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Our Favorite iPhone Apps

We're big believers in boundaries when it comes to technology and social media (have you seen our social media-free weekend tips?) But we also know that when used properly, our iPhone apps can make our lives more efficient and streamlined, leaving room for us to spend time doing the most important things and being with the people whom matter most.

With that said, our team is sharing a round-up of twenty of our favorite iPhone apps!

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Lake: Artists™ Coloring BooksLove the idea of adult coloring books for destressing but don't want to carry everything around with you? This color app has been a long-time favorite of Nicole's!

Pillow: If you're anything like us, we could always use a few extra hours of shut-eye! While Pillow can't add hours to the day, it is an advanced sleep tracking alarm clock that can effortlessly measure and track your sleep quality, waking you up at your most optimal time. Tip: There's no need to pay extra for the features. I made that mistake, and it wasn't necessary!

PoshmarkI can't remember the last time I bought a new article of clothing because of this app! I'm on a strict budget right now, and Poshmark has helped make it easy to buy new-to-me clothes (you can search for new with tags, too) and sell some of the clothes in my closet. Feel free to use my referral code UHUUS if you want $5 off your first purchase (I'll get $5, too!)

Notes: This native iPhone app makes it so much easier to jot down ideas and lists without carrying a tiny notebook around. I keep shopping lists, restaurant recommendations, my friends' favorite Starbucks drinks or treat, and so much more here! My ongoing Christmas shopping list is in my Notes app, and you can lock it with a password in case you have any snoopy people with access to your phone :)

Reminders: This is another native iPhone app I use every single day. I ask Siri multiple times throughout the day to remind me to do something. I love how convenient it is, and it takes the pressure off of me to remember smaller to-dos that I might forget.

SpotifySpotify is a favorite amongst our team! There is a monthly fee, but I've found it worth it for the ability to download music to your phone. There are hundreds of premade playlists, and you can build your own. Each month I create a new playlist on my Spotify account to enjoy throughout the month, and it's been a fun thing to share with friends!

BibleOne of Lara's 2017 goals was to read through the Bible is a year, and she's been making so much progress using the Blue Letter Bible Chronological Reading Plan. What we love most about the Bible app is how practical it is! The read-aloud option makes it great for exercising, drives, or doing other things!

Amazon AlexaAmazon's Alexa app makes it easy for Lara to add things to her grocery list as she's prepping dinner for her three children. If she's out of something, instead of finding a list, she can simply say "Alexa, add eggs to the grocery list" and it's all in one place!

ThingsHave multiple to-do lists floating around your desk and computer? It might be time to invest in the Things app. There is a one-time fee, but Lara has been using this for years and loves it. It syncs seamlessly across all her devices, and it helps keep her on track!

FitBitOur office participates in a weekly fitness challenge each Monday using our FitBit trackers. FitBit also has paid exercise plans that are agreat for exercising at home or on the road. I have an annual subscription, and I use it on days when a barre class won't fit into my schedule!

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StarfallStarfall is a fun and educational app that Lara's 6-year-old daughter loves. It requires an annual membership, but it's affordable and has already made up for the amount of time Grace has used it!

Chick-Fil-AWith the ability to earn free treats, order ahead and much more at your favorite fast food restaurant, it's easy to see what Chick-Fil-A One app is a company favorite.

Pic-Tap-Go Pic-Tap-Go is one of our favorite photo editing apps because it's fun, easy to use, and can transform your images in seconds. It saves your favorite combinations to make it even easier in the future!

Venmo: Venmo is the simple to send and request money from friends. Whether you're splitting a dinner bill, the rent check, concert tickets, or the cost of a road trip, Venmo removes the awkward talks over who owes what, and it syncs directly with your bank account.

Starbucks: The Starbucks app stores all your gift cards so they aren't floating around in your purse, and the app makes it easy to run inside, skip the line, and pick up your order. It's a great timesaver on busy mornings or if your hands are full with a few littles.

HotelTonightTaking a last-minute trip somewhere? HotelTonight is a great app to find hotel rooms at a discounted rate. I've used it a few times for spontaneous getaways, and I've always been thoroughly impressed with the customer service experiences as well as the accommodations. You can book up to one week in advance in most cities!

First5The First5 app is an easy way to start your day with Scripture and a mini-devotional. It's available in email format, but if you're anything like me, I don't need another email in my inbox. Turn on notifications and it will alert you each morning!

ShiptFor those busy days where grocery shopping just isn't going to happen, the Shipt app makes it easy to have groceries delivered right to your door. Amber has been using it for the past few months, and she's found that not only is it freeing up her time, but it's saving her money because she isn't taking two children to the grocery store with her!

Asana RebelLove the idea of exercising on a regular basis but unable to get to a gym or yoga studio? This app is perfect for you! There are new workouts each day that help you work towards achieving your personalzied fitness goals!

Endless Alphabet: Set the stage for reading success with this delightfully interactive educational app for preschoolers. Marissa's daughter has a blast learning her ABC's and building vocabulary with the adorable monsters in Endless Alphabet. A great option for screentime with children!

What apps would you add to this list? Leave a comment, and let us know if there are any we should try!

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Goal Action Ideas for Parenting Goals

We're back today with the next edition of our Goal Guide series! Many of us are striving toward the same things: deeper relationships, a growing faith, and a healthy lifestyle, to name a few. We created this series to spotlight one of those topics at a time and create a bank of ideas for your Tending List! Now, when you want to make progress on your fitness, faith, or nutrition goals, for instance, you can use these posts for inspiration!

This week's topic is parenting! I'm very new to this (10 weeks to be exact), but being the best mama I can be shot right to the top of my PowerSheets priorities the moment I found out I was expecting. As moms, we want to be more present, patient, and nurturing with our children. One thing that helps me make imperfect progress? Coming up with meaningful and practical ways I can love on my baby well. Thankfully I got some help from the Moms Cultivating What Matters with PowerSheets Facebook group. Veteran mamas, please share your ideas in the comments below as well!

Monthly Goals 

  • Read one new-to-you parenting book (We love the idea of inviting your husband to join you for this goal!)
  • Tackle an age-appropriate milestone goal such as sleep training, solid foods, weaning, or potty training
  • Do a seasonal craft, outing, or activity
  • Create a family mission statement
  • Get up-to-date in each child's baby book or scrapbook
  • Plan a family trip
  • Get involved in children's school activities
  • Join a moms' group or play group
  • Learn 2-3 new age-appropriate games
  • Create a chore chart or family values chart to track progress
  • Work through the Parents Goal Companion Guide
  • Pick a topic to learn about and check out several books on that topic from the library
  • Take an infant or child CPR class
  • Frame and hang photos of and artwork by your children

Weekly Goals

  • Have 3-5 sit-down family dinners together
  • Attend church and discuss what you learned
  • Write a letter, email, or diary entry to children to read when they're older
  • Take child to 1-2 activities such as play group, story time, or music class
  • Plan a special one-on-one date for each child
  • Call a mom friend to seek advice
  • Host a play date for each of your children to invite friends over
  • Memorize a weekly Bible verse together
  • Teach your child to cook a new dish with you
  • FaceTime a faraway family member
  • Make artwork together (Don't stress about making a mess!)

Daily Goals

  • Spend an hour of uninterrupted technology-free time with each child
  • Pray for and with each child
  • Read 2-3 books before bedtime
  • Keep your phone in another room during play time or conversations
  • Pack homemade lunch for each child (Adding an encouraging note while you're at it!)
  • Laugh together!
  • Talk about ways your children modeled your family values
  • Show gratitude for good behavior
  • Ask each child to list five things they are grateful for from the day
  • Get outside and active together: ride bikes or take an afternoon walk and talk about what you see
  • Practice patience: respond with grace and say yes whenever possible
  • Tell your children how much you love them!

These are just a few suggestions for items to add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your parenting goals for the year!

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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Your PowerSheets Questions Answered

Since we revealed the 2018 PowerSheets covers yesterday (watch the replay below!), we've been seeing lots of excitement and emojis (keep them coming!) and fielding a few questions, too. Read below for answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about 2018 PowerSheets! Don't see your question? Leave a comment, and we'll answer it!

What are PowerSheets?

PowerSheets are the ultimate goal planner, unlike anything else. We created PowerSheets to help you uncover purpose-filled goals and plan action steps to make what matters happen. Perfect for anyone - moms, students, creatives, entrepreneurs - who needs a grace-filled system that works! There are two core components to PowerSheets: the Prep Work and monthly Tending sections. The PowerSheets Prep Work is designed to help you examine what has and hasn't worked for you and uncover focal goals for the year. Each monthly Tending section helps you prioritize your goals and break them down into monthly, weekly, and daily action steps so you make progress!

What is the difference between the Six-Month Undated PowerSheets Goal Planner and the One-Year Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner?

Our One-Year Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner includes the PowerSheets Prep Work and twelve monthly Tending sections. It is designed to be used from January 2018 to December 2018. Our Six-Month Dated PowerSheets Goal Planners are undated and can be started anytime. They include the PowerSheets Prep Work and six monthly Tending sections. Our One-Year Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner has one cover option. Our Six-Month Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner is available in three cover options. Feel free to scroll back to the top of the page to see them!

You said dated? Does that mean there's a calendar?

PowerSheets are your day planner's best friend. Intentionally designed without calendar pages - PowerSheets help you to help you uncover your good goals and what's important to you before adding to-dos to your day planner. To see how we integrate our PowerSheets with a day planner, check out How to Create a Cultivated Calendar with Lara Casey and Emily Ley! If you'd like an option to add a monthly calendar, you can use one of our wildcard pages and print your own!

How much are they?

We're thrilled that although we added twenty additional pages to our 2018 PowerSheets Goal Planners, our prices are staying the same! The One-Year Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner is $55, and the Six-Month Undated PowerSheets Goal Planner is $40.

Why aren't there preorders?

We are so excited to launch our 2018 PowerSheets Collection on October 25th and begin shipping immediately! All our 2018 products are in our warehouse in North Carolina, and our shipping team has been working extra hard to prepare for orders. We'll begin shipping immediately, getting your products in your hands as quickly as possible.

When will you sell out?

As much as we wish we could give you an answer, we can't predict or guarantee inventory quantities. We've done our best to make decisions based on projected growth and a few other factors, and we hope to have our 2018 Collection in stock long enough for friends who haven't heard about us yet to get their hands on a goal planner. If you're reading this, our best advice is to be prepared to purchase during Launch Week!

Will you be restocking One-Year Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner when you sell out?

We will not be restocking our One-Year Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner. When these sell out, they are gone until we launch our 2019 collection. If you would like to use a One-Year Goal Planner, we recommend purchasing immediately!

What about the Six-Month Undated PowerSheets Goal Planner?

That's a great question! We aren't sure. We operate as a debt-free company, and we'll make that decision based on a few factors as we get closer. Right now, our hope is that we ordered enough inventory to last for our previous PowerSheets users and the new ones in the Cultivate family!

Do you offer digital downloads?

We don't offer digital downloads of our PowerSheets at this time. We believe there is power and accountability in writing down your goals and tracking your progress! If PowerSheets aren't in your budget, stay tuned to Lara's Goal-Setting Giveaway on her blog. She walks you through her entire PowerSheets process in December, and you can follow along with a journal or notebook.

Why is there only one cover option for the One-Year Dated PowerSheets Goal Planner?

It's more economical for us to order one cover option for the One-Year PowerSheets Goal Planner because it's dated and more time-sensitive than our undated options. And, we just love the rainbow leaves on this one so much! Your PowerSheets Goal Planner will be open most of the time, so while the covers are important and lovely, we know what matters most are the inside pages, and we've added 21 full-color pages in the 2018 PowerSheets! If you'd still like some color variety, feel free to order two Six-Month Undated Goal Planners.

When can I learn more?

Sign up for our newsletter list, and keep your eyes on our little blog! Join us on Instagram and Facebook for more sneak peeks and information from our entire team. You can also follow Lara on her personal Instagram, where she'll be sharing much more information in the coming weeks!, and you'll see our three littlest PowerSheets friends :)

Will there be any promotions for launch week?

We're so glad you asked! All domestic orders over $100 placed between October 25 and 27th will receive free domestic shipping! We'll also be adding an Accessories Bundle to our shop. You'll receive more information about this in our Product Guide coming on October 18th, so sign up for our newsletter!

When do PowerSheets go on sale?

Our 2018 PowerSheets Collection launches in our shop on Wednesday, October 25th at 10am EST.

We are so grateful for your support about our 2018 Collection! Our hope is to answer all your questions and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision ahead of Launch Day! If you have any questions that aren't answered here, feel free to leave a comment!

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We’re Hiring an Art Director!

Friends, we have some exciting news and some bittersweet news at the same time!

After seven years with our team, our incredible Art Director Nicole will be moving on to new adventures in the new year. She started working with us as an intern while she was in college, and this is the only job she's had since then. This is bittersweet for all of us! She is simply ready for a new adventure, and we're so excited to cheer her on in the months ahead. Nicole is one of the most creative and dynamic people we have ever met, and she has impacted thousands of women over the course of her time with our team. While we are so, so sad to have to say farewell to her this coming December, we're excited for her next chapter and can't wait to meet the person who will join our team in her role!

To step into Nicole's shoes, we are looking for another incredibly creative, skilled, and dynamic individual to join our team. What better way to describe the person we're looking for than letting Nicole tell you herself. Take it away, Nicole:

Spending my days in our office with my amazing teammates is no easy thing to say goodbye to, but it makes me beyond excited to meet the person who will take my place. This job has given me the opportunity to work on some dream projects, meet the most talented and kind people, and be a part of a workplace family that is supportive, and challenges me to be my best self. I can't wait for someone else to be a part of this!

Each day in this position is a workout for your head and your heart. I believe that doing this job best means balancing the needs of our customers with the logistics and tactics of our growing company and project list. It means approaching design with both intuition and strategy, seeing each assignment as an opportunity to reach a new person and tell a new story. We spend a lot of time in our office talking about our core values of enthusiasm, integrity, the power of one, and global view. These are values that dictate our work on every level. Our greatest hope for our new team member is that he or she is impassioned to advocate for the needs of our customers and for the integrity of our brand message; is empowered to translate this vision into every part of our brand, from Instagram gifs to product development to photo shoots; and determined to keep improving.

As the Art Director, you'll be expected to dive into company projects with an immediate vision, able to deliver assets under fast-paced deadlines. Our design decisions tend to strike our audience as fun, happy, and casual, but the Art Director should be able to balance our accessible deliverables with the nuances of our brand mission and greater marketing strategy. You'll be expected to learn the expectations and desires of our audience in order to best communicate with them. Additionally, our Art Director must be capable of independent work and decision-making. He or she needs to be able to self-edit, and to clearly communicate why he or she made the decisions that they made.

Think you're the right person for the job? Read through this post and the application thoroughly for specific qualifications and job responsibilities you'll have. Attention to detail is part of the application 🙏‚

Qualifications/Requirements

  • 3-5+ years of experience in print and digital design
  • Fluent in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • Experienced in print production
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work in our Chapel Hill, NC office in 2018. (We are open to remote positions for our most qualified candidates—must be willing to travel to our office several times a year.)
  • Must be able to commit to 4-5 interviews (including at least one in-person interview)

The person most fit for this position:

  • Has basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and WordPress
  • Has a love for great branding, and can build out appropriate interpretations of our brand assets for visual diversity and interest
  • Has experience with digital marketing/marketing strategy
  • Approaches product creation with user-focused design, and balances design with marketing tactics and production techniques
  • Has a strong knowledge of our brand and heart for our mission
  • Approaches design both intuitively and tactfully and sees each assignment as highly customizable

Of course, we're also looking for a team member who is well-spoken, has a great grasp of grammar, is a creative problem-solver, is self-motivated to learn, enjoys goal-setting, is enthusiastic, energetic, and a team player!

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Physical product design (namely the PowerSheets and Write the Word journals)
  • Digital product design (e-books, opt-ins, and guides)
  • Managing production and import of overseas product
  • Styling and shooting product imagery
  • Editing product photography
  • Project management (including hiring contractors, delegating tasks and disseminating information, and managing deadlines)
  • Creating internal marketing assets like media kits and one-sheets
  • Creating graphics for our blogs, shops, social feeds, and video content
  • Creating web assets and managing web development projects
  • Ad design and client interfacing
  • Basic videography
  • Editing CSS and HTML for basic web pages and newsletters

To apply, fill out our application, and have these items ready to upload:

  • Your PDF resume
  • Your portfolio, if it's not online
  • A one-sheet PDF you have designed about yourself. Feel free to include anything you think is relevant, but be sure to include answers to the following questions. Get creative and showoff your skills!
    • Your name and any nicknames you go by.
    • What fires you up?
    • What is your greatest strength?
    • Tell us a fun fact about yourself (or a few!)
    • What are your professional goals?

Applications are due November 3. We hope to hire someone and begin training in mid November—we're open to discussing an official start date or relocation timeline soon after that! This is a tight timeline, and we would so appreciate this amazing community's help in finding the right person! If you know of anyone who might be a good fit, PLEASE send them our way!

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October Goals Round-Up

It's officially October, and I can't think of a better month to start getting to know you all! Thank you so much for the warm welcome to the team this week. I'm thrilled to be able to take a more active role in encouraging you in your little by little progress on what matters most! I also love seeing your PowerSheets Tending Lists. They are so full of good ideas I may have to borrow for my own!

I feel the same way as Anne of Green Gables when she says, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." -L.M. Montgomery. Bring on the cooler air, crunchy leaves, and football tailgating with hot cider! This month begins the last quarter of the year, which is all about savoring the season and holidays with loved ones.

For many of us, that also means October is the time to look ahead and prepare well by making a bit of progress on holiday preparations. Victoria reminded me to get a head start on a few things this month, like Christmas cards and gift shopping. I know that progress will allow me to enjoy the festivities of November and December all the more!

Speaking of savoring the season...if you've been around for a while, you know October means it's time for Emily's annual fall pumpkins and soup party! We are also gearing up for our fourth-annual Halloween party, and I can't wait!

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Photo by PowerSheets user @StephBrock23!

We love that in an especially busy month of events and social engagements, instead of letting date night go, Amanda put it at the top of her priorities!

Rachel's daily goal not to check her phone in the morning is such an important reminder! I know I've had my Bible study time derailed by social media more than once, and it's a habit worth breaking.

Mary set a wonderful example of focusing on progress, not perfection by embracing grace about the things she wasn't able to check off in September! She decided to look at her September progress as a launching point and to take on little less in October. Amen!

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Photo by PowerSheets user @erinlauracampbell!

Are you still just struggling to get your October goals on paper? Diana has five brilliant tips for making your monthly goal-setting time happen. It's so important to just give yourself the gift of a few uninterrupted minutes a month to get all the to-dos out of your head and prioritized on paper!

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too - no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek into what this month holds and cheer you on!

Not a PowerSheets user? That's okay, too! You don't need PowerSheets to set intentional goals. Although, our 2018 PowerSheets launch on October 25th, and we think they'd be a handy tool!

Remember, keep sharing your goals with us each month so that we can cheer you on! Whether you're posting in our PowerSheets Facebook Group, leaving us a comment on social media, or using the #PowerSheets hashtag, we love seeing what you are working towards each month!

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