Day thirteen: Gifts we love

Journal Jars!

Big Pop originally came up with this idea when she was studying community care and used it for one of her assessments. We both really like the idea and have donated these to market stalls to be sold occasionally.

Journal jars are a creative way to encourage someone to start slowly keeping a journal. The idea behind this jar is that you take out one prompt a day, paste it to your journal page and write a response to the prompt.  The prompts are able to be used in group settings to encourage discussion and also make great gifts for all ages.

Here’s how it’s done:


  1. Jar or small cardboard box or basket or ceramic pot
  2. Paper or fabric to decorate
  3. Printed Journal prompts (you can access from websites listed below.  They can be printed on plain, coloured or patterned paper)
  4. Scissors
  5. Paste
  6. OPTIONAL – Journal or book, pen or pencil


  1. Choose a container
  2. Decorate the container
  3. Paste a label or saying on the front of the container
  4. Cut out journal prompts ( you can use decorative scissors or plan)
  5. Fold journal prompts or roll around a pencil then place in the jar.
  6. Add a tag using ribbon from the ideas below

Resource: Scrapjazz ‘all about me journaling prompts’  


Happiness is…


If the phone were to ring right now, who would you want it to be?


Do you like progress?


10 types of food or dishes you’ve never eaten that you’d like to try


What would be the perfect autumn day?


If you could choose a different time period to live in, when would it be?


Name any life changing books you’ve read.


Five places you would like to visit are:


Your 10 greatest joys


Nobody knows that you…


Character traits you think others admire in you.


Things you’ve done you never thought you could do:


People you’ve met that you gained the most from

People you’ve met that you gained the most from


Name everything you’ve done that you’re proud of

Places you’ve visited that you’ve enjoyed


Helpful Links

Big Pop xx


Made to break – the good the bad and the troubling.

It all started with the printer…

Our printer has had an error message for the last few months which we interpreted as it needed new ink, so off went Big Pop to buy new ink.

$60 later and I found myself sitting with the printer still not working tearing parts out and following various online how-to’s, none of which accomplished much at all other than covering my hands and the desk in ink…  some even ended up on the kitchen bench somehow?

I finally found a helpful online spiel which explained the error message and what it meant; essentially we needed to replace the printer head which would cost more than the ink we just purchased. You can imagine the frustration in our household… All I wanted to do was print off my assignment for uni and what use is a printer that can’t even print?!

Since when were things made to break? It seems such a common occurrence today – especially when it comes to electronics. I’ve only just started to notice it, have you ever had something fall in a heap pretty much as soon as the warranty ran out, our car did.

I’ve been doing some research and it’s actually a business strategy, it’s called ‘planned obsolescence‘ Which essentially means that the product you are purchasing is designed to wear out or stop being useful after a predetermined period of time in order to make us buy more (and exhaust our landfill depots). There is no decent reason I can think of to justify planned obsolescence other than corporate greed and the need to make money. It is a waste of valuable resources and a waste of hard earned cash. (if you want to read more about this here is a great link with loads of info from the Sustainable Business Forum:

Why can’t businesses just make things like they used to – things that actually last.

So that brings us to the big announcement – our household has committed to buy nothing new for twelve months starting this Monday the 29th of April 2013. Wish us luck and feel free to check up on us here (if anything it will make us more accountable to know people are reading!)

We will be making a follow up post shortly with rules etc… as we are still sussing all this out at the moment.

Until next time, peace, love and tacos!

Big Pop and Little Pop