Organize Your Life This New Year With AboutOne – Giveaway

by Erica

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 –

Created by Joanne Lang, mom of 4 young boys, 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, your private information will be kept private. 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 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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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen January 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

I started my trial yesterday…it’d be great to win a subscription!!

Jen at thesteeds dot net


2 Kim January 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I have been on the fence about this product but I think I’m going to start a trial today. If I won a subscription, that would be awesome.

Kim at gmail dot com


3 Kim January 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Sorry, make that kimcat1 at gmail dot com


4 Ellen Rowan (zaellen) January 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I just liked on fb and posted on the wall. This looks like just what i need! Going to head over to register for free trial now :)


5 Erica January 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Hi Ellen…be sure to give yourself two more comments here (for additional entries) for doing each of those things. :D


6 Lindsay January 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Love that it will send you alerts and reminders! I sure need them!


7 Lindsay January 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I like AboutOne on fb!


8 Lindsay January 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I wrote on AboutOne’s FB wall!


9 Janelle January 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Wow. With 3 kids all going in different directions with their activities this would be a great way for my husband and I to communicate about what activites happen when. Also, since we don’t live anywhere near any of our family, this would be a great tool for keeping more in touch with the extended family and friends about what is going on with us and the kids.


10 LaVonne January 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Wow! I could really use this! I love it! Much cheaper than a Neat Receipts program.


11 Shannon D M January 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I think this would be so great because I love the idea on having everything in hand for my daughters. I am already so angry at myself because I forgot to write down when my 6 month had rolled over so now I don’t have that info to put down for her. This seems like a great way to stay on top of stuff.


12 Shannon D M January 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Am now following them on facebook.


13 Shannon D M January 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I also left a comment on their wall.


14 cory January 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

This looks like something i could really use
mychancetowin at gmail dot com


15 Lori January 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Are you kidding me?! I am SUCH a mess… I need all the help I can get.


16 Zelma's Workshop January 19, 2011 at 12:16 am

I am currently using the trial passport, and loving it! Also? Beth at Customer Service? She rocks!!


17 DB January 19, 2011 at 5:33 am

I’d love to win!


18 ibeeeg January 19, 2011 at 8:28 am

This looks like a real great tool. I newsletter and printable areas sound fantastic. I like how I can keep track of my family members,and keep track of gifts that I have given to someone. I could certainly use this system.


19 ibeeeg January 19, 2011 at 8:31 am

I liked AboutOne on Facebook (Deanna Varsek Reynolds)


20 LuAnn January 19, 2011 at 9:20 am

I hate filing. This sounds like a good system for me.


21 LuAnn January 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

I like AboutOne on Facebook.


22 Angela G January 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

As a single working mom with 2 boys I could REALLY use this. Thanks


23 Kimberly January 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

As a mother to 7 children…working…busy life…this would be wonderful to have!! I know it would get put to great use!! I need all the help I can get!!


24 Jersey Family Fun/ Jennifer Auer January 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Wow! What an incredible service. I have 3 boys, 2 businesses, and several projects I am always involved in. As soon as I clear my desk, I feel like it gets buried underneath a new pile of paper.
I can’t wait to sign up for the trial and begin simplifying my life. Winning would make a great service even better.


25 Jersey Family Fun/ Jennifer Auer January 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Just liked you on Facebook.


26 Jersey Family Fun/ Jennifer Auer January 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I added a comment as well with the name Jennifer Auer.


27 Christina January 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I have been thinking about the neat desk infomercials but the price seemed rather steep for a housewife’s attempt at organization. This is much more reasonable. Thanks for sharing.


28 debi jackson January 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I am so busy making great lesson plans for the kiddo’s I don’t keep materials organized to use next year.


29 Sharn January 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Ian asingle mom living with bipolar and chronic disorganizationand when I read about this website I feel this would help me abunch


30 tennille January 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

there are some things about this that are really piquing my interest….


31 Lisa M January 20, 2011 at 7:03 am

I would love to try this service out – looks awesome!


32 Lisa M January 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

I like ABout One on FB :)


33 Lisa M January 20, 2011 at 7:04 am

I also left a comment on their FB page!


34 L Nelson January 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I started my trial yesterday….LOVE IT!!!! Having everything I want in ONE place is awesome!!!


35 Christine January 20, 2011 at 12:16 pm

WOW! Not only does your desk sound exactly like my desk but this would REALLY help me with homeschooling stuff too! would absolutely LOVE to get this! Thanks for the giveaway!


36 Kristine (Mommy Needs Therapy) January 20, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I read about this before the holidays and thought I really need to look in to it more, then of course in the chaos of the end of the year I forgot about it.

My son has special needs and an IEP, and I think this would be especially helpful keeping all of his information, reports, etc in one place and easily accessible.


37 Sara Christopherson January 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

This is DEFINITELY what we need in this house. My husband is a “paper hound” and I am not much better. We can never find what we need…with a 12 week old at home, and both of us going to school to get masters degrees!


38 Allison McGrady January 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

I would love to win this!


39 Allison McGrady January 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

I like AboutOne on Facebook.


40 Allison McGrady January 21, 2011 at 12:51 am

I commented on AboutOne’s facebook page.


41 Suzanne Greiner January 22, 2011 at 5:26 am

A new mother of 3 kids, I waste more time finding the important papers than having fun with the kids. This would be an awesome thing to win!


42 Jill January 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

I am hoping something like this will help me better manage the documents from my parents and grandmother who live in another state. I am the power of attorney, medical and legal, for all of them and it is hard to keep all things together.


43 Jill January 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

Liked aboutone on FB.


44 Tami January 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’m going to sign up for the free trial today. It sounds really promising!


45 Crystal January 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

This sounds pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind giving it a try.


46 Marcela January 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

This looks great! Interest in trying…


47 Nicki January 26, 2011 at 12:39 am

I have started the trail an am really impressed so far. Enter me in for the free subscriptions drawing!


48 Toni W January 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I could really use this. I would love to win a subscription.
mom1093 at gmail dot com


49 Kori Brown January 30, 2011 at 7:16 am

It would be useful to juggle my work life, home life and marriage!


50 Ruth Hill February 2, 2011 at 1:19 am

Anything computerized that makes my life easier would be great for me!


51 Ruth Hill February 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

like about one on facebook


52 Ruth Hill February 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

commented on about one’s facebook page.


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