Family Life Planner

Posted on November 09, 2012 by Sarah Stickland

In 2002 I was interviewed by a business magazine about my use of electronic planners. This was before the time of smart phones, but I had a fancy Palm Pilot. I explained to the reporter I was not the ideal person to interview since I kept missing appointments and that I had gone back to paper pencil. They used a lovely quote about me missing appointments, sigh.

Through the years I have tried to use an electronic calendar on my computer and smart phone, but I just don't like them. I am a visual person. Having my week layed out in front of me in a book that I can write on with my favourite coloured Sharpie pen is what works best for me. It's November, so I am researching my next planner, and found one that just might be perfect. Moleskine has a Family Life Planner. It has everything I need, a weekly format, stickers and plenty of room for notes. This planner will let me schedule both work and family all in one place. Like all parents, I live a busy life, and this just might be the perfect planner to keep up with me. 

Moleskine planners can be purchased at many stationary stores including Papyrus and Chapters Indigo. Sharpie pens can be purchased almost anywhere, but Costco has a large multi-colour 20 pack for just $15.

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Graduation 2024

Posted on June 22, 2012 by Sarah Stickland



In just a few shorts days, my eldest child will finish her first year of Kindergarten. The school year has flown by. I can hardly believe it's almost over! When I think back to the beginning of the school year and up until now, so much has changed. The nervous energy we both felt those first few weeks of school is completely gone. All of the new faces became close friends. The strange routines and rules are now commonplace.

Somewhere (probably on Pinterest) I came across the concept of having your child's school teachers sign a book every year then give it to your child when they graduate high school. I loved the idea and it's been sitting in the back of my mind for months, so I decided to do it! Only a few days left of Kindergarten--it's now or never.

First, I had a decide on a book. There isn't one book that my daughter loves: she likes all books. In Kindergarten, all students were able to check out a new book every day, so every night before bed, we'd read a new book from the library. Each one completely different from the other. And each one loved. How do I go about choosing a book for her, to start this thirteen-year project?

I turned to Design Mom's Top 50 Picture Books list and went through each book one by one. Some jumped out at me because of the illustrations, others because they were meaningful to me as a child, but I didn't find my book until I got to the last one on the list, Zen Shorts. I knew instantly that was the one. It was one of the many books my daughter brought home from school this year and it stuck with me because of it's simple life lessons.

The perfect graduation gift for Grad 2024.

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