The Write Stuff: A Roundup of the Cutest Journals/Notebooks/Planners


journal round up : coastal bend moms

When it comes to winding down, writing has always been my go-to method. In true writer’s fashion, I have a plethora of notebooks, journals, and planners, because let’s face it – the journal is part of what makes your writing experience personal. No one wants a boring journal! If you’re like me and you need a new journal or notebook because the mood strikes or you are looking to begin journaling, I’ve got a handy guide of some of the cutest items!  While we all have our preferences, I found a diverse array of notebooks, planners, and journals that will keep those creative juices flowing.

My ultimate favorite brand is Yoobi, a Target brand. They carry a variety of journals and notebooks in bright, eye-catching shades and designs, and a lot of their products come with matching accessories. I own the Avocado journal; it also comes with a bonus pouch on the front. As a bonus, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Kids in Need Foundation. Read more about it here.

Yoobi – Avocado Journal with Pouch

You can never go wrong with Michael’s. Their Happy Planner products live up to their name, and with interchangeable covers and inserts, you’re sure to enjoy this product.

Michael’s – The Classic Happy Planner® Happy Notes™ Womankind Notebook

Where are my boy moms? This journal is beyond adorable and a great way to bond with your son! Barnes and Noble is the holy grail of journals and notebooks, but if you’re a mom that’s always on the lookout for non-electronic type activities, this Mother and Son journal is perfect!

Barnes and Noble: Mother & Son: Our Back & Forth Journal

Did you think Hobby Lobby was only for crafting? They’ve got an entire aisle dedicated to planners and journaling, with all the accessories. My favorite is this Eyelash Journal. It’s a bullet journal, but I like the freedom it gives to design your own columns and themes.

Hobby Lobby – Eyelashes Bullet Journal

Lilly Pulitzer, y’all. She’s got some of the cutest, and sturdiest journals and planners. I read somewhere that the brighter the colors, the better the concentration and focus, and Lilly Pulitzer delivers!

Lilly Pulitzer – 2019-2020 JUMBO AGENDA – 17 MONTH

Looking for something for the kids? Try Hot Topic. They carry a variety of character-themed journals and notebooks including Harry Potter and Star Wars. My daughter and I are huge fans of BTS, so we own the BT21 Character Tabbed Journal.

Hot Topic – BT21 Character Tabbed Journal

Need some inspo? A group of planner savvy ladies from Sparkling Planners by the Sea- Corpus Christi would love to share some tips and tricks to get your planning and journaling game on point! They have monthly meetups at local coffee shops and eateries, and they enjoy welcoming new people!

What is your favorite planner or journal? Drop a link in the comments!

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Jacqueline Gonzalez
Jacqueline was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy High School and TAMUCC with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in English. She works as a Freelance Writer and as an Instructional Consultant for the Stone Writing Center at Del Mar College. Jacqueline is also a Contributing Writer for The Bend and Inspire Coastal Bend magazines. She has a 17-year-old son, Josef, and a 13-year-old daughter, Isabella, who keep her schedule busy, but her heart full. She is also married to her best friend and soulmate, Marco. Jacqueline also has three cats: Mac, Maxie, and Loki. Jacqueline loves the chaotic nature of a busy schedule, but when she gets a bit of downtime, you can find her enjoying adventures downtown, backyard barbecues with her family, or reading a James Patterson, Kate White, or Steven King thriller. She loves 80s and 90s music, but all the time spent with her daughter has made her a huge BTS fan. Jacqueline and recently joined as a Contributor for the Corpus Christi Mom’s Blog and is excited to see what this new venture brings!