Eat Real Food 2013 Calendar Giveaway

January 2, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

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 thoughts on "Eat Real Food 2013 Calendar Giveaway"

  • That’s cute! I’m firmly entrenched in outlook. So much so that my husband and I send each other calendar appointments.

  • Love Anna calendar! I have an electronic calendar at work that I use for both personal and work related information and one on the wall next to my desk. At home, I have one in the kitchen, one in the study by the computer and one in my pocketbook.

  • I am intimidated by the online calendars. My mind works quite well with the good old fashioned daily planner that is small enough to take anywhere but big enough to hold all my to-do’s, play dates for my kids, dates with my hubby, and bills, etc. I always use pencil too! We also have a wall calendar just to glance at when needing to figure out what day it is! haha!

  • I use 3 different calendars, I know crazy. I use my online calendar for work and anything related to my business. I have a wall calendar in the kitchen that I list when I’m out of town so my family knows and my husband uses that one to keep track of overtime, and last but not least I have a planner that I use an executive planner for that I keep track of meal planning, shopping and what my kids have going on during the month. All in all it’s not that bad. But I would have to say my iCalendar is my go to item.

  • I live by my Outlook calendar which I can also access on my phone. I still love having a pretty calendar on my kitchen wall though – we usually pick one with pictures related to our next vacation but since we are staying put this year to save money, I don’t have a 2013 calendar yet.

  • I record all personal appointments & VIP stuff on my phone but I also have a paper calendar on the wall in kitchen for kids school & activities. That way everyone can see what is going on! 🙂

  • At work, I use an Outlook calendar and also a three-month paper calendar. For personal stuff, I use a phone app that sends me helpful but annoying reminders. At home, we have one master calendar on the fridge to track fun stuff like storytimes and school dates.

  • Whenever I hear about calendars in the kitchen, I always think back to the enormous calendar my mother had in our kitchen. I’m one of nine kids and we all had Little League, ballet, art classes, etc – she needed to be organized. Each kid was assigned a “color” (marker – the calender was dry-erase) to keep track of our individual activities, who needed a lunch packed, etc and after a certain age, you were required to write your own activities on the calender…otherwise you may find yourself walking home!

    (I have enough calendars around the house, so if I win the drawing, please pick another.)

  • After trying several methods with growing children, I have settled on the “Mom” calendar. It has a line for each family member. It makes it much easier to track everyone and less of a fight for space.

  • Sadly, I put it all on my work calender on Outlook. That might be a sign that work is was too big a part of my life…

  • Oh how cute! This would be a nice addition to my kitchen. 🙂 I typically keep a paper calendar I hang at my desk at work. I, too, enjoy filling the blocks and slashing through days to measure passing time. Occasionally, I add a few reminders to my iPhone calendar, things I cannot forget: doctor appts., trip to the hairstylist, etc. Going full gadget calendar mode just isn’t me. I like tangible things most times (hardcover books are a passion).

  • I use a bunch of google calendars that I share with my wife. I also have to do lists everyday, that usually carry over at least partially into the next day.

  • Oh this calendar is too cute! I have a huge affinity for tangible calendars… in my old job as a stage manager, my favorite part of the job was the day when I got to write in all of the show and rehearsal dates for the upcoming season on a giant white board calendar. So satisfying to see your year laid out like that, and so fun to tick off all the days!

    These days I still hang wall calendars and carry around a planner at work. I like having tangible calendars, although I use my iCalendar for things like dentist appointments.

  • i have a couple of methods–online calendar for appointments and a couple different paper calendars hanging throughout the house to mark the passing of the months. that calendar is gorgeous!

  • I mostly use the calendar on my phone, but I still have a paper one in the kitchen. I like to write important dates on that one for my son to keep track of.

  • I use Cozi ap on my phone. My husband and daughter use it too so we can all put our schedules on it and know where we are, works great.

  • I use google calendar so I always have access to my schedule. But also keep a calendar on the wall in the kitchen to help keep track of the date & household bills & chores.

  • I try to use my computer’s calendar, but still end up marking my days by the appointments I turn up late for.

  • How beautiful! I have a paper calender I use for household appointments and a small check book sized calendar I keep in my purse. I can’t get into the electric calendar groove.

  • I have two moleskin weekly planners, one to track all the baking I’m doing and dinners I’m making and one to track life!

  • I currently use a paper, spiral-bound planner. I also make a daily to-do list on my ipad for smaller tasks. This calendar is GORGEOUS, I would love to win one!

  • I have multiple calendars too, but always a kitchen garden related one with all the important family details in the kitchen. What a better reminder than to “Eat Real Food” in the kitchen?

  • I have switched over to a computer calendar, but the result, ironically, is that I don’t use it as much as I did my paper planners.

  • I’m a paper planner girl…seems if I don’t physically write it down I have a hard time remembering it…especially with an infant around now. This calendar would be super cute in the kitchen!

  • Outlook on my computer helps me keep sane at work, with all my crazy evaluations, appointments and meetings, and follow-up reminders. But I love, love, love a paper calendar with a new image each month. The passing of a month (time in general) can make me sad, so a fresh new picture makes it much more bearable!

  • I use both an online calendar and a wipe-off monthly calendar on the fridge for the easy schedule-at-a-glance checks.

  • I swear by google calendar – just because I can access it at work and so can hubs. Means both of us know what’s going on without having to keep tons of info in our heads. And all I have to do is print out the weekly or monthly sheet and tape it up for a quick morning reference before we all head out the door.

  • What a sweet calendar! I love it! I use three different google calendars blended together (one as my personal calendar, one as my ‘stuff I do with my partner Chris’ calendar, and one as our gardening planning calendar). I also have a now-out-of-date 2012 calendar hanging on the kitchen wall for visual reminders, and am definitely in need of a 2013 one 🙂

  • My family started using electronic calendars about a year and a half ago, and it has revolutionize our scheduling for the better. I do still miss the giant desk blotter calendars that I taped to door, overlapping so you could see the most current month and get to the other ones easily. Getting to the bottom of the door in December created such a sense of satifaction!

  • I absolutely love calendars. I get a Nikki McClure full size paper calendar each year and decorate with the prints from the calendars as well. This one is so cute!

  • This one is so cute! I use Outlook for my work calendar only because I have to – my ‘real’ calendar is on paper.

  • Like many of the other commenters, I love paper calendars; almost every room has one. I also use a journal type calendar – it takes lots to keep me even semi-organized!

  • At home, my husband always puts up the first calender someone gives us (has to be free) and has been good and bad. Last year, was from our grocery store. This year no calender! I think hard times have had local businesses cut down on those little niceties. We use the wall calender to track benchmarks of our 7 month old daughter. So much more likely to jot things down (like: Astrid tries applesauce!) than breaking out the baby book 🙂

  • I have a calendar that I downloaded from an organization site that sits on my desktop and I use that for menu planning or appointments. But I prefer paper.

  • I still use a calendar on the fridge. My husband and I have apps for our Kindles so that he can sinc up with me but I just can’t let go of having a ‘real’ calendar to look at and plan my day from.

  • I rely on my Google calendar for everything, but friends keep giving me paper calendars, so I have pretty calendars on the wall in my kitchen and at work. 🙂

  • I use Google calendar for important dates, but random scraps of paper usually hold my weekly tasks and deadlines. I used to use a wall calendar and loved it!

  • I mostly use my google calendar, but Anna’s calendar is beautiful and would be great as a functional piece of art!

  • I have a big calendar in my kitchen and a little one near my treadmill–I keep track of my exercise with that one.

  • The calendar at home is usually a wall calendar that is paper. We also enjoy the daily calendars with comics, jokes, or trivia!

  • I use an online calendar via my iphone for all of my planning. If my life were to get more hectic, I may switch to a paper planner.

  • I love your blog and ideas! Always a nice way to start the day! I will be on mat leave next summer and will NOT be using my blackberry calendar as much!!! The lovely calendar would look great in my kitchen! Thanks!

  • I use an online calendar for my planning, but always put a paper calendar up in the kitchen. I would love to have this one!

  • I have a planner that most stuff goes into that I carry around everywhere. We also have a dry erase calendar up to keep track of the kids school days and events!

  • I am a quilter, gardener, canner and this calendar is adorable. I have large desk calendar hanging on my laundry room door opposite my kitchen sink. It makes it easy to see what is going on, but it is BORING!

  • I am back to paper…online was too easy to forget when the computer didn’t get turned on. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • On-line ICal. All the way. But, this year I bought a calendar for the kitchen, just so I could see the dates and have beautiful art work.

  • I’ve tried using the one on my iPod Touch, but now that I’m back in school and have lots going on, I prefer one on paper so that I can see the whole month at a time. I print them off, then fill them up with assignments, appointments, etc.

  • What a beautiful calendar! I use an online datebook for all the details, but I have a paper calendar to track my gardening, another one hanging in my kitchen and one in the office. I too like turning the calendar to see the new picture of the month.

  • I update everything in my google calendar and keep track with my phone. I miss having paper calendars in my life so much, though.

  • I relied on a paper planner for years (there’s just something about being able to see the month planned out in front of me!) but am slowly transitioning to an organizer app (Cozi) on the iPad. I have to admit, it is really nice to get email reminders in case I forget to check on each day’s events!

  • I try not to be too attached to my calendar, and use (probably inefficiently and leading to more confusion than I usually experience with dates and anything linear) a mix of google and a day planner. But this is a beauty!