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Erin Condren Life Planner – May

*Disclaimer – I purchased all these stickers myself, and I was not paid to give my honest review of these products.*

Another month, another chance to decorate! I’m still not happy with my planner skills, but I’m practicing and learning. I think it’s mostly because I’m just not that happy with the layout of my ELCP as I initially thought I would be. My handwriting is big and unless you’re ambidextrous it’s really difficult to fill out a spiral-bound book.  I also just can’t find a STINKING PEN that doesn’t smudge and works on matte and slick paper! I end up using white-out (ew). I’ll definitely be looking for some better pens this month – its a goal for sure! Hopefully I can do a review post on them. Do you have a favorite? Comment and let me know!!

Despite my setbacks, I DID find a really great sticker shop on etsy! The SweetPaper Co had a super cute May set that I tried and I liked it. The stickers match well to the ELCP month’s colors, and they are matte so they are easy to write on (if you have the right pen).  Next month I’m going to try and not have everything so matchy-matchy. It’s not bad, I guess it’s just not my style! Here’s my layout:

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See my other layouts here: January, February, March, April

Travel : Breckenridge, CO

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Being sick can really throw you off your game! I don’t get sick much, but when I do I guess I like to make up for lost time – thus this late post! I love to travel, and being sick wasn’t going to stop me this time. This year Bryce and I were able to take a long weekend and go to Colorado with some friends. I was excited and nervous at the same time, because it was the first time we would be leaving our baby (I have tears just thinking about it). It was hard, but I’m so glad we took the trip. We loaded up the 4-Runner and headed to Breckenridge, CO.

Despite the fact that I caught some respiratory bug, and possibly was affected by altitude sickness, I still enjoyed the mountain air and was able to get out and about. Bryce has never gotten to snowboard in the mountains, so I was excited to see his reaction when he saw how huge they are, and how much REAL snow can make a difference in your riding experience! He’s so good at boarding already, he adapted very well. I, on the other hand, still struggle with snowboarding – but I’m getting better and better the more we go!

Breckenridge is a very popular place to ski/snowboard, especially in the high season of January-March. There were a ton of people out, but the lift systems and trails that they have in place still make it nice for everyone. They have something for all sorts of winter sportsters  – greens for the newbies, double blacks for the experienced, and “bowls” for the insane. I stayed comfortable on the blues and greens. When you’re tired, just take a break at one of their many lodges! The food is a bit expensive, but you get a large amount and it is delicious.  I didn’t know before, but they also have childcare! We might just have to take baby girl back real soon…

While our group of 12 got the most of the fantastic riding conditions, I had to stay at the condo most of our second day. I did however get out to see some of Breckenridge’s cute little downtown. It’s adorable, colorful, bustling – and a shoppers paradise! A friend (who also took the day off) and I walked around, ate crepes, and strolled in and out of shops.

Here are a few of my finds:

Artisan Necklace – B for Bryce, O for Olivia, and “blessed” because I am!

Artisan Carved Candle
Colorado Onesie 

Organic Tea for the sisters

Crepes – made the only way I want them, by a hipster with a handlebar mustache. My buddy Meng was working on his social media game while we watched the crepes being made. The hipster was working too fast for me to get a good shot, you’ll just have to believe me about the handlebar mustache.

There are SO many places to eat here too. We wanted to try them all but just didn’t have enough time. I would suggest going more than 3 days if you can, to get the most of your trip! Although we didn’t get to use it, our lift tickets included a day at Vail or Keystone which are other nearby ski resorts. Hopefully we can explore those next time.

All in all, I say this is an excellent place to visit. Be prepared though, to spend some major cash, because skiing/boarding can be expensive! If you love the outdoors as much as we do, it is totally worth it. We saved money by driving (instead of flying), bringing along groceries, and splitting the cost of a condo with the rest of our group. We were also able to get a discount on our lift tickets by purchasing them early. I can’t wait to go back next year!

Where have you been lately ? Comment about your travels!!

Favorite Christmas Etsy Finds

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It’s that time of year – shopping malls are full of holiday gifters looking for the perfect present for each person on their list and online shops are quickly running out of stock. I’ve never been able to buy exactly what I’ve wanted to give each person on my list and I usually end up doing my best to make or find good sales to make up for it. My Christmas budget is always very very very small. I won’t lie though, I still love to window shop and live vicariously through others while I add to my Christmas Board on Pinterest. I thought this year I would share with you some of the awesome things I found on Etsy (another favorite site of mine). If I had enough cash in my budget you can guarantee that I’d be hitting ALL these shops up! Here are some of my favorite items – enjoy!

 

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THESE cute little hat and mitten sets by KnittingLand! Are they not the most adorable winter accessories? My baby girl would look so presh!

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THIS Harry Potter scarf…this one is for you Allison! Its the thought that counts right? This shop has all kinds of cool prints – I want like every single one. “le sigh”

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THAT tie rack though! How sleek 🙂 This is by andrewsreclaimed. The husband could really use this, and I know he’d love the clean design.

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THESE fun winter signs! I’ve seen the string art before, and these look well crafted. By: Purple Finch Creations

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THIS hair bow made by my friend Stephanie! I’m so excited because she said she could make a matching one for my newborn – so we can be twinsies. The best part about this gift is that it’s going to help her raise the funds she needs to go to Honduras for a mission trip!

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This awesome heartbeat ring! ANY nurse would love this (ahem… this one included). Very cute. I’d get one for all my coworkers in the ER – shout out to my trauma peeps!

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BATMAN! – Yeah, I mean.. who wouldn’t want this? This 3d printer shop makes all kinds of cool cookie cutters! Pretty reasonable prices I think…

UGH aren’t they all spectacular?? On second thought – I might just have to splurge…

Did you make any awesome Etsy purchases this year? Let me know! Comment below 🙂

Black Friday

There is something polarizing about Black Friday shopping. You can’t talk about it without getting a definite reaction.   People can’t see the point of staying out all night or waking up early to save a little money. I’ve heard that the deals aren’t worth the hassle. Others, feel that it’s inappropriate to contribute to a tradition that pulls people away from their families on a holiday to work. I see all sides to this argument, but I ultimately decided my small contribution won’t make or break Black Friday.

My personal feeling towards staying up to shop has changed in recent years. I used to think everyone who would join in such an exhausting tradition was crazy, then I tried it. It’s now something I’ve come to look forward to each year. My favorite part isn’t buying lots of gifts, which can be tiring. Sitting for six hours bundled up with my family and friends waiting to get a free gift card . We get to catch up on everything that seems to get forgotten in the day-to-day bustle of life. For me, the tradition is about quality time and I can’t wait for it to get here!