Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Erin Condren Life planners + A giveaway!

I know, me too, still mildly in denial that it is even a new year. Two-thousand and fourteen to be exact. Aren't we suppose to have hover boards and flying cars by now?

As a busy mom of four - the older my kids get the crazier our life gets! A new year always means more appointments, dance classes, swimming lessons, play dates, and mama dates! I am also totally suspect to the fact that with each baby I had, a small portion of my short term memory evaporated into thin air. I'll admit it, I have to set six different alarms in my phone to remind me of various bus drop off and pick up times. Pass the ginkgo biloba please!

For years now I have been on the obsessive hunt to find the perfect planner. Google calendars don't cut it for me, way too little customization and it just didn't speak my language. I'd constantly thumb through several at office supply stores, target, you name it! Us moms we need space, more space! From meal planning to Christmas lists, the lined more columns the better! Erin Condren life planners = Life made! (Now if only I could set an alarm on things in my EC planner…)

People ask me all the time 1. You really prefer a paper planner versus virtual? 2. Wow, the price! Is it worth it? The answer to both is heck yes!

PROS:
  • Adorable packaging!
  • Took about a week and a half from ordering to my front door.
  • Gorgeous vibrant colors and patterns from page one to page 238.
  • Quick reference for important reoccurring dates such as birthdays and anniversaries.
  • VERY customizable - Duration, photos, text stickers, photo stickers, and more!
  • Thick durable outter covers that hold up against, well, a lot. (milk, cluttered purses, toddlers, etc…)
  • Tabbed two-page monthly glance with inspirational quote, large spaces and lined side columns.
    • As a blogger I use the side columns to list upcoming posts ideas and also locations for appointments.
  • Weekly layout with large morning, day, and night spaces. Lined columns as well as lined footer spots perfect for meal planning, cleaning schedules, or daily goals.
    • I prefer not to be contained to tiny time slots which aren't always applicable to my daily going ons.
    • I use the footer area for meal planning, Elf shenanigans (in December), calls I need to make that day or emails I need to address.
  • A HUGE lined + blank page section.
    • This is a blogger, crafter, diy'ers dream! Since I practically slumber with my planner I can scoop it up in the middle of the night and jaunt down any brilliant idea I just dreamed up.
    • When I have a big shopping list it goes here! I always have my planner with me anyway and it props perfectly on top of my purse in the child seat. (You know, when I am lucky enough to shop alone.)
  • Durable pocket folder and thick plastic zippered pouch.
    • I like to use these to keep invites, groupons, etc and then reference that i've stored them there along with noting their date/expiration in the appropriate calendar.
  • Your new planner comes with a $10 off coupon to use on your next purchase!
CONS:
  • It is a little bulky and on the heavier side. 
    • An excuse to buy a new bigger purse?
  • …I mean, that's really it!
With shipping and handling it runs about $58 - Priced a little above others you might find out there but in my opinion they won't be comparable. A good planner can be invaluable to a busy person. I use my planner every day and then some. It's like having an adorable personal assistant for less then five dollars a day!

But, wait for it…I have teamed up with Erin Condren to give away $25 to spend on a life planner for yourself! Follow the Rafflecopter prompts below for many chances to enter. Giveaway will close on January 22, 2014 at midnight PST. Good luck and have fun!

Can't wait? I have $10 for you right now! Sign up here and you'll receive $10 to spend anywhere on erincondren.com!
Happy planning!
xoxo melissa

38 comments:

melissa rohr said...

I'd get the 2014 Life Planner in white party pops :)

melissa rohr said...

I love the gold ones. Or the viva espana watercolor one. These look amazing!

melissa rohr said...

Oh! How could I choose? Collage? Initials? The classic stripe? Don't get me started on the gold ones....

melissa rohr said...

So many great choices! I would pick the sea sand dollar planner!

melissa rohr said...

I love the flour felize in splash!

melissa rohr said...

I love the 2014 life planner -GOLD EDITION -purple....it's so beautiful.

melissa rohr said...

I'd pick the collage! Would love to see my little family on the cover!

melissa rohr said...

I just ordered my very first ECLP (party pops). It's currently in production as I type this, but I would absolutely love the $25 towards a notebook to write notes to my daughter (who is 5) to look back on when she is older.

melissa rohr said...

I am awaiting my second ECLP! I love love love Erin Condren products. I would probably get a few folded note cards to match my planner. <3 Thanks for hosting this give away! Your blog is lovely.

melissa rohr said...

I would pick one of the cute classic ones like with the stripes or dahlias!!

melissa rohr said...

I like this planner

https://www.erincondren.com/2014-life-planner-gold-edition-turquoise

melissa rohr said...

I like inspire, Dahlia and signature stripes.

melissa rohr said...

I love my EC planner and am excited about my next one

melissa rohr said...

i would probably choose the dahlia life planner. although, i loved all of them! also - completely in love with the teacher planners - such a great teacher gift idea!!

melissa rohr said...

I love EC so this is a great giveaway!! Super excited!

melissa rohr said...

I'm new to EC & I want a Life Planner sooo bad! I want the 'frame me' one, but customized colors of hot pink and black :)

melissa rohr said...

such a hard decision - but I love the Dahlia life planner!

melissa rohr said...

I love the photo collage life planners! I'd love to show off my baby boys :)

melissa rohr said...

I'm drooling over the gold edition. :)

melissa rohr said...

How can I pick just one?!?! Picture this so I could look at my sweet children ... but don't hold me to it! =)

melissa rohr said...

I would buy the whit gold edition

melissa rohr said...

I looooooooove the platinum wedding planner. Now to figure out a way for my SO to propose lol - I mean, it has been almost 4 years!

melissa rohr said...

I love the
2014 life planner -picture this! full frame

melissa rohr said...

I'd love to win the planner :D

melissa rohr said...

Love erin condren planners!! Had one last year for grad school and would love one this year to log breastfeeding and new baby poops ;o)

melissa rohr said...

LOVE (and need) this! The happy stripes planner for sure.

melissa rohr said...

Wow,amazing giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.My favs are happy stripes,candy lace,chevron... so lovely patterns and hard to choose.

Happy New Year!!!!!

melissa rohr said...

gold edition in white sooo pretty

melissa rohr said...

I would get the wild - tan planner!

melissa rohr said...

I would love the Mermaid one too!!!!

melissa rohr said...

I would choose the 2014 life planner -inspire -make the days count :)

melissa rohr said...

I love the taffy planner for it's simplicity!

melissa rohr said...

I love the Purple Gold Edition :)

melissa rohr said...

Favorite things or Collage for sure!

melissa rohr said...

I NEVER WIN ANYTHING!!!! I'm super hopeful for this one! I would LOVE the Floral Photo one! :D

melissa rohr said...

I'd love the Party Pop's Life Planner- They are absolutely amazing and I've been DYING to get one to organize my personal life and my teaching life!!

melissa rohr said...

In love with the gold edition life planners! would love to get one!

melissa rohr said...

If you are a new Erin Condren customer and are interested in ordering, you can use my link to save $10 off your first purchase (you’ll get a code via e-mail after you register).

https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/eringuyton0529