Declutter Your Home Office With Tips from Highly Organized Planners

Home and office organization

The way you declutter and organize your home office directly affects your productivity and happiness. Whether you’re a student, stay-at-home parent, homeschooler, freelancer or executive, organization, it’s time to take control of your workspace! Discover 10 tips from highly organized … Continue reading

Organizational Tips for Homeschooling Moms

From lesson plans to test prep to customized classwork and grading homework, a homeschooling mom is busy before the school day even starts. 

While busy is a blessing, organization is key to transforming busy into stress-free productivity. See how a homeschool mom of five plans her way to homeschooling success!

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Time to Get Organized: ULTIMATE Spring Cleaning Tips!

It’s the perfect time of year for a little spring cleaning and tidying up! Jennifer Mackintosh is a home educator, speaker, writer & blogger at wildflowers & marbles who shares her ULTIMATE spring cleaning tips with us! Let’s SPRING into … Continue reading

The Best Planner Instas To Follow

Are you a recent planner looking for inspiration? A veteran planner needing a burst of creativity? No matter where you are in your planning journey, it always helps to see how others are using their EC planners!

We’ve curated a list of 10 planner instas to follow so you can ensure you’re learning from some of the best! Whether you’re learning new tried & true techniques for stickering or getting inspired to start stenciling, we want you to PLAN to your full potential!

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BLOGGER TAKEOVER: To-Dos before “I Dos”

search Jen Mackintosh is a blogger, home educator, mom, lover of planners, expert organizer and soon to be mother-of-the-bride! She celebrates the beauty and joy found in the ordinary and can be found blogging at wildflowers and marbles. She resides in North Alabama with her husband and five children.

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Blogger Takeover: Wildflowers & Marbles

Well hello from down south! My name is Jennifer Mackintosh. I’m a busy mom of 5 kids, a blogger, homeschooler to my 5 kids (yep! from preschool to high school!), a speaker, laundry aficionado, a wine and coffee devotee, and a planner addict- thus…a huge Erin Condren fan! 

Nine years ago I decided to start blogging! At the time, blogging was this new, exciting format that everyone was eager to try. I started writing about homeschooling, how my faith informed my days, planning, and organizing – just the core values of my life. I really wanted to show the beauty within our ordinary day – and how pretty the practical can be!

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When I started blogging, I only had two kiddos…and in trying to come up with a catchy blog name I began to think about my day. That morning my daughter brought me a fistful of wildflowers, and I had (once again) washed a pocketful of marbles in my son’s laundry. Wildflowers & Marbles. Practical and pretty.  

 

In the years since I started blogging I’ve had three more children, expanded my blog, started speaking at homeschool conferences and remodeled my home. Blogging became a way that I could connect with other moms and share about all the ordinary, practical things in my life – like planning, organizing, making home and homeschooling – and how those things can be both beautiful and necessary to contain the chaos! I love how days, when they are considered, allow for margin – that unplanned space around the edges of the day. Planning allows me to react less, and live more.

 

I found Erin Condren a few years ago – almost by accident! I was searching for a better planner and came across a review of an Erin Condren LifePlanner™. I bought my first LifePlanner™ and fell in love – it met all the practical needs of my day, was flexible enough to roll with our craziness, and did it all in such a pretty way! Since then, I’ve developed a real love for Erin Condren products because they perfectly combine my very real practical daily needs without ever forgetting that practical can be pretty. It’s an extraordinary marriage and you’ll find Erin Condren all over my desk, home and homeschool – and I still live out of my LifePlanner™! 

 

I use notebooks as a planning tool for myself and as my commonplace book for collecting quotes from favorite books, and I use the Teacher Planner to keep up with all of my homeschool record keeping and the plans & booklists for our Morning Basket time (we spend about an hour every day reading aloud together – all the ages/grades – it’s a great common time for beginning the day!).

 I use the file folders to help corral all the paper stuff in record keeping, and in the last year I have fallen in love with the Erin Condren acrylic (plus they’re having a big sale on the whole category!)

Those acrylic clipboards are fabulous (and the colors just POP!). Each of my kids has a clipboard to hold that child’s weekly lesson plans, and since they’re all customizable, every child gets a favorite color with a favorite quote – no more lost lesson plans because they easily stand out! I mean, who doesn’t color code their kids? I love using my own set of clipboards above my desk to contain my goals and project lists – make your walls work for you!

I use the acrylic boxes for just about everything – to contain pens, desk supplies, craft supplies, and my favorite use: my recipe box

 

The acrylic trays help me contain small collections and I love the interchangeable inserts – I use one acrylic tray to hold my personal reading and homeschool stack, and I love using one in my laundry room for holding odds and ends on the dryer (the little rubber feet on the tray keep it in place perfectly)! 
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I love encouraging and sharing – especially when it comes to planning and organizing! You can find me in a few other places around the web besides my blog! I’m on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest! I’d love it if you stopped by – wave hello if you do!