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getting organized and giveaway!

We are just 5 days away from Ava starting Kindergarten... {sighing}, and I can't express enough what a whirlwind of emotions, events, excitement, and oh yes, organization has been happening around here. I'm a huge fan of to-do lists. I love to see my pink highlighter cross over the tasks I've been procrastinating. The problem I have been still struggling with though, is that my process of organization - sometimes needs organizing itself.

Lo and behold - last month, 2 Moms Media, LLC shared the release of some Blue Sky Home Series products that could help me wager my priorities, get me back on track and plan a week, month and year in advance - just in time for our new school year.

Blue Sky Planners

Judging by the amount of activities we have done {and didn't miss} as a family this past critical month, shopping and getting everything on the list {instead of several trips}, and event planning for... well events I didn't think I'd even have the time for... I'd say my new Weekly/Monthly planner has won me over. The main reason being its got ample space to jot down the small details - before the bigger stuff can be accomplished - efficiently.

I also love how this gives me an overview of what's been done - kind of like a family journal of our days. For those unexpected plans, I'll go back and add it, like date nights, or trips to the sno cone stand {smiling}. I also love its big size. I can tote it around by itself {and it won't get lost}.

The other product I'm loving is my new mouse pad - which is how it should have always been - a mouse AND a pad. Instead of cluttering the inbox, or getting sidetracked, I make a quick note on this pad to "do" later... or notes to self to go back online and shop for.  which ahem... I've been doing a lot lately with school supplies. This product is genius!

If you don't have a magnetic pad on the fridge already to capture your grocery list - you really should. Alongside the children's artwork, I've added this to the fridge to help me keep track of exactly what it is that we're out of.... facial moisturizer... ketchup... you get the idea.

It's also helped us avoid wandering the grocery store aisles and overbuying stuff we don't really need. Aaron can grab this sheet and know exactly what to get {its organized by category} on his way home, and even minimize the trips to the grocery store to once a week! The Grocery Checklist magnetic notepad is a win-win!

We also got a Don't Forget To door pad - which I haven't had a chance to use yet. But I can see this being useful for Aaron - on his way out the door... like pick up dry cleaning... call the pool guy... bring home fresh flowers for your wife...

And what makes this entire line genius? There are lots of formats to choose from - whether you like small wallet-size planners, or large calendar sizes... its all designed by Susy Jack* Contemporary Paper - so everything coordinates... are available at Target {now through September}... and range in price from $4 - $10!

And now for the giveaway! 
Blue Sky Home Series has graciously offered to send an Art of Family reader a sampler set of their products to try out for themselves - just in time for the new school year! Maximum 3 entries per household. Here's how:

Leave a comment below sharing your favorite organizational tip AND do one of the following:

1} Subscribe to The Art of Family. {See left-hand column}
If you are already a subscriber, try 2 & 3.

2} Follow me on Google Connect. {See left-hand column}
If you are already connected, try 1 & 3.

3} Share this post's link to your Facebook, spread the word!
If you don't have a FB account, have a friend join through Google Connect. and also leave a comment, and then leave a comment yourself letting me know.

If you do all 3 - that's 3 separate entries and more chances to win! If you have any questions - just let me know! Good luck!

Rules: The giveaway ends at 11:59 PST on August 21 and is open to US & Canadian residents only. I will draw a winner at random on August 22 - and post the winner's name. Please be sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Disclosure: I received assorted product samples from 2 Moms Media, LLC for this review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. The views and opinions expressed here are all of my own.


  1. Since i am probably disqualified from this contest, I'll allow your readers to duke it out for the prize... :)

    For what it's worth, i am the absolute worst at keeping track of lists at home - at work it is completely different. My wife doesn't believe me when i explain to her that my actual job is a Project Manager. (and that i am good at it!)

    I have purchased planners, owned a palm pilot and also have a smartphone - but i fail at maintaining proper lists and tasks. If anyone else has any tips that work for them, feel free to post them up!

  2. This is so cool! I hope i get the giveaway, otherwise I'm gonna have to go make the purchase! Keep these articles coming please!

  3. Great post - I personally feel that having multiple places for lists is a smart idea. The one in the office can be for business to-do's, one in the kitchen is for household tasks and shopping, etc. That door hanger is fantastic - how many times have I gone out the door and left something important behind in my hurry??

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    I have a big monthly calendar under my keyboard where i fill out monthly activities of my girls (gymnastic, swimming,including the homework) and my own PTA duties (being a pta chairperson) that's alot of activities weekly. I have one posted on the refrigerator as a reminder (cause my kids buy food on certain days and take food from home on other days). I have to look at the school menu and mark the days.
    I always make a list a night before for things that need to be done the next day.
    Start of school year is on Monday 8/22, Now is the best time to get more organized! :)

    I love your blog & appreciate all of the wonderful ideas you always bring us!!

  5. I subscribed so I would be entered! Thats been my big resolution lately (getting organized) because it has never been my strong point! It's tough with working, 2 kids and school starting up but its a must.

  6. We use similar methods with our organization, but I do love the magnetic shopping list. Currently, ours is a throwaway list/pad and we are getting close to the end. I didn't like how wasteful we were being with our list, so this is awesome! Thanks!

  7. I also shared this giveaway on Facebook. I don't have another organizational tip, but rather a compliment to being organized...meal planning and planning for what is to come has helped our budget tremendously. I realized that i was frivolously spending too much on unanticipated items (which could have been easily anticipated, like birthdays). Seeing what was coming up has really helped preventing us from overspending.


Thanks for sharing - I will respond to your comment here as well so check back! xo


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