My Review of the Happy Planner Mini

Want an honest review of the Happy Planner Mini? I’ll give it to you straight.

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I recently picked up the Happy Planner Mini. Yes, I’m trying to convert from my Bullet Journal to some sort of pre-formed structure. Here’s my Happy Planner Review!

Since I started blogging I adopted bullet journaling. It’s fun, carefree and totally customizable. Sounds perfect.

In theory.

At the beginning of 2017, I mapped out my bullet journal. All was going great.

Until I went back to work from maternity leave.

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Life got crazy busy and I was hardly finding time to blog. Let alone keep up with my bullet journal.

However, I got a rhythm back with Wine & Mommy Time and obviously, that meant I needed a planner. I find it hard to map ideas and such purely on an app or computer. I need pen to paper.

While it was nice to have a fully customizable journal, it takes time to get it where you want it to be.

So for right now, I’m saying: new year, new planner!

Amazon planner essentials:

I did some research, comparing two of the top planners out there. The Erin Condron planner, or ECP as I’ll call it and the Happy Planner (HP). Mind you it wasn’t extensive research but here are the main points for this mama.

The HP is available at places like Michaels. Meaning it’s super easy to find. The ECP, only available online, from what I’ve seen.

Being in Canada, the exchange rate, shipping, and duties make the ECP close to $100 l. I can’t, for the sake of my mental wellbeing, and marriage, spend that on a planner. The HP was about $20 and change at Michael’s, on sale mind you. But a far cry from the ECP.

Michael’s had a whole little second dedicated to HP stuff, which I can see myself going crazy on shortly! I can imagine that stickers and such for the ECP aren’t available as readily as HP.

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So, with those few points, I was on the hunt for the right HP for me! Who knew there were faith, student, teacher, fitness and financial based ones! Also, you can buy expansions which are pretty cool.

I opted for a box set which would have stickers, dividers and a bunch more cool things to get me started with my HP. So, I found the one I wanted on the Michael’s site, called them and put it on hold.

Yay! Off to get my Happy Planner I go!

Or so I thought. Dun, dun, dun, dunnnnnn.

Now, I need to preface this with one small thing. You all know I keep it real with you and don’t sugar coat my feelings.

So here goes, my honest, real review of the Happy Planner.

When I arrived and asked for my item at the service desk, it was all ripped open and the stickers were missing. The cashier thought that was normal for some reason. So, I skipped off down the aisles to check for more.

Low and behold, the only ones in the size I wanted that had stickers intact were the Bible study ones. While that may work for some, it’s not what my needs are.

30 minutes later I sauntered up to the same cashier and plopped down the one of the few they had. It’d have to do. After all, I can always get more stickers or dividers. Right? The version I purchased was the 13-month mini planner.

I got it home, unboxed it and had quickly realized that mini truly does mean mini. A bit of buyer’s remorse set in. But, being hopelessly optimistic, I plugged on, starting to fill out its bitty pages.

My hope is that I didn’t make a “make-due” decision and that I’ll prove myself wrong. The book itself is adorable, in a tiny kind of way.

So, with that, I need to remind myself that taking up a new planner is like adapting to a new phone. You hate it at first. You want your old apps and functionality back, but in time you grow to work with it and love it.

I’ll keep you all posted!

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