Monday, August 10, 2009

BusyBodyBook Organizer - Review (Giveaway Closed)

I'm a planner. Every week I make a grocery list, a menu plan, and a to-do list. The problem was that I didn't organize my lists in such a way that the tasks actually got done. Then I had a chance to try the BusyBodyBook Personal & Family Organizer.

Let me start by saying that, although I received a review copy of the 2009 Personal & Family Organizer at no cost to me, I love this book so much that I have every intention of ordering the 2010 book.

The Organizer has five columns, which can be used for multiple family members or any other categories you like. I debated between using it for planning homeschool lessons (one column per subject area) and using it for my own daily schedule. I decided to try it for my daily schedule.

I labeled the five columns for Appointments/Errands/Time-Sensitive items; House and Laundry; Kitchen and Food Prep; Online; and Homeschool/Personal. I wrote my menu plan in the Kitchen/Food Prep column, and it also includes prep tasks like starting the sponge for sourdough bread. I think the rest are self-explanatory.
(Don't mind my sloppy handwriting!)
I found that, by dividing tasks into categories like this, almost everything got done. And the most important things--like appointments and payments--were never missed. I use the Online column to plan my blogging, so I don't get caught at the last minute with a planned post unwritten. I've also been using the book for recording notes such as how much I spent online. I cropped this image because the next line included a reminder to order a birthday gift, and I'd noted the cost; I later transferred the information to our budget calendar, and I could find it since it wasn't on a scrap of paper!

The Organizer also includes tear-out pages for to-do lists (or grocery lists), as well as pages for notes, birthday and anniversary reminders, and appointments for next year. (I love that. We often schedule our January dentist appointments in July, and I never had a good place to record those so that we'd remember!)

Another advantage of the BusyBodyBook Organizer is that you can change the column headings from week to week, if you like; if your summer schedule is different from your school-year schedule, you can re-allocate the columns to work better for you. I love the flexibility of this planner!

The BusyBodyBook Organizers are available for the calendar year or the academic year (August to August). The company also offers a 7-column undated weekly grid pad (make your own calendar, with 7 columns) and a 7-column wall calendar.
Would you like to have one of these planners? Or maybe the wall calendar would work better for your family. Either way, there are two great ways to get one for yourself.

Buy it: Click over to the BusyBodyBook site and order one (or more!). These are not only great for household planning, but they'd be useful for students, too.

Win it: One reader will win a product of his or her choice from BusyBodyBook. Here's how to enter:

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Tricia!

Just leave me a comment to let me know which BusyBodyBook product most appeals to you and why. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. Limit 1 entry by this method. This must be done in order to qualify for extra entries.

Here's how you can earn additional entries (please leave one comment per entry):


  • Leave a comment to tell me which of the organizer cover designs you like best. (1 entry)
  • Leave a comment to let me know which feature of the organizer, weekly grid pad, or wall calendar you like best. (1 entry)
  • Enter a giveaway at another Back to School Bash participating blog. (1 entry per blog)
  • Subscribe to my feed in a feed reader or by email. Leave an extra comment to let me know you've done this. If you already subscribe, leave a comment to let me know. (1 entry)
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post. Leave a comment with a link to your blog post. (1 entry)
More details: Open to residents of USA, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends Thursday 8/20/09 at noon (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org. Winner will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 72 hours, or another winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited.
Good luck, and thanks for reading!

104 comments :

  1. The personal and family organizer would be wonderful for me to keep up with the family's daily tasks. I like that I can carry it around with me easily and just have it there to jot down all my appts. as they come! :)

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  2. My favorite cover is the Berry!

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  3. My favorite item is the berry family and personal organizer because our family gets busy sometimes and forgets activities or what the other people are doing at times. This would really help us keep track of things

    heather[dot]mcdougle[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. I like the berry cover design the best

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  5. The feature I like best is the fact that with the personal organizer you can carry it around with you and as appointments come, you'll have it right there to jot them down.

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  6. I love the BBB grid format because it's going to make it easiest to write down our activities and keep track of them. It won't look cluttered and hard to read.

    heather[dot]mcdougle[at]gmail[dot]com

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  7. I'm subscribed to your feed by email! :)

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  8. I'm a subscriber

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  9. I entered the My Four Monkeys SHORTS movie prize pack giveaway! :)

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  10. The Jan - Dec 2010 berry organizer would be great to have. I have an organizer for this year, but I'm in need of one for next year so I can schedule all of the things going on with me and my kids. Thanks.
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  12. I like either the apple or the berry! I sure sould use something like this because I have a three year old, church responsibilities, a busy husband and college starts next week! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  13. I'd choose the apple personal & family organizer. Too cute!!

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  14. My favorite is the Berry design

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  15. I prefer the Jan to Dec organizer

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  17. I like the Personal and Family Organizer. I like to be able to write things without having to take the calendar off the wall and I like it to be handy to take with me on trips, etc.

    blessed.mama4@yahoo.com

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  18. I like the berry cover.
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  19. I like the fact that I can label the columns as I choose~that they are not pre-labeled.

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  20. subscriber by email
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  21. entered at 5 Little Monkeys
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  22. I like polka dots; the berry is nice! I tried to win this when it was a giveaway at Root & Sprout! I could so totally use a family organizer as we are often double booked between Hubby's schedule, my schedule, and the kids with gymnastics, karate, seasonal t-ball, soccer, parties, school volunteering, etc.

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  23. OMG, too hard to decide. I love the weekly grid but I also like a wall calendar! Since I have two calendars (My LT calendar and my wall calendar for the family) the weekly grid would be a good addition for me. :-)

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  24. I'm subscribed via email/feedburner :-) YAY!

    Have a great day and thanks for offering this great giveaway!

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  25. I would love the Family planner, I am the queen of to-do lists and it would be better if I had a format to follow.
    triciabrook(@)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I love how the organizer has a column for everything you need....babysitter info, calendar, etc. It is so convenient for it to be in one book instead of on papers everywhere!

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  27. I like the BusyBodyBook Personal & Family Organizer! They are portable and can cover everything I would need for our family :)

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  28. The Berry Design is my Favorite :)

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  29. Can I say I luv all the Features of the Personal & Family Organizer!

    It has plenty of room to write down last minute reminders, as well as, plenty of columns for daily activities/schedules. The Removable Shopping Lists are a huge plus for me too!

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  30. I'm a New Subscriber to your blog. I've been following you on Twitter for some time now *wink*

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  31. I love the look of the 2010 Berry cover.

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  32. I like the weekly grid pad that is undated so that I can be in charge of organizing everything completely.

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  33. I subscribe to your blog through my reader.

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  34. I like the Family & Personal Organizer. I'm a planner and I like to write everything down so I can always look back and double check on things.
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  35. I like the apple organizer cover design. They're all really nice.
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  36. I subscribe via email.
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  37. I posted about your great giveaway on my blog.
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  38. I love the Jan - Dec Personal & Family Organizer in Berry. It looks lovely and very useful as well as practical!
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  39. My favorite cover design is grape.
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  40. email subscriber
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  41. I prefer Personal & Family organizer!

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  42. I like the personal and family organizer.
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  43. I like the berry cover.
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  44. I like the organizer - then you can see at a glance on the wall what your day is.

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  45. i need the personal organizer!
    lol, as chaotic as my life is at times, this just might help me!
    thanks for the contest!
    sunshine3237 at gmail.com

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  46. I need the personal organizer as I am a new mom and trying to get into the swing of things with work, home, and church!
    j.tarbet at aggiemail.usu.edu

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  47. I love the berry!

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  48. The personal and Family organizer would be perfect for me. I currently use a monthly desk calendar, but I don't have enough space to keep track of everything. This wouod make my life so much easier.

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  49. I like the Grape Cover Design the best.

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  50. I like that the organizer has space - multiple - columns for organizing your life.

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  51. entered the Carolina Pad giveaway at Kiddies Corner Deals.

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  52. I happily subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

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  53. I love the personal and family organizer because I can fit all of my work and home appts in one book and nothave to worry with whether I'm forgetting something!

    mdmommy3@yahoo.com

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  54. My favorite cover design is the Berry pattern!

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  55. My favorite feature of the BBB planner is that theres one page to keep from double booking on each other and another page for me to keep my own personal note and other important details!

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  56. I would love the personal & family organizer. I am a list person & this would keep me organized. Thanks.
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  57. I liked the apple cover. Thanks
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  58. I loved the doodle page so you don't have to squeeze everything into a small square.
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  59. I like the aug '09 to aug '10 personal and family organizer because there is lots of room to write down any notes that you need to remember.

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  60. I like the to doodle page so that you can jot down anything that you need to remember

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  61. I am subscribed with email to your blog

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  62. OMG! Something that could actually eradicate the piles of paper that threaten to swallow me live? Not needing to look for particular scraps of paper to note phone numbers to do's and job information for my contracting work?

    I would love to try the Personal and Family Organizer! LOL, quick, before the paper wins

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  63. I have so many small pieces of paper and sticky notes everywhere with reminders for appointments, school activities, etc. It would be so nice to have one place to keep all my reminders in. would choose the magnetic 7-column UNdated BBB Weekly Grid Pad.
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  64. My favorite cover design is the Berry
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  65. The feature I like best of the weekly grid pad is that it has extra spaces so you can have a column for each family, daily menus, and more
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  66. I blogged about this giveaway
    http://goyay.blogspot.com/2009/08/busybodybooks-giveaway.html
    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  67. I love the columns -- i could use them to track many different schedules/to-do lists!

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  68. i like the 7 colomn undated grid calandar because if i have a slow week, i can leave it blank and use it the next week. no waste!

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  69. i like the pumpkin cover design.

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  70. the feature i like best is the 7 colomns! i have a family of 6 so we need all the extra planning space we can get.

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  72. I like the family organizer especially since you can change the headings each week. Each week is sooo different and this is a great feature! Thanks

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  73. I like the pumpkin cover the best.

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  74. I think the place to post visits for next year is awesome. I always have stuff I need to remember for work for the next year and nowhere to write it.

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  75. I am a follower.

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  76. I like the 7 column undated weekly grid pad.

    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
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    Homeschool Unit Studies

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  77. I like the Berry cover best.

    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
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  78. I like the fact that there are separate columns for each person in my house and they each get their own block every day. Most calendars that are geared for families have every one sharing a block or each person gets 1 line.

    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
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  79. 2010 BusyBodyBook Personal & Family Organizer: Berry

    These books are amazing, I actually had one of the earlier versions (when they first came out a couple of years back) and LOVED IT. I forgot about it and haven't been nearly as organized since. I have 7 people in this house - this makes organizing appts, school things, firehouse things, meetings and such a breeze!
    I need to get organized once again, and the Busy Body Book is the way to help me do that.

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  80. the 2010 weekly organizer grid book would be a must have in this house!

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  81. I really love the school year Aug 09-10 planner book. I am such a disorganized mess at the moment and I really need a better system. I have to keep track of our family's events and special days, our homeschooling assignments and tasks, my personal business tasks, etc.

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  82. I like the berry cover the absolute best.

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  83. I like the grid feature the best. I have never seen a system like this until BBB came along. I'd love to give it a try. I have many family members to keep track of.

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  84. I've entered the Piggy Paint giveaway at Mission-Mommy.

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  85. I've blogged.

    http://badgermomma.blogspot.com/2009/08/busy-body-book-organizer-ends-820.html

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  86. I love that the wall calendar has a place to put contacts. Most of them don't, so that's a plus for me!

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  87. I am most interested in BusyBodyBook Wall Calendar because I find it essential to have a calendar on the wall in the kitchen so that each family member knows the schedule for the day.

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  88. The feature that I like best about the wall calendar is the pocket for storing things like receipts, appointment cards, coupons, etc.

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  89. I like the personal and family organizer the best. I like the pumpkin cover! :)

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  90. The cover that I like best is the berry.

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  91. I have entered the Sharpie giveaway at 5 little monkeys.

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  92. I entered the Shorts giveaway at My Four Monkeys.

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  93. I entered the Out of the box giveaway at Kiddies Corner Deals.

    Joyce

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  94. I entered the Shred Sled giveaway @ This Side of Eternity

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