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Summer will be here before you know it. Gone are the organized routines of school and after school activities, and we have to find a new normal amidst the sticky mornings and carefree nature of the hottest months of the year. Until I had a school-aged child, I never understood why parents loathed the end of school. Summer was so fun! But now that I have a daughter heading into her second year of school, I’ve already been given a taste of the normalcy that school routines have to offer. And now I’m scared for summer.

I have to be honest and say that my fear mostly comes from wondering how I’m going to manage my work from home job of 25 hours a week without the regular quiet and solitude that school brings. How will I entertain my kiddo, while maintaining my role as an employee? The answer of course, lies in careful planning. Pre-kids, I relied on my indestructible memory and ability to keep everything neat and tidy in my head. Those days are long gone. I’m a pen and pencil kind of girl, in an app and technology world. Sure, you can sync you calendar with your husband, but I much prefer the creativity and personalization that comes with writing down my own appointments and obligations. I love keeping my life straight with a planner and I know many of you do too.

Now, before you say, “my life isn’t that complicated, I don’t need a planner” let me ask you a few questions. Do you have any trips planned this summer? Do you work? How will you coordinate your time off, who to watch your pets and even to housesit? Do you like long days at the beach, pool or lake? Do you like dinner? Because even though you may enjoy a sun-filled day playing outside, your family is going to want to eat dinner once they get home. Do you work full time and need a variety of summer camps for the kids? All of these things are perfect for a planner, and why a planner is perfect for you!

Life As Mama recognizes the potential that every summer brings to have fun and bond with your kids. This year, we want to make it easy for you and that’s why we are partnering with Purple Trail, experts in custom designed stationary, cards and planners. This summer, we are hosting a giveaway and one lucky winner will be the recipient of a completely custom planner! Summer is about to get organized.

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To enter our amazing giveaway, all you need to do is follow the steps on our Rafflecopter! They include:

  1. Leaving a comment on THIS POST on how having a planner will help you prepare for this summer
  2. Leaving your email address so we can contact our winner!

You must do BOTH of these things in order to be entered to win our giveaway. Make sure you don’t just check off that you left a comment, but ACTUALLY leave it!

Contest runs from Thursday, April 27- Thursday, May 4th Midnight, PST. This contest is only open to US Residents. No purchase necessary.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood

Editor at Red Tricycle
I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the editor of Life As Mama and a writer for Red Tricycle . I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!
Karly Wood

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood

Editor at Red Tricycle
I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the editor of Life As Mama and a writer for Red Tricycle . I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!
Karly Wood

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