Most vertical layouts with 3 sections per day don’t come in small page size. One exception to this is the Mom’s Manager Planner.
Mom’s Manager Planner
- Size: 6″ wide x 8″ high
- Wire binding
- Cardstock cover
- Dates at a glance
- Colorful inside pages
- Lined notes pages
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Sunday)
- 2 Page monthly calendar (starts on Sunday)
- 16 month planner
Let’s take a closer look!
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The cover is just thin cardstock with no clear plastic protection – I don’t think it will hold up well after a year of use.
While it’s a 16 month planner, the planner feels very light (feels like it weighs less than my kindle).
Dates at a Glance
Week starts Sunday (consistent with the weekly spread).
Unfortunately the planner splits boxes in half (horizontally) when the week ends mid-week.
The numbers on the monthly calendar are too big, are in the centre of the boxes so waste a lot of planning space.
I do really like the colors of the planner though!
Starts on Sunday (consistent with the monthly calendar).
The morning afternoon evening is a subtle grey that you could easily write over the top of if you prefer to plan a different category per box, rather than time of day.
The line spacing of the sidebar is quite small (about 0.5cm between lines)
The design is printed very close to the binding which I think will become annoying when you make plans for Wednesday and Thursday.
Love the notes + checklist pages and wish more planners included this. This page would be ideal for pre-planning the week.
There are no tabs in this planner.
I tried various ballpoint, gel, fine tip and marker tip pens.
The paper feels thick so I was surprised there was bad ghosting for most of them. The marker pens, MAMBI stamps and my cheapest highlighter bled through the page.
Pros of the Planner
- Portable size
- Nice color scheme
- Notes and checklist pages
- Very lightweight
Cons of the Planner
- No tabs
- Monthly dates at a glance calendar on the weekly spread takes up a lot of space
- No cover personalisation
- The cover is thin cardstock
- The numbers on the monthly calendar are too big, are in the centre of the boxes so waste a lot of planning space
- Not enough notes pages (5 at the back, 1 at the front)
Would I use this planner?
No. I don’t like vertical planners as the columns are too narrow to write in. The paper quality was also quite bad.
For being called a Mom Planner there wasn’t anything related to being a Mom. No contacts pages, medical info, packing checklists, notes for babysitter, kid’s schedules etc.
I’d only recommend this planner if you want a cheap planner and are willing to accept that because of that, your pens are likely to bleed through, or if you want to test try a vertical layout.
While I didn’t like this particular planner, TF Publishing have plenty of other planners (some of which I’ll be doing reviews of in the future – make sure you subscribe to be notified when the review posts are published).
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