The One Weekly Planner I Use: Mama’s Notebooks Giveaway!

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This is what it looks like when I sneak out of the house to plan out the week and write while Daniel handles bedtime. Chamomile tea and Mama’s Notebooks. Also my laptop, but I start with the notebooks so I know what I need to tackle first.

Maybe it’s because I’m a visual learner, but if something is out of sight….it doesn’t exist to me. Which is why keeping a calendar on a phone app has never worked for me. I have TRIED to use google calendar, but because it hangs out in an icon on my phone, I never use it. For the past several months, I’ve been using the only planner that I’ve ever been able to use consistently: Mama’s Notebooks.

Created by fellow Catholic homeschooling mama, Heather Wood, the Weekly Planner and Organizer is a life saver for me.

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I LOVE that it doesn’t have the dates already written in because I can begin anytime. And at the top there’s space to write in meals for the week (meal planning has been a discipline we’ve tried to focus on this year!).

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There’s plenty of room for to-do lists and there’s slots for morning, afternoon, and evening to schedule the week. I even jot down blog post ideas in the extra space.

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I never needed to keep a weekly planner until after having Lucy, my second baby. I don’t know if it’s because life just got more complicated with more kiddos and with writing/blogging, or if my brain just can’t remember things like I used to (pregnancy brain? Can you still blame that a year postpartum?). Who knows. I have to write stuff down now, especially if it’s out of our normal weekly routine like doctor’s appointments or meals for new moms, etc.

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And this year, I’m going to start implementing The Homeschool Notebook. Benjamin is only 5, but now that he’s reading well, we’re going to add some Math in this year (and probably start Lucy on the Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven curriculum). And it will be great to have a space to jot down our field trips, library wish list, etc.

Mama’s Notebooks also has a New Baby Notebook, a Knit and Crocket Notebook, and a Budget Notebook

And two lucky readers can win the Mama’s Notebook of their choice! (Giveaway only available for U.S. readers due to shipping reasons.) Here’s how to enter:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit The Mama’s Notebooks site to view the choices. Leave a comment on this giveaway post to tell us which one you would choose.

Optional Entries:

1. “Like” the Mama’s Notebook FB Page and leave a comment on this post telling us that you did.

2. Pin one of the images from this post and leave a comment on this post telling us that you did.

Giveaway ends Saturday night at midnight EST!

Disclosure: This giveaway was sponsored by Mama’s Notebooks and the review planners I received were complimentary. As always, I only promote products that I use, love, and am excited to share! You can find out about sponsoring a giveaway or advertising with me on my advertising page or contacting me at haley.s.stewart@gmail.com 

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  1. Sara Breeggemann says

    This is perfect timing! I’m in need of a new planner & like you, need a visual. I would love a Moms notebook!!

  2. kimberly says

    I liked their page. Seems like a great idea and something similar to what I do now but more organized! ;o)

  3. Jamaica says

    I think I would pick the budget book. Something like that made just for moms sounds really, really helpful.
    I also pinned one of the pictures from the post( my pintrest name is mamadelisle)

  4. Kate Lynch says

    I want a Mama’s notebook! I definitely think my 3rd baby took the last little bit of brains i had left and I could really use a tool like this to keep everything straight.

  5. Erin says

    I think I would choose the Mama’s weekly Notebook, I can imagine how I could include some home preschool plans in there alongside meals and appointments, etc.

  6. Maggie h says

    I am the same, I can’t use an app because I forget to open it! Just moved into a new house so the mamas notebook would be perfect for all the to do lists and restocking my pantry and kid craft cabinet.

  7. Alicia says

    These look like great notebooks! I think I would probably go for the Mama’s Notebook for general organization, but I do really love the Knit Notebook as well!

  8. Maureen says

    Definitely the New Baby planner – our first little one is due this Advent, so I’m trying to get ready! :-)

  9. Jess C says

    I relate so much to your comments about the need for a tangible planner! My husband is trying to get me to use the IPad to plan my homeschool year and I hate it!

    I liked their Facebook and pinned them. I think I would like the homeschool monthly planner best. This will be my 1st year homeschooling preschool and I’m excited!

  10. Heather says

    I have the same issue as you with keeping a calendar. This looks like something I would really like, though! Mama’s Notebook for me!

  11. says

    Totally need the Mama’s Notebook. That looks perfect – I, too, am very visual, though I can say Google fulfills some of my needs (mostly because my husband can always see everything I am planning to do). I’d love to have meals and other plans all in one place though!

  12. Katherine says

    I liked Mama’s Notebooks on FB! I love the idea of the Mama’s notebook. Looks perfect for the type of organizing I’m beginning to realize I need with 3 littles of my own. :)

  13. Rebecca says

    I “liked” Mama’s Notebooks on Facebook. I love the idea of the Mama’s Notebook. I’m also very visual when it comes to scheduling. I can not use Google Calendar or the calendar on my phone… if it is not an actual book I carry around and physically hold, then I forget everything!

  14. Sarah says

    I would choose the weekly Homeschool notebook. I am trying to be a little more disciplined this year now that I will be schooling two!

  15. Corina says

    A weekly school planner would be awesome! I’m thinking about starting homeschool preschool for my son next year and could use all the help I can get to prepare this summer.

  16. Ellen V says

    I’m totally torn–I’m expecting my second baby in October, so I love the New Baby Notebook, but I’m staying home and taking over our budget starting in August, so the Budget Notebook looks awesome, too. How would a person ever decide?

  17. Gail says

    I would choose the weekly homeschool planner. I started filling one out on my computer (my first grader was eager to get started during the summer), but I think I need a hard copy book too.

  18. Allie N. says

    While planning apps seem more practical, I choose paper planners over technology any day. There’s something about physically writing down my schedule that I just enjoy. The budgeting planner would be helpful, but I love the thought of using the knitting/crochet planner to plan projects!

  19. says

    I would love to win! If I don’t write things down on paper it’s impossible for me to remember them. I think it is pregnancy brain!

    I liked on FB :)

  20. Tori says

    It’s hard to choose! I love the homeschooling notebooks, but I think right now my needs lean more toward the Mama’s Notebook.

  21. Maria says

    I would definitely choose Mama’s Notebook. I use google calendar, but it’s hard for me too. I need to be proactive about staying on top of what’s going on in our household.

  22. says

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to get some of these planners for my friends as gifts because they’re amazing! And I LOVE the Mama’s Notebook…it’s like a combination of the millions printables I have floating around all in one place. Thanks for sharing!

  23. says

    If I had to choose just one, it would be the Mama’s Notebook:Planner and Organizer. I think my dh would love if I got the budget one though! Homeschooling is a close 3rd. :)

  24. Jessica says

    I would pick the homeschool notebook. I’m going to be starting preschool this fall and will need something to keep me on track.

  25. Kris says

    It’s a toss up between the weekly planner and the homeschool planner! If forced to choose, I’d probably go with the homeschool planner. But only if forced!

  26. says

    I love all of her products and have been eyeing them for a long time, so thank you for the opportunity to win! It’s hard to choose, but I think I would get the Weekly Planner and Organizer! My life’s pretty much chaos with four busy young children.

    I also “liked” Mama’s Notebooks on FB and pinned this post!

  27. says

    My husband and I have been looking for a good budget workbook. I think the Budget Notebook is just what we need to stay on track. We recently paid off our debts and are trying so hard to live within our means and pay cash only but it is such a tricky adjustment!

  28. Katie McGinley says

    I’ve been using google calendar because I can sync it with my husband’s and it’s easier to plan things, but I so miss my Moleskine weekly planner!
    I would have to go with the weekly Mama’s planner.
    I liked ‘em on FB, too!

  29. Emily Brown says

    I really wanted the New Baby notebook before my third child was born, but now that she’s here, I’d love the Mama Notebook.

  30. Audrey says

    I would definitely pick the Mama’s Notebook! Completely agree with you about being a “hands-on” planner type of girl–I’ve tried the Wunderlist app and abandoned it within two days because anything out-of-sight is definitely out-of-mind for me!

  31. Marchelle says

    “Liked” Mama’s Notebook on FB (my name is Marchelle Guidry).
    And thanks for introducing me to this!

  32. Lisa says

    I liked Mama’s Notebooks FB page. I really like the Mama’s Notebook Monthly Planner. It seems to have everything you need in one place.

  33. says

    I like the Mama’s Notebook. I love that there are places to plan all the meals as well as the day based on morning, afternoon, and evening rather than hourly.

  34. says

    The mama’s weekly planner would be the most helpful to me until I really dive into homeschooling (aka when my oldest is older than 3).

  35. Tiff says

    The weekly homeschooling notebook; because that’s where my organization fails the most (with homeschooling). And we go by weeks and not months/units. =)

  36. Julie says

    love, love, LOVE the mama’s notebook. As a very busy full time working mother who also loves to do so many other things, this would be amazingly helpful!

  37. says

    Oh, this homeschool planner does my Type A heart good! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity, Haley. I also appreciated the close-up pictures. I liked on fb and pinned too. ;)

  38. Heather M says

    I’m torn between the Mama’s notebook and the New Baby notebook. Both could be really useful in the near future.

  39. Anne says

    The Mama’s notebook would be great. I am crazy nesting and feeling a need to organize EVERYTHING. This would be awesome.

  40. says

    Just what I need! I just liked the Facebook page and I think the weekly homeschool notebook would be the most helpful followed by the mom’s organizer and the monthly homeschool notebook as well. I love them all! Thanks for sharing :-)
    God bless, Kathleen

  41. says

    Home school planner weekly (please).
    we just finished our first year of homes hooking. My one an only thing I would change is going through the year without a planner. It made everything unnecessarily difficult. Next year I’m going to rock that planner! :)

  42. Laura says

    The Mama’s Weekly Organizer looks awesome-I’ve been browsing for a new organizer that includes all of those features. Sweet! Thanks for sharing.

  43. says

    Okay, everything you said resonates with me. I need to just get one of these! or win one! whichever comes first. I need the weekly planner. I’ve been much better about meal planning this year but then summer arrived and i’ve had a “fend for yourselves” mentality. LOL
    I’m SUCH a visual learner and need to see it and hold it and write it down! my iPhone calendar only goes so far!

  44. Kathleen says

    I would love the Mama’s Weekly. I have a new baby and can’t seem to keep up with the weekly menu and to-do’s.

  45. Mary says

    I don’t need a notebook, but I just wanted to say that I completely agree with you about having a visual, physical planner! My husband is a huge fan of Google calendar, but it just doesn’t work for me. There’s something about the physical act of writing something down that I love – besides the fact that I actually remember things!

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