(Summer Giveaway Week 2013) Win a Set of Daily Planners for Homemakers (FOUR winners!)

(Summer Giveaway Week 2013) Win a Set of Daily Planners for Homemakers (FOUR winners!)

ByΒ Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer

Some people enjoy the luxury of being naturally organized. Me? Notsomuch. I mean – I love organizing in theory, I just don’t often make time to actually be organized.

That’s why I need systems that work pretty well flawlessly, so that my left-brained artistic self can just float around with my head in the clouds all day. OK, I’m only half serious. I have to come down from the clouds from time to time to change diapers and all that fun stuff.

It is true though that I am the type that really lives by William Morris’s famous quote to only have things “that are useful or beautiful” in my house. The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner falls smack dab in the middle of the “useful” camp. It’s designed specifically with homemakers in mind, and the various features make it easy to use and love.

Here’s how Sue, the designer of the planner, describes it:

A homemaker’s day can rarely be scheduled and structured the same as the day before. The versatility of this Daily Planner allows a homemaker to immediately organize her days and duties.

My passion was to publish an uncomplicated, guilt-free planner to help women/moms to simplify their lives.

Bam! That alone sold me on it before I even saw it. My days are never the exact same, nor are they always predictable.

Here are three features that I especially appreciate about this planner:

(Summer Giveaway Week 2013) Win a Set of Daily Planners for Homemakers (FOUR winners!)

1) Different Layouts

There are several different layouts for different overviews: weekly, monthly, and yearly. I like using the weekly the most as I can write as much details as I want but still see the entire week at a time.

I also really love the layout of the weekly pages – there is room for you to write things in for each day, and a large space to mark down general stuff for the week.

I appreciate being able to note things that need done but not having to put them on a specific day. I need that kind of flexibility in my day-to-day life as a mom of littles. My days are always different from one to another, and this planner provides the perfect mix of scheduling and flexibility.

2) Tear-Out Grocery List + Menu Planning

One of my favorite features is something I’ve never seen before in a planner, and that is the perforated tear-out grocery list. What a brilliant idea! I typically just stick a piece of scrap paper to the fridge, but this is so much neater and easier to keep from getting lost.

I also love that each day includes a small section to jot down my plans for a daily menu. It’s like all of my random scraps of paper are combined in one neat and convenient little package – it’s great!

3) Monthly Calendar (perfect for homeschooling!)

With my firstborn turning five next month, I am in full-blown planning mode for the various activities and plans I want to include in our first official homeschooling year. The monthly calendar shows two months at a time and is perfect for more long-range planning of homeschooling goals.

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Today The Homemaker’s Friend is offering FOUR lucky readers a 2014 planner and a bonus 2013 planner so that you can get started right away! Enter below for your chance to win!

If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to be over you can get a sweet deal until the end of August: you can receive a free 2013 planner with the purchase of a 2014 planner! Order through the website HERE.

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Disclosure: All opinions expressed are my own. I honestly use and love this product. This giveaway was generously sponsored by The Homemaker’s Friend, and I received the products for free for the purpose of review.

370 Comments

  1. I am new to the website and not sure how to enter to win. Nonetheless, I find this giveaway very timely for me, as I was just saying on Friday I need to get a planner for our upcoming school year which will be starting NEXT WEEK!

  2. I like the space in the week for writing things without having to assign them to days, too. With all of my littles (three 4 and under and another on the way) I can never be certain WHAT day we’ll do what . . . but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to get things done! Daily planners haven’t worked well for me, but I haven’t found a weekly one I like.

  3. I like being organized, but am not naturally so. I love using planners & I really like the design of this one!

  4. I think I would use the weekly feature most. I like being able to write down what I need to do each day, but sometimes I have things that just need done that week & I’m not sure what day I’ll have time to do it. So being able to jot those things down in one space on the same page is really useful.

  5. I like the weekly and daily views as options. Some things need to happen on a certain day, but most tasks just need to be squeezed into the week somewhere.

  6. I have been looking for a “real” planner that is more than just a calendar and empty spaces! Looks like I’ve found one that fits the bill. Thanks for sharing:)

  7. I like the ability to see the month at a glance or the week at a glance. Sometimes I need to see the whole picture of how things are filling up so we don’t over schedule our lives away! Thanks for the opportunity to win these wonderful planners.

  8. I love the looks of the your calendar and all that it can do for me. I purchase a new calendar every year, it goes in my purse and I also use it as a journel, keeping cards, pictures, invites, etc. in it and at the end of the year it goes in my old trunk from my dad. I have been doing this since 1975. Hope to be a winner! Love your website!

  9. I like having plenty of room to write down what we are doing each day. Many weekly planners just give you tiny boxes.

  10. I would use everything in there! I love the calendar layout. Weekly, monthly and yearly. It would be great to have everything right there.

  11. I couldn’t name one feature out of the others… let’s say that I really need to be more organized!!

  12. What a great thing. Organization is hard on me also. I can use anything that would get me point and keep me in the right direction. Thank you.

  13. I need as much organizational help as possible. I like all the different calendar views. The weekly will be really helpful.

  14. I really like that you have the space to plan a year of homeschooling (we school year-round) but it also makes a place for short term planning as well. And I’m pretty sure I’ll be using the tear out grocery/menu pages as well.

  15. With four kids and their activities, having the ability to write out the details of my day/their activites is a plus for me.

  16. I think the menu planning and grocery lists will definitely help! I’m still using old scraps of paper for my menu planning – NOT ideal in the slightest! But I love the weekly view calendar, too. I use an old monthly calendar that is too small to write in and really is insufficient for the job. Any help getting organized is awesome!

  17. I think the whole thing will help, but if I had to pick one thing, the tear out menu/grocery list will be very helpful.

  18. I think the whole planner would be good for me! Trying so hard to get organized this year. Really like that I can add the homeschooling with everything else.

  19. The Tear-Out Grocery List + Menu Planning sounds great!!! I’d use that feature definitely. I love writing out my plans, and it really helps clear your mind to focus on your goals and achieve them.

  20. I love this planner — I’ve tried every planner out there and I’m sold on this one….if I don’t win it I’ll buy one anyway!

  21. I am a Granny with a house full of grandkids and family in and out all the time. I need all the help I can get so I would guess ALL the planning tools would be good for me!!

  22. I have been shopping around for a new planner! First year homeschooling and I am trying to get myself organized =)

  23. It all looks great! I especially like the menu planning/grocery list feature. The calendar features would really come in handy too with the homeschooling my three kids.

  24. I like everything about the planner. Especially the size. Perfect to tuck away into my kitchen drawer, or to leave out for homeschool planning!

  25. This planner will help me be organized since i need a lot of room to write in. My husband is a full time nursing student and we also have children so it will help me keep updated with all their appointments and due dates for school. I am a full time stay home mama….and this website helps me stay focused….Thank you all so much!

  26. I think the planner’s calendar for housekeeping & homeschooling purposes & the grocery list for meal planning will be helpful.

  27. I think the pull out grocery list would help me with my meal planning. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win!

  28. I’d love to be more organized and have one place to write down everything instead of dozens of lost sticky notes.

  29. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to win a planner!! I used to use planners and they were extremely helpful. However, somehow I have lost the skill of planning! I am feeling like I run in circles and need to establish more organization in my day.

  30. I think the weekly pages would be the most helpful. I homeschool 3 kids, have 1 in high school and in sports, and then there is dance and dance team schedules. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. I could sure use some fresh order around here and have been looking for a planner that works for the homemaker, so many are totally geared to the woman in the office.

  32. I think the weekly feature will be most helpful, as I tend to be a list person, but all my “lists” tend to get lost.

  33. I think the most helpful feature would be the menu planning. I am really trying to be better at preparation (I grew up in a “cereal for dinner? ok!” family…I want to be better about making meals for my family, and need to be disciplined and organized to build that habit) πŸ™‚

  34. Hi, I would love to win these. There are so many ways to be an organized stay at home mom and this would certainly help quite a bit!! The homeschooling calendar part would be perfect!! We are a homeschooling family and I’m always trying to find easier ways to document our daily schedule.
    thank you!
    Brenda

  35. I have been looking for a good planner/calendar for a long time and I can’t seem to find one that has all the tools I’m needing. Love this one!

  36. As a part-time working mother with odd hours – and two little ones (and one we are thinking about homeschooling!) my days are NEVER the same, and typically completely crazy organizing everyone and everything. I would like the monthly features view so that I can see out a month at a time!

  37. This will help keep me more organized. Between the boys with their school functions and my work meetings this is a must have. I will no longer need to leave my self reminders on sticky notes or on my hand!

  38. I am an organizer by heart and I would love to have a good planner. I don’t always like the formats of the planners I see for sale in the store. This looks perfect!

  39. I need the flexibility of not having to put everything on a certain day. I need these! Too many to do lists all over the place :(.

  40. i agree about a to do list that doesnt have to be on a day. i hate having to look back at stuff i didn’t get done on a certain day, or rewrite in into others!

  41. I long to be organized! I’m great at coming up with a very detailed plan that covers everything. But implementing it in the chaos that is life is a whole different story! Maybe I just need a new, flexible system πŸ™‚

  42. Ooh. I love a good planner. I’m always looking for the perfect combination. I too homeschool and menu plan so this looks awesome!

  43. I’d love to get one, this year I couldn’t buy mine πŸ™ and the tear-out grocery list and menu planner it’s plus…and will do my cooking life easier.

  44. I think the most helpful part of the planner will be the menu planning. I love that everything is in one spot and it’s easy to pick up and take with me as needed!

  45. Great Blog! I need a planner like this that also has room for menu planning and grocery lists. This sounds perfect for keeping up with my home, family, and work!

  46. Love the menu planner! My favorite part is the grocery list and menu planner section. Having everything in one organized place would be so helpful!!! Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  47. Wow. This would be so cool to have. I like that you can write the daily schedule in, and it has a grocery list! I usually use a scrap paper for my list too!

  48. Wow! I’d love to win one of these. I am a big planner user, but never quite seem to find a good fit that works for me as a homeschooling mom. Hoping I win!!

  49. This planner looks great. I’ve been trying to use my iPhone for everything but there is something about pen an paper that makes it more real and doable.

  50. I think everything about this planner would be helpful. Lately I feel like I have a lot going on and I want to be better organized.

  51. The entire planner sounds great. It would be nice to consolidate all my calendars and meal planning into one planner.

  52. I love list making and organizing things but I usually just use a lined spiral bound notebook. This looks like so much fun!

  53. The different layouts will be such a blessing with me managing a home, a businesses and of course, school!

  54. I really like the idea of the weekly planning. A big list for the week would let me pick which tasks or projects I wanted to do each day. Things wouldn’t seem so overwhelming.

  55. I live by my planner! Have a calendar in my phone but it just isn’t the same. Needing a new one!

  56. I most use the monthly view of calendars but I’m thinking I might like to try using the daily to help record things I want to do that day in addition to appointments.

  57. These look great! I’m like you – I love organization in theory, but I’m not so good and the implementation part. I think the most useful feature for me would be the week at a glance – I also like that you can jot stuff down but not necessarily to a specific day or time. Looks perfect for my somewhat unstructured life! πŸ™‚

  58. The tear-out grocery list & meal planner sound ideal for my family! What a wonderful giveaway – thank you!

  59. I love being organized, it makes me feel sane, but with 3 boys in the house chaos is usually ensues. An organizer sounds heavenly to this frazzled mama! πŸ™‚

  60. I think the tear-out grocery lists would be most helpful. I have the list on my fridge and it really doesn’t help if I want to stop on my way home form work.

  61. Going to try to win. Our little family is on a journey right now, so being organized will help a lot in the coming months definitely!

  62. I would love to be able to look at my upcoming week and menu plan and create a grocery list all in one place.

  63. I have a planner but I think maybe I need something a little simpler? That being said, I homeschool and my son is special needs = a LOT of appointments and weekly therapies. We definitely need a calendar to keep track of upcoming appointments, often scheduled quite in advance so the dual year feature is attractive!!

  64. I had an epic failure earlier this year with my computer calendar syncing to my iPhone calendar and lost TONS of data. So I’m really just excited to finally be able to write it ALL down and know that it’s not going to be mysteriously wiped away. πŸ™‚

  65. Just found out today from my husband that he wants to homeschool! I was so excited to see this post! We would be so blessed by this planner to help me organize our year !!
    Thanks

  66. I’m new to the world of homemaking and I’m just starting to get myself organized and into a routine. I’m pretty sure a planner would help.

  67. The tear-out grocery list is a great idea. I’m always writing lists on scrap pieces of paper and can never find them when I need them.

  68. I’m a fan of the variety of layouts – they’re all so helpful and I hate to choose only one when buying a planner!

  69. I have an online planner, but I find that I plan things out much better when I can physically touch, look at, write in my schedule. I was just looking at some planners at a store, but they didn’t really offer me what I was wanting. This seems to be something I would definitely use!

  70. I would love to make use of these planners and share them with other ladies including our daughter. Thanks!

  71. The tear out grocery list and menu planner. My family has grown by 2 teenagers this year and I need to get better organized.

  72. Menu planning AND a tear-out grocery list? This is a must for planning lunches for 2 children who like different foods. At least that’s how I would use it.

  73. The weekly layout will be most helpful to me as I will definitely need to write in details, details and more details.

  74. The features of the daily planner that interest me the most are the monthly layouts as well as the layouts with different overviews (as we will be homeschooling our three children who are 2, 7, and 14 for the first time this year). Their ages are so far apart that having these layouts will really help to keep track of scheduled plans, which differ greatly from one child to the next!

  75. I love these planners! I love being organized from grocery lists to an every day schedule. The right tools make all the difference!

  76. That tear out grocery list! Do know how many little bits of paper I end up taking to the store and still not getting everything I need?

  77. I think the monthly calendar would be most beneficial, but also the weekly one. The monthly would be good for long term menu planning as well as keeping track of my husband’s work commitments, and the weekly would be good for my own personal household and childrearing goals. Thanks for the chance to win! πŸ™‚

  78. Love the thought of being super organized but I just seem to be so busy that I never have the time to get organized. These planners may be the key. Hopefully.:-)

  79. I love these planners!!! I guess I will hold off for a bit in getting the 2014 one to see if I won πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity!

  80. I love these planners. Thanks for the opportunity to with them!!! They are so helpful for a busy mom πŸ™‚

  81. I think the different layouts will be the best – my days are different and I need something that I can easily plan/see

  82. I appreciate the space to write down what I need to do each day or each week while still having a whole other section for overview of other appointments. That way my appointments won’t get crowded in the square where I’ll put my “to do today” list! So helpful!

  83. Ahhh….I love the different layouts and mix of scheduling! Also, the tear out grocery lists aren’t too shabby either! Perfect.

  84. Grocery list & weekly planning layout. The DH and I both share the housekeeping…this sounds PERFECT!!

  85. I’m a newlywed and just starting to get the hang of this menu planning and grocery shopping thing, so the menu/grocery list pages would be super helpful! But I’m addicted to all things list/planner/organization, so I’m pretty sure I’d love all of it πŸ™‚

  86. I can’t even tell you how much I would love this — I am in dire need of a GOOD all-around (monthly, weekly, grocery, etc.) planner and this looks awesome! I’m an organizing junkie currently, like I said, without a planner!!

  87. I love the idea of a flexible layout for our varying days. Our second baby is on the way and better organization is sorely needed!

  88. We are going to start homeschooling 3 elementary schoolers in the fall! I need a good planner to manage my home and these students πŸ™‚

  89. I love all of it! Especially the variety of times. I like being able to plan today and this week, but to also note things that are coming up. Thank you for this giveaway!

  90. I could really use some planning around here!!! I mostly need a weekly planner and some menu planning options!!!!!!! I would really like a buttler, two maids and a cook, but I don’t think they come with the planner, do they? πŸ˜‰

  91. I love all the features. I love the amount of space it has to write as I like to keep track of milestones/illnesses/and cute things my littles say in her. Mine ran out a few months ago and I hate being without it, but I haven’t found the perfect one yet. This might be it!

  92. These look wonderful! I really love the grocery list feature and it looks like this would work excellent for a homeschool calendar.

  93. Love these! The daily format, with the menu planning space would be awesome. I have 3 little ones, and love to have space to write each of their schedules (we’re not super busy, but one starts preschool this year, and another receives in-home therapy services, and another has a genetic disorder that requires more dr appts than the avg kid). Thanks for hosting this!

  94. I like the idea of having daily, weekly, and monthly layouts all in the same planner. My favorite is the weekly.

  95. I am a terrible planner in every area! It would be nice to have all of my life in one place(& remember where I put it!) :).

  96. I love the idea of having three different ways of recording on the calendar, and also a place for my grocery lists!

  97. looks great! I think the weekly layout is going to be most helpful to me…I’ve been pondering different ways to look over my week and stay on track for about that length of time.

  98. I love the grocery list! That is one thing I always forget to put in my schedule/planner. So it would be so helpful to have it all together and take it with me : )

  99. WOW!
    I love to organize…especially all the paperwork!
    BUT, with three kids…who has the time! This would certainly come to the rescue.
    Thanks for sharing!

  100. I love the weekly feature! There is enough space to add things as they come up and not having to cram them all into one small space is most helpful. Also, the tear out grocery list is great!

  101. I would love this planner! I am a grandma who does daycare for 4 of my grandchildren under the age of 5. This would help so much!! Love your blog!

  102. I am going to need a great planner that’ll work well and that I’ll love to use. I’ll be teaching at 5 schools, with 7 bosses, in 3 days this year thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

  103. Both the general layout and the tear out grocery list & the meal planner sound super – actually all of it sounds great! I have difficulty finding a planner with all the right features. This one definitely sounds like the best so far!

  104. Serious scheduling going on here….I homeschool and teach piano. I want an ipad with a certain app for piano but paper is going to have to do for this year, so this looks so wonderful!

  105. The tear out grocery list and meal planner would be a life-saver!!! I try to do it on the computer, but I can’t haul that desktop to the store πŸ™‚ and my phone is from the stone ages lol

  106. I don’t know why something like this never occurred to me–my system of scribbling stuff on bits of paper strewn about the house hasn’t really been working for a while. πŸ˜€ I’d love one of these!

  107. Oops–I didn’t say the feature that I liked best. I like the whole idea of one big book, but I think the thing I need the most is a section for meal planning–get me thinking about it before 5:30 pm.

  108. I can’t wait to try this. I homeschool 7 kids and still haven’t found a GREAT planner. Maybe this is it! I would love having everything in 1 place.

  109. I need this! Between making lists,grandchildren and everyday things this would keep me organized and on time!

  110. I would love to win this planners and organizers. I am slowly getting organized but these would benefit my attempts! Thank you for offering this!

  111. Oops-just saw we’re supposed to comment on what part we would like best-I think the menu planning, definitely! I need all the help I can get with that!

  112. The tear out grocery list and meal planner would be invaluable! I always meal plan but this would keep it so much more organized!

  113. A two month view? Never seen that offered before. I’ve tried incorporating all the things I want to do on an app but I rarely look at it because it lists all my household chores as well. Who wants to see that all the time!?! I think it’s time to cut back again and have a planner for the plans and a separate household chore app;)

  114. The most useful feature for me? The tear out grocery list! Hubby is now the “stay at home” spouse (he’s in graduate school) while I work. He’s never been able to make a grocery list that includes everything, so now I can make the meal plan with him, and hand him the grocery list!

  115. I think the monthly calendar would be most useful to me. I really like being able to see that far in advance!

  116. This is day two of my first year of homeschooling. I’m still figuring out my planning style and these look perfect for me. I much prefer a paper planner over using an electronic one. I’m really hoping to try these out!

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