apocalypse; it feels so liberating! It used to take 20 minutes of packing and 15 minutes of kid-wrangling to make a few errands.

Below are the contents of my purse for a typical trip around town. When I’m writing somewhere, I transfer these items over to a tote that holds my laptop. On the rare occasions I want a smaller load to carry, I can just use my separate calendar and my phone. If I’m really living on the edge, my phone case holds a few cards, so that’s as slimmed down a profile as I get. The mom in me would never go out without my ID, a credit/debit card, or my insurance card! All in all, I don’t find the A5  the least bit cumbersome as a planner, though sometimes I prefer to use just my monthly calendar.

Purse contents

My wallet, monthly calendar, travel tissue (a winter-only item), my A5 Malden, pen bag, polka dot makeup bag, lip balm (that’s the weird ball thing), and a reusable grocery bag for when I decide to stop by the store. The side pockets hold my keys and cell phone.

Kid Favorites – Fruits and Veggies (and a few legumes for good measure)

As our family prepares to alter our diet, I am seeking input from the kids about which fruits and vegetables they want with their meals. It will be a big adjustment to cut out dairy and gluten for a few weeks, so I’m trying to make our meals as appealing as possible. You may not be trying to make any adjustments to your diet, but if you have children, it might be nice to keep in your meal-planning section so that you have a variety of healthy options at a glance. Heck, maybe you don’t have kids, but you want to generate a list for yourself! Healthier eating is a frequent New Year’s resolution. No matter the case, it may make grocery lists easier to generate.

Last night, I sat down with my son and asked him to rate fruits and vegetables on a scale of 0-3 (0 being “don’t even bother trying to make me eat it” and 3 meaning it’s a favorite). Fruits and Veggies

From there, I transferred any items that weren’t zeros onto A5 grid paper. I marked my son’s favorites with a star. This morning, I ran through that list with my daughter, and made notes, marking any of her favorites with a blue star. There are also a few notes for me to consider in the space below. Now I know what’s fallen out of favor (tangerines used to be our “go-to” snack, but they’ve become less of a treat) and what will be devoured in their lunch boxes. I also discovered that my daughter seems more enthusiastic about fruits and vegetables in general (note the prevalence of blue stars!). That, or my son is a tougher grader. Most of the items on this list he rated as twos.

I realize that some parents feel their children should eat whatever is served, but we’re trying to be mindful as we ask the kids to give up some beloved foods (even if temporarily). As I type this, however, I realized I omitted cucumber. I may also go in and add a few foods that Kevin turns his nose up to, but that Sophia likes (e.g., cantaloupe). You’ll also notice the lack of leafy greens, but I’m planning to ease them into that 🙂

This section of my Filofax is serving me well as I make some big changes in our house. I’m considering making my Holborn A5 zip a temporary home for dietary stuff as I do more research and food testing. Meal plans, favorite new recipes, and more…I’ll see how much I end up writing.