Oh if you could only see my desk. There are papers everywhere. I have post-it notes strewn about filled with important upcoming dates. I have a folder filled with artwork that my kids have made for me that is just too adorable to throw away. I have pictures, medical forms, insurance papers and bills in stacks. It’s a mess.
One of my New Year’s goals is to get myself better organized and I have found a tool that will help me with just that – AboutOne.com.
Created by Joanne Lang, mom of 4 young boys, AboutOne.com is a secure online service that makes it easier for moms to manage family life by providing one convenient location to quickly and easily store and manage family memories (text, photos and videos) and household information (health, possession, and education records, contacts and more) and providing the ability to access this data, at home or away, with a computer, cell phone, or other web-enabled device.
AboutOne is much more than just a digital filing cabinet. It was designed to save you time through fast and easy data entry with your phone, a scanner, or computer. It also makes your information useful on a daily basis with time saving features like automatically created family newsletters (including text, video, and artwork) and caregiver instructions, paper greeting cards that mail themselves, and more. There’s no need to enter history. You just open your account and enter info as life happens – document your baby’s first steps, scan a household receipt, record an idea in your gift log. Plus, AboutOne serves as your organizational GPS, guiding you along the path to organization with advice and suggestions.
With AboutOne, you’ll also have the information you need, right at your fingertips, to make informed decisions and respond quickly to a medical or other emergency. It’s easy and fun!
What I Love About AboutOne
I created an AboutOne account and gave it a whirl. I instantly fell in love. Here’s why…..
You can set up a file for each family member, uploading or scanning in any mementos you would like, from artwork to awards. You can scan in important documents that you don’t want to lose, like receipts and medical forms. Yes, pretty much all of the things currently filling up my desk.
You can also create files for friends, where you can keep track of their contact information and even add to a gift log in preparation for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, which AboutOne will also remember for you. The system generates alerts and reminders about appointments, birthdays, and anniversaries – including suggested gifts from the gift logs, and reminders of other important details.
As you add in milestones, memories and photos, AboutOne puts them together and will create a monthly newsletter that can then be emailed out to your contacts. With all of my family living out of state, I absolutely LOVE this feature!
Information can be added as you have time and can also be sent to your account from anywhere.
If I take a photo of my daughter at her school play with my cell phone, I can email it to my AboutOne account where it will be stored, ready for its inclusion in an upcoming newsletter or hardcover photo memory book.
Yes, AboutOne can automatically create a hardcover photo memory book including user selected photos, fact and memories from AboutOne (other photobook sites include photo captions only). The system also makes it easy to create greeting cards that mail themselves.
I also love the printables section, which not only includes the newsletter, but also gives options for a caregiver report, volunteer activity sheet, education history and a capital gains form.
Yes, you are putting a lot of personal information on the site, so it is smart to be concerned about security. Thankfully with AboutOne.com, your private information will be kept private.
AboutOne.com uses the same technologies and practices that banks and other financial institutions use to protect customer information.
- State-of-the-art data center with firewalls, redundant hardware, redundant power sources, redundant battery backups, redundant cooling and redundant cabling, and video surveillance.
- Uses Verisign 2046-bit SSL encryption to make your data impossible to read by anyone but you.
- Uses McAfee SECURE to continuously test AboutOne with the latest hacker tools and techniques.
- applies bank-level data security standards. This includes encryption, auditing, logging, back-ups, and safe-guarding data.
- Information is backed up every hour, and these back-ups are encrypted.
- Passwords and account numbers are encrypted so no one (not even staff) is able to ever read your password.
- Strict precautions have even been taken to make sure that even AboutOne employees don’t have access to your information.
You can try AboutOne.com for 17 days with a free AboutOne Passport. You can also pay monthly, at a low fee of $5.00 per month. Or you can sign up for a full year for just $30.00. It takes just 60 seconds to register.
Are you ready to give AboutOne a try? We have 5 yearly subscriptions to give away! To enter please leave a comment below. Feel free to share with us why you think AboutOne would be great for you.
We also have a code for 20% off a yearly membership with AboutOne. Just sign up for the yearly plan with code 5MINMOM.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. AboutOne is also available in Australia and the UK. This giveaway is void where prohibited. Please see our site’s terms and conditions of use for more information. This giveaway will remain open through Friday, February 4th. We will announce our winner on Saturday, February 5th.
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