TOAD Diaries Review and Giveaway

Very recently, I mentioned that I was going to have a look at starting bullet journaling. I’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks or so now, and whilst I wasn’t sure to begin with whether it was just another form of procrastination, I’m really enjoying doing it and it is making me a little more organised and productive.

If you want to read more about exactly what bullet journaling is, have a look at the ‘official’  bullet journal website here , but in a nutshell…it’s a DIY planner, diary, organiser, tracker, to do list…basically anything you want it to be.

There are some hardcore bullet journal junkies out there, who live their lives by their ‘bujos’ (I hate that word!) and spend a long time making them looking beautiful – and believe me, on Pinterest and Instagram there are some stunning ones. I don’t do this though – I could easily spend hours prettifying it, but that kind of defeats the object for me. I want to use it to help me use what little time I do have more productively. My only concession to making it pretty is using the odd bit of washi tape. Mine is definitely more functional.

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I don’t use mine as a planner or a diary as such either – for that I have my Paperchase planner. I use my bullet journal as a kind of glorified to-do list and record keeper. If I write lists on paper, I tend to lose them, and as I find good old paper and pen easier to use than spreadsheets and online organisers, keeping it all in one place kind of makes sense.

So, in my bullet journal, I have a little to-do list for every day. At the front of the book, I have a key which helps me organise my thoughts a little bit better – mine is very basic – a square for a task, a circle for an event and a triangle for an appointment. Once these have been completed, I cross them off like any normal to do list. If I need to move them to another day, I put an arrow in the box to ‘migrate’ it.

Lots of people using this system have ‘collections’ and ‘trackers’ in their journal. A collection is pretty much like a list. The only ones I have in there are a list of books that I have read, blog posts I need to write and payments I am waiting for. Trackers literally track habits – it might be how much water you have drank, how much weight you have lost etc. The only one I have in there is for Alex’s night terrors – I’m trying to keep a record of how often they happen and when to see if there is a pattern.

Most people seem to use dotted notebooks for their bullet journals. I looked everywhere for one that I liked that wasn’t too expensive, which is when I came across TOAD Diaries. I know TOAD Diaries are popular with bloggers because they are so customizable, so when I saw they had dotted notebooks, I was over the moon. The ordering process was simple – I could choose the style of binding, the size, the cover design, the size of the dots, the number of pages and the personalisation. Mine came to £12.48, which for a fully personalised notebook is pretty good value. When it came four days later, I was so pleased with the book!

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It gets chucked in my handbag a lot, so the plastic cover keeps it safe, and there is a handy contents page (all of the pages are numbered), and an attached ribbon bookmark. At the back, there is a pocket for keeping important bits of paper in, which is incredibly useful!

TOAD Diaries have very kindly given me the opportunity to offer readers a chance to win £25 to spend on their site. Whether it is to delve into bullet journaling, or just an excuse to buy some lovely new stationery, there is something for everyone.

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151 thoughts on “TOAD Diaries Review and Giveaway

  1. Oh my goodness, £25 to spend on stationery would be a dream come true! I’d definitely invest in a personalised undated diary and a gridded notebook. I used to use a gridded notebook when I lived in France and haven’t found any nice ones here. I’m actually tempted to go back to France just to buy a lifetime supply of the gorgeous notebooks I used to use. The Toad Diaries ones sound like the perfect compromise 😉
    Nat.x

  2. I would buy two hard back A5 diaries just in case I lost one! 🙂

  3. Love a personalised diary to keep up to date with all my activities
    They are lovely
    Much more aesthetic than digital diaries

  4. I love the spiral bound city scape diary with a week to each page family style

  5. I would buy a personlised diary to help me keep track of daily life

  6. The travel journals would be a nice way to record our adventures.

  7. Oh what a lovely treat! I’ve been eyeing up the training diaries for a while now, they’d be so perfect for my active lifestyle! I’d be able to keep track of everything much more accurately 🙂

  8. Love the Molton design, and would get an undated diary so I didn’t feel obligated to write every day xx

  9. I would buy an A5 week to view diary 2017 ready for next year

  10. Probably an A5 Diary Notebook with page for each day. possibly also a Family Planner.

  11. I would choose an A5 day view data flexible diary, perfect for me x

  12. I would get a 2017 diary totally personalised to my liking – I have a confession … I have an addition to notebooks and stationary in general.

  13. I would buy some A5 notebooks, as my wife gets through loads of them!

  14. I’d choose the Molten design. I love how it shimmers and shines.

  15. Me and my family just use the Droppa app. All family and social events shared in one place. Brilliant.

  16. I would get a week to view A5 diary for next year. I love the look of these diary’s. Thank you for this fab giveaway xx

  17. i would spend the money on the family diary, im forever making lists and losing them so this would be perfect for me 🙂

  18. I would have to buy myself a Hardback, Molten, Cobalt, Day, Mid-Year 10 minute appointment book. Although the monsters are pretty cute!

  19. I was having a lot of fun customising my diary so i made my perfect one for £21!
    Defo hope I win as I always plan to write once a day so this would be the nudge I needed to do so 😛

  20. I’d spent it on an academic year diary and gridded notebook. Think of all the lists I could make – it would be heaven!

  21. I would treat myself to a design yourself diary …. I keep misplacing mine so i’d make it a bright one !!! LOL

  22. I would buy a combined diary/notebook for 2017. I like the Spring themes.

  23. I would buy an academic diary for my son for when he starts university

  24. I would love an appointment book as I work from home and this looks like a fab way to schedule my time better

  25. I would design a family planner – I absolutely love things like this! They make me at least feel slightly organised for a little while!

  26. Definitely the monster notebooks, my son would absolutely adore them. I love bullet journalling and love seeing more and more people get in into it. It’s so much fun and a great way to keep on track with tasks.

  27. Oh I’d love a family planner – so many dates for so many people to remember!!

  28. id love a day per page year diary so i have plenty of space for daily notes and stuff!

  29. I like the combined notebook and diary I would buy two of these for my student children

  30. A family Planner, i have 4 children who are just old enough to start doing jobs, and have a busier social life than me, this would stop us being late and try to be more organised x

  31. You know you’ve reached adulthood when you get giddy at the idea of a stationary spending spree
    😀
    I’m not even ashamed, just blunt, like the pencils I will use if I win!

  32. I would go with a personalised family planner are calendar can’t take much more

  33. What a fab prize. Ive always wanted a diary like that to keep track of everything me and the kids are up to.

  34. Would love a diary like this to keep everything me and the kids get up to in one place

  35. I would buy a quatro diary in hardback that lasts for 18 months so that it covered my university year as well! 🙂 What an awesome giveaway – fingers crossed!

  36. Wiro-bound, 12 Months, Quarto (midway between A4 and A5), UK Diary (Yellow Paper)

    And probably a nice pen to start my new job as a teacher 🙂

  37. I am afraid if I won this my daughter would pinch it as she is stationery mad

  38. i love the limited edition owl one would love to get a week to view for next year

  39. I would buy personalised lined notebooks for my son’s teachers

  40. Would get a A5 Hardback with Cityscape themed in London design family planner in week to 2 page format for 24 months starting from September this year.

  41. I’d get a personalised travel journal for my parents who are taking a gap year in September.

  42. I love that you can customise everything on the diaries! I’d choose a Quarto-sized hardback 12 month diary with Molten Inferno cover, week to 2-page spread with fitness tracking, starting January 2017 with the weeks starting on a Monday!

  43. I would love to win the A5 dragonfly undated diary. So gorgeous.

  44. I’m in desperate need of a new family diary for the upcoming academic year with my daughter starting school so I would buy a personalised one of those.

  45. Some diaries to remember all of my 5 yr old daughters’ social events! lol

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