Eat Real Food 2013 Calendar Giveaway

eat real food calendar

When I was growing up, there was always a calendar hanging on the side of refrigerator. Secured by a hooked magnet up top and two clippy ones along the edges, it was the repository for sleepovers, school plays, and the dates when were assigned to bring snacks for choir practice. Our lives were simple enough back then that a month of small boxes held a family’s worth of commitment without strain.

Up until last January, I still used a paper planner (though it was a whole lot more detailed than the old fridge calendar method). But as life expanded, there wasn’t enough space to hold all my to-do lists, deadlines, and reminders. I switched to a Google calendar and have breathed more easily since.

calendar pages

I’ve missed having a paper calendar, though. I like having a physical thing that helps me measure the days and weeks. And at the turn of each month, it’s fun to have a new picture to keep me company.

When Anna Hewitt from Seedling Design emailed, offering to send me a copy of her Eat Real Food calendar, I jumped at the chance to have a physical calendar in my life again. Printed on sturdy card stock, this monthly calendar isn’t bound together. That means you can arrange it in a grid on a cork board, or you can prop a single month on a bookshelf or stick it to the fridge with a magnet.


Each month features an image of a sewn design (handmade by Anna) that represents some different aspect of food and community. It is quietly charming and such a good reminder that we all need allow ourselves the time to nourish, sustain, and grow in this new year.

Thanks to Anna, I have a second calendar to give away to one of my readers. If you’d like to enter for a chance to win it, here’s what to do.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you track and measure your days. Paper planner? Calendar on the fridge? Online datebook?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday.
  3. Giveaway open all.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

If you don’t want to wait to see if you win, you can also click over to Seedling Design and pick up a calendar for yourself today (before the new year too far underway). It’s just $20, which isn’t too much for a year’s worth of art and helpful reminders!

Disclosure: Seedling Design sent me two calendars, one to keep and one to give away. They did not pay for inclusion in this post and my opinions are entirely my own. 

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270 Responses to Eat Real Food 2013 Calendar Giveaway

  1. 51
    Emily B says:

    This is gorgeous!!! To cute. We use a regular wall calendar (we tried the page calendar but I kept forgetting to turn the page)

  2. 52
    Crystal says:

    I have tried electronic calenders multiple times, starting way back in the day with a Palm Pilot. I have never had any luck. I’m a visual person who also needs to write it down with an actual writing implement or planning disasters will happen. I have a kitchen calender for this.

    However, this Christmas my sweet husband and our lovely five year old daughter got me my own room as a present. For two weeks they crept down to our basement and worked. They scrubbed the floor, fixed the year-old hole in the ceiling (plumbing issue in kitchen above), got me a floor rug, arranged a desk, and so on. I was floored. In this lovely space of my own (I tear up just thinking of their thoughtfulness ), I could really use a calender. And one as lovely as this would be treasured.

    PS: I’m terrible at remembering the date. Multiple times in a day, I need to remind myself of the date by looking at a calender, my phone, something. I work at a library and deal with dates all day long and still can not commit it to memory.

  3. 53
    Jess says:

    I use iCal, but I love the idea of going back to paper. All of those scribbles recording each day…

  4. 54
    Jen Fortener says:

    I do a digital calendar for work, but I prefer an old fashioned daily planner to carry around and another calendar on the wall at home (which i do not have yet for 2013 :))

  5. 55
    HazelJ says:

    I use a small paper calendar for display (and for quick reference to dates/days of the week) and my iCal synched across all my devices.

  6. 56
    EcoGrrl says:

    So cute! I have my Google calendar for all my appointments but love a paper calendar for birthdays – and art in the kitchen!

  7. 57
    Lori says:

    I use Google calendar to keep track of my life, but I always keep a paper calendar hanging by the back door so I can look up dates and jot things down when I’m coming and going. Today I realized that I need a new one!

  8. 58
    sarah says:

    That’s gorgeous! I’m pretty oldschool with my calendars – I have a paper calendar on the wall with the whole family’s stuff written in. I got a paper planner to keep in my bag this year, as with three kids (soon to be 4!) I’m starting to have a hard time remembering everyone’s schedule on the run!

  9. 59
    Gina says:

    I actually use them all! What a beautiful calendar.

  10. 60
    Lindsey says:

    I use google calendar so I can send myself reminders! But I LOVE paper calendars and this one is adorable!

  11. 61
    Gin says:

    I keep two–a calendar on the fridge for quick visibility, and then an app on my Nook where I keep appointments and everything.

  12. 62
    Darlene Curran says:

    I use a paper calendar and stickers for distant events and appointments and a white erase board on my fridge for events that come up in the shorter term.
    Old fashioned, but it works for our family.

  13. 63
    Pamela says:

    Although I do have a paper calendar on my desk for quick checks, I keep schedule on my Google calendar.

  14. 64
    Carol says:

    beautiful calendar! I use a paper calendar for a quick visual and then google calendar too.

  15. 65
    Teresa says:

    For many years, I used just a paper calendar, hung up near my desk. When it started to get too complicated trying to remember when I was doing what, I switched to a paper planner I could fit into my purse. Last year, I finally went digital and now use the Google calendar on my phone/laptop. Through all of that, though, I always had – and still have – a paper calendar hanging above my desk, where I write down everything’s that’s going on.

  16. 66
    Lina says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous calendar! I use an online calendar because I can sync it with my work calendar and my partner’s calendar, but I love having a paper calendar on the wall. It’s good for quick reference and for seeing the weeks laid out without my millions of entries cluttering it up.

  17. 67
    Alice says:

    I have been trying to phase out of using my paper planner–using my phone would be so much more practical. But there’s something so satisfying about physically writing down my to do lists, grocery lists, events, etc, etc.

  18. 68
    Dalyn says:

    I’ve managed to switch over to Cozi (an online) calendar system. Hubby can log in no matter where he happens to be and even see my food shopping list :) Since we still have little ones a paper calendar in the kitchen is a must. There are those special moments that still need x’s to mark the passing of time. Thank you for the post and Happy New Year!

  19. 69
    Kali says:

    I’m a calendar-on-the-fridge kind of gal. I need to see it in writing to remind myself.

  20. 70
    Cynthia says:

    I use a paper calendar with a printout of my google calendar taped to it. I wish someone would invite a great looking google calendar template. Maybe I will – one where you can import a picture and integrate it with the calendar

  21. 71
    Elaine says:

    What charming designs! I love the look of these – after having purchased a “print at home” one last year (and was a bit disappointed with it) this card stock version looks perfect for 2013!

  22. 72
    Jules says:

    I like paper calendars too, for quick reference, but I live and die by the Google calendar. I have about ten of them, and I can click them there or away, and I can do it all from my phone, my tablet, my computer; anywhere I can get online. I share certain of them with people who need to know – my son gets access to the kids calendar, and my employee gets access to the several business ones.

  23. 73
    simonsaysgo says:

    Wish the calendar part was larger for scribbling….

  24. 74
    Peg says:

    A friend of mine takes pictures all year long then makes a calendar. it’s a wall calendar and easy to write on. Happy New Year!

  25. 75
    Elizabeth says:

    I actually use both the Google calendar and a generic Staples brand month at a glance. I purchase my paper calendar book around October. The Google calendar helps when I am out and about to record appointments etc.. but I always transfer them to my good old paper calendar book which also serves as my mouse pad.

  26. 76
    Jessica D. says:

    I use a calendar posted next to the sink. Without a dishwasher I still do all my dishes by hand and having a marked calendar close to where I spend a lot of time helps me remember what my week has in store!

  27. 77
    Alida says:

    I calendar everything on my phone (work and personal), but we also use a paper calendar for family appointments so everyone knows where everyone is going! I love to write out friends and families birthdays as well as vacations on the wall calendar. There is something about writing it on paper that helps me remember everything. (It also helps me look forward to my vacation time!)

  28. 78
    Sarah says:

    For the family, we have a large, desk blotter calendar. Here we record who will be home for dinner. For work, I use an electronic calendar through Outlook.
    I love these illustrations, and hope my number is picked–that will be on my birthday, and this would be a great birthday present.

  29. 79
    Caitlin Thompson says:

    Definitely a google calendar woman and household.

  30. 80
    Zoe says:

    I love paper calendars. I always by the same one for my work wall (Ireland 365 days) and something different for home. They bring so much color to a potentially dull space.

  31. 81
    Emily says:

    Love this! Electric calendars just cant quite replace the real paper wall calendar for me.

  32. 82
    Shoshana says:

    Love the book, love the blog, love the calendar!

  33. 83
    Deb says:

    Love paper calendars.

  34. 84

    I have a google calender for personal commitments, but I keep several paper calenders, one for the garden and animals, one near where I pack eggs from my chickens, so I can note down how many eggs I got that day and figure out “use by” dates for the cartons. There is something about being able to flip back and forth to see when I planted the carrots, or when the rabbit had babies, that I really like.

  35. 85

    I am a farrier. I make my own paper calendar each year to keep track of my horseshoeing appointments, customer information, and personal life. Electronic doesn’t work for me. Phones, computers, digital assistants all croak and lose your information. Good old paper and pencil always works. Mum bought a cloth calendar every year and kept it on the fridge. After a year, it became the new kitchen towel. She was partial to pictures that looked like needlework.

  36. 86
    Sara A says:

    I use an app on android!

  37. 87
    Aubrey Murphy says:

    All three type are found in my house yet I still miss events!

  38. 88
    bridgit says:

    In reality, I use ical, but I love to write things on a paper calendar. Not too long ago we put up a “command center” (a framed piece of sheet metal from the hardware store) which is a place we can write to-dos and a meal plan for the week, but I like to add any family events. It helps us all get ahold of the week!
    BTW, what a BEAUTIFUL calendar.

  39. 89
    Megan says:

    I use a paper calendar. I tried using a digital one, but I kept forgetting to put in the entries.

  40. 90
    Kathy Z says:

    I’m not a slave to it although thinking on it makes me crazy – we gave a household shared Google calendar and I am subject to three different electronic ones at work-outlook and two share point calendars. I also had an I can has cheeseburger calendar last year that my cat was in.

  41. 91

    I am still using a paper calendar…..I find the actual pen to paper soothing. This lovely food calendar would thrill the kids!

  42. 92
    Pete says:

    What a GREAT calendar!

    Still trying to find the perfect post-retirement calendar system. Used a Day Runner before they were popular, and several on-line calendars lately. For now, the paper, old-fashioned ones are still the best.

  43. 93

    This is a nice calendar! I still use a paper calendar, hanging by the phone in the kitchen.

  44. 94
    Adriana Hashinaga says:

    I use a weekly planner, but I also have a wall calendar. I love the art in this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. 95
    sharon says:

    I use a paper calendar on fridge + digital calendar for work and on phone. Like others, it’s still hard to keep track of everything! This is a darling calendar.

  46. 96
    Jodi Monroy says:

    My primitive family uses a dry erase board!

  47. 97
    Denise says:

    love calendars ……….have 2 similar Maine coast and Ogunquit Playhouse. Never write on them can’t wait for the numbers to coincide with the day so that I can use them again. Use my I phone for dates and appointments but, always start my day with my coffee and paper and pencil to write my to-do list End of the day scratch off chores done and throw that paper away…………..feels good. Know what I mean?

  48. 98
    Trish B says:

    At home I use the free calendar I still get every year from the college I dropped out of back in 1988. At work I use the calendar in Outlook.

  49. 99
    Heather says:

    Electronic calendar mostly, although I never seem to forget to look at it again after I enter something! I was just thinking I should get a paper one…

  50. 100
    Michele says:

    I like having a calendar on the wall by my computer to keep track of things!