It’s a weird confession for a blogger to make but here it is: I’m not very good at technology. I love pen and paper. I’ll probably never fall in love with an eReader. I like the feel of a book in hand. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a visual learner or if I’m just terrible at keeping digital files organized, but tools like Pinterest never really work for me to keep track of ideas (which is why I love Kelly’s idea about keeping a liturgical binder as opposed to always forgetting about my Christian Year Pinterest board). Out of sight, out of mind, my friends. And if an email isn’t at the top of my inbox, it has very little chance of ever seeing the light of day again.
I’m not a naturally organized person. My mom is a list-making, labeling fiend, but somehow the gene skipped me. Big time. Which is why I was so excited when Heather Wood (fellow Catholic homeschooling mama to three!) of Mama’s Notebooks offered to let me review a couple of her planners and organizers! Yes, please! Benjamin at age 4 is in desperate need of a more structured daily routine and I need all the help I can get.
Daniel and I sat down and filled out the monthly income and budget sections. And now I’m writing down our expenditures for the month so we can see exactly where the money is going and if we need to alter our budget (something I’ve NEVER been in the habit of doing before. Yikes!) Usually I just try not to spend anything ever, and when I do, I keep an eye on the bank account. So here’s to being a grown-up and keeping a budget!
And I love the Mama’s Notebook: Weekly Planner and Organizer even more. I’ve just been keeping the weekly Calendar open and it’s so helpful (because whenever I try to use a Calendar on my phone, I forget to check it and important things like Drs appointments get missed.)
(Note that the above is Heather’s mature grown-up handwriting. Compare to my scrawling below.)
There’s spots for meal planning, daily events, and plenty of room to write down what homeschooling goals I want to accomplish for the week. You can start up Mama’s Notebook on any week of the year, and you can skip weeks as needed. Mine already has coffee stains because it’s lived in my house for more than 5 minutes and that’s just what happens around here.
(See what I mean about my chicken scratch penmanship? Occasionally I get encouraging remarks like, “Why do you have 8-year-old boy handwriting?” I’m as flummoxed as you are.)
The back section of the planner has reference sheets for shopping lists, meal ideas, daily and weekly routines/commitments, social life, chore charts, spiritual life, and long term projects. Yay!
Mama’s Notebooks is generously offering one of their lovely planners to a lucky reader as a giveaway! The winner will get to choose one of the four products as their prize. Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below! Giveaway ends next Tuesday evening at 12 midnight EST. Residents of the US only. (Sorry, Canadian and overseas friends! I love you!)
And while you’re moseying over to their website, you should know that Mama’s Notebooks is having a 20% off grand opening sale until the end of October and you can get an additional 5% off with the code FAST5!
Disclosure: Mama’s Notebooks is a Carrots ad sponsor and the review planners I received were complimentary. As always, all opinions are my own.