Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review & Giveaway: BusyBodyBook Organizers

Erika comment #56, and who said "I love the summer calendar! So pretty!" is the winner! Congratulations Erika and thank you to everyone who entered!
Last summer I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to review the 2009 Academic School Year Organizer by BusyBodyBooks on my other blog ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative. I'm excited to be working with them again, this time for a feature right here. The best part is, I also get to give one away!

When I got my new 2010 BusyBodyBook Organizer I immediately flipped through it to see if it still had the same great features I love from the past version. Here's what I love and why:
  • A spot to list by month important events like birthdays and anniversaries, helps me make sure I have birthday cards on hand so they get sent on time.
  • Appointments and plans for next year dates, so when you make a yearly appointment you already have somewhere to jot it down.
  • Extra note pages at the back of the book, great for party planning.
  • Perforated To Do lists, since one of my columns is our weekly plan meal plan I can create that and make my shopping lists at once
  • Important people contact page, where I keep important numbers that I need handy but not on my cell phone or that I don't call often.
  • Restaurant and take-out contact page, a must for call ahead seating at our favorite busy eateries.
  • Handy reminders printed on the weekly pages throughout the book, I noticed these as I used the book and they are nice, especially the one on week of December 12-18 to mail out holiday packages.
  • Protective clear plastic front and back covers, helped keep my book looking nice but I think this years is a bit thinner.
  • Front and back covers are laminated for extra durability
  • Both covers also have a pocket, for tucking the endless slips of papers and notes I seem to accumulate. My back pocket came off after two months and I had to retape it.
  • Spiral binding lets the book open fully and lay flat, so it was comfortable to use.
  • Movable bookmark, a must so I could quickly flip to the week I needed.
All of those extras are really nice but when it gets down to it, an organizer is only as good as the calendar. How does BusyBodyBooks do? I really liked the big open grid on the week by week. I used mine for Appointments, Health, Meal Plan, Projects, and Blog. I was able to use the space on the left for my To Do list so I could keep one column, the one labeled "Projects", free to change up for whatever I needed throughout the year. For example, in November and December it became my holiday planning column. I love how flexible the design is!

The two biggest ways my BusyBodyBook helped me is with staying on top of getting reviews and giveaways done on schedule and with tracking my exercise and blood sugar levels (BSL). Recording my BSL has been a great way to see how different foods impact my glucose levels and has helped me make better food choices. Last year I only had two suggestions for BusyBodyBooks and I'm estatic to say that both have been met with the new versions. The first was that there be month at a glance calendar. I envisioned them being right before their corresponding weekly pages, but they're all up at the front together. I can use a sticky note to quickly find the one I need, but a second bookmark to mark the current month would be nice.

The second thing I wanted was more feminine cover choices, and now there are two floral designs one for both starting dates, the academic and calendar year. My personal favorite is the bold graphic Winter style with it's black and white cover and just a hint of color. I loved it the first moment I saw it pop up on my computer screen. I was sent the Fall cover, with a brown background, and I plan to alter it a bit with a cute fall photo of my daughter. I'm sure the plastic cover will protect it and no one will be able to walk off with mine!Giveaway:
One reader will win their choice of the 2010 BusyBodyBook Organizer, retail value $17.95!

To Enter:
Tell me which BusyBodyBook Organizer you'd like: the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter version.

Extra Entries: {Don't forget to leave a separate comment for each entry method!}

  • Follow my blog, using Google Friends Connect.
  • Post my link button.
  • Subscribe to my blog via EMAIL.
  • Like my blog's Fan Page on Facebook.
  • Follow me on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway using @KTnestingspot in it.
  • Tell me your favorite feature of the BusyBodyBook Organizers.

Open to US residents through July 27th, midnight EST. Good luck and please make sure I have a way to contact you, if you win!

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Disclaimer: Thank you to BusyBodyBook for sending me a 2011 Organizer, which retails for $17.95. I was not otherwise compensated and this post reflects my own personal experiences and observations and were not influenced by the sponsor in anyway.

66 Friends Said:

MaryAnne said...

I would love to win the Fall version.

thriftycraftmama at gmail dot com

MaryAnne said...

I follow you with GFC

MaryAnne said...

and I subscribe via email

thriftycraftmama at gmail dot com

MaryAnne said...

And I liked your fan page on facebook (FINALLY got a facebook profile!)

MaryAnne said...

I think my favorite features are the spiral binding and movable bookmark.

thriftycraftmama at gmail dot com

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I don't want to win one, I already have a 2010 one that I did win and LOVE! So people, come on out and try for this one! :) Good luck!

Kristin said...

I love the fall version. I keep trying to find the perfect planner and this one sounds pretty nice.

Maple Creek said...

I LOVE the Spring version.. bright enough so I won't miss place it.. :)

Carol

maplecreekracing(at)comcast(dot)net

Katie said...

I would like to win the fall version. My favortie features are the extra pockets to tuck papers in and the space to write b-days and important dates. I saw you also mentioned something about logging your blood glucose level and food and excersise. That intrigued me because I am diabetic and it would be awesome to have all that in one full organizer.
Just another tid-bit. My name is Katie too :-)
I already publicly follow and have been for a few months now. I will add your stickers to my blog later today (when I get home), as well as add you on facebook. And I love twitter I will being that soon from my phone.
That organizer looks AMAZING! If I dont win it, I may end up buying one anyways. Winning is just the icing on the cake.
As an added effort I am going to advertise your blog and this contest in my own blog post.
Thanks :-)

Maple Creek said...

I am blog follewer.. :)

Carol

maplecreekracing(at)comcast(dot)net

Maple Creek said...

I am an email subscriber..

:)
carol

maplecreekracing(at)comcast(dot)net

Tonja said...

I would love to win th fall version... bc fall is my fave season (:

Tonja said...

I am a follower

Tonja said...

I put your bloggy button on my page
http://ourcozylittlehouse.blogspot.com

Maple Creek said...

I'm currently a FaceBook fan.

:)
carol

maplecreekracing(at)comcast(dot)net

Tonja said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted for you
http://twitter.com/ourcozyhome/status/18452102518

Maple Creek said...

tweet tweet.. http://twitter.com/maplecreek/status/18452227893

:)
Carol

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Tonja said...

And I have subscribed to your blog via e-mail(:

Maple Creek said...

favorite feature.. the binding.. all organizers need to be spiral or binder.. but the spiral has it hands down to me..

:)
carol

maplecreekracing(at)comcast(dot)net

Adam Winter Family said...

I would love to win the summer organizer.

Adam Winter Family said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Adam Winter Family said...

I subscribe via email.

Adam Winter Family said...

I put your button on my blog.
http://winterscrafts.blogspot.com/

Adam Winter Family said...

I am a fan on your facebook page.

Adam Winter Family said...

My favorite feature is the weekly grid pages.

Beth said...

Oh how I love organizers! This one is awesome and I'd love the summer one :)

AG'smoma said...

I'm a follower

AG'smoma said...

I have your button

AG'smoma said...

I like the Spring one-too cute!

Stephanie said...

I love the winter version.

Stephanie said...

I follow your blog.

Stephanie said...

I'm a facebook fan too.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

LOVE these! I've bought one nearly every year. I'll take fall for the fall, please. :)

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

faithful follower.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

facebook fan (I'm all about the alliteration.)

Kim C. said...

Hi,

I have your button, like you on Facebook, and am subscribing for the email.

I like the Fall Cover!!!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I love the empty grid - it's so versatile: allows me to write in play dates, school closings, work assignments, and dinner menus!

kbloems27 said...

I would LOVE to have the winter one!

kbloems27 said...

I have your link button on my blog!!

kbloems27 said...

I subscribe via email!!

kbloems27 said...

I follow your blog, and who wouldn't!!

kbloems27 said...

YEAH another entry...I "like" your facebook fan page!

kbloems27 said...

Follower on twitter too!!

kbloems27 said...

My favorite feature is definitely the seperate columns. It would be super easy to give each family member one and keep track of all that we have to do, or even use one for me, one for the hubby, one for the kids and one for my business. Oh the possibilities are endless!!

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Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I follow on Google Friends Connect and I like Summer. Yeah! Two chances to win!!!!

ruthhill74 said...

I like the summer version.

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ruthhill74 said...

follow via GFC

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ruthhill74 said...

e-mail subscriber

ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

ruthhill74 said...

like you on facebook

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ruthhill74 said...

I like that each family member has their own column for their activities.

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gapmlm said...

I would like the fall design - gapmlm@hotmail.com

gapmlm said...

I follow your blog!

gapmlm said...

I'm a fan on Facebook!

gapmlm said...

I love the removable bookmark feature since each year I end up using a paperclip to get to my spot!

Erika said...

I love the summer calendar! So pretty!

Erika said...

I am a fan on FB.

Erika said...

GFC doesn't like me, but I follow in my Google Reader!

Erika said...

I love the extra pockets! I always have little notes, receipts, etc paper-clipped into my planner!

malia said...

I love the fall version

Ms. Vecchio said...

Fall is so pretty!

Ms. Vecchio said...

Following on Twitter! @sentmyway

Ms. Vecchio said...

The distinct columns are great!

Kris said...

Winter is my favorite!

amieggs said...

I'd love the fall version!!! brown + green is such a great combination...

amieggs said...

I follow your blog =)
btw my email is nayami.ruka at gmail.com

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