Erin Condren 2017-2018 Life Planner Review

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, it’s obviously not Christmas season, but for planner addicts everywhere it certainly feels like it is.  It is time for the new 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner releases! I know, it feels like we just got our 2017 planners, but there’s no rest for those that plan ahead.  This year is the 10th anniversary of the Erin Condren Life Planner, which is so impressive! I’ve been an EC fan since my first planner in 2013, and I’ve had one ever since. Throughout the years I’ve seen many changes and improvements made to the beautiful life planner, and this year is no different. While the general idea behind the bright and colorful Life Planner is the same, there are so many new options that allow many people to make this planner what they want it to be. Let’s take a look and dive into the 2017-2018 Erin Condren Life Planner.  

There are SO many options for personalizing your planner this year. Here’s the breakdown:

2 Color Schemes: Colorful or Neutral

3 Layouts: Vertical, Horizontal, & Hourly

4 Coil Color Options: Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, or Black

Cover options: Interchangeable, personalized covers with 12 new classic designs and 3 new metallic designs (with multiple color options in each) or  a non-removable, leather-like luxe color option with 3 color choices (light taupe, sapphire, and black), the same coil options, and 4 (3 letter only) personalization options (blind print, silver, gold, or rose gold)

Brand new this year is the HARDBOUND Life Planner.  It comes in 4 colors (each color book has a different color and theme inside) and 2 sizes.  5 x 8 (horizontal only)  & 8 x 11 (vertical layout only).  

I think that covers the basic idea of what’s available.  I got my hands on a vertical layout, colorful Life Planner, so that’s what you’ll see more of below.  However, you can see pictures of everything else on the Erin Condren website.

What’s New?

First, and quite possibly the biggest change, is the paper upgrade that all Life Planners received this year.   This year EC used Mohawk paper company to put thicker 80# paper in our planners, giving us a more sturdy page with less pen bleedthrough.  The tabbed pages are also thicker and no longer require plastic reinforcements at the binding.  A small detail, but worth noting.  Read more

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box | Spring 2017

Starting this year Erin Condren decided to put out a seasonal mystery box full of exclusives, sneak peeks, and product favorites.  The catch is you don’t know what is in the box until it shows up at your door.  By the time you start seeing posts on Instagram or on YouTube, the box has long since been sold out and you wouldn’t be able to get your hands on it anyway, so you have to be willing to fork over the moolah and hope for the best. The box costs $35 and ships free in the USA.  I didn’t get the winter box, but I decided to take the plunge for spring.  Curious as to what is inside?  Read on!

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“Wicked Fun” with Erin Condren

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While I don’t have enough space, cash, or desire to throw a giant Halloween bash, I love celebrating seasons and holidays, and Halloween is no exception.  I have a few decorations out, some spooky treats in the kitchen, and some of the latest Halloween goodies from Erin Condren in my office.  Only EC could make Halloween fun and functional. 

For those of you that don’t know, my all time favorite musical is Wicked. Wicked centers around Elphaba (more commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda from the Wizard of Oz starting before the events that we know from the movie.  It’s brilliantly written, the music is incredible, and I’ve been hooked for years. To say I’m obsessed is putting it lightly. When I lived at my parent’s house, I color matched my bedroom to the musical’s poster.  My college senior recital was titled “Defying Gravity,” and I even got a lime green Ford Fiesta before it was cool (ok..it might not ever be cool, but there are definitely a lot more of them around now) because it was the perfect shade of “Elphaba green.”  See? Obsessed!

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When I saw one of the Halloween releases from Erin Condren had Wicked written on it, I knew I had to have the collection, so I picked up a few (okay..all) of the “Wicked Fun” items EC offered to give my office a little bit of a Halloween flair.  

My Life Planners both got makeovers to stay current with the holiday, and while my blog planner is sporting last year’s October cover, my personal planner is sporting the new “Wicked Fun” cover in my favorite wicked colors: Elphaba green (aka to the rest of the world as lime green) and good old black. 

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I have been obsessed with the bound journals that EC released this year, so when I saw “Wicked fun” was offered as a journal cover as well, it went into the cart in the same custom colors as my ECLP cover.  This journal proudly bears a quote from my favorite song in the musical, “Defying Gravity.”  Not only does the journal make me smile, but it’s great for writing down my ideas for various Halloween festivities.  

While my planners and notebooks rarely leave the office, the EC Halloween offerings can be used in other parts of the holiday too.  

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For some baked goods to serve at a party (or just to myself and the Mister), I had my sister (who is the baker at Deanna’s Delights) make and frost some yummy, festive cupcakes for my acrylic tray. While many people don’t necessarily think of purple as a Halloween color, I find it goes perfectly with my “Wicked Fun” acrylic tray insert from EC. I customized the colors so they felt a little more “Wicked the musical” and less wicked witch with the giant wart on her nose, and the purple and orange treats matched perfectly.  

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Holiday Tip: Add a few drops of food dye to your frosting or cake batter for an extra festive feel.  You can give something as simple as boxed cake and canned frosting that extra special flare. 

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EC also has a gift label for every occasion, and Halloween is no exception. I decided on some with the bats to complete my Halloween collection, and they’re perfect for labeling the cookies I’d love to give to friends for the holiday. All you need is a clear plastic bag and delicious treats to put in them. Ta da! A cute, personal Halloween treat.  

As with most EC products, the personalization and customization of their products is practically limitless, and Halloween is no exception.  If you want to get your hands on these wicked fun goodies before they fly away, you should head to the site and order soon.  First-time customers can rel=”nofollow” sign up using this link and get a coupon for $10 off their order.  

What are some of your Halloween party or home decor tips? 

*I was sent these products in collaboration with Erin Condren, but all opinions are my own. Using my referral link also grants me $10 credit to EC.  Thanks for supporting my obsession and my blog*

2017 Erin Condren Life Planner & Accessories

The 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner Walkthrough and Review

The countdown is almost over and planner addicts everywhere are on the edge of their seats waiting for this moment.  The launch of the Erin Condren 2017 Life Planner is tomorrow!  I’m here to tell you a but about hat you can expect from the updates to the planner and some of the new accessories. 

As you probably know, one of the many joys of getting an ECLP is that you have options to choose from like what cover you want, how you want it personalized, and even what layout you want the insides to have.  This year, there are more ways to customize your ECLP than ever.  Read more

NEW Recollections Planner Inserts at Michaels

Recollection Inserts

By now there’s a chance you have heard that Michael’s stores have brand new planners and planner inserts by Recollections showing up in store.  I happened to see a fellow YouTuber’s video when she saw them in store, and I knew I had to hunt them down.  I managed to find the Recollections planner display in a store not too far away (they seem to be rolling out now, but aren’t available everywhere yet) and while I looked through all of the insert options, I decided to only purchase a few that were the most relevant to me at this moment: Goals, Inspiration, and To Do’s. I didn’t get any of the planners because I currently use my Erin Condren Life Planner and I have a personal sized Filofax Malden, so I didn’t need one.  Although, since the planners are only $19.99 and it’s easy to get a 40% off Michaels coupon, I’m sure I’ll own one at some point.  Read more

Spring Cleaning the Pantry in 5 Easy Steps

Spring Cleaning Pantry

Spring cleaning is upon us, and I’m walking through various areas of my home and getting things decluttered, cleaned out, and organized.  The pantry seems to be one of those magical places where, no matter how hard I try, it becomes a twilight zone of random (usually expired) forgotten about granola bars, baking mixes, old holiday candy, and a can or two that was purchased ages ago.  While I’m trying to get better about regularly checking the pantry to make sure I use up what I have, it’s easier said than done. I decided that a clean slate was necessary.  Here’s how I went through my pantry and got it all cleaned out. Read more

Spring Cleaning For Your Computer

A few spring cleaning tips to get your digital life a little more organized.

When we think about spring cleaning we tend to think about tackling major cleaning projects in every room of the house.  This is all well and good, but sometimes we forget the “little” spring cleaning projects that could actually make a huge difference in the tidiness of our lives.  I don’t know about you, but when things are clean and tidy, it effects my mood in a huge way.  I’m more productive and ultimately happier and less stressed in a neat environment.  As a blogger, I am glued to my computer screen a lot.  This screen is my workspace for several hours on most days, so it dawned on me that “spring cleaning” my computer should be an essential part of the tidying up that happens this time of year. With a cleaner desktop, more organized files, and more free space, I feel a lot better knowing my computer is cleaner.  Here are a few of the things I did to spring clean my computer. Read more

New TakeNote Journals |Erin Condren Sneak Peek

New from Erin Condren: TakeNote Journals! Bound and beautiful.

I am so thrilled to have the chance to tell you about the latest and greatest from one of my favorite brands, Erin Condren.  You all know that I am in love with my Life Planner, but my love for the brand goes even deeper than that.  I love using EC products all over my office for many different things, and that includes notebooks, so I was elated when I found out the notebooks were getting a facelift as well as a new family member. 

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the new, coming soon, TakeNote Journals. One look at this beauty and I was instantly smitten.  Lets discuss what the new and exciting notebooks and journals have in store for us.   Read more

Everyday with Erin Condren

Everyday Erin CondrenIf you are into planners or organization at all, there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard of Erin Condren.  This brand is taking their niche world by storm.  It’s no surprise to any of my readers or Instagram followers that I am in a serious relationship with my Erin Condren Life Planner.  She is my schedule, a creative outlet, a list keeper…she’s my baby.  Undoubtedly, when someone hears the name Erin Condren, their mind automatically goes to the Life Planner.  I want to expand your horizons just a little bit.  There is an entire world of Erin Condren products out there besides the Life Planner.  While many of the products are great for using with your LP, they also have many stand alone purposes. Let’s explore.

Every Day With Erin Condren

If you take time to check out the EC website, you’ll notice the multitude of products outside of the one tab specifically for the Life Planners. Notebooks, calendars, home decor items, organizational items, and more flood your screen with endless possibilities for every day use.  Here are a few ways I use my Erin Condren Products every single day.

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Erin Condren 1000 Subscriber Giveaway

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I’ve been wanting to do a little something special for my readers for awhile now, and I’ve had this up my sleeve for a few weeks. The other day I looked at my YouTube channel and discovered that I had hit the 1000 subscriber mark.  Happy day!  To celebrate this milestone for the Diva and the Divine Youtube channel, I’m doing a big Erin Condren giveaway!  Woo Hoo!!

I’m sure you’re probably wondering what is in this awesome giveaway.  Here’s what the winner of the giveaway will get.  It’s perfect for starting or enhancing your Erin Condren collection: Read more