The Frugal Family: Mother’s Day 2010 Time Management Gift Idea for the Multi-tasking Mom

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For those of you looking for a gift that will work for a traditional book loving or less technically inclined mom on Mother’s Day, I’d like to introduce you to the Busy Body Book . The Busy Body Book is a highly customizable organizer/planner that can be used in a multitude of ways to manage tasks, grocery lists, and extracurricular activities, as well as deadlines. With its innovative design and hip cover art, this isn’t the typical organizer. The (standard) Family & Personal Organizer has a weekly grid with five columns that can be labeled in whichever way you choose. My own book contains a column for my son that details which days he goes to his dad’s house and whether he has any upcoming medical appointments, a column for bill due dates, a column for penciling in social engagements, a column for work deadlines and meetings, and a column for planning out my daily and weekly blog posts.

Families with more than one child can assign a column to each family member, particularly if there are multiple school-aged children with after school activities or homework assignments to track. On the left side of each weekly grid is a To Do list and area for writing notes. This is the perfect place to keep track of any phone calls to make, appointments to schedule, or cards and gifts to purchase. I am a list maker and I love the fact that I can check off each item as it’s done.

One of my favorite features of this planner is the list section in the back. I use these perforated lists to keep track of groceries and add to each as I think of things throughout the week. Rather than taking the whole book with me to the store, I just pull out my list and tuck it in my purse. If the list contains items I buy on a regular basis, I store it in a pocket on the inside cover of the book to use again on my next shopping trip. Speaking of the pockets, they are the perfect place to keep membership cards, coupons, or prescriptions to be filled at the pharmacy.

The makers of the Busy Body Book have done a fantastic job of keeping this planner flexible and customizable for those of us with a constantly changing schedule and life. It’s a great organizer that works for every type of family. The company has introduced new designs just in time for Mother’s Day, and their limited supply of 2010 organizers are on clearance.

Have you tried the BBB organizer? How do you keep track of appointments, grocery lists, and to-dos?

Crystal Ritchie lives and blogs in San Francisco with her preschooler son Jack and her partner in crime/fiance David. She loves to share stories, tips, and tricks related to the parenting gig. When she is not parenting, writing as the San Francisco City Guide Editor for Savvy Source and on her personal blog, Ewokmama.com, or scoping out awesome deals, she can be found working at a software company in her favorite city.

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  1. kastinkerbell

    4 years ago

    How do I keep track? I don’t so far. I really need to look into something like this.

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  2. sara.m.d

    4 years ago

    I do not have a BBB or planner at the moment. Right now i just write things on the grease board. I can see using a planner This fall. When N start’s preschool and we do more things.

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  3. Crystal.Ritchie

    4 years ago

    The thing I find funny is that I am a big list maker but I just CANNOT get into the habit of using a PDA for this stuff. I don’t know why but I absolutely need that paper list.

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