Last week we were browsing through a bookstore and my husband spotted this:
He flipped through it and instantly knew I would be interested. He handed it to me and literally within two page-turns I knew it was perfect for our family and I bought it immediately.
As some of you may know, I have been keeping a weekly menu for years. I also usually have in my kitchen somewhere a moleskine that I lovingly refer to as my “magic notebook.” Inside that book goes all of my to-do lists, appointments, reminders and grocery list. It worked for me, mostly. I still found myself checking the calendar on my phone and using a separate note pad for my menus.
When I first saw this Home Executive organizer I instantly loved that all of those separate things that I used daily were now in one place. Let me show you.
First of all, I love the design, the colors and the protective plastic cover on the front and back. (see photo above)
Each month has a two page layout like this:
It includes a recipe, a note section and holidays for that month. Then if you flip the page, each week of that month has it’s own two-page layout:
The dates are listed on the left, and there are columns for a menu, grocery list and whatever else you can think of. At first I thought I would use the three sections on the left page for “Mom” “Dad” and “kids.” But after using the planner for just a day I decided to do “morning” “afternoon” and “evening.” My to-do list I put on the right side, next to the grocery list.
This is what last week looked like (I blurred all names):
I’m on week two of using the organizer and I’m still a huge fan. HUGE.
Here are some other features of the organizer -
- There are pages to help you with your plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
- The planner goes from August 2012 to Aug 2013 (with additional month calendars for Sept – Dec 2013
- There are five pages open for “notes” in the back
- Additional pages included in the back are “babysitter notes,” “emergency plan,” “important people and places,” a “year at a glance” page, a master list of all holidays, and a birthday list organized by month.
- My kids’ favorite feature are the three pages of stickers at the back. (They already added several stickers to the calendar.)
This Home Executive planner was designed by Jen Boss of Picket Fence Publications. You can see more of the planner here. Would you like one of your own?? Jen has generously offered one of her Home Executive planners for me to give away to a lucky reader! Thank you Jen!
To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this post telling me what feature of the Home Executive planner you think you would like the most or would use the most. The giveaway is open until Monday, September 3rd at midnight (MST). The winner will be randomly selected and announced here on my blog on Tuesday (Sept 4th).
Now off I go to finish some of those "to-do" items!