Review: Jump! Parent Planner

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I don’t think I’ve ever made a secret of the fact that I love planners and notebooks and all kinds of stationery. Oh and lists, I flipping well love a list. I have a really fetish for all things organisational so when I was asked by Lynn Schreiber, found of Jump! Mag if I’d like to receive a copy of the Jump! Parent Planner I didn’t have to think twice. Of course I did!

The Jump! Parent Planner has been designed by Lynn to be a practical tool for busy parents and as I am most definitely one of those I was very keen to see it for myself.

The first step in the Parent Planner is goal setting – this is something that is so essential in life but something I am rubbish at. I once read that people are more likely to realise their goals if they write them down. The planner encourages you to think about what your goals are and make a plan as to how you are going to achieve them. 

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I am currently juggling parenting, school, activities, working nearly full-time, doing freelance work and of course, blogging, all at the same time so planning ahead is absolutely crucial for me. The Parent Planner’s handy Monthly Routine pages are a month overview, meaning you can see at a glance what is in store for the month – including any nasty payments you might have to make! There’s also room to jot down your goal for the month, appointments etc. 

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After the monthly routine, the pages break down into weeks for a more detailed view of what is coming up. As a meal planner what I love about this is the space to write in what’s for dinner!  I meal plan every week but I only keep the list on my blog so it’s handy to have a little box for that in the planner. There are also spaces to write down your top priorities for the week as well as recording any achievements and memories – a really sweet idea I think.

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The planner doesn’t just have to be used for family life, it’s very adaptable and it would make a great blogging planner too! There’s extra plain pages at the back which is really handy when you’re an incessant lister like myself – it means you can have everything in one place.

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I have only recently started using the Parent Planner but I am already quite attached to it.  I’ve tried similar a product in the past though it was a lot more pricey and also a lot more bulky, not great for using on the go. This is a slim A5 size which fits perfectly into my handbag or laptop bag, making it easy for me to carry around.

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*cough* Ahem. Still working on that one, but it’s going in the right direction…

I hope Lynn produces another one for 2017, this could become indispensable to me!

To find out more about Jump Books and the Parent Planner visit the website by clicking here.

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Organising my recipes

I know you are all well aware that I have a slight cookbook problem – which is ongoing by the way and shows no signs of letting up, but I also have a general recipe problem.
Until recently I had stockpiled about 6-7 years worth of food magazines, that was about 300 of them. I had wanted to keep them all but the space they took up was getting a bit ridiculous so I decided to have a massive cull, tear out the recipes I wanted and file them.
Sounds easy doesn’t it? It wasn’t. I decided in my wisdom to categorize my recipes into such subjects like Halloween, savoury baking, side dishes, picnic food, soups, jams, alcoholic drinks… Yes, a little bit over-the-top but imagine how easy it will be to look for recipe inspiration… It’s taken me forever to do this job and I’m still not finished. 300 magazines worth of recipes plus ones I’ve printed off blogs and torn out of newspapers etc, well that’s an awful lot of organising, never mind the fact that I am inserting each and every one into a punched plastic pocket. The guy on the till in Wilkinsons looked like I was as mad as a hatter when I bought 1,000 plastic pockets the other week.  I’m well on my way but they’re filling up 5 lever arch files so far. Still the bright side is that the lever arch files take up way less space.
One of the problems I came across was when the recipe was double-sided. You know, a chicken curry on one side and a Christmas pudding on the other *HORROR* This had the potential to muck-up my entire filing system or force me into having to choose which recipe I liked the most, and I really try not to play favourites…  But then I had a brainwave!
You may have seen my posts a few months ago (or may not but here they – here and here) but I received a Fujitsu ScanSnap colour scanner to review. *DING* like a lightbulb over my head I had the great idea of scanning in the recipe so I could make a copy of the other side. I have in the past tried scanning recipes but never to great success as the text always came out a bit blurred so I didn’t know how it was going to turn out.
I needn’t have worried, the ScanSnap did me proud! The clarity and colour was excellent and the text was perfect! In fact I couldn’t really believe just how well the recipes scanned.
I was rather impressed and my conundrum about double-sided recipes was solved thanks to my ScanSnap scanner. I then obviously set about scanning a huge pile of recipes but as it only takes a few seconds to scan each one, it didn’t take me too long. The next problem was printing them all…(Sorry for using all the ink Mr M. Whoops.)
I realise this is all slightly obsessive of me, but what can I say, I like things in order!
How about you? Do you have an elaborate filing system for your saved recipes? If so, please share as I’m still not completely happy with mine!