Life is rather hectic when you add a small person into the mix. Suddenly the days race past, the bedtimes all seem to be like Groundhog day and there just never seems to be enough time in the day. It would probably help if I was a tad more organised. It’s on the to do list, to sort my life out, to rid myself of the stress of “oh crap, I was meant to do that TODAY”. Yes, that happens all the time. I apologise profusely to those I’ve missed coffees with, handed in stuff late to, and completely forgotten to text you back. Life gets distracting. The lovely folks in Busy B sent me a Busy Life Diary to check out upon hearing my disorganised plight. I’ve seen them the last few years and thought they were ingenious.
The diaries consist of two pages per week, one for one portion of life, and another for the other. For me it would be separated into Home Life and Blog Stuff. In 2017 I am hoping to get a handle on both, to make BadMammy a bit more structured instead of a fly by night enterprise. I’m also hoping to see the end of a laundry basket by the time next Christmas rolls around. Work in progress, definitely a work in progress.
The diary comes in two different designs; floral and stripe. I got sent the gorgeous floral one, which adds a bit of girly to my handbag! As well as the two page spread for each week, every three months there is a useful pocket for storing bits and bobs. Handy for stashing notes and receipts until I find the proper place to put them. Ahem, definitely a New Years resolution for me. Organisation is not my forte, so I plan to work on that.
The diary kickstarts on the 19th of December 2016 and runs up until 7th January 2018, which means I’ve already gotten some use out of mine. Rather futile attempts to get organised this Christmas but it does feel like I’m making a dent in it. It’s living in my handbag and the handy pen holder means that I’ve got one stashed with me at all times. It’s not yet become home to piles of paper – hopefully this will continue. At A5 it’s a decent size to actually fit everything into, but not so big to be awkward to carry. When you’re carrying around a million toddler bits and the kitchen sink, space is at a premium.
A new feature to the diary for 2017 is a grid layout overview of each month of the year. This allows for quick notes to be made viewing the whole month. Only being able to see a week is grand as long as you have the ability somewhere to see the whole month for me, so this is what I need.
The Busy B Busy Life Diary normally retails for £9.99 on the Busy B Website, it’s currently on sale for Â£5.99 which is an absolute steal. If you’re looking for it elsewhere, they’re in Easons for €12.99, Amazon for £9.99 and numerous other bookshops. I’m already eyeing up a few other products on their website (the sticky notes for the diary are surely classed as an essential, right?). I think it’d make a fantastic gift, and an even better start to your own New Year if like me you’re vowing to get more organised. Take advantage of the sales that are on now! If you’re in the UK, purchases above £15 have free delivery. This isn’t the case outside of the UK, so I’d be inclined to get them sent to something like Parcel Motel or Parcel Wizard to save your savings instead.
If you love the idea of this Busy Life Diary from Busy B, you can win one. They’ve very kindly given me one to give away to one of my readers. So – to win the big prize:
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Leave a comment on this post OR on this Facebook post : what is your New Year resolution that you are DEFINITELY going to try get past January 3rd with this year?
Competition closes at 9pm on 30thÂ December.The winner to be announced the following morning. The diary will be sent out straight away as to allow organisation to kick in from the start of January!. Giveaway is open to residents of Ireland and UK ONLY. Part of this giveaway is hosted on Facebook but It is not endorsed by Facebook. I have not received any compensation for hosting this giveaway. Busy B have provided the prize for one lucky reader. Busy B also sent me a complimentary diary for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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