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November 2020

Lifestyle Planning

4 Reasons Why I’m Switching to a Digital Planner in 2021

Who else is starting to prepare for 2021? I know the future is indefinite (isn’t everything?), but even if it looks bleak, I prefer to be optimistic. I always end a year looking forward to the new year, and because I’m a self-confessed planner junkie, that means window-shopping for a new planner.

My planners from 2011-2020

Something has changed this year, though. Earlier this year, I began to use both a paper planner and a planner app to test out both options. While I have used planner apps for years, I started trying out MacOS planner apps for the first time.

Here’s the paper planner I am using (given to me as a gift by my good friend, Christine), which I love:

My monthly spread in February, pre-quarantine

In the end, I decided to not get a paper planner for 2021 and go totally digital. Here’s why I’m switching to using a digital planner this year.

1. Convenient

I’m on my laptop for probably 75% of the day. I use my Macbook a lot more than I use my phone, and I only get to write on my planner at night. While planning at night is alright for planning weeks and days, it’s much more convenient for me to update my tasks throughout the day using a digital planner that’s on my laptop.

2. Ability to sync

Using a digital planner that syncs between my Macbook and my iPhone is a game-changer for me LOL. Because I can access the planner using all my devices, it’s easier for me to keep track of what I need to do. I am even tempted to get an iPad to complete the ecosystem, but I don’t really need it so next time na lang. 

3. Minimalist

I already have too many paper planners (see photo above), and I don’t know how to reuse or get rid of them. In an attempt to minimize my clutter, I’ll be going digital. (I’m also going digital with journals and notebooks, too!)

4. Cost-effective

A digital planner is the more cost-effective option. I am currently using Elisi and Notion, which both sync between my devices and have completely free personal plans.

Elisi

My Notion dashboard

There are more reasons why I am switching to digital planning (and journalling) this year, such as how it is much easier to track habits and how I can change colors/appearances/systems whenever I feel like doing so. However, those 4 reasons mentioned above are most important to me and have the heaviest impact on my productivity and lifestyle.

What planner are you planning to use in 2021?

Recipe Sponsored

Making Fudge Brownie Using Dehydrated Potatoes (A Giveaway from Potatoes USA!)

Potatoes USA Giveaway

I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen ever since the pandemic began. Aside from being home all the time, we are also trying to minimize our trips outside the home. That’s why I would bake sweet treats rather than buying them in the store, and if I have time, I would even make our own bread!

Like many households, we also like keeping a supply of food items with long shelf life in our pantry. Apart from the usual staples, did you know it’s wise to keep dehydrated foods, too?

Dehydrated standard potato flakes and dehydrated standard potato granules from Potatoes USA Philippines

Dehydrated potatoes, in particular, are known to have a shelf life of 18-24 months. In my opinion, they should be a staple in every pantry. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Made from 100% whole, high-quality U.S. potatoes
  2. Loaded with the same nutrients as fresh potatoes
  3. Versatile and can be used to make many recipes
  4. Less prep time need, can be used straight out of the package
  5. Good value, with one kilo making approximately five kilos when rehydrated

In other words, U.S. dehydrated potatoes are a delight to use in the kitchen!

I personally love having U.S. dehydrated potatoes in stock because they can be used in a lot of recipes, whether savory or sweet. Yes, you can totally use dehydrated potatoes to bake bread and pastries!

This is why I got super excited when Potatoes USA sent me a package containing U.S. dehydrated potatoes, cooking essentials, various merchandise… and cookbooks!

New cookbooks!

All those and more inside this bag ^_^

Of course, I immediately perused the baking cookbooks (with recipes by Chef Miko Aspiras). There are so many things you can bake pala with dehydrated potatoes! The first recipe I followed was the Fudge Brownie, which uses U.S. dehydrated potato granules.

Potato Fudge Brownies

Do you know what I immediately noticed when making the recipe? It only requires 30 grams of dehydrated potato granules. That’s less than ½ cup, if my conversion is correct. A pack of dehydrated potato granules would definitely go a long way!

Oooh, fudgy!

The brownies were so fudgy and chocolatey. The consistency was moist and rich, which is perfect if you don’t like dry and cake-y brownies (like me). I’m excited to try the other recipes in the cookbooks next.

But wait, there’s more.

 

Giveaway time!

Potatoes USA actually sent me TWO packages: one for me and another one for a lucky reader! The gift pack contains the following:

  • 1 travel bag with multiple pockets and compartments (including a laptop compartment)
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Flakes
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Granules
  • 1 khaki apron, 1 oven mitt, 1 whisk
  • 1 hardbound notebook, 1 pen, 1 phone pop socket, 1 mouse pad
  • 1 hardbound Heirloom Collection cookbook
  • 1 Street Food cookbook
  • 3 Bake cookbooks

Here’s all you need to do to win:

  1. Share your own potato recipe using frozen and dehydrated US potato products.
  2. Share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag me and Potatoes USA-Philippines.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maanlx/ and https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/

OR 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie_angeli/ and https://www.instagram.com/potatoesusaphl/

That’s it! The package can be shipped anywhere in the Philippines (we will shoulder the shipping fee.)

Giveaway is now closed!

Where to buy US Potatoes:

  • US dehydrated potatoes are available in most baking supply stores. You can also message Potatoes USA-Philippines to order from the comfort of your home.
  • US frozen potato brands like McCain, Simplot, and Lambweston are available in the frozen aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
  • US table-stock and fresh potatoes, which are seasonal, are available in the produce section of your favorite supermarket.
Homeschooling Parenting

Homeschool Classroom Tour

Hello, hello! We are fresh out of sembreak and we’re currently in the middle of the 2nd Quarter of the school year. We are about to take our second monthly exam for the quarter (there are 2 per quarter + 1 quarterly exam) next week, so we will probably enter the 3rd Quarter of the year come December. Ang bilis!

I’m still pleasantly surprised at how well our homeschooling year is going. Truth be told, there’s 80-90% chance that we are still going to enroll with Chosen Homeschool  next school year. We are loving the laidback, low-stress setup and the balance between structure and flexibility.

(I hope the low-stress lifestyle meant having more time to blog, but a lot of my time is eaten up by managing the household and juggling two part-time jobs. I am trying, though. :P)

Anyway, I’m showing you our homeschool classroom today! Our classroom used to be the home office, but because nobody was using it anymore, it became sort of a stockroom. In other words, bodega haha. When we made the decision to homeschool this year, it was clear that we were going to convert the office into a classroom.

It’s a very simple, no-frills classroom. I had the walls repainted as well as an old rattan dining set. We spent days cleaning the space. Oh, and I did not buy a single piece of furniture. The only things I bought were our actual school supplies like paper and ring binders. Okay, enough, talk, pictures na. 😛 Continue Reading