Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner vs Life Planner + Teacher Accessories

I’m not a teacher, and I don’t plan to be in the near future.

So why am I reviewing the Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner? Because I got a request from one of you! Shoutouts to Becky Smith!

Erin Condren Design was gracious enough to send me the TLP and accessories for review, so I decided the thing to do was to compare it to the Life Planner I know and love.

As soon as you flip the books open it’s pretty obvious they’re made by the same designer. The theme is super similar, there are a few almost-identical pages, and the ones that aren’t similar to the other book still scream ERIN CONDREN!



Disclaimer: There are affiliate links in this post. I received the Teacher Lesson Planner and accessories courtesy of Erin Condren. All opinions are my own.

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First Look: Erin Condren 2018-2019 LifePlanner

I love my Erin Condren Planner!

I will neither confirm nor deny that I’m not always the best at planning every week, but when the new planner comes every every year I get super excited!

Maybe I just want something new a pretty, or maybe I know that planning is the key to staying organized.

The other thing I stay on top of is the Pokemon video games. Yup, I’m one of *those* people.  And I’ve noticed that in the Pokemon community a lot of people make videos regarding news and speculation as it’s coming out. So I thought “why not try doing that myself, but with the Erin Condren planner?”

Thus this video, and hopefully a whole series over the next 1-2 months was born!

In this video I’m doing to discuss the very first info we have about the new 2018-2019 Erin Condren LifePlanner, and my thoughts so far.

If you want to check out the reveal website, click here!

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Get ORGANIZED With 40% off Planner Stickers…My BIG Announcement

If you’ve been hanging out online with me for a while you may know that I’m a HUGE fan of sticker planning in my Erin Condren LifePlanner.

What you might not know is that I almost majored in graphic design in college and messing around in Photoshop and InDesign have been hobbies of mine for years.

I’m guessing most of you know where this is going….

I started my own planner sticker shop on Etsy!

This shop is months in the making and I’m thrilled to finally be sharing with all of you.

In honor of my Gran Opening/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday I’m offering 40% off the entire shop through November 30th, 2017th

I named the shop Coco and Opal Design after my little kitties, Coco and Opal. As I type this Opal is sitting next to me on the desk watching the printer and Silhouette cutter make noise and move in turns. Coco is more skiddish and tends to hide when things start making noise.


I offer a variety of planner stickers and I’m working on more that I will release very soon!

One of my goals is to make stickers I can’t find on Etsy. And yes, I know there are a TON of sticker shops out there, so that’s going to be hard. But there are a few things I’ve tried looking for that I was unable to find.

For over a year I’ve wanted a sticker to track my social media channels. Have I interested/posted on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and checked my email? If you aren’t a blogger you may not know how fast that stuff can add up. Add in filming, editing, photos, writing and anything else that comes up and my hobby turned into a total (yet fun) time sink.

So I decided to make the stickers I wanted to see from other shop owners!


Rainbow Full Kit


What I can up with are my blogger checklists. I offer them in all the colors of the rainbow, as well as a rainbow sheet for someone who wants a more affordable way to have all of the colors.

I also have blogger/vlogger expansion sets for my weekly themed kits, complete with headers and functional stickers.

Then I was having so much fund I thought I’d do a student version. Again, totally color coordinated with the weekly kits. My sister (who is in college) is my tester on the student expansion kits, and she LOVES them.

I definitely have more in the pipelines and I’ve absolutely loved getting back to my graphic design roots.

If you made it to the end of this post, I also want to let you know I’m giving away $30 in store credit to the shop! Just sign up for the Official Coco and Opal Design Newsletter to enter! As a bonus you’ll also be the first to know about new releases, shop announcements and any promotions I’m running.

Thanks for joining me during the exciting time. I would love your support in this new venture, but if stickers aren’t your thing don’t worry about it! I’m still making videos on YouTube and posting on my social media channels, so we have a lot of chances to hang out!

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Best Gifts for Makeup Lovers – Girlfriend, Friends, etc.

If you’re anything like me, the search for the PERFECT gift can be hard, especially if you aren’t into the sorts of things the recipient is…or if you love makeup it can be hard to pick the best gift out of a mountain of great ones.

That’s why I put together this gift guide for you! I designed the guide so anyone who is into makeup, even if they’re just learning or an advanced guru, can enjoy most of the presents on this list.

And of course I made to sure to only list ideas I’d love to get, just to ensure I’m on the right track with my picks!

ALL of the gifts in this video!

~Advent Calendars~

The Body Shop

Bare Minerals Box of Wonders

Sephora Collection Winter Wonderland

Ciate Mini Mani Month Nail Polish Set

Ole Henriksen 12 Days of Glow

Amorepacific My 12 Days of Botanical Beauty

~Lighted Makeup Mirror~

Affordable and Cute Makeup Mirror

Luxury Makeup Mirror

~Geeky and Decorative Makeup Brushes~

Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

Game of Thrones Makeup Brushes

Mermaid Makeup Brushes

Unicorn Makeup Brushes

~Travel Sizes and Minis~

Benefit Moola Matte Bronzer Mini

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mini Mascara

Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette

MUFE Artist Face Color Mini Highlighter and Blush Duo

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder Mini

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Mini

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Mini

NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo Mini

~Large Mini Sets~

Smashbox Drawn In, Decked Out Lip Set

Benefit Beauty Stowaways Influencer Must-have Set

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip

Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves

Sephora Favorites Lashstash

Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland

~Perfume Sampler~

Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler

Sephora Favorites Perfume Travel Sampler

~Eyeshadow Palettes~

Naked 1 (warm undertone)

Naked 2 (cool undertone)

Naked 3 (rose gold undertone)

Naked Heat (warm tones)

Naked Smoky (dark tones) ON SALE

Tarte Treasure Box Collectors Set

Bare Minerals Hidden Treasure Palette

~Mini Lipstick Sets~

Bare Minerals Nudes For Days

Too Faced Under the Kissletoe

~Luxury Makeup~

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3

~Fenty Beauty by Rihanna~

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters

Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

~Beauty Blender~


Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic

Clarisonic Mia 2 Gift Set and Mia 1 Gift Set

I hoped you enjoyed the list and found it helpful for your holiday shopping!

By the way, the gift links are affiliate links but the post and video are not sponsored. You don’t pay anything extra for using my affiliate links, but I get a small commission if you do. 😀

***Note: this is a re-post. I had technical difficulties with the original video, but we should be all good to go from here! 🙂
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November 1st is the Beginning of the End…Make it Count!

Hey babes, happy November 1st!

I know that’s a really odd thing to say, but hear me out.

November 1st has become a semi-holiday for me over the years, though somewhat of a sad and reflecting one if I am to be totally honest.

I’ll get into my personal reasons in a minute, but on the surface it’s the start of the “holiday season”. Here in the US. I use quotes because, of course, Halloween is a holiday, but when people say “holiday season” they usually mean Christmas, Chanukah and New Years. And if I’ve being brutally honest, Chanukah is usually just included to be PC.

Anyway, I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween.

There, I said it.

As a kid it was fun enough, but it never lived up to what it was supposed to be. Perhaps it’s because I was always a bit of a social outcast and never went to the right parties.

Regardless, the older I’ve gotten the more the day seems like just another hurtle to jump to get to the “good holidays”. And by that I mean the big 5: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas and New Years Eve and New Years.

Yes, I count New Years Eye and New Years as 2 holidays. And no, I’m not kidding about Black Friday, but that’s a different post all together.

What I’m trying to say is that November 1st is the start of a new a magical time of year for me, despite everything else.

For some people November 1st is the start of No-Shave-November. Alas, not me. I shaved my armpits this morning already. Maybe I wont shave my legs? No one will see them so it probably don’t matter.

For others of us, including myself this year, November 1st is the start of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for the initiated.

Want to write a 50K novel this month? Sure, why not!

I don’t consider myself a writer, but I consider myself an imaginative person. I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo around 5 times now, only finishing once. I don’t even care if I finish this year, my goal is just to try and not give up on the first day. I’m currently 1095 words in and my goal is 1666 for the day. Can I count this blog post as part of the word count? My character writes a blog…year, that’s the ticket!

Ok, it’s time to get a little deep for a minute. I told you I had my own personal reasons, and here they are.

In my Senior year of High School, on November 1st, my Japanese teacher passed away. I still have a hard time saying or typing that, but there it is. He wasn’t even my teacher at the time, he was taking a break from teaching to renew his teaching qualifications and we had a new teacher that year.

I nearly dropped Japanese that year. I’d already met the graduation requirement and could easily have taken a free period, but something inside kept me in Japanese that fall.

I found out after school. I was the stage manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was running the practice while the theatre teacher was in an impromptu staff meeting.

We took a break and a couple of the kids wondered allowed what the meeting was about. The youngest kid piped up, and said that the old Japanese teacher had died.

We didn’t believe it, of course. This kid was in middle school and most of the rest of us were high school Juniors and Seniors. Not that we thought he had his facts wrong, but I thought he was just messing with us at first.

I don’t want to get too deep and depressing, because this is supposed to be a happy, motivational post. Suffice it to say that the theatre teacher soon came back and confirmed the worst.

I was in shock. I stood there for a few minutes not sure what to do or say.

Looking back I see that moment as a defining time when I realized life is truly short, and you never know how short it will be. An accident took of my favorite and goofiest teachers from this world.

He lived his life to the fullest and this is my yearly reminder that the rest of us should as well. It’s cliche, but true.

Maybe that’s why the ideas of writing a novel, creating something and improving myself at the same time, is alluring to me. Or maybe that’s when I realized the holiday season was about family, not commercialization and the presents.

Well, a bit about commercialization, but because I can get great deals on things I want to buy for myself. Again, Black Friday is another post, just wait for it….

This is also the start of the end of the year, so make it count! Go out with a bang, create something, do something really nice for someone else. Or maybe you should take some time to be with yourself and get to know that awesome person you are. You’re totally worth it!


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How to Decorate Your Planner: Erin Condren Planner Stickers (Nap Time Spread)


Today I’m using this adorable Nap Time Erin Condren Planner sticker kit from Glam Planner! This is my first live Plan With Me and that you so much for watching! I’m so excited to be using these cute Erin Condren stickers for this weeks spread, especially because I’m sick this week and the theme of the spread is super appropriate!

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DIY Essential Oil Blends and Recipes for Back to School

Did you know that fragrances and perfumed in beauty products don’t have to show the full list of ingredients, which may contain chemicals that have been linked to allergic reactions and hormone imbalances?

Now that I’ve sufficiently scared you, I want to introduce essential oils, which are a safe and natural alternative.

The best part? Essential Oils are super affordable and versatile. You can mix them with a variety of ingredients and create a myriad of beauty and household products that smell delicious and are totally safe for you and your family (and your pets if you’re a fur mama like me).

Enter Simply Earth, who kindly sent me their Essential Oil recipe box to try out and review for you. Use the link HERE and the coupon code TEPHWILLIAMSFREE for a $40 gift card and free essential oil (see below for details).

The timing was perfect because I was thinking about trying essential oils as a natural alternative anyway. My sister has been a fan for years and it seemed the right way to go.

You can buy essential oils at practically any natural grocery store, but Simply Earth, is a great option because the essential oils are super affordable and their subscription box comes with essential oils PLUS practically everything you need to create some awesome, natural recipes!

You can choose to receive the box monthly or quarterly and each box is themed to the season. For example, the box they sent me is back to school themed and the recipes are all about focusing and de-stressing (which is perfect for pretty much anyone, not just people going back to school).

The recipes included in this video are:

  • Rise and shine diffuser blend
  • Do your homework diffuser blend
  • Get Focused Roll-On
  • Immune Boosting Inhaler
  • Backpack Freshener
  • Stress Relieving Dough Ball

You can of course make any of these recipes with items you have at home, Simply Earth just makes it super easy (and did I mention addordable?).

Note: this is the August Simply Earth box, so the box is no longer available. If you don’t want to miss out in future make sure to subscribe for future boxes!




***Use code TEPHWILLIAMSFREE to get a $40 gift card or a free oil (below $10).
To get the $40 gift card, you have to subscribe on the box then type the code TEPHWILLIAMSFREE and enter your email. IMPORTANT: DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING ELSE ON THE CART. The $40 gift card will be sent to the email you provided after you have paid for the subscription box. You can use the $40 gift card to purchase anything from the website including the $29.99 diffuser.
To get the free oil, choose the oils that you want then type the code TEPHWILLIAMSFREE and enter your email. It will then take off $10 from the total amount.***
DISCLOSURE: This is not a sponsored post, but it does contain affiliate links for Simply Earth. All opinions are my own.
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