Catching Up: Tying the Knot

I did a thing recently.

I changed my name.

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I know I’ve been gone for….ever. But y’all, weddings are HARD! Everyone had told me this, but I had just no idea what we were in for. I planned this wedding on my own with the help of an overstuffed binder and the Knot app, and now I see why wedding planner is actually a career option. It felt like a second job planning this one day!

We also had a slight disturbance on our wedding day that made everything about 37 times more stressful. It was Matthew, our uninvited crasher.

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The Saturday before our wedding, it was an absolutely gorgeous day- cool, crisp, sunshine; the first day that really felt like Autumn had arrived. I went out for an awesome 10 miler with some running friends, and as I walked back to my car, I called my mom about some minute wedding detail.

“Have you looked at the weather for next weekend?” she asked me.

“Yeah! I looked a couple days ago. It’s going to be in the 70s and sunny!” I replied absent-mindedly.

“Oh, baby… There’s a hurricane coming.” If you can imagine hearing a frown in someone’s voice, then you can understand how my mom sounded on the other end of the phone. My thoughts immediately jumped to my perfectly-planned, Pinterest-inspired, craft beer and BBQ themed wedding…. that was to take place in a tent.

I of course spent the next four days doing what any normal bride would do. I panicked and refreshed the Google Weather/Accuweather/Weatherbug/The Weather Channel/National Hurricane Center websites and apps on my phone about every five minutes.

It didn’t look good. The storm kept strengthening, moving slow as molasses in January, while I sat in denial, horror, and panic that my wedding day would not, in fact, be the picture-perfect day I had planned.

By Tuesday, things started changing. This went from a pretty superficial concern to something a lot more serious. Things were not looking good for Haiti, and our bartender called me Tuesday afternoon.

“Is the wedding still on? I just saw that Aiken County cancelled school for the rest of the week.”

I about started hyperventilating, somewhere between bewildered and livid. I had just left work without hearing a peep about this. I stayed late readying my sub plans and materials for the next week in keeping with my usual OCD self, which ended up being a blessing in disguise!

After assuring the bartender that yes, we would be getting married, I refreshed my weather apps and continued about my day. Our families started arriving–earlier than planned, because my mom had to evacuate her house in Hilton Head–where Matthew was predicted to hit directly at category 5 force.

By Thursday, we started talking options., but I still refused to believe that our tent couldn’t hold up to the winds. You see, our venue was my dream venue. We booked The Rye Patch knowing that we couldn’t fit everyone inside. I envisioned having a huge tent on the lawn, kids dodging in and out between playing in the grass and exploring Hopelands Gardens adjacent.

On Friday morning, the tent company told us they couldn’t set up the tent, but they could still deliver our tables and lighting. First, we thought about squeezing everyone into the mansion at The Rye Patch, but I knew it would make our guests uncomfortable and the party would be over within 30 minutes. We called our Church, which has a huge hall that would more than accommodate our 150 guests.

It was expensive. Really expensive.

I hung up the phone in tears. I remember sitting at our kitchen counter, my mom on one side, almost-husband on the other, and seeing everything I planned for the past year crumble, unsure if the wedding was even going to happen.

The phone rang not five minutes later. It was our Priest. He said we could have our reception there – no strings attached.

After that, I was running on pure adrenaline. It started getting really nasty Friday afternoon. The Rye Patch called and said they couldn’t have the wedding there due to the city shutting down for the storm–again we counted our blessings that our Church took us in at the last minute. It poured all through the rehearsal dinner. It poured all night Friday night, and as I lay in bed with my best friend, my last night as an unmarried lady, I listened to the wind howl outside for hours. I think I slept maybe two hours.

Our hairdresser texted me Saturday morning. “Are we still on? It’s pretty bad outside. I think downtown lost power.”

At this point I had to laugh. If I had to show up to this thing with my hair in a homemade updo, then so be it. This wedding was going. to. happen.

By the grace of God (again!) we had power at the salon. And around 12:00, something amazing happened. It stopped raining.

Our original plan was to get ready upstairs at the mansion. We got ready upstairs at the Church.

The boys got ready at the hotel, and our Best Man played messenger.

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Those last 30 minutes before the ceremony were agonizing. I can’t put into words how it felt sneaking across the way to the Church and hiding back in the spiral stairwell to the choir loft with our sweet ringbearer, listening to Canon in D. It was like all of the stress of the past year, and especially the past week, melted away. My mom took my arm and it was go time. I thought I would want to see all the faces of our family and friends who traveled for this day, but as soon as the doors opened, I had tunnel vision.

The ceremony passed by so fast. We picked our readings and music months before, and I hadn’t thought much about them since.

First Reading – 

“On their wedding night Sarah got up, and she and Tobiah started to pray and beg that deliverance might be theirs. He began with these words: “Blessed are you, O God of our fathers; praised be your name forever and ever. Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever. You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve to be his help and support; and from these two the human race descended. You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; let us make him a partner like himself.’ Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust, but for a noble purpose. Call down your mercy on me and on her, and allow us to live together to a happy old age.” Tobit 8:5-7

Second Reading – 

“Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:8a

Gospel – 

“Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” Matthew 7:21, 24-25

Can you believe that Gospel?! I still find it hilarious that we picked that out, VOLUNTARILY, in May. It’s almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Whoops!

After the ceremony, it was time to PARTY! After 769 pictures, that is.

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We popped some champagne took off in a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through downtown. There were so many people out due to all the evacuees from out of town. We wound up at the Willcox, our home for the night, exhausted, relieved, and best of all… married.

It wasn’t the picture-perfect day I had planned. We didn’t have gold chiavari chairs. In fact, our chairs didn’t even all match due to miscommunication from the rental company. We had to borrow linens from the Church because the order got messed up. The weather was clearly less than ideal. A few of our guests couldn’t make it, and some had to stay longer than they planned.

It wasn’t a perfect day. But it was the best day.

And for that, I will forever hold it in my heart. Flaws and all.

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More info about our wedding:

Vendors

  • Dress: Allure Bridals, purchased at Elegant Bridals in Augusta, GA
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy, purchased through Weddington Way
  • Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
  • Photography: Dailey Alexandra Photography
  • Florals: Dyson Designs
  • Catering: Dukes Barbecue, An Eventful Year (cake) and Ed’s Bartending
  • DJ and Photobooth: M&S Mobile Designs
  • Favors: activity books for the kids and handmade beer soaps from Etsy
  • Rehearsal Dinner: The Stables at Rose Hill

Music

  • Bridal Party Entrance: Canon in D
  • Bridal Processional: Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary)
  • Communion Hymn: Ave Maria
  • Recessional: Ode to Joy
  • First Dance: Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Last Dance: At Last – Etta James
  • Mother-Daughter Dance: Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • Mother-Son Dance: My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • Father/Daughter in Law Dance: Only Time – Enya
  • Bouquet Toss: Goldigger – Kanye West
  • Garter Toss: American Woman – The Guess Who
  • Cake Cutting: The Sweetest Thing – U2
  • Send-off: Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
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Hello. It’s me.

I’m alive. For the record. Life has been rather busy since I last posted! What have I been up to?

Getting Married

bips-1387The wedding will get its own post soon, but here it is in a nutshell: Hurricane Matthew + the ultimate pre-wedding meltdown + the best day ever.

Work

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Running, Running, and More Running

18274947_10208314011519678_4194667512918776320_nSince my last post, I have run 4 more halfs and….. I AM A MARATHONER! This epic weekend will receive its own post ASAP!

Adulting

18404046_10208329051575670_8793015558423701217_oI’m headed back to school, y’all! In a few weeks, I will start my M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning with a focus in Instructional Coaching at Clemson University. I am beyond excited and also kinda freaking out about juggling everything, but we will make it work!

Stay tuned for more details about wife life/bridezilla mode/tears at mile 23!

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Julia

Weekly Wrap No.5

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Hello, friends! I’m linking up over at Mississippi Piddlin and HoHo Runs to recap week one of PEACHTREE training! It’s crazy to think that the 4th is only 8 weeks out, but here we are already!

I am LOOSELY following Nike+ Running’s Intermediate 10K coach program. I say loosely because I’m awkwardly in between the intermediate and advanced plans, mileage-wise. I didn’t want to jump into the advanced one and burn out, so I decided to try the intermediate one and really focus on speed work this summer.

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Monday | No plan?!

Monday was the day before my plan officially started, and conveniently Aiken’s monthly Sole Sisters meeting! I was so happy to finally be able to meet up after joining the Facebook group a couple months ago. We got in almost 4 easy miles alternating running and walking. It was the perfect way to jump back into running after Run United. After we finished, we headed to Maria’s, a local Mexican restaurant. Cheers!

3.66 miles; 45:52; 12:32 pace 

Tuesday | Rest

You guessed it! Tuesday was consumed with yard jobs and more wedding planning. I lead an exciting life, my friends.

Wednesday | Speed Work

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On the agenda for today was my first speedy day (and, coincidentally, the first day of training). I headed to one of Aiken’s running tracks and did a one-mile warm-up followed by 2.5 miles of fartleks and a .5 of easy running. Despite the INSANE HEAT (although this is nothing compared to how it will be in a few weeks), I was really pleased with my pace. I alternated two minutes harder with two minutes easier. My harder paces hovered between about 7:50-8:30, with my final one averaging around 7:20. Score! It was tough but gratifying to see some good pick-ups, especially towards the end.

4.00 miles; 38:02; 9:30 pace

Thursday | 3 miles easy

After a minor wedding-planning-fueled meltdown, I headed to the track for some easy miles. I was truly running off the crazy. There is nothing that some sweat and take-out sushi can’t fix.

3.12 miles; 30:31; 9:52 pace

Friday | Cross

After work Friday, Jeff and I hustled over to the gym and I hopped on the indoor bike. That was victory number one. Historically I have skipped my cross days, then felt guilty, and then continued to skip. Resolution #1 this training cycle: speedwork. Resolution #2: cross train (including STRENGTH). I meant to snap a picture of my stats when I finished my bike ride, but we were trying to hurry to head down to an Augusta Green Jackets game, so I immediately grabbed some water and fit in about 10 minutes of core work.

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Still a win! It was great to get in something besides running for the first time in a long time.

10.00 mile bike ride; core work

Saturday | 3 miles

I was wanting to do something a little different than road running, so I took my run to Hitchcock Woods around 10:00 on Saturday morning.

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned the woods on here before, but I’ll say it again. They are AWESOME. With 70 miles of trails spread amongst 2,100 acres, it’s paradise for hikers, equestrians, and the occasionally nutty trail runner. I probably saw around a dozen people out riding in the FABULOUS weather. While the trails are nicely shaded, they are mostly soft sand, so running in there is tough. Luckily the views and friendly faces make the going easier. My favorite thing about the woods is that I have never felt unsafe in there and they are extremely clean. I love that they’re smack in the middle of downtown Aiken, but you feel like you’re miles from everything. I still have a ton of trails left to explore in there!

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I ended up stretching my run to 5 easy miles to make my time on the trails worth it, which was smart, since later that night we went to The Big Mo, a delightfully retro and quaint drive-in about 30 minutes away. And, of course, you can’t go to the drive-in without….

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FUNNEL CAKE! That bad boy only cost me $2.50 and I don’t want to know how many calories. Seriously, though, for $8.00, you get to see a double-feature of current movies (we saw Captain America: Civil War and Jungle Book) and you can bring blankets and not get weird looks from strangers! It’s a win-win.

5.00 miles; 1:00:11; 12:02 pace <— forgot to pause watch when yielding to horsies. Oops!

All around, it was a pretty great week running-wise. This week I’m sticking-ish to my plan but will be participating in Aiken’s Triple Crown Road Race (a 10-miler). I say participating and not racing because I do not plan on killing myself trying to be fast (fast for me, at least) on what I’m assuming will be a hot and humid morning. Instead, this will just be an extra-fun training run that happens to include bling at the end. Yay!

On another note… today marks ONE MORE MONDAY in the school year and only 12 days left with my munchkins. I will miss those sweet faces, but SAYONARA, FIVE AM WAKE-UPS! Or, more accurately, five-AM work wake-ups… But I’m not thinking about that right now. 🙂

Total mileage for the week – 20 miles

 

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Five for Friday

I can’t believe it’s already Friday. Talk about a fast week! After having Monday and Tuesday off, Wednesday was an early release day for the kiddos (full day for the grown-ups). The past two days flew by, and now it’s time for a little linky party fun! You can join in over at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

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Getting Flowers

When I got home from work last Friday, I found dinner and flowers waiting for me… for no reason. And we all know that is one of the best feelings. 🙂 Good work, Jeff! We capped off the night with a deliciously indulgent candy binge (I literally ate an entire Cookies n’ Cream bar…King Sized… and a bag of gummy worms. But it’s okay, because I run. Or something).

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THE RETURN OF THIS BEAUTIFUL PRODUCT.

Do I really need to say more? We’ve already been over the fact that coffee is a daily staple for me, without which I probably would be an absolute dragon lady. But this. THIS. IS. PERFECTION. Please don’t remind me of the giant list of unpronounceable ingredients. I’m taking one for the team, here.

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Fire Safety Week!

Our fire safety week fun was cut short this week, but we were still able to squeeze in a few read-alouds, craftivities, videos, and even a guest speaker! A parent of one of the first graders is a fire fighter, and he came in this morning to show us his cool uniform and answer our questions. Probably the best moment was when he asked the children what they can do when their smoke alarm goes off. Winning answer? “You can smack it.” Good idea. We did some shared writing (above) and their ideas were precious. When I sent up three kiddos to give him our letter, he asked them to read it. One of them said she couldn’t. #proudteachermoment #nexttimewewillrehearse

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Skinny Pumpkin Muffins!

Okay, so the skinny part may be a stretch. But these DO only require two ingredients, so the prep-work involved is skinny! Yeah. Mix a box of spice cake mix with some canned pumpkin. SO DELICIOUS. And surprisingly filling, although I will probably still consume 5 a day until they are gone.

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Getting Hitched

I realized this week that 2016 is a leap-year. I realized this when October 8 fell on a Thursday and I have a minor meltdown thinking I scheduled our wedding for 2:00 on a Friday instead of 2:00 on a Saturday. So, as of today, we have 365 days until my name changes and I confuse all of the children. Yay!

And there you have it! Plans for this weekend include my Church’s annual Chocolate Festival (!!!) and a visit from my Mom. Happy Friday!

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Five for Friday

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New to Five for Friday? Head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for an explanation.

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Before/After Photos

I know I already uploaded pictures of my classroom last night, but let’s be real. Before and after photos always put things in perspective!


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This Recipe

I probably make this dinner twice a month, at least. Probably more like three times a month (thrice?). Is there any kitchen appliance better than a crockpot? Well. Besides a Keurig… I think not. I threw this together yesterday morning, thought to myself on my drive home about how much I didn’t want to deal with cooking, then smelled its deliciously Tex-Mex aroma when I opened the door. Bliss. It’s also cheap and decently healthy if you want it to be!

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The Daily Five

I’m one of seven first-grade teachers at my school, so we’ve split up lesson planning to simplify our lives. Each person has a subject to plan, but we independently plan interventions and literacy centers depending on where the students are. Our district has a literacy model to follow, and it turns out that The Daily Five jives with it beautifully! I did not use this method last year, but I have heard so much about it in the teacher blogosphere I decided to check it out. Turns out our professional library at school had the first edition, and I will say, I’m a convert. I can’t wait to implement it with my firsties! There are A TON of resources for it online, especially at the Sisters’ website linked in the title above.

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THE Wedding Binder

I think I wrote on my last Five for Friday (in July…oops.) about how I was debating about getting a wedding binder or just using The Knot. I don’t know why I was ever unsure, because I am the essence of an obsessively organized pencil-and-paper person. I caved and bought The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer, and oh my goodness, it is wonderful. I like that it coincides well with The Knot website. Everything is already organized into tabs and it has informational sheets and worksheets to do before, during, and after making big decisions on vendors. Jeff totally loved filling out the wedding color inspiration worksheet with me… 🙂

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Songza

Have you heard of Songza? It’s like Pandora’s underrated sibling. You get one commercial before your music starts playing, but I think that’s only when using the app. I’ve never heard commercials while using it on the computer, which is saying something because I’ve used it for lesson planning music since my sophomore year of college. It’s not really a new discovery, but I’m listening to it while typing this up and tackling the rest of my to-do list and decided to share the love. You can browse by genre, decade, activity, and mood. My personal favorite playlist on there is Harvest Moon. I can listen to it and pretend it’s fall, which is always a win.


And there’s the week in a nutshell! I haven’t seen much of the outside world, so my five this week is sort of unexciting. I’m sure next week will be much more eventful! Here’s to the last weekend of summer before the next adventure begins! 🙂

Questions

Do you use the Daily Five? What’s your experience been with it? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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Five for Friday

Happy Friday, y’all! It’s my last official Friday of summer break. Next week, I have a long-term planning day with my new grade level team on Monday, then volunteering at an early registration day on Tuesday, and then new hire orientation on Wednesday and Thursday. I’m hoping to squeeze in some time in my classroom to work on my displays. I have all of my furniture arranged and everything I moved in with me organized, but I still need to do all of the fun decorating and not-so-fun binder organization.

But, it’s Friday, so there’s only one thing that means… Five for Friday Header

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Pizza

I went out for pizza twice this week. At the same restaurant: Mellow Mushroom. Am I ashamed? Nope. I used to try to steer clear of pizzas made using bases other than tomato sauce, but I really took a leap of faith and branched out this week, ordering not one, but TWO pizzas with an olive oil base. Daring, I know. What did I choose? Mellowterranean and Thai Dye, both of which were equally amazing in their own ways. I’ll try to chill next week, but the place has also trivia, so I don’t know if I’ll prevail…

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Summer Reading

Am I going to have time to read anything other than 6-year-olds’ paragraphs after this week? The thought makes me misty eyed. My last book of the summer is going to be The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand. I haven’t gotten as far into it as I would have liked, but time has really flown this week. While not mind-numbing, it’s definitely what I’d call a fluffy beach read; I don’t think I’d be too into it during any other time of year than summer. If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, I’d say it’s similar, only with grown adults. Whatever.

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The Knot

Have I mentioned before that I’m an obsessive planner? As in, each item on my to-do list has its own to-do list. It’s like to-do list inception. I told myself I wouldn’t even think of wedding plans until after the first few weeks of school, but I’m literally incapable. I need to be juggling approximately 17 different causes of stress in order to function as a productive human being. So, after extensive Googling of the best wedding planning websites, apps, and binders (because I don’t actually have time to be Googling such fluffy stuff, but it’s summer, so…), I settled on The Knot. I’m sure I’ll regret saying this later, and someone please remind me when I’m sitting in a corner, crying over flower inspirations and nursing a bag of gummy worms, but I don’t think that this whole wedding planning thing is going to make me want to tear my eyeballs out like every other person I’ve spoken to who has gotten married recently. I mean, I plugged in our tentative date and budget, and I magically got an itemized checklist in chronological order, a countdown according to days, weeks, and months, and even an itemized budget. This is a list nerd’s dream.

Again, someone please remind me of this little soliloquy five months from now.

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This Article

WeAreTeachers shared an article this week from Chalkboard Connections about something called deep data, and it truly gives perspective during this time of year when it’s so easy to focus more on door decorations than the munchkins who are about to walk through that door. I did not keep written data about each of my students’ preferences last year, but I’m going to try it out this year. I think this will be especially insightful and grounding during the time of year when I feel my energy and patience start to slip.

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TpT Sitewide Back to School SALE!

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On August 3-4, TeachersPayTeachers is throwing a sitewide sale to help you get ready for the upcoming school year. Everything in my store will be 20% off! To make things even easier next week, go ahead and wishlist your favorite items for easy access during the sale!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Erin Condren Teacher Planner Review + A FREEBIE!

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Last week, I got an exciting delivery in the mail:

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My Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner!

I wasn’t sure if I could justify spending that much on a planner, but there was a sale. How was I supposed to turn that down? I’ve always been a Lilly girl, but I found last year that I just didn’t have enough space for everything. Enter Erin Condren. Let me just say, I am in love with this planner and the school year hasn’t even begun yet. I am an obsessive organizer and I don’t go anywhere without my precious planner… which will be especially true this year with wedding planning! Eek.

So, without further ado, here is my review of my beautiful little delivery.

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The cover of the planner and the coils seem extremely durable, which is great because there is nothing more annoying than your coil unravelling and having your pages and/or cover half-hanging on for dear life. There is also a plastic ruler attached to the front, and you can customize the cover with your name and school (which I photoshopped out for safety reasons). I ordered the Bloom pattern in yellow, which is my favorite color.

FullSizeRender (18)The inside of the planner is super colorful and bright.

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It also came with some cute little stickers.

Erin Condren PlannerThe tabs also seem sturdy and include:

  • Dates
  • Absent
  • Graph
  • Tabs for each month
  • Lessons
  • Checklists

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This is a sample of a monthly spread page for December. The planner comes with sticky date dots, organized by month, for you to put in the planner. This can be helpful if you end up not using the planner during the year you ordered it in, but you do need to be careful putting the dots down. I accidentally started March on the wrong day and didn’t realize it until after I had put down all the other dots for that month.

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This is your weekly lesson view, organized across the top by subject/period and down the side by day. I type my lesson plans, but I’m planning on jotting down my daily walkthroughs in this section for quick referencing throughout the day.

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There is a full-sized, double-sided pocket folder at the back of the planner.

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At the very end of the planner is a zipper bag for hanging on to smaller items. It came filled with some freebies and samples from the company.

I opted to have two clear plastic page protectors and an extra set of checklists inserted at the back of my planner, as well (not pictured). Also not pictured are the colorful stickers you can use on your monthly view. Three pages of stickers were included:

  • assembly
  • IEP
  • duty
  • staff meeting
  • furlough
  • holiday
  • two pages of blank stickers for you to customize

I plan on using my monthly view pages to keep track of work and personal commitments, and if I have an extra section in my weekly lesson planner view, I may use it as a “personal” column for scheduling wedding planning, half marathon training, and social events.

So long as the planner hold up well during the school year, I definitely think I will be sticking with Erin Condren next year. If you’re interested in ordering one for yourself, here is my referral link. If you order, I will receive $10 towards a future purchase. If you’re not a teacher, don’t despair! There are a ton of other adorable products. I have my eye on a desktop calendar, clipboard, and the wedding planner (so cute)! I haven’t bought a wedding planning binder yet. Other brides I’ve talked to said they never used theirs and instead opted to use WeddingWire or The Knot. However, I am very much a paper-and-pencil type of girl, so I might buy one anyway.

The Freebie 

Totally Free Tuesday

(On a Wednesday…oops.) 

When I got into my classroom, I was delighted to find that I have a sink at the back of the room. However, the paper towel dispenser has a not-so-kid-friendly poster about hand-washing on it that looks like it’s been water damaged from years of splashing.  I put together a differentiated poster packet for other teachers in the same boat. I plan on laminating the primary level poster from my packet and covering the old poster.

Click the picture below to grab your freebie today! There are options for primary classrooms (Pre-K–first) and older elementary (2-3)! Please remember to rate the product after downloading!

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