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Now I can keep up with the kids thanks to Toyota’s new calendar

September 2011

It seems to be a symptom of modern life that busy parents can end up tearing their hair out after a hectic day trying to keep up with the family’s activities.

Thankfully I think I have found a cure and it comes in the form of a handy iPhone app.

The new Toyota Calendar app makes keeping up with my family’s plans a breeze.

I have lost count of the number of times I’ve forgotten about an after school club or that one of the kids was having a friend over for tea, or double-booked myself because I’d mislaid the diary as usual.

Take my typical weekday for example: hubby may suddenly be required to travel to the other end of the country, meaning he’s back late and sometimes not at all. The kids have various things to remember for school that day before I dash off to work (usually arriving in a flap because I’ve had to go back to retrieve a forgotten lunch, costume, book etc) and having almost no time to log onto my work computer and check what meetings I have lined up. By the time we all get home that evening there are clubs, friends to play or if we’re lucky sometimes the hubby and I have a social occasion planned!

All these activities now sit comfortably next to each other on my Toyota calendar which graciously alerts me about meetings, play dates, after school clubs and all those little tasks so that I feel less stressed and a bit more like I have it all under control!

The design is no-nonsense and easy to use. Plus – and this is a big plus in my busy life – it’s quick. You can scroll quickly across the months to see what’s coming up and it has a really clever slider feature so that you can see just a day, or up to a seven-day view on one screen.

The seven-day view is brilliant for seeing the whole family’s week ahead and the single day view lets me see everything in detail so I know exactly where we’re all meant to be.

I don’t worry about keeping track of our busy lives as I know it’s all taken care of. Download it at


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