Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Erin Condren Life Planner

Hello!! Man it's been awhile. We have finally gotten settled into our new house and are loving it! So many projects to do. Been busy busy busy. Which brings me to this post. We have been doing some renovations to the house and of course there are more bills to pay with owning your own home, so I decided to get this 
Erin Condren life planner. I originally saw it over at Kwernerdesign on her video (there are a few) that she did about hers. I love the idea of it being cute yet functional because most of the time planners just are not very pretty. I did a lot of research and watched a ton of video reviews to see if it was something that I would actually use before I spent the $50+ to get it.

I've used it for a little while now and so far I am loving it. It has just enough character to make me want to use it but I can also change some things if I want to. See how Kristina changed up hers here. I've done something similar. I have a $10 off promo code. Who doesn't like saving money? Just open the link, create an account and have fun shopping! I used mine to basically get free upgraded shipping. 

WARNING: This is going to be a long, picture heavy post. So grab something yummy to drink and sit back and enjoy.

I love the packaging it came in. Reminds of how Papertrey Ink packages their goodies. 
See I'm enjoying a cup of coffee while taking pictures. I was very excited to finally receive it! 
Note: yes shipping can be very long. Patience is a virtue. 

Erin Condren sent some free stickers (more on those later). Disclaimer: I have no idea if every single customer gets free stuff and/or all the same stuff.

I also bought some of the Keep it Together bands and Coil Clips. I wouldn't really bother with the bands especially if you have some of the K&company SMASH rubber bands. I discovered that only a new SMASH band will work as my books are a little filled and the bands that I leave on them have stretched quite a bit. 

TAAAADAAAA!! Here it is in all it's glory! I chose one of the older covers (which I didn't know it was older and not the new ones I just liked it the most) I did not do any color changes and kept my name traditional. But the cool thing is that if I get tired of this cover I can change it out. Pretty awesome I'd say!!!  (sorry for the blurry pic, there was a lot of glare)

Here is a closer look at the extras I got. The coil clips work pretty well! I made a "dashboard" for my planner to hold the post it notes I'm using inside. I will get a picture and a how to up for that soon.

Free stuff. I love how the top stickers match the cover of my planner. Super fun! I did not buy any of these. Very cool of a company to send some little extras!

This is what happens when you don't pay attention to a pretty kitty, she lays on everything!! Hahaha. Love her <3 p="">

Alright, that wasn't so bad was it!? 
Wait I have more!!

Can't forget about the accessories to organize your planner!

First is pens. See I couldn't just have a black pen (though if that suites you just fine then fantastic!!). I wanted a colored pen set with a good variety that wouldn't bleed through. Yep, more research. 
These Staedtler pens are what I decided on. I found them at my local Michaels and yes I did use a coupon! Which made them like $12 or so, after tax.

The case on these pens are just amazing, it also serves as a stand! 

Plus the name stickers that were shown above fit perfectly where the label used to be. I even modge podged it to make it last a little longer =)

So while I patiently (lol) waited for my planner to arrive I did some shopping for tools I may need. I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to set it up but I had a general idea of what I wanted and what would be easiest for me to keep up with. The binder clips and highlighters are from the Dollar Tree. I wont be using the binder clips though, it just adds too much bulk for my preference. The highlighters work fantastic! The post-it notes are the small full adhesive ones, highly recommend, and are from Walmart, so are the paperclip flags and calculator. The over sized paperclips I found at Michaels.

Alright that is it for me! Don't forget to use the $10 off promo code. Just open the link, create an account and have fun shopping! Help me help you!

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