Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Very First Erin Condren Life Planner

Ahhhh, she finally arrived!

I first heard about the Erin Condren product line probably in early November sometime.  I was actually online looking for an address book for my Christmas cards and came across the address books in her product line.  I liked it, but it wasn't what I was looking for.  I looked around her website and really liked her Life Planner though.  But it was $50.  Wasn't sure if I wanted to spend $50 on a calendar.  I signed up for her website and got a $10 off coupon code.  I still contemplated and then took the plunge.  It took FOREVER for it to come in.  It felt like months, but was really only weeks, but still too long!  I was stalking my email and stalking the tracking number daily, sometimes multiple times a day.  I even called the post office a couple times to see if they had it yet.  

Then she arrived....on my front porch...the day that Gavin and Zoe had their sleepover.  I opened her up and looked at her, but didn't really get a chance to play with her until a couple days later.

I joined a couple different FB groups for this planner and have become sucked into their madness. HAHA!  Maybe I'll blog about that in another entry!

But for now, let the unboxing begin!

Inside was not only the planner, but a coupon for $10 off any future purchase, an envelope full of personalized stickers, and a booklet of the EC product line along with a coupon for $15 of a $50 purchase.

Here she is.  My very first, and certainly not my last, Erin Condren Life Planner.  I chose the cover and what I wanted it to say.  Not very creative huh?  Since the covers on this one are removable, I've got my eye on a new one already, plus there is lots of tutorials out there on how to make your own.

I love that this is in here because this is my new motto.
Shawn and I both work hard, and we are blessed to be able to play hard!

I love that this little yearly calendar is here.  I plan on using it to keep track of when every women's favorite "Aunt" stops by to visit {insert sarcasm here}!

There is a monthly calendar for each month which I plan to use to keep track of birthday and anniversaries, and to log when I send cards.

And behind each monthly calendar are the weekly calendars.  There are spaces for morning, noon, and night appointments, a spot for weekly goals and notes, and room at the bottom for meal planning, exercise logs, quotes, notes, etc.  The list is endless!

After the monthly/weekly calendar pages, there are lined and blank note pages with decoration on each page.  So far I've only got my washi samples back here, but I plan to use it for weight tracking, meal plan ideas, list making, and whatever else I can think of.

There is also a 2 year at a glance calendar for 2016 and 2017.  It's crazy to type those dates!!  I remember when the big Y2K was about to hit!

There are also two pages of calendar stickers - a set with preprinted labels and a set with blank labels.

Behind the labels is a two-pocket folder with a perpetual calendar in it. 

There is also a removable ruler. 

And then the back cover.

Below is the perpetual calendar that was in the pocket folder.  While I like it, I must say that I was super bummed about it.  I guess in the past, the pages in this calender were actually in the planner.  When I watched a video on this planner it showed them in the planner and that was one of the things I really liked about the EC life planner.

So there she is.  My very first Erin Condren Life Planner.  I'm excited that I ordered her, and I am using her daily as a diary/journal in addition to a calendar.  The groups on FB I belong to have alot of inspiration for planning and designing with her....maybe too much. HAHA! I know I've spent well more than the cost of her buying stickers, note pads, washi tape, and pens.  Alot of it bring me back to my childhood days of stickers, pen pals and snail mail.  

If anyone is looking for their own Erin Condren Life Planner or any of her other products, please use the link below to get $10 off your first order!


Happy Planning!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Is it Fall or Winter?

Our first snow this year ... was in November!  What?  I still have pumpkins and mums out!  It was crazy!  I don't think I've ever had snow on my pumpkins that I can recall.  

While I'm not a fan of driving to work in the snow, I definitely loved looking at it.  Especially with all of the beautiful fall color underneath it!  Now I just wish the next snow would be on the weekend so that I can venture out in it and take more pictures, and pick up my nephew and go sledding!

Meet White Diamond!

Meet White Diamond!

She's mine.  I love her.  And they only get bigger from here!

I've been wanting a new car FOREVER!  My car has been paid off for almost two years tho - I didn't want to start car payments again!  My car is horrible in the snow and ice.  I knew I wanted to get something different before winter hit at least.   I've been in love with the new model KIA Optima for the last few years.  My mouth would salivate every time I saw one.  I thought surely that would be my next car.  THEN... we went on vacation and our rental was a GMC Acadia.  There was so much room in that thing!  I was hooked!  

We had been back from vacation for only a short period of time when I told Shawn that I thought I was ready to trade my car in, but I wanted an SUV.  And more specifically, an Acadia.  I searched online some, drove through a couple car lots.  My friends son bought a new car in Mt. Vernon, Heather sent me a link to a white Acadia they had there.  Oh it was nice!  I wanted to go test drive it.  Shawn was working in Mt. Vernon so I asked him to stop by and look at it.  He did, only it was actually at a car lot here in town.  So I went to look at it.  And I test drove it.  And I loved it.  The inside was exactly like the rental.  And I called Shawn to come look at it, but he was working and said he would the next day.  OK, I'll be patient.  But what if someone else buys it.  I'll take it as a sign that it wasn't meant to be then.

I was actually off work the next day for Gavin's field trip.  The field trip got cancelled.  YES!  It was a sign from above that we were to go look at that car again!  I was ready to go bright and early to see it with Shawn.  He was a super slowpoke that day.  I was patient with him though.  But what if someone else buys it before we can get there.  I kept telling myself if it's gone, then it wasn't meant to be.  We pulled in to the dealership...YES, the car was still there.  Shawn test drove it.  He liked it.  I inspected it thoroughly making sure all lights worked, turn signals worked, radio worked, windows worked, etc. etc. etc.

Then we bought it, and I drove her off into the sunset.  But then we encountered a few bumps along the drive off into the sunset.  Some pricey bumps actually.  We bought a used car with no warranty, we knew that going into it.  But Sweet Jesus was pouring his blessings down on us because we contacted the dealer we bought it from and they paid for those pricey bumps, and gave us rental vehicles while the bumps were being fixed.

Now she's good as new and I am in love with driving her!  

I've even had her out in the snow once this winter; well it was still technically fall.  But she did great!

And I love how much room she has for hauling family and friends!

She's even got third row seating...which Gavin informed me he's not a fan of.  She's just so roomy, even I climbed up in her into the third row area and buckled Gavin in.  Have I mentioned how roomy she is?

And for hauling my photography props!  There is an entire chair back there, sitting upright, with head room still.  Have I mentioned that I love her??

I'm so glad to be a member of the GMC Acadia family!  Like I told Shawn, I'm never going back to a car, and the vehicles can only get bigger from here!  HAHA!  He told me not to get carried away!

Holiday World Fun!

Near the end of October, Shawn and I took Gavin and Zoe to Holiday World for our first and only trip of the year.  Usually we make it out there at least twice - once in the summer for the water park, and once in the fall to ride rides, but this summer got away from us and we didn't get a chance to go.
In the fall I usually like to go either the last weekend they are open, or the next to the last weekend.  In the past when we've done this, obviously the weather is much cooler, but the crowds are much less too!  Usually there is no one there, you can park almost right at the door, and there are no lines for any of the rides.

That wasn't the case this time :(  That park was packed!  While it wasn't as busy as I've normally seen it, there was alot of people there for the fall time.  I'm not a fan of standing in line for rides, so we didn't get ride as many rides as we wanted too, but we did have a great time, we met up with some friends there, and Shawn won Zoe a big pink stuffed animal.

This was also the night that the kids were going to have a sleep over at our house, but the Acadia had other plans for that.  Long story!  I'll save that for another blog entry.

The turkey whirl - my favorite ride!  #4 is a really good spinner!  We always pick that turkey and we seriously make it spin, and scream the whole time we have it spinning! 

Gavin had the best time on the teacups and I don't think I've ever heard him laugh so hard in his little life. You can tell by the expressions on his face that he was loving it!  I took a video of this too, but my video's don't ever load to my blog correctly.  

While the kids went into the playground area, Zoe had me watch her phone.  I'm that one person who, if I see a phone or camera laying around, will pick it up and take pictures with it.  LOL!!  These are from Zoe's phone!