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!

Meal Prep: A first try success story!

So as part of my organization February link up, I decided to try my hand at “prepping”. I don’t mean doomsday prepping if that’s what you’re thinking   PS. I mean meal prepping. So I set out on Sunday afternoon to get my butt ready for dinners this week.

FullSizeRenderThis is a picture of my Erin Condren meal plan insert. These were the meals I wanted to make for dinner this week.

I started out by making the white chicken chili. I found the recipe on Pinterest here:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/119063983871934379/

I figured as a soup option without noodles I could make the entire soup and all we would have to do is heat it up for dinner! I added avocado to the top, which was a nice fresh touch.

My first week went fantastic. I loved getting home each night and just popping something into a pan, warming it up and going! I picked a lot of easy things to prep for my first week- things that I could just literally put in a pan and the meal was done. This week I am going to do mostly meals that don’t need prep. (We decided to play in the snow on Sunday instead of cook (:)

While I was making the white chicken chili, I also made my spaghetti sauce as well as the stuffing for my stuffed peppers. I changed up my normal sauce to add meat this week. The recipe for my sauce is just out of my own head but I have typed it up below. I apologize for the shoddy measuring- I don’t do well with exact.

The stuffed pepper recipe is just my spaghetti sauce with cooked rice! I added a few more peppers and then just put it inside the pepper, cooked in the oven on 375 for around 25 mins. 

Emma’s Spaghetti Sauce
1 onion
1 pepper
A couple cloves of garlic
2 16oz cans of Tomato Sauce
1 small can of tomato paste
Mushrooms- fresh or canned (as many or as little as you like)
I used ½ pd ground beef and ½ pd sausage (get creative, if you like pork- add pork)
Salt, pepper, basil

I browned the meat, set aside. Then I chopped my onion and pepper and sautéed them with a few turns of olive oil. I added some salt and pepper here. Right before you add the tomato sauce, I pressed a few garlic cloves in and let them cook for about a minute. Not too long or you can burn it. Add the cans of sauce. (I usually rinse out my cans with water and throw that in the pot as well) Add a few spoonful’s of the tomato paste here. Sometimes I use the whole can, depends on how long I am simmering. The longer you simmer, the thicker it becomes, letting me use less paste. I throw the mushrooms in now as well. If you used fresh, you can cook them up before but again-if you’re simmering for a while, they are going to cook! Throw back in the meat, add some more salt and pepper and let it cook away! It’s a pretty standard sauce; feel free to customize it as you wish!!

Does anyone else out there prep? Do you have any advice for a new meal “prepper” or maybe some awesome recipes! Feel free to share them with me!

My February 12×30 Challenge!

So I decided to join into a Link party called “February 12X30 Challenge: Get Organized”. I have been trying all year (a whole month) to whip my life, finances and house into tip top shape.

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