Thursday, July 15, 2010

BusyBodyBook Planners - Review (Giveaway Closed)

BBB Fall 2011
If you've been reading here for a while, you know that I love, love, love my BusyBodyBook.  I considered using it for homeschool planning--and I think it would be great for that--but I decided to use it for my overall schedule.  (The following two paragraphs are excerpted from my initial review, with minor updates.)

For each day, there are five columns.  I assigned the columns for Appointments/Errands/Time-Sensitive items; House and Laundry; Kitchen and Food Prep; Online (blogging); and Personal (spiritual goals, exercise). I write 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.

The BBB has additional features like 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!)

I've been using the BusyBodyBook for about a year now, and it's been a tremendous help.  I like that I can prioritize tasks:  for example, washing the towels could be postponed until tomorrow, but picking up Mooseman from practice can't wait.  It's not a magic "get everything done" solution-- maybe the next edition will be ;) --but it helps me stay organized.  And with that, I need all the help I can get!

The new editions of the BusyBodyBook are available for the academic year (August 2010 - August 2011) and the calendar year (January - December 2011).  For each week, you get a two-page spread:


This design offers plenty of room for scheduling, as well as space for other notes, phone numbers, and so on.  The newest feature is the addition of full-page Months-at-a-Glance, to help you see the "big picture."

The company also produces a magnetic 7-column UNdated BBB Weekly Grid Pad and a wall calendar.  The organizer book works for me, but I appreciate the other options for families with different needs.  I also appreciate that BusyBodyBook offers free printable weekly grid sample pages and home management printables.

Would you like to have one of these planners? Or maybe the wall calendar, or the UNdated Weekly Grid Pad 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 useful for students, too.

Win it: Thanks to Joan at BusyBodyBook, one reader will win a product of his or her choice from the BBB collection.

This giveaway is closed.

Here's how to enter:  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)
  • Follow BusyBodyBooks on Twitter.  Leave a comment here with your Twitter name. (1 entry)
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway, including a link to this post. ( RT @FC_Melissa Enter to win a @BusyBodyBooks Personal Organizer http://bit.ly/cCiUaL #giveaway #planner ~ Ends 8/2 ) (1 entry per day)
  • 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. Email subscriptions must be verified to qualify. (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 8/2/10 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 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited.

Disclosure:  I received a BusyBodyBook planner, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.  I have not received any compensation for hosting this giveaway.

Good luck, and thanks for reading! I'm linking up to Things I Love Thursday!


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52 comments :

  1. My favorite is the "Summer" Aug 2010 - Aug. 2011 planner. With two daughters who work different schedules, a husband who plays drums in a band and has several gigs a month and doctors appointments, is a great way to keep track of who has to be where when! Thanks!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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  2. I like the Summer organizer cover design the best.
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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  3. I subscribe via email
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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  4. I like the weekly grid pad.
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

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  5. I really like the BBB Wall Calendar, b/c it would be great to hang on my fridge and have everything at a glance! To-do's, menu plans, etc. Very nice!!

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  6. The cover design I like the most would be the Fall. I like the brown color with the cream & green! Very pretty!

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  7. I LOVE that the wall calendar has a pocket on the back cover to hold papers, reciepts, coupons, etc! How convienient!

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  8. I'm a subscriber!

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  9. Twitter follower of BBB!
    aprilv2009

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  10. I like the fall or winter personal planners. They look fab.

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  11. I LOVE the Fall cover design! It's definitely "me!"

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  12. Do I only have to pick one feature that I like the best? LOL I think I love the freedom to title the categories on each week to help me with my own specific organization plan.

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  13. I did this a little out of order! I would love to have the BusyBodyBook Planner. I like being able to take my schedule with me and to consult it at home.

    danasmith625 @ yahoo dot com

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  14. I just subscribed to you via e-mail :)

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  15. I just blogged about your awesome give-away, with a link!

    http://smithstoriesnblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/busybodybook-give-away.html

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  16. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog ;o) Definitely following you now!

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  17. LOVE this :) "Winter" 2011 Calendar Year is perfect :)

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  18. The weeky Grid rocks that way I can get everyone in line around here :)

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  19. Follow & retweeted :)

    RT @FC_Melissa Enter to win a @BusyBodyBooks Personal Organizer http://bit.ly/cCiUaL #giveaway #planner ~ Ends 8/

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  20. I think the Spring cover is perfect :) so bright and cheery.

    dolfin at lionden dot org

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  21. I love the weekly planner with the columns

    dolfin at lionden dot org

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  22. i can definitely use the annual year calendar, as the calendar I made up and am using will run out then, and I;d love to switch to busy body's

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  23. i like having the weekly calendar on one side and the to-dos, extra space on the left- way my brain works- I need to see it all like that!

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  24. follow you and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/BTHM1/status/18746974958

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  25. subscriber under nick0166 9at) yahoo dot ocm

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  26. I would choose the BUSYBODYBOOK FALL JAN - DEC2011.
    sandramasters1@bellsouth.net

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  27. I think the Fall cover is really pretty. The planner would be so great for helping me get organized!
    sandramasters1@bellsouth.net

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  28. I like the different columns for each day.
    sandramasters1@bellsouth.net

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  29. I'm an email subscriber.
    sandramasters1@bellsouth.net

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  30. How great is this! I love the BusyBodyBook for the calendar year because it is portable!
    huberica@yahoo.com

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  31. Without a doubt, it's the Fall cover design for me!!!

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  32. Best feature--the separate columns for family members. With my oldest starting Kindergarten this fall, my schedule is about to become much more crazy!

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  33. I love the winter design best... and I love the grid format to keep track of my schedule, kids schedule, and so on.

    kerrydi@pacbell.net

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  34. oh i love that spring organizer. it would be perfect to keep up with family, PTO/school, and GS stuff.mavans@scottsboro.org

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  35. I'm a new mom and I'm going back to school. This would be great to help keep me organized!

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  36. oh, i would love the summer one!
    i am determined to win one of these one day! lol, i can not justify spending more money on planners... i love them and always buy a few, then forget to plan and of course,that makes me forget the dates!

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  37. I like bright colors so I like the spring the best
    gerrie DOT shaeffer AT yahoo DOT com

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  38. That would come in SO handy for all the coming and going in our home!!!

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  39. I like the fall design. I also really like the 'to doodles' lists! I always have random things that I need to do pop on and unless I write them down, I tend to forget to do them!

    runner330 at yahoo dot com

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  40. Family Organizer is the one that I like best! I could love it for the school year August 2010-August 2011!

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  41. The winter cover is my favorite of the 4!

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  42. I love that you can schedule up to 5 family members on one page!!! Love that!

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  43. The planner is my favorite...in spring design ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  44. The spring is my fav cause I like pink. The planners look much more functional than the planner that I have now. ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  45. I like that it's set up that you can put your different family members schedules on there. ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  46. Follow BusyBodyBooks on Twitter. @tiffypixie
    Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  47. http://twitter.com/tiffypixie/status/20139065110 - I tweeted - Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  48. I subscribe by RSS in my feed reader - FeedDemon.
    Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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