Getting Organised: Kate Spade Planner

I have wanted a Kate Spade planner for over a year. When I couldn’t get hold of this gold and cream polka dot diary this time last year, I opted for an Erin Condren one despite the cost of shipping because I fell in love with the metallic fleur de lis. This year, I have the opposite dilemma. I have a Kate Spade diary but I am still lusting after a new Erin Condren. This is why…

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The Kate Spade planner has a stunning cover. I adore the design and the sturdy, hardback cover and the concealed gold spiral binding. In terms of layout, it is a week to view which is perfect for me as I like to see, at a glance, everything that is coming up. It often helps me prepare, e.g. buy birthday cards on a Monday if there is a party at the weekend etc.

Each month has its own tab with a month to view at the beginning with notes on the side. There is a cute bucket list on all of the tab sheets and finally there are note pages at the end of each month to write a diary or highlights.

Despite all this, I am still not enamoured with the planner. I find the pages to be too thin and I really dislike seeing colour and text through the sheets. In terms of layout, Saturdays and Sundays can be just as busy for me as weekdays, if not busier but unfortunately, the weekend has half the space of a weekday. Finally, the elastic band on the back cover, in my opinion, makes the planner look cheap. It is black and thin and doesn’t really fit with the feel of the diary. I often find myself hiding it in pictures and when using it. It is practical, however, I think it could have been better designed.

I think, if I had started my planner love with the Kate Spade, I would have been happy with the flaws mentioned above as they are all fairly minor. Because I used the Erin Condren diary first, I am constantly comparing and find myself wishing I could justify buying a new one. I had thought I would use the Kate Spade for work, but it just wasn’t practical. I need an A4 day-to-view diary in the office as I like to keep everything in one place.

I won’t go in to huge detail in this post about the Erin Condren planner. I will just briefly summarise what I miss:

  • The motivational quotes and thankful though sections
  • All the colour – it definitely brightens up my days
  • The vertical week to view layout – Although the sections are narrow I like how it is so versatile (you can have labelled sections for yourself, children, husband, work, social media etc. and you can also draw, add stickers and photos).
  • The pages are so thick you can use different kinds of pens and colours without bleed through
  • The extras – an amazing choice of colours, designs, stickers, a clear zipped pouch, ruler bookmark etc.

In summary, the Kate Spade planner is beautiful, sturdy and definitely a great way to start organising your life. It is a reasonable price point, clear, formulaic and and simple to use. It looks great in Instagram photos and has a decent amount of space to plan your week. Avoid if you like a bit of colour, versatility and customisation. Have you tried either planners and what you like about it? I would say my heart lies with the Erin Condren. Bx

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Meeting Santa – Blogmas Day 1

I thought I would set myself the Blogmas challenge this year and write a post every day until Christmas. Today’s entry is definitely a festive one as we went to Avon Valley Railway on Sunday for the Santa Special.

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Heath LOVES trains (I really can’t emphasise this enough, ha ha), so when I saw the chance to not only take him on a train ride,  have a mince and to meet Santa too, I knew it was an opportunity that was too good to miss.

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Our friends’ also have a little boy who is equally enthusiastic about  trains and so we spent the afternoon together, chatting to Santa watching the countryside go by and seeing the naughty signs that had been cheekily vandalised.

santa3The staff were brilliant throughout. One particular gentleman made sure we were happy with the presents from Father Christmas and asked if we wanted to change it. We found out that there was a bracelet making set which we knew was perfect for Annabelle so he happily exchanged it with the dog lotto game she had originally received.

santa2The children were thrilled to meet Santa and I luckily caught their expression when he walked in (see pic below). They were mesmerised and on their bestest behaviour. Annabelle promised to be good and was excited to see him again on Christmas Eve. In comparison, we met Santa in his grotto last year but to be honest, that wasn’t as good an experience because Annabelle was a bit scared and upset. Santa at Avon Valley was very cheery and the perfect level of ho ho ho 🙂 (or ha ha ha – sorry bad joke!).

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The only thing I would have changed about the experience was the length of time we had on the platform to take pictures with Santa and at the front of the train. I would have loved to take a family photo and to take a picture with Heath like the one below.

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If Heath is still as excited about trains next year, I will definitely like to take him to Avon Valley Railway for the Santa Special. See you tomorrow for Blogmas Day 2. Bx