Head Over Heels for the Erin Condren Take Note Notebooks

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They are here!!! My Deluxe and Simple Erin Condren Take Note Notebooks (whew, mouthful) have finally arrived and they are adorable. So of course what else would I do but film an unboxing and review of the two beauties for y’all? I’m super pumped about this one too because I actually used a real camera to film it all. That’s right – no more creepy vibrating background. Just pure, HD up in my faceness. You’re all so lucky! As usual you can either click play below and/or read through the post which will feature pretty pictures and comparisons of the deluxe and simple Erin Condren Take Note Notebooks!

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The new EC notebooks are (thankfully) lower priced than I remember and this year they offered different sizes as well: 8.5×11 and the standard 7×9. However, not wanting to tote around something huge, I went with the 7×9 for both of my notebooks. You have the option of adding a calendar to the deluxe for an additional $15 (ouuuuch) which I went ahead and splurged on because I plan to use it as a blog/content/business notebook and figured the calendar will help with my editorial calendar organization. I plan to use the simple to use as a family notebook, hence the Clementines cover because we’re a band duh, however I’m having a massive block in how to get it set up. Any helpful hints are appreciated!

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So far the notebooks are just great. They have the same paper/quality that the Erin Condren Life Planners do and I love the note paper, just as I do in my planner! Any designs printed on the paper are gorgeous and bright so it’s a real treat to look at. The paper is thick enough to handle some heavier pens without bleed such as the PaperMate Flair, Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, or Pilot G2 0.7mm, but not too bumpy that you can’t use something as thin as the ever-amazing Pilot Coleto. Most of the paper in the deluxe and simple is lined but there is some unlined paper in the back, and of course if you get a calendar in the deluxe that starts it all off!

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The months in the Deluxe are very cute but it’s a bit annoying to have to hand place all of the Colorful Dots that are included for dates. I understand why it’s not dated but it’s still a pain in the arthritis! I half considered using tweezers to place them before I gave up and just placed the first and last day of the month. I do love the little saying on the front of each month – it’s quite similar to the sayings at the top of the months in the planner.

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Above you can see a thickness comparison between the simple and deluxe notebooks to the 18 month Life Planner (that does not have the last 6 month’s weeks in it). While the deluxe comes close to the planner, it falls just a bit short. The deluxe does come with the “keep it together folder” and a clear pocket in the back which had been removed before I took this photo though, so that probably helps a bit with the overall bigness :) On the other hand the simple is about half the thickness of the planner – I just love how it feels in my hands!

I reeeeally love these notebooks. The quality is amazing and so much nicer than the spiral notebooks that you can pick up at the store. Which they should be of course! The great thing about how many pages these have is that they should last you for quite a while. Erin Condren does offer dividers now to separate the sections like a multi-subject notebook, however when I placed my order I didn’t think about getting any and I’m very happy I didn’t. At the time I didn’t realize that the dividers are basically the same size as the 7×9 interchangeable covers with slight tweaks to the design on the back. So basically you can just use your extra covers as dividers! It’s also kind of a deal since if you purchase one interchangeable cover you get a front and back cover, basically giving you two “dividers” for $10.95! You can see what it looks like in the video above :)

I’m super excited to dive in and start using these beauties! Have y’all gotten any of the new Erin Condren Take Note Notebooks yet? Any tips on using them family style or even for blog content?

Wishing you DIY divider hacks to help save your pennies,

Shantelle

PS – You can save $10 off your first order if you sign up for the site using my referral link! Yay savings!

March Highlights

So apparently when you make a March Madness bracket you’re supposed to actually try and understand who you’re picking for what. Amusingly enough I’ve lost almost every single round with the exception of one pick…which is in the final four! I guess I’m just really skilled at randomly picking the winner based on teams I dislike. In not so exciting news though, with April comes the allergy demons! The poor dude has a war waging in his sinuses thanks to the weather being as indecisive as when I’m trying to decide where to eat when I’m already hungry. Now, let’s check out the real highlights from March 😉

The Month

→ March passed in quite a little blur, didn’t it? While we got a lot done, I don’t think I got to do a lot. Mostly there was studying for midterms, very long papers, and a yard sale that took a LOT of prep – but it was quite successful! We purged quite a bit at the sale but still ended up heading to Goodwill with the entirety of our back seat and trunk packed up for donation. :)

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→ The newest line of Erin Condren Notebooks came out!!! I was way too flippin’ excited once launch day came around. Since I’ve never gotten one before, I ended up with both the Simple (in island fleur, above right) & Deluxe (in viva españa, above left) in 7×9″, and they should be shipping any day now! Expect an unboxing and review once they arrive. Let’s hope these cuties tide me over until the 2015/2016 Erin Condren Life Planners release in June this year! Also, there’s a 40% off sale for the 2015 planners right now & if you want to save $10 off your first order you can sign up through my referral link! Yay savings :)

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→ Date night has been incredibly budget-friendly since we found out about Regal’s Value Day at our local theatre! The haps (at least at our theatre): tickets are $6/person ALL DAY. ALL DAY! Plus, if you’re a Regal Crown Club member your ticket is $5 and you also get crazy awesome deals for concessions. Like, how could we not take advantage of that? The cherry on top has to be the basically empty theatre since it’s on a Tuesday, and who goes to see movies on a Tuesday? …Other than us.

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→ I didn’t get a chance to shoot with my “real” camera all month *insert smallest violin overture here*. April will definitely be changing that though! I’ve got Explorations to do 😉 I’ve also finally been making use of the scrapbook book Andrew got me years ago. I basically just throw all the random bits of mementos into it so they’re not so spread out anymore. I’m like, the best minimalist ever.

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→ Mani is really freaking cute y’all. He hasn’t grown out of it yet!

The Articles

• I love these tips for stocking up on “real” foods!

• I’m only crying a little over this great post at Imagineering Disney of Walt at Disneyland. PS – you should follow ID. Amazingness will ensue.

• When can we all visit this amazingly interactive museum? They encourage interacting with the pieces and taking selfies!!

• I adore my beautiful Nikon, but this post on mirrorless cameras for travel photography has me wanting to make a big purchase other than the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4.

• The title might sound like clickbait but this post on Energy in a Spoon was spot ON. The dude & I have started adding two spoonfuls of this mix to our morning smoothies and we really do stay fuller longer and get an energy burst. I may do a post on it someday but until then, explore!

• If you wanna be super cool and watch how Walt Disney Pictures’ logo has changed throughout the years, click!

• I need to actually try this wooden spoon DIY. Andrew inheirited some spoons from his mom when he first moved out of his parents and we still use them today because wooden spoons are the best. ever. However, they’re not all that cute as-is.

• This message from the past is inspiring. I totally want to leave behind something like this.

• I really want to be a runner (or at least a jogger) and this piece reenforced that for some reason. I need to get back out there!

Did anything exciting happen in your March?

Wishing you inspiring messages,

Shantelle