Have you all bought your planners already? If not, you may be in luck…
Here is my 2006 review of the BusyBodyBook, a day planner for moms. The format, which you can view in the image below, is a grid which lists Monday through Sunday going down the page, and then there are five blank columns for you to fill in with family members’ names (or whatever you like). It’s a clever way to keep track of what each member of the family has going on every day.
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The lefthand page is blank for notes. The calendar runs from August ’08 through September ’09. Here are this year’s covers:
Special features include perforated shopping lists (very cool), pockets inside the front and back covers, a bookmark, and month-at-a-glance pages.
The publisher also offers the grid in a large fridge pad format and a wall calendar.
Now for the fun part! The kind folks at BusyBodyBook have sent me one of this year’s planners to offer as a gift for one of my readers. If you’d like to enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw a name on Saturday at 9am Pacific time.
Love2learn Mom says:
Please count me in! Thanks much 🙂
On September 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm
I’ll wouldn’t ever turn down a planner.
On September 9, 2008 at 1:32 pm
I have tried all kinds of devices for planning — electronic and paper — but haven’t been able to stick with one for more than a couple of weeks. I’d love to find the right one. Thanks for the opportunity
On September 9, 2008 at 1:33 pm
I’m still looking for a planner that works for our family. I’d appreciate a chance to give this one a go. Thank you!
On September 9, 2008 at 1:55 pm
Ooh, pick me! Pick me!
I can’t remember if I ever clicked through from my feed-reader to say this, but thank you! for the post where you identified Our Lord’s Candle (Chaparral Yucca). I’d been walking around my neighborhood for WEEKS wondering what that pretty flower was, but I never remembered to Google it when I got back inside. Thanks for doing an end-run around my forgetfulness!
On September 9, 2008 at 2:02 pm
I’d love to win this!
On September 9, 2008 at 2:06 pm
I love to carry around a paper planner with me to places like co-op and dr appointments as I could never quite get in the habit of remembering my pda! On the computer, I just was introduced to http://www.cozi.com today, and it is really nice! It integrates with outlook, can separate out apointments for different members of the family, and be accessed from any computer, pda, or cell phone. Pretty neat and totally free. It probably won’t replace my paper planner because old habits die hard, but I am giving it a try 🙂
On September 9, 2008 at 2:10 pm
That is exactly the kind of thing we need, though I think the fridge planner is going to be more like it. (I’ve ordered one already.) Although I do more of the homeschooling stuff, Mat is pretty involved, too. And he can work from home a lot. So keeping track of his work appointments, Tigger’s stuff, my stuff, and who’s taking who where really needs a few columns.
On September 9, 2008 at 2:11 pm
Penny in VT says:
Ohhhh I love planners! Count me in the fun!
Glad you’re feeling better, love the cute pics 🙂
On September 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Mama Steff says:
Oooh – don’t planners make everything seem possible again? Until I inevitably lose mine, I feel so organized …
On September 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm
Oh perfect! I do believe we’ve just popped into that zone of having to track everyone’s schedule with all our activities this year (my first with two children in things 😀 )
On September 9, 2008 at 2:59 pm
Karla @ Ramblin' Roads says:
Oh! I would! I would! (Wonder if it would be selfish to pray I win it?) I need a new planner… and this one looks perfect!
On September 9, 2008 at 3:10 pm
Ohhh what a pretty planner. Feed my addiction! 🙂
On September 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm
It couldn’t hurt to try yet another planner in hopes of getting organized. Please count my in the drawing, and thanks!
On September 9, 2008 at 3:49 pm
edit to above comment: I meant to say, “Please count ME in the drawing!” Thanks.
On September 9, 2008 at 3:50 pm
Since I got so lucky and won one last year, am I allowed to enter again? 😉
On September 9, 2008 at 4:07 pm
How gorgeous are those covers? Rich, saturating color–gotta love ’em!
Have a great day!
~Christina in MA
On September 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm
Michele P. says:
count me in, I definitely need something to write everything down in-I forget so many appts and don’t always get the bill paid by the due date…this would be a big help!
micaela6955 at msn dot com
On September 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm
Mary G. says:
I can dream about being organized, can’t I?
Please count me in, perhaps the dream will come true!
On September 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm
Yay! I’d love to try this out!
On September 9, 2008 at 5:00 pm
please include me!!
On September 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm
Mama Martin says:
This planner looks terrific! I need all the help I can get so please count me in.
On September 9, 2008 at 5:47 pm
Yay for planners! 🙂
On September 9, 2008 at 6:05 pm
Please count me in too!
On September 9, 2008 at 6:13 pm
ooooo. dd you say free planner? sign me up!
On September 9, 2008 at 7:13 pm
I love planners! This one looks great too!
On September 9, 2008 at 7:16 pm
I would love to win this planner! I would use it as a food diary and exercise log for myself. I think the five column format would be perfect for this.
On September 9, 2008 at 7:17 pm
Well, I don’t usually enter these as I’m in Australia but my inlaws are coming out for a visit so maybe I could win something!
On September 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm
Well-Mannered Frivolity says:
I <3 planners. Count me in!
On September 9, 2008 at 7:31 pm
If I win, I shall give it to my friend. 🙂
On September 9, 2008 at 8:17 pm
Busy Buddy Book
Inner leaves to guide our paths.
Come! Organize Me!
On September 9, 2008 at 8:25 pm
This year I’m putting my name in the hat for a new planner!
On September 9, 2008 at 8:39 pm
Pick me! Pick me!
On September 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm
Ohhh, how exciting. What a wonderful gift! Would love to win. Thanks for offering!
On September 9, 2008 at 9:02 pm
Joyce A. Anthony says:
Hmm…homeschooling, critters, hosting blog tours, author intervies–did I say my middle name is DISORGANIZED??—this could be what I need to change it all–And don’t listen to what my son says: I WILL one day be organized!!!
On September 9, 2008 at 11:03 pm
Ooh! I would LOVE to be entered!! How fun!!
On September 10, 2008 at 12:21 am
Jennifer Minson says:
i need a new planner for the coming year. Plus with a move next week i have a lot to remember.
On September 10, 2008 at 12:44 am
Those are so cute! I love paper planners, they are so fun to ready for the new year.
On September 10, 2008 at 3:15 am
Sarah R. says:
Those covers are just darling! So…enter me, and thanks for doing this! 🙂
On September 10, 2008 at 3:57 am
Mrs. H. says:
Mrs. H. here, self-diagnosed planner addict. Thanks for the giveaway!
On September 10, 2008 at 4:18 am
Maybe this is the planner that would work for me! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
On September 10, 2008 at 4:24 am
Oh yes! I love my BBB – but I’m working out of one that runs on a calendar year and am discovering the academic year version would probably work best for me. 🙂
On September 10, 2008 at 4:27 am
In need of a planner:)
On September 10, 2008 at 4:51 am
I want to enter! If it’s anything in this world that I need right now, it is to get organized. LOL
On September 10, 2008 at 4:58 am
On September 10, 2008 at 5:03 am
Oh yes! I love me some planners! 🙂 I’ve been shopping around for my next planner.
On September 10, 2008 at 5:37 am
Nothing like a giveaway to bring on the comments! 🙂
On September 10, 2008 at 6:57 am
I’d love to be entered! thanks!
On September 10, 2008 at 7:06 am
I’m searching for the perfect planner…maybe this is the one!
On September 10, 2008 at 7:57 am
I do like this organizer…enter me in!
On September 10, 2008 at 9:13 am
JoAnna Parente says:
Oh cool! Count me in!
On September 10, 2008 at 9:20 am
Would love to have a planner that I will actually use and stick to! Please count me in!
Thanks so much!
On September 10, 2008 at 10:10 am
Me, too! Thank you!
On September 10, 2008 at 10:11 am
Oh, I need a planner. How did my Mom do it in the seventies with a free church calendar and 5 kids to organize and get places?? We were never late and always had what we needed. Apparently, all I got was her nose and not her organizational skills. Please count me in…thanks so much!
On September 10, 2008 at 10:38 am
So glad I checked your site today. Hope I am the lucky one!! Thanks.
On September 10, 2008 at 10:49 am
Forever in need of more organization! I’d love to win this. Thanks for giving us the opportunity!
On September 10, 2008 at 11:15 am
Looks very nice! Anything to help with organization!
On September 10, 2008 at 11:17 am
I refer to my current planner as my brain!
It is at least my memory – but my memory
will run out in a few months, so it would be
great to have a new one!
On September 10, 2008 at 11:38 am
Oh, that looks pretty cool! I’d be thrilled to win. 🙂
On September 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm
I’m a new reader, came via Sandra Dodd and mention of the 100 species challenge. I’m enjoying your blog. We’re unschoolers down here in San Diego as well. I think I may join in on the challenge soon as I love photographing in my area as well as enjoying the outdoors.
On September 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Count me in! I like the page for notes.
On September 10, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Mary Beth P says:
I’d love a new planner!
On September 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm
I could use a planner. Thank you for the chance to win one!
On September 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm
The planner looks great. With school, 4-H, my business and everything else, it would be great to have. Now, for why I am really writing. I feel like such an idiot. I knew your name sounded familiar, but could not place it. I subscribed to your blog about a year ago and just now realized you wrote the books about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s grandmothers. I LOVE them! We sat and read all of them that our library had back to back this past winter. Then we requested they order the rest. Thank you for continuing (or giving background) to Ms. Wilder’s (who is an ancestor of mine) stories. They are required reading in our family regardless of gender. Of course, they are thoroughly enjoyed too.
On September 10, 2008 at 5:42 pm
Rhonda Martin says:
Ok to be honest a Co-Worker and great friend sent me this link because she said “You need this” and she is right of course. If you could see my desk calender you wouldn’t believe it~! But of course I can’t carry that with me if I need to and trying to keep track of Marching Band , Jazz Band , Chorus , Foot Ball, Basket Ball , and Dr’s Appt. not to mention my work schedule I just plain need it lol. Thanks for a chance to enter to win one.
On September 10, 2008 at 7:01 pm
Oh, I know that without a planner, I would NEVER get anything done, or remember where I am supposed to be, when. I call it my brain on paper. These look delightful, and I’d love to win one! Thanks.
On September 10, 2008 at 7:04 pm
Jenny in Ca says:
looks like a really nice planner- I love the shopping list idea!
please throw my name in the hat!
On September 10, 2008 at 7:46 pm
Lisa D. says:
After my disappointment with the MomAgenda (yep, I was the one that found that came across that “offensive” quote on one of the pages after I’d ordered it), I still haven’t found the planner of my dreams. I do like the way the BusyBody has separate columns for each child/member of the family. Wouldn’t it be neat if you could order a custom planner like that for a specific number of people (columns)?
Please add me to the drawing! Thanks.
On September 10, 2008 at 10:17 pm
Count me in!
On September 11, 2008 at 4:43 am
Kam A says:
I would love to try the Busy Body Book! I love the features listed on the website and would use all of them. I especially love the covers on the planners! They are so unique and cheerful looking!
On September 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm
Looks great. Between chemo, shots, heart Drs, 7 kids, I need me a planner 🙂
On September 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm
I’m always up for a drawing for something useful! Thanks!
On September 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm
I love the BusyBodyBook. That orange floral cover is really nice. Thanks for the giveaway!
On September 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm
Sheila O'Connor-Ambrsoe says:
I hope I am not to late to be considered! Thanks!
On September 12, 2008 at 8:59 am
I would love to have this planner! Thanks.
On September 12, 2008 at 6:52 pm
Deborah C. says:
I’ve just been shopping for a new planner, this one looks fun!
On September 12, 2008 at 7:27 pm
Sigh…sorry to have missed this! I knew I needed to spend more time on the computer 🙂
On September 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm