I am one of those Mum’s that cannot cope without my diary close to hand. I run by a schedule and have endless lists for this, that and the other all of which are neatly stored within my diary so that I can keep on top of the delicate juggling act that is parenting.
I’m One Of ‘Those Mothers…’
People often comment on how organised I am and without blowing my own trumpet I will admit that I am often that parent… You know the annoying Mother that seems to know when and where everything is happening. I have many a time been asked “What’s your secret Rach? How are you so bleeding organised all of the time?”
I’ve been using Mum’s Office diaries for some years now and all in honesty without these diaries and the structure which they provide I wouldn’t have a clue as to whether I was coming or going!
Mum’s Office very kindly sent me a 2017-2018 Mum’s School Year Diary to review and to share with my readers. I think it has to be one of the best products I have received in some time, it may only be a diary but let me tell you that their stationery is supreme in comparison to anything else on the market and from the moment that I was told I would be reviewing one of their diaries I could hardly contain myself!
Mum’s Office was setup by Emma Fletcher in 2006, then a Mother of three living in London. Emma now has four children and family life has steadily become busier over the years. Since the arrival of her third child Emma found that life took on another dimension and quite frankly something had to be done to regain control and maintain some order within family life.
Most diaries are designed to be used by one person, trying to include your own activities along with your children’s never mind your partners endless schedules and events simply will not fit into the average organiser no matter how tiny your writing may be!
Having desperately tried to squeeze all aspects of home organisation, meal planning and such like into her own diary Emma very quickly realised that she would need to design an alternative to the average organiser and Mum’s Diary was born.
It’s All About The Grid
Mum’s Office produce beautifully designed stationery to help organise and manage busy families, essentially the Mum’s Diary products are all about ‘the grid’. Each week is divided into a grid accommodating up to four individuals to be scheduled and planned for.
Each page is divided into sections so that up to four individuals can be planned for, their weekly schedules carefully planned and neatly written out. Along with a weekly planner Mum’s Diaries also include:
- A huge list of top tips for organisation direct from Mum’s Office.
- Information sections for each family member listing vast amounts of handy information upon each individual right down to their shoe size (no really).
- Contact lists for each family member.
- A large section to list dates to remember.
- Pocket money records.
- A travel planning section
- Handy information such as clothing sizes, shoe sizes, metric conversions, anniversaries, zodiac signs and such like.
- A double page to list all your need to know numbers including the bank, babysitter, plumber, hair dresser and many more.
- A page to list websites and other online information.
- In case you lose your mobile, a list of numbers you may require.
- Notable dates for the year
- Note pages for random information.
As well as a weekly planner, Mum’s Office Diaries also include a yearly planner and a termly planner so you can be absolutely sure that you are 100% on the ball, fully organised all year round!
At the back of Mum’s Office Diaries there is also an envelope slot to place any loose notes or documents, I find this super handy as I tend to stick my sons weekly school dinner menus or concert tickets into this slot so that I can quickly locate important information which I would usually misplace.
The Mum’s Office Diaries also include an elasticated band which fixes around the diary to keep the diary securely shut preventing any lose information from falling out or getting lost.
I adore my Mum’s Office Diary as it has enabled me to ‘get a grip’ on the weekly routine and stay ahead of the parenting game by remaining organised at all times. Without this simple yet massively effective bit of kit I am fairly certain that I would have fallen apart by now.
Mum’s Office produce a range of diaries which are different sizes, colours and formats (including calendar year format and academic year format). I tend to use the mid-sized academic year format as I am more able to keep a close eye on the children’s Nursery and School events throughout the year.
Whilst I have tended to stick to pink or plum coloured diaries in the past, I am actually beginning to warm to the lime green diary which I was sent to review as it is a really fresh, zingy colour which stands out and certainly won’t get lost in the depths of my handbag.
Mum’s Office also produce a range of other really useful stationary including recipe books, guest books, pregnancy and baby diaries, notebooks, birthday books, address books, party planning books, Christmas list books, to do lists, shopping lists and much more.
Purchasing and Pricing Information
The Mum’s School Year Diary is available directly from Mum’s Office for only £16! Mum’s Office offer next day delivery and are able to post products both within the UK (for only £1.50) and internationally.
I feel that Mum’s Office products are extremely fairly priced considering their worth. I for one certainly couldn’t be without mine.
In A Nutshell
Probably the smartest and most stylish diaries that I have ever come across as a parent, the Mum’s Office diaries are designed specifically to help us parents manage and organise the chaos that is family life.
I thoroughly recommend ‘Mum’s Office’ stationery, it is simply fantastic and if there’s anything that’s going to give you a head start at getting organised it’s one of the Mum’s Office amazing diaries. Whether your buying one for yourself or considering buying a diary as a gift, this will definitely be money well spent!
I have used these diaries each and every year since 2006 when Mum’s Office was first launched. Quite frankly as a parent I simply couldn’t imagine nor bear being without my ‘Mum’s Office School Year Diary’ now.
For further information upon Mum’s Office and their many amazing products visit www.mumsoffice.co.uk
Disclosure: I was sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.