For many years, our family has used a shared calendar that was web and app-based. Our schedules with work and kids rivals any family that I’ve ever seen. We must have a product that is easy to use, available on desktop, tablet, and mobile (app). A quick search introduced me to Picniic.
My essentials in looking for a shared calendar are:
Easy to use
Color-coded for each family member
Still in active development (I want a product that will continue to be updated)
Push notifications for reminders
Picniic is a next-generation family organizer built with the goal of being the ‘operating system for the family home.’ It serves as a family management dashboard that brings all your activities, tasks and data together in one place, keeping everyone organized and on the same page.
In a nutshell, Picniic has a shared calendar (every family member has their own color); a family locator tool (think “Find My iPhone”); a meal planner, a to-do list, a shopping list, special event calendar (which syncs birthdays and anniversaries onto the shared calendar), and a family info locker where you can store key information like your medical details and other household information.
We have now successfully moved all of our family to Picniic and I’m very happy using it. It’s nice for all of us to have the latest updates – for every member of the family – right in the palm of our hands! No more “Mom, can I have a sleepover on Friday night? Am I busy?” My response is always the same – “Check Picniic!”
I admit that I often struggle with meal planning because it’s such a hassle. The Picniic app is loaded with recipes that are awesome. Type in an ingredient or a common recipe and it pops right up in the palm of your hand. The best part – one simple click at the bottom of the recipe and you can add all of the ingredients to your shopping list! As if that wasn’t good enough, you can also add your own personal or family recipes into the recipe binder. That is super helpful and actually makes it more of a reality that I will meal plan, and come home with every ingredient needed from the grocery store!
Picniic is free to use online or via app, but their are portions that are available by subscription. (I paid $50 for a year.) My suggestion is that you download the free version and use it for a few weeks and see what you think. I used it regularly for nearly a month and was sold!
I am not a Picniic affiliate, but I do love this product.
The movie Cars debuted on my son Avery’s 3rd birthday. My husband and I had seen the trailer months before and knew that Avery would love it … and what better way to celebrate being 3 then to go to a big theater and watch a movie about something you love – CARS! We had no idea when we stepped foot into that theater how the movie would change our lives.
Avery fell in love with Cars. I can’t even put into words how much he loved everything about the movie. The characters, the music, the storyline – our family lived and breathed every minute of the film over and over. One of my fondest childhood memories of Avery is hearing him sing “Life is a Highway” from the Cars soundtrack. His little voice with the perfect mimic of the inflection from Rascal Flatts – it was like a little angel was singing it.
We have had Lightning McQueen birthday parties, Sally birthday parties, Christmases filled with every Cars toy manufactured that year … If it has been made with the Cars logo, I feel confident in saying that we own it.
In April, our family was invited to attend an event called Cars 3: Road to the Races tour. We were excited to see what the new movie would bring and – fingers crossed – we were set to again become the biggest fans of the film.
At the event, we were able to take photos with the new characters and see a trailer of the film. Take a peak:
My husband and son were lucky enough to get to screen the movie on behalf of StephanieClick.com earlier this week. They were blown away at every aspect of the film with my husband even admitting that he teared up a couple of times.
My son, Avery, said “The visuals were stunning, especially the mud. The movie brought us many new characters, who each had their own story to tell. The introduction of each character and place was added in seamlessly and expertly. It brought out emotions I hadn’t seen from Pixar since the original Cars movie. The settings were both visually and emotionally pleasing. I can’t wait to see it again!”
As far as the music, my husband raved about the soundtrack. (It’s available now on Amazon!)
Here’s the jist of the film: Lightning McQueen is back on the big screen, but he’s not a rookie anymore. Blindsided by a new general on of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Piston-Cup champion finds himself suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. “The next-gen racers are cool,” says director Brian Fee. “You can see instantly that cars like Jackson Storm are effortlessly fast. We designed these younger, faster cars to be sleek and aerodynamic—and they’re a sharp contrast to Lightning McQueen.
While Lightning is still the same self-assured, determined and fun loving race car audiences fell in love with, his confidence is being tested by the new cars on the track. “When we first met Lightning McQueen, he was a young rookie—a superhero,” says Fee. “He had his whole life ahead of him. And while he’s done well since we last saw him, he’s not a young hotshot racer anymore. We kept circling the idea of what happens when an athlete like Lightning is in the twilight of his career.
Enter Cruz Ramirez. Tasked with getting Lightning McQueen back on track after a devastating setback, Cruz isn’t shy. Her training style is high-tech, enthusiastic and steadfast—she’s not afraid to apply a little tough love. But there’s more to Cruz than meets the eye. “I love Cruz’s story,” says co-producer Andrea Warren. “She’s such an admirable, likable character. She’s so passionate about racing and her role to create champions. The movie isn’t just about Lightning McQueen—it’s Cruz’s story, in many ways.”
As a mom, I love the fact that there are so many great characters for our kids (and now teens) to fall in love with. This is a movie that everyone can enjoy, laugh, cry and identify with. We need more movies like Cars 3! Although it’s just mid-June, I feel safe labeling this as the “Must-See Movie of the Summer of 2017“!
I’m absolutely in love with Project Life, a product that was developed by Becky Higgins. I began Project Life in 2010 and I’ve never looked back. Although there are several ways to use Project Life, I have always used it to capture one-photo-a-day. In 2016, I switched to the Project Life app and it has made life even easier.
When Becky says that the Project Life app puts scrapbooking in the palm of your hand, she is telling the truth. The app has the functionality of so many things that you would find in a traditional paper kit. Everything is at the touch of a fingertip.
Here are the steps:
Pick a collage
Import your photos
Choose a kit within the app for additional cards and journaling (there are some free options for kits)
It really is that easy! There are so many collage options and fun kits to choose from!
This is a layout that I did for a week in January. I use the same collage layout for every week during the year. The kits that you can buy within the app all have cards that coordinate, but I tend to mix and match them depending on the topic.
Tip: While I use the app to capture one photo a day for our large family album, some (probably the majority of users, actually) use Project Life layouts to capture a snapshot of each week or month of the year. It’s much less to think about and still gives a good glimpse at what’s happening in your family.
When I do specific layouts on kids or family events, I tend to vary the collages. I always stick with a 12×12 so that all of my albums are the same size.
While I still love traditional paper scrapbooking, I have really grown to love the Project Life App. If you are in a busy season of life and you are already so behind on memory-keeping that you are thinking of giving up, I hereby give you permission to use the app. It IS NOT a cop-out. It is not cheating.
Here’s a quick video from Becky Higgins herself to show you how easy the app is to use:
Finally, let’s talk about what’s next. You’ve made your pages, it’s time to print. You can order prints directly from the Project Life app. The “order prints” bar is at the bottom of the opening screen of the app. You can order in four sizes: 4×6, 6×8, 8×8, 12×12. (My second choice for printing is Persnickety Prints.)
Tip: If you are going to use square collages, always save/export as a 12×12 because the resolution will be suitable for an 8×8 print. But, it doesn’t necessarily work the other way around.
More questions? I’m happy to help. I might not be an expert, but I am an active user! Here’s where you can download (iOS and Android).
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of our favorite family activities each year. We are lucky that the rodeo always falls during our spring break, so you can count on us to take one day and make it a rodeo day.
This year, I needed to work through spring break, so my husband loaded up the kids and took them for the day. They had a fantastic time.
The rodeo with young teens is a lot of fun. They love everything that there is to offer. One of the biggest tips that I have is find a rodeo committee member that is near you to buy half-price carnival tickets when they are available. Most of the bigger rides cost 10-ish tickets, so you can run through tickets quickly. Buying the ticket booklets beforehand can save you a ton of cash.
From the animal pavilion, to the shopping, to the midway and the carnival rides — oh, and the food — the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a must do for every Texan. It matters not if you have children, there really is something for everyone. So, mark your calendars for February 27 – March 18, 2018.
This post is sponsored by Rodeo Houston and US Family Guide. I received rodeo tickets in exchange for my honest opinion.
I’ve long been a fan of Shutterfly, so it’s no surprise that I always take advantage of Shutterfly freebies!
Shutterfly helps you make the most out of life’s most memorable moments. As a leader in personalized photos and services, they allow you create lasting keepsakes; award-winning photo books; custom stationery, including cards, announcements, and invitations; as well as unique home decor and photo gifts.
Shutterfly is very generous with their discount codes. It’s a great way to try products that you might not normally try, and also a way to stockpile gifts for special occasions.
This week – through 3/1 – you can pick TWO gifts! This is valid on the Shutterfly site or the app! Click on the link below to choose your products – then use the code FREE4ME at checkout.
Hello Fresh has quickly become a staple in our house. I tried it on a whim when a fellow blogger offered up a free trial. I was a bit skeptical of the price, but once I tried and saw first hand the quality of the ingredients – I was hooked. I am so guilty of being tired after work and just running through a drive-thru or ordering takeout. Hello Fresh has kept us at the dinner table with great meals and it’s honestly cheaper than takeout!
Hello Fresh offers 3 plans: Classic (meat and fish recipes for 2 or 4 adults, you choose from 6 recipes); Veggie Plan (vegetarian recipes, serves 2 or 4 adults): or the Family Plan (meat, fish, and veggie recipes, serves 2 adults and 2 children, handpicked recipes). We are using the Classic Plan as of now. I’ve liked picking the recipes, but honestly – I’m getting ready to switch to the Family Plan only because I totally trust the recipes! I don’t need to pick any longer.
Take a look at the video and then I’ll give you some final tidbits and a trial code!
Each week, you can log into the Hello Fresh website and, if you are on the Classic Plan, you choose your meals. You will see 6 choices and you choose the 3 that you want.
Another awesome thing that I’m finding is that the recipes are things that I can make on the nights that I don’t have the service. So, the longer I’m using Hello Fresh, the more I’m breaking out of our rut of spaghetti and tacos. I’m keeping every recipe card and referring to it on the off nights.
Using this code CLICK HERE will get you $40 off your first box!
Let me know if you have any questions! I’m happy to answer as best I can!!!