Family Calendar & Giveaway with Sweet Rose Studio

Hi there Mom Endeavors readers!
I am so glad to be here  today and I am so honored that Sara asked me to do this for her.

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My name is Katie and my little blog is Sweet Rose Studio. I am a momma to two little ones and a professional photographer by trade that finds it tough to be stuck to doing one thing. So, in addition to all of my photography goodness, I also share all things parties, planning, and basically anything I think I want to share because I can. I joke that I started the blog as an outlet because my dear husband didn’t want to hear about anymore of my crazy, crafty ideas.

I had the chance to attend Creative Estates with Sara recently and one of the most profound things that I took away was from the fabulous Becky Higgins. She told us that it was key for her family to have one singular calendar that encompassed everything: meal, activities, work; you name it, its on that calendar. Now she said that she and her husband use some kind of online fancy system, but I honestly don’t remember what it was because my brain was already ticking away and planning out a calendar that I could make and use that would suit my family’s interests best.
My dear husband and I are not always on the same page with technical stuff so an online system or program for a calendar just wasn’t going to cut it for us. And after hunting for a pre-made planner that would do the job I was looking for it to do, I was coming up short. My next thought: why not make my own? As someone who was a teacher in a past life (or just last year), I relied on my plan book to keep me organized throughout the day. How great would a family plan book be?
I spent some time on Excel creating a spreadsheet and I’m sharing what I came up with with you! This calendar template was my final product. The best part is that the file is completely customizable to whatever you need it to be. I left it pretty basic so you can spruce it up as much or as little as you’d like.
Here’s how I jazzed mine up:

I changed the fonts, added a plastic cover and card stock back, and had it bound all at Office Max. I wanted to make sure that I made mine durable since I made it to last for a solid chunk of time. Yep, 26 weeks are all set and ready to go! I’ve started filling in all of our craziness…

And the best part is? I made one to giveaway to one of you!
TO ENTER:
1. Leave a comment telling what part of your life needs organization the most. 
Then, get extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):
2.  Follow Sweet Rose Studio on Google Friend Connect. (see widget on the right side)
3. Follow Mom Endeavors on Google Friend Connect (see widget on the left side bar)

4. Like Mom Endeavors on facebook and/or on twitter

5. Like Sweet Rose Studio on facebook and/or on Twitter @sweetrosestudio
*Make SURE you leave your email or that your email is connected to your account. Sara can’t contact to “no-reply” comments. Thanks! 🙂

(up to 5 entries per person)
Limited to US residents only. Giveaway will end on May 5th at 10pm PST. Winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize (make sure you leave your email address or that it is attached to your profile).

Comments

  1. Joanna says

    Love the post! I follow you and Mom Endeavors on Google Friend Connect, Facebook and Twitter. 🙂

    jmeyer814(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Andrea says

    Love the post! What a great way to keep it all together!! I follow your blog & Mom Endeavors on google, and Twitter!

  3. PinkBowBathBoutique says

    You guys are awesome and I was sooo wanting to do this calender idea so I'm super happy you posted about it! I think Becki Higgins said that her and her fam use i-cal or something like that this on thier macs. Anyway, back to the giveaway 🙂 I follow Sweet Rose Studio on FB! Amy pinkbowbathboutique at gmail.com

  4. PinkBowBathBoutique says

    Annnd, for entry number 2 I follow Mom Endeavoes on FB too!! Amy pinkbowbathboutique at gmail.com

  5. PinkBowBathBoutique says

    Okay, last entry, my work.family life balance needs organizing right now! And I think this cally will help big time 🙂

  6. Lolly Jane says

    I would tweet about it but I don't know how to use it yet 😉 Anyway I would organize allll my church meetings & playdates Oh, the madness! lol Nice job Katie! xo

  7. Jen says

    I would LOVE one of these! Unfortunately, I'm not a US resident, so don't count this as an entry, but I just wanted to say this is such a great idea for keeping all facets of your life organized and keeping everyone on the same page. I see one of these genius journals in my future!

  8. Heather says

    I do something things and have different organizational strategies for each element but it would be nice to have everything in the same place (play dates, meal planning, grocery shopping, blog ideas, appointments, etc., etc., etc.!!) I have been meaning to follow Becky's advice from Creative Estates…I hope I win so I won't have to make my own organizer!!

  9. KS says

    Great post! I have a monthly calendar, but I would LOVE to put my weekly to-do's in this format! Projects and crafts with my little one will be great to have planned out!

  10. Marilyn says

    Every part of my life needs organizing! I have 3 kids, a blog, I home school, and I'm thinking of going back to school myself!

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