With a new year waiting in the wings, it’s time for a busy Mumma to get armed with one of her most vital tools – a diary.
This crucial little book of day and weeks helps us navigate our demanding schedules, organise our family, and frankly, just gives us peace of mind.
I would be lost without my diary and many mums I know feel the same.
Once upon a time I was maverick enough to keep everything in my head, but these days our children have busier social lives than we do! That combined with work and family commitments, school events etc. a good diary is a must have.
My diary is sacred, a reliable old friend, a source of comfort as I know everything important for me to remember and do is in there! If you’re on the hunt for your 2019 diary, here are my top 7 for you to review.
- Mum’s Office
These diaries from Mum’s Office are perfect for getting us Mummas organised and one of the best features are the separate sections for other family members. I love to see visually what each of my boys are doing week to week and this diary does the job. The diary comes in 4 different sizes, 6 different colours and is amazing value for money.
The other sections of the diary include an information page, and ‘important’ page so you can record dates to remember, a notes page and a planning section. Everything a busy mum will need.
2. Caroline Gardner
These diaries by Caroline Gardner are beautifully designed and have an elegant touch. This diary is A5 size so it’s very portable, perfect for carrying around in your handbag. I love having a diary that is pleasing to look at, it makes me feel happy to have something pretty, especially if I am using and writing in it every day.
3. Oliver Bonas
This quirky Oliver Bonas diary comes in A4 size and is packed with fun illustrations and quotes throughout. I do love an inspirational quote or meme to look at during the hum drum of daily life. This diary shows both monthly and weekly views which is a must for me, and is sturdy being hardback. It also has elastic band fastening and a ribbon to hold your place.
4. Boxclever Press
This Boxclever Press Family Life Book Diary comes with a variety of handy accessories including themed stickers that you can use to highlight important events in the diary. It also has perforated shopping lists, so you can write down your list as you go and then tear it out to take to the supermarket with you. Amazing!
You’ll also find summer holiday planning pages, Christmas planning pages, budgeting pages and a pocket at the back to hold bills/letters – it really is jammed packed with all a mum needs.
Although its not as beautiful as other diaries in this blog, it is very functional, has all the added features that many diaries don’t – perfect for a busy mum who loves to organise, plan, budget and store lots of info in her diary. A5 in size, it will slot straight into your handbag
5. Busy B
Busy B is a fab stationery brand and their family diaries do not disappoint. Their 2019 family diary has separate sections to log each family member’s schedule. It also has two handy pockets , year planners and a birthday section. The leather cover with gold foil text will look chic in your handbag and add a touch of class – because every mumma deserves this!
6. Boxclever Press Bespoke Life Book Diary
Another Boxclever diary features in this blog. This bespoke finished diary is a definitely a good choice. You can personalise it with your name, choice of colour and design finish.
Although a little pricey, it comes with all the great features for a useful diary, including 7 columns to plan for all of your family members, so it’s perfect for larger families. It boasts extra planning pages, perforated shopping lists, stickers, address book and more.
7. Action Day Academic Diary
Now this may seem like an unlikely candidate. It’s not a particularly pretty and doesn’t come with all the fancy Mumma accessories and features. But this is the diary I have at the moment, the reason being that the layout is similar to Google Calendar – so you can mark out your day hour by hour and visually see how each day looks from start to finish. So I can insert appointments, school events, after school activities all in their allotted time slot and see what space I have left in my day. I also love the ‘Tasks’ section on the left so that each week I can write a new to-do list out.
So, there we have it Mumma – a low down on my favourite diaries that are a mixture of practical and pretty. I hope you find the right diary for you and that 2019 is a wonderfully organised year for you!