When my mom was in the states a few weeks ago, she went to Target. She knew I needed a planner for school, and so she picked up one that she thought I would like. And boy, was she ever right! (And no, neither of us noticed it was "Carolina" pad brand. I just noticed as I was researching it for the review. A little coweenkeedink.)
This is the planner that I have.
It is my favorite planner. I've had several in my 11 years of schooling, but this is by far, the best.
First, I love the pattern. It's cute, girly, fun, and very "me." Not to mention, every month is a different color! On the inside, there is plenty of room for writing down events in the calender section, and several pages in which to write notes, in more detail, about each day's events.
The size is great! Whenever I go anywhere where I might need a planner, it generally fits in my bag, most of the time.
Cons? Well, there are pretty cheesy "helpful hints" at the top of each calender page, and I'm pretty sure I could live without those. Also, I think the squares on the calender should be just a wee bit bigger.
Overall, then, I would give the Carolina Pad Hot Chocolate planner a 4 1/2 out of 5 waffle stacks!