Erin Condren Life Planner – April 25th – May 1st

Now that work has picked up I’m managing two planner, a life planner – My Erin Condren, and a work planner – a Lilly Pulitzer.  How many of you use multiple planners, or do you merge everything into one?

Erin Condren vs. Lilly Pulitzer
Erin Condren and Lilly Pulitzer

They both serve very different purposes, and right now I need that.  Perhaps eventually I will merge the two, but for now it is much easier to keep work and home separate.  Work is full of all the meetings and calls I need to keep straight, as well as where I need to be.  Currently I am working remotely, sometimes at home sometimes at other locations, so I need to keep it all straight.  The Erin Condren I keep updated with daily happenings, meal plans and personal to-do lists.

This weeks meal plan was:

Monday – Chicken Patties and Tater Tots (Guilty pleasure, I was at a CPR/First Aid class until 9pm and wasn’t coming home to cook…)

Tuesday – Meatloaf and Potatoes

Wednesday – Crock Pot chicken tacos

Thursday – Pasta and Pesto Sauce

Friday – Chicken Sausages and Sweet Potatoes

Erin Condren vs. Lilly Pulitzer
Home life vs. Work life…the struggle!

I don’t want my work planner to be full of washi tape, stamps and stickers, but a little flair and motivation here and there never hurts!

I was excited to see that my local Michaels is finally starting to carry some Happy Planner supplies.  I scored some great stickers on 40% clearance this weekend.  And I have already put them to use!

The Happy Planner Stickers
The Happy Planner stickers from Michaels…40 percent off, score!

Does anyone else find that they have to actually schedule time to plan?  What is that nonsense!

Happy planning all!

Erin Condren Life Planner – February 1st-7th

I can’t believe February is already here! January flew by us, it feels like I just blinked. It doesn’t help that it was in the high 50’s today. For New England we should be in the thick of snow and winter, not that I’m complaining, but it just doesn’t feel like winter!

We have switched over to a different color scheme, here is the February spread:

Blank spread for the week of February 1st

I kept it real simple this week, a less is more approach.  I primarily used stickers from Michaels, and then my standard weekly stickers and stamps.  Check out my post from January 25th-31st for where they all come from.

Here is the week before the ink, and a closeup:

Stickers and stamps added, no writing yet.
Close up, how lovely!

I didn’t use all the washi tape, and I didn’t glue down any extra’s.  Like I said, simple, less is more.  I love how simple it is and yet still inspiring.  Here is the final spread:

Completed week of February 1st

Plenty of room and space for me to add to as the week gets underway.  Working on our menu plan now!

What are you up to this week?

the right “frame” of mind

With so many options, how does one choose?  That’s what I’ve been asking myself the last few days while working on my silhouette pictures.  I finally settled on two dark oval 11×14 frames from Michael’s.  I was lucky to score the 50% store promotion, on top of my 25% off on frames coupon.  I got the set for 30 beans and I’m pretty happy with the outcome.  Lets take a looksie shall we?

Poor quality…but better size reference.
An up close peek.

I’m pretty happy with the final outcome, but still have even more visions!  Here’s a sneak peak…


I had high hopes for using this frame:

Found at good old Ikea.  But the dimensions are pretty large, and I don’t want to end up dwarfing the photo of us in the middle.  But ever since I saw this frame I thought it just screamed silhouette.  I thought so…but I’m not sure if that’s the direction I want to take after all.  I might stop in and visit my favorite Swedish friends soon and see what I think.  I do have to keep in mind that they won’t always be above my bed, and therefore bigger might be better.  Decisions decisions!

And finally, I need to make a decision as to what background color to use.  Right now I just have cream colored paper, but I was thinking a fun fabric?  Or patterned paper?  Do you think something like that would work, or should I stick to the solid?  Even more decisions…yikes!

As I’m sure you can see in the background of these photos a deliciously bubble gum pink striped wall paper.  puke.  Not my first choice that’s for sure, but its been on the walls ever since my parents moved in 10+ years ago.  And extends all the way into the hall and attached bathroom.  Since moving back home last spring I’ve had a lot of visions, but now every nook and cranny is full of all my junk and I’m lacking motivation to spruce up.  That and a leaky bathroom ceiling are holding me back.  Maybe in the coming months I’ll find some motivation and get painting.  But at the same time with B and I months away from apartment hunting we’ll see if I ever get that far.

I’m sure you will see the whole process documented here when I make a final decision!

New Years Resolution:  Less stress, less clutter, less complication.  Today’s progress: Less stress…check!  Saved money at Michaels because of the sales and coupons woot.  Also ordered my textbook for my class, that’s a load off my shoulders, bring on the semester!.  Less clutter…check minus.  Never actually organized anything, but I did buy some new baskets at Michaels to help hide some of my “stuff”!  Less complication…no complications today!

Oh Happy Day!

Today is indeed a happy day, for multiple reasons.

Reason 1:  That darling little girl you see up there is sister #1, twenty *cough* something years ago.  And today is her birthday!  But these days she looks more like this:

So happy birthday sister #1!  This also means that I got to give her the present that I made here.  She loved it, even with its 4th of July flare!  Whew.

Reason 2:  Finally got some B time in!  I know I know, finally is a bit of an exaggeration considering we just got to spend multiple days together during the holidays, but these days I don’t take our time together for granted.  I can’t get enough of that handsome face!

Yes, he is indeed the one blowing up this photo in the back…

I told you, handsome, right?!  Love you Boo!  It’s prime wrestling season, and since B is a coach for one of our local high school wrestling teams, our time together is usually pretty scarce.  We enjoyed a pretty relaxing afternoon together and had a chance to catch up on our days.  Even just the down time is appreciated over here.  Like I said, happy day!

Reason 4:  I slept on the silhouette dilemma I was having yesterday and with a fresh pair of eyes today I was able to find a more suitable picture and am much happier with the outcome!  Now of course I’m seeing pictures all over the place that I think would make good silhouettes…I think I’ve created a monster!

Reason 5:  I have only one final class left to take in order to complete the graduate certificate I have been working on.  Thankfully, the class only requires one book…and I found a bargain!  More on that tomorrow!

Sorry, no crafts today…but stay tuned for tomorrow…a Michael’s trip with coupons in hand, and some planned decoupage on the way!  But we might just have to see what my schedule actually leaves time for.

I hope that everyone else enjoyed their Tuesday…hump day tomorrow, which means halfway through the work week!  I can do this…

New Years Resolution:  Less stress, less clutter, less complication.  Today’s progress: Less stress…check!  B and I enjoyed a stress free afternoon just hanging out at home.  Less clutter…check!  Organized the shoe closet and put away some laundry, it’s a start to the massive pile waiting to be sorted!  Less complication…debatable.  Nothing of note today…although it did feel pretty good to solve the silhouette dilemma!