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Family Life: Staying Organized with Picniic

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Hands up who needs all the help they can get staying organized/ remembering all the things? Most days there’s a to- do list a mile long that’s never ending and usually something gets forgotten. Sound familiar? My survival skill is to make lists. And sometimes lists of lists. Usually that way I can at least keep track of everything even if it doesn’t all get done (and let’s face it, it pretty much never does 😉 ). 

There’s always lots to remember and keep track of and with school around the corner there’s about to be more to remember. With Ari starting preschool in the Fall I’ll take all the help I can get when it comes to getting more organized and keep track of the to- dos. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out Picniic, a family organizer app that helps you keep track of things like activities, meal planning/ groceries, and items on your to- do list, with notifications popping up on your phone as things come up. All members of the family can download the app and link to the same account so everyone can stay updated and see the same info, add to the calendar and grocery list, and keep track of upcoming special dates such as birthdays and anniversaries. 

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August is a busy month- it feels busier than usual this year- and staying organized/ keeping track of what’s coming up helps me keep calm when I look at what needs to get done each day. Especially on days that feel overwhelmingly busy, reminding myself to prioritize, focus on one thing at a time, and check things off as I go makes the day go smoother. Even if I don’t get through everything on the list by the end of the day, knowing I worked my way through and checked off the most important things first means that I stress less about what didn’t get done.

With kids it can be tough to get through everything that needs to get done in a day- and even to remember everything you’re trying to get done- and Picniic helps not only you, but everyone in the family stay organized. There have been days where I make a mental note of something and remember later that I needed to remember something, but can’t remember what it is that I needed to remember! With Picniic I can quickly make a note in my phone so I can come back to it later and remind myself; I can then make a note in the app’s calendar or create a new list/ add an item to an existing one to help me keep track. 

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Hands down my favourite/ most- used features of the app are the lists and calendar, but I’m looking forward to using the meal planning tool more as well. Picniic is quick to set up/ simple to use,  and everything is in one place and easily accessible which I appreciate.

For families with young kids it’s a great tool to help us parents stay on the same page (even if your hubby doesn’t add to it, he can see what’s coming up on the calendar, etc) and with older kids I can see how this app would be a useful tool for everyone in the family: older kids can enter their own info/ see what’s on the family calendar, as well as add notes for upcoming activities, events, and due dates for school work. Picniic can be used on a phone, tablet, and computer, making it an accessible organization tool wherever you and members of the family are.

Here’s how the app appears on a phone & computer:

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The app is also launching a new feature, Pia, today to help personalize the app for your family and make recommendations based on usage so families can get the most out of the app and it’s features (learn more about Pia below). If you’re trying to find simple ways to stay organized, definitely check out Picniic to help keep your family on top of everything. 

Picniic Features

  • Calendar- day/ week/ month options to keep track of upcoming events and important dates
  • To- Do & Lists- create to- do lists and lists by title/ category to stay organized
  • Shopping List- add recipe ingredients and items as you’re running low
  • Info Locker- include info for key contacts like doctors, medical info such as insurance provider, and household info like wifi network and password
  • Special Events- store important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries
  • Meal Planner- organize meals for the week ahead, including ingredients and recipes
  • Recipes- search online or add your own custom recipes
  • Family Locator- see where members of the family are near or far

About

Picniic is an app designed to help families be more organized. It acts as a personal assistant for use by the entire family on mobile, web, and tablet. Picniic has features including family member location tracking, assigned to- dos and chores, meal planners, information lockers for all your important records, and more. It’s easy for families to not be on the same page with information spread through multiple family members and locations, and slipping through the cracks. Picniic family assistant bridges this gap, and helps everyone stay connected. 

Launching on August 8th, Picniic is introducing it’s latest feature, PIA, an intelligent persona similar to Siri. PIA will help families connect with Picniic further and making recommendations based on how they use the app. PIA will help families be proactive by reaching out with suggestions to keep them organized and prepared.

Learn more about Picniic and download it here. Find the app on Instagram: @picniic

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Photo credit: Will Petrunia

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Disclosure: I was provided compensation for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

August 8, 2017
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I Love You, But Can We Go to Sleep Now?

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Can I confess something? I’m feeling pretty pooped out. Some days burnt out. This last month has been really busy with the commercial salmon fishing and juggling work, the blog, a clingy 15 month old, keeping my house not looking like a bomb zone, and finding time to spend with hubby. Am I forgetting something? Or right: me.

I recently read a post on Scary Mommy about how Moms sometimes feel like they have nothing left for their hubbies at the end of the day after they’ve worked and/ or looked after the kids and house, done the school and sports rounds, etc, etc. Is it any wonder? I’m not here to complain, just taking some time to reflect inward and figure out why women feel this way. There’s a reason heart disease is such a big killer of us ladies, and it’s because we’re so busy taking care of everyone and everything else but ourselves. 
I think we need to stop.

I’m not perfect- far from it, but I try hard to be an attentive and loving Mom and wife. But some days, being Mom leaves me little energy to be a wife at the end of the day. I’m sorry my love, but when you put your arm around me and give me that look it isn’t an insult to the handsome man I’m looking back at, but the last thing I want to do when I finally sit down is participate in more physical activity.
When we moved out and I still worked outside the home 5 days a week, I felt like there was a little more balance as to who did what. Now, I sometimes feel that it’s taken for granted that I’m home most days (even if I’m working at 5 or 6am, during nap, and/ or after bedtime) to cook dinner, clean up, and get ready for the next day. Since having Ari, I have to confess my frustration at being nudged into a more traditional role (I have nothing against how different families do things, but I have always wanted some form of a career outside of my role within my family). Despite my desire to work, both for the extra income and to give me some precious grown up time, (albeit without the breaks and socializing of an office job) I don’t always feel like what I do is appreciated as ‘work’.  
Talking to some of my girlfriends, I know I’m not alone. One of them even mentioned that couples tend to argue more about who does what after the birth of children because of the skewed balance during the first few months and years of having kids. And when you give of yourself to someone all day, nurturing them, playing with them, teaching them, when they finally go to bed is it so selfish to ask for a few precious moments alone to do something just for you? And I’m not even talking cracking that bottle of wine, I’m just suggesting slumping in an exhausted pile on the couch for the simple pleasure of sitting still and not having to jump up every 10 seconds to chase my youngster. Anything else is bonus.
Will is great at recognizing that I work hard and deserve some me time, but I’ve always struggled to communicate how mentally (and yes, physically) exhausting it can be to juggle everything  to someone who works in a physically demanding and dangerous job and comes home exhausted (I’ve even told him not to tell me all the scary work stories, because I’d worry way too much). He’s great- amazing- with helping with Ari when he gets home so I can cook dinner without her clinging to my legs and I love that they get this special time together- despite her independent streak. And when he gets time off, he’s a trouper with the laundry and vacuuming. But sometimes I just feel as though he’s only getting snapshots of what the day can look like. An hour of chasing after Ari and he’s pooped (hey, I get it), but I can’t help but think try doing that all day. 😉
Some days I just don’t think men and women are ever going to ‘get each other’ and understand exactly what the other does (as the saying goes, until you’ve walked in my shoes…). And sometimes, I feel like just trying to explain why I’m so tired just adds to my grumbly frustration. This isn’t conducive to making me feel warm and fuzzy towards my hubby. Having said all this, I don’t think it’s fair that our relationships often take second place (or last place) as we go about our daily lives, but it’s just the reality for so many. And sadly, why I think so many couples end up separating- we’re just too busy. Somewhere, somehow, we need to refocus.
Ladies, what are your thoughts? Gents, I welcome your input too. I’d love to hear how you manage to juggle all the responsibilities in your world.
Thanks for listening. OXOX One tuckered mama 😉
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