AboutOne: Now I'm REALLY Smart

I am organizationally challenged. It is a personality flaw which I embrace because I imagine that it adds to my  “devil may care,” vibrant personality. In reality, what this means is I have semi-ordered important documents loosely stacked in random niches throughout the house, and instead of being able to immediately locate something specific, at best I can narrow down its location to a general drawer, box, or desk cubby.

If I’m lucky.

Usually, I am not.

Enter AboutOne, a new online personal/family management tool for which I was lucky enough to score a year’s free membership in exchange for this review. I can assure you, though, that all of the gushing I am about to do about AboutOne has nothing to do with the fact that I received the membership as a perk; it really encompasses this much of The Awesome.

AboutOne is the perfect union of my computer addiction and my desire to streamline and get organized. For me, it is like Remedial Organization 101 for Dummies.

In one easy-to-use online application, I am now able to organize and manage all of my family’s important information. Our individual medical histories, educational information, friends and family contact information, house maintenance details, vehicle information, and family memories can all be stored in this one neat package.

This is what my family’s homepage looks like after taking just a few minutes to enter basic information (names, birth dates, etc):

About One Family Home Page
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From there, you have easy access to all of the AboutOne features. Clicking on each family member’s picture will take you to that person’s individual page. One feature which I rather like is the Bulletin Board. It’s exactly what it sounds like; if you’ve entered any quick information or milestones about individual family members, it will show up like a clickable Post-It note on the board:

About One Bulletin Board
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It is so easy to enter milestones and accomplishments for each person, that I really wish that AboutOne had been in existence ten years ago when we started building our family. AboutOne is even a great alternative to a typical baby book, which I’ve never able to keep up with. As I was never far from my computer, it would have been so much easier to just click into the program and enter the kids’ milestones, pictures, and other developmental details. It’s never too late to start, though, and I plan on making time to backlog their past milestones, as well as keep up with future events. Through AboutOne’s partnership with SharedBook.com, you can also easily take the milestones, pictures, and information from your AboutOne account and print a glossy hardcover book for yourself or as great gifts for grandparents and other relatives.

Aside from AboutOne’s entertainment value, there is also high functionality value. Among other things, you can scan in and upload backup copies of important documents and print out babysitting instructions that are specific to your child/ren.

One feature that I wish was already more developed in this early version of AboutOne is the Calendar. As of now, users are only able to input upcoming medical appointments. I sent an email to AboutOne’s customers’ service department asking about future development plans for the Calendar and was quite surprised to have received a response within five minutes (kudos to them for a speedy answer!). I was informed that the next major release will feature all sorts of Calendar events to help keep a busy family on top of its schedule, and the representative offered to show me some of the mock-ups of the newer version. The more functional Calendar will be the icing on a cake that is already very schweet, and I can’t wait to make the use of that feature once the next version is released.


Block Party

Lucky for you, this review post is doubling as your introduction to AboutOne’s Summer Block Party! Five other bloggers have also written reviews for AboutOne. Together, the six of us are your hosts for this shindig. Because the six of us and AboutOne are awesome, we’ve brought gifts to the party and are giving you chances to win more.

So, pull up a lounge chair and join our block party!


5 winners: will receive a one year subscription to AboutOne
1 winner: $25 Gift Card to Amazon.com compliments of AboutOne
1 winner: custom 125 x125 “blog bling button” from the blog loving world of Plaid House Designs
1 winner: one dozen Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Pecan, or Chocolate Chip Walnut Frank’s Big One’s cookies
1 winner: adorable custom embroidered print shirt from Little Star Shop
1 winner: custom designed and made necklace  from I’m Not that Pregnant
The giveaway is open to US residents only and you must provide a valid e-mail address. Each winner will have 72 hours to respond. The Block Party is open from July 15-31, 2011. Winners will be announced by August 5.


• MANDATORY ENTRY: Check out AboutOne’s site and leave a comment here telling us what feature looks the most interesting to you.


• Subscribe to my feed and leave a second comment letting me know that you have. If you have already subscribed, let me know and it will still count as an additional entry.
2nd BONUS ENTRY (and a free gift for you!):
• Sign up for AboutOne’s totally FREE TRIAL and leave a separate comment letting us know you’ve signed up.

3rd Bonus Entry: The Smartness Trivia ~ Below are ten questions about me, the answers of which can be found somewhere in my blog. Use the search bar over there on the right to dig through The Smartness to see if you can find the answers. If you can answer any THREE questions right you’ll win a bonus entry. To give everyone a fair shot at answering the questions, please email your answers directly to me by using the CONTACT link in the navigation menu at the top of the page.
  1. What is my first name and what does it mean? (Hint, it’s not Moxie, and no, Mom, you cannot answer this question.)
  2. What date is my anniversary, including the year?
  3. What is my surrobaby Baby M’s birthday?
  4. When I first started this blog, what were the names of the intended parents that I was matched with?
  5. What is my favorite band?
  6. What is my favorite album?
  7. I’m the moderator and public relations representative for what online community/message board?
  8. If I were a drag queen, I would choose what name?
  9. My favorite Looney Tunes character is who?
  10. What is my birthday?


Now let’s get this party started!!
There are TEN more ways to enter! Go to the other Summer Block Party Neighbor Blogs to read their reviews of AboutOne and to find out how you can get some additional entries into the Giveaway!

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22 thoughts on “AboutOne: Now I'm REALLY Smart”

  1. The one thing that looks interesting to me about this program is being able to input health information as you go. I know that it would be very helpful to be able to quickly pull up info like that.

  2. I also have subscribed to your feed, and will be sending you an e-mail with trivia answers.

  3. I’m not sure if the health or education features appeal to me most but since we spend a lot of time traveling, having all of that information available *wherever I am* seems brilliant!

    1. Probably the same way I’ve been to your blog tons of times but forget to subscribe. *hangs head in shame and runs off to add you to my reader*

  4. I like the idea of having the health records online. Really, the whole idea of being able to access this info from anywhere is awesome.

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