Sneak Peek: NEW TakeNote™ Notebooks & Journals

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New times Two!

We are just so excited about the launch of our new TakeNote™ Notebooks and TakeNote™ Journals (updated: launch date 3/24/16!) & wanted to give our blog readers an inside look at what is so special.

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First of all, did someone say METALLIC?! Our TakeNote™ Notebooks are now available in Metallic Gold, Platinum & Rose Gold which is so stunning.

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The coil is absolutely one of my favorite things; my team keeps teasing me because I consistently refer to it as “the most adorable little coil in the world” at meetings, but it really is! This smaller coil elevates this book to sleek and sophisticated, plus it fits easily in your bag. (See the difference between the new Notebook coil and the larger LifePlanner coil that supports a much bigger book.)

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And with a new lower price point, why just pick one? You can use an 8.5″x11″ lined Notebook at the office or in the classroom, and keep a smaller 7″x9″ dot grid journal at your bedside for freeform writing and doodles.

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In addition to coiled TakeNote™ Notebooks, we have NEW bound TakeNote™ Journals! These 7″x9″ precious journals are just fab! The covers feature a decadent satin finish with a smooth, matte laminate and are available with personalized classic designs and metallic quotes!

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Did I mention we have both perforated college-ruled lined pages as well as a NEW dot grid layout in both books?! TWO cute!

So what’s the difference between our Notebooks and Journals? Really it’s all in the way we bind them. The Personalized Journals are bound like a book. The pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong and flexible thermal glue, making the slim design of the Journals a bit more portable for a gal-on-the-go. The Notebooks have a sturdy plated coil that come in Platinum, Gold or Rose Gold and loop the pages together securely. You can use the coil to snap in accessories and further customize your Notebook with dividers and more!

There are so many ways to use these Notebooks & Journals. Whether you take the lined option to class or work meeting, or slip a dot grid journal into your carry-on bag for traveling or songwriting on the go… there is bound (pun intended) to be a book that fits your busy life!

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As if this all weren’t enough we’ve got new rollerball pens, new sticky accessories for stylish storage, new Good to Go™ Metallic divider sets and SO much more! Want all the nitty gritty details, page by page? Make sure to check out our detailed videos below…

St. Patrick’s Day #tbt

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We are throwing it back to that time we filmed a silly Harlem shake video for our Youtube channel. Can’t believe that was 3 years ago!!

Notice the special (cardboard cut out) appearance by “the Biebs” in the background. I’ll be seeing J.B. this weekend with my daughter at Staples center!

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and green-filled St. Patrick’s Day full of good LUCK & love!

p.s. If you haven’t heard….you may just find some extra luck over on our site (hint hint it’s a SALE!)

Life lessons learned on the basketball court

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I found this information on TrueSport.org and agree with every word:

The literature on youth sport stresses the positive effects of participation in learning the important life skills of goal setting and time management combined with enjoyment; the development of a strong sense of morality; and the development of an appreciation of diversity.

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Studies have shown that children playing sports are more likely to exhibit:

• higher grades • greater personal confidence and self-esteem • greater connections with school • stronger peer relationships • more academically oriented friends • greater family attachment and more frequent interactions with parents • more restraint in avoiding risky behavior; and • greater involvement in volunteer work

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As a UCLA grad, this quote from Legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, always resonated with me.
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A daughter of a college baseball & women’s softball coach, I have been “coached” through my entire life, not only in sports, but also as a parent and a business owner. My business partner has told me that one of my greatest qualities is that I’m “coachable,” listen intently and apply my experiences to the overall improvement of my “game.”

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My daughter is in 8th grade and it’s her last year to play in our city league. When asked to be an assistant coach, I jumped at the opportunity! It has been an incredible few months, practicing each week with these girls and getting psyched for game days. In just the few hours we are together each week, I have watched this team mature in leaps and bounds (or should I say, REbounds) and their confidence has skyrocketed. I’ve even learned so much more about this fantastic game from our head coach (another fabulous, multi-tasking mom) who played college basketball for Florida State.

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Sometimes it’s tough to add more to a busy schedule, but I am so glad I found a way to fit this in. We are currently seeded #1 going into the playoffs, but win or lose, this experience has been priceless and the memories will surely last a lifetime.

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Let’s get CRAFTY!

Happy National Craft Month!

We’re celebrating our crafty community all month long with a fun limited edition bundle & dedicated social posts that are all about DIY.

But enough about me, let’s talk about you….

From getting creative with your compliment cards to using washi tape to create stunning envelopes, turning our gift wrap into wine and gift bags and so much more…we’re LOVING to see what you’ve been doing.

Make sure to continue to tag us on social so we can pin you to our Pinterest board dedicated to DIYers like you!

Be happy & get crafty!

How to throw a *hopping* Easter party!

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Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays and my family has so many traditions. While I’ll delve into our celebrations in an upcoming post, today is all about the decorations!

Easter always feels like the official start of spring and I love infusing the day with color and fresh blooms. Last year’s table (you’ll note my longer hair – or dare i say hare!) was all decked out with pastels, florals and sweet treats!

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To make these “eggcellenf” centerpieces, I purchased styrofoam balls from the craft store and miniature lollipops from the market then enlisted my kids to help me craft by pushing the sticks into the styrofoam and completely covering the white foam.

Make sure to push firmly- the styrofoam is thick!

Our tablecloth was printed at our workshop in Los Angeles, but any floral or bright colored tablecloth will do! I never opt for linen when there’s this much chocolate around 😉 Another option is to use a simple tablecloth and make the placemat the star! I didn’t use any here since the pattern was already very busy, but placemats make an adorable personalized touch!

Instead of a traditional runner, I purchased a strip of astroturf to bring the springy vibe inside! Glass vases of fresh tulips were in theme for the day with pretty gum balls serving as the replacement for water!

Place settings for my favorite peeps had to be…you guessed it, actual Peeps! I simply placed the card in between the ears of these sugary Easter classics for a look that was right on the bunny! I mean money!

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A fun activity that kept the kids entertained was decorating sugar cookies with edible “markers” that were as sweet to look at as they were to eat! Mess-free and absolutely delicious. Coloring or doodling on placemat pads is another favorite activity that works well if you opt to use them at your table!

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The best way to clear up the table when you’re finished eating? Scoop gumballs right from the centerpiece into goodie bags that can be sealed with personalized gift labels as an extra touch. I tend to use gift labels for treats for the kids & wine for the adults! You may note that we don’t currently offer these designs (these were an oldie, but goodie), but customize your own for your celebration!

I don’t know how I’m going to top this look from last year! If you have Easter faves or ideas to share email blog@erincondren.com!