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Erin Condren Life Planner Review

With the announcement today of the new Erin Condren Life planners launching on June 9th, I thought it was finally time to show you pics of my planner. I know some things may be changing in this, but overall, some will remain the same.

My use of this planner has evolved over the past 5 months and even this week I am trying a new way to organize my blog, youtube channel, and reviews. If you are looking for a video (less extensive) version It is below, but this post will definitely be more involved.


So let’s jump into my planner now:

This is my new cover and I am in love with it! The purple is so fun and the design is really pretty.


This is what I have filled out of the month view. You can see the rectangular stickers that use for events. These are located in the back of the planner, and will be shown later.


Here is what the week view looks like. If you are like me, you don’t use the Day, Evening, and Night boxes for that, so most of use decorate our planners to use for what we need. This is where the money happens, and there is a rabid fan base of people who crave washi and stickers (raises hand).


You can see how I decorate a week and use it here. The stickers are Avery labels (Below) that I run through my computer in the color and styles I need. Then I use those to keep track of blog and youtube postings.


Once you get past the calendar portion, there are pages you can write in, both lined and unlined. The top picture shows some washi tape I had put on it to make it a little more colorful. I use my pages for keeping track of things!


In the first picture, I write all the companies I would like to purchase products from to review. The bottom list is stickers of books I have read, and a list of movies coming out to put in my calendar when I get that week.


Finally in the life planner, there is a pocket to hold papers, a zipper pouch, and a few pages of stickers. The stickers are pre-printed as well as blank so you can use them any way you need to.


So of you have asked what things I add to my planner. You have already seen my dashboard which I make by laminating paper and adding either Erin Condren coil clips, or punching my own holes with a 1/8″ punch. This will allow the dashboard to snap into my coil. The green dashboard to the left is where I put my avery labels when I am planning to do the reviews. The bottom one is some spare post it’s.

I also make my own paper clips in many geeky styles. I will sell them if interested, simply message me for details!

And lastly, I wanted to show how I organize my washi tape. It is so much easier to wind them on plastic cards (I use old gift cards) then it is to have rolls moving around in an organizer.

I highly recommend this planner to anyone looking to keep track of anything. The price point is a little high ($50) but it is definitely worth it for something you are going to use every day of your year.

If you are interested in purchasing your own, you can visit ERIN CONDREN. If you are new to Erin Condren and make an account, you can receive $10 off your first purchase!

Comment below if you have any other planner’s you would like me to try!

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Michael W Smith “Sovereign” + Giveaway

Growing up we had a standard of albums that we listened to: Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Ace of Base, Amy Grant and of course Michael W Smith. I think I wore the i 2 (EYE) album/ tape out! And if you were a diehard fan you always wondered when he was going to come out with a squeal to the song 1990 (because seriously the “to be continued” cliffhanger was just mean).

Anyway, I was so excited when I found out he had a new album coming out!

I was able to hear one of the tracks, called “Sky Spills Over” and it is really good. It goes back to the classic Michael that I love with a smooth country style.

You can view the video for his HERE.

I am also giving away a copy of his album for you to enjoy yourself!

Simply go to the link HERE and enter. Giveaway ends June 6th and open to US and Canada.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”


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Regenepure Biotin Conditioner Review


If you take vitamins on a regular basis, biotin is one you might want to look into if you are looking for healthier hair, skin, and nails.

This conditioner gave my hair a lot of extra oomph on top of the biotin I was already taking. My hair felt soft, smooth, and overall had more volume! Well, as much as my hair can have since it is a fine texture.

For those of you looking for natural products, this is a great one to try because it does have so many natural ingredients. There are tea tree, almond, peppermint and jojoba oils, saw palmetto, aloe, sage and thyme. There are so other things in here that are not quite as natural but overall there is a lot of very good ingredients. It does have the slight tea tree scent but it fades after a time.

I really don’t know how I can live without this when I am done. It will definitely have a place in my shower going forward.

This item is available on AMAZON or on the Regenepure site.

From the Company:
Our Regenepure Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner unclogs the hair follicles while replenishing them with useful nutrients that are vital for hair growth. Similarly to our other Regenepure hair care products, our Regenepure Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner is free of parabens, sulfates and fragrances, making it perfect for everyday use, especially for those with color treated and Keratin treated hair. With a balanced infusion of vitamins and beneficial ingredients, Regenepure Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner is an excellent complement to the Regenepure DR and NT shampoos. Together, they all work to strengthen damaged hair against future breakage.

Key Ingredients: Biotin – Tea Tree Oil – Jojoba Oil – Keratin – Silk protein – Copper Peptides – Saw Palmetto

I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Fortune Cookie Soap Summer Unboxing

Peter Pan is one of my husband’s favorite movie genres and I have probably seen them all multiple times. Who is excited for PAN this summer?

Anyway, when I found out the theme for this box, I could not contain myself. I gotta crow!

Check out what we thought of all the scents below and if you are interested in these products, you can follow my link HERE

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May Birchbox Vs Ipsy

This month I decided to combine the 2 unboxing videos because I had so many to do! I also want to start a series where I write about my thoughts after I have don first impression videos. Please comment below if there is anything here you want to see.

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Melatonin All Natural Sleep Aid Review

My husband takes melatonin for his insomnia. He can’t be out in the sun a lot because he gets overheated. Usually he takes pills and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.

This really works. In fact sometimes I think it works too well. I would have to recommend that if you use this, make sure to use it right when you go to bed at a decent hour or else you will be very groggy the next day. For example my husband took some at about 1am and was falling asleep all the next day. Definitely use it around 9-10pm the previous evening.

Melatonin is an element that the body makes naturally when it is in the sun. Like Vitamin D, the body produces and uses it as part of the natural processes. When it gets dark, melatonin tells your body it is time to go to sleep. If your body does not produce enough, then taking it as a pill is a good alternative.

All in all I have to say that this product works and it to try it if you are having trouble sleeping. My only complaint is that it is a large bottle for only containing 50 tablets, a bottle half the size would do. Also when I opened the bottle there was a lot of powder. But the product works.

You can buy this product on AMAZON.

From the Company:
*Fall Asleep in 14 Minutes!*
Looking for a safe and all natural solution to fall asleep faster, stay asleep, get deep restful sleep, and wake up in the morning refreshed with no lingering grogginess? Clinical trials have proven that Advanta Supplements Melatonin can help you to fall asleep in 14 minutes or less. Read our feedback, you won’t find a higher quality, more effective melatonin anywhere else online or in stores.

*#1 Natural Sleep Aid with NO Side Effects!*
Because our product is produced from 99.5% pure Melatonin, it has been specially formulated to have no lingering effects after use. Wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, rested, and alert! Cut down the time it takes you to fall asleep, get the deep and restful sleep you need to recharge, and stay asleep through the night.

I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Moose Bay Rum Shaving Soap Review

Now that I have started getting some more products for men to review, I have taken to letting my male “Side Geeks” test them out. This was the first shaving soap that Marshall had tried.


He describes it like this: ” I like this soap. It actually converted me away from shower shaving. It has a good smell, and makes a good lather. It lubricates the skin better than what I had been using. You do want to have a badger-hair shaving brush to lather it with, but it works okay without.  As a side note, after washing it off, it did kinda burn like an aftershave until I towel-dried it off.”

What I like about it is it contains natural ingredients which I like because there is a lot of bad things in conventional shaving cream. He says that he is official changing over to soap and getting a badger hair brush and flat blades. Going old school…respect.

Overall this is a wonderful alternative if you are looking for something instead of shaving cream!

You can find this product on AMAZON.

From the Company:
Bay Rum & Spice Shave soap is a classic clean combination of bay leaf and cinnamon spice with a hint of citrusy lime. A cult classic from the days of Old Spice. Rich lather, bentonite clay and nourishing wheat germ oil help the razor glide effortlessly across your skin.

Ingredients: Saponified oils of Olive, Coconut, Castor, Shea Butter, Bentonite Clay, Glycerine, Wheat Germ Oil, Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils, Tocopherol T-50 (Vitamin E), Rosemary Oleoresin (a natural antioxidant).

I received this product in exchanged for an honest and unbiased review.

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{Makeup and a Movie} Avengers Review with GRWM (Vision)

A few weeks ago, I did a collab with my friend Bethany on her YOUTUBE CHANNEL because we both saw Avengers and loved it. This spawned an idea that I am most excited about. Why not do a movie review and while that is happening, do a makeup look based on the movie? 

The result is a new series on my youtube channel that will combine both. With my side geek Chris (@movieguy84) talking about the movie, I try my hand at GRWM. 

Also my lighting needs work, I know that, but I need help and suggestions. 🙂

Anyway, check out the final product below using the Maybelline Brights Palette:

Next Makeup and a Movie: The Sound of Music!

Please comment below and let me know what you all think and what you would like to see next.

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Petunia Skincare Vitamin C Serum Review


Vitamin C Serums are all the rage right now. I have tried a few of them and each have their own benefits. This one from Petunia Skincare is part of a line of skin care items (this being step 2). It contains Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E along with the Vitamin C. It smells really nice, like oranges and pomegranates which it contains as well. It comes with a cropper top for easy application.

It is not as thick as other serums I have tried, and I prefer them to be thicker, but this does not deter from it’s ability to work. It is not sticky or greasy but absorbs nicely into the skin. I can tell when I use it that my skin glows and feels fresher.

It sells on Amazon for a reasonable price so I definitely recommend you try it!

I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.