Now I’m a planner. I love lists and I love my paper diary that we lovingly call ‘the oracle’ in our house as it tells us all where we need to be and what we have on. My husband used to find it hiliarious to hide it and watch me flap around frantically trying to find it; now he knows better to joke about things like that.
You’re probably thinking “ok but it’s just a diary” but to a stationery addict like me that loves to use her diary to track work, organise outings and pretty much keep track of most of the things in her life. Well, my diary is a big thing. I’ve tried to go digital and just use my phone so many times but it’s just not the same and it just doesn’t work for me.
Now as if this all doesn’t make me sound completely bonkers already then let me be clear that I have very specific requirements when it comes to a diary. I like it to be around A5 size so it’s easy to carry around. I like to have a month overview to note down key dates. I like a week to view so I can keep track of where we are BUT I also like room to be able to keep track of my (rather extensive) to do like and make sure I know where everyone needs to be and not just me. The joys of being a parent right?! With all this in mind I am always on the look out for the diary and have been known to switch mid-year to try out a new one if something isn’t quite right with the old one.
Think I’m completely obsessed yet?? Yeah….well, you’re probably not wrong.
But keeping all this in mind, imagine my glee when the people from Busy B agreed to let me try out their 2018 Family Diary. It’s pink, stylish and promise plenty of room for doodles. Needless to say I immediately said yes!
I loved the colour straight away as it’s both bright and bold. A perfect A5 size but not too thick, I knew that I wouldn’t have any issues carrying this around. I immediately loved the little space for a pen and the little folder sections throughout to keep loose pieces of paper in – I seem to aquire them quite regularly.
The page is week to view with space for your reminders down the side of the page. Not only that but the main page is designed for your week and the second page designed for ‘theirs’ with 4 columns. This means that there is space for the details of 4 peoples movements so you can keep track of where everyone needs to be. Perfect for someone like me! However, if this isn’t of use to you, then you can just use the space for notes and reminders against each day. I’ve set mine up as our movements on the ‘their week’ page and my to do list and reminders on the main page.
Full features include: a details section (yours, your partners and your childrens), useful information, contacts, useful websites, a birthdays year to view summary, year to view dates (2018 & 2019), a 2018 year planner, to do list, main diary section, 2019 year planner, notes pages and don’t forget lists. In short, pretty much all your need from a 2018 diary! I particulary love the large notes section and the birthday summary, so handy if you’re like me and managed to lost your memory immediately after having children.
I really love this diary and have pretty much already populated what I know of 2018 in there already….what?? Surely I can’t be the only one who immediately does that?! I love the colour, the size, the layout of the pages and the little elastic thingy which binds it all together and keeps everything I ram in there inside. In fact, the only dissapointment is that it’s not January yet so I can’t start using it.
Anyone else out there that loves a paper diary or perhaps wants to use one to try and get a little more organised? Well, luckily for you we have one to giveaway to a luck reader! Just enter using via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only, is powered by Rafflecopter and will close on Sunday 1st October at midnight . The winner will then be chosen at random using the tool. Please note that entry information, including email address will be passed on to Busy B but will not be shared with any other third parties. For full terms and conditions for the giveaway, please visit the Tippytupps terms and conditions page.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with this item in return for my honest review. As always though, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.