Journal 10: Becoming an Epic Family Chronicler

I received a Journal 10 to evaluate it in my own home and collect information for this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.

I am probably the worst recorder of events and life, EVER.  Seriously.  I HAD baby books for all our children, but with the exception of the first few pages of the first child’s book, most of them are void of any recorded information.  I did stuff cards and a few photos into each of them, but even those are just loose inside the pages.  I have started about nine thousand, four-hundred and eighty-seven journals over the course of my life and even my photo albums testify to my ineptitude as a chronicler of life events.  I’m just no good at it, though I always have the best of intentions.  I’m too distracted and engrossed in the life that is happening to remember to write down the life that has already happened.  *sigh*

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My 2013-2023 Journal 10


“Mom, what was my first word?”  “Ummmm……mama?”  “Mom, when did I take my first step?  …lose my first tooth?”  “Call Aunt Debi.”  (My sister is NOT a failed chronicler.  She still has calendars from the Reagan era and actually can tell my kids when they lost their first tooth.  :)  She rocks!)  Does it count if I remembered to tell them all to call my sister, who I knew would write it down, when great moments in life history occurred?  Ok, probably not.  *sigh, again*

I’m not sure what my mental block to journaling and recording events has been, but I think that Journal 10 may have a solution for me, and for any of you who are like me.  (Please, tell me that some of you are like me.  Don’t leave me hanging out here, on this extremely scatter-brained cliff, by myself.  :) )  Journal 10 makes keeping records and recording important moments, less intimidating.  Plus, with ten years of entries, all in one journal, what a hoot it will be to look back and see a full decade of meaningful moments recorded in your own handwriting.  That’s right, ten years, in one book!  Which means, you don’t look like a dork only writing one sentence on a huge blank page.  There’s only one page for ten-years-worth of June 22’s or November 13’s.  One or two sentences in, each year, is all there is room for.  I can DO this!  The journal is well-made, leather bound and has a ribbon bookmark attached.

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10 years of spaces for each date. One or two sentences of what happened, or how you were blessed, and then it’s on with life, but that journal will become a treasure of memories and thoughts for you, and for your family!

GIVEAWAY: I’m excited because Journal 10 is making one of these great memory-keepers available to Busy-at-Home readers through a fun giveaway!  So, be sure to enter for your chance to win.

In a comment on this post, tell me whether you are an epic chronicler or a failed recorder of history, like me.  Also, tell me your favorite thing about the Journal 10.  After you comment, register your entry with the Rafflecopter form.  Good luck!

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  1. Jill Hartley says

    I go through spurts.. sometimes I document everything, other times, nothing. BUT, I have a feeling with a child coming this year that I may become obsessed!

  2. Leslie Kiley says

    I am in between! I do scrapbook with pictures so some things are recorded but I fail with words so this may be the one thing that works !

  3. Awilda says

    Before I had kids made some really nice scapbooks. Now: Ha ha ha! I’d love a way to just jot down a little of what happened that day and not feel guilty!

  4. Shana says

    I wasn’t any good at it when the kids were small, now they are in their 30’s and I don’t have all the info. But, I have more than my sister!
    The journal would be great for me just to keep track of stuff. Weather, temp. etc.

  5. says

    I just saw that book at Barnes and Noble and thought it looked really cool. I usually journal in my planner so I wouldn’t use that but for someone who isn’t currently recording family memories, it’s a great idea.

  6. Tegan L. says

    I am, sadly, a failed recorder. But I love the design of Journal 10, I can see myself using it for a long time!

  7. Cheryl says

    Children are grown and I have regrets for not being a better record keeper. I have often thought “I wish I would have just written a few sentences each day. This would be perfect!

  8. Charlotte says

    I love that it covers ten years, I need to get better at recording events because I always forget.

  9. Nancysue says

    I have such good intentions, but sadly that moment passes so quickly, and my good intention fades with my memory….”hmm,, what WAS it that happened that week?” I love the 10 year format :)

  10. Kathleen says

    This looks so cool! I’ve been writing “thankfuls” and listing snippets of memories in that book but would love something more concrete that I would be able to keep! I get an epic fail… most of my memory keeping is online but it’s just not as easy to pass down. This would get my daughter’s life pretty far along!

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