I’ve never been one to see the value in dishing out more than $20 for a planner. at least i wasn’t before. once i began to see countless youtube videos featuring erin condren planners, i knew that i would be missing out on an essential organizational tool if i didn’t get my hands on one. without further ado, here is my erin condren planner and how i use it to stay organized!
Each Erin Condren Life Planner has dividers separating each of the twelve months of the year (if you choose to get the 16-month planner, then it separates each of the 16 months). As pictured above, each month begins with a full-month view, which I use to highlight important events for the month.
Each month is then split into the different weeks into the layout above. As you can see the layout I have is the vertical layout, which used to be the only option for Life Planners. However, with the launch of the 2015-2016 planners a couple weeks ago, you are now able to choose between the original vertical layout and a new horizontal layout. When I first learned about the new layout option, I thought that I would order the new horizontal layout for 2016. The more I’ve come to utilize my planner, I think I’m going to stick with the vertical layout for the coming year.
When school was still in session, this is how I would organize my planner. I placed homework assignments, papers, and other assignments that needed to be completed in the “Weekly goals & notes” section of each week. Like most people who enjoy checklists, I loved seeing all of my assignments crossed off by the end of the week.
I would use the different sections of each day for meetings, exams and if I any papers or projects due. During the summer, I’ve come to use those sections a little bit differently. I still write down when I have work or class or meetings, but I also use those sections to write down particular things I want to get done during that time period. For example, in this morning’s “morning” section I have written that I needed to complete this blog post.
I use the bottom section of the page to write down non-academic things that need to get completed before the end of the week. That way the less urgent things aren’t taking up prime writing space, but are still visible and serve more as a friendly reminder.
POST-ITS. I love post-its. I love them so much I bought the 24 pack of them from Costco. I use post-its for what feels like everything. I use the standard size to write down weekly menus (pictured above) so I don’t have to guess what I should make for dinner. The most useful way I’ve found to use post-its is for very long to-do lists. Last week, I had to head back home for the weekend, but needed to complete a lot of reading, blogging, and errands before I left. Post-its allowed me to write out anything and everything I thought of that needed to get done before I left.
I also have started using the bookmark style post-its to help me organize an editorial calendar in my planner. In the bottom-most section of the planner, I use bookmark post-its to write down the title of blog post that will go live on Wednesday and Saturday of that week. This allows me to think ahead of main points I want to discuss in that post and prevents me from running out of ideas.
Each planner comes with 4 full sticker sheets. Two of them (pictured above) contain a variety of pre-labelled stickers, while the other 2 sheets are colorful stickers, but blank. Lately, i’ve been using the blank ones to cover up the “night” title of some days and writing a different title for that section. If I have a lot of blogging to do one day, then that section might be labelled blogging. It depends on what I’ve got going on that week.
The planner also comes with a great notes section (great = a lot of pages) and contains both lined and unlined pages. I use these pages to brainstorm blog post topics and to keep important school information.
To get your own Erin Condren Life Planner, visit her website here. This post was not sponsored neither Erin Condren nor Post-its, I’m just a really big fan of their products 🙂
How do you organize your planner?
I received a full size ADOVIA DEAD SEA SALT SCRUB from the company for reviewing purposes, however all opinions are my own and 100% honest. Here’s what I thought!
I’ve always been a fan of scrubs since I was little (thanks to having a mom who also really loves them). However, the micro-bead trend I’m not a fan of because of possible associated health risks. I was super excited to learn that Adovia uses sea salt from the Dead Sea!
Overall, I really liked the texture and the results I got from using the scrub on my legs and feet. However, I found the “Ocean Breeze” scent to be very overwhelming and reminded me of a scent my grandma would use. The scent also lingers on your skin after getting out of the shower, which was also very unpleasant.
Would I purchase this product? If there were different scents or an unscented version, then definitely. However, the scent was so off-putting that it would prevent me from purchasing this product in the future.
What’s your favorite body scrub?
Father’s day is right around the corner. if your dad is anything like mine, then finding the “right” gift can be more difficult than expected. Hopefully, my father’s day gift guide will provide you with some gift ideas for your dad!
What are you getting your dad for father’s day?
Adoreme.com is a subscription box service that allows the customer to choose a lingerie set every month for $39.95. While they provide good quality products, I struggled to find the need for several of the same bra.
I first learned of the AdoreMe service through the Influenster program, which allowed me to receive my first box for free. As a firm proponent of high quality, supportive undergarments, I was very intrigued by the styles, quality and comfort providing by their bras. Most of the bras seemed pretty run-of-the-mill as far as styles are concerned, which, as a member of the larger-chested community, was great for me.
However, when I further perused their website I found that there were only two common bra styles that came in very unusual color pairings. There seemed to be an unusually large amount of bras that came in either black with neon piping or neon with neon piping. I would’ve much preferred seeing more bra options that came in black, white, gray or nude.
On a similar note, it was very difficult, if not impossible, to find a bra that wasn’t covered in lace. While I do enjoy lace, especially when tastefully done on undergarments, the lace looked cheap and gaudy on the website, particularly the neon colors.
Each bra comes with a matching panty in the style of your choice. I really appreciated the option to choose the style of panty because I liked being able to tailor my purchase more to my particular needs.
On the other hand, I loved the packaging of the box when I received it. As pictured above, the bra came in this AdoreMe custom box wrapped in shades of pink tissue paper. Also included (but not shown) were their current product catalog and a coupon for $10 off my next box.
I have really been enjoying the bra and panty set I received. The lace of the panty has remained soft after several washings and the bra hasn’t lost its shape. Because of my larger chest, I have had problems in the past with bra straps cutting into my shoulders and not providing enough support. Initially, I didn’t have any issues with the bra straps cutting in or not providing support, however, now that I’ve worn (and washed) the bra a few times, I’ve noticed that the straps are cutting in more after each wear.
All in all, AdoreMe wasn’t for me. I wasn’t satisfied with the bra options provided online and I don’t see the need for purchasing 12 bras a year. While they do have an option to skip a month’s box, you still get charged the $39.95, but you are awarded store credit. If you’re in the market for a new bra or bra and underwear set, I’d suggest heading to a store or to a different online retailer before trying this service.
Have you tried adoreme? What did you think?
I don’t know about you, but summer could not have come at a better time. It’s too bad that the weather where i am doesn’t want to give way to clear sunny, blue skies. By the end of this post, I hope your inner summer is peeking through.
The weather in Central Illinois this time of year is notorious for being hot and humid. This year, it’s both those things and incredibly rainy. Doesn’t really feel like summer. In lieu of the unfortunate weather, I’ve been satisfying my craving for summer online. Here are my favorites links to create a warm-weathered spirit:
> Fresh salads like this Cucumber and Cilantro Salad from Foodness Gracious.
> Professional clothes make me happy. You know what makes me even happier? Summer professional clothes. All Dressed Up, Everywhere to Go shares some great summer professional clothing picks that also don’t break the bank.
> It’s not summer without sangria, am i right? Lush to Blush shared her favorite (and one of my favorite) summer sangria recipes.
> This adorable and super stylish romper styled on To Be Bright.
> Career Girl Daily shared 6 travel tips for Ibiza. Needless to say, I’m even more sold on taking a trip across the pond.
> A combination of two of my favorite things: margaritas and popsicles from Host the Toast.
> The 4th of July is arguably my favorite holiday. This thrifted and refashioned holiday-inspired outfit by Buttons and Birdcages has me craving the sound of fireworks.