Whether you are a brand new mom or a well-seasoned "vet," or the mother of moms, here's a resource of a few cool smartphone and tablet applications ("apps") can make life a little more fun and organized!

Cozi – free. Android, Kindle, Apple

This app is the ultimate in organizing your family members' busy lives all in one place. Cozi is an online organizing system that is accessible from any computer, mobile phone or tablet. The family creates a free sign in and then anyone can add information. Features include: a family calendar with reminders, grocery shopping lists, a “to do” list, and a family journal.  It can be a helpful communication tool between spouses too!

iReward – $4.99. Apple, Android, Kindle

iReward provides charts to track chores, behaviors, responsibilities, etc. You set up an account for each child, and then create a list of “tasks” for them to accomplish, earning stars when they do. Examples include doing homework, practicing music, sharing, being polite, saying thank you, cleaning room, etc. As kids earn stars they can cash them in for rewards. You and the children determine the rewards (extra bedtime story or book, one on one time with a parent, waterpark with friends, etc.) and how many stars it is worth.  Don't think its just for kids.  You can set personal goals of behaviors you want to increase, like fitness activities or time spent reading the Bible--or behaviors you want to eliminate giving yourself a star for every day you have success!  Don't forget to motivate yourself with a reward you can earn too!

Movie Reviews – Kids in Mind - $2.99 - 3.99, Android, Apple

If you want to know more about a movie than simply the hollywood rating, this is the app for you! Kids In Mind  gives you additional information for you to make the judgment call if a film meets your moral standards. Movies are rated for sex/nudity, violence/gore and profanity and why they earned the score for each category. They also include a list of discussion topics that may elicit questions from children, and the message the film conveys.  Don't just think it's for kids. Many adults that don't want to watch such objectionable content either!!!

New apps come out every day so just keep checking to see what else is out there that will make your routine more efficient, effective and fun!

Search me, O God, and know my heart...and lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 138: 23-24


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