2016 Erin Condren LifePlanner

Hi Everyone!

I am gearing up to get next years Erin Condren planner and wanted to share the link to the website and my excitement for the new one! I know its hard to think about next year already but I like to get mine early so that I can enter all the birthdays and anniversaries now and start to get it all pretty for me come January! If you click on the picture below, it will take you to my referral page where you can look at the planners and accessories that Erin creates! My Erin Condren planner has saved my life sometimes! I posted quite a bit about it at the beginning of this year when I first got it but haven’t said much about it since so I thought I would update you in preparation for my new one!!

Erin Condren Logo

I carry my planner in my purse and it goes everywhere with me. I slip documents in it when I need to take care of them, I stick Post it notes on the pages when I need to remember something and I write down each event that I need to keep track of. Right now our lives are not too crazy but I know that once my daughter starts school that it will be even more useful.

I think the thing that helped me the most with my planner was to use it all the time. I take it out of my bag at work every day and look it at. It helps to remind me of things that need to get done and what I can expect for the coming weeks. I also try to use it to jot down goals and ideas that bounce around in my head. If you follow my blog you realize that I am not really a blogger. This is a space for me to write down my thoughts and to have discussions about topics that I like. I find a lot of reviews of these planners by bloggers or business people with multiple things going on in their lives. I have a daughter and a job but still find that my planner works really well for me. I like how pretty it is and the money that I have to invest in it makes me use it. I know that’s a pretty horrible reason to use a planner but it works for me!!

The New LifePlanner has a horizontal layout option which I am PUMPED about. I really love the functionality of the planner but think my brain would work better in that layout. I also love the new space for goals and ideas which I think I will use a lot! As always they have the lined pages which is good and now graph paper which will be awesome! At the back of my planner right now I have drawings of how I wanted my living room rearranged, and how I wanted my “drop zone” to be set up. graph paper will be awesome for that in the future!!

On the lined pages in the back I keep my TBR (to be read) list and I LOVE IT. I love that there is always a spot for me to put these titles down that I will not lose.

Another fun option that she has is the notebook with an option to add the monthly calendar. I have thrown that idea around in my head, because often times I find that I am really just planning weekends but then the next week I use every ounce of space on my weekly view and I am glad I went with the full book.

Erin has also created some seriously awesome accessories. Coil Clips are genius, they let you clip in any wayward piece of mail or invite that you may have floating in your planner. She also has really great stickers and other cute things to personalize your planner. I also have invested in Washi Tape and use that like its going out of style. It is always more fun when you want to look at your planner and when you invest time in making it beautiful for yourself!

So I hope that I have inspired a few of you to look into the planner for yourselves!! Happy Planning and let me know how it works out for you!

My take on: If You Love Your Kids More Than Your Husband, You’re Wrong | YourTango

balancingemma

Click on the picture to get taken to the article!

This article hit home for me. I know I haven’t talked a lot about the mom role but my blog is “Balancing Emma” for a reason. It is hard for me, like mind boggling hard to do this balancing act called life, but I am learning everyday that I am not alone in this crazy thing called life.

I am finding that I am having a hard time being MOM and WIFE. If I leave my daughter for the night with a babysitter, I feel guilty because I was a work all day and didn’t get to see her, (in there is also the feeling I have that other people are judging me because I should be home) But if I skip the social event to be home with my daughter, then I am sad that I don’t get to spend time socially with my husband. I would have never thought I would feel this literal guilt when you leave your child home with a perfectly competent and loving person to go enjoy myself for the night, but it is there and it is so hard to swallow. This article made me feel a little better about myself, made me feel like I am not alone in this battle, and not a bad mom for wanting to go out to dinner with my husband.

It is funny because I am normally a fairly logical person, I just have to tell myself that I am a good mom and stop worrying about people and I know that. I know that I am a good Mom and that my daughter loves me and I love her, but after you have a kid you get this crazy complex that makes me think that it will never be enough. You ask yourself all those haunting questions- What if this is affecting her, what if she is sad that I am not there, what if she feels neglected and put out because I am not there to put her to bed? All these questions run through my mind and its hard, really hard to find the answers to them.

So Balancing Emma is still a work in progress just like my daughter and my husband and our lives right now. I know it will be ok for us in the end but reading things like this article make it easier, so thank to you Huffington Post for posting this and helping me to understand that its ok to put Wife before Mom sometimes.

I am interested to see if I get any feedback from this post. I read a lot online about mothers and I have a feeling there is a portion of them that think this is totally backwards and I am interested to see how people feel about it.

If You Love Your Kids More Than Your Husband, You’re Wrong | YourTango.

My “Safe” Genre

 

I wanted to address my current reading trends for all the people that read this and don’t know me. I really like to read and have a wide variety of genres that I typically enjoy. I have been known to read non-fiction, historical novels, mysteries, chick lit, fantasy, as well as classical. I feel the need to defend my current pattern of reading, as even I know it is a bit “light hearted”.

I am a mom of a toddler. That is all.

mom of a toddler

 

Continue reading

Be Happy, for this moment, this moment is your life- Omar Khayyam

happy

I have been struggling with something to write these past couple of weeks. My life has been pretty normal. Work, home, clean, cook, sleep. But I have realized a very important thing in these last couple of days that I decided were good enough to share. Continue reading

The wait is over…My Erin Condren Planner!!!!!

It’s here. You have no idea how excited I am. MY ERIN CONDREN LIFE PLANNER IS HERE. I was like a dog, waiting at the door every single night just hoping that the fed-ex man would come. AND IT’S FINALLY HERE! I had to wait for my daughter to go to bed before I opened it. I wanted to give it my full attention.

1

Continue reading

My Planner is coming TODAY!!

OMG! I am very ashamed to say how ecstatic I am that my Erin Condren planner should be here TODAY! I have been planning for this planner, using scraps of paper for my to-do lists and meal plans since I ordered it and it should be here TODAY! I have already planned out my post for when I open it, planned out what is going to go on each page, and already have a monthly to-do list for NEXT MONTH. I am so prepared, I am way too prepared. I have watched way too many videos, “Googled” way too many planners, and Pinned way too many articles on successful “planning”.

My whole plan will probably fall apart the second I get this planner and realize how hard it is to stay organized, but I don’t care. Right now all I can think about is how dang organized I am going to be and how pretty my planner is going to look with all of my washi tape and sharpie markers! How easy and stress free my nights are going to be 😉

OMG, I cant wait to get home and rip that box open!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS, if you haven’t heard about Erin Condren Planners, there is a $10 discount if you sign up for her emails! She also has amazing other cute accessories and ideas, I haven’t tried any of them but they look awesome!  http://www.erincondren.com

Any last minute advice from friends who keep a planner? Advice on how to use it daily, best ways to use it etc.?

“Your Grown Son Wont Poop His Pants Forever”- a blog by ScaryMommy.com

I want to give credit to [(http://www.scarymommy.com/ “Scary Mommy)] for this blog post. I have read “Motherhood Comes Natuarally” and other vicious lies  by the author of the blog Scary Mommy- Jill Smokler. I tweeted the post here:

I want to disclaimer that this website is intended to be funny. It is intended to make mothers not feel alone in their sometimes overwhelming, always crazy lives. This post hit me very close to home as my daughter sleeps, well, never! I originally read Jill’s book when I was home on maternity leave, about a week after Lily was born. It was like the book was written for me! It made me feel like I wasn’t alone in thinking that the hospital should really have stopped me from bringing this creature home because I had no business raising this wonderful, amazing human being. But I did, and she is growing wonderfully. I highly recommend not only the book but this whole blog and I hope you enjoy!!

Thanks Scary Mommy- keep doing what your doing!

What does everyone else think of Scary Mommy and how did you feel when you first brought home your new little one?

My Plan to plan for my Life Planner :)

https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/emmalincoln0922

The link above is for the life planner that I just purchased. I have no idea if its going to work but was inspired by a blog that I follow- http://kaysepratt.com/2014/12/ultimate-planner-review.html.

This life planner is supposed to simply everything. My resolution is kind of just that- to plan and make my life as easy as possible.

So- my plan for my new planner:

Plan my meals–plan my workouts–plan my cleaning–plan my laundry–plan my goals–plan my doctors appointments(and Lily’s and Heath’s and my dog and cats)–plan my blog ideas–plan my shopping needs–plan other needs–plan our budget–plan–plan–plan!!

I will keep you up to date on how my planning of my planner goes- when I get my planner, it should be here by next week and then I can put my plan into my planner and put my plans into action!!

(PS- yes I know I used plan a lot 🙂 )

“All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood”

“All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood”

untitled

I decided to try this book. On the face, it seems like just another parenting book but I feel like I am in a very volatile part of my, Lily, and my husband’s life that- heck- I would try it.

I just started, only read the introduction and at first- hated the way it was going. It began by talking about how hard, and awful, and tiring, and emotionally exhausting it can be to be a parent. I thought it was going to be a book practically bashing parenthood, but then it gave this paragraph:

“Drawing from 1.7 million Gallup surveys collected between 2008 and 2012, researchers Angus Deaton and Arthur Stone found that parents with children at home age fifteen or younger experienced more highs, as well as more lows, than those without children. (They’ve just submitted their results for publication.) And when researchers bother to ask questions of a more existential nature, they find that parents report greater feelings of meaning and reward-which to many parents  is what the entire shebang is about…….”Some people have flippantly concluded that these studies can be boiled down to one grim little sentence: Children make you miserable. But I think it’s more accurate to call parenting, as the social scientist William Doherty Does, “a high-cost/high reward activity.” And if the costs are high, one of the reasons may be that parenthood today is very different from what parenthood once was. “

And I decided to give it a shot. The jury is still out, so I will keep you updated on whether it has all the secrets that no one else seems to have on just what exactly, it is to be a good parent. The book promises nothing- all it promises is to give a different perspective- what childhood does to parents instead of what parenthood does to children.

Just one more tidbit because I really love this quote; I, like most parents I believe, have a serious chip when non-parents talk about life without kids. When they make plans and then say “I wish you could go but you know; you have a kid”. This quote perfectly sums up my current life and I believe most parents with a toddler would agree!

“Prospective parents have no clue what their children will be like; no clue what it means to have their hearts permanently annexed; no clue what it will feel like to second-guess so many seemingly simple decisions, or to be multitasking even while they’re brushing their teeth, or to have a ticker tape of concerns forever whipping through their heads. Becoming a parent is one of the most sudden and dramatic changes in adult life.”

Stay tuned for more, and if you have read the book, are interested, or have some input please feel free to comment!!!