EC Gives Back in 2016

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‘Tis the season for giving, and this year, we are so proud to have donated funds, resources, and our time to organizations near and dear to our (and our customers’) hearts! With well over $300k worth of monetary and product donations to various organizations such as DonorsChoose, Pink Lotus Foundation, School on Wheels, Baby2Baby, it feels so great to be able to give back to our community- especially during the holidays   ❤️

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Our Texas office prepped whole pallets of fun products to send to our friends at the Central Texas Food Bank! They partner with over 250 agencies across the state and were so grateful to receive the supplies they need to keep doing great work.
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At Baby2Baby, the Erin Condren team enjoyed a day of wrapping gifts and packing holiday surprise bags for families in need. Team members sorted through the thousands of donations to help distribute necessary items to low-income children ages 0-12 years. By distributing to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, and children’s hospitals, Baby2Baby will serve more than 125,000 children this year and we were so glad to be able to help out a great organization such as this!
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Thanks to all those who contributed to our charitable donations in 2016; your support has helped countless children, families, and schools in need.

How To Properly Write a Thank You Note

10909_16-11-29There is something to be said for a well-written thank you note, and thankfully, we’ve got plenty stunning stationery designs to add some glamour to your gratitude! First rule of thumb, don’t stress about the process. No matter what you send, a handwritten note is leaps and bounds more thoughtful than a digital message, so you’re already ahead of the game! Take a couple of these tips into consideration as you sit down to write your holiday thank-you’s:

1. Double, triple, quadruple check your spelling. This may seem fairly obvious, but there is a lot to be said for crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s!

2. Select stationery that speaks to your style! Tackling your thank-you’s is a lot more enjoyable when you can write them on stationery that reflects your personality! Play with personalization and color to make it your own, and match your cards to a brightly colored envelope for a pop of color that will stand out in a stack of mail!

3. Few words? Fill the space! Don’t be intimidated by a large space to fill, just increase your font size! That way it doesn’t look too bare.

4. Be specific. No one likes a generic e-mail disguised as a personalized note, so why do the same to your friends and family? Even if the thanks may be obligatory, the more specific you can be with what you are thanking them for, the more personal and profound the message will be.

5. Seal the deal! As a finishing touch, try sealing your envelope with an address label, sticker or washi tape! It’s an adorable addition that will delight the recipient before they even open it.

Ready to send your best thank you’s yet? Shope our selection of customizable stationery!

BLOGGER TAKEOVER: Planning to Succeed in 2017

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Shannon H. Sullivan is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and plant-based cook, creator of the popular health coaching program Your Balanced Lifestyle, and web host/producer on Youtube where she posts weekly videos that inspire healthy eating and living. She lives in sunny Florida with her husband and Maltese, Mickey.

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Can you believe 2017 is right around the corner?! I don’t know about you, but I love to set new goals for each new year. The start of a new year, in my opinion, is the perfect opportunity to plan, organize, and specify my desires and intentions.

Over the years I’ve learned a few tips that help me when I plan and set new goals. I share this same process with my one-on-one clients when I begin my health coaching program. You want this to be a fun experience and something you can look forward to – so set goals that make you feel excited and challenged, but also goals that are within your reach! I tell my clients that small, manageable steps toward your goals are much more sustainable than making huge, drastic changes right away.

Every time I start creating new goals I first make sure to have a brand new notebook on hand. There’s something special about having a fresh, clean notebook that makes me super inspired to begin writing new dreams and intentions. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way right? 😉

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I chose the Erin Condren Notebook because it’s extremely customizable. You can choose your own interchangeable cover design (and personalization!), size, and the interior layout. The layouts come in three different styles – Productivity (my personal fave…because LISTS!), Classic Lined, and Dot Grid. Each Notebook also includes one sheet of flag stickers, which I love to use so I can organize sections and highlight special events.

When I write goals, I love to dig deep by asking myself, “What will achieving this goal do for me? What will be different in my life?” This allows me to gain insight into what the goal will actually DO for me – that way I won’t lose focus once it becomes difficult to maintain. I can be reminded of how it makes me feel, as well as my original vision – the reason behind why I started.

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After I write three big goals, I then hold myself accountable by jotting down a few weekly goals at the beginning of every week in my Erin Condren Life Planner. This helps me stay on track toward meeting my long-term goals for the year.

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I also like to set a theme for the new year by choosing one word that resonates with me and the tone I’d like to set for the entire year. Once I choose my word, I write it on the inside cover of my Life Planner. The covers are interchangeable, so you can switch them up and coordinate them with each season! I also love how the inside of each cover has a special spot where you can write down things you want to remind yourself of throughout the year. I like to write my word here because it helps me stay focused on the overall feeling I want to capture that year.

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I keep track of my daily schedule in my LifePlanner and use a List Notepad to track my daily to-do list.

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One of my resolutions is to take care of myself by making healthy food at home, so I especially love the Snap-in Meal Planner Dashboard. This meal planner snaps into my LifePlanner and helps me stay on top of my dinner plans for each week. I keep a grocery list on the back so I know what foods/ingredients I need to purchase at the end of each week. The Wet-Erase Markers make it easy for me to wipe off the board once I need to plan for the new week!

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I hope these tips inspire you to make 2017 your best year yet!

xx Shannon

DIY Holiday Gifts With EC!

Showering friends and family during the holidays is truly the most enjoyable part of celebrating…and I promise you it doesn’t have to be expensive! No matter what your DIY skill set, I’ve got a great list of adorably easy handmade gifts and party favors to get you through the giving season with a touch of grace and a whole lot of joy.

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Grateful for Our Fans: Erin Surprises Military Wife!

In honor of an adopting an “attitude of gratitude” this Thanksgiving week, I’d like to share a story that highlights one of the biggest blessings in my life: YOU all, (or should i say, “Y’ALL”) the EC fans!

Though it’s been over ten years since I started this business, I am still blown away by just how amazing our fans truly are. I regularly receive letters, e-mails, and stories from all sorts of people explaining how much their organizational items have helped them, and on the days when I am feeling particularly stressed, I am reminded by these fans why my work is important and valuable.

So when a blogger by the named of Haute in Texas wrote me saying her friend and neighbor Melissa, a military wife and lifetime Erin Condren fan, deserved to be honored for all that she does, it was a no-brainer! We surprised her at the location of our soon-to-be retail store at The Domain, in Austin, TX, and her reaction is everything I hoped for!

 Needless to say, is is the energy and strength of women like Melissa (and all of our fans) that push me and my team to keep creating. Meeting Melissa, her daughter, and husband that serves our country was honestly one of the greatest highlights of this year. I am eternally grateful to them and all of you who have appreciated and supported my entrepreneurial journey. It’s been a rollercoaster at times, thanks for being along for the ride!