This spring I ran across a chalkboard calendar at Hobby Lobby.
It was pretty much love at first sight.
I'm an INTJ and planning is sort of my thing. I used to have mountains of notebooks.
Now I have my chalkboard (and a small mountain of notebooks, after all my plans aren't limited to meal planning and old habits die hard).
When I lugged it home Paul laughed and predicted that May 2017 would still be scrawled across the top two years from now.
I was immediately determined to prove him wrong.
And so far I have.
It helps me to have a calendar of this size right there taking up large part of one wall in the kitchen.
When I make my shopping list each week I look at it and base the list on what I see. And if I don't have time to complete the meal I have planned for the night I can glance over the rest of the week and know that we have groceries for everything else scheduled that week and make a quick switch.
Now the calendar isn't binding (the number two question I've been asked after "where did you find it?").
When leftovers start adding up, I make changes, blot out entire nights and use food before it spoils, or grab something because I already have it made that will be quicker and easier.
But on those days when I'm exhausted and have absolutely no ideas bouncing around in my head, the calendar is a lifesaver.
And I enjoy taking one evening a month to decorate it while I brainstorm meal ideas and search for "chalkboard art" on Pinterest.
Last month, during another trip to Hobby Lobby I came across a second chalkboard and realized that apparently chalkboard calendar's are a major weakness of mine. Luckily I had a coupon.
Now it's become our weekly event planner, which was especially important the first couple weeks of school when we were easing into a new schedule.
Now I'm a little impatient for the changing of the month into October when I have even more fall chalkboard decorating ideas in mind!