Monday, December 16, 2013

On the 11th Day of Christmas: I started organizing with you!


On the 11th Day of Christmas, I started sharing some organization tips to help you get ready for the new year!

Beginning in January girls, we're getting organized.  My 52 Shades of Shay posts will be about organizing your desk, your closet, your photos, your scrapbook, your calendar, your pantry...YOUR LIFE!  I may have a lot of flaws (many!) but there's one thing I am...ORGANIZED.  And I want you to be too!

So, we're starting today with help from my good friend Erin Condren and we're organizing your day planner (at this point, my mother needs to really focus, the other day, I was telling her how we had 3 parties the first 5 days of January and then I asked her if she had a calendar and she said no...listen up mama!).  And this day planner business is totally a Shade of Shay (so this is a double-duty post!).

Right now, you're either totally clueless or totally excited...it all depends on if you know who Erin Condren is...

Collage courtesy of 4 You with Love

...Erin Condren is the queen of all things organized, whimsical, practical and FUN!  I could go on and on about how much I love her stuff...but today, I'm focusing on her Life Planners.  This is mine...

...I love, love, love mine!  Every year when mine arrives, I get giddy with excitement!  Now, you know me...my year runs August to July (because that's how my brain works...the beginning of school, will always be the beginning of the year in my head)...and the fabulous thing about Erin Condren is that you get to make your Life Planner fit your calendar year!  I picked the cover that includes photos but there are also some really pretty pre-designed covers you can chose from too.  Click here to see all of your options.

So, how is this planner a Shade of Shay?  Because my entire life is inside.  This is my right-hand man that keeps my family and me organized!  Take a peak inside...

...I had to show you blank pages in mine because I write so much personal info all over it!  I write down recipes, travel plans for clients, our personal finances, notes about what I'm going to bring to parties (food and such), reminders...everything is written in here!  I use Erin's special markers that don't bleed through and my book is full of color coded details (my travel clients' info is written in orange, Mix and Match Mama stuff is in blue, birthdays are in red, etc.).  I love that it has a "keep it together" folder for all of our party invites, it comes with reminder stickers, a ruler...so much!  This little planner can totally help get your life in order this 2014.

Here are my thoughts on day planners verses planners on electronic devises...

1. I'm already on my phone way too much, I don't need to be checking it even more often to see my schedule.

2. For some reason writing things down on paper makes me remember it more.

3. I love crossing things off in my planner once the task is accomplished...it's a feeling of productivity.

4. I like how this planner has folders to keep things like invites and such grouped together (my phone can't do that).

5. I can talk on my phone and go through my calendar at the same time (something Sheaffer and I do often as we're organizing our blogs).

6. There are note pages in the back of the planner where I keep Christmas lists, party ideas, recipe ideas, banking information...seriously, my entire life.  I love having those notes and lists right next to my calendar.

Everyone is different, but for me...this day planner keeps me super organized and together.  

To celebrate this Shade of Shay and our 11th Day of Christmas, we are giving away one $200 Erin Condren gift card and one $50 Erin Condren gift card.  Woohoo!!!  It's time to ORGANIZE!

To see everything Erin Condren, click here.   

We've had such a busy and full last few days!  A new Shull family tradition is participating in our church's Christmas Journey.  Andrew has done it several years but this was mine and the kids first time.  Christmas Journey is our church's drive-thru nativity.  It requires 1000 cast members from our church, live animals (like horses, camels, donkeys, etc), fire pits, huge sets that they start building Labor Day, very realistic costumes...it's amazing!  We had around 15,000 cars drive through in 4 nights.  My family participated the first 2 nights and it was really special...

Cutest.shepherd boy.ever.


And then this was Smith by the end of the night.  

You're constantly on stage (there are about 15 scenes with stages that each car drives by one at a time while listening to the Christmas message on a CD  that we've given them at the front gate).  At 8:20, Smith came up to me, lifted his arms and said, "I'm ready to go to sleep Mommy".  I picked him up and he went right to sleep.  So, I acted out my scene the remaining 40 minutes with sleeping Smith.  This was us walking back to the car.

And then this is my sweet little villager.  Love my girl.

On Saturday morning, we got up and headed to the mall to meet the family!


I love how they stood there for such a long time chatting.  They're so sweet together :).


Their favorite part of the weekend...having their balloon animals made!  They have played and played and played with these things!


My girl and me at Starbucks...the perfect way to end the day.

And now, on to our Elf Buddy...

...underwear humor is a big deal at our house.  My kids thought this was hysterical!  And it was so simple for me to do!

It's Monday...Christmas is 9 days away!  Here are your daily deals...there is still time (especially if you're buying something for New Years Eve!).

 This is Gap's Deal!  Click here to shop.



Loft has 40% off all sale items!  Click here.

J Crew has 30% off site wide!  Click here.


And you still have time for free delivery at Nordstrom by Christmas Eve!  Shop their sales too by clicking here.

Happy shopping sales!



And this recipe is the perfect marriage between coffee and chocolate.  Whoopie Pies are simple to make but they look amazing...and they are always, always the first things to go when I take them to a party.  Click here to see my Chocolate Cappuccino Whoopie Pie recipe (and Meal Planning Monday is there too!!).

Happy Monday!  Tomorrow is our HUGE 12th Day of Christmas!!!  Sheaffer and I are so excited!  

And the winner of the Origami Owl giveaway is Mary Rood!  Congrats Mary!  Please email Sheaffer at pinteresttoldmeto@yahoo.com.

On the 1st Day of Christmas: I explained a lot to you and gave away a HUGE gift card!
On the 2nd Day of Christmas: I wrapped presents galore and gave away jewelry! 
On the 3rd Day of Christmas: I went for a carriage ride and spent all of my awesome Gap cash!
On the 4th Day of Christmas: I talked to you about...so many fun and festive things!
On the 5th Day of Christmas: I told you how to have your own Jammy Cocoa Christmas! 
On the 6th Day of Christmas: We had a snow day and ate lots of yummy goodies!
On the 7th Day of Christmas: I hosted a recipe exchange!
On the 8th Day of Christmas: We met Santa Claus!
On the 9th Day of Christmas: I told you how to hang those Christmas cards!
On the 10th Day of Christmas: I helped you with your men!


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Jill said...

I love those life planners!

Anonymous said...

Erin Condren is one of my favorites! I'm on my 3rd planner now!

Ashley Hunter said...

I love the Erin Condren planners!

Kristi said...

I got my first Erin Condren Life Planner this year and I love it! My calendar year also starts in August when school starts.

John and Brenden said...

Love Shay, Sheaffer, and Erin Condren!

Andrea said...

Oh my! I have been wanting one of these planners. I sure hope I am the lucky person! Loving your 12 days of Christmas!!

Sheila said...

I would LOVE to win!!!!!

Greiner Family said...

So fun! I need to get organized :)

Greiner Family said...

So cute! I need to get organized!

Maria C. said...

Looking forward to getting organized in 2014.

Anonymous said...

Excited about the giveaway. I need more organization!

Ashhog said...

Love that you can do photos on the planner!

Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said...

LOVE Erin Condren! Great giveaway!

Melissa Chambers said...

I get giddy when my Erin Condren planner arrives! I am excited to start using my new one in January!

Alison Steigler Moyle said...

Loving your 12 days!!!

Andrea said...

I would love a planner! I'm enjoying your series!!! :)

Susan said...

This would be so amazing to win! Looking forward to your organizing posts. I need to get my house organized - so tired of my not organized house.

Jenna said...

Always love your organization tips!

Meggie said...

I love my life planner!!

Tara G. said...

This would be a step up from the calendar I currently use!

Anonymous said...

I love my Erin Condren planner! Thanks for introducing me to her last year. :)

Kristin

Jessica Leigh said...

I heart Erin Condren! Wonderful giveaway!

Nicole Looney said...

Love these planners!

Jess said...

So excited about this giveaway! I need a little more organization in my life. Thanks for the tips!

Emily said...

I love my Erin Condren Planner! I haven't ordered mine for the new year yet though! What a fun series you you are going to do starting in January! Really looking forward to it.

www.emilyabernathy.com

Amanda said...

I LOVE Erin Condren!!

Amanda said...

I LOVE Erin Condren!!

Mary said...

I have been eyeing these for a few months now, what a great opportunity to get one! Love the teacher one for me! Love all you do for us!

Tracy said...

GREAT give-away! I still love a paper planner as well. :)

Rene's Ramblings said...

Love Erin Condren!!

Rene's Ramblings said...

Love Erin Condren!

Anne Harvey said...

This is awesome! What a good gift idea!!

Janelle K. said...

I Love, love, love my Erin condren planner!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

LOVE the picture of those 2 at Northpark! But if we're being honest, not as much as I love Erin Condren. :)

Julie said...

Wonderful planners! I would love to have one.

Julie said...

Wonderful planners! I would love to have one.

Maria said...

I love my EC life planner! What a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful organizational tools!
Melissa g

Miranda said...

Great giveaway!

Kristin said...

I love my EC life planner!

Brooke said...

Thank you for doing this! What Mommy doesn't need some help to get more organized?

Jenny M said...

The Christmas journey looks like an amazing experience!

Brooke said...

Thanks for the giveaway and what Mommy doesn't need some help to get organized?

ashleythurston said...

Great giveaway!

Julie Connelly said...

I ordered my very first planner this year...LOVE. IT. Like you, my life is in there & keeps me so organized!!! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!!!

Kerri said...

Love EC!

Kimberly said...

I follow you on instagram. Love your daily pictures.

Suzee said...

We went to the Christmas Journey last night for the first time. How did I not know this was here?!?! I was so in awe of the sets, participants, and the story....love. My favorite scenes were the opened door at the tomb, and the Town of Bethlehem. And the Trial with Pilate. An hour in the carline was soooo worth it. Such a true labor of love.

Ny said...

Omg, the thought of winning a Erin Condren gift card makes me giddy! I believe. Ha ha!

Sara Madsen said...

Brilliant. Love this!

Jessica Still said...

Great giveaway! The planner looks great.

Becky said...

Love these planners!

Sarah Allen Davidson said...

Love Erin Condren, lover her planners, love her stickers, love both of you ladies blogs! Thanks for making my day everyday! (And for confirming it's totally ok to be addicted to Starbucks :)

Anonymous said...

Ah, would LOVE to win the planner! I've heard such good things about Erin Condren products but have not yet tried them out for myself!

Karen Schmitt said...

I'd love an Erin Condren planner! Great giveaway!!

Amber said...

Ah, would LOVE to win the planner! I've heard such good things about Erin Condren products but have not yet tried them out for myself!

mlc said...

Pick me!

Kelly said...

I just ordered her address book!

Danielle Morman said...

I live by my planner. Without it I would be lost in this world. My planner def. holds my sanity!! It makes life so much easier.

Sonia Salas-Limon said...

Love the costumes!!

Katy said...

I've been using a life planner for 3 years now--Erin Condren is my absolute FAV!!! LOVE this giveaway:)!!

Amy Flemister said...

I LOVE my planner!!! It's the best money ever spent. Do you use both the monthly planner and the weekly planner?? I want to use all parts but I don't know how to organize it using both parts...

kayla b said...

Love your blog Shay and love Erin Condren!!!

Lily said...

I have heard about Erin Condren planners and would love to finally try them!

Janelle said...

Love these planners!

Amanda S said...

LOVE those life planners!

Margarita Simonetti said...

I love my planners too! I don't seem to remember to put anything in my phone anyway!

rebekah f said...

great giveaway!! thanks so much for the opportunity! was wanting to order that life planner for a while now!

Tara Long said...

I am an organized mom too, I would love to try this planner.

Jessica said...

I NEED one of those planners!! : ) happy holidays!

Jessica said...

I NEED one of those planners : ) this organized momma needs more than her phone to keep this life in line!! Happy holidays!

Sally said...

Got to make those whoopie pies! Your children are precious! Merry Christmas!

Laura Fuller said...

A beautiful planner. This looks like something I need to be a part of!

Rachel Brown said...

Great giveaway! Can't wait for your organizing tips.

Julie said...

Erin Condren planners are the best!

Shesabigstar said...

I NEED a EC life planner in my life for 2014!

Kim said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

LINDSAY said...

OMG I LOVE Erin Condren!! And I totally agree- I love planners where I can write things and keep notes and lists and cross stuff off! I am just about to get my first real teaching job and am dying to get one of her teacher lesson planners, they are amazing! Love this giveaway!

Terrie Mathison said...

I love my erin condrin planner. I've been using her planner for 3 years and my 2014 is on it's way! Thanks for the great giveaway and blog. Love it!

Miranda said...

Love EC planners, this would help me get one I've been lusting over!

kristenortendahl said...

An Erin Condren planner is on my Christmas list this year - I'd love to organize the chaos that is my life in one of these beautiful books! Merry Christmas to the Shull Family!

Kristian said...

Oh my goodness! I've been dreaming of owning one of these planners since this time last year! I would love to own one AND to organize my life!! Looking forward to your next 52 Shades of Shay....yay!!

Elizabeth said...

I would LOVE to win!

Katie said...

I'm a teacher and I need that gift card!!!!!!

Emily S said...

Pick me please :)

Lindsey said...

I've always wanted one of these planners!!!!

Loni said...

I need to bite the bullet and finally buy one of these planners! They get such rave reviews from so many bloggers. Maybe 2014 will be the year I do it! :)

Terri Tobias said...

I love these life planners! She also makes a teacher planner for all you teachers out there. Its great!

Terri Tobias said...

These are great planners. Especially the teacher planner!

Laura said...

Completely unrelated to this post :) we are hosting a scarf exchange party as a women's gathering for our church in January! Thanks for the idea!!!!

mhudmon said...

I love erin condren's life planners..simply amazing!

madhealthchick said...

I love that you have a giveaway for Erin Condren- her enthusiasm and creativity is inspiring!

madhealthchick said...

I love that you're featuring Erin Condren- her creativity and enthusiasm is inspiring!

Jill Gruber said...

I have been wanting a life planner! My calendar year also starts when school starts in August.

Angela Ellingson said...

I love being organized!! Makes everything better. The live nativity sounds so so amazing and yes the kids looked soooo cute!

Angela Ellingson said...

I love being organized!! Makes everything better. The live nativity sounds so so amazing and yes the kids looked soooo cute!

klmoore23 said...

This is right up my alley today! Sometimes I'll write down things I've already done on my 'to-do' list just so I can cross them off for a bonus feeling of accomplishment! ;)

Erica S said...

I have always coveted an Erin Condren planner just couldn't ever justify the cost. They really are beautiful.

Beth said...

I've admired her planners for a long time but have never owned one. Would love to win!

Anonymous said...

Love these planners!!!Would love to win! :)

Jan Fisher
jan.fisher@comcast.net

amy alley said...

Absolutely LOVE erin condren!!

Anonymous said...

My disorganization needs organized. R

The Whitt Family said...

Love Erin Condren!! I've got my fingers crossed! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I need to be more organized--so this sounds like the perfect tool for me!

Katherine Lang
katsam02@yahoo.com

Sallie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

This Gingers Journey said...

Love these planners! Heck I love all EC stuff!! Great Giveaway :)

Amanda said...

I still love a paper planner too! Love your blog!!

Steph said...

I still use a wall calendar for everything but these look so cute and practical!

Carlin Smith said...

I would LOVE this giveaway!

Liz/happymommy said...

Those whoopie pies look delish and I would so love an Erin Condren planner....love!

Petersons in Pittsburgh said...

Love this planner! Perfect way to stay organized! :)

Lindsay Hall said...

Thank you for the giveaways!

Suzie said...

You know, I have gone digital on my planner and you're right, it's not the same. There is just something about having it all laid out in front of you on paper.

Erin Brummell said...

That planner looks fabulous!

Kyle Sbaratta said...

LOVE my life planner.

Nikki said...

I love this planner! Would love to win one.

Leah said...

I have never heard of Erin Condren....but I must have one of these planners!!

Sarah Burton said...

I love Erin Condren! Awesome giveaway!

hhooks said...

I am in desperate need of a 2014 planner, and the Erin Condren ones look fantastic!

Sarah said...

Fun giveaway! I've been wanting one of these planners for so long!

Elaine Welte said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I have been drooling over Erin Condren planners for some time now!

Sarah said...

Fun giveaway! I've been wanting one of these planners for so long!

Dawn said...

I LOVE a planner-there's just something about writing things down to me. I have had a planner since middle school...and let's just say that's been a few years ago! :) I keep mine and love looking back at what I did, etc. I am SO looking forward to your organizational posts...while I'm organized in some aspects, there are others in my house that are in need of a FULL ON organization makeover!! :)

Allison said...

I love EC!

Erin said...

I love Erin Condren! Her stuff is so cute! :)

Erin said...

I love Erin Condren! Her stuff is so cute!

Katie Rokusek said...

Hi Shay - I've been reading for a very long time now, but have never commented! :) I just clicked over to Erin Condren's website and I don't see the option for August-July calendars. There are the two options of 12 or 13 month calendars...but they begin in December or January. As a teacher, my year also goes August to July - so this feature would be SO great. HELP?! :)

heather said...

I love the Life Planner, couldn't live without it!!

heather said...

I love the Life Planner, couldn't live without it!!

heather said...

I love the Life Planner, couldn't live without it!!

jamie said...

AH! I could really use and EC Planner! Fingers Crossed!

Katie Dacus said...

I could really use some help getting organized! Thanks Shay!

The BuckMaster said...

I heart Erin Condren life planners! I've been hooked on them the past 3 years and don't think I'll ever get anything else!

J Gray said...

Love this idea of a planner - I just use a basic calendar!

The BuckMaster said...

I love EC Life Planners!!

Jamie said...

super cute!

J Gray said...

These planners look great - I just use a basic calendar to write everything down on!

3mom3 said...

Love ny Erin Condren Planner!! Would love a new one!

Jocelynn said...

Her planners are on my Christmas list every year!!!

Sara said...

I would love to have one of her planners! My Grad School budget prevents that…here's hoping!!

Allison Kuhse said...

These planners look amazing! Love the blog!

Allison Kuhse said...

Love the blog and these planners look like a perfect way to start the new year!

Misty Flynt said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Erin Condren, I have had a planner from her for 2 years now and just ordered my 3rd. They are great gifts as well!

jen said...

I'd LOVE one, thanks!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I reallyyyyy need a new organizer because my Vera Bradley one is almost done.

Christa Fulton

Nikki said...

I would love one of those planners

Kari Kirkland said...

First time to see these and since I have a desk calendar, I am always needing to look at my TO DO when I am at home and not just at work...these will be perfect!

brentandsarah said...

Erin Condren is awesome!

Susanne said...

Love those planners--had one last year and can't wait to get another one for next year!

Mallory Dyer said...

I'm going to order a new planner for 2014 ASAP! I would love to win this prize!!

emmelie said...

I love my life planner!!

Kim Kauffman said...

I love Erin Condren life planners! I didn't get one this year so I would love to get one :)

Kelly said...

I totally need one of these planners to get organized!!

Jordyn Sears said...

Crossing my fingers for the Life Planner WIN!!!

Jordyn Sears said...

Crossing my fingers for a Life Planner WIN!!

Erin Stinson said...

I got my very first Erin Condren planner in July and I can't imagine my life without it! So excited for this giveaway! Thanks ladies.

The Guerra Girls said...

Not only do I LOVE her planners, but her other personalized paper products are amazing!!

Abbey Kruse said...

I need to get organized for the new year and I have been wanting an Erin Condren planner forever! This is just the way to do it!

Ruth Davis said...

Loved your post today!!! Merry Christmas!

Hannah G. said...

I would love this giveaway! Great planner! :)

Hannah G. said...

I would love this giveaway! Great planner!

Lizzie Simantz said...

Your kids are just so adorable!! And I need an erin condren planner!! :)

Stacey said...

I love Erin Condren things, they are so stinkin adorable!

Kristen said...

Pick me lol

Ashley Ryan said...

I have been wanting to buy an Erin Condren life planner to organize my life during law school… I think you and Sheaffer just talked me into it :)

Elyse Swanson said...

Great give away! Being organized is the best!

alison said...

I *adore* my Erin Condren planner. Last year was the first year I've had one, and I'm already looking forward to cracking open 2014's! This gift certificate would come in SO handy. :)

Christy reynolds said...

I have 7 children. I need this to organize all of their activities!!

Beth Reeves said...

Love the Pics!

Katie Elizabeth said...

I need a new 2014 planner and the Erin Condren planners look amazing!

Emily Olson said...

I love my Franklin Covey planner for work, but usually use my phone for personal organization. I may have to try Erin out for my personal schedule!

Sandy said...

I have been doing the phone calendar but I really don't love it, but it is the only thing I have with me all the time. How do you handle that? Do you always carry your planner?

Nicole Lee said...

I need a planner! Never had one before!

Rachel Lee said...

Love her stuff and getting organized!

Beth said...

Just got my first Erin Condren planner in August this year--I am happy just looking at it! :-)

lindsey said...

Awesome giveaway. Her stuff is so fun!

Srogersrt said...

I LOVE planners and have never had an Erin Condren planner! I love that you can customize it!

Srogersrt said...

I LOVE planners and have never had an Erin Condren planner! I love that you can customize it!

clatk said...

I for sure need to get organized!!

Kristen said...

This planner looks like a lifesaver! I love how the folders keep loose items contained.

Jen Pogue said...

I LOVE this giveaway! An EC life planner is perfect to get 2014 started right. I cannot wait for your organization posts in January...that's my language! I was up last night measuring to make sure the 31 utility tote would be big enough for my wrapping supplies and it is! Can't wait to get it!

Karen said...

Your comment about " i may not be good at everything but you are being ORGANIZED" I am the same way!!!! I live for being organized so this contest is right up my alley

Stacey said...

I love Erin Condren planners!!

Erin said...

I love love love the EC life planners! They are the best!!

Tara said...

I used to write in a planner all the time then started using my phone calendar but I dislike the new iPhone 5 updated calendar so I am ready to revert back! These are super cute!

Danna said...

I love crossing things off my list as well. Such a feeling of accomplishment.

Jen T. said...

I'd love to try one of her planners. I like the idea of going back to paper from iPhone!

Anonymous said...

I've never had an Erin Condren planner but I've always wanted one! Thanks!

MelanieL

Heather Alley said...

Ahhhh!! LOVE LOVE this giveaway!! I have an EC planner and loooove it!! Best money ever spent!! Ohhhh, how I would love to win one of these prizes to go towards my next EC planner!!!

The Steward Family said...

Love the planners! And your blog!







Stacey Hayes said...

I would be lost without my Life Planner!!

The Steward Family said...

Love the planners! And your blog!







The Steward Family said...

Love the planners! And your blog!







Erica said...

Winning a planner would make me so happy!! :)

Bec74 said...

Love the planner. Love your blog :)

Elizabeth said...

Love my EC Planner! My 2014 is supposed to arrive today and I am super excited! We also use the "Oh, What a Week!" calendar for our refrigerator---makes it easy for everyone else in our family to know what's going on!! :)

Randy and Jenni Bryce said...

I need to get organized in 2014. I'm excited to try out something new! Thank you for the tips!

Randy and Jenni Bryce said...

I am excited to get organized in 2014! Thanks for the tips!

Randy and Jenni Bryce said...

I need to get organized in 2014. I'm excited to try out something new! Thank you for the tips!

Hillary Kinzel said...

I love to organize and be organized but have struggled with it since having kids. I would love a gift card for all things Erin Condren.

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