Friday, August 10, 2012

My New Love Affair and A Giveaway for You

Courtesy Mad Penguin Creative
Technology and I are not on easy terms. If Testosterone Unit #1 so much as rearranges the icons on my desktop, I require oxygen. Imagine my surprise when the courageous folks at Home Educating Family magazine asked if I'd test drive one of their new products, My Well Planned Day digital planner.

Since I once reduced my loving BIL's super-sized flat screen to the blue screen of death, I can just imagine everyone in Cyberlandia screaming with hysterical laughter at the idea of my being a software tester. What were they thinking, right? Crazy like a fox if you ask me. If I can use it, anyone can. Anyone. 

The last time I attempted to use a software planner, the results were scary. Before the computer finished shutting down, I was at the office supply store with a five subject, college-ruled notebook in my grubby little, fist-clenched hands sniffing those paper pages like a deranged addict.

Thus ended my foray into planning life before it happened. Just ask my three testosterone units! I went back to my comfortable, old school modus of putting what happened down on paper after the fact. Till Home Educating Family entered my life.

The producers of My Well Planned Day have created a monster. Me! In fact, I have been up till two a.m. (or later but you don't need to know) four nights in a row wandering around the Well Planned Day halls of organization and planning muttering to no one in particular:

Why didn't anyone tell me life could be like this? Oh, my mercy! Look what that tab will do! Forget about doing lesson plans and tracking grades. I can manage my 'to do' list, assign chores, create menus and grocery lists, track projects in progress as well as plan new ones, track the budget, and more! If there's any time left over, I can torment my 10th grader with the most well laid out, well thought out lesson plans on the planet.”

Family members can log in and see my diabolical, I mean helpful, plans for them. A coming update will allow the software to sync with Google calender. Between those two features, my digital wishes will be their commands. They are gonna love me for it; I just know they are!

The HEF/MWPD folks are offering webinar Q&A's and other tutorials as new updates are released. (Releases/updates are included in the subscription price.) You can visit a Facebook page to stay abreast of breaking news. True to their promise, if you report an issue, they get back to you within forty-eight hours. In my case, they were kind enough not to point out that I created the issue. Either that or my secret is safe with me. <innocent lady-like grin>

Shut up! This thing is the bomb! In my professional, non-nerdy, sedate and scholarly writer's opine, of course. Here's the deal, if I - the antithesis of what it means to be a technophile - can not only embrace but drool over this software till I'm in danger of short circuiting my lap-top, you know you have to have it! Your non-homeschooling friends are gonna beg you for one, I promise! What is not to love, people? 

Because fraidy cats don't go anywhere alone, the producers of MWPD have given me a secret code which you, dear visitor, can use to get a $15.00 discount off the purchase price of $65.00. You didn't think I was going into the brave new techno-future alone, did you? Nope. I'm dragging you with me. Here's the secret code which you can only read with a secret decoder ring: 11wpdblog12The code expires on October 1, 2012, is case sensitive, and has no spaces! 

The even better news is that one of my readers will WIN a one year subscription to the Well Planned Day digital planner. Just think, in a few weeks, you might have short circuited your laptop too! My other new techno-buddy, Rafflecopter, is at the bottom of the page waiting to walk you thru the entry process.

Sorry: because of international sweepstakes laws, this giveaway is applicable to
US entries only. The contest ends on October 25th with the winner announced on the 26th! (FYI: This giveaway is not connected to any social media site.)
Courtesy D. Ahola

While I receive no affiliate income from HEF's sales of My Well Planned Day, they have graciously allowed me use of the software for a year, so I can keep feeding my addiction. Isn't that sweet?

PS..if you are like my darling friend, Tammy, and are the queen of contests/sweepstakes,HEF is hosting MWPD giveaways every day for the rest of August.  a Rafflecopter giveaway


50 comments:

  1. I want this...it feeds into my self-diagnosed OCD so well!

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    1. LOL..we can start a MWPD 12-step group! I'm telling you, I couldn't stop fiddling with it till 4am one day this week. Shhh! Don't tell!

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  2. I like the Student Portfolio section! I hope my kids can figure out how to use it since the only thing I know how to do on a computer is enter sweeps! LOL

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  3. Becky Van VolkinburgAugust 11, 2012 at 5:26 AM

    I think I would enjoy the ease of having everything in one place - I am terrible at having everything everywhere!

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  4. Oh my goodness, I have to pick just one! I love all the features. After reading all the reviews on it, I just WANT ONE NOW! LOL

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  5. I'd really like to manage all 7 of our schedules in one place!

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  6. I love that I could use this will all 4 kids, having them share some of the lessons/assignments and setting it up so some of them are independent. I use a paper planner now that I made myself. This looks incredible.

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  7. Oooooo... Yeah, I think it may be dangerous for OCD, but ohhhhhh so sweet at the same time. Definitely want! :D

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  8. This is exact ally what I need to get me over the wall of fear with homeschooling!!!

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  9. The best feature? My life simplified!! I already use so many different apps plus the printed well planned day planner and now I can do it all in one beautiful, simplified place! Glorious! :)

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  10. I can't wait to drool over this and nearly short-circuit my computer too! Watch out kids! Mom's on a planning mission!!

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  11. Thanks for participating ladies! Don't forget to share this article on your Facebook walls to help get the word out about this wonderful addiction...er ah...I mean PLANNER! ;-)

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  12. This looks really interesting. I'd love to give it a whirl!

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  13. It would go wonderful with my need to plan everything. and have it all in one place.

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  14. I'd love the student portfolio section...and everything else! :)

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  15. I like everything about it!

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  16. I would adore this for sure, love how simple it makes things!

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  17. My Type A personality is crying for this software. LOVE all of the features and the ability to access it on the go! Thanks for the review!

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  18. This sounds so perfect. I want it but not in the budget now. Fingers crossed that it will be soon!

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  19. i need more organization - and I love the visual-rich features of this :)

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  20. I think the studio portfolio is awesome. I also love the changeable skins so I can make it ME.

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  21. I would love to use this for better tracking of our homeschool days.

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  22. I love that it would condense all of my planners and papers into one place! Awesome!

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  23. Just learned i tend towards add so this can help focus me!

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  24. It would be nice to have school & family calendar all in one digital format so I don't have to look for my calendar any more. Tranhasmail@gmail.com

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  25. I absolutely love the skins and just the general look of it. It looks easy to use and very easy to maintain.

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  26. I would most enjoy the mobile app when that comes out! I could easily enter a field trip while we are out on the field trip...and so much more!

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  27. Being able to track EVERYTHING I normally track, but in ONE place, plus being able to access it from anywhere on my mobile!

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  28. I would love to have the budgeting right next to my calendar.

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  29. I would love the ability to move an assignment that's not completed by clicking it and dragging it to the next day - bumping them all forward would be awesome!

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  30. I like being able to manage home & homeschooling activities... the photos and layouts are such a plus, too!

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  31. Geez! I couldn't possibly pick just one thing that I would like most about this software. I think it would be awesome all the way around!

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  32. I think the best part would be that it has not only homeschool organization features, but personal and homemanagement features too!

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  33. I love the combination of household and homeschool, all in one place!

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  34. All of the elements look wonderful and I definitely need them all1

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  35. So many awesome features, I love that besides just planning school, I can plan everything home-related too! I definitely need to take advantage of the meal planning feature.

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  36. Been drooling over this software for a while now! I love all the features that it offers, but especially the tracking/transcript ability. I have a highschooler now, so keeping track of classes and grades is an important thing!

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  37. I would love having everything in one and on the computer! I also love that it isn't just a homeschool planner!
    petunia389 at gmail dot com

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  38. I love that you can access the information from multiple sources and that they have apps available.

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  39. Love this, would be so helpful!!

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  40. Everything? I like that each family member can use it! So handy! But I love that kiddo has his own spot in there. :)

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  41. Thanks or giving us the opportunity fo this giveaway. I'm a new homeschooling mom and looking to get organized! Yay!!

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  42. There are so many great things about this! I love that all my organizational needs are together on one program, like menus and schedules and bills! A little thing I thought was clever was their use of faces of family members to denote who is scheduled for what. :)

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  43. the student portfolio

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

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  44. I like the ease of planning my homeschool work that it offers.

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  45. Menu and grocery list planning

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  46. i love all of the features but if i had to choose just one right now be the grocery list planning

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  47. I like that I can run 6 schedules from one place

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  48. The Student Portfolio Section is my favorite.

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