Let’s Plan Ahead – Diary Review & Giveaway

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.

Busy B 2018 Family Diary - pinable image

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!

Busy B 2018 Family Diary - pink bold and beautiful

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.

Busy B 2018 Family Diary - page layout

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.

Busy B 2018 Family Diary - yearly planner layout


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.

Busy B 2018 Family Diary - page to view in use


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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

Busy B 2018 Family Diary - hello january

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. 


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  1. Tracey Peach says:

    I love diary’s especially startin a new year all fresh & keen to start the year

  2. Tracy Nixon says:

    I always have a diary and love the layout of this one! Thanks for the review and giveaway x

  3. Solange says:

    I love a paper diary. I use them often to try and get a little more organised.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I have such an addiction to notepads and planners. It’s crazy! great post x

  5. Kelly Hirst says:

    I always record things in my diary, I don’t trust my phone calendar to keep my appointments

  6. This looks like a cute little planner! Love the color!

  7. I do love diaries. I try them every year and end up not using them. I really need to work on that because otherwise I’m an organised person. I’ll be entering the giveaway

  8. I have this diary, but in a different style. It’s absolutely AMAZING! A complete life saver and life changer. Literally don’t know where I’d be without it! I use the different sections to track my days I work and my blog, so handy! As you can tell, I love stationary and notebooks haha!

    1. I have the mid year version of this 🙂

  9. The planner is adorable! I’ve tried keeping one but I only last a month or two at most before forgetting about it.

  10. I love planners, and this is a design I haven’t seen before! It’s so useful for those who aren’t in school anymore, because that’s what most of them are geared for.

  11. I’m a huge planner as well, I love the set-up of this one, it’s very different from what I’m used to.

  12. This is so cute!! I never stick with keeping a diary, but I wish I did!

  13. hanneke says:

    I would love to try this. Where can I purchase this diary? I live in the Netherlands. Thank you

    1. tippytupps says:

      Hi. You can find a copy on the Busy B website. https://busyb.co.uk/products/diaries/family-diary-2018.html

  14. I’ve been thinking about getting a new planner, there is one on sale at Michael’s that has been captivating my attention every time I walk by it as of late… I’m thinking this might be the push I need to pick it up and get to using it!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

  15. Evette Gabriella Williams says:

    I always use a diary and would be lost without it. Helps me plan my busy life.

  16. iain maciver says:

    always a handy thing to have

  17. Charlotte says:

    i have lists everywhere so this would make my life easier!

  18. Annabel Greaves says:

    I love a nice diary for keeping track of everything

  19. fiona waterworth says:

    with so many hospital and doctors appointments I could use a decent diary

  20. Ruth Harwood says:

    I could certainly do with organising some of next year before it begins lol!!

  21. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Would be INVALUABLE for my daily plans thanks

  22. Jessica Barber says:

    Love a new diary and this one is gorgeous! Would be so handy to keep track of everyone!

  23. Michelle Smith says:

    I would love to win a 2018 diary

  24. Rachel Craig says:

    Great practical prize. Helps us in our aim to be organised.

  25. Andrea Fletcher says:

    I always have a diary, it helps me to keep organised.

  26. Marie Evans says:

    I don’t know where I would be without a diary ,You can look at a glance what appointments you have in the coming week.Keep tab when family are on hols.And dentist appointments are made so far in advance a diary is a great way to jog your memory.I also love the ribbon so you can go straight to today’s day. Great useful giveaway.

  27. melanie stirling says:

    This looks very useful,I love a paper diary.I only have a basic phone so I don’t have a diary facility on it.

  28. Ren Taylor says:

    oooo could do with something like this to keep me organised !

  29. stuart hragreaves says:


  30. laura banks says:

    great giveaway very handy

  31. Would love this for my daughter-in-law who loves to keep the family organised

  32. Amy Dickson says:

    This looks fab. I’m terrible at staying organised, this would totally help!

  33. amy bondoc says:

    couldnt live without a diary thanks for the fab giveaway x

  34. Sheena Batey says:

    I would be completely lost without my diary. Thanks for the chance to win one for 2018.

  35. Joanne Blunt says:

    I love Busy B diaries and planners. They are the best.

  36. do not have a diary but will use it if i win

  37. Suzanne Jackson says:

    Lovely giveaway thank-you

  38. Helen Tovell says:

    Great little giveaway thank you very useful

  39. Ruth Goddard says:

    I was just thinking I need to get Diary ready !!

  40. Jo Carroll says:

    I’m pretty ol’Skool when it comes to writing everything down…smartphones and tech all has it’s place but they still have a tendency to give up on you at the most inappropriate moments and of course ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’. x

  41. Lorna Ledger says:

    I love! planning and this looks like a lovely system

  42. Ashleigh Allan says:

    Great prize

  43. Jayne Townson says:

    Very handy diary, it looks perfect for keeping track of a busy family, thanks for this.

  44. claire woods says:

    Great prize to help me be organised.

  45. Jasmine Johns says:

    I love planners helps me to keep organised.

  46. Rich Tyler says:

    Would be super useful to arrange family bits and pieces 🙂

  47. MANDY DOHERTY says:

    My daughter would love this with all the grandchildren’s various appointments & club nights to remember

  48. Kat Allinson says:

    This would be really useful for our family, there’s always someone doing something

  49. michelle o'neill says:

    could do with this x

  50. lorraine kirk says:

    I love a paper diary, I think it’s much easier to use than an electronic diary.

  51. carol boffey says:

    lovely prize thank you

  52. Susan B says:

    I was going to say that this would make a lovely gift but I need it myself.

  53. I try to keep a journal but my niece finds it and colours and draws. I don’t want to discourage her crafting.

  54. sheri darby says:

    What a brilliant prize – i would just love this

  55. Jo McPherson says:

    Great prize, I always use a diary

  56. Carole Nott says:

    great giveaway – always need a diary

  57. Rebecca Powell says:

    This is a great giveaway, I would love a planner like this

  58. Sarah Ballantyne says:

    I love new, pretty and useful stationary and this ticks all the boxes. I’ve just started a new job and between my work and the kids’ school there’s a lot to remember. Anything that helps me to keep us all organised will be a HUGE help.

  59. Anya Sargent says:

    Great for busy mummy like me

  60. Peggy rossiter says:

    I like this family diary reviewed in your blog. I find its much better to keep a track of everything when its written down – a visual reminder helps your poor overloaded brain to keep track of all the family’s busy lifestyles, and just the fact of writing things down helps the memory too!

  61. Jade Pawley says:

    I feel lost without a diary! What a lovely giveaway!

  62. lynn neal says:

    I have always had a diary since I was a child!

  63. nikki reynolds says:

    brilliant prize fingers crossed

  64. A family diary would be perfect as we home educate the children so lots to note down

  65. stephanie Campbell says:

    i cant live without a diary! they end ups so loved and tatty by the end of the year but thay just gives it character

  66. stephanie Campbell says:

    i cant live without a diary! they end ups so loved and tatty by the end of the year but thay just gives it character and love

  67. nicky pearce says:

    im in need of a new diary and these look fab

  68. Anneka says:

    I need to be super organised next year so would love to win.!you can’t beat a paper diary and as a new member of the PTA at school I need one more than ever and this one is just super cute! Good luck all

  69. JULIE WARD says:

    Maybe its time for me to get more organised

  70. This is just what I need

  71. Adrian Bold says:

    I love planning and lists, so this would be ideal for me. Thanks for the lovely prize and competition.

  72. ellie spider says:

    great giveaway I’m a planner and list maker and lov to be organised so this would be fab for me 😀

  73. Michelle Cheeseman says:

    Brilliant! Just what I need to keep the Family and I organised!

  74. Ben Robb says:

    Super useful giveaway!

  75. holly harmsworth says:

    I love diaries! I am constantly trying to be more organised

  76. Stephanie says:

    Nice prize

  77. Manuela says:

    i really love this planner *-*

  78. caroline tokes says:

    i love diarys

  79. Dale Dow says:

    I use diaries, they keep my busy life organised

  80. paula cheadle says:

    I love a diary, I carry one where ever I go

  81. Lauren Fox says:

    With 3 boys and another baby boy due in Jan I need a diary….lol I think that’s the key to a big family….being organized.

  82. Carly Belsey says:

    I love a paper diary, I always have one, I cannot cope without it lol. Thank you

  83. Rebecca roberts says:

    I love diary I once had one in my phone but deleted it and bought a diary as I love pen and paper

  84. carla carthy says:

    i love having a paper diary for appointments etc.. thanks for the chance 🙂

  85. Deborah Clarke says:

    This would come in very handy. I’m such a scatter brain with the memory of a goldfish. I have to write everything down.

  86. Kim Neville says:

    Perfect for being organised with all my family’s appointments and reminders

  87. fran egleton says:

    One of my favourite things about the new year is starting a new diary.

  88. Tracy Gladman says:

    I’m a paper kind of gal!

  89. Niki Marie Wardle says:

    The last couple of years I’ve had good intentions of keeping a diary but this year I really HAVE to, my 9 year old twins and 4 year old do all sorts of activities and I can’t keep up! If my memory was any worse I swear I could organise my own surprise party!! Winning this beauty would definitely be an incentive to keep organised for 2018.

  90. Tammy Neal says:

    I love notepads x

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