The Ultimate Planner Review

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Planners. I love them.

I love getting organized, and color-coding, and writing everything out. I love planning for the year and setting goals and working toward something.

And, so, I love planners, because that’s where I get to do all of those things!!

But go to search for planners on google, and you’ll come up with a billion different options. There are a few that stand out, a few that people have compared with others, but when I searched, I could not find a comprehensive review of planners, something that compared more than 2 planners at a time.

So, I give you the Ultimate Planner Review!

I gathered 6 different planners, all of which are highly esteemed in the online world, and set out to find the best planner for myself, and the best planner for you! The one that’s right for you may not be the same one that I’m in love with, so each planner will include the pros, cons, an overall summary, and a recommendation of what kind of person might love that specific planner. And photos, of course!

Ready to find your perfect planner? Let’s do it!

 

Erin Condren Life Planner

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I’ve used the Erin Condren Life Planner for the last three years, and loved it. I love everything Erin Condren, really, from her Functional Family System to notepads to iPhone covers to lesson planners & more! I LOVE EC. So, naturally, I’ve always chosen the Life Planner for my planner. I color code my entries according to their category (each member of the family, homemaking, blog stuff, dōTERRA stuff, meal planning), and organize my days that way.

I don’t love the way each day is divided, especially now with 2 kids, a blog, and a business to run! But in the past, the colors & cuteness have more than made up for the growing lack of functionality in my own life. Take a look!

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Pros:

  • It’s beautiful, bright, and colorful! Plus, you can personalize it with your name & even photos.
  • It’s thorough. With the weekly layout plus a monthly calendar, it’s easy to organize and chart your schedule. There’s also a place for a perpetual calendar, contacts, pages for notes, and more.
  • Freebies! This comes with a ruler/bookmark & personalized gift tags and play date cards in the back. Love it.
  • Extras! You can purchase coordinating pens, a pen holder that sticks onto the last page of the planner, and a cute band that will hold the planner together. And EC makes all KINDS of products, including a family planner system, calendars, iPhone cases, and more, so you can actually purchase everything you need in the same color scheme and pattern, so your whole life is coordinated.
  • Nice section at the bottom for meal planning.
  • Great space on the side for weekly notes and goals.

Cons:

  • Currently, you can only purchase the planner in the morning, day, and evening format. If that doesn’t work for you, this planner isn’t going to work for you.
  • It’s pricey. But if you’re a new customer, you can save $10 when you order through this link & sign up for her email updates.
  • There is no place for yearly goals, or other planning features, and ideally there needs to be a few more pages for notes in the back.

Conclusion:

As much as it pains me to admit, the EC Life Planner just doesn’t fit my life right now. The divisions into morning, day, and evening are no longer the way I organize my day, and it’s just turning into a big to-do list each day. I need something with a little more structure & space. However, I’m changing a few things up and turning this Life Planner into my new Blog Planner! I need less space for blogging info, and having a separate planner for writing & blogging will help me stay better organized (I think). I’m excited that I still have a reason to use this planner, and am looking forward to getting more organized in my writing.

Who Might LOVE the EC Planner?

  • Students
  • Stay-at-home moms
  • Working moms
  • Anyone who already has a set structure for the day and doesn’t need help with that

 

Plum Paper Planner

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I was really excited about the Plum Paper Planner. It’s very similar to Erin Condren, but gives you four options for the weekly planning pages!! Plus, it also includes a full page of notes at the beginning and ending of each month, AND you can add is EXTRA note pages and a monthly cleaning page. Win! I absolutely LOVE how customizable this planner is – Plum Paper has done a great job of catering to every type of person.

I ordered the pages that included a long vertical view of the day, with no divisions, thinking this would work well for my color coded to-do list. It totally does, but still leaves me with just that – a to-do list. I really love the weekly and daily checklist, but there wasn’t any designated space for meal planning.

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Pros:

  • Four options for planning pages. (WOW!)
  • Full page of notes at the beginning and ending of each month, with option to add more!
  • Option to add the monthly cleaning checklist into the month as well.
  • More affordable than the others, PLUS they are offering a 10% discount to KaysePratt.com readers if you use the code KAYSE10 – yay!!!!
  • Checklist each day for too 3 things you needed to do.

Cons:

  • No place for meal planning.
  • No designated place for goal setting, although you could use the note pages for that.

Conclusion:

Overall, this is an AWESOME planner, and is WAY more affordable than most of the other options I found. And for how customizable it is, the price truly is amazing. I loved the versatility of this planner, but I still needed something with a bit more structure. This could work well for a blog planner too, especially with how many note pages are in each monthly spread.

Who Might LOVE the Plum Paper Planner?

  • Students
  • Stay-at-home moms
  • Working moms & Work-at-home moms might really love the hourly schedule layout for each day!

 

Inkwell Press Planner

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Oh, from the beginning, the Inkwell Press Planner had my organizer heart! It is SO VERY beautiful and very well designed. It’s got a space for everything! Plans & goals for the year, with a space to revisit those goals every month. Perpetual calendar & contacts included, plus a space for good books, movies you want to see, and more. Two options for the weekly layout. I LOVE THIS PLANNER.

I ordered the “flex” layout (which you can see below), with a space for meals, fitness, and home notes each day. There’s also a classic layout which is a vertical, hourly spread. With all of the extra awesomeness as far as organization goes (a monthly mission board! yearly goals! a book & movie list! COME ON!!), I really wanted this to be my planner. But for me, the daily space is just a little too small to fit everything that I need it to. And right now, I have to focus on functional. However, this might be the perfect planner for YOU! Take a look:

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Pros:

  • Seriously, a space for everything you need!
  • Two options for the weekly spread.
  • Beautiful and very well made
  • Personalized cover
  • Section for fitness, meal planning, and home items on each day.
  • Comes with a video series on how to set up your planner.
  • 20% OFF when you use my referral link!

Cons:

  • I could have used just a tiny bit more writing space each day. If this planner had a daily option instead of a weekly option, it would be PERFECT for me!

Conclusion:

It’s so BEAUTIFUL, you guys, and at a pretty comparable price point too. I’d highly recommend this planner if you don’t need a ton of space for writing each day. I really think this is the perfect planner for students, or for anyone who really wants to get focused by setting goals for the year and checking in with them each month. (Also, they are soon coming out with a fitness log, a meal planner, and a journal, and I cannot wait for those things!)

Who Might LOVE the Inkwell Press Planner?

  • Students (!!!)
  • Anyone without kids
  • Stay-at-home moms with very little planning necessary each day (I do not know these people, but maybe they exist somewhere…)

 

iBloom Life & Business Planner

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I’d heard great things about the iBloom Life & Business Planner for anyone who is both a mom and a business owner. Plus, Kelly Gore, who runs iBloom, always has good things to say, and seems incredibly sweet. I pre-ordered this planner, and couldn’t wait to get it.

I LOVE all the business planning pages. And, similar to the Inkwell Press Planner, there’s a space to set goals and check in with those goals each month. For businesses, this is a FABULOUS planner. I highly recommend it to anyone who is really focused on starting and building a business, first & foremost.

Pros:

  • LOTS of space for planning, setting goals, and project development
  • Scheduled layout for each day which includes a to-do list
  • Pretty colors, great quality paper
  • Also comes in a more affordable, printable version ($30 instead of $50)

Cons:

  • Daily layout is very small, not a ton of room to write
  • Planner is large – it’s the same size as a full size notebook (8.5×11)
  • Strictly for those who run a business

Conclusion:

Bottom line, this planner was just a little too much business for me. I run a blog and a business part time, and try to fit that work in around my family time, instead of the other way around. I couldn’t wrap my brain around using this planner every day, personally. I do think, though, that for someone who is more business-minded than I am, it would be a total blessing!

Who Might LOVE the iBloom Life & Business Planner?

  • Working moms & Work-at-home moms with a strong business mindset!

 

 Dreams2Inspire Planner

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My AMAZING friend Christy makes these planners, and she sent me one last week as a Christmas gift! She is the sweetest. She customized the cover for me, with a design I love and my name.

Pros:

  • LOTS of space for planning each day!
  • Notes, to-do list, and 3 month calendars on every weekly spread.
  • Bright colors, great quality paper.
  • Created on the ARC system, so you can add pages!

Cons:

  • Planner is a bit large – it’s the same size as a full size notebook (8.5×11) However, this could also be a pro because it gives you PLENTY of space to write, which I love!

Conclusion:

It’s bright, fun, and functional. Christy also has planner sheets that are specific to students and sheets tat are great for bible study notes! She’s creative and will customize your cover to fit your style and colors. For anyone looking for an affordable, fun planner, Dreams2Inspire Planners are a great option!

Who Might LOVE the Dreams2Inspire Planner?

  • Students!
  • Moms – both stay-at-home or working mommas

 

Emily Ley Simplified Planner

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It’s called The Simplified Planner for a reason. Instead of a monthly and weekly spread, this planner has a monthly and daily spread. And that’s it. There’s one page for your yearly bucket list on the front, and maybe notes in the back (?), but that’s all.

The daily pages, though, are awesome. From 7am-7pm, there’s a schedule by the half hour for charting your day. On the side there’s a to-do list with enough room for a realistic list of things you can do, plus a space for notes and the dinner menu.

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(I’ve been using this printable version because the planner doesn’t start till January 1st.)

 

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(Here’s the daily layout in the planner, that’s dated and everything. All ready for 2015!)

Pros:

  • Daily pages are very thorough and easy to use.
  • Monthly calendar has a generous amount of space.
  • Actually simplifies my day by giving me a basic schedule/routine to check in with while accomplishing my to-do list.
  • Sturdy pocket in the front cover.
  • Lots of free printables you can add in & keep in the front pocket.

Cons:

  • No space for monthly goals, or note pages.
  • Cover and coil do not make the pages very easy to turn. (Although with this planner you don’t really need to be flipping back and forth very often.)
  • This planner is sold out online for right now, so you’ll need to check out their retailer list and find a store that carries them or is willing to ship.

Conclusion:

I’m in love. I didn’t think I would be, but I am!! It’s the planner I didn’t know I needed. I love that I have a full page for every day. I’m working on establishing a morning and evening routine, and having the schedule broken down by half hour is LIFE CHANGING for me. The to-do list is big enough to put a bunch of things on it, but not so big that there’s no way I could accomplish everything. It’s very simple in colors, so I can still color code my schedule and to-do list without it clashing with the design of the planner. And there’s space for me to take notes and plan dinner. Overall, this planner truly allows me to simplify my days, which, in turn, simplifies my life. I literally cannot wait for January 1st so I can start using the actual planner instead of the printables. And I’m compensating for the lack of goal-setting space by using it with Lara Casey’s PowerSheets! PLUS, I’m also obsessed with Emily Ley’s Simplified Journal. More on that later. For now, all you need to know is that the Simplified Planner is a total win, and THIS IS THE PLANNER I’LL BE USING THIS YEAR!

Who Else Might LOVE the Simplified Planner?

  • Me!!
  • All moms (me!)
  • Anyone who would benefit from having structure/routines written out each day (me!)

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SO MANY BEAUTIFUL PLANNERS, right?! I hope this review has been super helpful as you prepare for 2015! Each option is so awesome, I really don’t think you can go wrong.

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PLUS, a quick list of my favorite planner accessories:

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  1. Chevron Bright Washi Pack
  2. Solid Color Washi Tape Set
  3. Post-it Flags with On-the-Go Dispenser
  4. Paper Mate Flair Pens
  5.  Pilot FriXion Erasable Gel Ink Pens

So, tell me – which planner is your favorite?

Easy Party Dishes | The Mommy List, Week 4

It’s that season, you know.

The one where we’ve got a party to go to every weekend, and we’re expected to bring some kind of amazing dish that will knock everyone’s socks off.

I love to cook (and bake) (and eat), but I always feel a little bit of pressure when I prep something to take to a party. I want everyone to love whatever I bring! And for that reason, I stick to the classics.

Today I’m going to share three of my favorite recipes for (EASY) party dishes with you, and then it will be your turn! I can’t wait to see what your favorites are, too!

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Easy Party Dishes:

 

1. Pumpkin Dump Cake - So good. SO EASY. 

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2. Chocolate Caramel Cake - 

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3. Bacon Mac & Cheese - a new favorite, but definitely a winner.

Mac & Cheese for Bacon Lovers

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4. Pasta Bake - the easiest one-dish pasta meal you’ll ever make!

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Easy, delicious party dishes for all of those holiday potlucks! Your friends will love them! Now…

It’s your turn!

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What are your favorite easy (yet delicious) party dishes?



Mac & Cheese For Bacon Lovers

Mac & Cheese for Bacon Lovers

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Christmas Gifts On A Budget | The Mommy List, Week 3

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It’s CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!!! I love love love December. And Christmas. And giving presents. This year, though, we are on more of a budget than we have been before (hellooooooo student loans!), and we’re trying to make every penny count. I’m wondering if maybe you’re in the same boat, and could use some ideas for Christmas gifts on a budget! Christmas Gifts On A Budget: 1. DIY Coasters - A friend made these for me a few years ago, and we use them {Read More}

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When There Is Much You Need Saving From

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Advent is a season of expectation. Of waiting with hope, for that which you know is coming. I’ve never really participated in advent, other than moving the little mouse around the pockets of the fabric Christmas countdown calendar we had when I was a kid. But actively engaging in focusing on Christ through the whole season? That is new to me this year. But maybe this year is when I have needed it most. I have felt for a while {Read More}

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My Favorite Devotionals For Moms | The Mommy List, Week 2

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This week, let’s talk devotionals! Above all else, Scripture should be the basis of any quiet time. But after that, there’s a lot to be said about a good devotional. They can help in relating Scripture to life, in giving us a laugh, and in remembering that Jesus is not far away at all. Here are a few of my favorites! My Favorite Devotionals For Moms: 1. She Reads Truth - I can’t say enough good things about She Reads Truth. This {Read More}

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Pumpkin Dump Cake (The only fall dessert you’ll ever need)

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And I’m not joking. It really is the only fall dessert you’ll ever need. Pumpkin Dump Cake was a Thanksgiving staple in our home growing up. When I became a wife and began to run a home of my own, Pumpkin Dump Cake was no longer limited to Thanksgiving. It was an every-week-fall-favorite kind of thing. I’ve tried lots of fall desserts, lots of pumpkin things, and nothing compares to the magic of this recipe. Here’s why: It’s the perfect blend {Read More}

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The Best Christmas Books For Kids | The Mommy List, Week 1

The Best Christmas Books for Kids

We decorated for Christmas over the weekend. Don’t hate me. I never do that before Thanksgiving. But we aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I have an almost-four-year-old who was SO EXCITED to decorate for Christmas this year. So I gave in and we decorated early. (And I kind of love it!) I love everything about Christmas. And this year, we’re embracing it a little early, because I want to enjoy every moment of it with my sweet, excited little {Read More}

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When the Mundane Becomes Majestic

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Today’s post is from my dear friend Kristin Hill Taylor. We connected online a long while ago, and I consider her a kindred spirit. If you like this blog, you’ll like hers too – she’s real, she’s honest, and she’s so wonderful. I’m encouraged by how she diligently puts her family first, and how she is careful & intentional about the things she commits to. She teaches me a lot about motherhood without even knowing it. Today, I’m excited that {Read More}

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Moms Don’t Get Sick Days

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Last weekend, I ended up fighting the beginnings of a cold. I waged an all-out war, you guys. This mom just does NOT have time to get sick. Jon is out of days off work, and we’ve got two kids who require 24/7 maintenance. Plus food and clothing and the like. Moms don’t get sick days. You’ve been there, I know. And this year seems to be even colder than last, making us even more likely to get sick. So, {Read More}

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