Sweet Sponsor: dotmine Day Planners

I’m just going to go ahead and put this out there:  I love organization and planning and file folders and Evernote and OneNote and anything else remotely similar.  I get really giddy inside thinking about them.  Just keep that in mind as you read this…

I was recently sent a dotmine day planner to review, the Coral Sarong family_time.mine one to be exact.  First, you can’t go wrong with pink.  No, you can’t.  Second, the thing is awesome.  A thing of beauty and function and wonderfulness all rolled into one.  But, we should really discuss the company and all those other things first…Coral Sarong

dotmine is the result of  “a serendipitous meeting in a London pub” between Lisa and Sarah.  Long story short, they wanted to create planners that were “fashionable, functional, and affordable.”  And they really did.

This part is important:  affordable.  I bought a planner around December that I loved.  It was designed by a mom and she embellished the heck out of it with cool papers and glitter and tabbies and other awesome stuff.  I could even have custom stuff printed in the planner.  I loved it.  But it was not affordable.  Sure, I bought it, but for most of us, the price I paid was really, really, really out there.  It was a “special” purchase for me…

And you know what?  While the planner was pretty and I was able to record stuff and I loved it, it wasn’t very functional.  I was always worried about messing it up as it was somewhat fragile.  And it was too small.  Dunno, it just didn’t sit right with me.

Fast forward to this summer and the chance to review the dotmine planner.  I didn’t know anything about the company or their planners, but I wanted one.  And man oh man, I was glad when I got it.  It’s huge, but not lugging-around-a-massive-book huge.  Just the right size to record the things you need to.  This was the first thing I noticed.  I honestly couldn’t stop carrying it around because it felt substantial and important and useful.  Yeah, maybe it’s just me that does stuff like that.Blueberry Moon

I didn’t start using it right away because I wanted to use  my Frixion pens with it and they had to be ordered.  So I had to sit and stare at it.  It was torture.  But, I at least got to study the thing in detail.

  • Durable plastic cover – this thing is just hard enough without being the type of thing that would seriously hurt someone
  • Seasonal schedules – There is a fold-out seasonal master schedule for each season
  • A nifty “suggested use” section – The use of text bubbles and arrows makes this section really fun
  • Nice note from Lisa and Sarah – Motivation at it’s finest
  • Personal info section – complete with holiday dates through 2012
  • Month-at-a-glance and week-at-a-glance calendars - complete with a space to write what your special family_time will be this week and inspirational quotes
  • Perforated side pages for portable to do notes or grocery lists
  • A section for notes
  • Stickers!! – cute stickers to use on your calendar for things like the dentist, date night, and your self breast exam {there is awesome usage of the color pink on the stickers}
  • A pocket inside the durable plastic back cover - to hold all those swanky things you need to hold

That, my friends, is the family_time.mine planner at a glance.  The planner runs for 17 months, meaning you can start using it in August or January and get full use of the planner.

Reneedotmine even guides you to picking the perfect planner, whether that be life_time.mine, family_time.mine, or time.mine.

They’re cool, they’re really affordable {my family_time.mine planner is only $18.99 plus shipping, and that’s a steal for this thing, trust me}, and they’re functional.  You can’t beat that.  I really recommend these; I’ve even stopped using my other planner {still have months left on it} in favor of this one.  It’s big enough for me to keep all my important info:  homeschool lessons/events, bills to be paid, GS stuff, blog stuff, personal stuff, Vince’s personal stuff, everything.

Wanna win one?  Of course you do!

Come back next week, starting Sunday, August 7th, and you’ll have the chance to win a planner for mom/dad AND a planner for the student in your life!!  dotmine has graciously donated two planners for one of my Back to School Giveaway packages!

If you can’t wait and want to go ahead and purchase one, dotmine has provided a discount code for 10% off your order!!!  Just use “sweetphenomena”, no quotes.

True Confessions:  I was provided with a free copy of the family_time.mine planner by dotmine.  That does not mean you get a dishonest review.  I’ve provided you guys with my exact thoughts on the planner, despite the sweet free goods.