2016-2017 Erin Condren Life Planner – Preview and Coupon Code

Coupon Code: Using my referral link and creating an account on Erincondren.com will earn you a $10 coupon code to use on your first order Every June, Erin Condren launches their new Life Planners and they are launching today!!!  Every year I am so excited to see the new covers.

2016 Erin Condren Life Planner

2016 Erin Condren Life Planner

Last year I switched from the vertical layout to the horizontal one.  I never posted a review of that, (because life got in the way) but will this summer.  I decided to repost the review I did of my original life planner today in case anyone is trying to decide if the planner is right for you and if it’s worth the money.  If you have any questions not answered here, let me know.

Erin Condren Life Planner 15 Month Review

In October 2013, I purchased an Erin Condren Life Planner.  I was so anxious to start using it that I ordered the 15 month planner so I could get going and wouldn’t have to wait for January 1.  You can check out my initial review here. Here’s my review of how it’s holding up 15 months later.  I reviewed how I was using the planner 4 months into it and really nothing has changed.  If you would like to see how I use the planner, you can read about that here. For this review I decided to stick with how well the planner lasted for the 15 months I had it.  Erin Condren Life Planners start at $50 and that’s quite an investment so I wanted to review if the Life Planner will hold up for one year (or in my case, longer). First, let me preface that all damage to my Erin Condren Life Planner so far is my own fault and is above and beyond normal wear and tear.

Erin Condren Life Planner - 15 Months Later

Erin Condren Life Planner – 15 Months Later

Looking at the outside of the Erin Condren Life Planner, it still looks good.  The coreners are not bent and there’s no real damage to the cover.  I am ROUGH on my planner.  It gets shoved in and out of my work bag and diaper bag, it gets thrown on the kitchen counter and the front seat of the car.  This planner has taken a beating and still looks almost as nice as when I first got it.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Full of

Erin Condren Life Planner – Full of “Stuff”

My Erin Condren Life Planner is always full of “stuff”.  It might be receipts I don’t want to lose, an important email, or just pictures from the kids that they want me to take to work with me.  There’s always “stuff” in it and I am so happy to write that the pile of “stuff” hasn’t made the cover crack or bend at all.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Front Cover Scratches

Erin Condren Life Planner – Front Cover Scratches

If you click on the picture above, you will see that there are some scratches on the front cover.  They are really minimal and don’t impact the look of the cover at all.  For something that’s been tossed around every day for 15 months, I am really surprised there aren’t more scratches.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Water Damage

Erin Condren Life Planner – Water Damage

Because my Life Planner gets tossed in my bag it’s sometimes exposed to rain…or a leaky water bottle.  There is some water damage on the tabbed side of the planner.  This is my own fault and it never made the planner unusable, but you can see that there’s some bleed through of ink on some pages.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Water Damage

Erin Condren Life Planner – Water Damage

I like to use the Papermate Flair Pens which you can find in most office supply sections and on Amazon.  They are colorful, easy to write with and do not bleed through the pages.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Water Damage

Erin Condren Life Planner – Water Damage

Of course, if you spill water on it, almost anything will bleed through🙂

Erin Condren Life Planner - Water Damage

Erin Condren Life Planner – Tabs

Even though it’s the tabbed side of my Life Planner that is damaged, the tabs themselves are still in great shape.  The water never damaged them and the only damage is that the bottom row is very slightly bent from my shoving the planner into my bag.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Binding 15 Months Later

Erin Condren Life Planner – Binding 15 Months Later

I am truly amazed that the coil has never bent or gotten unraveled to the point where it would catch on anything.  I’ve had that happen with cheap notebooks a lot and really expected that it would happen with this.  The coil is STRONG and when it gets caught on something it does not start to unwind or bend.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Stickers 15 Months Later

Erin Condren Life Planner – Stickers 15 Months Later

Each Erin Condren Life Planner comes with stickers.  I still have quite a few stickers left.  On the first page it’s because I had purchased personalized stickers so I didn’t need many more birthday stickers.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Stickers 15 Months Later

Erin Condren Life Planner – Stickers 15 Months Later

On this sticker page, there’s quite a few left because they are “mani/pedi”, “concert” and “sale”.  Those are either things I don’t do or wouldn’t write in the Life Planner.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Blank Stickers

Erin Condren Life Planner – Blank Stickers

Each Life Planner also comes with blank stickers.  All of the  included stickers are still in great shape because they are bound into the book.  Since they aren’t being taken in/out every time you want to use them, they really don’t take any wear and tear.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Personalized Stickers 15 Months Later

Erin Condren Life Planner – Personalized Stickers 15 Months Later

My personalized sheet of stickers shows a lot more wear.  This is not bound into the Life Planner.  I kept my stickers in the Keep It Together pocket.  You can see that over time the sheet started to bend.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Color Transfer

Erin Condren Life Planner – Color Transfer

The page opposite the Keep It Together pocket has had some color transfer onto it.   But, since this isn’t a page with any purpose (it’s just a blank page), it doesn’t effect the usability of the Life Planner.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Torn Keep It Together Pocket

Erin Condren Life Planner – Torn Keep It Together Pocket

My Keep It Together Pocket was attacked by an 18 month old shortly after getting the Life Planner.  A little tape has held it together well over the last year.  and the rest of the pocket hasn’t bent or gotten worn out even though I do use it to store papers.

Erin Condren Life Planner - Zip Lock Pocket 15 Months Later

Erin Condren Life Planner – Zip Lock Pocket 15 Months Later

Lastly, the Zip Lock Pocket in the back of the Life Planner holds my pens and labels.  I thought that by now the pocket would be hard to keep closed (I open it at least once a day), but it still works as well as it did when I first got the Life Planner. Final Thoughts: I love the organization of the Erin Condren Life Planner, but even more I love that it has really held up to my very rough treatment of it.  I think that for next year, I am going to invest in a Carry All Clutch to keep it from getting so messed up from the rain or a spilled drink in my bag.  I already purchase a Life Planner for 2015 and can’t wait to use it! Do you have an Erin Condren Life Planner?  I’d love to hear which you have and what you think about it. ~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ I think I just took my longest break from blogging ever!  Life has been unbelievably crazy around here this year, so we’ve basically been just trying to get through the days.  In December my husband left his job to start a new career and is back in school for this month.  He was always home to pick the girls up after school and make dinner, so now we are adjusting to me being the first one home at 5:30 ish and fitting everything in that we need/want to do at night.

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~ I’ve had a cold now for 6 weeks.  I’ve tried over the counter medicines, vitamin c…. nothing is helping me kick this.  Any ideas?  I’ve been slacking on my challenge group for healthy eating and exercise because of the cold, but I’m determined to crush it next time.  This salad looks really good!  IMG_8105

~ I placed my first order from PeaPod from Stop and Shop today.  It will be here on Saturday, so I’ll let you know how it goes.  There’s just no time and something had to give, so I gladly gave up grocery shopping.🙂  Plus, it was so much easier to comparison shop for the cheapest items when I was doing it online instead of in the store. IMG_8106

~ Ella and I are obsessed with the Great British Baking Show.  It’s such a fun show to watch! IMG_8108

~ Ella has a front tooth that’s super loose.  She’s really hoping to lose it at school because they get their name on a board in the nurse’s office and get a little container for the tooth.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her!

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Another week without posting!  This past week was crazier than the week before – work’s crazy, home is crazy… it’s all crazy!  But, the Koala Crate, Kiwi Crate, Doodle Crate, Trendsend and Stitch Fix reviews will be posted in the next week.

~ We did so much this past weekend:

Roller Skating

Roller Skating

The girls went roller skating for the first time at the place where I went to skating parties as a kid.  They did a great job – Ava took off in her skates!  We will definitely be doing more skating – especially since I found out I don’t need to wear them to be on the floor with the girls🙂

Roller Skating

Roller Skating

Story time with Santa

Story time with Santa

We also went to story time with Santa at An Unlikely Story.  I really wish it was closer to us, the event was fabulous.  Santa read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.  The girls had a lot of fun.

Lights at the KOA

Lights at the KOA

And finally, we went to see Christmas Lights at the local KOA.  If you have a Hulafrog for your area, it’s definitely worth signing up for the emails and following it on Facebook even if you don’t have kids.  They list free and cheap activities in the area for kids, but some are great even for adults.  The cabins were decorated by local organizations and businesses and it was only $1 per carload to check everything out.

Lights at the KOA

Lights at the KOA

~ I have all my Christmas shopping done, now it’s time to get everything wrapped and mailed!

~ I’ve been sticking with my 21 Day Fitness/Healthy Eating Challenge on Facebook and I’m so glad I have.  After two weeks of no weight loss, I’m finally seeing some results on the scale!  I know without this challenge I wouldn’t have stuck with it as long as I have.

~ I am loving The Great Holiday Baking Show on ABC and now Ella is totally hooked!  We’ve watched each episode together quite a few times.

 

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

 

~ I can’t believe it’s been a whole week since I last posted!!!  Work has been crazy busy, last weekend was filled with activities and the kiddos have been off the wall with Christmas excitement🙂

~ I think all of my Christmas shopping is now done.  The last box should arrive tomorrow.

~ I’ve been doing a 21 Day Challenge on Facebook.  It’s run by Beachbody coaches but you don’t need to be doing a Beachbody program to participate.  Each day I need to post a healthy meal/snack and my workout.  Yesterday I had to drink half my body weight in ounces in water.  Now my Facebook feed is filled with pictures like these:

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and while my weight is still completely stuck, I have been sticking with the 21 Day Fix eating and workouts.  So, I’d say this is a win.

~ I’m excited and sad for Survivor to end next week – it’s been an amazing season.  These guys are pushing so hard to win.

~ I’ll be getting caught up on reviews, so be on the lookout for reviews of Trendsend by Evereve and Kiwi Crate , Doodle Crate and Koala Crate Christmas ornaments.

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Thursday Thoughts

 

TTGood-copyI’m again linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for her Thursday Thoughts link-up.

~ Let the Christmas craziness begin!!!  I feel like it was just Halloween and now it’s December.  I have no idea what happened to November.  I have so much Christmas stuff I want to do with the girls and there’s just not enough weekend between now and Christmas.

 

~ Tonight is our town’s Christmas tree lighting, I have my work holiday party Friday night and on Saturday is our town’s Christmas celebration.  Ella will be walking in the parade and performing with her dance school.  She is beyond excited!

~ I think I have my Christmas shopping almost done except the photo gifts I hope to get done on Sunday.  Now I just have to wait for Amazon to fill my orders🙂  I’ve mostly stayed away from the Lightning Deals but couldn’t resist helping Santa by grabbing this yesterday.

~ I am the room mother for Ava’s preschool class and need to come up with a gift the kid’s can create at home and send in for the teacher (some classes make a book or a calendar).  Any suggestions??? I’ve tried looking on Pinterest but so far I haven’t found anything I really like, but I need to get it sent home on Tuesday so there’s plenty of time for the families to get them done.

 

What’s on your mind this week?

~Elizabeth

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Trendsend by Evereve to Charge Styling Fee

Starting Monday, December 14 all Trendsend by Evereve boxes will be charged a $20 styling fee.  This will be deducted from your order if you keep any items.

What do you think of these changes?

~Elizabeth

 

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Currently…

I’m linking up with Becky at Choose Happy for her Currently post.

Reading… Shopaholic to the Stars.  I like easy, fun reads most of the time, so I just downloaded this to my Kindle from the library to read again.

Celebrating… two more pounds lost!  I finished almost one week of 21 Day Fix and then Thanksgiving arrived🙂  I got back on track today and am part of an accountability group on Facebook, so I’m really excited for the next three weeks.

Decorating…  for Christmas!  All the decorations went up over the weekend and now it’s time to wrap the gifts!!!

 

~ Elizabeth

 

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