Sunday, July 20, 2008

MomAgenda Givaway!

I am so thrilled to have gotten my hands on these! I got two brand new MomAgenda Desktop planners for August 2008-December 2009! One of them is for me, of course, and I'll give you the inside scoop on all the details. The OTHER one, however, is for one lucky reader to win! To find out how, read on....

I first heard about MomAgenda through CoolMomPicks, though the company has also been featured in Real Simple and on The Today Show. Their focus is creating chic, yet practical organizational tools, mostly for moms, though they also have an option that works for anyone. (the MyAgenda)

What really impresses me about the MomAgenda is how much utility is packed into the thing. It's eye-catching exterior is highly durable and waterproof. It's not a spiral, or 3 ring type, so the pages turn easy and you don't have to worry about them ripping or falling out. It comes with two built in ribbon bookmarks to help you find the page you're looking for pronto.

The MomAgenda Desktop edition is organized into month at a glance (with holidays!), followed by weekly layouts. At the top of the weekly pages, right below the dates, it gives a large section for your activities, with a little space to the far left side to write your most important to-dos. It is in a Monday-Sunday layout, which I like because I often plan the week on Monday and hate it when Sunday church activities sneak up on me (potlucks!). Having it laid out that way does kinda mess with my mind a little bit though, because it goes across, like a calendar week, instead of down the page like in Amy Knapp's Family Organizer.

But the real advantage to the MomAgenda is that, under your schedule, it gives you places to write in each one of your kids' schedules. This is the way to go if you have to worry about after school practices, games and lessons! It has space allotted for up to 4 people's schedules besides your own. I use one for my husband so that I can remember which days he'll be out of town on business, and when his next doctor's appointment is.

Along the bottom of the weekly pages there is space given for you to plan your menu for the week. I love this feature because I can look at what I've got going on during the week and decide what nights need to be a quick dinner, or something more relaxed.

I do wish that there was more space on the layout for goals or to-do lists (like Franklin Covey or Amy Knapp's) as I really need those visual reminders. Sometimes I wish I could get a planner that was just a weekly layout of to do lists, along with grocery list and menu plan, oh and some way for recording the money I've spent! (I found this one with the to-do lists part at least)

A couple more features I should mention... the MomAgenda has a great example page on how to use the weekly layouts. It also has a REMOVABLE address book and birthday record, with a few pages for medical records, and website passwords thrown in. This awesome little bonus will easily slip out and get transferred next year's MomAgenda, eliminating the need to re-copy all that info, yet keeps it handy and organized, tucked inside your planner.




Okay, then it starts to make up for the lack of to-do lists with some terrific sections in the back for organizing your important (where the heck did I put that?!?) lists! It's got a birthday organizer, a place to write down what books and movies you'd like to read and see, spots for your nutrition and exercise plans, shopping, dining, gift records. It even has some pages for you to list your entertaining resources, like your favorite caterer and where to get those invitations you spotted for your daughter's next birthday. Then there's a great section to organize your party planning and guest lists, vacation ideas and details, followed by a nice big blank section for you to record whatever else your heart desires!

Yes, the MomAgenda has a good amount of space to write in, but it has slyly avoided being too bulky to carry around easily. It is not as slim as most spiral bounds are, but the quality and durability make it feel more likely to survive being thrown into your large purse or diaper bag. I love the waterproof cover, and the colors are so cheery and appealing!


(I fearlessly poured water on mine!)

So do you think you'd like to get one for yourself??? All you need to do is post a comment to this blog post, giving me your e-mail address (so I can contact you if you've won). You can spell it out like thrifty(dot)domestica(at)gmail.com or something like that, if your worried about it being harvested. AND please share your best tip for organizing your papers, lists, or appointments! I will select one person randomly on July 30th and notify them by e-mail that they have won! Oh, and if you have a blog or website, feel free to post a link of that too! I love to read my readers!

PS. To check out more MomAgenda products, be sure to visit www.momagenda.com

11 comments:

Diana said...

One of the most useful gifts I got last Christmas was a pocket calendar that I always carry around with me. I write down any and ALL appts in it no matter how small or "un-set-in-stone" it yet is. This way I don't overlap anything, whether it's a doc appt or play date.

d bombach at gmail dot com

jskell911 said...

The biggest help for paper we have is one of those bill organizers. It looks like a small shelf with 31 slots. I got it at a Yard Sale for $1!

(you can contact me through my blog)

Rechelle said...

I just stumbled across your site-
have to tell you that the removable address book (with pages for passwords) would be a huge blessing in an organizer-
enjoyed the breakfast cookie recipe also-
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Kimberly said...

WOW, talk about a wonderful organizer! It would be perfect for our new school year. We are always looking for ways to help us stay organized and on time! It is neat that you can track so many people at once! Our soon to be teenage daughter Savannah keeps us on the go with one event after another so keeping track of what's coming up and what is going on daily would help big time!

Amy said...

Oooh! This looks fantastic! I can always use organizational help. I read recently about keeping one notebook or planner for EVERYTHING.... lists, schedules, notes to yourself, etc, and I'm looking forward to trying that.

I'm so glad to find your blog! Thanks for the link through LARHE. :)
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Stacey said...

This looks like just what I need. I make lists for everything, and of course, walk right out the door and leave them at home. LOL! I have a thick Christian day planner which is better than nothing, but I don't like the way the months are laid out. Hopefully, I'll win this one and try it out. Thanks!

Traci said...

What a great organizer! My favorite important papers organizer that I've found is at www.todaysseniors.com. I know I'm not a senior, but the way the help you organize your important papers and tell you where to put them and how long to keep them is so nice. It's organized in a way that I can work on a few pages this week and pick up again next week to do another page. Maybe by the end of the year all my paperwork will be in good order. This would help my husband if anything happens to me. He has no clue what we have or where it all is. Hope this helps you guys too!

Anonymous said...

WOW that sounds awesome. Its really sad that I have to have a planner to keep up with everything. Now with both my kids in taekwondo(SP), me volunteering for Unity in the Community, on top of all my church stuff and outreach work we do, I truly have to leave by an appointment book. I loved your site. Thanks for sharing.

Pam said...

I need this!! This next year will be the first time that 4 of my kids will be involved in extra-curricular activities, plus I'll be helping out with more things at Church and in things. I need this to help me not go crazy!

Mi said...

i just found this today so I hope I'm not too late. I'm organizationally challenged so I have no tips but this prize would help me on my way. onecrazybeagle-at-yahoodotcom. You can visit me at
http://rattlingrocks.blogspot.com/
Mi

Rachel the Thrifty Domestica said...

Well, the contest is over! Thank you everyone who participated! I have loved checking out many of your blogs!

My husband randomly selected #2 -- which is jskell911, so you are the winner!!! I will be e-mailing you soon! Congratulations and thanks for entering! I hope everone had fun and will check back again often for more givaways, tips and articles!