How to Use SignUp Genius to Organize Your Back to School Life + Kindle Fire Giveaway #backtoschool #giveaway

by Julia Hembree

This post has been sponsored by SignUp Genius. Julia Hembree is here to share with you her personal review of how SignUp Genius can help you during the Back to School Season. All opinions are 100% her own.

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Have you ever worked as a Parent Teacher Association President? What about as a room mom? Or a soccer mom? Sunday school teacher?

Most moms have done something along these lines and as we all know, these jobs are not easy! Sometimes it’s just exhausting to keep everything straight as you coordinate with teachers, administrators, coaches, and especially other busy parents. Long gone are the days of paper sign ups and making a million phone calls to update everyone on who’s bringing what snack to the next event.

Meet the next wave of sign ups…online! Aptly named SignUpGenius.com, this website offers free sign up sheets for individuals and organizations to coordinate volunteers.

This completely FREE site allows you coordinate volunteers for any event, any time, anywhere.

Simply create a sign up. They have a lot of options to choose from, so you can customize a picture and theme for your event. Then invite people through email. SignUp Genius handles the rest! Emails are sent to everyone you invited and people can choose what to sign up for and see what other people are doing. SignUp Genius even sends reminder emails a few days prior to your event so no one will ever miss what they signed up for. No more duplicate items, messy paper lists, long email reply chains, or reminder calls. SignUp Genius really is, well, genius!

I just completed a year as the Parent Council Chair at my son’s school and used SignUp Genius for ALL of our events! I have been a long time fan of this site and am familiar using it both as an administrator and a consumer. It could not be more user friendly and actually makes volunteering and organizing fun!

And, I must tell you, I am in LOVE with this funny and relate-able promo video. If you’ve ever organized anything, you can completely relate to all of the problems that SignUp Genius magically solves!

Save yourself time, hassle, and some sanity by using SignUp Genius for your next sign up needs. With back to school season upon us this is the perfect time to get acquainted with this website that will make your life easier.

Enter to win

Have you fallen in love with SignUp Genius yet? I promise you will love it, but if you still need a bit of convincing, how about a 7″ Kindle Fire HD? SignUp Genius is generously kicking off the back to school season with free and easy sign ups, and is offering one lucky winner a Kindle Fire.

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Enter below to win! Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful school year (with some very non-stressful volunteer organizing!)
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Be sure to visit the main Back to School post to find all of our Back to School related giveaways. You don’t want to miss out on the amazing prizes.

Julia is a full time mommy and part time writer who thrives on Starbucks, chocolate, and toddler kisses. When she is not chasing a toddler around, you can find her at her personal blog, http://www.elatedexhaustion.com, or playing on Twitter @juliahembree.




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1 Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids August 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

Sign Up Genius sounds like a great tool for all volunteers! I’ll have to use it for my next big volunteer event! Thanks for sharing about this program.
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2 Denise L August 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

I’m currently try to start a charter school in STL, MO. This would be a great way to get out committee meeting notices!

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3 Cynthia R August 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

this would be great to coordinate pta activities. this would be great to coordinate donate blood charity drives at work.

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4 Lisa Brown August 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

It could help organize all the sports-related activities.

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5 Lisa Brown August 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

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6 Anne August 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Very helpful for assignments.

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7 HappyMomC August 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

It would be great for multiple activities and assignments at school!

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8 Brandy W August 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Would be very helpful for getting all the pta meetings, assignments and activites organized and on track
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9 Wehaf August 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

This would definitely help me coordinate activities with different groups.

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10 Karen Lynch August 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Great way to coordinate parents to volunteer at athlete events signups

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11 Claudia August 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

This will help me coordinate school activities.

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12 Liz August 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

It would help me coordinate assistance for a race my daughter’s school does

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13 Maria M August 20, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I’ve used Signup genius for all my Girl Scout sign ups – it’s perfect for what I need since we can all see the schedule and it reminds everyone – makes my leader job so much easier!

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14 tina harwood August 20, 2013 at 4:20 pm

games to keep kids busy

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15 Anne Lehnick August 20, 2013 at 6:11 pm

SignUp Genius could be helpful for organizing PTA events

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16 mrsshukra August 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm

This would definitely help the teen organize classes, extra-curricular activities and work!

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17 Lori August 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Signupgenius has been a lifesaver!

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18 Rhonda Poff August 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Sign Up Genius is invaluable to me as the volunteer coordinator for my children’s school’s Band Booster Club. We do a lot of fundraising and Sign Up Genius keeps me and my band parents organized.

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19 Carla Arriaga August 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I’m a kindergarten teacher and started using SignUp Genius last year for conferences, donation lists, special day sign ups, and volunteers. Makes my job so much easier!

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20 Mia Dentice Carey
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August 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I stay pretty active in/at my son’s school….PTO/Volunteer and different events.

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21 Brenda Smith August 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I stay pretty active with my kids in school, with mops, with church and scouts

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22 Kimberly August 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Sounds like a great program for getting volunteers! This seems like it would be so easy to use.
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23 Susan P. August 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Any thing to help with organizing volunteers would be great!

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24 Brittany August 20, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I love sign up genius it makes things so much easier.

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25 Krystal August 21, 2013 at 3:28 am

Sign up genius would help with anything that needs volunteers. PTA, and church functions are the things that come to mind first.

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26 Kristie August 21, 2013 at 8:50 am

I’ve thought of becoming a 4-H leader or Girl Scout leader and I’m sure we’d be doing volunteer activities that I’d need help with! :-)
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27 amyc August 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

It would help me keep up with the kids’ activities.

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28 amyc August 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

It would help me keep up with my kids’ activities.

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29 LaVonne
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August 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

This is my first year homeschooling. It could help with a calendar and activities for her.
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30 rebecca shockley August 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

The assignments is huge for me

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31 kathy stevenson August 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I could use it for Girl Scout activities.

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32 Elena August 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

It will help me to remember all school events

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33 Tamora August 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I have four kids in school. Any help would be appreciated!

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34 Wani August 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I’d love to win!! I have two special needs kids that would use this for communication. This would be such a blessing!!

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35 jessica August 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

church activities could benefit from this!

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36 Emily Linton August 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I’m a teacher, and this website would be great for organizing parent volunteers in the classroom!

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37 jenny martin August 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I love Sign Up Genius! I use it for my bunko group, for work lunches, and we love to use it for PTA volunteer sign ups–especially book fairs!

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38 shelly August 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

This would help with school functions

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39 mrsshukra August 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm

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40 gaitha August 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm

This would help coordinate school activities for sure.

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41 lizzy August 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I would use it to help my son with his homework!

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42 samantha w August 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Great way to help me keep all the activities organized

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43 Charlene S August 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

It will help me get volunteers for the next fun raiser.

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44 Natalia August 21, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I already used this last year for school events, it is real great help! I like it because I can sign-in from my home at any time and change any information.

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45 Melissa P. August 22, 2013 at 7:41 am

I am an organizer. I need to have everything in my calendar and a major to do list. I would love to win this prize.

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46 Jayme Jordan August 22, 2013 at 10:25 am

It Could Help Organize After School Activities

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47 Ellen B August 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I think it could help my grandson who is learning disabled

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48 June S. August 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

It would help me to stay more organized with things.

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49 Lorianne August 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

SignUp Genius would send reminders which are very helpful when back to school begins because things get busy!

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50 Jessica T August 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

With all the meetings and sports events – this would be awesome

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51 Jeanna August 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

This would help me to coordinate all the kids after school activities!

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52 Kelly D August 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I think this would be a great way to remember all of my events, because sometimes they get overlooked.

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53 Angie August 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

it would help us organize who is doing what, and i could use it for work functions as well!
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54 Krista A August 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm

All those classroom parties!

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55 Lawanna August 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

We were just talking about SignUp Genius at a club meeting. We love being able to send a link in e-mail to all our members and not have to spend hours on the phone asking for volunteers.

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56 Heather Hayes Panjon August 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

It Would Help Me Organize School Activities.

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57 Amy Brewer
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August 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

because if I use post it notes they get lost. I could use this for reminders because I forget everything.

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58 Shelly Leatham August 24, 2013 at 3:16 am

As a volunteer coordinator, I could manage my volunteers and assign them to needed tasks!
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59 tuesday August 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

SO helpfull keeping track of due assignments since this is my first year with all 3 kids in school full time!

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60 Tammy S August 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I would help my keep my library volunteer schedule correct for my daughter’s school.

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61 paula s August 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

This would be great helping organize our busy school life PTA , Sorts, Dance ,and school work

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62 Allie August 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

It’s nice that it helps organize volunteers for events
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63 Amy L August 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

It would be very helpful with the busy school schedule, and keeping all of the activities straight can be difficult.

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64 Sadie B. August 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

This would be great to connect all of the parents in the class.

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65 Michelle August 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm

It would help me keep ALL our schedules straight!

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66 Barbara Platt August 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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67 Rhonda Tenderholt August 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm

To keep the kids’s extra-curricular activities organized, to help w/our new school and their much needed signups, and even w/Boy Scouts.

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68 Shari August 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I’m a room mother this year, so that always requires lots of organization. The kindle fire would sure help with that!

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69 Nannypanpan August 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Would help organize my sons soccer team

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70 Lacey Burd August 28, 2013 at 3:17 am

My kids are very involved in band and sports. We have tons of band things to sign up for throughout the year & since I’m on the band boosters, this would be tremendously helpful!

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71 michelle b. August 28, 2013 at 4:45 am

It sounds like a great way to organize things
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72 Barbi August 28, 2013 at 4:51 am

Keep my reading lists organized, so no books are forgotten about.

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73 Claudia M August 28, 2013 at 5:54 am

This would help me coordinate school and sport activities and also with PTA Meetings

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74 chana August 28, 2013 at 6:03 am

it would eliminate some of the paper lying around

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75 sandra August 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

it would help me organize play dates

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76 nikki August 28, 2013 at 8:05 am

it would help to organize our buys schedules
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77 Susan Smith August 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

It would help me keep up with the kids’ activities and appointments

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78 Stephanie Bodine August 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

Would be perfect for my first ever year on the parent teacher student council t my daughters school!

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79 kathy proper August 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

I sure could use it to keep organized

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80 April Yedinak August 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

This sounds like a great way to organize all of our volunteer and fundraiser commitments. Thanks for the info.

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81 Jessica Lynn S. August 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

it would help me organize my students’ parents names and email addresses during back to school night.

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82 The Gang's Momma August 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I have used it in the past, when moms send it to me for volunteering and such. I loved it and had planned to also use it for meals support within our church community when a family has a need. But I gave up that leadership role recently. I do like how quick and easy it is!
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83 Benita August 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

arranging and organizing activities.

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84 Staci A August 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I help with my son’s soccer team, and it would help to keep things organized!

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85 ACMommy3 August 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

This would help me remember the varying dates with everyone in the family….in fact I have used this Signup Genius this summer! It was a fabulous way to keep track of our kids summer day camp activities so I could remember who needed to be where when! :-) And it’s easy to use and change info when needed.

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86 katklaw777 August 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I chair our school bookfairs twice a year and Signup Genius would be a great organizing tool for me!

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87 Tabathia B August 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm

It would help both my daughter’s keep up with their various volunteer duties along with their school classes

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88 Cindy B August 29, 2013 at 10:59 pm

SignUp Genius would be helpful with our sports team moms/grandmas and with our art group!

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89 CLSJR August 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I can use all the help i can get when it comes to getting organized

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90 Krista August 30, 2013 at 1:19 am

Right now I’m not sure… I’m not in charge of anything other than my 4 small children at the moment… My oldest just started 1st grade though and I do like to plan so I’m sure this would come in handy sooner rather than later! Time to bookmark it for reference!
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91 Amanda Sakovitz August 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

It could help to remind me of events and stay in touch with people I may not communicate with regularly otherwise

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92 Cathy H August 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I have never volunteered to organize anything – I am a total organization failure. But, I might would try if I had the Signup Genius!

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93 Thomas Murphy August 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

It could help set up things for all the sports my kids play.

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94 DEBIJOT August 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm

This would be great to monitor activities.

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