Here at Cozi, we're always on the lookout for new technology that simplifies family life. Of course the Cozi apps take care of getting your schedules, lists and meals in order, but we'll share new apps and services from others that can help out the family in other fabulous ways. Today's app recommendation is Artkive:
Have you ever stored a whole year's worth of kids' artwork in a memory bin, never to look at it again? Or, in a flash of desperation to get the kitchen counters cleared, guiltily thrown an entire pile of it away?
You've probably heard the tip to take pictures of the art so you can enjoy it forever clutter-free, but that would require an organized system of computer folders to store them (and you'll get to that right after you've cataloged all your vacation pics by trip and season, right?).
If you'd like a sleek and simple new way to get your kids' artwork and creations organized without any hassle, then check out Artkive. Now's the perfect time to get started with Artkive since the end-of-year art pile is probably stacked somewhere at your house right now.
Here's how Artkive works:
1. Create an account and add the first names and grades of your children
2. Take photos of their artwork or upload from your camera roll
3. Tag your photo with the child’s name, grade, date, and title
4. Share with family and friends or turn your Artkive into a beautiful hardcover book
That's it! The great part is that everything is automatically saved in one place so you can access it at anytime, share it with the grandparents, aunts and uncles, or just reminisce with the kids about what they created when they were "little."
Special offer from Artkive for Cozi families!
Artkive is graciously giving away THREE $50 credits for books made via their app. To enter, just do these two things:
- Install the free Artkive app:
Get Artkive for iOS
- Leave a comment telling us about an all-time favorite piece of art that your kids made - the abstract painting that hangs framed on your living room wall, the cartoon that made you genuinely laugh, or even the first hand-print turkey. (When you leave a comment, click "Post as..." and enter a valid email address where we can contact you if you win.)
That's it! Offer ends July 15th. Good luck!
Posted on June 13, 2013, 10:31 am in Coziblog
Here at Cozi we're always thinking about how to help families simplify the dinner routine, so we notice when other apps and services pop up to do the same thing. For this list of recommendations, we combed through the tangle of what's out there to highlight a few that feature a fresh approach to getting healthy meals on the table.
Blue Apron is a subscription-based ingredient and recipe delivery service that can help busy families who like to cook and eat well. Once a week, subscribers receive all the fresh ingredients, in exactly the right proportions, needed to make three meals, each taking 35 minutes or less to prepare.
Great for: Families who love to cook healthy, gourmet meals and seek the convenience of home delivery
Cost: $9.99 per person, per meal, including delivery
Availability: Blue Apron currently delivers to most of the eastern half of the US (Soon to be available nationwide.) Go to www.BlueApron.com to learn more and get started.
Special offer for Cozi families! Sign up for Blue Apron's free recipe newsletter by June 30th and you're automatically entered to win a free week of meals (6 meals total), a $60 value!
Is your family’s favorite cereal as healthy as it claims? Does poring through lengthy ingredients and nutrition labels slow you down at the grocery store? Make healthier choices with Fooducate, winner of various awards including the US Surgeon General’s Healthy App Challenge and an app that enjoys impressively high ratings and reviews in the app stores.
How does it work? Scan a barcode with your smartphone and instantly get that product’s health grade plus suggestions for healthy alternatives. Higher grades are given to products that are minimally processed and naturally rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
Great for: Families looking for a quick and easy way to make healthier food choices
Availability: iTunes, Google Play, www.Fooducate.com
Want to make sure your kids don't grow up without learning how to cook for themselves? The 2013 James Beard Award Winner for Publication of the Year, ChopChop, is a food and cooking magazine whose mission is to “inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families.”
The magazine features healthy, mouth-watering recipes with easy-to-follow directions just for kids, i.e., “Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.” Emphasizes healthy eating habits while teaching valuable cooking skills in a fun, engaging way that both kids and adults will appreciate.
Great for: Families that want to cook and eat healthy together
Cost: Magazine subscription - $14.95/year for 4 issues
Availability: Magazine subscription, www.ChopChopmag.org
Take your purchasing power to the next level with Buycott, an app that helps you align your consumption with the causes you believe in. Join or start a campaign that champions a cause you support. When you scan the barcode of a product, Buycott will tell you the company that makes the item and if that company supports or opposes your campaigns.
Campaigns include those that help you avoid foods containing GMO ingredients and that help you buy local and sustainable food.
Great for: People who want to be more conscientious consumers
Availability: iTunes, Google play, learn more at www.Buycott.com.
Posted on June 3, 2013, 11:26 am in Coziblog