Family is one of the most important things to me. So, when AboutOne.com offered me a one-year subscription to their super detailed site that is entirely geared towards family…
I jumped at it.
Having a six-year old, an infant, husband and keeping a house and home keeps me busy enough and organization is often placed on the back burner.
AboutOne.com allows you to easily input your entire family’s information including: Relationships, Health, Family, Education and Homes and even Tax Returns in just a few clicks.
Entering immunization records is ideal for me and having an online health record, a back-up, just in case I ever lose the hard copies is extremely beneficial. (Lord knows that I’ve lost them before.) I also like the option to keep track of all my contacts like doctors or pretty much anybody I’d like really!
It will remind me of important dates such as birthdays, Anniversaries or when the girls are due for a doctor’s appointment. Even better, when my car is due for maintenance, something that with busy family life has fallen behind at times.
Now, how safe is it to add all this information on the internet?
That was one of my BIGGEST concerns to be honest. But, they have bank-level security people. So rest at ease. Nothing is obligatory and YOU control what information you want to post.
Not to mention that you can update anything and I mean anything on any device. Whether you’re at home or at a soccer game on your smart phone. This is actually one of the biggest things for me because my phone is my lifeline, I am never without it and if ever there is an emergency, I now have medical records and immunizations literally at my fingertips.
Needless to say, one of the most intriguing aspects of this site so far is the fact that you have monthly newsletters that include every milestone your children has or anything that you have decided to add to your newsletter and you can share it with your family.
There are printables that you can easily print out for your babysitters, caregivers or family that gives them detailed information about your children’s health or care instructions that needs to be provided when you’re not there.
Not to mention these printables also are very useful when applying for school and can aid as a more organized tool when applying for college.
One of the best parts of course, are the photo books. When you add milestones, you add text and have the option of adding a picture. You can easily browse through the milestones in scrapbook mode and it looks pretty neat with tacks and tape holding it up on a board. All your milestones and memories are transferred to your monthly newsletter if you so please.
Here is my November newsletter so far.
One of the most useful aspects of the site is the readily support that AboutOne.com offers, they have live chat help, email support and telephone inquiry if you need it. What makes it great is that this kind of support is very hard to find nowadays (especially social sites) and it’s one of the delightful things that I’ve discovered using their service.
According to its creators, “AboutOne is an online family management system that helps busy families manage what matters most: precious memories and household information. It was designed by moms for moms (and dads too!) to make managing this information fast, fun, and easy.”
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Now the question you’re all anxious about. How much is this going to cost? Well, it’s only a mere $30/year for full access. That’s peanuts, I think, for having piece of mind and lifetime memories backed up.
Still not convinced? Try it free for 15 days (no credit card required) and give it a try, you can easily transfer data if you choose to upgrade to a full account. Either way, it’s worth a try!
So, if you’re thinking about getting organized and you want to do it in a fast and easy way, visit AboutOne.com and see what I’m talking about or add them on Twitter or Facebook for updates and information. It isn’t just for moms, it’s for dads and everyone really who wants to have an organized unit and information readily available to use or share with family. You don’t have to be computer savvy either!
I’m loving it so far, I like the fact that I can control what I share with my friends and family, the fact that I have all my important documents or information backed up for whenever I need them. Most importantly, I am happy that I can track milestones that my girls go through and the memories that my husband and I share as a small little family. It is sure going to help in the hectic months to come and pretty gosh darn cute when it comes to sharing our Christmas newsletter!
Well, til then, cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.