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Show Notes: Best Laid Plans x Amanda’s Favorites!

August 16, 2021

This week’s guest is none other than the famous Amanda from Amanda’s Favorites!! I have mentioned her channel before – it is basically the only thing I watch on YouTube other than (currently) my workouts. Amanda creates wonderful and comprehensive planner review videos for an amazing array of brands, from big (EC + Hobonichi!) to small (see list below!).

It was an absolute privilege to speak with Amanda on the show and I can verify that she is as kind and lovely in (virtual) person as she is on her channel.

Her channel!

Links to Videos we Discussed:

3 Planning Views (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)

Her son’s inspiring Bullet Journal system!

Some smaller lesser known brands Amanda mentions:

Jen Simpson Journals (use this link and code AMANDA10 for 10% off)

JMB Living Journals (here’s Amanda’s link and use code AMANDA20 for 20% off! These are so pretty, I am tempted.)

Get to Work Book

Ashley Shelly (Amanda is doing a COLLAB with her on a monthly planner! Here’s her affiliate link to shop!)

Spaces Planner (Amanda’s link to shop and use code AMANDA10 for 10% off)

Unbound Planners

I also love watching her quarterly updates and her Top 5 lists (like this Top 5 Daily one!). She will be coming out with new top 5 lists for 2022 soon, so stay tuned.

Oh, and the notebook I mentioned (and love) that I learned about from Amanda is by Becky Higgins! It really is a pleasure to use.

Next week’s episode will be a Q&A, so thank you so much for submitting your questions! Please keep them coming, and I continue to welcome guest suggestions + other thoughts about how Best Laid Plans.

Additional note: while today’s post is a show notes one, I do not want to not mention the extremely sad and heavy news weekend we just had from a global perspective (Afghanistan + Haiti). I donated last night to help with earthquake recovery; there’s a specific fund at Direct Relief. I am sure even small donations help.


  • Reply Aly August 16, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Love all of this! ❤️

  • Reply Mrs. Candid August 17, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Loved this episode. Two of my favorite planning people, Sarah and Amanda 😀

    I liked your discussion about the calming experience of physical paper planners, away from computers and phones, just sitting with a pen and paper. And that’s why paper planners will always live on, no matter how many digital solutions pop up.

  • Reply Brenda August 18, 2021 at 9:24 am

    What a fun listen. I headed over to her channel and ended up ordering a Spaces planner. It’s a 2021, but was half price so I figure I’ll at least get a sense of how committed I’ll be. I like that it’s more “list-centric” rather than schedule-centric, b/c that is more of what I need. I tend to lose interest in ones that are hyper focused on a calendar or time blocks.

  • Reply Morgan August 20, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Yay! This episode was so inspiring.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a weekly planner that has a strong pocket (that could contain a thin journal)?
    I adore my Erin Condren Life Planner but my dream would be if it had a pocket to house my on-going lists. Thanks!

    • Reply Morgan August 22, 2021 at 9:53 pm

      Answering my own question (after watching Amanda’s Favorites!).
      Just ordered the Whitney English weekly planner with an amazing pocket! Plus she sells cute little notebooks to store inside it.
      I also decided to compare it to the Erin Condren COIL Life planner which has a pocket as well (the soft bound does not).
      Will report back !

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