Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway!

Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway!

For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with stationary and diaries are no exception. Even when I was younger I used to have diaries – specifically a Top Ten Diary which I had to write the Top 10 singles chart in each week! So recently when the lovely folk at TOAD Diaries got in touch and asked me if I would like to review one of their customisable diaries, of course, I didn’t say no! I need to be organised more now than ever – especially with the Little Man starting school soon!


What Makes TOAD Diaries Special?

TOAD Diaries offer, pretty much any kind of diary going. They can be totally customisable. And it doesn’t just stop at diaries, they do great notebooks too – perfect for all you fellow bloggers out there to jot down those ideas when they come flying into your head!

Here is just an overview of what kind of thing TOAD offer:

  • Date flexible diaries – Week view, day view, 2-day view, fortnight view, family planners, midweek, academic and undated.
  • Appointment diaries – 10, 15, 20 or 30-minute appointment slots
  • Pocket diaries, fitness diaries and music manuscripts

All of these can be personalised in any way you want. Colour, style, design, size, binding. You name it, they can pretty much do it.


My TOAD Diary

I had a lot of fun choosing what I wanted. Admittedly it took me a while because I am very fussy and very specific when it comes to what I need. In the end, I went for the quatro size – this is in between A5 and A4. I wanted something big enough to scribble in but not too big that it wouldn’t fit in my bag.

I had it start at the beginning of July and it runs all the way through until the end of 2018. So I am very much sorted. I chose a beautiful sea blue/green and had my blog name and tag line placed on the front and back. I love that it remains subtle and not being too ‘in your face’!

Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway! Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway! Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway!

I had a week to view on one page and the other page with a To Do List and notes and small space for Goals and Achievements.  A nice little space for me to keep track of blog and social stats.

Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway! Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway! Getting Organised With TOAD Diaries + Giveaway!

It is covered in a protective plastic covering which is ideal. It has the standard ribbon to place on the page that you need to access quickest and overall? I love it. It feels sturdy despite being ring-bound and because it’s an 18-month diary it feels good to hold. I couldn’t wait to start filling it in!

I am a digital diary girl too. I have my calendars synced on all of my devices – I need the reminder function if nothing else, but I will forever be a paper diary devotee. There’s just something about writing things down and having them to look back over in years to come.


The Giveaway!

So now you have heard how much I love my TOAD Diary, now is your chance to win a voucher to create your own. I have a £20 TOAD voucher up for grabs!

To enter, click on the link in the box below which will take you to the entry page.

Please note the FIRST THREE of the entries are mandatory and MUST be completed for the entry to be valid. Failure to do so will result in the entrant being disqualified. The remaining three are optional but give you an extra five entries each (and one you can do each day) – so worth doing in my opinion!

Please make sure you read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page. All that is left for me to do, is wish you lots of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Terms and conditions/disclaimer
This is a collaborative post. The competition starts at 12 am 08/08/2017 and ends 12 am 05/09/2017. The prize is one £20 voucher for the TOAD Diaries website. Entries are limited to UK participants only and you must be over 18. The competition is via Rafflecopter and ONE winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be informed within 24 hours. The winner must respond within 24 hours of notification or a new winner will be selected. See Rafflecopter for official rules. JakiJellz is responsible for coordinating the prize with TOAD Diaries to ship to the winner.


*I was gifted this TOAD Diary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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123 Comment

  1. Reply
    Sidrah Ahmed
    8th August 2017 at 1:10 am

    I like the paper one as i know i wont lose anything

  2. Reply
    Kayleigh Watkins
    8th August 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I prefer the paper ones as you can write it down and keep it on you at all times, also I’ve missed my phone notification before now xxx

  3. Reply
    Rebecca Brown
    8th August 2017 at 4:04 pm

    I find it really satisfying crossing things off of a paper to do list in a way digital lists can’t match

  4. Reply
    8th August 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Technology has a place. But I do like the touch, feel and convenience of a diary in which I can record, check appointments for family members, etc.

  5. Reply
    Lindsey Smith
    8th August 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I just love to fill it all in and decorate it, a digital one feels like a chore where a paper one is a fun hobby!

  6. Reply
    laura stewart
    8th August 2017 at 6:25 pm

    its easier on paper

  7. Reply
    fiona waterworth
    8th August 2017 at 7:18 pm

    paper never crashes

  8. Reply
    Andrea Fletcher
    8th August 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I find it easier to use a paper diary to keep track of things.

  9. Reply
    8th August 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I love to jot notes down with pencil and paper, so much easier x

  10. Reply
    Mandy Walsh (@Mandy_rtr)
    8th August 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I like the old fashion way of doing anything, youcant beat good old pen and paper, it wont ever crash or delete itself

  11. Reply
    Ashleigh Allan
    8th August 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I find it easier to update and check

  12. Reply
    kim neville (@kimneville2)
    8th August 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I prefer on paper just in case digital one doesn’t work for some reason

  13. Reply
    amanda greensmith
    9th August 2017 at 8:54 am

    i like paper ones because you can jot things down easier and always have them to hand

  14. Reply
    katrina adams
    9th August 2017 at 10:04 am

    I find it’s easier to personalise and there is something about holding a paper diary in your hand – it’s just not the same with a digital…It’s like having e-books over proper books….just don’t get me started.

  15. Reply
    9th August 2017 at 11:23 am

    I love writing in my diary, much nicer than putting things on a computer.

  16. Reply
    Anneka Avery
    9th August 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I think paper over digital is by far my preference as it works better for my mind! You can take notes when technology isn’t available and I love handwriting my appointments. It helps it stick in my mind better!

  17. Reply
    9th August 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I find a paper diary will be easier to carry around as well as customisable 🙂

  18. Reply
    melanie stirling
    10th August 2017 at 12:10 am

    I like to write with a pen.

  19. Reply
    Laureen Timms
    10th August 2017 at 4:32 am

    I like a paper one,nothing beats pen to paper plus can decorate it with stickers and washi tape

  20. Reply
    Esme mccrubb
    10th August 2017 at 10:40 am

    I am such a stationary geek i get to use my lovely coloured pens on my diary

  21. Reply
    Jade Pawley
    10th August 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I don’t like the sound of a digital diary. I much prefer to write, it’s the only chance I get to write anything if it’s in a diary.

  22. Reply
    Abigail Cullen
    10th August 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I always have a diary and love keeping everything jotted down, from the days events to expenditure, with a paper based diary its always nice to look back.

  23. Reply
    Jules Eley
    10th August 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I never remember to check my phone for reminders but i always check paper, and books that i have written in.

  24. Reply
    Ruth Harwood
    11th August 2017 at 11:23 am

    I love the feel and smell of paper, plus i think at the same rate that I write xx

  25. Reply
    claire griffiths
    11th August 2017 at 2:33 pm

    i prefer it as it so much more personal and its always nice to have something physical to look back on

  26. Reply
    11th August 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I love the feel and look of a proper paper diary – far more luxurious than a mere screen

  27. Reply
    11th August 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I just do! There’s something so much more real, for want of a better word, in a paper diary. I don’t think I’ll ever be a convert to online, not totally anyway!

  28. Reply
    11th August 2017 at 10:33 pm

    There is just something about seeing it in print, being able to go backwards and forward, being able to cross out or tick off that is somehow more satisfying than in digital

  29. Reply
    stuart hargreaves
    12th August 2017 at 7:19 am

    I have always wrote things down, I don’t use a mobile only this laptop

  30. Reply
    Vicki D
    12th August 2017 at 8:59 am

    I like to doodle, draw and decorate my diary! Also, you can’t accidentally delete or lose what you’ve written down on paper

  31. Reply
    12th August 2017 at 9:52 am

    Because its easier to quickly scribble a note into

  32. Reply
    Emma J Walters (@emmav6)
    12th August 2017 at 11:50 am

    i need lists for everything and it’s so much easier for me to keep track in a paper diary

  33. Reply
    Emma Gibson
    12th August 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I think there easier to use.

  34. Reply
    Rebecca F
    12th August 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Writing seems to make things stick in my head more

  35. Reply
    Claire Glace
    12th August 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Its personal honestly i much prefer the days without technology, writing letters is so intimate and the effort required means something…..many thanks

  36. Reply
    Lisa Parker
    12th August 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I love being able to customise my diary and give it character through my doodling and litttle notes x

  37. Reply
    Sarah Fielding
    12th August 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I like being physically able to write things down, it makes me relax!

  38. Reply
    simon tutthill
    12th August 2017 at 4:17 pm

    you cant actually see it for real not on a screen

  39. Reply
    Annabel Greaves
    12th August 2017 at 7:39 pm

    It feels more personal to have a paper diary and you always have all your information to hand x

  40. Reply
    Kristy Leanne Brown
    12th August 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I love been able to keep records in my diary of things I’ve seen that day

  41. Reply
    Lorna Ledger
    12th August 2017 at 9:01 pm

    To help my stay orgainsed focused and proactive – )

  42. Reply
    Jayne T
    12th August 2017 at 9:05 pm

    I love using paper, because you don’t have to charge it and I also love doodling in my diary.

  43. Reply
    helen tovell
    12th August 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Have never felt the need to have a digital one as a paper one is perfect for me

  44. Reply
    Danielle Spencer
    13th August 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I love pen to paper, nothing better than writing down lists and putting things in your diary, never the same digitally!

  45. Reply
    13th August 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I love crossing out my to-do list with a big thick pencil line!

  46. Reply
    13th August 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Love writing and personally I am from the old school where I like to write my goals and things to do as I am more likely to achieve them.

  47. Reply
    claire woods
    13th August 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Easy to use paper, without the need to charge gadgets up to use a digital one.

  48. Reply
    Laureen Timms
    14th August 2017 at 3:59 am

    I am a stationery addict,I love writing in my diary and notebooks,digital versions just don’t do it for me.

  49. Reply
    Laura Jeffs
    15th August 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I find paper diaries more personal, and I am a very tactile person so I really enjoy writing on a paper diary 😉

  50. Reply
    leanne weir
    15th August 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I like being able to write things down

  51. Reply
    jo liddement
    15th August 2017 at 4:38 pm

    A paper diary just seems more personal and they are easier to scribble down notes and lists too.Just so much nicer than digital.

  52. Reply
    Lisa Wilkinson
    15th August 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I prefer my paper diary because I can just grab it and open it at the page I want. My phone diary I have to unlock, find the app and scroll through to the date

  53. Reply
    16th August 2017 at 4:16 am

    I like the old fashion way of doing things and a paper diary just seems more personal.

  54. Reply
    lorraine kirk
    16th August 2017 at 8:54 am

    A diary is great because you can’t loose everything with the wrong click of a button etc. There is something therapeutic about putting pen to paper and turning those pages. (I think this is why real books are still so popular)

  55. Reply
    Clare Hubbard
    16th August 2017 at 10:00 am

    Everything feels more real when it is written on paper

  56. Reply
    Melissa Lee
    17th August 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I find the process of writing much nicer than typing out my to do lists

  57. Reply
    17th August 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I have a daily journal which is easy to pick up and look back on.

  58. Reply
    Sally Collingwood
    17th August 2017 at 12:39 pm

    I love keeping lists

  59. Reply
    Jo Carroll
    17th August 2017 at 2:17 pm

    You only have to read and listen to all the scare stories to realise that entrusting very personal information in digital form is just an accident waiting to happen plus technology always goes wrong at some point doesn’t it 😉

  60. Reply
    mari sutherland
    17th August 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I write with a fountain pen filled with purple ink which makes anything written look special!

  61. Reply
    Alison Johnson
    18th August 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I love notebooks & paper diaries over digital as I seem to take more notice of them. I also love the physical act of writing with a nice pen.

  62. Reply
    19th August 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve been keeping a diary for 30 years so paper is king as far as I am concerned – much more tactile

  63. Reply
    Tracy Newton
    19th August 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I keep our planner in the kitchen then The whole family can glance at where them should be.

  64. Reply
    lynn neal
    19th August 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Writing on paper helps me to think straight and typing is just not the same!

  65. Reply
    Ren Taylor
    20th August 2017 at 9:45 am

    Love these diaries !

  66. Reply
    Laura Nice
    20th August 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I prefer the paper as I makes me think and remember what i have to do.

  67. Reply
    Tracey Peach
    22nd August 2017 at 8:28 am

    Because paper diaries never let you down unlike digital ones 🙂 x

  68. Reply
    Rebecca mercer
    23rd August 2017 at 8:24 am

    I love a paper diary, technology is good but it runs out of battery its gets faults, where as paper is reliable, you can customise it in a personal way and it just love to write

  69. Reply
    Keshia Esgate
    23rd August 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Theres nothing like turning the pages and counting down days to special events

  70. Reply
    Rich Tyler
    24th August 2017 at 2:06 am

    It has the old skool feel charm

  71. Reply
    Carly Belsey
    24th August 2017 at 5:01 am

    I just prefer to keep it in my bag and it’s there when I need it and I dont like change lol

  72. Reply
    25th August 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I just love writing <3 listaholic lol. it feels nice to write rather than type

  73. Reply
    Dawn Andrews
    28th August 2017 at 12:57 am

    I find it more convenient.

  74. Reply
    Jodie A Green
    28th August 2017 at 1:22 pm

    i just prefer handwritten, not the same as ‘writing it down’ when its ‘typing it down’

  75. Reply
    Margaret GALLAGHER
    28th August 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I love handwritten journals
    Tells me so much more than digital
    Can’t show emotions in digital!

  76. Reply
    Jules Lawson
    28th August 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I’ve kept a diary on and off ever since I was a little girl, it’s something I’ll never completely give up. There’s something really special about keeping a “real” diary, it’s good to be able to pick it up and read it again at some point in the future. 🙂

  77. Reply
    29th August 2017 at 10:14 am

    As when you look back nothing is deleted, you can always see what was going to happen too x

  78. Reply
    maria blythin
    29th August 2017 at 10:36 pm

    there is something lovely about writing in a new diary and i dont trust a digital one, also i keep the letters i need in the diary too x

  79. Reply
    30th August 2017 at 3:43 pm

    so I can carry it around at work

  80. Reply
    Mark Hopkins
    31st August 2017 at 1:02 am

    It can be carried around a lot easier and it is quicker to write something in rather than wait for an electronic device to turn on and possibly have no battery power.

  81. Reply
    Simone Griffin
    1st September 2017 at 7:02 pm

    There’s nothing better than the feel of a real diary – I love to write and make lists and digital isn’t the same x

  82. Reply
    Laura Corrall
    2nd September 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I think I just prefer paper diaries more than my phone because if I write it down I tend to remember it better than if I typed it out. Plus I personally find it quicker and easier to use than my phone. You can add more detail on paper than on a phone.

  83. Reply
    Pamela Gossage
    2nd September 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I save my diary every year and then I can look back on them

  84. Reply
    Katy Malkin
    2nd September 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I can carry it around, no need for wifi or updating, no relying on batteries!

  85. Reply
    Shirley Evans
    2nd September 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I like the written word

  86. Reply
    Emma Farrell
    2nd September 2017 at 11:05 pm

    It feels more real&can use at home&iWork

  87. Reply
    Rebecca Sutton
    2nd September 2017 at 11:59 pm

    you cant beat writing something down, rather than getting your phone out, unlocking it and finding the app, then having to type it in, save it, then rememeber where you put it!

  88. Reply
    angela sandhu (@angiesandhu)
    3rd September 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I love the feel of paper

  89. Reply
    Dragons And Fairy Dust
    3rd September 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Its easy to carry about and I can make notes while I remember

  90. Reply
    Caroline Bourne
    3rd September 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Because you can scribble lots of little notes which is much easier than email

  91. Reply
    Hayley Todd
    3rd September 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I much prefer a writing / paper journal over a digital copy. I love being able to carry my journal with me in my bag to write down my thoughts and feelings when they are fresh in my mind. I also keep any specific paperwork in my diary, for appointments for hospitals, birthday cards for posting etc in my journal which I couldn’t do on a purely digital copy.

  92. Reply
    Patricia Avery
    3rd September 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I love all things tech and have embraced it but for some reason lists I physically write stay in my brain much better than digital ones!

  93. Reply
    3rd September 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I feel its so much easier to remember things if you write manually

  94. Reply
    Ellen Stafford
    3rd September 2017 at 8:53 pm

    You can carry it everywhere and it’s easy to flick open.

  95. Reply
    Karen R
    3rd September 2017 at 8:54 pm

    There’s nothing better than ticking off a task on a list with a pen – the digital version just isn’t the same xx

  96. Reply
    Sammy (@SammyHamster_)
    3rd September 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I’ve always preferred writing lists and making notes, so I find diaries really useful.

  97. Reply
    Kat Allinson
    3rd September 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I love to doodle at the side with my thoughts and ideas and also write lists of thing I have to do

  98. Reply
    claire little
    3rd September 2017 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve used digital before and it wiped itself.

  99. Reply
    amy bondoc
    3rd September 2017 at 10:20 pm

    i just prefer to write, not a fan of technoology it took me ages to figre out the computer then facebook etc, i still have a penpal and prefer to write her rather than send email/!!

  100. Reply
    3rd September 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve not always got access to a computer so a paper diary is a must

  101. Reply
    Paula Cheadle
    4th September 2017 at 1:38 am

    my daughter loves writing on paper better than digital, with this diary she could use it for pregnancy diary

  102. Reply
    4th September 2017 at 2:06 am

    For the simple reason that my mobile battery is always flat. Don’t have that problem with paper.

  103. Reply
    astrid c
    4th September 2017 at 6:09 am

    i always have a paper diary, a new one each year!!

  104. Reply
    4th September 2017 at 9:59 am

    I prefer things old fashioned way! Easy to jot down extra notes etc and decorate to look pretty!

  105. Reply
    Eva Trelfa
    4th September 2017 at 9:59 am

    I like to be able to grab my diary and see quickly whats happening. No opening electronic gadgets and waiting!

  106. Reply
    Stewart Biddle
    4th September 2017 at 10:06 am

    Digital version can always break or go wrong at least if i had one of these i could keep writing stuff down and not forget stuff

  107. Reply
    Carla Carthy
    4th September 2017 at 10:13 am

    i love paper and pen i know where iv’e put it i can take it out with me write any appointments date and time etc.. good old fashion pen and paper 🙂

  108. Reply
    Susan B
    4th September 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I never look at digital diaries. Paper looks great, feels great and works great.

  109. Reply
    Saran Benjamin
    4th September 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I am old school and just love leaving paper trails

  110. Reply
    Victoria Prince
    4th September 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I love a paper diary over digital because I like to have something physical, it also helps to remember if I’ve actually written it down rather than typed it – and there is just something more satisfying about a paper diary 🙂

  111. Reply
    Sarah Wilson
    4th September 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Because it never runs out of battery!

  112. Reply
    Kelly Simpson
    4th September 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I prefer written things down in a diary rather then a digital one.

  113. Reply
    Julie Camm
    4th September 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I prefer paper as I like using different coloured pens and adding a bit of doodling. I also know I won’t press some random button and lose everything!

  114. Reply
    4th September 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Something very soothing about writing in a diary

  115. Reply
    Erica Price
    4th September 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I use my diary for my to do list and it’s very satisfying to cross something off.

  116. Reply
    Cerys John
    4th September 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I lose track so much easier with digital diaries!

  117. Reply
    4th September 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Writing things down helps me to remember them. I keep my diary with me and write appointments, to do lists/ shopping etc all in my diary so I know what needs to be done.

  118. Reply
    Tammy Neal
    4th September 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I love writing stuff down and being able to track things x

  119. Reply
    ellie spider
    4th September 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I like physically crossing things off in a list I have made lol it more satisfying than deleting a digital line

  120. Reply
    Caroline Blaza
    4th September 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I prefer a paper diary so I can take it everywhere with me without worrying about a battery going flat x

  121. Reply
    Ruth Wollerton
    4th September 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I feel more organised and less likely to forget things, when they are written down xxx

  122. Reply
    Natalie Crossan
    4th September 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I like the paper ones I just like writing 🙂 xx

  123. Reply
    Emma Topp
    4th September 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I like being able to flick back through the pages to see what I was up to last week, last month etc

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