Today I am super excited to be sharing with you something I feel could really help organize not just your life, but your family’s busy schedules as well. I am talking about Cozi, it’s a free app for your phone or tablet. Cozi is a family organizing app used to keep track of schedules, activities, the school calendar, shopping lists, chores and oh so much more! This app was even featured on the Today Show a few weeks ago as the #1 must-have app for an easy life.
When I first heard about Cozi, I thought to myself “Oh yeah … just another calendar app! I don’t need to crowd my phone with that!” I really kind of brushed it aside. Then as my husband and I were driving home from church, he mentioned that he felt like he always had to check in with me if he wanted to schedule something with the guys or invite another family over. (He may or may not have referred to me as Master Keeper of the Schedule!) He expressed that he would like to take a shared role in our social calendar!
I had a really hard time figuring out …(okay, letting go of control)… how to share MY organized calendar and letting my husband be a participant in OUR calendar. That’s when Cozi walked into our lives. I LOVE THIS APP! It has completely changed how my husband and I communicate over planning and schedules. Not only does it allow me to keep my schedule up-to-date and organized, it also gives my husband the freedom to make appointments, schedule guy nights, and be informed about what our family has going on! Dance practice, birthday parties, dentist appointments, and open house! Everyone in our family can be aware of what is going on!
Here are some of the great features:
>Shared calendar: I am able to have everyone’s schedule on the calendar! It categorizes who is connected to each event, listing the start and finish times and location. So one would be able to distinguish between Sally’s dance lessons, Jackson’s football practice and Trent’s one year check up! Plus my husband is seeing the exact same calendar on his phone!
> To Do Lists: Have you ever been waiting in the school pick up line, or at the DMV, and thought “Oh I should make a list!”. Cozi allows you to have a list, not only for you, but for all those connected to the calendar; your husband, your son, your daughter. There is also a shared to-do list too. (Remember ladies, your husband can add as much to your to do list as you add to their list! Wink! Wink!)
> Shopping Lists: I love this feature because I can organize my grocery list just the way I like them, but on my phone! I am able to categorize my shopping lists by stores and then by sections. Or if I need to I could make a shopping list for each child which is great when purchasing school supplies! (You can read ideas to organize your grocery list here.) Another great thing about the shopping lists is that whoever is connected to the account can see these lists and add things to them. I was in a pinch this weekend and ran out of time to make it to the grocery store. My awesome husband came to my rescue and said he would go! When he asked where the list was, I got so excited because it was already in our Cozi!! I didn’t have to write it or text it to him. It was such a time saver!!!
>Meal Planner: I have to say that I was a little excited about this feature because after only 10 minutes at the computer, I had 7 dinners planned and all the ingredients I would need added to my grocery list. All from Cozi.com. They have it setup to where you can drag and drop a meal from your recipe box to the day you would like to cook it! Once you have that, you can go to the recipe and pick which ingredients you would need and add them to your grocery list, on your phone!!! It is amazing!
These are only a few of the great things that Cozi has to offer busy moms who are trying to get everyone to the right place at the right time!
As a reward for using Cozi to organize the family calendar, shopping lists, and to dos, Cozi is giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon.com and a Kindle Fire HD.
To enter, use this link to create your free Cozi account. Create your FREE Cozi account and then you’ll be entered into both drawings, for the Amazon.com gift card and the Kindle Fire HD!!! Good luck! I know you will enjoy your Cozi as much as I do!