You know, I can write all manner of blog posts here on house and home, and how to organize, and cook, and clean, and care for your family – that’s all well and good. But since becoming a mom, I’ve discovered something very important: if I don’t take care of myself first, before everyone else starts to need things from me, well, that’s a recipe for disaster. So I’ve really been trying to make good choices for myself here lately. It’s hard to get in that habit when I’ve been in the habit of putting myself last for so long, but I’m finding creative ways to do it. It’s definitely a process!
One of my major frustrations of late has been the fact that I haven’t really been able to GO anywhere to work out. We have a great YMCA (with a daycare included) here in our town, and several other convenience-based gyms, too. But my issue has been, every time I leave my girls in a public childcare situation, they get sick. Then the next time I want to go work out, I can’t take them back, because they’re already sick! It’s been a vicious cycle of this for us, so I had pretty much given up being able to work out…until an angel from Aaptiv contacted me and asked if I had tried out the app yet.
Well, no, was my answer. I hadn’t even heard of it! (Which is not Aaptiv’s fault, I’m sure. I kinda feel like I’ve been living under a rock since the twins came along, ha!)
So, in case YOU are also living under a rock, what IS Aaptiv, you ask? Aaptiv is an app featuring trainer-led, music-driven audio workouts. When you add the app to your smartphone, you get started by entering your fitness goals so you can find the programs and workouts that are best-suited for you. After that you choose a trainer and a workout based on your goals and music preferences, and finally, you put on your headphones and follow the trainer’s instructions! Can it BE this simple?! Yes it can!
Over the Easter weekend, we had out-of-the-country guests with us in our home for six days. They weren’t family, and they were each far away from their own families, too – which means we all spent some time chatting off and on about how they keep up with their families while they’re traveling! (Especially since we’ve entered an age where it makes sense for even our kids have smartphones.) Luckily, this technology has the capability to bring families closer together and keep you informed about your family’s safety and well-being. And I discovered that there are a number of apps that will help you keep track of all your family members through group communication platforms. Here are four of the best chat services for families that will enhance your group communication:
Slack is a messaging app that keeps all your group communication in one place. The app is frequently used in workplaces, though is also an ideal program for family communication. The app can streamline communication between you and your loved ones, which reduces the likelihood of crossed wires or misunderstanding. The app will facilitate real-time messaging and file sharing for one-on-one and group conversations.
For example, if your child is part of a soccer team that has varying practice times and locations, you can make sure everyone is updated on the activity specifics. You can share the weekly soccer schedule with your child and partner, so you can set up a carpool or decided who will drive. The app can help store important documents — like school and medical forms — and can easily integrate with Dropbox, Asana, Google Drive, Twitter and Zendesk. It keeps everything in one place, so you and your family can stay organized and reduce the stress that comes with hectic, family life. Although some say Slack is due for some backlash, that’s in the business world — families will love it.
One of my friends emailed me the other day with 17 apps that can be used for doing a “digital” Spring Cleaning! I wanted to share with you all. You may only use one or two of these, but there are some great ones here, that’s for sure! And since 17 apps is a LOT…I’m breaking it down. Part II will be on Monday!