Erin Condren Planner Review

A few weeks ago my Erin Condren planner arrived. Can I please tell you just how excited I was?!? Seriously, it was like Christmas for this planner-loving, Type A gal.

I was actually nervous/hesitant to open the box. For the last year and a half I have ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhhed’ at the planners but felt like it was one, a big investment for a planner, and two, wondered if it really stood up to the reviews.

So, after a little time playing around with my planner and putting it to use, I thought I’d walk you through from unveiling to how I use it today and my thoughts along the way.

Shall we have a look inside the box?

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Planner Cover

You can customize your planner with a multitude of designs, colors and wording. I love that you can really make your planner yours. The designs vary, but most have the option to customize the front and back.

I purchased the Party Pops White 18-month Life Planner (LP), which includes a calendar for the remaining months of 2014 as well as all of 2015. I loved the look of this planner –doesn’t it seem happy? And (little known fact) I ADORE polka dots, sprinkles and all things that sparkle. This design had me at hello.

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You also receive a few fun design stickers with your LP order as well as a beautiful color catalogue of Erin Condren products plus a $15 gift card to use on your next order.

Calendars & Notes Sections

The calendar is organized in chronological order with the week-on-two-pages set between the month-on-two-pages for each month. The weekly spreads are broken down into morning/day/night time slots with space on the bottom to write extra tidbits. The notes section follows the calendars with both lined and unlined pages. There are new deigns on the unlined pages this year and they are gorgeous!

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Back Interior

There are a few extra goodies located in the back of the planner, including four colorful label sheets with two preprinted pages and two left blank. The labels are all now repositionable, which is what I prefer for my planners.

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The Keep It Together folder is a super handy place to keep any extra labels, notebooks, and other loose paper you might want to keep in your planner. It’s also the perfect place to stash the new perpetual calendar that comes with the LP. There is also a clear vinyl zip ouch that comes with twelve labels, half of which are custom designed to match your planner, a couple of cards, and two coil paper clips.

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The Forget Me Not Perpetual Calendar & Contacts notebook is separate from the planner so that can write all of your important dates and contacts just once, then use the same little book every year. How handy! It includes a special holidays & dates to remember section, month-on-a-page layouts for all of your personal special dates, and an important numbers & contacts page in the back.

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Accessories

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Pen Holder – I love having a pen holder on my planner. The EC planners do not come with one attached, you need to purchase one separately. I really don’t mind this since you have the option to add the holder to any part of the planner – again, whatever works for you! However, if I had missed that the planner does not come with one already attached, I would have been bummed. For $2.50, add it to your order.

Elastic Bands- These neat little bands help you keep track of your location in the planner. You can also wrap one around the outside to ensure it stays closed and everything in tacked when you take it on the go. Again, a fun accessory that has come in really handy.

Overall Thoughts

✻ As someone who is a big fan of being organized, this planner is the way to go. I love the features of the planner from the size to the layout and most importantly, I really like how the days are broken out.

I am not used to having my day separated by morning, afternoon and evening and at first was really throw off by it. But, after a few weeks, I have realized how awesome this feature is for a few reasons:

  • Talk about being productive! I can see when I have extra time in the day, or have over booked myself.
  • I use the evening to schedule in my reading time at night and plan our meals in here, too. When do you schedule in personal/down time? This format makes it easy to see that you do in fact have 24 hours in a day!
  • Everything is in one place. I used to have separate calendars for my workouts, to-dos, meal plans, etc. Now I keep it all in the EC planner. Somehow it is not overwhelming, rather, I feel collected and more on top of what I am doing.

✻ I love the stickers in the back. These are so awesome to add into the monthly calendar. It really brings your attention to appointments, birthdays and other important events. I am thinking about purchasing some that are customized so I can fill out my calendar with all of my personal to-dos from assignments to pediatrician visits.

✻ The size is awesome and is lightweight enough to carry around. I wasn’t sure how I would like the size. I haven’t used a ‘traditional’ planner in several years and always thought they were somewhat cumbersome. This planner is not. I don’t know how they do it, but the planner is easy to grab and go without extra bulge or weight.

✻ I highly recommend the pen holder and elastic band add ons. The site also offers a ton of other items from notebooks to address labels to phone cases. If you are an accessories junkie, this is your mecca!

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I am in no way affiliated with EC, but really wanted to share my thoughts, initial reaction and overall opinion. The planner is an investment, but when you use it for a year and a half, it is such a great deal. And honestly, once you do start using it, your eyes will open to the miracles of being organized.

You can receive $10 off your first purchase when you sign up for the Erin Condren newsletter (which means you receive the occasional email on current promotions and new products from them) by clicking here.

On that note, I am off to catch The Real Housewives of NYC Reunion. And yes, I have that in my calendar as my ‘personal time’ today. ;)

Are you a planner?

Do you use a planner, keep a mental list or have a million list lying around?

Do you schedule your workouts?

XO-

BB

Pregnancy Photo Shoot in Traverse City

Good morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Phil and I spent ours up north in my hometown taking pregnancy photos, doing a little early anniversary celebrating, spending time with my family and getting ready for Baby Guster. (Check out my latest pregnancy update!)

On Friday we packed up and jumped on the road just before lunch. I usually pack food for us but I wanted to hit up one of my favorite spots that is along the way. 20140727-153305-55985130.jpg

We were able to meet up with Phil’s mom for lunch and spent an hour chatting and catching up. She gave us some fresh picked blueberries. Yum! I dug right in! 20140727-151925-55165302.jpg

After a few more hours we arrived at my parent’s house and enjoyed catching up over dinner.

Saturday morning we had our pregnancy photo shoot! 20140727-151924-55164769.jpg

I reached out to our wedding photographer (who we love!) and asked if he took maternity photos. Luckily he was more than happy to do so saying he loves to see a couple grow through the years.

I didn’t have much in mind, just a few photos I knew I wanted with Phil and the bump. But after an hour, an outfit change, three locations and a lot of laughs we called it a wrap!

I cannot tell you how anxious I am to see the pictures. Phil and I had so much fun working with Tom again and celebrating the pregnancy. It was fun to have one last hurrah as just the two of us before we become three.

We said our goodbyes and headed into downtown for lunch. If you are in TC you are in for a treat. It is such a foodie town and you can’t go wrong with any restaurant. It makes it tough to decide! 20140727-151925-55165727.jpg

Phil was jonesing for the Cherry Ruben at Green House (one of our staples). I was more than happy to oblige. We enjoyed our meals outside on the patio, a perfect lunch!

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The next two hours were spent shopping downtown. I always love spending time in the stores; boutique shops, restaurants and specialty shops that you cannot find anywhere else.

After snagging some goodies, we went home to rest and change for dinner.

We went out for an early anniversary dinner at The Peninsula Grill, a small restaurant located on the Old Mission Peninsula. Fun fact, this is where my brother Shane and sister in law Nichole had their rehearsal dinner almost two years ago!

Phil had the baby back ribs that were phenomenal!

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I went with the surf and turf, which was delicious. But the real start was the mushroom risotto!

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On the drive back, we had to pull over to take in the sunset over the Bay. It really never gets old.

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After dinner we met up with Shane and Nichole for dessert and then went to their house to see their nursery. If you remember, Nichole is due two weeks before me! Crazy! It was so fun to visit and see what their little guy’s new space looks like…and of course see all of the cute outfits they have picked out.

Sunday morning we slept in. What is it about vacation and being at your parent’s house that makes for such good sleep?

After a quick breakfast, we headed downtown for my much anticipated Honey Almond Milk Latte from Morsels (decaf). You guys, this latte is seriously out of this world.

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The coffee shop is located on the river downtown and we were able to snag some comfy seats. We sipped our coffees and watched the kayaks and canoes floating along on a lazy Sunday morning.  20140727-153304-55984653.jpg

We ventured down to one last shop for more baby goodies before it was time to go home.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Do you enjoy going back to your childhood home and hometown?

What is your favorite coffee drink?

XO-

BB

 

 

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