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Invitation to free new website that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities
Hello Mommies,

I am a fellow member of the Mommies Network and the creator of a new website called 

Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids'

group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are overscheduled, and keeping up is a challenge:  

? What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids? 

? Who is driving to the scout meeting? 

? When am I signed up to bring the team's snacks?  

These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight.  

Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks.  We all need a little help 

to stay organized. 

I?d like to invite you to join our brand new website.  To join, just go to http:// and click Get Started to create a "Pod" for any real-world group, or 

even just your family for now. You can create a Pod if you?re a group leader or a group 

member. It?s quick, easy and free.  Then "get your Pod going" by adding discussions 

or events, and inviting others to join your Pod.  Podanize can also be accessed via a 

mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013. 

Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our 

kids active and involved.  To this end, we welcome any feedback you have.  Podanize 

is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions ? I?d love 

to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from 

Podanize, please share this with them.

Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout 

troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and 

includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.

Again, just go to to get started.


Nikki Sacks

Co-Founder of Podanize

Sponsors Spot : Arrange Professional Organizing
As school-aged children, my siblings and I couldn't appreciate everything my mom did to prepare us for the school year. We just knew with each passing day, summer was ending and another school year starting. Today, with two young daughters of my own, I get it!

I help families de-clutter homework desks, create filing systems for school paperwork, and organize school supplies. This year, I am on the other end, participating in the back-to-school shuffle to prepare my three-year-old daughter for Pre-K. Admittedly, despite being a professional organizer, making sure we check off everything on the list feels daunting!

Without a doubt, a new school year brings a fresh start and more to your to-do list. Being organized gives you the greatest advantage over your time, commitments, and that daily to-do list. It imparts consistency and calm in our homes, which certainly helps our children to better focus in school and at home.

So, mom, you've got some homework to do. Get yourself and your kids comfortable with the following "organized" habits before the bell rings. Practicing now ensures they become second nature throughout the year. Here's to a wonderfully organized school year!

Eliminate morning chaos:
  • The night before, pack lunches/set out lunch money and layout clothes including socks, shoes, and hair accessories. Decide what everyone will have for breakfast.
  • Assign a home for each book bag, lunch box, and gym bag. When not in use, these items should always be found in this spot. Choose a place easily accessed by your children and closest to the door.
    • Decorative hooks work great for hanging book bags. Let your kids choose their own hooks.
    • Cubby storage keeps items tidy and in one central location. Each child should have his or her own cubby space or two.

Create a family message center:
  • Manage calendars, schedules, and important papers by hanging a bulletin board in a central, well-seen location. It pairs nicely hung above a cubby unit. Everything in one place.
  • Create an inbox for your kids to place papers requiring your signature. Make sure your kids can access it, that they understand its purpose, and actually use it. Hold up your end of the deal by signing papers the night before and returning them to book bags ready to go in the morning.

Avoid last minute misses:
  • Label items one week before school starts. I'm using Oliver's Labels.
  • Establish file folders for paper that will come in throughout the year to avoid cluttering your countertops (i.e. registration forms, permission slips, tuition bills, report/progress cards).
  • Got artwork? Prevent clutter by determining how you will process and store artwork. If you can easily let go, consider the Artkive app. Otherwise; designate a system using portfolios, frames, or bins. To not let projects overrun your home, know that any system will require "editing" at some point. Don't feel guilty about letting go. You're simply creating more room to truly appreciate those masterpieces.

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Jill Prevatt lives in Baltimore with her husband and two young daughters. As owner of Arrange Professional Organizing, LLC, she says it is never about being perfect, but it is always about introducing organizing habits and routines that best fit the lifestyle and preferences of each family. Jill is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers® (NAPO) and serves as Director of Marketing for the NAPO-Baltimore Chapter.

BaltimoreMommies & the Amazing Baby and Child Expo: August 17
Come say Hi at our table!
BaltimoreMommies will be exhibiting at The Amazing Baby and Child Expo on Saturday August 17th?

SAVE THE DATE! We'd love to see you there!!

a link to the event on the calendar.

Here's some details:
A Great Day That the Whole Family Will Enjoy. A True family fun Festival!

Amazing Baby & Child Expo
The Historic Town of
Sykesville, Maryland 21784
Main Street, Sykesville
Saturday, August 17, 2013,
11am - 4pm

Great for Babies, Children, Tweens, Teens and the Entire Family. Enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere, from expecting parents, new and experienced moms and dads, child care providers, to grandparents, there's something for everyone!

A Children of All Ages, Affordable, Fun-Filled Family Event.
Don't miss Awesome Live Entertainment, Interactive and Hands-On Activities Plus Informative and Educational Exhibits & Unique Demonstrations

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