Book Review + Giveaway: Marking the Date

I haven’t mentioned on the blog yet, but I’m currently expecting our second child in May! We’ve been trying to explain the countdown to our son but he doesn’t completely understand the passing of days and time quite yet. So when I heard about this Marking the Date calendar book I thought it would be perfect for him!


Every day we put a new sticker on the calendar. The book is great because my son gets to carry it around and open it up each day as he waits for baby and it’s his own special project. He’s 2 1/2 so the passing of time is still a bit hazy for him but this book gives him a physical activity to mark each day. It helps him understand that it’s something we do once each day until the baby arrives so he now has a better idea of how long he has to wait.


There are over 500 stickers included for just normal days and for special days like birthdays, trips, and holidays. The book includes 12 months of the year so you could use it for major events like a baby’s arrival or a deployed family member coming home, or you could countdown to birthdays, trips, people visiting or whatever’s happening in your life! There’s even enough stickers for your kid to put some on his shirt, which my son especially enjoyed.

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At the Before I Forget website, you can purchase this calendar book or put together a personalized 1 page calendar with all the birthdays and anniversaries of your family for that year. And on this post, you have the opportunity to win one of the books pictured above!

To enter: One entry per person. Just leave a comment below! We’d love to hear what you would use the book for. Open to US and Canada through Friday, February 24 and the winner will be announced on this post on Saturday.

Congratulations to Kristy, comment #3 chosen by! Kristy runs a fabulous blog called Hopeful Threads, check it out!

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  27 comments for “Book Review + Giveaway: Marking the Date

  1. Bam
    February 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’d use the calendar for my 2.5 year old to help understand the passage of time while we wait for things like family trips, holidays, special occasions, and the birth of her new brother/sister. Brilliant idea as she absolutely loves stickers!

  2. February 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Congratulations! What a great way to help your little guy wait for the arrival of the baby! :)

  3. February 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

    This is such a great idea!!! Time is a difficult concept for young children especially. We count “sleeps” since they can grasp that better than days. Would love to win this calendar and try it out….we have several very special days to anticipate! :) Thanks!

    • February 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

      I love the counting in sleeps! We often say that we have “3 more ni-nights before we get to go to the zoo” or whatever. Don’t you wish you could go back to having childlike anticipation and excitement?

  4. Jennyroo
    February 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    We have a 3 boys under age 5… the more babies the merrier, I think! Hearty congratulations to your family! We are planning a special Disney holiday in late 20122, this calendar would be perfect for helping our little ones count down the days!

  5. L2L
    February 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

    We homeschool year round, so this would be great for them to see the 6 weeks on 1 week of schedule or those even longer special breaks we have for Easter and Christmas

  6. February 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

    The nieces and nephews in my family seem to all be having babies at the same time. This book would make a wonderful gift to one of them for their toddlers. Thanks

  7. Carol J
    February 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Congratulations!! You must be excited! My SIL is expecting in June, and my nephew is going to be 2 next month. This book would be great for them too! Thank you so much for the giveaway, but now I also know where to get one, just in case lol

  8. February 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

    What a great idea. We’d use it as a countdown to our own expected little one this summer!

  9. February 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I really like this idea…especially the birthdays all on one page…thanks for the giveaway!

  10. February 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    What a great tool for our daughter! We’ll be doing home school, so this would be an excellent addition to our school stash. Thanks for the chance :)

  11. Lori Ginsberg
    February 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    What a fun book! I would give this to my daughter who is expecting her third baby in August. Her firstborn, who is also my first grandchild is 4 and her second baby is my first granddaughter and she is 2. They would have so much fun with this calendar.

  12. Lindsay
    February 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Congratulations on your second! I’m actually expecting my second baby right now too (due in Aug.) and this book would be great to help my two year old countdown to the birth. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Jodi G.
    February 21, 2012 at 1:04 am

    What a super neat idea. My son is in the Marine Corp and will be deploying to Afghanistan in April. I would use this book for my grandson to help him with understanding days and time for different events coming up. The biggest event though would be when his Daddy would be coming home from deployment.

    Thank you for a neat giveaway and a chance to win.


  14. ColleenB.
    February 21, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Congratulations on your upcoming new arrival.
    That is a book that my 3 yr. old granddaughter would like.

  15. February 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Congratulations!! Stickers are such a cute idea :)

  16. February 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I forgot to add…I would use this calender to help my grandaughter understand the passing of time…truly a great teaching idea! Thank you.

  17. Jenny
    February 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Congrats! I just got my own BFP for LO#2! LO#2 is 2.5, so you can guess how helpful that would be here!

  18. February 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    What a neat idea. They didn’t have things like that when my children were small. But I would use it for my grandchildren in Florida could count the days till we would visit them. Thanks for posting.

  19. Megan
    February 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I wish we would have had this for my son when we were waiting on baby # 2.

  20. Jessica
    February 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My 2 year old has just “discovered” stickers and he’s learning quickly how to use them. Right now he loves to put them on his shirt or the back of his hands. This calendar would be such a fun and practical way of representing time! I think it could help him with counting skills and also help him look forward to events while avoiding the anxiety of “how many sleeps until…?” Thanks for suggesting such a useful product!

  21. catherine c
    February 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    i love the concept of this book

    thanks for the chance to win!

  22. February 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    What a NEAT idea!! I’m really looking forward to checking this out! Thanks.

  23. Beth T.
    February 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family!

    My niece’s dad is in the military. This book would be good to have on hand in the event he is called to serve away from home.

  24. February 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I would give it to my 5 yr old daughter! She LOVES stickers and I think she’d love the whole idea of this! Awesome:)

  25. February 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    COngratulations on expecting!!! That is exciting!! I would use it for my 2 older boys, they need to be able to “see” what is about to happen. The perfect thing fo rthem!!!

  26. Sarah Avila
    February 23, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I homeschool and this would be perfect for my Kindergartener!

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