I've had a few questions about my calendar, so I thought I'd do a quick(ish) planning post. First of all, the calendar I am using this year is made by a company called Blue Sky. It is a monthly-and-weekly planning, spiral-bound calendar. What I like best about it is the ample writing space, the feel of the paper (I know, that's neurotic) and the way it can lay open flat. It fits perfectly in my tote bag and on my kitchen island counter - aka command central. :)
I first spied this particular calendar during a planning session with a few homeschooling mums. My friends Debbie and Holly each had a version (I think Debbie's has an address book section, while Holly's is just like mine). I am prone to calendar envy, so I found myself looking longingly at their calendars, wondering how well they worked for a homeschooling, homekeeping, familykeeping mum ...
Despite the temptation I didn't actively seek out this calendar, because - technically - I had a perfectly good calendar already in use. But I was shopping at Target one day in January and naturally I can't pass the office supply aisles without poking around. There were a few of these calendars left - in gunmetal gray and slate blue. I took a quick-look through and determined that, for $9.99, it was worth a shot.
I chose the metallic blue as you can see. I like the plainness of it, but couldn't resist dressing it up ...
Just a few puffy stickers make all the difference ... I'm so silly about my paper products.
And here's a closer look inside:
Basic title page.
Month-at-a-glance page (more gussying going on here). Lots of room for writing all those domestic/family/social notes.
The week-at-a-glance page works well for lesson planning/recording, dinner menus, chores, daily reminders and other obscure notes. I use a sticky note as a page marker.
I'm just crazy about stickers and rubber stamps; they bring life to the mundane.
As I've shown you before, I stick my current file folders in the back of the planner (when traveling or when not actively in use). I keep them in place with a metal binder clip.
I didn't show them, but there are also personal information pages, yearly overviews and several contact sheets (like an abbreviated address section).
Now ... I couldn't find this calendar online, and I am not sure if Target still has them - it might be off-season for calendars. It would be worth asking though, perhaps they keep the overstock in back. Or possibly, they might get academic calendars (August cycle) in pretty soon.
Well, for those who are calendar-crazy like me, I hope this was a fun post. I LOVE seeing other people's calendars, so please let me know if you've posted about yours in the past.
And now I guess I'd better be off. I have chicken to marinate and veggies to chop - not to mention math to correct and carpets to vacuum and towels to fold and ... well, you get the picture. :)
Have a good night, everyone!