Motivated Moms Planner 50% Off!

Earlier this year, we reviewed the Motivated Moms planner ebook. I highly recommend this system, and if you prefer an app, they have one of those, too! You can read my full review here. (That post does not contain any affiliate links, but this one does.)

I just got an email from Susan at Motivated Moms letting me know that the 2014-15 ebooks are now up on the website and the 2014 ebooks are half price, $4.

I have a coupon code good for $1 off any ebook: SAVE1. It brings the 2014-15 ebooks down to $7 and the 2014 ebooks to $3.

The 2014-15 ebooks run July 2014 through June 2015 and are popular with homeschoolers or anyone who likes to run on the school year calendar.

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TOS Review: Motivated Moms Chore Planner

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I’m excited to bring you my first TOS review in 2014! I’m more excited to share that it’s for a chore planner that’s actually usable and helpful! I’ve tried different systems over the years, but I couldn’t stick with anything. Email-based programs didn’t work for me, because I get too much email anyway. The reminders would either get lost or become overwhelming. I tried using task managers in calendar programs to set up daily tasks, but that became cumbersome and overwhelming. Paper wasn’t going to work, because I hate to waste paper. I didn’t want to make a new list every day. Then, thanks to TOS, I discovered Motivated Moms.

The planner is available as an ebook or an iOS app. A few weeks before our review period started, I downloaded the iPhone app. It’s available in a paid version, with more features, or a two-week free trial. I got the trial, because I just needed to know if I liked it enough to apply for the review.

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The app is great. You can color-code the tasks, and things move off the page as you check them off, so they’re not in your way.But I’m not the only person in my family, so I wanted everyone to be able to see the list. Fortunately, you can print from the app. If you have a wireless printer connected to your phone, it’s super-easy. If not, I’m not sure how that would work. There are Crew members doing full reviews of the app. You can read those more more information.

I did use my wireless printer. The color-coding doesn’t translate to the printout, but you can see we just used initials. Completed tasks do move over to the printout as checked items. (Follow the link at the bottom of the page to see in-depth reviews of the iOS app.)

Motivated Moms app printout


Except for the printing, I loved the app! Specifically, I loved the system. It’s broken down into daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tasks. (Probably some quarterly stuff, too. I didn’t dissect the task list. That’s why I have the planner.) It’s all there as part of your list for each day, so you don’t have to go to a separate page for less-than-daily chores.

Once I was fortunate enough to be accepted for this review (yay!), I selected the Motivated Moms Chore Planner, because it allowed me to print the whole week onto one page. (While working on this review, I see that selecting the Half-Size Chore Planner would have enabled me to print two weeks on one page. I’m not sure how I missed that, but know that’s an option if you’re as paper-conscious as I am.)

The planners all come with the option to include a daily Bible reading plan.

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Planners are also available in color or black and white.

I was originally going to send the ebook to Office Depot to have it printed and put in a 3-ring binder, but I decided to just print it at home one week at a time. Had I actually had the whole thing printed, I might have actually noticed that there is a two-week menu planner at the back. Probably not, as it’s at the back. It’s in the description of the planner; that was something else I missed. I just wrote that week’s dinner menu on the side of the page.

So, I’d print out the week’s task list, and mark off the things we didn’t need (like watering plants). I’d use a highlighter to color-code the remaining items. Some things weren’t coded if there were things that anyone could do as needed, like taking out the trash, or things we all do, such as taking vitamins.

This weekly Chore Planner lists all the daily chores in one section, with a checkbox for each day. The boxes aren’t labeled, but I just jotted the days of the week at the top to help us keep track. Individual days’ tasks are listed on the other side of the page.

Motivated Moms Chore Planner

As you can see, we didn’t get everything done every week. No perfection here! Another good thing about the week-at-a-glance page is that you can do extra things if you have time or pick up an uncompleted task later in the week. And if you don’t get to something, you know it’ll come around again, and you can do it then.

I love that it has tasks like “clip children’s nails” (if you’re like me, you notice that when they start looking like Dracula), “pamper yourself” (I have to! It’s on the schedule!), and order credit report (does anyone remember to check those regularly?). My biggest accomplishment while using this system was cleaning out my purse and wallet. I clean out my purse every few months, but apparently it’s been a really long time since I cleaned out my wallet. I found my voter registration card. From our former address. Where we lived ten years ago. I should do that more often. Too bad I didn’t find any hidden money in there.

I did find it confusing that every other week, “plan menus” was on the Sunday list, but “inventory refrigerator contents and plan meals around leftovers” was on the Monday list. Wouldn’t it make more sense to either do them both at the same time or at least get check the leftovers before planning the week’s menu?

The only thing I didn’t like about the ebook (which isn’t a complaint, really, because it’s an ebook, and this is kind of obvious) was that I couldn’t remove the items that don’t apply to us, as I could with the app — like feeding the pets. Unless you count the kids, we don’t have any pets. It wasn’t a big deal; I just marked those things off. It’s just something to consider if you’re trying to decide between the app and the paper planner.

How to get it

Choose from 16 different ebook versions $8 for a 2014 planner


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Know Me Better – Round 8

“Know Me Better” is a weekly meme hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Each week five questions are asked as a way for your readers to get to know you better. Want to play along? It’s easy! Just click the link above to take you over to the host’s page. From there, copy and paste the meme image into your blog along with the meme code. Link back to the host and you’re done!

This week’s questions were tough! I had to think a while about some of these.

This week’s questions:

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

The Merry-go-Round. It’s fast and fun, but sometimes I get dizzy and need to take a break.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
A novel? Anything by Stephen King. But book, in general? Charlotte’s Web (Well, I guess that is a novel, right?) because it was my favorite book growing up.

Horror or Romance?
Romance, definitely. I used to love horror, but I don’t have the stomach for it anymore.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
As much as I would love to visit other time periods, I’m happy living right now. I’m a computer nerd and I can’t imagine being without all the friends I’ve made online over the past few years. And I love being able to easily look things up. No more out-of-date encyclopedias. Place is a tough one, too, as most of my family is in another state, and my best friend is in yet another state, but I think where I am works for now.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
I just like to know that someone is thinking of me, so price doesn’t matter. If it’s a bunch of small gifts, though, I’d prefer that they were something practical. I try to keep clutter to a minimum, although I’m discovering this week that I still have way too much stuff.

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