Monday, July 24, 2017

My Erin Condren Life Planner Setup | Summer 2017

I've been using planners for a long, long time. I get it from my mom. :)

I'm no stranger to Erin Condren, either. Literally. I've heard her speak twice now (once at Geaux Wild in New Orleans, the second time at GO Wild in Nashville), and I've used her planners before. I keep coming back to these planners because of the layout and how easily it fits in with my life (more on that in a minute).

So, how do I use it?

Tools I Use

These days, I'm using colorful Sharpie art pens to write in events and things. I use stickers from The Glam Planner (YouTube beauty guru followers will be familiar with shop owner Elle Fowler, AKA AllThatGlitters21), and I use a variety of washi tape to mark off longer spans of time (like a river trip I went on recently).

Color Key

I've been using this color key for least since college.  I was inspired by this video by - surprise! - Elle Fowler/AllThatGlitters21.
  • Pink - work
  • Orange - social
  • Green - travel
  • Turquoise - blogging
  • Royal blue - dates
  • Purple - misc. items
  • Black - to-do list items
  • Red - appointments/urgent

The Layout

My actual planning is very simple. I use my color key to write events (often putting them in clouds, pictured above), and then punctuate them with whatever "icon" stickers I have. I love these from Glam Planner because I can't get over how cute the anime-style characters are, and it's not too overwhelming on the page whenever I consult my planner on a day-to-day basis.

I also categorize my days. The Erin Condren vertical layout is separated into three boxes per day. The top box is To-Do (or important holidays, like birthdays and anniversaries), the middle box is work, the bottom box is social.

And that's pretty much it! Like I said, simple, but I love it. It fits my life the way I need it to. Do you use a particular planner? Let's talk in the comments! :)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Five: 7/21/17

I hadn’t ever heard of a “friday five” post until I came across one from a blog I follow. But I love the idea…as busy as I’ve been, I sometimes don’t have time to just sit down and collect all the favorites I’ve had over one month. One week? Easy

We shall see how long/well this goes (and don’t worry, I’ll still do monthly favorites!). So, let’s get into what my favorites were this week! It's a Friday Five, [Savannah] in Wonderland style.

My Erin Condren Planner

I’m no stranger to the planner community (I’ve been to a few planner conventions and have written about Erin Condren before), but this past month, I’ve really gotten back into using my EC planner again.

I’m going to post an updated planner setup very soon (just because I love the way it’s going so far), but I’ll say for now that this planner was well worth the buy.

Kool-Aid Slushes

I had my wisdom teeth removed this Monday. I know that having them removed at 25 is a tad late, but hey, it was something that definitely needed to be done. My mouth (specifically, the left side) is still thanking me for it.

That being said, eating soft foods have been a challenge for me since I’m a girl who loves meat and substantial things like that. While I was still recovering, Cody, my boyfriend, made us some kool-aid slushes to try while I was still a little extra tender from the surgery.

Y’all. One cup water. Once cup ice. Half-cup Kool-aid mix (the kind with sugar mixed in). Blend on high until smooth. Then add two cups ice, then blend (pulsing) until smooth. Do it. These slushes are awesome.

Sriracha on Everything

Speaking of wisdom teeth, another thing I’ve been doing a TON more is putting Sriracha on stuff. I mean, I’ve been doing that already, but it doesn’t hurt, right? ;)


If you haven’t noticed, I did a bit of rebranding on this blog and my author website. I’ve been experimenting with things like content scheduling, ad integration, and different post ideas to get back in the swing of blogging on a regular basis again. 

Truth be told, I’ve missed blogging. A lot. And I can’t wait to share a ton more of what I’ve been doing with you guys.

Imagine Dragons!

Finally, a random musical favorite: Imagine Dragons’ latest album “Evolve.” Y’all, it’s good. 

The very first album is a classic in my opinion, and the second is pretty good. But this one…I love the 80’s-style synths, the lyrics, and the overall general upbeat nature of this album. And yes, I bought the vinyl. ;)

So what have your favorites been this week? Let’s talk in the comments! :)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Favorite Middle TN Coffee Shops

I'm a coffee hound. People who know me can absolutely vouch for this. I love a good cup of joe, whether it's something I make at home or something I choose to go buy at a local coffee shop or chain.

Speaking of local coffee shops, I've enjoyed trying new ones lately. In fact, one just opened up near where I go to church (more on that in a minute). But there's something about local shops that warms my heart (pun may or may not be intended), and hey, it's always good to support local businesses.

So, what are my favorites in the Middle TN area?

Barista Parlor

I wasn't about to write a coffee post without writing about this place. I've mentioned this place plenty of times before here on [Savannah] in Wonderland, and my opinion of it still hasn't's the best. From specialty coffee with fruit notes to homemade pop-tarts and other goodies, you can't go wrong. :)

Location: East Nashville, Downtown Nashville (The Gulch), Germantown

The Frothy Monkey

This one's a frequent spot for me and my girls. I love getting caramel lattes here (hot and iced). My friends also adore their turtle latte. Also, they serve a great lunch and dinner here, so come hungry for a great time with your girls or your significant other.

Location: Downtown Franklin, Downtown Nashville

Coffee & Coconuts

This is the new coffee shop that just opened near my church. I've only been once, but I can already tell this will be another coffee place for my girls and I. The beachy atmosphere is adorable, and the caramel latte I tried was pretty great! I'll probably plan on trying one of their specialty coffees next time I visit.

Location: Franklin

This great coffee shop is one that's run by some family friends of ours, and their coffee is nothing short of phenomenal (If you're familiar with Puckett's in Columbia, this is where they get their coffee). I asked for a recommendation when they didn't have a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and they suggested a latte made with locally grown honey. Y'all, it was awesome.

Location: Columbia

Do y'all have any favorite coffee shops, in Middle Tennessee or otherwise? Let me know in the comments! :)

Quick disclaimer before I go: I am not paid to review these coffee shops, nor was I asked to review them. I am just here to share what I love with you guys. :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Adventures in the River Country

I’d stayed on a lake and on the beach, but never on a river. So, when my boyfriend invited me to spend the July 4th long weekend on the river with his family, I was super excited.

I normally don’t spend a ton of time outdoors doing outdoors-y things, but I was excited for the adventure and willing to try new things. 

So, what did we do?

We fished. I caught my very first bass! (Cody also caught a Bluegill). We also swam. The lake water is the best on a hot day, and I even jumped off a high dock (again, something I normally don’t do, but hey, what’s a vacation without adventure?)

We hiked. And we may or may not have chased waterfalls (specifically, Fall Creek Falls and Burgess Falls).

We cooked. A lot. We made Eggs Benedict the last morning of the trip! (Not pictured: the one-pan chicken and asparagus, carrots, and Dr. Pepper ice cream from a few nights prior.)

And we celebrated our 1-month anniversary on the 1st of July! If that doesn't add the icing on the cake, I don't know what does. :)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mountain Dew Ice Cream!

My boyfriend and I like to cook. It's something we've gotten in the habit of doing, and I absolutely love it. He also finds the best recipes, so when we were driving in the car one day and he showed me a recipe on YouTube for Mountain Dew ice bet I was excited.

So, first of all, why Mountain Dew? Why soda? Wouldn't that be hard to mix together in ice cream? Well, you'd be surprised. And you'd also be surprised to find out that you don't even need an ice cream maker or even an ice cream attachment for your mixer for this recipe. All you really need is a standing or hand mixer.

Also, if you don't like mountain dew, no worries! Substitute your favorite 2-liter bottle of soda and any food coloring (In fact, we made a Dr. Pepper version of this that was PHENOMENAL). That being said, let's get right to this!

Mountain Dew Ice Cream

You will need the following:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bottle (2-liter) of Mountain Dew
  • Green food coloring ( gives it a great seafoam color)
  • 1 large metal or glass bowl (can be the metal bowl in your standing mixer)
  • Standing or hand-mixer
  • 1-2 plastic containers with lids
  • Plastic wrap

1. Prepare your ice cream bowl by freezing your it for a few hours (four should be need a cold surface to mix with).

2. Next, add your heavy whipping cream to your frozen bowl. Beat the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks.

3. Once you have your cream ready, fold in the sweetened condensed milk.

4. Now, the fun part. Add your Mountain Dew. The original recipe my boyfriend and I used only called for one cup, but we used 1 and a half liters at the end of it just to get more of a soda taste. Just know that the more soda you add, the more volume of ice cream you will have. Fold that soda into your cream and condensed milk mixture.

5. At this point, add your food coloring if you would like.

6. Get your plastic containers out. Take your mixture and pour it in said containers. Once they are filled, take plastic wrap and set it on the surface (not too taut, just enough to cover). Place lids and freeze overnight.

7. After a good sleep and freezing, enjoy your new ice cream! It should be a light texture that should scoop out easily. Add soda to your ice cream to make amazing floats.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know if y'all try this. :)