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I have three pieces of organizational software I use  I will explain about them in this post.

Use a calendar. No matter whether it’s an app or a paper copy, use a calendar. Put EVERYTHING on it.

  1. My husband and I use Gmail calendar,  this is a pretty simplified calendar that my husband and I use across multiple platforms

  2.  my extended family uses Cozi  this is a program that my extended family uses across 3 homes, 9 kids and 5 school systems.

  3. Evernote  this is an incredibly powerful notetaking-webclipping-pdf saving and so much more app.

Here are somethings I use my Gmail calendar for.
Of course schedules, mine, my husbands, my grandkids (sports teams etc)

here is a tutorial on how to set up your calendar

Every bill I have due, goes on the calendar 2 weeks before it’s due. That allows for budgeting, reminds you to actually pay the bill, leaves a paper trail that isn’t huge stack of stuff.
Days I open accounts
Dr’s appts. I am separating this one, because this is how I do it
Dr Joe Blow/Mary Someone (dr’s name and the person who scheduled it – sometimes that is very important, for when they have no record of said appt or it gets rescheduled or whatever, without notifications. I do this for any appt I have, whether it be a Dr or any other service provider
101 What Street (what if you are so sick you can’t tell someone)
Wherever, Wherever
999-999-9999
Friday, October 9, 2015
11:00 AM (I also put it on my calendar 30 minutes early)
Notes: 3 mth xyz check up with fasting labs
(I use an app, so I always send an invitation to my husband The big things like surgeries etc., I send to my son also because he holds my medical power of attorney
Whether you use an app or paper, I do put all this information

Gmail Calendar will also import Facebook events, birthdays and events from your email.  to be a simple run of the mill calendar it is a powerful calendar

Now the Cozi Calendar.  If you have never used this app, please check it out.  It is great.  We are networked across three homes, 9 kids, 5 adults and 5 different school systems.  It works so great, so that all kids schedules, school functions, etc. get put on it and the family has access to it at a glance.  Then you can also sort each “team and get a team lineup” you can sort by person (each person has its own color to add each apt)  Notifications can be sent to only adults, or each person that is involved with the appointment or everyone on the system.  The paid version will let you add birthdays, shopping list, to do list, meal planners and it will even import that Gmail Calendar that I talked about earlier.

here is a short video that helps explain Cozi

I use Evernote that syncs across mine and my husbands as well as the older grandkids tablets/phones.
We use a central grocery list, a central to do list (for days off)
This software package is one of the most productive and necessary apps I have ever used. I do use the paid version, and it has reminders, passwords, and you organize things by “notebooks” it is an amazing, easy but powerful piece of software that my family couldn’t do without. I also use it for my blog to help organize things.

Here is a video overview of Evernote

Imagine a row of notebooks lined up on a shelf, and in those notebooks each little note that is pertinent to that “notebook”  Some of our notebooks are Hix Family passwords, Recipes, Hix Family Manuals (it clips pdf files from the web); His Personal Notebook, Laura’s Personal Notebook; Paul’s Personal Notebook.

In mine (Laura’s Personal Notebook, we are going to use it as an example, so the binder is Memaw Personal.  Inside are all my little “notes” Anything Kids (not schedules) Blog Stuff, Book Reviews, Devotionals, FMF Encouragement, Laura Notes to Check, Scans, WebClip’s

Okay, I know this is overkill on the organizational stuff but it takes that to keep a family as large as ours organized with all the kid schedules etc..
As a grandparent, I do try to get to at least some of every child’s activities.

I always, and I mean always write dates on groceries of when I buy them. I keep a sharpie in the cabinet and before I put them up, I just write the mthdateyear on the package.

Just some random things:

Other things, I use tubs for games, every piece goes in the tub, Each child has an activity box at my house.  Puzzles go in ziplock bags.  I have one huge crayon box, but then each child has a Journaling Bag for trips.  It has a journal, pens, pencils and a few crayons.

On my computer, I use simple file names. If it is something for the kids, I am very pragmatic about it, say Nattie’s basketball schedule, that is exactly what I use for the file name. I don’t fancy them up, nor let the computer decide, I dumb it down as much as I can so that I have no problem finding them. When I clean out my phones, or my desktop on my computer, I use Phone10012015 (the date I clean it) or Desktop10012015 (the date I clean it)
Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Since it is ONLY my husband and I at home, I streamlined our kitchen, 6 plates, 6 bowls, 6 cups, etc. Less to clean, less to take care of and I also bought smaller. I purchased 7” plates, instead of standard dinner plates, so that we would eat less. 

I do a LOT of crockpot cooking (even for us two) I make our dogs food and will soon start making his treats when we run out of what we have.
We are not only getting our organizational skills up to par, but are also getting healthy at the same time.

and my bonus that helps me with the grandkids

make a calendar for your kids; I am talking about a rotation calendar.  Whatever the rotation is for, is up to your family and what works for your family, but for our family, it is a shortened calendar that stays in my car, and has one child’s name on it for every day. (these are the kids I have on a routine basis) whoever;s day it is, gets several privileges as well as tasks.  That person is #1 for the day.  It doesn’t mean they are the best or whatever, it just means for that day, they usually get the most “extra things” and have some extra tasks so it’s not all pretty.

some of these things are  (we have three kids now so, here’s some of our things) My kids are older, so remember this as you are reading

Kid #1 gets to sit up front (I must use my front seat because of lack of seats, so don’t even go there with me) they also get the privilege of holding the money if the kids get to go to the store, they also get to “pay” at the grocery, gas station.  They get to choose first through snacks I bring from home if there are different ones however, I try to do all the same.  If they were staying at home with me that day, they also take their shower first, must help wash the dishes.  they get the trash out of the car (everyone is responsible for getting their own trash to them) so it’s not all good stuff and it’s not all bad stuff

#2 usually doesn’t have that many activities assigned they get a free day basically except they help me because I am disabled, with my things and oxygen etc.

#3 holds the door anywhere we go.  they are responsible for putting all the car buckets up (will explain these in a minute)  

So the person that has the day, is the go to person for the day.  This helps me avoid arguments from the kids of who sits “shotgun”   Sorry look at the calendar.

The rotation continues no matter what, we do, no hold days. Whatever day you are in my car, That calendar day stands.
Way back when I had grandkids staying with me all the time, I started this. I took the arguments out of the equation
(these things MUST be set up and in stone first) and I had them help me do this.

Other things, we have in place already, are
Winner cleans up the game,
Everyone gets their dishes to the sink. Even the littles. If they can’t reach the sink, they put it on the floor. I’m good with that, because it gets it all in one place.
The littles are NOT too little to carry their belongings or pick up their belongs.  If they can stand and play with toys they can put things up and take responsibility for their things.  That doesn’t mean they have to solely be responsible because they are too little.  But if they can take a toy out of a backpack, they can put it back in.

Also in my car, every child has a bucket that has 4 pockets and a handle. This holds their personal belongings in the car for long trips, as well as if we stop and get food they have a place to hold their food.  Kinda like these, and then they decorated them up

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I also have made sure everyone has a cup holder because my van is conveniently unequipped with them. LOL
We have church rules that are already in place, as well as general rules that I expect them to follow everywhere, house rules, and trip rules and we adjust appropriately.  One of the biggest is “hands on car”

When I had the older set of granddaughters staying with me, I had a runner.  We opened the doors, she took off running.  So the rule was implemented, your feet touch the ground, your hands go on the car, until I say go.  If the car is too hot you “pretend to touch it”  This keeps the kids from running and keeps them all together.  Being disabled, you keep your “ducks in a row” where you can LOL
But these are set in stone, and each child knows them and it’s kind of like a “manual for the Hix Crew”

With 9 grandchildren, there is organized chaos. I get more compliments on trips etc, because they know ahead of time what is expected, Just had one start going with us on overnight trips, so he has been added to the rotation and got to get a crash course on the rules. He was the best one on the last two trips!!! Maybe refresher courses are needed. However, the kids wrote the rules to begin with, when this was first implemented, so they take ownership in it.  It works for our family and I can stop the “I wanna go first” or I don’t wanna pick up the game, or all the other little things that kids can find to argue about!

But it’s worked out where first is not always best, last is not always worst, and in between doesn’t get left out.

Everyone has a task and when you have this many people at one time sometimes in a hotel room/car etc, it is necessary

Being organized is a cohesive lifestyle. You may not have to be “this” organized, and you may have to be even more organized.

I am NOT an organized person  I am very unorganized.  I have ADD.  I cannot focus on any one project for any given length of time

Some of this maybe duplicated, and some is overkill, however, when you are as chronically UN organized as I am, this keeps me on track and focused.  After the first setups with each one, it’s as easy as just typing a small note and hitting save.  I have used Gmail Calendar for a few years now as well as Cozi and just found Evernote and started with it.  

However, these three apps are my lifesavers.  

One thing I also do, is I make a print copy (for backup) of each month.  I don’t do it every time something changes, because they each have their own internal “cloud” to back up to. Just a few things that work for our family to give us some sense of order in our huge family organized chaos.

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I am not a fan of Motown music.  I love just about all music you could ever listen to.  However, Rap, Motown, Headbanging, and Heavy Metal.  I just do not have a feel for.

I have never been able to put my finger on why, but I just knew I didn’t like it.  When I got Richard Smallwood’s The Millennium Collection from Family Christian to review.  I really had to pray long and hard before I listened to it.  For God to send me the words out of the music that He wanted me to hear, to not listen to the musicality  while listening to the CD but hear the words, and boy did I hear some words!!

With songs like

1 We Magnify Your Name (Live)  2  What He’s Done For Me  3 In The Shelter  4 Center Of My Joy (Live)  5 Great Is Thy Faithfulness  6 He’s Able (Live)  7 Great Is The Lord (Psalm 48)  8 Wonderful Counselor  9 His Mercy Endureth Forever (Psalm 118)  10 The Lord’s Prayer (Live)

I am going to look at # 9 His Mercy Endureth Forever.  Which happens to be one of my all time favorite songs

This song, taken from Psalm 118  and oh what a lesson it teaches you.

(everything in italics is from me.)

Oh give thanks unto the Lord
For He is Good,  For He is Good   Have you ever just sat and thought about just HOW good God is?  HE IS GOOD.  I mean seriously GOOD.  There is no way to describe the Good that comes from the Lord,, there aren’t enough words
For His mercy endureth for ever and ever  His MERCY endures forever, infinite, eternal, everlasting,   can you even begin to think that long

Thy art my God and I will Praise you  Yes Lord, just because you are my God, I will praise you!!

The Lord is my strength and my song  What strength we find in the Lord  When we are weak and down to our nothing ness, my STRENGTH is in you Lord!
He has become my salvation, my salvation
I will praise you oh Lord, PRAISING THE LORD for the salvation he has given me that last eternal and forever, and infinite, everlasting,,,  What a gynormous promise the Lord has given us here in these three lines!!
You have become my salvation, my salvation

For this is the day that the Lord hath made
I will rejoice and be glad in it   You choose to rejoice in each day, no matter what comes your way, REJOICE IN HIM!!!

Oh Give thanks unto the Lord  – how can you NOT give thanks to the Lord  – When I think of the things that the Lord has done for me, I mean HE GAVE HIS SON.  to die on the cross, so that I might live forever, infinite, everlasting… 

He gives me everything I need, right when I need it  What JOY we see when we look upon His face

Now wrap all of this up into the soulful voice of Richard Smallwood and his choir and just listen to these words.

Does the meaning change?  No.  But the song I know, is sang so fast that there are words that run together and while it’s a great song, you are singing a beat that is tremendous.  Mr. Smallwood slows it down and you hang on every world he says.  “HIS LOVE FOREVER”

Smallwood’s career spans many, many years, with many awards, many albums!  He says on Instagram, this is all he has ever wanted to do!

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Now does it even GET any better than that?  I can’t possibly think of a better way to sing these words from the gospel!  Each song is a song from the heart and soul of each person that is singing with Mr Smallwood.  This album compiles his greatest hits into this Millennium Collection. and you can buy it at Family Christian Stores online now for 5.00 as well as the digital download for 5.99.  what a great Christmas or birthday present this would make for someone!

here is the video of Mr. Smallwood Singing His Mercy Endureth Forever from The Millennium Collection

You can read Psalm 118 here 

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Great Little Book About Teaching Children About Anger

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Teaching Christs Children about Feeling Angry is written from a child’s point of view, which makes it oh so much easier to be able to say “let’s read this”

Hyman brings practical daily use, Bible Verses and an easy to read format to help children understand that being angry is okay, sinning while we are angry is not.

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Teaching Christ’s Children about Feeling Angry, while the title implies it is for Christians only, gives extremely great common advice for anyone.  Not just Christians.  This is the only thing I do not like about the book.  To me, the title excludes some children.  Even though we are all children of God, someone who has never read the Bible could interpret this title to say “not me”

I know that isn’t what Hyman wanted or is saying.  With great illustrations, and following a series of books by Hyman, I love the content of the book and think the title needs work!  

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CorineCorine Hyman is a clinical psychologist who has helped families for close to 10 years. Currently, she lives in Baltimore, MD where she has opened her home to children without families by becoming a foster parent. The idea for her first book, Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time,  was placed in her heart many years ago and since its publishing Corine has published several other books including: What Is Love, My Journey with Jesus Christ, Jaden Goes to Foster Care, (see my review here) and Why I Give. With the exception of Jaden Goes to Foster Care, each book is designed to use the Bible to help both children and adults understand the biblical basis for why Christians do what they do. Look for her upcoming series on what the Bible has to say about feelings in August of 2015. To help design a character in her upcoming book, email her at booksbycorine@gmail.com.

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FitBit Revew #LOVEMYFITBIT

The more I deal with FitBit as a company, the more and more I love them.  They have the BEST customer service of any company I have ever dealt with I do believe.

I lost my charger for my One. I had sent an email, asking where I could buy one and hadn’t gone to the website because I wasn’t being able to browse at that time, but had their customer service email in my phone. I got an email today that says “your order is on its way” They have sent me a new one!!! JUST exactly the same thing happened when I lost the actual tracker. Fitbit has an amazing customer service policy. On neither issue, did I ask for a replacement. To me this is excellent customer Service.

This little machine, packs a powerful punch. Not only does it track my steps like a pedometer, it links to MyFitnessPal, which also has a food diary, a water tracker and then it syncs with the iPhone Health Vault and Microsoft Health and then I can sync One Touch Verio Glucometer to the Microsoft Health Vault and all in all I have some pretty major medical records at the ready every single time I go to the doctor.

I have been so impressed with my smart phone and the accessories that I have at my fingerprints, just in a few apps.

It all starts with the FitBit One Tracker. Here it is in and out of the box and my tracker itself PART_1438135814375_PhotoGrid_1438132237954My Fitbit, usually lasts about 6 days on a charge. I love that it has the time on it. With the push of a button, I get the time, steps I have walked and then calories burned based on my steps and food diary.. When I sync my Tracker, on the dashboard, I get all the above as well as sleep patterns if I choose to record them, and any other information I would choose to record, like steps, weight, steps for a week, water intake, food intake, activity log, goals, and there are some other options to choose from on the dashboard.

With my FitBit, there is a silent alarm that I can set that goes off at the same time every day. I have it set for 6 pm, because of the daylight savings time, I am very bad about not eating at the right times at night. Because it’s so light, I still think I have a long time to go before bedtime. This alarm, vibrates on my shoulder because I wear the Tracker clipped to my shirt all the time. When I feel that alarm go off, I know I need to go get something to eat. Because I am diabetic, I must eat at least 3-5 times a day depending on the meal. This alarm helps me to not forget to eat. There are so many other little things about this Tracker that I love, like its size and not having to wear it on my wrist. I have a FitBit finder on my phone (have used both IOS and Droid versions and both work wonderfully) and if I ever lose it, then I can usually find it within an hour or so. The finder syncs with the Tracker by Bluetooth. Now that being said, if the battery is dead, this won’t work. However, you can also find the last time it did sync on your dashboard and then between that and the other options you have a better chance of finding it. PART_1438135833596_PhotoGrid_1438131769643PART_1438135835235_PhotoGrid_1438131867893

Things happen. But ideally, you don’t lose it!

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Devotions Off The Map – 52 Week Devotional Journey #FCBloggers

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I had the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of Devotions Off The Map – 52 Week Devotional Journey with Family Christian Stores.  Written by Katherine Blackmore, B&h Kids Editorial and Dandi Mackall.  This book is published by B&H Publishing, and let me just say, they know what will catch a kid’s attention and keep them reading. Or at least it did for this old kid!!!

Upon opening the book, you cannot help but notice all the super bright colors and the just complete “neatness” of the book. It isn’t busy, nor is it slow.

unnamedAs you get into the book there are 52 devotions that give you life situations, and I am going to use this one as an example: Making Camp: Learning to Love Along The Way.

Devotions Off The Map is available for Preorder at this link.  It should be in the stores by August 1, 2015 . The book has special graphics that explain each part of the devotional, like

ThTreee Overlook – it explains what your child will learn in the devotional – our example is “You can learn to show love to everyone”

 

CompassThis Is The Way – provides one key Bible verse and some scripture references to memorize, study, word by word, and/or life applications. All pointing you back to the devotional. Our example is O John 4:20 – If anyone says. “I love God” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. And a few more verses that go with the devotional.

treehouse formatedLessons From The Tangled Treehouse – this section is where the devotions come in. Easy to read, challenging for your child and something that your child might find that He or she already knows – Our example is about a person that goes somewhere for a few weeks, and upon their roommate walking in the room, immediately judges them. In their own mind, they are sure they don’t like the roommate, and are not going to be open to getting to know them. However, upon getting to know them, they realize that they and the roommate really do have a lot in common and the further they go into the time together, they really do like each other a lot and become very close friends. Something kids go through at school, camps etc. all the time. God tells us we are liars if we say we love Him, but do not like our brothers. That’s harsh! However, the devotional puts it in words that are so easy for any child to understand.

Bushes FormatedShady Grove Prayers – this is the part of the devotional where simple prayers, already written out for you that you can either pray with your child, or have your child read and then say their own based on the examples given.    for non-readers can pray out loud and read to them, the words are easy enough and always again they make these so easy to adjust for non-readers and to be able to put into words they can understand.  Our example uses this prayer.

“Dear God, Thank you for your love, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for me. Your love is amazing. Help me to show that love to others whether I know them well or not.
want to be more like you. Amen”  

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I don’t know a child of God (of any age) that would not benefit from God’s help in this devotional. That’s the beauty of this book. So much applies to adults, kids, and even non-readers, (now this is my opinion, so don’t go trying to say, oh I know one, I know one!!!) I am sure there is someone somewhere, who wouldn’t like this book!

questions FormatedField Study – is a question and answer section that begin with why, how when or where. These questions, will push a child to think, use their Bible to look up answers or open a dialogue between a parent/teacher/guardian to open the child’s mind to different opinions based on sound Biblical principles – One of our examples is the following “How can you love someone who doesn’t seem to love you?” That’s just one of 4 in this particular devotional.

Boots formatedWalking to Boulder Bridge– this section is where you child puts what they have learned into everyday life. With activities, community projects, crafts or even family discussion time. I love this part of it. Being a very hands on thinker, learner. This appeals to my inner child so much! I know for me, “doing” teaches me so much more and not just reading from a book. So our example, Show love to one another, gives examples, like cut out a heart, put the initials of people you love. On the other side, write people’s initials that may need some love shown to them, and then keep the heart in your pillowcase so that you can remember it, pull it out and pray for each person that you wrote down, also it helps you remember that God loves everyone equally! – This section, again, also opens up ideas from parents/teachers/guardians, and there are so many other ways to use this, like if you know someone hurting, you could write them a short note, or just “God loves you” with the verse reference and even mail it to them or many other applications that are age proper, and based on your child’s skills, and learning abilities. Whatever works best for your family?

I think my last statement “whatever works best for your family” is one of the reasons I love this book so much. Nothing is just as it is. There are so many variations to how each section can be used and applied to your family and your lifestyle.
The Lessons Part – if the child is a non-reader, the book is written in such a way that most younger kids could understand the life application because of wordings that the writers have used in my opinion, younger children, may not understand, because of concepts of time and distance, however, they can easily be used in their words and their understanding and changed up to have a jumping off point and then the book is not just useful for readers alone.

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This devotional is  as a follow-up to a VBS, however, there is no way that you need to go to the VBS to understand the book.  I pray that anyone that purchases this little book will love it as much as I have!  I go on vacation soon with my grandchildren, and this will be our daily devotional book.  I am sure around day three of “all the cousins” they will need a great reminder of showing their love to someone and this is just the book for it!   We range from 1-year-old to 18 years old, so they all will be able to put it to use in some way and fashion!  I really cannot say enough good about Devotions Off The Map a 52 Week Devotional Journey;

 

 So much simplicity rolled up into 52 devotions, which will touch your child’s heart for a lifetime!

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Stronger CD – TaRanda – Review

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TaRanda – a voice as sweet as an angel, with the undertones of Country Girl!  TaRanda had my attention with the first words of Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (*one of my favorite songs) then Shackles.  (another song, near and dear to my heart)

Oh how I loved this CD!  The music on it is just a huge variety of tones, from gospel to blues!

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TaRanda Greene displays her amazing vocals and magical harmony in her much-anticipated StowTown Records debut album, Stronger. Brilliantly produced by Geron Davis and carefully orchestrated by Bradley Knight, the project also features some of the best talent in gospel music, including Wess Morgan, Sonya Isaacs-Yeary, Jason Crabb, The Martins, Christ Church Choir of Nashville and New Yorks Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. TaRanda, a longtime fan-favorite in gospel music, has been a featured vocalist for the Grammy-winning, world famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and is also a regular guest vocalist at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego and First Baptist Church Atlanta. Over three years in the making, Stronger is sure to stir the emotions and powerfully enhance the experience of church audiences and gospel music fans everywhere.
takes the song and makes it hers.  While some of these songs are old and have been remade by plenty of artists, I am always excited to hear new and fresh versions.  These are all fresh!

If you love the country sound mixed with a little gospel, you will love this CDl  Watch the behind the scenes video of how this came to be from Provident Films.

 

 

 

Honestly, I had never heard of her before.  I had seen her, but never really knew her name.  I am now, trying to gain access to all of her CD’s!  I have found a new favorite to go in a playlist!

Go check out this new CD by TaRanda Greene over at Family Christian Stores

You will not be disappointed.

 

 

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Verio One Touch Sync Glucose Meter Review

Blood sugar results. Your iPhone®.
Together at last.

Introducing OneTouch® Verio®Sync. The meter that automatically sends your results wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad®, or iPod® touch, using the OneTouch® Revealmobile app.

Compatible with any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, running IOS 5.1 or later. See full product specifications heresync_pod1_phone

 

Okay, I have had a LOT of meters since I being diagnosed with diabetes Type 2 in June of 2001.   I mean a LOT.  It seems like my insurance is changing their “preferred” brand every couple of months and their “preferred” provider every couple of months.Now, that being said.  I was once again, asked to change meters.  So I went ahead and got the one I wanted instead.Let me just say, I LOVE this meter.  It is incredible!!  First, it is just so easy.  No controls, nothing hard, just really simple.  put a strip in, lance the finger, and suck the blood up!  How much easier does it get as far as meters go.Untitled

But the most incredible part.  NO MORE LOGS!!!!  It automatically syncs with my iPhone. Also, you can set up alarms automatically based on how many times that you test, and your phone gives you a notification.  NO REASON not to test, or to forget to test, or whatever.  Testing regularly means your diabetes will be better controlled.

Now, as far as I know it is only on the IOS Platform at this time.  The app is free and you can download it free from the App Store here:

One Touch Reveal Mobile App

OneTouch Reveal On the App Store

and believe it or not, the meter is “preferred” on my insurance.  However, I opted to buy it so I could get it when I wanted it.

Out of the box, you have a meter, a lancer, a USB cord and a charging block for AC charging.

Easy Peasy.  The set up was also easy.  It syncs over  Bluetooth with my phone, and then it sets the date and time according to your wireless connection.  You do NOT have to be connected by wi-fi, but you do have to be connected by Bluetooth.

These are all the things you can do through the app.

The OneTouch® Verio®Sync Meter wirelessly sends blood sugar results to the OneTouch® Reveal™ mobile app. Once a blood sugar result is sent to the app you can:

Tag the blood sugar result with a meal flag.
Receive High and Low Pattern messages.
Add carbs, activity, medication data and notes about your activities.
Manually enter other blood sugar test results.
Review results on graphs.
Share your blood sugar results with others.
Set reminders to prompt you to test, snack, exercise, order testing supplies, etc.

 

It also has a light that you can turn on and off while you are testing, so no more bright lights in the middle of the night when you are sinking or you can just have an extra little gadget on it!  

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This is my actual meter. It is charging at this point, but I will show you a stock picture of the screen

 You can get a copy of the quick start guide here. 

Below is the meter in action.  Check out this video:  

I paid $29.99 from the One Touch Website and received it within a couple of days. I received 30% off and free shipping and that is a deal that is still going on now.  It took me longer to get the strips and lancets because of doctors and insurance and a new company and everyone wanting to be in control, however I was ready.  I firmly believe that I am the only person that can totally control my healthcare besides God.  I MUST be 100% in control of it, because no one else is looking out for my best interest, but that is a whole different blog series!!!  and I digress.
Now the strips are only for use by any of the Verio machines, they are not interchangeable with any other OneTouch machine.  The Lancer, which is called a One Touch Delica.  I made a choice to continue using it, however, any Lancer will do.  It doesn’t even need to be a One Touch Brand.  Just  know if you use the Delica though, it has different kind of lancet (see all the pictures of everything at the bottom of this post)

I am extremely happy with this machine and the user interface that comes from my iPhone 5.  (other platforms of iPhone are compatible, like the 4, 4S and 5C and 5S, iPad or iPod Touch running IOS 5.1 or later)

I don’t think I have ever been this excited about using a meter.  

Here is all the technical stuff that goes with the meter and instead of reinventing the wheel, I did copy this right off of the OneTouch Website so that I knew it would be exact based on their findings.  You cn find that information here

All pictures and products are the property of OneTouch.  I have linked back to their website.  You can also find all information here.  http://www.onetouch.com/veriosync and  http://www.shoponetouch.com/product/onetouch-veriosync-system

Test Time: 5 seconds
Backlight: Illuminated test strip port and backlight
Power source: Rechargeable Battery
Battery life: 1 – 2 weeks between charges
Memory: Stores up to 500 results
Automatic shutoff: Your meter will turn off by itself within 10 seconds after sending results to the mobile device. In all other instances, the meter will turn off by itself if left alone for 2 minutes.

Operating ranges:
Bluetooth®: The meter and mobile device need to be within 10 feet of each other to pair and sync using Bluetooth® technology.
Temperature: 50-111°F
Altitude: Up to 10,000 ft
Relative Humidity: Non-condensing 10-90%
Hematocrit: 20-60%
Individual Unit Weight: Approximately 1.7 ounces
Individual Unit Dimensions: 3.94″ L x 1.63″ W x 0.46″ H

Contents of the Box:
OneTouch® Verio®Sync Blood Glucose Meter (with internal rechargeable battery)
10 OneTouch® Verio® Test Strips
OneTouch® Verio® Level 3 Control Solution
OneTouch® Delica® Lancing Device
10 OneTouch® Delica® Lancets
Mini USB cable
AC adapter
Carrying case
OneTouch® Verio®Sync Owner’s Booklet
OneTouch® Verio®Sync Get Started Guide

iPod touch®, iPhone®, and iPad® not included.

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by LifeScan, Inc is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
– See more at: http://www.shoponetouch.com/product/onetouch-veriosync-system#sthash.W5iRFyDb.dpuf

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I received NOTHING in exchange for this review.  I bought my meter and made this review on my own

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