Not just new moms. Not just feminists. Not just stay-at-home moms.
CoinLast year, I was lucky enough to do a review for Momma's Little Helper Day Planner. I can honestly say I have used it every day ever since! So when I was offered another one to use, and another one to giveaway again this year, I graciously accepted!
All of the same amazing features that I listed last year are still there AND this year the days are vertical. Since my days usually start at the beginning and end at the end (usually-- some days are pretty backwards ;)), this is a great improvement.
ALSO, they added a MEALS block to the bottom of each page. Coincidentally, I have been using the last line of each day's block to list what we're having (or had...sometimes it's more of a past documentation than a planning ahead process...) for dinner. So again-- this is a really great addition.
I'm already late-- and being late giving away a planner seems really, really wrong-- so this giveaway starts right...NOW!
For a chance to win a day planner of your own, please SHARE the FACEBOOK post (let's be honest-- companies want to spread the word, and that's how I'm able to offer you guys some really cool FREE stuff, so please share). Then comment below the FB photo saying you shared. And if you haven't already, check out last year's review. That's it!
I'll choose a name at random before the end of the week, and get your planner in the mail to you right away!
(Not feeling lucky? Order one today!)
I received a daily planner for my own use, and one to give to a friend, but all opinions are my own-- as always :)
Remember the Planner giveaway last summer? We may be able to repeat that this year!
Check out last year's full review for a peek, then stay tuned for upgrades, improvements, and the chance to win your own.
A friend recently published a calendar/planner, Momma's Little Helper Day Planner, and was nice enough to share a couple with us! (My friends are so talented and generous :) )
I floated a question about pen and paper planners a few weeks ago and, while I certainly got some 'everything is on my phone' responses, it turns out that plenty of us DO still use 'hardcopy' planners (or some combination of digital and print).
I don't know why, but the idea of a paper planner gets me super excited (seriously). Physically crossing something off your list is so much more satisfying than clicking a little box on your phone-- even if you add it just to cross it out (Please. You're guilty. Every list-maker is.)
The planner is currently set up for an academic year. The designer/publishers are working on the next calendar year, but let's be honest-- if you have school-aged kids, you operate on a school year calendar! BONUS-- this would be awesome if you have a little planner-in-training at your house. They may not be able to use all the cool features (more on that in a moment), but it would be a great assignment book or social calendar.
It has taken me forever to post this review-- not because it's not great, but because it's summer and my life schedule changes drastically in the summer (see above school-year-lifestyle...). Also, there's so much to talk about here! There are a bunch of features that add to the organizational-awesomeness of this planner.
Let's run through some of them:
Cover design-- right now, you have 2 choices of cover design. I love me some damask, but something about the bright graphic cover really appealed to me! You can't go wrong with either.
Academic-year calendar-- I think this is cool, but if you prefer a calendar year set up, just move your reminder to buy a new planner up till July, and you'll be all set ;) But really, if you are in school, or have kids in school, I think you'll find it practical.
Stay-open spiral-- I'm not even sure this one was intentional, but I noticed it! Ya' know how sometimes spiral notebooks get hung-up on themselves and don't lie flat? This doesn't do that! It rotates smoothly, displaying whatever page you have it open to.
At-a-glance yearly calendars-- the full calendar year for each of the years within the school year (follow that?) are printed on the inside of the cover and back cover. You can check on what day a holiday falls, or reference any date without flipping pages.
Front and back pockets-- receipts, gift cards, notes, business cards, whatever-- tuck 'em in so they don't flutter out.
Address, Emergency Info, and Important Numbers-- I know, I know, it's in your phone. Hang on, let me count how many of you dropped/lost your phone in the past month. It'll take a while because IT'S A LOT! It doesn't hurt to have the most essential info jotted down in old fashioned form.
Family Medical Info-- honestly, I'd probably list my son's food allergies here, but not go as far as entering insurance info. Turns out paper is pretty easy to hack in to... ;)
At-a-glance Important Monthly Dates-- never miss an anniversary, birthday, or appointment again!
Picky Eaters-- this might be my favorite section. I hate that it needs to be in here, but it does. You can list likes, dislikes and meal ideas. Was a certain dinner a big hit? Highlight it, make it again, and hope that everyone likes it a second time ;)
Pet Safety-- because pets are family too
Food Safety-- refrigeration guides, lunchbox rules, and even when to toss leftovers
Then we get into the calendar. Each month has an at-a-glance calendar, a day-by-day calendar, and a notes section. The months are marked on the margin to make it easy to find 'today'.
A To Do List and Notes section round out this planner, to make it your bible of family affairs!
Sprinkled throughout are adorable-- and really useful!-- tips, tricks, and hacks. They really thought of everything!
Jealous yet? One of you can have one all to yourself! Let's make this quick since it starts with August...and August is almost over. Add your name to the FACEBOOK POST to enter. I will choose a winner at random!
Oh my goodness, it should not be this difficult to plan a party.
I guess that's what happens when all your friends grow up, get real jobs, and have kids :)
How often do you get together with your friends, without including the kids?
Have you seen the new show Pregnant in Heels? I think it's about as real a look at pregnant women as the Real Housewives series is about being a wife.
BUT, this new book of a similar title looks fabulous~ full review coming soon!
It's chilly, but at least the skies are clear. Starting a Spring project list...(my husband is ecstatic!)
With a love of children and a passion for reading and writing, Kelly decided to share her experiences with others through the pages of the Crib Notes book and site.
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