Busy B Busy Life Diary 2017, £9.99
I decided a few months ago that I wanted two separate life planners. I wanted to stick with Erin Condren for blogging, so I needed to find something for organising family, life and work. I spent quite a long time looking for the perfect planner for the year ahead and found myself stuck between the Busy Life Diary and the Family Diary, in the end opting for the Busy Life diary as it was more my style in how and what I want to document.
It uses a week-by-week spread across two pages, so room to track more than one schedule which is ideal as I'll be using mine for family and life planning.
At the front of the diary, you'll find important information pages, to fill out your details, and month per page views. This is a layout I have really come to love having each month from my Erin Condren Life Planner, so I'm glad they feature inside the Busy Life Diary. There are a few sections for notes, reminders and appointments throughout the diary, with handy pockets to keep appointment cards etc. Each week is set out on a two-page spread, with a column on either side for planning and note sections for anything you need to remember or get done that week.
The design isn't my favourite, I actually preferred the cover design of the Family Diary, but the cool-toned floral design is still really pretty and makes a lovely colour theme for the diary. Overall it's a lovely diary and one I'm going to enjoy using this year!
Available at www.busyb.co.uk.
Busy B Budget Book, £10.99
Another one from Busy B, I picked this up to up the value of my order to qualify for free delivery, but actually I'm really excited to use it, even more so than the Busy Life Diary! For the past few years, I have done all of my budgeting, record keeping and accounts on Excel. I'm not even good with Excel and can only manage the absolute basics, but it did the job and was an easy way for me to keep track of things.
I'll still be keeping electronic records, but I am in love with the idea of having a proper budget book where I can do all of my banking, budgeting, saving, accounting, everything financial all in one place. Each month is set out in sections covering different types of income, direct debits and standing orders, other bills and any additional spending you to do throughout the month, with the chance to keep a running balance alongside everything.
The end of each month's section finishes with a pocket, for you to keep hold of important receipts and bills. The last two sections of the Budget Book cover planning for Christmas and savings, both with quite a few pages each for noting down everything you need. I'm so excited to start using this one!
Available at www.busyb.co.uk.
Gardeners Journal with Seeds, £4
I actually picked this up for £4 from Dunelm back around November time, but it doesn't seem to be online anymore so I've linked an alternative below for £8.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that since moving into a house with a garden, I started to really enjoy gardening and planning flowers for next spring. I really love my Gardener's Journal, which comes with its own pack of Basil Seeds as an added extra, which comes in a ring-binder format. Inside there are 12 sections, one for each month of the year, which gives you space to make notes, draw a garden plan, log the weather and temperature, a to-do list and note pages for any extras you want to add.
I think this will help me keep on top of things this spring!
Alternatives from Marks & Spencer available at www.marksandspencer.com.
Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner, from $30
My love for Erin Condren knows no bounds, with two of her gorgeous planners taking centre stage for my 2017 planning. This is my first try of the Deluxe Monthly Planner and ticks all the boxes for me, actually saving me from having lots of pads and desk planners for all the things I need to remember, instead of having everything in one handy monthly planner.
It includes 12 monthly spreads from January through to December, with 12 task list pages, 40 lined pages plus the chance to include 40 extra lined pages which can be added in during planner personalisation - I decided to pay the extra few dollars to have this added in as it gives me tons of space to jot down ideas and little tasks and reminders.
If that wasn't enough it comes with removable covers, 2 sheets of flag stickers and a Keep it Together folder, lots of space for writing down goals and extra projects and is laid out beautifully like my Luxe Collection Metallic Quote Platinum Life Planner, with two colour-ways available. I went for neutral with both of my planners this year, and I really like the more simplistic and subtle look it gives. As with all Erin Condren planners, it comes with a huge array of covers on offer and you can use four coil colours to go with your planner. I opted for a beautiful floral and succulent-themed with a silver coil. I loved the look of the rose gold coil but it seemed an unnecessary added expense when I was happy with the look of the silver coil.
I will be using my Deluxe Monthly Planner to organise blog features, keep a good blog schedule running and jot down my ideas for content. I also have a few new monthly features and series' starting in 2017, which is a great way to use the space at the back of the planner to keep on top of everything. I'm so excited to have a proper planner as a creative space for all my ideas, and really hope it helps to keep me on track in 2017!
Available at www.erincondren.com.
Erin Condren Luxe Collection Metallic Quote Platinum Life Planner, from $65
My main blog planner for 2017, I opted for the Erin Condren Platinum Life Planner from the Luxe Collection, which I shared in a recent haul, "Erin Condren Life Planner and Accessories Haul". I love the designs available for planner covers, but I really loved the more minimalist look of the Luxe Collection.
The planner itself is set out just like the regular Life Planner range, with the option for different colourways; I opted for neutral, just like with my Deluxe Monthly Planner. I opted for the same vertical layout I had with my first Life Planner, liking the layout and the way it allows me to work on different things throughout the day. I love having three boxes in each day, as I can give each box a different priority and clearly plan things out. I looked at other planners, to see if one could impress me enough to try in 2017, but Erin Condren still came out on top as my favourite and I didn't find an alternative that ticked the boxes like my Life Planner does.
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Available at www.erincondren.com.
Q&A a Day for Mothers, £14.23
This was one of my Christmas gifts and I have to admit, it's one of my favourite Christmas gifts ever. I'm sure you've seen the Q&A a day diaries, I used to have own the more simple offering a few years back, whilst this one is specifically designed for mothers. Firstly, how gorgeous is the cover design? Absolutely stunning floral display that just makes me so happy to even look at it.
Each page is laid out with the date at the top, followed by a question, and 5 spaces below where you can fill in the year and answer that day's prompt. The questions can cover everyday experiences, such as "What are Monday mornings like at your house?" and "What's the last thing you made for your child?", to the more sentimental prompts such as "How does your child bring meaning to your life", "Who do you wish could watch your child grow up" and even curious questions like "How do you feel about your body right now?". It's so lovely and will make a wonderful keepsake for me to fill in over the years, maybe even passing on to Willow to read when she is older. I will definitely be gifting this to mama friends for birthdays throughout the year!
Available at www.amazon.co.uk.
Do you have any planners or diaries for 2017? Do you have a favourite brand for planners and accessories? Let me know, and in the meantime make sure you follow me over on Instagram - @tattooedtealady - where I'll be sharing the odd planning snap and accessories hauls!
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