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Friday, January 4, 2008

Bad Blogger.

Oops.

Back in November, momAgenda contacted me and asked if they could send me one of their day planners to review. I got it in the mail, started adding my dates, times and life and promised a review to come mid-December.
That was then, this is now...

My very-late review of momAgenda's day planner:

  • With five people's schedules, appointments, activities and events to keep track of, it definitely has lots of space to keep track of it all, and more.
  • I love that the planner is small enough to tuck in my purse (or toddler bag) yet large enough to fit everything.
  • The pages are beautiful, the only downside to this is I will only write in pencil inside of it. I'm sure this is a psychological condition I'm suffering from, but really, I can't seem to bring myself to even write with my favorite writing utensils, Sharpie fine point markers.
  • Pretty pages. Note these pages I'm showing you are blank. Hey, I don't want random people showing up at our activities. Oy!

  • I also love that the book is attractive and doesn't necessarily look like the typical planner. Mine is chocolate brown and looks more like a book than a calendar on the outside.
  • The pages have life inspiring quotes. Honestly, this is my favorite part of the planner. The day I received the planner in the mail, I immediately sat and paged through and read each and every quote. There are some really good ones.
  • At between $35-$45 a calendar, I think it's a little on the pricey side, but as the old saying goes, every person needs a good calendar.
In the past I have used At-A-Glance Monthly Planners. I do miss seeing the entire month at a glance since I've used that planner since I graduated from college. It's been a huge adjustment to switch to a planner that only shows a week at a time. So far I haven't buckled and bought my trusty, reliable old calendar, but that's definitely not to say that I won't. (But keeping up two written calendars might be kind of tough then, wouldn't it?)

Speaking of calendars, after TheDHX wrote a little something about using Google Calendar for their blended family, our blended family signed on too and I'm enjoying the perks of having an online calendar and being able to share activities and events that affect the kids at both homes.


I still can't only have an online calendar. There is something about writing down my schedule, activities and events that really puts it in my mind when I do it.


So what about you? What kind of calendar do you use? How do you manage your schedules and time without missing or forgetting what's happening when?

7 Comments:

Blogger Heidi said...

Is it just me, or does everyone else get really excited when they are the first commenter????

I have two. I use a very small pocket calendar, mainly for my schedules appts like dr visits and work hours. And I also have a monthly calendar on the fridge for my hubby and stepson. Which is funny b/c I can't tell you how many times, my hubby has forgotten to pickup his son - I say, didn't you look at the calendar? - my FAV answer of all time - What calendar? Uhm right. Lately I do find myself looking at the fridge calendar more and more.

January 4, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger ann-marie said...

keeping a calendar like the one you show here has never been a strong suit for me. i start out strong at the beginning of the year, but somewhere around april or may, i start to peter out.

but this year will be different! i have no idea why, i'm just saying it will.

last year i bought a super-light, thin calendar from gallery leather. it had a month on each spread, and i loved it. when i used it, that is.

i couldn't find that same style this year, so i bought one in a smaller, more-compact size that has one week on each spread. the verdict is still out on how i'll do not having the whole month in front of me on one spread, but i do like the slightly smaller size.

the company will soon have a web site here: http://www.galleryleather.com/

January 4, 2008 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Funny, they were the highlight of my "Cool Mom Picks" e-mail this morning. Perhaps it is a sign to ditch my Franklin Covey. Or perhaps I am just so obsessed with calendars that I believe that to be the case because I love to buy them.

Either way, our coffee date is in my calendar!

January 4, 2008 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Coma Girl said...

Outlook baby! I don't know what I would do without it. I enter everything into my computer, then "invite" my husband via email so he has it too (with reminders of course) and then I print a copy of the month for the refrigerator for everyone. I also used to sync it to my PDA, but I don't use that as much anymore.

We're very hi-tech here ;)

January 5, 2008 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Jill Davis Doughtie said...

You guys tried Google calendar? That is too cool!

January 5, 2008 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Megasue said...

I too, have become dependent on my Microsoft Outlook calendar at work. However, that calendar remains at work, and I'm been trying to find something to bridge the gap between home. I've thought about the Franklin Covey, but eventually I think I'll take the PDA route. I've looked at the Palm Treo, Blackberry Pearl, Motorola Q, etc. If anyone has any recommendations in this area, I'd be happy to hear them!

January 6, 2008 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

oh my gosh, i really need to have a written calendar. but it has to be small enough to fit in my purse, light enough not to weigh me down, with the month-at-a-glance or at LEAST the week. i've started using google's calendar as well and that's been fantastic, because i can share it with steve and he can check our schedules before making plans rather than having to call me every time - but i still love the old pen-and-paper method. still searching for the perfect solution..

January 6, 2008 at 1:21 PM  

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