Free Goodnotes Journal

After the iPad 2018 debacle, I was interested in finding out if I could make my iPad Mini work for handwritten digital journaling without an Apple Pencil. But I couldn't find a free journal to try it out anywhere. There are tons of them on Etsy, but they're not cheap.

So I simply made my own. I am a graphic designer, after all.

After trying it out for a few days, I have to say I am very impressed with Goodnotes, even on my small iPad Mini. I use the journal to write my daily gratitude entries, as well as other notes about the day. The stylus that works best in my experience is called Bamboo Alpha - I bought mine on Amazon (see affiliated link on this page). 

It was quite a long process to get this journal together, since every entry is a separate page, and every page is linked to the index. But it was an absolute labour of love, and since I'm very proud of it, I want to share it with everyone. Mind you, this is only from May 1st to December 31st of 2018... since we're kind of in the middle of the year already. 

But if you want to try it too, simply click here to download the free journal. Download it, import it into Goodnotes and journal away. No strings attached, no data collected. 


And if you're feeling generous, and this was helpful for you, you can come back to this page and buy me a coffee. :)

The Million Dollar Lunch Kit

Who in their right mind orders a lunch kit that costs (HOW MUCH???) and takes over 180 days to arrive? Well, me of course. When Prepd introduced their newly engineered lunch kit, I was experiencing a lunch slump, and constant spilling containers threatened to be the death of me. I was ready to throw in the towel and spend my hard-earned dollars on fast food. But then I saw what Prepd promised to do, and I was hooked. I mean, how can you not love the bright, blue accents with the light and warm woodtone of bamboo, and the neutral class of grey? And accessories! We all need accessories. We need cutlery that snaps together magnetically, we need chopsticks that clip into their chopstick stand, we need a stylish neoprene case and we need cold packs that don't look like they came from your grandma's freezer.  

The Prepd pack comes in only one size. It fits either 1 large plus 1 medium container, or 1 large and 2 small, or 2 medium and 2 small, 1 medium and 4 small, 3 medium containers, or - if you like to peck - 6 small. As long as you can fit your food into any combination of these containers, you're fine. If you need more food, you need to look elsewhere.

So far I had been using a Bentology (Laptop) lunch box, and while the idea is the same, the execution of the Prepd pack is way more sophisticated. The problem with the Bentology containers is that they look cheap, they feel cheap, and they leak like a rusty bucket. The Prepd containers are clear, their lids close effortlessly and despite the fact that they are so easy to close, they simply do not leak. I have used the Prepd pack for a week now, and I am thoroughly impressed. I haven't re-heated anything yet, or frozen the containers. But I don't have any doubt that they would work fine. So far, everything the company promised their lunch kit would do has turned out to be correct, and I am certain that the kit will stand up to the test of time. I hope that in the future I will be able to purchase single containers or lids as replacements, not an entire set. Even though a set of 4 containers only costs $ 20, but if I don't need a certain size, why purchase it? 

The company also launched a free smartphone app with recipes that are tailor made to fit the containers, although I have not tried any of these recipes yet. I noticed however that they are fairly high in calories, and "weight loss" is not one of the keywords their recipe database can be searched with. I'm sure more recipes will be added in future. I can see that being a very popular option for people who don't feel as comfortable with cooking as I do. 

Despite the substantial initial cost, I can wholeheartedly recommend the lunch kit to anyone who is looking to spice up their lunch life. While I am not affiliated with the company in any way, there is an affiliated link which seems to offer you $ 15 off the cost of the kit, and it will also give me the same money towards the purchase of a second kit.