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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org