Last fall, I noticed a trend in craft stores with memory planners. They really caught my eye. I almost bought one several times, but they are a bit pricey. Here's what I noticed about them:
1. They were pretty - I like pretty things.
2. Different Designers and Brands had their own versions.
3. They offered lots of flexibility on how far you want to take this organization business.
4. There were accessories to help make it fun and functional.
5. They came in different sizes, for everyone's different needs.
At the end of the year, I had a little bit of extra cash lying around. . . and a 40 percent off coupon (I never leave home without these!). I decided to go with this Heidi Swapp Smaller Personal Memory Planner with a binder. I really liked the gold stripes and the foil embellishments on the divider pages. I bought some of the coordinating stickers, but also found some washi tape and lots of other stickers from other planners that did the trick. I can't wait to add some of the stamps that go with this planner, but I haven't found them back in stock in awhile. I think that this was a pretty popular planner choice this year.
I also found some pink and gold striped pens that matched it perfectly at Target. They write great and they fit in the little elastic pen loop on the side.
So far, I am really enjoying this and am staying a bit more organized than I have been in the past. Sometimes, I feel like the older the kids get, the busier our schedules are and this is definitely something I plan to keep using. It doesn't help that it's super cute, too!
I have a few other ways that we are keeping organized this year. Some of them are things we've been doing for a few years, others are more new. Be on the lookout for some fun ideas and hopefully some printables soon!