First Look: 2015 Ban.dō 17-Month Agenda + "Yay for Birthdays!" Giveaway [CLOSED]

08 August 2014

Ban.dō is a Los Angeles based company specializing in über cute gifts and accessories. Their merchandise is inspired by "all things fun" (think bright colors, and funky/fun patterns). So, when I saw on my Instagram feed that they were carrying agendas, I just had to see for myself. You know me, planners and pretty paper gets me every time!

This is the 2015 17-Month Agenda that runs from August 2014 to December 2015. That means you can start using it now instead of having to wait till next year. Awesome. The agenda measures at 8.5 in. x 5.5 in. and is a pretty thick book with a nice glossy hard cover. Everything is kept closed with an elastic band. I love the mint and gold combo!

"OMG, check out these cute stickers!" is the first thing you'll see when you open up the planner. These would be great for those who love decorating their planner pages.

The months are tabbed which makes it easier to flip between them and is also color coded for your convenience. At the beginning of each month, there is a fun, two page spread of cute doodles, illustrations, and sayings. Here's a look at the month of August:

And Septembers spread:

The diaries included are a month-on-two pages and a week-on-two pages. The monthly diary is quite simple and straight forward. The weeks begin on Sundays with enough space in the boxes to jot down important dates and/or appointments. There is also a spot on the left hand side for notes and other information. I particularly love the attention that Ban.dō gives to special holidays like this months National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

Each month is then followed by your standard week-on-two pages diary. Plenty of space for planning weekday routines with smaller blocks for Saturday and Sunday. And if you find that your weekends are somewhat lacking in the "fun" department, Ban.dō has included some to-do's for you to consider at the bottom of every page. My husband and I already have our own secret handshake that we made up years ago. But, cleaning in roller skates? I'll have to try that one day! :)

And, finally, at the very end of the agenda is a small gusseted pocket made of thick paper that's just enough room for storing loose items like note cards and stickers. It's fairly roomy and runs the entire height of the back cover.

Other agenda pages that I didn't photograph include a yearly overview for 2014-2016, a tabbed section to jot down important dates like birthdays and anniversaries, and a section with a list of national Holidays including some pretty unique ones (December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day!). There is also a pink satin place holder to help mark your current position, and tons of amusing notes inscribed on the bottom of pages throughout the entire agenda.

If your planning system needs a bit of a pick-me-up, this agenda is definitely one to consider. It comes in two different styles--the gorgeous mint and gold combo that I've just shared with you, and an equally cute white one with black polka-dots (polka-dots! ♥) on its cover. Each page is sure to put a smile on your face. Nothing but loads of fun packed into a neat little book that you can toss into your purse or bag and be on your way. Who couldn't use a bit of extra fun in their lives?

Anyway, these agendas are just too cute not to share with my fellow planner lovers. Since August is my birthday month (9 more days to go!), I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to host a giveaway! I'm going to give away not one, but two of these Ban.dō agendas, one for each of the lucky readers who will be chosen randomly. To enter, simply leave a comment below sharing something that makes you smile by completing the following statement:

"Yay, for..."

Don't forget to include your name, where you're from, and which one of the agendas (mint + gold OR polka-dots) you'd like. And that's it! Fun, right? I wanted to be sure that my friends across the pond get to participate, too, so this giveaway is open to everyone, 18 years and up, WORLDWIDE! The giveaway will close next Thursday, August 14, at 12:00 AM (PST) and the winners will be announced here on the blog on Friday, August 15. Good luck!

Till next time, thanks for reading. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! See you next Friday.

25 comments :

  1. "Yay, for Anniversary weekends, this weekend and a night way with my Husband"

    Annee McBride, from Scotland and I'd love the polka dot one if I was so lucky enough to win x

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    1. "Yay" indeed! And a very Happy Anniversary to you and your Husband!

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  2. This is so PRETTY <3 i love these kind of notebooks with fun doodles and quotes 0.0 thanks for sharing, :)

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  3. Yay for my family and friends who always support me when it comes to my crazy decisions. My name is Shrasta Tamrakar from Chicago, IL. I would love the mint +gold agenda!

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    1. Families are definitely something to be thankful for! :)

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  4. "Yay, for being able to wake up every single day to see the beautiful world and all that it has to offer! (:"

    Hello! My name is Christine Dang. I am from Houston, Texas. Like Shrasta, I would love the mint + gold agenda. I think the two colors really compliment each other very well!

    Thanks for sharing this giveaway and happy early birthday!! (: (:

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    1. Love this! And thank you so much for the early birthday wishes. :)

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  5. YAY for the feeling of great accomplishment and happiness when i could stick to my planning/schedule for the day" determination!!
    Hi, I am Tiffany Leong (commented above)from Singapore, and i would like to win notebook in mint x gold!(its colour combination is gorgeous!) tks for sharing this as all those doodles are cute and inspiring:P I would be so awesome to win this notebook in Mint and gold though i dont mind the polka dot too since what is the most important is the inside design! I like it a lot!!
    it will be so handy and WAY MORE FUN (with all those vibrant colours and cute letterings!) with this notebook for planning my day right and planning ahead for the month! ♡ hope i could be so lucky to win one of this lovely notebook glad giveaway is international so i got a chance at it: ) anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance to you!! ^^

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  6. YAY for . . . (my) little children that can brighten up your day no matter what's going on :)
    Hello! My name is Antonia Tillman. I am in San Diego, California. I would love the polka-dots agenda!
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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    1. Hi, Antonia! Please, e-mail me at yayforfridays@gmail.com as you are one of the winners of my giveaway! I just realized I have no way of contacting you. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

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  7. Happy birthday! :)

    Yay for: my friends and family. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am now.

    My name is Angela. I'm from London, UK and would love the polka dot one, but wouldn't mind the mint one instead too :)

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    1. Thank you, and hi, Angela! :)

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  8. Wow those are cute agendas! SOO glad I found your blog. I just got myself a Louis Vuitton Agenda in PM size and Im looking for a cute filofax paper for it. Do you know where I can find one? Tips will be really make me happy :D Thanks in advance xx

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  9. Thanks for much for this giveaway! My name is Chaela C. And I'm from San Jose, CA. I'd love the mint one!

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  10. Not sure if my last comment went through, but my name is Chaela C. from San Jose, CA and I would love the mint planner. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  11. Yay for...this new mama attempting to become organized...because I AM very busy! lol

    I'm Danielle Allen from McDonough, GA and would love the mint/gold!

    And happy birthday!

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  13. Yay for... GOD!!! He blesses us with each and every day we wake up. He has proven His Love & Faithfulness tremendously.

    My name is Lindsay Rackley from Friona, TX. I would absolutely LOVE the "I'm too busy" one because I am always too busy, haha.

    PS: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Mine was August 7th.

    I should also do a Yay for: your blog. I just recently got back into paper planners, I loved collecting them in middle school, but of course never kept up with because I of course was so young with not enough things to add in them lol. I have started with an ECLP, and a Kate Spade black Wellesley zip around that I LOVE. I also have a May Designs one I use as a dump to just jot stuff down quickly then I will later add all prettied up into my others.

    I hope I win. I have never won anything like this before.

    God Bless :)

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  14. Yay, for... My life. I am beyond blessed to have great friends, family, and a super supportive boyfriend. The Lord has truly blessed me and I am beyond happy for that.

    My name is LaStephanie Moore, and I am from Miami, FL. And I would love the Polka Dot planner. Beauty for real. Lol.

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  15. YAY for not giving up on getting this awesome agenda!!!!!

    My name is Valeria, I am from Chile (yay for that too :D), I would really LOVE the polka dot planner :D
    xoxo :)

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  16. Oh! and Happy Birthday :)!!!!

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  17. Yay for not being too late to enter this contest I hope! :) I would love the mint + gold one since it would help me tremendously at my job and with chasing around my rugrats. Happy birthday as well!

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  18. Where can one buy this?

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