Thursday, August 4, 2016

Inspirational Calendars for Women

It's time to start looking at calendars for 2017. Here are my top three favorite inspirational calendars for women, each with a touch of whimsy.
I love this time of year, when summer starts winding down, school supplies fill stores' shelves, and it's time to start looking at calendars for the upcoming new year. Why start looking at next year's calendars in August? Because there are so many beautiful new designs coming out and it can take me weeks to choose a favorite!

This year I got a head start, poring through the selection at Calendars.com. For 2017 I knew I wanted an upbeat inspirational calendar, one that would lift my spirits each time my eyes fell on it. I like lots of color, engaging artwork, and positive messages that make me smile but also make me think. And since I am one, I specifically looked for inspirational calendars for women.

After many enjoyable hours of browsing, I've finally narrowed my choices down to three favorites. Here's what I've decided.


Since color and engaging artwork are on my list of requirements, it's no surprise that I was immediately drawn to Suzy Toronto's calendars. Her 2017 "Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle" wall calendar is bright, beautiful, and covered in the engaging art that the artist is known for. There's a bit of a "flower power" message on the cover and a huge amount of positivity that fills the insides.

Suzy Toronto's 2017 Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle Wall Calendar, March Page
Suzy Toronto's Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle 2017 Calendar
One thing that I especially like about the Suzy Toronto inspirational calendar is that her artwork isn't limited to the upper half of each monthly spread. She carries the design, and each monthly message, through to the bottom half, too, beautifully decorating not just the corners of the page but the holiday squares, too. In the sample shown, for instance, the cute shamrocks and pot of gold make St. Patrick's Day stand out on the March page. I love this calendar and know that I won't tire of looking at it.



Blessings For Life inspirational, motivational wall calendar with a scripture verse each month.
Blessings for Life 2017 Wall Calendar



The "Blessings for Life" wall calendar with scripture also is filled with beautiful artwork, but the mood is a little more subtle. I adore the whimsical art collages from the Velvet Lime Girls that remind me of colorful doodles. The theme of the calendar is hope, grace, and love and an uplifting short Bible verse is included each month.

This is a high-quality calendar with linen-embossed pages and would make not just a perfect calendar for any woman's home or office but would be a fabulous choice for a special gift. I'm thinking that this calendar will look perfect in my colorful "quilts" bedroom.

Mary Engelbreit 2017 "Life Happens" Inspirational Desk Calendar
Mary Engelbreit "Life Happens" 2017 Desk Calendar






If you prefer your inspiration and encouragement in daily doses, here's a page-a-day desk calendar that's worth waking up to each morning. You've probably already identified the artist.  Yes, this is the Mary Engelbreit 2017 "Life Happens" calendar, with a page for each day of the year (Saturday and Sunday share a page). Each day when you tear off the preceding date's page, you can count on not only an adorable, whimsical piece of art but a related, short, uplifting, inspirational quote to go with it. I can't decide which I like better, the quotes or the art! I want to put this desk calendar in the kitchen where I'll see it first thing so my brain will have all day to mull over the wisdom that permeates each message. "Every flower must grow through dirt" has been popping into my head frequently since I first saw this page. I love it and bet you'll love it, too.

So, these are my current top three favorite inspirational calendars for women, each with its own touch of whimsy and dose of wisdom. Which one is your favorite? 

If you like all of these calendars, as I do, you might appreciate this link for free shipping.
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P.S. Calendars make great gifts!

~Susan
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20 comments:

  1. Those are exactly the type of pictures I love seeing on my wall. A little happy goes a long way to improving a person's day. Love this type of calendar indeed.

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    1. I love your comment, Lorelei! You're right, a little happy really does go a long way. Thank you so much!

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  2. I always struggle with my choice of new calendars, too. So many really cool ones to choose from! I kind of like the Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle one that you feature here. What a fun sentiment!

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    1. There are other really good ones, too, Bev. The "Sparkle" one really caught my eye this year, too, and I knew that many of my friends would enjoy it. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. You've been reading my mind Miss Susan. I love calendars too and give them as gifts often. Love the Don't Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle....made for someone quirky like me....thanks for this great review...

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    1. Perfect word, "quirky!" That's exactly the message I was trying to get across, but the word escaped me. Thanks, Grammie O, and so glad you like it, too!

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  4. I love the "Every flower must grow through dirt" what great selection you've come with here. I agree with Olivia, any one of these would make a great gift.

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    1. Isn't that a great quote and an awesome word picture? I'm sure there are plenty of good calendars for you guys, too! Really appreciate your visit and your comment!

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  5. All 3 of the calendars are great for different reasons. I will be hard to choose just one. I have never purchased my wall calendar far enough in advance. It seems like I get to Dec. 1, when it is time to start making notes for Jan. appt., and then I realize I need a new calendar. I do love the idea of buying one ahead of time this year, but I especially love the idea of saving money by doing so.

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    1. I do the same thing, Cynthia! The sales right now are very good, so no good reason to put off a purchase until December. There will be other sales, but they're not necessarily predictable, so my plan is to grab it and go!

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  6. I would choose the Mary Engelbreit calendar at the end. I've always loved her art. I really like that quote on your featured page, too.

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  7. I would choose the Mary Engelbreit calendar at the end. I've always loved her art. I really like that quote on your featured page, too.

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    1. Between the great quotes and the adorable art, surely everyone loves Mary Engelbreit. Great choice, Barb! Thanks!

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  8. I really like the Englebreit calendar. Maybe I should switch from my Maxine calendars to Englebreit.

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    1. Maybe one of each, Dawn? A little sassy . . . and a little sweet! Makes for a balanced life, one day at a time. :)

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  9. I always seem to need calendars in several rooms in my home, so having choices presented here is very helpful. Now to narrow down my selections!

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    1. Glad the choices are helpful to you, Elf! I could decorate every wall with calendars if my husband would let me. There are so many great ones, it's really hard to choose. Good luck with that!

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  10. I love the floral theme in your selection of calendars, I really should start having a good look at this time of the year too as it takes me forever to decide on one.

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    1. Keen observation there, Louanne! I do love flowers, even in pictures. Add a little quirkiness and I'm hooked! Hope you find the perfect calendar for your new year!

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