I'm a paper calendar kind of girl. I tried to go digital years ago (Palm Pilot, what!), but it just didn't work for me. I've had a day planner-type thing every year for ages. My problem is I'm having trouble finding a planner that organizes work appointment and deadlines, B's schedule, the kids' appointments, and my "social obligations" AND meets my OCD-esque formatting needs.
For a long time, I used planners similar to the At-A-Glance one I had work buy me this year. At this stage in my life, this planner isn't ideal, but it's cheap and mostly works for me (and, uh, was in the work calendar catalog, so I didn't actually have to buy my own planner for 2013). It's a good "I settled" planner.
|Botanique planner. Image from ataglance.com.|
Then last year, I discovered the Life Planner from Erin Condren.
|Image from erincondren.com.|
I had this design, except with my name and initials (obviously) and in purple and black. I adore this planner. The calendar layout is exactly what I want. It was a fabulous way to keep track of myself in 2012. The Life Planner has two downsides. First, it's monstrous. It's 7 x 9-ish and weighs at least a pound (ok, probably not...I'm terrible at that sort of thing, but it is heavy and adds lots of weight to my purse). The second is the price. With shipping, it costs almost $59. I know, right? I got my 2012 planner for half that (which is still on the very high end of what I'll play for a planner) with a voucher through some Groupon-like website (I don't remember which one any more), but that didn't seem to be an option for 2013. I didn't see many EC vouchers this year, and when I did, they all specified that they weren't valid for Life Planners. So I sadly kissed my dreams of a 2013 Life Planner goodbye.
[Aside to anyone from Erin Condren who happens to read this post. Have you ever considered a Life Planner Mini or Light or something that isn't as thick and heavy? Cut out the note pages, the info pages - pretty much everything except the calendar pages and the folder - and sell it for less? I'd be more than willing to test that out for you!]
In an attempt to replace the Life Planner, I bought a momAgenda. I've heard good things about them floating around the internet, and found their products much more reasonably priced than the EC ones. Based on the pictures of the pages, I thought the format would work for me. I feel bad saying it because the owner of MA seems so nice on Twitter (stupid, right?), but I hate the momAgenda. Hate it. The format just does not work for me, and format of the calendar pages is HUGE on my list of planner requirements. I tried to use it for about two weeks earlier this month, and I just couldn't.
|My failed momAgenda. Image from momagenda.com|
But here is where I'm going to let one of my dear readers benefit from my inability to purchase a planner that meets my strict OCD standards. I want to give one of you my momAgenda. It's the 2012-2013 spiral refill with added pocket folders (I don't know how I lived without a folder in my planner until this year). (I'm such a nerd.)
I'll send the winner the pink momAgenda above with the momEssentials pamphlet (reusable booklet for phone numbers, kids' info, etc.), plus pocket folders, minus a couple of weeks of December 2012 that I'll rip out so you don't have to deal with my chaotic attempts to use this planner.
To enter, leave a comment. That's it. If your e-mail address isn't in your profile, make sure you put it in your comment so I can let you know if you win. I'll close the giveaway at 12:01 a.m. EST on January 6. Good luck!