This review was first published in May 2013.
Recently, I had the chance to review 100 Days of Summertime by Jennifer Tankersley of ListPlanIt.com. I shared a sneak peek of my summertime notebook last week on Facebook; now for the full reveal.
Are you counting the days until the end of the school year? I am. As of today, it’s 18 days. As a mom of 5 kids who also works from home on 2 blogs, plus freelance writing, the thought of having all 5 home with no 8:20 to 3:00 quiet time is a bit daunting. Not only that, I want to spend more time on day trips with the kids this summer since my youngest is now 5. Yup, I’m feeling pretty ambitious.
Fortunately, Jennifer of ListPlanIt.com has spent a lot of time thinking about what I need as a mom to not only survive, but thrive and enjoy this summer with my kids. After all, these moments of youth are precious and fleeting. Now is the time to build and maintain relationships with my children.
At the bargain price of $5.00, 100 Days of Summertime is organized with daily inspiration and lots of practical tips and lists for staying organized and sane. You can start on May 26th by putting your summer notebook together, or start now and build as you go. Some moms may want to stay all digital with their notebook, using ListPlanIt’s handy list icon on the iPad along with Evernote and Pinterest, or go with all paper, or do their personal combination of digital and paper like me.
Despite my love of technology, I’m creating a paper notebook using printable PDFs from ListPlanIt, plus my personal favorite planning pages. My daughter and I found our family summer notebook at Staples last week plus some cute dividers. Using my Brother P-touch Home and Office Labeler, I set up my 100 Days of Summertime notebook as follows: Calendar, Food, Activities, Homekeeping, and Academics. My goal is to make the notebook portable and accessible to the kids. After all, it’s their summer, too.
Once your notebook is set up, Jennifer guides you into a quick overview of the summer to make sure all the major holidays and big family events and moments on your summer calendar. Then, the school year is wrapped up with its celebrations, and we move into summer and its routines. In August, you’ll find yourself wrapping up summer while getting ready for the new school year, along with lists to make sure you don’t forget anything along the way like school supplies and new backpacks.
How to Get Started with Your Own Summertime Plan
To get started with 100 Days of Summertime, take an evening to read through the $5 ebook and make notes. Think about how you want to set up your family’s summer notebook. Talk to your kids about their favorite summertime activities and memories. Jennifer’s fun holidays like National Strawberry Shortcake Day or the Summer Solstice can be jumping off points for your family’s memory making. Don’t forget to check out the Rainy Day ideas to keep those rainy day blues at bay.
ListPlanIt.com’s 100 Days of Summer Pinterest board is chock full of ideas for staying organized and celebrating the big and little moments of summertime like chasing fireflies at dusk. Start your own Pinterest board of summertime ideas, trip destinations, crafts, books, and recipes. Share your family’s favorite activities on the 100 Days of Summertime Facebook page.