My Favorite Planner for #LoveYourLifeFriday
It’s #LoveYourLifeFriday where we share ideas to help you live your priorities and love your life. Today I’m showing you my favorite planner ever, the itsjustemmy planner made by the fabulous Molly at Throne of Grace on Etsy.
(PLUS you can enter to win a $25 gift card to Throne of Grace! See details at the end of this post.)
I have loved using calendars and planners ever since I was a high school student. Years later, as a wife and mom, I scoured office supply stores and online sources looking for a planner that was just what I needed–no more and no less. I spent loads of time looking and way too much money trying out ones that didn’t work. But FINALLY I found the best one ever. It is just the right layout, size, and look I want. I am telling you all about it not because I get a financial kick-back. I don’t earn a dime off of this. I just love my online friends so much, I can’t keep this fabulous product to myself. And of course, I love these planners so much that I want them to continue to be sold for a loooooong time!
Ok. Here is the low-down…
The itsjustemmy planner comes in both a calendar year version (January-December) and an academic year one. I LOVE the academic format of August – July because I think of my “year” going from the beginning of August through the end of July. Although I do have a calendar app I use, I just adore writing in this paper planner and seeing it on my desk or kitchen counter with my week spread out before me–in a vertical daily layout. (I think of my day from top to bottom, not side to side.)
All the itsjustemmy planners include both month and week-at-a-glance pages. And for fun, they can be purchased with the personalized designed covers (8 to choose from), or blank covers, if you prefer to add your own crafty touches. (I have sometimes had a Bible verse put on the front under my name. This year I chose a quote from Anne of Green Gables: “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet.”)
Why I love this planner
A few aspects I love about this planner: the pages are sturdy paper, perfect for writing and even highlighting. I use highlighters to signal certain things. Green means “gone” (as in when my hubby and I, who rarely go away alone, go to a bed and breakfast with a Groupon we found for an overnight stay!) Blue means “due.” Those are the days I have a project or post due. Orange means “off.” I block off these days to not be available to anyone other than my family. Instead of highlighters, you may wish to use Washi tape. (I have no clue how to do that but you can see it over at Throne of Grace, along with their other cool accessories. There is an image below showing how this colored tape is used.) You can come up with your own color-coding method, if you roll that way. Or just write in it all in pencil, if you wish. I actually love to use these erasable pens. They are the BEST!
I also appreciate that on the week-at-a-glance sections, there is a bottom square. You can use it to record tasks. I use it to list what I hope to serve for supper. Notice I said “hope.”
Other fabulous features:
- Plenty of room for to-do lists and meal-planning or creative journaling about your activities
- Spiral-bound so they lay flat nicely
- Double-pocket folder to hold appointment reminder cards, receipts, coupons, and more
- All planners with decorative covers can also be personalized for a small fee.
Ahhh!!! I just adore this useful tool! Trust me, once you feel the itsjustemmy planner love, you’ll never go back!
Giveaway Now Closed. Congrats Laura!
STEP ONE: Head to Molly’s Etsy shop: Throne of Grace. Pre-order your itsjustemmy planner (August 2018 – July 2019). Use coupon code 2018KAREN15 to save 15% off your total purchase (includes anything in her shop). The coupon code should be automatically applied, but if not, you can enter it out checkout. (NOTE: The coupon will be good through January 31, 2019 in case you want to wait for the calendar year version.)
STEP TWO: Come back here and let us know you ordered a planner and tell us which kind you chose by Thursday, June 28 and the winner will be announced on Friday, June 29. U.S. Addresses only please.
Molly also has Add-ons that can make your planner even more fabulous plus Prayer Journals, How to Pray cards, and God’s Word cards. (The itsjustemmy planners for January – December 2019 will be available for preorder in September.)
About Throne of Grace
Throne of Grace offers a variety of handcrafted products that include biblical and organizational resources including prayer cards, scripture memorization cards, prayer journals for adults and kids, sermon notebooks, and itsjustemmy day planners. We seek to equip you to live and leave a legacy of faith and prayer in the midst of the challenging circumstances of daily life!
I ordered a blank cover – waiting for inspiration to decorate! I love this planner, too, and tell everyone I know about it. Don’t know that anyone’s made the switch yet – but I’ll keep spreading the word!
Thanks so much! I wish I were creative enough to decorate my own. ;-)
I ordered the Myrtle Beach academic planner. Order #1324196530
Laura, congrats you won the giveaway! Stay tuned for an email from Molly at Throne of Grace with more details!
Karen Ehman Ministry Team
Thank you so much!
I just ordered my Myrtle Beach planner….this is the first time and I’m sure it will be a yearly occurrence.
Oh yeah. You’ll be hooked for sure.
I ordered the Maui planner! Order number is Order #1332228953
Super cute design. Although they are all so cute. It was actually kinda hard to choose.
I bought the “Martha Vineyard” academic calendar for many reasons. First, I loved the color combination and the design! I also loved the actual set up of the calendar because it has everything that I need as a school counselor and as an amateur blogger to keep my commitments and time organized in addition to the “traditional use” of recording appointments. Thanks so much to Karen Ehman and Throne of Grace for the discount and the product!
You are going to love it!