Friday, April 7, 2017

Life Planned

Ya'll I am so excited to be partnering with Erin Condren to show you how I keep all my life, school, & everything in between events/to-do list/meal planning all in one place. 

If you are a friend of mine, you have heard me gush about Erin Condren, & probably also received goodies elevated with Erin Condren items (address labels, gift labels, cards) through the years. Erin Condren items are my favorite because they are intentional, functional, positive, & fun! The Erin Condren "Life Planner" is the height of thoughtfulness & usefulness and it seriously makes me happy and sane at the same time!

To start, you can customize your planner so that no two will ever be the same. Mine has a "marble" cover, with a rose gold coil, and my initials. You can also opt to add personal photos & other details on the cover - seriously, the options are endless.

To make this planner work for my life, I like the vertical layout on the weekly pages, & a 12 month calendar to keep me planned from January to December. I also added the weekly meal planner and productivity inserts, monthly sticker book (close to 300 stickers that are gorgeous, and high quality), elastic bands, and dual tip markers.

What makes this planner different than all others? The most noticeable by looking at the front cover is the durability - plastic instead of paper covers, laminated tabs, moveable inserts that you can use in your planners for years.

In addition, everything inside is functional, nothing is wasted - you can tell that this is made by people who use the products and love them.

So let's get into the details of how I plan:
- MEAL PLANNING Tyler and I are trying to save money to buy a house in the next year and through budgeting identified that we were spending over $1,000 a month eating out (YIKES!). To make sure that we have food at home that we want to actually eat and have time to cook after our busy work days, meal planning is our best friend. The meal planning insert allows us to map out our weekly meals, make our grocery list, and know what yummy meal we have to look forward to each day. You write on the insert with permanent marker, and then remove the writing with a cleaning wipe when it is time to start the week over.

- MONTHLY PLANNING Having things to look forward to makes me happy, and the monthly overview is the perfect place to write down fun events coming up throughout the month. Each Life Planner comes with colorful stickers to mark birthdays, appointments, and other moments to be highlighted; additionally, the add-on monthly sticker pack adds playful touches and inspirational messages - I am seriously looking forward to June so I can use those cute cactus stickers for something super fun!

- SPECIAL EVENTS Sending my family/friends notes on their special days (birthdays, anniversaries, promotions) is a way for me to stay in touch even from far away, and I love how easy it is to see upcoming dates so that I can equip myself with cards, gifts, and text messages. Each planner comes with a "perpetual calendar" so that you can write down important yearly dates, and transfer it to all of your planners for years to come.

- DAILY PLANNING Sweating the details is my middle name, & having ample space to write down daily events, to-do list items, meetings, and memories is key to staying on top of everything. The weekly spread is my tactical dashboard for productivity. In fact 90% of the time, my planner is open to the current week on my desk so that I can add items with they pop up & satisfyingly cross things off my list when they are completed.

As I am getting more into this planner game, I would love to know your best planner tips, and your favorite social media planners so that I can continue to funnel fresh inspiration into my organizing/planning obsession! Do you have an Erin Condren Life Planner? How do you get the most out of this amazing tool? 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Erin Condren. The opinions and text are all mine.

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