Doesn’t it feel great when you take something that is a constant nag, and tidy it up nice and neat? Like the kitchen drawer where the scissors are, the hall closet, or the crates by the back door that are supposed to organize the kids’ gear – when these things are all cleaned up and organized, they are a big help, and it feels good just to see them in ship shape!
Did you know Cozi can help you feel that same way about your family calendar? With Cozi, you can organize your family’s appointments, routines, schedules and activities in one place, then add on your birthdays, meal plans, and even the daily weather report, and you’ve got a single go-to resource that’s easy to use and has everything you need to stay on top of daily family life. Now that’s a calendar you’ll WANT to look at every day!
With four kids, a business, various church and school activities, appointments and more, our schedule is what keeps my sanity. A few years ago I signed up for Cozi, a free digital calender. We used it here and there but when I got my smartphone last year that’s when I really fell in love with Cozi. Not only can you download schedules from outside sources into your calender (School and sports), you can also view other internet calenders like google and yahoo. Plus everyone in your family gets their own color to make it easy to quickly glance at the calender and see what’s going on. Text reminders or emails can also be set up to remind you of important appointments. I also love that my hubby is able to access the calender on his phone or computer as well, so it’s super easy for him to input things into the calender as well and one day when my children have smart phones they can do the same.
I also love to use the Shopping list feature on Cozi. In fact I have a Target list, Costco/Sams Club list, Grocery list, Dinners list and Christmas/Birthday Gifts list. The lists are my favorite as my hubby can easily log on to his phone or the computer and add to the lists even while I am at the store. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left my list at home when grocery shopping. Now, I no longer forget things at the store because my list is on my phone and is easy to check off.
Besides the Shopping list, there is also a To Do Section which is great for those lists that are always in your head or on paper somewhere that usually end up missing. I have a Projects To Do List for the House, a list for my blog and occasionally a list of things to do when I am planning a party or large event. The To Do list saved me this past summer when we were going to be vacationing for two weeks! You can also download The Fly Lady’s Zones lists into cozi or create your own Spring Cleaning To Do List.
Another awesome feature is the Meals. You can enter your dinner plan on the calender by dragging and dropping from the recipe box, keep recipes in a recipe box that easily allows you to add the ingredients to your shopping list and you can even add recipes from the web into your cozi recipe box so they are all in one place!
Recently I upgraded to Cozi Gold which has other great features including the birthday tracker, meal planner, no advertisements and other great features. I’m loving the birthday tracker, I have a horrible time remembering and writing down all the birthdays but now it’s easy to do!
Now, the best part, when you sign up you for a Cozi account between now and April 12th, you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire HD or a free Cozi Gold Subscription! I will be giving away one Cozi Gold Subscription from all the new member entries received from my blog! So if you aren’t already a Cozi member and you want to be in the running for a Kindle Fire HD or a Cozi Gold Subscription, click on this link and sign up, it’s free!!! Not only is it free, you will love it and wonder how you survived without it!
For those of you that already have Cozi, you can still enter for a chance to win the Kindle Fire or Cozi Gold Subscription as well. All you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include Kindle Giveaway in the subject line and in the body of the email type in The Blooming Hydrangea and how long you have been using cozi.
The contest ends April 12th.