Erin Condren has been on my radar since my senior year of high school. I was browsing Pinterest during my free period and stumbled upon a picture of a planner I’d never seen before. Being the planner nerd that I am, I clicked the link to look into it a little more. The post included bright pictures from the inside of the planner and I just remember thinking that it would be absolutely perfect once I got to college since the layout of the planner was vertical with 3 boxes labeled morning, afternoon, and evening. Now four years later I’m on my third planner from the brand and there are over three layouts to choose from along with removable and luxe covers. If you are new to the site, it can be a bit overwhelming to say the least of knowing where to navigate and what to choose. Today, I’m hoping to give you an insight into this wonderful brand from choosing the right cover, layout, and even if you want neutral verses colorful pages. I’m sure you will end up just as in love with this brand as I am. And if after reading this post you are interested in ordering a life planner, this link and all links in this post go to my affiliate link, which gives you $10 off of your order.

The Cover

Erin Condren has two different cover options to choose from: luxe or removable. If you were to select the luxe version of the planner, you will receive the planner with a permanent color in either navy, cream, or dark grey. Each of these planners has a cover that you can add your monogram to, which what is more perfect to have on the cover of a planner? While this planner is a bit on the heavy side, I’m never a person to complain about that quality. I love a planner that feels heavier because to me it means that the planner is of amazing quality, which is definitely how the Erin Condren planners are.

If you are to choose the removable covers you are entering a wonderfully dangerous world. Dangerous simply because the majority of my paychecks goes toward purchasing new covers as they are released. With the interchangeable planner you are able to personal your cover with your name, monogram, quote, or anything of your choosing really and for some you are even able to choose your own color way. I will be the first to admit that there are several cover styles I own in different colors. Being a crazy busy college student, my planner gets referenced a lot throughout the day. That being said, even though the interchangeable covers are laminated I’ve never had issues with the lamination even when owning the planner prior to interchangeable covers being released.

The Layout

Erin Condren currently offers three different layouts to choose from within your planner: vertical, horizontal, and hourly. While it is totally up to you what layout you go with, I thought I would give a few ideas as to which layout you should look at based on personality type.

Verical: The vertical layout is perfect for the person who wants to categorize their day by morning, afternoon, and evening. It would also be great for the person who wants to organize three different categories within their lives, such as school, work, and organizations. It is the planner for the list maker who wants to make different categories for their lists and is also great for the person that wants to see their day divided into sections. I’ve had friends write out their schedule and then to-do lists in-between each section. For example, if they worked from 5:30-7:30 they might also make notes as to what they need to accomplish at work.

Horizontal: The horizontal layout is perfect for the person who feels the need to have lines to stay organized. It’s perfect for writing out to-do lists, due dates, and even your daily schedule. The box on the right side of each day is perfect for tracking work outs, homework due dates, blog posts, what you ate, and even tracking your cycle (we are all mostly girls here, it’s part of life).

Hourly: This version of the planner is perfect for the person that likes to see their day in time slots. You can also simply ignore the times listed within the planner and write a to-do list for the day.

 

Colorful vs. Neutral

A new feature to the Erin Condren planners during the launch of the 2016-2017 planners was the addition of the neutral color option, which opened new doors for us planner lovers. The neutral allowed a more simple look and the ability to add your own color with stickers and colorful pens while the colorful option stayed true to the original Erin Condren planner colors. Please note that this post is about the 2016-2017 colorful vs. neutral layout, as each year Erin Condren releases beautiful new page designs. I’ll do an updated post once I get my hands on the new 2018 planner, don’t worry!

Neutral: The neutral layout allows for a simple black, grey, and white color scheme aside from three colored flags within the pages. This layout is perfect for someone looking to add their own color to the planner without having to coordinate with the monthly color Erin Condren uses. It is also great for the person who loves to utilize colorful pens within their planner. It would also be a good option for a girl who just simply prefers simplicity and a more minimal look within their planner. This is certainly a wonderful option.

Colorful: The colorful version of the planner definitely makes a statement with its beautiful colors. It features a beautiful water color inspired design across the top, with colorful flags within the pages (such as thankful thoughts, the month, etc.) and the color changes with each month. I personally love how the water color design across the top of the page blends into the next month’s color if it so happens that a new month begins during the week. It’s the little things and Erin Condren definitely pays attention to those.

Have you ever heard of the Erin Condren brand? Do you own an Erin Condren planner? If you were to order one what would you choose? If you already own one, what did you choose? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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In the spirit of aiming high and dreaming big, I present to you my list. My craziest goals, ambitions, and dreams. The things that I hope to do and say I did during this crazy thing called life. It’s brutally honest, seems a little crazy, and might be out of reach, but that’s what dreams are, right?

DISNEY

Go on a Disney Cruise

Visit during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Visit during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Visit Disneyland in California

Visit with my (future) children and have a princess/Star Wars/Toy Story trip

Run in a Disney 5k

Bring an autograph book and have children dressed as the characters sign it

Do the four parks in one day challenge Completed Spring 2017

Be a cast member Completed Spring 2017

Go on a back stage tour as a non-cast member

CAREER

Work for a Fortune 500 Company

Work for a start-up

Work for a planner company in the marketing department

Be behind the scenes in the marketing department of a company/brand I love (Ex: Erin Condren, Magnolia Homes, Starbucks, Lush Cosmetics, etc.)

PHILANTROPIC

Raise 10,000 for a charity

Be on the exec committee of one charity/organization

Be on one team for a local organization such as Junior League or United Way

BLOGGING

Get 50,000 views in a month

Get 100,000 views in a month

Get 250,000 views in a month

Get 500,000 views in a month

Get 1,000,000 views in a month

Make money blogging December 2016

Make 1,000 dollars in a month through blogging

Make 2,000 dollars in a month through blogging

Be able to financially support myself through blogging

Have a post go viral

Publish an e-book

Be featured on TV because of blog

Be featured in a magazine because of blog

Speak at an event because of blog

Attend a blogging conference

Go on a trip because of blog

Start a YouTube channel as a brand extension

TRAVEL

Attend Planners Gone Wild

Visit Washington DC

Swim with dolphins

Visit Alaska

Visit Hawaii

Travel to New Zealand

Travel to France

Travel to England

Go on a mission trip to a foreign country

PERSONAL

Become a certified fitness instructor

Graduate from college

Get married

Become a mom

Be a hand model

Pay off student debt within 5 years of graduation

Get a puppy (and spoil him/her rotten)

HEALTH & FITNESS

Run a 5k

Learn more about the nutrients in food to have the best diet for me

Work out with a personal trainer

Learn how to use weight lifting equipment safely and effectively

Learn proper work-outs to be confident working out by myself

Attend a large group fitness event

PHOTOGRAPHY

Make the switch to Canon

Own a Canon Mark line camera

Second shoot in (another) wedding

Do a (non-family members) couples’ portraits

Do a (non-family members) baby portraits

Do a (non-family members) family pictures

Do a (non-family members) young child’s/children’s photos

Do a (non-family members) senior photos again

Go to a photography conference

Own Lightroom

Be knowledgeable in how to use my camera to have the best photos possible for my future family

It’s finally time. You’ve been accepted to the once in a lifetime opportunity of the Disney College Program, selected your program dates, paid your fees, are talking to potential roommates on the Facebook page, and now you just have to choose where to live. While no matter where you live it will be great, it’s nice to know a little bit about the complexes before you preference them during housing selections. Today I’m sharing with you an overview of the complexes so you can get an idea of how you want to preference things when the time comes.

The Commons

This complex was the second to join the DCP housing family. As of recently about half of the apartments have been updated. Many of my friends from my program lived here in both the renovated and un-renovated units and really enjoyed it.

What’s Nearby: This complex is right across the street from an outlet mall. It is also a 15 minute walk from Publix and a 10 minute walk from Chatham Square, Mickey’s Retreat, and Patterson Court.

Buses: The buses that stop at The Commons typically stop inside security in front of the clubhouse. While a majority of the buses that only stop at resorts don’t have a stop here, you can always request them.

Laundry: Laundry is included in each apartment.

Amenities: The Grid convenience store, pool, tennis court, sand volleyball court, service center, front desk, computer center, and front desk.

Pros: The Grid convenience store, laundry in each apartment, and updated rooms.

Cons: Bus schedule, older apartments need renovations, and they are the most expensive.

Price Guide:

1BR/2 person: $124/wk

1BR/3 person: $109/wk

2BR/4 person: $122/wk

2BR/5 person: $102/wk

3BR/6 person: $110/wk

4BR/8 person: $109/wk

Vista Way

Vista Way is the original DCP apartment complex, making it the oldest. While some of the apartments have been updated, many of them are still in need of updating. It is known as a party complex, but if we are being honest you can find a party at any complex if you wanted.

What’s Nearby: Short walk to Wal-Greens, Chick-Fil-A, CiCi’s Pizza, Wendy’s and more. It’s also a 10-15 minute drive from the other apartment complexes.

Buses: Vista Way is known as the bus hub. All buses stop here and are often parked for 30-45 minutes here.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are available on the first floor of each complex.

Amenities: Two pools, volleyball court, Fitness Center, basketball court, service center, front desk, outdoor pool table, and tennis court.

Pros: Close to fast food restaurants, some housing events are held here, least expensive housing, and there are some updated apartments.

Cons: Everyone knows it as the ‘party complex, it is further from the other complexes, and only offers two and three bedroom apartments.

Price Guide:

2BR/4 person: $111/wk

3BR/6 person: $101/wk

Chatham Square

The third apartment complex to be added to the DCP apartment complex family it is home to many of the housing events.

What’s Nearby: Fifteen minute walk to Publix, across the street from Patterson Court and Mickey’s Retreat, and it’s a ten minute walk from The Commons.

Buses: All buses stop right outside of security in front of the clubhouse. Buses are typically stopped here for 5-10 minutes.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are only available in 4 out of the 30 buildings.

Amenities: Mickey-shaped pool, Fitness Center, outdoor pool table, volleyball court, front desk, tennis court, service center, and computer center.

Pros: Buses, the prices, and it hosts several housing events.

Cons: Apartments are outdated and in need of renovations.

Price Guide:

1BR/2 person: $120/wk

1BR/3 person: $105/wk

2BR/4 person: $115/wk

2BR/6 person: $93/wk

3BR/6 person: $107/wk

4BR/8 person: $106/wk

Patterson Court

Patterson Court is the newest and the nicest apartment complex in DCP housing, making it the most expensive complex to live at. It is known as the “senior living” complex as supposedly older CP’s like to live here.

What’s Nearby: Located right across the street from Chatham Square, it’s also a 10 minute walk from The Commons and a 15 minute walk to Publix.

Buses: The only bus that makes a stop here goes to Wal-Mart. To be able to take the buses to work you will have to walk across the street to Chatham Square.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are located in 4 of the 16 buildings.

Amenities: Pool, outdoor pool table, Fitness Center, front desk, computer center, and service center.

Pros: Newest complex and it features the largest apartments.

Cons: The price of the units, no 4 bedroom units, and no buses other than the Wal-Mart bus.

Price Guide:

1BR/2 person: $120/wk

1BR/3 person: $105/wk

2BR/4 person: $115/wk

2BR/5 person: $100/wk

3BR/6 person: $107/wk

If you’ve done the DCP, which housing complex did you live in? Are there any facts you would add to these lists? If you are considering the DCP which complexes are your top and why? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

As a blogger and vlogger myself it’s always been important to me to show appreciation to others in my community. At the moment I’m in Orlando participating in the Disney College Program, which introduced me to a completely new niche of bloggers and vloggers. Today I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my personal favorites. Please remember, these are in no particular order and I chose people no matter when their program was or if they’ve done the program. If they love Disney then they are eligible for this list. With that, let the favorites begin!

Cally Bloxam

Cally is one of the first people that I stumbled upon when I started looking into pursuing the Disney College Program. I knew that I wanted to do the program, but I wanted to hear about the program from someone who had done it. When I came across Cally I came across someone who has a true love and passion for Disney, which was something that I definitely needed to see. I watched her room tour, her DCP haul, her pin collection, her letter to her pre-DCP self, all of it. I fell in love with the idea of the program and doing the program because of Cally essentially. And I have to thank her forever for opening me up to one of the best decisions of my life. Plus, I copied her awesome autograph book idea, so there’s that.

Sarah Bellin

Sarah is one of my personal favorite DCP vloggers. I love her friendship with her former roommate Annie, I love her bubbly personality, and I love how she basically took the DCP opportunity by the horns and used every moment to her advantage. I found her channel through searching for DCP hauls and I’ve been in love with it ever since. I basically used her videos as hype videos before I left for my program. I seriously have my fingers crossed that I have the opportunity to meet Cally and Sarah during my program. As weird as it might sound, I have so much to thank them both for because they gave me the motivation to pursue the craziness that is the DCP.

Tales from the Tower

If you want informational videos about the ins and outs of the DCP, Jessica is your girl. Everything from move-in day tips to advice for surviving DCP housing, Tales from the Tower is the place to go. I found Jessica and her channel because I stumbled upon her DCP memory box video and cried my way through the whole thing. In fact, once I was accepted to the program I went back to her video and made notes on what I want to keep for my DCP memory box. I watched her videos all the way up until I left for my program and still watch them now on the program when I get the chance.

This DCP Girl

I stumbled upon the This DCP Girl through the DCP Spring 2017 Facebook page. Sarah shared the blog posts she had written from her experience during her previous program on the page for us newbies to share. Let’s just say, I was insanely grateful for her. She shared lots of tips on navigating Disney housing, the application process, and the craziness that is working for the Disney company. I’m insanely grateful to say that she’s become a dear blogging friend of mine through sharing potential blog post ideas with her and even being an admin alongside her on the DCP Bloggers Facebook page. I’m forever grateful and amazed by the amazing friendships that blogging has brought me.

Disney at Heart

Jared and Britt are two amazing Disney YouTubers that make me fall in love with Disney more every time I watch them. In fact, I kind of point my finger at Britt for getting me obsessed with Dole Whip, popcorn, and straw, strawberry, strawberry shortcake! I can’t help but have a smile on my face when I face them because they exude genuine happiness. I love their Disney hauls and Disney vlogs, but if I’m being honest they could review just about anything and I’d be watching because I have a slight obsession. In fact, I even told a few friends the other day that if I spot Jared and Britt in Disney I’m going to be way to excited to hopefully talk to them.

Oh Yeah Disney

Scott and Emily are another one of my favorite Disney couples. I love their vlogs that allow you to follow them through the parks and how they share their favorite camera equipment for their amazing photos and videos. I always look forward to their new videos and even seeing what stuffed animals Emily picks out for helping out with videos. If you check out their YouTube channel, you also need to check out their Instagram accounts as well. Their photos are always absolutely gorgeous.

Everything Disney Pins

As much shame as I feel in saying this, I used to laugh at pin trading. I thought it was silly and not worth the money. But those thoughts changed when I came across the Donoho sisters and that opinion completely changed. I saw their love of pins, collecting, and sharing the joy of pins with others and instantly I was hooked. In fact, because I them I hope to choose a series and attempt to trade to get each pin in the set. Along with their Everything Disney Pins channel they also have With the Donohos and Everything Disney Shopping. I honestly am subscribed to and watch each and every video. Nine times out of ten I probably fall asleep to their voices after a long day at work. And to spread the pin joy, check out their online pin store. It’s super organized and has some amazing pins.

Maias DCP

Maia’s DCP channel is another channel that I stumbled upon when researching the DCP. I loved that she shared so many steps of the process from finding roommates, pre-DCP haul, packing, and check in day. She even did Vlogmas while on the program, which is a huge task to complete during the DCP. Currently she posts videos that are Disney related, such as unboxing Disney Legos and sharing information about her online store. I personally own her “Once a Cast Member, always a cast member” t-shirt and I have my fingers crossed that she will add more designs as well.

Do you watch any of these YouTuber’s videos or read any of these blogs? If not, which ones would you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

In typical fashion I’m back this semester with a day in my life post. It’s basically become a tradition for me to sit down and write these out mainly so that after graduation I can come back and see what a crazy day in my life was like. In case you didn’t know I’m currently taking a semester off of school to participate in the Disney College Program and it’s definitely one of the craziest, most stressful, and fun things I’ve ever done. And while in all honesty I don’t actually have a “typical” schedule, most days go something along the lines of what I wrote below. Let’s be honest through-my alarm is either going off at 4am or I’m going to bed at 4am after getting off of a 3:15am shift. So here’s a ‘typical’ day in my life. Enjoy!

5am: My alarm goes off and it’s time to get up and get my day started. As I stated above, there really is no in between for me. I’m either up at 4 or 5 am or going to bed at 4 or 5 am. Good bye to any kind of sleep schedule.

6am: Drive to work! Yes, I head out a full hour before my shift starts to make sure I get there on time. There are many instances where there is a car wreck right outside of the park and it adds quite a bit of time to my commute, so always thinking ahead so I don’t get that half point.

6:35am: If my drive to work goes smoothly I’m at work by now. During this time I put my stuff in my locker, grab a Tell-A-Cast, and head to clock in.

6:45am: We can clock in 15 minutes before our shift is scheduled to start, so I typically always am early to clock in. Normally several of my co-workers are there as well so we spend this time chatting about how we hope the day will go and if there are any upcoming events we need to be aware of.

7am: My shift begins! Typically the first few hours after park open are very slow so I spend a lot of time standing in the door way waving at guests. People that do come into the shops are typically just browsing to pass time before a reservation or FastPass.

3:45pm: After a long day of making magic, my day is over! I clock out, grab my stuff from my locker, and head to my car.

4:15pm: Home from work, grab a quick snack, change, and tell my roommates I’m headed to the store so we can pick up our groceries.

4:30pm: Head out to get groceries! I always stop at Trader Joe’s even if it is just to pick up peach salsa and then we head to Wal-Mart to get the rest of our necessities.

5:30pm: By this time we all decide that we are hungry and head to Chick-Fil-A because it’s our favorite and where else would we go?

6:30pm: This particular day we decided to go to Disney Springs to browse Sephora because of the VIB sale. Disney Springs is seriously so dangerous for my wallet!

8pm: Finally back at the apartment. Now I shower, eat a snack, and settle into bed with Netflix or YouTube before falling asleep. So exciting, I know.

How does your schedule currently look? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!