Organize Your Planner

Organize Your Planner

It’s January 7th and I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks.  While my blogging break was nice and very relaxing, and the extra time with my family was absolutely wonderful, I’m excited to be back and to get into a routine again.  I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s and whatever else your family celebrates during the holiday season.  Ours was wonderful and relaxing and I loved every single minute of it!


There is just something that I always love about a brand new year.

It’s a chance to start anew; a time to reorganize all that clutter you’ve tucked and shoved away over the holidays as guests came over for appetizers or dinners or drinks.

It’s also a time to start a brand new planner!  I know in this day and age, lots of people have ditched their paper/pen planners for their iPhones, but this girl cannot and will not give up her planner.  Ever.

This will be my second year using the absolute BEST planner on the market, the Erin Condren Life Planner.  {No, this is not a sponsored post.  I truly, honestly, absolutely LOVE this planner and pretty much every single product that Erin Condren has to offer}.  To keep it even more organized than I did last year, I’m taking advantage of the cute, colorful stickers that come with each life planner and also adding some fun washi tape to create a “code” for important events that occur each week.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

Now, to organize your own planner, you definitely do not need to have the exact brand that I do {but I do HIGHLY recommend it if you’re interested in the BEST of the best}.  You’ll just need a planner that you like, washi tape, an area to make a key for what washi tape goes with what events, and a little bit of time each week to get organized!

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

One of the things I adore about the Life Planner is that you can personalize the cover.  And I’m not just talking about adding your name or business to the front.  You can actually add photos too.  I chose to go with a teal and white chevron pattern this year, but next year, I think I might go with the photo option.

I chose several washi tape patterns that I wanted to use throughout the year and grabbed the sticker pages from the back of the planner to make a key on white cardstock.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

Once I had the cardstock cut to the size I needed, I used my corner rounding punch to give it a more polished look.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

Next I thought about the things I’d most likely be writing down in my planner on a weekly basis.  This particular planner has both weekly and monthly calendars, but I tend to write more on the weekly pages than the monthly pages for some reason.  I divided my “events” into two categories: blog and life.  So obviously if you don’t have a blog, then you can pretty much ignore those suggestions.

Organize your personal planner with washi tape this New Year via #planner #washitape #lifeplanner

I generally used the stickers that came with the planner for blog related events including campaign companies that I could possibly have a sponsored post with that week, events that occur on the blog such as giveaways, guest posts, or round ups, and also a sticker for contributor posts.  For the life events, I used some of my favorite washi tapes and have a separate one for church, MOPS, family, kids, and bills.

As the year goes on, if I see a need to add more, I’ve got plenty of washi tape to use!

Another important part of staying organized while using your planner is to actually set aside a few minutes each day to write in it and get yourself prepped for the day.  You could do this in the morning with your cup of coffee or at night as a way to mentally prepare for the next day ahead.  I look forward to opening mine daily!

How do you stay organized?  Any tips you’d like to share with me?!  I’d love to hear them!

Happy New Year and happy organizing everyone!


Erin Condren Giveaway

When a good bloggy friend of mine, Kara over at Petals to Picots asked if I’d be interested in joining her on a huge gift card giveaway for Erin Condren, I immediately said yes.  This year marks my first year as an Erin Condren Life Planner user, and I’ll be the first to say that I’ll NEVER, ever use another brand.  The layout is absolutely PERFECT.  I schedule my blog posts on the weekly layout, my family’s schedules on the monthly layouts, and even plan out my meals for each day {making grocery shopping a whole lot easier}.  And, of course, it helps that they are so cute and can be personalized just for you!
Erin Condren Giveaway via #lifeplanner #erincondren #giveaway

Want to take a peek at Kara’s life planner?

Erin Condren Giveaway via #lifeplanner #erincondren #giveaway

Well, I wanted to give all my readers a chance to get a planner of your very own (or something else from Erin Condren if you’d rather). My sweet friend Kara contacted Erin Condren and they so graciously and generously agreed to give a $25 gift card away to one lucky reader! And you know what!? … a bunch of my bloggy friends wanted to sweeten the deal and help her offer an additional $60 gift card to the winner! Yep, that’s $85!! More than enough to get yourself a customized Life Planner, extra personalized stickers, some fun colorful pens.  You get the idea…

The giveaway is open worldwide and runs until 12:00 am EST on October 1, 2013. The Rafflecopter form below will walk you through the entry options. Good luck!!

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GOOD LUCK Wait Til Your Father Gets Home Readers!  I’d be absolutely thrilled if one of you won this prize!

{Erin Condren $25 Giveaway}

{Erin Condren $25 Giveaway}

With the new year upon us, one of my most favorite things to do is get organized.  Whether it’s reorganizing the desk drawers, cleaning out the pantry, or getting old clothes together to donate.  There is just something about the new year that puts me in that kind of mood.

One way I love to stay organized is to keep a planner.  I absolutely cannot wait to receive my Erin Condren Life Planner in the mail this week!  I’ve had a few friends through college and my adult life that used them, and I’ve wanted one forever.

Here’s a great video {yes, really, a video} explaining all the wonderful-ness that is an Erin Condren Life Planner.

The Life Planner includes the following:

life planner

 laminated, heavy duty 10mL cover for protection from daily wear and tear
 sturdy aluminum coil that will not bend & allows your planner to lay flat
perpetual calendar for birthdays and anniversaries
TWO-page monthly spreads
weekly spreads divided into morning, day & night
LAMINATED tabs for extra durability
 snap-in page holder that doubles as a ruler
goals and to-do lists for every week and month
 20 pages of lined and designer blank pages for notes and sketches
1 page for important numbers, with a backside to keep addresses handy
240 colorful stickers to highlight birthdays, special events and reminders
 “keep it together” folder to wrangle receipts, stamps, and other papers

 bound-in zip lock pocket with 12 gift labels and “let’s get together” cards

 inspirational quotes throughout
The planner measures 7.25″ x 9.25″
and includes 240 pages (including tabs)
I really could go on and on about how fabulous this planner is people.  If you’re a pen & paper kinda gal, you will absolutely L.O.V.E. this product and use it daily!
Erin Condren also has other unique and super cute products for pretty much any need!
address labels
book plate
Of course, just about everything you could order from Erin Condren is totally customizeable to add names, monograms, graphics, different color schemes, etc…
Today, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to offer a $25 gift certificate code to Erin to one of my lucky readers!  There are several ways you could earn an entry below using Rafflecopter.

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If you decide that you absolutely cannot wait to start ordering products, head to now and enter code XOXO20 to receive $20 credit to spend on any product!

Good luck and enjoy!


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