I received a complimentary One Line a Day book in exchange for an honest review. As always, my opinions are my own. Do I really have to keep saying that? Who else would claim them?

One Line a Day Journal for Busy Moms

The countdown to my surgery has begun. One week from today, I’ll be going under the knife. Actually, it’s a scalpel wielded by robots, according to my surgeon. Yup, robots are operating on me. At least that’s how I picture it when he said “robotic-assisted laparoscopy.” Now I’m picturing Rosie from the Jetsons. Now I’m wondering why the Jetsons lied to me as a child and made me believe I’d be driving a flying car when I grew up.

Back to the topic, surgery: it’s going to be scary. I wanted to get myself some things to pamper myself afterward, or at least make it easier for me to take it easy without going stir-crazy. When I was younger, I used to write in journals all the time. Somehow, as I got older, time just got away from me. Plus, I have carpal tunnel in both hands, so it’s kind of hard for me to sit down and write. Still, I want to leave something behind for my future grandchildren.

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One Line a Day, a Lifetime of Memories

One Line a Day is a brand new, unique journal for busy moms (or dads, teens, anyone really) from Chronicle Books, the same company that created the personalized Night Before Christmas. I got to check out the new journal as soon as it came out. As the name implies, you write one line a day. That’s it. Maybe two, if you write small. The point of the journal is to give you a place to put the most momentous event of every day. Some day, those single moments will celebrate something major, like an outing, trip or holiday. On April 26th, my one line was “Had a great time with Sal and the Kids at the Turkey Hill Experience. Other days, it may be something as simple as “Thank goodness for coffee today!”

One Line a Day

The idea- for me, anyway- is to write little notes that show my personality, my feelings, a glimpse into who I am. Just one moment out of a day, immortalized on paper. I would have loved to have something like this from my grandparents, so hopefully my future grandchildren enjoy reading it. See, the big stories, those live on through generations. I can tell you all about how my grandmother went to India to work with Mother Theresa, or how my grandfather once met M.C. Escher. Those are the stories I remember because they leave a lasting impression. The things I miss, though, are the simpler memories. The memories that fade after years.

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The One Line a Day journal is a pretty, hardback book that comes in several different colors. You choose the name on the cover as well as the starting month. Each date has three lines, making the book a three-year journal. Every day, just write one line, one memory or even one quote. To order your very own One Line a Day book, visit Chronicle Books and start personalizing your own journal.