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

Spotlight on Etsy- The Pretty Planner

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It’s time to talk about how to make your planner pretty with the help of the Etsy shop The Pretty Planner.

I ended up drawn to The Pretty Planner for a few reasons:

  1. I was looking for stickers that might help me track my daily social media posts, and she had some stickers that looked like they had potential.
  2. The bright, but not too bright colors I saw on many stickers in the shop.
  3. All of her character stickers.

I found The Pretty Planner after searching specifically for social media stickers that could help me run Diva and the Divine’s accounts a bit better.  Not only did I find cute social media dot stickers (perfectly sized for talking up a small amount of space or creating a chart), but I found an entire rainbow dots themed section in her shop. Gym, errands, laundry, sales, everyday, and social media dots are a few options, but in total there is a page and a half of these cute, colorful, functional little dots to browse.

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Day Designer for Blue Sky Planner at Target Review & Giveaway

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If you’re a planner girl like I am, I’m sure you have heard of the Day Designer planner.  If you know of the Day Designer, you also know it comes with a price tag of nearly $60.  If that’s a little steep for you, today is your lucky day.  What if I told you that a Day Designer was most definitely within your budget and could be found in your Target?  Too good to be true? Maybe, but it’s true nonetheless.  Day Designer teamed up with Blue Sky Designs and Target to offer you a few special versions based on the traditional Day Designer.  While there are several versions available, I’m reviewing one in particular.  The basic info:

  • Hardcover,  8 x 10
  • Monthly and weekly planner with vertical layout
  • Goal setting pages
  • Tabbed months
  • Price tag: $14.99 (!!)

That’s right, I said $14.99!

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Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens Review

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When you hear the words “erasable pen” what do you think of? The image that popped into my head was a really cheap looking, basic Bic pen with blue ink that would hardly write on my piece of notebook paper so it could be easily erased.  I loved the idea, but the quality of the old school erasable pens simply didn’t write well enough to justify having one.  From that time on (I think I was in 8th grade) I was just under the assumption that if a pen was erasable there was no way it would write well enough to be worth having.

These pens completely changed my opinion.

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