It seems that November is the time of year for all the new diaries and calendars to come out. I am suddenly over run with calendar ace-ness and wondering what I might get to try and keep us on track for next year.
For the past two years we’ve used a kikki k family calendar which I really quite like, but it’s not perfect. For a start the birthday column is wasted as we rarely write any birthdays in it, and while I love that it has a column for each member of the family, so often one event involves more than one of us and I am yet to find a way to get The Baldy Boy to read more than just what is written under his name! Plus this year’s grey borders are a tad boring… I’d like my calendar to be just a little bit funky!
I came across a link to this lovely diary – Milestone Press’s The Master Plan – The designer diary for parents. It looks to be set out really well, it has lots of the things I’d like to have on a calendar/diary – especially the dinner bit, but it’s a diary. I am not good with diaries. They tend to sit in the bottom of my bag unwritten in until I find myself making a dentist appointment and I still have no idea what days are ok for who. I think I really need something that goes up on the wall, for everyone to see.
Maybe I’ll try the Weekly Planner Pad from Kikki-k. But then it only shows a week, I am not sure that is enough to keep us organised. I am not a fan of the timed slots for each day either and no spot of meals, but I could just pop that on the side I guess. It is cheap enough to try and not to be a huge waste of money if it is a disaster I guess… and I am not sure I can find a better option…
What I really need is something big that I can stick up on the wall. That has big spaces to write in multiple events for each day. I like the idea of a weekly planner with a space for menu planning, but it also needs to have a little calendar for the rest of the month, and maybe the month after too. I don’t need a special space for birthdays, nor timed slots in each day. It needs to be functional, but also a little bit groovy.
Yeah I know… I am picky… I want a lot from my calendar, heck I’ll only be truly happy when the thing screams at me to remember the milk as I run out the door. You know, if I had a wide format printer I’d just design my own – now that would be fun… but I can’t see it working on a little a4 sized sheet.
Anyone got any nifty links to great family planners you’d care to share?