Jan 5

Leisure Book

We have really busy schedules {like a lot of people}. And when we finally get some down time we haven’t planned ahead something fun to do. Even the nights when we want to relax and watch a movie, a lot of times we can’t think of anything we want to watch. So for Christmas I made Paul this little Leisure Book so he could be more efficient and enjoy his leisure time. I got a moleskine with tabs {I just used a San Francisco city moleskine} and then I divided it up into cheap restaurants, recommended restaurants, Treats Cafe’s and Dessert, Excursions, Events by time of year, Fun Things to do, Movies, Music, Books, Stores.

Then I did a bunch of research online and asked and emailed a lot of friends for ideas. It is like his own personal culture guide of bands to listen to, stores to visit, movies to rent, hikes to go on, etc. I’m still not totally finished but one of the things I like about it is he can always add to it when he hears about something he wants to check out in his free time.


  • I *Heart* You says:

    that is such a great idea. here’s to having no “i don’t know what do you want to do tonight?” conversations in 2009! get straight to the fun!

  • Our Green Nest says:

    Love that!

  • Courtney says:

    What an incredibly thoughtful and personal gift! I bet he loved it.

  • Sheila says:

    thats such a good idea. I always have ideas like that to jot down and then end up forgetting where I wrote it.

  • Kate says:

    That is such a great gift. I wasn’t in the gifty mood at Christmas, so I didn’t do anything great for the hubby except this fancy coffee maker he wanted. I want to do something personal for him along these lines. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • southern daze says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  • Diana Hulme says:

    What a wonderful gift! I’m always looking for ideas for unique, thoughtful, useful gifts for my husband. I think I might just have to copy your brilliant notebook for his birthday this year! Thank you for sharing. :)

    By the way, what are some of your top must-do’s in San Francisco?

  • ryne and danielle says:

    What a fabulous idea!

  • Penny says:

    Jordan, I have been reading your blog for over two years and have never posted a comment. I would just like to say thank you for all of your inspirational ideas that you share with the blogging community. What a lovely gift for your husband and what a generous gift you give us through this blog.

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    This is genius, I love it! I have a notebook with hikes to go on and restaurants to try. I’m totally going to grab a book, move my lists in and make a bunch of new categories. Thanks tons for the idea! I’ll be linking.

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  • Jessamyn Harris says:

    kickass!! I dream of getting my clippings, etc., for fun stuff to do and trips to take this organized someday, but even in my dreams it wasn’t so dang cute!

  • Once A Bride says:

    Well done!! Excellent ideas at your fingertips. Since I’m fairly new to Denver, I really really have to get on this one. Thanks!

  • says:

    I just loved your idea!

  • Jennifer says:

    I love this and actually have my own folder for this purpose, including items for the kids, recipes I want to try etc. However, your is much more organized–I am inspired and will link to this from my blog for sure. Thanks!

  • Em says:

    I love this idea! I might have to make something similar for my upcoming date-iversary…

    Emily @ Peach & Pearl

  • Whitney says:

    Oh, I love this! We’re always saying to each other “what was that place we wanted to eat?” and of course, can never remember. I’ll have to do this. Would love to hear some of your places to go!

  • Lindsey says:

    Oh, what a great idea! I may have to copy as we are in the same boat often.

    { Lindsey }

  • littlecumulus says:

    That is seriously an awesome idea. Although it might take a fair dose of creativity to make one of those for Logan… :)

  • Joanna Goddard says:

    this is a great idea! love that.

  • april kennedy says:

    Oh I love this idea. I have a file folder but with no rhyme or reason to it. And I definitely can't just take it with me in the car for an impromptu outing. In it though, is a little folder for San Francisco with three ice-cream shops we want to visit….St. Francis Fountain & Candy, Joe's Ice Cream and the Daily Scoop! The last sounds like a perfect ending to a fun night with the kids around Valentine's Day. Something about the description makes me think "love is in the air"!

  • Julie says:

    Fantastic idea!

  • miss milki says:

    Thats a brilliant idea – I need to make something similar, especially for music and films. I hear of a band I want to check out or a film I must see then when I got to rent a film or buy a cd I can’t think of anything! You give good presents in your house.

  • Deb says:

    What a wonderful and thoughtful gift!

  • Laura_theSCOOP says:

    Though I am so impressed by this fabulous idea, I’m not totally surprised, because you always have the most fabulous ideas :)

  • Anonymous says:

    i love love love this idea! we have a similar thing going using a blank tabbed moleskine that attaches to the back pocket of my moleskine pocket planner but this is much cuter. one favor: could we see an inside page?

  • Marleen says:

    Oh, that is such a great gift. I would love to receive a book like that. Hmmm, I’ll have to hold onto this idea for my husband. He is the hardest to buy gifts for.

  • Martha says:

    This is such a lovely idea. You must love him.

  • michelle says:

    I’m ripping this idea off. Thanks Jordan.

  • Sarah says:

    This is such a thoughtful and personal gift. Great job!

  • g.lee says:

    fantastic idea!

  • vintagemint says:

    Brilliant gift idea!

  • please sir says:

    Cutest and FUNEST idea ever!

  • jora says:

    What an awesome gift…to give or receive! I may have to copy your idea…. :)

  • emerzim says:

    That is such a simple, but brilliant idea! I’m sending a link to my husband and we’re going to sit down and start one tonight. Thank you.

  • Pumpuli says:


    I’d like to just thank you for your blog. I like it’s calm appearance a lot, it is peaceful and soothing to see.

    Can I ask you about your other blogs? I noticed they are for invitation only. Let my people go – whom do you invite to follow? I don’t mean to intrude, I’m just interested in the title.

    Happy New Year 2009!


  • Miss Muffin says:

    Wow, can’t tell you how much I love this idea! I can so understand what you are talking about in your blog. It happens to us everytime we have some time to ourself – we just sit there and can’t think of anything to do! I already thought of putting ideas down on notecards … but they tend to get lost and you don’t find them once you really need them. The book is such a good idea! And you also can record/ see later what things you did already. I think it’s lovely as a present (all the work you did!) but also think it could probably be nice to work on one together as a couple. I can imagine it might help – especially when you have rather different interests as my husband and I have – to plan some “together-time”. Thanks so much for this great idea! Will put it on my “to-do-list” :-)

    Miss Muffin

  • shoppingsmycardio says:

    what a genius idea! i am forever struggling to think of creative gifts that don’t cost a fortune…this is just perfect!

  • Becki says:

    I came here from the link on the Motherhood! What a great idea this is.

  • The Bousfield Gazzete says:

    this is brilliant. paul is a lucky guy!

  • k e n d r a says:

    this is a brilliant idea. paul is a lucky guy!

  • Jes says:

    What a great idea! Now if you would just post some of the spots you put in your book I too will be all set for our next trip to SF. I need some great places to eat need AT&T park.

  • Fiona says:

    great idea!

  • TAG says:

    What an amazing gift! Love your blog!

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