Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep 70: Q&A: Tracking Kids, Wellness Planning, Holiday Ideas + Moving

November 29, 2021


First, just a plea to keep the questions coming! Even though I’ve left Insta behind, I’m still thrilled to connect with readers/listeners via other modalities (email, voice questions, comments here).

Voice questions:

In Today’s Ep

1- Wellness Planning. A listener wrote in about wellness planning ideas. This year, I plan on using my Hobonichi Weeks as a wellness planner (it actually starts today! yay!). Another great and recently released option is the compact Simplified Wellness Workbook (currently 30% off with code CYBERMONDAY).

2- Tracking Kids’ Schedules in a Planner. So many options, but a few that came to mind were Plum Paper (customizable grid layout) and MomAgenda.

3- Fun Holiday Gift Idea mentioned: Messy & Bright Holiday Gift Box from Archer & Olive

4- Moving. I created a to do list in Todoist, plan on Organize365-ing our new home, and are creating a shared list of places to change our address. Other ideas welcome!


Back At It

I’ve been off from work an entire week! I’m feeling very ready to get back into normal routines, and today will be a big catchup day for me. It was only mildly painful to get up early for the first time in many days . . .

Wellness Planning in the Hobonichi Weeks! Matching mug suggested, but not required


  • Reply Keren November 29, 2021 at 6:37 am

    Another option for a welness planner – Papier has a wellness journal with sections for meals,activity,gratitude,self-care and more.

    • Reply Meghan November 30, 2021 at 5:18 am

      Thank you so much I’m gonna check this out!

  • Reply Autumn D November 29, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Simple Self has a few lovely self-care planners that would tick all the boxes:

    • Reply Meghan November 30, 2021 at 5:19 am

      Thank you so much I’m gonna play around with these options!

  • Reply Mary Alice November 29, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    You inspired me! I have 15 more work days left in 2021 and have a LOT to accomplish in that window so I deleted Instagram from my phone and am going to try to be scroll free until I am on winter break. Fingers crossed I love it and then can let the app go in 2022!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns November 29, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Re: moving to do lists, when we were looking for a moving company for our move 2 years ago, a lot of the moving companies had moving check lists on their website. So that might be an option? Moving is very motivating when it comes to purging and getting organized – that’s kind of the only upside (I loathe moving).

  • Reply Melanie Thompson November 30, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Is there a link for the podcast you were interviewed on that you mentioned? I’m sure I’m missing it!

  • Reply Sonna December 1, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Hi Sarah, yay for moving. I love moving, in that it’s a new fresh beginning. If you fancy trying a printable planner to use as a guide and a place to keep all things moving, you could have a look on Etsy and get a Moving Planner. There are a loads to choose from.

    Some key things that have helped me move:
    1. Keep tabs of who to change address with as you receive your post from now – anytime you receive a letter, write the sender’s name/details on a list you keep near to wherever it is that you open and sort your post
    2. Arrange mail re-direction early, it takes a few days to set up (well it does here in England)
    3. Write out a moving checklist – things you need to do 4 weeks before, the week before and on moving day
    4. Book a removals company early, the good ones get booked up quickly
    5. Write a list of all the moving supplies you’ll need – boxes, tape, heavy-duty tape, labels, bubble wrap, bags, scissors etc and tick them off as you gather them up
    6. Label boxes with their destination room and contents – makes it much easier to unpack
    7. Write out a list of things you need on moving day – phone chargers, keys for new home, keys for old home, things for the kids, kettle, toilet tissue, food! (take-out is king)
    8. Get help with cleaning, book it early. If you’re like me, you won’t have a single bit of energy left to wipe even one surface
    9. When the last thing is moved out on moving day, go back in and take lots of photos. It’s a different view to see your old home empty and something your kids might like to look through when they’re older
    10. And don’t forget to take meter readings, photographs of the meters work best if you don’t have a pen and paper with you.
    Hope it all goes smoothly, Sonna

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 1, 2021 at 5:34 am

      Aww! Thank you so much for this list – I will save!! <3 Love it!!

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