On Comparing Planners – Erin Condren vs. Plum Paper

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There are tons of digital ways to plan and schedule life these days. And, contrary to what you might think, I would LOVE to go digital in my planning. I really would! In fact, I used to BE a digital planner…until that fateful day when my computer calendar didn’t sync with my email or my phone, and I didn’t realize it. Well, I didn’t realize it until I had already missed two meetings and let down an excellent client. At that point, I decided to trust good ol’ pen and paper once more, and, no matter how much wishful digital planning thinking I do, I just can’t get past the fact that a sync might not happen once more. I just can’t do it.

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So, a couple years back, I decided that, if I was going to do old-fashioned pen and paper planner, I wanted it to be fun and pretty and colorful! I wanted to be able to mark important events in style, and sometimes use the planner as more of a journal when it came to specific events. In lieu of all that, I purchased an Erin Condren planner.

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A HUGE Planner GIVEAWAY!

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In the midst of getting the twins through their first cold (poor baby girls!) and my hubby being out of town for work (it’s been a bit chaotic around our house!) I wanted to pop by and share a fun giveaway with all of you! 

Let me preface this by saying: I’m a fan of a paper planner. I’ve been that way since that one time that my Google calendars didn’t sync properly, and I didn’t know they didn’t sync properly, and I ended up missing several appointments. Back to paper it was, and I’ve been like that ever since!

So when I had the opportunity to participate in an actual paper planner (and goodies!) giveaway, well. You know I had to! And I knew all of you would love the opportunity to win, too!

The Illusion of Getting My Life Together

This is so so so me…who else? Show of hands!

Meet the Planner Giveaway Sponsors

Here are the fabulous planner giveaway sponsors, and their answers to a couple of goal-oriented and planner-related questions. Please take a moment to get to know them before enterring the giveaway.

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Managing the Housework in 4 Steps! – A Guest Post!

It’s that crazy time of the year – Christmas week!!! We’re all trying to pull everything together, make sure we haven’t forgotten any food items, or gifts, or events, or anything that could have possibly slipped our minds. And in the midst of the scurry, can I just ask you: is your house clean right now?

My crazy time of the year has passed already, and as soon as it was over with, I got my house back in order. And then, I resumed my regular cleaning schedule. (If you want to see how I do it, CLICK HERE!)

Regardless of HOW we do it, I think we can all agree that there are times the housework gets out of control. And lots of times that can definitely happen around the holidays. So when blogger Sofia Lewis sent me this article, “Managing the Housework in 4 Steps”, I thought we ALL could benefit from it! So let’s check it out…

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Make a plan.

When you are in a position where you are in charge of the housework, it is a good idea to have your wits about you in terms of how you are going to get it all sorted without impacting on the rest of your life. You will find that one of the only ways to do this is to ensure that you are well sorted in having the tools of the trade ready and waiting for whenever you need to clean effectively and flawlessly at home, as well as ensuring that you are not likely to end up getting stuck cleaning for hours when you could simply be doing a few minutes work. This means having the right technique down, and having a plan for how you approach the cleaning set in place, so that you don’t have to mess about with working it all out each time.

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Holiday Sanity Savers (2014 Edition)

Do you know what tomorrow is?

Tomorrow…is Saturday. It’s October 25. It’s TWO MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.

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Wow. How is it this late in the game already?!

I LOVE Christmas. LOVE. IT. It’s a wonderful time of fun and fellowship with folks we don’t get to see very often, and, of course, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Even so, it tends to be kind of a stressful time for me. Let me explain:

  • I’m wrapping up all things end-of-the-year at my full time job (insurance marketing) and planning for the next year, so there’s a lot going on there. Plus the mailings and special promotions and parties.
  • Oh, the parties. I think people should space out their gatherings so there aren’t 25 people wanting to have their Christmas Open House on the same Saturday in December. But, between our friends, family and coworkers, there are a LOT of PARTIES we jet around to. And I’m normally in charge of bringing something.
  • I’m planning and prepping and baking for all the folks I do baked goods for.
  • I’m planning and shopping and prepping and wrapping all the gifts.
  • We’re rehearsing and perfecting and performing all of our Christmas musical events with the choir and worship team from our church. These normally include color-coordinated clothing mandates, so then I’m shopping and coordinating and making dry cleaners runs galore!
  • Oh, and Christmas is one of the busiest times ever for me and my photography business (when I offer specials and rush turnarounds, etc.) Most nights I’m up into the wee hours of the morning editing and prepping packages. Roughly 4 hours of sleep per night in the Christmas season, yep, that’s about what I get.

It’s pretty sad how excited I got just typing all of that stuff up! No matter HOW crazy it gets, I STILL LOVE IT, and every year I try to perfect my strategy, so that our Christmas is not like our first Christmas together.

It’s funnier now than it was then, actually. It was 11:55 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and I was just getting started in the kitchen on the food for Christmas Day. I was exhausted already, so I wasn’t really enjoying the food prep.

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How’s it Looking?

Since last week here on the blog was FULL of Christmas, I’ve tried to take it a little bit easy on Christmas this week. But, I wanted to check in and see how things are looking for all y’all Christmas preppers!

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Remember back in August when I posted “131 Days Until Christmas! (But no worries…I’ve got tricks for you!)“? (If you didn’t read it, you might wanna take a look – it’s probably too late to help you this year, but if you’re feeling stressed out right now, you’ll definitely be able to use it next year!)

So here’s how it’s working for me so far:

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