Top iPhone Apps for Busy Moms – Get Organized for 2016

Alright I’m well overdue for a post. Had lots of exciting and crazy life events get in the way including two cheer tournaments and a district science fair project (that unfortunately resulted in killing a pet bird – don’t spray paint a science fair board in the house even if its cold and windy outside!!!) So back on track. Today I’m bringing you a list of fantastic iPhone apps (some may work on other phones – I haven’t really checked into it) that will help busy moms out! Some of these deal with organization and others are just great apps for a mom to have. These are not listed in any kind of order so check them all out!

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Awesome List of Busy Mommy Apps!!

Evernote – This app has been touted on many mommy blogs as being an essential apps for Evernotemommies. It is essentially the best note taking app out there. You can even include audio notes which is very handy for work at home mommies. Within this app you can set reminders, make lists, make notes including pictures and web links, and you can even chat. I just found out about this app in the last year and its very useful when I work on notes for new blog entries.

ZocDoc – This app is super handy because you can schedule doctor appointments without zocdoc.jpghaving to make a phone call. You just input what kind of doctor you need and your location and all available appointments pop up so you just pick one. Super simple and saves lots of time! Also very handy if you are out of town and aren’t sure where to go if someone gets sick.

 

Cozi Family Organizer – This is another app that was very well rated by lots of mommiescozi. It is basically a planner for your iPhone. You can track everyone in your family with different colors and sync the app so everyone’s schedules show up on different family members phones. In addition to scheduling activities, the app has a to do list which is shared between phones, a recipe box, a grocery list, and Cozi even keeps track of your trash day which is super handy since I always seem to forget trash day. I prefer a written planner but this is definitely useful to track appointments for different family members so my phone sends me a reminder.

Bright Nest – This app is a nice little gem. It has great home cleaning and organizing tips brightnestand caters topics to things you’ll be interested in after asking a series of questions. You can also pick pre-listed cleaning activities and schedule them on your calendar. The pre-listed activities have nice descriptions on helpful tips and include the time estimate the cleaning activity will take so it schedules the time accordingly when you add the event to your calendar. Great if you lack motivation to clean or get overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start. Definitely worth checking out if you are planning on doing any cleaning or home improvements.

Day One – This is an awesome journaling/diary app but it isn’t free (cost is $4.99). It’s essentially Day_One_Logoa structured digital journal. Your entries are tied to a photo. Cool features include an automatic time stamp which includes weather and GPS location details. You can sync the app across multiple devices (computer, iPad, etc). It also autosaves to the Cloud and you can PDF a month worth of entries as a single PDF. The only negative is if you want to post multiple photographs you have to enter multiple journal entries.

Stigma – This is a personal journal, gratitude tracker, and mood tracker. You enter 200 stigmacharacter mood entries whenever you journal reminds you to write an entry (at least once daily). You can either keep your entries private or anonymously share them. The app will show you your average moods by color coding them on a monthly calendar. Very useful app if you are interested in tracking your mood for any reason.

 

Mom Maps – While this app isn’t particularly useful in a suburban area such as where I mommaps.pnglive, I can see how it would be useful if you live in a city or are taking a vacation to a city. This app shows where any nearby parks are located and where indoor play areas are located. Definitely a must download for the urban mommy.

 

Mint – This is probably the best free money manager and budgeter according to mommies. mintInitially inputting everything is difficult and takes time, but once you have all your information loaded you will be able to see all your separate accounts in a central location. This is great to get a big picture idea of what is going on with your finances and to see where your money is going.

 

Calorie Counter and Tracker By My Fitness Pal – I wasn’t planning on including any diet or myfitnesspalfitness related apps because I plan to include a long list of these apps when I do my series on losing weight here soon but this is by far my favorite calorie/workout tracker. Its simple but gets the job done. The list of workouts and the inclusive list of foods is impressive. You will find anything you are looking for. And if you can’t it is easy to manually add it. Finally, as you lose or gain weight graphs are plotted showing you how you are doing which is lovely to see when the weight is going in the direction you want. And if it’s going the wrong way it is nice motivation to turn the graph around.

That’s it for today. My next blog entry will be about How to Set Up an Award Winning Science Fair Board with your child and I have lots of fun pictures of my step daughter who just won 3rd place at District to include in the writeup. Can’t wait to share :). After that I will be spending the rest of the month doing a 10 blog series on Finally Losing All The Baby Weight. I have lots of great advice and plan to share with you what actually worked for me to get my 47 pounds of baggage off! See ya soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions – List of 25 Resolutions Worthy of Keeping

It’s that time of year!! Time to make a promise to yourself to improve or better your life in some way. More often than not people come up with ridiculous resolutions that they can’t keep. One of the most common failed resolutions is the classic I’m going to go to the gym everyday and lose 25 pounds. Well, the following is a list of resolutions that you will find attainable and realistic. And to help you keep one of these resolutions, tomorrow I will be reviewing numerous websites and phone apps that are available to help you stick to your plan.

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List of 25 Resolutions That You Can Really Keep

  1. Get more sleep

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2. Cut out soda

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3. Weekly money saving challenge

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4. Reduce negativity

5. Stop procrastinating

6. Meditate more or start if you don’t

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7. Start a journal

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8. Try a new hobby

9. Volunteer more

10. Read more books

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11. Declutter

12. Drink or smoke less

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13. Start juicing/detoxing

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14. Drink more water

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15. Read the bible daily

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16. Decrease debt

17. Do a random act of kindness everyday

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18. Become more organized

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19. Stress less

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20. Keep a gratitude list

21. Eat out less

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22. Make new friends

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23. Be more patient

24. Be more frugal

25. Love yourself more

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Planner Obsession – Top Free Mommy Planners for 2016

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One of the most common New Years Resolutions for mothers is becoming more organized. A mommy planner is an ideal way for mothers to plan their daily, weekly, and monthly activities. While there are many planners available to buy, there are a surprising number of FREE planners readily available on the Internet. Some of these require becoming a member of a blog, while others are instantly downloadable. I absolutely love organization tools and I love getting anything for free. While searching for my own free 2016 planner, I reviewed several different planners and other organization tools that are available for free online. My favorites are listed and evaluated below.

YEARLY PLANNERS

green child – This is my absolute favorite planner for 2016 and is the planner I am personally using. This yearly planner includes calendars for 2016 and 2017. It includes cleaning schedules, weekly schedules, monthly schedules, meal planners, and to do lists. It also has an option of either a heart or leaf   multi-color border. It also has motivational sayings spread throughout the calendar. You must subscribe to the blog in order to download the calendar. http://www.greenchildmagazine.com/ultimate-customizable-personal-planner/

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The Handmade Home – This is another solid yearly planner. There are three themes you can choose from: floral, lemon drop, and plaid. Motivational quotes are sprinkled throughout the calendar. Sections include Year at a Glance, Contacts, Goals, Monthly and Weekly Calendars, To Do List, Budget, Cleaning Schedule, Menu and Shopping List, Chore Charts, and Lesson Plan Format (useful for teachers or those who home school). These are directly downloadable but you have to individually select each page to print so its a little tedious. http://www.thehandmadehome.net/2015/06/free-planner-2016/

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WEEKLY PLANNERS

design finch – This site has a myriad of weekly based planners including to do lists, menu planners, cleaning checklists, and blog planners in a variety of styles. Highly recommend checking this site out! http://www.designfinch.com/2011/07/31/sunday-planning/

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MEAL PLANNERS

Creative Home Keeper – This site has an awesome meal planner but you must subscribe to the blog in order to download it. The meal planner is very comprehensive and consists of several tools including a kitchen measurement and substitution chart, master shopping list, recipe cards, freezer and pantry inventories, organization sheets for fridge and freezer, and holiday planning sheets. http://creativehomekeeper.com/simplify-meal-planning-with-your-free-meal-planner/

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Neat House. Sweet Home – This site has a nice weekly meal planner and shopping list. Its formatted very logically and has a nice color scheme. http://www.neathousesweethome.com/weekly-meal-planner-free-printable/

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CLEANING CHECKLISTS

Creative Home Keeper – This site has a nice monthly cleaning checklist. There is a blank sheet so you can fill out additional cleaning tasks in addition to the ones already listed. http://creativehomekeeper.com/monthly-cleaning-checklist-2/

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TO DO/PRODUCTIVITY LIST

psychowith6 – This is a nice productivity list that includes daily, weekly, and monthly sections. Nice for keeping priorities straight. http://www.psychowith6.com/wp-content/uploads/One-Thing-Productivity-Blank.pdf

IDLIZED – This is a creatively formatted to do list and a nice change if you are bored with typical to do lists. This site also has a nice blog ideas/links worksheet. http://idlized.blogspot.ca/2012/06/trying-to-get-things-organized.html

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PASSWORD KEEPERS

frugality gal – This site has a nice password keeping list. Simple but effective. http://frugalitygal.com/2015/04/free-printable-password-log.html

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PLANNER STICKERS

Wendaful – This site has adorable flagging stickers that you can use in your planner. You must subscribe for freebies but I highly recommend you do! http://www.wendaful.com

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My Decorated Bliss – Another site with cute stickers for mommy organization. I love hearts and these are adorable. Directly downloadable. http://mydecoratedbliss.com/?p=42

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Laughing and Losing It – This site has adorable hedgehog stickers to use with your mommy calendar. http://www.laughingandlosingit.net/free-hedgehog-planner-sticker-printable/

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Hello World

So I’m now almost 8 months into this new mommy adventure with two awesome step kids that are 10and 12 of about a year and half and my own 8 month old son who is quickly growing everyday. Basically it’s been a whirlwind crash course in how to be a mommy in a small amount of time. I just made the decision to resign from work and stay at home with the baby due to a myriad of circumstances. But I plan to use this blog to document my journeys in mommy hood as I try to retain some self identity and sanity.

A New Year

To start the year off, I’m going to blog on a series of New Year Resolution topics throughout January. Topics will include the Best Free Online Planners for Moms, Finally Getting Off the Baby Weight (this will be a 10 day series covering tools I used to lose 47lbs in 2015!!), and series of posts on Stress Reduction for Moms. The image below is a collage of some of the things I’ll be presenting this month! Stay tuned :).

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