Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BusyBodyBook Organizers (Review and Giveaway)

BBB Fall 2011
If you've been reading here for a while, you know that I love, love, love my BusyBodyBook.  Even though I use the computer for communication, I still prefer a physical planner.  I like to have a plan that I can write, see, and take with me, and my sanity is worth far more than the price of a BusyBodyBook.  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 I also note prep tasks like starting the sponge for sourdough bread. I think the rest of the columns are self-explanatory.

The BBB has additional features like full-page months at a glance calendars, 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 two years now, and it's been a tremendous help.  It's not a magic "get everything done" solution, but it helps me stay organized.  And, especially with all of my appointments this summer, I need all the help I can get!

This year Mooseman is going to use a BusyBodyBook to keep track of his schoolwork.  I expect that it will help him to stay organized.  At the moment, however, he is purposefully avoiding anything to do with school, so he hasn't begun to use it.

The new editions of the BusyBodyBook are available for the academic year (August 2011 - August 2012) and the calendar year (January - December 2012).  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. I use that facing page to make notes during phone calls, copy short recipes that I want to try, and keep a running list of ideas for blog posts.  I just flipped back through the past six or seven weeks, and most of the pages are full of notes from phone calls.

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.

Like to try before you buy?  No problem!  Test-drive the BusyBodyBook planner pages -- free!

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.

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://www.frugalcreativity.com #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 for each way)
  • Comment on a non-giveaway post on my blog.  Leave a comment here to let me know which post you commented. (2 entries per post; limit 6 entries total)
More details: Open to residents of USA, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends 8/2/11 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 two BusyBodyBook planners, 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.


  1. i would like the chocolate school year or blueberry yearly...
    either way, between marcs work and drill schedule... not to mention the boys...
    we need help! LOL

  2. following on twitter

  3. the feature i like;
    the weekly grid!
    i think that would be great with all of us

  4. i like the blueberry cover the best

  5. I like the Family Organizer because it would be very convienient to carry with me to keep my dates in.

  6. I really like the regular planner or the one that you can put on your refrigerator that is undated. Very cool giveaway~

  7. I really like the licorice cover.

  8. I would choose the organizer.

  9. I like the "Blueberry" pattern best.

  10. I subscribe to emails.

    debmlott at gmail dot com

  11. The bookmark feature sounds great!

  12. I commented on "Where I Am."

  13. I love the yearly planner (Jan-Dec) in red licorice.


  14. I love the Red Licorice cover design best.


  15. My favorite feature of the organizer is the grid format. There's a column for every member of our household as well as columns for work stuff.


  16. I commented on your Cornbread Loaf (recipe) post.


  17. I commented on your Where I Am post.


  18. I commented on your Sweet and Funny Moments (Friday's Fave Five) post.


  19. I just noticed that my email is incorrect on one of my entries for this giveaway. The correct email address for entry #20 is:


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