I will NEVER stop using Erin Condren.
That was me, like, a year ago. I was a die-hard fan, loyal to the bitter end. It had the room I needed, the accessories and community I craved, and a TON of online inspiration from you guys. I thought I may have actually found “the one.”
Of course, never say never.
Aside from price, which, let’s be honest, is definitely too much for what it is (paper and plastic), the LifePlanner has a lot of little things that have bugged me from the beginning.
First and foremost, its size. I cannot stand how big this planner is. If you happen to carry a backpack or overnight bag with you while running your errands everyday, then taking the planner with you is not a problem. For me, though, I like to switch it up and carrying around my LifePlanner is just not practical. So I keep it on my desk at home. Which is annoying if you need to jot stuff down or make appointments while you’re out.
Secondly, while you can get these LifePlanners at places like Staples or Amazon, most of the reason you justify spending so much on one is because you can customize it and choose the outside and inside layouts on the Erin Condren website. The site itself is glitchy and both times I ordered one they took forever to ship out.
So, I was in search of a new planner that was smaller yet just as functional and fun as the LifePlanner. And that’s how I found my Happy Mini.
I had heard a lot of people talking about how the Happy Planner compared to the Erin Condren LifePlanner. In fact, a lot of people have been making the switch for the same reasons I considered. Here’s a great YouTube video by Stay At Home Mommyisms explaining her experience (which is what ultimately convinced me to try it too).
Her story is very similar to my own.
Where we differ, however, is on the particular Happy planner that we made the switch to. You see, I wasn’t trying to find a replacement to my EC at first, but a supplement. One I could carry with me, while I kept the EC one at home.
Okay, so Me And My Big Ideas or “MAMBI” as you may see it referred to, offers a TON of cool inserts and accessories for their planner, which, if you watched the video above, you can see are suuuuuper similar. It solves the price problem instantly. It solves the availability problem instantly. But it’s the same size?
Here’s where the Happy Mini comes in!
The mini is much smaller than the regular Happy Planner and Erin Condren LifePlanner, but still shares all the fun of it’s two big sisters. First of all, I fell in love with the coils. They are discs with little cutout hearts.
And while the pink background with the polka dots wasn’t my first choice, I decided to splurge on the rose gold cover which is meant to look like leather but is definitely not.
Even with a bulky, fake leather cover on, it’s still smaller than the LifePlanner. And I can take the cover off on the days I’m carring a smaller bag. Check out the size comparison of the happy mini on its own next to the LifePlanner.
Don’t get me wrong – this is not a “pocket” size planner by any means, but rather a much better size for carrying around with you on a daily basis. You have plenty of room to write and decorate the mini like you do with the big ones, but it’s so much more convenient.
I find that sometimes scaling down, companies get rid of tabbed months. Why do they do this?? It drives me crazy. Well, not the case with the Happy Mini. Still got tabs on the monthly spread, and the weekly layout is horizontal and open which I love. I appreciate the space for notes at the end of the week. I’m not sure if the mini comes in a vertical layout, but it’s worth investigating if you need vertical but also want to scale down. I decided this past week that vertical just isn’t for me, so, you know.
Also, if you do decide to get a mini and a cover to go with, know that the cover offers bonuses like extra pocket slots and a pen holder.
Buyer beware though – I have read a LOT of people complaining that the snap on the mini cover breaks, but knock on wood – my snap is pretty secure.
If you do decide to make the switch, you can get all the fun Happy Planner stuff at Michaels, or most of it (though not all) on Amazon. But really, being able to look at all the accessories in person is the BEST.
The planning section of Michaels – mostly in part to MAMBI – is getting better and better. How bad do you want one of those little notebooks, right? OMG. UGH.
Well, hope this post helps give you some info on the mini and why it’s my ONLY planner in use at the moment. Of course, I say “at the moment” with some emphasis. Happy planning! xo