Friday, 20 December 2013

And the winner is ......

Gosh, I was quite overwhelmed with all the replies to the Giveaway of LimeTreeFruits Planner Pages. I enjoyed reading all your plans and goals for next year very much, and it also inspired me to add some to my own list. So, thank you all so much for participating!

I've meanwhile let Rafflecopter pick a winner and forwarded the email-address and name to Raine from Limetreefruits:

Congratulations, Erica M. Griffin!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

LimeTreeFruits - big 2014 Planner Giveaway!!!

I'm so excited that the wonderful and creative Raine from Limetreefruits has asked me to be one of the stops of her big big big 2014 Planner Pre-Order Blog Hop!!!

It's not secret that I love her stuff! I'm still using her gratitude notes every day. The colorfulness of them makes me grateful as it is ... LOL
And of course I can't wait until her next series of the Tiny Creative Chefs is launched ....

But let's not get side tracked here!

Of course the monthly planner pages for 2014 are already available on her blog, you can get them here for FREE.

This giveaway however is for the new series of planners for 2014! Think color, think new designs, think lots of variation, think time management with a spicy sauce of creativity!
And Weekly and Daily planner pages in various layouts and formats. How about that?

Here are some pictures to give you an impression of this awesomeness!

 Here are the monthlies (you can choose different layouts!):

Weekly pages!!!

And the daily pages (both day per page and 2 pages per day!!!)


 Aren’t they wonderful? Don't they just make you happy???

If you want the full description of what you'll be getting, head over to LimeTreeFruits Planners 2014.
The planner package is already available for PRE-ORDER!

But who knows? You might just win this Giveaway?!

This is what you need to do:

This giveaway is for one copy of the LimeTreeFruits Planners & Calendars 2014.
It starts today Dec. 11th and ends on Dec. 19th at midnight (GMT). The winner will be announced on 20th December.

And to enter? Very simple:
  • Like the LimeTreefuits Facebook Page
  • Leave a comment below tell me what the biggest goal is you have for 2014!

And that’s it!

Record your entries in the Rafflecopper box below to make sure you are in the running!

{***pssstt—Facebook non-users: don’t be discouraged! Enter your comment and record your entry regardless. It will still count ;) }

P.S. If you want more chances to win ... hop over to to see all the other blogs that are also giving away a 2014 planner package!!

Friday, 29 November 2013

The new 2014 workbooks and planners are here!!

After much anticipation they are finally here: The new 2014 create your amazing year from Leonie Dawson! Just like last year she has a biz and life edition. 
The layout and contents have been redesigned somewhat this time.
Absolutely love it and it will be the 3rd time of me using them.
I think they are a great tool to keep you focused and on track with the goals you set yourself at the beginning of the year. 
This past year I have been very consistent with my monthly review and it absolutely showed!

Get your copy here!

By the way of thank you you will receive my free e-book "30 questions you need to ask yourself". This ebook will guide you through the next 30 days by asking you a question per day. by answering these questions, you will gain valuable insights in your life and it will help you to determine your goals for 2014. 

Have a wonderful weekend,
And next year!

Friday, 22 November 2013

And the winner is ......

First of all, thank you all so much for entering this contest. It has been the first Giveaway I hosted, and I had a lot of fun. There might be more in the future .... ;-)

Of course, now you all want to find out who won the infamous red 27 Dresses Filofax (as this model will henceforth be called).

So hop over to YouTube (as in: "click the link below") and witness the live picking of the winner!!!!

Thank you all!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Doodle as recipe book for Tiny Creative Chefs

As you have all probably heard by now, the ever amazing and creative Raine from Lime Tree Fuits (I think we all use at least some of her awsome inserts!), created a beautifully illustrated children’s cooking e-course with the cute name

Tiny Creative Chefs

I fell instantly in love when I saw the first announcement and enrolled!
How can you not love those cute faces?!!!
Each weekend during 4 weeks you receive a new recipe that your kids can cook. And since every step of the way is illustrated, it’s not even necessary that your kids can read yet! (of course, you should offer your assistance when it comes to chopping ingredients and the like).

It’s such a fun time, together with your kids. Of course you can cook or make every recipe in the world together with your children. What makes Tiny Creative Chefs so special is that your child will feel totally in charge!

I tried out the first recipe with my 9 year old daughter. She has Asperger syndrome, so the outside world is not always that easy for her. But she „grows“ if she gets to do stuff on her own, if I let her be responsible for something. And so I gave her the printout of the first week’s recipe (I had printed it on A4 pages and ARC’d them), and asked her if she’d like to do it.
A4 sheets in ARC rings

Now, even though she doesn’t read or speak English, the illustrations are literally self-explanatory. (Okay, she did hesitate about „parsley“ and I interfered when she commented that it was probably some flowers and wanted to go outside to pick some LOL.)
Ingredients gathered and ready to go!
She had the greatest fun preparing the recipe (which she served as „starters“ for that night’s dinner), and it was so tasty!
The e-course also comes with extra goodies for each week, like menu and „made by“ cards.
One very proud girl!
And little flags to decorate the food. In fact, it includes a complete „party package“ and even includes cute little drinking bottle decorations!
We actually used the little flags on some cupcakes that we brought to a party at friends. Huuuuge success!
Fun indeed!
When I received the 2nd week’s recipes, my kids complained that the A4 ARC „binder“ was too big and cumbersome for the kitchen. My oldest daughter suggested to print it out for a Filofax. My collection is greatly reduced, and I would have preferred an A5 size, but the kids unanimously agreed that it would be great in the Filofax Doodle (which I had won in Imy’s contest).
So I printed out the pages on personal sized paper, and sorted it after the numbered tabs.
Week 1 behind Tab 1 ...
... and week 2 behind Tab 2 (I'm soooo clever!)
The binder itself is made of a sort of plastic and is less prone to damages  and scratches than – say – a Domino. In fact, the cover even wipes clean with a damp cloth!
Now my children can browse through the pages during cooking. And there’s always room for a personal sized binder on the counter!
 If you also want to join the Tiny Creative Chefs (it starts any time you want): click here!


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Fantastic "27 Dresses/Filofax" Give-Away!!

Apparently, there are still a few peeps out there who never watched the movie "27 dresses"! Those of us how have watched it, were mesmerized by that fat, well-loved red Filofax that Katherine Heigl kept consulting. Remember how it looked like?

Take a peek inside:
Oh look! She even carries a white Filofax pen!

Of course everybody (okay, perhaps not EVERYbody) started guessing what Filofax model it was? I managed to capture a picture, that unfortunately appeared a bit orangy/browny on screen (and - yes - since you ask: orangy and browny are proper colors!). It's a red personal sized Topaz!

Apparently too stuffed to be closed ...

Okay, we knew it was a personal Topaz. And we wanted one. Well, at least I wanted one after I finished the movie, but it turned out that the little buggers were loooooong discontinued.


I managed to snap one up from eBay! Not new, but in a lovely condition! Look at that wonderful vibrant red color!!!

On the left you will find 5 credit card slots and a secretarial pocket behind it.
Fire red? Lipstick red?

On the right side there is a huge gusseted zip pocket. And did I mention TWO penloops????

Gusseted zip pocket

Close-up of the label!

Love how pretty the penloop attachment on the backside looks!

Because it's so pretty and rare and because I loved the movie so much, I decided to organise a give-away of the complete package.

You can win the Personal Topaz AND the movie DVD!!!!

What do you need to do to make a chance to win this fun set?
  • Follow this blog
  • Follow me on Twitter: @J_is_hier
  • Follow me on Instagram: @Jotje69
  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel
  • Subscribe to my newsletter on GrowBlossomFlow (you'll also get my free Time Management e-book if  you do)
  • Leave a comment on this post

This Give-Away closes on 20th November and the winner will be chosen randomly (of course the give-away will be open worldwide!).

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Oh Gillio ....!

A few weeks back, I became curious what this whole Gillio-enthusiasm was all about. So I decided to take a closer look by becoming a member of the closed Facebook group “Gillio Firenze”. I’m tempted to add “the rest is history”.

What happened was that one of the group members decided to sell her medium sized red croco Gillio and I jumped onto it. This was within a few hours of my membership! I was very very lucky that Brittney agreed to ship the binder internationally.

After a few days of impatient waiting (the Gillio being hijacked by customs didn’t help either), she finally arrived. I was in awe of the craftsmanship and beauty of this binder! 

The layout is simply perfect, especially when you use your planner also as a wallet like I do (a short demonstrating video is available here: Blue Gillio as wallet/planner combo).

On the left is a large zipped pocket, with a smaller pocket  (where I keep my paper money) and one credit card slot (I’m not using that one at the moment). Behind this is a secretarial pocket. On the right hand side of the planner are five stitched card slots, with another roomy secretarial pocket. And the penloop (which is big enough to accommodate a Lamy fountain pen: YAY!).The Gillio is delivered with a silver ball pen, that also writes beautifully (and that takes Parker Gel Pen refills!).

The best feature however is the full width back pocket, which allows you to store A5 sheets in a very comfortable manner. The binder still closes easily.

The planner is unbelievably soft and flexible! Look:

I find the Gillio very beautiful and very well made. If you encounter a little scratch in the leather (which is bound to happen when you throw it in your bag like I do), you can simply rub it out. Perfect!

I’m not using the original Gillio inserts, because I’m quite content with my own setup. My only gripe is that the Gillio Compagna won’t take Franklin Covey Compact inserts: they hang out and need trimming. Apparantly this is not a problem with the Gillio  Amica line, which is a bit wider, but lacks that gorgeous full width wallet pocket. A girl’s gotta choose ….

Gillio Compagna with untrimmed FC pages ....

So I trimmed my FC inserts. Not knowing if I would want to trim the entire next calendar year, I experimented with Dayrunner 2PPD inserts (same size as Filofax), that Mella so generously forwarded to me. However: the paper quality is inferior to Franklin Covey. Fountain pen causes bleedthrough. Another downside is that the appointment schedule goes from 8 a.m. to only 5 p.m. Hello?! With four kids who attend clubs in the afternoon/at night, and a hubbie who works many nights, this turned out to be a big disappointment.
Which is why I have just ordered Franklink Covey inserts for 2014. So, trimming it is …

Trimmed FC 2PPD inserts
To cut the story short: I'm absolutely in love with Gillio! So much, that I meanwhile own three different Gillio's: the red croco (featured here), the blue croco and the gold Epoca. 

And dare I say it? 
I sold 23 Filofaxes over the past weeks without a single regret!

If you visit my YouTube channel, you can find another video on my red croco!