“List maker, list maker, make me a list…” (sung to Matchmaker from Fiddler On The Roof, loudly and badly with a bit of odd dancing). No, I am serious, make me a list I cannot refuse. Make me a list I can never lose. Or, at the very least, forget on the kitchen counter. List me! Who needs beer? List me! List me! Get thee to a list. I love my lists.
OK, I got that whole, list-lover, manic singing, cultural reference fest out of my system so I can get down to business here. I am reviewing an app today. An app called “Don’t Forget Your List” which is perfect for me. I was contacted on Facebook by someone cryptically named “Tracey Meyers Friend” which made me trust her immediately because Tracey Meyers is really awesome, right? Except, a couple of days later I realized I had no idea who Tracey was either. At first I thought I was just really bad with names, which turns out to be true, but also I don’t know anyone named Tracey Meyers even though I probably should. So, I sort of felt like I was on a secret mission. A mission with code names and other fun stuff going on, and besides, I couldn’t resist an app that helps you make a list and reminds you that you already have a list, you forgetful, mom, you. It’s a genius idea. I mean, I make lists all the time and then forget to bring them when I leave the house. I thought maybe Tracey Meyers Friend just read my blog and noticed that I make lists and talk about lists more than any ordinary person should. Maybe she knew I was an easy mark for List-App-Love. Together, Tracey Meyers Friend and her sister Kim, invented this app, which is pretty amazing to me considering I can barely use Facebook and Twitter appropriately. I am always super excited about supporting women who do tech things, especially when they promise to make my Living La Vida Loco a little less loco. Their company is called Zenware, Inc. and I have a feeling they are going places. Anyway, in full disclosure, I got a secret code to use in iTunes and got the app for free in exchange for reviewing it.
So, “Don’t Forget Your List” is pretty cool. You make your lists and then choose the store you plan to purchase your items at. Then, when you get near the store an alarm goes off reminding you that you have things to buy in that store. You can set the alarm to go off in the parking lot or even a mile away. This is the power of GPS! Just make sure you have the GPS turned on in your privacy setting or the alarm will not go off. I found this out the hard way a few times. I’m a slow learner. Have I mentioned I am technology challenged? The alerts you can choose from are really funny too, at least Tiny-Small thought so. My favorite alert is, “Don’t forget you have a list,” spoken by a woman with Type-A personality (at least that is how I imagine her). It’s my favorite because every time that alert goes off Tiny-Small starts cheering and saying, “You got you list, Mom? Is dat you list? Did you foget you list?” My second favorite is the one that announces (with applause in the background), “It’s tiiiiimmmmeeeee tooooooo spennnnnnnd some money!” This one makes me laugh because Tiny-Small always says, “That not for you, Mom. That for me! I spend da money!” Then she claps like we just won the lottery or a shopping spree on the Prices Right.
When you first get the app and turn on your GPS, it will find your location and list all of the stores you can find in your area. Then, you can choose the stores you shop in and start making lists. If your store does not show up, you can go to the store and add it to the app. Since I live in rural land, I had to add most of the stores. It just takes a few seconds and you can do it on a regularly scheduled shopping trip. It probably took me a little longer to get the app set up and ready to use than it would someone living in a more populated area. Another cool feature is you can send your list to other people. So, if your spouse is at the store and you need things, you can share the list with him or her. I didn’t get to try that feature because my husband refuses to own a smart phone. He likes to keep things simple, but I could see how this feature would be incredibly helpful, especially to busy parents. It almost makes me want to force my husband to join the modern world of electronic gadgets just so I can try it. Unfortunately, I don’t have those kind of Super Powers.
There were a few times when I went to a store and my alert didn’t go off. I haven’t figured out why. There may be a glitch in the app or it might be user error. It could even be a cell phone tower issue, which happens frequently here. Either way, It takes me a while to figure out all of the bells and whistles with new gadgets and we don’t go to the store on a daily basis (because it takes scheduling and driving and planning…that’s the deal with country living). I am looking forward to taking the app to El Paso and Albuquerque and plugging in stores like Home Depot and Trader Joe’s so I can make lists for them (from home) as I need things. This will be really helpful since we only make the trip to shop at those stores a few times a year and I often forget my list or lose it by the time we go. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed to purchase a tool to fix something and only remembered once I got home and saw the thing I needed to repair. I am hoping this app will help me reduce those incidents of forgetfulness. Anything to streamline life is greatly appreciated. It gets hectic and chaotic around here most days. So, If I can figure out how to make the alert go off every time, I will be golden.
I would recommend this app, especially if you are a list maker, living in the city, and have a spouse with a smart phone. It’s got some excellent benefits. It also makes you look important because, there you are, in the store, staring at your cell phone, with a serious look on your face. That is way more classy than carrying around a wrinkled piece of slightly sweaty paper that your child eventually rips up and “accidentally” throws on the ground in aisle ten. Which, by the way, is the story of my life, at least it used to be. Now, I am writing a new story, one where I save the day by not forgetting the milk, or to buy that specific screw driver needed to put that easel I just bought together. No more second trips or having to wait several months to get that one thing I need to complete a project. That’s a little bit of awesome right there, isn’t it?
If you are interested in learning more about Don’t Forget Your List you can check out their website. <—Click the blue, My Little List Maker!
Or, just go purchase it from iTunes for $1.99.