16 April 2015

The Best Planner I've Ever Used

Happy Thursday, Friends! The week after a break is always hard, and this week didn't disappoint. I am so glad tomorrow's Friday...can I get an "amen?"

The best part of my week so far was an email with a code for 25% off the best planner I have ever used. EVER. Keep reading...the code is at the bottom of this post!
So here's the backstory: every year, I would buy a cute planner (usually from Target, because why not?), and I'd write in it for a couple of weeks, and then realize it wasn't really working for me, and buy another. Or I'd print something out (which kills me on ink and paper), and usually I wouldn't end up loving that either.

Well last year, one of my sweet teacher friends had a) the cutest planner I'd ever seen (and let's be real, that's totally what's most important) and b) different from anything I'd tried before. I immediately purchased one and haven't looked back since! Seriously, Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planners have changed my life.

I'm not going to lie...I was totally freaked that I was spending quite a bit of money on a PLANNER. I was so worried I wasn't going to end up loving it, and well, another would bite the dust. Fortunately, the planner does NOT disappoint! And, so much so that I'm on to purchasing another for the third year in a row!

So, what's so fabulous about Erin Condren planners? What's not so fabulous about Erin Condren Planners? I've got a 1-2 punch that pretty much covers everything that's important.

Note: Not a teacher? No worries - they make LIFE PLANNERS! They aren't 25% off, but you CAN save $10 on your first purchase with this link:

1. Design
I'm definitely someone who appreciates the little things and notices the details. EC planners, are designed with exactly this in mind (maybe organization too, but I'm sure design comes first). The details. Colorful, cheery, inspirational, functional. And, with over 46 cover designs...you're sure to find one (or more - how will I ever choose?) that match your own style and personality, that you love.
2. Functionality
The problem with all of those Target planners? They weren't made with a teacher's needs in mind. They were basic day-to-day or month-to-month planners, and while cute...not really functional.

EC Teacher Lesson Planners are made for TEACHERS! Take a look at some of the highlights from their website (I hope EC doesn't mind I screen shot these from their website):
Seriously, they've thought of so many wonderful forms and lists. It's such a beautiful thing!
Still not convinced? Watch the video...you're welcome!

Here's are some of the pages from my own planner:
Erin Condren and her people appreciate teachers and from now until May 31st, 2015 ALL {teacher} products are 25% off! I'll be buying my planning for the 2015-2016 school year just as soon as I can decide on a design! With more than 45 unique designs, narrowing it down is so hard! Here are my top 4 favorites - which one do you like best?
Oh, if you're making your first-ever purchase from EC, you can use this link and save $10:
They have lots more than just planners, and if you spend more than $75 you get a free t-shirt! Umm, yes, please!!!!
I'd love to know what design YOU like best!

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  1. Replies
    1. Hi Amy! I ended up choosing design #3, and I love it!!

  2. Wow thanks so much for this post. I just saw these planners online and was wondering how effective they are etc..Seeing yours in use was a big help! I like the space for each week too. ♥

  3. Hi Theresa!

    Just seeing this post now in 2017 :p I know you say that these planners are great but is there anything else that is missing that you think should be in them? For example are there tips and tricks for teachers or inspirational quotes in them?

  4. Question for ya! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these planners. As a student in college I used the Life Planner one year and loved it. I am going to start student teaching in the Fall and am curious on your thoughts, should I purchase the Lesson Planner as a student teacher?

    Super cute planner and very helpful blog post! Thanks!

  5. do they provide 1 day to a page at all, or just 1 week per page?


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