#Review: #OrderOutOfChaos – Academic Planner, Time Management Book


A note prior to the body of this review: My most sincere apologies to the company for my lack of timeliness in having this review published. A subsequent post to follow will future explain, for those interested in knowing where I’ve been.


For review, I was sent both a book on time management and an academic planner from Order Out of Chaos. I have previously reviewed other items of theirs, and was excited to support a company whose mission I’ve always supported.

I had intended on having this review posted prior to the beginning of the school year, but school has certainly started in this hemisphere by this time of the year. Perhaps this will serve as a reminder for something parents/students might like next year, or perhaps it’s the right time to upgrade to a better academic planner now to help your child succeed this school year. It’s never too late to make changes and start fresh!

“What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management?”

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As a teen who was the worst with time management, or maybe I was just a master at procrastination, I thought this book would speak to readers who have teens and want to tips on how to best help them succeed. I was planning on going into more detail about the book, but you’ll just have to find out more for yourself here.

In short, this book gives helpful tips to parents to help their teens succeed. These are great skills to help your child master now, so that they have the skills when going off to college where they will begin to fully rely on themselves. College professors don’t care if you didn’t get your work done because you managed your time poorly! Start your teens off managing themselves for a more successful schooling future.

I know when I was reading through this book, I found a couple tips that would have been useful for me back in my schooling years. Of course, much of my trouble came from knowing what I needed to do, but then taking the get-up-and-go to do it. I plan to donate this book to the school my mom works out, which recently added middle school grade to their school. This book will be helpful for parents of those students.


Academic Planner


I previously reviewed an older addition of this Academic Planner from Order Out Of Chaos, and was interested in giving the newly released version a try. (Just noticed that first review I did was 3 years ago!) I like that these planners are full 8.5 x 11 sized, rather than the smaller version available. I think that smaller ones fit in purses better, but for academic purposes, I believe think the larger sized is helpful for many students. This planner is designed specifically to break down each class a student has an identify what needs to be complete for each day. (I use to use my planned to indicate what homework I needed to do, when tests were, etc.). There are also useful sections for planning bigger projects and making goals for your learning.

Aside from its purpose as being a useful academic planner, his planner also works if you have multiple aspects of your life that you like to plan/organize. This planner has been working wonderfully for me as a means of keeping track of my personal, blog, and work deadlines and appointments. It would also work quite well if you have a couple children and a spouse’s schedule to keep track of in addition to your own, each person gets their own line.


Overall, I quite like both the book and this planner. If you have students who struggle with organization and time management (or even if they don’t), I’d recommend checking out both of these helpful tools. I know my school always gave out planners, but they weren’t as useful as this.


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#Giveaway Event: Rollors Lawn Game (Outdoor Family Fun!) | Ends 8/21

Welcome to the Rollors Lawn Game Giveaway Event! Just in time for a couple months more of warm weather, here at least. Take it to the beach, on picnics, camping, or for a backyard party, like the package suggests! It seems like a pretty fun game to me. And one that the whole family can enjoy together. So enter away, and good luck!


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#Giveaway Event: Swinging into Summer – $200 ARV | Ends 7/1

Welcome, MaeGal Readers, to the Swinging into Summer Giveaway Event! I’m excited to help bring you all this giveaway because it’s such a fun prize! I know my sister and I would have LOVED one of these Swing and Spin’s when we were younger…actually, we’d both probably enjoy it still. So with summer in the air and the kids home from school, get them outdoors and having fun with this swing! And reminder, it can hold enough weight for the whole family to join in on the fun. – s.
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The Swing and Spin brings back the fun of a classic tire swing while providing you and your family with a safe, durable and versatile backyard pastime.

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Unlike the old traditional tire swing which is made from old rubber that doesn’t stand up to the elements, Swing and Spin uses high quality UV resistant Polyethylene, a highly durable thermoplastic used in products we rely on every day. The internal webbing-like design with the ropes not only makes for a more comfortable seat, but you don’t have to worry about little ones taking a tumble through the center hole. This webbing of rope also improves the weight tolerance and reinforces the core integrity of every tire swing we produce.

The best part about the Swing and Spin is the easy set up. Just take it out of the box, attach the swing to the rope and find a tree limb, swing set or another cross beam to attach to. Staying true to the classic tire swing, any model swing from Swing and Spin can be mounted in two ways – with the ropes fixed together at one point for 360 spinning and swiveling or separated to operate like a standard swing.

This giveaway is open to the Continental US only (because of shipping costs) and will end on July 1st, 2015.  Good Luck!!

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Introducing: Captain SillyPants Swaddle Blankets – Eleventh Avenue

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I’m excited to share with you all the news that Eleventh Avenue has a new, exclusive brand of  Captain SillyPants* swaddle blankets! And well, it’s just too cute not to share. (I like to share with any you parents who read my blog.)

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What are OPKs? – Pregnancy and Parenting

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Have you heard of ovulation predictor kits or OPKs? Do you know how to use them? This article will tell you more about it. 
If you’re looking to get pregnant or start a family in 2015, continue on to learn more about what OPKs are and how you can increase your chances of conception. Now I know I’m years away from children myself, but I know a lot of my readers are mothers or wish to be soon. So why not share an informative post with you all! Continue on to learn more about ovulation predictor kits (OPKs)…

Every woman has her own cycle and in every single cycle, there’s about 2-4 days wherein she’s fertile and ready to conceive. If you are trying to conceive, being able to know when that ovulation day is will surely increase your odds of conceiving according to the authors at www.pregnancytips.org. This is where the OPK comes in. An ovulation predictor test will check the surge of the LH or luteinizing hormone, the hormone responsible for stimulating ovulation. OPKs are available over the counter and you can choose from the small test strips or the midstream applicators. Both work the same: to detect your ovulation. What we are looking for is a 2 dark line or a second line darker that the first line, this is the positive OPK test result. When you get that, it means you are going to ovulate within 24 to 48 hrs and that is the best time for the sperm to catch the egg for more chances of conceiving. 
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Mae’s Musings: Spanking {Discussion & Poll}

Spanking is one of those somewhat controversial issues where there are strong opinions on both sides of the topic, as well as a multitude of individuals somewhere in between. Being an opinionated person, I have an opinion on the matter, of course. So please feel free to read what I have to say and tell me what you think.

Continue on to read my opinions about spanking. Please leave a comment and/or vote in the poll.

Though my cynical side may agree with the ‘people suck’ statement, the previous line represents the exact opposite of my personal feelings. If you want to skip the whole post, in short, I am very against spanking. Now it should be noted that I am not yet a mother, so I don’t have experience in that way. My opinion is based on my extensive work in the child care industry, my upbringing, and my parents upbringing (during the 50s and 60s). That being said, here is my opinion. I encourage you to vote in the poll and comment below, thanks.

There are other forms of discipline, like consequences.
‘Consequences’ are what my sister, Kelsey, and I had in store for us when we got into trouble in our youth. The joy of consequences is that they could change to be appropriate depending on our age and the ‘crime’. When my sister and I were younger, our consequence would sometimes be the loss of our Mom reading us a bedtime book. This was always quite the catastrophe. Another common move was for us to loose the privilege of playing with our pet chickens, also quite the sentence.

Spanking makes violence acceptable.
To me it seems that spanking teaches your children that violence is an acceptable response. I have also always found it ironic as a form of punishment in an event of, say, a child hits a sibling and then the parent spanks the child. How is what the child did to the sibling any different then your choosing to spank your child? How is the child able to see the difference?

Physical discipline is a form of child abuse.
As far as I have always felt, spanking your child or using any other sort of physical discipline is a form of child abuse. Though I don’t want to get too much into my families privacy, my Dad was spanked as a child, most likely to the point that it might be considered child abuse by todays standards. The whole idea of spanking seems pretty outdated to me based on all the new studies and new understandings about child development.

Spanking is a cop-out. At leas that’s how I see it. It’s a lot easier to simply spank your child and tell them ‘no’ than it is to sit them down, talk and discuss why they are receiving a consequence. I have always felt that it is very important to talk to your child about why what they did wasn’t appropriate/respectful/safe so they can learn from their mistakes and grow. I know a lot of parents who spank also do this, but it’s always seems very bizarre to me to talk to your kid and then spank them after. Seems unnecessary.

My parents never spanked me, hit me, or otherwise physically disciplined me.
I think my sister and I turned out pretty good, don’t you? 
You CAN find other ways to discipline your child in a way that won’t physically harm them. Raising kids is HARD, I’m sure I don’t have the slightest clue, but you CAN discipline your children in a better way.

So, what is your opinion on spanking?
Feel free to start a discussion in the comments, and vote.