Erin Condren planner part 2

after having some time to use my planner i thought i would do another review. Alot of people have gone crazy with theirs and i homestly dont know how they see anything they have that much cluttering up each day. I like a more basic approach.

 
Couple of cute stickers and some bill stickers. The doodles are from a recent staff meeting. I generally use the monthly pages rather than the weekly ones. I just dont do enough in a day to use the dailies. I have added a few of my own touches. I ripped out one of the note pages, cut off the pritty part, laminated it and used a coil clip to re attach it. I just use a sharpie and eraser to write on it. Now i have a moveable notes bookmark. I also made a smaller one that sticks out the top like a page marker. Great for quickly finding the current week.

 
My other addition is a weight tracker page i got on etsy. It had the holes already punched which makes it alot more sturdy.

  

I have a heap of cute stickers but not nearly as many as some people. All up i like the planner but cant say i get alot of use out of it. For its pritty factor i would buy another one, but for the price of postage (about $20-$40) i hope they eventually get an Australian office! I also think they should capitalise on extra pages for their planners as there is a roaring trade on etsy but the only offering on the Erin Condren website are extra covers…

 

Bread

i used to love making bread but at the moment it just wont work! Im blaming the cold house because the heater doesnt reach the kitchen. Im also blaming the oven which im prity sure has something wrong with the thermostat because things just dont cook right. I found a recipe for some no kneed bread. Looked great. Rose properly. Poped it it in the fridge as it said to do. Pulled a bit out to use, let it rise for 2 hrs…ah not rising. Maybe when i put it in the oven, ah no. Little hard nuggets. Also very salty. Failed. 

I have also recently failed at making pasta. Considering getting a food processer and seeing if that helps as i know countless people who make pasta and its not all hard and dry like mine no matter which recipe i use. BD doesnt believe me when i tell him i used to be a good cook, no really honey i used to bake and things actually worked! 

Home day

we are having a home day today after getting a call to say rues daycare is closed due to a baby spider infestation. Ew. So we are at spotlight. Its also payday and this fortnight im trialing the budget envelope theory to see if i can save a little money. Im going with a parking one and a groceries one to start me then if i can last a fortnight i might use the shopping one later. Wish me luck!

 

Speaking of money

i have been shocking this fortnight with money. I have spent way too much and cant even work out why. I guess im being hard on myself considering i have only had one pay now that im back at work but i had thought more of it would have gone onto the creditcard debt. My biggest issue is food. I always buy breakfast and lunch just because its easier now that i have very little time at home before or after work. I might need to adopt the budget envelope idea. Set aside a certain amount for food and put it in an envelope. Once its gone, thats it. 

BD was horrified when i told him groceries cost $300. Thats not including the smaller trips i do during the week so its possibly more like $400-$500. No idea where it all goes. Might have to get better at creating meals out of pantry ingredients. To be fair formula is $90 of that. Will be great when he is on normal milk so i can cut down the formula 🙂  this is considering the fridge is usially pritty empty too. I did do a big cook up sunday night, 5 portions of lasaguna, a pot if curried sausages and a tray of corn bread (which i discovered is basically cake with corn meal in it). But then i got pizza last night, my bad lol

If i had the money

anyone else have a list of random items they want to buy but it always seems like a bit of a waste of money at the time. I totally have a running list going:

  1. A generator. Might never need it but when you do you will be glad you baught it. Rrp about $300-$600 for a basic one. Frankly our power went out a few weeks ago and i realised that more than anything we needed a working heater for Rue. It gets down below -10 in winter here so a heater is a must! Not to mention the recent storms causing power outages for days. Phone, fridge, hot water and food. A generator sounds like a good idea. 
  2. A jump start kit. When ever my battery is flat i always seem to be in the worst position to get another car to jumpstart me. This little beauty goes for $100-$200 and can be kept in your boot. Anywhere anytime.  No second car needed. 
  3. A new car. I love my little car but my bf insists i need a new one. Since he mentioned it i keep thinking and realising that he might be right. My car is only 9yrs old and has no major issues, but, the front shocks are bad from a huge pot hole, the clutch slips, the back footwell floods when it rains (no idea where its getting in) and things are sounding a bit clunky under the hood… Thinking of a secondhand Nissan Dualis. Nice little SUV. I can pick up a 2011 model for about $10,000.  
  4. Porta-cot. Ours cost $49 but one side wont lock anymore. We only go away maybe once every few months and just put that side against a wall. But really its not safe and we should get a new one. Im thinking about $100-$150. 
  5. Second carseat. If im in an accident or cant get home for what ever reason we have no way of getting rue home as no one else has a carseat. I found one online for $180 but havent had the money yet. This one is at the top of my spare money list atm. 
  6. New pram. There is nothing wrong with mine but it is a little bulky. I would love a nice sleek one. About $300. 
  7. Dining table. We dont use the dining room so there is no need to get a table but i would love a nice round one (bd informed me he hates round ones and im not aloud to get one).