8 Reasons to Bring Your Notebook Along This Summer

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As it warms up, people are on vacation, kids are out of school, and everything seems go-go-go, there’s one stationery duo that ranks numero uno for summer versatility - the notebook and pen.

You can stash them anywhere: purse, pocket, glove compartment, kitchen drawer, garden overalls. While the sticky notes, planners, cards, and other stationery goodies take a little bit of a backseat in summer, your notebook and pen become your fave companions.

Life’s better in analog, living in the moment, forgetting the phones and distractions - especially in the summer. So grab your favorite pocket notebook and take it along for the ride!


Notebook stack from Lucky Dog Design Co. with confetti

8 Ways to Use Your Notebook in the Summer

Summer Recipes and Cocktails

If you love cooking or making drinks, log your favorites in a stylish notebook and they are always there to pull from. Jot down how you made that incredible Peach Melba punch mocktail and have it on-hand when you’re at it next time or have guests over.

Lucky Dog pocket notebooks pair colorful and fun design with versatility, so they would look right at home on your bar cart.


Garden Journal

Taking note of what is working well in the garden, when you last watered what, when you fertilized, etc. helps you track and plan for the next year. Making notes of what types of tomatoes germinated early may be on your mind now, but not in winter as you’re planning for the new season. Plus, how is future me going to know if it’s been 1 or 2 weeks since I last fertilized?

Lucky Dog notebooks fit perfectly in your outdoor wear and can take a beating while you’re pulling it out with your garden gloves, bending it and getting it dirty. It’ll have just as much character as your garden.

Every year, I also spend my time drawing out what my garden looks like and where everything goes. This is the perfect place to do it - whether you’re planning summer veggies, flowers, or a winter plot.


Lucky Dog Design Co. Pocket Notebook being used in the garden as a garden journal


Gratitude Journal

Practicing gratitude is well known as being a wonderful driver of more healthy positivity and overall well-being. In fact, my morning journaling starts with writing 5 things I’m thankful for. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not - but it’s always worth it.

So take to your notebook this summer to write down your daily or weekly appreciations in life - nature, loved ones, experiences, and all the spaces in between.


Random sparks of creativity

Similar to shower thoughts, when you have the extra space in your brain to mull over the most random thoughts, ideas seem to form much easier. While you are fully present in the joys and craziness of summer, your notebook and pen will be your best friend to getting these ideas down before they go “poof!”


Rainbow Magic Pocket Notebook from Lucky Dog Design Co.


Summer Goals

Do you have goals for the summer? Use your notebook to break your goal down into actionable steps and track your progress.


Vacation Planning

Going on vacation and have a lot of fun places to go and eat? Use your notebook to jot them all down. Include one thing that stood out to you about it so that when you’re out and about, you’re ready to pick one with confidence.

This idea is wonderful for groups that are a bit indecisive. By keeping it analog and having your favorite reason to go written down, you don’t get lost in the unending Google photo and menu searching that ends in, “Well I don’t know, whatever you prefer.” It cures this fact: Indecisiveness often leads to disappointment because expectations aren’t met.


Summer Project Planning

Fill up your blank pages with brainstorming, doodling how a summer project is going to pan out, and making quick hardware store shopping lists. Whether you’re planning a new flower bed, renovating your backyard, or working on a DIY project, a notebook can serve as a valuable companion to keep all of your thoughts and plans in one place.


Woman pulling out a pen and the Earthy Blossoms Pocket Notebook from Lucky Dog Design Co. out of her purse


Personal Reflections & Moments

For some, summer brings a more relaxed and reflective energy. Your notebook can serve as a wonderful way to write down your thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Writing in a notebook can be a therapeutic and introspective practice, allowing you to capture and remember the essence of your summer experiences.

Are you an avid reader? Include the books you read, your rating, and who you would recommend it to (if it was worthy of a recommendation, of course!) in your reflections as well.


Notebooks are a wonderful way to keep your thoughts and plans in one place, while staying present over the summer. Do you have a way you love to use your notebooks over the summer? Share them in the comments below! 

Looking for a new notebook? Check out our colorful pocket notebooks here. The perfect size for your summer adventures.

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