I want to start this by saying this is NOT a sponsored post. This is an app I came across in an effort to find a family-friendly calendar that can be accessed by everyone in our household, no matter where or on what machine (desktop and mobile) they were using.
Do you have a constantly fluctuating calendar? One where from moment to moment new dates, events and plans need to be added, removed or edited?
We have the large MotherWord Magnetic Wall Calendar (2017) for a quick reference on our family’s “command centre” – but a printed calendar isn’t of much use when you’re at the dentist and need to check before booking your next appointment, or when the ladies want to get together for ladies night and you aren’t home to check the date.
I know Microsoft Outlook offers a calendar, and it may have some kind of family function on it, but I couldn’t find it, and I really wanted something so that Hubby could input his boy’s nights, hockey, work meetings, conferences etc while being able to see what was already booked for the girls. I wish I had looked properly now, as I’ve recently found out about HubSpot Outlook integration, which of course would have made it so much easier to keep all the contacts in one place and because I would have had the calendar on there too, I would be able to check that without always having to switch between various apps.
Cozi family calendar does that!
I worked with the free version for the past month or so, and only recently upgraded to the “Gold” version for it’s extra benefits like a birthday tracker, contact lists that we can all access and reminder notifications.
Here’s a quick tutorial showing how easy the Cozi family calendar is to use and some of the features:
This is the weekly view from my desktop (very similar to the mobile view) for next week:
Each person in the house is colour coded according to their participation – and while I don’t participate in cheerleading with Chloe, I am the DD, so my name is found next to most of the girls extracurriculars.
If you upgrade to the Gold version – for $28 per year, not much more than a regular calendar – you can get a month-at-a-glance view as well.
You are able to sort out individuals in the calendar as well by selecting SHOW and then the person’s name, and your calendar will populate with only that person’s commitments. For instance, below is Madison’s calendar for the month of September (so far anyways).
From here you can print it out and have a hard copy in front of you anytime you want.
Another feature (of the gold version) that I liked was the birthday tracker. I have missed more birthdays and anniversaries this past year than I have remembered. By inputting them into your Cozi family calendar app, you will have them easily at hand, and can even send reminder notices to yourself a day or two (or more) beforehand so that you get those birthday cards out in time.
I found the Cozi family calendar app extremely easy to use – below you can see the screen for entering a new appointment. All of the information you need to input is very intuitive, including repetitive appointments and setting reminders.
I haven’t played with all of the features (yet) but this is the main menu bar, where you can input groceries and to do’s and even do meal planning – and the best part is, the other people in your family will have access to it as well…. so if Hubby is going grocery shopping, he’ll have a list on-hand that I can update as we run short of something (and vice versa).
The family message centre is at the top of your Cozi family calendar page and shows a listing of any and all new entries that have been added to the calendar – this way Hubby will know what new appointments I’ve added without having to scroll through the calendar itself.
Did I mention that he can add groceries, birthdays and appointments to the calendar as well? Every member of the family is given access, so you/they just click on your/their Cozi family calendar icon and between us we can keep track of who’s where and when.
I’ve been so pleased with this calendar that I had to share – try the free version and see if you don’t agree!