Erin Condren Notebooks

I jumped on the Erin Condren bandwagon last year after several friends raved about their planners. I browsed through several of them and spent a lot of time on the EC website before finally deciding to take the plunge!

I have already reviewed the Erin Condren LifePlanner and Teacher Lesson Planner. More recently I purchased two Erin Condren Notebooks. I use both of them for different purposes. The base price for a notebook is $20.00.

You choose your cover design and coil color. There are so many covers to choose from and they all are removable so that you can change them out whenever you want! Several of them have color variations so you can pick your favorite color scheme. Seasonal covers are often added to the collection various times of year. All of them have the option of personalizing with name or other information. The covers that have metallic designs are an additional $5.00. As always, the covers are laminated so that wet erase markers can be used on them. There are 4 coil colors to choose from. I have always picked the platinum coil because it matches the most covers if I decide to change my cover. Several of my friends have said that their colored coils started chipping pretty quickly. The gold, black, and rose coils are an additional $10.00.

You choose size: 7 x 9 inches or 8.5 x 11 inches for an additional $5.00. Then you choose layout: Classic Lined (neutral), Productivity (colorful), or Dot Grid (colorful).

One of my notebooks I am using for sermon notes and prayer requests (size: 7 x 9 inches). customized my cover with my name and favorite scripture reference:

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And I chose the classic lined layout:

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The other notebook I am trying to be more creative with (size: 8.5 x 11 inches). I am using it for journaling, lists, plans, coloring, scrapbooking, etc. This is the first time I have chosen a cover with the metallic look (blue and platinum) and I absolutely love it! This is by far my favorite cover that I have purchased so far! I chose the dot grid layout for this notebook. The photos below will show the various ways I have utilized some of the pages.

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Daily Journaling & Scrapbooking:

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2017 Goals:

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Organization Projects/Checklist:

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Decluttering Tracker:

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Yearly Tracker (using a printable I purchased online):

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Debt Tracker:

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Blog Post Ideas/Checklist:

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I use an assortment of Erin Condren stickers, The Happy Planner stickers (Hobby Lobby), and the washi tape that I have picked up in various stores like Hobby Lobby or Target. Erin Condren has several sticker books ($15.00) and sticker pages ($3.00-$10.00) to choose from.

So far I love my notebooks! The paper is thick like it is in the planners. The customizable covers and sticker assortments available make notebooking fun whatever purpose you are using them for!

I understand that the purchasing an Erin Condren planner or notebook is an investment. It is somewhat costly but I believe that the quality is worth it (more so for the planners vs the notebooks). I most likely will not be purchasing another notebook until I runout of paper in the ones that I have. Even then, I would only purchase them if there was a significant sale/discount on them. I still really like them though!

If you are interested in trying an Erin Condren planner, you can use my referral code to get $10.00 off your first purchase. By doing so, you help me earn credit towards my Erin Condren purchases. After you sign up, you will get your own referral link to share with your friends! Click the following link:

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It is also important to note that there is a long processing time for orders. When you browse the website, there are expected ship dates listed but they are subject to change. When you pay for expedited shipping, you are paying for the actual shipping time not the processing time. So do not expect to receive your order within the same week even if you pay extra for shipping. Keeping all this in mind, I place my orders a month or so in advance of when I actually need to start using them, especially when it comes to ordering anything that is personalized.

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More Erin Condren Reviews:

Erin Condren LifePlanner

Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner

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Do you have an Erin Condren notebook? I would LOVE to see photos of how you use it!

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Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions

This book by Lois Walfrid Johnson is a devotional geared towards middle school aged girls and is a part of the Faithgirlz series. It is divided into 52 sections; one section for each week of the year. Each week has a scripture memory verse, a story, 7 days of journaling prompts with blank space to write, and a prayer. The stories cover a variety of subjects that girls may encounter in middle school: embarrassing moments, mean kids, friendships, boys, modesty, choices, attitude, responsibility, etc.

I like the layout of this book and that there are daily journaling prompts for the entire year. I like that the weeks/days are not actually dated so someone could start this book any time of year. I think that this book would appeal to girls in the middle school stage of life who are wanting to build their Christian faith. The stories are relevant to this age group. Scripture memorization and journaling are encouraged. The correlation between the stories and truths found in scripture are easy to understand and apply to everyday life. My oldest daughter is 10 years old. I think some of the stories are applicable now however many of them are probably more appropriate for an older girl. I plan to keep this book and give it to her later.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKids provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions
By Lois Walfrid Johnson / Zondervan

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Erin Condren Teacher’s Lesson Planner

I jumped on the Erin Condren bandwagon last year after several friends raved about their planners. I browsed through several of them and spent a lot of time on the EC website before finally deciding to take the plunge!

The Erin Condren Teacher’s Lesson Planner was the first EC planner I ever bought. No, I am not a full time teacher. I am a substitute teacher but that does not involve making lesson plans. So why did I get the lesson planner? Glad you asked!

The main reason why I got it was because it is 8.5 x 11 inches which is bigger than the Erin Condren LifePlanner  (7 x 9 inches). There are many customizable options that allows you to make it your own. The base price for this planner is $55.00. Some of the customization options will add to the price.

Like the LifePlanner, the first thing you do is choose your cover design and coil color. There are so many covers to choose from and they all are removable so that you can change them out whenever you want! Several of them have color variations so you can pick your favorite color scheme. Seasonal covers are often added to the collection various times of year. All of them have the option of personalizing with name or other information. The covers that have metallic designs are an additional $5.00. There are 3 coil colors to choose from. I have always picked the platinum coil because it matches the most covers if I decide to change my cover. Several of my friends have said that their colored coils started chipping pretty quickly. The gold and rose coils are an additional $10.00.

Here is the original cover that I ordered:

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The heart cover below is a seasonal cover that was available last year around Valentine’s Day that I bought a month or so after I received my planner. Interchangeable covers cost $8.00-$13.00 when buying them separate from a planner.

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At the time, I also had a lot of responsibility in many areas of life and I wanted a planner that would help me organize all of those areas!

As you continue through the planner you have several pages that are specifically for teachers. I covered the pages that did not apply to me with various printables that I found online. Some of the teacher pages, I did not cover but modified them to meet my needs. There is a 2 page spread of Holidays and Dates to remember. A 2 page spread for keeping track of birthdays. Several pages of absentee logs (I used these for keeping notes). Several pages of graph paper. Then, you have a 2 page spread of plan your year boxes to use as you choose. I used them to keep track of my substitute teaching jobs and paychecks:

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You can choose between colorful or neutral color schemes for the planner. The colorful has colored tabs and the Neutral has black tabs. I chose the colorful scheme.

One thing that I absolutely love about the lesson planner is that you can choose your start month. This is perfect for those who buy planners mid year or for teachers who need to start their planning in July or August.

Here is my January:

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And here is my July:

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I use an assortment of Erin Condren stickers and the washi tape that I have picked up in various stores like Hobby Lobby or Target. Erin Condren has several sticker books ($15.00) and sticker pages ($3.00-$10.00) to choose from. There are customizable event stickers ($2.00-$4.00). I also love the dot stickers ($4.00). The date dot stickers add a pop of color to the neutral scheme or coordinates with the colorful scheme. I like the daily dots for color coding recurring events like dance classes.

Between each month, there is a note page and a quote page.

After the monthly calendars, there are many lesson plan pages. Here is where I got creative to plan my various areas of life! Instead of class subjects, I created categories: Family & Household, Subbing & PAC (Parent Committee), Church & CBS (Bible Study), Blog & Books (Reviews), Norwex Team, and Saturday/Sunday. I started out the year using color coding with different colored pens… but that did not last long! I wish there was an option to have more lesson pages. Having more would be helpful for year round homeschoolers, teachers who have summer school, or people like me who use them year round for other purposes.

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Following the lesson plans are the checklist pages. 7 come with the base price, 14 for $5.00, 21 for 7.50, or 28 for $10.00. I used these pages for keeping track of my Norwex team and other lists I thought of throughout the year.

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Behind the checklist pages there are event sticker sheets, Keep It Together Folder, Sheet Protectors, and a Plan For It Pouch. You can choose how many sheet protectors you want. 1 comes with the base price, 2 for 1.50, or 3 for $3.00. I wish I could have more than 3 sheet protectors. Between my Norwex business, school, and church, I always had more flyers than sheet protectors! These were an awesome way of keeping important pages together in one place allowing me to refer to them quickly whenever needed!

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Overall, I really like my planner! I wish there was an option to have more lesson pages. Having more would be helpful for year round homeschoolers, teachers who have summer school, or people like me who use them year round for other purposes.  This planner definitely meets my organizational need as well as encourages my creative outlet!

I understand that the purchasing an Erin Condren planner is an investment. It is somewhat costly but I believe that the quality is worth it. There are less expensive lesson planners out there but I have not found one that is comparable to this one. I searched high and low for the perfect teacher planner when I homeschooled but I never found one that met all my needs. This one would have been awesome!

If you are interested in trying an Erin Condren planner, you can use my referral code to get $10.00 off your first purchase. By doing so, you help me earn credit towards my Erin Condren purchases. After you sign up, you will get your own referral link to share with your friends! Click the following link:

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It is also important to note that there is a long processing time for orders. When you browse the website, there are expected ship dates listed but they are subject to change. When you pay for expedited shipping, you are paying for the actual shipping time not the processing time. So do not expect to receive your order within the same week even if you pay extra for shipping. Keeping all this in mind, I place my orders a month or so in advance of when I actually need to start using them, especially when it comes to ordering anything that is personalized.

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More Erin Condren Reviews:

Erin Condren LifePlanner

Erin Condren Notebooks

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Do you have an Erin Condren planner? I would LOVE to see photos of your decorated monthly and weekly spreads!

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Erin Condren LifePlanner

I jumped on the Erin Condren bandwagon last year after several friends raved about their planners. I browsed through several of them and spent a lot of time on the EC website before finally deciding to take the plunge!

The LifePlanner is what Erin Condren is known for. It is 7 x 9 inches and has many customizable options that allows you to make it your own. The base price for this planner is $55.00. Some of the customization options will add to the price.

First, you choose your cover design and coil color. There are so many covers to choose from and they all are removable so that you can change them out whenever you want!  Several of them have color variations so you can pick your favorite color scheme. Seasonal covers are often added to the collection various times of year. All of them have the option of personalizing with name or other information. The covers that have metallic designs are an additional $5.00. There are 4 coil colors to choose from. I have always picked the platinum coil because it matches the most covers if I decide to change my cover. Several of my friends have said that their colored coils started chipping pretty quickly. The gold, black, and rose coils are an additional $10.00.

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And here is the inside of the cover, which is perfect for jotting down notes with a wet erase pen (set of 4- $10.00). The back cover of course corresponds with the front and is also removable and laminated:

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As you continue through the planner you have a 2 page spread of 16 mini monthly dated calendars. Then you have a 2 page spread of 12 blank boxes to use as you choose. I use them to list all of the birthdays and anniversaries I need to remember. It makes it easier for me to have them all in one place! I hold together all of the months that have passed with an Erin Condran elastic band (set of 3- $7.00). I use one to keep my whole planner held together as well!

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Between each month, there is a lined note page and a watercolor quote page.  This is the spread between January and February. 16106034_10211878932237827_7727129935987594933_n

You can also choose between colorful or neutral color schemes for the planner. The colorful has colored tabs and the Neutral has black tabs. I chose the neutral but as you can see above there are still splashes of color throughout.

You also choose your weekly spread: horizontal, vertical, and hourly. This time I chose hourly:

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Before the weekly spreads, there is a monthly spread. Here is my January:

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I use an assortment of Erin Condren stickers and the washi tape that I have picked up in various stores like Hobby Lobby or Target. Erin Condren has several sticker books ($15.00) and sticker pages ($3.00-$10.00) to choose from. There are customizable event stickers ($2.00-$4.00). I also love the dot stickers ($4.00). The date dot stickers add a pop of color to the neutral scheme or coordinates with the colorful scheme. I like the daily dots for color coding recurring events like dance classes.

The planner also comes with a Keep It Together Folder, Plan For It Pouch, Four Event Sticker Sheets, and a Snap In bookmark.

Overall, I really like my planner! I anticipated needing my hourly weekly spread much more than I actually do. Depending on how much I actually use the weekly spreads this year will depend on if I choose it again next year. I am interested in trying the vertical spread at some point. This planner definitely meets my organizational need as well as encourages my creative outlet!

I understand that the purchasing an Erin Condren planner is an investment. It is somewhat costly but I believe that the quality is worth it. There are less expensive planners out there that are comparable. So it ends up being a personal decision as to what you prefer.

If you are interested in trying an Erin Condren planner, you can use my referral code to get $10.00 off your first purchase. By doing so, you help me earn credit towards my Erin Condren purchases. After you sign up, you will get your own referral link to share with your friends! Click the following link:

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It is also important to note that there is a long processing time for orders. When you browse the website, there are expected ship dates listed but they are subject to change. When you pay for expedited shipping, you are paying for the actual shipping time not the processing time. So do not expect to receive your order within the same week even if you pay extra for shipping. Keeping all this in mind, I place my orders a month or so in advance of when I actually need to start using them, especially when it comes to ordering anything that is personalized.

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More Erin Condren Reviews:

Erin Condren Notebooks

Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner

*****

Do you have an Erin Condren planner? I would LOVE to see photos of your decorated monthly and weekly spreads!

(Be sure to edit out any personal information before posting photos).

My 2017 Goals!

Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, which most often are broken, last year I decided to make a list of Goals. Goals may change throughout the year or they may carry over to the next year. Still, they can be a reminder of the direction I would like to see my life go in the next twelve months. Due to unforeseen circumstances (surprise pregnancy and related health issues), most of my 2016 goals went to the back burner of my life. This year I have  again made 10 personal goals for my life. They are not listed in any particular order and I have made most of them vague. Not being completely strict in my goal setting will allow for some flexibility and will allow for some grace should things not go exactly as planned.

  1. Journal daily

  2. Read my Bible more frequently.

  3. Spend more quality time with my husband and children.

  4. Increase my Norwex business.

  5. Organize and purge my house.

  6. Keep up with book reviews for publishers.

  7. Budget monthly.

  8. Finish craft projects.

  9. Try something new.

  10. Keep a prayer journal.

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What are your top goals this year? Post them in the comments!

The Beginner’s Bible (Updated 2016)

This book was first published by ZonderKids in 1989. It has been a favorite among households with young children. The old version has beautiful, colorful, and engaging illustrations. This updated version has the same illustrations but they have been transformed into three-dimensional art. 15541995_10211632981809220_344271054706927781_n

(Left: old version. Right: updated 2016 version.)

The stories are exactly the same in both versions. Over 90 stories divided between the old and new testaments.

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I remember my younger brother and sister receiving The Beginner’s Bible when they were toddlers. I loved reading it to them. Our family loved this book! When my first daughter was born, we received a copy of it. If it had not been given to us, I would have definitely bought it myself. The illustrations are eye-catching and perfect for younger children. The stories are easy to read for beginners.

However, I personally prefer the previous version instead of the updated version when it comes to the illustrations. In my opinion, this is a classic example of when newer is not always better. The pages in the updated version are thicker and shinny but I think that the 2D illustrations in the older version are more crisp. Here is a side by side comparison (Top: old version. Bottom: updated 2016 version.):

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Whatever your illustration preferences, I definitely recommend The Beginner’s Bible for any household or church library!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKids provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The Beginner’s Bible, New and Updated Edition 2016
By Zondervan / Zondervan

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A Man Who Told Us The Truth

This book by Will Davis Jr. is an examination of the life of Jesus Christ and the claims he made. The book covers the Truth about Truth, God, Your Father, Evil, Love, Death & Heaven, Religion, Himself [Jesus Christ]). The author wrote this book as if it were a conversation with the reader; not only truths from scripture but also sharing personal experiences from his life. He attempts to answer questions about Jesus that a seeker may have. At the end of each chapter there are “Points For Pondering” which include questions for the reader to consider and answer.

It took awhile for me to get through this book… mainly because it is harder for me to read non-fiction. As with any non-fiction book that explores the truths of scripture, I try to read with caution. Overall, I found that this author did a good job of portraying who Jesus is and scripture accurately. The parts that I did not necessarily agree with were more matters of opinion than essential doctrine. There were several observations that the author mentions that I never had considered before. This is definitely a thought provoking book. I know of several people who would find this book interesting.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that the publisher provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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A Man Who Told Us the Truth
By Will Davis, Jr. / Sangre de Cristo

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