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Timer+ App – free October 12, 2011

Filed under: Apps,Mommy Tips & Tricks,Parenting — lifeatwarpspeed @ 10:12 pm
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App Store – Timer+.

Today’s shout out is Timer+ for iPhone and iPad is for an indispensable app for any busy multi-tasking person like me. Moms everywhere will agree that timers are a really helpful parenting tool. You use them for time outs, for potty training reminders, for transitional warnings for a variety of things like it is time to clean up, time to go to bed, etc., for quiet time reading for your children, for taking turns playing the iPad or any other coveted toy.

I love that you can program and save a variety of timers for yourself to use. This is really great if you have multiple children and have different set time out periods for them. I can track my laundry, dinner, time out, potty training, and piano practice all at the same time on one device instead of setting the egg timer, oven timer and my phone timer. I love that you can run multiple timers simultaneously, and the app runs in the background of your iPad even when it is on power down mode.

Love this! Highly recommended for anyone who loves organizational tools or is in desperate need of organizational tools.

L@WS

 

My Go Box August 22, 2011

Filed under: Mommy Tips & Tricks — lifeatwarpspeed @ 8:00 am
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My Accord and now my Sienna always has what I call my Go box in the trunk. This is what I usually suggest that new parents put in their cars. It is my indispensable, get me out of a jam, emergency box. I use a medium-sized clear plastic tote for my go box. This is the box I go to when:

  • I forgot to pack something I need in my diaper bag.
  • I forgot M’s lunch tote or pack snacks for a car trip.
  • We unexpectedly ended up staying overnight somewhere.
  • We got stranded in the car for some reason.
  • I somehow got throw up on or had to deal with a very messy blowout or toilet training accident
  • Or I just plain need to rescue myself in a pinch.

When M was a baby and young toddler, this is what I kept in the go box.

  • 1/2 dozen of the 4 oz. travel packs of powdered formula
  • 4 to 6 glass jars of baby food
  • 2 packages of freeze dried TJ fruit (usually mango & banana) which keep well even with temperature fluctuations
  • 1 baby bottle or later sippy cup and toddler utensils
  • 10 diapers and 2 nighttime diapers
  • 1 ziploc bag that had a handful of folded paper towels, 3 pairs of latex free gloves, 1/2 dozen plastic grocery bags, and a travel pack of clorox cleaning wipes
  • 1 ziploc bag that has anti-bacterial gel, a travel sized baby powder*, a travel first aid kit & travel sized diaper cream, a travel pack of baby wipes, and a travel sunscreen.
  • 1 complete set of layered clothing for myself, P, and my son. (remember to change sizes for your kids)
  • 1 rolled up neat sheet (for impromptu picnics, park visits, etc.), 1 rolled up fleece throw, 1 rolled up baby blanket, and 1 rolled up towel.
  • bucket hats for myself and M which pack easily
  • 1 travel umbrella

Of course, this is in addition to having a good car emergency kit with flares, tools, cables, etc. Of course, each family’s Go box will differ depending on what your needs are and what stage your kids are in. Hopefully, my Go box list gives you an idea of where to get started in packing your box.

Remember the Boy Scouts motto: Always be prepared!

L@WS

* you might be wondering why I pack a travel sized baby powder in the car. This stuff does an amazing job of removing sand from little hands and feet. Just sprinkle a little on and rub the sand right off and keep that stuff from tracking into the car and house.

 

abc Notes app – Free today only! August 20, 2011

Filed under: Apps,Mommy Tips & Tricks — lifeatwarpspeed @ 6:31 pm
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abc Notes – Checklist & Sticky Note Application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

I grabbed this app as soon as I saw that it went to free today. Sorry, Sticky Pad app, it is time for you and I to part ways. ABC notes blows you out of the water. I love the features of this app, you can have multiple lists including checklists on multiple bulletin boards. This makes organizing separate boards for each family member so much easier plus with plenty of room left over for your multi-tasking self. It really makes adapting Stephen Covey’s time management matrix (http://www.orgcoach.net/timematrix.html) a cinch.

Cool features include emailing notes, rectangular stickies, taking a “pic” of your bulletin board and using it as your desktop, syncing between iPhone and iPad. All kinds of awesome for organizing gurus, and the easy UI makes it very useable for anyone.

Get it before it is gone!

L@WS

 

 
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