Return of the Erin Condren LifePlanner!

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Remember this post? Or this one?  Those are about my Erin Condren planners.  I’m also the proud owner of a third planner!  Just as I predicted in my first post, these planners work very well with doing genealogy research, keeping organized, and taking notes.  I have purchased Erin Condren products for the past 3 years and am extremely pleased with the quality.  I plan on continuing to use this company for my planner needs.

  <–My third planner with my updated name on the front, “A. Kaye Ford.”

My third planner is actually an 8.5″ x 11″ notebook.  I added three dividers to it, each with four months, and I added a small monthly calendar to the front using a CoilClip Connector.  There are literally too many really cool and useful items at Erin Condren…markers, bookmarks, phone cases, art, stickers…with a strong emphasis on teachers and empowering women and girls.  Not to mention some awesome and diverse designs that you can interchange! I love that idea! I’m pretty hip on the diamond theme above but sometimes I just feel like a pink flamingo, you know?

<–Added CoilClip Connector to the black coil in my third planner; I stuck the monthly calendar on it.

<–Glimpse at my planning.

I have a pouch connected to the coil in the back of my planner to hold all my stickers and markers and extras.

If you love to shop for school supplies, this is your jam to the nth level! And, it’s time to start thinking about 2018 already!  I believe I’ll order a couple new covers and snap in a new calendar and keep on a’planning! Click the banner below to check out ErinCondren.com


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Life Planners~Part 2 and Prompt #157

I’ve talked about life planners before and thought I’d post an update.  I’m still using the Erin Condren products (no plug here, just like her stuff).  Except instead of an actual life planner, I “built” a more personalized notebook to use for 2016-17.

It’s an 8.5″ x 11″ notebook (so it’s a bit bigger) with a personalized cover, a calendar in the front, and then fun notebook pages.  I bought 3 personalized dividers (historical society, ECIGA, and Life/Citation) to divide the notebook pages.  All I need calendar-wise is a monthly view (not weekly and daily).  With the amount of social media I’m suddenly involved in, I needed a way to keep track of what to post and when to post it, content to post, etc.  The calendar pages were marked with the month and lines for days, but I had to put on the stickers for the corresponding days, which was fine. Makes it totally customizable to when you want to begin using it, whatever year!  The cost was equivalent to a Life Planner.

planner Peek at June!


Prompt #157: What I Would Tell My 9-Year-Old Self

Your maternal grandfather is a photographer…he’s made one room of his house a darkroom.  By the time you come along, he doesn’t use the room anymore, but it still has that darkroom smell.  Plus a lot of negatives.  Get in there and secure those negatives!  And any pictures you find around his house!  Also, check the bookshelves in the living room for an old Bible.  He hand-copied information from a Bible of his grandfather; where that Bible is now, who knows.  But you might salvage it if you just explore those shelves!  What you don’t realize is he was very interested in family history and actually had a lot of it there.  You just need to poke around a bit.  It’s nearly 36 years later and it’s untelling what happened to it all.


Preparing for a trip on June 8 to Fort Wayne to see Dr. John Philip Colletta speak! Excited about what I’ll learn.  He’ll be covering breaking through brick walls, passenger lists, and naturalization records.  I’ve been helping my DAR chapter registrar with some prospective members so the brick wall techniques will come in handy!  Since I’ve been a DAR member now for about 15 months I’ve been thinking about joining one of the national committees, probably lineage research, my forte!

Life Planner

I think I might’ve stumbled onto something…something great!  First, a little back story:

Personally, I like to keep track of appointments on a calendar that you actually write on. I don’t live and die by my phone, as in I hardly remember to take it with me when I leave the house, so I have a small planner in my purse to jot done important future stuff. This winter, I was looking for a 2015 version and came across Erin Condren’s site. She creates wonderful Life Planners, like planners on steroids! A little pricy, but, in the end, I think it’ll be well worth it. This is not a plug to sell more of her stuff, just my own thoughts on how I want to utilize a Life Planner. Back story done.

So, how will I use it? I figured a Life Planner is really too much just to write down a doctor’s appointment here and there or to keep track of family/friend birthdays. *Lightbulb!!* I will use it when doing genealogical research!! For myself and for future clients! There are monthly layouts and then weekly layouts, so you can see the “big” picture and then narrow it down to specific days. There is space for notes on the margin and two pockets in the back for receipts, lined and blank pages, etc. Stickers galore (blank and preprinted and repositionable)! For research, using my Ford research, my thought is use the month spread to lay out a general outline of who/what/where I want to research on the Ford line.  On the week-at-a-glance spread, break down the days into specific areas of research, such as “Monday of Week #3, search Fold3 for Lyman Ford.” If I don’t get to it, I think I will simply cross it out (or reposition the sticker), telling myself it still needs to be done. I’ll check it off if I complete it, then I’ll have a record of when I did that search. Maybe use a checkmark and plus sign for positive findings and a checkmark and hyphen for negative findings. Checkmark and question mark for more work needs to be done! I’ll add any conferences I attend and other repositories. I’ll still add my day-to-day appointments so I don’t schedule a doctor’s appointment while I’m in Ohio for 3 days!

Another neat thing about these Life Planners, the covers are interchangeable and can be personalized. Life Planners are not the only thing available, oh no. Think notebooks, calling cards, more stickers, pens, and lots more.  I have a feeling I’ll be spending a small fortune on this website!

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ETA: As soon as I received my Life Planner, I had an urgent date to add to it. I’ll be part of a focus group on 12 Feb with the Indiana Historical Society, discussing possible topics that Hoosiers would like to see more of in a traveling museum…so excited for this! My town was one of four towns in Indiana chosen as a focus group. If you’re a Hoosier and would like to weigh in, contact me by 11 Feb!!