Five Friday Favorites: our favorite apps for staying organized in the new year

Most of us enjoy being organized, and others of us want to be more organized. Some of us fit into both of those categories. Better organization and a more simplified life is at your fingertips…look no further than your smartphone.

There are a few apps that have proven indispensable to our family and I’d like to share them with you.

1. Cozi family organizer (free, premium version available)

Do you have two or more children with several activities on the calendar? Do you struggle to plan meals, keep track of schedules and to-do lists? Cozi is for you!! We use it to catalog recipes, share shopping lists and keep track of schedules via the calendar feature. Each week, it emails all members of your family the events for the week.

2. Spotify Family

I was already a Spotify Premium user and I originally tried to share my account with family. This worked great until we all wanted to listen to something different at the same time. For less than $20, you can have up to five members on one account…not much more than one Spotify Premium account. We also take advantage of their under 12 account, where you can block explicit content and see what your kid listens to.

3. Poshmark

Are you cleaning out closets for the new year and getting rid of outgrown clothing? Make a few extra bucks by selling those clothes on Poshmark. You can also save a few bucks by purchasing gently used clothing for your fast- growing littles. We do!

4. My Macros

Take charge of your diet and fitness by keeping track of your daily food intake with My Macros! I have used this app for about a year and a half now and I love how easy it is to track my calories, fats, carbs and proteins. I highly recommend it.

5. Instacart

No time to grocery shop? Uncomfortable going into the grocery store? Give Instacart a try! I have been making a weekly grocery cart, adding to it throughout the week, and finalizing my order when it’s finished. Then, I arrange a pickup time, drive to the store, and pick up my order. I pay online so my stuff is already paid for when I get there, and they even load it for me. It saves me so much time.

What apps do you use to keep your family, food and fitness on track? Comment below!

Two Weeks of “Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion”

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.

Hi, all! Remember this post, where I talked about wanting to have more energy, and lose weight since the gyms are still closed? After trying fad diet after fad diet, believing many diet misconceptions, and always gaining my weight back, I decided to try Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion  to see if I could lose weight and gain energy.

I have been counting macronutrients and calories as well as weight training and running, which I have had a lot of success with. I decided I’d incorporate some of Joel Marion’s principles in conjunction with counting macronutrients and it has proven to be the best fit for me.

Prior to beginning Always Eat After Seven, I frequently ate light meals for dinner, and I ate them no later than 6:30 P.M. This often meant I would wake up starving, or I’d cave and snack on something unhealthy at night time. I decided to try eating a heavier, higher carb meal (but making sure to save my carbs so I did not exceed my daily carb allotment). Within two weeks I lost the remaining three pounds and hit my second short term goal.

In Always Eat After Seven P.M., Joel Marion addresses the misconception that eating heavier meals later in the evening is detrimental to weight loss.

“A research paper published in Sports Medicine in 2014 showed that people who eat the majority of their carbs at dinner actually sleep better,” he said. “Carb-induced, quality sleep decreases cortisol (a fat-storing hormone) and ramps up the production of your sleep hormones, serotonin and melatonin. Restorative sleep increases fat-burning hormones—the main one being growth hormone—overnight.”

There are so many things I love about the book- the easy-to-follow meal plans make meal planning and grocery shopping easy. The recipes are easy to make and are delicious, without a lot of special ingredients. Have you ever had trouble following a diet because you couldn’t find the recipe ingredients anywhere in the stores? You won’t have that problem with Always Eat After 7 P.M.

My children are picky and often won’t try new things, but this cheesy ground beef skillet was a crowd pleaser. It was easy to make and everyone in our family loved it. Most of the recipes in the book require minimal prep so they are perfect for busy families like ours. You can eat a quick and delicious meal that doesn’t come from a drive thru.

Check out this video of author Joel Marion talking about some of the recipes included in the book:

You can find the cheesy ground beef skillet recipe and many others in Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7 P.M. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

 Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good. Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

You can find my other posts about Always Eat After 7 P.M. here and here.

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