1) The Best Laid Plans planner
This is Kelly's book from This Ain't the Lyceum. I get a new planner every Christmas because I really like to live on the edge and this year Kelly published at exactly the right time so I snatched one up.
If there is anyone who can design a planner for me, it's a homeschooling mom of many, know what I'm sayin'?
I love the size, the weight, the layout. I love that you can start at any time of the year because you fill in the months yourself. I love that there are big open spaces for each day in addition to to-do sections for the week and a section for to-dos for each month. I love that she used graph paper rather than regular lined paper (Cecilia is already enamored of the little squares, as you'll note in one of the photos.)
The ooooooonly thing I don't love (please don't be sad Kelly!) are the aesthetics. I've gotten semi-custom planners the last two years and I was able to choose the design and colors and I really loved that aspect. The particular design of the cover and the pics on the notes section are probably not what I would have chosen. BUT, as Kelly so kindly pointed out, I can cover that ish in washi tape like a real blogger and pin it to win it.
And now, four things for when you're stuck inside (my fellow midwesterners now, my Texas and SoCal people in six months) which I've probably recommended before:
2) Wii Jeopardy
Kindly note that you can get this for Playstation and DS and, I don't know, other systems 'n' junk. Tommy and I play this with the biggest kids and we've also had a tournament with other couples and wow, so fun. Somehow I think they have Alex Trebek's real voice, which totally makes it. Excellent cabin fever fun.
3) Play Tent
This exact tent is currently up in our den. Downside: enormous and cumbersome. Upside: it's a tent! Inside! With a tunnel! There are a LOT of fort games you can play with a tent, y'all. The tunnel is like a completely separate toy that makes really small kids very happy. Combined it's the super toy of boredom combating.
5) Enormous roll of enormous paper
Happy It's Actually Winter Now, friends. Stay toasty!
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