Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Family Time DotMine Planner Giveaway

Staying organized as a busy mom on the go with kids, husband, business, homeschooling, etc., can be a formidable task.  I've tried different things to help me stay on task, even printing out my own planner pages.  This year, I decided enough was enough and went out and got my own planner.  Now I'm actually using the Family_Time.Mine planner from DotMine.  After trying many other methods, I highly recommend this planner.  

The Family_Time.Mine planner is, first of all, sturdy and durable for a mom, meaning it has a strong plastic cover.  If one of my boys happens to spill something on it or even more likely, draw on it with markers, I can just wipe it right off, which makes it really nice.  It also sets my mind at ease if I take it with me places, knowing that it's not going to get all bent out of shape.  

This planner runs from August 2009-December 2010.  In the very front and the very back of the planner are the Master Schedules for the different seasons, i.e., fall 2009, winter 2009, spring 2010, summer 2010.  They actually have a little fold-out flap that you can use to mark your place in the planner, so that you can compare notes with your daily schedule.  These front and back schedules, though, are for you to mark down your Master Schedule, your recurring family events.  
For example, I have marked down Tae Kwon Do, Choir Rehearsal, soccer, etc.  It makes it really nice because I don't have to write these events down every single week; I can just refer to my Master Schedule.

With the beginning of each month is a 2 page calendar layout with  small block calendars of last month and next month, as well.
Then the planner is broken up into weekly schedules with blocks for each day.  On the sides are places to list To Do lists, grocery lists, notes, etc.  There are even places to put sticky notes.
If you were to use the sides as a grocery list, it's perforated for you to easily carry with you.  I actually use the sides as my daily To Do Lists, when I go to plan out my week.  At the top of each weekly page is a place for you to fill in a special family activity for that week; at the bottom of each weekly page is a quote to inspire.  Then at the end of each month is a full Notes page, just for extra space.  

The back of the planner includes pages for Family Info (Info for Coaches, Babysitters, Library, Doctors, etc.).  There are pages to put down important addresses/phone numbers/email, etc.  There's even an information page for babysitters, so that you can leave your planner open to that page for her/him to see.  
There are also stickers to help you remember important dates.  The back cover of the planner even includes a pocket for you to slide papers, bills, or other important documents into.



I love my planner, and I'm not just saying that.  It has saved me in so many situations because I can just look down, in two snaps, and see what we have going on.  You can purchase these planners for $17.99 at Borders, Borders Express, Waldenbooks, Amazon, Calendars.com, and Timemine.comDotmine also has other types of planners available.  You can follow Dotmine on Facebook and Twitter, as well as sign up for their email newsletter.

Now for the giveaway.  The makers of Dotmine have graciously allowed me to give away a Family_Time.Mine planner here on Real Heart Prints.  So, you can enter in one or more of the following ways.  Of course, be sure to leave a separate comment for each way that you enter.  I will choose the winner, using Random.org, on Wednesday, February 24.  Good luck to all of you!
  1. Leave me a comment after visiting the Dotmine website, letting me know which feature or planner would help you the most in your busy life.
  2. Subscribe to DotMine's email newsletter.
  3. Follow Dotmine on Twitter
  4. Follow me on Twitter; tweet about this giveaway; in fact, if you tweet once each day, come back here to leave a separate comment (for each day that you tweet), and that will give you extra entries. 
  5. Follow my blog, or you can subscribe to my posts.
  6. Blog about this giveaway, being sure to link back to Real Heart Prints.
  7. Digg or Stumble this post.
  8. Place my blog button on your sidebar or somewhere on your blog.
  9. Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs or on Mom Blog Network (buttons in sidebar).
Most of all, have a wonderful week!

80 comments:

Nancy Irby February 10, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

Hi. I like the feature of having a Master schedule so that you don't have to write the weekly stuff each week on the calendar. I also like the Cherry Blossom planner.

Nancy Irby February 10, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

I voted for you on your blog.

Nancy Irby February 10, 2010 at 5:22 PM  

I blogged about your giveaway and there is a link to your blog on it as well.

Jenny February 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

Oh that's cool. I just got one though and I barely use it. I should be using it more though to keep a "journal" of my son's medical condition.

Sharon February 10, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

The master list is incredible. The family planner is ideal for me right now. As a new wife, in a new counrty, planning the daily activities of my family is new to me, and the family planner would help me stay on track.

Jennifer February 10, 2010 at 7:19 PM  

I like the Orchids familytime.mine planner

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The Real Me! February 10, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

Oh I loved the Orchid Family Time planner. This looks very nice and simple to use. Not to over done.
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
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I am a faithful follower of course!
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Heidi V February 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

I like the week layout, and the size it's 8.5 x 11 which gives me lots of space to keep track of my daily task, my favorite cover is the Orchids.

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Amanda31Gifts February 11, 2010 at 12:21 AM  

I'd love a chance to win! Please enter me in your giveaway :) I like the 'family time' type of planner, and I know I could use some help with organization, most definitely!
Thank you!! Amanda

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marybelle February 11, 2010 at 1:50 AM  

I love the Purple Pansies familytime.mine. Useful & beautiful.

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mogrill February 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

Thanks for the chance.
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Darcie K. February 11, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

I love that the planner run for 17 months.
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Anonymous February 11, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

I like that it has back and front skedules and places where you can jot down your to do's.

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Georgia Mist February 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

The Master Schedule is perfect for me. I need a one-stop, one-glance scheduler!
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Candie L February 14, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

I like the Roses in Rome one. Thank you

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I am following them on twitter (cluster77). Thank you

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Heavenly Savings February 14, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

I love how much I can put into one planner! How nice! They are all so pretty! I love the Green Vines the best!

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Mama Zen February 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

I love the Master Schedules. What a great idea!

Bombtastic Belle February 16, 2010 at 1:06 PM  

I like the month layout, it lets me see everything we have planned at one time.
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RR February 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM  

I like the Orchids cover. Practical and pretty.

Bombtastic Belle February 18, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

I like hw they have a master schedule
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Ginny February 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

I love the way the week layout is set up. I also like the additional pages like kid stuff, etc

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Julie February 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

I love the Family time mine in "buttons" I need something like these planners to be more organized


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Andrea February 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

I love the family time mine in cherry blossom
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Benita February 19, 2010 at 10:17 PM  

I like the weekly layouts. I also like the lovely covers of the planners.

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Benita February 19, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

I subscribed to dot-mine's email newsletter.

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Benita February 19, 2010 at 10:20 PM  

I follow via GFC.

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Jessica February 20, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

i like the Green Vines Planner.
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The Bookworm February 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

I really like the familytime.mine planner - and, the Orchid design is really nice!

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I'm an email subscriber to DotMine.

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I'm following Dotmine on Twitter.

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Anonymous February 21, 2010 at 11:50 PM  

I like the Orchids design and the feature I most like is the month layout because I like to have the entire month in front of me when I'm writing out my plans and events.

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Chelsee Joy February 22, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

I love the master list! I seriously need this :)
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Marianna February 22, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

I love the Week layout - plenty of space to put in details - and the Buttons family_time.mine planner!
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lezanac February 22, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

I like the master schedule feature because i could use that for our regular activities With 4 kids playing sports singing in choir and having dance classes this would be so helpful to us lezanac@yahoo.com

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Karen A February 22, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

The Orchid Family Time Planner is so beautiful. I love it.
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erma February 23, 2010 at 5:20 AM  

I loved the Orchid Family Time planner.
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amandakbarnes90 February 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

The Orchid Family Time planner is definitely my favorite because of it's simplicity and ease of usage :)
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Carla February 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

The master is awesome!

Timster February 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

I like the feature of having a Master schedule so that you don't have to write the weekly stuff each week on the calendar.

Anonymous February 23, 2010 at 4:01 PM  

I like the seventeen month timeframe!

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Julie D February 23, 2010 at 11:57 PM  

Love the Master planner! Need to keep track of everybody!

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naynays1 February 24, 2010 at 2:28 AM  

I like the feature of having a Master schedule.
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Terri February 24, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

I like the time.mine line. The weekly layout would be perfect for me

Terri February 24, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

GFC follower

Gianna February 24, 2010 at 3:28 PM  

The Master Planner :)

giggling kids February 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

The family time mine!
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The family time mine!
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purango February 24, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

The Weekly Layout feature of the planner would help me most. I could organize all the things I need to do weakly. garrettsambo@aol.com

schmoopy February 26, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

I would like the Roses in Rome Cover or the Bubbles Cover. They are so pretty.

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