What a 'Cozi' family journal you have there...

I just wrote about Cozi a few days ago explaining a little of what I love about their site when it comes to help with dinner. If you didn't get a chance to check out that post, you can visit it here.

Now I wanted to take a minute and explain another part of Cozi that I think you will like.

Do you have friends and family you would like to keep updated on what's going on in your family? I know it seems like children do something new and exciting everyday. Cozi has a way to make sharing these moments fun and easy!
Cozi family journal is one of the main tools that Cozi offers. The screen shot above is of my Cozi home page. When you sign up you will see a similar page, complete with your family name and place for you to upload a photo.

Adding entries into your family journal is as easy as clicking the 'Jot down a moment' button.

Clicking that button opens a new box on the journal page for text as well as photo box to add to the memory. You can even choose to change the date of the post or make it private or public.

Once you have your post completed hit the 'save' button. Don't worry if you realize after you save that you need to go back and edit something. You can edit or delete any of your posts at any time.
Once your post is saved you can now share it with your friends and family. One option is to email your posts. You can either hit the send button to email an individual post or you can set it up for Cozi to automatically send a monthly newsletter with your posts to a contact list you specify.

The newsletter is great for families to get your updates and read them without having to visit the site to see if you posted something new. Below is an example of what our email newsletter looked like for the month of January.

Another option they offer is to have your posts display as a web page. To this up click on the 'Share Our Journal' drop down menu, then select 'share as a web page.' It will then tell you sharing is on and give you the option of editing your settings. This includes giving your journal a name, choosing an address for your journal, and privacy post settings.

I named our journal The Pyle's Family Journal. It's easy and simple. As for the location they give you the option of something impossible to remember (for privacy reasons) or the chance to customize your URL. I chose to customize mine with /pylefamily, to make it easy for family to remember.

Once you select your name, location, and privacy settings you can push continue at the bottom of the page. The next settings page, 'Protected Keywords,' is a unique offering for your privacy I have not seen offered anywhere else. You can set your journal to automatically protect key words that you chose, such as your child's name. Say you are not comfortable using your child's real name but always forget to call them by their nickname, you could have it set that anytime you were to type 'Elijah' or 'Eli' it would automatically show up in your posts as his nickname 'Moon' or just 'E.' This is a great privacy tool!

Once you are finished with that page you can hit 'see what our journal looks like' and it will take you to the preview of it. Check it out and go back and make any changes you wish and then hit 'continue.' You can either choose to invite friends and family now or you can come back and do it later at any time.

The last bit of sharing options for your journal are sharing through Facebook and Twitter or subscribing to the RSS feed. To share on Facebook you can add the Cozi Family Journal application. It will automatically share you new posts in your wall feed. If you choose twitter sharing it will send out an update from your twitter account each time a new story is posted. You can get to both of these options by clicking on the 'Let people know when you update your journal' option in the 'share our journal' drop down menu.

To subscribe to the RSS feed you can hit the 'Subscribe (RSS)' button as the top of your journal's home page.

Another feature of your journal offers is for your journal's viewers to add smiles to posts that they enjoyed! You can find the option at the bottom of each post.

Feel free to check out our family journal to get a better idea at:

So far I have loved Cozi's family journal. I just recently started utilizing it but I want to find a better way to work in Elijah's updates to that as well. It would be a nice option for family who do not want to visit my blog. I wish I would have known about this during pregnancy too! If you followed my old blog when I was pregnant you know I updated once a day. I could see Cozi being a wonderful tool for pregnant woman to keep track of their growing belly photos and mom/baby stats! I am keeping this in mind for after we TTC again.

What do you think? Is Cozi family journal something you would consider using for you family? What options do you like or unlike?

To set up your own journal and see more of the great tools for your family Cozi offers please visit their website at http://www.cozi.com
You can also Follow them on Twitter: @CoziFamily
and Fan them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CoziFamily

And don't forget, Cozi's celebrating their 10,000,000th Shopping List Item by giving away free groceries for a year! Entering is as easy as entering your email address and they are giving TONS of extra entries. All you have to do is invite friends through email, twitter, your blog, etc.

Every click you receive on the links you share gives you an extra entry!

You can also spin to win OXO kitchen gadgets or a limited-edition designer Cozi tote 3 times per day, every day until the contest ends on March 11th, 2010. Good Luck!

This post was written on behalf of Cozi. All opinions are 100% my own.


Anonymous said...

This is a great post, helps me a lot! I have a Cozi account but wasn't sure what to do with it!

Have a great week!

Pamela M. Kramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

That's pretty cute! I think I would just use my blog though. lol