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Silk + Sonder Planner Review

Hi beautiful dreamers!

Starting on Friday, we’ll get into some review posts, but today I wanted to pop in and tell you all about the new planner system I started using this month. Actually, “tell” is kind of a boring word – I’m going to rave a little bit.

I mentioned it on my social media pages back at the beginning of the month but on a whim, I gave into a handful of Instagram ads that had been pushing their way into my feed. One of those impulse ad-related purchases was a Silk + Sonder planner/journal.

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These planners are insanely pretty. They’re beautiful simplistic with well-placed accents to make them feel unique. The design work is just lovely overall – granted, I’ve only seen the June version in person, but there are plenty of video reviews from previous months, so it’s not just this month, it’s all the months.

Yes, months. This is a subscription-based planner. Silk + Sonder ships out a new planner/journal every month with a new theme so that you can start fresh each time. That factor on its own was what really drew me in. I love fresh starts and I tend to drag my planners around everywhere with me, so after a few months, they tend to look a bit ragged and then I start to lose interest. This is the last week of June and my S+S planner is still gorgeous. There are grease stains on one page and I’ve gotten a handful of pages a little sticky (thanks to the child, there are a lot of sticky surfaces around here). I definitely haven’t lost interest yet and the majority of the booklet looks brand new.

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The first portion of the booklet has a few calendar pages, just to give an overview of what’s happening big-picture style in your life. Then comes the tracker pages: moods, habits, gratitude. I have so much fun sitting down in the evening with my colored pencils and filling these in!

Next is the part that I’ve found more challenging to work with: the journaling section. June’s theme was “Choice” and there’s a spread of questions about setting boundaries in my life that are very thought-provoking and well-timed, at least for me.

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One of the cutest pages is the Self-Care Bingo page. It’s just plain adorable, but also a great page to go for inspiration when I feel the need to do something fun or treat myself.

There’s a couple of recipes, a coloring page, and then we get into what would be considered the “planner” portion of the journal. And let me tell you, this thing has everything I ever wanted: a shopping list section, a meal planner/tracker, goal setting, mental health, a mini habit tracker, and a spot for inspiration. It’s the perfect blend of journaling and planning, but much easier to work with than most other options out there.

If you love the idea of traditional bullet journaling, but find that its a lot of effort and it’s hard to make it work well for you (that’s how I am), then this might work out really well for you. I find that it has the right amount of structure combined with free space to keep me inspired and motivated. Honestly, this is the most productive and motivated month I’ve had in a very long time.

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I use the extra note pages for a variety of things: brainstorming meals for the week, notes from my therapy sessions, random ideas that pop into my head, whatever. I’ve been playing around with making little boxes to contain all these things, but it’s still a work in progress to see what I like best.

I’ve been recommending this planner to basically everyone I talk to, which is a testament to how much I love it. At first, I was going to hold off on making this post until I had been using it for two or three months, but I’m so obsessed already that I went ahead and did it now. I’m not getting paid to say this – I really just love it that much. Haha!

At almost $20 a month, it definitely is more pricey than other planner options, but I think it’s worth the mini splurge if it boosts my creativity AND productivity. My birthday present to myself is probably going to be the 12-month subscription if nothing changes between now and then. Even my husband thinks it is worth the extra money at this point! Plus, supporting a small business?! Win-win all around!

Side note: during lockdown, this lovely company started a new line of journals for kids! Obviously, my kiddo isn’t old enough yet, but in a few years, I’ll definitely be getting her a subscription of her own!

Silk + Sonder Website

Silk + Sonder Instagram

Silk + Sonder Kids


Love, light, and happiness all around!

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