Diary or Journal? Same Thing Right?


People often use the terms diary and journal interchangeably.  Many people think they are the same.  However, there are some differences between the two. Which one are you using?  Which one do you want to use?  Let’s take a look and see the differences.

A journal, according to the Merriam Webster website, a journal has the following definition:  Entry One: ” A daily newspaper usually used in the title.  A periodical dealing with matters of current interest.” Entry Two: “A record of ideas, reflections and experiences kept regularly for private use. A record of current transactions (bookkeeping), or a day to day account. A record kept by a deliberate or legislative body.”

For my purposes and yours the second entry “A record of ideas, reflections and experiences kept regularly for private use” is what we want to look at.  Journals can be used for a variety of things.  A journal is a blank book, literally. This type of journal lends itself to a free flow of ideas and writings.  It can contain everything from a description of your surroundings, a shopping list, goals, ideas for a book, and anything else your mind can come up with.

A diary, according to Merriam Webster website, “a diary is a record of events, transactions or observations kept at frequent intervals.  A daily record of personal activities, reflections, or feelings.”  A key phrase here is at frequent intervals.  I think of a diary more like a ship’s log. Just the facts and a commentary on them. I had a diary once when I was a young girl.  It was given to me as a gift.  Each day of the year was printed in it.  Two days for each page. After the date, twelve lines each to record the days events.

I soon discovered this was not my thing.  I need pages, pages that I can write anything on! I like to draw, paste things, list things.  I don’t like a structured format.

Which would you choose?  Do you prefer diary? Do you prefer journals?  Let me know in the comments below.



5 Things to Declutter Right Now


Clutter, organizing you hear about it all the time.  It seems so overwhelming doesn’t it? Where to start?  Each month, I post five items for you to work on.  Some of them may seem obvious, others obscure.  The end result is to get it done and not be overwhelmed.  Here they are:

1. Start with your mail.  What can you do electronically?  Can you cancel anything?  Can you get off catalog mailing lists?  Try to reduce what you are getting.

2. School papers.  Do you really need your eight grade book report?  Some term papers you may want to keep if they were really amazing, or you plan on continuing your education.

3. Family knickknacks.  Your mother really wanted you to have your grandmother’s ceramic duck collection.  Now you stuck with thirty ceramic ducks that clash with your Victorian decor. First know that it’s okay to get rid of them.  If you associate the ducks so strongly with your grandmother keep under five favorites and either sell or donate the rest.  No one wants you to display things you don’t like.

4. Email lists and applications you no longer use.

5. Souvenirs from vacations past.  Do you really want that broken conch shell? Are you ever going to display that British flag? If not let it go.  If you got a souvenir that is really amazing and you like it, keep it.  Just try to display it.  My husband and I for awhile got glass paperweights from different areas. Once we got enough we switched to something else. We still display those beautiful paperweights.

How was that? Not too painful I hope. Remember just do little bits at a time.  You can do it.


5 Things to Clean (that you always forget)


Here is your list of “5 Things to Clean” for the month of September.  The items I list are not your normal chores.  They are the ones that you seem to forget.  Like cleaning the remote control, wiping your baseboards and other things.  You know to vacuum, to sweep and to do the dishes.  Know get those things that you miss each month!  Read my list below and get started today!

1. Door frames and knobs

2. Toothbrush holder

3. Facial scrubbing tool

4. Remote controls

5. Electronics screens

All of these are easy to do and quick too!



10 Journaling Prompts for September


The season is starting to turn to Fall. School is starting for many.  Now is the time to present ten journaling prompts for the month of September.

  1. Write about something you had to overcome.
  2. What positive changes have you made in your life?
  3. Name three things you would do if you weren’t afraid.
  4. What is the worst advice you have ever been given.
  5. What is your favorite meal?
  6. Describe your favorite restaurant.
  7. Describe your best friend at some point in your life.
  8. What five things would you grab (besides family and pets) to rescue if your house was on fire?
  9. Write a recap of this past summer.
  10. Put your best pasta recipe in our journal.

Come back in October for another installment of monthly journaling prompts!


10 Fashion Terms to Know


It’s time for our monthly installment of ten fashion terms you should know.  In this article I put terms that you should know or are interesting to know.

Amulet: Small object believed to possess magical powers–a good-luck charm worm as protection against evil by primitive people and surviving to present time in various forms of jewelry.

Egyptian Cotton: A high quality long tape strong and lustrous cotton produced by the Nile to make fine fabrics.

Androgynous: Possessing both male and female characteristics. Popular fashion elements in the 20’s and several other decades.

Elastic: Stretchable tape originally woven with rubber yarn now uses Spandex and other similar fabrics.

Angola: A term for fabric made of 75% to 80% wool.

Goggles: Protective glasses, usually with shatterproof lenses in wide frames wrapped around the head, attached with a strap around the head and worn in sports.

Angora: Fuzzy yarn made from the under hair of the Angora rabbit.

Gray Goods: Textile term used to describe unfinished fabrics as they come off the loom.

Applique: A pattern on the surface of the fabric made by cutting out fabric and attaching it to another fabric by embroidery and stitching.

Haute Couture: Highest quality custom made clothing.

Those are your ten fashion terms for the month of September. I hope they were interesting and informative for you.