Heya Aspiring Gurus!
I cannot believe that Julamorous will soon be upon us! I have a few ideas for posts, but I don’t have the whole thing planned out. I am thinking that starting next week. I will start to schedule posts for July that way it won’t be a big thing the week before. So, from this week forward until July, I will only have two posts to go up on the week ends, but I will have at least one weekly update during the week. Unless, work gets me to be too busy, then it will just be two posts that week. July will be a new post everyday and in August, I will schedule it so that it is two posts on the weekend and two posts during the week. I think spreading them out is a bit better than having four posts coming out every weekend, because I put all four in one day sometimes. Sorry for plugging up your news feed. lol.
Anyways, you came here to see my new Erin Condren 2015-2016 Life Planner. I bought the 18 month planner in the regular edition. It was a hard decision to make to get one, since I put off buying one last year. I bought a Filofax instead, but I feel like I like it better just to write down my blog posts in. I don’t like the way the weeks are done at all. I like the EC format much better. Also with being pregnant and having a child, my life is going to be so much busier and I need a planner to plan out every week. Not to every minute detail, but to keep track of what needs cleaning, my spa night, honoring the Lord’s Day, reading, blogging, baths for the baby, my million appointments, and quite possibly a college course or two. I have a lot to keep track of, even though I work 5 days a week, I still plan 15 minute cleaning tasks, cooking a dinner, and other things. I think that the days that I work will be more decorated and the weekend will be filled with tasks. It will make me feel good to plan my week and have things to look forward to.
The box is a lot pinker in real life than the salmon color in this picture. It’s a bit beat up, but it protected the goodies inside!
The planner came with some goodies on top in their Welcome package for 1st time buyers, which I think is a very nice touch. I thought that the stickers were so pretty and inspirational. The gift stickers are very useful for me and I am sure that I will use all of them. They are so unique that I am sure whoever is receiving them will like them as well. I think that I will stick them on the envelopes to cards, because I know that I save all of my cards in their envelopes. I also love that they give you a 10 USD off code for your next purchase. I will be using this to get that cute sticker book, coil clips, and possibly a few more stickers. The notebooks and notepads are too expensive for me. I would only consider the notebook for when I take a college online course next Fall to keep track of when assignments are due, tests, and quizzes, as well as taking notes. The deluxe 35 USD notebook would be great for that. In my EC planner, I would put when I would study and when I would have to watch the lectures. Everything else, I could put in the notebook to keep my planner from being too cluttered. Oh! I also received a coupon for a free personalized cover, since I picked the ready to ship option. I am hoping on getting a Rose Gold Foil Cover, even though I would have to pay 4 USD extra for it. The coupon only goes up to a 10.95 value since I got the regular version. It expires in September, so I am ordering it then and I will do a separate order in the same month for the other stuff I want to buy.
I just love the pretty teal color!
I love my new EC Life Planner! It is so pretty! I love the purple color. The flyleaf is beautiful! Not so beautiful? The top part of it is a bit broken, but that’s a minor flaw that I will not freak out about. It just irks that perfectionist in me. It looks a bit plain without the flyleaf. It really makes the planner pop. You gotte love the colorful, durable monthly tabs. I like that the two years at a glance is in the front of the planner. I will be highlighting all of my paydays, so it will be easier to remember when I do the monthly spreads in the future. I also love the two pages of goals. I’m going to be making them monthly goals starting in 2016. They will be great to track Lemon/Dean’s progress of when solid food should start, crawling, and first words.
I also like that at the start of every month you have a page for monthly notes and an inspiration quote to keep me inspired. The notes page I will use for things like meal planning, big events, the pet’s, and grocery lists. You can use this page for so many things and I am sure that within a few months, I will find out how I like to use it best. I think it would be great to jot down notes and things to not forget so that you can plan it later as well. I love the monthly spread, which I did not have in my Filofax setup. This will be very useful to me to see when bills are due and how much they are. It will have major things of that day all marked out and it will be a great tool to see all of my days in a month at a glance. It will be easier to keep track of vet appointments and fun nights out. I can juggle all areas of my life better with this planner.
The planner also comes with a clear ruler that you can use to plan the space in your planner. I think it is also convenient to add sticky notes to it for things that come up that you need to do or plan. I love the way the week is spread out and I am a vertical girl. It is easier to see in my brain to plan things out. I like that it has some space for weekly notes that continues onto the bottom of each column. I think that I will use this space for bills, water intake, exercise, and other things that I don’t necessarily want to plan but just keep track off.
Honestly, this advertisement on my birthday month is a waste of space where I could have had a longer Goals line. I will probably cover up with a sticker and a sticky note for extra writing room if I need it.
The end of the planner has some lined notepaper, graph paper, and some blank paper. I think these would work really well with blogging months that I have to plan out all the posts that I will do for the month ahead of time and to list out tasks for them like taking pictures and dates to write out which ones. I feel like they would be real useful for planning events like that. I don’t host parties or do things like that, but these would be nice for it.
Found another small imperfection! But that was all, I triple checked.
In the back of the planner, you also get a 2017 calendar at a glance. You get tons of stickers. I like the vote sticker for the election year, but it is going to take me a couple of years to use all of the birthday stickers. lol. I love that there are blanks included that I can write my own stuff into them to customize them. The other stickers, I will go through quickly, because I go to the dentist, doctor, vacation, etc. I like that there is a folder in the back and a perpetual calendar that I will use as a journal where I write what I am grateful for everyday or any milestones. I love the sample of do it all dots. I think that these would fit well in the monthly spreads to maximize space. I will be ordering these. The compliment cards I could have done without as well as the referral cards. I will use them though. I love the sample of the coil clip. I will be using this to put in my baby’s birth certificate.
Well, there you have it! If I have enticed you to buy, please email me for a referral link that will give you 10 USD off and me a 10 USD credit to use in store. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you guys!