How to start a Bullet Journal!

Hello!

I ran a poll on Twitter a few days a go asking which post I should do next out of: How to bullet journal, Reviewing mug food, a book review and my makeup routine. The results weren’t extremely useful in the fact I received 4 votes for Bullet Journal AND Book Review and 2 votes each for the other two. Obviously, I then had to decided between the two most popular ones and I decided on this one, How to Start a Bullet Journal! So here we go!

If you need reminding what a bullet journal is see –> THIS <– post. There’s also a link to a video walkthrough of my own bullet journal. A bullet journal can be whatever you want it to be, but I’m going to give you some tips on a basic layout, hopefully!

To start off with you need supplies! You’ll need:

  • A Notebook (I highly recommend the Leuchtturm 1917 notebook with dotted paper)
  • Nice black pen
  • LOTS of coloured pens

  • Highlighters

  • A Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Coloured Pencils
  • Washi Tape

OK, it kind of depends what you want to do, so you might not actually need ALL those things but there’s definitely some essentials up there! Here’s a pretty photo of my bullet Journal:

One of the first things I recommend you do is look at Pinterest or Google Images for inspiration (At least, that’s what I did!). Or you could take inspiration from mine from the My Bullet Journal Post <– Here. Then I would begin to plan out what you’re going to do (what pages). The first page I did in mine was a Key so that I could have an organised structure and keep it consistent throughout. Here’s a list of pages I think are important:

  • A Key (as mentioned above)
  • A Future Planner/Year Overview whatever you want to call it!
  • Monthly Overview/Planner
  • Weekly double page spreads

I have used over 100 pages in my bullet journal so obviously I have more than just that, I have some fun pages too. Here are some ideas:

  • Birthday/Holiday Calendar
  • Yearly Mood Tracker
  • Habit Tracker for each month
  • Doodle page
  • Books to Read page
  • Pen Swatches/Testers
  • My Wishlist
  • Monthly memories
  • Movies to watch page
  • Bucket List
  • Brain Dump page

I have a few extra pages such as blog post ideas as well.

At the beginning of every month I always follow the same structure:

  • [Month] Overview
  • [Month] Habit Tracker
  • [Month] Sleep Tracker
  • [Month] Food Log

Then I continue with each week’s spread.

Reading this back, it probably sounds very confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be whatever you want it to be. Here’s a link to the walkthrough of my bullet journal and you can see all the pages and get inspired or whatever. I’ll be doing an update on it in a couple of months!

BULLET JOURNAL YOUTUBE VIDEO

Mine’s a lot of fancy writing and nice presentation but it doesn’t have to be like that. It’s very time consuming and so if you don’t have the time to sit and do that then it won’t be like that but it doesn’t matter!

Here’s a gallery of some of my Bullet Journal Pages:

I hope that you were able to make some kind of sense of this post, I understand it maybe a bit badly explained and confusing but my next post will be 10000x better!

If you want some more information then feel free to contact me! Info on –> This <— Page!

Post again soon!

My Reading List

Books, Books, Books!

This is my first Book Club post! I originally started it as Book Worm but then I thought Book Club sounded better!

Who doesn't loveeee books? I have soooo many books I want to read so I thought that I'd share them with you! Here you are, my TBR! (That rhymes! TBR stands for 'To Be Read (as in red not reed))

My Reading List:

  • Finish reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I've read bits of all of them before but I want to read them properly!)
  • Quidditch through the ages
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • All the Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)
  • Hunger Games series
  • Since You've been gone (Morgan Manson)
  • Everything Everything (Nicola Yoon)
  • We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)
  • Fangirl
  • A Street Cat named Bob
  • Paper Towns (read it before years ago, but I can't remember)

There's probably more but we'll be here for a long time!

Now sit down with a nice cuppa tea (or coffee or water or juice or whatever) and read some books! In the future I'm thinking about recommending books, you know, like an actual book club. So get excited if you like books!

Read safely!

P.S Happy 40th Birthday Mum 🙂 <3

Macaroni Cheese Recipe

Heyyy!

First recipe post, hurray! Now, this is a but of a strange recipe post because normally I do baking things, such as cookies and cake but I thought that it would be a great idea (and to throw everyone off, muhaha!) to do an actual meal recipe (if you get my drift..?)

Macaroni cheese is great! It literally combines pasta……and cheese which is good because it means it can be quite plain (literally the pasta and cheese) but you can also add more to it, or serve it with different things to make it more flavoured, if that’s to your taste. But who can’t beat a basic Mac n’ Cheese! (well, except if you don’t like cheese… or pasta!)

So yeah, here we go!

MACARONI CHEESE

Ingredients:

  • 150/180g Pasta (perhaps Penne, Macaroni, Fusilli, you get the idea!)
  • 40g butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 400ml milk
  • 80g grated cheese
  • Pinch salt
  • Pepper

METHOD:

1 .If the pasta isn’t a particularly fast cooking pasta, I recommend you start with putting the pasta on. Cook it in boiling water until soft (or ‘al dente’ if you want to get all Gordon Ramsey about it!)

Here is the Pasta, not actually cooking as only one of the hob rings work and I had to do the cheese sauce first. Thankfully, it’s that quick cook stuff!

2. Now you can begin on your delicious cheese sauce, Firstly you need to weigh and then melt the butter into a sauce pan.

Don’t base your butter measurements on that picture as I accidentally put in too much! You only need 40g!

3. It gets a bit weird from here, but now you need to add the flour and it looks a little bit like this:

This is butter and flour. Looks a bit gross, I know!

Cook this on the heat for a couple of minutes

4. Remove whatever ever that is from the heat and GRADUALLY add the milk.

Here’s the first splash of milk…

 

……Bit more added!

 

There, that’s how it should look… All the milk added now!

Put back on the heat once you’ve added all the milk and stir continuously until it begins to thicken!

5. Now the bit you’ve been waiting for, the cheese! Add MOST (not all) the grated cheese to your sauce and also add salt and pepper!

Cheesy, isn’t it?

Heat until all the cheese has melted, still stirring all the time!

The Cheese Sauce

That’s it for the Cheese sauce!

6. Now place a little bit of the cheese sauce in the bottom of an oven proof dish, like so:

Drain the pasta, and put it in the oven proof dish too!

Drainy, drainy.

 

Almost there!

Plop the rest of the sauce on top…

Yummy!

…And add the remaining cheese!

Very nearly done!

7. If you like, you can add sliced tomato to the top too! Put it under a hot grill until the cheese just starts to brown and the tomatoes (if there’s any) are cooked.

Now wait….

8. Macaroni Cheese can be served with triangles of toast (trUST ME, it’s GREATTTT!) or green salad leaves. You’d better prepare them whilst it’s in the oven…

Hahahhaha, ignore the dirty toaster!

9. When it comes out the oven it should look a little something like this:

*mouth waters*

It’s ready to serve…. Enjoy!

Mac n’ Cheese n’ Toast

 

Nom

So I hope you enjoyed that recipe! The next one will be a sweet thing, promise! There’ll be something for everyone!

Sorry for the terrible photos hahahah! Hopefully the nice ones on my other post will make up for it?

Oh yes, I highly recommend printing the recipe if you want to use it… and I dunno stick it in a scrapbook or something… Do what you want with it!

Byeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Hello and welcome back!

You’re now at www.jesslouise.co.uk…. Not jessslouise.com or jessslouise.wordpress.com, www.jesslouise.co.uk. I promise this is the last time I’ll do that! I’ve moved across from wordpress.com to self hosted wordpress (Ooooooooooooo! Yeah don’t worry, I don’t really know what that means either!). All I know it means that I get this awesome new look site, do you like? I do!

To tie in with my new site, I’ve edited (and deleted) some of the previous posts, for example, new photos and my new blog signature (see bottom of post!) so be sure to check them out!

This now means, however, that ANY OLD LINKS WILL NOT WORK (could it BE any more obvious? Haha Friends reference cos I’m sad like that) so DON’T USE THEM! I  mean I’m sorry for shouting and everything but it’s important that you don’t end up at a dead end because that’ll be sad!

I’m so excited about this yayyyy! Don’t forget to contact me (info on THIS page) for any requests or questions!

Yeah, well, that’s that!

Byeeeeeeeee

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My Bullet Journal!

Hello!

So this is something a little different that I haven’t ever done on any blog I’ve had. I thought that I’d talk to you a little bit about my Bullet Journal. Now I know you’re thinking ‘What’s a bullet journal?????’, but don’t go away yet I’m about to tell you…

The Bullet Journal is a customisable and forgiving organisation system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.

That was taken from the official Bullet Journal website (http://bulletjournal.com). It’s basically anything you want in to be. Keep your eyes peeled because I’m going to do a post about how to bullet journal in the near future!

In my bullet journal, I have a variety of pages including: a contents page, a year overview, a birthday calendar, a page with ideas for blog posts and a few pages dedicated to Harry Potter. I have sections in there too which are the months. For example in August I have an overview, a habit tracker, a sleep log and a food log followed by a double-page spread of each week, where I make notes about what’s happening and what I need to do. It sounds complicated, but it easy once you know what you’re doing. I got a lot of inspiration for it off of Pinterest, Google images and Tumblr, so if you’re interested I would check out those! Simply search ‘bullet journal’ and you’ll get the gist of what I’m talking about!

Here’s some photographs of some of the pages (started off with a blank notebook and now I’m here!):

Bullet Journal 1

‘July memories’ and ‘books to read’ page

Bullet Journal 2

Doodle Ideas page

Bullet Journal 3

The start of the July section

Bullet Journal 4

The Birthday Calendar

Bullet Journal 5

The Key to what everything means in the Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal 6

My August Habit Tracker

Bullet Journal 7

August 1st-6th Weekly Spread

Bullet Journal 8

The start of the September section and the (incomplete) September Overview

Bullet Journal 9

July 17th-23rd Weekly Spread

I can’t upload videos directly onto my blog, but I have done a video walk through of my bullet journal so if you’d like to see the WHOLE thing, check out this link to the video I’ve uploaded onto YouTube! (because I’m nice like that!!)

MY BULLET JOURNAL WALKTHROUGH VIDEO

This was probably the most boring post ever but soon I’m going to do a tutorial about starting a bullet journal so that you can do your own one! Yay!

I’ll be less boring next time!!