Mom Essentials

[ 2 ] November 14, 2008 |

By Nancy King

momessentialsHere’s a question: Is the line between order and chaos in your world an increasingly fine one? If you’re a mother, the answer may well be, “Of course.”

Well, here to the rescue is a nifty book called Mom Essentials: A One-Stop Organizer for Moms on the Move. It promises nothing less than being the busy mom’s ultimate personal assistant. I’d rather hire Zac Ephron for the job, but still, the book’s pretty amazing. There’s a week-at-a-glance calendar inside the left cover (pages and pages of them, actually, so you have the satisfaction of ripping off an entire week come Sunday), and catchy Post-it notes (“Multitasked out” or “Balance schmalance”) inside the right cover that serve as reminders wherever you need them. In between the covers is where you’ll find the real action: there are four tabbed sections that capture all the important stuff, from contact lists and to-do lists to shopping lists, menu planners, and more. There’s even a pocket at the end for stuffing in whatever it is you need to have handy (tickets, receipts, library cards…).

The people at Chronicle Books know design, so the package is predictably fetching and colorful and smart. As I flipped through the various sections, I was haunted by my own question: What if? What if I had used a resource like this to reinforce the line between order and chaos? It was fun to fantasize that I held in my hand the roadmap to a life that could have been, one that flows along with purpose and efficiency and without the constant hiccups, hassles, and frustrations that only mothers know about.

Is it too late for a personal assistant? I’m going to find out. Wish me and my purse-sized planner luck. And tell Zac Ephron to call me if he’s looking for work.

The details:
Mom Essentials: A One-Stop Organizer for Moms on the Move
By Amy Keroes
$14.95 Chronicle Books

Category: moms, organization, product reviews

Anisa Raoof

about the author ()

Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. calendar nancy fan says:

    i love nancy’s writing.

  2. Lewis Weiner says:

    Nancy’s review was quite well written, useful and entertaining! A good tip for Dads looking for a Mom gift. Perhaps she could write her own book?! Thanks!

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