Disclosure: I was provided a Happy Living Planner from Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I am committed to only sharing products that I truly want in my home.
Ever since I was little, my mom has kept a calendar on her kitchen counter next to the phone. She writes birthdays, vacations, appointments, and fun events in the little squares. I grew up referring to that calendar, and thus forming how I visualize my weeks and months. I’ve always kept at least a calendar updated, but in the past year, I’ve really embraced the planner life.
I made the decision to stay home with my kids this spring, and surprisingly use a planner more often than I did when I was working. I keep track of errands, appointments, to-do lists, my husband’s business trips, and dinner ideas all in my little planner. I feel so much more grounded when I’ve gotten to put pen to paper to write out our schedules and to-do lists.
With the new year quickly approaching, I was on a hunt for the BEST PLANNER EVER. I needed a planner that laid out the weeks and months the same way I lay them out in my head. Andrews McMeel Publishing sent me the Happy Living Planner for review, and it is everything I could have hoped for!
First off, I like my planner to be spiral-bound so it will lay flat on the counter. My week is then laid out for us to quickly refer to when needed. (To be perfectly honest, I also have a calendar hanging by my desk that has the “big” things, like birthdays, anniversaries, travel, and events so that my husband and I can have a month’s view at all times. Plus, I input appointments on my phone calendar as I make them. Maybe it’s overkill, but sometimes I get mom-brain and you just can’t be too prepared!)
I fell in love with the layout of this planner. It is tabbed by month for easy maneuvering. Each section has a month-view calendar and a “get in the habit” grid. I thought this was a great idea for someone who is trying to make healthy changes or to keep track of daily data. For November, I decided to keep track of how many evenings I cook dinner, how many mornings my daughter wakes up dry, and how many days we do something active.
The week-by-week layout is probably my favorite part. Each day is a vertical column, which is how I visual my day in my head. There’s enough room in each column to write my scheduled events for the day and make a to-do list! Perfect! As a bonus, there is a fresh, happy quote every time you turn the page, and a little doodle box in the corner of each week. It is the best combination of fun and function!
Has anyone else already been looking for their next planner? This would be a good one for your Christmas list!!
For your convenience, I’ve provided some links where you can purchase this planner if you are interested. Disclosure: I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase through the Amazon link I will receive a small commission with no change in price to you.
Amazon: Happy Living Planner
Andrews McMeel Publishing: Happy Living Planner
Barnes and Noble: Happy Living Planner