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?

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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!

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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 22nd-28th

Hello!  Back from a short hiatus, lots of happenings going on around here!  I did my favorite kind of shopping this weekend, gift card and coupons in hand…spend $0 of my own money!  They BEST!  And I got all kinds of cute things at the dollar spot at Target:

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Target goodies!

Among my haul were Easter Stickers, stamps, 2 packs of Gel Pens, adorable little clothes pins and binder clips.  My favorite was this phrase it stamp set:

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Phrase Stamp set from Target, $3 bargain!
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Comes with a blank ink pad and everything, target bonus!

I used my own stamp pads, but for $3 it was a total bargain!  Perfect for my Erin Condren planner.

Here is the blank weekly spread:

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Blank Spread – February 22nd – Erin Condren Life Planner

Definitely loving the winter we have had, it was in the mid 50’s all weekend, and it’s not even March!  So I was channeling Spring for my layout again.  I started with some fun Teal Washi Tape from…yep, Target.  And then I used the Phrase Stamp set to add a few highlights, and then just added in a few fun springy stickers.

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Layout before the writing, Washi Tape and Stickers

A little closeup because I really do love the Phrase Stamp so much, I’m already getting my $3 worth!  And I didn’t even have to spend any money thanks to gift cards!

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Closeup with Stamping

And I added my new Gold Butterfly clip, such a simple but elegant touch.  I love it.

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Ready to start the week off! – Erin Condren Life Planner

We are also so excited that we can finally see our Debt Snowball paying off!!  We made our final payment on the first loan we tackled this weekend.  It is an incredible feeling!  Check out the beginning of our journey here.  I will be updating again in a few weeks to share how the first two months have gone.

Well, we are gearing up for another busy busy week here.  Hope you all have a great one!

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:

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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:

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Stickers and stamps added, no writing yet.
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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:

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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?

Erin Condren Life Planner – January 25th-31st

I can’t believe we are already into the last week of January!  Somehow this year is already managing to fly by.  Here is the weekly spread for this week in my Erin Condren Life Planner:

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Erin Condren Life Planner

You can see that the pages crumpled a little bit from last week where I glued down some card stock.  Oh well, once I fill up the pages it really won’t matter much.

This week I used stickers from The Preppy Planner and stamps from Sandra Amelia.  The ink I used and other stickers came from Michaels.  Here is what it ended up looking like:

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Weekly planner spread

I love the bright greens which brighten up the snowy weather that has finally arrived here!  We only got about 6″ of snow, which really was a blessing.  We braved the weather to host a monthly Free Family Movie night at our church.  I was surprised at the turn out we had regardless of the snowy weather!  I brought along the adult coloring book and markers my sister gave me for Christmas, and it ended up being a decent snowy Saturday!

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Nothing like a little adult coloring and markers for a snowy Saturday evening!

Back to the planner…we have a vet appointment for Cody tomorrow, I ended up using a combination of both The Preppy Planner’s sticker and Sandra Amelia’s stamp:

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Sticker and Stamp for a Vet appointment Reminder

Still working on what our menu plan will look like!  I hope that for all of you who received snow stayed safe and warm!

Have a happy week!

Meal Planning and Back to School Routine

We just returned from our week long summer vacation on the coast of Maine.  It was a wonderful mix of relaxation and small day trips.  A perfect break from the usual day to day responsibilities, and we lucked out with some pretty great weather!  One of our day trips included Acadia National Park, where we saw the breath taking view from the top of Cadillac Mountain.  This picture doesn’t do it justice, but Brian stood pretty close to the edge looking out on everything below!
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Checking out the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain – Acadia National Park
My nephew, who is just shy of a year, got up close and personal with a lobster before our dinner.  I’m not quite sure what he thought, but he kept his distance!
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Checking out the lobster, very pensive!
 And it wouldn’t be a vacation without exploring some of the local cuisine!  We choose to check out two local vineyards/breweries.  It was the perfect way to enjoy each other’s company on a rainier day where the beach lost it’s appeal.
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Trying out one of the local vineyards
It was a really lovely time away.  We were able to spend time reading, kayaking, biking, resting, eating, drinking, and overall just enjoying our family and a break from work.  But we sure did miss our furry friend!  Cody got to spend a week at a doggy resort and spa!  He seemed like he had a great time, they were very friendly and helpful, and he seemed well taken care of.  It was our first time leaving him with someone other than family.  Came right home and fell fast asleep, looks like it was a week of lots of playing!
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Now that we are back, reality of the new school year is setting in!  My center goes year round, so I don’t really have a “back to school” feeling, but my husband goes from a very relaxed summer schedule to jumping right into full school days and sports practices.  We need to get organized and prep for what our busier schedules will look like.  Our goals are to stay healthy and active while still staying on budget and saving where we can (the goal is to be buying a house this year!).
I have definitely found that the key to staying healthy, active, and on budget all comes down to organization and planning.  I have to plan my meals and plan my workouts.  I used to meal plan on sundays all the time, and then we would get our shopping for the week done.  It saved $ and having to make numerous trips to the store throughout the week.  But I fell off that bandwagon when things got busy.  We wound up with many late nights of take out and fast food.  Not only does that kill our nutrition, but we also spend way more than we typically would have.  So I knew it was time to get back into that habit.
I threw together a meal plan for the week.  When we shop correctly, we are both pretty good about bringing our lunches to work, which also cuts down on quick unhealthy food and spending extra money.  Before I decided on our meal plan I shopped the house first.  I know it sounds funny, but there are so many weeks where there are good sales and I stock up.  Now is the perfect time to put those ingredients to use!
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Our grocery list is pretty small, based on the number of meals we will be preparing.  And again, this includes breakfasts and lunches.  For the most part I had almost all of the vegetables, meats and fish in the freezer and rice on the shelf.  This Sunday when we go shopping we will again be keeping an eye out for sales.  Its better to buy when the prices are right and freeze, then plan a meal around it, then to have to buy an expensive ingredient just because your recipe calls for it.

So far I’m feeling good.  We have our meal plan, and have mapped out what days we will be going to the gym.  As long as I can get myself back into a routine, I know it will pay off!

What tips do you utilize to make your busy days go by smoother?