Category: Organization

FREE PRINTABLE Inspirational Stickers for Erin Condren Life Planner

InspirationalStickersTitleHave I mentioned how much I love the Erin Condren Life Planner? I love the flexibility, the SPACE (there’s TONS), the fact that I can look at my entire week and month to see what’s going on, and that I can use STICKERS! The calendar on my iPhone won’t let me use fun stickers and washi tape. Don’t get me wrong, my paper planner can’t send me reminders, but I can live with that. If you take a look every day, you don’t need reminders to pop up. ūüėČ

I use all kinds of stickers and washi in my planner, and I’ve started making my own stickers to fit my needs. I recently went back to school, so I have stickers with my classes and times, as well as “Homework”, “Study”, “Test”, and important dates to remember. More on those later.

I also created fun inspirational stickers to add in, with my favorite quotes and motivational sayings. These are sized perfectly to fit in the weekly view boxes in the Life Planner, and are a great reminder to stay motivated. Some weeks I really need it!

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So, since they’ve helped me so much, I decided to offer my Inspirational Sticker Sheet FREE for you to download! All you have to do is download, print, cut, and add adhesive to stick them in your planner. I cut them all apart, then run them through my Xyron sticker maker with repositionable adhesive (just in case I need to move the stickers).InspirationalStickers

Go ahead, Download Now! You’re welcome.

If you like these, be sure to check out my shop for more great stickers that are perfect for your ECLP. Don’t have a planner¬†yet? Go here to sign up and get $10 off your first Erin Condren purchase!

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Fun Finds Friday: The Erin Condren Life Planner

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I’ve always been a paper planner kind of girl. I just love paper. I posted a while back about creating my own blog planner, and I am still excited about¬†that thing (I just need to use it!). In that post I mentioned about creating my own personal daily planner, but that hasn’t happened yet. Then, just recently, I discovered the Erin Condren Life Planners, and I’m kind of obsessed. This planner looks exactly like what I would have created for myself! It’s like it came from my brain, it’s that scary.

It is a little pricey, starting at $50, but there are so many ways to customize the planner to fit your needs. I love looking at how others are using their planners – just search for #erincondren on Instagram or Pinterest, and you’ll see thousands of different ways people are using them. From daily planners, to fitness tracking, to meal planning – so many options. All of the washi tape and cute stickers just make me go ooohh¬†and ahhhh¬†constantly.

In spite of the price, I do plan on buying one very soon. I just can’t resist all of the cuteness! These planners are so pretty and cheerful, how could I not use it?

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Menu Plan Monday: February 24 – March 1, 2014

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It’s a new week! After last week’s non-posting, boring, lazy week, I decided that this week I need to get back into things and stay on track. Tonight I’m going to crack open my fancy blog planner and plan out the rest of this week. Really! I will, I swear. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll even stick to my meal plan.

Now, on to this week’s menu!

February 24 – March 1

  • Monday: Bacon Cheeseburger Puffs – love these!
  • Tuesday: Beef Enchiladas
  • Wednesday: Fish Sticks and French Fries – soccer/yoga class night, so we need something quick and simple
  • Thursday: Honey Garlic Pork Chops
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza (Pizza/Movie Night!)
  • Saturday: leftovers¬†
  • Sunday: Crockpot Roast with yeast rolls

What are you cooking up this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: February 10 – 16, 2014

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I’ve been terrible at sticking to my plan. I admit. I’m great at making a plan, but sticking to it is another thing entirely. I am trying to get back on track, though. Last week I went to Sam’s and stocked up, so we should be good. I found some great prices on meat – I love it when the meat is “Reduced for Quick Sale”. Those are my favorite stickers to find! I found ground sirloin and ground chuck for $2.54 a pound! So I bought almost 10 pounds. I really need to get a second freezer so I can really stock up when I see those prices.

For this week, there are a few meals that were on the schedule for last week that we didn’t actually do, so we’re trying again.

Now, on to this week’s menu!

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What are you cooking up this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: February 3 – 9, 2014

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Last week was crazy! There was madness here in the Atlanta Metro when we were hit with a major snowstorm¬†that basically shut down the entire region. Yes, I know it was only 2 inches, but it turned to ice and…well, I’m not going to get into it. Anyway, because of it, everything was topsy-turvy and I didn’t really stick to last week’s plan. But we ate, we played in the snow, we slept in, and we had tons of fun.

Now, on to this week’s menu!

February 3 – 9

What are you cooking up this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: January 27 – February 2, 2014

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If this week’s menu looks a little familiar, it’s because it’s kind of a mish-mash from things I didn’t make over the last two weeks. Oops! We veered a bit and I didn’t end up making everything that I had planned, but that happens sometimes. I had to plan a leftovers night midweek because the fridge is going to fill up fast, this week. And that is a good thing!

Now, on to this week’s menu!

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  • Monday: Cheeseburger Meatloaf / Mashed Potatoes / Asparagus
  • Tuesday: Shannon’s Easy Beef Enchiladas – check back tomorrow for the recipe!
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: Butternut Squash Soup / Grilled Cheese
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza (Pizza/Movie Night!)
  • Saturday: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, with shredded chicken from the crockpot
  • Sunday: Football Party Food! Meatballs and cheese dip are planned, so far…

What are you cooking up this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: January 20 – 26, 2014

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My husband has been asking me to make more soups for a while now, but generally the only soup I attempt is chili. And I have to admit, I think I make a mean chili. At least the kids eat it, so that’s a score in my book! A couple of weeks ago, I decided to attempt to make Tomato Bisque. It was cold outside, and a warm creamy soup sounded delightful. So, I gave it a shot, and it was a big hit! I’ll be adding that one to the menu again soon, so stay tuned for the recipe and pictures! After my success with the bisque, I decided to try butternut squash. I’ll be sure to post how it turned out!

Now, on to this week’s menu!

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What are you cooking up this week?

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Menu Plan Monday: January 13 – 19, 2014

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Menu planning is something I started a little over 2 years ago in order to help with the crazy weeknight routine. At that time, both my husband and I were working full-time jobs, both kids were in daycare all day, and we were spending way too much money on take-out and pizza. Something had to give! It was so nice to come home from work and not have to worry about what we were going to eat, where we were going to get it, or how much money it would take.

Now that I’m no longer working outside of the home, I have more time for cooking, but the budget is more of a concern. Planning out each week’s menu is a huge help when you’re working with a budget. I typically do all of the shopping for the week on one trip, whereas I used to pop into the store after work up to 4 times a week to get what we needed, spending more money each trip. If you plan your menu around what’s on sale at the stores, you can save even more money, but I’m still working up to that.

Now, on to this week’s menu!

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Getting Organized: My New Blog Planner

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When I decided to start blogging again with a new blog and everything, I decided I was going to do it right and be organized from the get-go. I’m working on setting goals and planning things better in order to be more successful. So, I decided I needed a nifty blog planner. The search began.

If you’ve ever looked on Pinterest for a Blog Planner, you’ll know what I mean when I saw “Holy Cow!”. There are lots of free printables out there, all beautifully designed and useful…and did I mention FREE? Lots of bloggers have a hard time finding a planner that works for them, so they design their own, then offer it for free to other bloggers. I love this.

After clicking through and checking out quite a few different planners, I finally found on that spoke to me: The 2014 Monthly Blog Planner from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

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Isn’t it pretty? I’m so tickled with how it turned out. I pretty much stuck with how it was laid out; there’s the month-at-a-glance calendar, and a page for each month to keep track of stats, jot down notes and ideas, and inspiring websites.

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There are also entire sections devoted to Giveaways & Reviews, Advertising, and Brainstorming & Notes. I printed lots of the Notes pages so I wouldn’t have to use a separate notebook to jot ideas down (I have about 5 different notebooks I use regularly, because I can never seem to find the one I’m looking for!).

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I did add a few other pages from A Well Crafted Party: tracking sheets for blog finances, sponsors, affiliates, and collaborations.That’s what I love about putting together my own planner: I can add other pages I need, and leave out the pages I don’t.

So, once I determined which pages I wanted, and figured out the placement, I printed them all out on my printer. Next time I do something like this, I’ll use a heavier stock of paper, but other than that, I think it turned out great. I also added some divider pages that I printed on cardstock. Then I put everything together, and stuffed it all in a manila folder.

In her original post, Erica of Confessions of a Homeschooler mentioned that she took her printed planner to Staples to have it bound. AWESOME idea. I took my folder to the Staples Copy and Print Center and had my planner bound with a navy blue spiral coil, and also added a clear front cover and a nice rigid back cover, also in navy blue. Love.It. It looks so professional, and I’m almost giddy with excitement. Can you tell I like office products? Best part? The binding and covers only cost a little over $4.

While I was at Staples, I picked up Post-It Tabs to label the sections. Super easy, and it’ll make everything easier to find.

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I’m so excited to use this planner throughout the year! Hopefully it’ll keep me on track, and help me to stay motivated to keep blogging.

Erica also has a complete 2014 Daily Planner that I purchased, and will be putting that together soon! I’m excited about that one, too.