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How to Use Evernote to Plan Your Vacation

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Sharon at Mom of 6.

Spring is in the air! And with so many of us getting together with family this weekend to celebrate the Easter holiday, I imagine that some of us will spend a little time reminiscing about family vacations from the past, and perhaps even making some tentative vacation plans with family for this coming summer! I know in my house we’ve sure been talking about it this week!

Last spring I shared with you a post on How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Vacation Plans that focused on using Evernote as the place to put all of your reservation information, itinerary details, etc. But one of my favorite ways to use Evernote is as a tool to gather together ideas of places to go, where to stay, and things to do- when I am in the early planning stages of a family vacation. And the cool part is that you can easily share an Evernote notebook with your spouse, kids, in-laws- whomever will be planning and enjoying this vacation with you! And you each can contribute to the notebook- so it is easy to gather everyone’s ideas into one place and then create your vacation itinerary!

How to Use Evernote to Plan Your Vacation

First Things First….What is Evernote?

Simply put- Evernote is a notes-taking, notes-saving application that allows you to create new notes by typing them, clipping them from a website or an email, adding a photo, recording a voice message, even saving a PDF file. Each of these items can be created as a note in Evernote and then your notes can be organized into folders just as you would notes written on paper and placed into a filing cabinet at home. Carley Knobloch from Digitwirl shared this video here on OrgJunkie a while back that does a great job explaining all that Evernote can do for you.

Oh and did I mention that Evernote is FREE! Evernote is available for desktops as well as mobile devices like smartphones and tablets- and the best part is that all of your information “syncs to the cloud” so it is available to you anywhere at anytime! Let me show you how I use Evernote in the vacation planning stages:

Use the Web Clipper to Grab Ideas!

Evernote Web Clipper
Once you have Evernote installed on your computer, make sure that you also install the (free) Evernote Web Clipper add-on for your browser which puts a little icon on your toolbar near your search bar, and it makes it oh-so-easy to quickly “clip” articles from the web and save them into your vacation ideas notebook! When you find an idea that inspires you, simply click on the icon and make your selections on the right side of the screen. You can add tags to your notes (to help you find them later), and you can assign your note to any of your Evernote notebooks. You can even share your note with others on Facebook, Twitter, or in an email right from this window.

Your note contains tags and web address
Here’s a look at how that note appears once it is in Evernote. You’ll see the note includes the tag that I added, as well as the full web address from where I “clipped” the note. Having the full web address is helpful if I want to go back to the article later and perhaps make a reservation!

Share Your Notebooks With Family Members

Share Notebooks
And sharing your notebook of ideas with family members is easy-peasy! You just click on the notebook and select “Share this Notebook”. You can then enter the email address with the family members you want to share it with, and you can specify permissions- if you want them to just be able to view the notes, or if you’d like for them to be able to modify the notes too.

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Ready to to Hit the Road?

I am super passionate about family travel. I think that we learn so much by experiencing new places and adventures outside of our backyard. When kids see a mountain range for the first time, dip their toes into the salty ocean, ride on a horse, see a bison, stand next to a waterfall- all of these things just open up their whole world! They learn to marvel at and appreciate nature’s beauty, they are inspired to explore, take on a challenge, overcome a fear. Travel changes us.

There are lots of family travel sites out there… but none that I have found that have focused exclusively on the family road trip. So this week I launched my new project…. Great Family Road Trips- a site dedicated to ideas and itineraries to inspire you to hit the road with your family. Each week I will share with you itineraries for multi-day road trips you can take throughout the United States (and someday I hope to cover Canada too!). I will cover destinations that I hope will inspire you to want to explore, tips for planning and packing, and reviews of gear, apps, and gadgets to help your road trip run smoothly. If you get a chance, I would really love it if you could stop by Great Family Road Trips and say “hi”!

Sharon Rowley Head Shot 150 x 150 Thumbnail If you get a chance, I hope you’ll stop by to see me at Momof6 – a place where I write about organizing your home, using a family calendar, creating household routines, hosting at-home birthday parties, and holding a DIY summer camp! You can also find me over on GreatFamilyRoadTrips- where I share ideas and itineraries to inspire you to hit the road!



Friday Favorites: The Organically Clean Home, Toy Organization, Small Kitchen Tips + more!

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Hi friends, sorry for the delay getting this post up.  There was a glitch in WordPress with the most recent update but the amazing Cathy over at WordPress Barista, who has been a huge help to me for years, got me up and running again lickety split.  Thanks Cathy!

So before I get into my favorite organizing links for this week I am super excited to share one of my favorite things from this past week.  My blog friend Becky, over at Clean Mama, has written a new book that releases TODAY!  I got a preview copy of it and it’s fantastic.  It’s called The Organically Clean Home, 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself – The Natural, Chemical-Free Way.

I am always looking for ways to clean without chemicals and have gathered recipes from here and there over the years but it so nice to have a complete collection all in one compact soft cover book.  These aren’t complicated recipes either, they are super easy without a lot of weird ingredients.  All you need are a few simple kitchen staples (and some essential oils) and you’re ready to go.  We have hard water in my part of this Canadian country and it leaves such a mess in my sinks and tub area.  I have tried so many harsh chemicals and nothing would touch it.  Then I used Becky’s tip (from the book) to use distilled white vinegar as a rust remover and would you believe it, it really works!!  Vinegar took all the gunk away without any scrubbing, that was the best part!  The instructions are in her book on page 100 :)

Now I can’t wait to try some of her other tips.  And for me to get excited about cleaning, while that in itself is a bit of a miracle :)


Here are a couple more ideas and cleaning recipes Becky has shared on her blog to give you an idea of what you’ll find in the book.

The Organically Clean Home is a great book!  You can find it for sale at your local bookstore or on Amazon HERE.

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Okay now for my favorite links :)

My Weekly Favorite Organizing Links:

Is Living Simply Still Possible in Today’s World ~ @ Little House Living

Organizing Tea with Repurposed Packaging ~ @ Organized 31

Toy Organization: 10 Easy Ways to Overcome Chaos ~ @ Kenarry

Organizing A Storage Area on a Budget ~ @ Super Sweet Life

How to Organize and Cook Daily in a Small Kitchen ~ @ Guest post at Tidy Mom

Have an amazing Easter with your family and friends everyone!  As for me I am thankful that Sunday is coming!

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